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Neglecting the Lord's Supper - 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 - Bryant L. Bacon, Sr.

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Paul rebuked the way the Corinthian’s were celebrating the Lord's Supper. He had praised them for their diligence in keeping the traditions or customs of the church (1 Cor. 11:2), but in dealing with the Lord's Supper, he declared in no uncertain terms: "I praise you not." The word "declare" means command.

Note how forceful Paul is: "Now in this [the Lord's Supper] I command you, I praise you not." His forcefulness stresses the awesome importance of the Lord's Supper and the absolute necessity to celebrate it as it should be celebrated.

 

Paul abruptly states: "You come together to celebrate the Lord's Supper not for the better, not to edify yourselves by remembering the Lord's death; but you come together for the worse, to tear yourselves down."

 

In verses 18-22 Paul immediately addresses the issues and concerns that have been brought to his attention. Paul addresses four specific faults of the Corinthian congregation.

 

First he addresses the issue of division or heresies, also known as cliques or sects. These divisions were causing a distraction in the worship which ultimately took the people’s mind off of the importance of the Lord’s Supper.

 

Secondly, Paul addresses the issue of self-deception. The Corinthians actually deceived themselves into believing that they were partaking of the Lord’s Supper with the right heart and motive. The things that were going on were not remembering nor honoring the Lord.

 

"For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself" (Galatians 6:3).


Thirdly, Paul addresses the issue of selfishness. When the early church came together for the Love Feast, everyone brought all the food they could. This provided plenty for everyone, including the poor and the slaves who would not be able to bring much


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