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Devotion for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

Our devotion for the day of Commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession is three of the first four articles of the confession. We will use The Augsburg Confession, by Johann Michael Reu, for our reading.

Devotional Reading

Article I.—Of God:     Our churches with one accord teach, that the decree of the Council of Nice, concerning the unity of the Divine essence, and concerning the three persons, is true, and ought to be confidently believed, viz: that there is one divine essence, which is called and is God, eternal, incorporeal, indivisible, infinite in power, wisdom and goodness, the Creator and Preserver of all things visible and invisible; and yet, that there are three persons, who are of the same essence and power, and are co-eternal, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And the term person they use in the same sense in which it is employed by ecclesiastical writers on this subject: to signify, not a part or quality of something else, but that which exists itself.

Article III.—Of the Son of God and His Mediatorial Work:  They likewise teach, that the Word, that is, the Son of God, assumed human nature, in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary, so that the two natures, human and divine, inseparably united in one person, constitute one Christ, who is true God and man, born of the Virgin Mary; who truly suffered, was crucified, died and was buried, that he might reconcile the Father to us, and be a sacrifice not only for original sin, but also for all the actual sins of man. Likewise that he descended into hell, (the place of departed spirits) and truly arose on the third day; then ascended to heaven, that he might sit at the right hand of the Father, might perpetually reign over all creatures, and might sanctify those who believe in him by sending into their hearts the Holy Spirit, who governs, consoles, quickens, and defends them against the devil and the power of sin. The same Christ will return again openly, that he may judge the living and the dead, etc., according to the Apostolic Creed.

Article IV.—Of Justification: They in like manner teach, that men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works; but that they are justified gratuitously for Christ’s sake, through faith; when they believe, that they are received into favor, and that their sins are remitted on account of Christ, who made satisfaction for our transgressions by his death. This faith God imputes to us as righteousness.

Devotional reading is adapted from the “American Recension of the Augsburg Confession,” 1855, contained in The Augsburg Confession, page 479, 2005, Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Prayer

Lord God, heavenly Father, You preserved the teaching of the apostolic Church through the confession of the true faith at Augsburg. Continue to cast the bright beams of Your light upon Your Church that we, being instructed by the doctrine of the blessed apostles, may walk in the light of Your truth and finally attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (1041)

Prayer is from the Treasury of Daily Prayer, 2008, page 463, Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Hymn

Hymn is "By Grace I'm Saved" from By Grace I’m Saved: Festival Hymn Setting by Jacob B. Weber, 2016, Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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