WHAT IS COMMUNION
Communion has become a habitual tradition. By habitual I mean most don’t know what communion really is or why we even do it, they just simply follow the line down the isle to get their bread and juice. Sure, some will quote the pastors words something about the body of Christ is the bread and the grape juice is the blood without any depth of understanding.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; Acts 2:42-44
Jesus Wants a Relationship Not a Religious Tradition!
We know Jesus was hard on the Pharisees, Why? They were more concerned about following tradition than about the deeper heart issues.
There is no depth to what Jesus desires this act to be. How many people do you know that are in leadership at a congregation, members of a congregation, go to a congregation every week, serve in a congregation or work for a congregation and take communion, but yet have issues or problems with other people in the Body.
What is Communion anyway, is it really that big of a deal?
Jesus says, unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35
It is a pretty big deal, in a world where we hunger near starvation by noon and can drink 2 liters of soda per day, that He claims we will never hunger or thirst. Fasting is virtually nonexistent.
We now know Communion is a BIG DEAL!
Jesus makes a big statement about being the bread of life and living water. Saying we will never hunger or thirst should be taken seriously. He may be alive now but He did die.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit: 1 Peter 3:18
Where does communion come from?
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. John 6:54-57
Jesus made it clear what we should be doing and why. We know communion is important. We know it is to remember the unmatched sacrifice He gave so that we may walk in Freedom with Him hand and hand. What a glorious gift. So what is the unspoken Truth?
Communion taken improperly can lead to damnation!
I have witnessed a distressing lack of proper communion if at all being traditionalized in the church. Pastors are lacking the teaching behind this beautiful act and are causing many to heap sin upon themselves.
The church as a whole is lacking in teaching the truth in depth, so that, the heart of a believer is rightly prepared to preach and witness for Christ and give an answer to all who may ask for the hope that is within them. Instead, they are heaping damnation onto themselves with the discord and strife within the body.
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. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 1 Corinthians 11:27-32
When we take communion essentially we are saying we are right with the Lord and right with our neighbor. The greatest commandments ever spoken are…
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:34-40
Who will take responsibility for this atrocity?
We will all be responsible for giving an account of our time here in this world. We should all be reading Gods Word and praying for the wisdom to understand what He truly wants from us. In addition, the teachers and pastors that are lacking in teaching these fundamental truths are going to be held to a higher accountability. If you are a teacher, teach the full counsel of God. Not just the things that feel good.
People who truly understand communion will be sure to not partake if there is any issue with another. I see so much division between the brethren and if we are not grieving for this lack of obedience to Gods Holy Word we are not alive in spirit!
What are some things you’ve noticed the church has forgotten to teach? Share them in the comments below.