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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

November 15, 2009 - 24th S after Pentecost

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Old Testament, Daniel 12:1-3 for the 24th S after Pentecost, November 15, 2009.

It is from Formula of Concord, Epitome, Article I, paragraphs 6, 8-10, page 475.

People who struggle with their own sins and addictions and worry about ominous predictions of financial disaster and government regulations can take heart that the Lord is in control. He will see us through all earthly turmoil and one day we will rise again with a new body, free from sinful desires, in the glorious presence of God.

Click here for the reading formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


Christ redeemed human nature as His work, sanctifies it, raises it from the dead, and gloriously adorns it as His work. But original sin He has not created, received, redeemed, or sanctified. He will not raise it, adorn it, or save it in the elect. In the resurrection original sin will be entirely destroyed [1 Corinthians 15:51-57].

On the other hand, we believe, teach, and confess that original sin is not a minor corruption. It is so deep a corruption of human nature that nothing healthy or uncorrupt remains in man's body or soul, in his inward or outward powers [Romans 3:10-12]. As the Church sings:

"Through Adam's fall is all corrupt, Nature and essence human."

This damage cannot be fully described [Psalm 19:12]. It cannot be understood by reason, but only from God's Word. We affirm that no one but God alone can separate human nature and this corruption of human nature from each other. This will fully come to pass through death, in the resurrection. At that time our nature, which we now bear, will rise and live eternally without original sin and be separated and divided from it.

As written in Job 19:26-27, "After my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold." (paragraphs 6, 8-10)

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.

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