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Sanctifying for Communion Series

For anyone coming to be with us for the Paschal LORD’s Supper on the 14th, Brother Lowther requests that if you have ability you would listen to the last 2 sabbath / sunday (1st and 8th) messages listed below.
I will be teaching and applying the gravity of the Communion encounter with Christ and the solemnity of it to get the mind focused on the importance of this time in the life of believers and their Church.
If you’ll be attending your own Paschal meal with Communion this month, or if you will be doing so with your own congregation, I hope this might benefit you as well as it is designed to express the purest reflections of ‘Worthiness’ in the context of 1 Corinthians 11.
In these messages I have offered a bit on our practice and why we do as we do, but the main focus will be of preparing the heart, mind and soul of our congregation for that special time with Christ we believers look forward to every year in the mediation and observation of His Word to our heart, and how it is a time indeed not to be overlooked, ignored or taken lightly.
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Sanctifying for Communion series 

Delivered on 1-1-2022 / grego. 5-1-2022

Pt.1 Our Apostolic Tradition: In the Volume of the Book…

Exo_12:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,

Exo 12:2  This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Exo_13:3  And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.

Exo 13:4  This day came ye out in the month Abib.

 

Deu 16:1  Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

 

1Co_11:17  Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.

1Co 11:18  For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

1Co 11:20  When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

1Co 11:21  For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

1Co 11:22  What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

 

1Co_11:23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

1Co 11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

1Co 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

1Co 11:33  Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

1Co 11:34  And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

 

This is the number one text partly read and personalized in Christendom when the bread and the wine is taken in communion.
In the past I’ve spoken at length on the historical meaning of the word Eucharist and how there is nothing wrong with that word as it is what it implies a thanks-giving, good-gift/ good grace of God a symbolic lesson we are given to us towards this end in the remembrance of Christ and his Passover death, the lamb of God slain since the foundation of the world for the Saints.

This text of 1st Corinthians is parroted in the personal form, and that is my ministerial practice as well, to say at the moment of taking of the bread after the Paschal meal

 

“Take, eat: this is Christ’s body, which was broken for you: this do in remembrance of Him.”

and likewise for those of age who partake of the cup:

“This cup is the new testament in Christ’s blood: this we do, as oft as we drink it, in remembrance of Him.”

In many ways these words are echoed through out the world in a regular way, yes at different times and in different ways, but this is what we do and the lesson of 1 Corinthians 11 is a vital one to take in while acknowledging the moment you are in.

 

A moment of communion or fellowship, in the personal giving of thanks by the means which Christ has appointed according to His Law for this end, this purpose in the life of a believer.

Now,
For many people we are strange bunch. For some the very fact that we take partake of the Lord’s supper one time only a year is strange.

For others it is because that one day is on the 14th of the moon at evening, being quatrodeciman, others think it strange because we do so as part of the passover celebration, for others it is because we keep passover and the feast of unleavened bread, and for those who do all that it is because we have chosen to use these verses very literally and we keep the lords supper with passover by a literal observation of Abib or green ears of cereal grain, specifically barley.

But why do we do this? Why do we not just simple do as many do and partake of the elements of the Lord’s supper, the unleavened bread and red grape wine every week? Or why do we also hold communion as part of the passover.

This text is pretty much the basis for our Practice here, simply it is biblical. At one time we know this was a more traditional way Christian’s worshiped as well, but as general rule those days have long passed that this is the normal way to keep the lord’s supper.

If I needed tradition to qualify our observance of the plain words of scripture I usually provide Eusebius Eccl. Histories

 

Chapter 24.

The Disagreement in Asia.

  1. the bishops of Asia, led by Polycrates… a pupil of Polycarp who was student directly of John and Philip

He says plainly: Quote

 

  1. All these observed the fourteenth day of the Passover according to the Gospel, deviating in no respect, but following the rule of faith. And I also, Polycrates, the least of you all, do according to the tradition of my relatives, some of whom I have closely followed. For seven of my relatives were bishops; and I am the eighth. And my relatives always observed the day when the people put away the leaven.
  2. I, therefore, brethren, who have lived sixty-five years in the Lord, and have met with the brethren throughout the world, and have gone through every Holy Scripture, am not affrighted by terrifying words. For those greater than I have said ‘We ought to obey God rather than man.’Act_5:29

 

And here I amen Polycretes whole heartedly. This letter was written to Victor bishop of Rome sometime between 190 and 201 AD.

