Dear Church Family,
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are sent into the world, but we are commanded to not be “of the world” (John 17:14-19). In 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, we considered God’s command that, in order to be faithful to the gospel, we must not withdraw or disassociate from sinners and our sinful and broken world. Just how we actually do that and what it looks like is a common topic in Scripture!
In 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1, God tells us we do that by “living out the Lord’s Supper,” i.e., the Lord’s Supper is not just an activity that we do, it is a reality that we must live out and a guide to what it looks like for us to live together as God’s Priests in this sinful and sin-stained world.
1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1, our text for Sunday and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, is not a passage about the Lord’s Supper per se. We will come to such a passage when we get to the second half of 1 Corinthians 11 in a few weeks. In 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1, God uses the Lord’s Supper as an illustration and guide in the confusing and conflictual debate over what it meant for the Corinthian church family to live together as a church family being “in the world but not of the world.” What does that mean?
In short, it means two main things:
- We belong to each other. We, together, are the body of Christ. We must protect our unity and live it out in the world as fellow Priests. We are not our own as Christians, we belong to our brothers and sisters in Christ too.
- We belong to Jesus. I am not my own. I don’t get to live for myself or base my decisions about living in this world on my own preferences or wisdom. Everything we do must flow out of my belonging to Jesus, and we must avoid doing anything that proclaims or declares otherwise.
Both these two truths are not just proclaimed by the “teaching” of the Lord’s Supper, they are actually made real and manifested in our participation in the Lord’s Supper. When we participate in the Lord’s Supper, we are participating in, and experiencing, our deep unity as the body of Christ that belongs to Jesus. This is worth thinking about as our “addiction to self” often leads us to participate in the Lord’s Supper primarily or exclusively as individuals.
So, take some time to read, reflect, and meditate on 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 this week as you prepare you hearts for worship. Ask and consider: “What does it mean to live the Lord’s Supper Sunday through Saturday?”
Yours in Christ,