The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread – 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
The statement in the sixteenth verse of our opening text isn’t in effect a question, but the Apostle Paul’s peculiar style of communicating the subject, because the answer is obvious. First, it says, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?” Emphatically yes; it’s the communion of the blood of Christ. Secondly, “The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” Yes it is! This means when we partake of that cup, we’re partaking of His blood, and His blood represents His life. We’re therefore sharers of His life.
Jesus brought us into a kingdom of life. He said in John 14:6, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life….” In His benevolence, He didn’t just make us partakers of His life, but also the dispensers of that life: we bring others into this life through the Gospel! We live, exude and distribute the God-life, because we have it to the full (John 10:10). For us, sickness, failure, and all other forms of negativities have no place in us because we’re comrades of the God-kind.
Let these thoughts fill your mind as you partake of the Holy Communion. Jesus said to do this in remembrance of Him; when we take the Holy Communion, we celebrate His life in us and remind ourselves of who we are in Him, and the glorious benefits and blessings of His vicarious death on our behalf. He died that we might live, and now we’re alive to God—and He’s alive in us.
When you face challenges or difficult situations and decide to break bread, it’s a bold confession of victory! You’re saying, “Everything is going to be all right, because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” Christ has given you the dominion and the advantage in life; He has put you in the place of victory and nothing can take you out of it. Think on these things when you take the Holy Communion.
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Dear Father, I thank you for the body of Christ that was broken for me, and for His blood that was shed for my justification, health, and victory. I rejoice today in His resurrection that has brought me life. As He is, so am I in this world! Hallelujah.
Further Study: John 10:10; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:11-12