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Savoy on the Sacraments. Part 8

07/10/2011

2. There is no sacrifice involved at the communion table.

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In this sacrament Christ is not offered up to his Father, nor any real sacrifice made at all for remission of sin of the quick or dead, but only a memorial of that one offering up of himself upon the cross once for all, and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God for the same; so that the Popish sacrifice of the mass (as they call it) is most abominable, injurious to Christ’s own only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of the elect.

The Roman Catholic teaching is that during this sacrifice, the Son is offered up to the father – there is a supposed sacrifice on the altar. It is a bloodless sacrifice, offered unto God by a priest to obtain the remission of sins. Contrary to Heb 9:22, And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It is called ‘the Mass’. There is no biblical warrant for this whatsoever.

When Christ offered Himself for sinners, he did so as the priest himself. No other priest could make such an offering. His atoning sacrifice is part of his own priesthood.

Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Christ’s offering on the cross was once and for all. One single offering for sin, never to be repeated.

Heb 10:10-14 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Christ’s sacrificial death is perfect and cannot be improved.
Heb 9:14, How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Heb 10:14, For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. If the sacrifice has to be continually repeated, that would imply that it was, in it’s original act, imperfect.
Heb 9:25-26. Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Heb 10:10-11 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.

Christ, having been risen from the dead, can never die again. Thus any further sacrifice is a fiction. Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Christ’s final sacrifice on the cross rendered obsolete all the external sacrifices that preceded it. They have now ceased.

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Christ is no longer on the cross, to be sacrificed for sin. He is seated at the right hand of God, where he exercises his ministry of intercession.

Heb 1:3. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

No one can offer Christ up to God but Christ himself.

Heb 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

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