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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

65- This Bread Is The Body Of The Lord

 

[14] This Bread Is The Body Of The Lord

This is not our contrived teaching, but it is the Lords own words.

(John 6:51) "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."

Can we ignore the Lords bold and strong words, in order to follow human logic?

We should refer to the Lords answer to the Jews, who bluntly asked Him, How can He give us His body to eat?

St-Takla.org Image: Jesus on the Cross صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: صورة المسيح على الصليب

St-Takla.org Image: Jesus on the Cross

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: صورة المسيح على الصليب

(John 6:53) Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

So people who perform this commandment in commemoration, are they partaking from what they offer as the Body and blood of the Lord, or do they consider them a mere piece of bread and some wine?

And if the latter is the answer, where do they stand on the following statement uttered by Christ:

(John 6:54) "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

It is perfectly clear that these promises are applicable to the ones who eat and drink believing without doubt that they are partaking of the Body and the Blood of the Lord.

Those who believe will receive the divine promises as uttered by the Lord in John Chapter 6.

It is also clear that the promises are granted to those who partake of the real thing, and not just a symbol:

(John 6:55) "For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

His Body and Blood were what He meant when he spoke about the Bread coming down from heaven, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. He said:

(John 6:58) "This is the bread which came down from heaven; not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."

We proclaim in the Liturgy that this is the TRUE BODY and TRUE BLOOD of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This proclamation is not based on a contrived, preconceived idea of ours. It is also NOT a theological novelty. We have taken what the Lord said as gospel truth in simplicity, as spiritual people and not as argumentative theorists.

We accept it as is because the Lord uttered it. We dare not add to His utterance, nor can we mix it with our earthly wisdom in contradiction with the Word.

We urge those who claims to be Evangelical to follow the gospel truth.

So what does the Gospel say according to Christ?


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