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Introducing the Church of Christ Part 8

If the Church of Christ is not exclusive, it is not unique!! If it is not unique, it has not real value. If is has not real value, men cannot be asked to give up all to follow Jesus. They may be justified in weighing the advantages of every other relationship and condition against Christianity and logically arriving at a rejection of the demanding life of commitment required by our Lord, without being faulted. But there is really no basis for such comparison, evaluation and judgment since the church is exclusive and without peer!! Its very uniqueness poses to all men the choice for or against Christ, with attendant blessings or blame; of being either in His spiritual body or out of it; or recognizing the distinction between A and non-A.
If one sweeps aside the biblical doctrine of the exclusiveness of the church, one would destroy the purpose of the church-to save the lost and be the magnet which draws every people who are drawn by God to His side!! If the church is common among men, merely a human institution, one among many; its purpose for continuing on this earth will cease!! There is NO denomination today that is in existence exactly like that which began their sect. Changes are inevitable and common among man’s faiths and therefore bring no certain surprises, yet the God who declared, “I CHANGE NOT” has never been found altering His doctrine from its first deliverance on the day of Pentecost, AD 33!! If the church is not unique among all prevarications of its denominational defectors, light will have been overcome by darkness!! Which other institution in this world is charged with the preaching of the gospel that it preached the first day of its existence other than the Church of Christ?? Who or what can convince us of a better order, teach us more truth, be found closer to the heart of God than the church for which His Son gave His life’s blood?? What church has its OWN HEAVEN prepared for its membership than the Church of Christ?? Paul wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit; “There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will give me in the last day; and not to me only, but all they who love His appearing.”
As Eve was exclusively the wife of Adam so the Church of Christ is exclusively the bride of Christ. As Eve came, the only one who came, from the side of Adam; so the Church of Christ is the ONE AND ONLY bride that came from the side of Christ as He hanged on the tree of Calvary. As Eve was the only human being that was closest in age to Adam, closest in likeness, closest in perfection; so the Church of Christ!! As Eve was the most perfect, most beautiful, most desirous example of womanhood that EVER came into existence, so the Church of Christ. Jesus through Paul wrote; “she is bone of My bone and flesh of My flesh.” Name me the human institution that was bought by the blood of Christ and I will tell you of the institution that came from the side of our Lord, Acts 20:28. Name me any other human institution that was on the earth when our Lord’s evangels were here, and I will have something to BEGIN to compare with that great institution that cost the blood of the only begotten of the Father. Name me the other wife(s) that began the human race with Adam in the Garden and I can begin to name you the names of the other denominations to which our Lord communes. Tell me of the human church that has the AGE necessary, that was on the earth, that was committed to in Heaven before time began, that was purchased before she came into being; loved before she ever had name or voice, and I will begin to have something with which to compare the Church of Christ!!!, for there is nothing, NOTHING, like Her among the institutions of man, nor one worthy to be compared to Her. She is truly exclusive!!

