1. WHAT was connected with the worship of God before the first advent?
"Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service,
and a worldly sanctuary." Heb. 9:1.
NOTE.-Paul says that these ordinances consisted "in meats and drinks,
and divers washings," imposed "until the time of reformation," and that
they were "a shadow of good things to come." Heb. 9:10; 10:1.
2. To whom did the sacrificial offerings point forward?
"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling
savor." Eph. 5:2.
NOTE.-Through the provisions of the sacrificial law, the repentant
sinner showed his faith in the coming Redeemer, who was to shed His
blood for the sins of mankind. These sacrificial offerings were
ordinances which pointed forward to the work of Christ, which they
typified. Since the crucifixion, the ordinances of the Christian church
point backward, and are designed to show faith in the work of Christ
3. What does the Lord desire us to keep in mind?
"By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto
you, . . . how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;
and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according
to the Scriptures." 1 Cor. 15:2-4.
4. What ordinance commemorates Christ's burial and resurrection?
"Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with
Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from
the dead." Col. 2:12.
5. For what purpose was the Lord's Supper instituted?
"The Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: and
when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My
body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me." 1 Cor. 11:23,24.
6. What is signified by the wine?
"In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is
covenant in My blood: this do, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of
Me." Verse 25, R.V.
7. What do both the bread and the wine commemorate?
"For as often as ye
eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do
show the Lord's death till He come." Verse 26.
8. What caution is given concerning engaging in this ordinance
"Whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. . . .
that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to
himself, not discerning the Lord's body." Verses 27-29.
NOTE.-The last expression shows what is meant by eating and drinking
unworthily. It is not the one who has a deep sense of his sinfulness
and of his unworthiness of God's mercy and grace, but he who does not
discern that Christ died for his sins- who is not penitent- that eats
and drinks unworthily.
9. What preparation should be made for this service?
"Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink
of that cup." Verse 28.
10. What is essential to Christian fellowship and cleansing from sin?
"If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship
one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us
from all sin." 1 John 1:7.
11. What still higher fellowship does the Christian enjoy?
our fellowship is with the Father, and with His
Son Jesus Christ." Verse 3.
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