Monday, July 11, 2011

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Sometimes you notice something that sets you bouncing and squealing with delight. And then you wonder how many gazillion other subtle allusions you walk right past without noticing.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear Him,
and His righteousness to children's children,
to such as keep His covenant,
and to those who remember His commandments to do them. (Psalm 103:17-18)

To children's children.
God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father
and we are His true children. (Small Catechism)

To such as keep His covenant.
Drink from it all of you,
for this is My blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
(Matthew 26)

To those who remember His commandments to do them.
Neither you nor I could ever know anything of Christ,
or believe in Him and take Him as our Lord,
unless these were first offered to us
and bestowed on our hearts
through the preaching of the Gospel by the Holy Spirit.
The work is finished and completed,
Christ has acquired and won the treasure for us
by His sufferings, death, and resurrection, etc.
But if the work remained hidden and no one knew of it,
it would have been all in vain, all lost.
In order that this treasure might not be buried
but put to use and enjoyed,
God has caused the Word to be published and proclaimed,
in which He has given the Holy Spirit
to offer and apply to us this treasure of salvation.
Therefore to sanctify is nothing else than
to bring us to the Lord Christ to receive this blessing,
which we could not obtain by ourselves.
(Large Catechism, Third Article)

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