A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series March 4, 2012 - Reminiscere: Second Sunday in Lent
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Matthew 15:21-28 for the Reminiscere: Second Sunday in Lent, March 4, 2012.
It is from Formula of Concord: Epitome, III. The Righteousness of Faith Before God.
By faith the Canaanite woman receives a blessing from Jesus, not for herself but for her daughter. Such is the nature of faith—to look to God as giver and neighbor as receiver and neither think nor boast of itself.
3 . . . we unanimously believe, teach, and confess that Christ is our Righteousness [1 Corinthians 1:30] neither according to His divine nature alone nor according to His human nature alone. But it is the entire Christ who is our Righteousness according to both natures. In His obedience alone, which as God and man He offered to the Father even to His death [Philippians 2:8], He merited for us the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. . . . 4 2. We believe, teach, and confess what our righteousness before God is this: God forgives our sins out of pure grace, without any work, merit, or worthiness of ours preceding, present, or following. He presents and credits to us the righteousness of Christ's obedience [Romans 5:17-19]. Because of this righteousness, we are received into grace by God and regarded as righteous. 5 3. We believe, teach, and confess that faith alone is the means and instrument through which we lay hold of Christ. So in Christ we lay hold of that righteousness that benefits us before God [Romans 1:17], for whose sake this faith is credited to us for righteousness (Romans 4:5). 6 4. We believe, teach, and confess that this faith is not a bare knowledge of Christ's history, but it is God's gift [Ephesians 2:8]. By this gift we come to the right knowledge of Christ as our Redeemer in the Word of the Gospel. And we trust in Him that for the sake of His obedience alone we have—by grace—the forgiveness of sins and are regarded as holy and righteous before God the Father and are eternally saved. . . . 9 We believe, teach, and confess that many weaknesses and defects cling to the true believers and truly regenerate, even up to the day they are buried [1 John 1:8]. Still, they must not on that account doubt either their righteousness, which has been credited to them through faith, or the salvation of their souls. They must regard it as certain that for Christ's sake, according to the promise and ‹immovable› Word of the Holy Gospel, they have a gracious God.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen