A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series October 9, 2011 - 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, October 9, 2011.
It is from Formula of Concord: Epitome, I. Original Sin.
As great a miracle as it was, the widow's son was raised to live but a little longer in a flesh and world corrupted by sin. Greater still is the miracle to come, by which all who have died in Christ will be raised to live forever in a flesh and world freed from sin--that is, the kingdom of heaven.
4 God created the body and soul of Adam and Eve before the fall. But He also created our bodies and souls after the fall. Even though they are corrupt, God still acknowledges them as His work, as it is written in Job 10:8, "Your hands fashioned and made me." (See also Deuteronomy 32:18; Isaiah 45:9-10; 54:5; 64:8; Acts 17:28; Psalm 100:3; 139:14; Ecclesiastes 12:1.) 5 Furthermore, God's Son has received this human nature [John 1:14], but without sin. Therefore, He did not receive a foreign nature, but our own flesh in the unity of His person. In this way He has become our true Brother. Hebrews 2:14 says, "Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things." Again, "For surely it is not angels that He helps, but He helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, … yet without sin" [2:16; 4:15]. 6 In the same way, Christ redeemed human nature as His work, sanctifies it, raises it from the dead, and gloriously adorns it as His work. But original sin He has not created, received, redeemed, or sanctified. He will not raise it, adorn it, or save it in the elect. In the ‹blessed› resurrection original sin will be entirely destroyed [1 Corinthians 15:51-57]. 8 3. . . . we believe, teach, and confess that original sin . . . is so deep a corruption of human nature that nothing healthy or uncorrupt remains in man's body or soul, in his inward or outward powers [Romans 3:10-12]. . . . . . . 10 We affirm that no one but God alone can separate human nature and this corruption of human nature from each other. This will fully come to pass through death, in the ‹blessed› resurrection. At that time our nature, which we now bear, will rise and live eternally without original sin and be separated and divided from it. As it is written in Job 19:26-27, "After my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold."
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen