This begins a series of posts going through the Large Catechism. There will be little or no commentary. Just listen to Luther! So we begin with the 1st Commandment:
First Commandment, "You shall have no other God's before Me."
Luther explains the command this way, "What this means: You shall have Me alone as your God. What is the meaning of this, and how is it to be understood? What does it mean to have a god? Or, what is God? Answer: A god means that from which we are to expect all good and in which we are to take refuge in all distress. So, to have a God is nothing other than trusting and believing Him with the heart. I have often said that the confidence and faith of the heart alone make both God and an idol. If your faith and trust is right, then your god is also true. On the other hand, if your trust is false and wrong, then you do not have the true God. For these two belong together, faith and God [Hebrews 11:6]. Now, I say that whatever you set your heart on and put your trust in is truly your god."
I encourage you to purchase a copy of the Large Catechism from Concordia Publishing House. Call 1-800-325-3040. They have a version with simple study questions after each section.
Concordia : The Lutheran Confessions. 2005 (Edited by Paul Timothy McCain) (359). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.
"Living on the Edge" is what happens when we are Christians. We can't help it. We're on the edge and we may not even know it. Because we are in Jesus Christ through Baptism we are on the edge.
The edge is the danger zone. The edge brings fear or at least feelings of unease. The edge is also the place of risk taking and tireless efforts to God's glory and the service of neighbor.
Yet, when we live on the edge we aren't leading Jesus. We are following Him. He went before us and for us. Jesus was willing to live on the edge for three important items: 1. For the honor of the Temple of God, to uphold the Word of God, and to save sinners.
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"Quia Creeds" are creeds you can boldy confess because they are faithful to the teaching of the Bible. Every church and every person has a creed. Is the creed based on your opinion or is it derived from Christ's Word?