This Christian Journey:
Assurance, Sin ,
and the Lord's Supper
Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D. Min. D.R.S.
Unit Two, Unit Three,
Unit Four, Unit Five
THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
Once a person sincerely accepts Jesus Christ as his or her
personal savior, is it possible for them to loose their salvation? There are
many who teach that if one sins after their salvation experience, that they must
be saved again for their sins will cause them to go to hell.
Just what is the Scriptural truth about this issue? To help
you focus your thoughts, answer a few basic questions.
1. What is it that saves a person?
2. Is this something they have done or something Jesus has
Keep in mind that Romans 6.23 tells us that eternal life is a
gift from God; to possess that gift all that one must do is accept it. There is
no real personal work that is done. The gift is not earned; it is given. Also,
the gift is only conditioned on acceptance; there is no prerequisite to receive
the gift. The gift is eternal and, by any definition, that is a long time.
Nowhere in the Bible is it ever said that one receives eternal life until they
sin again. No, they just receive eternal life.
Lets consider what Jesus had to say about this gift that He
provided for us.
3. Read John 10.24-29; what are the three characteristics of
the sheep? These are listed in verse
4. Who do these sheep appear to be? _______________________
5. Would every human being alive fit into this category?
Is everyone a sheep? (vs 26) _____
6. What has been given to these sheep (vs 28)?
7. What will they never do (vs 28)? __________________________
8. Where are these sheep held (vs 28-29)?
9. Who can remove them from this position? ___________________
Clearly, these sheep are born-again believers; the adopted
sons of God. We know this because they know their shepherd, the Lord Jesus
Christ; He knows them, and they hear His voice. Every human being has access to
this fold, but not every human being is a part of this fold: only those who have
been saved. These sheep are held in the all-powerful hand of our
Heavenly-Father, and no one is able to remove them from his omnipotent hand. One
could say they are eternally secure in the hand of God.
Someone might argue, "Sure, no one can remove them from God's
hand, but there is nothing to keep them from jumping out of God's hand!"The
problem here is this individual’s understanding of what God means by in the
Father’s hand. This argument presumes that we Christians are merely standing in
the palm of God's hand. As if God were holding out his hand nice, flat, and
steady so we can just stand there. However, the Bible presents a starkly
different spiritual reality.
Isaiah 49:16 Behold, I have
__________________ thee upon the ___________________ of my hands; thy walls are
continually before me.
Here we discover that we are not standing upon God's hand but
we have been graven upon the palms of His hand. We are actually embedded in the
very flesh of God's hand. This is a beautiful word picture that has the nails
that were driven through our Lord's hands in view. When those nails were driven
through His flesh we were embedded into the flesh of our Lord. Thus we are as
secure as His flesh is to His hands. You are safe and secure in our Lord Jesus
10. Read John 6.47.
When did Jesus say a person receives everlasting life, after they die or
at salvation? ____________________________
11. Read John 1.12.
What does a person become, when they receive Jesus Christ?
12. Read Galatians 4.4-7.
In what way does this scripture indicate that they became God's child?
According to these passages, when a person receives the Lord
Jesus Christ they become an adopted child of God. Consider that, both in Jesus
day and according to our law, an adopted child has more rights than a natural
born child. They are guaranteed, by law, an inheritance and can never be legally
disowned. How much more secure could a person be than to be adopted into the
family of Almighty-God.
Now, let’s consider one of the arguments that are presented
against the security of the believer. Turn in your Bible to Luke 9.57-62. As we
go through this passage we need to remember some basic principles of Biblical
Never use a difficult or obscure passage of Scripture
to redefine another more obvious and simple passage of Scripture.
Never remove a passage from its setting or context.
If your understanding of a passage is correct, you
can usually support that passage with other passages of Scripture.
Keeping these things in mind, let’s consider some of the
arguments against the security of the believer. Read Luke 9.57-62 carefully.
Many who claim that a person can loose their salvation quote this reference in
an attempt to support their view.
