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October 3, 2010 - Pentecost 19, Proper 22

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series C Gospel, Luke 17:1-10 for the Pentecost 19, Proper 22, October 3, 2010.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, pages 133-135.

Christ's disciples are to do all that the Lord asks us to do, be faithful in all things, but never forget that even the best of us must confess, "I am an unworthy servant that depends on God's mercy for my salvation."

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 19, PROPER 22
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE V: LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

Christ's declaration applies, "So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty' " (Luke 17:10). These words clearly declare that God saves by mercy and because of His promise, not that it is due because of the value of our works. The adversaries are deceived regarding the term faith. We are not speaking of historical knowledge, but of confidence in God's promise and mercy. This confidence in the promise confesses that we are unprofitable servants. This confession that our works are unworthy is the very voice of faith. Faith saves because it takes hold of mercy, or the promise of grace, even though our works are unworthy. We teach the same as the entire Church when we teach that we are saved by mercy... Christ, however, condemns confidence in our works; He does not condemn confidence in His promise. He does not wish us to lose hope of God's grace and mercy. He attacks our works as unworthy, but does not attack the promise that freely offers mercy. We must trust in the promise of grace and not in our own nature. "Unprofitable servants" means "insufficient," because no one fears God as much, loves God as much, and believes God as much as he should. Everyone sees that confidence in our own works is condemned in this passage. (paragraphs 213, 216-218, 220-222)



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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