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Daily Gleaning - Presence Where?

In the first revision to the Articles of Religion (1571), Article 28 had an important paragraph removed. In Thomas Cranmer's original 42 Articles (1553), he explained at length why the Body of Christ is not 'in' the sacrament of the Lord's Supper except spiritually and by faith. Here is the paragraph unwisely removed by Archbishop Parker when the 39 Articles were revised.

"Forasmuch as the truth of man's nature requireth, that the body of one and the selfsame man cannot be at one time in diverse places, but must needs be in on certain place; therefore the body of Christ cannot be present at one time and in many and diverse places. And because, as Holy Scripture doth teach, Christ was taken up into heaven, and there shall continue until the end of the world, a faithful man ought not either to believe or openly to confess the real and bodily presence, as they term it, of Christ's flesh and blood, in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper."

In other words, when Cranmer said that "Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the Supper only after an heavenly and spiritual manner", what he meant is that Christ's real presence is not just a matter of faith. He was disputing WHERE real presence is. One might say that Cranmer believed the Nicene Creed should be taken at face value; 

"... And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead:..."

Location, Location, Location!!

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