DO YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT THE BIBLE?
DID YOU KNOW—That the Passover was not only given to commemorate deliverance from Egypt’s bondage (Ex. 12:25-27), but also to point forward to the coming of Christ (I Cor. 5:7-8) and our deliverance from sin?
DID YOU KNOW—Jesus ate the last Passover a day earlier than the rest of Israel (St. John 18:28), therefore, later referred to as the Lord’s Supper, and Paul told the Corinthians they could not eat the Lord’s Supper?
DID YOU KNOW—That the words, “Lord’s Supper”, “Sacrament”, “Communion”, were not mentioned by Jesus the night He ate the Passover with His disciples? (See Matt. 26; Mark 14; Luke 22). Sacrament and Eucharist are not Biblical.
DID YOU KNOW—That it took the Blood of the Passover Lamb on the doorpost to save the first born from the death angel, and that a substitute for it would have brought death? (Ex. 12:13) There is no substitute for the Blood of Christ, our Passover.
DID YOU KNOW—That Jesus looked forward to eating the last Passover with His disciples (Luke 22:15-16) because the time had come for IT to be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God?
DID YOU KNOW—That the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost?
DID YOU KNOW—That after the last Passover, the Apostles never met again to eat and drink bread and wine and call it the Lord’s Supper, Communion, or Sacrament?
DID YOU KNOW—That Christ is now our Passover (I Cor. 5:7-8) and that we are instructed to keep this feast, not with natural or carnal bread, but the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth?
DID YOU KNOW—That Jesus is this true Bread of God? (St. John 6:32, 34, 35, 48, 51).
DID YOU KNOW—That except we eat His flesh and drink His blood we have no life? (St. John 6:52-59). We can only do this through the Spirit; therefore, it brings LIFE, everlasting life, to that which partakes of it.
DID YOU KNOW—That carnal ordinances which were imposed on Israel, such as meats and drinks, divers washings, holy days, new moons, and the Sabbath days were all fulfilled in Christ and were blotted out by Him in His death on the Cross? (Heb. 9:9-11 and Col. 2:14-17). These things were only a shadow of the reality we now have in Christ.
DID YOU KNOW—That when Jesus was eating the last Passover, and breaking the Bread, saying, “This is My Body, and This Cup is the New Testament in My Blood,” that the TRUE meaning was veiled to mortal men in the very same manner when He said, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees,” and “Destroy this temple,” and that they must have their understanding opened? This Jesus did after His resurrection. (Luke 24:25)
DID YOU KNOW—That the natural man receiveth not the spiritual things of God, because they are foolishness unto him? (I Cor. 2:10-16), and that the WORDS that He speaks are SPIRIT and LIFE? (St. John 6:63)
DID YOU KNOW—That God is a Spirit and they that worship Him MUST worship Him in Spirit and in Truth? (St. John 4:23-24). That we are lively stones, built up a spiritual house, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ?
DID YOU KNOW—That God found fault with the Old Covenant (Heb. 8:7-13) which stood only in meats and drinks, divers washings, and carnal ordinances (Heb. 9:10), and that by His Blood He blotted out the ordinances that were against us and took them out by nailing them to the cross?
DID YOU KNOW—That the confused, divided, carnal Gentile church established by the Apostle Paul at Corinth kept all the ordinances that Paul delivered to them (I Cor. 11:2)? Therefore, we know their efforts to eat bread and drink wine and call this the Lord’s Supper were a concoction of their carnal thinking, and was condemned by Paul.
DID YOU KNOW—That which Paul delivered to the Corinthian church was what he had received from the Lord (I Cor. 11:23), and that it was not a ritual or a carnal ordinance, but a true revelation of Jesus Christ? (Gal. 1:12)
DID YOU KNOW—That when Jesus break the Bread, and said, “Take eat”, He did not say, “This represents My Body,” nor “This is a type of My Body,” but He did say, “THIS IS MY BODY WHICH IS BROKEN FOR YOU.” Therefore, His words (which are spirit and life - St. John 6:63), could not have been referring to the natural bread which under the Old Covenant was only a shadow, (Heb. 8:5, and 10:1), but to Himself who is the Bread of Life? (St. John 6:48)
DID YOU KNOW—That when Jesus likewise took the CUP, He did not say, “This Cup is an emblem, representing my Blood,” but He did say, “This Cup is the New Testament in My Blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:20). So, again, we know He was not speaking of the old, but of the NEW.
DID YOU KNOW—That no church, creed, religious order, sect, clergyman, or layman are able to ascertain by the Scriptures what are proper emblems to use in observing what is called the “Lord’s Supper”, or to agree just how often it should be taken, and what is the Scriptural formula to serve it? This is because it is not set forth in the Scriptures, so tradition and theory have to be relied upon. Hence—there is confusion and disagreement.
DID YOU KNOW—That Paul said (speaking as to wise men), “The Cup of BLESSING (not the cup of wine or grape juice) which we bless, IS IT NOT THE COMMUNION (or fellowship) OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST?” (I Cor. 10:15-16). Paul also said in I Cor. 12:27, “YE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST”, so now, through the fellowship of the Body and the Blood we all can have TRUE COMMUNION with God, and each other, through the Holy Ghost. This is TRUE SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.
DID YOU KNOW—That since the above facts are true, and Paul knowing what the TRUE BREAD and TRUE CUP were, also made this statement for believers -- “For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do shew (shew means to prove, manifest, make evident) the Lord’s death til He come.” (I Cor. 11:26) Is this not the true gospel?
DID YOU KNOW—That the word, “UNWORTHILY”, in I Cor. 11:27, was not referring to the unrighteousness of the person, but the MANNER in which the person performed the act? Therefore, if our MANNER OF COMMUNION (fellowship) with the Body of Christ is not approved of God, then we become guilty of the Body of the Lord, and bring damnation (judgment) upon ourselves. (I Cor. 11:29)
DID YOU KNOW—That when we fail to DISCERN (recognize, acknowledge, or respect) the Lord’s Body, (which is the church), we bring damnation on ourselves, and for THIS CAUSE many are weak and many sleep? (I Cor. 11:30)
DID YOU KNOW—That the reason Jesus washed the disciples’ feet the night he ate the last Passover with them was to teach them something they did not know? (St. John 13:7) These are the facts. There was strife among the chosen twelve as to who would be the greatest (Luke 22:24-26), so Jesus, the Greatest of all, laid aside His garments, girded Himself with a towel, poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel. (This was a servant’s job, not a master’s.) When Peter rejected this act of humble service by his Master, then Jesus said unto him, ‘What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.” (Proof they did not know what He was truly doing), but He explained in this manner, “I, your Lord and Master, (the greatest among you) have washed your feet, now you (instead of striving about who should be greatest) should wash one another’s feet.” This is the thing that they did not know—that to be a truly great individual in the Kingdom of God, you must humble yourself, serve one another. He then said, “If you know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”
DID YOU KNOW—That an EXAMPLE is not a ritual, or an ordinance, or an established custom, but an illustrated lesson? This example that Jesus gave His own chosen disciples was the illustrated lesson on HUMILITY and SERVICE.
DID YOU KNOW—That there is no New Testament record where the Apostles or the early church ever washed feet in a church worship service? But Paul listed this act of humble service as good works, such as lodging strangers, bringing up the children, relieving the afflicted. (I Tim. 5:10). Should the church today do the same?