|KHANDIE'S KORNER - "February 29, 2004"|
|Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes|
This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)
"THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUE COMMUNION"
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: 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. 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. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lords death till he come. 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 LORDS 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. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together under condemnation. (1st Cor 11:23-34)
this weeks message we will focus on The
importance of TRUE communion, not just the importance of
communion, but of TRUE COMMUNION! For TRUE
COMMUNION is not some ritualistic act of taking a wafer upon ones tongue and
sipping a vial of juice only to return back to warming the pew without any understanding
of what has just taken place. It is a very
SERIOUS and INTIMATE time with our Beloved Savior, a time of acknowledgement and of giving
thanks for the BODY that offers healing, and
the BLOOD that offers redemption. True Communion IS true INTIMACY, an act of sharing, of giving and
receiving. Through communion we share of
ourselves to the Lord, we give of ourselves to the Lord, and we receive that which he
desires to give and its all about Him and the believer who intimately acknowledges
him. Its not about the dry wafer, but
what the wafer SPIRITUALLY represents
BODY! Its not about the vial of
juice but what the juice SPIRITUALLY represents
.HIS BLOOD! Through
ritual communion, the focus tends to be on the wafer and the vial of juice and NOT the POWER of the BODY and the BLOOD. One
may say they understand that when they accept the wafer, they are acknowledging
Christs body, and when they accept the vial of juice, they are acknowledging
Christs blood and this may be so intellectually in the mind of the receiver, but is
the SPIRITUAL acknowledgment and understanding present in the HEART of the believer that receives? There is a difference between simply knowing the
facts in the mind, verses UNDERSTANDING the Truth in ones heart. Is there intimacy with The Lord Jesus during your
partaking? Do you understand spiritually (not
intellectually) what you are doing and why? If
an unbeliever were to ask you why you feel it is important to participate in communion,
would you be able to explain to him/her the reasons in such a way that it would cause the
unbeliever to have a more clearer understanding and respect for our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ? Or, would you begin stumbling in
words because you yourself have not the answer, and simply declare to him/her that
its part of your church services, a part of your
denominational beliefs leaving the unbeliever with still no understanding
about the Bread, and the Cup.
If you lack the spiritual understanding of True Communion, and yet still partake in
communion, then you have received the bread and the cup in an unworthy manner! Sometimes one can get caught up in the RITUAL and
LOSE the TRUE MEANING! For if anyone eat of
the bread and drink of the cup WITHOUT spiritual discernment in not giving TRUE HONOR to
the Body and the Blood, such do DISHONOR THE
LORD and brings upon his/herself damnation.
lack of spiritual understanding is one example of how a believer would receive the
Lords communion in an unworthy manner, and Paul here in the book of 1st
Cor. Gives another example of how one receives the bread and cup in an unworthy manner
when he addresses the brethren there in Corinth. As
there were some that were actually partaking of the Lords supper out of mere hunger
for food for the stomach having no concern for The Lord Jesus, nor respect for the other
brethren. In the earlier church, Christian believers would gather together in one place
and as an act of worship, would come together at the table in UNITY to eat what was called
The Lords Supper. During
this time, they would give Honor, acknowledgement and thanksgiving to the Lord for His
Body, and for His Blood in looking back on His death, and looking forward to his coming
as often as ye eat of this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lords death
till he come) But, rather than coming together to utilize this blessed time
in reflecting upon Christs death, burial and resurrection, these believers at
Corinth, instead utilized the time to over indulge in such a way that there would be
nothing left for others. This sort of
behavior was not only disrespectful to the other brethren, but most definitely was
disrespectful towards our Lord. Paul warns
that each individual should examine his/herself BEFORE participation of communion, for if
such would do so and correct his/herself, he or she would then need not to be corrected
and/or chastised by the Lord. However if
unwilling to do so, damnation falls upon that believer.
Because of the lack of honor to The Lord through Communion, many have become
weak, sick and some have even died untimely and unnecessary deaths.
EACH time the bread is broken, our Lords body MUST be remembered and HONORED for it is that BODY which brings us Healing. For that precious body carried EVERY known sickness, EVERY known disease, EVERY pain, EVERY discomfort known to man, and with EACH BLOW OF THE WHIP by the horrific flogging given to him, REMOVED the claim by the enemy of sickness and disease from EVERY believer that WE may be made whole. His Body was broken and bruised that WE may be healed. Whenever the bread is broken, REMEMBER the broken body of Our Lord Jesus who was beaten beyond recognition, broken and bruised NOT because of any sins he himself committed, but because of OUR SINS! He suffered for YOU, He suffered for ME, He suffered for the SINS OF THE WORLD! NEVER break the bread without HONORING the BODY. 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.
EACH time we drink of the cup, our Lords shed blood MUST be remembered and HONORED for it is the BLOOD that has given us LIFE! Without the shedding of the blood there could be NO remission of sin. For with every ounce of blood that flowed from him, every known sin by man was COVERED by the Blood. For ALL who would acknowledge and receive, REPENT and SURRENDER, his/her sins were forever WASHED and CLEANSED by the Blood of the Lamb of God! No sins to be remembered by the Father, BECAUSE of the BLOOD of the SON . WHILE THE BLOOD FELL , murder was being forgiven; adultery was being forgiven; fornication was being forgiven; Incest was being forgiven; prostitution was being forgiven; addictions were being forgiven; homosexuality was being forgiven; the robber was being forgiven; the liar was being forgiven; EVERY SIN THAT WE HAVE COMMITTED was being forgiven and blotted out, WHILE THE BLOOD FELL FROM THE PRECIOUS LAMB OF GOD MORE than bread, MORE than juice, The Body and The Blood IS LIFE! 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.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also SUFFERED FOR US, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: WHO DID NO SIN, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who His own self bare OUR SINS in HIS OWN BODY on the tree, that we being dead to sins, SHOULD LIVE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS: by whose STRIPES ye WERE HEALED (1st Pet 2:21-24)
It is my hope that EVERY believer understands The Importance of TRUE COMMUNION, and HONOR the Lord DAILY through communion. Since it is a form of intimacy with the Lord, a form of thanksgiving and of reflection upon HIM, His death, burial, resurrection and SOON COMING AGAIN, this (True Communion) is something that should be done not just at appointed times of the year, but the remembrance of Our Lord through communion should be done EVERY DAY in the life of EVERY BELIEVER till HE COMES!
partake of the Lords Supper with ALL humbleness and THANKSGIVING, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
AND HONOR remembering always the sacrifice HE MADE, for US!
Because of the Body and the Blood, there is now HOPE for every man and every
woman. THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord, there
is now reconciliation to the Father, redemption of sins, healing for the body and soul,
and the precious gift of Eternal Life offered to ALL who would repent and receive.
Now we know The IMPORTANCE of TRUE COMMUNION Let us PRACTICE IT DAILY!! DAILY!!!!!
The Lord be with you this day and always .
I love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
The Lord be with you this day and always! Shalom Uvracha (Peace and Blessings) ..
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Lord God Almighty
Daughter & Servant
of the Lord God
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