August 15, 2022     8:13 am
278. Week of Twellfth Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
Means of Grace
          It is the power of God for salvation to every one that believes.   Romans 1:16
          Our Lord Jesus Christ by His holy, precious blood has purchased for us forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation, and also the Holy Spirit to kindle faith in us. These treasures of His grace He has laid down in the Gospel; and through it they are given to us. Thus the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. And thus the Gospel is a Means of Grace, a means through which God gives us all His grace. And through faith, which God engenders through the Gospel, we enter upon the possession of the treasures of His grace which the Gospel contains. Thus the Gospel is the power of God to salvation to every one that believes.- As a treasure casket may contain three compartments filled with treasures, just so the Gospel has three parts by means of each of which the same gifts of grace are bestowed upon us. These three parts are the Word, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. And so we may say that there are three Means of Grace. Baptism and the Lord Supper are called Sacraments, or sacred acts. For Baptism and the Lord's Supper are sacred acts ordained by God, wherein, by certain external means connected with His Word, He offers, conveys, and seals unto men the grace which Christ has merited. The external means connected with God's Word in Baptism is water; in the Lord's Supper it is bread and wine. Through these visible signs the Sacraments make it very plain and visible for you that God bestows upon you, even upon you, His grace, that is, forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation, and also the Holy Spirit. How lovingly concerned God is about us, and how much He does to firmly convince us that He truly and actually bestows His grace upon us! Therefore we should indeed freely take of it, and rejoicing in faith we should thank Him with heart and word and deed.
          PRAYER: - I thank You, my God, for Your Holy Gospel, through which You reveal, give, and convey to me the saving grace which Christ has procured for me. And I thank You for Your holy Sacraments, through which You deal with me in particular, and seal to me Your grace by means of visible signs. I pray You, my gracious God, thus to make me firm and glad in faith, and altogether sure of Your grace. Amen

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     8:13 am