Hebrews 8:6 “BUT as it now is, He [Christ] has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is much superior and more excellent [than the old] as the covenant (the agreement) of which He is the Mediator (the Arbitor, Agent) is superior and more excellent, [because] it is enacted and rests upon more important (sublimer, higher, and nobler) promises.”
I have discovered in the Old Testament covenant, that it was based on obedience to the written Law of God, as recorded in the five books of Moses called the Torah. The New Covenant is based on an individual walking in repentance and forgiveness, and acting on the promises given in the New Testament. Paul teaches us that we have a “much superior and more excellent covenant…acting on better promises” . James 1:23 says, “For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it…”.
I accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour and Lord on August 16, 1972. For almost 40 years, I thought I knew all there was to know about Communion in churches. Then one day, a light bulb was turned on by Holy Spirit. I began reading, digging and uncovering evidence about what the truth is in receiving Communion; the way Abba Father wants me to do. I found that I had been just going through the motions and listening to what well-meaning Pastors had to say; but I wasn’t a “doer” of the Word. I didn’t understand the promises of Communion. Where was my FAITH in taking Communion?
Receiving Communion at church once a month or at your home daily, is an act of faith and an act of obedience. If you are a parent, you know how pleased you are when your children respond to our words. It brings smiles to our faces and praise towards our kids. We also know how disappointed children become when we make a promise and don’t keep it. God doesn’t break His promises; EVER. He can’t because of who He is! God is moved toward us when He sees us act on our faith in His Word. He is pleased when He saw us believing the words of His Covenant. Jesus said, “If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7 Amplified version. Manifestations of God’s promises comes as a result of the person’s faith.
A promise, by definition, is a “divine assurance of something good.” Here are a few of the many promises Paul spoke about in Hebrews 8:6:
Salvation by faith (Ephesians 2:8)
Justification by faith (Romans 5:1)
The promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:39)
The promise of Healing (First Peter 2:24)
The promise of Christ’s return (Acts 1:11)
The promise of heaven (John 14:1, 2)
The promise of eternal life (John 3:14-17)
The promise of ruling with Christ (Revelation 20:6)
When we take Communion, it should always be in proportion to our faith. When a person partakes with no faith, there is no communion. The message of the Communion meal is that Jesus’ sacrificial death; His atonement is our spiritual life and nourishment. An important part from the beginning of the Communion is healing through His atoning accomplishment on the Cross. “Atonement is describe by the means (in and through the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His death on the cross by the shedding of His blood in His vicarious sacrifice for sin) by which God shows mercy…” Vines’s Complete Expository Dictionary.
The “redemptive anointing” of Christ is working in His body to produce “healing and strength”. The Jewish Passover reminded the Hebrews of the great day of redemption from Egypt. Their promise was they were free and would inherit the land. The Christian Communion reminds us of the redemption through Christ’s suffering and we were set free from sin and have inherited the promises.
Isaiah 53:5 says, “…and by His stripes [that wounded] Him, we are healed and made whole.” The Greek word sozo, “to save,” is translated by the verb “to heal” in the KJV of Mark 5:23 and Luke 8:36. (RV, “to make whole“; so KJV frequently); the idea is that of saving from diseases and its effects. The Greek word “diasozo” is used in Luke 7:3 and is translated “to save thoroughly” or “heal“.
Since “sozo” is the Greek word for “saved”, and most of us are thanking God for “saving” us during Communion Meal; then SAVED means we are to be made whole. We are “saved” through Christ Jesus, we are “delivered” from death through Jesus, we are “protected” and we are “healed”. “Salvation” then is a complete work [healed]; body, soul, and spirit. Matthew 9:21-22 says, “…the woman was made whole (complete)–verse 21. Verse 22…”and at once the woman was whole”. KJV.
The Holy Spirit accomplishes for us what the Lord’s Supper symbolizes. Our bodies are nourished and healed through the earthly bread and wine, but our souls are nourished and healed through the heavenly body and blood. When we take the Communion elements by faith, we are utilizing the power of His sacrifice. We are taking advantage of the price He paid. We are exercising authority over curses such as want, poverty and sickness. A definition of FAITH is, “A practical expression of the confidence in God and in His Word.” Hebrews 11:1. NO FAITH, NO CONFIDENCE in what God’s Word is saying about Communion. When we take our God-given authority in Communion, we are taking the authority over the works of the devil who seeks to kill, steal and destroy John 10:10. We drink the cup by faith, as well as eat the bread by faith. Drinking the cup in faith means that we are drinking God’s rich promises of provision for our every need. By faith we are receiving ALL of God’s nourishment, provision and support.
I hope in these last few blogs of The Word Detective, might frame your mind differently; a new way of thinking when you next take Communion. Don’t look at Communion as just a once-in-awhile event at church. Talk to your Pastor and see if you might me a leader in a Christian Passover Seder—Haggadah. The Nike slogan and the Book of James say, “Just do it”.