Crumbs
August 14, 2020
329. Week of Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Not every one that says to Me: Lord, Lord! shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
          Not every one that says to Me: Lord, Lord! shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father who is in heaven.   Mathew 7:21
          In the Christian Church there are people who call Jesus their Lord and Saviour, who call themselves disciples of Jesus and children of God, yes, who may even consider the Gospel to be the truth, and, moreover, display zeal for the cause of the kingdom of God, and yet they do not do, they refuse to do, the will of God declared in His holy Law. Yes, there are those who preach and teach the Gospel and the doctrine of Christ in its truth and purity, with great power and eloquence, diligently and indefatigably, who defend the same, convert others and convince them of the truth, and do wonderful works in the kingdom of God, and accomplish many things, and nevertheless are carnal-minded and disobedient to God. Let us remember that the saving power of God is not vested in the person of the preacher but in the grace of God which is effective through the Word that is preached. Now, Christian, note this! All such people shall not enter into the kingdom of God. Our Lord and Saviour has never recognised them as His own, He does not now recognise them as such, and He will not do so on the Day of Judgment. They are workers of iniquity; they must depart from Jesus. For how does the matter stand? Jesus receives sinners. We are made righteous before God and saved, not by virtue of our work; doing, conduct, or merit, but solely through the merit of Christ, which we accept by faith. But whoever does this, and thus has become righteous before God, a child of God, and an heir of salvation, is so minded now that he delights in doing the will of God. Hence, whoever does not want to do the will of God is devoid of true faith. Thus you will understand our Lord when He says: "Not every one that says to Me: Lord, Lord! shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father who is in heaven." Now take a good lesson from this.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, give to me, a poor sinner, Your Holy Spirit, that I may derive true comfort trusting in Your merit, and rejoice and glory in the fact that by grace I am God's dear child, and, in view of this, do the will of God willingly, yes, gladly; as much as Your grace gives me power to do. And acknowledge me as Your own, O my Lord and Saviour, here in time and thereafter in eternity. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 14, 2020