Introducing the Church of Christ Part 7

Some of the earliest men of the Restoration Movement learned the truth by personal study. It was not a private, independent study without the help of men who had written on the subjects previously, their studies went back three or four hundred years and were made of the finest independent-thinking minds of their times. Remember, too there were NO scriptural churches in their denominational world. They, not being content with the patented doctrines of their day, searched the scriptures seeking scriptural conversion and worship, church government, and doctrinal discipline. They gradually began worshipping, teaching, and learning what the New Testament taught. The same is true of those Restoration in Europe and Australia which, coincidentally were occurring at the same time! Occasionally, there are reports of brethren finding groups in remote places already worshipping according to the New Testament pattern and following the Lord’s teaching on salvation. But they are always meeting together separate from denominational and national religious bodies. They know better than to think they can be truly Christian in any setting that is not wholly scriptural in organization and worship!! There was a story a few years back about some inmates in the Oklahoma Prison system who had contacted the Elders of a local Church of Christ inquiring about their teachings on several subjects. When an investigation had been completed, it was found that these inmates had come to the New Testament position on baptism for the remission of sins, partaking of the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week, and worshipping without the aid of a mechanical instrument of music. This happened in 1901 in the World Fair held in New York City. It is told that a man from Australia was passing a booth of the Churches of Christ and when picking up some of their literature, came back to the booth crying. The people in Australia had never known that someone was teaching and preaching exactly what they had preached for the past 50 or 75 years!! Never, would someone who finds the truth stay with their denomination, they immediately start a church established after the New Testament pattern!!
I have to question the motives of those persons nowadays who are pushing their assumption that there are saved people in all churches. How can they learn those truths without being free from the denominational error in which they are embroiled? What is their purpose? Is it to exalt the Church of the Lord? Is it to strengthen it? Is it to convince the denominationalist who has almost made up his mind to leave denominationalism? What is behind all this to-do we have heard about “loving them into our fellowship”?? How can we “add them to the body of Christ” when Christ, Himself WILL NOT?? There is only ONE answer; it is done to break down the walls of Zion!!
Some of the “loving” brethren who want all “baptized by immersion” souls as apart of the Body of Christ are all out for “OPEN-END CHRISTIANITY”. What is that? That is a religion in which there are not answers, no positive stands, no real authority—not even that Word of God, itself!! This is the position of subjectivism, and conversion through personal testimony rather than through the forceful teaching of Bible Doctrine!! Others are in the camp of those ultra-loving-sophisticated modernists who are tunneling and min9ng under the walls to bring about that grand amalgamation of “believers” who only just ‘love Jesus’!! They really are pushing for an International Ecumenical Movement run by an International Council of Church Officials of good will who promotes peace at any price!! They don’t consider Christ, His Testament, or His Apostles!!

Introducing the Church of Christ Part 6

Would you think it possible for a person to come to an understanding of the truth in regard to the plan of salvation, persuade a denominational preacher to baptize him “for the remission of sins”, and then mistakenly become a part of a denomination??? Some have told this writer they have in fact done such a wondrous thing. Some have acted as if I have been beside myself to not allow a person to “place membership” with this congregation based on their denominational baptism. They have felt that some “saved” person in denominationalism has been turned away from membership in this body because no one would believe their preposterous story!! The only thing “real” about their story is that it is hypothetical and not practical. In other words, their story is not real!!
Among the many questions that should be asked about such imaginary believers is this: Where did the hypothetical person learn of the true plan of salvation? They will tell you: “I read it for myself in the Bible”. To that I respond: “Did you also not read that Christ ADDS the saved to His Church? Did you not also read that “on the first day of the week, the disciples come together to Break Bread? Am I wrong in assuming that IF you could read yourself into obedience to the gospel, you could not also read yourself to others things about the Lord He has commanded?? In fact, the only place possible the denominational member could have heard of the plan of salvation would be either on a radio program, hearing a gospel preacher, or through a tract someone had given them. They definitely did not hear the plan of salvation taught in their denominational church!! A Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic, Pentecostal, Muslim, 7th Day Adventist, I could just deep going on, on, and on until I run out of paper naming them, WILL NOT PREACH WHAT JESUS COMMANDED HIS DISCIPLES TO ‘GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH’. Mark 16:16 I contend, then, that it is inconceivable for one to learn of the plan of salvation by reading the Bible and attending a denominational church hearing their damnable doctrine continuously taught!!! If, they could so learn the truth in that denominational setting, THEY COULD NEVER BE HAPPY STAYING!! If his/her appetite for truth is whetted by gospel preaching, reading the Bible, talking to Christians who been baptized for the remission of sins, it is inconceivable that he has not inquired what church the preacher is part of—-why they do not obey the command to partake of the Lord’s Supper, sing without the aid of a mechanical instrument of music, or just WHERE in the Bible did they ever get the NAME of their church!!! It is highly impossible that a man might pick up a tract in the bus station, read a gospel tract, know absolutely nothing about the truth (even the name of the Lord’s Church), and dash off to the first denominational preacher he can find to persuade him to perform a scriptural baptism and make him promise that on the Lord’s Day, EVERY Lord’s Day, the denominational preacher will SEE TO IT that this person gets to partake of the Lord’s Supper EVEN IF no one else in the congregation is allowed or desires to partake (this also includes the pastor??).
I preached in one of these “baptizing” denominations when I first began to preach. I was just 17 at the time. I would preach my heart out and then FORCE the group to watch as two or three of us would partake while the other 75-80 would pass it through the assembly. They would not try to stop me, but they would NEVER break the doctrine of their denomination by partaking “every first day of the week” as the Lord commanded!!
Before the question comes up, some of the earliest men in the restoration movement did learn the truth by personal study. We will continue this next week.

