communion

COMMUNION

Text: 1cor 11:23-34.

WHAT IS COMMUNION?

  1. The Christian ceremony in which people eat bread and drink wine assigned of Christ’s body and blood. (as a noun)
  2. As a special relationship with someone or something which makes you feel that you understanding them very well. E.g. prayer is a form of communion with God.

Bible study revealed that early Christian were involved in a special relationship

With one another and with Christ through their common faith and share belief in

The Son of God e.g. Acts 2, Acts 4.

The Bible also revealed that as a result of the salvific work which Jesus did, He

Instituted a feast to commemorate His death burial and resurrection. These two

Ideas support our definition above.

In this discuss, we will be looking at the communion from these two perspectives,

But firstly, in the observance and remembrance of the death of Christ.

COMMUNION AS: REMEMBRANCE OF CHRIST DEATH

This is a feast that Jesus Christ Himself instituted among His disciples Mathew

26: 26 this was done after the feast of Passover taken place. Let us look at the

Order of events on the night of Passover (a) The taking by our Lord and the

Disciples of their places at the table: (b) the contention who should be the greatest

© The feet washing: (d) the institution of the Lords supper:(e) the words of

Jesus still in the room. (Matt.26:26-29: lk 22:35-38; Jn 13: 31-33) etc.

(f) The words of Jesus between the room and the garden (mat 26:31-35;

Mk 14:26-31.

Jesus instituted the supper by taking two elements: the” bread and Cup”. He offered

Prayers for the two and gave to the disciples to eat and drink from.

The bread symbolizes the body of Christ that shall soon be nailed on the cross.

1cor 10:4. And the cup, which had fruit of vine, symbolized His blood that was

Shed to enact the new covenant, which ushered in forgiveness of sin. Jesus

Demonstrated his approach to a sacrificial death with the Cup” the emphasis was

Not on the cup but the content of the cup”. The body of Jesus was to be crucified

Enabling His blood to gush out. The symbolic is in the fact th0at Jesus

Offered himself sacrificially for the sins of many. In His word he said “take, eat,

This is my body” the body went through future and finally was nailed on the   tree.

He suffered humiliation, abuse, ridicule and rejection for humility to be able to find

God and eternal salvation.

The summary of this death is “forgiveness. It is the blood of the new testament”

Referring to the covenant that had been promised in the Old Testament. (see

Jere 31:31-34; 32:37-44. Ezek 34:25-31;37:26-28) the case was to establish a means,

To send off, or away. To separate the sin from the sinner. Of note is the difference

Between human forgiveness and divine forgiveness. The former is to remit penalty

Which the later follows the execution of the penalty. Lev 4:35” (b) the blood of

Christ, (sending away, forgiving) sins” vs28. The Bible said without shedding of

Blood there is no remission. Heb9: 22.  The sin of the justified believer interrupts his

His fellowship, and is forgiven upon confession, but always on the ground of

Christ’s propitiating sacrifice. (1cor 1:6-9; 2:3). Human forgiveness is inferred upon and results from divine forgiveness Eph 4:32, mat 18:32-33. In view of John 10:17-18; He could have been fear of unwilling death. He knew fully well what the agony of the cross would mean when His soul was made an offering for sin. (Isa 53:10) in the hiding of the fathers face knowing the cost of the utmost, He voluntarily paid it.

After the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His subsequent Ascension, Christians were found observing this through Direct command, Apostolic example. Acts 20:7, 1cor 11:23-34; 1cor 10:14.The early Christian were a costumed to receiving and commemorating the resurrection during this feast on the “Lords day” or first day of the week” which took place of the Jewish Sabbath. It’s also likely that beside this feast, they took a common meal together.

In 1 cor 11:23; Apostle Paul said that he receive of the lord” this feast-which indicates that observers of it should see it as accomplishing that of which the paschal lamb was the type-the body broken for them the blood shed for them. And such is applied to us, the observers of the body.

THE COMMUNION AND MISSION: Is 24-26 of 1.cor 11;& 1cor 10:16-22. The Lord’s Supper looks back to Christ’s death and forward to His second coming. It is a time of remembrance; to dwell so much on the agonies of the crucifixion as it is to be remembering the marvelous life and ministry of our savior. It is an occasion for expressing our deepest praise and appreciation for deliverance from sin, Just as one step in the Jewish Passover meal was to proclaim the Hebrews deliverance from Egyptian bondage (Ex12: 26-27; 1cors.1: 11-26.

It is a time of refreshing and communion. As we participate in the benefits of Jesus death and resurrection to life (Rom 5:10; 1cor 10:16)

THE COMMUNION ATTITUDE: 1cor 11:27-34; 10:16-21. There is always a room for self-examination before the partaking oft the supper. The participants are to avoid sinful living just as participating in idol worship violates the fellowship and unity of the Lord’s Supper.

The partakers is to rid his/her life of sin, and pay due regards to the feast. Like the Corinthians, they made it a time of overeating and getting drunk rather a time of reflecting on the death and resurrection of the lord. Living to observe the lords supper demands separation. We need to prove, or test ourselves to see if we have proper faith in the lord Jesus. Understanding the full import of the feast.

When such is neglected, judgment and punishment will ensue though not unto damnation for the essence for their emendation.

WARNING   Vs 30

This passage or verse carries with it enough indication that improper conduct will be punished. Many of the Corinthians fell victims of their own intemperance and so; Christians are warned to desist from engaging in reprehensible disorders that may attract Gods chastisement on them.

Application of self-judgment is mostly needed and recommended such attitude of discovering our impropriety exercising self-condemnation, over our conduct, humility to ask for forgiveness, we shall not be judged. Self-judgment avoids chastisement, and if neglected God chastises bit never condemns.

CONCLUSION:

There is need for waiting on the Lord’s Table, and the soul and body graciously disposed for the supper to be empowering and deservingly satisfying.

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~ by ubcky4 on June 9, 2009.

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