July 25, 2024     12:47 pm
298. Week of Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
Lord’s Supper - Five points necessary
          I have received of the Lord that which also I have delivered to you.   1Corinthians 11:23
          Thus St. Paul speaks of the instructions he received with regard to the Lord's Supper. The Holy Supper is the Lord's Supper in reality only when it is administered in conformity with Christ's institution as recorded in Holy Writ. For this the following five points are necessary. First there must be communicants who partake of the Lord's Supper. If you would be such a communicant, you should announce yourself to your pastor. Without announcement he cannot know whether there will be any communicants. And it is his duty to see to it that no unbidden guests appear. Secondly, there must be bread and wine, grape-wine. The pastor must see to this. Thirdly, this bread and wine must be consecrated, that is to say, they must be hallowed and set apart for use at the Lord's Supper in this way that the minister of the Gospel pronounces over them the words which Christ spoke when He instituted the Holy Supper. Fourthly, the bread and wine must be distributed, and the communicants must eat and drink them. Fifthly, it must distinctly be professed that this Supper is the body and blood of Christ, as He Himself has said. These are the chief points from which you will be able to tell whether the Communion celebrated in any church is truly the Lord's Supper or not. Everything beyond these five points is not essential to the Lord's Supper, and is a matter of Christian liberty. But beware of every so-called Lord's Supper which is not truly the Lord's Supper, which is not administered according to the institution of Christ.
          PRAYER: - I thank You, dear Lord, that in these last days of great distress You permit me to find places of public worship where Your Holy Sacrament is administered in its truth and purity, according to Your institution. Grant me grace, I beseech You, to hold fast to such treasure, and to resist every falsification whatsoever of this holy Sacrament, lest I be cheated out of my salvation. Grant that in firm faith I may comfort myself with Your gift of grace. Amen

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