THE FEAR OF THE LORD
Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. I Corinthians 11:27
The apostle Paul, still warning of impending judgment upon those who take communion in an unworthy manner is driving the message home to the church at Corinth! This is now the third time he brings up the message of Holy Communion because they were defiling the sacrament with their unbecoming behavior.
True communion is nothing like what we do today with a cardboard-like wafer and Welch's grape juice, nor is it a pompous ceremonial event the Catholic church calls transubstantiation! Imagine the twelve disciples at the table and Jesus comes in dressed in festal robes, swinging His censer filled with incense speaking in Latin! Never happened! This was the first love feast!
Communion was a full on fellowship dinner with abundant food and wine called a love-feast in which the congregation would eat together and then break bread, celebrating the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus! The problem at Corinth was they showed up early, eating all the food and got drunk on the wine, defiling the feast!
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 the Lord's body. For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many dead. I Corinthians 11:28-30
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin