The Offering? or the Sinner?
Do you examine yourself for sin before communion? in the book of Leviticus, the Priest examines the lamb. if the lamb is without spot or blemish or defect
it is acceptable. the one who brought the lamb is a sinner and is not examined, obviously.
After the Priest performs the offering, the innocence and perfection of the lamb is transferred to the sinner and the sin of the sinner transferred to the lamb
We are only as good as our offering. when the sinner in the old covenant brings forth a perfect sacrifice, no matter how worst sinner they maybe, God accepts them because of the sacrifice.
Is Unworthy : Who? or What?
1 Corinthians 11:27 (NIV)
27 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
The question in regards to this verse is “What is unworthy? the person or the manner?” the manner is the unworthy and not the person!
now we ask : “Who is to be examined? the sinner? or the sacrifice?”
The bible says ‘Unworthy Manner’. it refers to the manner which is the action and not the actor, not the person. It does not also say ‘if you have sin’? for who is without sin? only Jesus!
But we are worthy to partake because the blood of Jesus made us worthy!
Leviticus 27:11-12 (NIV)
11 If what they vowed is a ceremonially unclean animal —one that is not acceptable as an offering to the Lord—the animal must be presented to the priest, 12 who will judge its quality as good or bad. Whatever value the priest then sets, that is what it will be
Who is examined by the priest? the one who brought the offering? or the Offering? We are not the offering! therefore we are not to be examined. Jesus is our offering! He is the Lamb! amen.
Jesus is our perfect Lamb. He is sinless.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
21 God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is our Lamb. given to us and for us.
John 1:29 (NIV)
29 … the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Remembrance of sin? or Jesus?
The communion is a reminder of what Jesus has done at the cross, His death and resurrection. Our participation is not as the one who is to be sacrificed, but as the sinner who benefits from the sacrifice.
We are not to examine ourselves for sin. rather we are to examine and discern the Lords body. ask this question “Is Jesus the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world? did He took all my sins?” yes He is and He did it! amen.
The blood of Jesus has cleansed us of all (past, present & future) sins. We are already cleansed
WE DO NOT CLEAN OURSELVES BY CONFESSING SINS DURING COMMUNION. WE ARE ALREADY CLEAN!
We are to remember what Jesus has done for us.
Instead of reminding ourselves of sins, We are to remind ourselves to remember Jesus instead, as it is written :
1 Corinthians 11:24 (NIV)
24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
The lord’s supper is not an event to remember our sins, but to remember the Jesus and his blood shed for our sins and His body broken for us.
therefore, let us stop sin consciousness! why? because the final sacrifice of Jesus works! It is finished.
Hebrews 10:1-2 (LEB)
1 For the law, possessing a shadow of the good things that are about to come, not the form of things itself, is never able year by year by means of the same sacrifices which they offer without interruption to make perfect those who draw near. 2 For otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the ones who worship, having been purified once and for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?
How do you know it is finish? How do you know the sacrifice works? because there is no more consciousness of sin! amen
What is the right manner?
IS IT A WORTHY MANNER TO REMIND OURSELVES OF SINS DURING COMMUNION? TO EXAMINED OURSELVES IF WE ARE SINLESS?
Again. Let us be reminded. We are to remind ourselves of Jesus during communion. We are to examined the Lamb, Jesus who is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world! amen
Why must we examined ourselves for sin? Why must we confess sins? it is irrelevant already.
the thing to examined is the manner. do we make common of the communion by treating it like our breakfast or lunch?
To partake the communion in a worthy manner
- Remember the blood of Jesus is for the forgiveness of your sins
- Discern the Lord’s body broken for you, scourge, beaten and by His stripes you are healed
- Proclaim Jesus’ death that bought and brought about the New Covenant. the New Covenant that is in his blood
When we partake of the communion worthily
Many will be healthy!
Many will be alive, energetic, youthful!
the blood of Jesus is to remind us of the forgiveness of our sins. therefore as often as we eat or drink, we do it in remembrance of Jesus. amen.
We are to be reminded that all our sins has been forgiven.
Read the verse below in reversed
1 Corinthians 11:27-30 (NIV-reversed)
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in a worthy manner will not be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink discerning the body of Christ does not eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are strong and healthy, and all of you have not fallen asleep.
Whatever we do we do. whether we eat or drink, we do we do it all for the glory of God
– grace and peace