The Lord's Supper
In a warning to professing Christians, Jonathan Edwards encourages them to examine themselves. Particularly, he suggests, when it comes to the Lord's Supper. Here is how he describes it:
. . .the Lord's Supper, that holy ordinance, instituted for the special commemoration of the greatest and most wonderful of all divine acts towards mankind; for the special and visible representation of the most glorious and wonderful things of our religion; for the most solemn profession and renewal of your engagement to God, and for special communion with Jesus Christ (Devotions from the pen of Jonathan Edwards, p. 75).He identifies four purposes of communion:
- Special commemoration of the most wonderful of all God's acts toward mankind.
- Visible representation of the most glorious things of our religion.
- Solemn profession and renewal of your engagement to God.
- Special communion with Jesus Christ.