1 Corinthians 11:28-34

Scripture

1 Corinthians 11:28-34

Observation 

  • Before eating the bread and drinking the fruit of the vine of the Lord’s supper each person should examine their heart to make sure their focus is on the right thing
  • If you take the Lord’s Supper numb to its purpose you risk bringing God’s correction down upon yourself.
  • Some have showed so much disrespect for Jesus sacrifice as illustrated in the Lord’s Supper that God’s correction has resulted in challenges, sickness, and for some even death.
  • But if we keep our focus when taking the Lord’s Supper on the amazing grace that keeps us from judgment then we will avoid God’s judgment
  • God corrects us in this manner because He doesn’t want us to fall under eternal judgement like those without faith in Christ
  • Based on what Paul has just explained he wants them to act like the church should when it gathers.
  • Make sure everyone is included
  • If you can’t wait for others to show up to eat, then eat at home
  • In doing this they will avoid the necessity of God’s correction
  • There are other matters that they wrote about that Paul will address when he visits them

Application

It is just as important to understand what Paul isn’t saying here as it is to understand what he is saying. Paul is saying that the contempt that they are showing for one another and the Lord’s Supper is resulting in God’s correction including life challenges, sickness, and in some extreme cases death. However, he is not saying that in order to take the Lord’s Supper you have to have your life all together. We take the Lord’s Supper to remember that even in our brokenness, Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves. Being worthy to celebrate this isn’t a matter of having no sin, but being thankful for the sacrifice Jesus made for your sins. The issue wasn’t that they weren’t completely holy, but that they were treating the Lord’s Supper like a common dinner party. God’s correction was not a matter of judging them for being sinners, but forgetting the cost of their salvation. God corrected them so they would repent and turn back to their first love. I was bought with a price which was the painful death of Jesus the Son of God. I need to live in such a way that honors that sacrifice. It isn’t perfection that God is looking for, but a life centered on following Jesus. What is the center of your life?

Prayer

Jesus, thank you for loving me so much that you left the throne of heaven, took on the form of those You created, and submitted Yourself even to the point of death on a cross. Please forgive me for taking that sacrifice for granted. Help me more and more move the center of my life to those things which bring You glory and honor. Transform me by the power of the Holy Spirit in me. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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