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In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations. How? By baptizing and teaching all nations “in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Today most people reject the power of God’s miracle of Baptism They reject the power which Jesus promises in His living Word through the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Read the documentation of the Holy Spirit in Luke 10:1–24. In a very dramatic way, this account of the Spirit describes the amazing, even stunning, power of Jesus’ name. As you read this account, note carefully what happened when the “seventy” returned to Jesus to give their report. “The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the de­mons are subject to us IN YOUR NAME’” (Luke 10:17).

The next thing may surprise you! When Jesus commands us to baptize, preach, and teach “in His Name,” the same thing happens today! Not only are demons subdued as the seventy reported; but, as Jesus adds, Satan falls “from heaven like lightning” ( Luke 10:18).

SATAN FALLING FROM HEAVEN!

How do Jesus’ stunning words apply to you today? If you were able to see the skyline of a city near you next Sunday and, if you had the special spiritual “vision” Jesus had, you would be stunned! Above all the churches where Jesus’ Word is preached and His Sacraments distributed, you would see Satan “fall from heaven like lightning” (Luke 10:18).

In those churches where pastors and teachers refuse to preach and teach Jesus’ pure Word and administer/proclaim the Sacraments Jesus instituted, just the opposite would be true: As you look with spiritual eyes above those churches, you would not see “Satan fall from heaven like lightning” (Luke 10:18).

JESUS’ SOBERING WORDS

If you have any doubts about the miraculous power of Jesus’ Word and Sacraments because you do not see or feel anything happen when His Word and Sacraments are proclaimed; and, if you often seek some type of visible sign or proof that a miracle is taking place at a Baptism or during Holy Communion, then consider this: As He taught the Pharisees about the mysteries of God, they constantly demanded a sign, some type of visible confirmation, thereby hoping to force Jesus to prove what He was teaching. Jesus then issued this somber warning: “An evil and adulterous gene­r­ation craves for a sign; and yet no sign shall be given” (Matthew 12:39).

GOD GRANTS YOU SPECIAL VISION TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH!

Every time the devil tempts you to demand a sign from God that His promises through His living Word and Spirit are at work in you, turn away from this temptation—quickly! Although God does not promise to give you a sign visible to your human eyes, remember this: God does pro­mise to give you “eyes of faith” (Ephesians 1:18; Psalm 119:18). “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 13:11). Therefore, let the Spirit assure you that beginning with your Baptism, each time Jesus’ name is invoked and you receive Christ through His Word and Sacraments, you will see Satan “fall from heaven like lightning” with your spiritual eyes.

For deeper Scripture study on how Jesus gives you the faith to see the unseen, go to the Bible study beginning on page 38.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for painting such a clear picture of what happens when Your pure and living Word is preached and taught and Your Sacraments are administered/proclaimed. With spiritual eyes You enable me daily to see the miracles You do through Your Word. As the devil tempts me to doubt the miracles You perform through Your Word and Sacraments, hold daily before me Your Spirit’s counsel: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the miracles You daily perform in my life through Your Word and Sacraments. Amen.…

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