The Lord's Supper and
by Jim Lynn, © 2015
When the Apostle Paul explained the proper manner for believers to observe the Lord's Supper in
his letter to the Church at Corinth, he gave us the following teaching:
"A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the
bread and drinks the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord
eats and drinks judgment unto himself." I Cor. 11:28-29
As a side note: The "body of the Lord" Paul referred to is Jesus' physical, fleshly (soma)
Then Paul makes an astonishing statement.
He scripturally binds the physical well-being of our fleshly body directly to acknowledgment of
the fleshly body of Jesus in the Lord's Supper. He writes:
|"That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of
you have fallen asleep." I Cor. 11:30
Paul explains why many believers were sick in body. They did not recognize (have faith
in) the healing power of the Lord's fleshly (soma) body given to them through the Gospel, to be remembered in
the Lord's Supper.
Now I did not say that: Paul did!
Paul tells the Corinthians there are two realities contained in observance of the Lord's Supper.
One is the shedding of Jesus' blood for atonement of sin. The other is the sacrifice of His fleshy body for
God has always required the shedding of blood for atonement of sin (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews
9:22). By the shedding of His life blood, Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law of sin and death (Romans
8:1-2; Galatians 3:13).
That's one reality of the Lord's Supper. Now comes the second reality of the Lord's Supper:
The Broken Body of Jesus.
The broken body of Jesus is not for the forgiveness of sin, it is for healing to be made
possible. For it is through His stripes (His suffering and torment in the flesh) that we are healed today
(Isaiah 53:5; I Peter 2:24).
In other words, without His body broken, there could be no healing of any kind, ever,
(Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:15-18), either before or after the Cross. I believe this is where many Christians
lack discernment, both then and now.
Throughout his many letters, Paul relates the relationship of our fleshly body to the fleshly
body of Jesus Christ as being members of His body (one flesh). It is this same one flesh teaching that joins a man
and woman together as husband and wife (I Corinthians 6:13, 12:27; II Corinthians 13:5; Ephesians 5:30-31) Together
we make up the Body of Christ (the Church).
On a one-on-one basis, our body is part of Christ's body as much as our collective bodies
comprise the Body of Christ.
Now let me give you my summation of Paul's teaching on why some are sick and have died because
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper can either provide or deny us healing by how we accept or deny the
divine healing power of the fleshly, glorified body of Jesus Christ.
If we come to the Lord's Supper and partake of the cup and the bread but we deny healing and
deliverance as part of the Gospel, we eliminate the provision of God in our lives as a human being apart from
salvation and eternal life.
For that reason, because we eliminate His broken body as the power for healing, even
though we celebrate His fleshly body by eating the bread (and we don’t believe it), we bring judgment unto
It is for this reason many of us are inflicted with disease and insanity today, because we have
said in our heart that it (miraculous, divine, spiritual, providential, or any other name we wish to call God's
healing) passed away two thousand years ago; yet we still participate in the Lord's Supper which represents its
reality for today.
Said another way: Those of us who are sick, while we recognize (have faith in) the blood of
Jesus Christ to save our souls, we do not recognize (have faith in) His literal body (soma) to heal our literal
(soma) bodies of disease—here—now (Even though our fleshly body is as one flesh with His body).
I know for many in the Christian Church that this presents a new teaching which some
will struggle with to reconcile. My purpose is to teach God's Word as truthfully and as honestly as I can without
prejudice. It is the same for any minister or elder in our number. We do not do so to cause dissension or to be
The struggle is not so much with God's Word. The struggle lies in our recognizing and
accepting what the Word teaches. That is certainly not new, but I mention it here for two reasons:
1. We struggle to fully understand our relationship with
Jesus Christ as both a man and as God.
2. We struggle to accept (believe) and receive the
benefit of His power in our lives here on earth.