Do we need to judge ourselves at the service of LORD's table?
We perhaps have seen the new teaching on the Lord’s supper by some man from Kerala who pulverized the traditional teaching on the Lord’s supper. It is nothing but the
Let’s analysis the issue here in detail. We all cling to the doctrine that persuades us to examine ourselves before taking part in the Lord’s Supper. The proponent of this new teaching has overturned the doctrine and says that it is not the time to remember our
When we interpret a pericope from the Bible, we must also consider the immediate context for what purpose the author has written it. Here Paul was addressing a different issue which existed at the Corinth church. First of all, there was a division in the Corinth Church and as we flip through the pages of history we see that the division was not only in terms of leadership but also in terms of social and class. In the first
Therefore in this passage of the scripture, the demand for self-examination of believers at Corinth and the body of Christ are inevitable. As far as the self-examination is concerned, was it only applied to Corinthians? As the so-called teachers of
So let us also examine what Apostle Paul says about Christ death. According to Romans 6: 10, Jesus died to sin once for all, but the life that He lives, He lives to God. The same chapter of Romans also says that, those who were baptized into Christ were baptized into His death. In other words ,we are united together in the likeness of His death. So what should be the outcome, if we all those who have taken the baptism united into His death? We should be in the likeness of the verse – Romans 6:10, as Christ died to sin once for all and the life He lives, He lives to God. Romans 6:6,7 says, “knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died, has been freed from sin. “ This is the kind of death that our Saviour had faced for us and He also united us in to His death. So that we no longer be slaves of sin but slaves of righteousness.
Now coming back to 1 Corinthians 11, when we approach the Lord’s table this thought must dominate us. We all must recall the kind of death, Christ had died as we approach the Lord’s supper. As we examine His death and our relation to His death, there should not be any spot of sin in our life. Therefore if anyone partake the Lord’s table in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord (1 Cor. 11: 27). The Spirit of God admonishes us through Paul to examine our life. 1 Cor. 11:28 says, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” He did not ask us to stay away from it, but to examine ourselves before partaking the Lord’s table.
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