God loves you and He want the best for you. God’s first will for you is that your mind become positive, your emotion is finely tune, your heart burning with a passion, your body is full of energy, strength and divine life and health. God never made man to be constantly tired or have disease in the body, or depressed in mind and then grow old and die. God never made man to suffer like this or even to die; all these things the Bible says are the enemies to God.
Besides salvation, I think health is the greatest blessing you and I can have. When Jesus was on earth, the greater part of His miracles was devoted to healing of bodies, you will never find Jesus looking at a person with a fine health and tell the person that he/she is perfectly healthy, receive some leprosy. Can you find that in the Bible? Never!!! God cannot give sickness and disease but what He does give is perfect health! God’s will for you is to be healthy, that’s why it’s a desire in every person, whether a believer or not to want to be healthy; even those believers who are ‘confused’; they say something like this, “You know God gave me this disease to teach me a lesson” It’s like they are saying, its God’s will for them to have that disease, but you see them going to seek medication in hospitals or clinic. If it’s God’s will for them to have that disease why go to hospital? Are they fighting God’s will as they had previously say? Are they trying to come out of God’s will? Actually they are not making sense, because they are following their own innermost desire and God gave them the desire to be healthy.
Let’s checkout this, the whole context of 1 Corinthians 11 is talking about Holy Communion, the bread and the wine and how we partake of it so that we will not be condemned of the world, now don’t misunderstand this phrase, some people talked of condemned as going to hell, that context doesn’t say if you partake of the Lord’s supper in unworthy manner you will go to hell, no! It’s talking about health in the whole context and saying God wants you to take advantage of the communion so that you will not suffer the condemnation of the world. What is the condemnation of the world in the context? It is weakness, sickness and dying prematurely. Now we understand that the world is under this condemnation ever since Adam sin, Jesus Christ came to remove it for all those who believe, for all those who take but understand carefully. It is so surprisingly for Apostle Paul to say all these words by the Spirit in first Corinthians chapter eleven. He was really surprised and shocked to see the Church consisting of many weak people or those who are sick or falling asleep dying before their time and he give the reason why.
Let’s follow now the verses; 1 Corinthians 11:29 – 30; “For he who eats and drinks in unworthy manner eats and drinks judgement to himself, not discerning the Lord’s Body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you and many sleep.”
First and foremost, what does Apostle Paul say about eating and drinking of Holy Communion? Don’t have this idea that if you have sin you cannot partake of the Lord’s Supper, if you are unworthy you cannot be a fellowship of the Lord’s Table that is not what God is saying. Jesus Christ died for unworthy people and in fact there is no creature called worthy when Jesus died. How many of you know that Jesus qualified us to partake of the Holy Communion when we first accept Him? So he is not talking about the person – he who eats and drinks in unworthy manner – it is the manner not the man, it is the action not the actor, and he says it’s simply because of the way you are taking, you are not taking advantage of what it supposed to supply you with.
Now don’t have this idea we do always hear from some of our local Churches that if you have… Actually they give out this impression, I am doing fine, am alright, am cool man until I take the Lord’s Supper with sin then I become sick. In other words am actually okay until I take the Lord’s Supper and if I have sin and am not worthy, I will be sick. That’s not the right picture either! The right picture is this, everybody in this world is sick. Your cells are dying, your face is drooping, your mind is losing, your hair is greying and everything in the natural in the world it’s going ‘southwards’ how many understands that. And God has provided the Communion to offset that is, to be the way of escape. It’s not as if we are doing fine until we take the Holy Communion and if we have sin, those things will happen to us.
This is one of the erroneous picture painted by many pastors in the Church that cost people to shun the Lord’s Table which is a blessing. When you find someone skipping to take Holy Communion in Church and you ask them why, they will say something like this; “I don’t want to take and die, my mama didn’t rise no fool, let it pass” Let me try to find the secret that God has for us behind this verses we read earlier. It’s a wonderful thing that the verse clear illustrate this, “…not discerning the Lord’s Body.” Which is the main problem they had, not to take the communion worthily means no to discern the Lord’s Body and it states that, “… for this reason…” it’s not plural it is singular. How many of us are glad that God gave only one reason for the Church being weak, sick and dying pre-maturely, only one reason!!!. He did not say for these reason, He said for this reason! And once more again, what’s the reason? Taking the bread in unworthy manner, not discerning the Lord’s Body; in other words when they are taking the bread, (it is not the blood either), it is when they take the bread they are not discerning what the bread has been given for.
What’s not discerning the Lord’s Body?
Our New Testament Bible is written in Greek and Old Testament is in Hebrew. Greek is the most expressive of all languages and still is. So in the Greek the word “discerning” is the word “diakrinos or diakrinon” – making a difference, it basically means not making a difference in the Lord’s Body. So most places when they take the bread and the wine, you know what they do, they take it as forgiveness of their sins, as a simple of forgiveness, they are not making a difference, in why the bread was broken and why the blood was shared. You see, not discerning the Lord’s Body, not His Blood. Do you know many Churches believe that the cup represents the forgiveness of their sins? But they don’t discern what the bread is for.
Luke 22:19 – 20, “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is My Body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper He took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people – and agreement confirmed with My Blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.” NLT. When Jesus took the bread and broken it into pieces, He gave it to His disciples saying, “This is My Body, which is given for you.” And He stopped there. Then He took the cup and gave them saying it is a new covenant which is based on His Blood shed for the forgiveness of sins, so here we see, He explains the meaning of the cup, but He didn’t explain the meaning of the Body, He just said, “…is given for you.” On that note, when you are sick, you can take the bread/body and say it was broken for your healing!
If we discern the Lord’s Body, if we make a difference between the Blood being shed and the Body being broken, and now we see that the Body was broken to make a body whole, His Body was torn apart to put our bodies back together, now we see if we discern the Lord’s Body, we can say for this reason many are strong and healthy and many live long.
John 6:51 – 58, “I am the Living Bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.” Verse 53, “So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For My Flesh is true food, and My Blood is true drink. Anyone who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the Living Father Who sent Me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate manna) but will live forever.”” NLT.