Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

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Romans 1:16

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

John 20:21 records Christ sending out his disciples as equals, without any distinction. When he says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you,” he declares that he sends his disciples individually, in the same way he had been sent. Therefore, he grants no one primacy or lordship over the rest.

Pulling It Together

No Christian is to have power over others, let alone more or less power. As the Word was sent into the world, we are sent into the world with the Word. The Word is the power of ordination—not the office. A pastor or bishop is powerless without the Word, despite the office.

Prayer: Here I am, Lord; send me. Amen.

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Not everyone likes bread sticks. They are fine for appetizers, but it's nice to have some selection. Add in some onion rings, BBQ wings, cheese curds, veggies...and then you've got something! Faith Appetizers is a sampler platter of Biblical Christianity. With an assortment of styles and topics, offering both a challenge and a chuckle, it intends to awaken your days with faith. These 286 devotions are arranged Biblically, from Genesis to Revelation. Like the good God behind our good book, they will work both the mind and heart, sometimes comforting the afflicted and sometimes afflicting the comfortable. Open up and taste one; then pass 'em around.

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Romans 1:16

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

John 20:21 records Christ sending out his disciples as equals, without any distinction. When he says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you,” he declares that he sends his disciples individually, in the same way he had been sent. Therefore, he grants no one primacy or lordship over the rest.

Pulling It Together

No Christian is to have power over others, let alone more or less power. As the Word was sent into the world, we are sent into the world with the Word. The Word is the power of ordination—not the office. A pastor or bishop is powerless without the Word, despite the office.

Prayer: Here I am, Lord; send me. Amen.

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Not everyone likes bread sticks. They are fine for appetizers, but it's nice to have some selection. Add in some onion rings, BBQ wings, cheese curds, veggies...and then you've got something! Faith Appetizers is a sampler platter of Biblical Christianity. With an assortment of styles and topics, offering both a challenge and a chuckle, it intends to awaken your days with faith. These 286 devotions are arranged Biblically, from Genesis to Revelation. Like the good God behind our good book, they will work both the mind and heart, sometimes comforting the afflicted and sometimes afflicting the comfortable. Open up and taste one; then pass 'em around.

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Romans 1:16

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

John 20:21 records Christ sending out his disciples as equals, without any distinction. When he says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you,” he declares that he sends his disciples individually, in the same way he had been sent. Therefore, he grants no one primacy or lordship over the rest.

Pulling It Together

No Christian is to have power over others, let alone more or less power. As the Word was sent into the world, we are sent into the world with the Word. The Word is the power of ordination—not the office. A pastor or bishop is powerless without the Word, despite the office.

Prayer: Here I am, Lord; send me. Amen.

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Not everyone likes bread sticks. They are fine for appetizers, but it's nice to have some selection. Add in some onion rings, BBQ wings, cheese curds, veggies...and then you've got something! Faith Apptizers is a sampler platter of Biblical Christianity. With an assortment of styles and topics, offering both a challenge and a chuckle, it intends to awaken your days with faith. These 286 devotions are arranged Biblically, from Genesis to Revelation. Like the good God behind our good book, they will work both the mind and heart, sometimes comforting the afflicted and sometimes afflicting the comfortable. Open up and taste one; then pass 'em around.

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Romans 1:16

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

John 20:21 records Christ sending out his disciples as equals, without any distinction. When he says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you,” he declares that he sends his disciples individually, in the same way he had been sent. Therefore, he grants no one primacy or lordship over the rest.

Pulling It Together

No Christian is to have power over others, let alone more or less power. As the Word was sent into the world, we are sent into the world with the Word. The Word is the power of ordination—not the office. A pastor or bishop is powerless without the Word, despite the office.

Prayer: Here I am, Lord; send me. Amen.

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Not everyone likes bread sticks. They are fine for appetizers, but it's nice to have some selection. Add in some onion rings, BBQ wings, cheese curds, veggies...and then you've got something! Faith Apptizers is a sampler platter of Biblical Christianity. With an assortment of styles and topics, offering both a challenge and a chuckle, it intends to awaken your days with faith. These 286 devotions are arranged Biblically, from Genesis to Revelation. Like the good God behind our good book, they will work both the mind and heart, sometimes comforting the afflicted and sometimes afflicting the comfortable. Open up and taste one; then pass 'em around.

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Matthew 18:1–4

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

Jesus teaches the same thing in a parable because of a similar dispute about the kingdom. Christ placed a little child in their midst (Matt 18:2), demonstrating that as a child neither takes nor seeks preeminence, there is to be no superiority among ministers.

Pulling It Together

There are orders in the Church of Christ, but not levels of superiority. A pastor who will not listen is a pastor to whom no one will listen. A bishop who lords the office over others will displease the Lord. On the other hand, Christians who serve others may discover God calling them to greater responsibilities. Any office in the Church is always an office of service—not primacy. The greatest among us must be a servant (Matt 23:11).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, make me of some use in your kingdom. Amen.

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Matthew 28:18–20

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

In Luke 22:25, Christ expressly prohibits lordship among the apostles. This was the very question the disciples were disputing when Christ spoke of His passion: who should be their leader and, as it were, the vicar of the departed Christ. Christ rebuked this error and taught the apostles that there should not be lordship or superiority among them, but that the apostles should be sent forth as equals in the common ministry of the Gospel. Accordingly, he said, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves” (Luke 22:25–26). The antithesis here shows that lordship is not permitted.

Pulling It Together

This is not to say that Christianity is supposed to me some form of democracy. It is not, for we do have a supreme leader, a head over us all. Christ is far above all names throughout time and even in the age to come (Eph 1:21). He is the head of the Church, both now and forever. He needs and desires no vicarious substitute in his supposed absence, for he is not gone (Matt 28:20). Let us serve under his rule, as though he were in our midst—as he surely is.

Prayer: Help me live under your authority, Lord, and therefore bear witness to you in my vocation, that place where you have sent me into the world. Amen.

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Matthew 28:18–20

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

In Luke 22:25, Christ expressly prohibits lordship among the apostles. This was the very question the disciples were disputing when Christ spoke of His passion: who should be their leader and, as it were, the vicar of the departed Christ. Christ rebuked this error and taught the apostles that there should not be lordship or superiority among them, but that the apostles should be sent forth as equals in the common ministry of the Gospel. Accordingly, he said, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves” (Luke 22:25–26). The antithesis here shows that lordship is not permitted.

Pulling It Together

This is not to say that Christianity is supposed to me some form of democracy. It is not, for we do have a supreme leader, a head over us all. Christ is far above all names throughout time and even in the age to come (Eph 1:21). He is the head of the Church, both now and forever. He needs and desires no vicarious substitute in his supposed absence, for he is not gone (Matt 28:20). Let us serve under his rule, as though he were in our midst—as he surely is.

Prayer: Help me live under your authority, Lord, and therefore bear witness to you in my vocation, that place where you have sent me into the world. Amen.

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In Saints I Have Known and Buried, Christopher Miller offers a rich resource of materials to help families navigate this difficult time by helping them create meaningful tributes to honor their loved ones' rich legacies and to name their precious memories. Filled with sample eulogies, sermons, and prayers, this unique resource enables families to further their own healing by developing an effective and meaningful tribute that recognizes their loved ones' special qualities and virtues.

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Psalm 119:105

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

Therefore, let us primarily show from the Gospel that the Roman bishop is not by divine right above other bishops and pastors.

Pulling It Together

If we wish to demonstrate that the pope—or anyone else, for that matter—cannot claim rule and power whatsoever over bishops, pastors, or laity either, then we had better have some authority behind our statement. There is no authority greater than divine authority. Lutherans regard the Holy Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, as being the very word of God. Scriptures carry the full weight of God’s authority, requiring our trust and acceptance. We walk in darkness without it; as it is breathed out by God himself (2 Tim 3:16), it is the supreme rule over all of life. Everything else, all books, traditions, and teachings, are subordinate. This is the substance behind that famous saying of the Lutheran Reformation: sola Scriptura. 

Prayer: Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, to the light of your Word. Amen.

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Luke 22:24–27

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

Now, in order that our case may be understood, we will first define what they mean by saying the pope is above all bishops by divine right. They mean that he is universal, or as they say, an ecumenical bishop. In other words, all bishops and pastors throughout the world should seek ordination and confirmation from him, who they say has the right of electing, ordaining, confirming, and deposing all bishops. Besides this, he claims the authority to make laws concerning acts of worship, changing the Sacraments, and doctrine. He wants his articles, decrees, and laws considered equal to divine laws, so binding consciences that those who neglect his laws, even without public offense, sin mortally. Still more horrible, he asserts that it is necessary to believe all these things in order to be saved.

Pulling It Together

It is bad enough that one Christian would claim to rule over others, since there are teachings of Jesus that say otherwise (Matt 20:16; 23:11; Luke 9:46–48; 22:24–27), let alone the example of his own servant leadership. What is worse is that such a person would claim such divine privilege that anyone who would dare to disagree with his declarations and demands, though they go against Scripture, is damned. May we be bound to no person. Let us instead, be bound to the Word of God.

Prayer: Make me of service to your Church, Lord. Amen.

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Acts 4:12

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope – part 1

First, the bishop of Rome claims that he is, by divine right, over all bishops and pastors. He adds secondly, that by divine right he has both swords, that is, the authority of bestowing kingdoms. Thirdly, he declares that believing this is necessary for salvation. For these reasons, the Roman bishop calls himself the vicar of Christ on earth. We hold these three articles to be false, godless, tyrannical, and destructive to the Church.

Pulling It Together

Theologians gathered at Smalcald in 1537, to construct their response to the pope’s convening of a council. This paper, “The Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope,” is the result of their gathering. If you looked carefully at the names of those who subscribed to The Smalcald Articles, you may have noticed that Melanchthon was vacillating on the first point of this treatise. These theologians did not waver. The pope was afforded no such authority over the pastors and preachers of the Reformation, let alone conceded rule over both Church and State. Still, it was the third point that would have made their theological skin truly crawl.

 There is only one name under heaven by which people are saved to eternal life: Christ alone. It is no wonder solus Christus was a primary doctrine of the Reformation. Christ alone died for our sins and raised us from the dead. We are forgiven and saved from death and the devil by Christ alone (solo Christo). He alone is the way to the Father (John 14:6). Believe in him and no other. Any other belief, any other teaching, is heresy of the worst kind.

Prayer: I believe in your Son, Father, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, forever one God. Amen.

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