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November 11, 2012 - Pentecost 24, Proper 27, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Epistle, Hebrews 9:24-28 for the Pentecost 24, Proper 27, series B, November 11, 2012.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, page 107.

Our hope, confidence and eager anticipation of our Lord's return is based on the fact that his sacrifice is completely sufficient for our sins. As our high priest and mediator He is interceding for us now.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 24, PROPER 27, SERIES B
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONLOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

Christ remains Mediator, and we should always be confident that for His sake we have a reconciled God, even though we are unworthy. Paul says, "I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted" (1 Corinthians 4:4). Paul knows that through faith he is counted righteous for Christ's sake, "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven" (Psalm 32:1; also Romans 4:7). But this forgiveness is always received through faith. The credit for the righteousness of the Gospel comes from the promise. Therefore, it is always received through faith. It must always be regarded as certain that we are counted righteous through faith for Christ's sake. If the regenerate afterward think that they will be accepted because of the fulfilling of the Law, when would a conscience be certain that it pleased God? We never satisfy the Law! We must always run back to the promise. Our infirmity must be recognized in this matter. We must be certain that we are counted righteous for the sake of Christ, "who is at the right hand of God, who is interceding for us" (Romans 8:34). If anyone thinks that he is righteous and accepted because of his own fulfillment of the Law, and not because of Christ's promise, he dishonors this High Priest. How could someone imagine that a person is righteous before God when Christ is excluded as the Atoning Sacrifice and Mediator? (paragraphs 42-44)



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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