IN SINCERITY AND TRUTH
Whenever it is kept, a New Covenant Kingdom Passover is a serious, joyous and solemn remembrance all at the same time.
Paul exhorts Believers: "... let us keep the feast ... with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth," 1 Corinthians 5'8.
Apparently, these Corinthian Believers were not and that's unacceptable to God.
1 Corinthians 10 and 11 say there was ungodly thinking and behaviour when it came to their eating and drinking.
They seem to have forgotten what remembering Jesus was about. Consequently, they were being ungodly.
The motivation for keeping this feast should arise from remembering Jesus as "... Christ, our Passover" who was "... sacrificed for us," 1 Corinthians 5'7.
The Elders-Overseers had allowed slackness to set in. Words of teaching, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness from them may have lead to the feast being kept in sincerity and truth.
So Paul had to be stern:
"Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
For first of all, when you come together as Christ's Called-Out People, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.
For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in?
Or do you despise the Saints of God and shame those who have nothing?
What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this?
I do not praise you," 1 Corinthians 11'17-22.
Strong, straight, edifying words.
This New Covenant Kingdom Passover is to be an act of righteousness. Romans 14'17-18 says:
"... for the kingdom of God is ... righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men" .
What the Corinthians were doing was definitely not acceptable. And certainly they were not serving Christ.
But although they needed correcting, they were still adults who had received Christ and had learnt and experienced the foundational teachings. (See Your Kingdom Foundation on the Menu).
Above all else, the Lord's Supper Passover is worship. Listen to this:
“... the hour is coming, and now is,
when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;
for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth,” John 4'23-24.
That is Jesus speaking.