A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series October 31, 2011 - Reformation
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, John 8:31-36 for the Reformation, October 31, 2011.
It is from Augsburg Confession, Article IV.
If the Reformation is about anything, it is about the forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus. The forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus is the salvation of which His very name speaks. The forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus is that which justifies the sinner. Therefore, the forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus is the purpose and work for which the church exists. Apart from the forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus there can be no salvation, the sinner cannot be justified, no truly good work can be done, and there is no church.
1 Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. 2 People are freely justified for Christ's sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christ's sake. By His death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins. 3 God counts this faith for righteousness in His sight (Romans 3 and 4 [3:21-26; 4:5].
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen