Large Catechism IV: 41-42

I read and am reflecting on this short and beautiful section of the Large Catechism today.

“Therefore, every Christian has enough in Baptism to learn and to do all his life.  For he has always enough to do by believing firmly what Baptism promises and brings: victory over death and the devil (Romans 6:3-6),

[“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”]

“forgiveness of sin (Acts 2:38),

[“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'”]

“God’s grace (Titus 3:5-6),

[“he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration wand renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”]

“the entire Christ, and the Holy Spirit with His gifts (1 Corinthians 6:11).”

[“And such were some of you.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”]

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