Sunday, December 20, 2015

LSB 357 Key of David

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
LSB 357 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

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Key of David--Opening Heaven

The Antiphon
O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel,
You open and no one can close,
You close and no one can open;
Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness and the shadow of death.

Rev 3:7-8, 12-13
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: 'The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name...
The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

Matthew 1:21, 23
"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel”
(which means, God with us).

Top Eight Ways the The Lord Jesus, Emmanuel, is “with us.”

The whole human race is truly redeemed and reconciled with God through Christ. By His faultless obedience, suffering, and death Christ merited for us the righteousness that helps us before God and also merits eternal life.

Christ's merit and benefits are presented, offered, and distributed to us through His Word and Sacraments.

By His Holy Spirit, through the Word, when it is preached, heard, and pondered, Christ will be effective and active in us, will convert hearts to true repentance and preserve them in the true faith.

The Spirit will justify all those who in true repentance receive Christ by a true faith. He will receive them into grace, adoption, and the inheritance of eternal life.

He will also sanctify in love those who are justified.

He also will protect them in their great weakness against the devil, the world, and the flesh. He will rule and lead them in His ways, raise them again when they stumble, comfort them under the cross and in temptation, and preserve them for life eternal.

He will also strengthen, increase, and support to the end the good work that He has begun in them, if they cling to God's Word, pray diligently, abide in God's goodness, and faithfully use the gifts they received.

Finally, He will eternally save and glorify in life eternal those whom He has elected, called. and justified.