The origin of the word “Communion” is derived from 2 Latin words. = 1. Communis 2. Communio
And the English word for either of these 2 Latin words is Common.
So we get “Common Union” = Communion. Common union with Jesus ‘the’ Christ – Jesus = the man + Christ = the anointed life of God.
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 NKJV
Conduct at the Lord’s Supper
17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
a. people came together to show how good (better than others) they are on the outward appearance and outward speaking of words.
18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
b. Divisions were created by “denominations” which automatically denominates those we don’t agree with on outward actions, dress, food & drink, living styles, etc.
19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
c. Differences of opinion between believers expose our hearts. Mature ones will overlook offenses and faults in order to maintain the precious unity of the body of Christ. Immature ones will cause splits, divisions, and cliques around their “respective opinions”. The ones whom God approves are those whose hearts remain pure in spite of petty differences. TPT commentary
20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.
d. If these “better-than-you” attitudes are going on in a group of Believers, then it is NOT recognized as the Lord’s Supper or Communion (Common Union).
21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
e. One is also spiritually hungry while others are drunk with self-righteousness.
22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.
f. We shame the Church of God when we don’t care for the less fortunate (spiritually and physically) by pretending to have it all together (self-righteousness) and not letting those that are not like us, partake in Communion with us.
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
g. “Betrayed” or “handed over.” Paul is using a play on words in the Greek text. He delivered to us or “handed down” to us the instructions for the Lord’s Table, but the Lord was “handed over” to his accusers. TPT commentary
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
h. Take, eat: As translated from the Aramaic, which means “Eat and be satisfied.” TPT commentary
i. Remember: it is His (Jesus) body broken for you!!! Do not get this backwards and fall on the error of believing your body is broken for Him (at least not when partaking of communion).
j. Remember: you take the emblems in remembrance of Him, again, do not fall on the error of “remembering you” and your righteousness!
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
k. Remember: The shed blood of Jesus bought you back from slavery to sin and The Law which you could not keep (Gal 2:21) and delivered to you a New Covenant that is paid for by Jesus’ Blood.
l. This cup seals the New Covenant with Jesus’ Blood!
m. Remember: When you drink the cup, drink it to remember Jesus!
n. These emblems are not to be taken in “remembering you” and your righteousness.
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
o. The emblems are to be taken only in remembrance of Jesus our Lord and His Death, His Body, His Blood, that bought your righteousness!
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
p. Therefore = always refers to what the writer said just prior to. Paul’s main point here is; “Take these emblems in Remembrance of Jesus!”
q. So the “unworthy manner” is self-righteousness, Believing that I have everything taken care of in my life, now I am “good enough” for Jesus and His emblems, Please do not mock God in this way!
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
r. Examination of ones self must be an attitude of the heart. Am I trusting in my righteousness or in Jesus Righteous purchase of my Body, Soul & Spirit?
s. Are you taking the Lords Supper believing that YOU made yourself righteous via public confession or telling someone you are sorry, etc. and now you have peace with God and man? If so, you have tried to find a way around Jesus to be righteous and now you try to come to Communion to be accepted as righteous by Jesus.
29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
t. Again, the “unworthy manner” is self-righteousness, Believing that I have everything taken care of in my life, now I am “good enough” for Jesus and His emblems, Please do not mock God in this way!
u. To properly discern the Lord’s body, which was beaten and bruised for our healing, would mean we would not be weak or sick or die prematurely.
30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
u. Look around you. Are there many spiritually, mentally, or physically weak & sick among you? Have many died Body Soul or Spirit prematurely? This is a result of Communing with Jesus in a self-righteous spirit/attitude.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
v. As translated from the Aramaic.
w. The Greek is “If we have “examined ourselves”, we should not be judged.”
x. 1 Corinthians 2:15
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
y. the word “judged” is generally used today as a negative verb instead of a positive verb.
· Decide (a case) in court ~ other cases were judged by trial
· Give a verdict on (someone) in court ~ she was judged innocent of murder
· Decide the results of (a competition) ~ she was there to judge the contest
z. But when we are judged = assessed, evaluated, deemed worthy, etc. it is “the Lord’s training” so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
33 Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
aa. The Aramaic can be translated “strengthen or encourage one another.” Let others know the freedom in trusting Jesus for their righteousness and they to will be strengthened Body, Soul & Spirit.
34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.
bb. Lest you come together to judge (condemn) others by your attitudes and self righteousness.
Dwayne Sensenig, for Arrows of Truth Ministry