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The Mystical Presence [EPUB] ✼ The Mystical Presence By John Williamson Nevin – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This is an OCR edition without illustrations or index It may have numerous typos or missing text However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from GeneralBooksClub Yo This is an OCR edition without illustrations or index It may have numerous typos or missing text However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of The Mystical ePUB í the original rare book from GeneralbooksClub You can also preview excerpts from the book there Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General books Club where they can select from than a million books without charge original Published by JB Lippincott ininpages Subjects Lord s Supper Mercersburg theology Religion Christianity History Religion Christian Rituals Practice Sacraments.


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  1. Booketeer Booketeer says:

    Here s the myth Roman Catholicism invents the idea that the Sacrament of the Lord s Supper actually conveys grace This eventually becomes the superstition of Transubstantiation Then Luther and Calvin rise up and liberate the masses from such belief in magic Luther never quite liberates himself, but Calvin gives us Luther s justification by faith undergirded by nothingthan hard core predestinarianism The sacraments are simply symbols, pictures, and or dramatizations of a spiritual trut Here s the myth Roman Catholicism invents the idea that the Sacrament of the Lord s Supper actually conveys grace This eventually becomes the superstition of Transubstantiation Then Luther and Calvin rise up and liberate the masses from such belief in magic Luther never quite liberates himself, but Calvin gives us Luther s justification by faith undergirded by nothingthan hard core predestinarianism The sacraments are simply symbols, pictures, and or dramatizations of a spiritual truth designed to bring it into the participant s remembrance.Nevin s The Mystical Presence A Vindication of the Reformed or Calvinistic Doctrine of the Holy Eucharistwas a reality check for American Evangelicalism He demonstrated that the assumption of American puritans that their heritage came from sixteenth century Geneva was a delusion Calvin believed and taught repeatedly and emphatically that believers truly partook of Christ s flesh and blood in the Lord s Supper The idea that the Eucharist was a naked symbol was a complete abomination in Calvin s eyes.Nevin s makes his case masterfully He quotes copiously from Calvin to show that His view of the real presence of Christ in the rite was not an obscure part of his teaching but an essential component of his theology He also explains how Calvin s view of the Eucharist was essential to his soteriology For Calvin, a person is not saved from the wrath of God simply because God imputes in a merely outward way Christ s righteousness to him A person is saved because he is incorporated into Christ s human body so that he isintimately bound to Christ than a branch to a tree, a member of a body to his head, or a human to Adam Only those united to Christ in this way by the power of the Holy Spirit can benefit from Christ s righteousness, having it imputed to them as His glorified human life is imparted to them This is the same once and for all forensic declaration, but it is not baseless, in Nevin s view Those who belong to Jesus have his righteousness Calvin was not unambiguous on this point.The Lord s Supper, says Nevin, according to Calvin and the other sixteenth century Reformers, renews and strengthens this union We are truly given Christ s human body by the Holy Spirit when we partake of the Sacrament Anything less would not be sufficient for our salvation and sanctification.Nevin carefully distinguishes Calvin s view not only from the socinians and other rationalists, but from that of traditional Lutherans and Roman Catholics Regarding the former, Nevin must have made his contemporary Evangelical readers wince when he pointed out that their view was identical to that of Unitarians and other liberals of the day On the other hand, unlike tran and consubstantiation, Calvin s view did not allow for actual material particles to be locally present in the elements or to pass into the bodies of partakers.Probably one of the most difficult aspects of Calvin s view was his insistence on a real participation in Christ s flesh and blood without any matter being transported into the participant Thus, Nevin s attempt to formulate and improve on Calvin s explanation is perhaps one of the most valuable aspects of the book Nevin make the rather obvious but head aching comment that a physical organism does not consist in particular physical particles Living human beings pass out and ingest new particles all the time Our human body is actually a law or force which must have matter to exist but is not identical with it An acorn is considered identical to the oak tree which grows from it, but the oak tree is exponentiallymassive and probably does not possess one material particle in common with the acorn from which it originated By these analogies Nevin clears away the conceptual difficulties which make Calvin s view hard to believe It would do no good if mere dead particles from Christ s flesh were transported into us What we need is Christ s life By the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ s resurrected, glorified, human life is given to us so that we become sharers in it.There is much else of value in Nevin s work,than I can recite from memory as I punch out this brief review Perhaps the most questionable portion of Nevin s work is his exegesis The texts he uses are very similar to those used by Richard Gaffin in Resurrection Redemption A Study in Pauline SoteriologyIn other words, Nevin was a century ahead of the cutting edge of conservative Reformed scholarship.Anyone claiming to be Evangelical and or Reformed needs to read this book There is simply nothing else like it You will never be the same again.


  2. Jacob Aitken Jacob Aitken says:

    Nevin argued that modern Puritan theology, manifested in the revivalistic tendencies of the Hodges of Princeton and the Dabneys of the South, represented a signficant deviation from Calvin s eucharistic theology And as Nevin goes on to argue, given the life giving importance of the Eucharist for the church, this was a major deviation, indeed Nevin simply summarizes and improves Calvin s eucharism He argues that in the Lord s Supper we feed upon the humanity of Christ flesh and blood through Nevin argued that modern Puritan theology, manifested in the revivalistic tendencies of the Hodges of Princeton and the Dabneys of the South, represented a signficant deviation from Calvin s eucharistic theology And as Nevin goes on to argue, given the life giving importance of the Eucharist for the church, this was a major deviation, indeed Nevin simply summarizes and improves Calvin s eucharism He argues that in the Lord s Supper we feed upon the humanity of Christ flesh and blood through faith by the Holy Spirit Against late Roman Catholicism we see Christ s humanity in heaven with the Father However, Calvin would say that gap bad terminology, but go with it at the moment is bridged by faith or the Holy Spirit.Nevin improves that language by positing humanity as an organic whole Christ is the Vine, and we are the branches This is a significant improvement, but one not without its problems Reformed and Anglican exegetes in the 20th century would improve this with their theologies of the Resurrection.Nevin also includes a damning critique of American sacramental theology There is simply no way to get around the evidence The American Reformed church treats the sacrments lower waaaay lower than their Reformed ancestors Low sacramental theology necessarily denigrates the role of the sacraments in the Church How often does your church celebrate the Supper


  3. wpschrec wpschrec says:

    A great book on the Lord s Supper He gives a brief overview of the Catholic and Lutheran views, but spends a good bit of time going over the Reformed Confessions, quotes from Calvin and other reformers supporting a Spiritual Presence view of the Eucharist He also gives many quotes from modern Puritans showing the current normative view of a symbolic communion and nothingHe shows different aspects of the church s relationship to Christ He does get a littlein depth nearer the end o A great book on the Lord s Supper He gives a brief overview of the Catholic and Lutheran views, but spends a good bit of time going over the Reformed Confessions, quotes from Calvin and other reformers supporting a Spiritual Presence view of the Eucharist He also gives many quotes from modern Puritans showing the current normative view of a symbolic communion and nothingHe shows different aspects of the church s relationship to Christ He does get a littlein depth nearer the end of the book, using Greek and Latin I think this is gearedtoward pastors and elders than to laymen, so I m sure I missed some stuff Even so, this was a very good book on communion and I d recommend it to anyone looking to learnabout it


  4. Adam Ross Adam Ross says:

    Review to follow.


  5. Douglas Wilson Douglas Wilson says:

    Great.


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