January 18th, 2019

Confession of St. Peter


Collect (LSB)

Heavenly Father, You revealed to the apostle Peter the blessed truth that Your Son Jesus is the Christ. Strengthen us by the proclamation of this truth that we too may joyfully confess that there is salvation in no one else; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Acts 4:8-13


8Then Peter,(A) filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, 9if we are being examined today(B) concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that(C) by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified,(D) whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11(E) This Jesus[a] is the stone that was(F) rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.[b] 12And there is(G) salvation(H) in no one else, for(I) there is no other(J) name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

 13(K) Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Footnotes:Acts 4:11 Greek This one Acts 4:11 Greek the head of the corner
Cross references:Acts 4:8 : Matt 10:20 Acts 4:9 : Acts 3:7, 8 Acts 4:10 : Acts 3:6 Acts 4:10 : Acts 2:24 Acts 4:11 : Psalm 118:22 Acts 4:11 : Mark 9:12; Luke 23:11 Acts 4:12 : Acts 13:26; 28:28; John 4:22; Heb 2:3; Jude 3 Acts 4:12 : 1 Tim 2:5 Acts 4:12 : Gal 1:7 Acts 4:12 : Acts 10:43; Luke 24:47; John 20:31 Acts 4:13 : John 7:15


Epistle: 2 Pet. 1:1-15


Greeting

 1Simeon[a] Peter, a servant[b] and apostle of Jesus Christ,

   

   To those who have obtained(A) a faith of equal standing with ours(B) by the righteousness of our(C) God and Savior Jesus Christ:

 2(D) May grace and peace be multiplied to you(E) in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

 3His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him(F) who called us to[c] his own glory and excellence,[d] 4by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become(G) partakers of the divine nature,(H) having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith(I) with virtue,[e] and virtue(J) with knowledge, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control(K) with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7and godliness(L) with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection(M) with love. 8For if these qualities[f] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or(N) unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he(O) is blind, having forgotten that he was(P) cleansed from his former sins. 10Therefore, brothers,[g] be all the more diligent to make your calling and(Q) election sure, for if you practice these qualities(R) you will never fall. 11For in this way there will be richly provided for you(S) an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 12Therefore I intend(T) always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in(U) the truth that you have. 13I think it right, as long as I am in this(V) body,[h](W) to stir you up by way of reminder, 14(X) since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon,(Y) as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

Footnotes:2 Peter 1:1 Some manuscripts Simon 2 Peter 1:1 Or slave; Greek bondservant 2 Peter 1:3 Or by 2 Peter 1:3 Or virtue 2 Peter 1:5 Or excellence; twice in this verse 2 Peter 1:8 Greek these things; also verses 9, 10, 12 2 Peter 1:10 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church 2 Peter 1:13 Greek tent; also verse 14
Cross references:2 Peter 1:1 : Rom 1:12; 2 Cor 4:13; Titus 1:4 2 Peter 1:1 : Rom 3:21-26 2 Peter 1:1 : Titus 2:13 2 Peter 1:2 : 1 Pet 1:2; Jude 2 2 Peter 1:2 : 2 Peter 1:3, 8; 2 Peter 2:20; John 17:3; Phil 3:8 2 Peter 1:3 : 1 Thess 2:12; 2 Thess 2:14; 2 Tim 1:9; 1 Pet 5:10 2 Peter 1:4 : Eph 4:24; Heb 12:10; 1 John 3:2 2 Peter 1:4 : 2 Peter 2:18, 20 2 Peter 1:5 : Phil 4:8 2 Peter 1:5 : 1 Pet 3:7 2 Peter 1:6 : Heb 10:36; James 1:3 2 Peter 1:7 : Heb 13:1 2 Peter 1:7 : 1 Cor 13; 1 John 4:16 2 Peter 1:8 : John 15:2; Titus 3:14 2 Peter 1:9 : Job 5:14; 12:25; Isa 59:10; Zeph 1:17; 1 John 2:9-11 2 Peter 1:9 : Eph 5:26; Titus 2:14; Heb 9:14; 1 John 1:7; Rev 7:14 2 Peter 1:10 : 1 Thess 1:4 2 Peter 1:10 : 2 Peter 3:17; 1 John 2:10 2 Peter 1:11 : Col 1:13; Acts 14:22 2 Peter 1:12 : Jude 5; Rom 15:14, 15; Phil 3:1; 1 John 2:21 2 Peter 1:12 : 2 John 2 2 Peter 1:13 : 2 Cor 5:1, 4 2 Peter 1:13 : 2 Peter 3:1 2 Peter 1:14 : Deut 4:21, 22; 31:14; 2 Tim 4:6 2 Peter 1:14 : John 21:18, 19


