Jesus saves us from sin and death. The Holy Spirit works in us to mold us into faithful followers, who live and act in ways that bring God glory, “since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.” (Romans 3:23-25).
Yesterday’s post, This I Believe (Part 2), explored the Second Article of the Apostles Creed, Of Redemption. The day before in This I Believe Part 1, we explored the First Article of the Creed: Of Creation. In this final post of the series, we will explore the Third Article of the Apostles Creed, Of Sanctification as explained by Martin Luther in the Small Catechism.*
The Third Article.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
What does this mean?--Answer.
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He forgives daily and richly all sins to me and all believers, and at the last day will raise up me and all the dead, and will give to me and to all believers in Christ everlasting life. This is most certainly true.
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