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Chapter XXX : Of the Lord’s Supper

1. The Supper of the Lord Jesus, was instituted by him, the same night wherein he was betrayed, to be observed in his Churches unto the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance, and shewing forth the sacrifice of himself in his death (a) confirmation of the faith of believers in all the benefits thereof, their spiritual nourishment, and growth in him, their further ingagement in, and to, all duties which they owe unto him; (b) and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with him, and with each other.

a 1 Cor. 11.23,24.25,26.

b 1 Cor. 10.16,17.21.

2. In this ordinance Christ is not offered up to his Father, nor any real sacrifice made at all, for remission of sin of the quick or dead; but only a memorial of that (c) one offering up of himself, by himself, upon the crosse, once for all; and a spiritual oblation of all (d) possible praise unto God for the same; so that the Popish sacrifice of the Mass (as they call it) is most abominable, injurious to Christs own only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of the Elect.

c Heb. 9.25,26.28.

d 1 Cor. 11.24. Mat. 26.26,27.

3. The Lord Jesus hath in this Ordinance, appointed his Ministers to Pray, and bless the Elements of Bread and Wine, and thereby to set them apart from a common to an holy use, and to take and break the Bread; to take the Cup, (e) and (they communicating also themselves) to give both to the Communicants.

e 1 Cor. 11.23,24,25,26, &c

4. The denyal of the Cup to the people, worshiping the Elements, the lifting them up, or carrying them about for adoration, and reserving them for any pretended religious use, (f) are all contrary to the nature of this Ordinance, and to the institution of Christ.

f Mat 26.26,27,28. Mat. 15.9. Exod. 20.4,5.

5. The outward Elements in this Ordinance, duely set apart to the uses ordained by Christ, have such relation to him crucified, as that truely, although in terms used figuratively, they are sometimes called by the name of the things they represent, to wit the (g) body and Blood of Christ; albeit in substance, and nature, they still remain truly, and only (h) Bread, and Wine, as they were before.

g 1 Cor. 11.27.

h 1 Cor. 11.26. & v.28.

6. That doctrine which maintains a change of the substance of Bread and Wine, into the substance of Christs body and blood (commonly called Transubstantiation) by consecration of a Priest, or by any other way, is repugnant not to Scripture (i) alone, but even to common sense and reason; overthroweth the (k) nature of the ordinance, and hath been and is the cause of manifold superstitions, yea, of gross Idolatries.

i Act. 3.21. Luk. 24.6. & v.39.

k 1 Cor. 11.24,25.

7. Worthy receivers, outwardly partaking of the visible Elements in this Ordinance, do then also inwardly by faith, really and indeed, yet not carnally, and corporally, but spiritually receive, and feed upon Christ crucified (l) & all the benefits of his death: the Body and Blood of Christ, being then not corporally, or carnally, but spiritually present to the faith of Believers, in that Ordinance, as the Elements themselves are to their outward senses.

l 1 Cor. 10.16. ch. 11.23-26.

8. All ignorant and ungodly persons, as they are unfit to enjoy communion (m) with Christ; so are they unworthy of the Lords Table; and cannot without great sin against him, while they remain such, partake of these holy mysteries, (n) or be admitted thereunto: yea whosoever shall receive unworthily are guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord, eating and drinking judgement to themselves.

m 2 Cor: 6,14,15.

n 1 Cor. 11.29. Mat. 7.6.

The 1677/89 London Baptist Confession of Faith

A sinner forges the chains that will bind him for eternity

With your own hand, you are now forging those chains which will bind you down in eternal darkness and despair. To you the Saviour calls. Turn you-turn you at my reproof.

Asahel Nettleton-The Destruction of Hardened Sinners

 

Our perseverance is wholly dependent upon the purpose and power of God

That many Christians have persevered in holiness to the last moment of their lives, cannot be truthfully denied. Now their perseverance must have been obtained wholly of themselves, or partly of themselves and partly by Divine aid, or it must have been wholly dependent on the purpose and power of God. None who profess to believe the Scriptures would affirm that it was due entirely to their own efforts and faithfulness, for they clearly teach that progress in holiness is as much the work of the Spirit as is the new birth itself. To say that the perseverance of the saint is due, in part to himself, is to divide the credit, afford ground for boasting, and robs God of half His rightful glory. To declare that a life of faith and holiness is entirely dependent upon the grace and power of God, is but to repeat what the Lord told His disciples: “without Me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5), and is to affirm with the Apostle “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Cor. 3:5).

Arthur W. Pink—Studies in the Scriptures March, 1937 The Spirit Preserving

A Recommended series on the Five Points of Calvinism

My good friend and Brother Randall Klynsma, over at Northland Reformed Church, has preached a series on the ‘Five Points of Calvinism’. These doctrines, which Pastor Randall expounds, have been severely misrepresented by the opponents of the Reformed Faith. Some mistake Reformed Theology as only consisting of these five points, while others say that these five points are only a man made theology. Those who think that Reformed Theology only consist of these five points, knows nothing of the Reformed Faith and those who state that these doctrines are a man made theology, does not realize that it was the man made doctrines of the Remonstrants that caused the Dutch Reformed Church to give a response, which response is found in the five points of Calvinism.

Therefore, I highly recommend this series, on the five points of Calvinism. Brother Randall clearly unfolds the doctrine of original sin and shows how that man is unable to bring himself to God, in order that he might be redeemed. Due to man’s inability, God must unconditionally elect out of the fall, or no one would have been saved. Those of whom God elects, God sends his Son to die in their place. Those for whom Christ died are regenerated by the Spirit and have the benefits of Christ death given to them. Finally, those of whom God elects, has his Son die for, irresistibly calls, he also preserves so that none of his elect are lost.

Without further ado, I point you to these messages:

The Five Points of Calvinism Pt 1—Total Depravity

The Five Points of Calvinism Pt 2—Unconditional Election

The Five Points of Calvinism Pt 3—Limited Atonement

The Five Points of Calvinism Pt 4—Irresistible Grace

The Five Points of Calvinism pt 5—Perseverance of the Saints

Every man feels that he is a sinner

God, however, has a witness in every man’s conscience. Every man, whatever he may pretend, feels himself to be a sinner, and to need forgiveness. Ignorant and idolatrous as the Philippian jailer had been all his life, yet, when death stared him in the face, he trembled and cried for mercy. And if it was thus with the heathen, much more is it likely to be thus with those who have been educated under the light of revelation. The most careless and thoughtless cannot stand the approach of death. The courage of the most harnessed infidel commonly fails him at that solemn period.

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

The Holy Spirit reveals Christ to a sinner

Sometimes in the meeting I stop, and while there is dead silence, I ask you if you hear a voice. I do not mean when I ask it, do you hear it with your natural ear. I mean is there some voice speaking to your soul, some power touching you inside? Is some one making you feel as you never felt before. and you see your sins as you never saw them before? Is there One holding up before you the Lord Jesus Christ in a way that you never saw Him before, so that now He is not without form and comeliness, and so that now when you see Him you do desire Him? That is the Holy Spirit. He is showing you the things of Christ. He is showing them to the eye of the mind. He is placing them within the range of your spiritual vision so that you feel them, and are conscious that some power is inexplicably touching your soul. That is the work of the Holy Ghost.

B. H. Carroll—The Faith that Saves—Triumphant Faith

We need to remember Christ in Gethsemane

October 18, 2012 2 comments

But you know my chosen theme-the place where I can always best remember Christ. It is a shady garden full of olives. O that spot! I would that I had eloquence, that I might take yolk there. Oh! if the Spirit would but take us, and set us down hard by the mountains of Jerusalem, I would say, see there runs the brook of Isedron, which the king himself did pass- and there you see the olive trees. Possibly, at the foot of that olive, lay the three disciples when they slept; and there, ah! there, I see drops of blood. Stand here, my soul, a moment, those drops of blood — dost thou behold them? Mark them; they are not the blood of wounds — they are the blood of a man whose body was then unwounded, O my soul picture him when he knelt down in agony and sweat, — sweat, because he wrestled with God,-sweat, because he agonized with his Father. “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” O Gethsemane! thy shades are deeply solemn to my soul. But ah! those drops of blood! Surely it is the climax of the height of misery; it is the last of the mighty acts of this wondrous sacrifice. Can love go deeper than that? Can it stoop to greater deeds of mercy? Oh! had I eloquence, I would bestow a tongue on every drop of blood that is there that your hearts might rise in mutiny against your languor and coldness, and speak out with earnest burning remembrance of Jesus. And now, farewell, Gethsemane.

Charles H. Spurgeon—The Remembrance of Christ—A sermon delivered on Sabbath Evening January 7th 1855