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27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. - 1 Cor 11:27 (KJV)
This verse is concerning the Lord’s Supper or communion that the Lord Jesus told us to do in His remembrance until He shall return (1 Corinthians 11:24). The early church did this daily or weekly, in remembrance of Jesus sacrifice, but the modern church celebrates communion only occasionally. There is not a command as to how often we should celebrate communion, but we need to do it often, as we can not celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus too much. The bread and drink that we use are not as important as what they are representing, and Christians should not argue over the things used, but keep what they represent as being the important thing. The bread is representing Christ’s body, broken for us, and the drink, His blood spilled for us (Luke 22:19-20). We need to remember this often.
Many have thought that “unworthily” partaking in communion means that
you must not have any sin in your life, or you would be unworthy. That is not
what it means, as we all have sin in our lives of some degree (1 John 1:8).
This is just saying that if you have not been born again, then you must not take
part in communion, or you will be crucifying Jesus unjustly. You must be a born
again Christian to celebrate communion (The Lord’s Supper), or you will bring
judgement upon yourself. All Christians should be anxious to celebrate
communion, and never have doubts about being worthy, as you have the
righteousness of Jesus living in you (Romans 3:22), and that makes you worthy –
not how you have been living. So many churches still try to teach the Law, and
tell people they have to live holy and what all they must do to earn the right
of communion, but that is not so. All you have to do is be born again by
believing in Jesus, and you can take communion. Praise God for His wonderful
gift of salvation!
Devotional by Pastor Joe W. Green, www.Infinite-Faith.com
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