Summary: The Word of God always works to drive out the devil. This Word exorcised you from Satan’s grasp at your baptism. This Word keeps casting him out in the forgiveness of sins. The Word of the Lord’s Supper fights the battle again, driving him away. The believer receives this great gift with awe and thanks. Others piously mock these means of grace. Some piously doubt that Word, preached, declared, washed, and fed can do such great things. There is a battle afoot for your soul. Receive the gift of the Word and so escape the clutches of the Wicked One.
27. March 2011
Oculi (Lent 3)
When Jesus said that your body is a temple, he meant it. Inside this fleshy mass is a house of worship where the gods like to dwell. When it comes to your body, all sorts can and have inhabited your temple. Your tent of meeting in the flesh seems to be always ready for new or old gods. It seems nothing stops them from dropping in for a visit, just like cousin Ernie with his RV. The visit becomes becomes a week and then an extended stay, eating everything in fridge, wrecking the house, and stinking up the place. Continue reading