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June 20, 2010 - 4th S a. Pentecost

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series C Gospel, Luke 8:26-39 for the 4th S a. Pentecost, June 20, 2010.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg confession, Article V, pages 128-129.

This same Jesus who has authority to free the man of his many demons and cast them into the herd of pigs, also has authority to pronounce people free from their guilt and shame. Jesus said, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36).

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD4TH S A. PENTECOST
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE V: LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

The promise of grace in Christ is not in vain. It was made immediately from the beginning of the world, apart from the Law. The promise should be received through faith, as 1 John 5:10-12 says: "Whoever does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning His Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life."

Christ says, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). Paul says in Romans 5:2, "Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand." By faith in Christ, therefore, the promise of the forgiveness of sins and of righteousness is received. Neither are we justified before God by reason or by the Law.

Since we are justified before God not from the Law, but from the promise, it is necessary to attribute justification to faith. What can be opposed to this proof, unless someone wishes to abolish the entire Gospel and Christ? Christ's glory becomes more brilliant when we teach Him as our Mediator and Atoning Sacrifice. Godly consciences see that abundant consolation is offered to them in this doctrine. They have a reconciled Father for Christ's sake, and not for the sake of our righteousness. (paragraphs 176-178)



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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