Concerning Free Will – part 7

Scripture Text: Romans 13:1

Everyone is able to abide by the laws of the land, else the Scripture would not command us to do so. Furthermore, one may choose to obey the laws of the land or not.

Concerning Free Will – part 6

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:28–31

Faith is a gift from God; it is not something that we can conjure by reason or industry. Do you truly fear, love, and trust God? Then you have been regenerated or born again and faith is at work in you.

Concerning Free Will – part 5

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 1:8–9

A person who is not enlightened by God’s Holy Spirit—an “unspiritual” or “natural” person—does not, by natural reasoning or abilities, perceive or receive anything pertaining to God’s will and divine gifts.

Concerning Free Will – part 4

Scripture Text: John 3:16–18

But when one comes to the understanding that he is a sinner, through and through, always has been, and always will be, that person may then have the hope of finally pleasing God.

Concerning Free Will – part 3

Scripture Text: Ephesians 2:1–3

Without the Spirit, people walk along the natural course of the world. This is the path of sin and death. We cannot do otherwise; we cannot move toward God on our own.

Concerning Free Will – part 2

Scripture Text: Romans 2:14–16

Without having ever taken a confirmation class, everybody knows that they should honor their parents. Do we need to understand that it is the sixth commandment in order to know we ought to be faithful to our spouses?

Concerning Free Will – part 1

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 2:9–10

Lutherans reject the Pelagians and others who teach that we are able to love God above all things and keep his commandments by the power of human nature alone, without the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Concerning Political Order – part 9

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 2:1–2

As God has established all civil authorities, he would have us pray for them—whether we like them or not. Christian love demands that we hold them before God in prayer.

Concerning Political Order – part 3

Scripture Text: Ecclesiastes 8:2–5

The gospel does not give us new laws, nor does it call us to replace existing laws with the old Jewish law code. Instead, we are to obey the laws of the land while also living according to the rule of a higher kingdom, a spiritual kingdom.

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