Communion with Christ
Topic: Communion Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:23–11:29, Matthew 26:26–26:30, 1 Corinthians 10:14–10:16
The Lord’s Supper is Christ’s benediction or blessing to us
Communion with Jesus
1 Cor 10:14-16
The Supper is a communion with Jesus.
We reject Transubstantiation and Consubstantiation that teach Jesus is PHYSICALLY present in the Sacrament
The physical body of Jesus is in Heaven
We reject the Memorialist view that teaches Jesus is not present at all in the Sacrament.
In the Supper, Jesus is truly present SPIRITUALLY
In the Supper, the presence of Jesus nourishes us with Himself.
You may get hold of Jesus Christ better because in this little dramatic event, He is saying to you, ‘I love you and here is the ring to prove it. Let me place it on your finger.” Sinclair Ferguson
‘the body of Christ is given to us in the Supper spiritually, because the secret virtue of the Spirit makes things which are widely separated by space to be united with each other, and accordingly causes life from the flesh of Christ to reach us from heaven.’ John Calvin
In the Supper, the presence of Jesus is mysterious.
1 Corinthians 11:27-30
Now, should any one ask me as to the mode, I will not be ashamed to confess that it is too high a mystery either for my mind to comprehend or my words to express. And, to speak more plainly, I rather feel than understand it. The truth of God, therefore, in which I can safely rest, I here embrace without controversy. He declares that His flesh is the meat, His blood the drink, of my soul; I give my soul to Him to be fed with such food…I have no doubt that He will truly give and I receive.” John Calvin
In the Supper, the presence of Jesus is experienced only by faith.
“Things are said to be present as they are perceived by any outward or inward sense…. The more they are perceived, the more present they are.”
“On the part of God, there is the Holy Spirit, who offers the Body and Blood of Christ to us. On our part there must also be a means employed, or else when he offers, we will not be able to receive. Therefore there must be faith in our souls to receive what the Holy Spirit offers, to receive the heavenly food of the Body and Blood of Christ. Thus faith and the Holy Spirit are the two means employed in this spiritual and heavenly conjunction.” Robert Bruce
Every time you participate in this Sacrament you have access to Jesus in a unique way
“You do not get any different Christ in the Lord’s Supper than you get in the preaching of the Word; you do not get a better Christ in the Lord’s Supper than in the preaching of the Word; but you may get the same Christ better.”