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August 8, 2010 - 11 S A Pentecost

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series C Epistle, Hebrews 11:1-16 for the 11 S A Pentecost, August 8, 2010.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article II, pages 526-527.

Faith is a precious gift of God created by the Holy Spirit in us so we can know and understand what God has done for us. This frees us from the domination of our sinful desires, although they still exist, and moves us to desire and do God will. We now have free will.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD11 S A PENTECOST
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE II: FREE WILL

The Augsburg Confession says: "The Holy Spirit is received through faith, hearts are renewed and given new affections, and they are able to bring forth good works.."

And: "Without faith and without Christ, human nature and ability are much too weak to do good works."

These passages clearly testify that the Augsburg Confession does not at all recognize the human will in spiritual things as free. But it says that a person is the devil's captive. How, then, is a person able to turn himself to the Gospel or Christ by his own powers?

The Apology (of the Augsburg Confession) teaches this about free will: "We do not deny freedom to the human will. The human will has freedom in the choice of works and things that reason understands by itself.. For without the Holy Spirit, human hearts lack the fear of God. Without trust , they do not believe that they are heard, forgiven, helped, and preserved by God. Therefore, they are godless. For 'a diseased tree [cannot] bear good fruit' [Matt. 7:18]. And 'without faith it is impossible to please [God]' [Heb. 11:6]. Although we admit that free will has the freedom and power to perform the extreme works of the Law, nevertheless we do not assign spiritual matters to free will."

The Apology credits no ability to the human will, either for beginning good or for working by itself. (paragraphs 29-32)



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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