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August 26, 2007 - Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Is 66:18-23
Epistle: Heb 12:4-24 (25-29)
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Psalm: Ps 50:1-15 (23)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel, Luke 13:22-30 for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 26, 2007.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI, paragraphs 40-42, page 638.

Although God's will is that everyone should hear and be gathered into His family, the truth is because of man's perverse human will most will reject God's call and few will be saved.

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

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDTHIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE XI: GOD'S ETERNAL ELECTION

God has ordained in His counsel that the Holy Spirit should call, enlighten, and convert the elect through the Word (Romans 10:17). He will justify and save all those who by true faith receive Christ. In the same way, He also determined in His counsel that He will harden (Romans 9:18), reprobate, and condemn those who are called through the Word if they reject the Word and resist the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51). This is true even though the Spirit wants to be effective and work in them through the Word and persevere through the Word. In this way "many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14).

Few receive the Word and follow it. Most despise the Word and will not come to the wedding (Matthew 22:3-6). The cause for this contempt for the Word is not God's foreknowledge, but the perverse human will. The human will rejects or perverts the means and instrument of the Holy Spirit, which God offers it through the call. It resists the Holy Spirit, who wants to be effective, and who works through the word, as Christ says: "How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!" (Matthew 23:37).

Many "hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while and in time of testing fall away" (Luke 8:13). (paragraphs 40-42)



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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