Love and respect each other because of Jesus' death
- 1 Corinthians 11:27 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 11:29 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 11:30 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 11:31 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 11:32 (NIV)
Paul wrote a letter to the church at Corinth to discipline them and answer questions that they raised. Paul heard from his messenger to the church that the church was celebrating the Lord's supper in a profane way instead of as a remembrance/fellowship dinner. The rich were eating while letting the servants and poor were making preparations and serving the rich. When the time came for table fellowship, the rich were already full and filled with wine while the poor were barely left with anything.
Paul corrected them and stated that if they were going to treat a gathering of the Lord's church this way, they should stay at home. He cautioned that anyone who did not properly discern the Lord's body (whether he meant the sacrifice of Jesus or the church or both is not clear) drinks judgment upon him/herself. They were to treat each other as equals with love and respect. Jesus died for all of them.
We are to celebrate, remember, and fellowship. We are to treat the holy as holy and not profane it. Although Paul is speaking specifically about church gatherings, he previously stated that everything (eating, drinking, and whatever we do) should be done for the glory of God (v. 10:31). In a Christian life, all behavior that does not show the love of God towards others has to be eliminated.
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