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1
The Lord's Supper
  • The Manner of Partaking

2
The Manner of Partaking
  • There is no inherent spiritual value in the mere
    partaking of the elements of the Lords Supper as
    such.
  • There is no magical quality in them to bless the
    Christian spiritually.

3
The Manner of Partaking
  • The idea that all the Christian needs to do is
    attend services Sunday morning or Sunday night,
    take the bread and fruit of the vine into his
    stomach, and all will be well with his soul is
    not only unscriptural but anti-scriptural.

4
The Manner of Partaking
  • Unless the Christians manner of partaking is
    correct, the fact of his partaking is sheer
    mockeryan insult to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • And so the Christian is duly warned,

5
1 Corinthians 1127
  • 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.

6
The Manner of Partaking
  • Ones manner of partaking, though, will largely
    be determined by the attitudes and activities
    that characterize his entire manner of life.
  • An incorrect life cannot produce a correct manner
    of partaking.

7
The Manner of Partaking
  • The person who hates and mistreats his fellowmen,
    who is impenitent with reference to his sins, or
    who manifests a lack of reverence toward God in
    his daily conduct can hardly approach the Lords
    Table in an acceptable manner.

8
The Manner of Partaking
  • How can anyone possibly remember in the right
    manner the Lords sacrifice for the sins of the
    world, and at the same time harbor resentment,
    hatred and impenitence in his heart?

9
The Manner of Partaking
  • Indeed, the Lord refuses to accept any phase of
    our worship unless our manner of life is
    essentially correct.

10
Matthew 523-24
  • "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar,
    and there remember that your brother has
    something against you, leave your gift there
    before the altar, and go your way. First be
    reconciled to your brother, and then come and
    offer your gift."

11
The Manner of Partaking
  • In the context of 1 Cor. 1127, we observe that
    the members of the church in Corinth were eating
    the elements of the Lord's Supper as an ordinary
    meal to satisfy the physical appetite.

12
1 Corinthians 1120-22
  • Therefore when you come together in one place, it
    is not to eat the Lord's Supper. For in eating,
    each one takes his own supper ahead of others
    and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do
    you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do
    you despise the church of God and shame those who
    have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I
    praise you in this? I do not praise you.

13
The Manner of Partaking
  • In the context of 1 Cor. 1127, we observe that
    the members of the church in Corinth were eating
    the elements of the Lord's Supper as an ordinary
    meal to satisfy the physical appetite.
  • Thus, they were eating in truth but not in
    spirit.

14
John 424
  • "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must
    worship in spirit and truth."

15
The Manner of Partaking
  • Just as their disrespectful manner of eating
    contributed to their degraded spiritual
    condition, so their degraded spiritual condition
    contributed to their disrespectful manner of
    eating.
  • An ugly party spirit was prevalent among them.

16
1 Corinthians 112-13
  • Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of
    Paul," or I am of Apollos, or I am of Cephas,
    or I am of Christ.
  • Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or
    were you baptized in the name of Paul?

17
1 Corinthians 31-3
  • And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to
    spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in
    Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid
    food for until now you were not able to receive
    it, and even now you are still not able for you
    are still carnal. For where there are envy,
    strife, and divisions among you, are you not
    carnal and behaving like mere men?

18
1 Corinthians 34
  • For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another,
    "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?

19
The Manner of Partaking
  • Just as their disrespectful manner of eating
    contributed to their degraded spiritual
    condition, so their degraded spiritual condition
    contributed to their disrespectful manner of
    eating.
  • An ugly party spirit was prevalent among them.
  • Fornication was both practiced and tolerated.

20
1 Corinthians 51
  • It is actually reported that there is sexual
    immorality among you, and such sexual immorality
    as is not even named among the Gentiles--that a
    man has his father's wife!

21
The Manner of Partaking
  • Just as their disrespectful manner of eating
    contributed to their degraded spiritual
    condition, so their degraded spiritual condition
    contributed to their disrespectful manner of
    eating.
  • An ugly party spirit was prevalent among them.
  • Fornication was both practiced and tolerated.
  • Brethren were going to law against brethren.

22
1 Corinthians 61-3
  • Dare any of you, having a matter against another,
    go to law before the unrighteous, and not before
    the saints? Do you not know that the saints will
    judge the world? And if the world will be judged
    by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest
    matters? Do you not know that we shall judge
    angels? How much more, things that pertain to
    this life?

23
1 Corinthians 64-6
  • If then you have judgments concerning things
    pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who
    are least esteemed by the church to judge?
  • I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is
    not a wise man among you, not even one, who will
    be able to judge between his brethren? But
    brother goes to law against brother, and that
    before unbelievers!