Introducing the Church of Christ Part 5

Jesus Christ “adds to the church”. Many tell of the “relationship” they have with Christ, yet they belong to a man-made church. They think it nothing to condone, support, and strengthen a denomination when in fact that said man-made church competes with Christ for the souls of mankind! Denominations are filled with many peoples, various special interest groups, and theological doctrines but none of them our Lord will add to any a saved man or woman!!! Wonder why?? Being in a modern denomination does not equate with being in the Church the Lord will add one to because their plans of obedience does not equate with what Christ commanded: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16
Occasionally, one of those who belong to a denomination hear enough gospel preaching to learn the truth about Christ plan of salvation, and be a strange quirk of fate, they convince themselves they too have been scripturally baptized. It is much easier to teach one who has had water sprinkled on them that their baptism is not really baptism at all, but one who has been immersed has a lot more difficulty. They think some way they have obeyed Christ after hearing a denominational theology. This is equal to learning French and declaring yourself a master in Biology, but somehow, they have convinced themselves the miraculous still exist!! They usually come up with this statement: “my understanding maybe was not what the pastor understood, but I was baptized right” First, if this could be true, why did not the Lord add them to His Church, why did they “join” the one of their choice?? Would Christ be so dilatory as to not add them to His Church IF they had “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine”??? If you were the gospel preacher who was responsible for their souls, would you “accommodate, appease, or not bring up something that would be disconcerting” to these poor lost souls?? Sometimes, these people have vivid recollections of their being “baptized into Christ” in their old Church. Again, I must ask the question: “why did not Christ add them to His Church?? Is God a respecter of persons?? Does Christ just add the BEST of the lost to His Church and leave the rest to “join” any one they chose?? Is it not true that in their old Church they never even heard of baptism for the remission of sins?? How can you obey what you have never been taught?? Some more demanding might even propose: “when I was baptized I KNEW I was being baptized FOR THE REMISSION OF SIN. Again, I must ask: “did Christ lay down on the job, or is He a respecter of persons?? You rightfully say, NO, and that I agree, but what happened, why did you “join” some man-made Church, why did not Christ ADD YOU TO HIS CHURCH?? Acts 2:47 will stand the test of the judgment, will your denominational baptism?? Are you going to tell Jesus Christ that He made a mistake when He put you in that denominational fellowship?? IF, if they were wrong about the church they chose and “joined” is it not as likely they were wrong about their baptism??? If this person is as sincere as it is always reported of him, why can he not simply start all over, to be sure HE IS RIGHT??
But is it possible for a person to come to an understanding of the truth in regard to the plan of salvation, persuade a denominational preacher to baptize him for the remission of sins, and then mistakenly become a part of a denomination?? Some have re-written what they in fact actually DID because after hearing the gospel they cannot reason WHY they would not have obeyed exactly what they NOW are hearing!! Again, I have to ask another question: are there any saved in denominational bodies??

