Catholic Verses - 95 Bibles Passages That Confound Protestants?
THE LAST SUPPER: "THIS IS MY BODY"
Page 113: Luke 22:19-20: "And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' And likewise the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.'" The Catholic Church teaches the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist (or, Holy Communion, or the Lord's Supper, as Protestants often refer to it). By Real Presence, Catholics mean that Jesus Christ is actually and substantially present (not just subjectively or symbolically) after the bread and wine are consecrated and truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus. By transubstantiation (literally, "change of substance"), we mean that the bread of wine completely change into the Body and Blood of Jesus. The substance changes, but the outward properties, or accidents, remain the same. It is a mystery and must be believed by faith.
Note: The actual body of Jesus Christ is in heaven.
Acts 1:9-11 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Page 114: In the Last Supper passages (Luke 22:19-20; cf. Matt. 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24), nothing in the actual text supports a metaphorical interpretation. Elsewhere in Scripture, where the word is meant to be figurative, it is readily apparent (Matt. 13:38; John 10:7, 15:1; 1 Cor. 10:4), whereas here it is not. The Last Supper was the Jewish feast of Passover, which involved eating a sacrificial lamb. The disciples could hardly have missed the significance of what Jesus was saying. Before and after this passage, he spoke of his imminent suffering (Luke 22:15-16, 18, 21-22). John the Baptist had already referred to him as the Lamb of God (John 1:29).
Note: Christians will not miss the purpose of Holy Communion as we remember the death of Jesus Christ for our sins.
Luke 22:19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
Page 115: Protestantism's founders vary in their interpretation of this verse and in their eucharistic theology. John Calvin's "mystical" view of the Eurcharist is complex and not quickly summarized or refuted. Ulrich Zwingli (the Protestant "Reformer" or Zurich) held to a symbolic view, on the other hand, which seems to have prevailed among many Evangelical Protestants today.
Note: It is symbolic as Christians make up one group of people.
1 Corinthians 10:16-17 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
Note: The one body or assembly of Christians is spiritual.
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