I am sending this conversation with names omitted in case some of you feel the same as my friend below does. I clear up the matter at the end of this post.
Rev Essie Scott
Dear Rev Essie:
Sorry, but the Bread & the Wine ARE the Body & Blood of the Savior, not merely a “representation” as many Christians sadly believe & as you stated which leaves Christians only confused & divided among themselves, which contradicts the Word: “For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.” (I Corinthians 14:33) This not some some “theological nit-picking” on my part, but as the Word states clearly: “‘This is my body which is for you….’” (I Corinthians 11:24) & “‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it….” (I Corinthians 11:25) He also said clearly: “‘I am the bread of life….’” (John 6:11) & “‘I am the true vine….’” (John 15:1). When you use the term “representation” this brings one the image of “ordinary food” which of course it is not! It is “faith” which takes “ordinary bread & wine” into the true body & blood of the Savior. Faith, of course, is NEVER my doing! The Word states emphatically: “…no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.” ( I Corinthians 12:3)
Wine and the Unleavened bread are not the body of Christ. They are only ‘representations’ of His blood and body. He even got rid of His Earthly body when He went into Heaven. He changed into His glorified body just like the rest of us will do.
What you are talking about is Transsubstantiation, where Communion literally becomes Jesus. When Jesus took Communion at the Last Supper, He wasstill in His body therefore, the unleavened bread could not have been Him.
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Transsubstantiation is ritualistic, traditional and ceremonial which God resists.
Have a blessed day,