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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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December 6, 2009 - 2nd S in Advent

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Luke 3:1-20 for the 2nd S in Advent, December 6, 2009.

It is from Smalcald Articles, Part Three, Article III, paragraphs 30-34, pages 275-276.

The best way to welcome our Savior is with a humble and repentant heart. He has no patience with the proud.

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

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


But here comes the fiery angel of St. John [Revelation 10], the true preacher of repentance. With one bolt of lightning, he hurls together both . He says: "Repent!" [Matthew 3:2].

Now one group imagines, "Why, we have repented!" The other says, "We need no repentance."

John says, "Repent, both of you. You false penitents and false saints, both of you need the forgiveness of sins. Neither of you know what sin really is. Much less your duty to repent of it and shun it. For no one of you is good. You are full of unbelief, stupidity, and ignorance of God and God's will. But He is present here, of whose 'fullness we have all received, grace upon grace' " [John 1:16]. Without Him, no one can be righteous before God. Therefore, if you want to repent, repent rightly. Your works of penance will accomplish nothing. As for you hypocrites, who do not need repentance, you serpents' brood, who has assured you that you will escape the wrath to come and other judgments?"

In the same way Paul preaches, "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one" (Romans 3:10-12). And God now "commands all people everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). "All people," He says. No one is an exception. (pars. 30-34)

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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