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March 27, 2011 - Lent 3, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series A, Epistle, Romans 5:1-8 for the Lent 3, series A, March 27, 2011.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XIIA, page 162.

There is only one solution for our regrets, anguish and remorse for our guilt. Faith in God's promised that Christ has paid for our sins establishes peace with God.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDLENT 3, SERIES A
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE XIIA: REPENTANCE

As the second part of repentance we add faith in Christ. The Gospel, in which the forgiveness of sins is freely promised concerning Christ, should be presented to consciences in terror. They should believe that, for Christ's sake, their sins are freely forgiven. This faith cheers, and enlivens the contrite, according to Romans 5:1, "Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God." This faith obtains the forgiveness of sins. It justifies before God, "since we have been justified by faith." This faith shows the distinction between the contrition of Judas and Peter. The contrition of Judas [Matthew 27:3-5] is useless because faith is not added. Faith grasps the forgiveness of sins, given as a gift for Christ's sake. So the contrition of Peter [Matthew 26:75] helps because faith, which takes hold of the forgiveness of sins granted for Christ's sake, is added to it. Love is not present before reconciliation has been made through faith. For without Christ, the Law is not performed, according to Romans 5:2, "Through [Christ] we have also obtained access [to God]." This faith grows gradually and throughout the entire life, struggles with sin, in order to overcome sin and death. Love follows faith. Childlike fear is defined as anxiety that has been connected with faith, that is, where faith comforts the anxious heart. Without faith to sustain the anxious heart it is slavish fear. (paragraphs 35-38)



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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