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supper BPuritan Thomas Watson, in his book on The Lord’s Supper, contends against the notion of transubstantiation but also gives a welcome caution to those who would diminish the sacrament to a merely symbolic ritual.

“Also, this doctrine of the Sacrament confutes such as look upon the Lord’s Supper only as an empty figure or shadow, resembling Christ’s death, but having no intrinsic efficacy in it. Surely, this glorious ordinance is more than an effigy or representative of Christ. Why is the Lord’s Supper called the communion of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16), but because, in the right celebration of it, we have sweet communion with Christ? In this gospel ordinance, Christ not only shows forth His beauty, but sends forth His virtue. The Sacrament is not only a picture drawn, but a breast drawn. It gives us a taste of Christ as well as a sight (1 Peter 2:3). Such as make the Sacrament only a representative of Christ shoot short of the mystery and come short of the comfort.

We Need Communion

April 11, 2013

CommunionBreadWine“Gathering to eat at the Lord’s Table reminds us that grace is as common as bread, as sparkling as wine, and as necessary and invigorating as both. We need those reminders, for we live surrounded by an atmosphere rife with noxious poisons and convenience stores stocked only with confections. We need communion, which draws us together to contemplate grace, to be newly infused with grace,to be prepared for demonstrating grace. So to the table we come, and from the table we depart, nourished for life by encounters with the Lord.” – Dan Schmidt

Horatius Bonar - I Hear the Words of Love

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), a Scottish Presbyterian minister and influential leader in the Free Church of Scotland, was an outstanding writer of both devotional works and poetic hymns. The hymn “I Hear the Words of Love” is a powerful example of his grace soaked works. You can hear a traditional version of it on the Together for the Gospel II project here:

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I hear the words of love,
I gaze upon the blood,
I see the mighty sacrifice,
And I have peace with God.

‘Tis everlasting peace!
Sure as Jehovah’s Name;
‘Tis stable as His steadfast throne,
Forevermore the same.

The clouds may come and go
And storms may sweep my sky;
This blood-sealed friendship changes not;
The cross is ever nigh.

My love is oft-times low,
My joy still ebbs and flows;
But peace with Him remains the same;
No change Jehovah knows.

I change, He changes not,
The Christ can never die;
His love, not mine, the resting place,
His truth, not mine, the tie.

Credits:
Words by Horatius Bonar (1861), music by Henry Gauntlett (1858)
Public Domain