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September 23, 2012 - Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Luke 7:11-17 for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 23, 2012.

It is from Smalcald Articles, Part III. Article XIII.

Where and when Christ Jesus visits His people to forgive sins and bring the kingdom of heaven to them He most certainly accomplishes good works for, among, and through them as well.

The attached reading is formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Kurt Hering
Layton, Utah

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDSIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
SMALCALD ARTICLESHOW ONE IS JUSTIFIED BEFORE GOD, AND OF GOOD WORKS.

1] I do not know how to change in the least what I have previously and constantly taught about justification. Namely, that through faith, as St. Peter says, we have a new and clean heart (Acts 15:9-11), and God will and does account us entirely righteous and holy for the sake of Christ, our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). Although sin in the flesh has not yet been completely removed or become dead (Romans 7:18), yet He will not punish or remember it.

2] Such faith, renewal, and forgiveness of sins are followed by good works (Ephesians 2:8-10). What is still sinful or imperfect in them will not be counted as sin or defect, for Christ's sake (Psalm 32:1-2; Romans 4:7-8); The entire individual, both his person and his works, is declared to be righteous and holy from pure grace and mercy, shed upon us and spread over us in Christ. 3] Therefore, we cannot boast of many merits and works, if they are viewed apart from grace and mercy. As it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:31); namely, that he has a gracious God. For with that, all is well. 4] We say, besides, that if good works do not follow, the faith is false and not true.



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.


Lord grant you faith in His grace alone
for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen



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