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1 Corinthians 11- The Lords Table Part 4

For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come. 1 Corinthians 11:31-34

The context of this scripture again is in reference to taking Communion properly, with the right heart and attitude. For those Christians who don’t practice or partake in Communion, why did the Apostle Paul spend so much time teaching on it? This was a command and sacrament ordain by The Lord Jesus Christ himself (Luke 22)

For the liberal Christian who says “Don’t judge me” while repeating Matthew 7 out of context, I have bad news for you, everytime you come to The Lord’s table you are being judged by Christ. We should be examining ourselves, examining our heart and relationship with God, before we even attempt to come to The Lord’s table. But remember God disciples those who he loves (Hebrews 12:6) There is nothing wrong with rebuke or correction, as long as its done properly and we actually listen. As the Apostle Paul says “We are chastened or disciplined of The Lord”

Again the big issue here with the Church of Corinth is they were abusing The Lord’s Supper and partaking in an unworthy manner, the people are Corinth were using this as an opportunity for a free meal and to get drunk, as stated previously in the early Church Communion was known as a Agape Feast, a full meal shared among the Church, it wasn’t the Communion they we know in today’s Church with a wafer and cup of grape juice. Much like the “Pot luck” dinners we have in today’s Church , many people were just coming to The Lord’s table to eat and get drunk , rather than pay any reverence or commemorate The Lord Jesus Christ

When we come to The Lords table, when we partake in Communion, we need to examine ourselves, we need to make sure we understand why we are partaking in the elements. Understand that the body and blood of Christ is our salvation, and honor what The Lord accomplished for us through His death and resurrection. If we don’t truly understand the gospel then we shouldn’t partake in Communion because your bringing judgment upon yourself.

Christ died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again, Amen!

1 Corinthians 11- The Lords Table Part 3

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 1 Corinthians 11:27-30

As we continue to look at Paul’s teachings on Communion, look at what he says here “Whoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of The Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of The Lord” Wow, think about that! If you partake in Communion with a wrong heart for God, you are guilty of the death of Christ. This should be a strong warning to everyone, to take The Lord’s Table seriously!

I know many Churches have open callings for anyone to partake in Communion, and I think we shouldn’t be a stumbling block or prohibit anyone from coming to Christ, however we also must be aware that allowing non-believers to partake in Communion is bringing judgment upon their soul. 

So how do we know if we are worthy of partaking in The Lord’s Table? As the Apostle Paul says here “Let everyone examine himself” Are you Born Again in Christ? Is Jesus your Lord and Savior? Do you believe he died for your sins and was raised from the dead? These are foundational questions you must examine in your heart, are you truly a believer or just a pretender? If your not sure, don’t partake in Communion until you repent and get right with God

The Apostle Paul says “For he that eat and drinks unworthily, eat and drinks damnation to himself” Again a strong warning from the Apostle, it’s not just a sin to come to The Lord’s table in an unworthy manner, it brings damnation to your soul. We are not playing Church, we are actively participating in the sacrament ordained by The Lord himself. We must take this privilege seriously and honorably.

Paul makes an interesting statement here “For this cause , many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (die)” Another Wow statement, Paul is saying there are many bringing curses upon themselves by partaking in Communion in an unworthy manner. Now I know there will be some who would like to make a theological argument against this statement to downplay it, but heed the warning from the Apostle! 

Next time your invited to The Lord’s table, examine yourself, do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, is Christ your Lord and Savior, The Lord is worthy of all praise, Amen!

1 Corinthians 11-The Lords Table Part 2

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.1 Corinthians 11:23-26

As I said previously , the Apostle Paul actually spent alot of time teaching on The Lord’s Supper or Communion, or if you want to call it the Eucharist. This has been a foundational sacrament since the early Church. As we talked in my previous post, Paul rebuked those who didn’t practice Communion in a Worthy Manner. When we partake in Communion, we should examine ourselves and make sure our heart is right with God

Now the question is “Should we practice Communion at all?” There are alot of Christians who neglect The Lord’s Table, the Apostle Paul repeats the commandments of Christ multiple times “Do this in remembrance of Me” When Jesus tells us to do something, we should do it, right? As Christ said “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15) 

