Fundamental Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; Matthew 26:26-28
Its key to understand that though partaking of the communion is definitely a blessing to be part of, it can also bring sickness to our bodies. But how can something that holy also be a cursed to us?
In this study we will learn what Paul meant in the book of First Corinthians of being unworthy and guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
Why Are Their Sick Christians?
A. Not Only Did Jesus Pour Out His Blood For Us; But He Also Gave His Body To Be Broken
To understand this better we will study these three verses:
In 1st Corinthians 11:27 it says: “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily the Greek definition is = (unfit for a thing; unworthy manner), shall be [verb in middle voice, “shall be for himself“] guilty of the body and blood of the Lord”. Not only is he “unfit” to partake of the meal but he will also be “guilty of the body and blood of the Lord”.
Here in it 1 Corinthians 11:28 it says: “But let a man examine (to test, by implication, to approve) himself…”. “Test or approve yourself if you are fit to drink of the cup and eat.
And finally, 1 Corinthians 11:29 it says: “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, … not discerning (to separate, make a distinction, discriminate) the
Lord’s body”. We find a great discrepancy in this text, because in the original Greek manuscripts you won’t find “the Lord’s”. So translating directly from Greek its read this way: “For anyone who eats and drinks without making a distinction of the body, eats and drinks judgement on himself”.
In summary it plainly says, “If you eat the bread and drink the cup of the Lord in a unfit condition you have made yourself guilty of the body (the bread) and blood (wine) of the Lord. Examine yourself if you are worthy to eat and drink of the Lord. Because if you eat and drink unworthily of the body and blood without discerning the body, you eat and drink judgment on yourself”.
What Body Is Paul Asking Us to Discern?
We already point out that in the original Greek texts there is no “the Lord’s” before “body” in verse 29. Not even in the spanish text do we find “the Lord’s”. So Paul here talks not about the body of the Lord, the body of Christ or the church, but instead he’s referring to our body.
It is our body we must discern before we partake of the Lord’s supper.
Partaking of the Communion is Proclaiming His Death
Verse 26 of 1st Corinthians says:
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes”.English Standard Version
Listen to this:
“To announce or proclaim the Lord’s death means that we declare openly that sin has been destroyed and finished; and also that the curse has no more power in our lives”.– Erick Escolero
To proclaim His death is to confess we are dead to sin. To be dead to sin, is to have been born again of the Spirit. To be dead to sin, is to have died together with Christ. Whoever hasn’t died to be born again is not worthy to proclaim or declare the death of the Lord. He doesn’t have any part in the ceremony. For he himself hasn’t died to his sins.
Those that haven’t yet been born again and participate in the Supper of the Lord are guilty. The sin in their lives is contradict what they are partaking of. By them participating in the ceremony in a fallen state they testify that Jesus hasn’t died for their sins and therefore are guilty of their sins. The curse is alive in their lives. They are judged because they have not yet believe in the redemptive work of jesus Christ.
A Person That Doesn’t Live a Life Crucified in the Lord is Living The Same Way a Person Dead in His Sins Live
Though some may call themselves “Christians”, a lot of them have not yet understood what it means to live a life crucified in the flesh and alive in the spirit. Many Christians live in a sinful state without repenting. The Christian that lives a life opened to sin without repentance also eats and drinks judgement on himself, for eating the bread and drinking the wine represents that the Lord has destroyed sin and the curse. But the Christian that carries unconfessed sin announces that the redemptive work of Christ is not yet a reality in his life. Therefore he brings judgement unto himself just as the unrepentant sinner.
A Christian Should Discern The Life of God in His Life
A Christian that eats and drinks the Supper meal should discern if the Life of God has been imparted in his life. The body represents the old nature. The Bible says to glorify God with our spirit and body which have been purchased by His blood. So then, because we have been crucified and buried to sin, we present our bodies as instruments of righteousness; meaning, no longer for sin, Romans 6:12-14.
This Life of God the person must discerned is the Bread of Life. If we have believed in our hearts the message that Jesus preached and turned away from the sins that had us captive, we can rightly be judge worthy to eat of the bread. Those that haven’t yet believed and repented of their old ways fall guilty of the death of Jesus, and are condemn, John 16:9.
“For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.”1 Corinthians 11:29 ESV
1 Corinthians 11:30-32 ESV – “That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world”.
If we were to “check ourselves” in other words and take action to repent, we would not be judged by the Lord. When we are walking in unrepentance we are walking in broken fellowship and in darkness.
Broken Fellowship Brings Illnesses and Death
We fall under judgement when we unworthily drink of the cup without restoring our fellowship with our Father. We brake fellowship with our Father when we live a sinful life without repenting. The Bible says:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another [with God and brother and sisters], and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin [we stay cleanse when we walk in the light, in Jesus commandments].  If we say we have no sin [if we say that we are walking in the light but yet our actions are of darkness] , we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar [because His law testifies that we are sinning], and his word is not in us [we don’t abide by His law of love].1 John 1:7-10 ESV
So if we have broken our fellowship with our Heavenly Father by not walking in the light, we are to confess our sins to Him, He is faithful to forgive us. That will restore us back unto fellowship and then we will be counted as worthy to partake of the communion ceremony. For His will is to live holy (sanctified) us through His blood. Our worthiness is not towards men but before God. He is the One who makes us worthy, not men.
The moment we wholeheartedly ask the Father forgiveness, He reestablishes His relationship with us as if we had never sinned.
Are we now worthy to eat and drink of the cup? Yes!
No minister, pastor or whosoever can stop you from eating and drinking of the cup of the Lord. As long as you out of love you have forgiven your fellowship brethren just as the Lord has forgiven you, you are in a position to rightfully partake of the covenant meal.
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