11:14 ? ?my body which is broken for you,? the Revised Version omits the word ?broken? while, on the other hand, the Gospel according to John (19:36) calls special attention to the fact that Christ?s body was not broken. We reply that Jesus, in giving his disciples the cup did speak of his blood as ?poured out? ( <411424>Mark 14:24); and it was not the body, but ?a bone of him,? which was not to be broken. Many ancient manuscripts add the word ?broken? in <461124>1 Corinthians 11:24. in the Lord?s Supper in general, see Weston, in Madison Avenue Lectures, 183-195; Dagg, Church Order, 203-214.
1. The Lord?s Supper an ordinance instituted by Christ.
(a) Christ appointed an outward rite to be observed by his disciples in remembrance of his death. It was to be observed after his death; only after his death could it completely fulfill its purpose as a feast of commemoration.
<422219> Luke 22:19 ? ?And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. And the cup in like manner after supper, saying ?This cup is the new covenant in my blood, even that which is poured out for you?; <461123>1 Corinthians 11:23-25 ? ?For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given Thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body, which is for you. This do in remembrance of me. In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.? Observe that this communion was Christian communion before Christ?s death, just as John?s baptism was Christian baptism before Christ?s death.
(b) From the apostolic injunction with regard to its celebration in the church until Christ?s Second Coming, we infer that it was the original intention of our Lord to institute a rite of perpetual and universal obligation.
<461126> 1 Corinthians 11:26 ? ?For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup ye proclaim the Lord?s death till he come?; cf . <402629>Matthew 26:29 ? ?But I say unto you, I shall not drink henceforth of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father?s kingdom?; Mark l4:25 ? ?Verily I say unto you, I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.? As the paschal supper continued until Christ came the first time in
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