The Apostle Paul echoes Jesus’ teaching on Communion (Luke 22) The bread is symbolic of the body of Christt, broken for our sins. The Cup is symbolic of the blood Jesus Christ shed for the atonement of our sins, and is the sign of the New Covenant. Many believe and assume baptism is the sign of the New Covenant, however I dont find scriptural support for this. I believe the blood of Christ is the sign of the New Covenant, without the blood of The Lamb there is no remission for our sins

Paul makes another statement here, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup” Now this statement would imply that Christians would be practicing this often, right? So why are there so many Christians that neglect The Lords Table? Not only did Jesus say “Do this in remembrance of me” And Paul said “As often as you partake in the bread and cup” This is a perpetual remembrance of what The Lord has done for us, until Christ returns

When we come to The Lord’s Table to partake, we should do so in a worthy manner with a clean heart to God, we will look  tomorrow at Paul’s extended teachings on this behavior! 

1 Corinthians 11- The Lords Table Part 1

Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. 1 Corinthians 11:17-20

One thing that is very clear about the Apostle Paul, is that he doesn’t mince words, he was a straight shooter. Notice how he rebukes the Church of Corinth here, he says “I praise you not, that you come together not for the better , but for the worse” Most Pastors would be encouraging their people to come to Church, however these Christians at Corinth, it was better they didn’t even come! I’m sure some of us probably could relate to a Church like this we know.

What was the problem here? Isn’t  “Going to Church” a good thing? Well not if you are doing it in an unworthy manner. If you are not going to Church , with the love of God in your heart, you’re not going for the right reasons. We don’t just gather with Christians to check off a box, we go to worship and fellowship with the body of Christ.  Paul was saying when alot of these “Christians” in Corinth got together, there was actually more problems than good

So what were some of the problems, well Paul lists divisions and heresies, doesn’t that sound familiar in todays Church? Satan loves to divide the Church, Satan loves to plant new ideas in the minds of prideful people and run with it. Today we have over 40,000 different denominations of Christianity, how did we get to this point? 

One command Paul did give to these divided Christians, “therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper” Now there are a few things we can take away from this, First having Communion or the Lord’s Supper, was a common practice in the early Church. I only say this because there are many Christians today, who have seemed to abandon the sacrament all together. I think it’s a shame, if you have never broken bread with the body of Christ, it’s a powerful practice

Secondly, The Lord’s Supper is to be taken seriously and in reverence. On one hand we don’t want to forbid the children from coming to The Lord (Matthew 19:14) but on the other hand we should make sure those partaking are Christians and understand the symbolism behind the elements

The Church of Corinth was abusing The Lord’s Supper as a time to eat and get drunk. We should inject some historical context here also. Communion was not the same as we know it today in the Church, The Lord’s Supper was an actual meal together , more similar to a “pot luck dinner” most Churches have today, it was known as a Agape Feast. So many people in Corinth would just come to the Lords Supper to get a free meal, and have no reverence for The Lord Jesus Christ at all

We will continue more on this topic in my next post, but remember when coming to The Lords Table, examine yourself and make sure your heart is right with God , Amen!

1 Corinthians 10 – The Lords Table

Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:14-17

One topic that the Apostle Paul clearly taught to me is about Communion, in this Chapter and the next Chapter, Paul really goes on into extensive teachings about the symbolism and importance of Communion. It grieves me when Christians reject the partaking of communion or just feel like it’s not important or relevant to their walk with Christ

Just for the record , I don’t believe in transubstantiation, that is the belief the bread and cup become the physically blood and body of Christ, I believe it’s only a symbolic gesture, however I think the remembrance and honor we bring to The Lord when we partake in Communion is important. 

