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The Lord’s Supper, Idolatry, and Unity

Posted by on May 10, 2008 in fellowship, ordinances/sacraments, scripture, unity | Comments Off

Tomorrow, God willing, I’ll be teaching from this passage:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Matthew 6:19-24 ESV)

We’ll also eat the Lord’s Supper together, so I’ve been thinking about this passage:

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he? “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. (1 Corinthians 10:14-24 ESV)

Can you see the connection between the Lord’s Supper, idolatry, and unity in these passages?

Thinking about 1 Corinthians 11:20-21, where some of the Corinthians were eating, but it was not the Lord’s Supper because of the way they were treating one another… I wonder how many tomorrow will eat and drink, but it won’t be the Lord’s Supper because of idolatry (having another master) or disunity. I wonder if I will be one of those…