A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series November 14, 2010 - Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Matthew 9:18-26 for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Trinity, November 14, 2010.
It is from The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, Article VIII.
The miracles of Jesus recorded by the evangelists in the four Gospel accounts are evidence that testify to the saving truth that this Jesus, who would also suffer and die on the cross, is at the same time both God and man.
6 We believe, teach, and confess that God's Son from eternity has been a particular, distinct, entire divine person. Yet He is true, essential, perfect God with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time He received also the human nature into the unity of His person. He did not do this in such a way that there now are two persons or two Christs. Christ Jesus is now in one person at the same time true, eternal God, born of the Father from eternity, and a true man, born of the most blessed Virgin Mary. This is written in Romans 9:5, "from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever." 7 We believe, teach, and confess that now, in this one undivided person of Christ, there are two distinct natures: the divine, which is from eternity, and the human, which in time was received into the unity of the person of God's Son. These two natures in the person of Christ are never either separated from or mingled with each other. Nor are they changed into each other. Each one abides in its nature and essence in the person of Christ to all eternity. . . . 25 He did all His miracles by the power of this personal union. He showed His divine majesty, according to His pleasure, when and as He willed. He did this not just after His resurrection and ascension, but also in His state of humiliation. For example: (a), at the wedding at Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-11) (b) When He was twelve years old, among the learned (Luke 2:42-50) (c) In the garden, when with a word He cast His enemies to the ground (John 18:6) (d) In death, when He died not simply as any other man, but in and with His death conquered sin, death, devil, hell, and eternal damnation (Colossians 2:13-5) The human nature alone would not have been able to do these miracles if it had not been personally united and had communion with the divine nature.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen