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November 17, 2013 - Pentecost 26, Proper 28, series C

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Epistle 2 Thessalonians 3:1-13 for the Pentecost 26, Proper 28, series C, November 17, 2013.

It is from Apology, Article V, pages 137-138.

Productive labor is pleasing to God. God tells those whom He has justified faith that He will also reward them for their labors.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 26, PROPER 28, SERIES C
APOLOGYARTICLE V, LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

Paul says, "There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me" (2 Timothy 4:8). The justified are due the crown because of the promise. Saints should know this promise, and labor not for their own profit, but for God's glory. Saints should know God's will: He desires to aid, to deliver, and to protect them. Although the perfect hear the mention of penalties and rewards in one way, the weak hear it in another way. The weak labor for their own advantage. Yet the preaching of rewards and punishments is necessary. God's wrath is set forth in the preaching of punishments. This applies to repentance. Grace is set forth in the preaching of rewards. Scripture offers grace together with other rewards. We find this in Isaiah 58:8-14. We also affirm that although justification and eternal life go along with faith, nevertheless, good works merit other bodily and spiritual rewards and degrees of reward. According to 1 Corinthians 3:8, "Each will receive his wages according to his labor." The righteousness of the Gospel, which has to do with the promise of grace, freely receives justification and new life. But the fulfilling of the Law, which follows faith, has to do with the Law. In it a reward is offered and is due according to our works. Those who earn this are justified before they do the Law. (paragraphs 242-245)



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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