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January 9, 2011 - Baptism of Our Lord

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series A, Old Testament, Isaiah 42:1-9 for the Baptism of Our Lord, January 9, 2011.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VIII, page 593.

Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, was, according to His human nature, designated as the Christ, Messiah, the Anointed One at His baptism when He received the Holy Spirit.

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

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDBAPTISM OF OUR LORD
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE VIII: PERSON OF CHRIST

God the Father has given His Spirit to Christ, His beloved Son, according to the received humanity. (Because of this He is called also Messiah; i.e., the Anointed.) He has not received His gifts with limits as other saints. For on Christ the Lord, according to His received human nature, rests "the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge ‹and the fear of the Lord" (Isaiah 11:2). (According to His divinity, He is of one essence with the Holy Spirit.) This not in such a way that, as a man, He knew and could do only some things, like other saints know and can do things by God's Spirit, who works in them only created gifts. According to His divinity, Christ is the Second Person in the Holy Trinity. And from Him, as also from the Father, the Holy Spirit proceeds. So the Spirit is and remains Christ's and the Father's own Spirit to all eternity, not separated from God's Son. Therefore, as the Church Fathers say, the entire fullness of the Spirit has been communicated by the personal union to Christ according to the flesh, which is personally united with God's Son. This voluntarily manifests and shows itself with all its power ‹in, with, and through Christ's human nature›… Now ‹according to the received human nature›, He knows and can do all things. For on Him the Father poured the Spirit of wisdom and power without measure. (paragraphs 72-74)



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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