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June 10, 2010

Christ Centred Communion – Further Thoughts (part XII)

Filed under: Christ Centred Communion — barrynewman @ 10:20 pm

Understanding “Poieite” as “You are Doing” and the Lack of Reference to a Ceremony in the Epistles

The death of Jesus in one way or another underlies and comes to the surface of the N.T. epistles.  Yet a ceremonial command relating to the death of Jesus does not clearly feature at all in the Epistles unless it is to be found in 1 Corinthians 11.  In “Christ Centred Communion” I argued that such a ceremony is not even to found there.  Even if an alternative view is taken, it is clear that Paul did not introduce discussion on the so-called “Lord’s Supper” because he wanted them to remember to celebrate it.  He is concerned with how the Corinthians conducted their meals. It is interesting that he provides the solution to their problem in terms of, “So then my brethren, when you come together to eat, share.” (1 Corinthians 11: 33).  In fact in “Christ Centred Communion” it was argued that no such ceremonial command is referred to in any of the epistles and that is the position maintained here. The absence of a reference to a remembrance ceremony in the epistles is explicable if Jesus never issued a command for such a ceremony to be performed in the first place.

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