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Articles translated from the German

The Future Glory of the Christian

by Albert Siegler
translated by Caleb Bassett

Albert Siegler meditates on Paul's words in Romans 8:18: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” A part of the glory which will be revealed in Christians is that they will have the image of God after the resurrection. But the future glory doesn’t affect just their bodies, but also the dwelling in which they will live in eternity. The righteous will enter into eternal life, where they will experience the fullness of joy in God's presence.

Jesus is the Door to the Kingdom of Heaven

by Albert Siegler
translated by Caleb Bassett

Albert Siegler meditates on Jesus' words in John 10:7: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.” By “sheep” are meant only those who are converted to Jesus the Good Shepherd. The door is the entrance of a dwelling. Jesus is the door to his kingdom of grace here on earth and therefore also the door to the kingdom of glory in heaven.

Sermon On the Second Pentecost Day

by Adolf Hönecke
translated by John Dermé

In this sermon on John 3:16-21, Dr. Hönecke’s outlines the work of the so-called “shy” person of the Trinity from a discourse in which Jesus does not mention the Holy Spirit by name. Hönecke illustrates well how the Holy Spirit is one God with the Father and the Son and, for example, was involved in creation, but his person specifically carries out a greater miracle toward his people.

On the Second Day of Pentecost

by Georg Stöckhardt
translated by Benjamin Foxen

Normally one wouldn't expect John 3:16-21 to be a Pentecost sermon, since there is no direct mention of the Holy Spirit in the text. Dr. Stöckhardt freely admits this at the beginning of his sermon but goes on to show that really the entire work of our salvation pertains directly to the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel

by Carl Manthey-Zorn
translated by Nathaniel Biebert

The gospel is the joyful and amazingly excellent message that the mind of God towards us lost and condemned sinners is full of grace from eternity. In this article, the retired pastor Carl Manthey-Zorn provides a thorough treatment of the gospel - its scriptural history, divine power, application through faith, and proper use.

Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15

by Christoph Starke
translated by Benjamin Foxen

The resurrection is the hope of all Christians. The apostle Paul preached the glorious truth of the resurrection of the dead in 1 Corinthians 15. This translation is from a commentary on the fifteenth chapter of Pauls' first letter to the Corinthians. Written by Christoph Starke, the style is accessible and scholarly.

Commentary on Romans 6:3-11

by Georg Stöckhardt
translated by Nathaniel Biebert

Stöckhardt expertly guides the reader through Paul's Greek in Romans 6:3-11. Since Christians are baptized into Christ and also into his death, they have become partakers of his redemption--redemption certainly not only from the guilt, but also from the dominion of sin. And if they are freed from the dominion of sin, then the power of sin is broken in them.

Sermon for the Reformation Festival

by Georg Stöckhardt
translated by Nathaniel Biebert

Stöckhardt takes his listeners back to the days of Luther and the selling of indulgences. He praises Luther for cleansing the church of this blasphemy, while condemning the pope for leading countless people to hell on a religion of money and works. Stöckhardt warns us against falling into the greed of the papists, which led them to reject salvation by grace, and he comforts us with the true indulgence – that for Christ’s sake we are freely forgiven.

True Knowledge

by August Pieper
translated by Caleb Bassett

Professor August Pieper addresses the students at the beginning of a new school year to impress on them the folly of relying on worldly knowledge, which is full of human error. Instead, he encourages them to found their hopes on Christ, who has accomplished their salvation. To know him as Lord and Savior – that is true knowledge.

There is Nothing New Under the Sun

by C.F.W. Walther
translated by Souksamay Phetsanghane

C.F.W. Walther wrote this article during the controversy in American Lutheran churches over the doctrine of predestination. Known as the "Election Controversy," this was a trying time for Lutheran synods in America. Walther's article was one of the many articles supporting the true view of election.

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