While pointing at the bread, it is entirely correct to say: This is Christ's body, and whoever sees this bread sees Christ's body.  Just so John said, as we heard, that he saw the Holy Spirit when he saw the dove.  So we also rightly say: Whoever attacks this bread attacks Christ's body, whoever eats this bread eats Christ's body, and woever presses this bread with teeth or tongue presses the body of Christ with teeth or tongue.  And yet it remains true in every respect that no one sees, grasps, eats or crushes Christ's body as other, visible flesh is seen and crushed.  For what we do to the bread is correctly and well attributed to the body of Christ because of their sacramental union.  (What Luther Says - p. 796 - para 2474)

The heart of man is a slippery thing: when matters go well, it falls into presumption; but when matters go badly, it falls into despair.  This is why ours must be a mixed lot.  God must throw one care after another into our prosperity, must salt it for us, and must dampen our high spirits with apprehension so that we stay with the First Commandment...Our troubles must also be tempered with some consolation so that we cling to God's promises and do not tempt God, who would be our God.  In this way a man stays on the right road so that he does not despair in trouble but always stays standing and praises God, whether he fares well or ill, whether he wins or loses.

(What Luther Says - #682)

The life of a holy person consists more in taking from God than in giving, more in desiring than in having, more in becoming pious than in being pious; as St. Augustine says:  Faith acquires what the Law requires.  For this reason asking and seeking constitute the real mode of life of the inner man.

What Luther Says - para # 697, p. 234

Though everything be taken from a Christian, he uses the occasion only to improve himself the more, and his faith constantly grows and increases and so rules his heart that neither wealth nor poverty trouble him nor make him either sad or joyful.  He is not the happier for being wealthy and having money and possessions; nor is he the sadder for being poor.  Whether one lashes or lauds him is all the same to him.  This serenity is caused by the spirit he has.  It is the cheerful, firm faith with which he clings to God...There is something very grand about a Christian, something inexpressibly great.

What Luther Says, para #691, p. 232.

When a Christian begins to know Christ as his Lord and Savior, who has redeemed him from death, and is brought into His dominon and heritage, his heart is thorougly permeated by God; then he would like to help everyone attain this blessedness.  For he has no greater joy than the treasured knowledge of Christ.  So he begins to teach and exhort others, confesses and commends his blessedness before everybody, and sighs and prays that they, too, may come to this grace.  He has a restless spirit while enjoying rest supreme, that is, God's grace and peace.  Therefore he cannot be quiet or idle but is forever struggling and striving with all his powers as one living only to spread God's honor and praise farther among man, to cause others also to receive this spirit of grace and through it also to help him pray. 

What Luther Says - #3014

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