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September 16, 2007 - Sixteenth S a Pentecost

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Ezek 34:11-24
Epistle: 1 Tim 1:(5-11) 12-17
Gospel: Luke 15:1-10
Psalm: Ps 119:169-176 (176)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Epistle, 1 Timothy 1:12-17 for the Sixteenth S a Pentecost, September 16, 2007.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, paragraphs 223-226, page 161.

There was no uncertainty in Paul's mind that he had received God's mercy: "This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost." (1 Timothy 1:15).

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDSIXTEENTH S A PENTECOST
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE V: LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

Let us hold on to this confession of the Church: we are saved by mercy... The Scholastics have invented the doctrine of wholly deserving merit. We will, therefore, reply briefly. It is essential to believe that we are saved by mercy so that hope may be sure, so that there may be a resulting distinction between those who obtain salvation and those who do not. When this is expressed in this way without explanation, it seems foolish. For in civil courts and in human judgment, issues about rights or debts are certain, and mercy is uncertain. But the matter is different in God's judgment. Here mercy has a clear and certain promise and command from God. The Gospel is properly the command that directs us to believe that God is reconciled to us for Christ's sake. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him" (John 3:17). Whenever mercy is spoken of, faith in the promise must be added. This faith produces sure hope, because it relies upon God's Word and command. If hope would rely upon works, then it would be uncertain, because works cannot quiet the conscience. Faith makes a distinction between those who obtain salvation and those who do not obtain it. Faith makes the distinction between the worthy and the unworthy, because eternal life has been promised to the justified. Faith justifies. (paragraphs 223-226)



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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