Sola BlogView All Posts >>

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Smalcald Articles – part 65

Click for larger image

Click above for larger graphic  • Index of Scripture Graphics and posts by Scripture reference

  Click for a recording of today's lesson. 

Exodus 20:1

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles 

The fruits of this sin are the ensuing evil deeds that are forbidden in the Ten Commandments, such as unbelief, false faith, idolatry, being without the fear of God, presumption, despair, blindness, and in short, not knowing or regarding God — and further: lying, swearing by God’s name, not praying or calling upon God, disregard for God’s Word, disobedience to parents, murder, unchastity, thievery, deceit, and so forth.

Pulling It Together

Near the beginning, Adam and Eve paid no attention to what God spoke. He told them that they may eat of all manner of things in the garden of Eden, but that they must not eat from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So, what did they do? Yes, they ate of that tree but of more import, they did not listen. They gave the Lord no heed, and the result was sin.

This sin is a sin we all share. At our sinful core, we do not care what God says. We — each and all — neglect God’s Word. Without his grace, we would have nothing to do with it — or him. The result of this old Adam within us, is a profusion of sin which we must drown with daily repentance and sorrow, putting it to death so that under the promise of Christian baptism, the new Adam (Eph 2:14–16) may continue to rise up and live before God in the righteousness and purity Christ provides through forgiveness and sanctification.

Prayer: Give me such faith, Lord, that I may continue to believe in your Word. Amen.

Receive these daily Sola Devotions by email. Write with "Subscribe" as your subject. To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with "Unsubscribe" as your subject.

Connections magazine is a voice for confessional Lutheranism in North America, featuring ministries and mission efforts of the movement. It provides reliable, biblically based content, stories of faith, and inspirational messages all in a “coffee table quality” package that delights its subscribers. Connections has a deep commitment to the evangelical nature of Lutheranism that responds with vigor to Christ’s great commission to go and make disciples. It also gives a public center to the effort to renew Lutheranism in North America in concert with Biblical authority and the teachings of the Lutheran Confessions.

Click Here For Content Archives