The Christmas Postil

The first Part of the Church Postil

 

 

Christmas Day

Titus 2:11-15

THE APPEARING OF THE GRACE OF GOD

FIRST EVIL - UNGODLINESS

SECOND EVIL - WORLDLY LUSTS

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

v12b We should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world.

v13a Looking for the blessed hope.

v13b And appearing of the glory.

v13c Of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

v14a Who gave himself for us.

v14b That he might redeem us.

v14c From all iniquity.

v14d And purify unto himself.

v14e A people for his own possession.

v14f Zealous of good works.

v15 These things speak and exhort.

THE ARMOR FURNISHED BY THE TEXT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Day

Luke 2:1-14

The Story of the Birth of Jesus; and the Angels' Song

I. The Birth of Jesus

II. THE BIRTH OF JESUS CONSIDERED IN IT'S SPIRITUAL MEANING.

A. The teaching concerning faith.

B. The spiritual meaning of the doctrine of this Gospel.

C. The Spiritual Meaning of the Signs, the Angel and the Shepherds.

III. EXPLANATION OF THE ANGELS' SONG OF PRAISE.

The Armor of this Gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Christmas Service

Titus 3:4-7

GOD'S GRACE RECEIVED MUST BE BESTOWED.

”Put them in mind to be in subjection to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready unto every good work, to speak evil of no man, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all meekness toward all men. For we also once were foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.”

”But according to his mercy he saved us.”

”Through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

”Which he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour.”

”That, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying.”

THE ARMOR OF THIS EPISTLE.

 

 

 

 

 

Early Christmas Service

Luke 2:15-20

The Fruits and Signs of the Power of the Word of God

THE SPIRITUAL INTERPRETATION OF THIS GOSPEL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS MORNING SERVICE.

THIRD CHRISTMAS SERMON

HEBREWS 1:1-12

THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST

“By divers portions (at sundry times) and in divers manners,”

“In his Son.”

“Whom he appointed heir of all things.”

“Through whom also he made the worlds.”

“Who being the effulgence [brightness] of his glory and the very image of his substance [person].”

“And upholding all things by the word of his power.”

“When he had by himself made purification of our sins.”

“Sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; having become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they.”

“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?”

“And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son.”

“And when he again bringeth in the firstborn into the world he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”

“And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels winds [spirits], and his ministers a flame of fire.”

“But of the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; and the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

“And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of thy hands; they shall perish; but thou continuest: and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a mantle shalt thou roll them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”

 

 

 

 

 

Principal Christmas Service

John 1:1-14

Christ's Titles of Honor; His Coming: His Incarnation; and the Revelation of His Glory

CHRIST'S TITLES OF HONOR AND HIS ATTRIBUTES

I. CHRIST'S FIRST TITLE OF HONOR AND ATTRIBUTE: HE IS THE WORD.

”In the beginning was the Word.”

”And the Word was with God.”

”And God was the Word.”

”The same was in the beginning with God.”

”All things were made through him.”

”And without him was not anything made that hath been made.''

II. CHRIST'S SECOND TITLE AND ATTRIBUTE:

IN HIM WAS LIFE.

III. CHRIST'S THIRD TITLE OF HONOR AND ATTRIBUTE: HE WAS THE LIGHT.

A. Christ was the light of men

”And the Life was the Light of men.”

B. Christ was the light that shineth in the darkness.

”And the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness apprehended it not.”

C. Christ Was the Light of Which John Bore Witness

”There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.”

”The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the Light, that all might believe through him.”

”He was not the Light, but came that he might bear witness of the Light.”

D. He Was the Light That Lighteth Everyone.

”There was the true Light, which lighteth every man, coming into the world.”

II. THE COMING OF CHRIST.

”He was in the world, and the world was made through ,him, and the world knew him not.”

”He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not.”

“But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believed on his name.”

”Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

III. CHRIST'S INCARNATION.

”And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of the Only Begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

IV. THE REVELATION OF CHRIST'S GLORY.

”Full of Grace and Truth.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST. STEPHEN’S DAY

ACTS 6:8-14; 7:54-60

STEPHEN’S EXAMPLE OF FAITH.

BUILDING CHURCHES DOES NOT SECURE GOD’S FAVOR

GOD’S COMMANDMENTS CANNOT BE FULFILLED BY MAN’S WORKS

AN EXAMPLE OF GODLY ZEAL AND CHRISTIAN LOVE

THE AUTHORITY OF LAYMEN TO PREACH

EXAMPLE OF COMFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

ST. STEPHEN’S DAY.

Matthew 23:34-39

I. THE TEACHING CONCERNING REASON AND NATURAL LIGHT

II. FOUR QUESTIONS

III. THE TEACHING CONCERNING FAITH

“Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.”

“Verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”.

 

 

 

 

 

DAY OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

(SIRACH) ECCLESIASTICUS 15:1-8

EXHORTATION TO PIETY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS

MOTIVES TO FEAR GOD AND LOVE; RIGHTEOUSNESS

First : “He will do good.”

Second : ”He holds to righteousness.”

Third : “As a mother shall she meet him.”

Fourth : “And receive him as a wife married of a virgin.”

Fifth : “With the bread of [life and] understanding shall she feed him.”

Sixth : “And give him the water of wisdom to drink.”

Seventh : “He shall be stayed upon her.”

Eighth : “And shall not be moved.”

Ninth : “And shall rely upon her.”

Tenth : “And shall not be confounded.”

Eleventh : “She shall exalt him above his neighbors.”

Twelfth : “And in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth.”

Thirteenth : “And shall fill him with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.”

Fourteenth : “With a garment of honor shall she clothe him.”

Fifteenth : “He shall find joy and a crown of gladness.”

Sixteenth : “And she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.”

 

 

 

 

 

DAY OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST.

John 21:19-24

THE TEACHING OF THIS GOSPEL

II. THE SECOND TEACHING. EACH SHOULD BE CONTENT IN HIS OWN CALLING.

III. THE SPIRITUAL OR MYSTERIOUS INTERPRETATION

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday after Christmas

Galatians 4:1-7

The People of Law and of Grace

MAN'S JUSTIFICATION.

THE USE AND NECESSITY OF THE LAW.

”So long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a bond-servant, though he is lord of all.”

”But is under guardians and stewards until the day appointed of the father.”

”So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the rudiments [elements] of the world.”

”But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

WHAT WE ARE TO BELIEVE CONCERNING CHRIST.

HOW CHRIST WAS UNDER THE LAW.

Christ Redeems Us.

”And because ye are sons [children]. God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

”So that thou art no more a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through Christ.”

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday after Christmas

Luke 2:33-40

I. OF SIMEON.

”And his father and his mother were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning him.”

The Spiritual Meaning of this Gospel Concerning Simeon.

“And Simeon Blessed Them.”

The Significance of the Blessing Upon Christ's Mother and Father.

”And he said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the falling and rising of many in Israel; and for a sign which is spoken against: yea a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed”.

II. OF ANNA.

The Second Part Of This Gospel.

”And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity, and she had been a widow even unto fourscore and four years), who departed not from the temple, worshipping with fastings and supplications night and day.”

The Spiritual Meaning of Anna, the Prophetess.

”And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks unto God, and spoke of him to all them that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”

III. THE RETURN OF THE PARENTS OF JESUS TO NAZARETH, AND THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS.

”And when they had accomplished all things that were according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.”

”And the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him”.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY

GALATIANS 3:23-29

THE LAW AND ITS WORKS.

THE OFFICE OF THE LAW.

FAITH LIBERATES FROM THE LAW

ERROR OF THE PAPISTS.

WORKS CANNOT SAVE.

UNITY IN CHRIST.

BELIEVERS THE TRUE SEED OF ABRAHAM.

 

 

 

 

 

EPIPHANY

ISAIAH 60:1-6

THE CONVERSION OF THE HEATHEN

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come.”

“Thy light is come.”

“And the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee.”

“For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”

THE TRUE LIGHT

“Gross darkness shall cover the peoples.”

“And nations shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”

“Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: they all gather themselves together, they come to thee; thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be carried in the arms.”

“Then thou shalt see and be radiant, and thy heart shall thrill and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned unto thee, the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee.”

“The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; and they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praises of Jehovah.”

 

 

 

 

 

Epiphany

Matthew 2:1-12

I. THE HISTORY OR LESSON STORY.

Whatever the Scriptures do not reveal we do not consider an article of faith.

”Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star in the East, and are come to worship him.”

II. THE ATTITUDE OF HEROD TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE WISE MEN.

”And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”

”And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written through the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, land of Judah, art in no wise least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come forth a governor, who shall be shepherd of my people Israel.”

The Prophecy of Micah.

”Then Herod privily called the Wise-men, and learned of them exactly what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, Go and search out exactly concerning the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word, that I also may come and worship him.”

III HOW THE WISE MEN CONTINUE THEIR JOURNEY, FIND CHRIST AND WORSHIP HIM.

”And they having heard the king, went their way; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”

”And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

Of The Faith Of The Wise Men.

IV. HOW THE WISE MEN BY THE COMMAND OF GOD RETURNED TO THEIR FATHERLAND.

”And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod they departed into their own country another way”.

 

 

 

 

Adventspostillen

 

 

 

Editor:

Cand.theol Finn B. Andersen

 

E-mail:

finnbandersen@msn.com