The ordinance of Holy Communion was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ the last night before His death.
“… and he (Jesus) said unto them, with desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Lk 22:15).
Jesus instituted it to be observed by the militant church until the end of this Age.
For a genuine Christian Holy Communion is a double-edged sword. If you don’t take it at all you are disobeying a direct commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ who said:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (Jn 6L53-57).
Failure to east the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus puts a question mark on one’s salvation and walk of faith.
Taking Holy Communion unworthily makes you liable to fall sick or die physically before your time, although you may still qualify to be raptured other things being equal.
“For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep” (1 Cor 11:29-30).
Taking Holy Communion perfunctorily like once or twice a year amounts to half obedience. It should be taken often. The command of Scripture is:
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Cor 11:26).
Half obedience is as the sin of witchcraft. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1Sam 15:23).
Proclaiming the Lord’s death by communing with the triune God should be a daily experience.
How often would you like to meet with the person you love – weekly, monthly, yearly or none at all? The Lord expects His followers to take Holy Communion worthily on regular basis as a demonstration of their love for Him.
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