Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bucer on the Old Testament Sacraments

"One notices with great interest that Bucer has a very high understanding of the spiritual value of the Old Testament sacraments. They are not merely outward forms or ceremonies. They were ordained of God as signs of an inward and spiritual reality.  Bucer did not reject the Old Testament ceremonies on the same principle that he rejected many of the medieval ceremonies of the Church.  He did not consider them empty, meaningless ceremonies of merely human invention. The sacraments of the Old Testament were truly sacraments because they were divinely given.  For Bucer, the problem with the medieval ceremonies was that they were not commanded by God." (Hughes Old, The Shaping of the Reformed Baptismal Rite in the 16th Century, p. 127-128

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8