Five Minutes a Day with Luther Friday, October 11, 2019
Bible Passage:Jude 20-21
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
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Here he defines in a few words that in which a thoroughly Christian life consists. Faith is laid as the foundation on which we are to build; but to build is to grow from day to day in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ, and this takes place through the working of the Holy Spirit. When we are thus built up we shall do no work to merit anything or to be saved by it, but all to the service of our neighbor. Thus we are to watch that we abide in love and not fall from it, as he says: Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. That is the hope toward which the holy cross moves. Therefore our life should be so shaped as to be nothing else than a steady longing and waiting for that life to come, yet so, that this waiting is grounded on the mercy of Christ, so that we shall call upon Him to help us from this life to that life out of pure mercy and not for any work or merit of ours.
We stand bereft of help, and poor and lonely.
'Twere vain to trust in man; — with Thee, Lord, only
We may defeat the enemies around us
Who seek to wound us.
Thou art our Champion who canst overthrow them,
And save the little flock now crushed below them,
We trust in Thee: for Jesus sake be near us!
Help, Helper, hear us!