by Pastor David Grey
“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” — 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
We are instructed to eat and drink the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper in “a worthy manner,” meaning that we are to be careful to recognize the body and blood of the One it represents.
Adam Clarke, the pastor/theologian who lived in the 19th century, said, “To eat and drink the bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper unworthily is to eat and drink as the Corinthians did, who ate it not in reference to Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death; but rather in such a way as the Israelites did the Passover, which they celebrated in remembrance of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. Likewise, these mongrel Christians at Corinth used it as a kind of historical commemoration of the death of Christ; and did not…discern the Lord’s body and blood as a sacrificial offering for sin…in their celebration…they acted in a way utterly unbecoming the gravity of a sacred ordinance.”
If I understand him correctly, he is saying that if we celebrate the Lord’s supper simply as a commemoration of the fact that we have been delivered from the fear and future of hell, we are doing so in an unworthy manner.