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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

August 30, 2009 - 13th S. a. Pentecost

Standard LSB B Readings:
First: Deut. 4:1-2, 6-9
Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-20
Gospel: Mark 7:14-23
Psalm: Psalm 119:129-136 132

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Old Testament, Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-9 for the 13th S. a. Pentecost, August 30, 2009.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VIII, paragraphs 76-79, pages 593-594.

God's law that was given to the Israelites was their wisdom and it distinguished them as being a great nation that the Lord God was near to them when they called upon Him. In an even greater sense the coming of Christ is a powerful reality that the Lord is with us now.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


No man besides [Christ], either in heaven or on earth, can say with truth, "Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them" (Matthew 18:20). Also, "Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

We do not understand these testimonies to mean that only Christ's divinity is present with us in the Christian Church and congregation, and that such presence does not apply to Christ according to His humanity... However, the Holy Scriptures say this only about Christ, and no other man. We hold that by these words the majesty of the man Christ is declared. Christ has received this majesty, according to His humanity, at the right hand of God's majesty and power. So also, according to His received human nature and with the same, He can be, and also is, present where He wants to be. He is present especially in His Church and congregation on earth as Mediator, Head, King, and High Priest. This presence is not a part, or only one half of Him. Christ's entire person is present, to which both natures belong, the divine and the human-not only according to His divinity, but also according to, and with, His received human nature. He is our Brother, and we are flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone. He has instituted His Holy Supper for the certain assurance and confirmation of this, so that He will be with us, and dwell, work, and be effective in us. (paragraphs 76-79)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

These are excerpts from the Book of Concord.

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