A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series October 9, 2011 - Michaelmastide 2 [Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity]
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, John 4:46-54 for the Michaelmastide 2 [Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity], October 9, 2011.
It is from Formula of Concord: Epitome, VIII. The Person of Christ.
The incarnate Christ is really present everywhere at all times. This is why He was able to heal the official's son though He did not appear to come down to his home. It is also why He is able to give His body and blood to people He gathers at altars around the world unto the end of the age.
MICHAELMASTIDE 2 [TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY]
FORMULA OF CONCORD: EPITOME
15 10. We believe, teach, and confess that the Son of Man really is exalted. He is (in deed and truth) exalted according to His human nature to the right hand of God's almighty majesty and power. For He was received into God when He was conceived of the Holy Spirit in His mother's womb, and His human nature was personally united with the Son of the Highest. 16 11. Christ always had this majesty according to the personal union. Yet He abstained from using it in the state of His humiliation, and because of this He truly increased in all wisdom and favor with God and men. Therefore, He did not always use this majesty, but only when it pleased Him. Then, after His resurrection, He entirely laid aside the form of a servant, but not the human nature, and was established in the full use, manifestation, and declaration of the divine majesty. In this way He entered into His glory [Philippians 2:6-11]. So now not just as God, but also as man He knows all things and can do all things. He is present with all creatures, and has under His feet and in His hands everything that is in heaven and on earth and under the earth, as He Himself testifies [in Matthew 28:18], "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me" [see also John 13:3]. And St. Paul says in Ephesians 4:10, "He … ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things." Because He is present, He can exercise His power everywhere. To Him everything is possible and everything is known. 17 12. Christ may give His true body and blood in the Holy Supper, as one who is present—and it is very easy for Him to do so. He does not do this according to the mode or ability of the human nature, but according to the mode and ability of God's right hand. Dr. Luther says this in accordance with our Christian faith [as we teach it to] children: this presence ‹of Christ in the Holy Supper› is not ‹physical or› earthly, nor Capernaitic; yet it is true and substantial, as the words of His testament read, "This is, is, is My body," and so on.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen