Every covenant is cut and ratified by the blood. The problem was that the old covenant under the law could only make atonement for our sins - cover it up. However, the new covenant, which was ratified by the blood of Jesus, however, did much more - it removed sin once and for all(Hebrews 9:11-15) and not just sin but all of the attendant consequences of sin, the curse of the law that includes sickness, disease, poverty, and failure were all removed!
Hebrews 9:11-15 made this clear ‘But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance’
When we come to the communion table what we have come to do is to renew that covenant of the New Testament! Hear what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:24-26,"...as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he comes'. In other words, each time we partake of the communion table we re-enact the new covenant and appropriate all of its attendant benefits, we show that the Lord did die and we indeed received all the blessings that come by his death on the cross!
The word "shew" from the root word means to declare! Partaking of the communion is a practical declaration of Jesus death and all that it accomplishes for us at the cross!
It is not a religious rite, it’s a declaration and appropriation of the blessings of the new covenant procured by the blood of the lamb!
It is with this understanding that we approach the lord's table. Those who do so with the wrong understanding and discernment are said to be "weak and sickly" after partaking of the Lord's table, instead of being 'strong and healthy'! Their understanding was amiss so the blessings could not be appropriated!
1 Corinthians 11:24-30 is where Paul dwelled on this at great length. ‘24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 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. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. 34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come’
Every scriptural practice produces with understanding. It's why Psalm 47:7 says to sing praises with understanding. It isn't just the subject of praise but every issue in the kingdom. Kingdom productivity is a function of spiritual understanding (Matthew 13:23). Though the church has been giving for long but yet never saw prosperity until she gained an understanding of the covenant of giving!
The church in Corinth was in error of understanding because they could not discern (properly judge, understand) the Lord's body. Instead of been strong they were weak, instead of been healthy they were sickly. They could not come to terms with the power in the blood of Jesus, even though he himself declared earlier in John 6:53-54 that his flesh and his blood are the sources of life, albeit the Zoë life of God! To the Corinthians, the communion table was just a mere religious rite.
Many today are in the same danger of discernment. Some people have talked about taking "the element of the communion" during communion time! There are no elements in the communion table, there is only the flesh and blood of Jesus! You either take it that way or leave it!
Jesus himself set the precedence in Matthew 26:26-28 when he said 'this is my flesh, this is my blood'. He didn't say this represented my flesh and blood; he said 'this is it'! It's this high level of spiritual understanding and faith in the blood that provokes the release of its power! And when Paul repeated it here in 1 Corinthians 11, he also went the way of the Lord: ‘this is my flesh…this is my blood’. This was how the master and the early church administered the blood and that ought not to change today!
Someone says what we call it doesn't matter? No! It matters! Whatever name you call it is what it is! The wrong semantics will give you the wrong mentality! The flesh of Jesus is the flesh of Jesus, while His blood is his blood! You take it with that faith and see the power of the blood goes into action in you and for you. I have been in a church for many years where the communion was only served as ‘element of the communion’. For all of my years there I didn’t hear any testimony that came by reason of the communion, not one! Before that church I was in a church where the communion table is seen as the Lord’s body, where it is taken as the flesh and blood of Jesus, and no week goes by without testimonies of cancer been destroyed, arthritis been condemned, HIV been turned from positive to negative, the testimonies are endless!
Our spiritual understanding is what set the boundaries for our spiritual results! There are blessings in the communion table for those who understand its power!
At the lord's death, sin was defeated! The curse of the law was removed! Death was shamed! Sickness was removed! Poverty and failure were disgraced! At the communion table, this covenant is what we come to renew, declare and appropriate again! Practically at the Lord's Table, we renew and show the world the value of the Lord's death when we approached it with the right understanding.