Lesson: I Corinthians 11:23-34
Devotional Reading: I Corinthians 11:1-34; Jude 1:1-25
TIME:A.D. 55 PLACE: Macedonia
MEMORY VERSE: "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" (I Corinthians 11:25).
Ancient Corinth was a notoriously wicked city; and although
many people in the city had become followers of Christ (Acts
18: 1-11 ), these converts were not unaffected by their past pagan
environment and practices.
Not long after Paul founded the church in Corinth, he learned
of problems among the believers there (I Cor. 1:11). These new
Christians even sent Paul a letter with various questions (cf. 7: 1).
These questions concerned marriage, eating meats offered to
idols, worship, spiritual gifts, and giving.
Some apparently thought that it was acceptable to participate
in both idolatrous feasts and Christian worship. Paul pointed to
the Lord's Supper to rebuke this notion. "Ye cannot drink the
cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of
the Lord's table, and of the table of devils" (I Cor. 10:21). Then
in chapter 11, the apostle even had to address the Corinthians'
abuses of the Lord's Supper itself.
I Corinthians 11 :23-34
I COR. 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also
I delivered unto you, That the Lord Je'sus 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, eatheth 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.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord,
that we should not be condemned with the world.
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat,
tarry one for another.
34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye
come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set
in order when I come.