TOPIC: PARTICIPATORS IN HIS BODY AND BLOOD"
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (2 Peter 1:4).:
When you’re born again, not only is it your right to take the Holy Communion, it’s also compulsory. As Christians, we must take the Communion, for it’s a participation in the body and blood of Christ: "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?" (1 Corinthians 10:16).:
The Scripture above lets us understand that the cup of blessing is actually the communion of the blood of Christ. It brings us into oneness with the blood of Christ; it brings us into the unity of the Spirit. Likewise, the bread, which we break, is the communion of the body of Christ. This means we’re participators in the body and blood of Christ. We’re sharers of His divinity. The Bible says we participate in the divine nature—we’re associates of the God-kind (2 Peter 1:4). We’re one with the Lord. That means His victory is our victory; His ability our ability. The Apostle Paul declares that we’re sufficient in His sufficiency: "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God" (2 Corinthians 3:5). There’re no more impossibilities with you, now that you’re in Christ. You’ve been brought into the life of unending victories.:
Always, as you take the Communion, be mindful of your oneness with the Lord. You may ask, "How about a Christian that has sinned, can he or she partake of the Communion?" Emphatically yes! He should repent of his sin immediately and not miss the opportunity to partake of the Communion, for His blood was shed for the remission of sin. All God requires is that no one should take the Communion in an unworthy manner; He didn’t say, "Don’t take it when you sin." He only said, "…whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11:27). We’ll explain what this means in our next study. :
Dear Father, I thank you for making me a new creation; thus, a participator, sharer and partaker of the divine life in Christ. I’m forever grateful for the blood of Jesus that was shed to cleanse me of all unrighteousness, and His body that was broken for me to have life, joy and peace, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.:
further study:Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Thessalonians 5:5