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The Lord's Supper is a sacrament ordained by Christ Himself, and intended for the edification and refreshment of true believers.  But when people are taught that all persons ought to come to the Lord's Table, whether they have faith or not; and that all alike receive Christ's body and blood who receive the bread and wine, I believe their souls are in great danger. No man eats Christ's body and drinks Christ's blood except the justified man.  And none are justified until they believe and have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal saviour. The Lord's Supper is a symbol of His death. We remember His death and we look forward to His return.

The Lord's Supper is to commemorate His broken body and His shed blood until He comes again. The believers eat broken bread and drink the fruit of the vine. It is communion of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 10:16 - 17, "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, being many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread".

We read in Matthew 26:26 - 28, 'And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it  and broke it, and gave it to His disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body". Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins, But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom”. The bread that was used at the first supper was unleavened bread the same that was used at the Passover. The fruit of the vine, Matthew 26:29, not fruit juice or anything else, but wine. The Bible says some even got drunk, see 1 Corinthians 11:21.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11:23 - 34, "For I have received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night that He was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me". In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me".

a. Verse 26, 'For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. The early church in the beginning practiced it daily, Acts 2:42 - 47. There is no Scripture that says it has to be daily, it says as often. In other words whenever you decide to. The Lord's Supper is to be eaten by more than one person. When we come together?

b. Verse 27, 'Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord'.

c.  Verse 28, 'But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup'.

d. Verse 29, 'For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgement to himself, not discerning the Lord's body'. The Lord's supper was to be eaten worthily, that is, in simple faith appropriating the benefits for which it stands.

e.  Verse 30, 'For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep'. Those who failed to have respect and true faith in its benefits were sickly and some died of sicknesses.

f.   Verse 31, 'For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged'. Search, you own heart and conscience, judge yourself. Make sure that you do not have anything against someone else, or something that you did not confess to God. If you do not do that in time God will judge you.

g.  Verse 32, 'But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world'. The Lord will chastise us if we do wrong. 'For whom the Lord loves He chastens.' Hebrews 12:6 - 7.

h. Verse 33, 'Therefore my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another'. The Lord's supper got out of hands in the Corinthian Church. Paul had to lecture them.

i.  Verse 34, 'But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgement'. The Corinthian Church combined the Lord's Supper to a meal including their own.

                                                           Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.

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