In presenting this Gospel we begin with the
"Death" here is a large concept that includes all of the
consequences of sin: Hell, the Second Death, boredom, loneliness,
war, sickness, famine, poverty, the killing, stealing and destroying
of the devil, shame and any other negative condition one can think
Sin and Death are all that is wrong with this world and the human
condition. "Sin" and "death" are the most Biblical and all inclusive
words to describe manís fallen condition. The above statement
completely and wholly sums up manís problems.
RIGHTEOUSNESS LEADS TO LIFE
LEADS TO DEATH (CURSES)
This second statement, "Righteousness leads to Life," is an equally
all inclusive and dominant theme in the Bible. This theme sums up
the Law, the Prophets, and Bible promises. It is the exact opposite
of the first theme.
Righteousness here means right living.
Life here means blessing, nourishment, support and provision in
every dimension of our existence. Life here should be seen to mean
what blood means to the physical body. Every member of the physical
body needs blood to support and nourish it, otherwise without it,
that member withers and dies. So, we believers need Godís provision
and life in every dimension of our existence; i.e., friendship,
encouragement, direction, protection, security, wisdom, knowledge,
understanding, strength, power, counsel, fear of the Lord,
discernment, discretion, purpose, clothing, transportation, health,
healing, food, etc.
The above two statements are actually a summation of the Law. They
are the Law in seed form (Deuteronomy 27:11- 28:68, blessings and
cursingís). The law is a tutor to lead us to Christ. The law helps
us understand who Christ is and what He is like. Actually, Christ is
and was the incarnation (embodiment) of the law (Galatians 2:19,
Matthew 3:15, etc.).
Virtually all Bible promises, New Testament and Old Testament, are
seen in this theme: "Righteousness leads to Life." Every promise has
a part where we have to DO something right (righteousness). Godís
blessing or fulfillment
(Life) for the promise follows our doing; in due time. The times and
the seasons are in the Fatherís hands. (Galatians 6:9, Acts 1:7)
These two statements sum up the entire Bible for faith and practice;
except for the doctrines of salvation. Notice that these two simple
statements are the EXACT OPPOSITES of each other. It is completely
amazing these two polar opposites summarize so much of scripture.
(This is a good time to give scriptures, scriptures about the Law
and the Prophets, and Old and New Testament promises to demonstrate
how prevalent these two themes are in the Bible.)
The above depicts true and Biblical salvation through Jesus Christís
death and resurrection.
Regarding the Sin into Righteousness arrow, consider these
scriptures: 1Peter 2:24; 11Corinthians 5:14-15; Romans 6:18; Romans
6:11; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 2:11-12; Luke 9:23 (parallel
scripture); Galatians 5:22-24 (parallel scripture); Hebrews 12:7,11
(parallel scripture); 1Peter 4:1-2 (parallel scripture).
Regarding the Sin into Righteousness arrow; consider the meaning of
Baptism as it is interpreted in Romans 6:1-11 and Colossians
2:11-12. Baptism is ideally for new believers. Baptism cements their
commitment to dying with Christ; and their commitment to rising with
Christ. They publicly declare that they BELIEVE this and that they
Regarding the fact that right living (righteousness) is the primary
proof of oneís salvation, consider the following TWENTY-FIVE
scriptures: Ephesians 5:5-6; Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 13:24-30;
1Corinthians 6:9-11; James 2:14-26; 1 John 2:4-6; 1 John 3:5-10
(referring to practicing or not practicing righteousness); Titus
2:11-15; 1 Timothy 3:13; Titus 3:4-7; Revelations 19:7-8; Matthew
25:31-46; Hebrews 10:26-31; Hebrews 6:4-6; Revelations 21:8; 11
Peter 1:10; 1 Timothy 3:13; John 5:28-29; Romans 2:6-10; Revelations
21:7-8; Mark 9:41-48; Matthew 13:40-43; Matthew 13:49-50; Matthew
24:48-51; Mark 3:31-35; AND MORE!
We are not saved BY good works, but we are saved INTO a lifestyle of
good works (Ephesians 2:10). We are saved FOR THE PURPOSE OF good
works. Also, we are crucified with Christ by grace through faith, as
well as forgiven through Christís death by grace through faith.
These two truths of the cross need to be presented together (as much
as is practical) in order to better ensure true repentance.
Salvation is for people desiring to follow the Lord. If a person
wants forgiveness but they donít want to be crucified with Christ;
this is a good sign that they havenít truly repented; they donít
want to follow the Lord; and therefore are not saved. Does not
Baptism which is for new believers, teach us the necessity of
wanting to be crucified with Christ. People who want to follow God
realize that their very selves or flesh prevent them from serving
God. Therefore, they consider this truth of the cross good news.
People who donít want to serve God but want to serve themselves,
consider this truth an offense; i.e., the offense of the cross.
