A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series August 19, 2007 - Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Standard LSB C Readings: First: Jer 23:16-29 Epistle: Heb 11:17-31(32-40);12:1-3 Gospel: Luke 12:49-53(54-56) Psalm: Ps 119:81-88(81)
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Epistle, Hebrews 11:17-31,12:1-3 for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 19, 2007.
It is from Formula of Concord, Epitome, Article VI, paragraphs 2-4, page 504.
As we consider the faith of our spiritual ancestors and the struggles they endured, let us rejoice in God's law as it reminds us to put aside our sinful desires and run with endurance the race that is set before us.
We believe, teach, and confess that, even though people who are truly believing in Christ and truly converted to God have been freed and exempted from the curse and coercion of the Law, they are still not without the Law on this account. They have been redeemed by God's Son in order that they may exercise themselves in the Law day and night (Psalm 1:2; Psalm 119).
The preaching of the Law is to be encouraged diligently. This applies not only for the unbelieving and impenitent, but also for true believers, who are truly converted.
Although believers are renewed in the spirit of their mind, in the present life this renewal is not complete. It is only begun. Believers are, by the spirit of their mind, in a constant struggle against the flesh. They struggle against the corrupt nature, which cleaves to us until death. This old Adam still dwells in the understanding, the will, and all the powers of humanity. It is necessary that the Law of the Lord always shine before them, so that they may not start evil and self-created forms of worship. The Law of the Lord is also necessary so that the old Adam (Romans 6:6) may not use his own will, but may be subdued against his will. This happens not only by the warning and threatening of the Law, but also by punishments, so that a person may follow and surrender himself as a captive to the Spirit. (paragraphs 2-4)
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