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Concerning the Mass part 28

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1 Peter 2:4-5

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning the Mass 

But our opponents always apply the term “sacrifice” to the ceremony alone. They exclude the preaching of the gospel, faith, prayer, and similar things, even though the ceremony has been established because of these. The New Testament requires sacrifices of the heart, not ceremonies for sin that are to be performed in the manner of a Levitical priesthood.

Pulling It Together

That holy priesthood called the Church is the temple of God through which sacrifices are to be made to him. We do not mean physical sacrifices. For Christ is the physical sacrifice that ended the need for further sacrifices of flesh. Rather, we are to offer ourselves to God in spiritual sacrifices of the heart like praise, prayer, thanksgiving, and other forms of worship. These are the sacrifices that God accepts for Christ’s sake. But they do not remove our sin (Heb 10:11). Rather, they are the joyful sacrifices of those who have been redeemed by Christ Jesus, the only sacrifice that has remitted sin (Heb 10:14).

Prayer: Teach me to worship you aright, O Lord. Amen.

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