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DR. B. H. CARROLL ON THE MEANING
by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
A sermon preached on Lord’s Day Evening, March 18, 2007
Concerning the bread, Jesus said,
“This do in remembrance of me” (I Corinthians 11:24).
Concerning the cup, Jesus said,
“This do…in remembrance of me” (I Corinthians 11:25).
Both elements of the Lord’s Supper are given for the same purpose - to cause us to pause and remember Jesus, to focus our hearts and minds on Him.
Dr. B. H. Carroll said, “Now I am going to give a five-minute sermon on the Lord’s Supper. First, let all the church assemble together for the observance of this supper. Then exercise these faculties - memory, faith, hope. This do in remembrance. What does memory do? Memory looks back. Remember whom?...Simply Jesus. ‘This do in remembrance of me.’ Remember Jesus, not in the manger, not rising from the dead, no; remember Jesus on the cross, dying. Remember His dying for what? Dying for the remission of sins. [Remember what? Remember the blood that He shed to cleanse our sins]. This is memory. “This do in remembrance of me,” on the cross dying for the remission of sins. Next we take up faith. What does faith do? It [sees] the Lord’s [body and] blood represented by the eating [and] the drinking. These are external symbols [understood by] faith. Faith sees through [the] ordinance as a symbol [of] Christ dying [and shedding His blood] for the remission of sins. That is faith’s part. Now there is hope. Hope does not look backward, like memory; it looks forward. ‘As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come” (I Corinthians 11:26). There is a [look of hope] into the future in the Lord’s Supper. Faith [looks] to Christ dying for the remission of sins; memory looks back to Christ dying on the cross for the remission of sins; hope looks forward to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ [at His] final advent [the Second Coming of Jesus]. That isn’t a hard sermon to remember. [That is the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. Amen.]” (B. H. Carroll, D.D., An Interpretation of the English Bible, Baker Book House, 1976 reprint, notes on I Corinthians 11:23-26).
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