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June 20, 2010

Christ Centred Communion – Further Thoughts (part XV)

Filed under: Christ Centred Communion — barrynewman @ 10:09 pm

Do this in remembrance of me – 1 Corinthians 11: 24, 25


In the previous blog series, “Christ Centred Communion” I argued that in 1 Corinthians 11, “The Lord’s Supper” was not a title to a ceremony, that Paul did not refer to any ceremony that the Corinthians conducted and that his main concern was with the behaviour of the Corinthian believers when they came together to participate in a meal.  Specifically I argued that Paul appealed to the Last Passover meal in order to demonstrate the inconsistency between their behaviour in not sharing their food with one another and the ramifications of what Jesus said about himself and his disciples at that Last Passover meal.   He did this in an unusual way but not without some type of precedent, by treating their meal as though it were the Last Passover meal.  I understood Paul’s reference to “as often as” in 1 Cor. 11: 25 as signifying that at the time of the Last Passover meal Jesus was indicating that not only at that meal but at all future Passover meals, held once a year, his followers would have to see Passover meals in this new way – still remembrance events – but remembrances of his death.

However, understanding Jesus to be making a statement rather than issuing a command forces us to make some changes to understanding the text, though not the main thrust of the text, nor Paul’s basic argument or overall strategy.


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