Healing in the Lord's Supper

Ending the confusion about the proper way to take the Lord's Supper

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Why Physical Healing is in The Lord's Supper and
How It Works To Heal You Now

 

In 1 Corinthians 11:23-30, the Apostle Paul demonstrates that healing for the body is in the LORD's Supper.

1 Cor 11:23-26

23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the LORD's death till he come.

27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the LORD's body.

30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (KJV)

Look at the word new in verse 25. This is not the Greek word NEOS, meaning new in time. This is the Greek word, KAINOS, which means new in quality. The New Covenant was not something new in time. It was already in existence. It was the same Abraham covenant that Jesus ratified with his own blood, giving it a quality it did not have before. Jesus' ratification made it qualitatively new. Consequently our New Covenant is the qualitatively new Abrahamic covenant (now known as the New Covenant or New Testament).

 

In the preceding chapter, I said, "Since Jesus' death ratified the Abrahamic covenant which granted us healing for our bodies, it only makes sense that the Scriptures spell it out that God's will for us is our complete healing at all times. Do the Scriptures spell this out over and over and over? In point of fact, the Scriptures do spell it out." The Bible spells it out in the LORD's Supper. In this chapter I will show how Jesus' death relates to healing by demonstrating that healing is contained in the LORD's Supper.

What Is The LORD's Supper and What Does It Mean?

When God and Abraham made their covenant together back in Genesis 12, 13, 15, 17 and 22, God made sixty, distinct promises to Abraham. These sixty promises, collectively, form the Abrahamic covenant. Furthermore they made this covenant a Blood Covenant of Friendship.

 

In the Old Testament era, a Blood Covenant of Friendship was the most binding, solemn and serious form of agreement or covenanting known. It was more binding than a marriage. You could get a divorce in a marriage. You could not get a divorce from a blood covenant. It was binding to the death. In addition, it was usually binding on the respective families for generations. This was the agreement between God and Abraham.

 

The American Indians practiced a form of blood covenanting. You have seen the movies in which the Indian man and the white man became friends. They slashed their wrists, rubbed them together, and mingled their blood. They practiced a form of the Blood Covenant of Friendship. They became blood brothers. This is the exact form of the Abrahamic covenant.

 

A feast, in which animals were sacrificed, accompanied this form of covenant. Then the flesh and the blood of these animals stood for the flesh and the blood of the two people making the covenant. However, in Genesis Abraham had to give his own blood through the rite of circumcision rather than the blood of a substitute animal. In addition every male that was born into a Jewish home had to follow the same rite of circumcision. By drawing blood, they also entered the blood covenant of friendship between God, Abraham and his seed. This lasted until the death of Christ.

 

With the death of Christ, God's own blood is now shed to complete and ratify the Abrahamic covenant. Why is this so? Because the Bible says that Jesus was God in human flesh. Jesus' blood, therefore, was the blood of God Himself. When Jesus climbed the cross on that Good Friday, the blood that gushed from his body, head, face, back, stomach, and the nail prints in his hands and his feet--the blood that poured out that day--was the blood of God Himself. 

 

After hundreds of years, the blood of God Himself was finally shed in that Blood Covenant of Friendship, completing and ratifying the Abrahamic covenant. You remember when God and Abraham made the covenant in Genesis, God's blood was never shed. The flesh and the blood of animals were substituted for the flesh and blood of God, but Abraham had to shed his own blood through circumcision.

 

When Jesus died, however, God's own blood was shed to ratify that Abrahamic Blood Covenant of Friendship. Now, both have ratified it with their blood, Abraham and his male descendants through circumcision, and God on the Cross of Calvary. Both have now shed their blood. Consequently, Jesus left us the feast of the LORD's Supper which is composed of the substitute body and blood of the Son of God.

