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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bible Passage:2 Peter 3:5-6

For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.

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Here St. Peter speaks somewhat particularly of the creation.  The heaven and the earth stood fast previously; they were made of water and stood in the water, by the Word of God.  Heaven and earth have a beginning: they have not been forever; the heaven was made from the water, and there was water above and beneath, but the earth is made and stands in the water, as Moses writes, whom St. Peter here quotes.  All is sustained by God's Word, as it also was caused to be by the same Word, as it is not in their nature so to stand.  Therefore if God did not sustain it, everything would soon fall down and sink into the water.  For God spoke a word of power when He said: "Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear;" that is, let the water put itself aside and make room for the earth to come forth, on which man might dwell.  Still, naturally the waters would spread themselves over the earth.  Therefore this is, at the present day, one of the greatest miracles that God works.  Now St. Peter would say this: So obstinate and stupid are these scoffers, that they will not do honor to the Holy Spirit, though they read how God holds up the earth in the water, from which they should be convinced that all stands in the hands of God.  Therefore, since God at that time drowned the earth, so he will deal with us even yet again.  For that example should certainly convince us that, as in that very case He has not lied, so again he will not lie.

I gave My life for thee,
My Precious blood was shed,
That thou might'st ransomed be,
And quickened from the dead.
I gave My life for thee:
What hast thou giv'n for Me?

aka Pastor Robin Fish
To be Lutheran is to be Christian -- and Vice Versa!

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