Taking communion is our receiving the completed work of Christ on the cross. Jesus accomplished the following on the cross when He laid down His life for us :
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep”
- Demonstrated the greatest act of love-[There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13]
- Removed our sins-The guilt of our sin was taken away from us and placed on Christ who discharged it by His death. [The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 1 John 1:29] He removed our sin by becoming sin. [For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21]
- Removed God’s wrath-By dying in our place for our sins, Christ removed the wrath of God that was justly deserved. [For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Romans 3:25-26 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17 This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:10]
- Reconciled us to God-Our sin separated us from God but Christ death removed that alienation and reconciled us to God. [For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. Romans 5:10-11 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. Colossians 1:20]
- Paid the price-Christ became a ransom for our sins. He redeemed us from the curse of the law [But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14]. He redeemed us from guild of our sin [Romans 3:24]. He redeemed us from the power of sin [1 Peter 1:18-19]. We are no longer slaves to sin but we are the righteousness of Christ [1 Corinthians 6:20]. He justified us [Romans 5:18]. He finished the atonement. [John 19:30] He cancelled our sin debt [Colossians 2:14]
- Defeated satan-His death was a defeat of the power of satan. [Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Colossians 3:15 Because God’s children are human beings–made of flesh and blood–the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Hebrews 2:14]
- Gave us authority over satan-[I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. Matthew 18:18 giving them authority to cast out demons. Mark 3:15 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, Luke 4:18 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. John 14:12]
- Brought the New Covenant-We have been placed under the New Covenant and are no longer under the old law [That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead. Hebrews 9:15-16]
- Fulfilled prophecy-[My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead. My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet.I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat. hey divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing. Psalm 22:14-18 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:4-7 “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died. Zechariah 12:10]
God spoke to me through Matthew 6:24, “How could you worship two gods at the same time? “You will have to hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.”
What He was showing me was that if we have not ‘cast out demons’ that have gained access into our lives, [through sin past and/or present, done willingly or unwillingly, done by us or to us] then there are parts of our lives that are not under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. If those areas are not under Christ’s Lordship than they are under satan.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary says, “Worldly-mindedness is a common and fatal symptom of hypocrisy, for by no sin can satan have a surer and faster hold of the soul, under the cloak of the profession of religion. Christ counsels to make our best things the joys and glories of the other world, those things not seen which are eternal, and to place our happiness in them. There are treasures in heaven. It is our wisdom to give all diligence to make our title to eternal life sure through Jesus Christ, and to look on all things here below, as not worthy to be compared with it, and to be content with nothing short of it. When two masters oppose each other, no man can serve both.”
He then took me to Matthew 7:7-11, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
What He was showing me is that demons can hide behind doors that we have not opened to Christ. Fear, rejection, embarrassment, shame, guilt, lies, self-rejection, pride, rebellion, deception are just a few of the ways demons can hold us prisoners and sometimes we don’t even know they are there.
He was showing me that all we have to do is ask Him to reveal those doors and to expose the enemy. Then in our authority in His name we command those demons to leave. AND, the exciting part is that there is something SO GOOD waiting for us, FREEDOM in Christ to be the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ.
All we have to do is ask the Lord to expose those doors [areas of our lives and strongholds] that have not been opened and He will expose them. It may be something that requires forgiveness, repentance, renouncing or commanding to leave. The good news is we have the power in Christ to take care of it.
We can then submit that area of our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and prevent the enemy from coming back.
Freeing ourselves from any demonic influence is part of our preparation for Christ’s return so that we can make ourselves ready for our Bridegroom.
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.” Revelation 19:7-8
Deliverance was part of Christ’s ministry and it needs to be part of ours. We cannot be afraid to admit that as christians we can be demonically influenced. Why would we want to live with anything that is not of Christ and is not under His Lordship?
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. Romans 3:22
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. Philippians 3:9
I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10