The groups

Victor is considered the 11th pope by the RC church, and most of the western church after 325 AD was subdued by Victors traditions, which is why Protestants in attempts to Reform the Catholic church never moved beyond this tradition. I would say.

But the bible gives us a simple trail of unleavened bread crumbs.
If we looked as the last mention which is markedly an analogy of sorts, but yet a practice we’d see the Apostle Paul using the Lord’s supper of Mat 26 as the launch pad to teach the heart and mentality Christian are to come to the Paschal meal with In 1 Cor 11:23.

And following this backwards we would see an easy line of pedigree , as it were, to the Paschal meal, and that combined with Abraham’s communion with Melchizedic at the feast after the slaughter of the kings.

And this is about as early a line of descent we can positively see of the Lord’s supper.

It is no stretch to say, as Paul this is what we ‘have received of the Lord that which also is delivered unto you’:

And so no matter what direction we move backwards from 1 cor 11 to Genesis or from Genesis to Exodus to Matt to 1 Corinthians we see a clear line of descent and apostolic tradition bound in the very words of scripture and thus inspired by the Holy Spirit of God.

Far more powerful and effective than any tradition of man called a sacrament. For that which makes a sacrament a sacrament is it’s sacred nature and ability to communicate the mysteries of grace, what does this better than a memorial of the very word of God in a direct relationship?

And so with that brief reasoning for why we keep passover as the time of communion with God, let me show you that line of descent, before looking at the direct application

Exo_12:3  Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

Exo 12:4  And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

Exo 12:6  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

Exo 12:7  And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

Exo 12:8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Exo 12:9  Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

Exo 12:10  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

Exo 12:11  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.

 

turn to

Mat_26:17  Now before the unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

Mat 26:18  And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.

Mat 26:19  And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

Mat 26:20  Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.

Mat 26:21  And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

Mat 26:22  And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?

Mat 26:23  And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.

Mat 26:24  The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

Mat 26:25  Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

Mat 26:26  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Mat 26:27  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

Mat 26:28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Mat 26:29  But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

 

 

 

In many ways it was John Knox who we in the west owe to going to scripture alone for the service which comes out of 1 Corinthians 11, and using the stiff warning given by the apostle Paul to the Churches.

The reformer, like most was a trained Roman Catholic priest and very well acquainted with the dogma’s attached to the mass the host as a propitiatory sacrifice renewed when celebrated and held in the doctrine of ‘real presence’.

 

The doctrine of the Real Presence asserts that in the Holy Eucharist Jesus is literally and wholly present—body and blood, soul and divinity—under the appearances of bread and wine.

 

Catholic catechism

PART TWO
THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

SECTION TWO
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH

CHAPTER ONE
THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION

ARTICLE 3
THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST

 

  1. THE SACRAMENTAL SACRIFICE THANKSGIVING, MEMORIAL, PRESENCE

1357 We carry out this command of the Lord by celebrating the memorial of his sacrifice. In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself given us: the gifts of his creation, bread and wine which, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood of Christ. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present.

1358 We must therefore consider the Eucharist as:

– thanksgiving and praise to the Father;
– the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body;
– the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit.

 

1367 The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: “The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.” “And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner. . . this sacrifice is truly propitiatory.”190

1368 The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the Church. The Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her Head. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire. She unites herself to his intercession with the Father for all men. In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.


 

Delivered on 1-8-2022 / grego. 5-8-2022

pt.2 Let a Man Examine Himself

Part 2

Today we are going to use 2 focal texts as we will be looking at the doctrine of definitive and progressive sanctification, specifically in regards to the command of 1 Corinthians 11 in regards to preparing ones self for the Lord’s Supper and Communion with Christ at that time soon to be here a week from now, and how the entirety of our sanctification founded in the Will of the triune God:

 

1Co_11:23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

1Co 11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

1Co 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

 

Here the word of the Lord written to the Hebrews by the inspiration of the holy Spirit:

 

Heb_10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Heb 10:2  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

Heb 10:3  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

Heb 10:4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

Heb 10:6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

Heb_10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Heb_10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Heb 10:11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Heb 10:13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Heb 10:15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

Heb 10:16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Heb 10:17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

Heb 10:18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Heb 10:21  And having an high priest over the house of God;

Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Heb 10:23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Heb 10:24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The reason for these 2 text is as the title of our message indicates foremost, and that is help in the keeping of the commandment to:

