Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016    Thy Kingdom Come         

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 

Loved. From the Greek agapao, used repeatedly in John. God’s sacrificial and faithful love for the entire world alienated from God, that is, all humankind. Gave. God not only sent His Son but also offered Him to the world. He became the atoning sacrifice. Believes. “Whoever believes in the Son of God, be it with a strong or with a weak faith, may have eternal life. Worthiness does not depend on the greatness or smallness, the weakness or strength of faith. Instead, it depends on Christ’s merit.” (Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration VII 70-71)

Luther: “Look at the words, I beseech you, to determine how and of whom He is speaking…No one is here excluded. God’s Son was given for all. All should believe, and not all who do believe should perish, etc. Take hold of your own nose, I beseech you, to determine whether you are not a human being (that is, part of the world) and like any other many you belong to the number of those comprised in the word all.” (WLS 189)

Perish. Eternal separation from God. “Out of His immense goodness and mercy, god provides for the public preaching of His divine eternal law and His wonderful plain for our redemption, that of the holy, only saving Gospel of His eternal Son, out only Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.” (Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration II 50)

God gives His only Son as a sacrificial gift to deliver the world from condemnation and to give eternal life to those who believe in Him. When we continue in an immoral lifestyle, we naturally resist divine disclosure of our sin and thus our need for a Savior. Do not flee the light but repent. God has revealed His strong love in His Son Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and give you life. [1]

What is the 2nd Petition? Thy Kingdom come. What does this mean? The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also.[2]

O God, you so loved the world that you gave your only begotten Son to reconcile earth with heaven; Grant that we, loving you above all things, may love our friends in you, and our enemies for your sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.[3]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO Pg. 1783
[2] Luther’s Small Catechism, Explanation of the 2nd Petition of the Lord’s Prayer © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[3] Collect for Wednesday of Lent 2,

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