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June 17, 2007 - Third S a Pentecost

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: 2 Sam 11:26-12:10,13-14
Epistle: Gal 2:15-21,3:10-14
Gospel: Luke 7:36-8:3
Psalm: Ps 32:1-7 (2)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Old Testament, 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10,13-14 for the Third S a Pentecost, June 17, 2007.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XII, paragraphs 57-60, pages 205, 207.

God's forgiveness that comes to us through the Office of the Keys does not remove temporal consequences and punishments for sins. Neither are these consequences and punishments continued after death for Christ has conquered sins and death for us.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDTHIRD S A PENTECOST
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE XII: CONFESSION AND SATISFACTION

It is clear that common troubles are not removed by the Power of the Keys. If the adversaries wish to be understood regarding these punishments, why do they add that satisfaction is to be accomplished in purgatory?

They object to David's example, who was punished for his adultery. From this example they get the universal rule that peculiar temporal punishments in the forgiveness of sins correspond to individual sins. It has been said that saints suffer punishments, which are God's works. They suffer contrition or terrors and other common troubles. For example, some suffer punishments that have been applied by God. These punishments have nothing to do with the Keys, because the Keys can neither apply nor pardon them. But God, without the Keys, applies and pardons them.

Neither does their universal rule follow. A peculiar punishment was put upon David (2 Samuel 12:11-14). Therefore, in addition to common troubles, [they say] there is an other punishment of purgatory, in which each degree corresponds to each sin. Where does Scripture teach that we cannot be freed from eternal death except by the payment of certain punishments in addition to common troubles? Scripture teaches that the forgiveness of sins arises freely for Christ's sake, that Christ is the Victor over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:57). (paragraphs 57-60)



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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