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“To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

 01-09-2019   Part 11      

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

Now we have mentioned before that there is a 3-point outline the Apostle Paul is being led by the Holy Spirit to give this church and any other church, the correction and the direction concerning their participation with the Lord’s table or Holy Communion. 

For example, the First Point is in I Corinthians 11: 18-22, & 33, 34.                                 Here, the Apostle Paul rebukes this church, and any other church for their mistreatment of one another before, during, and after the Lord’s Supper.

Remember that before the Lord’s Supper or Communion, some of the first century Gentile churches would observed the Love (Agape) Feast, that is it was their version of a Christian potluck or a church family fellowship time together.

The Second Point is in, I Corinthians 11: 23-26, here the Apostle Paul reminds this church, and any other church, how the first Communion was instituted by Jesus Christ, and the symbolic importance of the bread and the cup.

Now the Third & Final Point, is in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, and here the LORD uses the Apostle Paul like an Old Testament Prophet, to warn this church and any other church, of the dangers and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

And this afternoon we will begin to consider this third and final point here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32.

That we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Show you what I mean!

In I Corinthians 11:                                                                                                         Vs. 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.                                                                                                           Vs. 28.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.                                                                                                                                   

Vs. 29.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.                                                                             Vs. 30.  For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.                                       Vs. 31.  For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.                                  Vs. 32.  But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.  Wow!

Perhaps, the re-arranging of the verses here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32 for study purposes only, may help.

For example, I Corinthians 11: 27&29, we have the Warning!

Vs. 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.                                   Vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Next, here are some of the dangers, and the Consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.                                                                         Vs. 30.  For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

Next, here is how we can avoid such dangers and consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.                                                                   Vs. 28a.  But let a man or a person examine themselves.  Why?                                   Vs. 31.  For or because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Next, the Purpose!

Vs. 32. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, Himself that we may not be condemned with the world.

Finally, the Permission!                                                                                                  Vs. 28b.  And then, so let them eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

So then, with the time remaining, lets first consider the warning in I Corinthians 11: 27&29.

Notice vs. 27.  Therefore, or wherefore 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.                                                                                           And vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Now, here are a few things to consider about this warning.                                              In vs. 27, a small detail, but a big Insight we should understand.

Some English translations of the Bible starts vs. 27.  With wherefore, or therefore, or so then.

The main point of these words is to bring us to a point of personal responsibility.  In other words, there are responsibilities to bear, based on what we learned in vs. 23-26.

And please review again what you learned.

Next, another small detail, but a big insight we should understand.                                     In vs. 27, the whoever, or the He, or the one in vs. 29!

These warnings in vs. 27&29 is for anyone, everyone, anybody!                              There are no exceptions.                                                                                                There are no exemption.                                                                                                    Whether you are male or female.                                                                                                                 Young or old.                                                                                                                       Jew or gentile.                                                                                                              Rich or poor.                                                                                                                Saved or unsaved!                                                                                                   

These warnings in vs. 27&29 are for anyone, everyone, anybody!   Still another small detail, but a big insight we should understand.

Notice in vs. 27, eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord.

Remember this bread and this cup is from the LORD and not from a man, or from men, but it’s from the LORD!                                                                                                      It is His idea.                                                                                                                   His ordinance.                                                                                                                   His warning.                                                                                                                             His judgment.

Next, in vs. 27 & 29, unworthily, or in an unworthy manner!

And here in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the English words translated in most English Bibles as unworthily or an unworthy manner, comes from a Greek word ἀναξίως anaxíōs, which is an adverb and not an adjective.

If it were an adjective, it would be referring to one’s personal worth or value.   If it were an adjective, it would be referring to the manner in which something was done, or practice or performed.

And unfortunately, In I Corinthians 11: 27&29 unworthily or in an unworthy manner supposes that whoever eats and drinks is unworthy.  And it is true, that in our own selves apart from Jesus Christ, we are all unworthy to participate in the table the Lord or Holy Communion.

In fact, apart from Jesus Christ we are all unworthy to be regarded as His followers, and beneficiaries of the eternal life that He so freely gives.

Yet it is in, and through, and because of Jesus Christ, and by means of The Holy Spirit who brings true conversion to our hearts we are able to place our personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  Who then justifies and sanctifies us in the sight of God so that our worthiness and our acceptance, is no longer in question, and no longer an issue with God.

However, in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the words unworthily or in an unworthy manner, means being or acting inappropriately, having made oneself unsuitable for something special, for something beneficial.

Listen, unworthily or in an unworthy manner can mean being irreverent or defiant towards something that is sacred, holy, and special.

In other words, a defiant spirit or attitude in us that does not care about God standards, rules, commandments, or laws enough to practice them or to obey them.

This spirit or attitude only wants what it wants no matter the consequences.  And will demand to be in control of its own needs, wants, and desires.

So then, unworthily or in an unworthy manner can be any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His Word.

And finally, unworthily or in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!                                                                                                 Morally                                                              Ethically                                                                                                                      Spiritually                                                                Biblically                                                                                                               Relationally                                                                                                                                •In vs. 27, guilty of the body and blood of the Lord!                                                         •In vs. 29, eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

01-16-2019   Part 12      

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third & final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

And again, let’s consider the warning in vs. 27&29.                                                      Vs. 27.  Therefore, or wherefore 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.                            And vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Now in I Corinthians 11: 27&29, the English words translated in most English Bibles is, unworthily, or in an unworthy manner, actually comes from a Greek word, ἀναξίως anaxíōs, which is an adverb and not a adjective.  For if it were an adjective, it would be referring to one’s personal worth or value.  But here in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the words unworthily, or in an unworthy manner, is an adverb, referring to the manner in which something was done, or practice or performed.

But unfortunately, so many believe I Corinthians 11: 27&29 is referring to an individuals unworthiness.  And in one way that is true, in our own selves apart from Jesus Christ, we are all unworthy to participate in the table the Lord or Holy Communion.  In fact, apart from Jesus Christ we are all unworthy to be regarded as His followers, and beneficiaries of the eternal life that He so freely gives.  Yet ,it is in and through, and because of Jesus Christ, and by means of The Holy Spirit who brings true conversion to our hearts we are able to place our personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Who then justifies and sanctifies us in the sight of God so that our worthiness and our acceptance, is no longer in question, and no longer an issue with God.  However, in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the words unworthily or in an unworthy manner, means being or acting inappropriately, having made oneself unsuitable for something special, for something beneficial.  Also, unworthily or in an unworthy manner can referred to as being irreverent or defiant towards something that is sacred, holy, and special.  In other words, having a defiant spirit or attitude in us that does not care about God standards, rules, commandments, or laws enough to practice them or to obey them. This spirit or attitude only wants what it wants no matter the consequences.  And will demand to be in control of its own needs, wants, and desires.  So then, unworthily or, in an unworthy manner can be any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His Word.  And finally, unworthily or in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins. But only hypocrisy or pretending, or in self-denial about one’s true condition.  Note: I John 1: 5-10.

Also, here are some things to consider that we may have become, or we are doing, or we have done recently, in which we have not acknowledged and confessed unto God, nor sought His forgiveness, nor with God’s help have repented of such things.                •Gossiping.                                                                                                                         •Slandering.                                  •Lying.                                                                                                                                      •Lusting.                        •Unforgiving.                                                                                                                          •Abusive, either verbally or physically .                                                                                             •Judgmental or overly critical, a Pharisee-mentality.                                                                 •Self-righteous.          •Prideful.                                                                                                                           •Self-centered.                      •Selfish.                                                                                                                         •Sectarian.                                                                                                                                  •A religious ritualist or conformist.                                                                                          •A racist.                                       •Sacrilegious.                                                                                                                            •A moral compromiser.                                                                                                             •A thief.                                                                                                                                     •Having wrong motives.                                                                                                            •An addict.                                                                                                                                    •A murmurer and complainer.                                                                                                    •A deceiver.                                                                                                                            •Stiff-neck.                                                                                                                                •Rebellious.                                      •Disobedient.                                                                                                                           •Unbelieving.                                                                                                                             

Also, notice Mark 7:                                                                                                       Vs. 21.  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,     Vs. 22.  thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.    Vs. 23.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

Now see I Corinthians 6:                                                                                                 Vs. 9.  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?        Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,                                       Vs. 10.  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Now notice Galatians 5:                                                                                                          Vs. 19.  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,      Vs. 20.  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,                                                                                        Vs. 21.  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Now see II Timothy 3:                                                                                                    Vs. 2.  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,                                                  Vs. 3.  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, Vs. 4.  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

And lastly see Proverbs 6:                                                                                              Vs. 16.  These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination unto Him:     Vs. 17.  A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,                       Vs. 18.  A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,           Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.

And remember, unworthily or, in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins.  But only hypocrisy or pretending, or in self-denial about one’s true condition.

And these were some of the things to consider that we may have become, or we are doing, or we have done recently, in which we have not acknowledged and confessed unto God, nor sought His forgiveness, nor with God’s help have repented of such things.

Now see I Corinthians 11: 27.  Therefore or, wherefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord, in an unworthy manner will be guilty.  Stop there!

This word ‘guilty’ is a judicial word that means, one held accountable or responsible. one worthy of punishment, correction or discipline.

Now notice again I Corinthians 11: 27. Therefore, or wherefore 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.

Or, in I Corinthians 11: 27, the English Standard Version says, whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.

Or, I Corinthians 11: 27, the New International Version says, so then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.

But this last one is a paraphrase that I think based on the context of I Corinthians 11: 27, is the best English interpretation for understanding this last phrase at the end of vs. 27.

Notice therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of dishonoring, disrespecting, or devaluing the body and blood of the Lord.

01-23-2019   Part 13     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third & final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

And again, let’s consider the warning in vs. 27&29.                                                      Vs. 27.  Therefore, or wherefore 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.                            And vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Say something again about warning labels!                                                                            Also, share some humorous warning labels.

For example, on a hand-held hair dryer the warning label said, “Do not use while sleeping."

On a novelty rock garden set that was called "Popcorn Rocks."  The warning label said, “Eating rocks may lead to broken teeth.”                                                                             On a coffee cup, a warning label said, “Caution: Hot beverages are hot!"                       On a package of peanuts, the warning label said, “May contain nuts."                                  On a shipment of hammers, a warning label said, “May be harmful if swallowed."                 On a child sized superman costume the warning label said, “Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."

The main purpose of a warning label is to inform, to make one aware of the possibilities or the harmful effects or consequences.

And do you think before having Communion there should be a warning label to read before you participate?

Now here I Corinthians 11: 27&29 we have two nearly identical warnings.                            And last Wednesday we considered the first warning in vs. 27.

This afternoon let’s consider the second warning.

Notice vs. 29 again, for the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, stop there!

And that’s the key.  Because in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the English words translated in most English Bibles as unworthily or an unworthy manner, comes from a Greek word ἀναξίως anaxíōs, which is an adverb and not a adjective.  If it were an adjective, it would be referring to one’s personal worth or value.  If it were an adjective, it would be referring to the manner in which something was done, or practice or performed.  And unfortunately, in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 unworthily or in an unworthy manner supposes that whoever eats and drinks is unworthy.  And it is true, that in our own selves apart from Jesus Christ, we are all unworthy to participate in the table the Lord or Holy Communion.

In fact, apart from Jesus Christ we are all unworthy to be regarded as His followers, and beneficiaries of the eternal life that He so freely gives. Yet it is in, and through, and because of Jesus Christ, and by means of The Holy Spirit who brings true conversion to our hearts we are able to place our personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  Who then justifies and sanctifies us in the sight of God so that our worthiness and our acceptance, is no longer in question, and no longer an issue with God.  However, in I Corinthians 11: 27&29 the words unworthily or, in an unworthy manner, means being or acting inappropriately, having made oneself unsuitable for something special, for something beneficial.

Listen unworthily or in an unworthy manner can mean being irreverent or defiant towards something that is sacred, holy, and special.

In other words, a defiant spirit or attitude in us that does not care about God standards, rules, commandments, or laws enough to practice them or to obey them. This spirit or attitude only wants what it wants no matter the consequences.  And will demand to be in control of its own needs, wants, and desires.

So then, unworthily or, in an unworthy manner can be any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His Word.

And finally, unworthily or, in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!

Now notice vs. 29 again, for the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

The word ‘Discerning’ is important to understand.

A Strong’s Definition: the Greek word, διακρίνω diakrínō, to judge, to discern to distinguish, or to decide the value or the importance of something.

So, not discerning would mean, not judging, nor discerning, nor distinguishing, nor deciding the value or the importance of something.

So how important is the Lord’s Body?

Remember I Corinthians 11:                                                                                         Vs. 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.

See Hebrews 10:                                                                                                                   Vs. 5.  Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But, a body You have prepared for me.                                                          Vs. 6.  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.                                 Vs. 7.  Then I said, Behold, I have come in the volume of the book it is written of me to do Your will, O God.  Vs. 10.  By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

See I Peter 2: 24&25:                                                                                                       Vs. 24.  Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.                         Vs. 25.  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Now back to I Corinthians 11:

Finally, notice vs. 29 again for the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, eats and drinks Judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Now this word ‘Judgment’ from Strong's Definition, is the Greek verb κρίμα kríma, can mean, a decision to be for or against.

But the Greek word krínō – properly, to separate (distinguish), i.e. judge; come to a choice (decision, judgment) by making a judgment either positive (a verdict in favor of) or negative (which rejects or condemns).

Krínō, distinguish, judge, typically refers to making a determination of right or wrong (innocence or guilt, especially on an official (legal) standard. We only judge.              Krínō) accurately by intelligent comparison and contrast based on God's word, i.e. to approve prefer what is correct and reject what is inferior wrong.

Krínō is used of "bringing to trial" the trying of fact in a court of law.                                   Krinō originally meant "separate," 'to distinguish, to pick out, to be of opinion, to judge.

We know God is a God of love and Grace, but also our God is a God of judgment and justice as well?

Let’s consider some verses from the Bible to help us understand what the judgment of God is all about for both the saved and the unsaved that will occur at separate times.

First, the final judgment the Saved.

See II Corinthians 5:                                                                                                          Vs. 10.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Also, see I Corinthians 3: 12-15.                                                                                    Vs. 12.  Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,              Vs. 13.  each one’s work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.                     Vs. 14.  If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.   Vs. 15.  If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

Now, the final judgment of the devil and all his demons along with the unsaved.

See Revelation 20:                                                                                                        Vs. 10. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are.  And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.                                     Vs. 11.  Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away.  And there was found no place for them.                   Vs. 12.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened.  And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.  And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

Next, believers earthly judgments whenever necessary.

See I Peter 4:                                                                                                                           Vs. 17.  For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?    Vs. 18.  Now if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?

See Hebrews 10:                                                                                                                 Vs. 26.  For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,                                                                                 Vs. 27.  but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Vs. 28.  Anyone who has rejected Moses law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Vs. 29.  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of Grace?                   Vs. 30.  For we know Him who said, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge His people.                                                                    Vs. 31.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

See Hebrews 12:                                                                                                               Vs. 5.  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;                         Vs. 6.  For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.                  Vs. 7.  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?                                                                                           Vs. 8.  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.                                                                                            Vs. 9.  Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?                                                   Vs. 10.  For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.                                                    Vs. 11.  Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

And see Galatians 6: 7&8:                                                                                                   Vs. 7.  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Vs. 8.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

02-06-2019   Part 14     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this Important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third and final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or In an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

For Example, I Corinthians 11: 27&29 we have the warning!                                              Vs. 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.                               Vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.

Question, so, what are some of the dangers, and some of the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Notice I Corinthians 11: 30, For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.   Is that it!

Well, I personally believe that there are some other things that should be considered also which are not mention here in vs. 30, but they are mentioned in other places of the Bible.

I don’t think this is a completed list, but only a few of the dangers, only a few of the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Unfortunately, the other consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord is a prolong loss of fellowship with our God.

Not in our relationship with God!                                                                                    But in our fellowship with God.

See I John 1: 3,6,8,9,10. Vs. 3.  that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.                                      Vs. 6.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. Vs. 8.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Vs. 9.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.                                                                               Vs. 10.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

So, the other consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, and by the way, the words unworthily or in an unworthy manner can be, any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His word.

Unworthily or, in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!

So, Notice I John 1: 6,8,9,10.                                                                                              Vs. 6.  What if you, or I said, that we have fellowship with Him, but we are walking in Darkness!          Vs. 8.  What if you, or I said, that we have no sin!                                                                     Vs. 9.  What if you, or I refuse to, confess our sins!                                          Vs. 10.  What if you, or I said, we have not sinned!

Listen, there will be a prolong loss of fellowship with God, if we choose to do nothing!

But what does fellowship with God look Like?                                                                And what are we really forfeiting or losing out on?                                                         First, what does fellowship with God look like?

Listen, the God of Heaven greatly desire and has made it possible for those who are truly saved and forgiven to have an abiding fellowship with Himself, and as a result of such fellowship we enjoy the many blessings and benefits the comes from being in constant, uninterrupted fellowship with God.

For example, such blessings and benefits we enjoy are, having the LORD’s guidance, His patients, His Joy, His discernment, His enablement and empowerment for faithful service.  His loving acceptance and approval.  And His mighty power, so that we can overcome any temptations.

In addition, we are also beneficiaries of the peace of God.  The Grace of God. The Love of God. The protection of God.  Having our needs met by God. Having a God given insight and understanding when reading and studying the Bible.  And having an unwavering faith or confidence that trusteth in the LORD, that enables one to endure any trial or test that comes.

So then, what are we really forfeiting or losing out on concerning our fellowship with God?

For example, having the LORD’s guidance, His patients, His joy, His discernment, His enablement and empowerment for faithful service.  His loving acceptance and approval.  And His mighty power, so that we can overcome any temptations.

In addition, we are forfeiting or losing out on the peace of God. The Grace of God.  The love of God.  The protection of God.  Having our needs met by God.  Having a God-given insight and understanding when reading and studying the Bible.  And having an unwavering faith or confidence that trusteth in the LORD, that enables one to endure any trial or test that comes.

So, what are some of the dangers, and some of the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Now notice again I Corinthians 11: 30, for this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

Let’s first notice the phrase, “For this reason,” or “For this cause!”                               But what is this making reference to?

Remember I Corinthians 11: 27&29.                                                                                     Vs. 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.                                 Vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body.                                            Next in vs. 30, it says, for this reason MANY are weak and sick among you, and MANY sleep.

But who are the MANY?

See vs. 27.  Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner!         Vs. 29.  For the one who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner!

And remember the words unworthily or in an unworthy manner can be any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against, or that is contrary to God and His Word.

Unworthily or, in an unworthy manner speaks of the unworthiness of an act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!

Next in vs. 30 it says, For this reason many are weak.  Stop there!

‘Weak’, this Greek adjective from a Strong’s definition is ἀσθενεῖς (astheneis).   It literally means not strong, but weak physically, or morally.  Or infirm, sick. Strengthless.   I believe it’s referring to a progressive chronic physical deteriorating debilitating kinds of illnesses, sicknesses, or diseases.

