The Small Catechism – part 135

Scripture Text: Ephesians 1:20–21

Being at the right hand of the Father means that Christ Jesus is seated on the throne of all thrones. He has power and authority which excels all others.

The Small Catechism, part 134

Scripture Text: Acts 1:9

Jesus ascended; he was raised to the Father's side in heaven so that he may share in the fullness of divinity (Phil 2:9). He is not simply God, nor only a man; Jesus is now God in the flesh, seated at the Father's right hand.

The Small Catechism - part 133

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

We cannot live with Jesus in eternity if he is not there. If God’s Christ is still dead and buried in the ground, we cannot live with him in heaven—nor can we live there without him.

The Small Catechism - part 132

Scripture Text: Philippians 2:9-11

In reference to yesterday's lesson on Christ Jesus preaching to those spirits in prison, many people want to know who these spirits are and what this prison is exactly. It is enough to know the universality of Christ's sovereignty.

The Small Catechism - part 131

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 3:18-19

It is a mystery to me why people want to get rid of the word "hell" in the Apostles' Creed. Are they afraid Christ Jesus cannot handle the place of the damned?

from January 13, 2015

Scripture Text: John 19:38–42

From the Confessions: “And Buried." The way you know a person is really dead, is if he ends up getting buried. Jesus died. That is why they buried him.

The Small Catechism – part 130

Scripture Text: Matthew 16:21

In order to emphasize the fact of Jesus’ death, the creed states that he was buried. Burial is necessary for those who are truly human and have died. In other words, Jesus was not an apparition; he was a man who had actually died.

The Small Catechism – part 129

Scripture Text: John 19:30

Did Jesus really die? If he is God, can God die? Some say that he did not actually die. It is called the “swoon theory,” meaning Jesus only fainted on the cross, was presumed dead, then carried off to his grave.

The Small Catechism – part 128

Scripture Text: Philippians 2:5–7

Why did God come to earth in human flesh? Why lower himself to such a level (if it really is such a low level)? God did so because love made him do it.

The Small Catechism – part 127

Scripture Text: Luke 23:22–24

Jesus, innocent man and holy God, was condemned to suffer the cruelest death the Romans had at their disposal. He would be crucified. His crucifixion was mere expedience in Pilate’s mind.

“Conceived by the Holy Spirit”

Scripture Text: John 6:54–63

Even in the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary we see that human works had no play. Mary did nothing. Joseph surely did nothing. The poor man was very likely stunned at the news...

The Small Catechism – part 126

Scripture Text: Luke 1:35

Jesus was born of the virgin named Mary but he was conceived by God. The Holy Spirit was the fathering agent, therefore the holy child was of two natures: divine and human. Jesus was born in “the likeness of men," that is, he is similar to a man.

The Small Catechism – part 125

Scripture Text: Romans 10:9

We moderns, especially in Western cultures, tend to speak of the heart as being an emotional vessel. In the consideration of the ancient Hebrews, the heart was the seat of thought and will, as well as emotion.

The Small Catechism – part 124

Scripture Text: Philippians 2:9–11

As Jesus is master over life and death, so he is Lord of all things in life and death. He is God over all creation: in heaven, on earth, and even under the earth.

The Small Catechism – part 123

Scripture Text: John 20:28–29

Thomas, the perennial doubter, at seeing his crucified rabbi alive and standing before him, confessed what John had related at the beginning of his Gospel.

The Small Catechism – part 122

Scripture Text: Romans 8:32

As Abraham did not spare his own Son when God commanded it of him, God did not spare his own Son when his will demanded it of himself. Through this precious, only Son, he has redeemed the creation he loves.

The Small Catechism – part 121

Scripture Text: John 1:14

Just as God settled among his people in the Old Testament, God now “tabernacles” among those who believe. He does so through his Son, Christ Jesus, who is the exact image of God.

The Small Catechism – part 120

Scripture Text: Isaiah 61:1

Sometimes the Old Testament speaks of the king as an anointed one, a person on whom God’s blessing rests. A priest would pour a flask of oil over the king’s head as a symbol that God had anointed him king.

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