A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series June 3, 2007 - The Holy Trinity
Standard LSB C Readings: First: Prov 8:1-4,22-31 Epistle: Acts 2:14a,22-36 Gospel: John 8:48-59 Psalm: Ps 8 (9)
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel John 8:48-59 for the The Holy Trinity, June 3, 2007.
It is from Large Catechism, Part V, paragraphs 78-82, pages 465-466.
At times we may feel very comfortable and at peace with ourselves and the world and wonder why we need the Lord's Supper. God's Word reminds us of the hostility our Lord suffered because he spoke the truth openly to the world. If we have hidden our faith for the sake of harmony with the world we are, indeed, in need of the Lord's Supper.
If you are dead to all sensibility, still believe the Scriptures, which pronounce sentence upon you. In Short, the less you feel your sins and infirmities, the more reason you have to go to the Sacrament to seek help and a remedy. If you are in the world, do not think that there will be lack of sins and misery. Just begin to act as though you would be godly and cling to the Gospel, See whether no one will become your enemy, and, furthermore, do you harm, and likewise give you cause for sin and vice. If you have not experienced this, then let the Scriptures tell you about it, which everywhere give this testimony about the world.
Besides this, you will also have the devil about you. You will not entirely tread him under foot (Luke 10:19), because our Lord Christ Himself could not entirely avoid him. Now, what is the devil? Nothing other than what the Scriptures call him, a liar and a murderer (John 8:44). He is a liar, to lead the heart astray from God's Word and to blind it, so that you cannot feel your distress or come to Christ. He is a murderer, who cannot bear to see you live one single hour. If you could see how many arrows are aimed at you (Eph. 6:16), you would be glad to come to the Sacrament as often as possible. But there is no reason why we walk about so securely and carelessly, except that we neither think nor believe that we are in the devil's kingdom. (paragraphs 78-82)
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