The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of
Concord is for the Job 38:1-11 for the Pentecost 4, Proper 7,
series B, June 21, 2015.
It is from Solid Declaration, Article II, pages 521-522.
Mankind is not aware of his ignorance until after the his
conversion, the rebirth of the Holy Spirit.
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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD - 3 YEAR SERIES
PENTECOST 4, PROPER 7, SERIES B
ARTICLE II, FREE WILL
In spiritual and divine things the unregenerate person's
intellect, heart, and will are utterly unable, by his natural
powers, to understand, believe or think. They are entirely dead
to what is good. They are corrupt. He is sin's servant (John
8:34) and the devil's captive, by whom he is moved (Ephesians
2:2; 2 Timothy 2:26).
We know that the wisdom of this perverted world is only
foolishness before God.
Mankind's reason or natural intellect does still have a dim
spark of the knowledge that there is a God. It also knows about
the doctrine of the Law (Romans 1:19-21, 24, 32). Yet it is so
ignorant, blind, and perverted that even when the most ingenious
and learned people on earth read or hear the Gospel of God's Son
and the promise of eternal salvation, they cannot by their own
powers perceive, understand, or believe and regard it as true.
They want to understand these spiritual things with their
reason. Before they become enlightened and are taught by the
Holy Spirit, they regard all this only as foolishness or
"The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of
God, for they are folly to him." (1 Cor. 2:14)
"For since 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) (paragraphs 7-10)
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