Introducing the Church of Christ Part 4

Jesus said “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 That amounts to an invitation to everyone to accept the gospel and be ‘added to the church’. Acts 2:47 But Jesus also said, “he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:16 The church is open to ALL, upon conditions imposed by ITS FOUNDER AND HEAD!! But the volition, acceptance of the terms imposed, obedience to the demands of the Captain of Salvation is involved. He determines whether he will be saved or condemned by his or her willingness to do what is demanded by the Head of the Body!! The church DOES NOT make that determination. The church has earnestly shown its desire for His salvation and has shown it by obeying from the heart whatever He commanded. The only way to be in this exclusive body is to OBEY what the Master demands!! It cannot be preached otherwise!! Exclusion, then, is something the disbeliever chooses as the alternative to faith IF they decide to reject Christ’ demands for admittance, even IF the disbeliever decides to make up his or her OWN plan!!
The uniqueness of the church is not the only ground of exclusiveness of the church, for man’s reaction to God’s will enters the picture. His saved or unsaved condition opens consideration of another ground of exclusiveness, which is that the Lord does not add the unsaved to His church, nor does He add the saved to anything that is NOT His church!! It should not be surprising that to be apart of ANY organization those who seek to become apart of it MUST meets the terms of admittance! To ignore these terms would be that same as ignoring the organization. Open membership cannot secure anything but total confusion and anarchy. Membership on terms acceptable to the would-be-entrant and not the organization and especially its Head, would destroy any ability to sustain itself the organization would or could have!!
All the initial commands of the gospel simultaneously exclude and include. The command to believe excludes unbelievers, while it includes those who accept the testimony of the Word. The command to repent excludes those who cannot bring themselves to turn from sin, but places divine approval on all who will. The command to be baptized for the remission of sins excludes those who think belief ONLY suffices or who are not scripturally baptized, while it saves those who in good conscience toward God manifest in this act of surrender, themselves, their will, AND their life. Every step of obedience excludes those who choose to be excluded!! But, when the believer repents and is baptized because he has faith in the Captain of his salvation, he is added to the body of obedient believers who, like himself, are saved!! Acts 2:47 He is included in and among the “called-out”. 2 Corinthians 6:17 The Lord Jesus Christ himself acts on behalf of the believer who has just ‘obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine’; it is the Lord who adds to His church, none other. If you are not a member of the Lord’s Church, maybe this may cause you to re-consider your obedience to what gospel, look again at what you did or did not do, and repent and do those things He has demanded or forget about being apart of the redeemed!!
It is obvious from the fact that the Lord’s action takes place AFTER baptism for the remission of sins that NO unsaved person is added to the Church of Christ. One is not added to the saved when he has believed or when he has both believed and repented. He has, in this state, yet to receive the forgiveness of sin. Rotten apples rot apples.

Introducing the Church of Christ Part 3

Some members of the Churches of Christ cringe when they hear denominationalists say, “You and your little bunch think you are the only ones going to heaven.” That statement is calculated to get under the skin, not promote understanding. Those who have this attitude have most of the time heard, run into, or been defeated by the Truth of God’s Word and have hurt feelings because someone loved the Lord enough to defend His doctrine. When those of us who are “set for the defense” of the Gospel meet people who have this attitude handle people like this with a “I don’t belong to a ‘little bunch’ I belong to the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, and as far as I have been instructed, He has only ONE such Kingdom.”
Some who are not as well grounded in the faith or as certain of the Biblical doctrine concerning the Church Christ married to which they belong reply or imply, “Oh no! We don’t think that! That’s not the way we are at all!” It is quite an embarrassing dilemma for the unstable. It puts some in the position of being ashamed of being right and embarrassed their friends have found out about it. There is NOTHING shameful about being right religiously!! IN fact, it is the state we should desire!! The New Testament is RIGHT!! If those of our acquaintance have not found out about the Truth in God’s Word, we should not be ashamed of God’s Word, we should be ashamed of our have not told them that Truth!! If we follow the New Testament (and all denominations incorrectly tell their followers they themselves follow the Bible forgetting their church manual, catechism, prayer-book which determines what they believe and teach), WE ARE RIGHT AND NEED NOT APOLOGIZE FOR IT!! Again, we do not have a “bunch” either big or little. All they have to do is listen to the “worthy name” we wear to notice the Church is not named after any human being, it is named after Christ!! What the Bible teaches is that the New Testament Church is composed of the redeemed, Acts 20:28, Ephesians 1:7, and if we have obeyed the gospel, we are the property of Jesus Christ, not ourselves and are therefore NOT RESPONSIBLE for the name Christ has given us!!
Because one of the dictionary definitions of exclusive is “snobbishly aloof”, and because we are not exclusive in that sense, we may be inclined to deny all exclusiveness when confronted with the “your little bunch” taunt. If we deny exclusiveness, however, we are throwing away much of the teaching of God’s Word. It is a fact that the church is exclusive! God made it that way. God also made man’s response to His will the deciding factor in the matter-He gave man free moral agency. But God retains the right of judgment. God’s commands exclude those who exclude God’s Commands. Persons may exclude God and His church from their lives by refusal to obey His commands, then complain that those who have a more complete faith are exclusive, but their refusal to obey God will not satisfy justice that the Law demands. To become defensive or apologetic in the face of such ill-conceived thrusts is to accept undeserved blame!!
The church is not exclusive in the sense of not wanting others to participate in the blessings of God-it is not snobbishly aloof!! Christians do not rejoice when a person refuses Christ. They react with sorrow and regret, for they want all men to be saved. Christians are not possessed of a mean spirit of selfishness about the church. They do not consider it a private club. That is not what is meant by affirming that the church is exclusive!!

