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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Concerning Confession and Satisfaction - part 25

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John 14:27

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning Confession and Satisfaction

We are not saying that you ought to fear God’s judgment. For those in the hierarchy imagine that they can easily provide against this, since they hold the keys. Of course, they can open heaven for themselves whenever they wish. We are talking about the judgments of men and the silent desires of all nations, which at this time, require that these matters be investigated and decided in such a manner that god-fearing minds may be healed and freed from doubt. Being wise, you can easily determine what will take place if at any time this hatred against you should explode. But by this favor of healing doubting consciences, you will be able to bind to yourself all nations, since all sane people regard it as the highest and most important matter.

Pulling It Together

Political and civil peace would be nice. Family peace would be a true blessing for many people. And of course, better finances and health would afford to many a certain peace of mind. Yet, even with all of these kinds of peace, we will still be troubled unless there is a deeper peace: peace with God. This is the very peace that Jesus has promised—a peace that is not like the world gives but instead, peace that comes from having faith that Christ alone reconciles us with God. So we are very careful to never attach to forgiveness satisfactions such as good deeds or acts of devotion. These works will not appease the conscience for long, let alone appease God. Nothing but Christ’s finished work (John 19:30) soothes and heals doubting and troubled consciences.

Prayer: Lord, help me to always depend upon and trust in you. Amen. 

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