1 Corinthians 11:23-32 – A COMMUNION MEDITATION 

We must be careful that the celebration of Communion, or The Lord’s Table does not become a routine addition to our church services without having any impact on those who participate. It is good to remind our flocks of the importance of The Lord’s Table. 

ELEMENTS AT THE LORD’S TABLE – Vss. 23-25

The bread represents the body of Christ that was broken.

The cup represents the blood of Christ that was shed for our sins. 

EXPLANATIONS CONCERNING THE LORD’S TABLE – Vss. 26-27

First, Paul explains that we are showing or preaching or proclaiming the Lord’s death till He comes back.  Each one of us is preaching our faith in the sacrificial death of Christ for our sins when we take of the bread and the cup. It is the most important message that we will ever preach! 

Second, Paul explains that we should not partake of the elements in an unworthy manner.

We are all unworthy because we are sinners.

An unworthy manner is when we partake of the communion without being saved.

An unworthy manner is when we partake of the communion with unconfessed sin in our lives.

An unworthy manner is when we partake of the communion with out paying attention to what we are doing.

An unworthy manner is taking the bread and the cup lightly. 

EXAMINATION AT THE LORD’S TABLE – Vss. 28-32

Vs. 28 says that we should examine ourselves before we partake of the Lord’s Table. This concept can be summed up with two words. 

  1. CONFESSION – Vs. 28 – Sin is to be named and confessed to God. Psalm 32:5, 1 John 1:9 
  2. CHASTENING – Vss. 29-32 – The person who partakes of the Table without confession of sin is inviting the judgment of God (The word damnation in vs. 29 means judgment.). God disciplined many who took of the table in an unworthy way with an early death (sleep). When we judge our own sins through confession, then God does not have to discipline us.
                                              1. CHASTENING – Vss. 29-32 – The person who partakes of the Table without confession of sin is inviting the judgment of God (The word damnation in vs. 29 means judgment.). God disciplined many who took of the table in an unworthy way with an early death (sleep). When we judge our own sins through confession, then God does not have to discipline us.