No doubt that Holy Communion was of utmost importance to the early Church:
Acts 2:42: And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
John 6:53-58: So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day
Acts 20:7: On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them…
Acts 20:11: And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.
1 Corinthians 11:25: Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me…
It was so even to the early heroes of faith even in the past century:
following is what Bro Kenneth Copeland has written about Smith Wigglesworth, a Pentecostal pioneer:
“…The real change in Smith Wigglesworth did not come until he started getting up every day …to take Communion. Like clockwork, every day he would begin the day remembering his covenant with Almighty God by taking the bread and the cup. Every day, he lived under the influence of that covenant. And every day, he became more and more bold – until, finally, he became one of the boldest men of God in history…” (Quoted from: LINK & LINK)
From the above understanding, I have seen a great departure in the last 100 years, where some of the present day Pentecostals view the holy communion as a monthly affair- a solemn affair than a table of Joy & celebration and often seeing the table as a table of condemnation and judgement- whereby they often stay away from it, rather than drawing nearer to Him. The result– they lose out on the benefits of partaking, due to lack of knowledge!
Below excerpts, are taken from a wonderful book on the same topic, written by Joseph Prince- Health And Wholeness Through The Holy Communion… Continue reading