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Why does the Zwinglian view tend to stress man's faith, testimony, and act more than God's grace, testimony, and act in the celebration of the Lord's Supper? Why is this dangerous?

  • Mysticism -Any theory claiming that spiritual truths may be received without the use of God's Word, but only by meditation or intuition; vague, fanciful speculation

  • Apprehending-Recognizing; understanding; believing; laying hold of in the mind and heart

    • "I appreciate your question," her catechism teacher responded. "I don't believe that anyone can fully understand this mystery. But let me provide you with a helpful example.

      "The sun is in heaven and it remains there, but its warmth is conveyed to us by its rays that reach us on earth. We cannot detect its rays in outer space. All appears black and without light there, but when these rays strike the earth's atmosphere they mysteriously convey the sun's light and warmth, the reality of which we may experience.

      "So Jesus' complete body remains in heaven, but it is also communicated spiritually at the Lord's Supper. The reality of His spiritual presence -its light and warmth is experienced."

    4.The Zwinglian view: a remembrance of Christ's death - Zwingli's views appear to have changed during his life. Initially, in his zeal to free the Lord's Supper from all Roman Catholic mysticism and to maintain its simplicity, this great Reformer taught that the Lord's Supper was only a memorial meal, a remembrance of Christ's death. He ignored the truths of the special spiritual presence of Christ and sealing power of the Holy Spirit at the Lord's table.

    In his later writings, however, Zwingli does mention a spiritual presence and sealing power of Christ at the Lord's Supper, but Christ is viewed to be spiritually present only in the apprehending faith of the believing communicant. The danger with this view is that the emphasis rests more upon that which the communicant believes than that which God promises. The stress falls more upon that which the believer pledges rather than that which God seals.

      Luther and Zwingli met at the University of Marburg from October 1 -3, 1529, in an attempt to resolve their differences and to maintain one Protestant church. They could agree on fourteen principal articles, but on the final


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