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December 8, 2013 - Second Sunday in Advent: Populus Zion

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Luke 21:25-36 for the Second Sunday in Advent: Populus Zion, December 8, 2013.

It is from The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, Article VIII.26-30: The Person of Christ.

"Your redemption is drawing near, . . . [and] you know that the kingdom of God [itself] is near," not only on the Last Day, but even in the Holy Supper of our Lord.

The attached reading is formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Kurt Hering
Layton, Utah

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDSECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT: POPULUS ZION
THE SOLID DECLARATION OF THE FORMULA OF CONCORDAFFIRMATIVE STATEMENTS

26] The human nature, after the resurrection from the dead, is exalted above all creatures in heaven and on earth. This is nothing other than that He entirely laid aside the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7-11). He did not lay aside His human nature, but retains it to eternity. He has the full possession and use of the divine majesty according to His assumed human nature. However, He had this majesty immediately at His conception, even in His mother's womb. As the apostle testifies (Philippians 2:7), He laid it aside. As Dr. Luther explains, He kept it concealed in the state of His humiliation and did not always use it, but only when He wanted to use it.

27] Now He has ascended to heaven, not merely as any other saint, but as the apostle testifies (Ephesians 4:10), above all heavens. He also truly fills all things, being present everywhere, not only as God, but also as man. He rules from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth, as the prophets predict (Psalm 8:1, 6; 93:1-4; Zechariah 9:10) and the apostles testify (Mark 16:20). He did this everywhere with them and confirmed their word with signs. 28] This did not happen in an earthly way. As Dr. Luther explains, this happened according to the way things are done at God's right hand. "God's right hand" is no set place in heaven, as the Sacramentarians assert without any ground in the Holy Scriptures. It is nothing other than God's almighty power, which fills heaven and earth. Christ is installed according to His humanity (in deed and truth), without confusion or equalizing the two natures in their essence and essential properties. 29] By this communicated divine power, according to the words of His testament, He can be and is truly present with His body and blood in the Holy Supper. He has pointed this out for us by His Word. This is possible for no other man, because no man is united with the divine nature the way Jesus, the Son of Mary, is. No man is installed in such divine almighty majesty and power through and in the personal union of the two natures in Christ. 30] For in Him the divine and the human nature are personally united with each other. So in Christ "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily" (Colossians 2:9). In this personal union the two natures have such a grand, intimate, indescribable communion that even the angels are astonished by it. As St. Peter testifies, they have their delight and joy in looking into it (1 Peter 1:12).



Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.


Lord grant you faith in His grace alone
for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen



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