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June 17, 2012 - Pentecost 3, Proper 6, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Mark 4:26-34 for the Pentecost 3, Proper 6, series B, June 17, 2012.

It is from Solid Declaration, Article II, pages 521-522.

We marvel with humble hearts that God has blessed us with the Holy Spirit and faith to understand and believe His precious promises.

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

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDPENTECOST 3, PROPER 6, SERIES B
SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE II: FREE WILL

Mankind's reason or natural intellect still has a dim spark of the knowledge that there is a God. It also knows about the doctrine of the Law. Yet it is so blind, and perverted that even when the most learned people on earth read or hear the Gospel of God's Son and the promise of eternal salvation, they cannot by their own powers understand, or believe it as true. They want to understand these spiritual things with their reason. Before they are taught by the Holy Spirit, they regard all this only as foolishness.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

The Gentiles [not born of God's Spirit], in the futility of their minds, are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. (Eph. 4:17-18)

To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been givenů This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. (Matthew 13:11-; see also Luke 8:18)

The Scriptures call natural man, in spiritual things, darkness (Ephesians 5:8: Acts 26:18). John 1:5 says, "The light shines in the darkness" (the blind world that does not know God), "and the darkness has not overcome it." (pars. 9-10)



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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