A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series November 21, 2010 - Last Sunday of the Church Year
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Epistle, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, November 21, 2010.
It is from Augsburg Confession, Article XVII.
Hell is not pretty. No one can escape judgment. There are no second chances. God's kingdom is not of this world. Only those found to be in Christ Jesus on the Last Day will be judged righteous and given the everlasting joy of eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. Because this is most certainly true, our churches and their pastors should teach nothing else-- even reject, condemn, and avoid people and materials that teach otherwise.
1 Our churches teach that at the end of the world Christ will appear for judgment and will raise all the dead (1 Thessalonians 4:13-52). 2 He will give to the godly and elect eternal life and everlasting joys, 3 but He will condemn ungodly people and the devils to be tormented without end (Matthew 25:31-46). 4 Our churches condemn the Anabaptists, who think that there will be an end to the punishments of condemned men and devils. 5 Our churches also condemn those who are spreading certain Jewish opinions, that before the resurrection of the dead the godly shall take possession of the kingdom of the world, the ungodly being everywhere suppressed.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen