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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

July 20, 2008 - 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Standard LSB A Readings:
First: Is. 55:1-5
Epistle: Rom 8:18-27
Gospel: Matt 13:1-9,18-23
Psalm: Ps. 65:(1-8) 9-13

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Epistle, Romans 8:18-27 for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, July 20, 2008.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article II, paragraphs 67-70, pages 532-533.

"The suffering of this present time" (v.18) that Paul speaks of is caused by that wearisome battle we wage daily against our sinful desires as we "put to death the deeds of the body" (v.13). After our resurrection we will no longer experience these inner conflicts for our new glorified bodies will no longer have the sinful desires of the flesh. So, "we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies" (v.23).

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


There is a great difference between baptized and unbaptized people. According to the teaching of St. Paul in Galatians 3:27, "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ," and are made truly regenerate. They now have a freed will. As Christ says, they have been made free again [John 8:36]. Therefore, they are able not only to hear the Word, but also to agree with it and accept it, although in great weakness.

We receive in this life only the firstfruits of the Spirit [Romans 8:23]. The new birth is not complete, but only begun in us. The combat and struggle of the flesh against the spirit remains even in the elect and truly regenerate people [Galatians 5:17]. For a great difference can be seen among Christians. Not only is it true that one is weak and another strong in the spirit, but each Christian also experiences differences in himself. At one time he is joyful in spirit, and at another fearful. At one time he is intense in love, strong in faith and hope, and at another time he is cold and weak.

When the baptized act against their conscience, allowing sin to rule in them, they grieve the Holy Spirit in them and lose Him [Ephesians 4:30]. They do not need to be rebaptized. But they must be converted again. The heart must perceive sin, dread God's wrath, turn from sin, see and accept the promise of grace in Christ... (paragraphs 67-70)

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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