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Text for the Week
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” 1Corinthians 11:28-29
Last week it was, What is Baptism? This week it is, What is Communion? As this Sunday is our regular communion time it is fitting that we come with this subject in mind. There is always need to prepare our hearts and minds to attend the Lord’s supper that we may improve on our worship and enjoy more of the Lord’s blessings. In communion we are called to examine ourselves. Last night we looked at the foremost problem as laid out by the apostle Paul, which is to fail to discern the Lord’s body. This means that when holding communion some are prone to confuse this cup and bread with drink and food for the body. The error is to stop short of seeing and appreciating the accomplishments of Christ’s death at Calvary. It is required that communicants be capable of and willing to examine themselves as to their personal trust in the sacrificial death of Christ as their only hope of salvation.
To help us examine ourselves we must have clear gospel answers to these three questions:
- Is Christ the proper Saviour and only sacrifice to save me from my sin?
- Is His work sufficient to save me?
- Can I say that Christ died for me?
Your answer to these points will cause you to know if you do “discern” the Lord’s body in a gospel manner. If you answer “yes” then you can say that you desire to eat and drink in a worthy manner.
It is also a good thing to pray for:
- Clearer views of Christ’s substitutionary atonement. That is that Christ died in your place.
- Stronger faith in the covenant of grace God has made with your soul.
- The Faithful Shepherd who died for you to keep your soul in the hour of temptation.
- Personal joy in believing and witnessing for Christ.
Take time before this coming communion service to examine your own standing and rest in the Saviour’s love. May you be led to rejoice in your Lord and Saviour by staying humble at His feet and hopeful in His grace.