THE WEEK OF TRINITY – TUESDAY
LESSON: EPHESIANS 1:3-14
[Jesus Christ] is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20
God has forbidden us to worship any strange gods. Now we are told in John that it is God’s will that His Son should be honored with the honor with which He Himself is honored. John reports Christ’s words to the Jews.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel.
For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgement to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him” (John 5:19-23).
These are, I believe, crystal clear words about the deity of Christ. Inasmuch, then, as God commands us to have only one God and to give to no other creature the honor which belongs to God or is God’s due, He nevertheless bestows this honor upon Christ; Christ must be God.
SL 11:1148 (5)
PRAYER: You have shown us in many clear statements and testimonies, Lord God, that Your Son Jesus Christ is true God and deserving of the full honor of the godhead. Keep us ever mindful of the exalted nature of Your Son, that we may also be thereby encouraged to place all our faith and trust in Him as our Savior and Redeemer, in whose name we also ask this. Amen.
Editor’s note: No American Edition (AE) equivalent for today’s sermon excerpt exists at the time of this publication. For an alternate English translation of this sermon, see Lenker, Church Postil—Gospels, 3:405-411.