To take the literal bread for communion is a fable, intimating a man can be saved by literally eating.
2 Tim 3:16-4:416 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
1. Preach the word: where is eat the bread? Reprove, how do you do that with bread? Rebuke,how is that drInk? Exhort with all eating and digestion...etc......
a. The idea that one is not serving communion when taking the literal bread and wine is a huge mistake. How then would you eat and drink damnation if it were only to remembrance service?
b. Is the eating of the bread necessary for salvation? I challenge the ministering population on this question. Don’t say you spiritualize everything.
Facts: Something’s must be spiritualized Or they could never be true.
How can I take this literally?
12 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
a. A big woman I would say
b. If it is literal heaven, then she could also fly.
c. if literal sun and moon: she was mighty big to be clothed with the sun and stand on the moon, a little out of proportion I think.
d. She was pregnant on top of it all: this may explain why she was so big. Point made I think.
e. If this is not understood spiritually, It is very far fetched and unbelievable
The kingdom of God was not made known under the law.
The kingdom of God was made known to us by Jesus Christ: Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
a. Meat or drink has nothing to do with righteousness, peace or joy in the Holy Ghost.
b. If you continue to keep a literal communion of bread and wine: you are natural and not spiritual.
25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
a. If Jesus is the vine of the grape and we are the branches, this means we have been given the same nature of Christ to produce the fruit of the vine of his word, not a literal vine.
b. The literal wine he drank would not be available to anyone until he comes back for his church. Until then he is the vine and we have the wine from it which is the Holy Ghost.
The carnal saints took the literal Lords supper and made it a feast.
Literal feast:1 Cor 2:13-3:3 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
a. The carnal walk as men and not saints of God.
b. To be carnal is not to be able to understand a type or shadow spiritual meaning.
c. Jesus fulfilled the tabernacle as the tabernacle and the high priest who walked in it.
d. Jesus fulfilled the priesthood spiritually: his doctrine given to the apostles became the teachings of eternal life to the church.
e. Paul could not relate the word of God as being the bread which came down from heaven in the form of the Lord Jesus Christ because those whom he ministered were carnal.....They could not see anything in the spiritual sense.
f. The first and second born for instance meant the first born nature and the putting on of Christ through the new birth in the Spirit, by hearing and obeying the Gospel. This is called "Having eaten it up".
g. If we see the spiritual meaning of the carnal ordinances, we have the mind of Christ, because his mind was a spiritual mind, his understanding of law and himself fulfilling it was his mind.
15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
The feast: is eating now of all the miracles of types and shadows that only make sense after we see Jesus as the fulfilment. The first and second born. The Temple, the High priest, the shewbread, the inner light of the candle, the golden candlesticks, the vail which is to say his flesh. How is it one understands these great truths and accepts the literal bread and wine for memorial or communion?
THE NEW TESTAMENT
Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
1 Cor 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
a. Repentance, Baptism and infilling of the Holy Ghost is the new will of God after the death of the testator.
b. When we eat the word and drink of the promises of the new testament we are drinking the cup.
c. He said: This cup is the new testament in his blood......He was merely telling them what the symbol meant.
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
a. We look for his second coming because we understand and believe the words of his first coming to fulfil the law.
Jesus refused to die in the camp to justify the law, He died without the camp of the law keepers to justify all those who would hear His word and obey Him.
Heb 13:11-13 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
a. Let us go to him without the camp bearing his reproach. What reproach? The reproach of leaving the literal types and shadows for the fulfilment of them.
b. Jesus people no longer take a literal bread as those in the literal camp of Israel.
c. Jesus people who hear and know the truth will leave the camp of the literalists to bear the reproach of them who insist the literal bread must be taken for salvation. Or the literal bread must be taken in order to remember him. This is an abomination to God.
The reading of the will they ate together literally but it was not communion: it was the receiving of the Holy Ghost which placed them in fellowship.
Acts 2:38-42 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
The Passover lamb
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
a. What old testament lamb ever did this? Take away the sin of the world.
b. He said taketh: meaning perpetually a lamb which doesn't need to be offered often or yearly.
c. This is the feast of the new testament saints, not symbols eaten at a literal table, but the word of God eaten into our minds so we may be passed over in judgment.
d. If judgment begin at the house of God where shall the ungodly and sinner appear? In the white throne judgment! Because their sins were not washed away by the word of God.
David even understood what the feast stood for and knew it would be fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Ps 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
a. The reason God chose David was because he was spiritual.
b. unafraid to spiritualize like David? He saw the Lord as his shepherd, meaning he understood the that the literal shepherd represented something greater, spiritually understood.
c. David did not lie down literally in green pastures: he saw the good shepherd head the literal sheep to spiritually green healthy pastures.
d. David understood still waters to represent the comfort and refreshing of his soul. Spiritual
e. David never walked literally through the valley of the Shadow of death, he understood that the Valley of the SHADOW OF DEATH was the law. The law was what he walked through to make it to the end pleasing God and overcoming the wicked of his native countrymen.
f. God did not walk literally with David but David understood God to be there in the same way a Shepherd would guide and protect his own as he walked with them.
g. What kind of a table suppose it would have been that God prepared for him in the presence of his enemies? A literal one? No! A spiritual one: David was full of the Word and Scriptures concerning Abraham and is ancestors. This he possessed during the tightest situations with his enemies.
h. Anointest is over and over again not just a literal one time anointing. My cup of blessing runs over. He certainly was not talking about a literal cup.
i. Goodness and mercy he felt assured of because he had spiritual understanding.
Acts 2:29-32 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
a. David knew Jesus of his own loins would set on his throne.
b. David had this promise of God and it fed him spiritually.
c. He ate from the understanding he had in the truth.
Jude knew what the feast was
What kind of a feast is a piece of bread with a swallow of wine or grape juice? It is not what a normal individual would call a feast. A feast would consist of a large variety of different foods or a large assortment of breads. It could be a large quantity of bread. Jude knew what the feast was and we should also know what the feast is.
Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
1. Those who depend on law for salvation: are clouds without water, the water being the Holy Ghost.
2. Since they trust in the law and not the apostles they are carried about by every wind of doctrine.
3. Who began in Christ but turned to the law: their fruit withered, twice dead, dead through repentance
receiving life from Christ: returning to law leaving the father as prodigals.
4. They turning to the law, pluckt themselves out by the very root which is Jesus and his apostles Doctrine
Submitted by: Pastor Davidson