Guide To Christianity
13. The Lord's Supper
15. Satan and his devils
13. The Lord's Supper
Baptism and the Lord's Supper are only two sacraments (rites) given to
the Church immediately by Christ. The sacraments are the symbols,types
or rites of the Covenant of Grace set up by Jesus Christ Himself. The Covenant
of Grace is the agreement made by God and men to be given freely the forgiveness
of sins and the Eternal Life by God to those who believe in Jesus Christ.
The Lord's Supper was instituted (set up) at the time of supper which the
Lord took with His disciples at the night before He was hung on the cross.
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing
it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this
is my body." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it
to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is the blood
of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
" Mt 26:26-28
The clergymen of Roman Catholic Church robbed lay believers of the right
to participate the cup of the supper which our Lord gave every believer
saying "Drink from it, all of you" and they keep it to themselves.
And they maintain the doctrine of transubstantiation which means a change
of substance of bread and wine into the substance of Christ's body and
blood by their setting them apart as holy.
Furthermore, they insist that they repeat the redemptive work of Christ
on their alter, which Christ fulfilled once for all (Heb 9:11,12).
The Lord's Supper is not acting out or reproduction of the Work of redemption
of Christ as they hold on, but the way for believers to reconfirm and deepen
their faith in the grace of salvation which Christ had completed on the
When the Scripture says "the Word of the Cross" (1Cor.1:18),
it means the Gospel which signifies all the work of Christ: not only his
death on the cross, but also resurrection, ascension and pouring of the
Holy Spirit. And"breaking bread" (Act. 20:7) means the Lord's
Supper in which the only word "bread" stands for both bread and
So that we need not be silent with a sad look at the time of the Lord's Supper meditating only His death and forgetting His resurrection because the Bible says " It proclaims the Lord's death"(1Cor.11:26).
I hear that Judaists who wait for another Savior celebrate joyfully the
Passover which is the shadow of the cross of Christ. We Christians should
feast ourselves joyously on the Eucharist in which we remember and celebrate
the fulfillment of the Passover on the cross and by the emptied grave.
At the Lord's Supper, first, we die to the old sinful ourselves by being united with the death of the Lord. Next we rise from the dead to the living new men likened to the image of Christ by being combined with the resurrection of Him.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by
baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by
the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly
be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self
was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and
we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from
sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live
with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die
again; death no longer has dominion over him.The death he died, he died
to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also
must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
And being strengthened by the baptism of the Holy Spirit which the Lord
pours into us, we go out to the world as the witnesses of Christ (Acts
On the way to Emao two disciples met the risen Lord knowing not Him to
be the Lord. But they recognized Him to be their Lord by their eyes opened,
while they had supper with Him after they got to the town.
The Lord's Supper is the place and time, where and when our spiritual eyes
are opened to see Him spiritually and to touch Him by the bread and wine
cross and the resurrection from the dead of Jesus are true
Our lord Jesus said,"Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the
kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it" (Lk 18:17).
The total reliance of infants on their parents is the model of the stance
of us believers to God.
Another peculiarity of infants is their impressionable nature to things
around them. They ask frequently their parents, "What is this?"
or "Why?", and makes them at a loss for a answer.
Some theologians and preachers want to explain away rationally the miracle
stories in the Scriptures as if they reveal the juggler's trick. But if
miracles are removed from the Bible, it will become only a moral textbook
written by mere people.
Miracle description is one of the important marks which show the Bible
to be words of omnipotent (all-powerful) God.
The miracles of the Bible are real and marvelous occurrences without gimmicks
The most important one of the miracles in the Scriptures is the resurrection
of Jesus into the glorious and immortal(deathless) body.
He (Jesus) replied, "What is impossible for mortals is possible for
God." Lk 18:27
Jesus said to her, " I am the resurrection and the life. Those who
believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives
and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25
If we look around the world with flexible mind like infants and spirit
of inquiry like Isaac Newton who discovered the law of universal gravitation,
we will soon find ourselves to live in the land full of miracles.
The motion of planets by which we set our watch aright is unthinkable without the existence of God who made the universe and gave them move and supervises it now.
The conception in and birth from womb are never matters of course as people
think and say in Japanese "Kodomo wo tsukuru( we make a baby)"
which means" we bear a baby."
Thinking of the design of man's face, we find the wisdom and love of our
Creator there. It is obvious when we think in the case where the design
of it were upside down.
If we call the daily occurrence like planets movement as miracles under
law, we can call the miracles in the Scriptures as super-law miracles.
Some theologians say that the miracles super-law do not occur in the present
time, because we need not them after the completion of the Bible as the
In spite of theologians' doctrine, miracles super-law sometimes happen all around the world in answer to the prayers of believers.
They occurs according to the following words.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Heb.
"Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the
works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because
I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that
the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything,
I will do it." John 14:12-14
15. Satan and his devils
God created everything visible and invisible. One group of the invisible
is that of angels of God. When we think of angels, we draw a mental picture
of a character in a fairy tale which is like an infant flying in the air
with a set of wings.
The angels portrayed by the Scriptures, however, are the marvellous beings,
each one of whom has power to destroy a large number of troops (2Chr.32:21),
and who made sturdy Roman soldiers terrified and trembled to become like
dead men when they appeared in the presence of them (Mt 28:4).
And they sometimes show themselves like ordinary men in the human world
and the Scriptures says that some people entertained them as their guests
without knowing they were angels (Heb. 13:2).
Satan is the head of the angels who had once rebelled against God and degenerated
and has devils as his followers. The Scriptures say that one third of all
angels became dark angels taking part with Satan (2Pt 2:4; Jude6; Rev.12:4).
The name Satan means "Hater","Accuser" and "Antagonist",
and he appears as the enemy of both God and men in both the Old and the
New Testaments. His real character is "Lier", "Stealer"
and "Destroyer" (Jn8:44; 10:8-10) and his mission is to make
men oppose God in order for them to be ruined.
Satan and his devils try to make people commit sins by every ways. They
deceive non-Christians by various kinds of false religions and make them
worship idols. Those who worship idols worship Satan who hides himself
behind the idols.
What do I imply then? That food sacrificed to idols is anything, or that
an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice, they sacrifice
to demons and not to God.I do not want you to be partners with demons.
There are many kinds of idols in the world. In Japan people worship gods
in their shinto shrines and do the same to the statues in the Buddhist
temples. As the king Darius commanded his people to pray to himself, there
are times when people are demanded to worship their governors. In Japan
the Emperor Meiji and early years Showa were worshiped as gods. In modern
North Korea their ex-president are adored as god. There are people who
refuse to worship these idols. Satan allures them to serve some thoughts
like evolutionism and atheism or make them hold wealth and honor in greater
account than the true God.
Satan and his devils sometimes disguise themselves as angels of light in
the presence of others.
And no wonder! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it
is not strange if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of
righteousness. Their end will match their deeds. 2Cor.11:14,15
The new religion born in USA, the Jehovah's witness is very active in our
country. They visit from door to door to preach people down keeping themselves
neat and trim and sometimes taking their infants along. They continue to
delude people with smile and skillful speech saying "We are Christians,
would you please listen to us". But they themselves are deluded and
manipulated by Satan and not conscious of their sin deceiving people.
1 April 2008 Published