The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of
Concord is for the Mark 16:1-8 for the Easter: The feast of
Resurrection, series B, April 5, 2015.
It is from Solid Declaration, Article VI, page 561.
The reality of Jesus' resurrection from the dead is the guarantee
that God's children will also experience the bodily resurrection
when Christ returns.
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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD - 3 YEAR SERIES
EASTER: THE FEAST OF RESURRECTION, SERIES B
ARTICLE VI, THE THIRD USE OF GOD’S LAW
Christians are not under the Law but under grace. For by faith
in Christ the persons are freed from the Law's curse and
condemnation. Their good works, although they are still
imperfect and impure, are acceptable to God through Christ.
Because, in so far as they have been born anew according to the
inner man, they do what is pleasing to God. They act not by
coercion of the Law, but by the renewing of the Holy Spirit,
voluntarily and spontaneously from their hearts. However, they
still have a constant struggle against the old Adam.
The old Adam, like an unruly, stubborn ass, is still a part of
them. It must be forced to obey Christ. It not only requires
the teaching, admonition, force, and threatening of the Law, but
it also often needs the club of punishments and troubles. This
goes on until the body of sin is entirely put off and a person
is perfectly renewed in the resurrection. Then he will need
neither the preaching of the Law nor its threats and
punishments, just as he will no longer need the Gospel. These
belong to this imperfect life. Just as people will see God
face-to-face, so they will—through the power of God's indwelling
Spirit—do the will of God with unmingled joy, voluntarily,
unconstrained, without any hindrance, and with entire purity and
perfection. They will rejoice in it eternally. (paragraphs
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