What Is It Spoken About?

Mar. 16, 2020 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

The Word of truth can be rightly divided, but it can also be wrongly divided. If the Word is interpreted and preached incorrectly, negative consequences will be the end result. When we follow the guidelines for properly interpreting what we read in the Bible, we can benefit from its true meaning. When studying a particular passage in the Scriptures, we must ask ourselves what the passage speaks about or refers to.

  1. Religion corrupts the meaning of the Scriptures pertaining to taking Holy Communion.
    1. This is not an ordinary meal. The Lord’s Supper should not be eaten out of condemnation.
      1. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread…Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come (1 Corinthians 11:21-23, 33, 34).
    2. We are commanded to take communion in remembrance of Jesus, His blood, and His broken body.
      1. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25).
      2. We are not to take communion in remembrance of our sins. It is actually a celebration of God’s everlasting forgiveness for us.
    3. 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).
      1. We must understand what the term “unworthy” really means in the context of Paul’s letter.
      2. This Scripture says to examine our hearts. Taken out of context, it would seem that if we accidently forget to confess all of the sins we can remember, we will be taking communion unworthily and we will die.
      3. The Lord’s Supper is not the time to reflect on our sins.
    4. The Scriptures tell us that those who were sick and dying, and took communion without understanding its true significance could have been healed.
      1. 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 11:29, 30).
      2. Taken out of context, we could assume that taking communion in an unworthy manner leads to sickness and early death.
    5. The book of Numbers foreshadows the significance of taking the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament.
      1. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived (Numbers 21:9).
      2. Anyone who looked upon the serpent was healed. Similarly, whenever we look upon Jesus and reflect on Him during communion, we are healed.
  1. Another example of how we have been misled is the gaining of our salvation.
    1. We are urged to work out—not work for—our salvation. We should not make the mistake of thinking our salvation is based on our self-effort.
      1. Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight (Philippians 2:12, 13, AMPC).
      2. We are to cultivate and carry out what Jesus has already done for us. Through Him, our salvation is complete.
      3. We cannot trust in our own strength. We are saved through Christ, who is in us.
      4. “Working out” our salvation means bringing out what is already in us through Christ, which is love, temperance, patience, faithfulness, and good behavior.
    2. If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:1-13).
      1. Jesus lives in us so that we can have the mind of Christ; Christ in us changes our character.

    For more on rightly dividing the Word of God from a grace-based perspective, click on the link below for the two-message series, Looking Through the Lens of Grace.

    http://bit.ly/LookingThroughtheLensofGrace2MessageSeries

    Scripture References

    1 Corinthians 11:21-25

    1 Corinthians 11:27-30

    1 Corinthians 11:33, 34

    Numbers 21:9

    Philippians 2:1-13

    Philippians 2:12, 13, AMPC

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