I love what Paul says here “Being Many Are One Bread, and One Body, for we are all partakers of that One bread” When we think about taking Communion at Church, we are all partaking from that One loaf of bread, symbolic of the body of Christ. We are all united with Christ, One Body, which is the Church. The only thing that unites us is Christ, it’s such a spiritual fellowship that can’t be replicated

Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? 1 Corinthians 10:18-22

The Apostle Paul says “ You cant drink the cup of The Lord and the cup of devils, you cant be partakers of the Lord’s table and table of devils” Wow you could write an entire sermon about this, again more context on Communion. When we come up to the altar to partake Communion, we are to examine ourselves, repent of our sins, the worst thing someone could do is partake in Communion for the wrong reasons

How many partake in Communion , maybe every Sunday  and live like the devil? You can’t partake from the Lord’s Table and Satan’s Table, you are either Born Again or dead in sin. As Paul says “Do we provoke The Lord to jealousy”? Do you love The Lord or not? Don’t come to The Lords table unless you are coming with a clean heart for Christ, Amen!

Matthew 26- The Lords Supper

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Matthew 26:26-30

The Lords Supper, also known as The Last Supper, Communion, or the Eucharist, is a supernatural event. Now I’m not talking about transubstantiation, I’m talking about Christ revealing his salvation by his body and blood, and the unity of the body of Christ through Communion. 

Jesus said “Do This in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19) Christ commanded us as Born Again believers to partake in Communion, however there are many Christians who neglect to come to The Lords table, why? Many theological differences and traditions of men, sidetrack Christians in enjoying the beauty of The Lords Supper. When you have a group of believers , fellowshipping and worshiping together with Christ at the center, it’s a beautiful thing for the Body of Christ

Notice Jesus says “ I eagerly desire to eat this Passover with you before my suffering” This was not only a Passover meal this was THE Passover meal. Christ is The Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) And Christ has fulfilled The Passover at this meal, as Jesus said of the cup “My Blood of The New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (v28)

The bread, symbolic of the body of Christ, broken on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins. Remember the sacrifice Christ made for your soul, everytime you come to The Lords Table to partake in Communion. The cup is symbolic of Christ’s blood which was shed to wash us clean from our sins. This is the foundation of your faith, this is why Communion should be central to your worship. 

The Apostle Paul said “Each one of us must examine ourselves before you eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor. 11:28) Communion is not only a good time to fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but it’s a time to examine ourselves spiritually and repent of our sins. Don’t partake in Communion until you examine yourself, as Paul warns “whoever partakes in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:27)

Jesus said “Do This In Remembrance of Me” Don’t neglect coming to The Lords table, examine yourself daily, give Thanks to God for the salvation through Christ our Lord Amen!

Luke 22- The Lord’s Supper

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:14-20

 Christians might wonder, where did the sacrament of Communion originate? It originated right here at the Lord’s Supper. The day before Jesus went to the cross to be our Passover Lamb, he shared a meal with his disciples. Jesus took the bread, broke it , and distributed among his disciples and said “This is my body given for You, Do this in remembrance of Me” The bread is symbolic of Christ body broken on the cross for the penalty of our sins

Then Jesus took the cup, and said “This Cup is the New Covenant/Testament, which I shed for You” The cup of wine is symbolic of the blood of Christ shed for our sins, our sins washed by the blood of the Lamb. Also the blood of Christ is the sign of the New Covenant, the Better Covenant that makes us Children of God, Jew and Gentile , through Jesus Christ

Notice Jesus said “ Do this In Remembrance of Me” this was a commandment or sacrament Christ gave to us. Everytime we partake of the bread and cup, we are proclaiming The Lord’s death, resurrection, and His return. Jesus wants communion/fellowship with us, don’t neglect coming to The Lord’s table

But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. Luke 22:21-23

Jesus again prophesies about his death, the Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world (John 1:29) As Judas, the son of perdition, betrayed the Son of God to fulfill God’s will of redeeming humanity of their sins. When we partake in Communion/Lords Supper, we should reflect upon what Jesus has done for us and that Christ is returning again soon to establish His eternal Kingdom

We shouldn’t neglect coming to The Lord’s table, we do this in remembrance of Christ. We should mourn and rejoice everytime we come to The Table, knowing your a sinner but the sinless Lamb of God washed you clean by His sacrifice on the cross, Amen

