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[Anglican Devotional 14 April 2022] Topic: Partake Responsibly

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The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 14 April 2022 – Partake Responsibly

READ: 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 (NKJV)

  1. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the [same] night in which He was betrayed took bread;
  2. and when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
  3. In the same manner [He] also [took] the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink [it,] in remembrance of Me.”
  4. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
  5. 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.
  6. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
  7. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

THE MESSAGE:

In our text, we see divine emphasis on the need for a clear understanding of the mystery of the Holy Communion, before partaking in it. This sacrament was instituted by God to illustrate the force of the New Covenant expressed in the Body and Blood of Jesus.

So, each time we partake of the Holy Communion, we remember Christ’s death: Its purpose and power. How then should we approach the Holy Communion? We should do it with reverence, discernment and faith, trusting God to revalidate the force of Christ in our lives every time we partake of the Holy Communion. When we do, we will enjoy the power of the New Covenant expressed in the elements of the Holy Communion.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to see the mystery of the Holy Communion, Amen!


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