Rightly Dividing the Lord’s Supper

by Creflo Dollar | 29 May 2019

Summary

Just as we must correctly analyze the Bible according to the old and new covenants, it is also imperative to rightly divide pivotal events, such as the Lord’s Supper. There is a difference between eating a regular meal and taking communion. We must not think that many are sick and die early because of communion. Sickness and death happen not because we take communion, but because we do not take advantage of the deliverance that has been provided through the communion given to us by grace. We may have heard in church that we should not take communion if we have sin in our lives; this causes us to remember our sins instead of remembering what Jesus did for us. We must view Holy Communion in context with the covenant of grace. We eat it not simply to satisfy our hunger, but to celebrate our healing, our deliverance, and our wholeness.

  1. Taking communion is not a simple meal. It is a celebration of what Jesus did for us.
    1. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come (1 Corinthians 11:20-26).
      1. Context is everything. Eating lunch or dinner is not the same as taking communion to celebrate what we received from God.
      2. The bread and the cup take on special significance; they symbolize the new covenant of grace. Under this new covenant, our belief, not our performance, is the only requirement. Under it, we are already healed, delivered, victorious, and forgiven.
      3. Jesus said to remember Him, not our sins, when we take communion.
      4. When a testator leaves a will and testament, it does not go into effect until the testator dies. The New Testament could only go into effect upon Jesus’ death.
      5. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth (Hebrews 9:16, 17).
    2. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come (1 Corinthians 11:27-34).
      1. We eat and drink unworthily when we do so as if communion were a normal meal. When we do not recognize the significance of the Lord’s Supper, we do not benefit from its power.
      2. We examine ourselves not to examine our sin, but to determine if we understand the meaning and purpose of Holy Communion. The bread and the juice are not a common snack; communion is holy because it has been set apart and sanctified.
      3. Damnation does not mean going to hell; it means to stop the blessings and benefits through failure to understand what communion represents.
      4. People get sick and die early because they are unaware of the healing and wholeness communion makes available to them.