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The Lent Postil 1525

 

 

 

First Sunday after Epiphany;

Romans 12:1-6

THE FRUITS OF FAITH

OUR SPIRITUAL SERVICE

”I beseech you therefore, brethren.”

”By the mercies of God.”

”To present your bodies.”

”A living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God.”

”Which is your spiritual (reasonable) service.”

”And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

SOBER THOUGHTS OF OURSELVES.

”For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but so to think as to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man a measure of faith.”

 

 

 

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

Luke 2:41-52.

I. AN EXAMPLE OF THE CROSS. OR SANCTIFIED SUFFERING

II. AN EXAMPLE OF COMFORT UNDER THE CROSS

 

 

 

 

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

SECOND SERMON - LUKE 2:41-52.

I. AN EXAMPLE OF THE CROSS AND OF SEVERE SUFFERING

II. THE TEACHING AS TO WHERE WE ARE TO SEEK CHRIST

“How is it that ye sought me? Knew ye not that I must be in my Father’s house (in the things of my Father)?”

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday after Epiphany;

Romans 12:6-16

GIFTS AND WORKS OF CHRIST'S MEMBERS.

WE ARE BORN MEMBERS OF CHRIST

EACH MEMBER CONTENT WITH ITS OWN POWERS

EACH MEMBER SERVES ALL THE OTHERS

EACH MEMBER SUFFERS AND REJOICES WITH ALL

CHRISTIAN EQUALITY AND CHRISTIAN GIFTS

”Whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith.”

”Or ministry, let us give ourselves to our ministry.”

”Or he that teacheth, to his teaching; or he that exhorteth, to his exhorting.”

”He that giveth, let him do it with liberality.”

”He that ruleth, with diligence.”

”He that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.”

THE WORKS OF CHRIST'S MEMBERS.

”Let love be without hypocrisy.”

”Abhor that which is evil.”

”Cleave to that which is good.”

”In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another.”

”In honor preferring one another.”

”In diligence not slothful.”

”Fervent in spirit.”

”Serving the Lord.” (Adapt yourselves to the time.)

”Rejoicing in hope.”

”Patient in tribulation.”

”Continuing stedfastly in prayer.”

”Communicating to the necessities of the saints.”

”Given to hospitality.”

”Bless them that persecute you.”

”Bless, and curse not.”

”Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep.”

”Be of the same mind one toward another.”

”Set not your mind on high things.”

”But condescend to things that are lowly.”

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday after Epiphany;

John 2:1-11

I. THE CONSOLATION OF MARRIED PEOPLE AND THE GLORY OF THE MARRIED STATE.

II. THE DOCTRINE AND EXAMPLE OF LOVE AND OF FAITH

III. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS MARRIAGE.

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday after Epiphany;

Romans 12:16-21

CHRISTIAN REVENGE.

”Be not wise in your own conceits.”

”Render to no man evil for evil.”

”Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men.”

”If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men.”

”Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord.”

”But if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head.”

”Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday after Epiphany;

Matthew 8:1-13

TWO EXAMPLES OF FAITH AND LOVE;

PERSONAL AND ALIEN FAITH, AND THE FAITH OF CHILDREN

I. TWO EXAMPLES OF FAITH AND LOVE.

II. THE EXPLANATION OF TWO THOUGHTS IN THIS GOSPEL.

III. THE DISCUSSION OF THE DOCTRINE OF PERSONAL FAITH AND THE FAITH OF OTHERS; ALSO, OF FAITH AND THE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN.

”Lord, I am not worthy.”

 

 

 

 

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany;

Romans 13:8-10

CHRISTIAN LOVE AND THE COMMAND TO LOVE

”Owe no man anything,” etc.

LOVE FULFILS THE LAW.

”For he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law.”

How can love fulfil the Law?

ALL COMMANDMENTS SUMMED UP IN LOVE.

”For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly summed up in this word, namely, Thou shaft love thy neighbor as thyself.”

LOVE WORKS ONLY GOOD TO ITS NEIGHBOR.

”Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: love, therefore, is the fulfilment of the law.”

 

 

 

 

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany;

Matthew 8:23-27

I. OF FAITH AND UNBELIEF.

II. OF LOVE.

III. THE SPIRITUAL MEANING OF THIS NARRATIVE.

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany;

Colossians 3:12-17

THE GLORIOUS ADORNMENT OF CHRISTIANS

”Put on, therefore.”

”A heart of compassion.”

”Kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering.”

”Forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye.”

”And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.”

”And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which also ye were called.”

”And be ye thankful.”

”Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.”

”In all wisdom.”

”Singing with grace in your hearts unto God.”

”And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany;

Matthew 13:24-30

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday before Lent;

1 Cor. 9:24-10:5

THE CHRISTIAN RACE FOR THE PRIZE

”And every man that striveth in the games [that striveth for the mastery].”

”I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air.”

”But I buffet [keep under] my body, and bring it into bondage [subjection].”

EXAMPLES FROM SCRIPTURE.

”For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant, that our fathers were all under the cloud.”

”For they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them.”

 

 

 

 

Septuagesima Sunday;

Matthew 20:1-16

The Parable of the Householder Who Hired the Laborers

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday before Lent;

2 Cor. 11:19-12:9

PAUL'S GLORY IN HIS LABOR AND SUFFERING.

”For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise yourselves.”

PAUL'S DESCRIPTION OF FALSE TEACHERS.

”I speak by way of disparagement [speak as concerning reproach], as thought we had been weak.”

”Yet whereinsoever any is bold.”

”Who is weak, and I am not weak?”

”I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago:'

PAUL'S THORN IN THE FLESH AND HUMILITY.

”There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan.”

”My power is made perfect in weakness.”

 

 

 

 

Sexagesima Sunday;

Luke 8:4-15

THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER

I. THE NATURE OF THE WORD SPOKEN HERE

II. THE DISCIPLES OF THIS WORD

III. THE FRUIT OF THIS WORD

IV. WHY CHRIST CALLS THE DOCTRINE CONCERNING THE DISCIPLES AND THE FRUITS OF THE WORD A MYSTERY

 

 

 

 

Sunday before Lent;

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

PAUL'S PRAISE OF CHRISTIAN LOVE.

”If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels.”

”And if I have the gift of prophecy.”

LOVE THE SPIRIT'S FRUIT RECEIVED BY FAITH

”And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor.”

THE NATURE OF CHRISTIAN LOVE.

”Love suffereth long, and is kind.”

”We know in part, and we prophesy in part.”

”For now we see in a mirror [through a glass] darkly; but then face to face.”

THE GREATEST CHRISTIAN VIRTUE IS LOVE.

”But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

 

 

 

 

Quinquagesima Sunday;

Luke 18:31-43

I. THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST

II. THE FAITH AND LOVE OF THE BLIND MAN

 

 

 

 

First Sunday in Lent;

2 Corinthians 6:1-10

An Entreaty to Live as Christians

”And working together with him we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”

SALVATION WHEREVER THE GOSPEL IS SENT.

”Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

”Giving no occasion of stumbling [no offense] in anything.”

”That our ministration [the ministry] be not blamed.”

MARKS OF CHRISTIANS AS MINISTERS OF GOD.

”But in everything commending ourselves, as ministers of God, in much patience.”

”In knowledge.”

”In longsuffering, in kindness.”

”By the Holy Spirit.”

”In love unfeigned, in the word of truth.”

”In the power of God.”

THE ARMOR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

”By the armor of righteousness.”

 

 

 

 

First Sunday in Lent;

Matthew 4:1-11

The Fast and the Temptation of Christ

I. THE FASTING OF CHRIST

II. THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday in Lent;

1 Thessalonians 4:1-7

EXHORTATION TO HOLINESS

”Not in the passion of lust [in the lust of concupiscence], even as the Gentiles.”

”That no man transgress and wrong his brother in the matter.”

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday in Lent;

Matthew 15:21-28

The Faith of the Syrophonecian Woman

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday in Lent;

Ephesians 5:1-9

EXHORTATION TO BE IMITATORS OF GOD

”To God for an odor of a sweet smell [for a sweet-smelling savor].”

SINS NOT TO BE NAMED AMONG CHRISTIANS.

”But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints.”

”Nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting.”

FOOLISH TALKING AND JESTING

”Which are not befitting.”

FRUITLESS CHRISTIANS ARE HEATHEN.

”For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

DECEPTION BY EMPTY WORDS.

”Let no man deceive you with empty words.”

”Be not ye therefore partakers with them; for ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord.”

”For the fruit of the light [Spirit] is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.”

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday in Lent;

Luke 11:14-23

Christ's Defense Against Those Who Slandered Him

I. CHRIST'S DEFENSE AGAINST HIS BLASPHEMERS

II. THE ALLEGORICAL OR SPIRITUAL MEANING OF THIS GOSPEL

 

 

 

 

Fourth Sunday in Lent;

John 6:1-15

The Feeding of the 5000

I. THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND

II. THE ALLEGORICAL INTERPRETATION

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday in Lent;

Hebrews 9:11-15

CHRIST OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST

”But Christ having come a high priest of the good things to come.”

”Through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation.”

”Nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption.”

”For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes a heifer,” etc.

”And for this cause he is the mediator of a new covenant [testament],” etc.

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday in Lent;

John 8:46-59

Christ's Defense Against His Enemies

”Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my word, he shall never see death.”

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday;

Philippians 2:5-11

Christ an Example of Love

”Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

”Who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant.”

[”Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant.”]

”Wherefore also God highly exalted him.”

 

 

 

 

Good Friday

How to Contemplate Christ's Holy Sufferings

I. THE FALSE VIEWS OF CHRIST'S SUFFERINGS

II. THE TRUE VIEW OF CHRIST'S SUFFERINGS

III. THE COMFORT OF CHRIST'S SUFFERINGS

 

 

 

 

On Confession and the Lord's Supper

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I. OF CONFESSION AND THE LORD'S SUPPER IN GENERAL.

II. OF CONFESSION.

III. OF THE LORD'S SUPPER

”Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks. he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”

”After the same manner also he took the cap, when he had supped, gave thanks and gave it to them, saying: Take, drink ye all of it; this cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you for the remission of sins: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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