A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series November 27, 2011 - Advent 1: Ad Te Levavi
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Old Testament, Jeremiah 23:5-8 for the Advent 1: Ad Te Levavi, November 27, 2011.
It is from The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article IV.
Behold! The LORD has raised up a branch for David just as He declared through the prophet Jeremiah. Christ Jesus is Himself that branch. He is the LORD, our righteousness, Whose days are coming--now to execute justice and righteousness in His church, and then to execute justice and righteousness in the resurrection of all flesh. As it is now in His church, so will it be on the Last Day.
JUSTIFICATION: THE ADVERSARIES REJECT THIS TEACHING
117 In order that the subject might be made quite clear, we have shown well enough so far, both from testimonies of Scripture and arguments derived from Scripture, that we receive forgiveness of sins for Christ's sake through faith alone. We have shown that through faith alone we are justified, that is, unrighteous people are made righteous, or regenerated. 118 How necessary the knowledge of this faith is can be easily judged. Because Christ's office is recognized in this alone, we receive Christ's benefits by this alone. Only this teaching brings sure and firm consolation to pious minds. 119 In the Church there must be the teaching by which the pious may receive the sure hope of salvation. For the adversaries give people bad advice when they tell them to doubt whether they receive forgiveness of sins. 120 How will such persons sustain themselves in death who have heard nothing of this faith and think that they ought to doubt whether they receive forgiveness of sins? Besides, it is necessary that the Gospel be kept in Christ's Church, namely, the promise that sins are freely forgiven for Christ's sake. Those who teach nothing of this faith we speak about, completely abolish the Gospel. 121 But the Scholastics mention not even a word about this faith. Our adversaries follow them and reject this faith. Nor do they see that by rejecting this faith they abolish the entire promise about the free forgiveness of sins and the righteousness of Christ.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen