About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Incarnation, Divine Action, and the Sacraments

If we suppose that human agents extend the work of salvation in the sacraments without reference to Christ, we blunder. If, however, we reject the idea that human beings and human agency are drawn into the work of salvation at all – so, for instance, as to reject a sacramental approach – then we are in just as much danger of missing what the Incarnation was about, only in the opposite direction. Once the Word has become flesh, the domain of divine action is found among human beings and is given to human beings: in a remarkable way, it is placed into our hands.

Andrew Davison, Why Sacraments? (London: SPCK, 2013), p. 3

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