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From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles
Preceding Christ, John is called a preacher of repentance, yet for the forgiveness of sins. That is, John was to accuse everyone, convincing them that they were sinners, so that they would know who they were before God, and acknowledge that they were lost. This is how they would be prepared to receive grace from the Lord, and to expect and accept from him forgiveness of sins. Christ himself says, “that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:47).
Pulling It Together
Knowledge of one’s sin is necessary but it is insufficient for salvation. Repentance from sin is also indispensable but regret and penance combined will not do for salvation. Knowledge and confession of sin, and remorse and repentance are what prepare us for God’s grace. His grace, however, is only apprehended by faith in Christ—not faith in what we do, such as confession and repentance.
Prayer: Convince me of my sin, Lord, and give me faith to believe. Amen.
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