Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Luther’s Small Catechism – The Ten Commandments
The First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods”
What does this mean? We should fear, love and trust in God above all things.
To have a god is to have something or someone upon whom you can trust and rely wholeheartedly to help in times of need and to supply all good things. People rely on many other things or so-called gods, but scripture tells us about those other so-called gods.
Isaiah 45:20, “They have no knowledge who carry about their wooden idols, and keep on praying to a god that cannot save.”
Proverbs 11:28, “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.”
Scripture tells us that there is only one God.
1 Corinthians 8:5-6, “For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth — as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords” — 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
This is the one and only God. We love, trust and rely upon him for all things. He loves us and gives us all good things including our lives and everything we have and enjoy.
1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxietieson him, because he cares for you.” Even in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Philippians 4:5-6, “The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Do not be anxious even about this pandemic, or in this time of civil unrest and uncertainty.
God has many attributes.He is:
- Good – He is kind, He desires our welfare.
- Gracious – He is merciful, full of compassion for us, showing us undeserved kindness.
- Faithful – He keeps His promises.
- Spirit – Without body.
- Eternal – Without beginning or end.
- Immutable – He and His promises do not change.
- All-knowing – God knows everything.
- He is everywhere.
- He is Holy – He hates sin.
- Just – He is fair and impartial.
- God is love – 1 John 4:8, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
God knows that we do not and cannot love and trust him as we should, but he loves and cares for us anyway.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
The one true God reveals himself as father, son and Holy Spirit. This one true God, in the person of the son, became flesh in Jesus Christ for you, to make atonement for your sins. There is no other God. He loves and cares for us at all times, and even now is our hope these anxious times.