If we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.

1Co 11:27-34; 11:20-22; 10:17; Tit 2:11-12; 1Jo 4:18.

1COR-30-191013 - length: 69:40 - taught on Oct, 13 2019

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John Farley
October 13, 2019

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If we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.

1CO 11:27-34

The thoughtless, selfish behavior of the Corinthians when they gathered together to eat the Lord’s Supper.

1CO 11:17-22:
Paul calls them out and rebukes them for their abuses at the Lord’s Supper.

1CO 11:23-26:
Paul delivers the Lord’s instruction about His Supper.

1CO 11:27-34:
Paul warns them about judgment, and exhorts them to correct the abuses.

Paul is telling the Corinthians to judge their behavior according to the standard of the Lord’s death.

He includes warnings to show them that this is a very serious matter.

1CO 11:27

This issue here is the manner in which they eat and drink at the Lord’s Supper.

We have already seen what that unworthy manner, that bad behavior, was.

1CO 11:20-22

Paul indicts the entire assembly here.
“You” is plural.
It means all of you.

1CO 11:27

Anyone who engages in the behavior of verses 21 and 22 shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.

The Greek word for “guilty” means to commit an offense against, to sin against;
to be answerable to.

When they sinned against their brothers in this manner during the Lord’s Supper meal,…

… they were actually sinning against Christ.

1CO 11:28-29

This is not confessing all your sins so that you are clean again and can take holy communion.

The Greek verb is dokimazo.


It means to test, put to the proof, examine, in the hope and expectation that the test will prove successful.

It also means to mark as genuine, authentic, or approved.

Here it refers to examining one’s conduct according to the standard of the cross.

Get real. Christ died for all. Treat each member of the body as an honored guest.

Those who behave selfishly and shame others are not acting according to the standard set by the Lord’s death.

1CO 11:29

The Greek word here is diakrino.
The word means to separate; to distinguish.

To make a distinction between one thing and another.
It means to discern.

What interpretation of “body” best fits the context, including the meaning of diakrino?

From what would the physical body of the Lord be distinguished?

But it doesn’t say bread. It says body.

It could also refer to the church as the body of Christ.

As distinguished from a group of people divided by social status.

1CO 10:17

diakrino appears again in verse 31.
And that verse parallels verse 29.

1CO 11:31

This means that the body refers to OURSELVES.

If we saw ourselves not as a divided assembly but as the united body of Christ…..

Starting in verse 30, however, Paul switches from the singular to the plural: “we” and “y’all”.

The things he says in verses 30-34 apply to the entire assembly rather than to specific individuals.

1CO 11:30-32

This describes the condition of the congregation as a whole. They were all under judgment.

The Corinthian assembly was making a travesty of the Lord’s Supper, and they did it over and over again.

The Corinthian church was way out of bounds here and the Lord had to take drastic measures to get their attention.

If we discerned ourselves as the one body of Christ, we would not be judged.

It’s not the judgment and discipline of individuals. It’s the judgment of the group.

The actions of a few can bring down on the whole family.

Divisive behavior has placed the whole community under judgment.

The Greek word for “disciplined” - paideuo - refers to the training of a child.

This same Greek word is translated “instructing” in TIT 2:12.

TIT 2:11-12

The word can sometimes refer to chastisement, correction, or inflicting pain.

This is NOT punishment.
God is NOT punishing us when He disciplines us!

1JO 4:18

We should never fear the discipline of the Lord.

1CO 11:33-34

The whole section from verse 17 - verse 34 has been about the whole group “coming together” to eat.

The right way is to welcome everybody with gracious hospitality.