The Lord’s Supper

“There is no forgiveness in the Roman Catholic church”.

“The Mass is an accursed idolatry”

Proof!

Heidelberg Catechism, LD 29-30a

  1.   Do then the bread and wine become the very body and blood of Christ?
    A.  Not at all; but as the water in baptism is not changed into the blood of Christ, neither is the washing away of sin itself, being only the sign and confirmation thereof appointed of God; so the bread in the Lord’s Supper is not changed into the very body of Christ, though agreeably to the nature and properties of sacraments, it is called the body of Christ Jesus.
  2.    Why then doth Christ call the bread His body, and the cup His blood, or the new covenant in His blood; and Paul, the “communion of the body and blood of Christ”? A.  Christ speaks thus not without great reason, namely, not only thereby to teach us that as bread and wine support this temporal life, so His crucified body and shed blood are the true meat and drink whereby our souls are fed to eternal life; but more especially by these visible signs and pledges to assure us that we are as really partakers of His true body and blood (by the operation of the Holy Ghost) as we receive by the mouths of our bodies these holy signs in remembrance of Him; and that all His sufferings and obedience are as certainly ours as if we had in our own persons suffered and made satisfaction for our sins to God.
  3.  What difference is there between the Lord’s Supper and the popish mass? A.  The Lord’s Supper testifies to us that we have a full pardon of all sin by the only sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which He Himself has once accomplished on the cross;and that we by the Holy Ghost are ingrafted into Christ, who according to His human nature is now not on earth, but in heaven at the right hand of God His Father, and will there be worshiped by us—but the mass teaches that the living and dead have not the pardon of sins through the sufferings of Christ, unless Christ is also daily offered for them by the priests; and further, that Christ is bodily under the form of bread and wine, and therefore is to be worshiped in them; so that the mass, at bottom, is nothing else than a denial of the one sacrifice and sufferings of Jesus Christ, and an accursed idolatry.

Full message by Rev. Martyn McGeown, Limerick Reformed Fellowship.

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Ezekiel’s Temple (2)

In Ezekiel 47 we read of a river of water issuing from the temple getting bigger and deeper as it goes and eventually emptying into the Dead Sea which is healed and produces abundant fish! Jesus spoke of a bubbling up spring in the heart of every believer which is the water of eternal life (John 4:13-15). In Revelation 22 we read of another river of life in the new heavens and earth bordered by twelve fruitful trees that also heal the nations. The first and last visions above are pictures of the truth of Christ’s teaching. From the temple of God in heaven and from the temple of God which is the church and each one of God’s people come forth continually the fruit of the Spirit of God and life eternal and all the life-giving blessings of salvation. Take a minute to thank and praise God for the Holy Spirit!

Nicene Creed: And I believe in the HOLY GHOST, the Lord and Giver of life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets. (including Ezekiel!)

Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 20: What dost thou believe concerning the Holy Ghost?

A-First, that He is true and co-eternal God with the Father and the Son; ; secondly that He is also given to me to make me by a true faith, partaker of Christ and all His benefits, that he may comfort me and abide with me forever. Blessed Spirit!-JK.

John Gill says,”  these waters also may be applied to the grace of the Spirit of God in regeneration and conversion; which is compared to water, for its cleansing, fructifying, and refreshing nature; to “waters,” for the abundance of it; and this flows from the God of all grace through Christ, and out of his fulness is gradually increased, and becomes a well, yea, rivers of living water, John 7:37, but it seems best to understand them of the Gospel, and the doctrines of it; which, like water, cools those who are inflamed with the heat of the fiery law; extinguishes the thirst of sensible sinners, and refreshes them; cleanses and purifies their souls, which is instrumentally done with the washing of water by the word; and makes them fruitful and flourishing: this is not of men, but God; comes from heaven, the holy of holies; and out of the house and church of God; from Zion and Jerusalem, by Christ the door, and points to him the way; and is chiefly concerning him, the altar, his sacrifice and satisfaction, peace, atonement, and propitiation by him; see Isaiah 2:3.

Highlighted sections all point to the power of the Spirit who accomplishes everything in the building of God’s kingdom-JK

Conversely it is worth noting that there is a disease called hydrophobia (hatred of water) which is rabies, transmitted from an infected animal bite that is usually fatal and reminds me of the corresponding wicked antagonism of the reprobate who are set against and immune to the work of the Spirit through his servants and word.

Eternal life.

Heidelberg Catechism, LD 22

Q. 58.  What comfort takest thou from the article of “life everlasting”? A.  That since I now feel in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, after this life I shall inherit perfect salvation, which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive, and that, to praise God therein for ever.

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Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary pastor of Limerick Reformed fellowship.

