God's grace, unmerited favor, in the person and work of Christ to and for all men excludes all legal requirements or merits on the part of men for salvation.Thank you. So the eucharist/communion is NOT necessary for salvation.
As you noted below, Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Him. Since neither our will, works, or faith are Christ they are not the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father by them.
I could have been more specific, but I thought that photo negative analogy provided enough context. There appears to be a similar misunderstanding of the gospel in your view and that of Roman Catholics. That similarity is that you both seem to think everyone is out and people are trying to find their way in. That type of view is opposed to the objective true good news of the person and work of Christ to and for all men.What part do you disagree with? That Jesus was using symbolism when He took and broke the bread and said it is His body and gave the wine and said it was His blood or that when those who claim the bread and wine become His body and blood are resacrificing Him everytime they invoke this claim?
That is true, but from this point on your comments don't rightly reflect what Scripture actually says and meansJesus IS the Way, the Truth and the Life. He IS God. He is Savior. He IS the living water. His claiming the bread and wine ARE His blood and body,
There is nothing in His speech to indicate He was "symbolizing "irrespective of certain denominations that claim otherwise, is nothing but symbolizing for His disciples and all His future children what is about to happen to Him.
They knew, and all Christians should know, that Jesus said, *This is my body..." and that it was necessarily true even if they didn't understand it. Please note that in their recording of the event and it's explanation of it no one calls it a symbol or that He was symbolising.The disciples as that time had no idea what He was talking about but after His crucifixion they, and we knew/know.
What we are do is based on what He freely gives in the Supper, His body and blood for us in, or with, or under the bread and wine. We proclaim His death and resurrection, that He is the Christ.Consequently that is why we are called to do communion in remembrance of His sacrifice. Remembrance, as in bringing to mind His sacrifice when we take communion.
I'm out of battery and will finish responding later.