A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series January 30, 2011 - Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Matthew 8:23-27 for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, January 30, 2011.
It is from Formula of Concord: Solid Declaration, Article VIII.
"What sort of a man is this [Jesus]?" He is the sort of a man, who is also truly and fully God. Thus, in addition to His miracles like calming the sea, Jesus the ascended God/Man works a miracle for us in every Divine Service wherein He gives us His very body and blood to eat and to drink.
25 . . . 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. 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 received 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 [LW 15:291] 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 [LW 37:55-58; 37:228] . "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 confusing 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.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen