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. – (1 Corinthians 11:29–30, KJV)
The life of the believer is one that should burst forth with radiant health and vitality. The provisions of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus positions us to life a life of buoyant health and strength. We see the estate we have come into as believers in Hebrews 12:22; “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels.” Just as every nation has its norms and the lifestyle that prevails there, so is Zion our place of origin. The word of God reveals to us concerning Zion in Isaiah 33:24: “And no resident of Zion will say, “I am sick.” The people who dwell there will be forgiven of iniquity.” The order of life in Zion is such that no resident will have sickness habouring in any part of their being.
One then wonders why some Christians are weak and sick, and die young. Thankfully, God by His Holy Spirit gives us the reason as well as the solution. In 1 Corinthians 11:29–30, He tells us clearly that the one reason some Christians are weak and sick, and die prematurely, is that they don’t discern the Lord’s body when they partake of the Holy Communion. “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.” (1 Corinthians 11:29–30).
Many believers don’t understand that the pierced, striped and slightly burnt bread is the spiritual reality of the Lord’s body, which is for their health and healing. And when they partake without discerning this truth, they partake in an unworthy manner. The reverse is true: If they discern accurately the Lord’s body, then they will be strong and healthy, and live long.
Unfortunately, some in the church, down through the years, have misconstrued this teaching and taught that if you have sin in your life, you are unworthy and cannot partake of the Holy Communion, lest you become weak and sick, and even die! We have turned a blessing into a curse. Because of this, many Christians are afraid to come to the Lord’s table and are therefore robbed of the health-giving power of the Holy Communion.
Beloved, there is no such thing as a worthy person! The best of us still miss it and fail. So unworthy people are the only people who partake of the Lord’s Supper. But because Jesus died for unworthy people, He has qualified those of us who take Him as our righteousness to partake of every benefit that He died to give us. Understand that, it is not a matter of whether you are worthy or unworthy to partake, but how you partake. Come to the Lord’s table with boldness and partake because Jesus has qualified you with His precious blood. Don’t treat it as a ritual, but rather release your faith for health and healing as you discern that Jesus’ body was broken so that yours can be healthy and whole today. When you partake like this, you are partaking in a worthy manner, and you will not be weak or sickly, or die prematurely!