A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series December 23, 2007 - Fourth S. in Advent
Standard LSB A Readings: First: Is. 7:10-17 Epistle: Rom. 1:1-7 Gospel: Matt. 1:18-25 Psalm: Psalm 24
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Matthew 1:18-25 for the Fourth S. in Advent, December 23, 2007.
It is from Formula of Concord, Epitome, Article VIII, paragraphs 10-14, pages 492-293.
The angel's words to Joseph explain how Jesus was fathered by God and not by man. This is the key to understanding the divine and the human natures of Christ. Both the divine and human natures were involved in securing our salvation.
We believe that God is man and man is God. This could not be true if the divine and human natures had (in deed and truth) absolutely no communion with each other.
For how could the man, the Son of Mary, in truth be called or be God, or the Son of God the Most High, if His humanity were not personally united with the Son of God? How could He have no real communion (that is, in deed and truth) with the Most High, but only share God's name?
So we believe that Mary conceived and fore not merely a man and no more, but God's true Son. Therefore, she also is rightly called and truly is "the mother of God."
We also believe that it was not a mere man who suffered, died, was buried, descended to hell, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and was raised to God's majesty and almighty power for us. But it was a man whose human nature has such a profound, , indescribable union and communion with God's Son that it is one person with Him.
God's Son truly suffered for us. He did so according to the attributes of the human nature, which He received into the unity of His divine person and made His own. He did this so that He might be able to suffer and be our High Priest for our reconciliation with God, as it is written (1 Cor. 2:8) They "crucified the Lord of glory." And Acts 20:28 says, with God's blood we have been redeemed. (paragraphs 10-14)
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