A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series December 9, 2007 - Second Sunday in Advent
Standard LSB A Readings: First: Isaiah 11:1-10 Epistle: Rom 15:4-13 Gospel: Matt 3:1-12 Psalm: Psalm 72:1-7
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Matthew 3:1-12 for the Second Sunday in Advent, December 9, 2007.
It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XII, paragraphs 28-31, pages 161-162.
Lest we think that the gospel only refers to God's mercy and forgiveness, we are reminded that gospel, in the broad sense, also includes the pronouncement of God's judgment against sin. The fruit of the Spirit working through the gospel is repentance and faith in Christ.
We attribute these two parts to repentance: contrition and faith. If anyone desires to add a third - fruit worthy of repentance, that is, a change of the entire life and character for the better - we will not oppose it. We separate from contrition those useless and endless discussions regarding grief from loving God and from fearing punishment. We say that contrition is the true terror of conscience, which feels that God is angry with sin and grieves that it has sinned. This contrition takes place when sins are condemned by God's Word. The sum of the preaching of the Gospel is this: to convict of sin; to offer for Christ's sake the forgiveness of sins and righteousness, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life; and that as reborn people we should do good works. So Christ includes the sum of the Gospel when He says, "Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations" (Luke 24:47). Scripture speaks about terrors:
My iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart. (Psalm 38:4,8)
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But You, O Lord - how long? (Psalm 6:2-3)
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