1 Cor 11: 17-34 Analysis

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An Exegesis of 1 Cor. 11:17-34
Unity and love are inseparable terms, they are both important as each other, and one cannot exist without the other they are “married”. The Lord Treasures unity and love than any other thing, he hates the opposite of the two and would not tolerate such in the body of Christ.
In the Epistle to the Corinthians (1Cor 11:17 - 34) the Apostle Paul brings out three exhortations for the church to follow.
The entire body of Christ in worship (1Cor 11:17 - 22)
In these entire six verses the Apostle Paul sharply address the issue of division in the Corinthian church. The Apostle begins with sobering words 11:17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
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Furthermore the word sunercomai is also used to imply unite in an intimate association. For this reason the Apostle Paul understood that the Corinthian church came together for eating as a unified body. The very rite that was intended for remembering the death of Jesus Christ and act as a unified body of Christ had become the basis for social division within the church. The Corinthian church had forsaken the very essence of their coming together; this is why the Apostle Paul stated that their coming together was not for the better but for the…show more content…
The Apostle writes For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me: After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. Constantly the Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthian church to remember the death of Christ by careful observance of the Lord’s Supper. He emphasises the importance of this as he state the source of his revelation. As a father he endeavour to remind his children of their covenant with the Lord and how they out to be faithful to their saviour. The Apostle Paul concludes this section by saying 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord 's death till he come: when proclaiming the Lords supper the church is showing forth his death until he comes. By this the Corinthian church was expected to show the physical way of the death of Christ and his accomplishments for the church. Unlike what the Corinthian church took the supper for they were suppose to take advantage of such a meeting to create unity
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