Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord – 1 Corinthians 11:27
The Apostle Paul expressed disapproval at the irreverent attitude of some of the brethren at Corinth whenever they came together to take the Communion. Back in the early Church, the believers had what they called “love feast” or “feast of charity.” The Apostle Jude talked about such feasts (Jude 1:12) and so did Apostle Peter (2 Peter 2:13).
Whenever the believers came together for their love feast, they also took the Communion. During such feasts, everyone was supposed to come with food to share with other believers. However, some of the brethren didn’t have any food to bring, while some of those that brought their own food ate it in a hurry before the arrival of other brethren to the feast. They didn’t consider the fact that they were to wait and share what they brought to the feast with others that didn’t have anything to eat.
Hence, the Apostle Paul rebuked them saying, “What? Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not” (1 Corinthians 11:22). He made them realize that such an attitude at the Communion table was irreverent and shouldn’t be encouraged. It was in addressing that impropriety in the conduct of the Corinthian brethren that he further declared by the Spirit, “…whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Corinthians11:27).
Notice the Bible didn’t say “Whosoever shall eat this bread or drink this cup, being unworthy….” Being unworthy means the man is not qualified to eat the bread or drink the cup. But when he says “unworthily”, he’s referring to the attitude—the way and manner in which you take the Communion. It’s something that must be done reverently.
Today, there’re those who are in such a hurry to go home even while the Communion is still being served, not taking the time to reflect and meditate on the power and significance of the body and blood of Christ. That’s quite irreverent. Don’t take the Communion with such half-hearted and irreverent attitude, or make light of it. Recognize its eternal significance and participate in it reverently, always.
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Dear Father, I thank you for the body of Jesus that was broken for me, and His blood that was shed for the remission of my sins. Now I’ve been ushered into a brand new life of righteousness, and the dominion of the Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further study: 1 Corinthians 11:27-30