Daily Devotional Materials
Week of the
Ninth Sunday after Trinity
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I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. – 2 Timothy 1:12.
We have heard so much about believing. What is meant by believing? In order to believe in God through Christ Jesus, our Lord, it is necessary, first, to have a knowledge of the Gospel. One must be able to say: “I know whom I have believed.” For “how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?” (Romans 10:14.) And then one must accept the Gospel as true. He that imagines the Gospel to be a lie naturally cannot believe. “He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36.) But, Christian, the devils surely have a knowledge of the Gospel, and they also hold it to be true; and still they do not, in the true sense of the word, believe. “The devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19.) Therefore the third and foremost, the most essential part of faith is confidence, trusting with firm confidence in that God whom the blessed Gospel has taught us to know. If you can say: “I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day“; if you can say: I know God from the Gospel; I know His grace which is in Christ Jesus, my Lord; I know what by grace, through Christ, He has committed to me, and am persuaded that through it He shall on that great day save me, a poor sinner, – then you truly believe. May God give you such faith and keep you in such faith by grace, through His Word and the Holy Spirit!
PRAYER. – I thank Thee, O Lord, that through Thy Word Thou hast plainly revealed Thy divine majesty and Thy gracious will toward me, a sinner, as well as what Thy great mercy has prompted Thou to do toward my salvation and that of the whole world. Enlighten me, I pray Thee, with Thy Holy Spirit, that I may firmly trust in Thy bountiful grace, relying and depending upon it in life and death, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, my only Savior. Amen.
Abiding, steadfast, firm, and sure,
The teachings of the Word endure:
Blest he who trust this steadfast Word,
His anchor holds in Christ, the Lord.
Hymn 120, 4.(ELHB)
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. 7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. 8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
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