Posts Posted in February 2022

 

Telling the Truth

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:18-20 and Ephesians 4:11-16

We are no longer to be children ... but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into him who is the head, even Christ ...

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The Cross

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:18-19 and Ephesians 2:13-18

All nations — Jews and Gentiles alike — are united in Christ as new man, making peace, reconciling us and our dogmas under his cross.

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More and More

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1

There should be a grateful and increasing degree of perfection in the doctrines we have received, perceiving our errors and striving to mend our ways.

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A New Thing

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and Acts 10:9-43

God accepts all peoples, all nationalities, all cultures, all races, women and men, old and young, so long as they fear him and do what is right.

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Seeing the Light

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:16 and John 1:1-5

In Jesus is life, and this life is the light of all people. The light, Christ Jesus, shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, nor ever will, overcome it.

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Modern Day Pharisees

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and Matthew 23:13–14

Woe to those whose religious demands and pious pretense shut off the kingdom of heaven from people, for they too will not enter the kingdom.

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The Revealing God

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and Luke 24:44–45

The Spirit of Jesus opens our minds to understand the Scriptures so that we may receive the grace of God promised throughout the Old and New Testaments.

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Our Promise

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 4:5–7

Be careful that you are not tempted to believe twisted Scriptures, especially when it concerns false promises for your soul. Christ alone is our Promise.

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How a Nobody is a Somebody

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and Philippians 3:3-8

Luther asked about God, "What prompted Him to call me?" The answer was, "His grace alone.” And so, we see that God makes somebodies out of nobodies.

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Of God

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

Series: Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Lutherans confessed at Augsburg that they believed what the Scriptures say about God, regardless of whether they could reason their way to the doctrine.

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God Has a Plan for Your Life

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and Jeremiah 1:4-5

God not only has a plan for your life, he has inserted himself into the center of your life, sanctifying and preparing you for who you are to be for him.

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Ask

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 18:35–42

What do you want Jesus to do for you? Heal some spiritual blindness? Increase your faith? Hear the gospel and receive God's grace? Ask and you shall receive.

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Well, Scratch It!

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

You had better be careful; scratching that itch will damage your spiritual ears, leading to the inability to hear or endure the truth of the gospel.

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You’ve Got to Believe Me

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and John 14:1-7

What is truth? Whose authority should be trusted? Whose words believed. The only reliable source for truth is judging by the standard of The Book.

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Likewise

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 2:1–6

The Small Catechism teaches us that the ascended Christ is “true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary.”

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Fasting

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 3:16–4:1

We should cheerfully suffer want and temptation for the service of God and the good of our neighbor, like Christ did for us.

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So, You Think You’re a Christian

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and Jeremiah 9:23-26

Religion never equals righteousness. The wise and faithful friend of God understands that she must trust in the Lord’s righteousness and never her own.

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One Christ

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

Series: Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1–6

He is not two beings, a god and a man somehow in a kind of symbiosis, or a compound or complex organism, two beings, but no longer quite human or divine.

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Immediate Response

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:15-17 and Romans 3:9-18

What deserves your immediate attention today? God's will? What is God calling you to do today? Something of benefit to your neighbor, your vocation?

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Don’t Hold Back

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:13-14 and Romans 12:1-2

How much are you required to give to the one who has already given you everything, who wholly loves you? Then again, how much do you want to give?

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Walking Away to God

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:13-14 and Revelation 2:25–29

Religion, what man thinks he is doing for a god, can trip your up, making you a hater of God and neighbor. Walk away. Walk away to God.

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Clang

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1, 7

The gifts of God are to be used in service of neighbor so that God receives the glory for our actions. This is accomplished when we serve with love.

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People Are Stupid

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:11-12 and Acts 17:10-15

No one is to be trusted at face-value — neither pastor, professor, pope, or bishop. Examine the Scriptures daily to see if what they say is true.

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Glory to God!

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:11-12 and Luke 2:8-14

One can never ascribe too much glory, goodness, and mercy unto God. But it sure is easy to give man too much glory. This ruins man and insults God.

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Entrusting

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Peter 2:21–23

You just can't win sometimes. Trying to defend yourself does not work; you just get judged all the more. All you can do is entrust yourself to God.

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At War

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:11-12 and Galatians 5:16-26

As Luther said, "Every week I preach justification by faith to my people, because every week they forget it," we must read the Word and pray daily.

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The Purge

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 5:6-7

We are forgiven only if we continue in faith and are occupied with purging out the impurity that remains in us. Life is daily repentance and forgiveness: purging.

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A Slippery Slope

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:11-12 and 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

If you think you stand justified before God because your works are good enough, that you are pious, take heed for you are slipping and about to fall.

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You Must

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Colossians 3:12–13

Are you gracious or harsh and demanding of others? We must show mercy and grace to our neighbor, as we have been shown these by Christ.

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The Latest Thing

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:11-12 and Ephesians 2:1-10

God loved you before you had the slightest care for him. He does not need your works in order to love you; he requires your continued faith.

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Hearing Things

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:11-12 and Romans 10:17

Are you hearing things? I hope so, and that what you're hearing is the very Word of God because you're listening there, in the volume of the Book.

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Whatever

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Colossians 3:16–17

All works are good, so long as they are done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, for his glory, as directed by him rather than by one's own ability.

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Hear the Cross

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-10 and Revelation 1:3

Truth offends. It is meant to do so, as it exposes sin. Since the inclination of the heart is to sin, then of course, truth will offend human nature.

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Who Spake

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

Series: Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Scripture Text: 2 Samuel 23:1–4

We only know about God because he has revealed himself to us. The Nicene Creed speaks specifically here of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, "who spake."

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A Mystery

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 8:9–10

Don't you love a good mystery, one told well and ends well? That is what Jesus came to proclaim, a mystery for the ages revealed for you.

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Standing Alone

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and Hebrews 4:12-13

Don't trust your subjective feelings. The true and objective way to know God's will and ways is by hearing and reading the Sacred Scriptures.

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The Jerk

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and Luke 8:9-15

God does not love us because we are beautiful or brilliant or talented or wealthy. He just loves us—even without all of the religious stuff.

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No Doubt

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 20:14–16

The gospel leaves us no room to doubt the Lord's favor, for the first and the last to believe his word will receive his eternal and generous salvation.

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Embrace Grace

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and Romans 11:5-6

Embrace the grace that God has freely given you. Embrace it through faith, not by then trying to pay for it with religious works.

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The Greatest

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 13:12–13

When there is but infinite day, we will require faith no more, nor hope. Love is the permanent thing, and therefore, the greatest of the three that now abide.

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The Conscience of Christ

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and Hebrews 8:12-13

The old covenant of law and blessing has been fulfilled by Christ Jesus. The new covenant is is one of faith and blessing through God's grace to sinners.

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True Faith

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 8:1–3

Come to Christ because you are a sinner, not because you think he must have someone as great and pious as you. Come with faith in him, not in yourself.

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Troublemakers

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and 2 Timothy 2:14-19

Those who teach false doctrines in the Church of Christ are "troublemakers," as Luther termed them, and must be corrected.

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Christian Atheists

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:6-9 and Ephesians 6:10-18

The devil wants to do away with Christ's church but with the inability to accomplish that goal, he wishes to water down the Word the church proclaims.

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Run to Win

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 9:23–27

A Christian does not live life aimlessly. This life is a race to the prize, eternal life in Jesus Christ, and so, must be run with passion and purpose.

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