1 Co_11:28  “let a man examine himself”, the text goes on to speak of unworthiness, and the question really is, as pointed out in last week’s message, What makes you worthy? And this question is the reason for our 2nd text of Hebrews 10, as the answer is the Will of God in eternity past to send the Son, as stated clearly in

1Jn_4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

Here is worthiness to be part of the fellowship of the saints, not that one partakes for propitiation and accomplishes forgiveness of sin by your consent to eat or drink bread and wine. Or that a man pretends to bring forth the real presents of Christ by his indelible mark, changing bread and wine to real flesh and real blood, no the scripture is clear that worthiness is found in the sanctification of God by His will to bestow his love upon his saints – this is propitiation, and we contrasted that to the idolatrous use of the sacrament as we read from the RC catechism:

1367 The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: “The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.” “And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner. . . this sacrifice is truly propitiatory.

 

No it is not, and God has never intended it to be rather, Paul by the inspiration of the Holy spirit says,

 

1Co_11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

The Point is this, if the Eucharist is a propitiatory sacrifice and it is meant to bring forth propitiation, how can you possibly be worthy before you take the bread and wine?

One might say, by the other sacraments which comes before this.

Ok, then this is not as quoted from the RC Cat: “truly propitiatory”, “The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are not one single sacrifice”  “The victim is not one and the same…”

Rather Hebrews 10:11-15 repudiates this statement in offering us the truth of Scripture concerning our worthiness which we acknowledge by faith and yet praise as Grace-freely gifted in Christ alone:

 

Heb 10:11  every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Heb 10:13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Heb 10:15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us… of the New Covenant of Jer 31 and the covenant of Grace contained in the 40th Psalm.

The reason I bring this up is because the unchecked reverence for any sacrament leads to these types of blasphemous sentiments, every for of freewill championship leads to something else conjoined to Christ as being considered ‘truly propitiatory’,  offering the mercy of God the Pity of Jesus in an act which we do. and simply this is not so, and truely no person who has been convinced of the truth of Christ singular atonement should come to the table of bread and wine until they are able to examine this fact concerning salvation applied to them in christ, by the authority of numerous verses of Scripture. One who is not convinced that christ died for them before the sacraments are introduced should receive none of them until he makes this profession of total faith in Christ’s work alone.

 

If we do not understand the preeminence of the will of God to send his son and the preparation of the body of the son, and the condescension of the son, and the total sacrifice of the Son in the person of Jesus Christ as the worthiness, the righteousness, and propitiation the at-one-ment of God with us for Christ’s sake as his body we are not worthy to partake of the Lord’s Supper.

of the bread and the wine and replicate the willingness to offer our self in the service of God our savior which is what we show by partaking.

 

This is above all else the sacredness of the supper, it is not a weekly tradition, a monthly tradition or a yearly tradition,

 

it is a time of examination, of recognizing ones unworthiness to be one who Christ died for and yet believe you are worthy by the blood of Jesus.

There in is a bowing of the heart in remembrance of Him praising his worthiness, and his Grace to call you a child of God.

1Co_11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

 

Please turn with me to a few texts in the book of 1 Corinthians and then we will finnish out this call to sanctification as we prepare to fellowship with his body, his church less than a week from now.

 

There are 3 times in the text of 1 Corinthians that Paul uses the Passover language including the verse of 1 Cor 11, and yet none of these verses are purely concerning the ordinance of the elements as a rite, but as an established fact.

It is obvious that the Corinthians had not a book knowledge but a working knowledge of the feast of unleavened bread and how this is related to the Lord’s supper, enough that Paul draws from the language of the feast of unleavened bread, to teach a symbolic lesson to this Christian Church:

 

1Co_5:1  It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

1Co 5:2  And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you…

1Co 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

1Co 5:10  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

 

Paul equates the practices which come out of Exodus 12-13 and as instruction to the church on how to put away fornication amidst the church.

And so the comparison is plain, as we are instructed to remove leaven, so we remove sin, as we eat truly unleavened bread for a week, so we eat of truth, as the passover lamb is killed for he passover meal and eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, so Christ is has been sacrificed for us and we are to partake of his supper in sincerity and truth.

As Heb 10 said,  “the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.”

 

And that is what we find in all sacramentology, shadows revealing that which we will know more 1Co_13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1Co 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

These elements of Grace are given to us to grow up in life to look at in life according to word of God, the mirror or darkened glass to see our reflection.

 

Nevertheless the shadowy sacrament teach in all generations,  in all ages the reality of its truth in Christ and we as his body.

