See my previous post with quotes on the Lord’s Supper.
I’m part way through reading The Lord’s Supper and the LORD is using it to remind me of the importance of this practice and doctrine in the church. Two areas that are particularly resonating with me as things I have overlooked are the forward-looking (eschatological) aspect and the importance of the believing community partaking together, rather than simply in an individualistic, inward-looking manner. Hopefully I can devote some posts to these subjects in the near future.
Here is a quote I’d like to share.
– David S. Hogg, Carolingian Conflict: Two Monks on the Mass in The Lord’s Supper (pg. 148)
The Lord’s Supper is not segregated from the doctrines of the church or of Christ or of salvation. The activity Christ commanded we carry out is an activity of the church, not an activity for the individual. What we celebrate, we celebrate corporately. What we declare about the person and work of the incarnate Christ we declare most effectively as the body of Christ. What we proclaim about the application of redemption to humanity, we can only proclaim in the context of the presence and power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When believers fail to remember that what they are doing is more than remembering, they remove themselves not only from the main stream of the church’s confession, but also from the depth of the riches of the glorious gospel that draws believers to unity in the faith and so “to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13)