Communion or Breaking of Bread

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Jesus took one bread and broke into fragments and gave it to each of them. "Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." It was not real flesh and blood, but actually bread and wine. It was symbolic and ceremonial, and it is called "breaking of bread." Later on, it was also called "communion." This was also considered holy ceremony and the word of God says that it must be taken with reverence.

Communion means union. Churches use this name for ritual, which is also called breaking of bread. Communion is unity, and it supposed to unite the members of the participants together, as well as it unites all the participants with Jesus Christ as one. The breaking of the bread represents the broken body of Jesus Christ, which shows the death of Christ. The sipping of the wine, signify the blood of Jesus, which is shed for them, which is in them now by partaking the cup, so they should live his life. They will remember that his death made it possible.

In religion, God and his people, as well as the devil and his people, are united with their respective gods, by eating their sacrifices on their alters. It is a token, ritual, ceremony, as well as spiritual. "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? 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?" Here, verse 18 explains that Israel were one with the alter. It is a cup (one cup) of blessing, that is symbolically equated with the shed blood of Jesus. So also, the one bread is equated with the body of Jesus. They break the bread and it is the broken fragments of the body of Christ. Everybody in the congregation take a piece of the bread, eat and a sip from the cup, that signify that everyone partook the body and blood (One body and one blood) of Jesus Christ. Since Jesus Christ is one, and now he is in everybody by partaking his body and blood, everybody have become one, by he is in them all. The idea is that if someone see the church. his body is to be seen out, and his blood is to live inside. So, the congregation, which is the body of Jesus Christ, must show his death and remember him in life.

For a detailed study on Communion please click on the index: "Communion."

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