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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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August 5, 2012 - Pentecost 10, Proper 13, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Epistle, Ephesians 4:1-16 for the Pentecost 10, Proper 13, series B, August 5, 2012.

It is from Epitome, Article VIII, page 493.

Jesus did not abandon His church when He ascended to heaven. He who gave grace to His people is still with them and empowers them so they may grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ...

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


We believe, teach, and confess that the Son of Man really is exalted. He is exalted according to His human nature to the right hand of God's almighty majesty and power. For He was received into God when He was conceived of the Holy Spirit in His mother's womb, and His human nature was personally united with the Son of the Highest.

Christ always had this majesty according to the personal union. Yet He abstained from using it in the state of His humiliation, and because of this He truly increased in all wisdom and favor with God and men. Therefore, He did not always use this majesty, but only when it pleased Him. Then, after His resurrection, He entirely laid aside the form of a servant, but not the human nature, and was established in the full use, manifestation, and declaration of the divine majesty. In this way He entered into His glory. So now not just as God, but also as man He knows all things and can do all things. He is present with all creatures, and has under His feet and in His hands everything that is in heaven and on earth and under the earth, as He Himself testifies, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me". And St. Paul says in Ephesians 4:10, "He ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things." Because He is present, He can exercise power everywhere. To Him everything is possible and is known. (paragraphs 15-16)

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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