Vol. 36, No. 4 April, 2012
LESSONS FROM THE LORD’S LAST SUPPER.
By Dr.George Mills
I choose this text and subject in order to answer some questions, and to hopefully, challenge each of us to renew our commitment to Christ and His work. As I write this, I am aware of my inadequacy. I am not a scholar. I am a student of The Word of God, (KJB). As a student, I am learning. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. In The Lord’s Supper, our Lord used a simple thing, such as a meal, to illustrate something profound. In fact, as we study the earthly life of our Lord, He always used the simple things of life to illustrate the profound. It is my desire that everything I say is always simple, and easy to be understood. The Bible is a simple Book, so, let’s stay with the Bible.
“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. 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 is the New Testament in my blood: this do ye as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come. 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. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1Cor 11:23-31) Now, to find a starting place is not so easy, so let us start at the beginning. Our Lord left two Ordinances to the Church. Both picture the death, burial, and resurrection. Those Ordinances are, (A) BAPTISM, and (B) THE LORD’S SUPPER. Both very vividly portray Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. There are three basic beliefs about the Lord’s Supper.
TRANSUBSTANTIATION. This means, “The change by which according to Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox dogma, the Eucharistic elements at their consecration become the body and blood of Christ while keeping only the appearance of bread and wine.” In other words, the belief here is that when the priest has his ceremony, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ.
CONSUBSTANTIATION. This means, “The actual substantial presence and
combination of the body and blood of Christ with the Eucharistic bread and wine.” This is the teachings of the followers of Luther. This teaching says that “when you partake of the elements, they actually become the body and blood of Christ, as you eat.”
The first teaching says that the elements of the Lord’s Supper actually become the body and blood of Christ at the consecration of a priest. The second teaching is very similar. This teaching says that the elements actually become the body and blood of the Lord, as you eat.
COMMEMORATION. The BIBLE Doctrine of COMMEMORATION. This Bible teaching simply says that the elements of The Lord’s Supper are symbols only. They never change into the Body and Blood of Christ. Think of the billions of times the body and blood of Christ has been sacrificed, or offered in these teachings. Of course, we reject the first two teachings. We are Baptists. Baptists were never part of the Catholic Church, nor of the Protestant reformation. We always have been Baptists since the beginning. So, we have never held to the Catholic or Protestant view as listed here. It is with great humility, grace, and privilege that we partake of the elements of the Lord’s Table in REMEMBRANCE, or, to COMMEMORATE His great Sacrifice. So, let us understand that the Lord’s Supper is a Memorial Service only. Nothing mystical happens. This is a time of Worship, self examination, and remembering the Great Work of our Lord Jesus on the Cross, His Burial, and Resurrection, and His coming again for His church.
Now, some of the questions that come from time to time.
Q.“How often are we to partake of the Lord’s Supper?” The Bible does not state how often we are to partake. Some Churches serve the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. Some monthly, some quarterly, and some annually. The Bible says “WHEN” you partake. I am of the opinion that every time the early Church met, on the first day of the week, they served The Lord’s Supper. Our Church has no set pattern and the Lord’s Supper gets overlooked so many times. This is my fault. Some folks have the idea that if the Lord’s Supper is served too often, then It becomes too common. This is not right. If this happens, we have a heart problem.
Q.“Where are we to partake the Lord’s Supper?” I believe that we serve the Lord’s Supper in the Church. If a congregation does not have a church building, then serve the Lord’s Supper where you meet together. I do not believe that this is a private thing where some are invited, and others are excluded. This is for the local Church.
Q. “Who is to partake in the Lord’s Supper?” This is for Believers in Christ. Some churches believe in “close communion” meaning that the Lords Supper is for members of their congregation only. I believe and we practice “Open Communion” that is, the Lord’s Supper is open for all believers. If we are serving the Lord’s Supper, and you are a visitor here, and you are a Born again Believer in Christ, then you are welcome to partake in this Great Service.
Q. “Is there forgiveness of sin in partaking of the Lord’s Supper?” NO! Since the Lord’s Supper is for believers only, The Bible is clear. “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1Jn 1:9) We (Believers) are to have that time of self examination before we partake of the Lord’s Supper. Please read our text printed on the first page. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper unworthily, that is, in a wrong attitude, with known sin, or an unforgiving spirit, was the cause of sickness, weakness, and death for some. But there is no forgiveness of sin in partaking of the Lord’s Supper. Let me say this; All the vines, in all the world, of all the ages, have not produced enough grapes to produce enough juice to forgive one single sin.
