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Where, beloved, can we find richer instruction than at the table of our Lord? He who understands the mystery of incarnation and of substitution, is a master in Scriptural theology. There is more teaching in the Saviour’s body and in the Saviour’s blood than in all the world besides. – Till He Come, 1894

The priest who celebrates mass tells us that the believes in the real presence, but we reply, “Nay, you believe in knowing Christ after the flesh, and in that sense the only real presence is in heaven; but we firmly believe in the real presence of Christ which is spiritual, and yet certain.” By spiritual we do not mean unreal; in fact, the spiritual takes the lead in real-ness to spiritual men. I believe in the true and real presence of Jesus with His people, such presence has been real to my spirit. Lord Jesus, Thou Thyself hast visited me. As surely as the Lord Jesus came really as to His flesh to Bethlehem and Calvary, so surely does He come really by His Spirit to His people in the hours of their communion with Him. – Till He Comes, pg 17

To know that Jesus loves me is one thing. But to be visited by Him in love is more. Nor is it simply a close contemplation of Christ; for we can picture Him as exceedingly fair and majestic, and yet not have Him consciously near us. Delightful and instructive as it is to behold the likeness of Christ by meditation, yet the enjoyment of His actual presence is something more. – Till He Comes, pg 17

I can bear my own witness that, many and many a Sabbath, when I have found but little food for my soul elsewhere, I have found it at the communion table. – “In Remembrance” – Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit for 1909, 55, pg 71

“We believe that Jesus Christ spiritually comes to us and refreshes us, and in that sense we eat his flesh and drink his blood.” – The Witness of the Lord’s Supper, pg 38


At this table Jesus feeds us with His body and His blood. His corporeal presence we have not, but His real spiritual presence we perceive. We are like the disciples when none of them durst ask Him, “Who art Thou?” knowing that it was the Lord. He is come. He looketh forth at these windows, – I mean this bread and wine; showing Himself through the lattices of this instructive and endearing ordinance. – Till He Comes, pg 69

The Lord’s Supper represents the giving of the whole body of Christ to us, to enter into us for food; surely, if we enter into its true meaning, we may expect to be revived and vitalized; for we have here more than a mere touch of the hand, it is the whole Christ that enters into us spiritually, and so comes into contact with our innermost being. I believe in the “real presence” – do not you? The carnal presence is another thing; that we do not even desire. – Till He Comes, pg 353

Shame on the Christian church that she put it off to once a month and mar the first day of the week by depriving it of its glory in the meeting together for fellowship and breaking of bread and showing forth the death of Christ till he comes. They who once know the sweetness of each Lord’s day celebrating his supper, will not be content, I am sure, to put it off to less frequent seasons. Beloved, when the Holy Ghost is with us, ordinances are wells to the Christian, wells of rich comfort and of near communion. – 13.423

Never mind that bread and wine, unless you can use them as folks often use their spectacles. What do they use them for? To look at? No, to look through them. So, use the bread and wine as a pair of spectacles. Look through them, and do not be satisfied until you can say, “Yes, yes, I can see the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – 45.525

I think the moments we are nearest to heaven are those we spend at the Lord’s table. 54.332.


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  1. Greg Gordon says:

    It was shocking to read some of these quotes. I have heard Spurgeon quoted by many modern reformers for many things but not the weekly Communion. This is a wonderful reminder to us of the Church we are connected to since the Apostles and the importance of a Biblical practice to be kept.

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