Physical Meal and Spiritual Communion (1 Corinthians 11:20–22)


If you are hungry, will the Lord’s Supper satisfy you? For most of us, the answer is no. A bite of bread will not fill our stomachs. A sip of grape juice will not slake our thirsts. Also, for most of us, the question itself is problematic. Despite the name, the Lord’s Supper as we practice it is not a meal, and its outcome is not physical satisfaction. Instead, we view it as a symbol whose outcome is spiritual communion with Christ and other believers. The question is problematic, then, because it commits a category mistake, confusing the physical and … Continue reading Physical Meal and Spiritual Communion (1 Corinthians 11:20–22)

What Does Communion Look Like to You? (1 Corinthians 10:14-17)


In 1 Corinthians 10:14–22, Paul argues that Christians cannot participate in the Lord’s Supper and eat idol-food at religious feasts in pagan temples. Why? Because the former is “a participation in the blood [and body] of Christ,” while the latter makes the eaters “participants with demons.” This devotional will focus on the former. The next devotional will focus on the latter. Regarding the Lord’s Supper, Paul writes: Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the … Continue reading What Does Communion Look Like to You? (1 Corinthians 10:14-17)