The Kingdom Within - Part II
"For the bread of God is He who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world." John 6:33
Jesus is the bread of life, sown into the earth as a seed and grown up into a grain of wheat and ground into fine flour. He is the supernatural bread that can only be eaten in the Spirit by faith through His word and nourishes the new creation.
The bread of life is supernatural food that only those who believe and come to know God can partake of, it is made from the flesh of the Lord Jesus Christ, broken and planted in the ground only to spring forth as the finest of wheat. The very word of the living God became flesh and gave His life for all of mankind to be redeemed, as many who would believe and receive Him as their Lord and Savior.
The natural mind cannot understand the things of God even as the Jews that Jesus was explaining the meaning of the bread of life tried to understand. Jesus told them that the flesh profits nothing and the words He was speaking were spirit that ultimately gave life. Man has tried over and over again to obtain the supernatural things of God by fleshly means only to fail miserably with another religious ritual that leads to death.
"I am the living bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever and the bread that I shall give is My flesh which I shall give for the life of the world." John 6:51
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood you have no life in you." John 6:53
Jesus told the Jews and His own disciples that in order to obtain eternal life one had to eat His flesh and drink His blood. This statement repulsed many of them and perplexed them and many of them turned away and did not follow Him any longer, but what did He really mean when He said, "Eat My flesh and drink My blood?"
Eating the flesh of the Son of God involves the spiritual absorption of the word of God into the heart of man. Since we cannot literally eat the flesh of Jesus we partake of the bread or word of life by faith by meditating and pondering over it to extract the revelation. The word as it is planted in the heart or good soil begins to take root and brings nourishment, life and growth to the disciple.
Drinking the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is receiving what He did on the cross by faith in the act of sacrifice given to mankind to redeem them and deliver them from hell and death. Jesus bled seven times to set us free from sin and destruction forever if we accept this great gift by faith, confession and repentance. The blood received by believing in this supreme act of sacrifice given freely to anyone willing to give up his own life and surrender to be led by the Savior has his heart and conscience cleansed of all sin and disobedience.
The act of eating the flesh of the Son of God and drinking His blood is the sign of being in covenant with Him. When one becomes born again he begins to eat the bread of life and by faith in Jesus he drinks in the life giving blood that cleanses his soul thus allowing him eternal life. Communion is only a remembrance of what the Savior did on the cross that provided man a way of salvation and sustains his commitment to follow Him.
"Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day. "For My flesh is food indeed and My blood is drink indeed. "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him." John 6:54-56
COMMUNION WITH GOD
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion (fellowship) of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. II Corinthians 10:16,17
Partaking of the Lord's supper or communion signifies our fellowship and sharing of the sacrifice of Christ. Taking communion does not save you any more than baptism does, it is only a reminder of our commitment to follow the Lord because of His sacrifice for us. Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of Me."
Today communion has been reduced to a dead and lifeless ritual given out to anyone that chooses to partake. Communion is only for believers in the body of Christ and is reserved only for them. To give it to unbelievers would be like inviting the neighborhood into your bedroom while you and you spouse are making love.
Paul warned the Corinthian church to examine themselves and not to take communion in an unworthy manner lest they bring judgment upon themselves. Because we invite the world into our worship services instead of going out to win the lost, death and judgment have entered the church.
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. II Corinthians 6:14-16
DRINKING THE CUP OF DEMONS
The things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. I Corinthians 10:20
Drinking the cup of demons involves partaking of the table of the Lord with a defiled heart. Many today give no thought about taking communion or with whom they are taking it with. The apostle Paul was very clear in what he said to the church at Corinth when he warned them to examine their heart before taking communion.
Communion is fellowship with God, it is an intimate time of worship and is holy in His sight. When Jesus served the Lord's supper to His disciples He told them that one of them was going to betray Him and as the scripture says, Satan entered the heart of Judas after he received the bread thus partaking of the cup of demons. In other words drinking the cup with an unclean motive or having idols in your heart will bring about the judgment of God.
The Lord's supper was a love feast for those who were in fellowship with Him, it was never meant to be a dead ritual given to whoever would receive it, nor is it the way of salvation as many denominations teach. The Lord's table is a time of remembering what He did for us on the cross when He shed His blood for us and redeemed us from the curse of the law and eternal judgment. We give more honor to dead servicemen than we do for the Lord Jesus Christ who set us free forever by His supreme sacrifice.
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and the table of demons. I Corinthians 10:21