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April 1, 2007 - Sunday of the Passion

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Deut 32:36-39
Epistle: Phil 2:5-11
Gospel: Luke 22:1-23:56 or Luke 23:1-56 or John 12:20-43
Psalm: Ps 118:19-29 (26) or Ps 31:9-16 (5)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel, Luke 23:39-56 for the Sunday of the Passion, April 1, 2007.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI, paragraphs 13-17, page 634.

The King dies in battle as He delivers His people from captivity.

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 CONCORDSUNDAY OF THE PASSION
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE XI: GOD'S ETERNAL ELECTION

If we want to think or speak correctly and usefully about eternal election, or the predestination or preordination of God's children to eternal life, we should make it our custom to avoid speculating about God's bare, secret, concealed, mysterious foreknowledge. Instead, we should think or speak about how God's counsel, purpose, and ordination in Christ Jesus - who is the true Book of life - is revealed to us through the Word. In other words, the entire teaching about God's purpose, counsel, will, and ordination belongs to our redemption, call, justification, and salvation. They should be treated together the way Paul threats them and has explained this article (Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:4-10) and as Christ treated it in the parable of Matthew 22:1-14; namely, that God in His purpose and counsel ordained the following:

1. The human race is truly redeemed and reconciled with God through Christ. By His faultless obedience, suffering, and death, Christ merited for us the righteousness that helps us before God and also merits eternal life.

2. Such merit and benefits of Christ are presented, offered, and distributed to us through His Word and Sacraments.

3. By His Holy Spirit, through the Word, when it is preached, heard, and pondered, Christ will be effective and active in us, will convert hearts to true repentance and preserve them in the true faith. (paragraphs 13-17)



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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