A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series June 3, 2012 - Holy Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, John 3:1-17 for the Holy Trinity, June 3, 2012.
It is from FORMULA OF CONCORD: SOLID DECLARATION, ARTICLE XII.37-40.
In answering Nicodemus's questions about God, and being born again into the kingdom of God, Jesus reveals the persons, work, and relationship of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, it is this one God in three persons whom we believe and confess.
ERRONEOUS ARTICLES OF THE NEW ANTI-TRINITARIANS 37 1. Some Anti-Trinitarians reject and condemn the ancient, approved Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. They condemn both their sense and words. These people teach that there is not just one eternal divine essence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They teach that, just as there are three distinct persons (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), so each person has also its essence distinct and separate from the other persons. They say that all three are either like three men—distinct and separate in their essence, of the same power, wisdom, majesty, and glory ‹as some imagine›—or are unequal in essence and properties ‹as some think›. 38 2. The Father alone is true God. [CONCLUSION] 39 These and similar articles, one and all, with what belongs to them and follows from them, we reject and condemn as wrong, false, heretical, and contrary to God's Word, the three Creeds, the Augsburg Confession and Apology, the Smalcald Articles, and Luther's Catechisms. All godly Christians should beware of these articles to the extent that the welfare and salvation of their souls is dear to them. 40 In the sight of God and of all Christendom ‹the entire Church of Christ›, we want to testify to those now living and those who will come after us. This declaration presented here about all the controverted articles mentioned and explained above—and no other—is our faith, doctrine, and confession. By God's grace, with intrepid hearts, we are willing to appear before the judgment seat of Christ with this Confession and give an account of it [1 Peter 4:5]. We will not speak or write anything contrary to this Confession, either publicly or privately. By the strength of God's grace we intend to abide by it. Therefore, after mature deliberation, we have, in the fear of God and by calling on His name, attached our signatures with our own hands.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen