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August 25, 2013 - Pentecost 14, Proper 16, series C

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Epistle, Hebrews 12:4-24 for the Pentecost 14, Proper 16, series C, August 25, 2013.

It is from Solid Declaration, Article VI, page 559.

Learning new habits is always a painful process. It is especially difficult to say "no" to our sinful desires. However, we are thankful for the Lord's chastisements, for our desire is to do His will.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 14, PROPER 16, SERIES C
SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE VI, THE THIRD USE OF GOD’S LAW

Because of fleshly lusts, God's regenerate children need the daily instruction and admonition, of the Law in this life. But they also need frequent punishments. So they will follow God's Spirit, as it is written: It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes. (Psalm 119:71)

I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:27)

If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. (Hebrews 12:8)

Dr. Luther explained this in the Epistle [Ephesians 4:22-28].

We must explain what the Gospel does and Law's office in this matter, regarding believers' good works.

The Law says it is God's will that we should walk in a new life. But it does not give the power to do it. The Holy Spirit renews the heart. He is given and received, not through the Law, but through the preaching of the Gospel. Thereafter, the Holy Spirit uses the Law in order to teach the regenerate from it and to point out and show them in the Ten Commandments what is the "will of God, what is acceptable and perfect" in what "good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk". (paragraphs 9-12)



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.

These are excerpts from the Book of Concord.



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