Zitat: Your Resurrection

Unless I'm way off base with my basic translating skills (and have completely forgotten how to perform an accurate Google search!), I believe the English word "quote" (used as a noun) is translated as "zitat" in German.

That will help to explain the strange "Z" word listed in the title of this post.


Your resurrection began when you were baptized. "We were buried therefore with Him [Christ] by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4). With Christ you died at that time, with Him you were buried, with Him you shall rise. With Him, for you have been made a member of His body. That is the deep secret of the fellowship of the saints. So we, "though many, are one body… For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). And again: "Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread" (1 Corinthians 10:17). That is certainly a fellowship which the world does not know and can never understand. It is the imperishable communion of saints.

*- -Herman Sasse, "The Church Lives: A Sermon on Acts 2:42-47 for the First Sunday After Trinity" (June 27, 1943), We Confess: The Church, p.134 [Via]

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if any of my "old beliefs" seem to have found there way into any of the material published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with being a Confessional Lutheran -- in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word -- so that I can correct those errors immediately so as to not lead any of His little ones astray. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]

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