Mark 14- The Lords Supper

And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born. Mark 14:20-21

As we talked about yesterday, Judas was evil and sold out The Lord for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus is revealing this now to his disciples, that one of them will betray him. When Jesus made this statement, the disciples looked at each other, having no idea who the son of perdition was. Even Judas tried to cover it up by saying “Surely not I Rabbi” (Matthew 26:25) Judas was filled with Satan and as Jesus said “It would have been better if he was never born”

But God uses the evil of this world for his own good, the scripture told us the Messiah must die for the sins of the world. God used the evil in Judas heart to fulfill this requirement. Its just hard to imagine, Judas spent 3 years with The Lord and would betray him for some money. As Jesus said “What does it profit you to gain the whole world but to lose your soul”

And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Mark 14:22-24

Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper or known as the Eucharist or Communion. This is a fulfillment of the Passover Feast. As the Apostle Paul stated “Jesus is our Passover Lamb” (1 Corinthians 5:7) Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (John 1) The final sacrifice for sin is about to take place and Christ has fulfilled this. The Lords Supper is the remembrance of this event, where God has provided us salvation

As Jesus taught us, the bread is symbolic for his broken body on the cross. The cup is symbolic for the shedding of Christ’s blood which purifies our sins. The blood is a sign of the New Covenant Jesus established on the cross! The blood of the New Covenant that was shed for many not just Israel

Jesus also stated “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19) Jesus commanded the Lords Supper as a sacrament that shouldn’t be neglected. As Paul stated “As often you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26) Proclaim Jesus as your Passover Lamb often, Do this in remembrance of Christ! Amen!

Holy Week- Maundy Thursday-Lords Supper

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” Mark 14:22

The Last Supper, The Lords Supper, or Communion, whatever you want to call it was a sacred event that declared the coming of the New Covenant! Why was Jesus and his disciples having a feast? Because it was Passover and Jesus is the Passover Lamb, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover as the Lamb of God

Jesus said to “Do this in remembrance of Me” taking communion is a sacred time when we reflect on Christ and what he has done for us. As the Apostle Paul says we should “Examine ourselves” (1 Corinthians 11:28)  meaning to reflect on our relations with Christ

As Jesus broke the bread he said this is symbolic of his body broken on the cross for our sins. His body he laid out for us as a atoning sacrifice for our sins not his!

And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Mark 14:23-24

The wine was symbolic for his blood shed on the cross to cover us of our sins. This is the blood of the Lamb that allowed death to Passover us. Jesus said his blood is a New Covenant which is for many! God and Man has become reconciled

When you take communion, do it in remembrance of Christ and what he has done for You! Examine yourself and get right with God, repent any sin in your life and rejoice in the Lord Amen!

John 6- Communion

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. John 6:53-55

One of the more “difficult” teachings of Jesus was about partaking in his flesh and blood. Now having the revelation we have today, we know that Jesus was foretelling about the practice of Communion. We know his body and blood were broken and shed for our sins on the cross. Anyone who rejects this can’t have atonement for their sin

Whoever receives Christ’s sacrifice He will resurrect in the last day. We know this is a foundational teaching of the gospel of Christ. Without the cross you can’t have the resurrection. Until we are reborn from being dead in our sins, we can’t be reconciled back to God

He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. John 6:56-58

This is why I think Communion is an essential practice in Christianity. Jesus said “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22)Is Jesus referring to us eating his physical body and drinking his blood? No, and the reason I believe is because Jesus taught this to the disciples while he was still alive and physically with them.

At the Lords Supper, when Jesus told them the bread was his body and the wine was his blood, he meant it symbolically. The disciples couldn’t eat Jesus body and and drink his blood when he was physically alive and sitting there with them, it’s not logical

These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? John 6:59-61

Many of Jesus followers didnt understand his teaching and left him. “What kind of teaching is this”? The problem is they didnt understand what Christ was about to do for the world. This didn’t have the further revelation that we have today.

What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. John 6:62-64

Not everyone will become saved, many have and will reject Christ. This was evident back then and this is still evident today. Jesus already knows his Sheep and calls them by name. Those who abide in Christ , he will abide in them

Communion is an essential doctrine and practice of Christians, anyone who wont partake in the body and blood of Christ, can have no part in Him! Abide in Jesus , Amen!