The Smalcald Articles – part 4

Scripture Text: Galatians 2:4–5

Luther taught that we are only able to know God as God makes himself known to us: through his Word and through the Sacraments. There was no room special revelation...

The Smalcald Articles – part 3

Scripture Text: Isaiah 1:18

There is only one thing worse than not being permitted to meet with those who disagree with you. Meeting with them, only to hear them speak in a manner that is unreasonable, is even worse.

The Smalcald Articles – part 2

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 3:14–15

When you are brought before a group you should not have anxiety about what you should testify, since the Spirit will teach you in the moment the words that need to be spoken.

The Smalcald Articles – part 1

Scripture Text: 2 Timothy 2:24–26

Up to this point in the Lutheran Confessions, we have largely had the writings of Philip Melancthon, professor of Greek at the University of Wittenberg, and friend of and collaborator with Martin Luther in the Protestant Reformation.

Concerning Ecclesiastical Power – part 14

Scripture Text: Acts 5:29–31

The old saying, “Do as I say but not as I do,” is applicable to pharisaical instruction. Jesus is teaching that we ought to observe right teaching of the Scripture, though not necessarily imitate the actions of those teaching.

Concerning Ecclesiastical Power – part 12

Scripture Text: Luke 10:16

The Lutheran reformers wanted to proclaim a clear word of Scripture. Human traditions that promised God’s favor were summarily dismissed in favor of God’s gracious favor being freely given through faith, for Christ’s sake.

Concerning Ecclesiastical Power – part 9

Scripture Text: Acts 6:1–4

Let the power of bishops—indeed, the power of the whole Church—reside in the Word alone, sola Scriptura. If the Spirit cannot make his case through the Word alone, is a bishop able to make new laws that are effective where God is not?

Concerning Ecclesiastical Power – part 8

Scripture Text: 1 John 2:24–27

What is it that you heard from the beginning other than that you are saved by believing on Jesus Christ? That you must or must not do certain things in order to be forgiven and saved came later when people tried to foist their religious brand upon you.

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