And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. (Luke 22:19)
In our last post, we saw the importance of revelation knowledge and communion. Communion has been a misunderstood topic. In this study, we will look at its symbolic meaning. Some churches do not celebrate communion because it is symbolic. While they are half-right, Jesus himself said to do this in remembrance of me. ( Luke 22:19) This speaks of action, not just in a symbolic nature.
Proverbs show us how communion can be in a symbolic sense. When you read the whole chapter of Proverbs 9, you will see two comparisons. A communion of wisdom and communion of the foolish woman. A foolish woman is compared to a seducing spirit. While some compare this to adultery, this goes deeper than that. It talks about having communion with the devil, the flesh, and the world.
Anytime you sin, you are having communion with the devil. You are bowing your knees to the enemy and placing yourself in enemy territory whether you realize it or not. Seducing spirits are compared, also, with idolatry and behind it is a demon. (Lev.17:7) When you commune with the enemy, the bread turns into wickedness. The wine is compared with violence. (Prov 4:17) What kind of violence does this speak of? You fill in the blanks and, as you do, you will get an idea of what Satan has planned for you and your family. It is wise to see what the word says in not giving place to the enemy.
The good news is that God has his own communion for you. When you confess your sins, you are eating his bread in a symbolic sense and receiving cleansing with his blood. As you do this, your fellowship with God is restored. (I John 1:9) So, friend, make it a point to fellowship with God. When you sin, don’t run from God. Run to God and get it right. He is waiting to break bread with you and drink the wine of redemption. In fact, the root Greek word for communion is fellowship. Choose in this day to eat the bread of life and drink the wine of his redemption today.
Some final thoughts to consider. When Christians in the New Testament had communion, they would celebrate it in a two fold sense—-
1- Having the elements of bread and wine and remembering his promises. This tangible celebration is a remembrance of God’s covenant with us and the church. It helps seals the importance of covenant in our consciousness.
2- In a symbolic sense, Fellowship was celebrated with a meal. True communion was celebrated with a meal after remembering God’s covenant. That is why the Apostle Paul had to set some things in order because they were bringing in alcoholic wine (getting drunk) and engaging in overeating. (I Cor 11:20-34) When fellowshipping with others, let’s honor God and one another. This, in turn, will please God and bless us in the long run.
Prayer–Thank you, Lord, for speaking to me today. Lord, help me to see the importance of fellowshipping with you on a daily basis. I thank you for making me a new creation. I love righteousness and hate iniquity. I have the mind of Christ working in me today. I receive all that you have for me thru my covenant with you. Use me, Lord, and show me your perfect will for my life. I give my all to you in this day as a living sacrifice. Thank you for your covenant with me, Lord. In Jesus’s name..Amen.
Edited by Pastor Santos from a reprint courtesy of Word and Grace ministries….http://www.wordandgrace.blogspot.com
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