- Frank CongerParticipantMarch 31, 2018 at 4:14 pmPost count: 133
During the Passover as customarily celebrated by the Jews there were four loaves eaten and four cups of wine drank. These represented different things for the Jews than they would for Christians following the “Last Supper” or “Memorial of Christ’s death”.
A couple examples are given here to show you that they are NOT four accounts of the same loaf and cup. Mentioned earlier, the Jews celebrated the Passover to memorialize their flight from Egypt. Christians would celebrate this festival for the salvation that Christ provided for different salvation covenants. One was the first Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 12 which is a covenant of all those with faith (that all those with faith are granted salvation under). One is the sealing covenant of that Abrahamic Covenant, one is for those that are adopted as Son’s of God to be angels in heaven, and the last is the new covenant which is only for those of the prospective Bride of Christ.
You drink the body or “loaf” of the salvation covenant that you are in and drink the cup of that salvation covenant that circulates around that particular body. You can see from the example below that one is “for the many” and one is “among yourselves” (those that will be angels) and finally one is for those who will be Sons of God as angels AND later be married to the Christ. This is the “new covenant”.
As they continued eating (this cup and bread were taken during the meal), Jesus took a loaf, and after saying a blessing, he broke it,w and giving it to the disciples, he said: “Take, eat. This means my body.”x27 And taking a cup, he offered thanks and gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of you,y 28 for this means my ‘bloodz of the covenant,’a which is to be poured out in behalf of MANYb for forgiveness of sins.c
The new covenant which is discussed later is not for the many nor for the forgiveness of sins. The new covenant is for YOU, the members of the bride class that will marry Jesus. They are few relative to the billions who will be eventually saved by the forgiveness of sins due to faith (celebrated as described in Matt. 26.
MARK 14- This is similar to Matthew but is the sealing covenant for the 1AC.
19 Also, he took a loaf,m gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “This means my body,n which is to be given in your behalf.o Keep doing this in remembrance of me.”p 20 Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenantq by virtue of my blood,r which is to be poured out in your behalf.s
Notice that this loaf was given “in your behalf” and that the wine, which was blessed “after they had the evening meal” “poured out in your behalf”. (Matt. 26 being “as they continued eating”). Also, the blood of the covenant celebrated in Matthew was “for the many” and Luke is “to be poured out “in your behalf” or on behalf of those partaking of the “new covenant” spoken about here in Luke 22.
To understand the full importance of the four loaves and four cups of the Memorial of Christ’s death you have to read the accounts closely. Was it before the meal, during the meal, or after the meal was finished? Was the cup for YOU or YOURSELVES or was it “for the many”. These subtleties show a different significance to each example.
The memorial is for all Christians and people of faith but the new covenant is only for those who will be numbered in the 144,000 to be married to Jesus.
Everyone with faith in God can partake of this celebration as long as they know their place in it.
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