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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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May 6, 2001 - 4th Sunday of Easter

The following reading from the Kolb edition of the Book of Concord is for the Series C Gospel, John 10:22-30 for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 6, 2001.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI, Election, paragraphs 45-48, page 648.

We do not know what lies ahead for us, but we do know that we are in Christ's hands and he will sustains us.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE XI, ELECTION

This teaching offers the following beautiful, wonderful comfort. God made the conversion, righteousness, and salvation of each individual Christian such a high personal concern and intended to remain so faithful to it that "even before the foundation of the world" [Eph 1:4] he resolved and "according to his own purpose" [2 Tim 1:9] he preordained how he would bring me to salvation and preserve me in it. Likewise, he desired to guarantee my salvation so completely and certainly -- because it could slip though our fingers so easily through the weakness and wickedness of our flesh or be snatched and taken from our hands through the deceit and power of the devil and the world. For he has preordained this salvation through his eternal intention, which cannot fail or be overthrown, and he has placed it for safekeeping into the almighty hand of our Savior Jesus Christ, form which no one can snatch us away (John 10). Therefore, Paul also asks in Romans 8, since we are called in accord with God's intention, "Who will separate us from the love of God in Christ?"

This doctrine also gives us wonderful comfort in trials, that in his counsel before time began God determined and decreed that he would stand by us in every trouble, grant us patience, give us comfort, create hope, and provide a way out of all things so that we may be saved. (paragraphs 45-48)



Condensed from THE BOOK OF CONCORD, edited by Robert Kolb and Timothy J.Wengert, copyright © 2000 Augsburg Fortress

These are excerpts from the Book of Concord.



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