Trinity 21: God Declares Us Righteous Unsheathing
His Word Against All Evil
Gen. 1:1–2:3; Eph. 6:10-17; John 4:46-51; Psalm 8
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God Declares Us Righteous
Unsheathing His Word
Against All Evil
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Genesis 1-2:3 The Creation of the World
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth
waswithout form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, ―Let there be light,‖ and there was light. 4 And God
saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the
darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6 And God said, ―Let there be an expanse[a] in the midst of the
waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.‖ 7 And God
made[b] the expanse and separated the waters that were under the
expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.8
And God called the expanse Heaven.[c]And there was evening and
there was morning, the second day.
9 And God said, ―Let the waters under the heavens be gathered
together into one place, and let the dry land appear.‖ And it was so. 10
God called the dry land Earth,[d] and the waters that were gathered
together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, ―Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding
seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according
to its kind, on the earth.‖ And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth
vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and
trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind.
And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there
was morning, the third day.
14 And God said, ―Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to
separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for
seasons,[f] and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the
expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.‖ And it was so. 16
And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day
and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set
them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to
rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the
darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening
and there was morning, the fourth day.
20 And God said, ―Let the waters swarm with swarms of living
creatures, and let birds[g] fly above the earth across the expanse of the
heavens.‖ 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living
creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their
kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that
it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, ―Be fruitful and
multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the
earth.‖ 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth
24 And God said, ―Let the earth bring forth living creatures according
to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth
according to their kinds.‖ And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts
of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to
their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its
kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, ―Let us make man[h]in our image, after our
likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over
the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth
and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.‖
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, ―Be fruitful and
multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the
fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living
thing that moves on the earth.‖ 29 And God said, ―Behold, I have
given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth,
and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30
And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to
everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of
life, I have given every green plant for food.‖ And it was so.31 And
God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
The Seventh Day, God Rests
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of
them. 2 Andon the seventh day God finished his work that he had
done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had
done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on
it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Ephesians 6:10-17 The Whole
Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the
Lord and inthe strength of his
might. 11 Put on the whole
armor of God, that you may be
able to stand against the
schemes of the devil. 12 For we
do not wrestle against flesh and
blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities,
againstthe cosmic powers over
this present darkness, against
the spiritual forces of evil in the
heavenly places. 13
Thereforetake up the whole
armor of God, that you may be
able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to
stand firm.14 Stand therefore,
having fastened on the belt of
truth, and having put on the
breastplate of righteousness, 15
and, as shoes for your feet,
having put on the readiness
given by the gospel of peace.16
In all circumstances take up the
shield of faith, with which you
can extinguish all the flaming
darts of the evil one; 17 and
take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God,
John 4:46-51 Jesus Heals an
46 So he came again to Cana
in Galilee,where he had made
the water wine. And at
Capernaum there was an
official whose son was ill. 47
When this man heard that
Jesus had come from Judea to
Galilee, he went to him and
asked him to come down and
heal his son, for he was at the
point of death. 48 So Jesus
said to him, ―Unless you[a]
see signs and wonders you
will not believe.‖49 The
official said to him, ―Sir,
come down before my child
dies.‖ 50 Jesus said to him,
―Go; your son will live.‖ The
man believed the word that
Jesus spoke to him and went
on his way. 51 As he was
going down, his servants[b]
met him and told him that his
son was recovering.
Psalm 8 How Majestic Is Your Name
To the choirmaster: according to
TheGittith.[a] A Psalm of David.
and the son of man that youcare for
5 Yet you have made him a little lower
8 O LORD, our Lord,
than the heavenly beings[b]
how majestic is your name in all the
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have given him dominion over the
You have set your glory above the
works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
2 Out of the mouth of babies and
7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
you have established strength because of 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of
to still the enemy and the avenger.
whatever passes along the paths of the
3 When I look at your heavens, the work seas.
of your fingers,
9 O LORD, our Lord,
the moon and the stars, which you have how majestic is your name in all the
set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of
THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
God Declares Us Righteous Unsheathing His Word Against All Evil
“„Let there be light,‟ and there was light” (Gen. 1:1—2:3). The Father speaks, and it is so.
His Word accomplishes what it says. He created all things out of nothing through His Son
by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father‘s creative Word became flesh in Jesus Christ,
that He might restore fallen creation and save fallen man. To the nobleman whose son was
deathly ill, Jesus says, “Go; your son will live” (John 4:46–54). And in the very hour Jesus
spoke, the nobleman‘s son was made well. The Word of Christ still accomplishes what it
says. In baptism, absolution, and the Lord‘s Supper, He declares His life–giving
forgiveness to you, and it is so. This saving Word of God is the sword of the Spirit by
which you are able to fight off all the onslaughts of the devil (Eph. 6:10–17). “Therefore
take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and
having done all, to stand firm.”
Reformation: The Son of God
Has Set Us Free from Sin and
Death by His Grace
Rev 14:6-7 The Message of the
Rom 3:19-28 The
Righteousness of God Through
John 8:31-36 The Truth Will
Set You Free
Or Matt 11:12-19 Messengers
from John the Baptist
Psalm 46 God is Our Fortress
Rev. 14:6-7; Rom. 3:19-28; John 8:31-36;
Matt. 11:12-19; Psalm 46
The Messages of the Three Angels
6 Then I saw another angel flying directly
overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim
to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and
tribe and language and people. 7 And he said with
a loud voice, ―Fear God and give him glory,
because the hour of his judgment has come,
and worship him who made heaven and earth, the
sea and thesprings of water.‖
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it
speaks to those who are under the law, so that
every mouth may be stopped, and the whole
world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by
works of the law no human being[a] will be
justified in his sight, since through the law comes
knowledge of sin.
The Righteousness of God Through Faith
21 But now the righteousness of Godhas been
manifested apart from the law, although the Law
and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the
righteousness of God through faith in Jesus
Christ for all who believe. For there is no
distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace
as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ
Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a
propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.
This was to show God's righteousness, because
in his divine forbearance he had passed
overformer sins. 26 It was to show his
righteousness at the present time, so that he
might be just and the justifier of the one who has
faith in Jesus.
what becomes of our boasting? It is
excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of
works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold
that one is justified by faith apart from works of
The Truth Will Set You Free
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed
him, ―If you abide in my word, you are truly my
disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the
truth will set you free.‖ 33 They answered
him,―We are offspring of Abraham and have
never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you
say, ‗You will become free‘?‖
34 Jesus answered them, ―Truly, truly, I say to
you, everyone who practices sin is a slave[a] to
sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house
forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son
sets you free, you will be free indeed.
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the
kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[a] and
the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets
and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you
are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to
come. 15 He who has ears to hear,[b] let him hear.
16 ―But to what shall I compare this generation? It
is like children sitting in the marketplaces and
calling to their playmates,
17 ―‗We played the flute for you, and you did not
we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.‘
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and
they say, ‗He has a demon.‘ 19 The Son of Man
came eating and drinking, and they say, ‗Look at
him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax
collectors and sinners!‘ Yet wisdom is justified
by her deeds.‖[c]
God Is Our Fortress
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah.
According to Alamoth.[a] A Song.
46 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[b] help introuble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth
though the mountains be moved into the heart
of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the
city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earthmelts.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of theLORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 ―Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!‖
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah