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God is present in all physical reality, and Christ as God is ubiquitous and does not need to be made present in the elements of the Lord's Supper by any miracle. The minister serves not to put Christ into the bread and wine but only to disclose his presence. Spirit and flesh are not separated in man. Both of them together constitute in him a whole, and this is w h y the physical may be employed as a means of communication with the divine. Music, images and the elements in the sacraments all have their place.
Luther retorted that there is no need to g o in search of the cross. It will overtake one soon enough. Müntzer railed at him as ' D r Comfortable', a stranger to the way of mortification. The dying to self rather than the enlightenment of the mind is the path which issues in Vergottung, being made God. Thus far Müntzer spoke the language of the mystics. But then came a leap. Mysticism tends to become less and less concrete as the images fade and God becomes all in all. But for Müntzer the Holy Ghost came as a tongue of fire, disclosing revelations even in dreams and visions, making men prophets as of old.
There is a spark of the divine in all men and to all, even to those beyond the Christian fold, sufficient divine illumination is given to bring them into the way. The Christian drama of redemption is universalized; the incarnation, the atonement, the crucifixion are not isolated events in history, but continually recurring experiences. Christ is born in me and dies in me. And this may happen in all men because * So far as human language can describe it, the Word of God is nothing other than an emanation, essence, outpouring, image, picture and appearance of God in all creatures, but especially in all surrendered h e a r t s .