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April 19, 2015 - Easter 3, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Acts 3:11-21 for the Easter 3, series B, April 19, 2015.

It is from Apology, Article V, pages 103,105.

Peter explains that the healing of the lamb man was not his doing but the work of the living, resurrected Lord Jesus in heaven.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDEASTER 3, SERIES B
APOLOGY ARTICLE V, LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

Human nature is too weak to resist the devil by its own powers. He holds as captive everyone who has not been freed through faith. There is need for Christ's power against the devil. For we know that for Christ's sake we are heard and have the promise. We may pray for the defense and governance of the Holy Spirit that we may neither be deceived, nor be pushed to do anything against God's will. Psalm 68:18 teaches: "You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in Your train and receiving gifts among men." Christ has overcome the devil, and has given to us the promise and the Holy Spirit, in order thatóby divine aidówe ourselves may also overcome. So 1 John 3:8 says, "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil." God is pleased if anything is done. This is not because we satisfy the Law, but because we are in Christ. Our love for God, even though it is small, cannot possibly be separated from faith. For we come to the Father through Christ. When forgiveness of sins has been received, then we are truly certain that we have a God that cares for us. We call upon Him, we give Him thanks, we fear Him, we love Him as 1 John 4:19 teaches, "We love because He first loved us." We love Him because He gave His Son for us and forgave us our sins. In this way John shows that faith comes first and love follows. (paragraphs 17-20)



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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