2008-07-31

The Meaning & Power of Holy Communion

While partaking the Holy Communion, almost daily (Act 2:46), as a form of worship and for my own healing needs, I discovered another truth - getting ourselves ready to receive Christ. Let me go back to what I have been taught and learned about the meaning and power of the Holy Communion.

The typical Bible references for Holy Communion are 1Cor11:23-27, Mat 26:26-28, Mar_14:22-24. There is another reference in
  • 1Co 10:16-17 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
The 4 Meanings and Applications
  1. WE ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST. 1 Co 10:16-17.
    1. I am loved by Jesus. I love others with Jesus’ love and are loved by others.
    2. We are to see ourselves as members of the same body with Jesus Christ as our head.
      Christ’s Body is complete when we each play our part and then we are complete
    3. We are to appreciate the differences and talents that each member brings, not wanting them to be same as us, but letting them and helping them to discover their calling and to fulfill their callings by God.
    4. We are to forgive and encourage one another to good work as are led by Christ, our Head
  2. HIS BODY WAS BROKEN SO THAT OUR BODY CAN BE WHOLE
    1. Isa 53:5, 1 Pet 2:24 with his stripes we are healed.
    2. Hence, when we partake the Holy Communion, we also receive our healing for our complete being of Spirit, Soul and Body.
  3. HIS BLOOD SEALED THE COVENANT OF OUR NEW IDENTITY
    1. The Covenant between God and Man is sealed between God and Jesus representing man with the shedding of His blood. This covenant cannot be broken.
    2. Because of the New Covenant, we are therefore
      1. A New Creation 2 Cor 5:17. We are new reborn children of God.
      2. Our sins not just forgiven but eliminated with the Rebirth.
      3. We have Jesus' righteousness, authority, inheritances and blessings.
      4. See yourself in your new Christ-like identity. 1 John 4:17, As He is so are we in this world.
  4. WE PREPARE TO RECEIVE CHRIST 2ND COMING NOW
    1. This is the new revelation to me. We are to be reminded daily to prepare, get ready, to receive our King Jesus Christ.
      Rev 19:7 Let us rejoice... for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;
    2. Eph 5:25-27 Christ is preparing His bride in splendor and without blemish. Christ is coming for a glorious church; not a church in weaknesses and sins and poverty etc...
    3. This is not waiting in idle, but getting busy in preparation for the reception.
      Luke 19:13 Occupy till I come; or in some other translation, do business till I come.
Be reminded daily then, by partaking the Holy Communion, of our new identity in Christ by His blood, of wholeness provided by His once broken-body on the cross, of our oneness in Him, and get busy in reclaiming the families, the marketplace, and the nations as dowries to welcome our Bridegroom.

Update 4 Feb 2012 The Spiritual Meaning & Practice of Eating and Drinking
In partaking the Holy Communion, we do the physical eating of the bread and drinking of wine/grape juice. Jesus first mentioned it in John 6:35-58. See Bible Study John 6b Bread of Life & How to Eat it.In particular, Joh 6:56 He who eats & drink me lives in me, and I in him. The spiritual meaning of the eating and drinking is to abide in Jesus - reading, feeding and doing His Words and drawing strength from His Life in us.

4 comments:

thomasep19@gmail.com said...

THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE, JESUS BY GIVING
BREAD AND WINE AS SIGN OF HIS BODY AND
BLOOD, GIVING AS SACRIFICE, THAT HE MIGHT HAVE MEANT BY BREAD AS HIS WAY OF LIVING ON EARTH "HE GAVE IT" TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE AND WINE AS "THE SIGN OF LIFE"(WHICH IS MENTIONED IN BIBLE "BLOOD IS THE LIFE"). BY DOING SO HE WAS TELLING THAT HE IS GIVING HIS LIVING FOR THE WHOLE WORLD AND BLOOD BEING THE SIGN OF LIFE ALSO GIVING TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE - WHO CAN ACCEPT HIM.

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Anonymous said...

Are we prepared to receive Christ? We need to be steadfast in our Christian faith and the Lord will come back. At least, this is what the Christian translation of the Holy Bible says. There are many translations noways so if you can get a good version, read and wait on the Lord!

Christian Translation said...

Thank you for the great post. I forgot to write this in my previous post.