Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (1 Corinthians 11:27-30).
First of all what does it mean to examine yourself? It doesn’t mean examine your conduct. This examination has got nothing to do with your actions. Paul explained this examination in 2 Cor 13:5, 6 and he says “examine yourself as to whether you’re in the FAITH”.
So this examination is not a works examination but a FAITH examination. He continues to say “test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you’re disqualified. But I trust that you’ll know that we are not disqualified”. This test is a test to know that Jesus Christ is in you. This was what Paul meant by examining ourselves.
What does it mean it eat the communion unworthily?
I have heard many ministers say if you know you sinned in the course of the week you’re not supposed to eat the communion else you’re going to bring curses upon your life.
Really? The first group of people to eat the communion were the 12 disciples and I bet you, they were unclean, not morally upright and not yet born again. In-fact Judas was also included.
As you read the verse 29, you’ll realize that eating unworthily means to eat without discerning the Lord’s body.
The word “discern” implies revelation with a precise knowledge and understanding. To eat without discerning the Lord’s body means to eat without a revelation and understanding of the Lord’s body broken and His blood shed for us on the cross. It means to see the bread and wine as mere food. The Corinthian church took the communion as breakfast and launch put together. Some of them did not eat at home (1Cor11:34) and took the communion as their food for the day.
They saw the time for partaking as a time to get drunk and satisfied. Can you imagine getting drunk after partaking the Lord’s body? Yes this is what happened in Paul’s day. The bread they broke was big enough to satisfy them. This report was given to Paul which propelled his writing.
Paul rebuked this act because they lost the meaning and revelation behind the bread and the wine and this was an insult to the Lord’s body. This is what it means by that term “eating unworthily”.
Paul further explained the meaning of drinking damnation unto ourselves by eating unworthily. He says in vrs 30 “For this reason there are weak and sick among you and many sleep (die)”. Does it mean God puts this sickness as a curse on us? No, He can’t put upon us what Jesus Christ took from us, for by His stripes we were healed.
The damnation is that, if you were sick or weak and you took the communion without the right discernment of what the blood and body of Jesus has done for you, you remain in your sickness and this could lead to your death. This damnation leaves you in the same condition you found yourself in, before taking the communion.
Beloved, the only condition attached to taking the communion is to believe what the body and blood of Jesus has done for you. What do I do when I sin? Infact eat the communion the more so that you’ll be empowered to go and sin no more as Christ is formed within you. How often should I take it? As often as you want. You can even buy the bread and wine and eat it personally at home if you want (with the right understanding of what you’re doing).
Smith Wigglesworth ate the communion every day of his life. When he died, the doctors did a test on him in his internal organs and they realized they were as fresh as a baby. Eating the communion with the right revelation releases great power in your whole body to keep you healthy forever.