The Right Observance of the Lord's Supper
Charles H. Spurgeon
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
We have no respect whatever for the ordinances of men in religion. Anything that is only invented by churches or councils is nothing whatever to us. We know of two ordinances instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ-the baptism of believers and the Lord's Supper; and we utterly abhor and reject all pretended sacraments of every kind. And because we observe these two ordinances, and these two only, we are the more concerned that they should be properly used, and duly understood, and that they should minister to the edification of those who participate in them. We would have those who are baptized understand what is meant by that expressive rite-that they, being dead with Christ, should also be buried with Him, and rise with Him into newness of life. And when we observe the Lord's Supper, we feel a deep and earnest desire that none should come to the table in ignorance of the signification of the observance-or that, at least, ignorance may not be an occasion of eating unworthily; but that we may comprehend what we are doing, and understand the spiritual meaning of this pictorial instruction by which the Lord Jesus Christ would, even until the end of the age, remind His church of His great sacrifice upon the cross.
The Form of the Lord's Supper
We do not think that it is at all material where that Supper is held. It is just as valid and helpful in your own private apartments, in your bedroom, or in your parlor, as it is in any place where Christians usually congregate. We do not attach so much importance as some people do to the time when it is observed, but we are astonished that high churchmen should be opposed to evening communion, for, if any definite time for partaking of it can be quoted from Scripture, it certainly is the evening. I would like to ask the ritualists whether they can find any instance, either in holy or profane things, of a supper being eaten before break ...
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