The Biblical History And Effects Of Holy Communion

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Biblical History

The teachings of the Church identifies the Last Supper as the origin of the Eucharist or Holy Communion, where Jesus had taken a bread and a cup of wine and distributed it among his disciples, whilst telling them that the bread was his body and the wine was his blood. The most written account of the Holy Communion being practiced was found in the First Epistle to the Corinthians (approximately around AD 55) where Apostle Paul related Last supper of Christ to ‘eating bread and drinking the cup of the Lord’ as a part of celebration to a ‘Supper of the Lord’.

According to Paul the celebration of rite was a mandatory act. Whereas the Acts of Apostles mentions the early Christians meeting for a ceremony that included ‘the breaking of bread’.

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Into the middle of 2nd century, a description of something that can be recognized as a rite that the Christian community uses today, was given by Justin Martyr. Former sources Ignatius of Antioch and Didache 1 Clement gave of glimpse of the Christian activates during the Holy Communion. Sources that followed later offered some details from the time around the year 200 as mentioned in Apostolic Tradition and Tertullian. It was then later when the Church went public during the second decade of fourth century and after the conversion of Constantine the Great, that the Holy Communion was recognized as an integral part of the Christian life.

Before the conversion of Constantine the Great, Christians suffered bloody persecution. He turned the history of the world into a new course and made Christianity the religion of the State.

Effects

Those who participate commendably in the Holy Communion are able to share the merit attained by Jesus Christ through his sacrifice. The believers are able to share the merit of Christ and the new covenant due to frequent reinforcement after they partake in the Holy Communion. Fellowship of life is guaranteed with the son of God after attending the Eucharist, whereby it is a visible reinforcement of life and expression with Jesus Christ. Through his blood and body, Christ serves his nature to the believers, a nature eminent by faultless strength to conquer, thereby permitting the follower to live in Christ.

On behalf of the actual presence of the blood and body of the Christ, the noble partaking of Holy Communion inaugurates true companionship with the Lord and therefore unites the believers, whether be it dead or alive, into one unit. The former is described in Corinthians 10 as: “For us, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” The unison of the followers originated through the Holy Communion is in fact unity with Christ’s apostles and Jesus Christ himself and all those who were reborn of the Spirit and water. At the same time Lord’s Supper is also an essential means to prepare for the return of Christ by the Christian community. In this communion of the Eucharist the true form and true nature of the Church is whereby revealed

 

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