13. What was Jesus saying to the seeker in verses 57-58?
14. What do you think Jesus was trying to tell the follower in
15. Had the follower in verses 61-62 started following Jesus
16. What do you think Jesus was trying to tell this follower
(consider Luke 14.28-30 as you answer)?
An older man that had indeed used a mule driven plough once
explained the usage of such a device to me. He stated that when one begins to
plough and as they are headed away from the barn, the mule pulls very slowly,
but once the end of the field is reached and they turn around and head back, the
mule starts pulling very quickly. He often pulls so quickly that the farmer has
a hard time keeping up. To steer one of those ploughs is a task indeed,
especially when it is moving quickly. Should the farmer lose his concentration
for just a moment and look back, the plough could veer off the row quickly and
plough under a large amount of the crop before control is regained.
When Jesus stated that a farmer that had put his hand to the
plough and looked back was not fit for the kingdom of God, He was not speaking
of his personal salvation but of his work for God after his salvation. One must
concentrate and focus themselves on the work at hand or great damage could be
the result of their labors. Also, keep in mind that the 'Kingdom of God' does
not necessarily refer to heaven, but is indicative of God's chosen people in
this life, here and now. This passage actually has very little to do with the
security of the believer.
There are other passages of Scripture that are commonly used
to support the view that ones salvation can indeed be lost (2 Peter 2.20-22;
Hebrews 6.4-6; Luke 15.4; Luke 15.11-24, etc...). However, when these passages
are diligently studied, the result is always the same: that salvation is sure
and is an anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6.18-19).
This does not deny the possibility that a person can say the
words that would lead one to think that they have been saved and not truly have
understood what they were doing, or not have been sincere about what they asked
for from God, and may never have been truly saved at all; after all, Scripture
does say “they went out from us, but they were not of us” (1 John 2.19).
While it is impossible for any individual to lose their salvation, it is
entirely possible that they were never saved at all.
the wages of sin is death; . . .
THE AFFECTS OF SIN
While it would be to every Pastor’s advantage to teach his
people that their sin could cause them to loose their salvation, thereby
compelling them to live godly lives, it would be Scripturally unsound to do so.
Not only that, but this Pastor takes great comfort in knowing that Christian's
stand securely in God's hand, as God's child, never to be condemned again.
The next logical question is: if one cannot possibly loose
their salvation, once they are truly saved, then what affect does sin have on
them? If God will forgive their every sin, then why not just do what ever you
like and leave the rest to God?
Before we get into the affects of sin on a Christian’s life,
it is best to understand God's plan for each of His children after salvation.
1. Why do you think God saved you?
2. What do you feel God wants you to do now?
Though sometimes we may feel like God gives us salvation
through Jesus Christ and then leaves us to do as we like, Scripture reveals that
there is a divine plan for our lives after salvation.
Read Titus 2.14 carefully.
3. According to this passage, what is God's plan for your
life? What does He want you to be?
4. What does He want you to do?
5. When does He want this to happen?
God wants to make you so pure in our Lord Jesus Christ that
lost people around you will look at you and say "He's different."Now, we don't
like to stand out and appear peculiar, but that is God's goal none-the-less. How
will your purity be revealed to the world around you? Through your good works.
These will be the works that God will work through you as His dear child.
6. Read 1 Peter 2.9.
How are we described in this verse?
7. Read Romans 8.29.
According to this verse what does God desire for us to become?
This verse reveals the specifics of our peculiarity; we will
be different because we have become more like our Lord Jesus Christ. God's
ultimate goal for each and every Christian is that they might come to be like
His dear son.
8. According to 1 John 3.2, what will be the ultimate
outcome of our Christian experience?
This is truly a high calling, and it is God's revealed will
for every Christian. The truth of the matter is that most Christians do not feel
that they could ever reach this high calling, but God would never put anything
on us that we could not perform (1 Corinthians 10.13). Many even refuse to try
and reach this high mark that God has placed before them because they just feel
it is too much to expect.
