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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

November 29, 2009 - 1st S in Advent

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Epistle, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 for the 1st S in Advent, November 29, 2009.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VII, paragraphs 28-31, pages 566, 568.

Mature Christians live their lives ever conscious that the will appear before the Lord on His return. Their desire is to please the Lord by doing His will. Thus Luther often checked his teaching against God's Word. Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians desired to supply what was lacking in their faith so they too would be well prepared for the Lord's return. How can we help others be better prepared for the Lord's return?

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


[Dr. Luther] foresaw in the Spirit that after his death some would try to make it seem that he had backed away from the doctrine [of the true presence of Christ's body and blood in the Holy Supper] and other Christian articles. Therefore, he has added the following protest to his Confession concerning Christ's Supper:

I desire with this treatise to confess my faith before God and all the world, point by point. I am determined to abide by it until my death and (so help me God!) in this faith to depart from this world and to appear before the judgment seat of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hence if any one shall say after my death, "If Luther were living now, he would teach and hold this or that article differently, let me say once and for all that by the grace of God I have most diligently traced all these articles through the Scriptures, have examined them again and again in the light thereof, and have wanted to defend all of them as certainly as I have now defended the sacrament of the altar. I am not drunk or irresponsible. I know what I am saying, and I well realize what this will mean for me before the Last Judgment at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am in dead earnest, since by the grace of God I have learned to know a great deal about Satan. If he can twist and pervert the Word of God and the Scriptures, what will he not be able to do with my or someone else's words? (paragraphs 28-31)

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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