Friday, October 2, 2009

1 Corinthians 11:17-33

"I have no praise for you as I instruct you in the following matter: When you gather, it results in more harm than good. In the first place, I hear that when you gather as a church you split up into opposing groups. I believe some of what I hear. Fractions have to exist in order to make it clear who the genuine believers among you are.

When you gather in the same place, you can't possibly be eating the Lord's Supper. Each of you eats his own supper without waiting for each other. So one person goes hungry and another gets drunk. Don't you have homes in which to eat and drink? Do you despise God's church and embarrass people who don't have anything to eat? What can I say to you? Should I praise you? I won't praise you for this. After all, I passed on to you what I had received from the Lord.

"On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread and spoke a prayer of thanksgiving. He broke the bread and said, 'This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me. When supper was over, he did the same with the cup. He said, 'This cup is the new promise made with my blood. Every time you drink from it, do it to remember me. Every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about the Lord's death until he comes.

Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks from the Lord's cup in an improper way will be held responsible for the Lord's body and blood. With this in mind, individuals must determine whether what they are doing is proper when they eat the bread and drink from the cup. Anyone who eats and drinks is eating and drinking a judgment against himself when he doesn't recognize the Lord's body.

This is the reason why many of you are weak and sick and quite a number of you have died. If we were judging ourselves correctly, we would not be judged. But when the Lord judges us, he disciplines us so that we won't be condemned along with the rest of the world.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, wait for each other. Whoever is hungry should eat at home so that you don't have a gathering that brings judgment on you."

The Lord's Supper

There is great significance in receiving the weekly communion in remembrance of the Lord's death. The bread and the fruit of the vine have great meaning and were instituted by our Lord who was crucified for our sins. The intention was for us to remember the great sacrifice every week. How quickly we forget as human beings, how well God knows that! That is why we come together weekly, in unity, with the sole intention to partake of the Lord Supper.
Not to eat a meal and get drunk, or quickly eat thinking about who is
playing the football game at noontime.

REMEMBER THE LORD, reflect on His love for us.

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