Pastor's Pen for 05/22/2018I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, And will not be ashamed. (Psalm 119)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. June 25, 1530 was the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. Lutheran theologians put their confession in writing for the world to see. What Lutherans believe, teach, and confess. Lutherans are biblical – Confessing the truth of God’s Word.

Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10)

In the Augsburg Confession’s teaching on “Justification by Faith” or “Civil Government” or “Good Works,” the one thread that runs through the whole Confession is Jesus. The Reformers wanted to make clear that the most important teaching is that through Christ's suffering, death and resurrection, we are forgiven of ALL our sins. (We are “justified” by grace for Christ's sake through faith alone).

IV: Of Justification. Teaching that men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works, but 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, who, by His death, has made satisfaction for our sins. This faith God imputes for righteousness in His sight. Romans 3 and 4.

The Augsburg Confession gushes with the Triune God’s mercy on us; how Jesus is our Savior; how everything in our faith and life flows from that central truth that we are righteous in God's sight by Christ alone. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2)

Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum (The Word of the Lord Endures Forever) is the motto of the Lutheran Reformation, a confident confession of the enduring power and authority of God’s Word. The motto is based on 1 Peter 1:24–25.

Lutherans are the heirs of the Augsburg Confession. We are given to confess Christ before the world with boldness and confidence in God's Word. I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. (Romans 1)

God’s desire is for His church to be in agreement about doctrine, and to be of one mind, living at peace with one another. I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1)

Confessing the Faith in Christ’s mercy to save sinners. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10)

Rejoice in God's Word taught in its truth and purity. For our ears to hear. Hearts to believe. Mouths to confess Jesus as Lord. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

 

God's Word Is Our Great Heritage LSB 582:1

God’s Word is our great heritage And shall be ours forever;

To spread its light from age to age Shall be our chief endeavor.

Through life it guides our way, In death it is our stay.

Lord, grant, while worlds endure, We keep its teachings pure

Throughout all generations