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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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January 29, 2012 - Epiphany 4, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel Mark 1:21-28 for the Epiphany 4, series B, January 29, 2012.

It is from Solid Declaration, Article VIII, page 592.

Those who heard Jesus teaching in Capernaum were astonished because He taught with authority. Christ's human nature had received majesty through the fullness of the deity dwelling in Him bodily.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


We understand the testimonies of Scripture that speak of the majesty to which the human nature in Christ is exalted. We do not understand them to mean that this majesty is to be in Christ's human nature in such a way that His human nature would only have the title and name by a phrase and manner of speaking. In this way, then, no distinction would be made between Christ, according to His human nature, and other holy men! Christ has received majesty above all creatures, as a man or according to His human nature. For no other creature—neither man nor angel—can or shall say, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me". For although God is in the saints with all the fullness of His Godhead that He has everywhere with Himself, He does not dwell in them bodily. Nor is He personally united with them as in Christ. For from such personal union it follows that Christ says, even according to His human nature, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me" (Matthew 28:18). Also John 13:3 says, "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands." Colossians 2:9 says, "In Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily." Also Scripture says, "You have crowned Him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under His feet. In putting everything in subjection to Him, He left nothing outside His control". (paragraphs 67, 69-70)

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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