The Unity of the Lord's Supper
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
The Lord's Supper is fundamental to the Church and it must be done right.
Published March 14th, 2019
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Main point summary
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Main point summary
Examine yourself to avoid judgement at the Lord's supper.
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
But [in] this command, I do not praise you.
since you do not assemble for better
but for lesser.
For indeed, first when you are being assembled in church I hear schism exist between you and I believe [it] in some part.
For it is necessary [that] sects to be among you,
so that the approved by testing among you might be made visible
Then you are assembling upon (one another) it is not to eat the Lord's dinner.
For each takes to feast upon in own (at) the dinner.
for indeed (someone) is hungry
but (another) is drunk.
For do you not have houses into [which] to eat and drink?
Or do you despise the church of God,
and put to shame (those who) have not?
what do you say? will you be praised?
In this I do not praise you.
For I received from the Lord, which I delivered to you,
that the Lord Jesus in the night [in] which he was delivered [to his enemies] took break and giving thanks he broke it
and said "this is my body [broken] for you; this do in my remembrance."
And likewise with his dinning cup he
said "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, this do as often as you drink, in my remembrance."
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of your Lord until (he) comes.
Therefore whoever eats the bread and drink the cup of the Lord in a careless manner,
he is guilty
in his body and his blood to the Lord.
(Then) [let] each man examine in which way he eats the bread and drinks the cup
For to eat and drink judgement upon oneself is to eat and drink without evaluating the body.
Through this, among you many [are] sick and ill
and quite a few have fallen asleep.
but if one evaluate himself,
he is not under judgement.
but being judged from the Lord
he educates us,
so that we do not [incur] the judgement of the world.
Therefore my brothers, when you assemble together to eat with one another
If one is hungry,
let him eat in his house,
in order that he might not accrue judgement when you are assembled.
But the rest when I come I will order.
The genuine are approved by testing (v.19) Instead of being unified by the supper they are being pulled apart. (The dinner that is supposed to show their unity instead highlights their difference) double negation (v,22) Paul delivers to the Corinthians in the same way Jesus was delivered to his enemies (v.23) The evaluation is not simply an examination (v.29-31)
Outline Thesis: We ought to examine ourselves when we partake of the Lord's Supper The Lord's supper cannot be taken in unbiblical disunity. To wrongly take the Lord's supper is to despise the Church of God. The Lord's Supper is for all believers equally. We do not want to fall under judgment
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 ESV
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
The Lord’s Supper 17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, r I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, 1 19 for s there must be factions among you in order t that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. 21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, u another gets drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise v the church of God and w humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not. 23 For x I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that y the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for 1 you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 2 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death z until he comes. 27 a Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord b in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning c the body and blood of the Lord. 28 d Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some e have died. 1 31 f But if we judged 1 ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, g we are disciplined 1 so that we may not be h condemned along with the world. 33 So then, my brothers, 1 when you come together to eat, wait for 2 one another— 34 i if anyone is hungry, j let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things k I will give directions l when I come.
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