Sunday, June 4, 2023

Life Quotes

“Almighty Triune God, thank You for Your amazing love for us. Thank You that You have rescued us from ourselves and that You have made us Yours through Christ dying on the cross for our sin and rising again to give us eternal life. 

Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, which calls us and opens our eyes and minds and hearts to respond in faith to Your message of salvation. 

And bless us this day as we cling to You and as You hold us up in the palm of Your hand and in the grip of Your grace.” 

Rev. Roland Syens, Guest Speaker on “the Lutheran Hour” – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •



The Holy Trinity 

The Holy Triune God Recreates Us in the Image and Likeness of Christ

Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Acts 2:14a, 22-36; Matthew 28:16-20  

Jesus The Holy Triune God “created the heavens and the earth,” and “behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:1, 31). However, after Adam and Eve fell into sin and plunged God’s good creation into decay and death, the Son of God would be “delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” to be “crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2:23). 

As Jesus “received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:33), He also raises up all the baptized and pours out the Spirit upon them through the preaching of His Gospel. He sends out His apostles to “make disciples of all nations” by “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” and “teaching them to observe all that [He has] commanded” (Matthew 28:19-20). 

Through such baptizing and teaching – Gospel and Sacrament – the Holy Triune God recreates us in the image and likeness of His incarnate Son, Jesus, the Christ, and behold, it is “Very Good” (Genesis 1:31).

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The Holy Trinity 

The care that Father, Son, and Spirit enact by creating humankind in His image makes every member of our race precious (Genesis 11:26-27). 

He reserves for Himself alone the right to decide how they live and when they die. Ultimate authority belongs to Jesus alone (Acts 2:36). 

We get the privilege and responsibility of teaching everyone that they also may believe it (Matthew 28:20)!

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