Text: 1 Corinthians 10:15-17
“For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”
I Corinthians 10:17
Many have argued against communion wine being taken from individual cups rather than from one cup. Let’s look at how Jesus did it. “Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.” (Matt 26:27).
Notice that it is called, “the cup” and not “the cups”. It is clear that Jesus served His disciples from one cup and that the apostles continued the tradition (1 Cor 10:16). However, we will miss out the lesson if we only focus on the letter and not on the spirit, the method and not the principle. The communion is the spirit of unity. It is a participation in the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We show that we share in Jesus Christ. We are united in Him. If you are united with Christ and I am united to Christ, then we are united to each other. So it is a communion or fellowship or sharing with each other. “And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.” (1 Cor 10:17 NLT). The MSG bible paints it beautifully. “Because there is one loaf, our many-ness becomes one-ness – Christ doesn’t become fragmented in us. Rather, we become unified in Him…”
This is another way that most believers fail to discern the body of Christ – not recognizing the true bond we have with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. We fail when we form factions, sow seeds of division, live in malice and bitterness, rebel against His delegated authorities in the church etc. Anything that divides us is against the spirit of the Holy Communion. We eat unworthily when we take communion with such an unexamined life and this can trigger weakness, sickness and untimely death(1 Cor 11:30).
Beloved, examine yourself to see if Christ is being fragmented through you. Repent and be His agent to turn the many-ness to one-ness in Him.
1.Father, help me never to be an agent of division, fragmenting Your church but an agent of unity, uniting Your church in Jesus name.
2.Father, I refuse to turn the cup of blessing to the cup of cursing in my life in Jesus name.
1.Whether we use one cup or many cups, the spirit of the Lord’s supper must be understood and applied.
2.We discern the Lord’s body when we pursue the things that unite the body rather than divide us.