Herman Hoeksema: “[Eternal life] is both a present reality in the believers, and a future state of glory. It is a life that has its source, its fountain in God, and that reaches us only through Jesus Christ, the Son of God come into flesh. In order to obtain and possess this life, we must, therefore, have fellowship with God through Christ. We must dwell in him, and he in us, by faith. It is, therefore, wholly the gift of grace. And its essence is this, that we know God and Jesus Christ whom God has sent… Adam knew the love of God as it was revealed in all the goodness of creation: he did not know the love of God in that depth of blessedness and in that unchangeable faithfulness that is revealed in the death of the Son of God. In the state of rectitude, man tasted the grace of God positively, as his favor: he did not know the depth of that grace as it is revealed in redemption, even the forgiveness of sins. He knew and tasted that God is merciful, for he was encompassed with divine blessings, but the abundant mercy revealed in the wonder of deliverance, whereby God saves us from the power of sin, the curse, and death, to raise us to the highest possible blessedness of heavenly glory in his tabernacle—this he could not possibly know. He certainly knew God in his great power, knowledge, and wisdom, for the things that are made loudly declared them unto him: but he could not possibly know the mighty power of God revealed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (Triple Knowledge, pp. 304, 311-312).

I believe he knew Christ afar off, in his state of grace after the gospel was shared with him by God in Gen.3:15 and thus he inherited eternal life-JK

Albert Barnes: “The word [translated as ‘undefiled’] does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament. As applied to an inheritance, it means that it will be pure. It will not have been obtained by dishonesty, nor will it be held by fraud; it will not be such as will corrupt the soul, or tempt to extravagance, sensuality, and lust, as a rich inheritance often does here; it will be such that its eternal enjoyment will never tend in any manner to defile the heart. ‘How many estates,’ says Benson, ‘have been got by fraudulent and unjust methods; by poisoning, or in some other way murdering the right heir; by cheating of helpless orphans; by ruining the fatherless and widows; by oppressing their neighbours, or grinding the faces of the poor, and taking their garments or vineyards from them! But this future inheritance of the saints is stained by none of these vices; it is neither got nor detained by any of these methods; nor shall persons polluted with vice have any share in it.’ Here no one can be heir to an inheritance of gold or houses without danger of soon sinking into indolence, effeminacy, or vice; there the inheritance may be enjoyed for ever, and the soul continually advance in, knowledge, holiness, and the active service of God … The word [‘that fadeth not away’] is properly applied to that which does not fade or wither, in contradistinction from a flower that fades. It may then denote anything that is enduring, and is applied to the future inheritance of the saints to describe its perpetuity in all its brilliance and splendour, in contrast with the fading nature of all that is earthly. The idea here, therefore, is not precisely the same as is expressed by the word ‘incorruptible.’ Both words indeed denote perpetuity, but that refers to perpetuity in contrast with decay; this denotes perpetuity in the sense that everything there will be kept in its original brightness and beauty. The crown of glory, though worn for millions of ages, will not be dimmed; the golden streets will lose none of their lustre; the flowers that bloom on the banks of the river of life will always be as rich in colour, and as fragrant, as when we first beheld them” (Notes on 1 Peter, pp. 113-114).

Does the Westminster Confession teach “Common grace” or a remnant of the image of God in man?

Head—Paragraph —Teaching
III 5 Free grace brings unconditional election
IV 2 Image of God is knowledge, righteousness and true holiness
IV 5 God is gracious to his people
IV 6 God withholds grace from reprobate
VI 1,2 Total depravity of man, fallen from righteousness
VII 3 Covenant of grace is ratified by Christ and for the elect
VIII 3 Christ is full of grace
X 1,2 Grace and salvation comes by Christ causing among his people a willingness to come and respond to his effectual call
XI 3 Justification is by grace
XII Adoption is by grace and God is on a throne of grace
XIII 3 We are called to grow in grace
XV 1,3 Repentance is an evangelical grace. Grace is in Christ.
XVI 3 Graces are received by the Holy Spirit
XVII 2 Covenant of grace
XVIII 1,2 Elect may be assured of being in a state of grace by their faith, love, godly walk and evidence of graces
XIX 7 The law is not contrary to grace of the gospel
XXVI 1 We have fellowship in Christian grace and communion in each other’s graces
XXVII, XVIII 1,1 The sacraments (baptism and Lord’s Supper) are signs and seals of the covenant of grace and put a visible difference between church and world
From the above references grace is only for God’s elect, it is always particular just as the atonement was, and it renews them in the image of God, calling them out and separating them from the ungodly world who being totally depraved have nothing of that image.

Wrath and love?

It is true that no human being can be under the wrath of God and be loved by him simultaneously. Christian believers, God’s elect sheep have been loved by him IN CHRIST from before the world was. Before we were saved we were BY NATURE children of wrath even as others and we retain this sinful nature till our dying day, yet we are loved infinitely and everlastingly.

What about Christ?

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Our Heidelberg Catechism puts it this way,”Q. 37.  What dost thou understand by the words, “He suffered”?
A.  That He, all the time that He lived on earth, but especially at the end of His life, sustained in body and soul the wrath of God against the sins of all mankind; that so by His passion, as the only propitiatory sacrifice, He might redeem our body and soul from everlasting damnation, and obtain for us the favor of God, righteousness and eternal life.”

