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Title: The Lord's Supper


1
The Lord's Supper
  • A Covenant Meal

2
1 Corinthians 1125
  • This cup is the new covenant in My blood.

3
Luke 2220
  • This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which
    is shed for you.

4
Mark 1424
  • This is My blood of the new covenant, which is
    shed for many.

5
Matthew 2628
  • For this is My blood of the new covenant, which
    is shed for many for the remission of sins.

6
The Blood of the New Covenant
  • When He says that the cup is His blood He means
    that which is in the cup symbolizes His blood.
  • When He says My blood of the new covenant, or
    the new covenant in My blood, He means His
    blood is that which dedicates, ratifies or seals
    the new covenant, or makes the New Covenant
    effective.
  • Before we can properly understand how His blood
    sealed the New Covenant, however, we need to
    under-stand the idea of covenant.

7
What Is a Covenant?
  • The word for covenant in these passages does
    not mean, an agreement between two equal
    parties, but an arrangement made by one party
    with complete authority, which the other must
    accept or reject, but cannot alter.
  • The most obvious example of such an arrangement
    is a last will and testament.

8
Who Sets the Terms of the Will?
  • The benefactor and the beneficiary do not sit
    down together and make out the conditions of the
    will.
  • The benefactor (one party) sets down the
    conditions of the will for the benefit of the
    beneficiary (another party), who can either
    accept or reject those conditions but not alter
    them.
  • This is vividly portrayed in Hebrews 915-17.

9
Hebrews 915-17
  • And for this reason He is the Mediator of the
    new covenant, by means of death, for the
    redemption of the transgressions under the first
    covenant, that those who are called may receive
    the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where
    there is a testament, there must also of
    necessity be the death of the testator. For a
    testament is in force after men are dead, since
    it has no power at all while the testator lives.

10
Who Sets the Terms of the Will?
  • The benefactor and the beneficiary do not sit
    down together and make out the conditions of the
    will.
  • The benefactor (one party) sets down the
    conditions of the will for the benefit of the
    beneficiary (another party), who can either
    accept or reject those conditions but not alter
    them.
  • This is vividly portrayed in Hebrews 915-17.
  • In this manner, His blood is the seal of the New
    Covenant in that it ratified the promises of God,
    as contained in that covenant.

11
God's Last Will and Testament
  • In the likeness of a will, and of His own free
    choice and grace, God offers man a saving,
    sanctifying relationship with Him through Christ,
    which man cannot change or annul, but only accept
    or reject.
  • The conditions of the covenant of grace are
    belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God,
    repentance, confession of faith and baptism in
    water for the remission of sins.

12
A Covenant Meal
  • The Lords Supper is a memorial to the effective
    means of this covenantthe body and blood of
    Jesus Christ.
  • Since this memorial involves eating and drinking,
    it is called a meal or supper.
  • And since it is designed to commemorate a
    covenant, it is a covenant meal.

13
Our Covenant Relationship w/God
  • We must also recognize that our relationship with
    God as those redeemed by Christ is not something
    we have entered into in our own right and on our
    own terms.
  • It is solely and completely made possible by the
    grace of the loving God through the merits of
    Christ, the Sin-offering.

14
Ephesians 28-9
  • For by grace you have been saved through faith,
    and that not of yourselves it is the gift of
    God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

15
Titus 211-14
  • For the grace of God that brings salvation has
    appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying
    ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
    soberly, righteously, and godly in the present
    age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious
    appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus
    Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might
    redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for
    Himself His own special people, zealous for good
    works.

16
John 129-31
  • The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him,
    and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away
    the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said,
    'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me,
    for He was before me.' I did not know Him but
    that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I
    came baptizing with water."

17
John 132-36
  • And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit
    descending from heaven like a dove, and He
    remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who
    sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon
    whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining
    on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy
    Spirit.' And I have seen and testified that this
    is the Son of God." Again, the next day, John
    stood with two of his disciples. And looking at
    Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of
    God!"

18
A Covenant Meal and a Grace Meal
  • The Lords Supper can well be designated as a
    grace meal, as well as a covenant meal, since it
    is a reminder to the saint of the unmerited favor
    of God that made the covenant of grace possible.
  • Every time we consume the elements - the bread
    and the cup, which symbolize the Lords body and
    blood, respectively - we show our appreciation to
    God for the countless blessings we have received
    through His wondrous grace.

19
A Covenant Meal and a Grace Meal
  • And since we have accepted the covenant of grace,
    the covenant in the Lords blood, we have pledged
    our-selves to obey Him in everything that His
    covenant enjoins on us.
  • Thus in partaking of the Lords Supper we are
    reminded of this solemn pledge, to be incited to
    walk daily in the light as God is in the light.

20
1 John 17
  • But if we walk in the light as He is in the
    light, we have fellowship with one another, and
    the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us
    from all sin.

21
Physical Life is in the Blood
  • God revealed, through His servant Moses,
  • The life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev.
    1711),
  • which is probably a reference to the fact that
    the blood carries oxygen to the various parts of
    the body, contributing to the proper functioning
    of each part.
  • When Jesus died on the cross, He surrendered His
    physical life in the shedding of His blood,
    making it possible for us to have spiritual life
    in Him.

22
Spiritual Life is in the Blood
  • Thus, in partaking of the fruit of the vine,
    which signifies the blood of the new covenant,
    the faithful saint contemplates not only the
    remission of sins he has received, and is
    receiving, by virtue of that blood, but also the
    spiritual life that he receives from God after
    meeting the conditions of the covenant of grace.
  • Shouldn't God's children do this as often as
    possible?
  • And shouldn't they look forward to each
    opportunity to do so?
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