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Communion

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During communion, we recognize what Jesus provided for us, both with the shedding of his blood and with the scourging of his body. The believer remembers and receives by faith the finished works of Jesus:

 

1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26 …the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant [testament, will, covenant between two parties] in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim [announce exactly and decisively] the Lord's death until he comes.

 

There are two elements to communion. The cup represents the blood of Jesus that was shed for us in the new covenant. He released us from our sins by paying a ransom with his blood. His blood was the compensation he paid to secure our eternal state of approval:

REVELATION 1:5-6 To him who loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and has made us kings and priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

COLOSSIANS 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of his love, in whom we have redemption [ransom, gaining possession of us by providing full payment for our sins] through his blood, the forgiveness [pardon, dismissal, sending away] of sins.

 

HEBREWS 9:12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption [ransom, gaining possession of us by providing full payment for our sins].

 

ROMANS 5:9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified [approved and accepted] by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God

 

When we drink the cup of the new covenant, we recognize that Jesus paid for our sins. By faith, we walk in the revelation of Jesus’ redemption and we regard ourselves as accepted and righteous before the father just as Jesus is.

The other element is the bread. It represents the body of Jesus, which was bruised for us. He paid for our healing on the whipping post, as his body was broken. Healing is found in the same scriptures as salvation from sin. Healing is part of our salvation : 

PSALM 103:2-3 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases

ISAIAH 53:4-5 Surely [to declare seriously, positively, with strong serious affirmative force] our diseases [sickness, ailment, weakness] he did bear [to bear/carry as a punishment for another so they don’t bear/carry it for themselves*], and our sorrows [infirmity, ongoing pains] he carried [*synonym to bear], he was pierced for our transgressions [rebellion], he was crushed [bruised] for our iniquities [guilt]; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.

 

1 PETER 2: 24 …By his [Jesus’] wounds you have been healed [same word used in ISAIAH 53 from the Septuagint Greek scriptures that Jesus and early church read from]

MATTHEW 8:16-17 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took [laid hold of] our illnesses [weakness, frailty, suffering, calamity] and bore [carried] our diseases [disease, typically an incurable ailment].”

When we eat the broken bread, we recognize that Jesus was broken for our healing. By faith, we walk in that revelation and, as we eat it, we are healed of any physical and mental sickness, disease, or affliction. The scriptures reveal that some believers are sick and die prematurely because they don’t understand the significance of the bread during communion. They do not recognize that Jesus’ broken body is for their healing; that by his stripes they are healed:

 

1 CORINTHIANS 11:27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily [without understanding] will be guilty [to blame for what they believe] concerning the body and blood of the Lord.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 11:29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning [recognizing, understanding, distinguishing] the body of the Lord eats and drinks on himself judgement [an unfavorable verdict]. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died [fallen asleep]. But if we discerned [recognized, understood, distinguished] ourselves truly [in truth], we would not be judged [receive an unfavorable verdict].

 

Therefore, when we take communion, we declare and have faith [believe] at that very moment that:

 

As we eat the bread, by Jesus’ stripes we are healed; we walk in divine health; our body is physically and mentally healthy, strong, and free; all infirmity must leave; and every part of our body must manifest healing and strength. As we drink, by the shedding of Jesus’ blood, we are forgiven of sin; we are part of the new covenant and fully approved and accepted by God; we are free from the bondage of sin; and we are as close and intimate as we can be with the Lord; we are in complete union with him in spirit, soul, and body.

 

The food and drink you chose does not matter.  What matters is that you believe as you proclaim these truths. And in that moment of clean conscience, remembrance, and communion with God, we are in the best position to ask anything in Jesus’ name and see it come to pass.

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