Sound Doctrine - Titus 2:1

The Lord's Supper

Bubba Garner

We are creatures of habit. We generally like some sort of routine or pattern where we can know what to expect and when it is coming. There have been many afternoons that I have driven home and not remembered making any turns or stops; I had just done them out of habit and not out of concentration. Scary? Not half as much as when we do that with the Lord's Supper.

We must be careful that in all of our half-hearted daily routines that we do not just "go through the motions" in our worship. Some have been Christians for several years and some are relatively new babes in Christ, but we must all have the same attitude and the same spirit of genuineness that the apostles had the first time they ever celebrated the memorial of our Savior's death.

The Lord's Supper involves a look backward. On the night of His betrayal, Jesus celebrated the Feast of the Passover with the twelve, divided the bread and the cup, and said, "do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19). It is a memorial feast in which we replay the scenes of Calvary and take our minds back to the cross where ruthless men drove nails through the hands and feet of the Son of God. Don't forget to look back.

The Lord's Supper involves a look within. "Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup" (1 Corinthians 11:27-28). The church in Corinth made a mockery of the Lord's Supper by turning it into a giant feast and social function. Paul warned them that they were not properly discerning the body and the blood and that whoever did not partake in a worthy manner were as guilty of sin as those who nailed Jesus to the cross. Don't forget to look in.

The Lord's Supper involves a look forward. Paul said in the same letter, "for as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26). Just as the rainbow was a sign of the covenant between God and man, our partaking of the Lord's Supper demonstrates our faith in Him that He will keep His promise and come again to take us home. Remember to keep looking ahead.

Let us share in this memorial feast and show reverence to the Father for providing us freedom from the bondage of sin and to the Son for subjecting Himself on our behalf.

Why The Apostles' Writings Apply To All

Joe R. Price

Their epistles are the commandment of the Lord (1 Corinthians 14:37). Paul taught the same thing "everywhere in every church" (1 Corinthians 4:17). We are not to go beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6).

Jesus said to hear and receive His apostles (Luke 10:16; Matthew 10:40). The apostles teach us to observe everything Jesus taught (Matthew 28:18-20). Therefore, we must hear and receive apostolic teaching as the will of Christ, not the will of men (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

The epistles were to be circulated because they applied to all (Colossians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:27; 1 Corinthians 4:16-17).

When we read what Paul wrote, we can understand his knowledge of God's plan to save sinners (Ephesians 3:3-5). The apostolic teaching is not cunningly devised fables; it is credible eyewitness testimony of the Son of God (2 Peter 1:16-21).

The salvation that Jesus began to speak is confirmed to us by His apostles' certified message (Hebrews 2:1-4; Galatians 1:11-12). The apostles wrote so that we can have fellowship with God and have full joy in Christ (1 John 1:1-4). We know the Son of God has given us an understanding through the revelation of truth that his apostles proclaimed (1 John 5:18-20; 1 Peter 1:22-25).

Inspired Scripture thoroughly and completely equips the person of God for every good work (2 Timothy 3:15-17). We must have their inspired writings to walk in the good works God has prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10).

The teachings of the apostles are to be taught to others, and so on, thereby demonstrating their writings are applicable to all subsequent generations (2 Timothy 2:2).

The words and writings of the apostles bring the lost to faith, to salvation and to unity in Christ (John 17:20-21).

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