Are the Elements of Communion the Literal Body and Blood of Christ?

Episode 401 Show Notes 

From the Show

Jesus is the sacrificial meal, the fulfilment of Passover. Paul says as much in 1 Corinthians 10, “Christ our Passover is sacrificed, therefore let us keep the feast.” So, the Lords Supper is a sacrificial feast, but it’s not a re-sacrificing of Christ. Rather he is our Passover, therefore we keep the feast. Now it’s not a sacrifice. It’s a sacrificial meal. He’s opposed to any idea that Christ is being re-sacrificed in the Lord’s supper. Christ is the end of the whole sacrificial system. 

—Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. What does 1 Peter 4 mean when it describes Christians as suffering in the flesh?

2. Hebrews 6:4–6 seems to say that anyone who backslides from the faith has no hope of returning to it. Can you clarify these verses and if there is any, can you give hope to a backslider like me?

3. I’m confused about John 6:56, where Jesus said, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” I have some Catholic friends who told me that this is talking about Communion or the Eucharist. I have never heard this before, is it true?

4. In Mark 9:1 Jesus says to his disciples that some standing here will not die before they see the kingdom of God arrive in great power. I don't understand what this means. Can you clarify this for me?

 Resources

Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton

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