Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) and the Lord’s Supper

Posted: November 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

This week I had the chance to preach at a Reformed church in the Twin Cities area. I will be back at that particular church on Dec. 1 to preach once again. During that Sunday service they will take communion together as a body. I thought this post from 2011 on the views of Zwingli would be worth a reblog in light of that upcoming time of communion.


InThe Lord’s Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ Until He Comes,Dr. Bruce Ware has written an excellent essay tracing the theological views of Ulrich Zwingli in connection with the Lord’s Supper.  Sometimes authors and theology students have reduced Zwingli’s view of this ordinance to “mere memorialism.”  Dr. Ware states that this is “partial and imprecise.”  He goes on to show that “Zwingli clearly and certainly meant more by the Lord’s Supper than that it was a symbolic memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus who died on the cross for sin” (Ware, pg. 229). 

One of the main positions that Zwingli took issue with is that of Martin Luther.  Luther and Zwingli agreed on much.  However, over the issue of the presence of the body of Jesus in the Supper, the two could not agree.  Their debate in Marburg, Germany (1529) would put their differences on display in…

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