From the Word: And now I entrust you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and grant you an inheritance among all the sanctified. (Acts 20:32)
From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments
The Third Commandment
Therefore, I continually say that all our life and work, if it is to be pleasing to God or holy, must be ordered according to God’s Word. Where this is done, this commandment is in force and being fulfilled.
Pulling It Together: God’s word, the gospel, is the very power of salvation. This is how God bequests the eternal inheritance of the saints. He constructs a Christian through the word of his grace—in other words, through the righteousness of Christ. He builds a saint by grace, through faith in the builder, not in the constructed. If our lives are so ordered, always oriented to the Builder and his grace, then we are being built well. Like a contractor’s building plans, we too must be constructed according to the correct plan, according to the Word of God. This is why we come together on the Lord’s Day, to hear his word of grace, to be built together according to divine plan.
Prayer: Order my life, Father, according to your word of grace. Amen.
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The Spiritual Realms is a nine-session Bible Study series on Heaven and Hell and places beyond this world. Specifically, the study looks at the many “place names” that are found throughout Scripture, referring to spiritual realms of existence that underlie and comprise the universe God created. This Bible Study series is a challenging one, in that it explores realities of existence beyond what we know and experience everyday.
The study not only addresses matters of life, death, heaven, and hell, it steadfastly affirms that Jesus Christ is at the center of all these things. Our ultimate faith and hope rest in Christ’s death and resurrection for our sake. We live in faith by the biblical promise that: “God raised the Lord, and will also raise us up by his power.” (1 Cor 6:14)
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