We know 'wine' is symbolic of the 'blood of Christ'.
Matt 26:27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it
to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you.
:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is
shed for many for the remission of sins.
However, 'wine' is also symbolic of 'teaching'.
Matt 9:17 "Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else
the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the
wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new
wineskins, and both are preserved."
Luke 5:39 "And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires
new; for he says, 'The old is better'."
Christ is stating that one can not easily place new teaching into someone
who has grown accustomed to old teaching.
The question we have to ask is,
'In the Lord's Supper, is the 'blood of Christ', being used by
Scripture as a symbol for 'teaching'?.
To help us answer this question we need to consider the bread. In
the prior page it was noted that the bread of the Lord's Supper was
'unleavened'. The following helps explain the symbolism of bread
made without leaven.
Matt 16:6 Then Jesus said to them, 'Take heed and beware of
the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.'
:8 ... O you of little faith ...
:11 How is it you do not understand ...
:12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to
beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine
of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
[ Many have been taught 'leaven' equates to 'sin',
but as this verse shows it equates to 'doctrine'
or 'teaching'. Depending on the context the
teaching maybe that of man or that of God. ]
The bread of the Lord's Supper represented bread without 'teaching'!
For this reason it was necessary to include in the Lord's Supper an
entity which would symbolise 'teaching', hence the addition of the
This helps us to understand Christ's message;
Matt 26:28 For this is My blood [My teaching] of the new
covenant, which is shed [poured forth] for
many for the [purpose of bringing] remission
[forgiveness] of sins.
Scripture confirms this viewpoint.
Heb 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with
them after those days, says the LORD: I will put
My laws into their hearts, and in their minds
I will write them,
:17 then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless
deeds I will remember no more".
Realizing 'blood' equals 'teaching' also helps us understand Christ's
Matt 26:29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit
of the vine from now on until that day when I
drink it new with you in My Fathers kingdom.'
Luke 22:15 Then He said to them, 'With fervent desire I have
desired to eat this Passover with you before I
:16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until
it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God'.
We have here an assurance that no more words or teaching would be
presented before the people of God, other than those present in the
Old and New Testaments, prior to the establishment of the kingdom
[ NB: For many centuries fundamental Christianity has considered the
shedding of Christ's literal blood was what brought forgiveness
of sins. However, what really brings forgiveness of sin is the
adoption of the teachings of Christ. ]
Christ was instructing His disciples to, DRINK HIS TEACHINGS.