Htr Volume 11

Htr Volume 11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...might more perfect." 15 All these men have but the slenderest interest in sacraments. Sacraments have become for them what circumcision was for St. Paul when he wrote, "neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but 1' Paradoxa, Vorrede, sec. 8. 1' Schwenck.feld's Schriften II, p. H30. 1' Ibid., sec. 9. " Ibid., sec. 45. a new creation." Schwenckfeld treats this matter more profoundly than any of the others. He meditated long and deeply upon the question, studying the New Testament both broadly and minutely, while at the same time he gave much thought to the fundamental nature of the religious life. He took Judas as his test case. He argued that if baptism and the supper were eflicacious in themselves, then Judas, who received the supper from the Lord himself, would have been saved by it. If the bread and wine were changed into actual body and blood of Christ, then he must have eaten of Christ and partaken of His divine nature; but no corresponding change of spirit appears in him. He came out from the supper and immediately revealed an evil spirit. Schwenckfeld finds the key to Christ's teaching on spiritual life in the Johannine account of eating Christ's flesh and drinking His blood. This assimilation of Christ is for him not a figure, not a symbol, but a central fact. The risen and glorified Christ, the incorruptible life-giving substance of the God-Man, is the essential, necessary source of spiritual life for men. He must become the actual food of the soul. Not on rare occasions but continually, the true nature of Christ must be received and assimilated into the inner substance 'of. our human spirits. No symbol can be a substitute for that actual experience: "God...
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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773136
  • 9781236773135