which we break, is it not a communion of [margin: ?participation in?] the body of Christ?? Here ?is it not a participation? = ?does it not symbolize the participation?? So <402526>Matthew 25:26 ? ?this is my body? = ?this symbolizes my body.?
(d) It symbolizes the continuous dependence of the believer for all spiritual life upon the once crucified, now living Savior, to whom he is thus united.
<430653> John 6:53 ? ?Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves.? Here is a statement, not with regard to the Lord?s Supper, but with regard to spiritual union with Christ, which the Lord?s Supper only symbolizes. See page 965, (a) . Like Baptism, the Lord?s Supper presupposes and implies evangelical faith, especially faith in the Deity of Christ. Not all that partake of it realize its full meaning but that this participation logically implies the five great truths of Christ?s preexistence, his supernatural birth, his vicarious atonement, his literal resurrection and his living presence with his followers. Because Ralph Waldo Emerson perceived that the Lord?s Supper implied Christ?s omnipresence and deity, he would no longer celebrate it and so broke with his church and with the ministry.
(e) It symbolizes the sanctification of the Christian through a spiritual reproduction in him of the death and resurrection of the Lord.
<450810> Romans 8:10 ? ?And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness?; <500310>Philippians 3:10 ? ?that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings becoming conformed unto his death; if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.? The bread of life nourishes; it transforms me, not I it.
(f) It symbolizes the consequent union of Christians in Christ their head.
<461017> 1 Corinthians 10:17 ? ?seeing that we, who are many, are one bread, one body for we all partake of the one bread.? The Roman Catholic says that bread is the unity of many kernels, the wine the unity of many berries and all are changed into the body of Christ. We can adopt the former part of the statement without taking the latter. By being united to Christ, we become united to one another and the Lord?s Supper, as it symbolizes our common partaking of Christ, symbolizes also the consequent oneness of all in whom Christ dwells. Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, ix ? ?As this broken bread was scattered upon the mountains and being gathered
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