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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bible Passage:1 Peter 2:5

You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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How can we build ourselves up?  By the Gospel and that which is preached.  The builders are the preachers; the Christians who hear the Gospel are they who are built, and the stones which are to be fitted on this corner stone; so that we are to repose our confidence on Him, and let our hearts stand and rest upon Him.  The house of stone or wood is not His house: He will have a spiritual house, that is, the Christian congregation.  Those alone are the holy and spiritual priesthood, who are true Christians and built upon this stone, Christ has been anointed the high and most exalted priest by God Himself; has also sacrificed His own body for us, which is the office of the high priest; in addition, He prayed on the cross for us.  He has also preached the Gospel, and taught all men to know God and Himself.  As to spiritual offerings, it is not necessary that we should present them to the Pope; neither is sacrifice such as it was in the Old Testament, when men had to tithe.  These sacrifices and priesthood have now ceased, and all has become new and spiritual.  The priest is Christ; and, since He has sacrificed His own body, we all must offer up ourselves.  St. Peter says that we are to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  Since Christ is the corner stone whereon we are laid, it must be only through Him that we are to deal with God, for God does not look upon my cross, even though I torture myself to death, but He looks upon Christ through whom my works are acceptable before God.

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness,
My beauty are, my glorious dress,
Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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