A Treatise on the Lord’s Supper, by Henry Smith (ca. 1550–1591)
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Henry Smith (ca. 1550–1591) was an English clergyman, widely regarded as “the most popular Puritan preacher of Elizabethan London.” His sermons at St. Clement Danes drew enormous crowds, and earned him a reputation as the “Silver Tongued Preacher”.
In this work on the Lord’s Supper, Henry Smith explains 1 Cor. 11:23b-24, “That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Smith obliterates the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation by careful study of the Scriptures, quoting the early church fathers, and showing how the Roman Catholic doctrine (where the bread and wine change into the body and blood of the Lord), is logically impossible and inconsistent.
Smith covers the doctrine of the Supper in two parts: part 1 is an explanation of the doctrine, and part two demonstrates practical steps of examination before partaking of the Supper. Smith explains succinctly such topics as: the fruit we receive out of the sacrament, unworthy reception of the Supper, and most importantly, the art of self-examination.
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