Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | August 17, 2009

Quotes from Concord — The Two Parts of Repentance

To deliver godly consciences from these mazes of the learned persons, we have attributed these two parts to repentance: contrition and faith.  If anyone desires to add a third — fruit worthy of repentance, that is a change of the entire life and character for the better — we will not oppose it.  We separate from contrition those useless and endless discussions regarding grief from loving God and from fearing punishment.  We say that contrition is the true terror of conscience, which feels that God is angry with sin and grieves that it has sinned.  This contrition takes place when sins are condemned by God’s Word.  The sum of the preaching of the Gospel is this:  to convict of sin; to offer for Christ’s sake the forgiveness of sins and righteousness, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life; and that as reborn people we should do good works.  So Christ includes the sum of the Gospel when He says, “Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations” [Luke 24:47].

— The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XIIa (V), paragraph 28 (from Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, Reader’s Edition)

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