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2 Corinthians 4:3–4
From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning Monastic Vows
Besides, they dishonor Christ when they say that men merit eternal life through monasticism. God has not even conferred his law the honor that of meriting eternal life. He clearly says so in Ezekiel 20:25. “Moreover I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not have life.”
Pulling It Together: Those who who do not believe in salvation for Christ’s sake, in other words, because of what God has done through his Son, are not only blind and witless, they have refused grace. When they trust in their own deeds instead of the great divine deed, they have renounced God’s blessing. Placing any merit in your own actions is apostasy. Salvation is completely in the hands of God, spread and nailed to a beam, folded over the chest in the grave, risen in victory toward heaven. Believe in that; believe in him. Then your good works (Eph 2:10) will follow your faith, but your faith will not be in your works, but his alone.
Prayer: Open the eyes of my heart and mind, Lord, to see and believe the gospel. Amen.
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This booklet teaches the meaning of Holy Communion according to the pattern of Luther's Small Catechism, and is recommended for the Fifth Grade Level. Each week focuses on a specific Bible story which illustrates the theme, with additional references from Scripture and Luther's Small Catechism - Children's Version. Lessons emphasize the sacramental promise of the forgiveness of sins conveyed to us in the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This booklet was designed to be used as a Sunday School unit, or for classes to prepare students for their First Communion.