If you study the early church, you realize that they met in individual homes daily and broke bread. It occurred every time they met, and they were meeting daily. And so they were breaking bread daily. They may have met three, four times for the day, and each time they would break bread. So, it was almost as if they cojoined the idea of communion with eating. Maybe that is why we bless our food: so that it gets transmuted and becomes something else. In breaking of bread with somebody else in that moment, we can actually be thinking about what Jesus Christ did in His body for our redemption. It is a beautiful and powerful thing.
I assume I’m addressing believers now who are mature. Draw your own conclusions: When we drink the cup of blessing, aren’t we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isn’t it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Don’t we take into ourselves the body, the very life, of Christ? Because there is one loaf, our many-ness becomes one-ness—Christ doesn’t become fragmented in us. Rather, we become unified in him. We don’t reduce Christ to what we are; he raises us to what he is. That’s basically what happened even in old Israel—those who ate the sacrifices offered on God’s altar entered into God’s action at the altar. (1 Corinthians 10:15-18 – MSG).
Communion is the only thing that Jesus left on earth that literally combines heaven and earth into one. It represents the body of Christ, and it represents the blood of Christ. When we take communion, we partake in His nature, partake in Him as a person; we feast on Him, basically. Yes, it is hard to find the language to describe what goes on, but I think Paul does a good job. In taking His body into our body, we take the life of God into our body. We take the life of God inside our physical body. I believe that in doing this, this is how we become partakers of God’s divine nature.
This is how our DNA becomes one with God’s DNA. This is how our own blood becomes one with God’s blood. This is how our life becomes one with God’s life. This is how we begin to experience union with God. This is how we access the healing virtue in God. I believe most of the writers of the Bible understood the power of communion.
If physical food provides nourishment to the physical body, then communion is nourishment to the soul/spirit, and the suggestion here is that communion should be a daily practice for believers.
(Excerpt from my new book “How to Receive Your Healing.” See Book Trailer below.)