Luther’s Small Catechism

by Dr. Martin Luther

Explanation of The First Commandment

Explanation of The First Commandment

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

The Central Thought

All people everywhere are constantly looking for happiness, identity, security, and meaning in life. 

Where do people today look to find these things?

Read Luke 12:13--34. Notice the foolishness of the rich man and the reasons Jesus gives for putting our trust in God. 

As Christians, we look to the one true God for all that we need. This is the God who created and sustains us, who redeemed us by giving Himself to be crucified for us in the God-man, Jesus, and who sanctifies us through the power of His Holy Spirit. There is no other God.

In what ways does God generously provide me with all that I need for my daily life and my eternal salvation?

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