A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series October 28, 2007 - Reformation Day
Standard LSB C Readings: First: Rev 14:6-7 Epistle: Rom 3:19-28 Gospel: John 8:31-36 or Matt 11:12-19 Psalm:
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, John 8:31-36 for the Reformation Day, October 28, 2007.
It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article II, paragraphs 84-85, 87-88, pages 534-535.
In our regeneration by the Holy Spirit we have been freed from the slavery of sin. However, sin is still appealing to our sinful nature, but the Holy Spirit moves us to resist it. When we do fall the Holy Spirit moves us to repentance and the desire to do God's will. The final victory over sin occurs through our physical death and bodily resurrection.
There still remains in the regenerate a rebelliousness of which the Scriptures speak: "the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit [Galatians 5:17]. Also of "the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul" [1 Peter 2:11]. And, "in my members another law wages war against the law of my mind" (Romans 7:23).
The person who is not regenerate resists God altogether and is entirely a servant of sin [John 8:34; Romans 6:16]. The regenerate person, however, delights in God's Law after the inward man, but nevertheless sees in the members of his body the law of sin, which wars against the law of the mind. So he serves God's Law with his mind, but the law of sin with the flesh (Romans 7:25). In this way the correct opinion can and should be clearly explained and taught.
The conversion of our corrupt will, which is nothing other than restoring it back to life from spiritual death, is only and solely God's work (just as the restoration of life in the resurrection of the body is solely God's work). This has been proved by clear testimonies of Holy Scripture.
In conversion God changes stubborn people into willing people through the drawing of the Holy Spirit. After such conversion, in the daily exercise of repentance, a person's regenerate will is not idle, but also cooperates in all the Holy Spirit's works that He does through us. (paragraphs 84-85, 87-88)
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