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Holy Communion

Holy Communion - The Lord's Supper is a Powerful act that the Lord Jesus Christ told us to partake of until He comes. He said to do it "in remembrance of Me". For more lessons on this go to www.jonathandoctor.net and download a free ebook copy of my book "Prophetic Grace - God's Set Time" or listen to the audiobook part "Redemtion by Blood" where I discuss this in detail..

The Lordís Table

Whatís the Purpose?

by Rev. Jonathan Doctor, Ph.D.

 

TITLE:           Whats the purpose of Communion?

 

TEXT:            I Corinthians 11:23-30.    I Corinthians 10:16  

 

1.   Purpose: The purpose of Communion is to remind the believer of Jesusí provisions that were purchased at the cross at Calvary, and to stir his faith to receive the benefits that were bought and paid in full.

 

   A.    Like a statue or a memorial is set up to bring remembrance of an accomplishment; Likewise The Lordís Table is set up to bring remembrance of what God and Jesus did for us at Calvary!

 

2.   Partnership: Communion means fellowship and partnership, Communion symbolizes our relationship and covenant with God and Christ and one another.

 

   A.    Every time we partake of Communion, in a sense we relive our salvation and redemption experience.

 

          1. We are reminded of its sense of power, love, pureness, holiness, freedom, joy, and peace.

 

          2.Communion helps us never to forget that the provision of salvation and healing and every other blessing  from God is ourís only by Godís Grace through the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary. (Heb. 9:22)

 

                 A.  I Corinthians 10:16  When we bless the cup at the Lordís Table, arenít we sharing in the benefits of the blood of Christ? And when we break the loaf of bread, arenít we sharing in the benefits of the body of Christ?

 

3.   Participation: Unless a person has partaken of Jesus Christ in redemption through the new birth,  his participation in Communion is nothing more than a religious ritual, having a form of godliness but denying the power.

 

   A.   Taking Communion out of religious duty, without being born-again, is like playing on a team without really being a part of the team.

 

4.  Provision:  Unless a person understands and identifies the elements with Mount Calvary and Christís provision; and takes communion in faith in what Jesus did for us at Calvary, the symbols are nothing more than a piece of bread and some juice.

 

1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

1Co 11:30  For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

 

    A. We need to discern the Lordís body. We need to understand fully what the body of Christ on the cross did for us.

      Strongís definition: to discern= to separate thoroughly, to discriminate , to understand, decide, differinciate, discern.

 

        1. The bread represents the broken body of Jesus that took our sin  iniquity and pain and sickness and every curse of the law.He took ALL the evil due us.

 

1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

 

Isa 52:14KJV  As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

Isa 52:14 GNB Many people were shocked when they saw him; he was so disfigured that he hardly looked human.

Isa 52:14BBE  As peoples were surprised at him, And his face and appearance  was not beautiful, so as to be desired: his face  and appearance was so changed by disease as to be unlike that of a man, and his form was no longer that of the sons of men.

 

Isa 53:4KJV  Surely he  hath borne  our griefs,  and carried our sorrows:  yet we  did esteem  him stricken, smitten  of God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:5  But he  was wounded  for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement  of our peace  was upon  him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

STRONGíS DEFINITIONS:

borne=(nasa)=to lift, accept,  bear (-er, up),  carry (away),  lift  up, take (away, up),  wear, 

griefs=anxiety, calamity: - disease, grief, (is) sick (-ness).

chastisement= reproof, warning  also restraint:  chastening  chastisement, correction, discipline,  rebuke.

peace=shalom=safe, that is,well, happy, friendly; also welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace: favour,  greet, (good) health, (perfect, such as be at) peace (-able, -ably), prosper, rest, safe, welfare, well.

 

Isa 53:4 GNB But it was our pain he took, and our diseases were put on him: while to us he seemed as one diseased, on whom God's punishment had come.

Isa 53:5 MSG But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him--our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed.

 

Gal 3:13 MSG Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life (the curse of the law)  by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the Cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse.

 

Col 2:14 CEV God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross.

Col 2:14KJV  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Col 2:15  [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

 

Eph 2:15 GNB He abolished the Jewish Law with its commandments and rules, in order to create out of the two races one new people in union with himself, in this way making peace.

Eph 2:16  By his death on the cross Christ destroyed their enmity; by means of the cross he united both races into one body and brought them back to God

 

Heb 10:19GNB  We have, then, my friends, complete freedom to go into the Most Holy Place by means of the death of Jesus.

Heb 10:20  He opened for us a new way, a living way, through the curtain---that is, through his own body.

 

5. Proclomation:   When we partake of Communion we are showing, or proclaiming the Lordís death.

 

1Co 11:26  This means that every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

 

          A. We are proclaiming to all of heaven, hell, and to all the world that we believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, was buried and on the third day God raised Him from the dead!

 

          B.  We are declaring to the devil, and all his power, that Jesus defeated him at the cross and that he has been made of no effect and cannot touch us. The blood has been applied to our lives.

 

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy (make of no effect!) him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

Col 1:21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in [your] mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Col 1:22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

 

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].

 

Heb 10:14  For by one offering (of His death on the cross) he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.                    JESUSí

 

DEATH PUT THE NEW COVENANT IN FORCE.

 

THE FORCE IS WITH YOU!

 

As we take Communion in faith and proclaim the Lordís death  we are stepping into the perfect Will of God for our lives, and the New Covenant  of Godís Power and GRACE is working on our behalf to bring to us All that Jesus died to purchase for us.

 

Heb 9:16 MSG Like a will that takes effect when someone dies, the new covenant was put into action at Jesus' death. His death marked the transition from the old plan to the new one, canceling the old obligations and accompanying sins, and summoning the heirs to receive the eternal inheritance that was promised them. He brought together God and his people in this new way.

Heb 9:17  For a testament (a will or covenant) [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator (the one who wrote the will or covenant) liveth.

 

NOTES

 

Closing: In this lesson we covered:

1) What is the purpose of Communion,

2) What it means to discerned the Lordís body.

3) We also learned what the body of Christ has done for us

4) We learned what the death of Jesus on the cross accomplished

5) We learned what it means to proclaim or show the Lordís death

6) we learned that it is our faith in what Jesus did for us at Calvary, and not our faith in the elements in Communion.

7) we also learned that Communion is a point of contact to release our faith to receive what Jesus has done for us.

 

other notes:

1 corin. 11:26

(MSG)  What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.

 

Closing: Are you ready to experience the Holy Communion of your relationship with God? Are you ready to experience Covenant partnership with God and one another?

If you will observe the Holy Communion with faith rising from your heart and be prepared to take action, then you can leave the Lordís Table changed and with confidence in God; your Covenant Partner.

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