- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Saturday, 12 February 2011 10:48
Is it scriptural in the light of 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, to have more than one cup on the table?
If so, how can we give thanks for “THE cup”?
The expression, “cup,” in the various accounts of the institutions of the Lord’s Supper refers, not to the containing vessel, but, by the figure of metonomy, to the wine contained (e.g., Matthew 26:27, and 1 Corinthians 11:25, “This cup is the New Testament in My blood”). We speak of “a good table,” meaning the food on it. The Romanisers who insist on our taking literally the words, “This bread is My Body,” should also force the words, “This cup,” to mean the literal vessel holding the wine, rather than the wine, which is not once mentioned. Now, there is certainly an important truth which demands that there should be only one loaf, “For we being many, are one bread and one body, for we are all partakers of that one bread” (1 Corinthians 10:17). The R.V. margin seems still clearer, “Seeing that there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body.” But there is no corresponding truth which obliges us to have only one original receptacle, no idea of unity being bound up in the “oneness of the wine.” Indeed, the blood of Christ was not shed on the Cross as a unity, but gradually, though finally all was poured out from His pierced side. However, any division, beyond what is absolutely necessary for the convenience of distribution, should be avoided. What is called “the individual cup” seems abhorrent to the idea of communion one with another.