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The Smalcald Articles – part 115

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Mark 14:22–25

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles – part 115

We do not care for the subtle lies about transubstantiation they teach: that bread and wine leave or lose their natural substance, retaining only the appearance and color of bread, instead of true bread. It is and remains bread. This perfectly agrees with Holy Scriptures, as Paul himself says, “the bread which we break” (1 Cor 10:16), and, “eat of the bread” (1 Cor 11:28).

Pulling It Together: Take this bread; it is my body. That is straightforward talk that holds a mystery. You either believe what Jesus said, or you do not, or you add to his words so that they fit human reason. One cannot explain miracles, that which exceeds the natural. But one may believe without bending the mystery to fit the ability or willingness to believe. This belief is not without foundation, for these are the direct words of Christ Jesus, recorded in Scripture.

Prayer: Give me faith to believe, Lord God. Amen.

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