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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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June 7, 2015 - Pentecost 2, Proper 5, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Genesis 3:8-15 for the Pentecost 2, Proper 5, series B, June 7, 2015.

It is from Apology, Article XIIA, page 164.

God's people have always believed and cherished God's promises even when they did not fully understand them.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


In Scripture these two, the terrors and the consolation are these chief parts in repentance: contrition and faith that comforts and justifies. Neither do we see how the nature of repentance can be presented more clearly and simply.

God's two chief works among people are these: to terrify; to justify and make alive those who have been terrified. Into these two works all Scripture has been distributed. The one part is the Law, which shows, reproves, and condemns sins. The other part is the Gospel, that is, the promise of grace bestowed in Christ. This promise is constantly repeated in the whole of Scripture, first having been delivered to Adam "I will put enmity" in Genesis 3:15, afterward, to the patriarchs. Then, it was still more clearly proclaimed by the prophets. Lastly, it was preached and set forth among the Jewish people by Christ and then spread out over the entire world by the apostles. All the saints were justified through faith in this promise, and not by their own attrition or contrition.

The examples also show these two parts. After his sin, Adam is rebuked and becomes terrified; this was contrition. Then, God promises grace and speaks of a future seed (the blessed seed, that is, Christ) by which the devil's kingdom, death, and sin will be destroyed [Genesis 3:15]. There He offers the forgiveness of sins. (paragraphs 52-55)

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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