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May 31, 2015 - Holy Trinity, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the John 3:1-17 for the Holy Trinity, series B, May 31, 2015.

It is from Augsburg Confession and the Apology, Article II, Original Sin, pages 31-32, 76.

Nicodemus was puzzled by Jesus saying he must be born again because Nicodemus did not recognize the corruption of his own sinful nature.

The attached reading is formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin. The reading formatted for the 14" CPH Premium bulletin is available from Doug May.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDHOLY TRINITY, SERIES B
AUGSBURG CONFESSION AND THE APOLOGYARTICLES II, ORIGINAL SIN

AUGSBURG CONFESSION (paragraphs 1-3)

Our churches teach that since the fall of Adam, all who are naturally born are born with sin, that is, without the fear of God, without trust in God, and with the inclination to sin, called concupiscence. It is a disease and original vice that is truly sin. It damns and brings eternal death on those who are not born anew through Baptism and the Holy Spirit. Our churches condemn the Pelagians and others who deny that original depravity is sin, thus obscuring the glory of Christ's merit and benefits. They argue that a person can be justified before God by his own strength and reason.

APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION

The adversaries approve Article II, "Original Sin," but in such a way that they actually condemn our definition of original sinů We ask that the Augsburg Confession in German be examined, so that all good people will understand that we do not teach anything absurd in this matter. This will free us from the suspicion of teaching something new. For there it is written: "It is further taught that since Adam's fall all human beings, who are naturally conceived, are born in sin. From their mother's womb they are all filled with evil desire and the inclination toward evil. By nature, they have no true fear of God and no true faith in God." (paragraphs 1-2)



Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

These are excerpts from the Book of Concord.



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