Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 2, 2019

“Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 22:7-23.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.  And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;  for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”  And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves;  for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”  And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you;  do this in remembrance of Me.”  And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.  But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table.  For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined;  but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”  And they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was going to do this thing.”  Luke 22:14-23.

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“…  “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”  Verse 20.

For many, the Lord’s Supper will be served at the worship service next Sunday, the first Sunday of the month.  It is good to use today’s Scripture to consider the following questions to prepare us for it.

What do we honor and celebrate when we partake of the Lord’s Supper?

When we drink the Cup do we honor and celebrate that God loves everybody, Christ died for everybody, and that we chose Christ though our free-will and thereby we obtained the benefits of Christ’s sacrifice?

Or, when we drink the Cup do we honor and celebrate God’s election of us, Christ death for us, God’s elect, and that by Christ’s sacrifice He obtained for us, God’s elect, all that is needed for our salvation?  

These are very different intentions.

With which group of people do we have communion?

The group of people that honors and celebrates man’s wisdom to choose Christ and man’s alleged free-will choice of Christ that distinguishes him or her worthy of salvation?

Or, the group of people that honors and celebrates all that Christ obtained for us, God’s elect, through His most precious death?

Article 8.  For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father;  that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

“In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood;  do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 11:25-27.


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