Concerning the Invocation of Saints – part 10

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 2:5

What we are really discussing here is God’s ability to keep his promises. Does he forgive and justify those who have faith in Christ? Or not? We confess that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and does so for Christ’s sake

Concerning the Invocation of Saints – part 4

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 4:16–17

We have already noted two honors that we ought to give to the saints: thanksgiving and the strengthening of faith. Let us be clear what we mean by honor. The honor that we give to “sleeping” saints is not the veneration of their images or praying to them.

Concerning the Invocation of Saints – part 3

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 1:12–14

Who could be more guilty of sin toward Christ and his Church than Saul of Tarsus, who would become better know as the Apostle Paul? Because of his persecution of Christians, Paul eventually considered himself to be the greatest of all sinners.

Concerning the Invocation of Saints – part 2

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:2-4

To be sure, the Confession is not referring to the invocation of saints. Rather, like Paul, the Lutheran Reformers taught the churches to honor those who have been made holy and called saints because of their faith in Christ.

Concerning the Invocation of Saints – part 1

Scripture Text: Psalm 116:15

Let us clarify our terms again. Saints are those who have been made holy by God’s grace; they are not those whom we have declared holy. Indeed, they are those whom God has declared holy for Christ’s sake.

Concerning Good Works – part 12

Scripture Text: Romans 3:27–31

We receive salvation, forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit because of God’s grace—not because we deserve these gifts or have earned them. There is no merit in keeping the law, since it cannot save us, even if we could keep it, which we cannot do at any rate.

Concerning Good Works – part 11

Scripture Text: John 15:8–11

We do good works for three principal reasons. One, we are to bear good fruit so that God is glorified, and two, to prove that we are real disciples of Jesus. Doing good in Christ’s name not only shows others whom we follow, it also shows us that we are his disciples.

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