A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series April 7, 2013 - EASTER 2: Quasimod Geniti
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, John 20:19-31 for the EASTER 2: Quasimod Geniti, April 7, 2013.
It is from Augsburg Confession, Articel XXVIII.5-10.
Through the ministry of the Holy Christian Church, which is found ultimately in the forgiving and retaining of sins according to the Word and command of Christ, the Holy Spirit gives eternal life to all who receive it in faith.
5] Our teachers' position is this: the authority of the Keys (Matthew 16:19), or the authority of the bishops--according to the Gospel--is a power or commandment of God, to preach the Gospel, to forgive and retain sins, and to administer Sacraments. 6] Christ sends out His apostles with this command, "As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you … Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld" (John 20:21-22). 7] And in Mark 16:15, Christ says, "Go … proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation."
8] This authority is exercised only by teaching or preaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments, either to many or to individuals, according to their calling. In this way are given not only bodily, but also eternal things: eternal righteousness, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life. 9] These things cannot reach us except by the ministry of the Word and the Sacraments, as Paul says, "The Gospel … is the power of God for salvation to everyone that believes" (Romans 1:16). Therefore, the Church has the authority to grant eternal things and exercises this authority only by the ministry of the Word.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen