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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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April 10, 2011 - Lent 5, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series A, Gospel, John 11:1-45 for the Lent 5, series A, April 10, 2011.

It is from Formula of Concord, Epitome, Article I, pages 474-475.

Martha told Jesus she knew that Lazarus would rise on the last day. Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life..." When Jesus raises the believers on the last day they will have a new bodies with their human nature, but without the corruption of original sin. And without sin there will be no more death, but life eternal.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


We believe, teach, and confess that there is a distinction between man's nature and original sin. This applied not only when he was originally created by God pure and holy and without sin, but it also applies to [our] nature now after the fall. In other words, we distinguish between the nature itself and original sin. This distinction is as great as the distinction between God's work and the devil's work.

God created the body and soul of Adam and Eve before the fall. But He also created our bodies and souls after the fall. Even though they are corrupt, God still acknowledges them as His work, as it is written in Job 10:8, "Your hands fashioned and made me."

Furthermore, God's Son has received this human nature, but without sin. Therefore, He did not receive a foreign nature, but our own flesh in the unity of His person. In this way He has become our true Brother. Hebrews 2:14,17; 4:15 says, "Since the children share in flesh and blood, He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, yet without sin". In the same way, 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, redeemed, or sanctified. He will not raise it, or save it in the elect. In the (blessed) resurrection original sin will be entirely destroyed [1 Cor. 15:51-57]. (paragraphs 2, 4-6)

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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