A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Keys

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VII. Of the Keys. 1] The keys are an office and power given by Christ to the Church for binding and loosing sin, not only the gross and well-known sins, but also the subtle, hidden, which are … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Sacrament of the Altar

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VI. Of the Sacrament of the Altar. 1] Of the Sacrament of the Altar we hold that bread and wine in the Supper are the true body and blood of Christ, and are given and received not … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Baptism

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article V. Of Baptism. 1] Baptism is nothing else than the Word of God in the water, commanded by His institution, or, as Paul says, a washing in the Word; as also Augustine says: Let the Word come … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Gospel

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article IV. Of the Gospel. We will now return to the Gospel, which not merely in one way gives us counsel and aid against sin; for God is superabundantly rich [and liberal] in His grace [and goodness]. First, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Repentance

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article III. Of Repentance. 1] This office [of the Law] the New Testament retains and urges, as St. Paul, Rom. 1:18 does, saying: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Law

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article II. Of the Law 1] Here we hold that the Law was given by God, first, to restrain sin by threats and the dread of punishment, and by the promise and offer of grace and benefit. But … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Sin

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE THIRD PART OF THE ARTICLES. Concerning the following articles we may [will be able to] treat with learned and reasonable men, or among ourselves. The Pope and his [the Papal] government do not care much about these. For with … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Papacy

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article IV: Of the Papacy. 1] That the Pope is not, according to divine law or according to the Word of God the head of all Christendom (for this [name] belongs to One only, whose name is Jesus … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Chapters and Cloisters

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article III: Of Chapters and Cloisters. 1] That chapters and cloisters [colleges of canons and communistic dwellings], which were formerly founded with the good intention [of our forefathers] to educate learned men and chaste [and modest] women, ought … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Mass

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article II: Of the Mass. 1] That the Mass in the Papacy must be the greatest and most horrible abomination, as it directly and powerfully conflicts with this chief article, and yet above and before all other popish … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Chief Article

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE SECOND PART Treats of the Articles which Refer to the Office and Work of Jesus Christ, or Our Redemption. Part II, Article I: The first and chief article. 1] That Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Awe-Inspiring Articles on Divine Majesty

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE FIRST PART Treats of the Sublime Articles Concerning the Divine Majesty, as: I. That Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three distinct persons in one divine essence and nature, are one God, who has created heaven and earth. The Holy … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Preface

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Note: This is the third series of posts providing commentary on the Book of Concord adapted from my Lutheran Essentials Class Notes.  I pray they are edifying and aid in the reading of the Book of Concord.  Scriptural citations are … Continue reading