No one, says John Alley, has been able to properly define the power and grace of the table of the Lord. The power and the grace are Christ. John goes on to outline various stances that different denominations take with regard to the bread and the wine of the Lord’s table before going to the Scriptures of I Corinthians, chapters 10 and 11. Here we find warnings against idolatry, as well as teaching relevant to the connection between the Passover cup and the shedding of the blood of Christ as well as a discussion of the broken body of Christ. We need not think that we are free of idolatry just because we do not worship demonic idols. Anything that we pursue with an unholy passion is idolatry, says John. There are further warnings against sinning against the body of the Lord. Further, whenever we eat the bread and drink the cup, a declaration goes out into the spirit world as a proclamation – we are taking a stand. If we are guilty of sinning against the body of the Lord, then the stand that we take is hypocritical. It is not right to abstain from eating and drinking if we have this sin in our hearts, because that is then taking a stand against Christ. Rather, we should confess our sin and receive forgiveness – and then take the bread and the cup. There is power in the table of the Lord. Christ is present and there ought to be no hypocrisy found in any believer present.

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