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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Smalcald Articles – part 78

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Romans 3:10–12

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles 

In the beginning of true repentance, people must hear such statements as this: You are all of no account. Whether you are obvious sinners or think you are saints, you must each become different than you are now and do otherwise than you are now doing—even if you imagine you are great, wise, powerful, and holy. Here no one is godly, etc.

Pulling It Together: No one is exempt; all are born in sin and captivated by it, until they have faith. Even then, the forgiveness of God is necessary, for saints are still sinners. But here is the difference: they are repentant sinners. In the midst of their sin, they seek God. They desire his righteousness to be their own, and so, confess their own unrighteousness and sin. In this way, saints are no longer enslaved to sin, and are saved from death and the devil, for Christ’s sake.

Prayer: Forgive me, God, a sinner, but redeemed by Christ. Amen.

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