Through Death to Life; Through Life Led into Death

Baptism leads us into a new life here on earth.  It is the sacrament of regeneration.  Its symbol is first of all attached to death, the physical death, and then through death to life.  The Lord’s Supper, however, is the sacrament of death, it is the bridge to the life to come.  But its symbol is first of all attached to life because it is the sacrament that nourishes, the bread of life which through the forgiveness of sins gives new life.  The symbol of the Lord’s Supper is attached to death all through life.  Baptism attaches death to the living in order to lead them through death into life.  The Lord’s Supper gives life to the dying so that through life they may be led into death. [Regin Prenter, Spiritus Creator (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2001), 150-151]

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