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09 Reformation Sunday

09 Reformation Sunday

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O Lord, increase our faith. Gladly and truly I would think of you as my dearly beloved Father, and Christ as my brother. But alas, my deeds will not follow. Therefore, help my unbelief, so that I may accept your word as truth and glorify your name. O Lord, end our captivity. Redeem us, for we are the first-born of your new creation. As redemption has been perfectly and sufficiently accomplished through Christ, so may we fully and truly know and accept it. As by your mighty hand the sea was dried up by the parching wind, so let everything of our remaining bondage vanish. Amen

The Third Petition Your will be done, on earth as is heaven. What is this? In fact, God’s good and gracious will comes about without our prayer, but we ask in this prayer that it may also come about in and among us. How does this come about? Whenever God breaks and hinders every evil scheme and will of the devil, the world, and our flesh that would not allow us to hallow God’s name and would prevent the coming of his kingdom. And God’s will comes about whenever God strengthens us and keeps us steadfast in his Word and in faith until the end of our lives. This is God’s gracious and good will.

Almighty God, gracious Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit upon your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your Word, protect and comfort them in all temptations, defend them against all their enemies, and bestow on the Church your saving peace; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

GOSPEL: John 8:31-36
Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?’ 34 Jesus answered them, “Very, truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans iii. 23-24. However great and heavy sin may be, this article is still greater, higher, and wider, for no man has spoken it out if his own wisdom, or established it, but He who created and upholds heaven and earth. My sin and my saintliness must remain here on earth, for they concern this life and my doings here; but there on high, I have different treasure, greater than these two, where Christ is seated holding me in His arms, covering me with His wings, and overshadowing me with His mercy. You say: How can that be, since I feel my sin daily, and my conscience condemns me, and holds up the wrath of God before me? Answer: you should learn that Christian justification, whatever you may think or imagine, is nothing but the forgiveness of sins, which means that it is such a kingdom or sovereignty as deals only with sins and with such overflowing grace as takes away all wrath. For it is called forgiveness of sins because we are down-right sinners before God and there is nothing in us but sin, although we may possess all human righteousness. For where He speaks of sin there must be real and great sin; just as forgiveness is not a joke but something really serious. Therefore when you look at this article you have two things, first, that sin takes away all your sanctity, however devout you may be, on earth; and second, forgiveness brings to nought all sin and wrath, so that your sin cannot cast you into hell nor can your sanctity lift you into heaven. Therefore, before the world I will be devout and do as much as I can, but before God I will gladly be a sinner, and not be called by any other name, in order that this article may remain true. Otherwise there would be no forgiveness or grace, but it would have to be called a crown of righteousness and of my own deserving. Apart from forgiveness there is and remains nothing but sin which condemns us.
Sermons from the year 1529. Taken from the book: Day by Day We Magnify Thee by Martin Luther Page 255 W.A. 29. 573f.

SECOND READING: Romans 3:19-28
Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. 21 But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24 they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he has passed over sins previously committed; 26 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.

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