The Shepherds did not reason nor debate with themselves who should keep the wolf from the sheep in the mean time, but did as they were commanded and committed their sheep to him whose pleasure they obeyed.
The key word, vanity, is employed over and over to show that everything man accomplishes and achieves is empty. At his very best man is a failure. Solomon discovered this in his long march through life.
"Cranach was suggesting that the teachings of Dr Luther were more in keeping with Christ and early Christianity that that which was in vogue in Rome. While the Pope claimed Apostolic Succession, Cranach was perceptively illustrating that the truths which Luther rediscovered, were the true Apostolic Gospel. "
"...in assuring us the Holy Ghost brings us to the place where we have an affectionate intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father, learning to cry out for His presence and to rely upon Him utterly."
The word regeneration denotes the new birth which brings new life to the soul. The necessity of this doctrine was especially articulated by Jesus Christ in His conversation with Nicodemas. Christ's emphasis was that regeneration is a spiritual work in which man is passive, because he is flesh. Only the Holy Ghost can effect such a spiritual change in the life of the sinner.
Tell me thou art mine O Saviour, Grant me an assurance clear; Banish all my dark misgivings, Still my doubting, calm my fear.
We do well to consider the wise men of Israel carefully because their words, inspired by the Holy Spirit, have much to teach us in the 21st century.
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