A reading from the Book of Concord - 3 year series - October 11, 2015

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The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of
Concord is for the Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 for the Pentecost 20,
series B, October 11, 2015.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, page
108.

When the prophet says, "Seek the Lord and live," he is calling
God's wayward children to repentance.

The reading is formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin
at
http://lcmssermons.com/images/boc/CY2015/Proper%2023%20B,OT.doc

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico
dou...@fishers.net

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD - 3 YEAR SERIES
PENTECOST 20, SERIES B
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION
ARTICLE V, LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

Who is not tempted by lust? Paul says, "I do not do the good I
want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing"
(Romans 7:19). Likewise, "I myself serve the law of God with my
mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin" (7:25). Here he
openly declares that he serves the law of sin. David says,
"Enter not into judgment with Your servant, for no one living is
righteous before You" (Psalm 143:2). Here even God's servant
prays for the removal of judgment. Likewise, "Blessed is the
man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity" (Psalm 32:2).
Therefore, in our weakness sin is always present, which could be
charged against us. Later he says, "Therefore let everyone who
is godly offer prayer to You" (32:6). Here he shows that even
saints ought to seek forgiveness of sins. They are more than
blind who do not realize that wicked desires in the flesh are
sins, of which Paul says, "For the desires of the flesh are
against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against
the flesh" (Galatians 5:17). The flesh distrusts God, trusts in
present things, seeks human aid in trouble, even contrary to
God's will. It flees from suffering, which it ought to bear
because of God's commands. It doubts God's mercy and so on.
The Holy Spirit in our hearts fights against such tendencies in
order to suppress and kill them and to produce new spiritual
motives. (paragraphs 47-49)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright
2005 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All
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