Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Friday within the Octave of the Feast of the Holy Trinity

Posted on June 17, 2022 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Galatians 4:1-7 (NKJV)
4:1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
God is Father because He begot a Son from eternity, and that Son is of the same substance as the Father. From the Father and the Son proceed God the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is not an academic proposition to be intellectually acknowledged. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is who God is, and it is also our salvation. God the Father sends God the Son to assume human flesh, being born of a woman alone. As man, God the Son redeems sinful mankind from the curse and condemnation of the Law which hangs over all mankind because of our disobedience. All who believe in God the Son’s death for their sins receive His perfect righteousness and are adopted as sons of God.
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’” The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God the Son. Since He adopts believers as sons of God, He gives them His Holy Spirit as well. By the power of the Holy Spirit we pray to God our Father. We abstain from fleshly lusts which war against our souls. We rise each day to live before God in righteousness and purity, no longer as sons of the devil and slaves to sin, but as sons of God with His Spirit and strength.
Prayer: Almighty and Everlasting God, Who hast given unto us, Thy servants, grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the Eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: we beseech Thee, that Thou wouldest keep us steadfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities; Who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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