A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series August 10, 2008 - 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Standard LSB A Readings: First: Job 38:4-18 Epistle: Rom. 10:5-17 Gospel: Matt. 14:22-33 Psalm: Ps. 18:1-6 (7-16)
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Epistle Romans 10:5-17 for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, August 10, 2008.
It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article II, paragraphs 49-51, pages 529-530.
Because the only righteousness at avails before God is the righteousness that is received by faith, the Lord commands His Church to preach Christ to the world so that the Holy Spirit may create faith in those who hear the Word. .
"It is not God's will that anyone should be damned, but that all people should be converted to Him and be saved eternally" [2 Peter 3:9].
"Say to them, 'As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.'" (Ezekiel 33:11)
Out of His immense goodness and mercy, God provides for the public preaching of His divine eternal Law and His wonderful plan for our redemption, that of the holy, only saving Gospel of His eternal Son, our only Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. By this preaching He gathers an eternal Church for Himself from the human race and works in people's hearts true repentance, knowledge of sins, and true faith in God's Son, Jesus Christ. By this means, and in no other way (i.e., through His holy Word, when people hear it preached or read it, and through the holy Sacraments when they are used according to His Word), God desires to call people to eternal salvation. He desires to draw them to Himself and convert, regenerate, and sanctify them.
"Since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe." (1 Cor. 1:21)
"So faith comes from the preaching and preaching through the Word of Christ" (Rom. 10:17)… (pars. 49-51)
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