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May 20, 2001 - Sixth Sunday of Easter

The following reading from the Kolb edition of the Book of Concord is for the Series C First Reading, Acts 13:44-52 for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 20, 2001.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI, Election, paragraphs 6-8, page 642.

The doctrine of eternal election is meant to answer the believer's question, Why am I so blessed to be saved? The answer is, I have done nothing to make me worthy of all this, but it is solely God's work, his eternal plan, calling and preservation.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDSIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE XI, ELECTION

The foreknowledge of God sees and knows even the evil before it happens, but not in such a way as if it were God's gracious will that it take place. Instead, before it happens, God sees and knows what the perverted, evil will of the devil and of human beings intends to and actually will undertake and do...

God's foreknowledge is not, however, the origin or cause of evil (for God does not create evil or produce it, and he does not aid or abet it). Instead, the evil perverted will of the devil and human beings is its origin and cause, as it is written, "Israel, you bring yourself into misfortune, but your salvation is found in me alone" [Hosea 13:9]. Likewise, "You are not a God who delights in wickedness" [Ps.5:4].

God's eternal election not only foresees and foreknows the salvation of the elect but is also a cause of our salvation and whatever pertains to it, on the basis of the gracious will and good pleasure of God in Christ Jesus. As this cause, it creates, effects, aids, and promotes our salvation. Our salvation is founded upon it, so that "the gates of hell" [Matt.16:18] may not have any power against this salvation, as it written "No one will snatch my sheep out of my hand" [John 10:28]. and again, "As many as had been destined for eternal life became believers" [Acts 13:48]. (paragraphs 6-8)



Condensed from THE BOOK OF CONCORD, edited by Robert Kolb and Timothy J.Wengert, copyright © 2000 Augsburg Fortress

These are excerpts from the Book of Concord.



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