A Communion meditation

1 Corinthians 11:23–26 ESV

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

The many facets of Christ’s saving work.

The 10 commandments used to be referred to as “the 10 words.”

Tonight, in remembrance of Jesus’ person and work, I would like to look briefly at 10 Words of the New Covenant.

1 – Substitution / That justice may be perfectly fulfilled, for He will not have us simply pardoned. He wants our consciences to be completely cleansed. There is no lingering fear for those in Christ.

Isa 53:5-6

Isaiah 53:5–6 ESV

But he was pierced for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned—every one—to his own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

2 – Redemption / recovery from slavery and/or ruin. Both our slavery to sin, and the ruin it brought us into in Adam – and ratified in our continuing complicity.

Gal 3:13

Galatians 3:13 ESV

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

Titus 2 14

Titus 2:14 ESV

who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

3 – Pardon / Sovereignly judicial – deliverance from penalty. It doesn’t remove guilt, but it does remove penalty. Not person, but rather legal.

Micah 7:18

Micah 7:18 ESV

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity

and passing over transgression

for the remnant of his inheritance?

He does not retain his anger forever,

because he delights in steadfast love.

4 – Forgiveness / Personal. Only the one offended can truly be said to forgive.

Eph. 4:32

Ephesians 4:32 ESV

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

5 – Reconciliation / Reunion. Not just a dismissal of the matter, but actual restoration of the relationship.

2 Cor. 5:18

2 Corinthians 5:18 ESV

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;

6 – Imputation / Cleansing / removal of defilement / expunging the record. Nailing it to HIS cross. His righteousness imputed to us, as our sin has been imputed to Him.

2 Cor. 5:21

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Philippians 3:8-9

Philippians 3:8–9 ESV

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

7 – Adoption / Gracious reward. He makes His offenders, His family.

Galatians 4:4-7

Galatians 4:4–7 ESV

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

8 – Impartation / The Spirit for change & communion.

Galatians 3:13-14

Galatians 3:13–14 ESV

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

9 – Sanctification / Set apart from the World as God’s own.

Hebrews 10:10

Hebrews 10:10 ESV

And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

10 – Resurrection / Hope for the future.

2 Peter 3:13

2 Peter 3:13 ESV

But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

1 Cor. 15:51-57

1 Corinthians 15:51–57 ESV

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us remember Him in:

1 – Substitution

2 – Redemption

3 – Pardon

4 – Forgiveness

5 – Reconciliation

6 – Imputation

7 – Adoption

8 – Impartation

9 – Sanctification

10 – Resurrection


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