A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series February 25, 2007 - 1st Sunday in Lent
Standard LSB C Readings: First: Deut 26:1-11 Epistle: Rom 10:8b-13 Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 Psalm: Ps 91:1-13 (1)
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Epistle, Romans 10:8-13 for the 1st Sunday in Lent, February 25, 2007.
It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article III, paragraphs 41, 43-45, 51, 53, pages 572-274.
Some Christians mistakenly think that they become saved by their believing the Christ and confessing him with their lips. For them faith in an intellectual act of will. They base this on Romans 10:10. What they forget is that Romans was written to believers (Rom.1:7-8), and that faith, justification and righteousness are gifts of God given through the gospel apart from works.
Good works do not come before faith, neither does sanctification come before justification. First, in conversion faith is kindled in us by the Holy Spirit from the hearing of the Gospel. Faith lays hold of God's grace in Christ, by which the person is justified.
James speaks about the works of those who have already been justified through Christ, reconciled with God, and received forgiveness of sins through Christ.
The following and similar errors must be rebuked, exposed, and rejected-
* Our love or good works are a merit or cause of justification before God, either entirely or in part.
* Our righteousness before God is not complete without such love and renewal. Likewise, believers are justified and righteous before God at the same time by Christ's righteousness and in part by new obedience. Likewise, the promise of grace is gained for us by faith in the heart and confession made with the mouth and by other virtues...
This is false because it is directly opposed to the declaration of Paul, "[Blessed is] the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works" (Romans 4:6). Paul's reason is that we receive both salvation and righteousness in the same way. (paragraphs 41,43-45, 51,53)
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