Gospel: Mark 8:27-9:1


Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

 27(A) And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" 28And they told him,(B) "John the Baptist; and others say,(C) Elijah; and others, one of the prophets." 29And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him,(D) "You are(E) the Christ." 30(F) And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

 31(G) And he began to teach them that(H) the Son of Man must(I) suffer many things and(J) be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and(K) after three days rise again. 32And he said this(L) plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, (M) "Get behind me, Satan! For you(N) are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."

 34And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him(O) deny himself and(P) take up his cross and follow me. 35For(Q) whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake(R) and the gospel’s will save it. 36(S) For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37For(T) what can a man give in return for his soul? 38For(U) whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this(V) adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed(W) when he comes in the glory of his Father with(X) the holy angels."

 1And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not(Y) taste death(Z) until they see the kingdom of God after it has come(AA) with power."

Footnotes:Mark 8:35 The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and once in verse 36 and once in verse 37
Cross references:Mark 8:27 : For Mark 8:27-29, Matt 16:13-16; Luke 9:18-20 Mark 8:28 : Mark 6:14; Matt 14:2; Luke 9:7 Mark 8:28 : Luke 9:8; Mark 9:11; Matt 17:10; John 1:21 Mark 8:29 : John 11:27 Mark 8:29 : Mark 14:61, 62; Matt 1:17 Mark 8:30 : Matt 16:20; Luke 9:21; Matt 12:16 Mark 8:31 : For Mark 8:31–9:1, Matt 16:21-28; Luke 9:22-27 Mark 8:31 : Mark 10:33; Luke 13:33 Mark 8:31 : Mark 9:30, 31; Matt 17:12, 22, 23; Luke 24:7 Mark 8:31 : Luke 17:25; 1 Pet 2:4; Mark 12:10 Mark 8:31 : Mark 10:34; Matt 27:63; Matt 12:40; John 2:19 Mark 8:32 : John 16:25 Mark 8:33 : Matt 4:10 Mark 8:33 : Rom 8:5; Phil 3:19; Col 3:2; Phil 2:5 Mark 8:34 : 2 Tim 2:12, 13 Mark 8:34 : Matt 10:38, 39 Mark 8:35 : Mark 8:34 Mark 8:35 : Mark 10:29; 1 Cor 9:23; 2 Tim 1:8; Philem 13 Mark 8:36 : Luke 12:20 Mark 8:37 : Psalm 49:7, 8 Mark 8:38 : Rom 1:16; 2 Tim 1:8, 12, 16; Heb 11:16; 1 John 2:28; Matt 10:33 Mark 8:38 : Isa 57:3; Matt 12:39; James 4:4 Mark 8:38 : Dan 7:10, 13; Zech 14:5; Matt 24:30; 25:31; 26:64; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess 1:10; 4:16; Jude 14; Rev 1:7; Deut 33:2 Mark 8:38 : Acts 10:22; Rev 14:10; Matt 13:41; 16:27 Mark 9:1 : John 8:52; Heb 2:9 Mark 9:1 : Mark 13:30; Matt 10:23; 23:36; 24:34 Mark 9:1 : Mark 13:26; 14:62; Matt 25:31


First Reading: Ezek. 40:1-4; Ezek 43:1-12


Vision of the New Temple

 1(A) In the twenty-fifth year(B) of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month,(C) in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day,(D) the hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me to the city.[a] 2In(E) visions of God he brought me to the land of Israel, and set me down on(F) a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south. 3When he brought me there, behold, there was(G) a man whose appearance was(H) like bronze, with(I) a linen cord and(J) a measuring reed in his hand. And he was standing in the gateway. 4And the man said to me,(K) "Son of man,(L) look with your eyes, and(M) hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you. Declare all that you see to the house of Israel."