In the Triple Knowledge*, Herman Hoeksema’s exposition of H.C. he states, “All his (Christ’s) life is one testimony of the fact that he lived in perfect fellowship with his father, and was conscious of his approval and favour.” But didn’t he bear God’s wrath too? Let it be clearly stated that Christ as a person was never the object of his father’s wrath but “he suffered the expression, the concrete effect of the wrath of God against sin”, “the reaction of his holiness against (us) the workers of iniquity.” This comes to it’s climax in Christ’s God-forsakenness at Calvary, “At the moment when God is most highly pleased with him, he experiences all the terror of being forsaken of God!”

What a Saviour! Who would not consecrate themselves body and soul to live for him?

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The Anointing

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Famous prophets.   Jewish High Priest.   King Edward I

Psalm 23:5 reads, “ Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

What is this anointing? Well for David it was a literal anointing when he was anointed King of Israel by Samuel in I Samuel 16:13. Prophets and priests were also anointed (I Kings 19:16, Exodus 28:41) but for us it is an anointing by David’s greater son, Christ and in Christ.

When was he anointed ?

Hear Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 12

Q. 31.Why is He called Christ, that is, anointed?

A.  Because He is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost (Heb.1:9, Acts 10:38), to be our chief Prophet (Deut.18:18, Acts 3:22) and Teacher (Isaiah 61:1), who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and to be our only High Priest (Psalm 110:4), who by the one sacrifice of His body has redeemed us, and makes continual intercession with the Father for us; and also to be our eternal King (Luke 1:33), who governs us by His Word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in (the enjoyment of) that salvation He has purchased for us (John 10:28).

Now because every true believer is in Christ he or she is also anointed and John and Paul confirm this in I John 2:27 and II Cor.1:21. We, like Christ, are anointed by the Holy Spirit into the office of believer and made prophets, priests and kings. Prophets to tell forth God’s truth, priests to intercede for others and offer ourselves as living sacrifices to him and kings to rule over ourselves, our families if we are men, and the church if we are office-bearers. Let us be good stewards of our offices!

What is true faith?

What is true faith?
A.  True faith is not only a certain knowledge, whereby I hold for truth all that God has revealed to us in His Word, but also an assured confidence, which the Holy Ghost works by the gospel in my heart; that not only to others, but to me also, remission of sin, everlasting righteousness, and salvation are freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits.                  Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 7.

Faith is also the bond uniting us to Christ by our being grafted into him. Picture of grafted vine.

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The Importance of Creeds

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Rev. Nathan Decker, Trinity PRC, Michigan, USA

Sung Psalm 100 noting especially the lines, “his truth at all times firmly stood, and shall from age to age endure.”

Reading John 16:1-13 and John 17:1-3

A confession, the word is derived from two Latin words meaning together or with, and to speak, is what we together speak in the church or what we speak together with God,

A creed is what we believe.

Romans 10:9 unites the two verbs derived from these words and when they have Christ as their object as the risen Lord then together they constitute salvation.

A creed is a statement by a church or denomination containing a declaration of what that church believes to be the truth and has officially adopted as such.

It is a systematization of the teaching of the inspired Scriptures which are not set out systematically.

What are some of the purposes of creeds:

  1. They are a confession of faith (unity and like mindedness are vital see Phil.1:27 and 2:2) and so is being part of a true instituted church.
  2. They preserve the truth (history cannot be set aside).
  3. They form the basis of teaching, preaching and witness.
  4. They guard against error.
  5. They are the foundation for subsequent development of the truth.
  6. They aid our understanding of Scripture and help us remember.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our creeds are the Three Forms of Unity and the Apostolic Creeds.

Read them here: http://www.cprf.co.uk/faith.htm

It is worth noting that we highly respect the Westminster Confession but as with all creeds, though they were written with the oversight of the Holy Spirit, they are not Spirit-breathed (inspired) as the Bible is, hence error can creep in as we believe it has with WCF’s errors on divorce and remarriage. Creeds can be changed with due process.

Filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).

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God’s people are speaking under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit inspires and enables them to do good works but even these works which are acceptable through Christ’s mediation, are so tainted and corrupted by sin (mainly in motive) that in God’s eyes they are as filthy rags. The only untainted righteousness they possessed then, and we possess now, is alien to us and imputed by Jesus Christ. Even worse, anyone thinking their own righteousnesses can merit salvation, like the Pharisee in the temple, are gravely mistaken and need to know that “by the deeds of the law shall no flesh shall be justified in his sight” (Romans 3:20).

Lord’s Day 24 Heidelberg Catechism

  • Q. 62.  But why cannot our good works be the whole or part of our righteousness before God?
    A.  Because that the righteousness which can be approved of before the tribunal of God must be absolutely perfect, and in all respects conformable to the divine law; and also, that our best works in this life are all imperfect and defiled with sin.