Monday, January 26, 2009

God Works Through Means

We all need a reminder once in a while. Quoting from the Solid Declaration, II, 54.

God works through means (i.e., the preaching and hearing of His Word). He breaks our hearts [Jeremiah 4:3-4] and draws us to Him [John 6:44]. Through the preaching of the Law, a person comes to know his sins and God's wrath. He experiences in his heart true terrors, contrition, and sorrow. Through the preaching of, and reflection on, the Holy Gospel about the gracious forgiveness of sins in Christ, a spark of faith is kindled in him. This faith accepts the forgiveness of sins for Christ's sake and comforts itself with the Gospel promise. So the Holy Spirit (who does all this) is sent into the heart [Galatians 4:6].

2 comments:

Rev'd-Up One said...

Yes, sweet music to the ears of one who desires the forgiveness of sins. And let us also remember what Luther says about how God's will is done: God's will is done when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which does not want to hallow God's name or let His kingdom come; and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His Word and faith until we die. This is His good and gracious will.

steve martin said...

Sweet as a nut!