“And when He has given thanks, He broke [it] and said, ‘Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.’
1 Corinthians 11:24 AMP
This year, in addition to the practice of anointing with oil, (I wrote about this in a previous post) I’ve also been led to engage in the meal of remembrance on a more frequent basis. This meal, also known as communion, is one of the most powerful gifts we’ve been given. More than just a piece of bread and wine (or juice), this meal serves like a source of spiritual nourishment to our bodies and to our souls.
To nourish means to sustain with food or nutriment. It means to strengthen, build up or promote. It can also mean to foster, or to keep alive. And when we engage in communion, that’s in essence what we are doing. It’s a natural act that has a very supernatural effect. The more often we “call to remembrance” or set aside time to prayerfully have this meal, we are reminding ourselves – literally declaring Jesus to our souls and our bodies – and thereby strengthening the reality of what He has already accomplished and made available for us to walk in.
Now, let me just say, there’s nothing we can do to change the actual essence of what Jesus has done for us. His life, the work He did on the cross, His resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit it’s all perfect and complete. We can add nothing to it or take away from it. But there are certainly things we can do to make His gift and sacrifice more of a reality to us. There are things we can do to draw closer to Him and to activate His power so that it works more effectively in our lives. There are things we can do to strengthen the “gates” of our mind, will and emotions as well as our physical beings. And this, is what communion does.
You see, created in the image of God, we are three parts: body, soul and spirit. Our body is comprised of our flesh, our natural being. Our soul is comprised of our mind, will and emotions. And our spirit is that part of us which was created to commune with God. Even though communion is such a simple meal – bread and wine – there is a very specific significance to these two elements:
The bread is a reminder of the provision He’s made as it pertains to our bodies.
“when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you;” 1 Corinthians 11:24 NKJV
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
The wine is a reminder of the provision He’s made as it pertains to our souls.
“…For it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11 NKJV
“After supper He took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with My blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.” Luke 22:20 NLT
As followers of Christ – He has given us His Spirit. This is currently the only part of us that is perfect, lacking nothing. But communion allows us to keep in front of us – to “nourish the reality” if you will, the fact that He paid the price so that we could experience His freedom in all areas of our lives. Body, soul and spirit.
“Now, may the God of peace and harmony set you apart, making you completely holy. And may your entire being—spirit, soul, and body—be kept completely flawless in the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 TPT
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers. 3 John 1:2 AMP
This means, anything I experience in my body (because of His body represented in the bread) – that does not line up with the kingdom of Heaven – whether it’s something I did or something that was done to me – whether it was by invitation or by intrusion – He’s paid the price for me to walk in freedom. I just have to acknowledge it, confess it, and invoke His name (and thereby His authority) over it.
It also means that anything I experience in my soul (because of His blood, represented in the wine) – in my thoughts, or in my will (or lack thereof), or anything in my emotions – He’s paid the price for me to experience freedom in those areas as well. And He’s given me His Spirit to rule and reign over both – body and soul. Therefore, if I’m fighting any thoughts that don’t line up with what His word says….if my will is weak, and my yes is not my yes and my no is not my no…(Romans 7:15-20) if my emotions are trying to jump into the driver’s seat and do a hostile takeover….Communion puts everything back in it’s rightful place and declares to my body and soul – JESUS HAS PAID THE PRICE.
Therefore, soul: I can declare to you – I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). And even if my flesh is weak, the Spirit is willing (Matthew 26:41) and I choose to let the Spirit lead. My will may be weak, but God is working in me, giving me the desire and the power to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:13 NLT). I’m not subject to being controlled by my weaknesses anymore (Romans 8:9-11 NLT) Why on earth are you downcast oh my soul?? Why are you disturbed and disquieted within me? Hope in God!!! (see Psalm 43:5)
I can also declare to my body: Sickness and dis-ease, you have no place here! Those who misused my body as a child: God has redeemed me and made me whole. He has restored to me what what taken and I am well and I am free. All the stupid things I did myself which chipped away at my health and tried to take years off my life – I renounced them, laid them down at His feet, where He traded me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise instead of my spirit of heaviness. He restored years back to me, because of His goodness (Joel 2:25).
Friends, He truly sets a table before us in the presence of our enemies (Psalm 23). And He invites us, “as often as you do this….you affectionally call Me to remembrance.” But we must eat – not in an unworthy manner – making light of what we are doing. Or doing it casually, without any consideration or thought. But we must take it prayerfully, setting aside time to examine ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:28), renouncing / repenting of anything that is impeding our fellowship with Him and then thankfully remembering the price He paid. Trust me, there will be a very aware sense of what you are doing when you take communion this way. The only way I can explain it, it’s like with each bite of the bread, I’m aware of His presence in my body, even in my flesh. With each sip of the wine, I’m aware of His presence flowing through my blood, renewing and restoring my soul.
What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt. 1 Corinthians 11:26 MSG
Communion is a gift. It’s the opportunity to sit at a table and spiritually share a meal with our Savior. It’s a way of remembering, and it’s a way of looking forward. Knowing we will someday sit and eat with Him again face to face (Luke 22:16).
I’ve included quite a few scripture references throughout this post, but I pray this has somehow caused you to want to go deeper and get more revelation on this for yourselves. I also pray this has moved you to want to engage in communion on a more frequent basis. There used to be a time I took communion only when I was at church. Now, I enjoy it in my own home, during my personal time with God. Honestly, I began reading testimony after testimony of people being healed and walking in divine health. And one thing these people all had in common was that they participated in communion frequently. I also noticed they experienced more steady wellness of soul. It caused me to turn my attention towards this “meal of remembrance” and explore it more. I can already see the differences in my own life. I pray you will too. Listed below are a few more scripture references that will lead you.
As always, thanks for reading dear friend. Whomever you are and wherever you are. May He add His blessing to your reading of the Word and may you prosper – in body, soul and spirit.
-Linda G Riddle
1 Corinthians 10, 11