Keep the Word with the Sacrament

The devil has no better way to conquer us than by leading us away from the Word and to the Spirit [which is of course not to the Spirit at all!]. I have observed this as something remarkable in the sacramentarians that they don’t consider the Word but only the things added to the Word, namely, the bread and wine. But one should hold fast to the Word and not concede the Spirit to people apart form the Word. The sacramentarians see only bread and wine (and, in like manner, water) but not the Word. So they see only the serpent held up on a pole in NUmbers 21, and not the Word.

—Martin Luther

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 by Pastor Jerry Owen