Is the Lord’s Supper for Us or God? Episode 66
The Better Bible Reading Podcast with Kevin Morris
Is the Lord’s Supper for Us or God? One listener recently asked me if there are parts of the Lord’s supper that are meant to not only remind us, but also God. Is it right to say that God should be reminded of things? – this is episode 66 of the Better Bible Reading Podcast with Kevin Morris!
Is the Lord’s Supper Meant to Be a Reminder to Us or a Reminder to God?
This question is a very interesting one for us to consider today. The title has been modified a little bit by me, so I want to read the question as it was originally submitted so that you can get a better idea of what is being asked. The question comes from one of my listeners named Kyle:
I was wondering your thoughts on the Lord’s Supper. Nearly all reformed and nonreformed Protestant Churches will say the Lord’s Supper is something we do, within the confines of a Holy Assembly to remind us of the deeds of Christ. I’ve recently however have had some second thoughts on this entire paradigm. Is it really to remind us or is to remind God? All of the memorials in the Bible were to remind God to act on His covenant promises, and He does! In Leviticus 2 the “grain” offering, or “tribute offering” was given as a memorial portion to YHWH. It seems the memorial portion seem to remind God of the bloody sacrifice of the “burnt offering” or “ascension”. I was wondering on your thoughts, if any, on this topic. Thanks
First off, thank you Kyle for listening and submitting this question! You’ve framed the question in a way that shows that you really have spent some time thinking about it. I appreciate that a lot and I hope I can shed some light on this question. I think it’s a really important one.
Kyle I’m going to assume that you may have already settled some of what I am going to say in your own mind, but I want to give a thorough answer this question that will not only help you, but the rest of the listeners as well.
Ok so, the first thing I want to say is a disclaimer: I believe in the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible. This means that I am convinced that the Bible does not contain errors, contradictions or misinformation of any kind. This confession is based on my view of God. The Bible is God’s word- and because God is perfect in all of His attributes.
With that in mind, I don’t embrace the so called “open theism” that has gained traction in recent decades. This view basically says that God learns and processes information in a linear fashion. As it goes, God doesn’t know the future because the future hasn’t happened yet. Those who believe this view will try to say that it does not make God less than all knowing. Instead, God knows everything that has happened, but He can’t know or not know something that hasn’t happened because it is not a reality.