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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Concerning the Invocation of Saints – part 19

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Hebrews 7:23–25

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning the Invocation of Saints 

But where has this arrangement that Biel refers to, saying that we ought to resort to the aid of the saints, been instituted by God? Let him produce a single example or command from Scripture. Perhaps they derive this arrangement from the courts of kings where friends must be used as intercessors. But if a king has appointed a certain intercessor, he will not want cases to be brought to him through others. So, since Christ has been appointed as Intercessor and High Priest, why would we seek others?

Pulling It Together

No one draws near to a king unless he is commanded to do so. Therefore, if you wish to have the king’s ear, it must be done through one who is already in the king’s presence—and to whom the king will listen. In American terms, just try to get close enough to the president so that he would hear your request. You have to go through a representative. In kingdom terms, Jesus is our representative. He is the only one whom God has elected to be our permanent intercessor. This is what Scripture teaches us. How could we confess differently? 

Prayer: Thank you, God, for hearing my prayers, through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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