treatment of the Supper as a common meal, is just what the apostle has pointed out as the fault of the Corinthians and it is what he characterizes as an unworthy eating and drinking.? The Christian therefore should not be deterred from participation in the Lord?s Supper by any feeling of his personal unworthiness, so long as he trusts Christ and aims to obey him, for ?All the fitness he requireth is to feel our need of him.?
(d) The communion is a festival of commemoration, not simply bringing Christ to our remembrance, but making proclamation of his death to the world.
<461124> 1 Corinthians 11:24, 26 ? ?this do in remembrance of me...For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this clip, ye proclaim the Lord?s death till he come.? As the Passover commemorated the deliverance of Israel from Egypt and as the Fourth of July commemorates our birth as a nation, so the Lord?s Supper commemorates the birth of the church in Christ?s death and resurrection. As a mother might bid her children meet over her grave and commemorate her; so Christ bids his people meet and remember him. But subjective remembrance is not its only aim. It is public proclamation also. Whether it brings perceptible blessing to us or not, it is to be observed as a means of confessing Christ, testifying our faith and publishing the fact of his death to others.
(e) It is to be celebrated by the assembled church. It is not a solitary observance on the part of individuals. No ?showing forth? is possible except in company. <442007> Acts 20:7 ? ?gathered together to break bread?; <461118>1 Corinthians 11:18, 20, 22, 32, 34 ? ?when ye come together in the church...assemble yourselves together...have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and put them to shame that have not?...when ye come together to eat...If any man is hungry, let him eat at home; that your coming together be not unto judgment?
Jacob, Ecclesiastical Polity of N. T., 191-194, claims that in <440240>Acts 2:40 ? ?breaking bread at home? ? where we have oi=kov , not oijiki>a , oi=kov is not a private house, but a ?worship room,? and that the phrase should be translated ?breaking bread from one worship room to another,? or ?in various worship-rooms.? This meaning seems very apt in <440542>Acts 5:42 ? ?And every day, in the temple and at home [rather, ?in various worship rooms?], they ceased not to teach and to preach Jesus as the Christ?; 8:3 ? ?But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house [rather, ?every worship room?] and dragging men and women committed
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