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# 01403 :  1 Corinthians 11:27 :-Which one is the correct Interpretation?

Dear All,

"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"

First Interpretation

The apostle is not speaking about a Christian being worthy or unworthy to take it. It is speaking of the manner in which it is done. We take it unworthily if we take it wrongly, in the wrong manner. Once we learn the truth about its observance, and yet take it at any other time than when God says, then we take it unworthily. Verse 27 names the problem as eating and drinking in an unworthy manner. The KJV translated it as participating "unworthily." The frequent misunderstanding was that the question of worthiness applied to the person partaking. If worthiness were required no one could ever partake and the Lord's Supper could not be a means of grace. The context makes it clear that Paul regarded the Corinthian pattern of social discrimination against the poor as partaking unworthily.

Another Interpretation similar to the first one.

Due to the rendition in the KJV, "eateth and drinketh unworthily," many Christians have erroneously concluded that their "unworthiness" forbade their observance of the supper; but this is not true at all. The rendition here makes the meaning clear that it is not the "worthiness" of the participant which is in view, but the "worthiness" of his manner of partaking of it. Indeed, who was ever worthy to eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God? The moment any man might suppose that he was "worthy" to do such a thing, the presumption itself would deny it. Nevertheless, there is a real danger here. If any person shall partake of this solemn rite without discernment of the event it memorializes, or without regard to the obligations imposed by it, or without any consistent effort to partake of it continually and faithfully throughout his life, or until the Lord comes, or without the due reverence and appreciation due such an ordinance -

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Post by : jimple  View Profile    since : 27 Sep 2007


Reply by : jimple   View Profile   Since : 27 Sep 2007 3:43:50 AM Close
then such a person becomes guilty of the body and the blood of Jesus, the meaning of this being that he, in a spiritual sense, has become a crucifier of the Lord himself"


Second Interpretation

"The bread and cup are called the bread and cup of the Lord; because ate and drank in remembrance of him, being symbols of his body and of his blood, though not they themselves; these may be eaten and drank "unworthily", when they are eaten and drank by unworthy persons, in an unworthy manner, and to unworthy ends and purposes. The Lord's supper may be taken unworthily, when it is partook of by unworthy persons"

"This sense is confirmed by the Syriac version, which renders it (hl awv alw) , "and is not fit for it", or is unworthy of it, and so the Ethiopic version; now such are all unregenerate persons, for they have no spiritual life in them, and therefore cannot eat and drink in a spiritual sense; they have no spiritual light, and therefore cannot discern the Lord's body; they have no spiritual taste and relish, no spiritual hungerings and thirstings, nor any spiritual appetite, and can receive no spiritual nourishment, or have any spiritual communion with Christ: and so are all such persons, who, though they may profess to be penitent ones, and believers in Christ, and to have knowledge of him, and love to him; and yet they have not true repentance, neither do they bring forth fruits meet for it, they are unworthy of the Lord's table
nor have they faith in Christ, at least only an historical one, and so cannot by faith eat the flesh, and drink the blood of the Son of God, nor perform the ordinance in a way well pleasing to God; nor have they any spiritual knowledge of Christ, and so cannot discern the Lord's body; nor any real love to him, and therefore very improper persons to feed on a feast of love; nor can they affectionately remember Christ, or do what they do from a principle of love to him, and therefore must be unworthy receivers...."


Which one is the correct Interpretation?

Rgrds,
Jimple.

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 27 Sep 2007 6:20:47 AM Close
Dear Jimple

1Co 11:27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
1Co 11:29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
1Co 11:30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

We were unworthy people but we were made worthy by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Heb 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
Heb 10:21 and having a High Priest over the house of God,
Heb 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Unbelievers are unworthy to partake from the Lords table.

When we come to believers 1 Cor. 11: 28 says we have to “ Examine ourselves” and in
1 Cor.11:31 says “Judge Ourselves”, when we examine ourselves and judge ourselves, if we find any fault, we have to confess and get forgives.

We should not keep any un-confessed sin in us, confess the sins and get forgiveness which will make us worthy to take part from the Bread and Cup. This is my opinion, I am not commenting of others interpretation.

1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

This chapter is writing to the brethren of Apostle Paul of Corinth means brethren in
Christ. (1 Cor. 11: 2)

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