Posts Posted in March 2022

 

The Rock

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 10:1–4

We are left to believe the Word, the word of Christ, and his works that follow after us. not in our own works, but by faith in the word of the cross.

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Stand Firmly

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

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

We are not called to defend Peter’s cause, or the cause of our parents, or that of the government, or that of the world, but unyieldingly, the cause of God.

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Stand Up for Jesus

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:11 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-4

We must be as determined as the Apostle Paul to stand up with the simple but powerful gospel message of nothing but Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

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Our Boast

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 11:21b–22

The Christian life is not a matter of outward appearance but of living by the Word and through faith in and under the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord.

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Speaking of Money

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:10 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12

Where the Church is, there will also be the poor, for the world and the devil persecute the church and end up impoverishing many faithful Christians.

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Gospel Fellowship

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:9 and 1 John 1:1-4

Differences in whom we preach the gospel to ought not to hinder our fellowship and Christian friendship, since we preach the same gospel.

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Hold Fast

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: John 16:16

When anxiety, distress, or other trials come your way, hold fast to the Word, keep the faith, you will see Christ clearly there, and he will again bring you joy.

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Get Out of the Way

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:7-9 and Mark 9:38-41

When you hear that people receive the Christ through the simple preaching of faith, do you glorify God for his grace in the ministries of others?

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Ministry on the Move

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:7-8 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Those who are called to ministry will often enough have to patiently endure adversity in order to fulfill their ministries of preaching the Word preach .

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Get in the Game

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:7-8 and John 14:1-13

Paul and Peter received their powerful authority from God, who gave of the same Spirit to Luther, and today gives to you in whatever vocation is yours.

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Consider Him

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Galatians 5:22–26

One finds in Jesus strength and comfort against all vice and bad habits, as true Christians incorporate the life and name of Christ into their own lives.

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Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Scripture Text: Psalm 119:105

The following are links to three different daily devotionals: Comments on Galatians – Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary Reading the Word with Luther – Scripture and a reading from Luther's sermons and devotional writings Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions – Scripture related to a short reading from the Book of Concord, with commentary pulling the two together Coming in 2022: Reading the Bible in a Year

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Different Gospels

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:7-8 and Ephesians 4:4-6

Peter is not the chief Apostle, as all of the apostles were equals, having the same charge and the identical gospel of Christ Jesus to proclaim to the world.

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Determination

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:7-8 and Acts 1:6-11

When family and friends refuse to hear the message of the gospel, like Paul, we must turn to others, even the whole world, with the good news of Jesus.

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Who Says?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:7-8 and Titus 2:11-15

God has stepped into the world bringing his grace to all who believe through the preached word that God saves through faith in Jesus Christ.

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For You

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Peter 2:21–22

No one but Christ Jesus has suffered for the sins of others, yet his passion, his suffering and death, avail for the salvation of every sinner who believes on him.

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Be Resolved

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:6 and Revelation 2:8-11

We may suffer the loss of our good name, of life itself, but we must not lose the gospel and our faith in Jesus Christ, nor stand for those who would rob us of faith.

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It Takes Two to Tango

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:6 and 2 Samuel 11:1–27

Be careful to not attach so much importance to any person — be she mother, doctor, president, pastor — that she is remembered and God forgotten.

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Get Over Yourself

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:6 and Revelation 19:11-16

We are to esteem the Word of God, not people, whether presidents or preachers, authors or musicians, persons or personalities. The Word!

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Following Men

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:6 and 1 Corinthians 3:1-11

If one takes the sum of the apostles, including Paul, then too, Martin Luther, Billy Graham, and the Pope, the gospel is still more excellent and true.

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Our Only Hope

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: John 6:40

This is our hope — our only hope: Christ Jesus — that we might believe in him, and having such faith, come to see him on that great and glorious Day.

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He Said What?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:6 and John 8:31-38

What does the Scripture say? Always appeal to the Word of God and be careful you are not using the Word to defend a personal viewpoint.

