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April 15, 2012 - Easter 2, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the First reading, Acts 4:32-35 for the Easter 2, series B, April 15, 2012.

It is from Solid Declaration, Article II, pages 527-528.

The joyous gathering of new believers, anxious to hear news of the Lord's resurrection and willing to share with one another, bespeaks the power of God's grace.

Jesus promised that after His departure He would send the Holy Spirit.. This event is a strong testimony of our Lord's ruling in heaven for the sake of His church on earth and the assurance that He would be with us always, even to the end of the age.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDEASTER 2, SERIES B
SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE II, FREE WILL

The Catechism does not mention our free will or cooperation. It credits everything to the Holy Spirit who, through the preaching office, brings us into the Christian Church, sanctifies us in the Church, and causes us to grow daily in faith and good works.

In this life the regenerate advance to the point that they want to do what is good and love it. Still, this is not of our will and ability, but of the Holy Spirit. Paul himself speaks about this, saying that the Spirit works such willing and doing (Philippians 2:13). Also in Ephesians 2:10 he credits this work to God alone, when he says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." In Dr. Luther's Small Catechism, it is written:

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him. But the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.

The explanation of the Lord's Prayer: "our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead a godly life…" (paragraphs 38-41)



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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