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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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May 22, 2011 - Easter 5, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series A, Gospel, John 14:1-14 for the Easter 5, series A, May 22, 2011.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, page 138.

In God's mercy He has given us access to His grace in the name of Jesus.

Click here for the reading formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDEASTER 5, SERIES A
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE V: LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

All confidence is empty, except confidence in mercy. Mercy delivers us; our own merits, our own efforts, do not. So Daniel also prays:

We do not present our pleas before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for Your own sake, O my God, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name. (Daniel 9:18-19)

Daniel teaches us in praying to seize mercy, that is, to trust in God's mercy and not to trust in our own merits before God. We wonder if the ungodly ever ask anything of God. If they declare that they are worthy because they have love and good works and ask for grace as a debt, they pray precisely like the Pharisee who says, "I am not like other men." He who prays for grace in this way does not rely upon God's mercy and treats Christ with disrespect. After all, He is our High Priest, who intercedes for us. So prayer relies upon God's mercy, when we believe that we are heard for Christ's sake. He is our High Priest, as He says, "Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it" (John 14:13-14). Without this High Priest we cannot approach the Father. (paragraphs 209-212)



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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