However, if you never try, then you never achieve, and, while
the calling is high and the climb is steep, the rewards are almost overwhelming.
The best way to achieve this goal then is to set short term goals and to strive
on a daily basis to reach those goals. So, let’s consider some things that will
help us reach God's mark.
The first step is to know how to rightly place our steps so
that we can achieve God's goals for us.
9. Read Psalm 119.9.
In what way can we cleanse our way?
10. Compare this with 2 Timothy 2.15.
What dose this require from us?
A Christian should never under-estimate the importance and
value of the Word of God in their life. Every child of God should spend time
feasting on the Bible every day. Christians should read, study, memorize and
meditate on the Word of God habitually and constantly.
11. Read Proverbs 3.5-6.
According to this verse, when does God actually direct our paths?
As you learn to acknowledge God in your daily life, you will
come to know the blessedness and assurance of His divine guidance in all of your
12. What does Romans 13.14 tell us to do, and what do you
think this means?
13. Read Ephesians 4.21-27.
What does this passage tell us to put off?
14. What are we to put on, and what does this mean for your
We are commanded to put off the old man and to put on the new
man; the earlier passage told us to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. This speaks of
the decision and decisiveness of becoming like our beloved Lord. You must decide
you want to be like Him and then strive to achieve that goal. This is
repentance in a nut shell; it is turning away from the old way of life and
turning toward the new way of life. As you strive to make this seemingly
impossible transition, your All Powerful Lord comes to your aid and helps you to
become what you could never be on your own. It is your determined choice that
brings God's supernatural transformation to bear on your behalf.
God intends for us to be radically different after salvation
from what we were before our salvation, and the truth of the matter is He has
provided all that we need to become all that He wants us to be. However, we
often have a difficult time finding our way, so just what are we to do then?
15. Read James 1.5.
When we need knowledge or wisdom, how can we find all that we need?
So, there really is only one reason why we do not become all
that God intends for us to be: we don't want to. When you became a Christian,
God left your will intact. You may be a child of God now, but you can be a
rebellious child too. Truth be known, most Christians do not realize what they
are missing by not striving to become all that God wants them to be. The joy,
peace, and goodness of God are only found in His presence. You may be saved,
however, you may not have experienced the abundant life available to you through
Jesus Christ, yet.
The clearest example of the reality of your Christian life is
demonstrated in your daily living. Do you find sin acceptable in your life? Do
you find yourself justifying your sin with the age old excuse: “Well, I'm
only human?” Do you have an overwhelming desire to please God - a zeal?
While God does indeed forgive sin, consider for a moment what sin can do to a
Christian's spiritual life.
16. Does God find sin acceptable for a Christian?
17. Read 1 John 2.1. Why
did John say he was writing?
18. Go back a few verses and read 1 John 1.5-7.
What do you think the darkness is, and
what do you think the light is?
19. Go back a little more and read 1 John 1.4.
What was John's stated purpose in this verse?
God's goal is that we stop sinning, and God never asks us to
do anything He does not empower us to do. While we know that there is no such
thing as a sinless Christian, we also know that God never gives us excuses for
20. What should our perspective towards sin be?
21. Read Isaiah 59.1-2.
What is the Scriptural affect of sin?
22. Read Luke 15.11-24.
How did the Father refer to the prodigal in verse 24; he called him his?
23. How does one become a child of God?
24. This son in verse 24 is described as being lost, yet we
know that a child of God is secure in God's hand in what way is he lost?
Clearly, sin separates us from fellowship with our Heavenly
Father. The prodigal son left his father’s protection and provision to do his
own thing just as sinning Christians leave the protection and provision of their
Heavenly Father to do their own things. The end is the same in both instances:
sin will always lead to misery and insecurity. You must understand that :
Sin will take you farther than you want to go,
Keep you longer than you want to stay,
Cost you more than you want to pay.
This is how it is for many Christians, especially in our day; they have
accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.