Introducing the Church of Christ

The Church of Christ is exclusive-the special and only realm of the saved on earth-and cannot be otherwise. There are some who will think this claim egotistic and repulsive; they only have to study the subject a little more and they will find this claim true and given by Deity.
The Bible teaches there is but ONE FAITH, Ephesians 4:5. That faith has been ONCE and for all delivered to the saints. Jude vs 3 It is carefully and fully delineated in the pages of the New Testament and is, therefore, identifiable. Since for His Church God has made such claims, because of the credibility of that Church God has made the Church SO definitely definable and distinguishable that no one looking for truth can not find her!! There is NO JUSTIFICATION for anyone to invent or adopt systems of belief other than the faith fully described in God’s Book. God did not leave Himself an unfinished document that man would have to add to or take from so as to complete it; He did not leave Himself evasive or contradictory so man would have to improve on its wording later; neither did He have His Word written by just any person or persons-the Word of God was WRITTEN BY MEN WHO WERE INSPIRED!! Inspiration ceased by 80 AD so document written after that date would bear the inscription ‘Inspired by God’!! IF men devise religious systems apart from the faith once for all delivered, Jude vs 3, they have not succeeded in creating a NEW faith; they have in fact succeeded in creating NO faith!! To produce documents that claim inspiration when it was impossible for inspiration to be, to produce works that compete with God’s masterpiece showing ultimate disrespect for the authority of God, or to write creeds, manuals, disciplines, or church beliefs that are outside, contradict, and refute Inspiration is the most diabolical of schemes to deceive men and send to a Christ-less-grave!! Creeds, manuals, prayer books, and the like destroy the Divine singularity, namely the Word of God by attempting to compete with it!! Again, when one departs for the faith-producing-Word of God they can have a NO FAITH for the Book that produces Faith is the Book they have sought to change!! As insulting as it seems, these religious denominations are the very people who have SO much to say about FAITH. They do not adhere to the principle laid down in 1 Peter 4:11 and are, therefore, something different from the faith that is based on and completely respects God’s Will!!
We cannot argue the sameness of A, B, C, and D. for they are obviously not identical either in form or function (if they were identical they would not have different letters that represent them). If A were B and B were C they would not exist as anything different to each other, they would exist as the SAME, but then they would not be lettered differently. It might be true that they are all letters of the alphabet and are, the, in the same category, but no one would think them the exact same otherwise they would not receive different notations that describe them. No A is anything but an A, A is not B. No A is B, right? Religion is a category. Buddhism, Shintoism, Muslimism, nor Judaism is Christianity though they all are in the category called religion. At least Judaism and Christianity were ordained by God, in that they alone are alike. Christianity replaced Judaism, which was taken out of the way in the cross of Christ. Christianity remains the ONLY revealed religion FROM God, ORDAINED of God, and INSPIRED of God. If New Testament Christianity is represented by A, other systems in the general category of religion, whether living or dead, may be represented only by B, C, D, E and the like. There is A, and there are multiple NON-A’s, they are not the same

