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Question 76

What is it then to eat the crucified body, and drink the shed blood of Christ?

It is not only to embrace with believing heart all the sufferings and death of Christ and thereby to obtain the pardon of sin, and life eternal;222222    John 6:35, 40, 47–54. but also, besides that, to become more and more united to his sacred body,223223    John 6:55, 56. by the Holy Ghost, who dwells both in Christ and in us; so that we, though Christ is in heaven224224    Col. 3:1; Acts 3:21; 1 Cor. 11:26. and we on earth, are notwithstanding “flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone”225225    Eph. 3:16; Eph. 5:29, 30, 32; 1 Cor. 6:15, 17, 19; 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:13; John 14:23. and that we live, and are governed forever by one spirit,226226    John 6:56–58; John 15:1–6; Eph. 4:15, 16. as members of the same body are by one soul.

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