Re: New Book – Introduction
1 Corinthians 11:18-30 – For first of all, when you come together as a church, (local assembly or fellowship) I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. (Eucharist, Communion, Passover, Feast, Dinner on the Ground, Covered Dish Etc.) For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of Yahweh and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you. For I received from Yahshua that which I also delivered to you: that the Sovereign Yahshua on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Sovereign’s death till He comes.Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of Yahshua in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of Yahshua. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning Yahshua’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. NKJV
Vrs 27-30 – So a person who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in ·a way that is not worthy of it [or an inappropriate manner] will be ·guilty of sinning against [or held responsible for; liable for; guilty of] the body and the blood of the Lord. Look into your own hearts [L Let a person examine himself] before you eat the bread and drink the cup, because all who eat the bread and drink the cup without ·recognizing [discerning; careful regard for] the body eat and drink judgment against themselves. That is why many in your group are sick and weak, and ·some [a number] of you have ·died [fallen asleep; a euphemism for death]. The Expanded Bible
There is no amount of faith, confession, declaration, anointing, gifts, oil, miracles, laying on of hands, binding loosing and other forms of charismatic nonsense that we practice in our meetings that can make up for the inherent, constitutional, abiding, and defiant disobedience that we want to live in, thinking that the promises of God will operate on a platform of American, cultural values of independence, self, and “rights.”
God’s kingdom works on his platform, no other. We are not even close, and we can’t leverage his promises during an ecstatic meeting on our own platform. It will never yield results.
If we want to live like citizens of America instead of citizens of heaven, we are free to do so, and have all the death, disease and sickness we want. God is not obliged to underwrite our constitutional disobedience with his power so we can continue the nursery school antics once a week in what we call “worship services.”
If we want to understand these things, we need to understand the values of the people who wrote the scriptures and to whom the promises were originally given. There is a “relational context” of the promises. Get in the same context, we will get the same results . . . without the same context, we are kidding ourselves.
Much of it hinges on how we live with one another. We view sickness and disease (they were not the same for Jews/Semites) health, healing, etc. as an individual matter between “me, God and his promises.” They did not. Jesus did not. Paul did not. None of the apostles did. They viewed sickness and disease directly, and immediately, with observable, measurable, one-to-one associations of how well one was living in relationship to others.
We consider disease biomedically. They considered disease socially. In our worldview and culture, we can barely understand that. It doesn’t even make sense to us. That’s our problem.
It is my contention that the record of health and healing and miracles, etc. in the gospels, and Paul’s letters (especially the passage you refer to) cannot even be understood, if we do not get on the same platform, worldview and values that they took for granted. They must be understood and applied in the context of the corporate community . . . how well we live with one another . . . or we will continue in cycles of frustration, defeat and denial . . . and manipulation and lies and witchcraft. S Crosby
Note: I see ‘the Lord’s Supper’ and ‘Communion’ very different from most of the people that I know, and while the reference to their coming together for the wrong reason involved eating and drinking, it had very little to do with the Eucharist. True communion has to do with understanding the mystery of the fellowship and the consummation of all things. I have not ‘taken communion’ in a number of years because I saw very little reason to religiously observe the ritual. I believe that ‘true communion’ has to do with fellowshipping and partaking of one another in Him. It has very little to do with an artificial wafer or a shot glass full of grape juice. Therefore, when we come together in His name and by His Spirit, we have an opportunity to partake of the body and blood of Yahshua the Messiah together.
The body of the Messiah is the bread of life and the blood of Yahshua is the life of the body. Every time we come together, we should celebrate His life and remember His death until He returns in, through and by His people. Unfortunately, many people are looking for a magic formula, or something they can do to heal themselves apart from the Word of the Spirit and the Body of Messiah.
1 John 2:4-11 – Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of Yahweh is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in himthere is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 3:14-18 – We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brotherabides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of Yahweh abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. NKJV