23 August 2012

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

We also grant this, that alms merit many favors from God, lessen punishments, and merit our defense in dangers of sins and death, as we have said a little before about the entire repentance.—The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, V:157 (IV:278)


Jonathan Micheel said...

Did anyone else have a "Wait, what?" reaction to this quote?

Let's see if I'm understanding the context and main point... "entire life of repentance" = life of faith and sanctification. Such a life brings many blessings from God. Though we could add that all such blessings are so-called "rewards of grace." Did I get it?

Rev. Jon Micheel

William Weedon said...

Pr. Micheel,

Yes, though in the context of Tobit, the point the Apology is making is that almsgiving in our lives is a sign of repentance and faith at work.