31 July 2016 - Holy Communion: The Eucharist that Brings Health and Wholeness - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
Luke 18:27 - Jesus Himself said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God". God rejoices when He is needed and called on.
“But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”” (Luke 18:27 NKJV)
Isaiah 53:4-5 - The Bible says that surely Jesus has borne our "choli" which is the Hebrew word for "physical sickness" and carried our "makob" which is the Hebrew word for "physical pains".
Jesus took our punishment upon Himself. He was not punished for His own sins, but for all of our sins!
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV)
Matthew 8:16-17 - The context is physical healing. Isaiah 53:4 is not talking about healing from spiritual sickness - it's talking about healing from physical sickness.
Our spirits are not just sick, they are dead if we are not saved.
To revive our spirit, we need to be born again, not just healed.
“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”” (Matthew 8:16-17 NKJV)
Luke 13:11-13 - Eighteen years - Eighteen is 6 + 6 + 6.
666 is the number of the Antichrist. The devil will always try to bow you down, but Jesus will always lift you up!
“And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” (Luke 13:11-13 NKJV)
Romans 2:14-15 - The Bible says the Ten Commandments is written in every heart.
This is how we know that we are all fallen - We know what's right but we don't want to do what's right.
“for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them )” (Romans 2:14-15 NKJV)
This prosperity is not just talking about spiritual prosperity. It's talking about prosperity in EVERY area of our lives.
God wants us to live the zoe (the Greek word for "life") life.
That is the life that God Himself lives by.
Eternal life is not just about living forever - those in hell also live forever.
Eternal life is not talking about the duration of life, but about the quality of life.
Jesus came that we may have the abundant life!
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (III John 1:2 NKJV)
God's will for you is to NEVER be sick. Once we are in heaven, we will never be sick, and there will be no need to pay for anything - no more bills, no more taxes, etc.
Revelation 21:4 - When someone has gone to heaven, their tears will have to be wiped away probably because he is crying for those who are not saved and who have accepted their fallen state.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:4 NKJV)
God did not create us as robots. He chose to create man knowing full well that man would rebel.
Love is love because it gives a choice.
The thing about free choice: You cannot choose the result of your choice.
Example: If you choose to touch fire, you choose to be burnt.
James 5:14 - Notice that it doesn't say that the elder who is praying cannot be sick.
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14 NKJV)
I Corinthians 11:30 - If a Christian passes away now, he or she will be asleep because death is conquered and is no more for the believer.
“For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.” (I Corinthians 11:30 NKJV)
I Corinthians 11:20-34 - Jesus died for unworthy people. Unworthy people have a claim on Jesus' saving power.
An adverb modifies a verb. The verse is not saying that unworthy people cannot partake of the holy communion. It's saying that you can't partake in an unworthy MANNER.
An unworthy manner means to not discern the Lord's body.
"Discerning" is the Greek word "diakrino" which means "to make a separation".
Some people believe in "transubstantiation" whereby the Holy Communion elements actually physically become the body and blood of Christ. That is a dangerous heretical teaching.
You cannot be saved through taking communion.
How to discern the Lord's body: The broken body of Christ is for our healing. The shed blood of Christ is for the forgiveness of our sins.
The world is dying. There is a sentence of sickness on the world ever since Adam sinned and man fell in the Garden of Eden.
The Holy Communion is a cure. If you're not drinking the healing, you're drinking the problem.
Partaking of the Holy Communion is not to be taken with fear, but with celebration.
The Corinthian church was coming together to get drunk with the wine used for Holy Communion.
That's what Paul was referring to when he said "lest you come together for judgement".
“Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.” (I Corinthians 11:20-34 NKJV)
People like to see spectacular demonstrations of God's power like people falling to the ground under God's power when being prayed for.
But there is no point in having spectacular displays of power if there is no desired outcome -
example: if a person falls to the ground under God's power and doesn't get healed.
Romans 8:1 - "Condemnation" is the Greek word "katakrima" which means "punishment following condemnation".
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1 NKJV)
Galatians 3:13 - Believers don't live under the curse of the Law, they live under the blessing of God.
Jesus bought us out of the slave market of sin by being made a curse for us.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree: (Galatians 3:13 NKJV)
God wants us to judge ourselves according to the blood of Christ and according to what Jesus has done for us.
