The following is part of the last chapter of Richard Barcellos’ new book “The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More Than a Memory” [now out in the UK! £9.99]:
Chapter 7 – Final Thoughts:
In the first chapter of this study, it was noted that the specific focus of this book is to showhow the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace and, therefore, more than a memory. I have argued that the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace because of what the Holy Spirit does in the souls of believers when local churches partake of it. The Spirit effects (or enhances) present communion between the exalted Redeemer and his pilgrim people on the earth. The Lord’s Supper is a means of grace through which Christ is present by his divine nature and through which the Holy Spirit nourishes the souls of believers with the benefits wrought for us in Christ’s human nature which is now glorified and in heaven at the right hand of the Father.
Review of method and conclusions
The method which brought me to the conclusions drawn started with a specific text of Scripture–1 Corinthians 10:16. As stated above, this is quite possibly the most explicit text in the New Testament (certainly in Paul’s letters) on the nature of the Lord’s Supper as a means of grace…