August 9, 2022     3:08 pm
280. Week of Twellfth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Baptism - Benefits
          The washing of water by the Word.   Ephesians 5:26
          What does Baptism, the washing of water by the Word, give or profit - Just because it is the washing of water by the Word, it has a great and mighty power. It gives forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation, and the Holy Spirit to kindle faith in us. Or, as Dr. Luther expresses it, "it works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare." And now let us show you such words and promises of God through which Baptism receives its great and mighty power. The Spirit of God says: "Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word." (Eph. 5:26,26) And: "Repent, and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) And: "Arise, and be baptised, and wash away your sins." (Acts 22:16) You see that Baptism works forgiveness of sins. And Jesus says: "He that believes and is baptised shall be saved." (Mark 16:16) And the Apostle, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, speaks thus of Baptism: "Baptism also now saves us." (1Pet. 3:20,21) You see that Baptism gives eternal salvation. And the Apostle writes by the Holy Spirit: "But after that the kindness and love of God, our Saviour, toward man appeared, not by the works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Saviour, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:4-7) Here you see that Baptism saves us, and gives us the Holy Spirit to regenerate and renew us through faith, that we should be righteous before God and heirs of eternal life. Take, therefore, O Christian, take the gifts of grace which God has given you through Baptism! Take them and keep them securely through the grace of the Holy Spirit, who likewise is given to you through Baptism.
          PRAYER: - Help me, O God, help me that in true faith I may securely hold the great and saving treasures which You have given me through Baptism! Help me to do this through Your Holy Spirit, whom You have poured out abundantly in Baptism. Help me to nevermore lose forgiveness of sins and life eternal which You have given me! Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     3:08 pm