HOLY COMMUNION: A MUST AND FOR WHAT?
Holy Communion is a command of Jesus Christ to all believers, meaning every Bible believing church must observe Holy Communion as much as possible. But what is the Bible purpose of Holy Communion? It is not a means of getting a quick miracle or healing, the primary purpose of Holy Communion is to examine our Christian life and rededicate our selves to God afresh. 1 Corinthians 11:26, 28, ” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes….But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”
So the purpose of Holy Communion is to have special opportunity for self-examination and to make necessary correction and rededicating our lives to Jesus Christ. When you examine yourself and found wanting in one or two areas of your spiritual, you can repent and confess your sins immediately and still partake in the Holy Communion.
Holy Communion is for only genuine children of God to partake, it is not the unbiblical type of Holy Communion many churches are taking today which include children, sinners and others who are doing it for special blessing or another spiritual ritual for their own condemnation at the end.
At What Age?
Does the Bible mention any specific age for participation? No, but it says, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” So, one has to reach the age where one will be capable of self-examination, not parental examination.
The additional blessing of total obedience in Holy Communion are healing and others, but not the primary purpose. If you find yourself in a church where Holy Communion is abused or misinterpreted for miracles or healing, you will do yourself more good by avoiding to partake with them, so that you don’t share with their common error of communion.
God bless you