Monday, October 15, 2012

No question of the Belief of the Early CHurch

Justin Martyr was around 151AD. this was before the Bible was completed and what he says here is very clear that the Early Church has always believed that the Bread and Wine is the Body and Blood of Christ!.

Justin Martyr:

We call this food Eucharist, and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true and who has been washed in the washing which is for the remission of sins and for regeneration [i.e., has received baptism] and is thereby living as Christ enjoined. For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these, but since Jesus Christ our Savior

 was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the food which has been made into the Eucharist by the Eucharistic prayer set down by him, and by the change of which our blood and flesh is nurtured, is both the flesh and the blood of that incarnated Jesus

(First Apology 66 [A.D. 151]).

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