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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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November 2, 2008 - All Saints' Day

Standard LSB A Readings:
First: Rev. 7:(2-8) 9-17
Epistle: 1 John 3:1-3
Gospel: Matt. 5:1-12
Psalm: Ps. 149

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Epistle, 1 John 3:1-3 for the All Saints' Day, November 2, 2008.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, paragraphs 223-226, page 135.

On All Saints Day the Church celebrates the victory that our brothers and sisters who trusted in Christ have attained when they were called from this life to the glorious life in heaven. We miss them here, but do not wish them back. Rather, we desire to be with them and with the Lord, which is better by far.

Click here for the reading formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


Let us hold on to this confession of the Church: we are saved by mercy... The Scholastics have invented the doctrine of wholly deserving merit. We will, therefore, reply briefly. It is essential to believe that we are saved by mercy so that hope may be sure, so that there may be a resulting distinction between those who obtain salvation and those who do not. When this is expressed in this way without explanation, it seems foolish. For in civil courts and in human judgment, issues about rights or debts are certain, and mercy is uncertain. But the matter is different in God's judgment. Here mercy has a clear and certain promise and command from God. The Gospel is properly the command that directs us to believe that God is reconciled to us for Christ's sake. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him" (John 3:17). Whenever mercy is spoken of, faith in the promise must be added. This faith produces sure hope, because it relies upon God's Word and command. If hope would rely upon works, then it would be uncertain, because works cannot quiet the conscience. Faith makes a distinction between those who obtain salvation and those who do not obtain it. Faith makes the distinction between the worthy and the unworthy, because eternal life has been promised to the justified. Faith justifies. (paragraphs 223-226)

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.

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