In partaking the Holy Communion, what are our duties
1. Remembering the Lord’s grace:
“…Do this in remembrance of me …do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor 11:24-25).
Certainly we should never forget the Lord’s grace at any time.
But while partaking the Holy Communion, we should experience a profound sense of remembrance. Paul said, “He loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20).
2. Declaring the Lord’s death:
“Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” (1 Cor 11:26)
Inner remembrance is coupled with outward declaration. The Lord’s propitiatory death was for all the people under heaven. Therefore, it should be declared in order that sinners believe, be reconciled to God and saved through the Lord’s life (Rom 5:10).
3. Adhering to the Lord’s covenant:
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Lk 22:20)
The covenant was intended for forgiveness of sins. “And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” (Rom 11:27)
God made the covenant with ancient Israelites, who did not remain faithful to the covenant. God then turned away from them (Heb 8:9).
Now, with the blood of His Son, God has made a new covenant of forgiveness with us.
God is faithful – He cannot disown Himself. We should persist in remaining faithful to this covenant and not deliberately sin again. We should not treat the blood of the covenant that sanctified us in an unholy manner (Heb 10:26, 29).
4. Waiting for the Lord’s coming:
“…declaring the Lord’s death until He comes again.” While partaking the Holy Communion, we declare the Lord’s death and wait for His coming. For He said, “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Mt 26:29)
So the Holy Communion enables us to look forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. We should remain alert and be prepared for His coming.
What are the blessings in partaking the Holy Communion?
1. Communion with the Lord:
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ?
And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Cor 10:16).
2. Sustaining spiritual life:
“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” (Jn 6:53)
Life is gained by the Lord’s spirit. The flesh and blood of the Lord are spiritual food. “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.
This bread is my flesh which I will give for the life of the world.” (Jn 6:51)
This reference includes the Holy Communion.
3. Unity of the church:
Because there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” (1 Cor 10:17)
Since there is one bread, each partakes of the body of Christ, and in unity all form a new batch (1 Cor 5:7).
The one bread was broken, so that all of us by partaking the Holy Communion reach unity and form one body in Christ (Rom 12:5).
4. Resurrection at the last day:
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Jn 6:54, 57). The body of the Lord lives forever.
Although He died, His body did not see decay; God has raised Him to life (Acts 2:31-32) who became the first fruit; in our partaking the Holy Communion, we will be raised to life at the last day and our bodies will be transformed to be like His glorious body (Phil 3:21; 1 Cor 15:44, 52).
The Holy Communion is a sacrament. We have to be vigilant in partaking the Holy Communion.
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