August 9, 2022     2:17 pm
281. Week of Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Baptism - The washing of regeneration.
          The washing of regeneration.   Titus 3:5
          Baptism 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. When a Christian who is not well grounded in the Word of God hears this, he is astonished and doubtingly asks: How can water do such great things? You know the answer. It is not mere water, indeed, that does them, but the Word of God which is in and with the water; this puts these things into Baptism. And faith, which trusts such Word of God in the water, takes these great things out of Baptism, and appropriates them. Do you fully understand this, my dear Christian? Without the Word of God the water is simple water and no Baptism. But with the Word of God it is a Baptism: a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Spirit. Through His Word God has placed into the water of Baptism forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation, and the Holy Spirit for kindling faith in us. You are baptised. You believe. And so you are regenerated. You are a child of God that possesses forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation, and the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit creates within you a new mind. You rejoice in the possession of the great gifts of the grace of God; you fear, love, and trust in God; you possess new life. Thus Baptism is a washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom God has shed on us abundantly in Baptism through Jesus Christ, our Saviour, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life, as St. Paul teaches, Titus, chapter three. This is a faithful saying.
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, my gracious God, I thank You for what You have done to me in Baptism! You have regenerated me. You have given me forgiveness of sins, and thereby that righteousness which is valid in Your sight. You have delivered me from death and the devil, and given me eternal salvation. You have granted to me the Holy Spirit, who works and sustains faith and a new spiritual life within me. O my God, in the possession of such grace let me live and die, and awaken and live forever. Amen, for Christ's sake! Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     2:17 pm