They are God's children, but they have never learned to give up their own
wills and desires in order to allow God's will and desire to come into their
lives. So, they are guaranteed everlasting life yet live defeated, dead
Christian lives all because the supposed pleasure of their sin holds more value
than the spiritual riches of God's presence. They are holding the short end of
the spiritual stick and don't even know it. Too bad for them lets pray that they
too will come to their senses soon.
25. After considering what we have just studied, what do you
intend to do?
What To Do With
Father desires an intimate relationship with you, but your sins will cause a
chasm of separation between the two of you.
As a born again believer, you have a deep inner desire to remove this
obstacle from your spiritual life so that you can be close to God.
The question is how do you go about recovering from your rebellion and
your sin is the first step in re-establishing a right relationship with your
Heavenly Father. All sin begins
with your most basic beliefs about God, which affects the way you think, and
then manifests itself in your outward actions.
Let no man say when he is tempted,
I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he
14 But every man is
tempted, when he is _______________ of his ___________, and ____________.
Then when lust hath conceived, it
bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
But those things which proceed out
of the mouth come forth from the ______________; and they defile the man.
For ____________ the heart proceed
evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness,
These are the things which defile
a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Ken Collier has
developed a great illustration (on the next page) that will help you to
understand how your basic beliefs impact the way you think, which in turn
results in the sin in your life.
Consider this illustration as you read on in this study.
Sin In Our
Notice in the
leaves on the left side of the tree are listed many sinful actions.
They are represented as bitter fruit and are referred to in Scripture as
the works (fruit) of the flesh.
Now the ________________ of the
flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred,
variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told
you in time past, that they which do such things shall __________ inherit the
kingdom of God.
These fruit are
the result of the tree and all that occurs within the tree.
Hence, the trunk supplies what the branches
need in order to produce the fruit.
It is the same for our lives.
Sin in our lives is the outward manifestation of a deep inward reality.
Our actions are the result of the way we think, as represented in the
trunk of the tree. The trunk is
supplied by the roots of the tree, which represent what we really believe about
God or, in some cases, our unbelief.
illustration reveals that our sinful actions are the symptom of our inner
spiritual condition. When you get
right down to the root of any sin problem, you discover that all sin is the
result of some misunderstanding, false belief, or lack of belief about God.
Therefore, all sin becomes an attack upon the character of God.
In Our Lives
On the other
side of the tree you will notice a different kind of fruit.
These are the result of the right kind of thinking in our lives and are
nourished by the right kind of beliefs about God.
When the Word of God is properly discerned then we will be guided into
the right kind of thinking and the outward manifestation of our lives will
glorify, magnify, and honor God.
this illustration we come to understand that our actions are the result of our
thinking and our thinking is the result of what we believe about God.
Beware of false prophets, which
come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall ___________ them by their
_______________. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every ______________ tree
bringeth forth _____________ fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth
A good tree cannot bring forth
evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth
good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall
learn that the sin
our lives flow from the content of our heart and corrupts the
fruit of our lives, which is sin.
From our previous study we know that our sin separates us from our Heavenly
Father and will bring deep conviction into the Christian’s life and could even
bring loving and firm chastisement into the Christian life (Hebrew 12.4-16).
So, what must a
Christian do to recover from sin in their life?
leading to a lasting recovery from your sin are represented on the overlay
illustration on the next page. This
illustration reveal the steps that a sinning Christian needs to take to find
reconciliation with his or her Heavenly Father.
Repent— To repent is to turn. It is the
act of a Christian turning away from their sin and turning towards God.
It is more than just feeling sorry for one’s sin.
It is a conscious decision to do something about one’s sin.
Repentance involves confession.
The Bible states:
1:9 If we
___________________ our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
sin is the act of acknowledging that one’s actions
violated the commands of God, which are based upon the character of God.
It is to audibly proclaim your sinfulness directly to your Heavenly
Father and to seek His forgiveness.
is God’s response to a sinner’s sincere confession.
