The mystery of God manifested as man, or God becoming bread p.2
Is this what the Bible says?
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the FLESH.”(Greek- En sarki in flesh)
Calling the bread made in bakeries the crucified Christ , claiming the deity is in bread is a fallacy, a canard!
If He was born with blood in a human body then why is it separate now?
They say it is a continual sacrifice, without blood, but it is the covenant. That the deity of Jesus resides in this inanimate object baked by men. But it’s not bloody? Without blood there is no life, then it’s not a sacrifice. A sacrifice for sins means a death. We are told it is a re-sacrifice as the priest prays and changes the bread into another incarnation where deity dwells. In the real sacrifice Jesus gave Himself and said it once for all. The life is in the blood so how can his death re -present the sacrifice without blood? Furthermore to contradict themselves they give the blood with the body in the Eucharist, is it not really His blood? This is why none of this makes Biblical sense.
His sacrifice was the real propitiation. Propitiation is a term meaning toward God to appease His wrath, it is not toward man. A sacrifice is an offering made to appease God, to have peace. In the Scripture we find no mention of the bread and wine as THE sacrifice. He was a living sacrifice; these were only symbols that already existed that He used to illustrate the real act He himself would accomplish.
Jesus made the sacrifice 2,000 years ago and has been functioning as the high priest, He does not go back to being a sacrifice. He will leave his place in heaven, being at the right hand of the Father to get his whole church, the true believers who follow and practice His word. He will then bring them to heaven and the church on earth will be empty shell.
Luke’s Gospel states: “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:20). Here, if we were really to take statements literally, the “cup” itself is the new covenant, not the wine. What Jesus said the night before the crucifixion “This is my body” and “This is my blood,” were actually His body and blood then we have Christ atoning for our sins before the actual atonement. Then it would not have been necessary for Him to go be crucified for sins. This is why it had to be symbolic, speaking in a future tense.
The life Jesus lives is now eternal in a body that cannot die. Rev. 1:18 "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen “
Nor can he vacate that body to make another body (thousands of bodies) like he was incarnated in. He said his body would be the sacrifice for sins, NOT his body is bread for the sacrifice for sins.
In Acts 7:48 - 49, Stephen quotes Ps.102 :25--He said he does not dwell in a temple made with hands. The Catholic church says he does. “It is Christ himself.”(1330) “the whole Christ” (1374).
“We must worship the Eucharist. In worshipping the Eucharist, we are not worshipping a piece of bread or a cup of wine. In worshipping the Eucharist we are not sinning; we are not committing idolatry. Idolatry is when you worship something or someone who is not God. The Eucharist is God.”http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resource.php?n=706
WORSHIP takes place for the Eucharist. God alone is to be worshipped and adored, not man-made religious objects or symbols. No graven images are to be made on Earth below or Heaven above to be worshipped. The Hebrew word for idolatry includes to bow down, or genuflect as to worship. Jesus never gave a command to bow to the wafer that represented him. But The Eucharistic adorers actually worship, adore and pray to the Eucharist that will never hear them or speak back to them because it’s not alive, it’s NOT Jesus.
God is not bread, Jesus is alive in the same body that was given as the sacrifice for our sins. The body is limited to being one place at a time – it is at the right hand of God. They are assigning His nature of deity into the physical properties of bread.
When they are worshipping the Eucharist they are worshipping the creation not the creator (Rom.1).
Besides all this, God does not give his grace through inanimate objects. Their wafer does not talk or move. It is not alive, it is man-made. One cannot find Christ living in inanimate objects. He lives in man who was made in God’s image by being born spiritually (2 Cor.6:16).
The Catholic Church has many unbiblical supernatural manifestations. Statues cry, bleed and exude oil, will the Eucharist speak?
The Eucharist is a core doctrinal issue, it is about Jesus’ once for all incarnation as man, and His return. This is not advanced theology but basic doctrine.
The Passover ceremony was a feast practiced before Jesus became man for 1,500 years from Moses’ time. The last supper we partake it is the Passover that was given in Lev. 23. Along with 6 other feasts given as rehearsals, shadows of the light that would come. The symbols and ceremonies always point to the actual person and event. The Passover was given to Israel, the new covenant is given through Israel to all. The communion is also a rehearsal until He returns, he has not returned in the communion.