24
1 Corinthians 67-8
  • Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for
    you that you go to law against one another. Why
    do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not
    rather let yourselves be cheated?
  • No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do
    these things to your brethren!

25
The Manner of Partaking
  • It was impossible for them to have a correct
    manner of partaking when their manner of life was
    so wrong.

26
The Manner of Partaking
  • We must not conclude, however, that the Lord
    demands perfection of life - absolute sinlessness
    - as the necessary qualification for proper
    participation in the communion meal, for then no
    one would be qualified.

27
Romans 323
  • .for all have sinned and fall short of the glory
    of God

28
1 John 18
  • If we say that we have no sin, we deceive
    ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

29
The Manner of Partaking
  • It is constantly giving diligence to serve the
    Lord and to be holy in life that qualifies the
    child of God to commune at the Lords Table, and
    prepares him to partake in the right manner.

30
Being Adequately Prepared,
  • How Should One Partake?

31
Discerningly
  • Paul, in 1 Cor. 1129, speaks of the person who
    eats and drinks in an unworthy manner as not
    discerning the body that is, such a person does
    not see in the elements of the Lord's Supper what
    they represent.

32
Discerningly
  • But the person who partakes in the right manner
    will focus his entire mind on the cross of
    Calvary.

33
Discerningly
  • By faith he will stand beneath the cross, looking
    up into the agonized face of Jesus with the head
    marked by the crown of thorns, seeing the nails
    that were driven into His hands and feet, and
    seeing the blood that flowed from the precious
    body given for the world.

34
Discerningly
  • His heart will overflow with reverence as he
    beholds in the elements of the Lord's Supper the
    wonderful gift of God's love in the sacrifice of
    His only begotten Son.

35
Trustingly
  • As the Christian concentrates on that which is
    represented by the Lord's Supper, partaking in
    the right manner, he believes that Christ is
    spiritually present with him in this act of
    communion.
  • "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit
    of the vine from now on until that day when I
    drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."
    (Matt. 2629).

36
Trustingly
  • He will trust in the Lord to bless him so that
    his partaking will uplift him spiritually and
    incite him to greater service in the divine
    kingdom, so that he will truly commune, have
    fellowship, with the body and blood of his
    Savior, and so that he will truly partake in
    remembrance of Him.

37
Humbly
  • As he considers his weakness and tendency to err
    in contrast to the greatness of God's love and
    mercy in sending His Son to this world to bless
    mankind, the Christian will partake of the Lord's
    Supper with a deep sense of humility and
    unworthiness.
  • And he will understand the significance of the
    Lord's utterance in Luke 1710.

38
Luke 1710
  • "So likewise, when you have done all those things
    which you are commanded, say, 'we are
    unprofitable servants. We have done what was our
    duty to do'."

39
Penitently
  • With his deep sense of humility in partaking of
    the Lord's Supper in the right manner, the
    Christian will feel such strong remorse, shame
    and sorrow for the sins he has recently committed
    that he will repent, change his mind concerning
    them, confessing them to God, and highly
    resolving to quit them and to do better with the
    help of divine grace.

40
Penitently
  • Such penitence will be a powerful motivating
    force for him to renew his entire commitment to
    Christ as he remembers in the blessed meal the
    commitment of Christ on his behalf in dying for
    his sins.

41
Gratefully
  • Having given thanks for the bread and the fruit
    of the vine, the Christian who partakes of these
    emblems in the right manner will seriously
    meditate on the salvation he has received through
    Christ's death.

42
Gratefully
  • Recognizing that, because of his sins he deserves
    eternal death but, because of the wondrous grace
    of God through the sin-offering of Christ, his
    past sins have been forgiven and he has been
    granted citizen-ship in the divine kingdom,

43
Gratefully
  • the entire act of his partaking of the Lord's
    supper will be a hymn of praise and thanksgiving
    to God for the great blessings he has received
    through His only begotten Son, such praise and
    thanksgiving that can only flow from a heart that
    is truly loving and grateful.

44
And
45
Prayerfully
  • As the faithful, loving Christian desires to
    partake of the Lord's supper in a worthy manner,
    to truly remember the death of Christ and to
    commune with Him, he will partake with a prayer
    in his heart to God that his attitude will indeed
    be discerning, trusting, humble, penitent, and
    grateful, so that he will reverently and
    sincerely worship God in this blessed meal.

46
How About You?
  • Are You Partaking in a Worthy Manner?
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