Summary: Spiritual living and Spiritual Giving
COVENANT COMMUNITY CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
AUGUST 25, 2002
SERMON TITLE: THE BODY AND THE BLOOD
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
1 Corinthians 10:16 “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
I see two things in that verse. Two words that really stuck out are the word “Bless” and the word “Break.” I want you to realize this morning that there is a two fold meaning of why God sent his only Son to die on the cross for us. A lot of people don’t know it. I want you to get a clear understanding of this. I want to preach a few minutes on the body and the blood.
I want you try and grasp what the Lord is saying this morning. I remember reading in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 where Paul said “I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. And that he was buried, and that he arose again in the third day according to the scriptures.” I’m glad Paul always looked to the scriptures and said this is what is right according to God. There seems to be so many differences of opinions today. We need to look in the true word of God today and see what thus saith the Lord. Now in 1 Corinthians 11:26 Paul said, “For as often as you do eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” All these verses have that two fold meaning. We either have to partakers of the bread and we have to be partakers of the blood.
John 6:53 Jesus said, “Verily, verily I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” The Bible teaches us in that verse that we have to be partakers of the body of Christ and we have to be partakers of the blood of Christ and if we don’t then we don’t have any life in us. There’s a lot of people that says they are saved today but we have to have the true meaning of what the cross of Calvary is. We’ve got to be partakers of the body and the blood of Christ.
The true purpose of the body and his blood you’ll find in three verses: 2 Corinthians 8:9 “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, for your sakes he became poor., that ye through his poverty might be made rich.” Christ was rich. He was there with his father and he became poor for us. He gave his life. He left the comfort of the father to come down to this earth and he became poor and gave his body and blood for us. He gave up all that he had for you! Romans 6:10 “For in that he died, he died unto sin once, but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.” That’s a two fold meaning of the cross of Calvary. 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” We didn’t have to get to Him…He came to us. There’s no way we can get to heaven without him.