Footnotes:Ezekiel 40:1 Hebrew brought me there
Cross references:Ezekiel 40:1 : Ezekiel 20:1 Ezekiel 40:1 : Ezekiel 33:21; Ezekiel 1:2 Ezekiel 40:1 : Ezekiel 26:1, 2 Ezekiel 40:1 : Ezekiel 1:3 Ezekiel 40:2 : Ezekiel 1:1 Ezekiel 40:2 : Ezekiel 43:12; Rev 21:10 Ezekiel 40:3 : Ezekiel 43:6; 47:3; Ezekiel 9:2 Ezekiel 40:3 : Ezekiel 1:7 Ezekiel 40:3 : Ezekiel 47:3 Ezekiel 40:3 : Rev 11:1; Ezekiel 42:16-19 Ezekiel 40:4 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 40:4 : Ezekiel 44:5 Ezekiel 40:4 : Ezekiel 43:10




The Glory of the LORD Fills the Temple

 1Then he led me to(A) the gate, the gate facing east. 2And behold,(B) the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And(C) the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters, and(D) the earth shone with his glory. 3And(E) the vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen(F) when he[a] came to destroy the city, and just like(G) the vision that I had seen(H) by the Chebar canal. And(I) I fell on my face. 4As(J) the glory of the LORD(K) entered the temple by the gate facing east, 5(L) the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into(M) the inner court; and behold,(N) the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

 6(O) While the man was standing beside me,(P) I heard one speaking to me out of the temple, 7and he said to me,(Q) "Son of man, this is(R) the place of my throne and(S) the place of the soles of my feet,(T) where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel forever. And the house of Israel shall no more(U) defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoring and by the dead bodies[b] of their kings at their high places,[c] 8by setting their threshold by my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with(V) only a wall between me and them. They have(W) defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed, so I have consumed them in my anger. 9Now let them put away their whoring and the dead bodies of their kings far from me,(X) and I will dwell in their midst forever.

 10"As for you,(Y) son of man,(Z) describe to the house of Israel the temple, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and they shall measure the plan. 11And if they are ashamed of all that they have done,(AA) make known to them the design of the temple, its arrangement,(AB) its exits and its entrances, that is, its whole design; and make known to them as well all its statutes and its whole design and all its laws, and write it down(AC) in their sight, so that they may observe all its laws and all its statutes and carry them out. 12This is the law of the temple: the whole territory on the top of(AD) the mountain(AE) all around shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple.

Footnotes:Ezekiel 43:3 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts when I Ezekiel 43:7 Or the monuments; also verse 9 Ezekiel 43:7 Or at their deaths
Cross references:Ezekiel 43:1 : Ezekiel 43:4; Ezekiel 10:19; 11:1; 40:6; 42:15; 44:1 Ezekiel 43:2 : Ezekiel 10:18, 19; 11:23; Rev 21:11 Ezekiel 43:2 : Ezekiel 1:24; Rev 1:15 Ezekiel 43:2 : Ezekiel 10:4; Rev 18:1 Ezekiel 43:3 : Ezekiel 1:28 Ezekiel 43:3 : Ezekiel 9:1, 2, 5 Ezekiel 43:3 : Ezekiel 1:4-28 Ezekiel 43:3 : Ezekiel 1:1 Ezekiel 43:3 : Ezekiel 1:28 Ezekiel 43:4 : Ezekiel 43:2 Ezekiel 43:4 : Ezekiel 44:2 Ezekiel 43:5 : Ezekiel 3:12 Ezekiel 43:5 : Ezekiel 8:16 Ezekiel 43:5 : Ezekiel 10:4; 44:4; 1 Kgs 8:10, 11; Isa 6:1 Ezekiel 43:6 : Ezekiel 40:3 Ezekiel 43:6 : Exodus 25:22 Ezekiel 43:7 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 43:7 : Psalm 99:1 Ezekiel 43:7 : 1 Chr 28:2; Isa 60:13 Ezekiel 43:7 : Ezekiel 37:26, 28 Ezekiel 43:7 : Ezekiel 43:8; Ezekiel 20:39 Ezekiel 43:8 : Ezekiel 42:20 Ezekiel 43:8 : Ezekiel 43:7 Ezekiel 43:9 : Ezekiel 43:7 Ezekiel 43:10 : Ezekiel 43:7 Ezekiel 43:10 : Ezekiel 40:4 Ezekiel 43:11 : Ezekiel 43:10 Ezekiel 43:11 : Ezekiel 44:5 Ezekiel 43:11 : Ezekiel 12:3 Ezekiel 43:12 : Ezekiel 40:2 Ezekiel 43:12 : Ezekiel 42:15-20


Second Reading: Rom. 8:18-39


Future Glory

 18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time(A) are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for(B) the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation(C) was subjected to futility, not willingly, but(D) because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that(E) the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that(F) the whole creation(G) has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have(H) the firstfruits of the Spirit,(I) groan inwardly as(J) we wait eagerly for adoption as sons,(K) the redemption of our bodies. 24For(L) in this hope we were saved. Now(M) hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we(N) wait for it with patience.

