Archive for January 14th, 2020

1 Corinthians 11:26-29

In 1 Corinthians 11:26-29 Paul continues to teach on the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. He reminds the church that this celebration is about Jesus, a new covenant, and nothing else. What is the new covenant all about?

  • It is about an inner transformation, that cleanses us from all sin: For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more (Jeremiah 31:34)
  • It is about God’s Word and will in us: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts (Jeremiah 31:33)
  • It is about a new, close, relationship with God: I will be their God, and they shall be My people (Jeremiah 31:33)

So it is serious and we need to treat it as such. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Paul then goes on to tell us how to prepare for receiving the Lord’s Supper. Failure to prepare and partake in a worthy manner is like using profanity at Jesus. “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.” Taking part in the Lord’s Supper means we recognize what we celebrate. It also means we deal with our sin and confess it. If a Christian is in sin, and stubbornly unrepentant, they are mocking what Jesus did on the cross to cleanse them from their sin. We must get right with God and confess and repent to come to the Table in a worthy way.

Paul warns the Corinthian Christians to treat the Lord’s Supper with reverence, and to practice it in a spirit of self-examination. However, this is not written with the thought of excluding ourselves from the table, but of preparing us to receive with the right heart. “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” It is just given so we take the proper steps to prepare, which begins with looking into our own heart to see what sins we need to confess and what relationships we need to mend. Guzik wrote “ We can never really make ourselves “worthy” of what Jesus did for us on the cross.

He did it because of His great love, not because some of us were so worthy. As we take the bread and cup, we should not stare at the floor or struggle to achieve some sort of spiritual feeling. We should simply open our heart to Jesus and recognize His presence with us – in fact, in us!” If we will discipline ourselves and approach the Lord’s Supper in the right manner, the Lord will not need to chastise us with His hand of correction. “For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.” God is serious about this ordinance of communion and will discipline us if we fail to take it seriously.

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