And the combined lesson here is that we as the Church are the dough of the greater feast of Christ’s Passover meal, and that purity in life is needful if we truly know He is our True Passover our true covering of blood that shields us from the destroyer.

In this way we need to consider ourselves and the will by which we are sanctified by knowing that we are sanctified through the once offering of the body of Jesus Christ, and consider the gravity of that sanctity we are called to. Let a man examine himself, and let call you to repentance on behalf of Christ to trust in His grace and propitiation alone to unlock the power of that sanctity, put away the idols of life, he imaginations of your mind, and the works of our hand and fall into the hands of the Living God who is faithful to forgive.

 

Paul speaking here of the very cup that is blessed at the Passover meal after the feast is initiated at evening, says to us in reflection upon those who came our of Egypt on that Passover night after they has obeyed the voice of Moses by the command of the LORD YHWH when he said, every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household… take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which you will eat… when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you . These then passed through the sea, and these who were saved in their body by the blood over their family were nevertheless damned because in fact they had no true faith, they only had he participation in a sacrament, but no true standing in Faith and the apostle says this is idolatry:

 

1Co_10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

1Co 10:14  Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

1Co 10:15  I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

1Co 10:17  For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

1Co 10:18  Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

1Co 10:19  What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

 

 

Paul is here saying like the father in the wilderness who died murmuring at God with Manna in their teeth, eating angels food, they were idolatrous, not because they always bowed down to a image, but because the ate of YHWH God’s table and drank of his spiritual water from the Rock and yet did not believe…

1Co 10:5  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Here is the point:

1Co 10:21  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.

1Co_10:22  Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?

are we stronger than he?

You can not force God to bless you, to sanctify you to propitiate you because you drink and eat at His table, you must have faith or else such services are idolatry, the cut called the blood of Christ becomes the cup of devils, the table of the Lord where we sit to take, the altar it is pretended to be becomes the table of devils.

It offers an illusion of sacredness, of sanctification, and illusion, a graven imagination of propitiation and righteousness while rather brining  unworthiness thereby, damnation to yourself thereby, weakness thereby and sickliness thereby and sleepiness thereby unto death in not discerning the Lord’s body and the reality of His sanctity whereby we are sanctified in a full assurance of faith.

If we are capable of making a faithful praise of Christ in these things the Apostle says:

 

1Co_11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

 

And finally in ending I want you to consider the words which precede that quote of the Lord from that faithful passover day where the Lord Jesus instituted the blood of the New Covenant and gave the meaning of a 1000 years of eating unleavened bread at the passover table to which we are blessed to know its true meaning in sincerity and truth.

 

1Co_11:18  For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

1Co 11:20  When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

1Co 11:21  For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

1Co 11:22  What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

 

I want you stop and consider what is being said here concerning this chapters context, prior to this we say the warnings of chapters 5 and 10, and in 11 we saw a contention concerning the hair of men and woman from a naturalistic standard in the church to which the Apostle sentence is by saying outside of what is said in the Law of God, there is no such custom in the Church of God. and then Paul starts into this analogy, which may very well been a reality as it showed the mentality and heart of the Corinthian churches struggles, which if you remember the book, it was started with contentions over baptism and who administered the baptism to a believer. And now look at what is said about this one dough of unleavened bread the church, the body of Christ, look at what is said about those who are to be seated at the Lord’s table, he says, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

1Co_11:19  For there must be also heresies among you…

1Co 11:20  When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

Here is what he is saying, This practice in your actions is not the Lord’s Supper, and if you take the cup this way of the Lord’s blood, this is a cup of devils not of the Lord.

Not because of hasty drinking alone, ths may represent it, but because like the mentality of the people in the wilderness a selfish unprepared mentality and heart has waxed gross.

 

Like bickering over who baptized you, now you rush to drink and eat before each other and you do not tarry, you do not wait, you revel in the fact that you have drank first and more than another, and that the elements have been consumed by you in a greater quantity than another, and yet Paul says

1Co_11:33  Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

wait for one another—

1Co 11:34  And if any man hunger, let him eat at home;

ABP says [ in his house let him eat]! or let him eat alone all by him self.

Hear is the Point Paul looks back at the Last supper, he looks back at the Passover as we do and he say, how did the LORD institute these supper practices? And what does the reality of those practices teach us?

