Precepts Concerning The Lords Supper
I begin this hub with both a feeling of excitement and one of sorrow because of the way this wonderful experience has been portrayed to the body of Christ. To do this hub justice we need to reflect back to the message Paul is bringing in the 11th Chapter of 1st Corinthians verses 17- 34. The people of Corinth were caught up in their carnal ways and had problems dealing with moral issues. Paul in this 1st chapter is attempting to address the need for unity among the brethren and impart to this church the importance of keeping the Lord’s Supper. I have heard some Pastors invoke fear into their congregation by stressing the need for anyone partaking in this service to examine themselves as to not take this sacred service unworthy or suffer some evil such as sickness or death predestined to come upon one who ignores this warning.
Friends, readers, and fellow servants of the Lord, this is not the picture the living God wants us to see. We do not need to run from this sacred service with the impression of some powerful being sitting in heaven ready to throw us in hell every time we mess up. Please take time and go with me and read the 18th verse through the 22nd verse and get some valuable insight.
KJV 18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
To get a deeper meaning of what we are looking for let us go to the book of Jude and read verses 8-13 which I have took the liberty to include in this hub that you may glean from the word of God.
KJV 8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Is It Wrong To have Food In Church
I now present to you the true meaning of what is going on in this church that is upsetting to the Lord.
The early Christians held a love feast in connection with the Lord’s Supper during which they gathered for a fellowship meal. They worked together with other churches in the area and collected money for the orphans and widows. The disgusting part is that the wealthier members greedily consumed the food before the poor and deserving people for which the feats were being sponsored for could show up.
Paul was stating in verses 21 and 22 that if the people were not going to honor the purpose of the love feast, it would be better for them to eat and drink at home. I do not intend to meddle but some have taken it upon themselves to use these scriptures and some in the Old Testament to keep food and drink out of their sanctuary when in actuality, the Old Testament church would celebrate their tithe by eating a portion of it in church.
The First Church brought food such as grain and crops they had raised as a first fruit offering to the priests which would be stored in a storehouse built on the church. I regretfully make the statement that some Pastors will not allow singing groups to display their items and music Cd's in the church foyer or the church entrance. I might say these men are using what they think are scriptural references such as the one mentioned in Corinthians the eleventh chapter verse twenty two as a leverage against the people of God. They are attempting to use these scriptures as a command for the purpose of keeping sin out of their church when if the truth is known, there are more things hidden in their life and the way they have treated fellow ministers than the sin they are trying to keep out of their church. Oh’ Help Me Spirit of God not to meddle”. I got to get back to the Lord’s Supper and forgive me for telling the truth. Jude speaks of the love feasts and exposes the pride, greed, rebellion and iniquities of ungodly men who corrupted these feasts. These teachers were selfish and had no water to offer thirsty souls. They were unstable, fruitless, had no spiritual roots, and were likened to shooting stars that appeared for a limited time and vanish without a trace.
Is this hub going anywhere or do I need to really get deep because we are living in the closing days of the day of Grace and we as the church had better realize the time and get our walk right. The picture is not right when we see a divided church in the same building with two different pastors and no love for Jesus expressed in their services.
Can I Loose My Healing
Today, more people seem to be leaving church more entertained than elevated and this is not right. Can we be right and say that Hollywood has come to church? The sin that brings judgment is clearly revealed in verse twenty nine as that of not rightly discerning the Lord’s body.
The question to those partaking of this Holy Supper would be, how have you treated other members of the body of Christ and how have you treated members from other churches and organizations? Let me quick to point out a simple truth and that is that the church is not an organization but a living organism. We may go to our separate churches but we never disconnect from the body because we read in Ephesians 1st Chapter and verse 22 He hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
The Lord paid a high price for our salvation and it is time we honor his great sacrifice in the celebrating and partaking of his Holy Sacrament Service with reverence and Godly fear. You might ask, what is so special about this service that most people are afraid to participate in and why should I partake of it?
What Is So Special About This Sacred Service
First let me say that this blessed service causes us to enter in to appreciation with the one who died for us and is with us now through his spirit that lives within and in the officiating of this service, we look back on his great sacrifice on our behalf. We enter in remembering his great sacrifice of becoming our sin substitute and dying in our place. We remember and celebrate how he gave himself unselfishly and completely to satisfy the wrath of God against sin and allows the scriptures to be fulfilled as they cry out “He that knew no sin was made sin for us” and “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. Next, we look within ourselves and ask these questions?
1, Are we striving for holiness?
2. Are we totally committed in our Christian walk?
3. Do we recognize our brothers and sisters in the Lord and do we have fellowship with them?
The important part of this service is asking our self if we are eagerly looking forward to his coming with joy or are we looking in fear? Are we looking with joy to the day when we will be seated at his welcome table and watch as he our Lord and Creator girds himself and comes forth to serve the saints?
Before the Lord came into this world to redeem his people, the Passover Supper was to celebrate how God delivered his people from the bondage and cruel task masters of Egypt. Now in the day of grace, we are to celebrate this feast in remembrance and thankfulness for Christ making the way that the fellowship with God (which was lost through Adam) can be restored and made possible through His death, burial and resurrection. When we partake of this sacrament service and receive instructions from the elder officiating the service to take the cup and drink, we are to celebrate the new life made available to us through the blood of Jesus which was poured out for us.
When we are instructed to eat the bread or substitute that is served to us, we are to celebrate the Atoning work of Jesus and how his body was broken for us. We celebrate this as a proclamation of our faith.
This celebration service should cause us to look forward and anticipate the soon return of our Lord and savior as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Let us celebrate his soon return to get his saints and fulfill his promise to finalize his redeeming work which is the recovering of his greatest creation from the fall of Satan’s rebellion.