October 5, 2022     1:49 pm
308. Week of Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Lord’s Supper - Must be capable of self-examination
          Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.   1Corinthians 11:28
          You are familiar with this word of Scripture. A Christian should examine himself before going to the Lord's Supper as to whether he is in the faith and therefore will receive this Sacrament worthily. For that reason we must not give this Sacrament to such as can't examine themselves, for instance, not to those adults who as yet have not a sufficient knowledge of the Word of God for such self-examination. They should first be instructed in the same. Nor should we admit little children to this Sacrament, for though, through Baptism, they have been united with Christ in faith, yet they do not understand the Word of God sufficiently to be able to examine themselves. They should be instructed in the Word of God as soon as possible, and when they have arrived at a satisfactory spiritual maturity, they should be given the Lord's Supper. In our churches we therefore have the commendable custom of confirmation. There the children that have been instructed, publicly, in the presence of the congregation, give account of their faith, confess their faithful adherence to the Church of the true faith, and thereupon receive the holy Sacrament of the body and blood of Christ. Nor should the Lord's Supper be given to sick people that are in a state of unconsciousness or to such insane as are unfit for self-examination. But in all this we must not forget that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, surely sustains the light of faith within their hearts and makes them partakers of salvation, if they have not otherwise been unbelievers. And now, my dear Christian, examine yourself, whether you are a poor penitent sinner who believes in his Saviour and is willing to serve Him, and then approach the Lord's Table, where you receive such complete and glorious assurance of the grace of God.
          PRAYER: - Help, Lord God, that I, a poor sinner, may sincerely repent of my sins, find true comfort in Your merit, desire to amend my life, and thus at all times, until my end, receive the assurance of Your grace which Your holy Sacrament so abundantly offers to me. Amen.

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October 5, 2022     1:49 pm