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The Smalcald Articles – part 134

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1 Timothy 1:18–19

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles 

These are the articles on which I must and will stand, God willing, until my death. I do not know how to change or to concede anything in them. If anyone wants to compromise anything, it will be done at the peril of conscience.

Pulling It Together

Rely on the Word of God. Human traditions will compromise Scripture and cause you to stumble in your conscience. Worse, they will leave you with a sense of angst, wondering if you have done enough to warrant God’s reward. Take your stand on his word instead of your works. By doing so, you will arrive at the far shores of heaven by the swelling sail of Christ, instead of shipwrecked under your own power.

Prayer: Help me to stand with you, Lord Jesus, no matter the pitch of life. Amen.

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