Devotion for Aug 10, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for August 10, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
The Whole Council of God
Can you think of a portion of the Bible that is unimportant? Is there a book that is not necessary to be studied? There are times when some ignore portions of the Bible as if they were no longer applicable and focus only on some books. Paul declares that he did not hold back but declared the whole council of God to the Ephesians. In other words, he did not shrink from preaching the Law in all of its severity, condemning sin and calling all to repentance. Neither did he hold back from preaching the comforting word of the gospel in all of its sweetness to all that did repent. Paul doesn’t mean that he preached about everything there is to know about God but in preaching the whole council of God, he proclaimed all that God has revealed to man. This includes that none is righteous, not one, for all have fallen short of the glory of God. But it also includes that all are justified by God’s grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, to be received by faith. While all stand condemned under God’s Law, the Gospel declares the righteousness in Christ for all who believe. The whole council of God requires that both the Law and the Gospel be preached.
The Athanasian Creed (vv. 1-18)
Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith. Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally. And the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance. For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another. But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit: the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated; the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite; the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal, just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite. In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty; and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God; and yet there are not three Gods, but one God. So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord; and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Week
Grant to us, Lord, the Spirit to think and do always such things as are right, that we, who cannot do anything that is good without You, may be enabled by You to live according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers for Self and Others
Optional Readings from Scripture and The Lutheran Confessions