“We do well to keep steadily in view the simplicity of the Lord’s Supper. The less mystery and obscurity we attach to it, the better it will be for our souls” (Peter Jeffrey).
“Some neglect it altogether; some completely misunderstand it; some exalt it to a position it was never meant to occupy, and turn it into an idol” (J. C. Ryle).
“The Lord’s Supper was meant to increase and help the grace that a man has but not to impart the grace that he has not. It was certainly never intended to make our peace with God, to justify, or to convert” (J. C. Ryle).
“Not one of the writers of the New Testament ever speaks of the sacraments as a sacrifice, or calls the Lord’s table an altar, or even hints that a Christian minister is a sacrificing priest. The universal doctrine of the New Testament is that after the one offering of Christ there remains no more need of sacrifice” (J. C. Ryle).
“A clear view of the intention of the Lord’s Supper is one of the soul’s best safeguards against the delusions of modern days” (J. C. Ryle).
“Show me a man that really feels his sins, really leans on Christ, really struggles to be holy, and I will bid him welcome in my Master’s name. He may feel weak, erring, empty, feeble, doubting, wretched, and poor. What matter? St. Paul, I believe, would have received him as a right communicant, and I will do likewise” (J. C. Ryle).