THE WORD FROM THE LORD
Right from the beginning of Paul's spiritual life the Lord had spoken to him "... by the abundance of the revelations ..." (2 Corinthians 12'7).
At an earlier time Jesus had given him instructions to deliver to these Corinthian Believers regarding the keeping of the Lord's Supper, which he had done.
Now he is having to do it again - and more. He reminds them:
"I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,
'Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.'
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying,
'This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.'
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment," 1 Corinthians 11'23-34.
Such warning words as "unworthy", "judgment", "not discerning", "weak", "sickly", "sleep", "chastened", "condemned" surely indicate a sad, not to say dangerous, situation. These are words that imply considerable consequences.
These Believers should have been keeping this holy Feast according to the word of Christ "in sincerity" and "in truth".
How often should the Lord's Supper be kept? This is a common question. But it seems that God has issued no "schedule" for it.
The point is that this Feast is about remembering. It is not a religious rite or a superstition to be "kept" in order to be saved or to obtain some blessing or to avoid something bad. And it's not to become a routine!
The word says:
"For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes," says 1 Corinthians 11'26.
So it's unnecessary for it to be included in every gathering. After all, keeping it does not to save anyone. Seemingly, the decision as to date and time is the responsibility of the Elders.