A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series September 15, 2013 - Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Luke 7:11-17 for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 15, 2013.
It is from Small & Large Catechism, Part IV.
Just as Christ raised the son of the widow of Nain to go home and help his mother, and she to love her son all the more than before his death, so too does our Lord raise us up out of the death of sin to live a new life becoming ever more loving and ever less selfish.
What does such baptizing with water signify? Answer: It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts. And, it also shows that a new man should daily come forth and arise, who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever. Where is this written? Answer: St. Paul says in Romans chapter 6: "We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life" (v. 4).
64] Lastly, we must also know what Baptism signifies and why God has ordained just this outward sign and ceremony for the Sacrament by which we are first received into the Christian Church. 65] The act or ceremony is this: we are sunk under the water, which passes over us, and afterward are drawn out again. These two parts, (a) to be sunk under the water and (b) drawn out again, signify Baptism's power and work. It is nothing other than putting to death the old Adam and affecting the new man's resurrection after that (Romans 6:4-46). Both of these things must take place in us all our lives. So a truly Christian life is nothing other than a daily Baptism, once begun and ever to be continued. For this must be done without ceasing, that we always keep purging away whatever belongs to the old Adam. Then what belongs to the new man may come forth. 66] But what is the old man? It is what is born in human beings from Adam: anger, hate, envy, unchastity, stinginess, laziness, arrogance-- yes unbelief. The old man is infected with all vices and has by nature nothing good in him (Romans 7:18). 67] Now, when we have come into Christ's kingdom (John 3:5), these things must daily decrease. The longer we live the more we become gentle, patient, meek, and ever turn away from unbelief, greed, hatred, envy, and arrogance.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen