*********** Sunday Sermon Notes 2019

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Apply The Proverbs To Help Within Their Families, And Within Their Family Relationships.”

Matthew 1.

01-06-2019  Part 1  

Well, here we are six days into the New Year of 2019.

But also, have you thought about, that these are the final 12 months, before we begin a new decade?

In fact, in 2020 we begin the third consecutive decade or 10 years.

Remember, since the new millennium began or the 2000’s, we experienced the first decade from 2000 until 2010.

Then, the second decade is from 2010 until 2020.

And Lord willing, we will experience a third decade from 2020 until 2030.                      If you are a child of God.                                                                                                  A committed follower of Jesus Christ.                                                                              A Spirit-filled servant of the Lord.                                                                                    Then everyone of us needs the reassurance, the hope, and the confidence that God will be with us, no matter what!

Notice Matthew 1: 23 Says,

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, God with us!

Praise God Immanuel, God is with us!

However, have you or I ever thought about what does it really mean that God is with us, or with us Is God?

Or, is this another Christian cliché that we some time say to one another, to sound spiritual?

What does it really mean that God is with us, or with us is God?

There is an important theological word, a very important Biblical concept that will help us better understand what it means when we say, “God is with us!”

This word is ‘Omnipresence’.                                                                                            And this compound word has two parts to it.

•The first part or the prefix is ‘omni’, which comes from the Latin that means “all.” “or boundless!”                                                                                                                 •The second part of the word is “presence!”  Referring to existence or manifestation.

Therefore, a good definition of the word omnipresence would be something or someone who is capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

For example, here on Earth “air,” or “oxygen,” or “sound,” all three are omnipresent! That is capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

However, omnipresence when it is in reference to God means His Divine presence encompasses all creation both seen and unseen so, to say that God is omnipresent is to say that God is present everywhere. Yet God is not totally immersed in the fabric of creation, for that is called ‘Pantheism’.  But God's presence is continuous throughout all of creation, though it may not be revealed in the same way at the same time to people everywhere.  At times, He may be actively present in a situation, while He may not reveal that He is present in another circumstance in some other area.  The Bible reveals that God can be both present to a person in a manifest manner (Psalm 46:1; Isaiah 57:15) and present in every situation in all of creation at any given time (Psalm 33:13-14).  Omnipresence is God's characteristic of being present to all ranges of both time and space.  Although God is present in all time and space, God is not locally limited to any time or space. God is everywhere and in every now.  No molecule or atomic particle is so small that God is not fully present to it, and no galaxy so vast that God does not circumscribe it.  But if we were to remove creation, God would still know of it, for He knows all possibilities, whether they are actual or not. God is naturally present in every aspect of the natural order of things, in every manner, time and place (Isaiah 40:12; Nahum 1:3). God is actively present in a different way in every event in history as provident guide of human affairs (Psalm 48:7; 2 Chronicles 20:37; Daniel 5:5-6).  God is in a special way attentively present to those who call upon His name, who intercede for others, who adore God, who petition, and who pray earnestly for forgiveness (Psalm 46:1).  Supremely, He is present in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:19), and mystically present in the universal church that covers the earth and against which the gates of hell will not prevail.  Just as the omniscience of God suffers apparent paradoxes due to the limitations of the human mind, so does the omnipresence of God.  One of these paradoxes is important: the presence of God in hell, that place unto which the wicked are departed and suffer the unlimited and unceasing fury of God because of their sin.  Many argue that hell is a place of separation from God (Matthew 25:41), and if so, then God cannot be said to be in a place that is separated from Him.  However, the wicked in hell endure His everlasting anger, for Revelation 14:10 speaks of the torment of the wicked in the presence of the Lamb. That God should be present in a place that the wicked are said to be departed unto does cause some consternation. However, this paradox can be explained by the fact that God can be present because He fills all things with His presence (Colossians 1:17) and upholds everything by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3) yet He is not necessarily everywhere to bless. Just as God is sometimes separated from His children because of sin (Isaiah 52:9), and He is far from the wicked (Proverbs 15:29) and orders the godless subjects of darkness to depart at the end of time to a place of eternal punishment, God is still there in the midst.  He knows what those souls suffer who are now in hell; He knows their anguish, their cries for respite, their tears and grief for the eternal state that they find themselves in. He is there in every way as a perpetual reminder to them of their sin which has created a chasm from every blessing that might be otherwise granted.  He is there in every way, but He displays no attribute other than His wrath.  Likewise, He will also be in heaven, manifesting every blessing that we cannot even begin to comprehend here; He will be there displaying His manifold blessing, His manifold love, and His manifold kindness indeed, everything other than His wrath.  The omnipresence of God should serve to remind us that we cannot hide from God when we have sinned (Psalm 139:11-12), yet we can return to God in repentance and faith without even having to move (Isaiah 57:16).

Listen, in the Bible our God reveals himself in scripture as being omnipresent as one of His primary attributes concerning His nature and His essence!

Notice Proverbs 15: 3.                                                                                                      The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

See Psalm 139: 7-10.                                                                                                           Vs. 7.  Where shall I go from Your Spirit, or where shall I flee from Your presence?      Vs. 8.  If I ascend to Heaven you are there!                                                                     If I make my bed in Sheol or Hell, you are there!

Also, note: Rev. 14: 9-11 & Rev. 20: 11-15                                                                    Vs. 9.   If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea.    Vs. 10.   Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

Now again, God has revealed Himself in scripture as being omnipresent, capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

See Jeremiah 23: 23&24                                                                                                  Vs. 23.  Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?                            Vs. 24.  Can any hide themselves in a secret place that I shall not see them saith the LORD.

Do not I, the LORD, fill Heaven and Earth saith the LORD?

Now notice Isaiah 7: 14.                                                                                     Therefore, the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Well, here we are six days into the new year of 2019.

But also, have you thought about, that these are the final 12 months, before we begin a new decade?

In fact, in 2020 we begin the third consecutive or 10 years.

Remember, since the new millennium began or the 2000’s, we experienced the first decade from 2000 Until 2010.

Then the second decade is from 2010 until 2020.                                                         And Lord willing, we will experience a third decade from 2020 until 2030.                      If you are a child of God.                                                                                                   A committed follower of Jesus Christ.                                                                              A Spirit-filled servant of the Lord.                                                                                   Then everyone of us needs the reassurance, the hope, and the confidence that God will be with us, no matter what!

Notice Matthew 1:23 says,                                                                                               The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, God with us!

Praise God!  Immanuel, God is with us!

However, have you or I ever thought about what does it really mean that God is with us, or with us is God?

Or, is this another Christian cliché that we some time say to one another, to sound spiritual?

What does it really mean that God is with us, or with us is God?

There is an important theological word, a very important Biblical concept that will help us better understand what it means when we say, “God is with us!”

This word is omnipresence.                                                                                           And this compound word has two parts to It.                                                                    •The first part or the prefix is omni, which comes from the Latin that means ‘all.’  Or 'boundless’!                                                                                                                         •The second part of the word is ‘presence’!  Referring to existence or manifestation.

Therefore, a good definition of the word omnipresence would be something or someone who is capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

For example, here on earth ‘air’, or ‘oxygen’, or ‘sound,’ all three are omnipresent!  That is capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

However, omnipresence when it is in reference to God means His divine presence encompasses all creation both seen and unseen so, to say that God is omnipresent is to say that God is present everywhere.  Yet, God is not totally immersed in the fabric of creation, for that is called ‘Pantheism’.   But, God's presence is continuous throughout all of creation, though it may not be revealed in the same way at the same time to people everywhere.  At times, He may be actively present in a situation, while He may not reveal that He is present in another circumstance in some other area.  The Bible reveals that God can be both present to a person in a manifest manner (Psalm 46:1; Isaiah 57:15) and present in every situation in all of creation at any given time (Psalm 33:13-14).  Omnipresence is God's characteristic of being present to all ranges of both time and space.  Although God is present in all time and space, God is not locally limited to any time or space.  God is everywhere and in every now.  No molecule or atomic particle is so small that God is not fully present to it, and no galaxy so vast that God does not circumscribe it.  But if we were to remove creation, God would still know of it, for He knows all possibilities, whether they are actual or not.  God is naturally present in every aspect of the natural order of things, in every manner, time and place (Isaiah 40:12; Nahum 1:3).  God is actively present in a different way in every event in history as provident guide of human affairs (Psalm 48:7; 2 Chronicles 20:37; Daniel 5:5-6). God is in a special way attentively present to those who call upon His name, who intercede for others, who adore God, who petition, and who pray earnestly for forgiveness (Psalm 46:1). Supremely, He is present in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:19), and mystically present in the universal church that covers the earth and against which the gates of hell will not prevail.  Just as the omniscience of God suffers apparent paradoxes due to the limitations of the human mind, so does the omnipresence of God. One of these paradoxes is important: the presence of God in hell, that place unto which the wicked are departed and suffer the unlimited and unceasing fury of God because of their sin. Many argue that hell is a place of separation from God (Matthew 25:41), and if so, then God cannot be said to be in a place that is separated from Him.  However, the wicked in hell endure His everlasting anger, for Revelation 14:10 speaks of the torment of the wicked in the presence of the Lamb.  That God should be present in a place that the wicked are said to be departed unto does cause some consternation. However, this paradox can be explained by the fact that God can be present because He fills all things with His presence (Colossians 1:17) and upholds everything by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3) yet He is not necessarily everywhere to bless.  Just as God is sometimes separated from His children because of sin (Isaiah 52:9), and He is far from the wicked (Proverbs 15:29) and orders the godless subjects of darkness to depart at the end of time to a place of eternal punishment, God is still there in the midst. He knows what those souls suffer who are now in hell; He knows their anguish, their cries for respite, their tears and grief for the eternal state that they find themselves in. He is there in every way as a perpetual reminder to them of their sin which has created a chasm from every blessing that might be otherwise granted.  He is there in every way, but He displays no attribute other than His wrath.  Likewise, He will also be in heaven, manifesting every blessing that we cannot even begin to comprehend here; He will be there displaying His manifold blessing, His manifold love, and His manifold kindness indeed, everything other than His wrath.  The omnipresence of God should serve to remind us that we cannot hide from God when we have sinned (Psalm 139:11-12), yet we can return to God in repentance and faith without even having to move (Isaiah 57:16).

Listen, in the Bible our God reveals Himself in scripture as being omnipresent as one of His primary attributes concerning His nature and His essence!

Notice Proverbs 15: 3.                                                                                                      The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

See Psalm 139: 7-10.                                                                                                         Vs. 7.  Where shall I go from Your Spirit, or where shall I flee from Your presence?        Vs. 8.  If I ascend to Heaven you are there!                                                                       If I make my bed in Sheol or Hell, you are there!

Also note: Rev. 14: 9-11 & Rev. 20: 11-15                                                                    Vs. 9.   If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea.         Vs. 10.  Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

Now again, God has revealed Himself in scripture as being omnipresent, capable of being or existing everywhere at the same time at once!

See Jeremiah 23: 23&24                                                                                                Vs. 23.  Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?                           Vs. 24.  Can any hide themselves in a secret place that I shall not see them saith the LORD.

Do not I the LORD, fill Heaven and Earth saith the LORD?

Now Notice Isaiah 7: 14.                                                                                    Therefore, the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel

01-13-2019              Part 2      


Well, here we are 13 days into the new year of 2019 and so much is going on perhaps in your life, ether personally, or spiritually, or physically, or relationally with others.

Therefore, as a child of God.   As a committed follower of Jesus Christ, or as a            Spirit-filled Servant of the Lord, everyone of us needs the reassurance, the hope, and the confidence, that God will be with us, no matter what!

Again, notice Matthew 1: 23.

I believe that it is the angel Gabriel who is speaking to Joseph according to vs. 20.

But notice vs. 23, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, God with us!                                                                                Praise God!  Immanuel, God is with us!

