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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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March 2, 2014 - Transfiguration, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Matthew 17:1-9 for the Transfiguration, series A, March 2, 2014.

It is from Augsburg Confession, Article XXV, page 50.

The Father's voice from heaven confirmed the faith of the three disciples in Jesus as the Son of God and promised Christ. In Confession we hear the voice of the pastor confirming our faith in God's forgiveness.

Click here for the reading formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


Confession in the churches is not abolished among us. The body of the Lord is not usually given to those who have not been examined and absolved. The people are very carefully taught about faith in the Absolution. Before, there was profound silence about faith. Our people are taught that they should highly prize the Absolution as being God's voice and pronounced by God's command. The Power of the Keys is set forth in its beauty. They are reminded what great consolation it brings to anxious consciences and that God requires faith to believe such Absolution as a voice sounding from heaven. They are taught that such faith in Christ truly obtains and receives the forgiveness of sins. Before, satisfactions were praised without restraint, but little was said about faith, Christ's merit, and the righteousness of faith. Therefore, on this point, our churches are by no means to be blamed. Even our adversaries have to concede the point that our teachers have diligently taught the doctrine of repentance and laid it open.

Our churches teach that naming every sin is not necessary and that consciences should not be burdened with worry about naming every sinů

Nevertheless, because of the great benefit of Absolution, and because it is otherwise useful to the conscience, Confession is retained among us. (paragraphs 1-7, 13)

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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