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1 Cor. 10:16-17 Body and Blood: Why

posted May 12, 2020, 11:24 AM by Jacob Boer

"The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread."


The image of eating the body of Jesus and drinking his blood are gross to some people, but this is a spiritual relationship, not a physical one. This is why we need to understand the meaning of symbols, how one thing stands for another. This connection to Jesus is deep; connecting us to who Jesus is and to what he accomplished for us on the cross and the reference to body and blood emphasizes the close connection we have to Jesus and that what he did can be credited to us now because of that closeness. Jesus wants us to know how close our relationship with him is, that we never have to worry about our salvation. This is the comfort we find in the Lord’s Supper.

 

 

Q. Why then does Christ call the bread his body and the cup his blood, or the new covenant in his blood, and Paul use the words, a sharing in Christ’s body and blood?

A. Christ has good reason for these words. He wants to teach us that just as bread and wine nourish the temporal life, so too his crucified body and poured-out blood are the true food and drink of our souls for eternal life.

But more important, he wants to assure us, by this visible sign and pledge, that we, through the Holy Spirit’s work, share in his true body and blood as surely as our mouths
receive these holy signs in his remembrance, and that all of his suffering and obedience are as definitely ours as if we personally had suffered and made satisfaction for our sins.

 

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