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1 Corinthians 11:17-34

July 21, 2002

Intro: The Lord instituted 2 ordinances during His time here.  He did

         so both verbally and by example.

#1- Baptism

Matthew 3:13,  Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.

Matthew 28:19,  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  (You catch em I’ll clean them)

A-  Explain baptism.

1-   Meant to be a starting point in our Spiritual lives.

#2- Communion

Luke 22:19-20,  And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

A-  The communion meal is the fulfillment of the Passover instituted when Israel was delivered from Egypt.

1-   To be celebrated of yearly to remember.

a-   BUT also future ramifications as it pointed to coming Messiah.

2-   The communion meal we celebrate as often as we deem necessary.

1 Corinthians 11:26,  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

a-   It is celebrated to remember

-         BUT also with future ramifications as it points to 2nd coming Messiah.

b-   Communion is a time to take a step back, gather ourselves and reflect (forward and back).

-         It is to be taken in unity of believers. (family meal)

Ephesians 4:1-3, I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Read Psalm 133

·        A sin not to.

Ø This holy and intimate time with God and fellow believers has become a problem with Paul’s problem child church.

1 Corinthians 11:17,  Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.

A-  He had just had praises to give (see verse 2) so there is some things that they are doing right.

1-   But Paul no finds it necessary here to exorcise apostolic authority.

a-   These instructions (Verses 18-34) come from him as a holder of the office of apostle.

B-  THE PROBLEM: When they come together (agape feast) its not for the better (godly edification) but for the worse (moral evil). (put that in the bulletin)

1-   The communion meal had turned into a gluttonous, drunken revelry.

a-   An opportunity for holiness used for sinfulness.

-         The Catholic events I went to.

Read 2 Peter 2:12-17

b-   They pervert the Lord’s institution and His temple.

1 Corinthians 11:18, For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

A-  The problem is they have this major contradiction going on.

1-   Church & division.

a-   Church =  A group of people called out from their place of dwelling to a place of public gathering.

b-   Division = A tear

-         The 2 should not be able to coexist.

1 Corinthians 11:19,  For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.

A-  Tears in the church are a fact of life.

1-   In the last prayer of the Lord He recognized this.

Read John 17:20-23

a-   A faction is something that is not just disruptive but destructive.

Titus 3:10-11, Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition,11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.

B-  But, as always, what man intends for evil God can use for good.

1 Corinthians 11:19b, those who are approved may be recognized among you.

A-  The cream will always rise to the top.

1-   Those who are approved (passed a test) will be exposed through this adversity.

a-   How are they recognized?

Read Matthew 5:22-26

Galatians 6:1, Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

1 Corinthians 11:20, Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.

A-  Lord’s supper (agape feast) = an evening meal connected with communion.

1 Corinthians 11:21,  For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.

A-  The factions that exist seem to be (the have and have nots)

1-   One part is going hungry

2-   The other is drunk (gorged on food and drink)

Read verse 22

Ø The Passover as celebrated by our Lord.

A-  To start the leaer of the household (Jesus) would pour the first cup of wine lift it up and recite the Kiddush (prayer of sanctification), set the day apart to God.

Luke 22:17,  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;

1-   This first cup would correspond with the words of Exodus 6.

Exodus 6:6, ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out…

a-   This is the cup of thanksgiving.

B-  2nd there would be the washing of hands, symbolic act of purification.

1-   At the beginning of the Seder, when Jesus told them of the betrayer among them, their conversation turned to who was to be the greatest among them. Luke 22.

a-   Jesus came up against the washing as a form of purification in Matthew 15; BUT He sees a lesson to be learned here.

See John 13:1-5, 15

b-  There is no purity in desired position, or empty works of the hands, He washed their feet so that they would know it is a pre walk that the Lord desires.  (serve each other)

C-  Then there would be the eating of the green vegetable (the month of Nissan springtime) dipped in salt water.

1-   Matthew 26:21

D-  Then a piece of Matzah is broken in half and hidden for later at this time (communion bread).

1-   The youngest in the house hold would now ask the traditional Passover questions in fulfillment of Exodus 12:26.

Exodus 12:26,  “And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’

1-   Church tradition tells us that the apostle John was the youngest of the apostles. It is quite possible we see this portion of the Seder in John.

a- His head on Jesus chest. (John 13)

E-  The second cup of wine would be poured at this time “the cup of plagues”.

Exodus 6:6,  “Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage,

1-   The wine is spilled ten times with the use of a finger as a remembrance of the 10 plagues

a-   And the usage of one finger

Exodus 8:19,  Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.”

2-   The first of the Hallel (praise) would be sung at this time (Psalm 113-118).

F-  Next would be the dipping of the bread into the bitter herbs and apple mixture (sweetness of God’s redemption mixed with the bitterness of slavery.

Turn to John 13;26-30

1-   It was necessary for Judas to leave at this point for 2 reasons.

Exodus 12:43,  And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it.

1 Corinthians 11:29,  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

2-   The unbeliever or the believer in a state of unrepentant sin is not to participate in either the Passover or Lords supper.

G- Then comes the eating of the Passover lamb.

1-   It is after this that the 2nd half of the broken Matzah is eaten, the third cup of wine is poured, and the closing Hallel is sung.

Matthew 26:26,  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” (this is My blood).

1-   This bread is the Afikomen that was:

a-    Hidden in the house, searched for, and when found there was a reward.

b-   It was unleavened.

c-   A small piece was to be broken off and eaten by everyone.

- All at the Lords supper are to partake of Him.

1 Corinthians 10:17,  For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

H-  This would be the 3rd cup (The cup of redemption.)

Exodus 6:6,  … I will redeem you …

1 Peter 1:18-19,  knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

l-  Then the  4th cup (The cup of acceptance)

Exodus 6:7,  ‘I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

1-   This is the cup that He will drink after the time of the Gentiles is complete and the Israel returns to Him.

a-  They then finished with a hymm for the Hallel.

 Read Verses 23-34










1 Corinthians 11:17-34

July 21, 2002

Matthew 3:13

Matthew 28:19

Luke 22:19-20,

1 Corinthians 11:26

Ephesians 4:1-3

Psalm 133

2 Peter 2:12-17

John 17:20-23

Titus 3:10-11

Matthew 5:22-26

Galatians 6:1

Luke 22:17

Exodus 6:6

John 13:1-5, 15

Exodus 12:26

Exodus 8:19

Exodus 12:43

1 Corinthians 11:29

Matthew 26:26

1 Corinthians 10:17

1 Peter 1:18-19


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