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From the Confessions: The Small Catechism
After they have learned the text, teach them the meaning too. Again, choose the explanations in this booklet, or some other brief, uniform explanations, whichever you like, and adhere to it. As stated earlier regarding the text, do not change a single syllable. Furthermore, take your time to present the parts one at a time. It is not necessary that you present all of them at once. After they correctly understand the First Commandment, then take up the Second, and so on. Otherwise, they will be too overwhelmed to retain anything properly.
Pulling It Together
God’s word opens the door of the mind. Yet it does far more since it is not merely that which opens, but is itself the gateway to a person’s spirit. For this part of a person (1 Thes 5:23) to properly develop, it must do so under the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit. It is God, through his Word, who recreates us in his own image. But how does he do this regenerative work? Scripture is clear. “Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2 RSV). Where does God reveal himself most objectively than through Christ Jesus, and thus, through Scripture? It is through seeing God in Scripture that we begin to become like him, finally becoming like him in glory on that Day.
Seeing God begins with being taught these basic verses and explanations found in the Small Catechism. The Spirit of God uses that Word to begin a transformative process, a regeneration of the whole person. The person who keeps faith in Christ—effectively taught and learned in the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacraments, and the Creed—is the one who will become like God, fully having his righteousness and eternal life, even as believers enjoy now by faith. He will fully reveal to you that which you have already been given through faith in Christ.
Prayer: Give me, O God, a confident hope of glory, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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