The Lord’s Supper Part 18

The “fruit of the vine” is actually a new phrase coined by our Lord. This tells us what kind of oinois is to make up the contents. The word for blood is “dam.” The juice of the grape shows the picture intended as the blood inside the body that only God could provide. It HAD to be rendered, expunged, poured out. There was never a time in the plan of the Almighty when the blood of Christ was not to be shed, and that purposely. This picture began with the Patriarchal covenant and followed suit throughout the Mosaical Covenant. The purpose of Christ coming in His body prepared Him by the Ancient of Days, before the beginning, was to “shed,” sacrifice, offer the blood within for the sins of mankind—even before man sinned.
Blood contains the essence of animal and human life. Because of the sacredness of life, that energy which only God can give, the Israelites were not allowed to eat-not even eat the flesh from which the blood had not carefully been removed. This prohibition is the essence of the Jewish word “kosher,” which prevents the orthodox Jews, even today, from buying or eating meat which has not been slaughtered and drained under the supervision of a rabbi. In Leviticus 17:10-14, the penalty for the breaking of this law was that the sinner should be “cut off from among his people.” Noah demanded this even in his day. Genesis 9:4 The reason is given for this in verse 11 of Leviticus 17—“I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.” It was life for life—the only means God allowed for the tolerance of sin—the sinner deserved to die; therefore the sacrifice must die. Never was the blood of an innocent animal equal to the blood offered by the sinless Son of God. Because of the sacredness of God’s law and the demand of holiness in His creature, man, this principle, so blatantly ignored, is in defiance of God’s law when the Roman Catholic Church teaches the doctrine of trans-substantiation—the changing of the substance from the alcoholic liquor they use to the literal blood of Christ when the priest blesses it. They literally teach the eating of blood!!
God showed the sprinkling or pouring out of the blood of the sacrifice of the innocent animal upon the altar so the sinner could see that something had to die to stop the vengeance of God for breaking His law!! Cain would not be allowed, his offering would not be accepted. God intended to have this shown. Hence, the statement in Hebrews; “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin” Hebrews 9:22 Again, it is unquestionable that some could assume Christ would come to this earth and not intend to die!! The blood of the animal, although an imperfect type, still showed God’s plan!! The glorious difference between the blood of Christ and that of an animal is that Christ blood caused God to have no remembrance of the sin. Hebrews 8:12.
When we “drink of the contents of the cup, the fruit of the vine,” we are not eating or drinking blood. We are seeing the picture God intends us to see. His Son, sinless and perfect, had to DIE so the vengeance of God would not rest on our heads!! It is that which the kindness of God provided so we could be in fellowship with Him. We, who partake of this cup’s contents without consideration or understanding are mocking the plan of God and the blood of His Son—“eating and drinking damnation” for we have not only showed lack of appreciation and understanding for what God had planned and the blood prepared which His Son shed, we also have shown disdain for THE great sacrifice!! Watch carefully, my brother, how you partake and who you offend!! Serious consideration of this act of worship is advised!!

The Lord’s Supper Part 17

Not often mentioned but very important in the understanding of the Supper is that Jesus taught the Lord’s Supper a ratification- proof of the NEW CONVENANT. NO covenant could be ratified-established-bound-brought-proved to be in existence without “the shedding of blood”!! Something innocent had to die!! The sacrifice that brought this Supper into existence, made from the foundations of the world, was not an animal, not just a human, not an spirit-only-angel—it was one who possessed the nature called God. The message of Jesus was “I have to die” or the Old Testament Covenant will not be annulled. Romans 7:4 says; “We have become dead to the Law by the body of Christ that we should be married to another, even to Him whom God raised from the dead.” Christ was shown in pattern/type in the marriages of Jacob. Having two wives, Jacob only loved Rachel for whom he worked twice the length of time to have as his own. The marriages to Leah and Rachel pre-pictured the marriages of the Christ. The woman less-loved had all the children, again picturing that all was pre-determined. A new picture was introduced, Christ would not have TWO wives! It was prophetically shown that no one could stay in the first marriage, There would be no two wives, two marriages, two families—one of these had to be “taken out of the way.” That the Church of Christ was considered double perfection by God, Jacob worked a second 7 years for her hand. (One thing is interesting, a little inside information, Leah knew she was not the “loved”!!)
For a covenant to be perfected, something had to die!! The message of Jesus all the time He was here in His earthly ministry, was exactly that—“I will die”. “Jesus said unto them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19; 3:14. A covenant is of force AFTER the man who made it is dead!! The BLOOD is not the covenant, the covenant is NOT the blood. Moses sprinkled blood ON the COVENANT AND MADE THE COVENANT BINDING. Christ had to present the BLOOD to God the Father and He chose a “cup, container, body” to be that container. If the blood was the covenant, could Moses sprinkle the covenant on the covenant?? God demanded BLOOD to make a covenant binding. Like the covenant written on stone, the NEW Covenant would not be binding UNTIL the blood was offered. The BLOOD OFFERED AND ACCEPTED made the covenant binding!! The blood was offered 53 days AFTER it was shed!! It was on the day of Pentecost, 53 days after Christ had been crucified that the new covenant came down from God out of Heaven that the apostles declared!! Christ dying blood (not His body) served to establish a new religious institution. We declare-teach-proclaim the establishment of the New Covenant EVERYTIME (in a cup) we partake of the Lord’s Supper. The New Covenant being established by His blood, how can some say He is not King of the Kingdom and partake of these emblems??
The expression “this is” refers to the drink element contained IN the cup, not the cup itself. The cup was the manner of means, the way God had determined to present His blood. For your consideration, I tell you His body was His cup presented first on earth and then before all who were present in Heaven. If the “cup” is the manner of means and all things that hold the blood of the everlasting covenant is described as a “cup,” this changes the perspective that a lot of people have about Christ prayer in Gethsemanae!! “Let this ‘cup,’ pass from Me” could be explained as “let Me shed this body”!! This fits everything Jesus had said about His dying. His task would be complete then, and He could then GO HOME, and “set down to reign”!!

