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Holy Communion (22 of 30)
Series: The Book of First Corinthians
I Corinthians 11:7-34
1. This evening we pick up our study with the discussion
of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion. The Lord's Supper finds its roots in the Passover--the Jewish celebration of deliverance from Egyptian bondage, when they sacrificed the Paschal Lamb, shedding its blood and applying it to the door posts and the lintels of their houses. When the death angel came at midnight, he passed over each house where the blood had been applied. The Lord's Supper is a remembrance of not only the Jewish Passover, but also of the Lord's death on the cross. John said of Jesus, ''He is the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.'' When His blood is applied to our sins, the death angel passes over us. We will never die spiritually, we are forever alive. We have eternal life because of His blood. Romans 5:9b, ''Being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.''
2. The Corinthians had turned this solemn occasion of
Communion into a time of feasting and revelry. In (vs. 17) Paul begins his discussion with a rebuke for their shameful behavior, and then beginning in (vs. 23), goes on to explain the significance and seriousness of what Holy Communion is.
3. This evening I want to give you three points:
I. The Reason for His Rebuke
II. The Reason for Our Remembrance
III. The Reason for His Reprimand
I. THE REASON FOR HIS REBUKE
1. The Corinthian believers had come to the place where
they were taking the Lord's Supper for granted--they, in fact, had made a mockery of the whole thing. There was drunkenness, revelry, divisions and debauchery of every sort. They had connected together the Agape (Love) Feast, a time of eating and fellowship, with the Lord's Supper. They had lost the meaning and significance of this solemn occasion and had allowed it to become nothing more than a charade.
2. Two points:
A. Divi ...
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