Week of September 22 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 

Reflect: What do the bread and wine represent? What is their significance?

Consider: “You do show the Lord’s death” -- The word literally means, ye announce, or proclaim, with reference to the repetition of the actual words used by our Lord. It will be seen that St. Paul does not lend the smallest sanction to the “unfathomable superstition” of a material transubstantiation. “Till he come” --Accordingly the antiquity and unbroken continuance of this holy rite is one of the many strong external evidences of the truth of the gospel history. The ἂν is omitted in the Greek, to indicate the certainty of Christ’s coming. The same Greek idiom is hopefully and tenderly used in Gal. 4:19.3

Respond:  What do relationships with other believers communicate to the world about our relationships with Christ? Paul mentions that when we partake in the Lord’s Supper we “proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (v. 26). What do you think Paul meant by this?

3 H. D. M. Spence-Jones, ed., 1 Corinthians, The Pulpit Commentary (London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909), 365.