Crumbs
October 21, 2020
301. Week of Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Lord’s Supper - Must believe the words of promise.
          Given for you. Shed for you. For the remission of sins   Luke 22:19,20; Mathew 26:28
          If in true faith we partake of the Lord's Supper, we receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. This is most certainly true. But how can bodily eating and drinking do such great things? Thus, with scorn and disdain, those enthusiasts ask who reject the Scriptural doctrine of the Means of Grace. And now we join Dr. Luther in asking this question, in order to arrive at a clear understanding in this matter.- Mere eating and drinking in itself surely has not the power to do these great things. There is no doubt about that. But through the words of Christ: "Given and shed for you for the remission of sins," yes, indeed, by the virtue of these words, forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are not only contained in the Lord's Supper, but offered to every one that eats and drinks. Hence, beside the bodily eating and drinking these words are as the chief thing in the Sacrament. But only those actually receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation who eat and drink not only in a natural manner, but also spiritually, that is to say, such as believe the words of promise. Every one to whom the Lord's Supper is distributed in accordance with His institution receives the body and blood of Christ under the bread and wine. But the benefit, the blessed benefit of it, namely, forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation, is received only by him who believes the words of promise: "Given and shed for you for the remission of sins." Whoever eats and drinks unworthily, that is to say, without believing the words of promise, him God will visit in wrath and judgment.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, I thank You that in the words of institution You have clearly and unmistakably stated what You desire to give me in the Holy Supper, namely, forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. O my dear Saviour, grant me Your Holy Spirit, that I may fasten my eyes upon these Your words, gathering comfort therefrom in true faith, and thus obtaining blessing lasting through all eternity by partaking of Your Holy Supper. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
October 21, 2020