Last month, Dr. Paul Graden brought us a wonderful teaching at our Sunday Worship Celebration on the concepts and power of communion. He shared a somewhat lost principle of the early church, in that they shared communion daily, often multiple times a day, in their homes with those who were coming into “the faith” as well as those who were already in “the faith.” I’ve taken some of his teachings and broken them down in an attempt to awaken us to some fresh realities about this all-important ordinance of our faith.
In that time, communion typically took place prior to a meal and was preceded by a “blessing,” much like Jesus blessed the bread before He broke it at the Last Supper. The apostles devoted themselves to this (Acts 2:42). They did this daily in homes (Acts 2:46). We see the Apostle Paul practicing this also (Acts 20:11).
It wasn’t until Rome took over the church in 313 AD that communion was restricted to the church and the requirement for a priest to administer it started. Interestingly enough, they allowed the “blessing” to remain at home, which we now call “grace.” Before Rome banned communion at home, there were hardly any records of sick or infirmed people in the church. The only reason a “Christian” suffered illness was because they did not understand what communion was really about. This is clearly recorded in 1 Cor 11:28-32.
The church had been instructed to walk in love (1 Cor 13), but they had failed to repent to one another. Thus, some were receiving communion in an unworthy manner. The result was that many were weak and sick, and many died. All because they did not discern the Lord’s Body! The Corinthians missed Paul’s point. We can learn from their misjudgment and heed Paul’s advice by understanding what communion is about and starting off by judging ourselves first, bringing our failings to God, repenting, receiving forgiveness and moving forward.
Communion is paralleled with the Israelites preparation for the Exodus. They slaughtered a lamb and its blood was applied to the doorpost to protect the firstborn son from death. This was a typology of Jesus’ blood that would protect us from death, as He promised us eternal life if we partake of communion (John 6:53-54). Then the Israelites were instructed to eat the flesh of the lamb. The next morning, millions of them left Egypt and not a single one of them were sick or feeble! They continued taking communion daily by eating of the “manna” (bread) that was supernaturally provided by God.
Similarly, Jesus instructs us to eat of His flesh and drink His blood (John 6:53-54). In verse 56, Jesus promises that, when we do this, we will continually dwell in Him. Luke described the promise a little differently by describing our dwelling in Him as having our spiritual eyes opened (Luke 24:30-35).
We should keep in mind that communion is not a “magic pill”; it must be combined with faith (Hebrews 11:6). It is a symbol of God’s covenant with us.
God’s grace is allowing us this glimpse “under the hood” through the science of quantum physics. Quantum physics has been called the “Science of Heaven Invading Earth.” The best part is that God’s grace is communicating this complex message in terms that we all can understand. Quantum physicists have discovered so much information that relates to this–too much to briefly share here. But here are a couple of things to chew on:
1. Our DNA produces Bio-Photons, which they describe as a ball of light inside of us and an aura of light particles outside of us. They are controlled by our thoughts and emotions and have the ability to change our molecular structure. So, when we partake of communion, we ingest the bread and juice. Our bodies begin to absorb the elements into our cells and bloodstream. In faith, we believe that the bread and juice become the blood and the body of our Lord Jesus Christ when we partake of these elements. If we can wrap our minds around our faith, then we have to take this a step further and realize this also introduces the very DNA of God into our bodies and changes our DNA to His. When this happens, diseases are healed and wholeness comes. So we should do this daily, and/or as often as we will, and mix it with our faith.
2. Scientists tell us that we literally phase in and out of this physical world 3,500 times per minute. Where are we when we phase out? Ephesians 2:6 tells us that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. Imagine the simple act of taking communion “by faith” opening our spiritual eyes and allowing us to become aware that we live in heaven and earth simultaneously! Then we will see and hear God clearly and wonderfully. Then we will do as Jesus did and only say what the Father says and do what we see the Father doing (John 5:19).
Yes, I understand how complex these thoughts might seem in context to the way some of us were raised, and I also understand many of us were led to believe quantum physicists and scientists were on the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to the separation of the church and the world. But many of today’s quantum physicists and scientists are believers also and are looking for answers as to why many in the church seem to be powerless, sick and diseased.
We can accept the words of Jesus “by faith” and believe that when we partake of the elements of communion “by faith,” then we’re ingesting His flesh and His blood into our bodies. I also believe it’s within our ability to comprehend this and then understand because He is God’s Son, we become partakers of the DNA of His Father who is also our Father!!!
For that reason, I am asking that our church family enter into a season of taking communion daily. Believing that when we do this by faith, we are becoming partakers of the very life of God. No sickness or disease can exist where the life of God exists. It’s our opportunity to step into a new realm of understanding knowing that God the Father is not afraid to share His very life with all of His children.
I am so thankful for the grace of God allowing me to partake of His supernatural Kingdom today and effect the world around me in a powerful way for Jesus. My prayer is that you will join me and we will build a unified church as we truly become the Body of Christ.
May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!