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July 19, 2015 - Pentecost 8, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Jeremiah 23:1-6 for the Pentecost 8, series B, July 19, 2015.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article IV, pages 100, 102.

God promised for David a righteous branch to be called "The Lord is our righteousness" who makes us righteous.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 8, SERIES B
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE IV, JUSTIFICATION

Because faith receives forgiveness of sins and reconciles us to God, we are ‹like Abraham› counted as righteous for Christ's sake before we love and do the works of the Law.

This faith alone receives forgiveness of sins, makes us acceptable to God, and brings the Holy Spirit. It could be called "grace making one pleasing to God".

We receive forgiveness of sins for Christ's sake through faith alone. We are justified, that is, unrighteous people are made righteous. The knowledge of this faith is necessary. Because Christ's office is recognized in this alone, we receive Christ's benefits by this alone. Only this teaching brings sure and firm consolation to pious minds. In the Church there must be the teaching by which the pious may receive the sure hope of salvation. For the adversaries give people bad advice when they tell them to doubt whether they receive forgiveness of sins. How will such persons sustain themselves in death who have heard nothing of this faith and think that they ought to doubt whether they receive forgiveness of sins? The promise is that sins are freely forgiven for Christ's sake. Those who teach nothing of this faith we speak about, completely abolish the Gospel. Our adversaries reject this faith. By rejecting this faith they abolish the entire promise about the free forgiveness of sins and the righteousness of Christ. (paragraphs 114, 116-121)



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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