For Christ, both God and man, must lay hold on us in order that there may be a union between Him and us.
I am calling attention just to the main points of these tremendously important matters, which can be understood better by pious meditation than explained by human language.
This doctrine of Christ and of the apostles, from which the true faith of the primitive church was received, the apostles at first delivered orally, without writing, but later, not by any human counsel but by the will of God, they handed it on in the Scriptures.
Thus first of all in His own person He sanctified, restored, and blessed human nature.
For we can affirm with a good conscience that we have, after reading the Holy Scripture, applied ourselves and yet daily apply ourselves to the extent that the grace of the Lord permits to inquiry into and investigation of the consensus of the true and purer antiquity.
And there is a difference between the essence of a Sacrament and its use.
The Gospel declares those who believe righteous and saved.
As however the ancients say that in case of necessity any Christian lay person can administer the sacrament of baptism, so Luther says the same thing about absolution in case of necessity, where no priest is present.
In the first place, our faith ought to lay hold on Christ as God and man in that nature by which He has been made our neighbor, kinsman, and brother.
Some had the custom of receiving the Eucharist daily, some twice a week, some on the Lord's day, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, some only on the Lord's Day.
Therefore we examine with considerable diligence the consensus of the true, learned, and purer antiquity, and we love and praise the testimonies of the fathers which agree with the Scripture.
And Christ says of that which is blessed, which is offered, received, eaten and drunk: This is My body; this is My blood.
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