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June 10, 2012 - Pentecost 2, Proper 5, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Mark 3:20-35 for the Pentecost 2, Proper 5, series B, June 10, 2012.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article IV, pages 86-87.

By the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus defeats Satan and creates children of God.

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 CONCORDPENTECOST 2, PROPER 5, SERIES B
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE IV: JUSTIFICATION

John 8:36 says, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." Therefore, by reason we cannot be freed from sins and merit forgiveness of sins. In John 3:5, it is written, "Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." But if it is necessary to be born again of the Holy Spirit, the righteousness of reason does not justify us before God and does not fulfill the Law. Romans 3:23 says "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." They totally lack the wisdom and righteousness of God, which acknowledges and glorifies God. Romans 8:7-8 says, "The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God." These testimonies are so clear that, they do not need a keen understanding, but only an attentive hearer. If the carnal mind is hostile against God, the flesh certainly does not love God. If it cannot be subject to God's Law, it cannot love God. If the carnal mind is hostile against God, the flesh sins, even when we do outward civil works. If it cannot be subject to God's Law, it certainly sins even when it has deeds that are excellent and praiseworthy according to human judgment... But the human heart without the Holy Spirit either feels secure and despises God's judgment, or in punishment flees from God and hates Him when He judges. (paragraphs 31-34)



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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