Now, while we are being judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so we won't be condemned along with the world.1 Corinthians 11:32(ISV)
It is in the serious context of the Lord's Supper, that we read, that when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord, so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
We are instructed.. that as often as we partake of the bread and wine, in remembrance of Christ's sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, we are to do so soberly, in the reverential fear of the Lord and with a clean conscience, or it may be necessary for us to receive some corrective chastening from our heavenly Father.
Participating in holy communion is a sombre, yet joyful celebration of Christ's gracious sacrifice on the cross, where the New Covenant, which God promised to the nation of Israel, was cut, through the precious blood of God's only begotten Son - such that all who believe on His name, are made children of God, forgiven of our sins, positioned in Christ.. as part of His Body, and promised an inheritance, which is kept for us in heaven.
In this passage, Paul was addressing an issue in the Corinthian Church, where different members of the congregation were behaving discourteously towards one another. They used this time to participate in a 'bring-and-share' fellowship meal, as well as partake of the Lord's Supper, but ended up being drunk, disorderly and disrespectful. But the principle teaching of this passage, is equally relevant for believers today, as it was during these early days of the Church.
The Lord's Supper, should never be approached frivolously or carelessly. It should rather be undertaken with a sincere heart of grateful thanks, for all that Christ has done for us.. for we have been bought with a price - the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Indeed, as God's blood-bought children, we should examine our own hearts and consciences, to see if we are in fellowship with God, or if some unconfessed sin has separated us from close communion with our heavenly Father, which is the privilege of all believers.
Christians who eat and drink at this divinely-ordained, commemorative communion meal of bread and wine, should always, discern the body of the Lord. We should always remember, and honour the supreme sacrifice that was made on our account, when Jesus willingly went to the cross for us and died in our place. And we should be sure that no unconfessed sin is hindering our daily fellowship with our heavenly Lord.
We should always call to mind that our sin was set aside forever, because of Christ's amazing sacrifice, and that any post-salvation sin, dishonours the Lord and should be confessed to Him, before we participate in any meal of remembrance - which is why we are instructed to judge our own lives - to see if any sin has separated us from sweet fellowship with our Father in heaven.
If we fail to judge ourselves, and honestly confess our sin to God, then He will often discipline us.. for when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord - so that we will not be condemned along with the world. When God sees unconfessed sin in a Christian's life, He takes steps to correct it through a programme of godly discipline.
It is only those that have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, that have a relationship with God. Through our redemption we are given the right to call Him Abba - Father.. but as His children, God has every right to judge our lives and discipline us, when we do not walk in spirit and truth - or when we allow the old fleshly nature to manipulate our behaviour.
God our Father has every right to judge our lives and discipline us when we do not adhere to His will, as laid out in Scripture. He loves us too much to permit us to go on sinning. Although sin can never remove us from our eternal position in Christ, it can affect our day-to-day relationship with the Lord. May we be ready and willing to examine ourselves, and to learn from the Lord's chastening work - so that we may grow in grace and mature in the faith - to the glory of God the Father.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You love Your children so much, that Your punishment is not designed to harm us, but to return us into precious fellowship with Yourself. Help me to keep a short rein on my sin and confess it quickly to You, but when I do have unconfessed sin, I pray that I will be teachable, and learn every lesson that You would teach me, through Your chastening programme. Thank You also for the opportunities I have, to break bread, and to remember the amazing sacrifice Christ made on the cross for me. May I always treat it with reverence and fear, to Your praise and glory - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.