Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Lord's Supper. Special.
Sunday, June 4, 2006
1. We are to “come” or “gather” together. HEB 10:25 - we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together.
2. We come together “as” a church not “in” the church.
One thing that should characterize the Lord’s table is unity among believers.
Paul is actually saying that it is impossible to eat the Lord’s supper when there are divisions among you.
1. The antinomian
2. The legalistic
The antinomian is one who holds the opinion that under the dispensation of grace morality is no longer needed.
The legalistic believer is the one that thinks that to please God you must be good and moral and sweet, and as TLJC said, “How great is their darkness because they think that they have the light.”
Eucharisteo [eucharist] = giving thanks for grace.
“This is My body” - pres-act-ind - eimi (verb of absolute status quo) = “this keeps on being My body.”
He is telling them that He is going to die physically but He will rise from the dead - “this keeps on being my body.”
“Keep on doing this” - pres-act-imp - poieo = to keep on doing this or performing this or executing this.
Present tense - linear aktionsart = it speaks of certain points of time when the Lord’s supper is to be celebrated - as well as reminding us that it is to be habitual.
The present tense here does not mean that we are to habitually celebrate the Lord’s supper, but that we are to habitually have certain points of time that are set aside to bring to remembrance the death of TLJC for us.
Active voice = you do this; you must choose to partake of both communion elements.
Imperative mood = you are ordered to do it!
It is a sin not to celebrate the Lord’s supper.
“In” = “eis” - it introduces a purpose clause.
The purpose of the bread is to bring to your memory the uniqueness of the person of Christ.
God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are not like Him because God is not man.
Man is not like Him because He is God; He is the unique One of the universe.
The celebration of the Lord’s supper is designed not for you to think about how awful and terrible you are as a believer, but it is designed for you to focus your attention on the unique one of the universe, TLJC.
The bread refers to the person of Christ.
The cup refers to the work of Christ.
The person of Christ had to remain impeccable first, in order for the work of Christ to propitiate or satisfy God the Father.
The cup represents the fact that all of our sins were placed in the cup and then poured out on TLJC, and He drank them, as it were.
Then God the Father judged Him for every single sin which would ever be committed in the human race.
Even the unbelievers will not be judged for their sins, because under the doctrine of the unlimited atonement TLJC paid for them as well, REV 20:12-13.
1PE 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins "in" His body on the cross,
The cup is used to indicate that when certain people were crucified in the ancient world, the Romans, at times, were very kind to them, and they cut down their pain by offering them cheap G.I. wine.
The King James calls it vinegar, but the original language tells us that it was cheap wine.
TLJC refused it because the only thing that He was drinking that day was the sins of the world.
This is the gospel or the good news: sins have been judged once; they will never be judged again!
Covenant - diatheke = used to denote the close relationship which God enters into with man.
This is called the “new” covenant or the kainos covenant, meaning a brand new covenant that never existed before.
“In My blood” = the saving work of TLJC.
The Theological dictionary of the New Testament, edited by Gerhardt Kittel, vol I, p.175 -
“The idea which the New Testament links with the blood of Christ is simply a pregnant verbal symbol of the saving work of Christ.”
a. Redemption is taught in EPH 1:7; COL 1:14; HEB 9:12; 1PE 1:18-19.
b. Reconciliation is related to the blood of Christ, EPH 2:13; COL 1:20.
c. Propitiation and expiation are related to the blood of Christ, ROM 3:25, where Jesus Christ is said to be our mercy seat.
d. Justification is related to the blood of Christ, ROM 5:8.
The cup represents the spiritual death of TLJC when He was bearing our sins.
Stuffy self-righteousness loves to make an issue out of people’s sins!
“To be” translated “is” - pres-act-ind - eimi = it keeps on being.
“Keep on doing this” - pres-act-imp
Eating and drinking are used to illustrate the non-meritorious system of perception, faith!
The communion table is designed so that our thinking will orient to grace!
The communion table is a time to remind ourselves that Christ did all the work and we did not earn or deserve a thing!
The purpose of communion is to announce and proclaim His death
We are to do this “until He comes” which is an aorist tense and points to the point of time called the Rapture of the Church.
The Lord’s table or the Eucharist is for the Church, the body of Christ, only!
What does it mean to eat and drink in an unworthy manner?
It means to be out of fellowship or not being filled with the Spirit during the communion celebration.
1. Are you a believer in TLJC?
2. As a believer, are you filled with the Spirit or out of fellowship?
1. The Holy Spirit teaches the believer and gives significance to the Lord’s table.
2. The carnal believer is not oriented to grace when he is out of fellowship, and therefore he rejects the grace principle in recovery.
3. The carnal believer is incapable of worship during the communion service because they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Vs 28 - we have a procedure which should always precede the Lord’s table.
Examine - pres-act-imp - dokimazo = to test for the purpose of finding approval.