Moroni 5

Moroni 5:1 The manner of administering the wine

For a discussion on the nature of Nephite wine, see commentary for 3 Nephi 18:8. See also DC 27.

Moroni 5:2 in remembrance of the blood of thy Son

The symmetry and the symbolism of the sacrament is impressive, for the entire plan of salvation finds its fulfillment in the symbolism of this ordinance. The Fall brought into the world two kinds of death, physical and spiritual. The atonement overcame two kinds of death, physical and spiritual, and each of these elements is beautifully represented in the ordinance.

Physical Death

Spiritual Death

Separation from the physical body

Separation from God

Overcome by the Resurrection of Christ

Overcome by the Redemption of Christ

Death overcome for all (1 Cor 15:22)

Remission of sins for many (Matt 26:28)

Represented by the Body of Christ

Represented by the Blood of Christ

Symbolized by the bread

Symbolized by the wine/water

Christ is the bread of life (Jn 6:35)

Christ is the fountain of living water (Jn 4:10)

Bread is broken as was Christ's body

Water is poured out as spilt blood, he hath poured out his soul unto death (Isa 53:12)

Offering consummated on the cross

Offering consummated in Gesthemane