Eric, thank you for your commentary on the Reformed position. You said, “I think that you misunderstood the Reformed position.” I was not covering the Reformed position. I was citing what Jesus said in John 6.
ERIC SAYS: “He is not saying that we must literally eat his body and drink his blood in order to inherit eternal life” So we see here that when Jesus refers to eating his flesh and drinking his blood, he is using that in the context of coming to the father (believing upon him). He is not saying that we must literally eat his body and drink his blood in order to inherit eternal life. We see consistently in Jesus’ words that salvation is attained by believing upon him.JESUS SAYS:54 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (Jn 6:44).
Who should I believe, Eric who is citing his Reformed tradition or Jesus who is cited, in the Bible? As for me, I follow Jesus and the Bible. Eric, in addition since your statement is not in the Bible it is a violation of your “Sola Scripura” (Bible alone). If the Bible alone is not your only authority then your Reformed tradition is. Your Reformed tradition, like thousands of other traditions, does not go back to Jesus and the Apostles. When your tradition comes in conflict with the Bible, then follow the Bible. If we are not eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus under the form of bread and wine, then why did Jesus say, ”He who eats My flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise Him up on the last day” (Jn 6:44) and “My Body is true food and my blood is true drink” (Jn 6:55)?
There is an example of HUMAN TRADITION violating the word of God in Scripture, Mark 7:6-13. Jesus is complaining because the Pharisees were following human traditions that were in violation of God’s word. In this particular case there was a tradition “qorban” that violated the first commandment; Honor your father and mother.
6 He [Jesus] responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 7In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.’ 8Yoy disregard God’s commandments to cling to human tradition. 9He went on to say, “How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition! 10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘Whoever curses father or mother shall die.’ 11Yet you say, ‘If a person says to father or mother, “Any support you might have had from me is qorban”’ (meaning, dedicated to God), 12you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother. 13YOU NULLIFY THE WORD OF GOD IN FAVOR OF YOUR TRADITION that you have handed on. And you do many such things” (Mk 7:6-13). This of course is not a reference to all tradition but a corrupt tradition that is in violation of God’s commands.
Jesus said “My Body is true food and my blood is true drink” (Jn 6:55) and you are saying, “NO IT ISN’T!” Should I follow a corrupt tradition which is at odds with the words of Jesus or should I follow Jesus?