 

The teach us that like we read in many verse here lately in this message and prior bible study:

 

Philippians 2:3-4
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

 

Heb 10:23-25  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

And

1Co_11:33  Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

 

Do you see what the volume of the book concerning these things in the like the faithful people of God can teach and encourage us to, this is why scripture must govern our practice our worship and are sacramentology, because it is the less in our life that teach Christ in a living way.

 

At Passover we are commanded to come into the house together, under one roof with the blood of the lamb painted upon the door post, we are told to eat in haste, as if the destroyer were coming to set us free, not haste in the sense of a total scarfing of the Lamb, bitter herb salad and unleavened bread quickly, but in a orderly fashion eat it at evening as you are commanded the Hebrew word khip-paw-zone’ literally means with desire due to fear khaw-faz’cover yourself quickly.

 

Get started on time, get things done on time, get ready, sanctify yourself, be prepared for the feast, come to the day of Passover with a readiness to participate and interact with the quick and powerful Word of God, because the destroyer is coming.

 

And Yet at dinner, when we are seated to meat tarry one for another, let us esteem each others participation as our own, let us remember the emblems of salvation are seen here, the effectual communication of Grace is seen here, the remembrance of the one and only propitiation is seen here. And so when we come to that time of bread and wine we do it together and as the Lord Jesus instituted received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto us,

That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

1Co_11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

and we do so together and in order.

 

1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

And we do so together as one body.

We tarry for each other- this teaches a particular and true lesson of the Passover of Egypt of the Lord’s supper and offers us the imagery of the lesson of Tarry for one another, esteem one another’s salvation, considering one another, that is how we are one bread and drink of one wine,

 

1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

1Co 11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

1Co 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

 

Take a moment now, and take the remainder of this week to let these words sink in as we consider the passion of Christ, as he sits today and eats with Lazarus the resurrected and is anointed by Mary in making his way to Jerusalem to die for our sins according to the oath and covenant He gave to the Father, to do His will in Eternity past. Let us start now if we’ve not don it enough to examine our self and to rid our mind and heart of any idolatry of this life even of the faithless idolatry and irreverence that creeps in unaware.

 

Let me also call your attention back to:

1Co_11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.

 

“How often should we eat this bread, and drink this cup, to show the Lord’s death till he come?” From a scripture alone answer, with no added tradition or preference the answer is at the time we keep the Passover, that is how often, and as often. While this observation too might become a vain tradition, because of the directives of Scripture and the power the word of God has over our faith, it is the most often we should do and one in the year is the best time to teach us many spiritual truths as to not make the practice anything it is not to be.

As well, and importantly, it is of the greatest cycle of the repetition of time, 1 time in a year, as to show us by analogy once again the infallible truth of

Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Heb 10:15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

Heb 10:16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Heb 10:17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

Heb 10:18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin


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About JS Lowther

I am a servant of YHWH through his perfect Son Jesu(s) Christ who's redemption power of my soul I have Faith in. Having been redeemed by the blood of Christ, I wish to no longer spend my time in the lusts of the flesh and of this world, but to promote the Gospel of the Kingdom by means of the New Covenant, a reNewal of the Covenant YHWH God has made with his people Israel in the blood of Christ (Jer 31:31 and Heb 8:8) which writes the Law of God upon the Heart and Mind beside the forgiveness of sin and transgressions. It is my mission to show the Israel of God the Salvation which is taught by the Scripture Alone and offered in all ages by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in the work of Christ Alone to the Glory of GOD Alone. I believe Christ Jesus is the incarnate Son of God as the WORD made flesh, and the son of man born of the virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit: I believe Christ Jesus Lived a perfect life for us as a living sacrifice as well as a pattern of the Sanctified newness of life a believer has in Him, I believe Christ Jesus died a cursed death on the Cross for His people of Covenant who are sinners, and I believe in Christ Jesus who Resurrected with power from Death from the grave to Justify the offenders. This is the same Jesus who is indeed the Son of David and king of Israel, who is both LORD and Christ over all the kings and dominions of the earth! In the fullness of time YHWH will regather his people under the Head of the Church Jesu(s) Christ to effect his will according to the Lord's prayer, Psalm 2, 8 and 110 as well as Genesis 1:26. The focus of my administration of the Gospel is like unto my Lord's who said "I have come not but for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.."(Mathew 15:24), and so I have come to my European kinsman according to the flesh. As a modern day Puritan separatist it is my goal to purify the church of Christ with Faith heretofore stated. I am studying to show my self approved, if you have any questions just ask!

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