One of the main points the Bible stresses in both baptism and Communion is unity. There is unity of the believer with Christ and also unity between all those who are partaking.
It’s important to keep unity in mind here. Let’s say that the bread you eat at Communion literally becomes the body of Christ. What do you do with the leftovers?
You may laugh but this was actually a big deal in the early Catholic Church. The reason you see old depictions of priests as drunk is because they drank the leftover wine because it was wrong to throw it away. What if one piece of bread got dropped on the floor and someone stepped on it and crumbled it?
The Bible says there are many members but one body. Christ’s body has to be one. Ephesians 4 says there is “one body.” If there are little parts of the body floating around everywhere doesn’t that destroy its unity?
In the Last Supper that Jesus ate with His disciples He said “Take and eat; this is my body.” He didn’t do any Latin mumbling to convert the pieces into His actual flesh. He just broke it, gave it to them, and they ate.
When it comes to the cup He says:
“Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:27-29).
He says right there this is the last time He will drink the “fruit of the vine.” He’s drinking wine; He’s not drinking blood.
What He’s doing is clearly an illustration. It’s a physical parable. Again if you read the text literally you can literally tell He’s using an illustration. Boggles the mind that those who spiritualize the text all over the place go literal on this one spot.
If there was indeed a way to change the bread and wine into Christ’s flesh and blood, you’d think the Bible would say how you make that happen. You’d think there would be one word about it at least. Maybe an explanation about leftovers.
But there isn’t because at no point should anyone take this as anything more than an illustration.
I’s not the flesh and blood of Jesus before you eat it, nor is it the flesh and blood of Jesus after you eat it. It’s bread and wine. It represents the Lord’s sacrifice for you. You take it in remembrance of Him.
The real reason the Catholic Church muddles this up is because they once again were looking for power over people. If you need the bread and wine to undergo a supernatural change, you need supernatural people to do that for you. You need them or else you can’t worship God.
The Catholic Church is a one trick pony. They just do this over and over. The Reformers who saw this and revolted against it, couldn’t quite bring themselves to break entirely, so Lutheran and other Protestant churches retain some infant baptism and some pseudo-Catholic Lord’s Supper stuff.
Tradition is hard to break from. For the Reformers it was “Sola Scriptura plus a couple other things our mom would be mad if we got rid of from the Catholic Church.”
If you simply read the words in the Bible you’d never come up with infant baptism, nor would you ever come up with the idea that bread and wine turn into the literal flesh and blood of Jesus.
A corrupt system invented these things. Disobey human tradition; obey God.