An Unworthy Manner

By Scarlett Stough

The church at Corinth in Paul's day had to be severely corrected for the manner in which they were eating and drinking the symbols of Jesus' death. They were not waiting for everyone to arrive; some came early and ate all the food and drank so much wine they were drunk. They were focused on satisfying their appetites, not on reflecting soberly on the meaning of Jesus having been crucified, nor were they practicing the love for one another which Jesus commanded (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).

The letter to the Corinthian church reminds them of the significance of the death of Jesus and the purpose of their eating and drinking which is to "proclaim [announce] the Lord's death until he comes" (1 Corinthians 11:24-26).

They are also exhorted to examine themselves to make sure they understand Jesus gave his body for them so they could be given eternal life. He gave his body to death, so they did not have to pay the death penalty for their own sins. They were also to consider how to treat one another with love and respect as Jesus commanded, rather than in the self-centered way they had acted during this important service.

It is important to note Paul further begins to write on spiritual gifts: "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good" (1 Corinthians 12:7). Once again he is emphasizing the importance of recognizing each believer as a valued part of the church, often referred to as the Body of Christ.

When we come together to eat the bread and to drink the wine in remembrance of the death of Jesus, it is important we are committing ourselves to Jesus as our Savior, acknowledging it is by faith, by God’s gift we are saved from sin and death, not our own "good works" (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is also important we recognize and accept as valued members of God's family all who believe in Jesus as the Savior of all who come to him and treat them accordingly.

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