Friday, May 20, 2005

Ketcherside on the Lord's Supper

While doing some reading in Stone-Campbell literature for a paper I'm preparing, I ran into this comment from Carl Ketcherside.

"The Lord's Supper is a feast, not a sacrifice; it is observed at a table, not an altar; it is eaten, not offered up; it is a communion of a congregation of priests, not an oblation of priests for a congregation. Jesus did not tell the apostles when he ordained the feast "I appoint unto you an altar at which you may officiate," but he did say at that time "As my Father hath appointed a kingdom for me, so do I appoint for you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom" (Luke 22:30). The apostle Paul in connection with the teaching about the Lord's Supper, declares, "You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons" (1 Cor. 10:21). We conclude then that the expression "Do this in remembrance of me" does not refer to official authority to sacrifice at an altar, but to the partaking at a festal board of those emblems of our Lord's sacrifice once for all."

Ketcherside, Royal Priesthood, chapter 14

Sounds something like a major thesis in a book a few years back.

1 Comments:

At 6:43 PM, Blogger mchristophoros said...

Seven-fold amen.

Michael

 

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