A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series October 31, 2010 - Reformation Day
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the EPistle, Romans 3:19-28 for the Reformation Day, October 31, 2010.
It is from Smalcald Articles, Part II, Article I.
The cornerstone of the Reformation is the same cornerstone upon which the holy Christian Church is builtóChrist, and Him crucified; for whose sake God the Father considers us justified in His sight, and by whose grace we are saved through faith in the forgiveness of sins. This forms everything we Lutherans teach and practice.
The first and chief article is this: 1 Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins and was raised again for our justification (Romans 4:24-25). 2 He alone is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), and God has laid upon Him the iniquities of us all (Isaiah 53:6). 3 All have sinned and are justified freely, without their own works or merits, by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, in His blood (Romans 3:23-25). 4 This is necessary to believe. This cannot be otherwise acquired or grasped by any work, law, or merit. Therefore, it is clear and certain that this faith alone justifies us. As St. Paul says: For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. (Romans 3:28) That He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:26) 5 Nothing of this article can be yielded or surrendered, even though heaven and earth and everything else falls (Mark 13:31). For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) And with His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5) Upon this article everything that we teach and practice depends, in opposition to the pope, the devil, and the whole world. We must be certain and not doubt.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen