During our Lord’s Supper service yesterday we asked, “What happens when we eat the Lord’s Supper?”. I don’t believe the bread and grape juice “transubstantiate” into the literal body and blood of Jesus. We understand the bread and grape juice to be reminders of the body and blood and the supper to be a simple memorial of Jesus death.
That doesn’t mean the service is just a shallow ritual. God is watching and we are remembering the greatest sacrifice ever offered – one that is more precious than life to us. We shouldn’t be “un-engaged” intellectually, spiritually, or emotionally during the communion service.
In 1 Corinthians 11 Paul warned about those who eat and drink in an unworthy manner: “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” (1 Corinthians 11:27). He says we should examine ourselves as we eat. The lesson I believe is we should make sure our heart is right with God.
So we asked, if we know our heart is not right, should we even participate in the Lord’s Supper? The best thing to do, of course would be use the time as an opportunity to change our mind and get our heart right with God.
But what if we know we are not sincere and serious about obeying
God, what if we know we are persisting in disobedience (perhaps regarding some behavior or relationship)? In such a case does 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 teach that it is best to NOT eat the Lord’s Supper? What do you think?