A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series August 18, 2013 - Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Mark 7:3`-37 for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, August 18, 2013.
It is from FORMULA OF CONCORD: SOLID DECLARATION, ARTICLE I.8-14.
Just as our Lord stuck His fingers into the ears, and touched His spittle to the tongue of the deaf-mute man to open his ears and tongue to the Word of God for healing, so also He does to our ears and tongues of faith through the preaching of His Word and the waters of Baptism.
5] 1. First, it is true that Christians should regard and recognize the actual transgression of God's commandments as sin; but sin is also that horrible, dreadful hereditary sickness by which the entire nature is corrupted. … Even if a person would not think, speak, or do anything evil (which, however, is impossible in this life, since the fall of our first parents), his nature and person are nevertheless sinful. Before God they are thoroughly and utterly infected and corrupted by original sin, as by a spiritual leprosy. Because of this corruption and because of the fall of the first man, the human nature or person is accused or condemned by God's Law. So we are by nature the children of wrath, death, and damnation, unless we are delivered from them by Christ's merit.
7] 2. Second, the following is also clear and true, as Article XIX of the Augsburg Confession teaches: God is not a creator, author, or cause of sin. … Original sin is multiplied from sinful seed, through fleshly conception and birth from father and mother (Psalm 51:5). God at the present day still creates and makes the human nature in people. …
13] d. The punishment and penalty of original sin, which God has imposed upon Adam's children and upon original sin, are death, eternal damnation (Romans 3:23), and also other bodily, spiritual, temporal, eternal miseries. These include the devil's tyranny and dominion. So human nature is subject to the devil's kingdom (Colossians 1:13) and has been surrendered to his power. It is held captive under his sway, who stupefies and leads astray many a great, learned person in the world through dreadful error, heresy, and other blindness, and otherwise rushes people into all sorts of crime.
14] e. … this hereditary evil is so great and horrible that, only for the sake of the Lord Christ, can it be covered and forgiven before God in those baptized and believing. Furthermore, human nature, which is perverted and corrupted by original sin, must and can be healed only by the regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). However, this healing is only begun in this life. It will not be perfect until the life to come (Ephesians 4:12-13).
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen