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March 25, 2007 - 5th Sunday in Lent

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Is 43:16-21
Epistle: Phil 3:(4b-7) 8-14
Gospel: Luke 20:9-20
Psalm: Ps 126 (3)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel, Luke 20:9-20 for the 5th Sunday in Lent, March 25, 2007.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article IV, paragraphs 97-99, page 124.

Christ the One who was the substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all mankind is the cornerstone of the Church. Justification by faith in Christ alone is still a stumbling block for many.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD5TH SUNDAY IN LENT
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE IV: JUSTIFICATION

"Let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by Him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:38-39).

How could the office of Christ and justification be declared more clearly? Paul says that the Law does not justify. Therefore, Christ was given, that we may believe that for His sake we are justified. He plainly denies justification by the Law. So for Christ's sake we are accounted righteous when we believe that God, for His sake, has been reconciled to us.

"This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:11-12). Christ's name is received only by faith. Therefore, we are saved by confidence in Christ's name, and not by confidence in our works. For "the name" here means the cause that is mentioned, because of which salvation is gained. To call upon Christ's name is to trust in His name as the cause, or price, because of which we are saved. Acts 15:9 says, "cleansed their hearts by faith." Therefore, the faith that the apostles speak about is not useless knowledge, but a reality.



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.

These are excerpts from the Book of Concord.



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