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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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February 15, 2015 - Transfiguration, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Old Testament, 2 kings 2:1-12 for the Transfiguration, series B, February 15, 2015.

It is from Large Catechism, Part IV, page 425.

Just as Elijah was with the Lord after he was taken from this world, so God's baptized children who die will be with the Lord even before their bodily resurrection.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


You must honor Baptism and consider it glorious. For God Himself has honored it both by words and deeds. Furthermore, He confirmed it with miracles from heaven. Do you think it was a joke that, when Christ was baptized, the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit descended visibly, and everything was divine glory and majesty?

I encourage again that these two—the water and the Word—by no means be separated from each other and parted. For if the Word is separated from it, the water is the same as the water that the servant cooks with. But when the Word is added, as God has ordained, it is a Sacrament. It is called Christ's Baptism. Let this be the first part about the holy Sacrament's essence and dignity.

Since we know now what Baptism is and how it is to be regarded, we must also learn why and for what purpose it is instituted. We must learn what it profits, gives, and works. We cannot find a better resource than Christ's words, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved" [Mark 16:16]. The power, work, profit, fruit, and purpose of Baptism is this—to save. For no one is baptized in order that he may become a prince, but, as the words say, that he "be saved." We know that to be saved is nothing other than to be delivered from sin, death, and the devil. It means to enter into Christ's kingdom [John 3:5], and to live with Him forever. (paragraphs 21-25)

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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