03 January 2014

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Thus we also say here, that the bread is the body of Christ because Christ said, “This is my body.” We leave it to others, namely to those who quarrel over words, to fight about the moment and syllables. For we are commanded to believe that the Word of God is true; but we are not to investigate as to which moment or how they are true or fulfilled.—Martin Luther, Letter to Andreas Carlstadt [1528], quoted in Gaylin Schmeling, “The Theology of the Lord’s Supper,” Lutheran Synod Quarterly 28:4, pp. 27-28 [WA Br. IV, 366-388])

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