EXAMINE, JUDGE, EAT, DRINK
At an earlier time Jesus had given Paul instructions to deliver to the Corinthians for the purpose of establishing His New Covenant Kingdom Passover. He had done that.
Now he is having to do it again. 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.
Let's remind ourselves. Participants are called to examine themselves, judge themselves and deal with that first. Then eat the bread and drink the fruit of the vine.
Remembrance then becomes an opportunity for thanksgiving and grateful worship.
There are some words that stand out in 1 Corinthians 11'23-34 that indicate a very sad, situation and portray dangerous consequences.
They include "unworthy", "judgment", "not discerning", "weak", "sickly", "sleep", "chastened", "condemned"
Could it be that by heeding these words and keeping the Lord's Supper acceptably "in sincerity" and "in truth" the opposite would apply?
Would a Believer become "worthy", "unjudged", "discerning", "strong", "healthy", "alert", "disciplined", "uncondemned" and still very much alive?