The “Hypostatic Union” of Christ means Christ is fully God and fully man. He is one person with two natures, human and deity. They were not mixtures of God and man. God became man to redeem man.
If the bread is a God physically on earth again as He was man in His incarnation, who is he redeeming? Man already received the redemption form the original act. Christ’s body cannot be at more than one place at a time, not millions of bodies on catholic altars.
Jesus must remain in his human body in order to continue to be the high Priest for men, he cannot become other bodies, as bread. Rom 8:34 “It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” (Eph. 1:20; Col. 3:1) “Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” Which means now.
Heb. 1:3 “He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”
When a priest sits His former work is finished. Heb. 10:12-14 “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” (Heb. 1:13; Heb 8:1) If the Eucharist is your offering, than you do not have the one offering to God.
Some may respond in ignorance and say Jesus multiplied bread and fish, and turn water to wine. He is not limited and can do this miracle. Making bread and fish is not the same as making a person the only begotten son. This certainly belittles His incarnation through Mary which the Catholic church esteems. How can every Catholic priest in their church make the bread God? God gave a miracle through Mary able to conceive without man, to have God in the flesh born.
This is all Aristotelian logic applied to interpreting Scripture. They are assigning the function of his deity to his body. This is panentheism. A mystical interpretation combined with Gnosticism. It doesn’t look like Jesus but it is.
The Idolatry of bread being Jesus is not Christianity, Jesus said to doubting Thomas, that He is not a spirit - a spirit does not have flesh and bone and neither does God’s Spirit have bread.
The Bibles Conclusion
This is spoken of as an antichrist doctrine. The bible teaches Jesus had two natures, a human one and the eternal one, God. It never says he will take up another physical nature of anything else (bread) after the resurrection. Which would be the case if the bread is God incarnate again.
In 1 Jn.4:2-3 “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”
This means only once God incarnated - as a man. John is writing after the resurrection. In using the perfect tense Greek, (a timeless present) this denotes a continuous action from the past continuing through to the future. He came in the flesh, rose in the flesh, and is still in the flesh. What happened at the incarnation has not been undone. He is still present, He abides in the flesh. In other words, the same body that Jesus took at the incarnation is the same body He resurrected in and dwells in, at the right hand of God until He returns. Any theory which entertains the glorified body or Lord is either immaterial (like the Gnostics) or not of flesh, (like the mystics) is not of God.
He does not incarnate by men’s will to become many little bodies (wafers), called down from heaven by a priest to be ingested and come out the digestive track (I’m sorry to be so descriptive). He came ONLY in the flesh – ONCE - He rose in the flesh and continues his high priest ministry in heaven in a flesh body (1 Tim.2:5). He doesn’t put His power or grace in inanimate objects. Grace comes from the person of the Father and Jesus Christ just as the scripture states. Catholics need to trust in God’s word to have the truth, not in their Catechism or traditions of men found in their church.
According to 1 John chapter 4, the spirit of antichrist is to deny Jesus come in the flesh as the only incarnation.
1 Jn. 2:21-22: “I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ.”
Writing after the Resurrection, John focuses on Jesus that "came [and remained] in the flesh," for the future). Confirming that He is coming back in this same body He rose in. This cannot be possible if one takes the position that he came back in thousands of physical bodies of bread each day.
Jesus is the only man who is God in the flesh, It is an exclusive statement to mean Him alone in his incarnation and after in His resurrection.
1 Tim.3:16: “God was manifested in the flesh,” only once, in Jesus. To say God comes now in some other physical manner, such as in bread is exactly what John is addressing here, this is more serious than error, it is heresy; John says it is the spirit of antichrist.
Jews knew they only worship God, and yet they worshipped Jesus. Why? Because the Bible says He is God in the flesh, the true light of all they learned came from heaven, the glory of God in man.
“God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Catholics have justified idolatry by saying the bread is God being present, by the priests power. It can’t do a thing Jesus did but they are to believe it’s really Jesus. If that’s the Jesus you want, your welcome to have him. But others want the genuine Jesus.
“God was manifested in the flesh" God was made known in the flesh of Jesus Christ, and ONLY Him.