Epistle Reading: Galatians 3:15-22
Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only
a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He
does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed,"
who is Christ.
And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and
thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by
God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.
For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of
promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because
of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made;
and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.
Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is
Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not!
For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly
righteousness would have been by the law.
But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the
promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:1-15
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the
Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He
ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command
this stone to become bread."
But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' "
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all
the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You,
and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to
whomever I wish.
"Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours."
And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For
it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall
Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the
temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down
"For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over You,
to keep You,'
"and, 'In their hands they shall bear You up, lest You dash
Your foot against a stone.' "
And Jesus answered and said to him, "It has been said, 'You
shall not tempt the LORD your God.' "
Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from
Him until an opportune time.
Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and
news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
Saints and Feasts
Trophimus, Sabbatius, & Dorymedon the Martyrs; Afterfeast of the Holy Cross; Plato the new Hieromartyr of Patmos