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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

January 8, 2012 - Baptism of Our Lord

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel Mark 1:4-11 for the Baptism of Our Lord, January 8, 2012.

It is from Formula of Concord, Article VIII, page 582.

There is no question that the One that was anointed by the Holy spirit is the Christ, the Son of God and our only access to divine blessings. It is terribly wrong to ascribe to the saints powers that belong to Christ alone.

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

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


We believe that God's Son from eternity has been a distinct, divine person. Yet He is true God with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time He received also the human nature into the unity of His person. There are not now two Christs. Christ Jesus is one person at the same time true, eternal God, born of the Father from eternity, and a true man, born of the most blessed Virgin Mary. This is written in Romans 9:5, "from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever."

In this one undivided person of Christ, there are two distinct natures: the divine, which is from eternity, and the human, which in time was received into the unity of the person of God's Son. These two natures in the person of Christ are never either separated from or mingled with each other. Nor are they changed into each other. (Article VIII, 5-6)

AUGSBURG CONFESSION The Scriptures do not teach that we are to ask the saints for help. Scripture sets before us the one Christ as the Mediator, Atoning Sacrifice, High Priest, and Intercessor. He is to be prayed to. He has promised that He will hear our prayer. This is the worship that He approves above all other worship, that He be called upon in all afflictions. "If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (1 John 2:1). (Article XXI, 2-4)

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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