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October 23, 2011 - Pentecost 19, Proper 25, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series A Gospel Matthew 22:34-46 for the Pentecost 19, Proper 25, series A, October 23, 2011.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VIII, pages 587,589.

The Pharisees did not recognize the divine nature of Jesus. They did not comprehend or accept that Jesus was the Christ, both the Son of God and the son of Mary.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 19, PROPER 25, SERIES A
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE VIII, THE PERSON OF CHRIST

In Christ two distinct natures exist and remain unchanged and unconfused in their natural essence and properties. Yet there is only one person consisting of both natures. Therefore, that which is an attribute of only one nature is attributed not to that nature alone, as separate. It is attributed to the entire person, who is at the same time God and man (whether the person is called God or man).

In this way of speaking, it does not make sense that what is attributed to the person is at the same time a property of both natures. But its nature is distinctively explained by what is ascribed to the person. So "His Son… was descended from David according to the flesh" (Romans 1:3). Also: Christ was "put to death in the flesh" (1 Peter 3:18) and "suffered in the flesh" (1 Peter 4:1).

What is peculiar to one nature is attributed to the entire person. Sacramentarians err by naming the entire person, but meaning only the one nature, and entirely excluding the other nature. They speak as though the mere human nature had suffered for us…

It is clear that it is incorrect to say or write that the expressions ("God suffered, God died") are mere words, and that it is not so in fact. For our simple Christian faith proves that God's Son, who became man, suffered for us, died for us and redeemed us with His blood. (paragraphs 36-38, 45)



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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