August 15, 2022     6:53 am
258. Week of Ninth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
I give to them eternal life
          I give to them eternal life.   John 10:28
          Jesus says this concerning His sheep, the believers. And what do the Scriptures teach concerning eternal life? They teach that the souls of all believers are with Christ the moment they leave the body in death, that body and soul shall be reunited on the day of resurrection, and that the believers shall then live with Christ in everlasting joy and glory. To the dying thief the Saviour said: Truly I say to you, Today you shall be with Me in paradise." (Luke 23:43) Dying Stephen said to the Saviour: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit! (Acts 7:59) And the voice from heaven said: "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth." (Rev. 4:13) And concerning the eternal consummation which the last day shall usher in, when all the dead shall rise, the Apostle says by inspiration of the Holy Spirit: "Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." (1 John 3:2) In the night in which He entered upon His suffering, the Saviour prayed: "Father, I will that also those whom You have given Me be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me." (John 17:24) And through David the Holy Spirit prophesies concerning eternal life: "In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Ps. 16:11) - Oh, my dear Christian, let us always cling to these words of life, and trust in them, "though the night of death be still fraught with many an anxious thought." May these and similar words of life awaken in us a fervent longing for the life everlasting! Let us hold fast to the forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ, through which alone, but most assuredly so, we shall inherit eternal life. Oh, yes, let us hold fast to the forgiveness of sins; then we need not be anxiously concerned about obtaining everlasting life.
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, forgive my sins to me for Christ's sake; forgive my sins to me until I shall depart this life! Amen, I know You will do it. And then give to me eternal life! Amen, I know You will do it. O Lord, You beckon me, You call me through Your Word to life everlasting. And You will not disappoint me. Oh no, Lord, You abide by Your promise. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     6:53 am