A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series January 18, 2009 - 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Standard LSB B Readings: First: Acts 4:8-13 Epistle: 2 Peter 1:1-15 Gospel: Mk. 8:27-35 (36--9:1) Psalm: Psalm 118:19-29
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, B series Epistle 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, January 18, 2009.
It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI, paragraphs 71-74, page 612.
God's people must never forget that they are God's people because God has given us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us. As temples of the Holy Spirit we must adorn ourselves in speech and conduct befitting the glory of God.
According to Christ's teaching [all people] should abstain from their sins, repent, believe His promise, and entirely trust in Him. Since we cannot do this by ourselves, by our own powers, the Holy Spirit desires to work these things-repentance and faith-in us through the Word and Sacraments. In order that we may receive this, persevere in it, and remain steadfast, we should beg God for His grace, which He has promised us in Holy Baptism. No doubt He will give it to us according to His promise, as He has said, "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (Luke 11:11-13)
The Holy Spirit dwells in the elect, who have become believers, as in His temple [1 Corinthians 6:19]. He is not idle in them, but moves God's children to obey God's commands. Therefore, believers, too, should not be idle, much less resist the work of God's Spirit. They should practice all Christian virtues, in all godliness, modesty, temperance, patience, and brotherly love; and they should give all diligence to make their calling and election sure [2 Peter 1:10]. They should do this so that the more they find the Spirit's power and strength within them, they may doubt their election less. For the Spirit bears witness to the elect that they are God's children (Romans 8:16). (paragraphs 71-74)
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