However, do you or I really know what that means, that God is with us, or with us is God?

I mean, it sounds good! Uplifting!  Encouraging!                                                                But what should it mean to us, that God is with us?

For a few minutes allow me to touch on something that was briefly said last Sunday about how we can let our preconceived ideas, or, our unscriptural expectations that we may have which could cause you and me to redefine what it really means that God is with us!

For example, we said last Sunday how that we often expect and assume because God is with us, that means the LORD is present to fix whatever is wrong in my life!  Or, whatever is causing unhappiness in my life, the LORD is present to remove It!   Or, whatever the unmet needs or desires in my life, the LORD is present to provide it!

Yet, each one of those expectations or assumptions I just mention, can come from our own preconceived Ideas.

Or, maybe from my own unscriptural expectations when it comes to what the Bible teaches me about the presence of the LORD!

Or, possibly from a certain Bible teacher’s incorrect teaching of the Bible about the presence of the LORD! 

For example, statements like these, “God has showed up, to show out, for truly the LORD is in this place!”

Or, another might say, “I got a feeling that everything is going to be all right, because God is with you and me today!”

And yet, we notice that the presence of the LORD in our particular circumstance or situation, has cause nothing to change, nor has His presence been able to fixed anything!

Nor has He provided for the situation in the way I thought He would!                          Nor has He healed as I thought He might!                                                                       Nor has He blessed in the way that I ask Him to!

And it is at this point we are extremely vulnerable, for the enemy Satan, or His demons will strongly attack us with all kinds of negative thoughts, ideas, and feelings such as, you are all alone, there’s no hope here, for you have been forsaken and abandoned by God!

You are no longer loved by God, nor are you wanted by Him!                                    You better take matters into your own hands before things get worse.  Look what has happened, look what is going on!                                                                                Why not reject God because He has surely rejected you!

And again, the enemy, or His demons can attack us with all kinds of negative thoughts, Ideas, and feelings like, look at all that you’ve done for the LORD!  Or, how you have sacrificed and have gone without!                                                                                 This is not right!                                                                                                              This is not fair!                                                                                                                   You deserve better than this!

Listen, and if you and me do not know how to respond Biblically, scripturally, and Godly to any of these things mention to us by the enemy, then he will shipwreck our faith, he will defeat us, and he will destroy our testimony!

May I introduce another theological term or concept that we should know something about that will help us understand about God‘s presence.

The Sovereignty of God!

Here are some meaning of the words ‘Sovereign’ or ‘Sovereignty’.                                  •The right to do or choose as one wills.                                                                                    •To have complete control.

Some synonyms,                                                                                                            •Supremacy.                                                                                                                         •Independent.                                                                                                                       •Unaccountable.                                                                                                                 

Notice Daniel 4: 34&35.                                                                                                                          Here we have an example of God’s sovereign recognized. 

Vs. 34.  And at the end of the time, I Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me;                                                                                    And I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,                                                                              And His kingdom is from generation to generation.                                                      

Vs. 35.  All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and He does according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the earth.  No one can restrain His hand. Nor say unto Him, what have you done?

Now see Genesis 31: 3.                                                                                                                       Then the LORD said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.                                                                                           

This too, is making reference to God’s sovereign presence.                                              In fact, in vs. 3, with you can mean, along, beside, close or among.

See Joshua 1: 9.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

This is making reference to God’s sovereign presence.

See Deuteronomy 31: 6.  Be strong and courageous.  Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.  He will not leave you or forsake you.

Now, this is making reference to God’s sovereign presence.

See Psalms 23: 4.                                                                                                            Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.                                                And this is making reference to God’s sovereign presence.

And finally, Psalms 46: 7&11.                                                                                                                    Vs. 7.  The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.  Selah                Vs. 11.  The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.  Selah

These are making reference to God’s Sovereign presence.

01-20-2019     Part 3     Sunday

So, for the last two Sundays in this new month, at the beginning of this new year we have needed the reassurance, the hope, and the confidence, that our God will be with us, no matter what!  Because no matter what happens internationally, or nationally, or locally, or relationally, or even personally our God is truly with us.

Now again let’s notice Matthew 1.  But this time let’s begin at vs. 20.  Because here was an individual who needed to know that God was with him, when he was faced with a very difficult decision because of an unusual circumstance.

Show you what I mean!

Vs. 20.  But while (he) Joseph thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary as your wife to be, because that which is conceived in her is of The Holy Spirit.                                                                                                                               Vs. 21.  And Mary will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people, and all people from their sins.                                                                 Vs. 22.  So, all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by The Lord through the prophet Isaiah who said:                                                                                                                                       Vs. 23.  Behold, the Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call His name (Immanuel), which is translated, God with us.

And with God’s help, we have been able to learn what this wonderful phrase at the end of vs. 23 God with us is really saying!

Listen, for you and I to know and believe that God is with us is an invaluable revelation and insight, because it reveals to us about the sovereign omnipresence of the LORD our God!

In fact, these two theological words sovereignty and omnipresence are only just two of the many major attributes concerning God.

And on the first Sunday of this month, one of the things we focused upon was the omnipresence of the LORD.                                                                                         Then last Sunday, one of the things we focused upon was the sovereignty of God.

And therefore, to summarize what we have learned so far.

God’s omnipresence allows Him to be anywhere, at any time, with anyone.

And yet, His sovereignty will determine what He will do or not do, where ever He may be, and whomever He may be with!

Also, we learned that God with us does not mean the absence of problems, or trials, or difficulties!

But, it does mean that His plan, His purpose, His will, will be done and not just ours!

This afternoon lets finish up our brief miniseries as we continue in this New Year, as we observe from the Bible three examples featuring the Lord Jesus Christ who desires to be our Immanuel no matter what!

So, our first example that features the Lord Jesus Christ who desires to be our Immanuel we must know us to fear, or to be discourage, or to be overwhelm.  Why, Immanuel, God is with that neither the conditions, nor the circumstances, nor the situations should cause you and I even in the storms of life! 

See Luke 8:                                                                                                                      Vs. 22. Now it happened on a certain day, that Jesus got into a boat with His Disciples.  And the Lord said to them, Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.  So, they launched out.                                                                                                                 Vs. 23.  But as they sailed, Jesus fell asleep.  But a windstorm came down onto the lake, and they and the boat were filling with water and were in jeopardy, or in serious trouble.                                                                                                                            Vs. 24.  And they came to Jesus and awoke Him, saying, Master, Master, we are perishing, or we are going to die. Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water.  And they stopped, and there was a calm!                                    Vs. 25.  Then Jesus said unto them, where is your faith?  But His Disciples were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, who can this be?  Because He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!

NOTE: Remember that, God with us does not mean the absence of problems, or trials, or difficulties!                                                                                                                  But it does mean that His plan, His purpose, His will, will be done and not just ours!

Now our next example that features the Lord Jesus Christ who desires to be our Immanuel is, no matter how great the task, or how difficult the mission, we still can be effective ministers for the Lord.

Why, Immanuel, God is with you and I especially when His priorities becomes our priority!

See Matthew 28:                                                                                                                    Vs. 18.  And Jesus came and spoke to the disciples saying, all authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth.                                                                            Vs. 19.  Go, Therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, or teach all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,          Vs. 20. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.  Amen.

And lastly, our final example that features the Lord Jesus Christ who desires to be our Immanuel, because we are not to put our confidence in man, nor are we to be dependent upon others who are here today and gone tomorrow!  Why, Immanuel, God is with you and I even when others forsake, forget, or fail us!

See II Timothy 4:                                                                                                           Vs. 16.  The Apostle Paul is speaking, at my first defense (or court trial) no one stood with me, but all forsook me.  May it not be charged or held against them.                     Vs. 17.  But The Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message (the Gospel) might be preached fully through me, so that all the Gentiles might hear.  And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.                                                                               Vs. 18.  And The Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and preserve me for His Heavenly Kingdom. To Him be Glory forever, and ever. Amen!

*********** Wednesday Sermon Notes 2019

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

01-09-2019   Part 11      Wednesday

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.

