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January 27, 2008 - Third S. a. the Epiphany

Standard LSB A Readings:
First: Is. 9:1-4
Epistle: 1 Cor. 1:10-18
Gospel: Matt. 4:12-25
Psalm: Ps. 27:1-9 (10-14)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Matthew 4:12-25 for the Third S. a. the Epiphany, January 27, 2008.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI, paragraphs 27-28, page 606.

There was a time in the past when fire and brimstone preaching terrified people, but did not bring the consolation of the Gospel. Today we often fail to bring people to the knowledge of their sinful nature when we preach the Gospel. Our Lord calls on us to preach both repentance and God's mercy.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDTHIRD S. A. THE EPIPHANY
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE XI: GOD'S ETERNAL ELECTION

Paul says "those whom He predestined [elected and foreordained] He also called" (Romans 8:30). God does not call without means, but through the Word. For He has commanded "that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name" [Luke 24:47]. St. Paul also testifies in a similar way; he writes, "We are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20). The King calls the guests that He wants to have at His Son's wedding through the ministers He sends out (Matthew 22:2-14). He sends some at the first and some at the second, third, sixth, ninth, and even at the eleventh hour (Matthew 20:3-6).

If we want to think about our eternal election to salvation helpfully, we must in every way hold strongly and firmly to this truth: just as the preaching of repentance is universal, so also the promise of the Gospel is universal. It belongs to all people. For this reason Christ has given these commands:

  • Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations. (Luke 24:47)
  • The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
  • Not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

    (paragraphs 27-28)



    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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