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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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December 25, 2014 - Christmas Day

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the John 1:1-14 (15-18) for the Christmas Day, December 25, 2014.

It is from Solid Declaration, Article VIII, page 583.

The unseen mystery that does not appear in the manger scene is God the Word that created all is joined to human flesh.

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

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


We believe that the attributes of Christ's divine nature never become essential properties of the human nature.

On the other hand, the properties of the human nature: being a bodily creation, never become properties of the divine nature.

We believe that now, since the incarnation, each nature in Christ does not exist by itself so that each is, or makes up, a separate person. These two natures are so united that they make up one single person, in which the divine and the received human nature are and exist at the same time. So now, since the incarnation, there belongs to the entire person of Christ personally not only His divine nature, but also His received human nature. So without His divinity, and also without His humanity, the person of Christ or the incarnate Son of God is not complete. We mean the Son of God who has received flesh and become man [John 1:14]. Therefore, Christ is not two distinct persons, but one single person, even though two distinct natures are found in Him, unconfused in their natural essence and properties.

We also believe that the received human nature in Christ has and retains its natural, essential properties. Christ's human nature has been exalted to the right hand of majesty, over everything, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come (paragraphs 9-12)

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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