April 30, 2007

An Eternal Food

God arranges that [in the Lord's Supper] the mouth eats physically for the heart and the heart eats spiritually for the mouth, and thus both are satisfied and saved by one and the same food. Even the uncomprehending body does not know that it is eating a food by which it will live forever. For the body does not feel it, but dies and decays as if it had eaten some other kind of food, like an irrational animal. But the soul sees and clearly understands that the body will live eternally because it has partaken of an eternal food which will not leave it to decay in the grave and turn to dust.

-Luther, AE 37:93f

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