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The Large Catechism – part 101

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From the Word: 20 And seeing their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to debate, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Luke 5:20–21)

From the ConfessionsThe Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments

The Third Commandment

On the other hand, any practice or work that is done without God’s Word is unholy before God, no matter how brilliant and shiny it seems, even though it is buried in relics, such as the fictitious spiritual orders who know nothing of God’s Word, instead, seeking holiness in their own works.

Pulling It Together: What greater words are these, spoken by God himself? The promise, “You are forgiven,” is received by God’s grace through faith alone. Without faith, they are rejected—on the Lord’s day, or any other. These words, received by a heart that trusts in God, hallow any day of the week. The shining promise of God’s most blessed will is bestowed without any good work than faith in the word of God.

Prayer: Give me such faith in you, Lord, that I am forgiven of all my sins. Amen.

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