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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Concerning the Invocation of Saints part 11

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Romans 1:17

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning the Invocation of Saints 

Therefore, we shall show that they actually represent the saints as propitiators, that is, mediators of redemption, as well as intercessors. We do not yet recite the abuses of the common people, as we are still speaking of the opinions of the theologians. As regards the rest, even the inexperienced can judge.

Two things must concur if one is to be a propitiator. First, there ought to be a Word of God from which we may know with certainty that God wishes to show mercy, and to answer those calling upon him through this propitiator.

Pulling It Together

It has been said here over and over, and it shall yet be asked again and again, since it is so important. What is written? What does the Scripture say? Scripture itself begs the question. More than 80 times in the Old and New Testaments, the prophets, apostles, and others indicate the importance of what has been written in the Bible as a test of truth. From Joshua to Jesus and on to Paul, Peter, Luke, and the writer of Hebrews the phrase, “It is written,” is used to urge us to see if a teaching is founded in and defended by Scripture. There is surely no better time to depend upon the Word of God as guide than when considering for whose sake we are forgiven.

Prayer: Help me to depend upon what I know from your word, Lord. Amen.

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