Written on February 19th, 2005 - 3:57AM Last Updated: April 24th, 2006 - 5:25PM
The cup of blessing which we bless, isn't it a communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, isn't it a communion of the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16)
The wonderful Supper left to us by the Son of God is, among other things, a communion. This rich word, "communion," comes from the Greek word κοινωνια, meaning "a participation in, partnership, fellowship or contribution." It is also interesting to note that this word comes from the root meaning "common," the opposite of the word which we translate "holy." Thus, the Lord's Supper is a communion, a common sharing, of the Lord's Body and Blood, with the members of His Body, the Assembly.
The apostle explains why the Supper is so:
Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread. (1 Corinthians 10:17)
What makes the breaking of the bread a communion in the Body of Christ is that we ourselves are part of that Body. We share that Body for we have been born again, new creations, from the will of Yahweh Himself (John 1:12-13). Why? Because we all "partake" out of the one bread, which is His Body. Our source is the Bread from Heaven, the Lord JesusChrist. It is from Him that we have sprung in new life, by the will of the Father. This is why Christ is not ashamed to call us brothers.
The Lord's Supper is a tangible, spiritual truth given access to us here on earth in the flesh. Through our bodies we share the bread and the cup, wherein dwells the real Body and Blood of the Lord. In this Supper, we have true communion, or fellowship, with both Him and His entire Body, the Assembly. We partake out of the one bread, and thus we participate in that bread, which is His Body.
Thus, when we come to the Lord's Table, we do not only have communion with the Lord Himself, but with all who have been joined to Him in faith. The Lord's Supper is a fellowship of all the people of God, receiving their life from the Vine itself, Christ. It is a spiritual sharing of the Head with all the Members of the Body.
Paul here compares the sacrifices to Yahweh in the Old Covenant, done at the altar in the Tabernacle, with his previous thought. Those who ate those sacrifices had fellowship with the altar.
Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don't those who eat the sacrifices have communion with the altar? (1 Corinthians 10:18)
The altar was unto God—the nexus between Yahweh and His people; to sacrifice upon it was to bring one into communion with Him through the animal slain and burned upon it. The apostle does not want his flock to experience this at the table of idols, which in actuality would be "communion with demons:"
19What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God, and I don't desire that you would have communion with demons. (1 Corinthians 10:19-20)
He concludes with the fact that we cannot drink of the Lord's Cup and partake of the Lord's Table, while doing the same with that of demons. We must not provoke Yahweh to jealousy; we must have communion with Him alone, at His Table alone—because we have died to the law, all things are lawful, but all things are not profitable, and all things do not build up (1 Corinthians 10:21-23).
Therefore, we must be mindful of the consequences of our actions. And here, concerning Paul's subject, we must consider the ramifications of partaking of the Lord's Supper. It reinforces our obedience to Him, our service to Him alone; we cannot have fellowship with demons at the same time.
The Lord's Supper is a true communion, a true fellowship and participation in the Body and Blood of the Lord. It is a taking hold of together with the rest of the Body of Christ, the Assembly. Whenever we eat of the bread and drink of the cup, we recognize the real partnership we all have with both Him, our Lord, and His people, our brothers and sisters. The Supper is a vital part of our relationship with one another and the Lord, and we should look forward to it as such, enjoying all the benefits of coming to His Table in faith.
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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32Jesus therefore said to them, "Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn't Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world." (John 6:32-33)