A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series November 16, 2008 - 27th Sunday after Pentecost
Standard LSB A Readings: First: Zeph. 1:7-16 Epistle: 1 Thess. 5:1-11 Gospel: Matt. 25:14-30 Psalm: Ps. 90:1-12
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Epistle, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 for the 27th Sunday after Pentecost, November 16, 2008.
It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, paragraphs 262-263, 265-266, page 141.
When we are aware that the Lord will come unexpectedly we will eagerly nourish our faith through the study of God's Word and the reception of the Lord's Supper, for Peter said, "[We] are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed..." (1 Peter 1:5)
[The adversaries] do not teach the righteousness of faith because they understand faith as merely a knowledge of the history or of dogmas. They do not understand faith to be a virtue, which takes hold of the promise of grace and of righteousness, and which enlivens hearts in the terrors of sin and of death. Paul says, "With the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved" (Romans 10:10). Paul says that confession saves in order to show what sort of faith receives eternal life, namely, that which is firm and active. That faith, however, that does not present itself in confession is not firm. So we conclude that we are justified before God, are reconciled to God and reborn through faith. In repentance this faith lays hold of the promise of grace and truly enlivens the terrified mind. It is convinced that for Christ's sake God is reconciled and favorable toward us. "Through" this faith, 1 Peter 1:5 says, "[We] are being guarded. for a salvation ready to be revealed." The knowledge of this faith is necessary to Christians, brings the most abundant comfort in all troubles, and shows us Christ's office. Those who deny that people are justified through faith and that Christ is Mediator and the Atoning Sacrifice, deny the promise of grace and the Gospel. When it comes to justification, they teach only the doctrine either of reason or of the Law. (paragraphs 262-263, 265-266)
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