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From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning the Number and Use of the Sacraments – part 13
We are talking about that particular kind of faith that believes the offered promise, not only believing in general that God exists, but believing that the forgiveness of sins is offered. This use of the sacrament consoles godly but troubled minds.
Pulling It Together: This is why faith is critical. Without faith, one is simply going through the motions, and grace is not received. But when the sacrament is used with faith in God to do as he promises, great comfort is had, and anxious minds are conferred the peace of God, who is Christ Jesus himself. So, through faith in the Word or the promise that is attached to the sacrament—“This is my body... This is my blood...”—one does not simply receive bread and wine; one receives the peace who is Christ himself.
Prayer: Make me worthy to receive your blessings because of the surpassing worth of Jesus Christ my Savior. Amen.
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