Concordia Theological Monthly

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luther, last will and testament, last supper, lutheran, zwingli

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


From times immemorial heirs and beneficiaries have made havoc with the last wills and testaments of their benefactors. They have disquieted and disrupted families which otherwise had been peaceful and loving. And this havoc has often defied amelioration or removal. Even so in the case of our Lord's last will and testament. The Christian Church, the family of the saints on earth, stands before the world rent asunder also by reason of its divergent interpretations of our Lord's testament of love, His last will, in which He has given Himself to His disciples. In the hands of men this testament has become the divider of Protestant churches on earth into the so-called Lutheran and the Reformed sectors, the Lutheran Church insisting historically on the literal interpretation of the testament and the Reformed Church on a figurative understanding.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Luke 2:49; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17; Luke 1:3; 2 Corinthians 8:18; 1 Corinthians 11:26;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars