What is the meaning of the cup and bread in remembering the Lord?

What is the meaning of the cup and bread in remembering the Lord?

In First Corinthians chapter ten, the significance of the emblems forms the basis of Paul’s teaching about separation from evil outside the assembly. Believers in an assembly must maintain separation from all that rivals the claims of God. In chapter 11, the emblems particularly relate to Paul’s teaching of behavior within the assembly. Believers’ behavior must be consistent with the holy privilege of remembering the Lord. The meaning of the emblems in chapter 11 is clearly related to the blood of Christ, symbolized in the cup, and the physical body of Christ, symbolized in the bread. This conforms to the Lord’s teaching at the institution of the Supper in the Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s Gospels.

Chapter 10 teaches the significance of partaking of these emblems. By drinking from the cup, believers express their relationship to God. By breaking bread, they express their relationship with one another.

(For a fuller explanation, see Q & A Forum, November, 2000).

D. Oliver