Our Lord Jesus, in the night wherein He was betrayed, instituted the sacrament of His body and blood,
called the Lord’s Supper, to be observed in His Church, unto the end of the world, for the perpetual
remembrance of the sacrifice of Himself in His death; the sealing all benefits thereof unto true
believers, their spiritual nourishment and growth in Him, their further engagement in and to all duties
which they owe unto Him; and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with Him, and with each other, as
members of His mystical body.
In this sacrament, Christ is not offered up to His Father; nor any real sacrifice made at all for
remission of sins of the quick or dead; but only a commemoration of that one offering up of Himself, by
Himself, upon the cross, once for all: and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God for the
same: so that the Popish sacrifice of the mass (as they call it) is most abominably injurious to Christ’s
one, only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of His elect.
The Lord Jesus hath, in this ordinance, appointed His ministers to declare His word of institution to
the people; to pray, and bless the elements of bread and wine, and thereby to set them apart from a common
to a holy use; and to take and break the bread, to take the cup, and (they communicating also themselves)
to give both to the communicants; but to none who are not then present in the congregation.
Private masses, or receiving this sacrament by a priest or any other alone; as likewise, the denial of
the cup to the people, worshipping the elements, the lifting them up or carrying them about for adoration,
and the reserving them for any pretended religious use; are all contrary to the nature of this sacrament,
and to the institution of Christ.
The outward elements in this sacrament, duly set apart to the uses ordained by Christ, have such
relation to Him crucified, as that, truly, yet sacramentally only, they are sometimes called by the name
of the things they represent, to wit, the body and blood of Christ; albeit in substance and nature they
still remain truly and only bread and wine, as they were before.
That doctrine which maintains a change of the substance of bread and wine into the substance of Christ’s
body and blood (commonly called transubstantiation) by consecration of a priest, or by any other way, is
repugnant, not to Scripture alone, but even to common sense and reason; overthroweth the nature of the
sacrament, and hath been, and is the cause of manifold superstitions; yea, of gross idolatries.
Worthy receivers outwardly partaking of the visible elements in this sacrament, do then also, inwardly
by faith, really and indeed, yet not carnally and corporally, but spiritually, receive and feed upon
Christ crucified, and all benefits of His death: the body and blood of Christ being then, not corporally
or carnally, in, with, or under the bread and wine; yet, as really, but spiritually, present to the faith
of believers in that ordinance, as the elements themselves are to their outward senses.
Although ignorant and wicked men receive the outward elements in this sacrament: yet they receive not
the thing signified thereby, but by their unworthy coming thereunto are guilty of the body and blood of
the Lord to their own damnation. Wherefore, all ignorant and ungodly persons, as they are unfit to enjoy
communion with Him, so are they unworthy of the Lord’s table; and cannot, without great sin against Christ
while they remain such, partake of these holy mysteries, or be admitted thereunto.