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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

February 13, 2013 - Ash Wednesday

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Old Testament, Joel 2:12-19 for the Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article IV, pages 92,94.

When God brings a person to repentance there is grief and shame for sin. But God is not calling them to surrender to a wrathful executioner but to receive forgiveness from a merciful Lord.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


To receive the forgiveness of sins is to be justified, according to Psalm 32:1, "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven." By faith alone in Christ—not through love, not because of love or works—we receive the forgiveness of sins, although love follows faith…

Paul testifies in 1 Corinthians 15:56-57, "The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." In other words, sin terrifies consciences. This happens through the Law, which shows God's wrath against sin. But we gain the victory through Christ. How? Through faith, when we comfort ourselves by confidence in the mercy promised for Christ's sake. Therefore, God's wrath cannot be appeased if we set our own works against it. For Christ has been set forth as an Atoning Sacrifice so, that for His sake, the Father may be reconciled to us. But Christ is not received as a Mediator except by faith. Therefore, by faith alone we receive forgiveness of sins when we comfort our hearts with confidence in the mercy promised for Christ's sake. Likewise, Paul says in Romans 5:2, "Through Him we have also obtained access" and adds, "by faith." Therefore, we are reconciled to the Father and receive forgiveness of sins when we are comforted with confidence in the mercy promised for Christ's sake. (paragraphs 76-77, 79-81)

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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