Thursday, January 14, 2010

Everything Depends on These Words

...the chief and foremost thing in the sacrament is the word of Christ, when he says: "Take and eat, this is my body which is given for you." Likewise also, when he took the cup, he said: "Take and drink of it, all of you, this is the cup of the new testament in my blood which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of me. " Everything depends on these words. Every Christian should and must know them and hold them fast. He must never let anyone take them away from him by any other kind of teaching, even though it were an angel of heaven (Gal. 1:8).
Quoted from Armand J. Boehme’s article “The Smokescreen Vocabulary,” who was in turn quoting Luther (LW 36:277). This article was published in the Concordia Theological Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 2, April, 1977. HT: Johannes

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