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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Concerning Repentance part 15

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Psalm 38:18–22

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning Repentance 

III. To blot out sin, disgust of the iniquity is sufficient.

Pulling It Together

It is not enough to be sorry for our sin. Nor is it sufficient to do good. For we cannot assist ourselves. Instead, we must avail ourselves of the mercy of God in Christ Jesus. He is the only one who can help us. He alone is our salvation. Penance—acts of devotion, service, and even worship—is not sufficient for the remission of sin. Only death blots out sin. “For one who has died has been set free from sin” (Rom 6:7). Thanks be to God “that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death” (Rom 6:3) and therefore, have been set free from sin and death. “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom 6:5).

Prayer: O Lord of my salvation, I confess my iniquity and trust in your mercy and forgiveness. Amen. 

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