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October 16, 2010

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I don't find Arminius' path to assurance all that assuring. I don't see how looking to myself is going to help. I don't see how looking at God's love of himself is going to help. I find more comfort in Luther's advice that we cling to the word of promise, expressed to us in the Gospel, especially in Baptism. Thus, as he says in the Large Catechism,

"Thus we must regard Baptism and make it profitable to ourselves, that when our sins and conscience oppress us, we strengthen ourselves and take comfort and say: Nevertheless I am baptized; but if I am baptized, it is promised me that I shall be saved and have eternal life, both in soul and body."

Hey you guys, Calvinism, Arminius' path. I can thank God, our compassionate Saviour did something better than these two names can "offer", if you will. "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus". Now that is assurance. No, not a license to sin, but to glory in the cross, a better and higher motivation. Who is the all in vs 23? Why that was described in the verses beforehand. blessings to all of you, Jake

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