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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope part 37

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1 John 1:8–9

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

Satisfactions gave rise to indulgences: pure lies, fabricated for the sake of profits.

Pulling It Together

Christians often sin; it is as natural as breathing. Yet, when Christians sin, they know it. The Holy Spirit makes them aware of their sin and the guilt of their unrighteousness. As there is no righteousness within us, save the Spirit of Christ, we cannot correct either the sin or the unrighteousness. We must turn to God in faith and ask forgiveness through the blood of Christ. It is the only way. We cannot pay for forgiveness or earn it; nor may we expect another to do so for us, as all are unrighteous. But if we simply ask God for forgiveness, he will forgive us of the sin and relieve us of the guilt, all on the basis of the shed blood of Christ, but never on the basis of our own merits.

Prayer: Forgive me, Father, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

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