Q. “Is there a special impartation of the Spirit, or some spiritual gift in the partaking of the Lord’s Supper?” NO! Again, there is nothing mystical about the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper does NOT save you, does not make you MORE SAVED, and the Holy Spirit does not fill you, or baptize you. You were baptized by the Holy Spirit WHEN you got saved. (1Cor 12:13) One Baptism. We are to seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit DAILY. The Holy Spirit is in us and will be in us until we go to be with The Lord. NO, the Holy Spirit is not imparted at the Lord’s Supper.
Q. “Is there healing when we partake of the Lord’s Supper?” The Lord’s Supper was not instituted for our healing. It is not for me to say when and who and how God may choose to heal . God uses medicine, and God uses prayer in healing. “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick…”(Ja 4:14-15). Some healing comes when sin is confessed. That’s what our text in James 4 teaches. But again, the Lord’s Supper is a Memorial Service. Our healing is not implied. The Lord’s Supper is about Christ, and not about us. THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME. As we partake of the Lords Supper, we look in several directions at the same time. These things are not new, and not original with me. They are both timely and timeless. So, as we partake, there is…
1. AN INWARD LOOK. “Let a man examine himself.” There is that time of self examination. We ask the Holy Spirit to search our heart and reveal those things that are not pleasing to Christ. This is a time of confessing to Christ our need of His cleansing. This is a time of making things right, BEFORE we partake. Without this INWARD LOOK, some of the Corinthian believers had not done this and were asking judgment upon themselves. There must be that INWARD LOOK.
2. A BACKWARD LOOK. We look back to the Cross. We Remember Him. We think of His Body, bruised, broken, beaten, all for us. When we partake of the bread, we remember that Body. Of the bread Our Lord said, “take, eat, this is My Body.” We think of the betrayal. We think of the trial Before Pilate and Herod. We think of the soldiers as they beat Him, and plucked His beard. We think of His suffering, of His pain and agony. We think of the loneliness. We think of Him as He said, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” All of the seven sayings of the cross come to mind as we think of the Body of Christ when we partake of the bread. WE LOOK BACK. We remember the Blood shed for us. The Blood of God Himself. Pure Blood. Undefiled Blood. Not just another man’s blood. He shed every drop for our sin. “This is My Blood, shed for many, for the remission of sin” When we partake of the Cup, we remember the Blood. Oh, the Precious Work of Calvary!
3. A FORWARD LOOK. “Ye do shew forth The Lord’s death TILL HE COME.” Yes, at the Lord’s Supper we Look in, we look back, but we also look forward to His coming back again. We cannot look at this world or for things to get better down here. In fact the Bible clearly teaches us that wickedness will wax more and more wicked. Wars, wars, and more wars. There is nothing down here to look forward to. Everything here will burn one day. I am not a prophet of doom. I am very optimistic. I believe in the second coming of our lord Jesus Christ in the rapture. Nothing prevents that great event this very hour. There is nothing to be fulfilled. He could have come at any time in history, and He could come today. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we breathe that wonderful prayer of John, “Even so, come Lord Jesus. And still there is another look…
4. AN OUTWARD LOOK. Not mentioned, but implied in the Institution of the Lord’s Supper is that Outward Look. We must remember that not only did He bleed and suffer and die for us, He died for ALL men. We must think of the untold masses. Think of the billions of people who have never heard the Name, Jesus. They have never heard of the Cross and His love for them. They must be told. We must hear the Macedonian call, “Come over and help us.” Oh, pray for us, that this Ministry will reach into the nations of the world with the message of Jesus Christ.
LESSONS FROM THE LORD’S LAST SUPPER. There are so many more. Before I finish this today, I want to ask you this most important question. Do you personally know The Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Have you trusted in Him alone? If you have not, then why not, today, right now, receive Him into your heart. He is there, where you are. “How do I receive Christ?” The Bible says, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” Tell Him that you receive Him. He will hear the cry of the repentant heart. Begin TODAY to live FOREVER.
THE PASSION OF CHRIST
By Pastor George Mills
On February 25, 2004, a new movie depicting the last hours of Christ and His sufferings had it’s debut. It is my understanding that this movie places the blame of the crucifixion of Christ solely on the Jewish nation. I have not seen the movie, I do not plan to see the movie. In fact it has been many, many years since I have been in a movie theater. Like the late Will Rogers said, “All I know is what I read in the newspaper,” I’ll have to rely on the news report. I do know that when Hollywood produces anything of a “religious” nature, it is not Biblically correct, or it is slanted to the left. Also, the persons who praise a film like this usually let me know all I need to know, and I am well aware of the “big” names who praise this film. Well, anyway, this film places all the blame solely upon the Jews. THEY crucified Him. Is that right? Let’s take a few moments and search the Scriptures and see just who is to be blamed for the Crucifixion of Christ. The Bible says in Mt. 27:35, “And THEY Crucified Him” Who are the “THEY” that crucified Him? Can we place this crime solely upon the Jews?
A. It is clearly recorded in the Scriptures that Soldiers crucified Him. “Then the SOLDIERS of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of SOLDIERS.”( Mt 27:27). Soldiers bound Him and led Him to be crucified.
B. Rome crucified Him. The Roman governor had power to release Christ. Pilate said, “I find no fault in Him.” Pilate released a murderer and allowed the crucifixion. He had the authority to stop it, but he did not. Herod also did nothing. Rome was responsible for the crucifixion.
C. The Jews were responsible for the crucifixion. When Christ was brought before the Jews, Pilate said, “Behold your King.” They responded, “We have no king but Caesar.” (Jn 19:14-15) “Let Him be crucified” was the cry of the Jews. “He came unto His own (Jews) and His own (Jews) received Him not.
D. Religion had it’s part in the crucifixion. Religion was there in all of it’s rottenest worst. The religious crowd cried “Crucify him, Crucify Him.” And then when it was all over, they said, “Let’s get all this mess cleaned up, tomorrow is a day of worship.” “The Jews therefore, because it was the day of preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath day, for that Sabbath day was a high day.” (Jn 19:31) Religion can HATE Christ and prepare for a “worship” service at the same time. Religion always hates Christ.
E. Satan had a part in the crucifixion of Christ. In Genesis 3:15, God said that Satan would “bruise His heel” The Old Testament is the record of satanic forces trying to stop the Redeemer from being born. At the birth of Christ, Satan tried to destroy Him. Through the earthly ministry of Christ, Satan tried again and again to kill Christ. The unseen forces behind the scenes at the crucifixion were led by Satan and his imps. Yes, Satan had his part in the crucifixion of Christ.
F. God, the Father had a part in the crucifixion of the Son. He was God’s Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. Before there was anything. Before the world was created by the voice of God, there was already The Lamb prepared for the sin of the world. In the Psalms, speaking of the crucifixion day, Psalm 118:22-24, “The Stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is THE LORD’S DOING it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day (Calvary) THE LORD HATH MADE, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” And speaking of the Father, we must remember that central verse of redemption that says, “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.” (Jn 3:16) That passage speaks of the crucifixion of Christ. The Cross was God’s plan.
G. YOU and I had a part in the crucifixion. There is no way we can place the blame of the crucifixion on one nation, or on one people. You and I were there. While we were not there physically, our sin was there. Our human nature was there. Somewhere in the crowd you will find yourself. Our sin placed Him on the cross. “But he was wounded for OUR transgressions, He was bruised for OUR iniquities, the chastisement of OUR peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. ALL WE like sheep have gone astray, WE have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa 53:5-6)
As sure as the soldiers drove the nails in his hands. As sure as Rome, religion, God the Father, Satan and his imps. As sure as the Jews. As sure as all of these had a part in the crucifixion of Christ, YOU and I had our part. Nobody gets away from the blame of Calvary, nobody! I do not know how the movie, THE PASSION OF CHRIST will start, nor do I know how it will end. I do know what the Bible says. The cross was God’s sacrifice for the sin of the world. You can accept that, or reject that. You can receive God’s payment for sin, or you can pay the price yourself…but you certainly do not want to take that route. At the cross, we stand alone, all by ourselves. We can place the blame on no one else. Do I receive the message of the Cross? Or do I reject that message? Do I believe that He died for ME? Or is He just the victim of a murderous mob? The choice is yours. Accept the truth of this message. Receive Christ into your heart today. Rejoice that He bore ALL your sin. Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS.
It is no friend to the Christian The world crucified the best friend it will ever have. Don’t be surprised when the world seeks to crucify you.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME
By Pastor George Mills
“This do in Remembrance of me.”
This Bread I take speaks of the day,
When Christ suffered on the cross.
Full payment there,
All our sin He did bear,
To save us from such great loss.
This cup I drink speaks of His Blood,
Shed to set the captive free.
To bear our shame,
And to take all the blame,
Just to ransom you and me.
To eat this Bread, to drink this Cup,
Is to remember His Sacrifice,
So freely He gave,
For mankind to save,
For our sin, He paid the Great price.
My life I lend to His Great cause,
That brought Him from above.
So all men may know,
That through Calvary’s flow,
The wonder of His Great Love.
To take the news around the world,
No matter where man may be.
To tell of His Love,
That was sent down from above,
As He said, “IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME!”
THINK ABOUT IT…Where would I be, where would you be today were it not for the Gospel of the Grace of God?
THINK ABOUT IT…No Christ, no peace. Know Christ, know peace!
FROM MY HEART
By Mildred Mills
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE
Tell me we really don’t look like that awful picture on our driver’s license! If we ever get to thinking too highly of ourselves, we need to look at our driver’s license picture! What an humbling experience! I had my driver’s license renewed this month and was totally depressed for the entire day after looking at it! I asked myself how would I ever have the nerve to show this monster if and when I was asked to present a picture I.D. I could visualize the clerk looking at it and saying, “sorry I asked.” Or the traffic cop’s expression of sheer shock and then hearing him apologize for stopping this pitiful creature. I realize that driver’s license pictures are not known to make a person look their best, but this one is bad folks! Anyway, I used a little humor to ease the pain and flippantly began to quote this particular scripture, “For man looketh on the outward appearance, but God looketh on the heart.” (1Sam. 16:7). I might have quoted the scripture in a flippant way but God spoke to my heart and I began to wonder if I looked any better on the inside. What does God see when He looks at my heart? I prayed as I drove home and asked God to cleanse my heart and make me to have a heart that is willing to serve Him, a loving heart filled with the beauty of His Son, Jesus. I asked the Lord to “let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.” Let me always have a cheerful attitude, a kind word, a smile, and a forgiving spirit. The Lord made it clear to me that He is more concerned with how our heart looks than how we look outside. Matter of fact,If our heart has been cleansed from sin through faith in Jesus and we are trying to be Christlike in character, in God’s eyes, we are LOOKING GOOD!!!
TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
By Ashley Stevens
People may call you names, but deep inside if you know that Jesus Christ is your Saviour, you know what you truly are. You are a revolutionary. Revolutionaries make history. Revolutionaries are ordinary people like you and I, who dare to do extraordinary things and are ready to change this world that we live in. They are not common, in fact they are rare. Revolutionaries are people who helped form our nation. Back in history, these people would fight for what they believed in. They cried, “Give me liberty or give me death.” They understood the cost and the sacrifice they had to make to purchase our freedom. In our nation, revolution doesn’t come without reformation. An example of a revolutionary would be men like Charles Finney who remind us that we are indeed ONE NATION UNDER GOD. Men like Whitfield, Edwards and Finney are our history, but what about right now? Could you be the next revolutionary? Why yes, you can! God gave us only one life to live, and only one life to give. Every breath that we take needs to be for the glory of God and for passion to change the world. For some, their lives are without purpose and a cause, but for revolutionaries, that kind of life is unacceptable. We shouldn’t be out there in this world just to obtain the ordinary. We need to want and hunger for reformation. True revolutionaries are longing to see Heaven invade the earth. Revolutionaries understand that since the days of John the Baptist until now that the Kingdom of Heaven has been constantly advancing. Revolutionaries are ready to sacrifice, and we have a reason to sacrifice. That reason is Jesus Christ.
May God Bless your life each and every day.
Until next time, Ashley Stevens
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“Lord Jesus, May the Dear Holy Spirit anoint this word today to bless every reader, and that many souls be born into God’s Family.”