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October 14, 2007 - Twentieth S a Pentecost

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Ruth 1:1-19a
Epistle: 2 Tim 2:1-13
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
Psalm: Ps 111 (10)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel Luke 17:11-19 for the Twentieth S a Pentecost, October 14, 2007.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article III, paragraphs 30-33, page 132.

In order to awaken the Pharisees Jesus often pointed out and commended the faith of Samaritans and Gentiles.

Click here for the reading formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

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

We do not receive forgiveness of sins because of love for God, even though this must follow. Besides, this way of speaking is well known. At times we use a word for something and we use the same word for the cause and effects of that thing (synecdoche). For example, in Luke 7:47, Christ says, "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven - for she loved much." Christ Himself interprets this when He adds, "You faith has saved you (7:50). Christ did not mean that the woman had merited forgiveness of sins by that work of love. That is why He adds, "Your faith has saved you." But faith is that which freely obtains God's mercy because of God's Word. If anyone denies that this is faith, he does not understand at all what faith is. The story in this passage show what Christ calls "love." The woman came with the opinion that forgiveness of sins should be sought in Christ. This worship is the highest worship of Christ. She could think nothing greater about Christ. To seek forgiveness of sins from Him was truly to acknowledge the Messiah. To think of Christ this way, to worship Him this way, is truly to believe. Furthermore, Christ used the word love not toward the woman, but against the Pharisee. He contrasted the entire worship of the Pharisee with the entire worship offered by the woman. He rebuked the Pharisee because he did not acknowledge that He was the Messiah... (pars. 30-33)



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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