Communion At The Lord’s Supper: 1 Corinthians 10:16 In Its Exegetical And Confessional Context -- By: Richard C. Barcellos

Journal: Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies
Volume: JIRBS 01:0 (NA 2013)
Article: Communion At The Lord’s Supper: 1 Corinthians 10:16 In Its Exegetical And Confessional Context
Author: Richard C. Barcellos


Communion At The Lord’s Supper:
1 Corinthians 10:16 In Its Exegetical And Confessional Context

Richard C. Barcellos*

*Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D., is pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA. This article is adapted from his The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More than a Memory, Christian Focus Publications, 2013, used with permission. English Bible references are from the New American Standard Bible Updated Edition.

At the outset of this discussion, it may be helpful to get the theology of the Lord’s Supper I will be arguing for in our minds. It is my conviction that the doctrinal formulation of the Lord’s Supper in the Second London Confession of 1677/1689 (2ndLCF) accurately reflects the complex1 teaching of Scripture on this important issue. The 2ndLCF stands in substantial theological continuity with the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) and other Reformation and post-Reformation creedal statements on this and many other issues. Here are two paragraphs from the 2ndLCF on the Lord’s Supper that capture the theology of the Lord’s Supper advocated in this article. For purposes of our study, it is interesting to note that both of these paragraphs cite 1 Corinthians 10:16.

The supper of the Lord Jesus was instituted by Him the same night wherein He was betrayed, to be observed in His churches, unto the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance, and shewing forth the sacrifice of Himself in His death, confirmation of the faith of believers in all the benefits thereof, their spiritual nourishment, and growth in Him, their further engagement in, and to all duties which they owe to Him; and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with Him, and with each other. (30:1; emphases added)2

Worthy receivers, outwardly partaking of the visible elements in this ordinance, do then also inwardly by faith, really and indeed, yet not carnally and corporally, but spiritually receive, and feed upon Christ crucified, and all the benefits of His death; the body and blood of Christ being then not corporally or carnally, but spiritually present to the faith of believers in that ordinance, as the elements themselves are to their outward senses. (30:7; emphases added)

The citation of 1 Corinthians 10:16 indicates that the framers of our Confession believed the doctrine of the Supper as a means of grace could be proven (at least in part) from this important text. This is ...

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