Next in vs. 30 it says, for this reason many are weak, and sick among you.  Stop there!  Sick or sickly, is also a Greek adjective from a Strong’s definition ἄρρωστοι (arrōstoi).   It literally means infirm, sick, ill, feeble, sickly.

And I believe it’s referring to again of a progressive chronic physical deteriorating debilitating kinds of illnesses, sicknesses, or diseases.

And lastly in vs. 30 it says, For this reason many are weak, and sick among you, and many sleep.  Stop There!

Sleep is from a Greek verb the Strong’s definition κοιμῶνται (koimōntai).   It literally means to put to sleep, or to slumber figuratively, or literally to be decease.  Some examples of the word Sleep used in the Bible to refer to physical dead;

See Acts 7: 60.  Falling on his knees, Stephen cried out in a loud voice, Lord, do not hold this sin against them.  And when Stephen had said this, he fell asleep.

See Acts 13: 36.  For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.

See I Thessalonians 4: 15.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

See I Corinthians 15: 51.  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 

02-13-2019   Part 15     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third & final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Question, so what are some of the dangers, and some of the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Notice I Corinthians 11: 30.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

So then, does God chastise His people sometime spiritually and physically?

See Hebrews 12: 5-7.                                                                                                       Vs. 5.  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD nor, be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;                                                                                                                            Vs. 6.  For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.  Vs. 7.  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?”

Question, does God chastise His people sometime spiritually and physically?

See Deuteronomy 28:                                                                                                           Vs. 15.  But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:                                               Vs. 22.  The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.                             Vs. 27.  The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.                                                              Vs. 28.  The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart.    Vs. 59.  then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues great and prolonged plagues and serious and prolonged sicknesses.                                 Vs. 60.  Moreover, He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.                                                                            Vs. 61.   Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed.

Question, does God chastise His people sometime spiritually and physically?

See James 5                                                                                                                  Vs. 19.  Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,                     Vs. 20.  let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Also, see I John 5:                                                                                                         Vs. 16.  If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death.  There is sin leading to death.  I do not say that he should pray about that.                                          Vs. 17.  All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

So, in vs. 16, what is the sin that leads to death?

Listen, any sin or habitual or defiant practice, behavior, conduct, or lifestyle that is against or that is contrary to God and His Word, by which we become hypocrites.

Or any act, or a lifestyle, or behavior that exist, that is habitual in one’s life and there is no confession to God, and there is no repentance from that sin or sins!

Remember how I John 1:  vs. 6, 8, 9, 10 corrects us?                                                      Vs. 6.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. Vs. 8.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.        Vs. 9.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.                                                                                  Vs. 10.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

But notice again I John 1:                                                                                                    Vs. 6.  But what if you or I said that we have fellowship with Him, but we are walking in darkness!          Vs. 8.  What if you or I said, that we have no sin!                                                                  Vs. 9.  What if you or I refuse to, confess our sins.                                                        Vs. 10.  What if you or I said, we have not sinned!

Now see again I John 5:                                                                                                          Vs. 16.  If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death.  There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.                                    Vs. 17.  All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

Also, here Is insightful Example in Acts 5:                                                                    Vs. 3.  But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?                                                   Vs. 4.  While it remained, was it not your own?  And after it was sold, was it not in your own control?  Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.                            Vs. 5.  Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.                                                              Vs. 6.  And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. Vs. 7.  Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.                           Vs. 8.  And Peter answered her, tell me whether you sold the land for so much? She said, Yes, for so much.  Vs. 9.  Then Peter said to her, how is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord?  Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.                      Vs. 10.  Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last.  And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband.

Back to I Corinthians 11.

So how can we Biblically avoid such dangers and consequences?

Is there any solution or answer that we should consider, so that we don’t partake unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Yes! See I Corinthians 11: 28a. & vs. 31, this is how we can Biblically avoid such dangers and consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Notice vs. 28a.  But let a man or a person examine themselves.  Why?                                Vs. 31.  For or, because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Now notice again vs. 28a.                                                                                                  But let a man or a person examine themselves.

