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September 25, 2011 - Pentecost 15, Proper 21, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series A Old Testament, Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32 for the Pentecost 15, Proper 21, series A, September 25, 2011.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, page 105.

The sinful nature in the child of God does not like God's words of rebuke when he sins. But God is just and does not want us to walk on the path of death.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 15, PROPER 21, SERIES A
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE V, LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

We come to the Father through Christ. When forgiveness of sins has been received, then we are truly certain that we have a God, that is, that God cares for us. We call upon Him, we give Him thanks, we fear Him, we love Him as 1 John 4:19 teaches, "We love because He first loved us." In other words, we love Him because He gave His Son for us and forgave us our sins. In this way John shows that faith comes first and love follows. Likewise, the faith of which we speak exists in repentance. I mean that faith is conceived in the terrors of conscience, which feels God's wrath against our sins and seeks forgiveness of sins, seeks to be freed from sin. In such terrors and other troubles, this faith ought to grow and be strengthened. Therefore, it cannot exist in people who live by the flesh, who are delighted by their own lusts and obey them. So, Paul says in Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." So, too, "We are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live" (8:12-13). Paul is writing about faith that receives forgiveness of sins in a terrified heart and flees from sin. Such faith does not remain in those who obey their desires, neither does it dwell with mortal sin. (paragraphs 20-23)



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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