02-27-2019   Part 17     

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. 28a.                                                                                                            But let a man or (a person) examine themselves.

And last Wednesday, if you remember we said that there were at least two areas that we should examine ourselves regularly!

First of all, according to II Corinthians 13, you should 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?

Or, secondly, before you participate and partake of the Lord’s Table, or Holy Communion you should examine yourselves.

But in either case, how should we examine ourselves?

Well, last Wednesday with the help of I John 1: 6 &8, and St. John 16: 7&8, we considered how to examine ourselves as to whether we are in the faith.

This Wednesday, lets finish up our look at how we should examine and judge ourselves as well, before we participate and partake of the Lord’s Table, or Holy Communion?

Now again, how we should examine ourselves before we participate and partake of the Lord’s Table, or Holy Communion?

Now, see I John 1: 9.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we confess our sins!

But what does that really mean, and how do we Know that we are doing this correctly?

(Do a brief review with the Bible study group).

And again, according to I Corinthians 11: 28a, how do we examine ourselves?

Now, see Psalms 32:                                                                                                        Vs. 5.  I acknowledged my sin unto You and mine iniquity have I not hid.

I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Listen, with God’s help after we have examined ourselves by spending some personal time with God, then we should both acknowledge and confess to God our own sin or sins.

(Do a brief review with the Bible study group).

Now it is at this point we need the Holy Spirit who is the only One who can change us and transform us through the repentance that He so freely gives.

But yet, we so seldomly know how to receive this repentance that the Holy Spirit wants us to walk in!

Now, see II Timothy 2:                                                                                                       Vs.  25.  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God perhaps will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;                                             Vs. 26.  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Question, what should you and I expect when the Holy Spirit produces change and transformation through the repentance that He so freely gives?

First, repentance that comes from God and not from self, will produce within you and me, a divine strength to turn from, or, to turn away from anything or anyone that would cause you to compromise or be tempted, or become disobedient and sin against God!

Secondly, repentance that comes from God and not from self, will produce within you and me, the fear of the Lord!

See Proverbs 9: 10.                                                                                                     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Question, in what ways does the fear of the Lord make a difference within you and me? (Repeat)

Here are at least three things you and I will noticed at work within our hearts.

First, the fear of the Lord is when God develops within my heart a personal conviction and commitment, so that I don’t want to displease Him.

Next, the fear of the Lord is when God develops within my heart a personal conviction and commitment, so that I don’t want to experience the LORD’s chastisement or correction upon my life, reaping what I sow!

And lastly, the fear of the Lord is when God develops within my heart a personal conviction & commitment, so that I don’t want my testimony and my witness to others, to be in vain!

Now notice vs. 31.                                                                                                           For or, because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.                               Listen, not only do we examine ourselves, but also, must judge ourselves!

The word ‘judge’ that is used here, comes from a Greek verb, a Strong’s definition, διακρίνω diakrínō, which is a mult-definitional word.  And one of the meanings for can mean judge, διακρίνω diakrínō, can mean to decide or to decide upon a matter.

So, the how should we judge ourselves?

Listen, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Then be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.            Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

This is what it means to judge ourselves.                                                                       We never condemn ourselves!                                                                                             

But we judge ourselves.                                                                                                          For example, see Ephesians 4.

Now again, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Notice Ephesians 4:                                                                                                               Vs. 25.  Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Now, be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!  Next, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, We search the scriptures to know what God says.                                                                                                        Vs. 26.  Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,                   Vs. 27.  nor give place to the devil.

Now, be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Next, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Vs. 28.  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

Now be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Next, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Vs. 29.  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Now be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Next, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Vs. 30.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Now, be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Lastly, with your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, we search the scriptures to know what God says.

Vs. 31.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

Now, be honest and willing to decide upon the matter that is going on in your life.

Be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!

Now, back to I Corinthian 11.