It is where God covers the transgression of the sinner with the blood of
His dear Son and our gracious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible states:
1 John 1:7 .
. . and the _____________ of Jesus
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Our sins require
that a penalty be paid. It was Jesus
Christ who paid that penalty for us, so we would not have to pay that penalty
ourselves. As our sins are cleansed
by His precious blood we gain
renewed access to God and a restored fellowship with our Heavenly Father.
If you do nothing else
but confess your sin, then you will find it difficult to keep from returning to
your sin. Sin is the result of your
stinkin’ thinking’, therefore, you must ask God to help you to reconcile your
mind to Him. The Bible says:
22 That ye
___________ concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt
according to the deceitful lusts;
And be _______________ in the
spirit of your mind;
And that ye ____________ the new
man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
You must deal
with the thought processes that led you to make the decision to sin in the first
place. You cannot just ignore the
trunk of the tree. You must get to
the heart of your sin problem.
How do you
reconcile your thoughts? You ask
yourself and ask God to help you discover what you were thinking that caused you
to view this sin as acceptable for your life.
You must also discover how those thoughts attacked the character of God.
Now you are at the root of your sin problem.
Now you must compare what you have believed about God, that led you to
your stinkin’ thinking’, to what God’s Word reveals about Him.
You must discover the truth about God, and you can only do that
Bible. The Bible says:
1 I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the __________________ of your mind, that ye may prove
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
If you were a thief, then you must admit
that your actions attacked the goodness and sufficiency of God.
You should look up those Scriptures that deal with these characteristics
of God and study them until your mind is renewed in the truth of God’s goodness
and sufficiency. Remember, every sin
at its root is an attack upon the character of God.
A list of who God is will be provided at the end of this week’s study.
Knowing the truth about God will change the way you think about life and
will change the way you live your life.
Now you must replace
what you used to think about God with what the Bible reveals to be true about
God. You must choose to believe God
first, regardless of your circumstances and regardless of what that belief might
Once you have replaced your stinkin’ thinking’ with sanctified thinking’,
based upon the Word of God, then your action will follow your heart.
Your actions are the outward manifestation of your inward spiritual
condition. If you try to just change
your fruit by just changing your actions, without dealing with your heart (your
thinking and beliefs), you will eventually return to your sinful lifestyle.
You cannot change the fruit without first changing the source that grows
Living In The
Presence Of God
Living in the
presence of our Heavenly Father is every Christian’s desire.
It is a hunger instilled in every new Christian by the indwelling
presence of the Holy Spirit.
Learning how to realize the reality of God in our lives is the result of
understanding the character of our Heavenly Father.
His character can only be discovered through the diligent study of His
understanding of the character of God is important in the renewing of every born
again believer, the following chart is provided to help you as you strive to
renew your relationship with your Heavenly Father.
Use it as you reconcile yourself with God.
This chart was prepared by Ken Collier and is provided for your spiritual
growth and benefit.
Scripture records two types of baptism: physical water baptism
and spiritual baptism. The focus of this unit will be a study of physical water
baptism. A study of spiritual
baptism will come latter when we study the Holy Spirit.
If a newly born Christian were to approach you and ask you why
they should be baptized and wanted to know what it was all about, how would you
1. Why does a Christian need to be baptized?
2. What does it mean?
3. How does it affect one’s salvation and life?
religions go so far as to call baptism a sacrament. A
sacrament is something that is necessary for salvation. Most evangelical
denominations refer to baptism not as a sacrament, but as an ordinance. An
ordinance is something that is commanded yet carries no saving power in itself.
Lets consider what God has to say about baptism in His Word.
4. Read Matthew 28.19. What
does this passage of Scripture say about baptism?
5. Does this appear to be a request or a command?
There are some denominations that teach that baptism is not
only commanded and required but also that it actually washes away sin. In light
of this teaching, read 1 Peter 3.21.
6. What is baptism called in this passage?
A figure is as illustration or a picture. Therefore, to refer
to Baptism as a figure means that it is representative of something else.
