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October 11, 2009 - 19th S. a Pentecost

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Mark 10:17-22 for the 19th S. a Pentecost, October 11, 2009.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, paragraphs 170-171, pages 127-128.

This was not a happy day for the Lord. A man who thought he could do everything necessary for salvation came to Jesus seeking His approval. Jesus loved and wanted to save him so He invited him to forsake everything and follow Him, the only way to heaven. Unfortunately, the man refused Jesus' invitation.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD19TH S. A PENTECOST
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE V: LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

The Gospel has not been given in vain to the world, and that Christ has not been promised and set forth, has not been born, has not suffered, has not risen again in vain. We are justified not by reason or by the Law. Therefore, in regard to justification, we are compelled to disagree with the adversaries. For the Gospel shows another way. The Gospel compels us to make use of Christ in justification. The Gospel teaches that through Christ we have access to God through faith. It teaches that we ought to set Him as Mediator and Atoning Sacrifice against God's anger. The Gospel teaches that through faith in Christ the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation are received, and the terrors of sin and of death are overcome. Paul also says that righteousness is not of the Law, but of the promise. The Father has promised that He wants to forgive, that for Christ's sake He wants to be reconciled. This promise, however, is received through faith alone, as Paul testifies in Romans 4:13. This faith alone receives the forgiveness of sins, justifies, and regenerates. Then love and other good fruit follow. Therefore, we teach that a person is justified (as we have said above) when conscience, terrified by the preaching of repentance, is cheered and believes that for Christ's sake it has a reconciled God. "Faith is counted as righteousness [before God]" (Romans 4:3, 5). (paragraphs 170-171)



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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