04 April 2011
New Lutheran Quote of the Day
Christ did not institute some abstract sacramentum. He instituted the office of the ministry, Baptism, Holy Communion, and the office of the keys. Only if we regain this freedom of the Lutheran Reformation will we be able to go all the way to the heart of what is uniquely referred to by the term "sacrament," whose essence is not to be found in any phenomena from the history of religions or in any human speculation about what God must do to redeem us. It is in the institution of the Lord that eludes every human why and in the incomprehensible wonder of the Incarnation. If we take that seriously, then the problem of Word and Sacrament takes on a completely different appearance. -- Hermann Sasse, *We Confess: the Sacraments* p. 15.
Posted by William Weedon at 9:30 AM