Daily Devotional Materials
Fifth Sunday after Trinity
– Wednesday –
This is the true God. – 1 John 5:20.
Who is this Jesus Christ of whom we speak? Scripture says: “This is the true God.” It says that He is “overall, God blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 9:5.) It says that He is “The Lord, our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:6.) Therefore Thomas said to the Risen One: ” My Lord and my God.” (John 20:28.) Scripture says that He is the only-begotten Son of the Father, the second person of the Holy Trinity. The Father says to Him: “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten Thee.” (Psalm 2:7.) He Himself testifieth and says: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” (John 3:16.) The Holy Ghost says: “God spared not His own Son.” (Romans 8:32.) Jesus Christ is the ” Word ” which was in the beginning and was with God and was God, and through whom all things were made. (John 1:1-3.) He is the Omnipotent, the Omniscient, the Omnipresent. (Matthew 28:18; John 21:17;Matthew 28:20.) “He upholds all things by the word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3.) He forgives sins, He will execute judgment.(Matthew 9:6; John 5:27.) “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Hebrews 1:6.) All men should honor the Son even as they honor the Father.” (John 5:23.) – Here is the parting of the ways. Whosoever does not believe the clear doctrine of Scripture that Jesus Christ is the true God begotten of the Father from eternity, cannot believe in Him. This is wonderful and miraculous beyond everything: God has become man, Jesus Christ. Flesh and blood will not accept this. How do we get such faith? How may we retain such faith? We must see the glory of Jesus Christ, see it ever again, the glory of the only begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth – in Holy Scripture. Through it the Holy Ghost works faith.
PRAYER. – Lord Jesus, true God and man, Son of the Father and Mary’s Son, grant me Your Holy Spirit to the end that I may behold Your glory in Your Word, even as Your disciples beheld it with enlightened eyes, and that I may believe in You, as Your disciples believed in You, in order that I may belong to the blessed company of those who obtain eternal life through faith in You. Amen.
To us a child of hope is born,To us a son is given
And on His shoulder ever rests All power in earth and heaven.
His name shall be the Prince of Peace, The everlasting Lord,
The Wonderful, the Counsellor, The God by all adored.
His righteous government and power Shall over all extend;
On judgment and on justice based, His reign shall have no end.
Lord Jesus, reign in us, we pray, And make us Thine alone,
Who with the Father ever art And Holy Spirit, one
Hymn 155 (ELHB)
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
1 Samuel 19:1-24
19:1 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.2 But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee.4 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past. 8 And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him. 9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.11 Saul also sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David’s wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to morrow thou shalt be slain.12 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped.13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats’ hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth. 14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.16 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats’ hair for his bolster.17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee? 18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
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