Anything you do without revelation of why you do it is just a religious and traditional act; it does not have power. A tradition is defined as an inherited pattern or action. It is practiced by people simply because it was passed down from prior generations. Taking the Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Table, has become a tradition to many people in the body of Christ but, today, you will learn the revelation of it.
The First Holy Communion
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him. 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 and blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.
Genesis 14: 18-20
Abram had just come back from fighting and he offered Melchizedek a tithe of all. The name Melchizedek means “the king of righteousness.” He had brought out bread and wine to Abram as the priest of God Most High. This was the first time the word priest was mentioned in Scripture. As Melchizedek received Abram’s tithes and offering, he was proclaiming that he was the high priest of the Almighty God.
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
In the Old Testament, the priests were Levites from the tribe of Levi; they were not kings. They did not have the function and authority of kings. In essence, it was an inferior priesthood. The priesthood of the Melchizedek, on the other hand, consisted of priesthood and kingship. In breaking the bread and wine, Jesus was establishing the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood. He was saying, “I am the true Melchizedek. I am affirming once again that I am the King of righteousness. I am the true Priest of the Most High.” Jesus established Himself as the new order. His blood of the new covenant was to establish new breed of priests and kings who would minister sacrifices of praise and offering to Jesus while bearing the power and authority of a kingship.
What is Communion?
14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 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, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. 18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.
1 Corinthians 10:14-21
Communion means koinonia, which means common union, fellowship, fellow participants, companionship, partnership, contribution, community, sharing, and bonding. As a body of Christ, we share in Christ’s life, nature and purpose. Eternal life does not mean long life, but rather we share the abundant life of God, when we are born again. We may not agree with everyone about everything, but we unite in agreement with the big picture: the purpose of God. When you connect with your Pastor’s vision, it does not mean that you agree with everything he says and does; you connect because you share in the same purpose. Sometimes, the devil comes into your life and tells you that if you don’t agree with what someone else says, then what they are saying must be false. Just because it is not how you do it, does not mean it is false. If we gather together as a community and rebuke the devil’s prejudicial attacks and pointing out our differences, we would all be raised up as one community in Christ.
Paul is saying in 1 Corinthians 10 not to share the cup of the Lord and then share the cup of demons. We need to be united in God’s purpose, nature and life. We cannot share the cup of the Lord and then live unholy and unrighteous lives. We need to focus on the big picture and commune with those who are also united in God’s purpose, nature and life. Community means to share with someone in something. For example, if you don’t have anything in the natural in common with your spouse, you still have the love of Jesus Christ that you have in common. Focus on the big picture and stop focusing on the minor disagreements. We—as a body of Christ—need to unite in the same life of prayer, fasting, evangelizing, and serving.
Paul passed on what he received from the Lord, not just a tradition, because he had revelation of it. Revelation has the power to activate your spirit.
When you take the communion with revelation, it will release power in your life.
23 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; 24 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.” 25 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.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
When you have revelation of something, you will have the ability to do what you learned. Paul was not part of the twelve original disciples, yet the others did not receive the revelation because they were too close to Jesus. They became too familiar with Him. Consequently, Jesus gave the revelation to someone who never knew Him physically. He received the revelation of the Lord’s Table having never participated in it with Jesus and His disciples.
Aspects that Reveal the Power of the Holy Communion
When you take the Holy Communion with revelation, you do the following:
1. ANNOUNCE the death of Jesus Christ to principalities on heaven and earth.
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26
To announce means to proclaim and declare. When you take communion, you are announcing, proclaiming and declaring to the visible and invisible world—to angels, archangels, principalities and powers, both evil and good on heaven and on earth—the death of Jesus Christ until He comes. You proclaim that He died, He is your Lord and your Savior, He redeemed you of your sins, you are a Son of God, and that He paid the price for you. When you announce and proclaim it with the Holy Communion, Jesus will manifest the power in it. It does not happen often in church services because people are taking part in it out of tradition, not revelation; but when we take it out of revelation, Jesus will manifest protection, power, authority, prosperity and healing in our lives.
2. REMEMBER His love for you and the defeat of the devil.
25 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.”
1 Corinthians 11:25
Scientists say that when you do, see or hear things yourself, you retain 80% of it and you always remember. Jesus told us to take the Holy Communion in remembrance of Him. Remembrance means to go back in time to the point when and where it happened, to recall, to be reminded of. The Holy Communion is not just a religious symbol of something; you are drinking His blood and eating of His body. Jesus wants us to remember—to go back to when you heard the nails and the hammer. Go back to when He took your sins and sicknesses on that cross. You didn’t have to be there physically; you can go back in time every time you take the communion.
Many people are complaining because they do not see God’s hand moving in their lives and they feel like God does not love them; but go back to the cross to see the greatest sign of love. Hear the sounds of them whipping His back and pressing that crown of thorns over His head. Every time you take it, remind the devil that he was defeated and he has no place in your life. Jesus took your sins and poverty. You remind the devil that sickness, poverty do not belong to you. If you struggle with doubt because of your crisis and problems and you don’t know what to do, God is telling you now to take the communion and He will show you how much He suffered for your healing, prosperity and forgiveness.
People are living in sin because they have never seen that which Christ did for them on the cross.
1. Expect/anticipate His coming.
You are saying you are waiting for Him, for His second coming.
2. Discern the body of Christ.
29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
1 Corinthians 11:29-30
God says because of this many are weak, sick and some have even died as a result of harboring lack of forgiveness, bitterness and resentment towards people in the body of Christ. The main cause of the death in the body of Christ is due to people taking part in the Lord’s Table while being angry at people in the body of Christ. If you are mad at your leadership, pastors, your spouse, your kids, or anyone in the body of Christ, ask Jesus to forgive you.
Now, you have been given four different aspects of that reveal the power of the Holy Communion. Replace your tradition with this revelation and watch how the blood and body of Christ bring protection, forgiveness, restoration, and healing to your life. Right now, if you have access to communion, no matter where you are, take it. You do not have to wait until you are in a service. Take it in your home. Jesus says if you eat his body, you will have eternal life. If you drink his blood, the blood of the covenant, life, protection, and strength will be released over your life. Take communion any time you are able to and want to.
You have been reading about the power of the Holy Communion and how we proclaim what Jesus did on the cross every time we take it. Jesus died for all of us because the Bible says we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. He died so that our sins can be forgiven and we could receive eternal life. Perhaps you are reading this and you are going through situations in your personal life and you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Right now, He is giving you that opportunity. He wants to enter into your life and change you, heal you, forgive you of your sins and give you a brand new start. It is not by coincidence that you are reading this; Jesus is giving you a new hope. Maybe you want to reconcile with God because you walked away from Him and you need Jesus to forgive you of your sins. If you say you need your life to change, repeat this prayer with all of your heart and your life will never be the same:
Father God, I come to You recognizing that I am a sinner and my sin separates me from You. Jesus, I repent of all my sins. Forgive me. Wash me with Your blood. I accept You as my Lord and Savior. I believe You died for me and God the Father raised You from the dead. Jesus Christ, come into my heart and change me. I proclaim that You are my Lord and my Savior and if I were to die today, when I open my eyes I will be in your arms. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.