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February 11, 2007 - 6th Sunday after the Epiphany

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Jer 17:5-8
Epistle: 1 Cor 15:(1-11) 12-20
Gospel: Luke 6:17-26
Psalm: Ps 1 (2)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel Luke 6:17-26 for the 6th Sunday after the Epiphany, February 11, 2007.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI: Eternal Election, paragraphs 87-90, page 644.

The spiritually poor, those burdened with their sin, need not despair. They only need to look to Christ for the assurance of their election to eternal life.

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 CONCORD6TH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE XI: ETERNAL ELECTION

The explanation of the eternal and saving choice of God's elect children entirely gives God all the glory. In Christ He save us out of pure mercy, without any merits or good works of ours. He does this according to the purpose of His will, as it is written, "He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:5-6). Therefore, it is false and wrong when it is taught that not only God's mercy and Christ's most holy merit, but also something in us is a cause of God's election, on account of which God has chosen us to eternal life. Before we had done anything good, also before we were born, yes even before the foundations of the world were laid, He elected us in Christ.

Furthermore, this teaching gives no one a cause either for despair or for a shameless, loose life. By this teaching, people are taught that they must seek eternal election in Christ and His Holy Gospel, as in the Book of Life. This excludes no penitent sinner, but beckons and calls all poor, heavy-laden, and troubled sinners to repentance and the knowledge of their sins. It calls them to faith in Christ and promises the Holy Spirit for purification and renewal. It gives the most enduring consolation to all troubled, afflicted people . (paragraphs 87-90)



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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