Discern The Lord’s Body In Order To Be Worthy Of This Cup
“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”
1 Corinthians 11:29,30
Here Paul asks us to discern or “judge rightly” the body of Christ. Often times, when the apostles spoke about certain topics or circumstances they drew there conclusions from greater experiences. Here we see Paul talking about being sensitive to others in the body of Christ and the consequences thereof.
Connected in love
As I go deeper into connection love, I find that there are actual spiritual experiences associated with many scriptures. For instance, the other day I felt like someone had punched me in my spiritual gut. I immediately discerned, by the spirit, that my spiritual connection was being attacked by demons. I spoke with her and gradually she revealed that indeed she was under attack.
Some, in their natural minds, think that attaching scripture to whatever they do keeps them “safe.” In fact many, without scripture to back up what they do, will not move an inch in God. However, those who wrote the scriptures did so from the vantage point of profound experiences in God. When they wrote that we should “discern” they do so from a spiritual experience of discerning that goes far deeper that what we know. Therefore, when Paul says to discern the Lord’s body in the instance of holy communion it is the application of a much larger truth.
The Holy Spirit helps us discern
The experience Paul is talking about is “knowing” what is going on with your brother or sister through the Holy Spirit. It is “feeling” what is happening to those you are connected with through Divine Love. As happened with my supernatural knowledge of Esther’s struggle the other day, we are to be so connected with each other that we know, by the Spirit, what is happening with them. That is not to say we don’t take care of needs that we know of through daily life, of course we should. What I am talking about is things we can’t know through natural circumstances or communication.
What the unity of the spirit really is
Likewise, when scriptures speak about the unity of the Spirit, they reveal of something so vast and deep that, unless you experience it, you don’t know what they mean. Being as we lack the experience to correctly interpret the verses read, we tend to gloss over what we do not fully understand. To most, the unity of the Spirit is brotherly love and harmony. Yet, the reality is that the unity of the Spirit is spiritual connection with the Body of Christ where you dwell in them and they dwell in you. Literally speaking, our spirits unite and co-mingle until we are literally one in the Holy Spirit. This is what it means to be “one” body. Only when you experience true spiritual oneness can you finally come to understand what the unity of the Spirit really is.
Experience comes before understanding
Doctrine, to a very large extent, is natural mined people trying to understand spiritual things that they know little about. The most accurate doctrine that the church teaches is about salvation because many have personally experienced these scriptures. However, the further that theologians go from actual experience the more distorted their doctrine becomes.
This is why the doctrine of the nature of God is so flawed, most have never met God personally. Their relationship with our Father is theoretical and therefore, when they speak about who He is they get it wrong. No one who has actually been around God believes He is three separate and distinct persons yet somehow one. Anyone who has experienced “oneness” with God cannot believe in the trinity.
Talking of spiritual things
I commented to Esther,
“I think that the way I felt in the spirit this morning when you were having a difficult time is what it means to discern the lords body. Perhaps, this is just by-product of the closeness we share in the spirit. Maybe most, if not all, scriptures have a much deeper and more profound experience associated with them that we realize.”
Well, I was in tears yesterday. In my isolation I felt pretty hopeless. Little wonder you felt me, really, being a connection and also member of the same body of Christ as I am…
that’s the thing….with discernment. You feel “with” each other being a connection, but also separately you feel it being a member of the body. I used to know what other members of the church were going through even though I didn’t have a intimate connection with them like do with you.
So in a way, we experience a double whammy with discernment…Their is the normal part of being a member of body of Christ. Also, there is the by-product part of being an intimate connection. So with the Body of Christ there is the feeling of “I in he as he is in me in the body: Plus, in our spirit connection it is the feeling of “I in you as you is in me.” When you have both going on it is really powerful.
Swimming in the deep end
On one hand, take scripture literally, but on the other hand, understand that these scriptures are reflections of the heavenlies. For example, God literally led the children of Israel out of Egypt and through the red sea…this is the ‘event.’ However, it is also symbolic of God leading us out of our own captivity of sin into freedom in His Spirit. It is also a spiritual reflection of going through the deepest of seas spiritually into the promises of God.”
The greater spiritual reality
Finishing, Esther states,
“So, those that keep the literal in scripture to the exclusion of the greater spiritual reality, miss much. I suppose, that people find it comfier and easier to keep their relationship with God on a literal level that venture out in the Spirit”
In conclusion, scriptures are little nuggets of gold mined from the vast mountain of God. Scriptures, especially the New Testament, are applications of vast, unfathomable experiences. When we interpret verses according to our natural world view we loose much of their meaning. In order to understand the Bible we must first come to know its Author. Amen.