Strong's Definitions: δοκιμάζω dokimázō.  To test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not, as certain metals).                                                                                                                            Or, to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, deem worth. 

Please notice other places in the New Testament where this word is used, but it is sometime translated into English with a different word.

For example, Galatians 6: 4.  But let each one test (examine) his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another

Also, see I John 4: 1.  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world

02-20-2019   Part 16     

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Receive Or Not To Receive That Is The Question When It Comes To Participating In Holy Communion?”

Listen, this particular topic about Holy Communion we are considering from I Corinthians 11: 18-34, will truly help us to receive God’s instruction and correction so that we can avoid the pitfalls and the misunderstandings surrounding the observance and practice of this important Biblical ordinance.

And this afternoon let’s continue to look at this third & final Section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, so that we may receive God’s warning and correction so we can avoid the pitfalls, the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

Now, notice vs. 30.                                                                                                                        For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

How can you and I as a child of God avoid such dangers and consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord?

Well, notice vs. 28a.                                                                                                                             But let a man or a person examine themselves. Why?                                                                     Vs. 31.  For or because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.  And last Wednesday towards the end of our Bible Study time we considered the words, “examine yourself!”                                                                                                                                        Vs. 28a.  But, let a man or a person examine yourself.                                                                       •Not compare themselves!                                                                                                                       •Not make excuses for themselves!                                                                                                     •But to examine themselves!                                                                                                              Our English word examine can be better understood from the original language of the New Testament.

Note: A Strong’s definition from the Greek verb, δοκιμάζω dokimázō.                                                To test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as certain metals.            Or, to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, or deem worthy. 

Now, there are at least two areas that we should examine regularly, concerning ourselves.

First, was our Salvation experience in coming to Christ was it really genuine?  Does it continue to be life-changing?  And is there is a personal abiding relationship with God that is developing?  Listen, is during our own personal private devotional prayer time that we have with the Lord, Himself, we should examine ourselves to know that our Salvation experience in coming to Christ was genuine and continues to be life-changing, and also there is a personal abiding relationship with God that is developing.

Now, Notice II Corinthians 13: 5.  Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.  Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?  Unless, indeed you are disqualified or a reprobate? Wow!

So, how could one examine themselves?  How could one test themselves to know whether or Not they are in the Faith?

See I John 1: 6&8.                                                                                                                          Vs. 6.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, but walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.                                                                                                                            Vs. 8.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

How could one examine themselves?  How could one test themselves to know whether or not they are in the Faith?

See St. John 16:                                                                                                                                   Vs. 7.  Jesus is speaking, nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away the Helper or the Comforter or the Holy Spirit will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.                                                                                                Vs. 8.  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.

Quote Romans 8: 9.  But, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Now, if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, or the Spirit of God, they are not His!

Now, remember St. John 16:                                                                                                           Vs. 8.  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment.

So, how could one examine themselves?                                                                                            How could one test themselves to know whether or not they are in the Faith?

Listen.  If I experience no divine guilt or conviction in my heart, and I can still continue to do what is wrong, sinful, and against God and His Word.  Then, there is a strong possibility that I was never saved in the first place, but only experienced a false conversion, a religious experience, or just united with a local church ministry.

Now, there are at least two areas that we should examine regularly, concerning ourselves.            Before we participate and partake of the Lord’s Table, or Holy Communion.

Now, notice 28a.  But, let a man or a person examine yourself.

Unfortunately, we still sin, not regularly!  But, from time to time, and in various ways that are contrary to the Word of God, and the Will of God, we still sin!

Question, but how do we examine ourselves Biblically and correctly?                                     And the answer is we need divine help!  God’s help!  God’s assistance!

Notice Psalms 139:                                                                                                                      Vs. 23.  Search me O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:                          Vs. 24.  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.