The Lord’s Supper is NOT a Sacrament!

The Lord’s Supper is not a sacrament.

Those who speak of the ordinances of Christ as sacraments are in error, very grave error.

The bread and wine are not sacred. The table is not sacred. And the act of eating and drinking the bread and wine is not sacred.

I mean by that that grace is not conferred upon us by our observance of the Lord’s Supper.

It is not a means by which God conveys his grace to sinners.

God’s grace is conveyed to us through Christ alone and by faith alone.

The word sacrament implies a means of grace. By definition, a sacrament is “a solemn religious ceremony enjoined by Christ, to be observed by his followers, by which their special relation to him is created, or their obligations to him are renewed and ratified.”

A sacrament is a piece of Roman Catholic idolatry retained by Protestant churches who yet imagine that the grace of God can be obtained by ceremonies, rituals, and works.

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic memorial ordinance of public worship. It is not an ordinance to be observed privately, but publicly. It is an ordinance for redeemed sinners, for believers, for men and women who are born again by the power and grace of God the Holy Spirit.

By our public observance of this ordinance, eating the bread and drinking the wine, we openly declare to all that we are sinners in need of Christ alone as our sin-atoning Saviour, looking to him alone for salvation and eternal life.

The Lord’s Supper is a solemn, but joyful ordinance of worship.

At the end of the Supper, our Lord and his disciples sang a hymn. Every remembrance of our redemption accomplished by Christ should fill us with joy.

John Trapp suggested that we ought to leave the Lord’s Table with “shouting as a giant after his wine, singing and making melody to the Lord in our hearts. We should come from the Lord’s table, as Moses did from the mount, with our faces shining; as the good women did from the sepulchre, ‘with fear and great joy;’ as the people went to their tents from Solomon’s feast, ‘joyful and glad of heart’ (1 Kings 8:66). If those in the wilderness were so cheered and cherished by their idolatrous feast before the golden calf that they ‘eat and drink, and rise up to play’ (1 Corinthians 10:7), how much more should we by this blessed banquet?”

By D. Fortner

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