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December 14, 2008 - 3rd Sunday in Advent

Standard LSB B Readings:
First: Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8,19-28
Psalm: Psalm 126 (antiphon: v.5)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, John 1:6-8,19-28 for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, December 14, 2008.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article IV, paragraphs 81-83, page 94.

John the Baptist clearly witnessed to all that Jesus was the Christ, Israel's Savior foretold by the prophets. The apostles and evangelists of the New Testament continued to witness to Jesus as the Christ and man's only Savior. Today, faithful pastors, teachers and disciples continue to witness to Jesus as our only Savior and reconciler with God.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD3RD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE IV: JUSTIFICATION

Paul teaches that we have access to God (reconciliation) through Christ. To show how this happens, he adds that we have access by faith. By faith, for Christ's sake, we receive forgiveness of sins…not our own love and our own works.

It is certain that sins are forgiven for the sake of Christ as our Atoning Sacrifice, "whom God put forward as a propitiation" (Romans 3:25). Furthermore, Paul adds, "by faith." Therefore, this atonement benefits us in this way: We receive the mercy promised in Him by faith and set it against God's wrath and judgment. To the same effect, it is written in Hebrews 4:14, 16, "Since then we have a great high priest … let us then with confidence draw near." The apostle tells us to come to God, not with confidence in our own merits, but with confidence [faith] in Christ as the High Priest.

Peter says, "To Him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name" (Acts 10:43). How could this be said more clearly? Peter says we receive forgiveness of sins through Christ's name, that is, for His sake. It is not for the sake of our merits, not for the sake of our contrition, attrition, love, worship, or works. He adds: When we believe in Him. Peter requires faith. We cannot receive Christ's name except by faith. Besides, he refers to the agreement of all the prophets. This is to cite the authority of the Church. (paragraphs 81-83)



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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