When the apostle Paul gave instructions for the practice of communion in the church he mentioned its temporary nature when he said in 1 Corinthians 11:26 that it would be practiced “until He comes.” This matched perfectly what Jesus Himself had said when He lifted the bread and cup at that fateful Passover meal the night before He was crucified. He said, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (Luke 22:15-16). He went on to lift the cup and say with reference to it as well that He would not do so again “until the kingdom of God comes.”
Thus communion was a commemoration of the Lord’s Passover to be relinquished when the reality it foreshadowed had fully come. We see this reality on the verge of fulfillment in the book of Revelation when Jesus said that He stood at the door, ready to come in a sup with those who received Him (Revelation 3:20).
Therefore, there remains a communion that can be practiced today in the kingdom of God. It is the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in your heart who discloses to you the thoughts of Jesus. This is the only communion worth pursuing. Who pursues the shadow when the substance is available? (Colossians 2:17)
I hasten to add that communion in New Testament times was practiced by the church while communion in the kingdom of God is something you individually experience with your Creator. You have no need of any human mediator. The only mediator given between God and humans is Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).
(See also Baptism Is Obsolete.)
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.