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Communion | gbopp



Communion
The most clearest expression of all
the Christian
community is to
be found in the service of Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper or Eucharist. It is here above all that we thank God for the basis of our fellowship, namely the cross of Jesus Christ. Although once we were separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers to the Covenants of promise, having no hope and without God, now we celebrate the fact that "in Christ Jesus we who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ." We also rejoice that all human barriers have been broken down through the cross, "for He is our peace, He who made us (all) one, and has broken down the wall of hostility." We all come to the cross as sinners and God accepts us as His sons. We look up to Him with confidence saying, Abba! Father! We turn to one another in
love saying,
My Brother! My Sister! Here, at this glorious fellowship supper, we realise again that we are "no longer strangers but members of the household of God." Here is the solemn guarantee of our eternal relationship with God and one another. Being members of one body, we eat of the bread and drink of the one cup. We praise and worship God who has joined us together through the death of His own Son, and now no one can put us asunder. It is at this meal that we remember the matchless and measurless GRACE OF GOD. We openly acknowledge that we have sinned against Him and against each
other "through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault." We do not attempt to hide our sin. We are present at the table of the Lord simply because we have sinned and need His forgiveness. And in the symbols of the bread and wine we have
the solemn pledge that, as we confess our sins, God will remember them no more. In this supper we thank God that our fellowship with Him and with each other is restored. Since the body of Christ was broken once and for all on the cross, the body of Christ on earth today can be healed. We come therefore with expectant faith, knowing that the risen Christ is with us to draw us back to Himself, to bind our hearts together in love,
to feed us, strengthen and heal us, according to the unsearchable riches of His Grace. As we lift our hearts to Him, we can also expect Spiritual gifts to be given to edify the body of Christ; gifts of prophecy, healing, faith and love. In turning to one another, we can bring each other the peace and love of Christ. It is here, that we must sort out our relationships with one another, for, if
we fail to do that, we shall be "guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord," thus bringing judgement upon ourselves. This fellowship meal, that Jesus instituted with His own disciples, is both a means of Grace and a form of discipline for all who follow Him today. It will help to check that our relationship with the community are healthy and right. Also at this meal we are Spiritually strengthened in order to serve God in the world. The focus is on the death of Christ is a reminder that the disciple must also take up His own cross and follow Jesus. We are to walk with Christ into this world of sin, willing to suffer for His sake in order to reconcile the world through Christ. We offer our lives especially in service of the poor and needy. As a thanksgiving for all that Christ has done for us, we present our
our own bodies as a living sacrifice, and ask to be filled with the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT, that we might live and work to His Praise and Glory. Not least, this fellowship meal should be a foretaste of Heaven. We remember that at best it is only a shadow of the marriage feast of the Lamb. With our hope fixed on the Glory that is waiting for us, we do not lose heart with the "slight momentary afflictions" of present time. If at this moment our joys are mingled with tears, we take courage at this fellowship supper that one day God will wipe away every tear: *Rev21:4* "And God will wipe every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more crying. There shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Until that glorious day, we remain in a community of God's
people, members of His household, encouraging and serving one another, renewed daily by God's love, as we work together for the
KINGDOM OF GOD *******


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