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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 32

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From the Word: All has been heard; this is the end of the matter: fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Preface

For in these three parts everything that we have in the Scriptures is comprehended in short, plain, and simple terms. In these, the holy Fathers or apostles (whoever they were) have summarized the doctrine, life, wisdom, and study that occupies the conversation and interests of Christians.

Pulling It Together: James is correct: faith must be shown in deeds (James 2:18). In other words, we are to love our neighbor. Yet, duty is learned; keeping the commandments does not happen naturally. Unless a thing is viewed as a responsibility before God, we will naturally put self before neighbor. In other words, if you do not know the commandments, how will you keep them? And when you do not keep them, how will you know there is a First Commandment and a God to whom you may turn to and receive forgiveness?

Prayer: Oh, most holy God, give me such love for you that I may rightly fear you and so, keep your commandments, and trust in your faithful love when I fail to do so. Amen.

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