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April 26, 2006

Lord’s Supper

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The Lord’s Supper

A Bible Study by Adam Osborne, Jr.
 

1 Corin 11:23-34 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: (24) And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (25)After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. (26) For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come. (27) Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. (28) But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. (29) For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. (30) For this cause many are weakand sickly among you, and many sleep. (31) For if we would judge ourselves,we should not be judged. (32) But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (33) Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. (34) And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

 

Study notes from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

24-25 In remembrance of me: To keep fresh in our minds what Christ Jesus did for us.. To remember an honest, true friend. To pay homage to him.

26 as often as ye eat…cup: The Lord’s supper should be celebrated frequently. This reminds us of him. It renews our minds of him.

26 do show the Lord’s death: Declare and publish the Lord’s death until he comes. To celebrate what he means to us and what he did for us. To show the World so that they too might begin to hear and know about Jesus.

26 Til he come: To be celebrated forever until he returns. The Lord’s Supper itself: The bread and the cup: they are outward signs (symbols) of Christ’s body and blood. His broken body on the cross together with all the benefits which flow from His death and sacrifice. His blood represents the privileges of the New Testament and worthy receivers take it as such at this holy ordinance. The new testament is confirmed by his blood. Jesus, made an offering of HIMSELF to God.. did at the Lord’s supper deliver His body and blood, to His disciples… He continues to do the same every time we celebrate the Lord’s supper. We are to take and eat, or to receive Christ and feed upon Him, His grace and benefits. We are to take Him as our Lord and life, yield ourselves to him and live upon him.

27 guilty of the body and blood: Their is a DANGER in receiving unworthily. You are calling the ceremony useless. You MUST have the right intentions. If you do not have the right intentions, instead of being cleansed by it you are damning yourself; making yourself GUILTY of his blood.

28 let a man examine himself: Examine your heart, approve yourself. Consider the purpose.. the sacred purpose of the Supper. Those who do not understand what this supper means, should NOT partake in it! The unbeliever should NOT participate in it. HOWEVER, if you are in the correct frame of mind, even if you are afraid, you should partake in the Supper.

29 eateth and drinking damnation: You are asking for it. You are provoking God and his wrath. You are asking for punishment to rain down upon yourself.

30 weak and sickly…many sleep: An person who isn’t taking this seriously can be made sick, or even die.

31 judge ourselves, we should not be judged: We must not judge others, lest we be judged but we MUST JUDGE ourselves before partaking of the supper. 32 chastened of the Lord..not be condemned: When the Lord judges us, he chastens us (disciplines us… makes it hard on us). He does this to “square us away” so that we turn back to him. It is much better for him to discipline us here on this world rather than to let us spend eternity in HELL.

33-34 come not together unto condemnation: We as Christians may come together and “fake” Christianity. We may just go through the motions without truly believing it. Holy things are to be used in a holy manner, or else they are as SIN.

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