2003-02-02 - Passages about Holy Communion
The Lord's Supper has been on my heart this week, since this weekend, I will
serve Communion for the first time as an Elder of my church. Today we will
read passages about Holy Communion.
Luke 22:15-20 (NASB) And He said to them, I have
earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say
to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of
God. And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, Take
this and share it among yourselves; I say to you, I will not drink of the
fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes. And when
He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them,
saying, This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance
of Me. And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying,
This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My
1 Corinthians 11:26-34 (NASB) 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. For this reason many among you are
weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we
would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord
so that we will not be condemned along with the world. So then, my brethren,
when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If anyone is hungry,
let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The
remaining matters I will arrange when I come.
1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NASB) Is not the cup of blessing
which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we
break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are
many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.
1 Corinthians 11:19-22 (NASB) For there must also be factions
among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you. Therefore
when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper, for in your eating
each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
What! Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise
the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you?
Shall I praise you? In this I will not praise you.