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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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November 28, 2010 - Advent 1

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series A Old Testament, Isaiah 2:1-5 for the Advent 1, November 28, 2010.

It is from SMALCALD ARTICLES: PART III, Pages 273-274.

God's people are called to walk in the light of the Lord so they may know their sinfulness, repent and rejoice in the Lord's forgiveness.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDADVENT 1
SMALCALD ARTICLES: PART IIIARTICLE III: REPENTANCE

[The sophists] divide repentance into three parts: contrition, confession, and satisfaction. They add this consolation and promise: If a person truly confesses, and renders satisfaction, he merits forgiveness. He has paid for his sins before God. So even in repentance, they taught people to put confidence in their own works. This is where the expression comes from that was used in the pulpit when Public Absolution was announced to the people: "Prolong O God, my life, until I can make satisfaction for my sins and amend my life."

There was no mention of Christ. People hoped to overcome and blot out sins before God by their own works.

Here one sees how blind reason gropes around in matters belonging to God. According to its own imagination, reason seeks consolation in its own works and cannot remember Christ and faith. Viewed in the light, this contrition is a manufactured and fictitious thought. It comes from our own powers, without faith and without the knowledge of Christ. When he reflected on his own lust and desire for revenge, the sinner might have laughed rather than wept-unless he had been truly struck by the lightning of the Law. Such contrition was certainly mere hypocrisy and did not put to death the lust for sins. They had to grieve, but if they were free, they would rather have kept on sinning. (paragraphs 12-14,18)



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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