Matthew 26:26-28 - "Gave thanks" is the Greek word "eucharisteo". Jesus demonstrated the spirit of thankfulness in which the Holy Communion is meant to be partaken in.
The Holy Communion is not about the reminder of sins, but it's about the REMISSION of sins - it is a place of blessing.
When you thank God, you are declaring that it is a done deal.
How can you give thanks and say that you are already healed when the pain is staring you in your face? You can say so because God said so!
The Lord's Supper is the substance of the shadow which is the Jewish Passover. The shadow is not the real thing.
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28 NKJV)
Romans 4:17 - Like how God operates, you have to call the things that are NOT as though they are, then they will manifest.
That's faith, and there's power there.
When you have sickness in your body, you shouldn't say "I'm not sick, I'm not sick" - that's calling the things that are as though they are not.
You should say "By Jesus stripes, I am healed".
“(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed--God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;” (Romans 4:17 NKJV)
When a sheep falls into mud, it hates it and wants to get out. But when a pig falls into mud, it wallows in it and loves it.
Truly born-again believers are like sheep - they may get tempted and be attracted to commit sin in that particular moment, but they don't want to stay in sin and they want a way out.
If you enjoy your sins and don't want a way out of them, then you're probably a 'pig'.
Attending church and filling out a form and writing "Christian" doesn't make you a Christian. You have to be born-again.
To youth leaders: don't treat your youths as though they don't know what the grossest sins (examples: watching pornography, masturbation) are and try to define them.
Your youths will laugh at you even if they don't admit that they are already committing those sins.
Speak to them like they are already doing it.
A child who studies hard and gets good grades doesn't make him or her a good boy or girl who is exempt from committing sins.
Proverbs 10:27, Ephesians 6:1-3, Psalms 91:16 - There are things that you can do that will prolong your life.
The fear of the Lord prolongs days. Honoring your father and mother prolongs your life.
Psalms 91:16 says "to satisfy him", referring to the believer.
It's up to you to decide when you are satisfied! Is 80 years old too short a lifespan for you? Then ask and believe the Lord for more years!
“The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.” (Proverbs 10:27 NKJV)
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”” (Ephesians 6:1-3 NKJV)
“With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”” (Psalms 91:16 NKJV)
Acts 20:7 - Breaking bread is to partake of the Holy Communion.
“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” (Acts 20:7 NKJV)
Acts 2:46-47 - You can partake of the Holy Communion everyday, as much as is desired.
Don't be legalistic about it - some people believe that if they don't partake for a set number of times a day, they will surely fall sick.
What ends up happening is that they really fall sick because they believe that they will.
“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47 NKJV)
The Old Covenant is written statutes to be obeyed, whereas the New Covenant is to follow the Holy Spirit's leading.
You can partake of the Holy Communion with any kind of bread and a drink of red nature.
It doesn't have to be unleavened bread and wine, because it is symbolic.
You don't receive healing because you are good. You receive healing because what Jesus did at the cross is good!
Exodus 12:9 - The Jews used to roast the lamb by piercing it through a spike, and using a horizontal bar to spread its arms outstretched. That's the shape of the cross!
Then they would remove the lamb's intestines and wrap it around on the top of the lamb's head - similar to the crown of thorns that was on Jesus' head.
Jesus was burned so that we won't be burned. God's fire is a just fire - because it has burnt Jesus at the cross, it cannot burn a believer today.
The lamb's head represents the mind of Christ. Do you have depression, a headache, or a mind-associated problem?
When we partake of the Holy Communion, say that "By the stripes of Jesus, I partake of the mind of Jesus."
Every time you partake of the Holy Communion, the Lord is glorified because He is reminded of His Son.
Keep partaking even if you don't see immediate manifestation of your healing. Every time you partake, you are getting better.
“Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails.” (Exodus 12:9 NKJV)
Psalms 105:37 - The lamb is a shadow, pointing to the substance which is Jesus Christ.
If the Jews could partake of the shadow and come out rich and none of them feeble, how much more we who have the TRUE Substance!
We can be truly healthy, prosperous and living the abundant life. There's no such thing as a health and wealth gospel, but the gospel supplies health and wealth to us!
Wherever the gospel has gone, society has broken out! Wherever Christianity has gone, there is education, women are no longer subjugated, hospitals are built, and more.
“He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes.” (Psalms 105:37 NKJV)
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