submitgooglesitemap.com Sitemap Generator

Jumat, 24 April 2009

THE LORD’S SUPPER

INTRODUCTION
The Lord gave 2 ordinances; not to any other organization, but to His churches. Ordinance = paradosis – tradition (12x in KJV), ceremonial precept, practice passed down, eg. 2The 2:15 cf. Col 2:8. It is not a sacrament! Paul received the ordinances from the Lord Jesus Christ and taught it to the Lord’s churches – 1Cor 11:2,23

1. Baptism - picture of the death, burial & resurrection of Christ. It is how one enters into a Covenant relationship with God.

2. L.S. - pictures our Messiah’s finished work on the cross.
Reflects a member’s continuing Covenant relationship with God through His New Covenant church – Heb 10:19-31.

WHO ARE TO PARTAKE OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

Old Covenant parallels of the Lord’s Supper involved only those in covenant with God:

1. Melchizidek brought bread and wine to Abraham – Gen 14:18 (Heb 7:1-17; Psa 110:4  Heb 10:21,22).

2. The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread was instituted by God for the covenant people of Israel – Exo 12:46-48.

Today, Christ is the Passover of the New Covenant people  1Cor 5:7. The Lord’s Supper was the Lord’s ordinance given by Jesus Christ Himself to His local church. As members of the Lord’s church it is our responsibility to always be faithful to walk in covenant with our Lord “in order to keep” (v.2) this ordinance (1Cor 11:2,18,20). In Mat 26:20-25, Jesus partook of the Jewish Passover feast (or the Feast of the Unleavened Bread) with His 12 church disciples (v.17,26). There, Jesus foretold of one among them who would betray Him. It was Judas Iscariot who quietly left the Lord and his fellow brethren that evening, to betray Jesus to the Chief Priest and elders for money (Jn 13:18-30). Judas missed the highlight of the Passover meal that evening which was the Lord’s Supper – the important event that was to remind them of the sufferings and death of their Messiah on the cross to redeem them. Judas was more determined to do his own will rather than the Lord’s. His actions exposed himself as an unfaithful disciple of Christ - a covenant breaker.

THE PURPOSE OF THE LORD’S SUPPER – OUR MEMORIAL

A. To remember the covenant that we have entered into with the Lord and to remain faithful unto the end with the anticipation of a glorious fellowship and celebration with Christ personally in His Coming Kingdom at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb - Lk 22:14-20, 28-30 ( Mat 26:26-29).

B. To remember our Lord Jesus Christ who died and shed His blood to redeem (purchase) His church until He comes again for her – Mat 26:28; 1Cor 11:26; Acts 20:28. When we surrendered our lives in repentance and baptism into Christ, we entered into the New Covenant relationship in Jesus Christ – Acts 2:38. In Jesus Christ, we received His redemption, the forgiveness for our sins - Rom 3:24; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; Heb 9:14-15.

C. To remember our need to live a life that is pure – 1Cor 11:27-32 (1Cor 5:6-8*; 10:21,22; 1Pet 1:15,16). The partaking of the Lord’s Table includes a time of self examination for unrepentant sins - v.28; 1Pet 4:17. Sins and offences need to be dealt with, with forgiveness (Jam 5:13-16; 1Jn 1:6-9; 2:9-11; Mat 5:21-24; 18:15-35). If we partake the Lord’s Supper unworthily, (carelessly, without reverence):

1. We would be guilty of holding something against the body and blood of Christ - having a grudge against the Lord’s church (v.27).

2. We would not be discerning (esteeming**) the Lord’s body, the church = despising the Lord’s church (v.29).

Members who are not sincerely repentant will be judged by the Lord and will face harm to his/her own body - v.29,30. 1Cor 3:16,17; Heb 10:26-27.

D. To remember our corporate responsibility to remain in fellowship with the Lord and with one another as members of the same body – Jn 6:53-58 (eating and drinking); 15:1-8; 1Cor 10:16,17 (communion = koinonia, fellowship); Rom 12:4,5; Eph 4:25; Jn 17:21.

The Corinthian church had no love and unity with Christ and with one another - 1Cor 1:10-13; 3:1-7. They were disobedient, carnal, spiritually immature & sickly. Paul dealt sharply with them:

• Divisions (disagreement) – 1Cor 11:17,18; Rom 12:4,5
• Heresies = party split, gangs due to divers doctrines - v.19
• Disunited and disorderly - v.20  v.34
• Wrong objectives - v.21, 33,34  1Cor 14:40

UNITY AND LOVE MUCH NEEDED IN THE LORD’S CHURCHES

Rom 15:5,6; 1Cor 12:25-27; 2Cor 13:11; Phi 1:27; 2:1-5; 1Pet 3:8-12; Jn 13:34,35; Jam 2:8; 1Jn 4:7-11.

THE ELEMENTS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER PICTURE MANY ATTRIBUTES OF JESUS OUR MESSIAH

1. The Unleavened Bread pictures Christ’s body (the church).
a. Unity - One Loaf (artos=loaf) - Mat 26:26

b. Purity - Unleavened. (leaven=sin) - 1Cor 5:7,8; Gal 5:9

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

Mt 16:11 …. beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? {the leaven of the Pharisees, is hypocrisy ~ Lk 12:1}. Hypocrisy = ungenuine faith.

2. The Fruit of the Vine pictures Christ’s blood shed for those who have been redeemed by His blood. The blood of Christ seals our relationship with God in the New Covenant – Mat 26:27. Its unfermented quality speaks of the purity of Christ’s blood that cleanses us from sin and guilt - Heb 9:14-18.

a. Christ’s blood gives us access to God to serve Him – Heb 10:11-20.
b. Christ’s blood sanctifies us – Heb 10:29.
c. Christ’s blood gives us peace – Col 1:18-23.
d. Christ’s blood gives us life – Jn 6:53-58.
e. Christ’s blood enables us to live an overcoming life – Rev 12:10,11.

BEWARE OF WRONG ATTITUDES – 1 Cor 5:7,8

A. We should not have any reason/excuse for not being right with God and the church. Get right with God and one another at all times by promptly confessing and forsaking (repenting) sins – Jam 5:13-16.

B. We should always desire to be ‘present’ to keep this ordinance - our privilege and responsibility. Remember Judas Iscariot?

ORDER OF COMING TO THE LORD’S TABLE

A. Self-examination - 1Cor 11:27-31.
B. Orderly partaking with thanksgiving - 1Cor 11:23-26 (Mat 26:26-28)  Faithful member break and pour.

CONCLUSION

The very day we entered into covenant – we actually made a vow/pledge. We vowed to abide faithful IN CHIRST - to be in a constant covenant fellowship of love and obedience with the Lord and with our brethren, walking in the newness of life and faithfully serving together as one united church till we see Jesus face to face.
Ecc 5:4,5 ~ “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay” (Deu 23:21-23).

OTHER OBSERVATIONS FROM SCRIPTURE
# Jesus broke from one loaf (artos = loaf) - Mat 26:26.
# The members drank from one cup as Jesus took “the cup” and passed it to them - Mat 26:27; 1Cor 11:25.
# Observed at night (just before the Lord’s betrayal and death on the cross) - 1Cor 11:23.
# Singing a hymn at the end - Mat 26:30 (Blest Be The Ties)