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October 27, 2013 - Reformation Day (observed), series C

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, John 8:31-36 for the Reformation Day (observed), series C, October 27, 2013.

It is from Apology, Article V, pages 128-129.

Through faith in the promises of God based on the merits of Jesus Christ we are free from the condemnation of sin.

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 CONCORDREFORMATION DAY (OBSERVED), SERIES C
APOLOGYARTICLE V, LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

We are counted righteous, not because of the Law, but because of Christ. His merits are granted us, if we believe on Him. We are not justified by the Law, because human nature cannot keep God's Law and cannot love God. We are justified from the promise, in which, for Christ's sake, reconciliation, righteousness, and eternal life have been promised. If anyone has considered these foundations, he will easily understand that justification must necessarily be attributed to faith. It is not in vain that Christ has been promised and set forth, that He has been born and has suffered and been raised again. The promise of grace in Christ is not in vain. The promise should be received through faith, as 1 John 5:10-12 says:

Whoever does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning His Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Christ says, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). Paul says, "Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand" (Romans 5:2). By faith in Christ the promise of forgiveness of sins and of righteousness is received. (paragraph 176)



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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