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January 22, 2012 - Epiphany 3, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel Mark 1:14-20 for the Epiphany 3, series B, January 22, 2012.

It is from Solid Declaration, Article II, pages 529-530.

As with John the Baptist, Jesus and all His servants, Our Lord calls and converts people of all nations through the preaching of repentance and the forgiveness of sins.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDEPIPHANY 3, SERIES B
SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE II, FREE WILL

It is not God's will that anyone should be damned, but that all people should be converted to Him and be saved eternally. Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live…

Out of His immense goodness and mercy, God provides for the public preaching of His divine eternal Law and His wonderful plan for our redemption, that of the holy, only saving Gospel of His eternal Son, our only Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. By this preaching He gathers an eternal Church for Himself from the human race and works in people's hearts true repentance, knowledge of sins, and true faith in God's Son, Jesus Christ. By this means, and in no other way, God desires to call people to eternal salvation. He desires to draw them to Himself and convert, regenerate, and sanctify them…

The eternal Father calls down from heaven about His dear Son and about all who preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name, "Listen to Him".

All who want to be saved ought to listen to this preaching. For the preaching and hearing of God's Word are the Holy Spirit's instruments. By them the Spirit works effectively, to convert people to God, and to work in them both to will and to do [His good pleasure]. (paragraphs 49-52)



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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