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Spiritual metabolism. Part 8. Spiritual metabolism related to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Sunday, September 5, 2004

Point 9. Spiritual metabolism is related to the communion service or the celebration of the Lord’s supper.

2T 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness [virtue], that the man of God may be proficient [well-advanced, skilled, mature, an expert], equipped for every good production.

“Ego eimi” – e*gwv ei*mi = the first of the seven “I am” titles of Christ found in this Gospel, and found nowhere else.

“I am the bread of life,” JOH 6:48.
“I am the light of the world,” JOH 8:12.
“I am the door,” JOH 10:9.
“I am the good shepherd,” JOH 10:11.
“I am the resurrection and the life,” JOH 11:25.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life,” JOH 14:6.
“I am the true vine,” JOH 15:1.

God told Moses to communicate with His people, interview Pharaoh, and command him to let the children of God go so that they could go forth into the wilderness to worship Jehovah, EXO 3:1-12.

The Lord’s use of these titles at once identifies Him with Jehovah of the Old Testament, and unequivocally demonstrates His absolute deity.

This “new manna” will prevent spiritual death for the unbeliever in salvation, and “temporal death” for the believer after salvation, even though those are two different types of death.

Spiritual death is the penalty of sin, and was so given as the warning to our original parents in the garden –
GEN 2:17 “dying you will die.”

Living inside the cosmic system classifies that believer as living in temporal or cosmic death.

JAM 1:15 “When lust has become pregnant, it gives birth to sin. Furthermore, when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”

ROM 8:6 “For the mind set on the flesh [old sin nature] is dead [cosmic death], but the mind set on the Spirit is life and prosperity.”

The manna they ate in Exo 16 was really angel food –
PSA 78:25 Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance – actually sustained those Jews for 40 years but they all still died physically.

The eating is a picture of faith and the individual who does this will eat forever.

1CO 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

“I am the living” = TLJC is the only one who alone can satisfy the soul and fill the void of each heart.

The manna in the Old Testament simply ministered to a temporal need.

Those who appropriate Christ to themselves by means of faith in Him and those who satisfy their hearts (right lobe) by feeding on His word, shall enjoy eternal life.

1. Eating is a necessary act.

We must perceive it, 2PE 3:18, have it metabolized by God the Holy Spirit, ROM 12:2, and apply to our lives,JAM 1:22.

2. Eating is responding to a necessary need.

JOB 23:12 “I have not departed from the doctrine from His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth to be more important than my necessary food.”

MAT 4:4 Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” – Message

3. Eating implies an act of appropriation.

That food which was previously outside my body, is taken inside, assimilated, metabolized and it becomes a part of me, supplying health and strength.

4. Eating is an intensely personal act.

He frequently mentions His coming down from heaven, because spiritual and incorruptible life cannot be found in this world.

1PE 1:24-25 For “All flesh is like grass, And all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, And the flower falls off, But the word of the Lord abides forever. And this is the word which was preached to you.”
ACT 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved,”

For believers the food or the manna from heaven is Bible doctrine, the mind of Christ, 1CO 2:16.

Before salvation, the object of our faith is TLJC. After salvation the object of our faith is Bible doctrine.

JER 3:15 Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart [after divine viewpoint], who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.
PSA 119:103 How sweet are Thy words to my taste! {Yes, sweeter} than honey to my mouth!
HEB 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

“Lambs” arnion = baby sheep, lambs; analogous to the new believers.

“Shepherd” – pres-act-imp – poimaino = rule or clobber which is how the pastor-shepherd must function with some.

“Tend” – pres-act-imp – bosko = moderately and prudently feed my humble sheep, the seniors or the mature believers.

Eating His flesh = believing upon Him for the unbeliever and metabolizing His word for the believer.

1CO 5:7 For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
JOH 1:29 “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

REV 4:10 they were casting down crowns and praising His name.

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