A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series May 11, 2014 - Jubilate: Easter 4
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, John 16:16-22 for the Jubilate: Easter 4, May 11, 2014.
It is from Augsburg Confession, Article XVII.
Contrary to popular belief, the present day of Christ's Church on earth is not the day wherein all of God's people know nothing but happiness, success, and fulfillment. Faith rejoices inwardly that the grief we bear today, while the world rejoices at our troubles, will be short and give way on the Last Day to a joy that will never end.
1] Our churches teach that at the end of the world Christ will appear for judgment, and 2] will raise all the dead (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:2). He will give the godly and elect eternal life and everlasting joys, 3] but He will condemn ungodly people and the devils to be tormented without end (Matthew 25:31-46).
4] Our churches condemn the Anabaptists, who think that there will be an end to the punishments of condemned men and devils.
5] Our churches also condemn those who are spreading certain Jewish opinions, that before the resurrection of the dead the godly shall take possession of the kingdom of the world, the ungodly being everywhere suppressed.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen