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ZwingliAn Introduction to His Thought$
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W. P. Stephens

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263630

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263630.001.0001

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Word and Sacrament

Word and Sacrament

(p.76) 8 Word and Sacrament

W. P. Stephens

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This chapter examines Zwingli's view of the word and the sacraments. Zwingli attacked the way that word and sacrament had become a source of false confidence, replacing faith in God with faith in the outward word or the outward sacrament. He rejected the idea that they could be effective, for such a view denied the sovereignty of God. If God was bound byword and sacrament, then salvation would be put at man's disposal. In 1525, there was an important change in Zwingli's view of sacraments as signs of the covenant, deriving from his changed understanding of the covenant. Under the heading of ‘The Power of the Sacraments’, he listed seven powers or virtues of the sacraments.

Keywords:   word, sacrament, salvation, seven powers, covenant

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