Transubstantiation comes from the Latin "trans": beyond; and the Latin "substantia": substance.
The idea that is conveyed and taught, is that - whan the Bread and the Wine of the Communion Service is offered, having been blessed, it becomes more than just its outward appearance. The Bread and the Wine becomes, as it were, "GOD-breathed" upon, as though incorporating into itself -- for the very purpose of the Service, and Sanctification -- the very Spirit of Christ, or at least a literal and direct spiritual link with Christ from Gabbatha to Calvary that is unencumbered by time or space.
Here, at such a moment, there is no unreachable past, because Gabbatha to Calvary is placed in the present. Here, as Communion is taken, the sin debt which was paid in full, once again washes clean the sinner yielding to Christ. If Pride prevents such acceptance of the sin debt, the Communion may return the sin upon such a person's own head, and sickness and death may result. This is why we must all understand the doctrine more thoroughly, and warn about partaking as if it were a common thing without consequence. The Communion is Holy because Christ is Holy, and Christ is Holy because GOD is Holy. Let's look at it.
(I Corinthians 10:16-17)
τό ποτήριον της ευλογιας ό εύλογουμεν
The drinking vessel of Blessing with which we bless,
ούχι κοινωνια του αϊματος του χριστού
not a partaking of the blood of Christ?
έστι τον άρτον όν κλωμεν ούχι κοινωνια
is the Bread which we break not a partaking
του σωματος του χριστου έστιν ότι εις
of the Body of Christ? it is, because one
άρτος έν σωμα οι πολλοι έσμεν οι
Bread, one Body, the many we are, the
γάρ πάντες έκ του ένός άρτου
for all of the one Bread
1. "The drinking vessel of blessing, with which we bless,
2. is it not -- (and we know it is) -- a partaking of the blood of Christ?
3. The bread which we break, is it not -- (and we know it is ) -- a partaking
4. of the body of Christ? because one
5. bread, one body, we being many, are:
6. for all of the one bread
7. we partake.
Hence, we see a spiritual, not a physical unification, of the Church in the Pauline text. Physical tokens are used, by they unify via faith and by other spiritual means. A sacrifice that is prayed over is no different physically than that of a sacrifice not prayed over. But spiritually, there is a "something extra" connection...and that is what is being inferred here. We have a "blessed" or "prayed over cup" that is lifted and identified with. It is treated as "set apart", to remain pure and undefiled by protection, to be holy. That sanctification and faith is meant to bridge the realm betwen this physical world and the spiritual realm we cannot see, which is unhindered by time or space. Therefore, by blessing the bread and the wine of the Communion, there is indeed that direct spiritual line or attachment, as if a root or fiber drawing nourishment, forgiveness, and atonement from the Cross for those who partake in faith.
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