In the New Testament we should be struck by the utter ease that defined life in the first churches. We are given a wide image of church existence, but many particulars - which are annoying for us - are left unaffected by the New Testament. As time elapsed, the observable church lost its first simplicity and became enmeshed in a quagmire of ecclesiastical machines and theological speculation.
The Lord's Supper is a precedent. There's a simplicity about that ordinance in the sketchy New Testament data. Yet in post-apostolic times the remembrance meal became embedded in hierarchical church structures to ensure that it became a mysterious ritual to be "administered" by the "ordained," ...view middle of the document...
The Israelites were frequently commanded to "recall" God's actions of covenant faithfulness. In the Supper, Jesus has given us an ordinance through which we continually remember our blessings were purchased by way of a costly price.
2. Appreciate Today's
In the Lord's Supper, we enjoy the current. Christ has brought us into fellowship with others in the brand new covenant. When we come together "as a church," we can eat as a human anatomy in the existence of God the Father Jesus. The importance here is on a joyous meal, a covenant celebration. Again, in the Old Testament covenantal meals which observed the mighty acts of God on their behalf were appreciated (Exod. 24:11). The pattern of redemptive background is that celebrative foods follow covenant enactment.
3. Look Forward to the Future
In the Supper, we really look forward to the near future: "you do reveal the Lord's death until he comes." Each time we proclaim His departure in the Supper, we're also reminded that He's returning. In His dying, burial and resurrection Christ was removed from us physically. The Holy Spirit now gives us Christ's existence. When He returns, our religion will get eyesight.
The previous measurement provides the Supper its objective character - we come with each other to recall the definitive work of Christ. The current dimension highlights the Supper's societal character - in buy to remember His physique, we should be one body (1 Cor. 10:16, 17). The potential dimension recognizes the strain of Christian expertise - we love now only the first-fruits, and really miss the total harvest (Rom. 8:18, 23).
The Historical Setting of the Supper
A Review of 1 Corinthians 11:17ff
In the remark, "your conferences do more damage than good" (11:17), Paul likely has in view each of the concerns he covers through 14:40.4 these issues relate to "the disorders...in the community assemblies of the congregation."
The primary issue Paul isolates is because of divisions evident "when they came together as a church" (11:18). These sections had a different twist, but surely cannot be totally divorced in the divisions described in 1:10-12; 3:3, 4. Specifically, these sections came to expression in connection by using their practice of God's Supper (which also involved a meal together; 11:20-22).
Paul does not condemn the meal aspect of the gathering. The way that they were coming together revealed schism, not bondedness. They were not eating together as a device. The bad were thus humiliated. The giving nature of Christ was not reflected in their sharing of food together. In this setting, the Lord's Supper could simply be done "unworthily" because the very way in which they arrived together was a refusal of all that the Supper signified.
In order to correct this horrid situation, Paul recalls the apostolic convention he presented to them concerning the institution of the ordinance (11:23-26). Clearly, the focus of the Supper is Christ - we come together to recall Him. But this has...