The Heart of the Christian Faith: Truth 97

107 truths about God, the world, and you.

97: Before you take Communion, take time to examine your life.

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Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
1Corinthians 11:28-29 ESV

At the root of the Greek word translated as examine is the act of watching.[1]

In anticipation of Communion, watching one’s life, self-examination, is a primary concern for Believers. Watching to see if our lives confirm or deny a life lived in Christ.

Because of our great capacity for self-deception, an accurate self-examination only begins with an invitation for the Holy Spirit to reveal the state of our hearts.

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1Corinthians 11:26 ESV

Beware taking Communion lightly or irreverently. Believers are to live in the world as evidence of Christ’s work on the cross: He died, He rose, He is coming again.

Today, invite the Holy Spirit to examine your spirit. Approach each day as if it is a day to eat the Lord’s Supper.

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[1] Walter Grundmann, “Δόκιμος, Ἀδόκιμος, Δοκιμή, Δοκίμιον, Δοκιμάζω, Ἀποδοκιμάζω, Δοκιμασία,” ed. Gerhard Kittel, Geoffrey W. Bromiley, and Gerhard Friedrich, Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1964–), 255.

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