A good part of modern day Protestantism is a theological attempt to
avoid the above mentioned truth of the cross. Most Protestants donít
teach the "crucified with Christ" message which is critical and
essential to being delivered from the power of sin. Thus, this
present "church" is legendary for its carnality. The way is broad
that leads to Hell and destruction. The way is narrow and difficult
that leads to life (Mathew 7:13-14). Of course, if someone has only
one hour to live, they simply can only repent and ask Jesus to
forgive them; and He will. They wonít have time to believe for and
live a sanctified life; they wonít have time to bear the fruit of
righteousness on this earth (consider the thief on the cross next to
Jesus)(also consider 11Corinthians 5:14-15 where it refers to "those
You might say, "Iíve made mistakes. I havenít lived a sanctified
life!" God has provided us forgiveness through the blood of Christ.
Receive it and start over! Thatís what I did. Because of our great
deliverance God has provided through Christ, you wonít have to make
the same mistakes over and over again. Find this great deliverance.
Walk in this great salvation. "Work out (not for) your salvation
with fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12
Regarding the Death into Life arrow; this arrow depicts forgiveness
of sins. We are forgiven for the purpose of having life and
blessing. Consider these scriptures:
John 3:16; John 10:10; Romans 3:24 (This part of scripture talks of
imputed righteousness which is forgiveness of sins, Romans 4:6-8);
Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; etc.
When Jesus said, "This is My body;" and "This is
My blood;" He was proclaiming the Gospel. Communion is symbolic form
for the complete and whole Gospel. (Actually, the Biblical order is
for people to receive Christ and be baptized before they start
The Cup of Communion stands for the truths that
the believer was forgiven or redeemed by grace through faith; so
that the believer can experience life and blessing instead of death
The Bread of Communion stands for the truths that
the believer was crucified with Christ by grace through faith; so
that the believer can be lead by the Spirit into all righteousness.
The following points prove this meaning for the bread.
Proof 1 for Bread) 1Peter 2:24; Hebrews 10: 5-7,
10; Romans 7:4; Romans 8:3-4; all these scriptures plainly define
the meaning of His Body which is what the bread stands for.
Proof 2 for Bread) Unleavened Bread itself stands
for purging out sin so that the believer can be righteous or pure;
consider 1Corinthians 5:6-8.
Proof 3 for the Bread) The Old Testament phrase
that is constantly associated with unleavened bread is the
following: "out of Egypt."
And Moses said to the people: "Remember this
day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage;
for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out of this place. No
leavened bread shall be eaten." Exodus 13:3
"You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven
days you shall eat unleavened bread with it, that is , the bread
of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste),
that you may remember the day in which you came out of the land of
Egypt all the days of your life." Deuteronomy 16:3
"Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread when the
Passover must be killed." Luke 22:7
It was unleavened bread (Luke 22:1, Luke 22:7)
Jesus had in His hands when He said, "THIS is My body." KEEP "THIS"
IN ITS PROPER CONTEXT! Just as God delivered the Hebrews out of
Egypt, God through Christ delivered us OUT OF our body of sin
through His crucified body. We now have authority over our selves (I
have been crucified with Christ, Galatians 2:20)(The "ME" monster
has been slain by grace; my responsibility is to want and consider
myself dead by grace; and cry
for the Spirit to fill and use me for God and
others. Empty of me and filled with Him! That, my friend, is true
freedom! Jesus died to get us unstuck on ourselves! Galatians 2:20
says "NOT I" but Him.) Coming out of Egypt was symbolic of we,
Christians, coming out of lives focused on sin and selves. For the
period of time that we consider ourselves dead with Jesus (Romans
6:11), we can walk free from self centeredness and flow with Godís
Spirit. The cross is the only way for anyone to get unstuck on
themselves! The demons, symbolized by Pharaoh and his army, lose
authority over believers who are forsaking self. The self life is
food for the demons (Revelations 12:11).
The unleavened bread was called "the bread of
affliction" because the Hebrews had to leave Egypt in haste. It is
hard and difficult for anyone to up and move in a hurry. This is the
pain the Hebrews suffered in such a move. This bread of affliction
is symbolic of the believers making an abrupt change in their
lifestyle. Abrupt change is INITIALLY painful, but afterwards we are
so glad we did it. Think of alcoholics, drug attics or any proud and
selfish person making those initial steps through the red sea out of
Egypt and towards the Promised Land.
Proof 4 for Bread) The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of
Passover line up perfectly with these interpretations. Praise the
Lord! This is a huge proof for the validity of this teaching!
Feast of Unleavened
judgment of Egypt
the Red Sea
Truth of the
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you
proclaim the Lordís death till He comes. 1Corinthians 11:26
It takes two elements, the bread and the cup, to
adequately proclaim the Lordís death. It takes two feasts to
adequately picture the Lordís death. The apostle Paul and the other
apostles preached two fundamental messages of the cross. The
entrance into the kingdom is a double door.
Proof 5 for Bread) Regarding how the Bible
interprets the word, "body;" the purpose for a "body" is to DO
things on the earth. Human and animal bodies are all about doing
things on the earth. The body of Christ is all about doing something
very unique: the will of God. Consider the following scriptures:
Hebrews 10:5-10 (The body of Christ was for doing the will of God,
and by that will we were set free (sanctified) to do the same.);
1Peter 2:24 (We were set free from doing wrong so that we can do
right (righteousness)); Romans 12:4 (and other scriptures like
1Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4:12), implies that each member of
Christís body has a function; something(s) that he or she should do.
