Christopher Chelpka

Words of Consecration

How Protestants thinks about the words of consecration before a sacrament is administered:

The word of institution changes not the substance or quality, but only the use of the elements; and not that by a secret power inherent in the actual words, as the Papsits pretend, but by the ordinance of God…. As a stone by a magistrate’s decree is changed into a boundary marker, its substance and qualities remaining, so by the addition of the words to the element (as Augustine says) it becomes a sacrament, the substance and quality of the element remaining, the common use only being transformed into the sacred.

💬 Johannes Wollebius (1626) quoted in Heppe, Reformed Dogmatics