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Q/A Friday: How Does One Take the Lord’s Supper Unworthily?

I Corinthians 11:27 says, “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.”

If we are honest, there is a sense in which we will always be unworthy to be objects of God’s grace. The one who feels unworthy is the one person whose posture is in the right place for the Lord’s Supper. We are never 100% perfectly righteous.

But, the warning here from Paul is about knowingly participating in the Lord’s Supper when there you are not spiritual ready to do so. Let me give you just two categorical answers to that question:

  1. We can take the Lord’s Supper “unworthily” when we fail to engage mentally. The Lord’s Supper is to be a time filled with meditating, pondering, and remembering. So, if we are not engaged at all mentally on Jesus Christ, we are not even doing what he commanded – “in remembrance of Me.” When we do this, we come to the Lord’s Supper with an attitude of indifference and communicating to God that it means very little to us what He did on our behalf. One of the ways you know this is happening is if see yourself just going through the motions and not allowing any of your emotions come to the forefront. We never want to come to His table like the Corinthians who were looked at it with too much triviality. Their gluttony and drunkenness was the byproduct of not being mentally engaged even in activities leading up to it. Perhaps setting aside time on a Saturday night or Sunday morning before you come and read through the account of the crucifixion or other selected passages in the N.T. would help combat having a mental vacation during the Lord’s Supper or a book like The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper.
  2. We can take the Lord’s Supper “unworthily” when we come unreconciled with another believer. The Lord’s Supper is a place for commonness and for illustrating fellowship with the body of Christ. Jesus went as far to say that in any context of worship, keep this mind: “23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24). It’s quite simple – if you have an issue of sin needing to be reconciled with another believer, deal with it before you take the bread and cup. Give them a call on Saturday night or Sunday morning if you need to. If it is something where you are responsibility to own up to the sin, then the responsibility is on you to deal with it. Before you remember Christ’s reconciling you and God, do what needs to be done to bring about reconciliation between you and another.

When someone takes the Lord’s Supper’ unworthily, he is “guilty … of the body and blood.” It’s like tramping on a flag – a symbolic way of mocking what Christ did and being indifferent towards it.

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Blogging Break

See ya this weekend when I return from my hiatus on the blogosphere!

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John Owen, Describing How to Mortify Sin

Image result for john owen“To kill a man, or any other living thing, is to take away the principle of all his strength, vigor, and power, so that he cannot act or exert or put forth any proper actings of his own; so it is in this case. Indwelling sin is compared to a person, a laving person, called ‘the old man,’ with his faculties and properties, his wisdom, craft, subtlety, strength; this, says the apostle, must be killed, put to death, mortified – that is, have its power vigor, and strength to procure tis effects taken away by the Spirit. … The mortification of indwelling sin remaining in our mortal bodies, that it may not have life and power to bring forth the works or deeds of the flesh, is the constant duty of believers. … Sin sets itself against every act of holiness, and against ever degree we grow to. Let not that man think he makes any progress in holiness while he walks not over the bellies of his lusts.” (John Owen, Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers)

Just In Case You Missed It – March 7-18, 2017

  1. Why the Church Doesn’t Need Any More Coffee Bars” by Kimberli Lira. Easily, my favorite blog post of 2017.
  2. When Should Christians Use Satire” by John Piper (Desiring God).
  3. The Benedict Option: What Is It?” by Wyatt Graham (Cripplegate). After reading this description of the book, I want to read it.
  4. Southern Baptists Extend Olive Branch to Russell Moore” by Evan Wilt (World). If you haven’t been able to keep up with the controversy surrounding Russell Moore and the SBC, this article will help.
  5. Why Pastors Should Work Hard to Write Well” by Kevin DeYoung (The Gospel Coalition). While I don’t consider myself a natural writer, these insights from this blog are helpful.
  6. 5 Ways to Pray for Your Pastor on Fridays” by Jason Worsley (Right Side Up). One of my favorite people and pastors has just launched a blog. You will be blessed to read it regularly.
  7. If I Were a College President, I Would Require Every Incoming Freshman To Read This Book and Pass a Test On It Before Taking Other Courses” by Justin Taylor (The Gospel Coalition). I greatly appreciate the value of Adler’s book on how to read and believe there would be great value in adding this as required reading – no matter the institution.

A Poem by D.L. Moody (from Daniel 5)

“At the feast of Belshazzar and a thousand of his lords,

While they drank from golden vessels, as the Book of Truth records,

In the night as they reveled in the royal palace hall,

They were seized with consternation as the hand upon the wall.

See the brave captive Daniel as he stood before the throng,

And rebuked the haughty monarch for his mighty deeds of wrong;

As he read out the writing, “Twas doom of one and all,

For the kingdom now was finished said the hand upon the wall.”

See the faith, zeal and courage that would dare to do the right,

Which the Spirit gave to Daniel this the secret of his might.

In his home in Judea, a captive in its hall,

He still understood the writing of his God upon the wall.

So our deeds are recorded; there is a hand that’s writing now.

Sinner, give your heart to Jesus, to His royal mandate bow;

For the day is approaching, it must come to one and all,

When the sinner’s condemnation will be written on the wall.”

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