From the Word: 15 Having heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and your love for all the saints, 16 for this reason I do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your heart enlightened that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints… (Ephesians 1:15–18)
From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments
The Fourth Commandment
Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.)
Therefore, I repeat that I would be very glad if people would open their eyes and ears, and take this to heart, so that they are not again led astray from the pure Word of God to the lying vanities of the devil. Then, all would be well. Parents would have more joy, love, friendship, and concord in their houses, and thereby, their children could captivate their parents’ hearts.
Pulling It Together: True holiness and enlightenment is that which receives its righteousness and revelation from the living Christ, rather than trying to squeeze piety and secrets from the dead husk of works and religion. These only come to us through faith in God’s grace. But how are we to live in this grace? A homespun analogy may help. We are never not the offspring of our mothers and fathers, yet we are nevertheless, to remain obedient in their homes. So too, the baptized are always children of the Father; they did nothing to deserve that; it is their birthright. But they are to obey his commandments nonetheless. Doing so does not generate salvation, but does bring immeasurable contentment to both God and Christ’s church.
Prayer: Enliven me to keep your Word, Father, so that I might bring a smile to your face. Amen.
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