Thus, the body of Christ is all about unified action. When we eat
the bread, we are symbolically eating the will of God for our lives.
The blood cannot do things on the earth. It is
not for doing. The purpose of blood is to support and give life to
the body; so that the body can do the DOING. If you were asked to
pick something up, you would use your body to pick it up, not your
blood. Obviously! The blood of Christ means forgiveness and
redemption for us so that we can have life and blessing instead of
death and cursing. That life and blessing supports the body so that
the body can do Godís will.
Although there are scriptures that connect the
blood to sanctification, the scriptures relating to the body are
always about holiness, sanctification, blamelessness (1Thessalonians
5:23 and Philippians 2:14-16 use this word in the context of
sanctification), righteousness (right living), suffering and DOING.
Proof 6 for the Bread) There is another basic
difference between the bread and the cup. The bread stands for His
body. The believer who eats the bread IS His body according to
scripture. The cup stands for His blood. The believer finds
forgiveness through the blood, but the believer IS NOT His blood. It
makes total sense scripturally for the believer to eat the bread and
declare by faith that he IS the body of Christ by grace. But, the
believer cannot intelligently declare that he is the blood of
1Corinthians 5:6-8 makes a point that includes
the above thought. The unleavened bread is about purging out the
leaven of sin so that we can be a new "lump" of unleavened bread,
which is pure and free from sin. The apostle admonishes us to BE a
new lump. In other words, the apostle Paul is admonishing us to BE
unleavened bread. Of course he would never admonish us to be the cup
of Communion. Consider the following amazing scripture that verifies
these thoughts in Proof 6 for the Bread.
For we, though many, are one bread and
one body, for we all partake of that one bread. 1Corinthians 10:17
Regarding the "Righteousness leads to Life"
theme; being lead by the Holy Spirit into all righteousness and
experiencing the life and blessing (peace and joy accompany the life
and blessing) of the Holy Spirit, are what the Kingdom of God
consists of. Peace and joy precede, accompany and follow the
blessing and life that righteousness leads to (Romans 14:17).
The Kingdom of God is the exact opposite of the
sin and death found in this world. Thus, by eating the bread and
drinking the cup, we are symbolically eating and drinking the
Kingdom of God.
There are certain limitations that the above
diagrams have, that the actual Communion service does not have. In
other words, an actual Communion service proclaims the complete
Gospel. Although these diagrams are wonderful, they are no
substitute for an actual Communion service. Letís look at AT LEAST
three important aspects of a Communion service that do not show up
in the above diagrams.
1 An actual Communion service beautifully and
clearly depicts the unity of the believers; and also the community
of the believers.
For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake
of that one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:17
As we all share the same bread, we make a
powerful statement about our common bond in Christ. We each have a
different place in the same body. We have each other and each
otherís giftings, encouragement and help! Wow!
2 In an actual Communion service, the believers
eat and drink the bread and the cup. The bread and the cup symbolize
the truths of the Lordís death, truths of Kingdom living which is
life in the Spirit, and the many truths of the Gospel. The believer
is not just theorizing and speculating about these truths, he is
eating and drinking them. These truths of Christ are more than just
information, they are meant to be received into our very beings and
hearts; they are meant to become our experiences and our
testimonies. They are the words of our testimony that will carry us
and be our very victory over the opposition of this world. Thus, the
limitations of the above diagrams donít allow for such powerful
symbolism; one cannot eat and drink the above diagrams.
3 The actual taste of the bread and the cup is
very significant. The cup is a delightful and delicious tasting
drink that stands for a delightful and pleasant set of truths. We
are forgiven, off the hook so to speak, so that we can have life and
blessing. It is called the cup of blessing (1 Corinthians 10:16).
Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). At His right hand
are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). When we drink the cup, our
hearts must be filled with faith for Godís goodness to us.
The unleavened bread of Communion, on the other
hand, tastes rather bland. It stands for dying to self, taking up
our crosses daily, and following Him. These are truths that people
tend to run from. The believer needs to steel his soul with these
truths, and realize that the Christian life involves self denial and
self sacrifice, and doing what Jesus would do. The rather plain
tasting unleavened bread stands for all of this.
What a magnificent balance! What a complete
picture of the whole counsel of Scripture. Communion brilliantly
symbolizes the real deal!
This Gospel of His Body and His Blood is SEED
FORM for the ENTIRE counsel of Scripture regarding our faith and
practice. The Law, the Prophets, the promises of God, the truths of
the Cross, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and the doctrines of
Salvation can all be seen in His Body and His Blood.
This complete Gospel applies to every second of
your day. It applies to your workplace. It applies to your marriage
and family. It applies to your friendships. The forgiveness only
gospel, even with the Holy Spirit, tends to leave you on your own
for most of your living down here. Only seeing forgiveness in the
cross, and not seeing your deliverance in the cross also, is the
great omission of this generation. The Communion bread points this
out. How can we fulfill the great commission with such a great
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