A Case of Misplaced Faith
“And He (Jesus) took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is My Body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament (New Covenant) in my blood, which is shed for you (at Calvary)” (Luke 22:19,20).
There are two ordinances in the church that were instituted by the Lord while He was here. They are Water Baptism which symbolizes the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ, and the Lord’s Supper (Communion) which has its emphasis totally on the Crucifixion of Christ. An ordinance, in Christianity, is defined as a practice or ceremony ordained by Jesus for Christians to observe. They both are representative of what Christ accomplished at Calvary. We are to observe these in remembrance of His Sacrifice for us and keep them until His return. In Communion, the Lord used the bread and wine to represent His Body and Blood which He gave for us at the cross.
Our faith must be in Christ and His great sacrifice at the Cross. He paid the price there for our sins, and our faith, placed daily, in what He accomplished at Calvary allows the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives. We are not to move our faith to anything else. The following verse makes it clear where we are to place our faith and how the Holy Spirit works:
“The Law (Law of God) of the Spirit (how the Holy Spirit works) of Life (from Christ by the Spirit) in Christ Jesus (through His Sacrifice at the cross) has made me free ( given us victory) from the Law of Sin and Death (we cannot overcome this law in our own strength)” (Roman’s 8:2)
Again, our faith must be in the Lord and what He accomplished at the Cross. The Lord has provided for all our needs there. He has given us all things for “life and godliness” as the Apostle Peter tells us in his second epistle. We are not to move our faith to anything else, no matter how good it might be.
There is no healing in the Lord’s Supper (Communion). As has been stated; it is an ordinance of the church. It is to be done in remembrance of His Sacrifice at the cross. Jesus, Himself, said this in our introductory verse “This do in remembrance of Me.” If we place our faith in Communion for healing we have moved our faith from Christ and Him crucified to something else. It is being taught by some that taking the Lord’s Supper will bring healing to our bodies. Some even encourage their followers to take it daily for this reason. This is not scriptural. Again, our faith must be in Christ and Him crucified for all our needs, including healing.
“For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord’s death till He come” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
We show, or remember, His giving of His body and the shedding of His Precious Blood at the Cross for our salvation, and which also brought us the victory we now have in our life. Communion should be an important part of our Christian life as it is a reminder of all the Lord has done for us. The Scripture says “By His Stripes we are healed.” This is all due to Calvary, and our faith must be there and not moved to anything else.
Jesus is our healer and our faith must be in Him and not in an ordinance of the church that is a remembrance of what it cost Him at Calvary. He gave His Body and shed His Precious Blood for us on that cross. That is where our faith must be! Look to Calvary for that is where our Lord paid the price for the sin of mankind and opened the door to all the blessings of Heaven.
“Who His Own Self bear our sins in His Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto Righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
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