A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series June 10, 2012 - First Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Luke 16:19-31 for the First Sunday after Trinity, June 10, 2012.
It is from Smalcald Articles, Part III, Article VII.
In the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus Jesus shows us that heaven is locked tight to those who have not had it unlocked by the keys He has given to His church on earth. Those who do not hear and believe the Word God proclaims to all the world through His church for repentance and the forgiveness of sins in this life cannot expect to enter the kingdom of heaven when they die.
1 The Keys are an office and power given by Christ to the Church for binding and loosing sin [Matthew 16:19]. This applies not only to gross and well-known sins, but also the subtle, hidden sins that are known only to God. As it is written, "Who can discern his errors?" (Psalm 19:12). And St. Paul himself complains that "with my flesh I serve the law of sin" (Romans 7:25). 2 It is not in our power to judge which, how great, and how many the sins are. This belongs to God alone. As it is written, "Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you" (Psalm 143:2). 3 Paul says, "I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted" (1 Corinthians 4:4).
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen