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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

May 5, 2013 - Easter 6, series C

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the C, Epistle, Revelations 21:9-14, 21-27 for the Easter 6, series C, May 5, 2013.

It is from Solid Declaration, Article XI, page 605.

The revelation of heaven given to John and God's word to us strengthens our confidence that we who have been called are predestined to enjoy the glory of Lamb in heaven. We have been washed by the blood of the Lamb and will be raised in a sinless body.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


God will eternally save and glorify in life eternal those whom He has elected, called, and justified.

God has prepared salvation not only in general in this counsel, purpose, and ordination. In grace He has considered and chosen to salvation each and every one of the elect who are to be saved through Christ. He has also ordained that in the way just mentioned He will, by His grace, gifts, and efficacy, bring them to salvation. He will aid, promote, strengthen, and preserve them.

All this, according to the Scriptures, is included in the teaching about God's eternal election to adoption and eternal salvation, and is to be understood by it. It must never be excluded or omitted when we speak about God's purpose, predestination, election, and ordination to salvation. When our thoughts about this article are formed according to the Scriptures in this way, we can simply adapt ourselves to it by God's grace.

The following also belongs to the further explanation and teaching about God's foreknowledge to salvation: Only the elect, whose names are written in the book of life [Revelation 21:27], are saved… We should listen to God's revealed will. For He has made "known to us the mystery of His will" (Ephesians 1:9) and made it clear through Christ so that it might be preached (2 Timothy 1:9). (paragraphs 22-26)

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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