Definition: The consecrated wafers and wine is the real body and blood of Jesus (though retaining their original appearance). Therefore, they are to be worshiped as God incarnate. The elements do not give rise to a spiritual presence only. Nor is it solely a communal meal whereby Jesus’ sacrifice is commemorated. The fullness of salvation is only available in the Catholic Church, since their priests alone have the power to bring Jesus down to earth to be sacrificed on the altar.
Discussion: The exclusiveness of the Catholic claim holds many of her adherents in bondage to its false teachings. Jesus is really present in heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:34-35). Offered only once for salvation, He will appear a second time to those who eagerly await Him at the Rapture (Heb. 9:28, 1 Thess. 4:17).
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- Info from Bill Jackson – Real Presence