Text: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (HCSB)
“For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end!” Hebrews 3:14
Intro: LORD'S SUPPER
Called also "the breaking of bread," and the communion of the body and blood of Christ, this is one of the two simple ordinances of the Christian church; instituted by our Savior in the most affecting circumstances on the Passover night in which he was betrayed, to be observed by his followers until his second coming. Bread and wine, the symbols of his body broken and his blood shed for our redemption, are to be tasted by each communicant, to keep in mind that great sacrifice, the foundation of all out hopes and the strongest motive to a holy and devoted life. In the Lord's Supper the covenant is renewed between Christ and his people. It is also the visible token of Christian fellowship; and all true believers, and none but they, should claim to partake of it.
Communion, Companion, Fellowship, Partake, Partaker, Partner: koy-no-nos’
The Cup of the blessing allows us to be partakers:
1. Partaker: “we have become”
Def: participate in (an activity) person who takes a part.
"I live by the power of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, those who partake of me will live because of me." John 6:57
16) Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? 17) Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (KJV)
The Lord's Supper Instituted: Matthew 26:26-28 (HCSB)
Lord always give us this bread! John 6:32-34 (HCSB)
The Cup of the Blessing allows us to be partners:
2. Partner: “we have become”
Def: somebody who is involved in an activity with someone else.
"We" not merely ministers, but also the congregation are a part of the “Cup of the Blessing”. The consecration (or dedication) is the corporate act of the whole Church. The act of joint blessing and the consequent drinking of it together constitute the communion, that is, the joint participation "of the blood of Christ."
John 6:53-57 (HCSB) That is a partnership!
Conclusion: It is important to note your position with Christ before you can Partake or Partner and receive the cup of the blessing. So all must examine self first!
1 Corinthians 11:27-29 (HCSB)
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