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The Cup of Blessing (19 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 10:16-22
December 14, 2004
1. In our lesson this evening Paul discusses the significance of communion--referred to as "the cup of blessing," which is the blood of Christ. He then warns of the dangers of participating in idolatry by partaking of things offered to idols (vs. 21), "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils."
2. I wan to give you two main points to our outline...
I. The Cup of Blessing
II. The Cup of Devils
I. THE CUP OF BLESSING
1. In (vs. 1), Paul refers to the cup of blessing as the "communion of the blood of Christ"; and then he says that the bread is "the communion of the body of Christ." The word communion is from the Greek word, Koinonia, meaning fellowship. In other words, when Christians come together to partake of the Lord's Supper it is in common fellowship. We are one in fellowship, one in purpose and one in Christ. Look at (vs. 17), "For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread." In (vs. 18), when Israel ate of the sacrifices offered to God, when they became partakers of the altar, they became one with God--they were identifying themselves as God's people.
2. Let me give you two things about the Cup of Blessing:
A. The privilege of partaking
1. It was at great expense our Lord provided for our salvation. It cost Him His life and His blood: Hebrews 9:12, "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."
2. When we, as blood-bought saints, sit down to receive communion, we need to remember what this cup of blessing represents. Jesus said in Matthew 26:28, "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Isaiah 53:7 ...
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