 

Blood Covenants of Friendship contained a feast where both parties would eat the flesh and drink the blood of the substitute. In the Old Testament, however, they substituted wine or some other form of juice in the place of their own blood. In heathen cultures, though, they would drink the blood of the animal, and in so doing, they took into themselves the very life of the other person, the other party to the Blood Covenant of Friendship. From that point on, those who entered a Blood Covenant of Friendship actually possessed two lives, their own plus the life of their blood covenant friend.

 

The LORD's Supper is a substitute feast for the Blood Covenant of Friendship between God and Abraham. Consequently Jesus left us the LORD's Supper just before He ratified the Abrahamic covenant with his blood in his death. It's one of the last things He did. Since this LORD's Supper is the substitute blood and body of God, it must accomplish some things in us as we partake of it, for we now possess two lives, our own plus the life of God, our Blood Covenant Friend. 

 

Because we possess his life, two things follow: first, when we partake of the LORD's Supper, we take into our being the prescribed substitute for his body and blood; secondly, the Holy Ghost lives in us now, to make real in us what Jesus wrought for us, both in his life and in his death. Remember, He procured our healing by the stripes on his back; we were healed, and we are still healed.

 

This substitute blood and body of God represents two things in our being: the salvation of our soul (cleansing of our sins), procured by his blood, and our physical healing, procured by his body. You know, of course, that the Bible does not talk about the blood relating to healing. It talks about his body relating to healing, while the blood relates to the forgiveness of our sins.

I Jn 1:7

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (KJV)

In the above passage, "cleanseth", is in the Greek present tense, which means that the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses and keeps on keeping on cleansing us from all sin.

But the body of Jesus is for our healing. Isaiah said that by his stripes we are healed. Peter said that by his stripes ye were healed.

Isa 53:5

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (KJV)

1 Pet 2:24

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (KJV)

Where were the stripes? The stripes were on his body. The body of Jesus Christ was beaten so badly, it didn't even resemble humanity. You see, the law allowed the soldiers to beat the prisoners with a Roman cat-of-nine-tails just before crucifying them. Many times a prisoner died from the beating. When the soldiers finished the beating, at the very least, the victims were in a state of shock. Their whole body was torn to bits.

A Roman cat-of-nine-tails is like an American bullwhip with nine little whips on the end of it, and each of the little whips had jagged pieces of metal or rock tied to them. Every lash dug out flesh and skin. I have read accounts which said that the whip wrapped around a person, opened up their front, and their insides poured out. I have read accounts which stated that the victim's face was beaten off and their teeth were knocked down their throat by the metal in the ends of the nine tails. I have read accounts in which they died before the beating was finished.

The above describes the condition of Jesus. They striped his body from one end to the other, cutting his skin to shreds. This beating turned Him into a jagged ribbon. Both Peter and Isaiah said that by these stripes we were healed, and we are still healed.

The blood and body of Jesus in the LORD's Supper is our substitute for the body and blood of God Himself. God ratified that Abrahamic covenant, to secure for us every blessing that He promised in it, which is salvation for the soul, healing for the body, prosperity for the pocketbook, and well being for our family. The body of Jesus Christ accomplishes our healing, for the Bible said that by his stripes we were, and still are, healed. The stripes they put on his back, having beaten Him into a bloody mass, heals us.

The book of Isaiah says that when they finished with Jesus, the people that saw Him were astonished. They said that his visage was marred more than any man. He didn't even resemble humanity. There was nothing left about Jesus Christ that resembled humanity. He was beaten beyond recognition. He didn't even look like a person.

Isa 52:14

14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: (KJV)

His bones were pulled out of joint when He hung on the cross. his tongue swelled up and began to choke Him, for He said that his tongue cleaves to his jaws.

Ps 22:11-19

11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. (KJV)

The Roman soldier blindfolded Him, jerked his beard out of his face, knocked Him around and said that if you are the Son of God, prophecy to us and tell us (by looking through that blind fold) which one of us was it that hit you.

