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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Smalcald Articles – part 27

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Mark 14:22–24

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles – part 27

Thirdly, the Sacrament may be received in a better and more blessed way: according to the institution of Christ. So, why do they drive the world to woe and misery on account of a fictitious, unnecessary matter, which may be easily obtained in another and more blessed way?

Pulling It Together: Christ’s words stand on their own; we do not need—nor should we—add anything to them in order to make them effective. The reason for this, is that it is his word that makes them effective. Consider creation. All things that have been made were spoken into existence by the Word (John 1:3). We contributed nothing to make creation what it is; God’s word alone was required. It is the same with Holy Communion. We add no works of our own and we add nothing to Christ’s words. We simply believe his word through faith, receiving his true body and blood in the bread and wine as a means of grace.

Prayer: Thank you, Living Word, for dying for me. Amen.

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