Two Sacraments

March 5, 2010

Baptism and the Eucharist are the sacraments of the Church, for they are given to Christ’s flock as signs and seals of His twofold activity in and among them: of joining them to Himself in the union of faith, and nourishing them to Himself in the union of faith, and nourishing them by the communication of His own new humanity. In the Christian life these are two elements: the absolute element of once-for-all death and burial related to the Cross of Christ, and the ongoing growth in grace related to the Risen Man. The sacraments signify and seal these two realities, that is, the Mystery of Christ Himself.

Joseph C. McLelland, The Visible Words of God (Grand Rapids: MI, Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, 1957), 138.

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