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The Things We Do for Love

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:4-5 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

When Jesus is not lifted up and glorified by a religious work, but instead, the so-called righteous deed is honored, then the deed is beyond suspect.

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An Unfair Verdict

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:4-5 and Matthew 5:17-20

Christians strive to live by God's rules but do not depend upon them for salvation, but on the grace of the one who rules over the rules.

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Another Son

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Genesis 4:25

God will keep his promise that the seed of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent, establishing Seth in that line that would herald the Savior.

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The Truth that Sets You Free

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:4-5 and Romans 8:15-17

If we do not believe that faith in Christ is the only thing that can justify us, the death and resurrection of Jesus are without meaning, and a Savior is relegated to myth.

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Don’t Give an Inch

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:4-5 and Galatians 5:1-6

We refuse to have our consciences bound by any work or law that says by doing this or that we are righteous, or leaving this or that undone we are damned.

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East of Eden

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Genesis 4:16

Lack of faith is what drives us East of Eden, away from the presence of God, the communion of saints, the church, Christ's kingdom, and eternal life.

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What Are You Really Looking For?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:4-5 and Matthew 13:45-46

True faith lays hold of Christ and trusts in him alone, something that the spiritually blind cannot see, that the unbelieving considers foolishness.

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This He Has Done

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:4-5 and Romans 7:21-25

Faith looks to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, not to the works one has done, whether they are religious in nature or civil, nor to works left undone.

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Get to Work

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:4-5 and James 2:14-26

Let us get to work, but not depend upon our works or hold them conditionally over the lives of others. Faith — in Christ alone — saves.

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Unthwarted

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Genesis 4:10–11

Nothing would thwart God's plan, not even Adam's and Eve's disobedience — our our own. He has promised a Savior, and delivered on his promise.

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Free Will

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

Series: Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 2:14-16

Lutherans confess that that they are unable to attain to the righteousness of God, and are entirely dependent upon God's grace from start to finish,.

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A Little Better than Bad

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:3 and Romans 3:9-20

Be careful that you do not hold over the head of someone else your own brand of Christianity, your dogma, instead of offering the free grace of God.

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Compulsory Religion

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:3 and Ephesians 2:8-9

The fathers were not justified by circumcision. To them, it was a sign and seal of righteousness, and viewed as a confession of their faith.

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Church Traditions

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

Scripture Text: Galatians 4:8-11

The human heart must be constantly reminded that Christ is the end of the law but that there are “profitable” things we still do — yet not as obligation.

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Is It About Jesus?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:2 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

It is easy to get distracted when people start talking about religious rules — unless your faith is about Christ Jesus instead of traditions and rules.

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It Goes to Motive

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:2 and Hebrews 11:1-6

Be careful with religious works, that you do something from the right motive, from the faith motive, so that good works flow from faith.

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I Don’t Feel too Good Today

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:2 and Matthew 5:17-20

That we are Christian is based on faith in what Christ Jesus accomplished, not in what we do, and certainly not in how we feel on a given day.

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Whom Do You Proclaim?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:1 and 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

“Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

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We’ve Never Done it That Way

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:1 and Mark 7:1-8

Unlike those who opposed Paul, asserting that the law ought to be kept and that the Gentiles be circumcised to be saved, we must insist on God's grace.

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The Real Difference

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:1 and 2 Timothy 1:8-14

Paul preaching justification with God by faith in Christ Jesus through the power at work in the Holy Spirit in the Word, without the deeds of the law.

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The 95 Theses

A Defense of the Gospel

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 3:15

Here is the full list of 95 theses or topics for disputation offered by Martin Luther in Wittenberg, Germany, October of 1517.

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Practicing Faith

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:21-24 and Romans 3:21-31

Lutherans, like the Apostle Paul, confess and hold that one is justified by faith alone, apart from works of the law, even of those deeds are religious.

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