Celebrating the Lord’s supper yesterday morning is always a wonderful experience for me, we commemorate our Lord’s death as He commanded “Do this in remembrance of Me” 1 Corinthians 11:24 Just do it and keep on doing it… This is how I want to be remembered. Remembering His finished work on the cross… That great exchange, He was our propitiation 2 Corinthians 5:21 and at the same time celebrating my (yours) salvation… He died for me!
John Newton wrote
I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agony and blood;
He fixed His languid eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.
Oh, can it be, upon a tree
The Savior died for me?
My soul is thrilled,
My heart is filled,
To think He died for me!
Let me share with you Paul’s account of this as written in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
I have always wondered what verse 28 means ” But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” So a few years ago I studied it a little deeper. But lately It’s been on my mind for several months now “But a man must examine himself.” There’s a communion here with Jesus Christ and we need to bring something to the Lord’s table, What is it? A heart that’s been examined. The next question to ask is there such things as unworthy partakers other than a unbeliever 1 Corinthians 11:29 well the answer is YES!
The Lord’s Supper is the epitome of fellowship (koinonia)… That which is in common, It describes a close association involving mutual interests and sharing. The Tyndale Bible Dictionary says “Communion with God, which results in common participation with other believers in the Spirit of God and God’s blessings” The Corinthian church had a bunch of unworthy partakers breaking there communion with God. Why? Sin, Pride, Angry and division… And they still went to the communion table, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. So Paul warns But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly 1 Corinthians 11:28-29
How did God judge them in Corinth 1 Corinthians 11:30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. Really, I’m saying this with all the grace and humility I can muster up behind this keyboard… Sin breaks communion with God and violates the Lord’s supper, that I believe is worse than even an unbeliever partaking. Continued un-confessed sin violates everything the cross stood for… We are free from the bondage of sin, though sin remains in us, it does not reign in our lives Romans 5:21 Romans 6:1-2… Confess it 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Listen! I not saying we can remember every sin and we must confess all before partaking in the Lord’s table… But if you have habitual sin in your life regardless what it is and you’re a believer, you need to confess it to God before partaking.
If you’re angry at a brother or sister go to him and when you sin, confess it and repent don’t bring your sin to the Lord’s table and defile it… Don’t break the fellowship with other believers… But bring back your Joy in Christ and Christian fellowship, If you’re not ready to do this DON’T TAKE COMMUNION! I did this once, not take communion that is, because I had bitterness and angry in my heart against a brother and I failed to repent and confess before the Lord’s table was served… I felt like people were staring at me and that I had two heads because I didn’t partake. But better to feel that way than defile the Lord’s table. Please let me know what you think? This is not an exhausted study on this and I’m sure someone else could explain it a lot better than I just did… But I do know this, this table is His table and we partake with Him who died for us… That’s what I learned in church yesterday.