The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of
Concord is for the Ephesians 1:3-14 for the Pentecost 7, series
B, July 12, 2015.
It is from Solid Declaration, Article XI, pages 602-603.
It is comforting to know that our faith and status as God's
children has always been God's plan for us.
The reading is formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin
Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD - 3 YEAR SERIES
PENTECOST 7, SERIES B
ARTICLE XI, GOD’S ETERNAL FOREKNOWLEDGE AND ELECTION
The distinction between God's eternal foreknowledge and the
eternal election of His children to eternal salvation is to be
made carefully. Foreknowledge or prevision means that God sees
and knows everything before it happens. God's foreknowledge
extends over all creatures, good and bad. He foresees and
foreknows everything that is happening or will happen, whether
it is good or bad. For all things, whether they are past or
future, are clear and present before God. This is written in
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will
fall to the ground apart from your Father.
God's eternal election, or predestination, means God's
preordaining to salvation only God's children, who were elected
and ordained to eternal life before the world's foundation was
laid. Paul says in Ephesians 1:4-5, "He chose us in Him…He
predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ."
God's foreknowledge foresees what is evil, yet not in the sense
that it is God's will that evil should happen. He limits how
far it should go, how long it should last, and when and how He
will hinder and punish it. God the Lord rules over all of this
so that it must flow to the glory of the divine name and to the
salvation of His elect.
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