Communion 1 Cor. 10:16 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Observing the Lord’s Supper is also known as communion. Four times we find references to “communion” in the New Testament. Each explains what we are observing when we eat the bread and drink the cup. We observe the:
Communion of the blood of Christ – 1 Cor 10:16 – we don’t drink the blood of Christ. We remember the blood of Christ by which we were redeemed and forgiven [Col 1:14] and by which we were justified [Rom 5:8-9]. We’ll be singing about our blood bought redemption when we are all gathered together before the throne of God in heaven [Rev 5:8-9].
Communion of the body of Christ – 1 Cor 12:12-14 – we are all baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. God set the members in the body as it pleased him [1 Cor 12:18]. We are members of one another and should be as one without schism [1 Cor 12:25-27]. We’ll all be together when Jesus returns for us at the rapture.
Communion of light – 2 Cor 6:14 – we must be in companionship with our brothers and sisters in Christ and not with those in darkness. A companion [Ps 119:63; Prov 13:20] is one with whom you break bread [Acts 2:42]. That’s what we do at the Lord’s Supper with God’s peculiar people who have been called “out of darkness into his marvelous light,” [1 Pet 2:9].
Communion of the Holy Ghost – 2 Cor 13:14 – we are in communion with the Holy Ghost; he is holy. And we are to be holy [1 Pet 1:16]. Therefore, before the Lord’s Supper, we examine ourselves and judge ourselves [1 Cor 11:27-32] confessing and forsaking those things in our lives that are against God.