Read Isaiah 55:1-3 (quoted in the corresponding paragraph). .How do these verses provide a rich invitation to the Lord's table for all the spiritually hungry, thirsty, and needy?
Why must the divine right to
participate be based upon
God's Word and not man's
words, ideas, or feelings?
The Lord's Supper is intended for all God's true children, for the entire family of grace. All those with a divine right are given scriptural freedom to participate at the Lord's table. The "little ones" in grace, as well as the more established, are invited. All those who have been cut off from hope and expectation in self, who have no spiritual "money, food, or drink" in themselves, and therefore need the Savior to supply for their lack, all such are warmly invited to freely feed upon the rich spiritual supply in Jesus Christ. "Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your souls shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David"
God's Word includes or excludes each person. The scriptural marks of true conversion bar a person from attending or give him freedom to partake. A person does not receive true, divine freedom to participate from certain feelings, e.g., a psalter that touched his emotions, a verse of Scripture that impressed him in a special way, or a feeling that he could not stay away from the table. In some cases, the Lord has granted special encouragements to His trembling children to go forward by touching their emotions with a song, word, or feeling of compulsion, but these assisting helps are not the grounds which gave the right or freedom to these believers to partake. God's Word is the key that includes or excludes. Its scriptural marks give or deny a person's freedom to participate at the King's table. The divine right to partake is based upon God's infallible Word and its marks of grace -not man's ideas, impressions, and feelings.
The misunderstanding of the second point pertaining to man's internal self-examination in our form has produced problems for "little ones" in grace. It reads as follows:
"Secondly. That everyone examine his own heart, whether he doth believe this faithful promise of God, that all his sins are forgiven him only for the sake of the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and that the perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed and freely given him as his own, yea, so