• Honoring God’s Covenant Devotional

    Isaiah 1:11–17

    We will look more at church discipline in the days ahead. As we close our study today, let us be reminded that coming into the Lord’s presence without repentance is dangerous indeed. It is particularly risky when we claim to be following the Lord and yet are not truly obeying Him as the Lord of all things. Preventing such people from coming into God’s presence at the Lord’s Table is for their good, as it prevents them from angering the Lord even further. View Resource

  • Self-Examination and the Sacrament Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:17–32

    Self-examination of one’s soul before partaking of the Lord’s Supper involves determining whether or not one is a Christian. We are to consider whether we are trusting in Christ alone for salvation, and we are to repent for the unbelief that remains in our hearts. We are to repent of our sin and seek reconciliation with others wherever possible. As we do these things, casting ourselves on Jesus Christ, we are welcome at the Lord’s Table. View Resource

  • Eating and Drinking Judgment Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:19–22

    In ourselves, we are all unworthy to approach the throne of grace because of our sin. To say we are worthy of taking the Lord’s Supper is not to deny this fundamental reality; rather, it is to embrace it. For those worthy of taking part in the sacrament are those who have confessed their unworthiness before God, repented of their sin, and trusted in Christ alone for salvation. As we do this, we may come to His table for grace and strength. View Resource

  • The Mass and Christology Devotional

    Mark 16:6

    Transubstantiation confuses the divine and human natures of Jesus, giving His human body the ability to be in more than one place at a time. This is an attribute that only the divine nature possesses. In confusing Christ’s two natures, we get a Savior who is neither truly human nor truly divine but rather a heretofore unknown combination of Creator and creature. But a Jesus who is not truly human and truly divine cannot save us. What we believe about the Lord’s Supper truly matters. View Resource

  • A Sign of Assurance Devotional

    Romans 6:5–11

    Because we are united to Christ, the wrath that we deserve was meted out by the Father on His Son at Calvary. Our sin was judged, and the condemnation we earned for having transgressed God’s law was borne by our Savior. Our intimate union with Jesus made all of this possible, and we are reminded tangibly of this union as we feed on Christ in the Lord’s Supper. Thus, we can be assured of our salvation when we partake of the bread and wine in faith. View Resource

  • True Food and Drink Devotional

    John 6:55

    Although Christ is not advocating the view of transubstantiation, He is saying something true when He refers to His body as our bread and His blood as our drink. As noted in Calvin’s comments above, there is a real spiritual correspondence such that in the Lord’s Supper we receive true nourishment of our souls. If we neglect the sacrament, then, we are starving ourselves and refusing the refreshment our Savior offers at His table. View Resource

  • Speaking Sacramentally Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:1–4

    Speaking sacramentally, we refer to the bread as the body of Christ and the wine as His blood in order to proclaim that He is truly present when we sit at His table. Ours is a supernatural faith, and we expect a supernatural meeting with the Lord in the sacrament. We do not chew human flesh and drink human blood at the Lord’s Table, but we show the reality of our faith when we expect Him to strengthen us through the sacrament. View Resource

  • The Whole Christ Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:16–17

    Question and answer 168 of the Westminster Larger Catechism expand upon the benefits we receive by the Spirit in the Lord’s Supper. We are enabled to renew our thankfulness to God for all that He has done for us. We are knitted together with one another more closely in love and fellowship. Our union with the risen Savior is also strengthened, and we thereby become more aware of His grace and recognize more and more that we rely upon Him in life and in death. View Resource

  • A Stronger Union Devotional

    John 6:41–59

    We are not advocating the Roman Catholic view of transubstantiation or the Lutheran view of consubstantiation when we affirm the true presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper. As we will see, we simply mean that we meet with the whole Christ at His table. We do mean that when we meet with Him at His table, we are feeding on Him in His humanity and His deity by faith and that in so doing our union with Him grows stronger and more vital. View Resource

  • The Bread of Life Devotional

    John 6:35–40

    At our conversion, we make a decisive break with sin and come into the safety of Christ’s fold. Still, there is a sense in which we must continue to come to Him every moment of our lives. As we actively believe in the gospel each day, we are sustained unto eternal life. One way we tangibly confirm and express our belief in Jesus is through the Lord’s Supper, and we can come to Him for sustenance in the sacrament by faith alone. View Resource

  • Proclaiming the Lord’s Death Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:26

    We cannot live without food and drink, and the use of bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper is to remind us that we cannot survive without the death and resurrection of our Savior. As we eat the bread and drink the cup, we should think on how much we need Jesus and His work in our behalf. Moreover, we should thank Him that He has provided an atonement to meet the needs of our souls just as He has provided food to meet the needs of our bodies. View Resource

  • The Bread and the Cup Devotional

    Luke 22:14–20

    When we participate in the sacraments, it can be easy to forget why we have them and what we are supposed to learn from them. Lest they become merely rote observances, let us pay close attention when the sacraments are administered and do our best to consider what the elements are supposed to show us. Let us think carefully on what is being depicted that we might grow in love for our great God. View Resource

  • Two Sacraments Devotional

    Matthew 28:18–20

    Theologians often speak of the “ordinary means of grace,” the practices of preaching, prayer, and the sacraments that were instituted by Christ Himself to edify His church. Many want to elevate other practices to a sacramental level and impose them on believers. Some of these practices might be good and helpful—for example, quiet times, fast days, feast days—but none of them are mandatory. We are bound to do only what Jesus commands. View Resource

  • The Focus of the Sacraments Devotional

    Galatians 3:27

    We must know the gospel to have faith in the gospel, and we must have faith in the gospel to enjoy the sanctifying benefits of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Thus, the preaching of the Word always has a certain kind of priority over the sacraments in our worship. We must not have a high view of the sacraments at the expense of a high view of preaching, so let us make sure to hear the Word preached whenever we can. View Resource

  • Signs and Seals Devotional

    Romans 4:9–12

    We are creatures with both physical and spiritual components. We understand what happens to us physically when we are washed with water and when we eat, and the sacraments portray spiritual realities to us by way of analogies with our physical experience. The Spirit truly washes us clean of sin, and we truly receive necessary spiritual nourishment from Christ. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper help us understand these truths better. View Resource