7. Does it put away the filth of the flesh?
8. How can it give us a good conscience toward God?
The only way that baptism can give us a good conscience toward
God is through obedience. It is the first thing that a Christian is commanded to
do after salvation, and if any Christian is going to be obedient to God, he or
she must be baptized; otherwise, they will walk in a continuous condition of
disobedience. Please notice that baptism does not wash away your sins, that is
only done by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1.7).
While baptism in itself cannot save us, it does illustrate the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. Read Romans 6.3-6.
9. How does Romans 6.4 describe water baptism?
10. According to verses 5 and 6, what affect should this have
on our lives?
So, baptism illustrates the death, burial, and resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ. In our personal lives, it should illustrate a
great spiritual reality that has already occurred in our lives; that is, when we
accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we died to self.
Our old man is passed away, and we now can live in newness of life for
the Holy Spirit of God now dwells within us. What an overwhelming picture of a
deep spiritual reality. This makes Baptism a personal illustration of the Gospel
of our Lord. In this illustration, we act out His death, burial, and
11. Read Luke 23.39-43, was the thief on the cross
12. Where did he go when he died?
There are many who will try to convince you that baptism is
still a requirement for salvation, and if you pull out the reference to the
thief on the cross, they will tell you that his story does not count. The heart
of the conflict over salvation lies in one’s perception of what baptism really
is. We have already established that baptism is an illustration or a symbol of
the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Many have used the symbol of a wedding ring to describe
baptism. If a man is married, he will usually wear a wedding ring as a token
expression, or a symbol, of the fact that he is married. Now, if he were to take
the wedding ring off, without getting divorced, would it mean that he is not
married? No, it just means that he took his ring off, and now no one that he
comes across will know that he is married unless he tells them. Also, by taking
his ring off, he may inadvertently cause his wife to question his dedication to
their marriage; this is also true for baptism.
If one refuses to obey such a simple command as baptism, then what type
of a commitment toward God is he or she demonstrating?
Well, lets consider a few more Scriptural facts pertaining to
13. Read Acts 8.36-37. What is the only requirement for
14. Read Acts 10.44-48 and compare it with Matthew
28.19-20 and Acts 8.36-37. When should a Christian be baptized?
The only Biblical requirement for Baptism is that one be
born-again. The fact is that a person must be a born-again believer in order to
be scripturally baptized. How can one act out the gospel of Christ if they have
never accepted it for themselves. Any act of baptism prior to salvation is
really nothing more than a bath without soap.
It is utterly meaningless. If you were baptized prior to your salvation,
then you should seek to be baptized now that you are saved and know what it
15. How should a Christian be baptized?
Some denominations sprinkle their members claiming them to
have been baptized. However, this is not really Scriptural. The word for Baptism
in the Greek is baptizo (gk) and means to dip repeatedly, to immerse or
to submerge. This is done in water. Remember what baptism symbolizes: the death,
burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
16. When we bury someone, do we sprinkle a little dirt on them
or do we cover them up?
So the Scriptural facts are clear. Every Christian is
commanded by God through His Word to
be baptized. This baptism should be done immediately following their salvation
and is the Christian’s first act of obedience toward God. This baptism
illustrates the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This
Baptism is done in water and requires total, momentary immersion of the
born-again Christian. And this baptism is a symbol containing no saving element
in and of itself.
One controversial Scripture that often comes up in the debate
over the doctrine of Baptism is Acts 2.38 which states:
Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Our opponents would claim that this verse clearly indicates
that one can not be saved apart from baptism, but does it really say that? Let’s
consider this verse in depth.
First, the verse tells us to repent. Repentance is a turning,
in this case a turning from disbelief to belief in Jesus Christ as ones personal
Lord and Savior. This clearly is a reference to salvation.
