A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series April 29, 2012 - 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, April 29, 2012.
It is from The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, Article VIII.9-12.
Just as Jesus suffered in the body of His flesh until He died and was buried, so too we who are buried into His death suffer until we die and are buried. And just as Jesus has been raised in the flesh of His body never to suffer again, we too will be raised in a flesh free of suffering.
9 We believe, teach, and confess that it is the property of the divine nature to be almighty, eternal, infinite, everywhere present at the same time, and all-knowing. In other words, it agrees with the properties of [the divine] nature and its natural essence. These are essential attributes of the divine nature. Never in eternity do they become essential properties of the human nature. 10 On the other hand, these are properties of the human nature: being a bodily creation or creature, flesh and blood, finite and located in one place; it suffers, dies, ascends, and descends; it moves from one place to another, suffers hunger, thirst, cold, heat, and the like. These properties never become properties of the divine nature. 11 We believe, teach, and confess that now, since the incarnation, each nature in Christ does not exist by itself so that each is, or makes up, a separate person. These two natures are so united that they make up one single person, in which the divine and the received human nature are and exist at the same time. So now, since the incarnation, there belongs to the entire person of Christ personally not only His divine nature, but also His received human nature. So without His divinity, and also without His humanity, the person of Christ or the incarnate Son of God is not complete. We mean the Son of God who has received flesh and become man [John 1:14]. Therefore, Christ is not two distinct persons, but one single person, even though two distinct natures are found in Him, unconfused in their natural essence and properties. 12 We also believe, teach, and confess that the received human nature in Christ has and retains its natural, essential properties. But over and above these, through the personal union with the Deity, and afterward through glorification, Christ's human nature has been exalted to the right hand of majesty, power, and might, over everything that can be named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come [Ephesians 1:21].
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen