But Vic, it does say that in 1 Corinthians 11 v 28, and in 1 John 1 v 9.
This is what I hear quite often when I speak about communion and say that the Bible does not tell us to examine ourselves for sin during communion.
What I normally say in return is, “let’s look at the Bible then and see what it actually says”.
I agree that 1 Corinthians 11 v 28 does say examine yourself, and that it is talking about communion, but where does it say anything about your sin?
I agree that 1 John 1 v 9 talks about confessing and forgiveness, but where does it say this passage is about communion?
As with the Nativity account man has taken the truth from the Bible and twisted it and perverted it with his own traditions.
I don’t have time in this DIG to give a thorough exegesis (oh, that’s a big word, just means explanation of Scripture) but I just want to show you what is not in there so that you can see how traditions of man changes what the Word of God says.
Communion is an area of church where traditions have taken away the real significance of this ordinance.
It was instigated by Jesus as a time to focus on Him.
“This do in remembrance of me” is what Jesus says in the Word of God (Luke 22 v 19).
Not a single mention of your sin!
Traditions of man have changed communion from a time of focus on Him to a time of focus on you and your sin.
1 Corinthians 11 v 29 tells us what we should be examining ourselves for during communion, and that is how we are discerning (or understanding) the Lord’s body.
Communion is a time to think about the Son not about the sin!
Communion is a time for focus on Jesus and His finished work (that included the breaking of His body) not a time for searching yourself for sin followed by begging and pleading for forgiveness.
It is time that we actually read what the Word of God says and go by that instead of traditions of men that we are warned about by Paul in Colossians 2 v 8.
This goes for communion, for the Nativity account and for everything thing else in the Christian life.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the Bible, and thank you that it was literally God breathed”.
1 Corinthians 11 v 28…..But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup