A quote from Calvin's Institutes, found in the December 2010 edition of the Banner of Truth magazine, on our worthiness to take the Lord's Supper:The key question:
Therefore, this is the worthiness – the best and only kind we can bring to God –
to offer our vileness (and so to speak) our unworthiness to him so that we might be lifted up by him; to accuse ourselves so that we may be justified by him;
moreover, to aspire to that unity which he commends to us in his Supper; and, as he makes all of us one in himself, to desire one soul, one heart, one tongue for all…
How could we, needy and bare of all good, befouled with sins, half-dead, eat the Lord’s body worthily?I love the answer:
Rather, we shall think that we, as being poor, come to a kindly giver; as sick, to a physician; as sinners, to the Author of righteousness; finally, as dead, to him who gives us life. We shall think that the worthiness, which is commended by God, consists chiefly in faith, which reposes all things in Christ, but nothing in ourselves.
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