There is something that we are missing. There is something we don’t know; there is something we don’t grasp; there is something we don’t comprehend. There are things that we simply do not understand about communion.
“But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou southwest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.”
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Seed
The Bible says that Jesus is the seed of a woman; the Bible tells us that Jesus is the seed of Abraham; and the Bible tells us that Jesus is the seed of David, does it not? Why do you think the Scriptures tell us that? Because it is in the plan of Father God to sow Jesus as a seed, and then to bring Him back in another form, in His resurrection.
As we read in 1 Corinthians 15:40: “There are also celestial bodies (heavenly bodies), and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.”
There is a total difference in glory, and the glory that you have as a resurrected child of God comes from the resurrected Son of God. His glory has been transferred to you. That’s how you were born again – we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus. The new creation is not born of the dust of the ground of the earth. The new creation has been born of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God and then it was formed in Christ Jesus. So a person who is born again is completely different from someone who is not born again because God has given them a totally new spirit. God did not improve the spirit they had, He did not make the spirit they had better nor He repaired it, but He gave them something that they never had before. That makes them totally different from a non-believer because non-believers do not have what they have.
Sown in Dishonor, Raised in Glory
The body of Jesus is sown one way, but it is raised another way. It is sown in dishonor, but it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, but it was raised in power. God gives it a body as He pleases. The body of Jesus was sown in corruption, it was raised in incorruption. Jesus’ body was sown in dishonor because it was sown with our sin on it, but it was raised in glory, without sin, without sickness, and without disease.
The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. (1 Corinthians 15:45) Jesus in his resurrection was not raised a human being. He became a life-giving spirit.
In 1 Corinthians 11:23, we read that Paul received revelation from Jesus on the same night that Jesus was betrayed. According to Paul, Jesus took bread, and when Jesus had given thanks, he broke the bread and said, ‘Take, eat: this is my body, which is given to you: this do in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:24) Then Jesus took the new cup when he drank,saying ‘This cup is the new testament in my blood. (1 Corinthians 11:25) Note that when Paul is speaking about the bread, he says nothing about the bread being new. The cup has to do with the new covenant; the body has to do with the old covenant. Jesus is ending something, and He is starting something.
Worthy of Communion
“So then whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in a way that is unworthy [of Him] will be guilty of [profaning and sinning against] the body and blood of the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 11:27
If we do not understand what we are doing, it doesn’t matter whether we are worthy or not. We are worthy because of the sacrifice of Jesus. We don’t have to earn something, we simply are in Christ. We receive it because of His worthiness. If we do it in an unworthy manner without understanding that we are proclaiming and shouting and preaching to the demons concerning Jesus’ death (His body), we will be guilty of the body and the blood.
“Mochos” is a Greek word which means guilty, being liable to a condition or liable to a penalty. When we eat or drink without revelation of what is happening, (to eat or drink without knowledge and understanding) it will cause us to be liable to the condition or the penalty that we should be escaping from.
This leads us to examine ourselves whether or not we have been made worthy by the blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:28) For He who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, eats and drinks ‘damnation’. When we hear that word, we think we’re going to Hell. Damnation means judgment, which talks about guilt and liable to penalty. We are going to have judgment come to us if we do not discern the Lord’s body. Not the blood, but the body. The important question is: Do you know how to discern the Lord’s body? If you don’t then you will be subject to penalty.
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
When they took the body of Jesus off of the tree, they took our sins off the tree. When they took His body off the tree, they took our diseases off the tree. When they put His dead body in the tomb, that body had our sins, our sickness, our disease, and that body is dead. Jesus’ body carried our sickness, our sins and every penalty that we ever have to bear in life. That body bore everything that we will ever do in our entire lifetime. Now, because we are dead to sin, we can live unto righteousness.
Which body do we discern?
There are three bodies: 1) The Church; 2) The Resurrected Body and 3) The Dead Body. But which one do we need to discern? It is important to discern the dead body because that is the body that carried our sins, our sickness, our diseases, and every penalty that is subject to us. If we don’t discern that, we are subject to judgment. When you confess out of your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, you must believe in your heart that He was raised from the dead. To the world we look stupid believing such things but we have to be willing to look stupid to men to operate in the wisdom of God.