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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Smalcald Articles – part 58

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Luke 22:24–27

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles – part 58

All this is a result of the pope desiring to be called the supreme head of the Christian Church by divine right. Accordingly, he had to make himself equal to and higher than Christ, then proclaimed the head of the Church, then her lord, and finally of the whole world—an earthly god who has even dared to issue commands to the angels in heaven.

Pulling It Together: The priesthood of believers (1 Pet 2:5, 9) leaves no room for airs, for the pretense of one Christian being greater than another. When this happens, the Church will squabble, as any family would in such circumstances, and be of no use to God. So, Jesus demonstrated how the greatest in the kingdom is really the one we would least expect. The greatest is the servant of all. No one has been the servant of all save Jesus, who came to earth to serve by giving his life as ransom (Mark 10:45) in order to create a kingdom of priests before God (Rev 5:9).

Prayer: Give me a towel and a heart to serve, Lord. Amen.

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