Five Purposes for Communion
Restoration, 1 Cor 11:27-32 – Gives us the opportunity to restore ourselves to fellowship with God by naming our sins privately to God, therefore, avoiding judgment.
ἀνάξιος – anaxios: “Do not partake in an unworthy manner.”
δοκιμάζω – dokimazo: “Examine yourself.”
κρίμα – krima: “The judgment of God.”
Harmony, 1 Cor 11:17-22 – The congregation should habitually, with single mindedness, assemble themselves together in the remembrance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
συνέρχομαι – sunerchomai: “To come together, assemble (Coming together as the gathering of a local church).” We are to come together with one purpose, with one mind and with one attitude.
Phi 1:27-28, “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28in no way alarmed by your opponents – which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.”
Acts 2:46-47, “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Rom 15:5-6, “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Fellowship, 1 Cor 11:33 – To come together as members of the Royal Family of God and share in the celebration of the Lord’s supper.
ἐκδέχομαι – ekdechomai: “Wait for one another; for all to partake together as one body.”
Remembrance, 1 Cor 11:24-25 – Our remembrance is of the saving work that Christ efficaciously performed and completed, once and for all, on the cross.
ἀνάμνησις – anamnesis: “A remembrance (noun – accusative – feminine – singular).”
We the “Bride of Christ” should be affectionately calling to mind the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving, 1 Cor 11:24 – We are to be remembering with thankful hearts what Christ accomplished on the cross for us.
εὐχαριστέω – eucharisteó: Word used for communion which means, “to give thanks.”
In the restoration of our minds.
Harmoniously as a local assembly.
Having fellowship in this celebration.
In remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ.
With thankful hearts.
THE BREAD – Remembrance of the person (Jesus Christ) during His incarnation, His impeccability, the physical pain and torture He endured and a description of eternal life.
Hypostatic Union – 100% Man / 100% God
No Leaven – Without sin.
Did Not Cry Out – Kenosis.
Body of Christ – Royal Family of God.
THE WINE = Remembrance of the redemptive work Christ completed on the cross, as the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
Shedding of Blood – His spiritual death for our spiritual life.
3rd Cup – Redeemed from the slave market of sin.
Tetelestai – Completed with results continuing forever (doesn’t need to be repeated)!