THE COMMUNION: EXAMINE YOURSELF
[Do I believe in the finished works?]
By Kobus Swart
1 Cor. 11:23-34; [John 3:16]
Paul received the revelation of the finished works and shares this revelation at the Table of the Lord. Communion is not a ritual, it does not belong to a church. The Table of the Lord reminds us that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish (John 3:16). That is the heart of the Father. Jesus came to reconcile the world to the Father. What do we publish when we publish His death? We publish the finished works, the destruction of the works of the devil, the fact that I died with Him and that by His stripes I was healed. We must view things from the finished perspective. The fact that the Church is still sick and weak is because we have failed to fully appropriate the provision that is represented in the breaking of bread.
How can you actually be worthy? Our only worthiness is in Christ. “But let a man examine himself…” (1 Cor 11:28). What does it mean to examine myself before I take the cup? Is there a specific area in your life where you fall short of a touch from God? It could be a sickness, it could be an unforgiving spirit, and it could be something you have never openly confessed before the Lord. It is not referring to your born-again experience, but to that which many believers walk with which keeps them from walking as over-comers. The question is, “do I believe He died for that and by partaking of this I can be set free?” If I don’t believe He has, then I make a mockery of the Table. If we can fully partake in that worthy manner, boldly confessing that Jesus died on the cross for me and has paid the price fully for every area in my life, then I don’t have to walk away from the Table with the same problem and weakness. He did a complete finished work. He does not have to do anything more.
“For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly” (1 Cor. 11:29).
Let’s take some time, wait for one another.