Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 04/09/2023
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Communion and the Resurrection
“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?” I Cor. 10:16
I love the word “communion.” We see two words, “common” and “union” therein. Consider; unity, community, communication.
When we enter “Holy Week” we find two bookends of new institutions; the supper, and the resurrection.
On what we call “Maundy Thursday” Jesus instituted the practice that we continue in, as a church.
The last supper is more appropriately the last Passover.
Jesus breaks the unleavened bread and calls it His body.
This is not incidental. The broken bread symbolizes His broken body. He passes a piece of it to each of the disciples. They eat it, and a piece of the whole is in each of them. But we mustn’t misunderstand the analogy. When we receive Christ, we don’t receive a small piece of Him, but all of Him.
SS. 6:3, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”
The question should never arise, “how much of Jesus did I receive?” but we should always ask ourselves, “how much am I willing to submit?”
Jesus calls “the cup” (the new wine) His blood, and establishes a, “new covenant.” Lk. 22:20, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you,”
Lev. 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.”...And...
Gen. 4:10, “The voice of you brother’s blood cries out to Me”
We are instructed by Jesus to remember these things as often as we celebrate this meal.
The resurrection is something new. The people Jesus rose up from the dead were more accurately resuscitations. They all died again.
Rom. 8:29 calls Jesus, “the firstborn among many brethren.”
Rom. 6:10 says, “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.”
On the first day of the week Jesus instituted, by example, the resurrection which was a controversial subject in Judaism.
Rom. 6:5, “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.”
I wanted so much for the phrase “united together” to mean communion. For the sake of accuracy, it means: planted together, closely united to; planted together.
If you’ve ever seen a corn field; that’s communion.
Every aspect of God’s economy is to draw us, and sometimes drive us, and even bind us together in unity with Christ and one another.
God’s aim is, “I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Jer. 31:33
Jesus expressed it this way, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us…” Jn. 17:20
Three meals mentioned in Scripture of covenant grace are:
1) The Passover, which points ahead to Christ, the redeemer
2) The Lord’s Supper, a bloodless meal that points to the cross
3) The marriage supper of the Lamb, Rev. 19:9 anticipated.
Happy Resurrection Day! “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” Rev. 22:20
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