The Newest of New Things

The practical use [of the Bible’s teaching concerning the person and office of Christ] is admonishing, that in our analysis of the personal propositions we may follow the glowing torch of the heavenly Word, not the darkness of [unregenerated human] reason; and that we not rely on the usual rules

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The Comfort of the Incarnation

In the quote below, Johann Gerhard, speaks of the practical use of the biblical teaching of the “communication of natures” in Christ. Those “natures” are divine and human. This communication is so complete that what is said of the divine can be said of the human. So, for example, Paul

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Cure for the Poison in our Souls

Johann Gerhard lists several practical uses of the biblical teaching concerning the Two Natures in our Lord Jesus. The quote below comes from his first reason. Bernard writes very beautifully: “From God and man a bandage was made to heal all our infirmities, and the Holy Spirit like a pestle

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The Baptism of our Lord

First Sunday after the Epiphany of Our Lord The Baptism of our Lord January 8 The Lord be with you The Gospel lesson for the First Sunday after the Epiphany is always one of the accounts about the baptism of Jesus (just like the Gospel lesson for the Second Sunday

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Love in the New Testament

Andrew Das, commenting of Galatians 5:6, wrote: “Love” (agape) was not used extensively in extrabiblical Greek (or the [BC Greek translation of the OT called the] Septuagint) prior to the second or third century AD, but the word is used one hundred sixteen times in the NT and became characteristic

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The Epiphany of Our Lord

January 6 The Lord be with you With the festival of the Epiphany of Our Lord, Christmas is officially over. Epiphany commemorates no specific event but presents an idea that assumes concrete form only through the facts of our Lord’s life. The idea of Epiphany is that the Christ who

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Love Your Neighbor

Luther, commenting on Galatians 5:14, wrote: Paul is an outstanding interpreter of the commandments of God. For he compresses all of Moses into a very brief summary and shows that in all his laws, which are almost endless, nothing is contained except this very brief word: “You shall love your

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