THOUGHTS ON THE LORD’S TABLE I Corinthians 11:23 FBC-PC 10-6-13 AM
The Three-Fold Meaning of the Lord's Supper
The Lord’s Supper is:
1. a reminder of what Jesus did in the past,
2. a symbol of our present relationship with him, and
3. a promise of what he will do in the future.
The Lord’s Table or Communion grew out of the Jewish Passover celebration on the night before Christ’s crucifixion.
ORIGINATION – Jesus started it as a church ordinance Himself
Matt. 26:26-30; Mark. 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-23
OBLIGATION – Mat. 26:27 “this do”; “all…do it” = “all of you, drink of it”
Quality not quantity
WHO – Baptized, obedient, forgiven children of God
HOW OFTEN – I Cor. 11:26 “as often”
IN WHAT MANNER - I Cor. 11:27-30; cautious, repentant, confessing
CONSTITUTION – unleavened bread (matzo) and fruit of the vine Luke 22:17-20.
Four cups were poured and drunk during and after the Passover meal.
Jesus gave new purpose to cup 3 and cup 4 see Luke 22:17 and 20
INTERPRETATION – three basic beliefs practiced in Christendom
Transubstantiation – Practiced by Roman Catholics John 6:53-58 is misunderstood as Jesus was with them at
that moment and they were eating the matzo. Belief that upon being blessed by a priest bread and wine actually
become the body and blood of Christ.
Consubstantiation – Practiced by Lutherans, Anglicans – Believe the body is present in spirit, at the moment the bread and cup are partaken of.
Symbolism – “In remembrance of me” Luke 22:19; I Cor. 11:24-25 Our Practice
LIMITATION – “till He come” I Cor. 11:25-26
Are you properly prepared to partake of the communion of the Lord’s Table?
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