1Corinthians 11:23-32
Look Deep

Tonight is the Lordís Supper.  The Lordís Supper has several
purposes for celebration.
1. It is a feast of obedience.  God did not give a lot of rules for
    this celebration but the fact that He gave it indicates that He
    wants His people to participate in it.  So there is a matter of
2. It is a means of identifying ourselves with Christ.

1Cor 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread,
and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lordís death
till he come.

    This is not a service for the unsaved.  It is only for those who
    do believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
    Christ.  This service does the unsaved no good.  It has no
    purpose or meaning for them.
3. \\#24-25\\ It is a feast of remembrance.  This is what gives this
    service its meaning.  It only stirs us as we remember what Jesus
    did for us.
4. It is a feast of fellowshipónot with one another, but with God.
    Paul referred to the common cup which is passed as the cup of
    communion and the common loaf that was used as the bread of

1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless,
is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?
The bread which we break, is it not the
communion of the body of Christ?

    Hence, this feast represents our efforts to be at one with Jesus.
    I believe that should be the striving of every believer, but I
    also believe this service can of itself form a special union with
    our Lord.
5. It is a feast of anticipation.  We are to partake of this feast
    until our Lord comes \\#26\\.
6. \\#29-32\\ It is a feast of examination.

I. I notice five words used in this section.
    A. Two are what Christians are to with themselves specifically at
        this service.
        1. \\#28\\ We are to examine ourselves.
            a. The word means to discern, prove, test ourselves.
            b. This would include all four of the major walks of our
                (1) Our faith
                (2) Our walk (in the world)
                (3) Our worship
                (4) Our service
        2. \\#31\\  We are to judge ourselves.
            a. The Greek word "to judge" is a powerful word.
            b. It means to withdraw from, to contend against, to
                fully separate from, to oppose.
            c. The notion is that we move to change whatever we
                discern is wrong.
    B. Three are what we are attempting to escape.
        1. \\#32\\ "chastening"
            a. The implication is that if we do not catch our wrong
                actions and turn from them, God will chasten us.
            b. The word used here does not mean whip or spank.
            c. It means to instruct or to teach.
        2. \\#32\\ "condemned"
            a. The message is that God will chasten us so that we do
                not end up being condemned with the world.
            b. The word means being judged or sentenced with the
            c. There are two ways to view this statement of
                (1) Some believe saved people can lose their
                     salvation and be cast into the same hell that
                     the unsaved are cast.
                (2) The other is to believe that how we respond to
                     Godís instruction manifests whether we are Godís
                     or not.
        3. \\#29\\ "damnation"
            a. That English word is used 15 times in our KJ New
            b. Strangely, only twice does it ever refer to a thing or
                person being cast into hell.  \\#2Peter 2:1, 3\\
            c. The other 13 times, including this one, it means to be
                condemned or to be judged.
            d. It is a different Greek word but essentially means the
                same as the word used in verse 32 for condemned.
    C. So here is the challenge of the Lordís Supper:  It is to move
        us to get close enough to God so that we can see, examine,
        and fix ourselves as God would, but He is leaving it up to

II. Paul gave this purpose in a context where illustrates what we
     are to do and why.
    A. The Lordís Supper had devolved into a drunken feast.

1Cor 11:20  When ye come together therefore into
one place, this is not to eat the Lordís supper.
21  For in eating every one taketh before other
his own supper: and one is hungry, and another
is drunken.
22  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.

    B. Some say that it was Bacchanal Feast.
        1. A Bacchanal Feast is a drunken, debased feast held for the
            Roman god, Bacchus.
        2. Anytime a fertility god is being honored, there are going
            to sexual wickedness of almost every kind.
        3. In studying this, I came across a booking for London,
            England, that you could make this year.  It was in a
            "Looking for what you can do while in London, England?"

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        4. Personally, I am not sure that even the Corinthian church
            has sunk so low as to allow this to enter into their
            a. The reason I have doubts is not because of my
                confidence in the Corinthians.
            b. It is because I believe Paul would have a lot more to
                say about it if they had.
    C. But some measure of drunkenness and personal revelry had
        crept into what was supposed to be a reverent, prayerful,
        thoughtful service of remembrance.
        1. Paul was saying, this should have been caught by them.
            a. This is exactly what this service was given to do.
            b. It is a service of self-examination.
        2. And if they did not catch it, the Lord should have
            instructed them and convicted them.
        3. And the fact that neither of those things happened
            indicates that some of the people in that church may
            indeed end up being condemned with the worldónot because
            they are losing their salvation, but because they never
            had any salvation.

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