Summary: Not only do we have fellowship with the Lord through his death on calvary, but we also have fellowship with one another through our common participation in the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.
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COMMUNION MEDITATION 6_ONE BODY IN CHRIST
(1 Cor 10:16-17)
1 Cor 10:16-17 (NIV)
16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who
are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one
1 Cor 10:17 (AMP)
For we [no matter how] numerous we are, are one body, because we all partake of the one Bread [the One Whom the communion bread represents].
1. How wonderful to know that we are one in Christ! We are one family. There is no distinction or discrimination:
26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There
is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor
female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If
you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (NIV)
2. Not only do we have fellowship with the Lord through his death on calvary, but we also have fellowship with one another through our common participation in the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
3. God has given us brothers and sisters in the Lord. We give thanks to God for our Christian family. No man is an island, we need one another.
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
4. There is diversity among believers but there is unity. We share a relationship one with another because of our relationship with Christ.
5. [1 Cor 10:18] Paul illustrates this point by pointing back to the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament. When a sacrifice was brought the sacrifice was shared. A portion of it was burnt on the altar, a portion was eaten by the priests, and a portion eaten by those who offered it. The participants identified with what was sacrificed and with each other.
6. There was a sharing, a fellowship, a communion involved. As believers we share a relationship one with another. We have fellowship and communion with Christ and with one another.
7. Because of the fellowship we have with the Saviour and with the saints "we bless." We give thanks and rejoice. Such fellowship blesses our hearts, stirs our souls, and elicits praise.
In 1765 John Fawsett was called to pastor a very small congregation at Wainsgate, England. He labored there diligently for 7 years, but his salary was so meager that he and his wife could scarcely obtain the necessities of life. Though the people were poor, they compensated for this lack by their faithfulness and warm fellowship. Then Dr. Fawcett received a call from a much larger church in London, and after lengthy consideration decided to accept the invitation. As his few possessions were being placed in a wagon for moving, many of his parishioners came to say good-bye. Once again they pleaded with him to reconsider. Touched by this great outpouring of love, he and his wife began to weep. Finally Mrs. Fawcett exclaimed, "O John, I just can’t bear this. They need us so badly here." "God has spoken to my heart, too!" he said. "Tell them to unload the wagon! We cannot break these wonderful ties of fellowship." This experience inspired Fawsett to write the hymn. "Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love! The fellowship of kindred mind is like to that above."
8. As believers we enjoy a fellowship with God and that brings us into a fellowship with other believers. It is a fellowship of kindred minds. It is a fellowship that we bless.