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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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June 19, 2011 - Holy Trinity, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series A Old Testament, Genesis 1:1-2:4 for the Holy Trinity, series A, June 19, 2011.

It is from Large Catechism, Part II, Apostles Creed, pages 398-399.

God reveals Himself from creation to the end of time as the triune God. He should be worshipped and spoken of in the ways He reveals Himself.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


The Creed sets forth to us everything that we must expect and receive from God. The Creed teaches us to know Him fully [Ephesians 3:19]. This is intended to help us do what we ought to do according to the Ten Commandments. For the Ten Commandments are set so high that all human ability is far too feeble and weak to keep them. Therefore, it is just as necessary to learn this part of Christian doctrine as to learn the former. Then we may know how to attain what they command, both where and how to receive such power. For if we could by our own powers keep the Ten Commandments as they should be kept, we would need nothing further, neither the Creed nor the Lord's Prayer…

To make the Creed clearly understood as it is to be taught to children, we shall briefly sum up the entire Creed in three chief articles, according to the three persons in the Godhead [Col. 2:9]. Everything that we believe is related to these three persons. So the First Article, about God the Father, explains creation. The Second Article, about the Son, explains redemption. And the Third, about the Holy Spirit, explains sanctification. We present them as though the Creed were briefly summarized in so many words: I believe in God the Father, who has created me; I believe in God the Son, who has redeemed me; I believe in the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies me. One God and one faith, but three persons. Therefore, three articles or confessions. (paragraphs 1-3, 6-7)

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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