This Lord's day lays its finger on the heart and soul of the Lord's supper as it points it directly at the mass. The father's explain the very heart and soul of the gospel...the complete remission of sins in our Lord Jesus Christ! Once! Once and for all Jesus made the sacrifice on Calvary. Complete redemption period!
Fact: The Lord's supper testifies and speaks to us. It testifies of the Word of God in scripture that we have full pardon of our sins! The writer to the Hebrews shows us the old testament priest who was typical and had to offer for the people and for himself and notes that it never forgave and atoned for one sin. Our Lord typified in the old testament can hold His blood sacrifice before the Father in Heaven and say we are completely vindicated! The Apostle Paul speaks of this very fact often. There is NO condemnation and nothing that can separate us from the love of our Lord Jesus Christ! The devil whispers in all of our ears and we are sometimes tried and overwhelmed with our sins, but know that they are taken care of!
Denial: That fear brought into the children in the past made God's people buy indulgences. The sacrifices daily offered in the Roman Catholic Church to cover the penalty of sin for the living and the dead. You can see that is why the fathers called this an accursed idolatry as they believed the elements were literally changed into the very body and blood of Christ and then re-offered unto God for atonement and the forgiveness of sins. They worship an idol as they believe the elements change. It is Christ crucified and the power of the Living God made unto us sanctification and redemption! Once offered on the cross fulfilling all of the old testament types and typicals!
Blessedness: Once and for all and we are redeemed fully and freely! No one can take it away from you! In Christ's own words..."It is finished!"
....and you and I can both live and die knowing that we belong to HIM! For time and for eternity!
Justified By Faith!" LD23 & Romans 3&4 This Lord's day comes at the end of all that we have learned and know about the Apostolic confession. A very personal question comes before us. What does it profit you that you believe all of this?...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"Justified by Faith!" LD23/Romans 4 We have an important question in this Lords day. This question in the catechism asks "what does it profit you now that you know all these things?" (All the Gospel in a "nut shell" that includes Creator, Son, His...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"A Critical Question" LD2/ Romans 3 The catechism comes under attach especially because it starts with the unpopular concept of sin, but does so to take us to Christ! It takes us to a unique question. Do YOU know your sin and misery? This is not a...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"Justified by Faith!" LD 23 & Romans 3 We are justified by faith ALONE! We are asked what does it profit? What does it gain us? The profit is that we are righteous before God. As if we had satisfied for our sins and met Christ's demands...[ abbreviated | read entire ]