So, how can we avoid the 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, here are some suggestions you might consider when applying vs. 28a, but let a man or a person examine themselves.                                                                          And vs. 31.  For or, because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

So, here are some suggestions you might consider!                                                •Seek a quiet place, an undistracted place so you can be with the Lord privately, be intentional.                                                                                                                      •Request and depend on God to help you go through this process together.                      •Examine yourself.  Admitting and confessing to God any and every sin that the Holy Spirit brings to your attention or your remembrance that you’ve been involved in currently, or from the recent past, or from the distant past.                                           •Judge yourself, not condemn yourself.

But judge yourself.  With your Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit search the scriptures to know what God says.

Then be honest and willing to admit to God that you have fallen short of His standards, His will, His purpose, His plan for you!                                                                             •Request for divine repentance and change in your behavior your attitude your conduct          your life style.                                                                                                                    •Request from The Lord that the desire of your heart would to never allow anything or anyone to hinder or block your fellowship with Him.                                                           •Begin to intercede for others who are struggling like you are in certain areas of your life.

03-06-2019    Part 18  

Let’s return 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 finish up our 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.

Now, as we come to the end of our study concerning Communion, let’s review what we’ve learned so far about this third and final section here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32.

And here in I Corinthians 11: 27-32, we re-arranged some of the verses for study purposes to help us understand the Important part we are to play!

For example, I Corinthians 11: 27&29, we are to heed the warnings that are divinely given to us!

Notice 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.                                           Also, 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, we should consider seriously the dangers, and the consequences that comes from partaking unworthily or in an unworthy manner, of the bread and the cup of the Lord.

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

Next, we should know how to avoid the 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?                            And vs. 31.  For or because if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Next, we should consider the purposes that God has when He allows his correction or His discipline to play apart in our lives!

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

Finally, we should accept the permission to participate in Communion that God gives to us, after we have examined ourselves and have judged ourselves!

Notice vs. 28b.  And, then so let them eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

So then, let’s go back to vs. 31a.  For or because if we would judge ourselves! (Stop there)!

And last Wednesday we spent some time understanding what it meant to judge ourselves!  Not to condemn ourselves!  But to judge ourselves.  To deal with things in our lives that are sinful, that are wrong, or that is displeasing in God’s sight.

However, notice vs. 31b, we will not be judged!

Because when we deal with things in our lives that are sinful, that are wrong, that are displeasing in God’s sight, and we examine our ourselves regularly.  Acknowledging, confessing, and repenting with God’s help, then the Lord Himself Is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Listen, as a true child of God we must deal with things in our life now!                        Don’t wait!  Don’t procrastinate!                                                                                      Don’t make excuses!                                                                                                          Don’t blame others!                                                                                                              Stop being in denial!                                                                                                             Stop resisting or rebelling against the Lord!                                                                     Again, if we would judge ourselves, we will not be judged!                                               Question, but what if you and I or anyone we know who is a true Child of God, would want to continue in their sin, their disobedience, their rebellion against God?

Neither, confessing or repenting for their actions, lifestyle, or behavior. Question what is God’s response to all of this?

Now notice vs. 32.  But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord (Himself) that we may not be condemned with the world.

Listen, we should consider the purposes that God Has when He allows His correction or His discipline to play apart in our lives!

Now notice vs. 32;                                                                                                            But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord (Himself), that we may not be condemned with the world.

Also see Job 5: 17.  Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore, despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:                                                                           Vs. 18. For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

Now, see Psalms 94: 12.  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law.

Lastly, see Proverbs 3:                                                                                                      Vs. 11. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction;           Vs. 12. For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.

Back to I Corinthians 11:                                                                                                Now, notice vs. 28b, and then so let them eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Finally, we should accept the permission to participate in Communion that God gives to us, after we have examined ourselves and have judged ourselves!

Notice vs. 28b.  And, then so let them eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Although over the last several weeks we spent some quality time understanding our part and our involvement when it comes to Communion.  But actually, Communion is not about us, it’s all about Jesus, who He is, and what He has done for everyone.

Show you what I mean!                                                                                                       Remember, I Corinthians 11:                                                                                                 Vs. 23.  For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;                                     Vs. 24.  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.                                                    Vs. 25.  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.            Vs. 26.  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.