The Smalcald Articles – part 65

Scripture Text: Exodus 20:1

Near the beginning, Adam and Eve paid no attention to what God spoke. He told them that they may eat of all manner of things in the garden of Eden, but that they must not eat from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Smalcald Articles – part 63

Scripture Text: Mark 7:31–35

What can you do with those who cannot or will not hear? If they will not listen, as reasonable people make a point to do, how will they be able to obey God’s Word?

The Smalcald Articles – part 62

Scripture Text: Ephesians 1:11–12

Luther knew well where these charges came from, praying the Lord’s censure of Satan. This simply means Luther recognized that, though the devil was behind it, the Lord was in control.

The Smalcald Articles – part 61

Scripture Text: Revelation 22:20–21

If we are looking for things to go our way in a public election, in the choice of a church leader, or in an assembly’s vote, we should not get our hopes up. Despite the outcome, our hope remains the same.

The Smalcald Articles – part 60

Scripture Text: 2 Peter 2:1–3

There is no teaching more false, no heresy more despicable, than for a representative of the Church to teach that salvation comes in any other manner than by God’s grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Smalcald Articles – part 59

Scripture Text: John 5:39–40

Sola Christus (Christ alone) was a predominant teaching of the Reformation. It should still be the foremost teaching of the Church today, as Christ is the central teaching of Scripture.

The Smalcald Articles – part 58

Scripture Text: Luke 22:24–27

The priesthood of believers leaves no room for airs, for the pretense of one Christian being greater than another. When this happens, the Church will squabble, as any family would in such circumstances, and be of no use to God.

The Smalcald Articles – part 57

Scripture Text: Acts 4:11-12

Salvation does not come by attending a particular church or belonging to a certain denomination. It does not happen because you follow a particular teacher or go along with a particular church leadership.

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Scripture Text: Psalm 139:9–10

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The Smalcald Articles – part 55

Scripture Text: Colossians 1:17–18

It is one thing to have a leader in the Church. It is another thing altogether to have that leader make claims that supersede Scripture, create new doctrines for the Church, and have power over others whom God himself has called to leadership.

The Smalcald Articles – part 54

Scripture Text: Matthew 24:10–13

Things are bound to get worse. That was Jesus’ message too. Yet, within his message was a word of hope and assurance: “the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

The Smalcald Articles – part 52

Scripture Text: Matthew 23:9

In The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien describes 20 rings of power that were forged to rule the inhabitants of Middle Earth. One ring and its wearer was to rule over the other 19 and their wearers.

The Smalcald Articles – part 51

Scripture Text: Revelation 12:1–6

The “great red dragon” of Revelation 5 is depicted as a beast that has situated itself in such a way that it may easily devour the child about to be born into the world.

The Smalcald Articles – part 50

Scripture Text: Jude 3

The real issue was, and will always be, in regards to redemption. How is one forgiven and saved? Does this happen because of our good works, religious services, the works of others, declarations of indulgence?

The Smalcald Articles – part 48

Scripture Text: Psalm 118:19–24

There is only one who is the head of the Church. Jesus Christ must be given this honor, for the Father has conferred that authority and power on him alone.

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