The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of
Concord is for the Johan 3:1-5, 10 for the Epiphany 3, series B,
January 25, 2015.
It is from Apology, Article XIIB, pages 181-182.
The people of Nineveh did not try to appease God by man-made acts
of piety, but in true sorrow for their sins they repented and
changed their ways, calling on God for mercy.
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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD - 3 YEAR SERIES
EPIPHANY 3, SERIES B
ARTICLE XIIB, CONFESSION AND SATISFACTION
The adversaries say that satisfactions benefit by the outward
work in such a way that, even though they are done in mortal
sin, they still deliver from the punishments. When the passage
of Paul is cited against us, "But if we judged ourselves truly,
we would not be judged [by the Lord]" (1 Corinthians 11:31), "to
judge" should be understood to include all of repentance and
required fruit, not works that are not required. Our
adversaries pay the penalty for hating grammar. They understand
"to judge" to equal making a pilgrimage dressed in armor, or
similar works. "To judge" means all of repentance; it means to
condemn sins. This condemnation truly happens in contrition and
the change of life. Isaiah 1:16-19 teaches, "Cease to do evil,
learn to do good.… Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall
be as white as snow.… If you are willing and obedient, you shall
eat the good of the land." Neither should a most important
meaning be transferred from all of repentance, and from works
required or commanded by God, to the works of human traditions.
Common evils are reduced by our repentance and by the true fruit
of repentance, by good works completed from faith. Here belongs
the example of the Ninevites (Jonah 3:10), who by their
repentance (all of repentance) were reconciled to God and
received the favor that their city was not destroyed.
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