Second, we are to be baptized. We all agree that a Christian
is commanded to be baptized. However, is this necessary in order to have
salvation? Our opponents say it is
necessary 'for' the remission of sins indicating that the word 'for' indicates
that it is the cause of the remission of sins. However, the word 'for' often,
and in Scripture, almost always, means 'because of'. For instance, John 3.16
states "For God so loved the world . . .," which clearly means, 'because
of' God’s love for the world. Thus, in this verse it clearly means that we are
to be baptized 'because of' the remission of our sins which occurred at our
salvation by the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ.
So, again, even this controversial verse supports the
traditional, conservative, Scriptural view of Baptism as a symbol of the saving
work of Jesus Christ in one’s personal life.
THE LORD'S SUPPER
The focus of this unit of study is the Scriptural truths
surrounding the Lord's Supper, or Communion. Most people have at least been in a
Church service where communion took place. It is usually done, in evangelical
Churches, at the end of a regular service and is the tradition of each member
taking a bit of juice and a piece of unleavened bread in remembrance of the
atoning sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. So, what does it all really mean?
1. What do you think the Lord's Supper is all about?
2. Can the Lord's Supper save you? ___________________________
3. What do you think about the juice and the bread?
Read 1 Corinthians 11.23-32 carefully. Then read
Luke 22.14-20. These two passages describe the Lord's Supper for us. The
Lord's Supper was actually instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and has
remained with the Christian Church throughout its history.
Like baptism, the Lord's Supper is something that Jesus
commanded us to do; thus, it is an ordinance. There are some religions that call
the Lord's supper a sacrament in that they believe that the Lord's Supper in and
of itself can bestow salvation upon those who partake of it. However, Jesus did
not indicate this, and the tradition of the Church has stood opposed to this
4. In 1 Corinthians 11.24, how is the bread described?
5. Does this bread actually become the body of Christ, or is
it a symbol of His body? _______________________________________
6. What reason is given in this verse for partaking of bread
in this manner?
We are told to take the bread as a symbol of what Jesus Christ
has done for us. He gave His body to pay the penalty we owed for our sins
(Romans 6.23). He clearly stated that this was to be done in remembrance
of what He had already done, not so that we could experience the physical
reality of His crucifixion as some religions teach, believing that the bread and
wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Thus, the bread is a
testimony to us of the torment of sin and the suffering sacrifice Jesus became
7. In 1 Corinthians 11.25 how is the cup described?
8. How are we told to partake of this cup?
The cup is a symbol of the shed blood of our Lord Jesus
Christ, as indicated by the statement that we are to partake of it also in
remembrance of what Jesus did for us. This blood is described as a new
testament, which is a new covenant that was established when Jesus shed His
blood for all mankind. That covenant is the promise of salvation to all who
would simply accept the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
According to Romans 3.25, when one places his faith in
the shed blood of Jesus Christ, then the payment that was provided in that blood
is placed in the balance for that individual; thus, Jesus shed His blood to pay
the penalty you and I owed for our sins (Romans 6.23). Jesus literally took our
place, suffered what we deserved to suffer and freed us from the sin debt we
owed. It is His blood that stands as a testimony before God forever that our
debt has indeed been paid in full.
9. Consider 1 Corinthians 11.27-29. Who should partake
of the Lord's Supper?
10. What should a person do before partaking of the Lord's
The Lord's Supper should be taken only by Christians, and even
then a Christian should strive to deal with any matters of personal purity
toward God prior to taking the Lord's Supper. This does not mean that a person
has to be perfect before he or she can take the Lord's Supper; it means that he
or she should honestly deal with any sin in their life in an honest manner
before God. This is distinctly personal and is not necessarily something that
must be proclaimed before the Church but is something that must be done in ones
heart, personally, between them and God.
Therefore, we are called to two things in the Lord's Supper:
2. Personal Purity.
11. According to 1 Corinthians 11.26, how often should
we partake of the Lord's Supper?
Some Churches hold communion the first Sunday of every month,
others hold it the first Sunday of each quarter.
Others hold it every Sunday, and still others may hold it only once a
year. The Bible only states 'as often as ye', therefore it becomes a matter of
the desires of the individual assembly. The important thing to remember is what
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