What is meant by “discerning the body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 11:29?


1 Corinthians 11:29

ESV - 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

Clarify Share Report Asked July 23 2021 Mini Anonymous

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Paul is saying that the bread and the wine used in the commemoration of Christ's institution of Holy Communion at the Last Supper are not merely physical substances, but are meant to represent (or literally become, depending upon denominational beliefs) the actual body and blood of Christ, based on Christ's own words (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-24; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)..

This sanctification of the bread and wine means that anyone who participates in the physical action of Holy Communion without recognizing or discerning this unique spiritual aspect, but thinks of it instead as an ordinary act of eating and drinking mere material substances, is thus actually subjecting himself or herself to God's adverse judgment (eternally, if not also temporally).

July 24 2021 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Shirley H Wife, mother, veteran in the spiritual war we all face!
Back to verse 25. "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.'"

Verse 26, "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come."

To take communion and only think about yourself, is an unworthy manner. This celebration is all about, and because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross!


July 23 2021 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

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