Thursday, April 16, 2009

Meditating on the Meaning of the Lord's Supper

1. It symbolizes the death of Christ for our sins.
2. It symbolizes our personal appropriation of the benefits of that death.
3. It symbolizes the method of this appropriation, through union with Christ himself.
4. 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.
5. It symbolizes the sanctification of the Christian through a spiritual reproduction in him of the death and resurrection of the Lord.
6. It symbolizes the consequent union of Christians in Christ, their head.
7. It symbolizes the coming joy and perfection of the kingdom of God.

From Systematic Theology, Augustus H. Strong, pp. 962-3.

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