Posts Posted in July 2022

 

Crossing Thresholds

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

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

If the righteousness of the law were necessary for salvation, the Holy Spirit would never have come to the Gentiles, who did not bother with the law.

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Do’s and Don’ts

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:2 and Genesis 9:11-16

When the Holy Spirit falls upon those who hear the Word, they may have faith in the promise that God has forgiven them. This a "do" of God, not us.

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The Disappointment of God

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:2 and Acts 11:1-18

As soon as the gospel came our way, we received the Holy Spirit by the simple hearing of faith, before we had a chance to do a single good deed.

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Monday-only After School Care

Faith Academy Bus #301

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will offer MONDAY ONLY after school care for the students at FACS. We will rely on BUS # 301 get the students to our facility at 205 St. Paul’s Church Rd. Salisbury.

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The Gifts of God

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:2 and Ephesians 1:11-14

Your own experience shows you that you receive the Spirit through the Word, not works, which you can never do enough of to carry you to God.

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Jackals

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Song of Solomon 2:14-15

Christ can no longer be crucified in person, but is crucified in us when we reject grace, faith, free remission of sins, trying to be justified on our own.

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The Trap

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Hosea 8:4-6

Don’t you realize what you are doing when you seek God's favor and salvation through religion and morality? You crucify Christ anew.

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Remember Your Baptism

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Hebrews 6:1-8

When we reject the grace of God by bartering deeds for forgiveness, we crucify to ourselves the Son of God anew, and put him to open shame.

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Born to Die

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Jesus was not born to fix governments, usher in peace, or enlighten us with a new philosophy. He was born to die for a world of lost sinners.

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Law and Gospel

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Matthew 5:43-48

The law will never produce true conversion and heartfelt repentance. It only brings home to us the wrath of God. It takes the gospel to raise and save.

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The Truth

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and John 18:33-38

It is possible to become so bewitched that you no longer obey the truth, and then, to stray so far that you will never return to the truth.

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Preference

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 14:15–18

We make excuses, preferring many things against the gospel, for we are no better than were the ancient Jews, who also rejected the gospel for the law.

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Except

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Acts 16:25-34

"Those who share the opinion that a person is justified by the works of the law, are simply bewitched. Their belief goes against faith and Christ."

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A Faithful Answer

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and 1 Peter 3:14-17

There are those who refuse to be instructed, who being bewitched by he who can make a lie look like truth, will not listen to reason nor Scripture.

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Division

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17–21

Wherever the Word of God has a foothold, there the devil will be. He will always build his taverns and kitchens by the side of God’s house.

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Oh! The Damage Done

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Psalm 40:13-15

Sometimes, defection from truth is not willful. The devil sends false apostles who talk congregations into believing they are justified by the law.

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Relax

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Romans 8:26-28

"Do not think that the Galatians were the only ones to be bewitched by the devil. Let us realize that we too may be seduced by Satan."

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Bewitched

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Romans 12:14-21

Paul calls sorcery a work of the flesh, declaring that witchcraft and sorcery are real manifestations and legitimate activities of the devil.

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Slow of Heart

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Luke 24:13-27

Let no one think that having received faith, he can then be faultless creature, for the dregs of the old and natural corruption remain.

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The Key

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Revelation 3:7-13

Luther wrote, "There is no question that Paul is disappointed. It hurts him to think that his Galatians showed so little stability."

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Affectionate Anger

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Ephesians 4:25-27

It is the duty of a pastor to reprove those committed to his charge. But his anger must flow from affection and a real zeal for Christ, not from malice.

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What Has Gotten into Us?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and 1 Corinthians 2:1–5

What got into the foolish Galatians who had received the true gospel with eagerness and gratitude, then suddenly dropped it? Paul was astonished.

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Every Device

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 3:1 and Titus 1:10-13

Sometimes Paul entreats the Galatians, then he reproaches them, in accord with his own advice to Timothy: “Preach ... reprove, rebuke, exhort.”

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Filthy Deeds

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:21 and Isaiah 64:4-7

Those who seek righteousness without Christ, by works, merits, devotion, or by the law, reject the grace of God, and despise the death of Christ.

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A Grave Sin

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:21 and Galatians 5:4

In the final analysis, man depending on his own righteousness is despising the grace of God. No amount of words can do justice to such an outrage.

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The Pits

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:21 and Psalm 40:1-4

We should fear, love, and trust in God so that we do not make little gods of ourselves or of our good works or devotion, but trust in him alone.

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God Forbid!

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Romans 6:14–15

Sin is not forgiven so that we may sin all the more, taking God's grace for granted and taking advantage, but so that conscience is free to love God.

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True Faith

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Matthew 23:37

"Faith, if it is true faith, is of such a nature that it does not rely upon itself, but holds to Christ, and takes refuge under his righteousness."

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Vain Faith

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:21 and Matthew 19:16-22

Luther affirmed with Paul that either Christ died in vain or else the law cannot justify us. But Christ did not die in vain, so the law does not justify

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Don’t Indulge Me

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:21 and 2 Corinthians 4:1-4

Rejecting the grace of God is a common sin, of which everybody is guilty who sees any righteousness in himself, thereby calling the cross insufficient.

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The Objective of the Cross

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:21 and Romans 8:31-39

If you believe that righteousness is to be had by works of the law, you think that God did not spare his Son, but delivered him for us all, for the fun of it.

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Temperance

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Ephesians 5:15–20

Because God has so richly shed upon us the gospel of light, we ought in honor and gratitude to him try to reform and temper ourselves.

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So Much the Better

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:21 and 1 Corinthians 1:18

Why was Christ born? Why did he love us, suffer, and was crucified? If righteousness is to be had by the law, it was all done to no purpose.

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It Bears Repeating

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:21 and Exodus 20:1-17

If you think God needs your help — your religious observances, devotion, and works — to save you, then you are breaking the first commandment.

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Frustrating Grace

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:21 and Isaiah 43:1-3

What sin can be more horrible than to reject the grace of God, and to refuse the righteousness of Christ? This nothing less than spitting in God's face.

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The Beloved Disciple

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and John 20:2-4

Luther reminds us that, Christ did not love only Peter and Paul and John, but that he loves us with the same love he felt for them.

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Help!

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Mark 9:23-24

So deeply has the diseased opinion that Christ is a lawgiver sunk into my bones that I have much trouble seeing Christ as Paul portrays him.

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Blessed Eyes

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Luke 10:21–24

You are blessed if your have heard and seen with your heart the Lord Jesus Christ, for there are those who have heard and seen without perception.

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