The Lord’s Supper Part 16

God always does things by intent. The elements of the Lord’s Supper are actually three in number. We will miss a valuable truth if we fail to realize what they are. As there were three dispensations; three members of the nature called God; three parts of man; there are three elements in the Supper.
“Our Lord took the bread.” This was unleavened, there was nothing mixed, carried across, contaminating, or altering its basic oneness. He interpreted the bread to be “His body” which HAD to be given. Unlike the sacrifices of the other covenants, the physical part of the sacrifice of the New Testament Covenant is ONE!! “He took the cup.” There were TWO parts to the cup, the utensil itself and the element within the utensil. Christ interpreted the contents of the cup as “My blood,” yet there was a cup which we understand to be the avenue of means by which the offering would be made. He described the cup as the container in Luke and 1 Corinthians 11. IN these two passages the container is the representative of the means or way that He would die for the Church. As often as we partake we are teaching, proclaiming, declaring, and verifying to the recipient and the audience of the recipient our faith in cup and its element. Jesus declared He would not eat or drink again of these elements again in this life-Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; and Luke 22:18. There was a reason for this declaration! By handling two implements He handled three things that were necessary to satisfy His Father.
The elements partaken were “to proclaim.” The Greek word is katagello which means to proclaim or teach. We are not only remembering—we are teaching others what occurred in the death of our Lord as we participate in this memorial. The elements are “teaching” symbols. To the child or the unlearned, they teach-nothing!!
Before a covenant can be established there has to be a sacrifice that involves blood. This offering must be someone or something that was totally innocent. Hebrews 10:4-5 states “For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should (not could, God never intended them to be acceptable) should take away sins. Wherefore, when He came into the world, He said, ‘Sacrifice and offering thou would not allow (accept), but a body thou hast prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure (appeasement). So, said I, Lo, I come (in the volume (from the very beginning) of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God. (By this sacrifice of My body) He took away the first (covenant) and established the second (covenant). And by the second covenant we, the Church of Christ are sanctified through the offering of the body (the means) of Jesus Christ once and for all.” Hebrews 10:4-10
Christ could not die as God so God gave Him a body to inhabit. Every time we partake we are teaching, showing, and affirming our confidence in the results of His sacrifice!! We know it has taken our sins away!! When Moses gave the covenant of the Old Testament, it could not and was not ratified (declared legal and binding) until it was “sprinkled with blood.” A greater sacrifice was demanded by the Father to appease His spirit because man had so callously sinned against Him. Like the writing of the commandments on stone, blood sprinkled on the covenant gave the offering value and made it binding!! The blood is not the covenant and the covenant is not the blood but one is of not value without the other. The words of Moses were of no value unless they were written and engraved on stone—something that could not be destroyed. Christ died so His blood could establish a NEW covenant, which in turn made the new covenant as binding as though it was written on stone that can NOT be altered!!