 26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For(O) we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but(P) the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27And(Q) he who searches hearts knows what is(R) the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit(S) intercedes for the saints(T) according to the will of God. 28And we know that for those who love God all things work together(U) for good,[b] for(V) those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he(W) foreknew he also(X) predestined(Y) to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be(Z) the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also(AA) justified, and those whom he justified he also(AB) glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love

 31What then shall we say to these things?(AC) If God is for us, who can be[c] against us? 32(AD) He who did not spare his own Son but(AE) gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?(AF) It is God who justifies. 34(AG) Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—(AH) who is at the right hand of God,(AI) who indeed is interceding for us.[d] 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written,
   (AJ) "For your sake(AK) we are being killed all the day long;
   we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."

 37No, in all these things we are more than(AL) conquerors through(AM) him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes:Romans 8:27 Or that Romans 8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good Romans 8:31 Or who is Romans 8:34 Or Is it Christ Jesus who died  . . . for us?
Cross references:Romans 8:18 : 2 Cor 4:17; 1 Pet 1:5, 6 Romans 8:19 : 1 Pet 4:13; 5:1; 1 John 3:2; Romans 2:7 Romans 8:20 : Gen 3:18, 19; Eccles 1:2 Romans 8:20 : Gen 3:17 Romans 8:21 : Acts 3:21 Romans 8:22 : Mark 16:15 Romans 8:22 : Jer 12:4, 11 Romans 8:23 : 2 Cor 5:5; James 1:18 Romans 8:23 : 2 Cor 5:2, 4 Romans 8:23 : Romans 8:19, 25; Isa 25:9; Gal 5:5 Romans 8:23 : Romans 7:24; Luke 21:28 Romans 8:24 : 1 Thess 1:3; 5:8 Romans 8:24 : 2 Cor 4:18; Heb 11:1 Romans 8:25 : 1 Thess 1:3; 5:8 Romans 8:26 : Matt 20:22; James 4:3 Romans 8:26 : Zech 12:10; Eph 6:18; John 14:16 Romans 8:27 : 1 Sam 16:7; 1 Chr 28:9; Prov 15:11; 17:3; Jer 11:20; 17:10; Luke 16:15; 1 Thess 2:4 Romans 8:27 : Romans 8:6 Romans 8:27 : Romans 8:34 Romans 8:27 : 1 John 5:14 Romans 8:28 : Ezra 8:22; Eccles 8:12 Romans 8:28 : Romans 9:24; 1 Cor 1:9; 7:15, 17; Gal 1:15; 5:8; Eph 4:1, 4; 2 Tim 1:9 Romans 8:29 : Romans 11:2; 1 Pet 1:2 Romans 8:29 : 1 Cor 2:7; Eph 1:5, 11; Romans 9:23 Romans 8:29 : Phil 3:21; 1 Cor 15:49; Col 3:10; 1 John 3:2 Romans 8:29 : Col 1:15, 18; Heb 1:6; Rev 1:5 Romans 8:30 : 1 Cor 6:11 Romans 8:30 : John 17:22; Heb 2:10 Romans 8:31 : Num 14:9; 2 Kgs 6:16; Psalm 118:6; 1 John 4:4 Romans 8:32 : John 3:16 Romans 8:32 : Romans 4:25 Romans 8:33 : Isa 50:8, 9; Rev 12:10, 11 Romans 8:34 : Romans 8:1 Romans 8:34 : Mark 16:19 Romans 8:34 : Heb 7:25; 1 John 2:1; Romans 8:27 Romans 8:36 : Psalm 44:22 Romans 8:36 : 1 Cor 4:9; 15:30, 31; 2 Cor 4:10, 11; Acts 20:24 Romans 8:37 : 1 Cor 15:57; John 16:33 Romans 8:37 : Gal 2:20; Eph 5:2; Rev 1:5; 3:9


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