The Power of Holy Communion

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  1. plain_n_simple

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    What Is The Holy Communion?

    The Holy Communion, known also as the Lord’s Supper, represents the greatest expression of God’s love for His people.

    Two items are used in the Holy Communion—the bread which represents Jesus’ body that was scourged and broken before and during His crucifixion, and the cup which represents His shed blood.

    When Jesus walked on earth, He was vibrant, and His body was full of life and health. He was never sick. But before Jesus went to the cross, He was badly scourged by the Roman soldiers, and His body was torn as He hung on the cross.

    At the cross, God also took all our sicknesses and diseases and put them on Jesus’ originally perfect and healthy body, so that we can walk in divine health. That is why the Bible says by His stripes, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24).

    In Luke 22:20, Jesus tells us that the cup is the “new covenant in My blood”, and the apostle Paul tells us that the blood of Jesus brings forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:14, Ephesians 1:7).


    Why Do Believers Partake Of The Holy Communion?

    Besides being born again in Christ, a healthy body and mind are the greatest blessings anyone can have. And the Holy Communion is God’s ordained channel of healing and wholeness.

    On the night that He was betrayed, Jesus ate His last supper with His disciples. And knowing what He would accomplish through His sacrifice, He instituted the Holy Communion (Luke 22:19–20, 1 Corinthians 11:24–25).

    His loving instruction is that we are to remember Him as we partake of the Holy Communion. Jesus wanted us conscious of how His body was broken for our wholeness, and His blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. And whenever we partake in this consciousness, we “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).

    Today, when we partake of the bread, we are declaring that Jesus’ health and divine life flows in our mortal bodies. And when we partake of the cup, we are declaring that we are forgiven and have been made righteous. Jesus’ blood gives us right standing before God, and we can go boldly into God’s presence (Hebrews 4:16). When we pray, we can be sure that God hears us!


    How Do I Partake Of The Holy Communion?

    Before you partake, remember that the Holy Communion is not a ritual to be observed, but a blessing to be received.

    Because it is not a ritual, there is no prescribed bread or special drink required. In the Last Supper, Jesus used whatever He had at the table—bread commonly eaten at supper, and whatever they were drinking.

    To partake, first, hold the bread in your hand and say:

    Thank You, Father, for the gift of Your Son. By the stripes that fell on His back, my body is healed from the crown of my head to the very soles of my feet. Every cell, every organ, every function of my body is healed, restored, and renewed. In Jesus’ name, I believe and I receive. [Eat the bread.]

    Next, take the cup in your hand and say:

    Lord Jesus, thank You for Your precious blood. Your sin-free, disease-free, poverty-free life is in Your blood. And Your shed blood has removed every sin from my life. Through your blood, I am forgiven of all my sins—past, present and future—and made completely righteous. Today, I celebrate and partake of the inheritance of the righteous, which is preservation, healing, wholeness and provision. Thank You Lord Jesus, for loving me. Amen. [Drink the wine.]
     
  2. Tom Butler

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    Among the arguments in Brother P & S's OP is physical healing in the atonement: That Jesus died on the cross not only for our sins but also our sicknesses.

    His proof text is Isaiah 53:4,
    In Matthew 8:16-17 we read
    Matthew, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, used the words "infirmities" and "sicknesses, instead of "griefs" and "sorrows" used by Isaiah.

    And in context, Jesus has just finished healing Peter's mother-in-law earlier in the day, and that evening healed a lot of sick people and cast out many devils.

    So it is reasonable to conclude that the healing of Isaiah 53:4 and Matthew 8:16-17 is physical healing. And it seems reasonable to conclude that since Isaiah 53 is the wonderful Suffering Servant chapter, that Jesus died not only for sin but sicknesses.

    But wait.

    Let's look carefully at 8:16-17. When did all this happen? In the evening. In Capernaum

    Now read how Matthew described these events? As a fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4.
    Isaiah 53:4 was fulfilled while Jesus was still alive. In Capernaum. In the evening.


    Not in His death. This, to me, is a fatal blow to the doctrine of healing in the atonement.
     
  3. Tom Butler

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    I'm sure that someone will respond, but Tom, you left out the next verse, 53:5, which says "by his stripes we are healed."

    But there's more to that verse
    The context demands that the healing provided by His stripes was a spiritual healing.

    This is confirmed in 53:8
    And verse 11
     
  4. Revmitchell

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    Charismatics are terrible at exegesis. The Isaiah passage is the most abused passage by them.
     

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