Several years ago when we first moved to Toowoomba, I read a book that completely laid bare my foundations as a Christian, and I was left questioning everything I believed, very depressed and very uncertain. The fruit of the book wasn’t good, and for months afterwards I struggled to read the Bible because I wasn’t sure how to interpret it. Really, the only Bible I was reading was for Sunday School planning, and maybe that’s how, along with a lot of prayer ministry, I somehow pulled through out of that place.
God has been talking to me this year about laying my foundations correctly, because even though I was brought up in a Christian home, we didn’t study theology really beyond Genesis. I mean Mum did a fantastic job of Historical Bible Studies with us and Scripture memorisation, but sometimes everyone can miss stuff.
You know how sometimes Scripture just comes alive to you? I believe now is the time for me at least, to rebuild the ancient ruins. So I’m reading a lot of heavy theology at the moment, interspersed with a few lighter reads like Wanda Brunstetter’s, Half Stitched Quilting Club.
I’ve really been focusing on what is faith, and reading books that will build my faith in different areas, and the one I would like to share with you today is Health and Wholeness Through the Holy Communion by Joseph Prince. I know that like a pre-packaged meal, sometimes books can have additives and preservatives, but often God reveals deep truths through His servants who have written books, and this one is chock full of Scripture and then notes about how that Scripture can be interpreted.
Though I’ve been in churches that take communion either monthly or weekly, and even been asked to give a communion message at times, I felt like there must be more than waffling on about what it means to you, and that I needed to dig deeper and really discover why God wants us to take communion. I’ve tried to be spiritual and think about why I’m taking it as I do, but unless I understand the Scripture, then closing my eyes and hoping for a mystical moment isn’t really going to do the trick.
I know people have spoken to me and said that I needed to incorporate taking the Holy Communion into my daily life, and I’ve brushed it off, but now I’m beginning to understand why. The Scripture that has really bugged me and many others about communion is this one:
1 Corinthians 11:29-30King James Version (KJV)
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
How many of us partake, not knowing why we are partaking, and for this reason, we are stuck in exactly the same predicament that we always have been, we’re not mixing faith, and faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
It says here not discerning the Lord’s body, and that’s why we are weak, sickly and many sleep (have died). Jesus’ blood is for forgiveness of sin Col1:14, but His body is for our divine healing and health.
“He Himself, took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Matthew 8:17
God makes a big deal of communion, it’s recorded in every Gospel, and various times through the new Testament, but in some churches it is ignored or not even taken.
The Passover Lamb was a foreshadow of what God has given to us. God told the Israelites to put the blood of the lamb over their doors and He would Passover them, and to eat the lamb and the matzah for strength for the journey and when they left there were none feeble among them. (Psalm 105:37)
In taking communion unworthily, the apostle Paul, has laid out earlier on in the same passage, that the Colossians were taking it because they were hungry and thirsty and some were missing out while others were stuffing themselves and becoming drunk; disorderly to say the least.
You know I’ve never been that great at explaining theology, and if there is a debate going on, I turn and run in the other direction, but sometimes I’ve wondered how there are some, oh so clear, Scriptures in the Bible about healing and yet we live in an opposite manner. Have you ever wondered that too? Well, I’m on a quest to start proving those Scriptures true, and God is challenging me to look into what I believe, by reading books that not only expound those Scriptures but then prove them by including miraculous testimonies.
I’ll be reviewing other faith building books on here soon too, in an attempt to process and to lay down solid foundations for my faith.
I would really encourage you to buy this little booklet, so that you too can develop a greater understanding of communion, because it is a blessing God wants us to partake of, and I know that it will expand on the notes that I have jotted down as part of my quiet time. Jesus commanded us to partake of it, but just like having a Mercedes does us no good if we can’t drive it, taking communion brings us judgement if we don’t know why we do it. Sometimes the greatest things in life, are also the simplest if we just understand them, by looking at them and seeing what the words really mean in the original language.
This is the first part of a series I'll be doing about, 'When You're Theology is Wonky'.
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