Announcements for the week of February 15, 2015

ARTICLE XV.  HUMAN TRADITIONS IN THE  CHURCH

Tappert

We have previously shown at length that men are justified by the faith that they have a gracious God not because of works but freely for Christ’s sake. This is definitely the teaching of the Gospel, for Paul clearly teaches (Eph. 2:8), “By grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God” and not of men. They say that men merit the forgiveness of sins by these human observances. What is this but to set up another justifier and mediator instead of Christ? Paul says to the Galatians (5:4), “You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law.” That is, if by the observance of the law you think you deserve to be accounted righteous before God, then Christ is of no use to you, for why does anyone need Christ if he believes he is righteous by his own observance of the law?  God has appointed Christ as the mediator; he wants to be gracious to us through him, not through our own righteousness. These men believe that God is reconciled and gracious because of the traditions and not because of Christ. Thus they rob Christ of his honor as the mediator. (¶6-9)

15-02-15, Transfiguration, BA-2015B

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