The Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

in The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791606
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932290 | DOI:
The Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper

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Edwards's conception of the sacraments illustrates Calvin's famous doctrine of accommodation—that God accommodates himself to our lowly human capacities by communicating spiritual realities in material signs. But while his doctrine of baptism shows familiar Reformed themes, his theology of the Supper carved out new ground by highlighting divine presence. Rather than focusing primarily on the ratification of the covenantal offer, as was the Puritan tendency, or even fellowship with Christ, as Calvin emphasized, Edwards stressed dramatic presence and union with Christ. For Edwards, Christ acts and speaks in the Supper in ways that make him more present to believers than in any other ecclesial moment on earth.

Keywords: infant baptism; sacraments; Lord's Supper; covenant; communion; union with Christ

Chapter.  5302 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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