01 August 2011

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

By no means do we claim two churches: one, true and internal; the other, nominal and external.  Rather, we say that one and the same church, namely the whole assembly of the called, is considered in two ways: from within and from without - or with respect to the call and external association consisting in the profession of faith and use of the Sacraments, on the one hand, and with respect to interior regeneration and internal fellowship consisting in the bond of the Spirit. -- Blessed Johann Gerhard, *On the Church* p. 79.

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