Luke 22:64

64 And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? (KJV)

Matt 26:67-68

67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee? (KJV)

Jesus was beaten beyond recognition. He looked like hamburger. The beating of his body produced the physical healing for the Abrahamic Seed Group. He shed his blood for our sins, but they striped his body for our healing. The LORD's Supper was the substitute feast of the Blood Covenant of Friendship in which his blood and body were replaced by the bread and juice. Jesus left us this that final night in the Upper Room.

How Does The LORD's Supper Heal Us?

We must partake in the Blood Covenant of Friendship, that substitute body and blood of Christ. That is our part. As we partake of it, we must understand that Jesus accomplished (in his death) the healing that God established between Himself and Abraham. The LORD's Supper enables us to take into our very being what Jesus accomplished for us; namely, He accomplished our healing by the beating He took on our behalf.

They beat Jesus to shreds (for our healing) just before He died. They beat Him without mercy, hung Him up, and his blood flowed to the ground for our healing. He became an unrecognizable mass for our healing. During and after that beating, God ratified the Abrahamic covenant by the blood of Jesus. Abraham's descendants had shed their own blood eight days after birth for centuries. When Jesus died, however, God poured his own blood out to ratify the Abrahamic covenant. Jesus' death ratified it, but his body was beaten to shreds to produce our physical healing contained in that covenant.

Furthermore, that same beating and death broke the grip of Moses' Law and destroyed it because Jesus took it to the cross with Him and abolished it. Jesus took it with Him to the cross and nailed it there; it disappeared from the face of this earth.

The LORD's Supper is a substitute feast of the body and blood of God Himself. The blood produces the continuous cleansing of our sins, and the broken body produces our physical healing. No wonder the Bible says that by his stripes we are and were healed. We were healed and still are, by the stripes on his body.

Can we get even more explicit? Yes. Look again at 1 Corinthians 11:29-30, still concerning the LORD's Supper.

1 Cor 11:29-30

29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the LORD's body.

30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (KJV)

What Is Eating and Drinking The LORD's Supper "Unworthily?"

What is this "unworthily" business mentioned in verse 29? Most people interpret "unworthily" to mean that I eat and drink the LORD's Supper when I am not worthy. If that's the right interpretation, then nobody would ever take the LORD's Supper, because there is not a worthy person reading this page. I don't care how sanctimonious you feel like you are. You still aren't worthy. Therefore, it has to mean something else. In other words, it is not the person who is unworthy, but the manner in which it is taken.

 

What, therefore, is this manner in which you unworthily take it that brings damnation on yourself? Before I answer that question, I must ask another question and answer it. What damnation? What damnation will you bring on yourself? What damnation can you bring on yourself if you take the LORD's Supper in an unworthy manner?

What Is The Damnation You Bring On Yourself By Taking The LORD's Supper Unworthily?

What is this damnation? Is it losing your salvation? Absolutely not. What is it then? It is not getting your physical healing. You still maintain your cleansing of sin, but you do not get your physical healing. Why? Here's how. (Now I am going to answer the other question, "What is this unworthy manner?") The unworthy manner in which some people take the LORD's Supper produces the damnation of not being healed for only one reason: these people do not discern the LORD's body.

To put it differently, not discerning the LORD's body is the unworthy manner that produces the damnation of not getting your physical healing. Look at the word discern, a Greek word which combines DIA, meaning "through", with KRINO which means "to judge." The combination, then means "to judge through" or "to judge between." Consequently, discern means "to make a distinction between" or "to discriminate."

 

So then, you must be sure that you don't take the LORD's Supper unworthily and bring upon yourself the damnation of not being healed. You must make a judgment or a division between the LORD's body and the LORD's blood. You must make a judgment through, that is, you must make a distinction between the LORD's blood and the LORD's body.

Paul says that these people were not discriminating between the LORD's body and his blood. You see, we fail to take into consideration what his body was striped up for.

 

We know why his blood was shed. Many people go to church today to be sure that they have enough fire insurance to stay out of hell. But there is so much more than that. We know about the blood. We know the blood is responsible for our salvation. We know the blood cleanses us from our sins and keeps on cleansing us. We go back week after week to hear this little baby story over and over again. (Of course, this is not just a baby story. It is the most important story ever told.) If, however, this is all you have heard for ten, fifteen or twenty years, you can't be much more than a babe in Christ. You can't have matured much. You must develop your faith enough to know what the Bible says so you can act on it.

Then you will quit worrying about, "Am I saved or not." When you really understand one simple scripture, 1 John 1:7, which states, "The blood of his Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. . .," you will stop worrying about your salvation. "Cleanseth," (in the Greek present tense) means continuous action in present time. Not only does the blood of his Son Jesus Christ cleanse me from all sin, it cleanses me and keeps on cleansing me from all sin. Now when you master this, you will quit worrying about whether you are saved or not, and you will advance to the next level of maturity where you can make something of yourself for God.

 

As long as you stay on that infant formula, you will live in fear. There is no power of God in fear. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of power. You must get over your fear or there will never be any power in your life. Everything you encounter will blow you off the wall because you don't operate in faith. You must get past this thing of "whether I am saved or not."

 

So the damnation that you bring upon yourself by taking the substitute feast unworthily is this: you are not healed. You didn't make a distinction between the blood of Christ and the body of Christ. You merge them together in the LORD's Supper and take it thinking only of salvation. You don't give one thought to the great Bible fact that the stripes on His precious body is the basis for your physical healing. You think only about your salvation as you participate in the LORD's Supper. Meanwhile, you are sick. For what reason?

 

You failed to make a distinction between the body of Jesus that was beaten to a pulp, cut to ribbons, and striped to bits for your healing, and His blood which was shed for your salvation and the cleansing of your sins.

Three Fold Damnation: Weak, Sick and Dead

Look again at 1 Corinthians 11:30, which says that because you didn't make a distinction between the LORD's body and His blood, many of you are weak and sickly and many of you sleep. We must look closely at three words here.

(1) Look at the word weak. It's the same word that is translated infirmity in many places. It's one Greek word which combines the Greek negative, A, with the Greek word for strength. This word, then, simply means weak or without strength.

 

Are you physically weak and without strength? Is it because you don't know what His body accomplished. You know what His blood accomplished, but you don't know what His body accomplished. You are weak. This lack of knowledge about His body, and your subsequent failure to act upon this knowledge, affects you physically because His stripes heals us. When we don't know what His broken, beaten body accomplished, we can't act on it. When we can't or don't act on it, we get weak physically.

 

(2) Not only does the above scripture say that we are weak, it also says that we are sickly. Look at the word sickly. This translates the Greek word, ARRHOSTOS, which is used five times in the Greek New Testament. In every case, it means physical sickness. You must really stretch your imagination to make this word mean spiritually sick. This word always means physically sick. Because we don't make a distinction or discern the LORD's body (because of this one thing) many are weak and sickly among you.

 

(3) The third thing Paul says here is that many sleep. Look at the word sleep. This Greek word also means death, but only when applied to a member of the Abrahamic Seed Group; namely, Christians. ( See 1 Thessalonians 4: 13, 14 and 15; Acts 7: 60; 1 Corinthians 7: 39; 15:6 and 18:51 and 2 Peter 3:4.) When Paul said that many sleep, he really said that many died. Many people died prematurely because they never understood that they needed to make a distinction between His body and His blood, and appropriate the benefits of His body for their healing. Rather, than recover from their illness, they died prematurely.

 

The Blood Covenant of Friendship (LORD's Supper) feast is the substitution of the body and the blood of Jesus who was God in human flesh. We maintain our blessings in the Blood Covenant of Friendship between God and Abraham when we participate in it. We must understand it and act in faith on what it means. When Jesus died, God ratified the Abrahamic covenant with his own blood. He also abolished the Law through the death of Jesus. Make a distinction concerning the LORD's body and turn your situation around.

 

"Father, teach us the full meaning of the LORD's Supper that we may be healed by it. In Jesus' name. Amen."

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