Who should partake of the Lord’s Supper?

lord's supperQuestion:

Who should partake of the Lord’s Supper?

“What is the right way of taking the Lord’s Supper? There are some people who call themselves Christians but they don’t [take part], are they sinners? At the Lord’s Supper, for instance, they would pass the wine and the bread without anyone [taking] it, then we’re told by the elders that we’re finished eating. Those who are going to heaven, are they the only people who are supposed to eat the Lord’s Supper?”



Paul gave some very good instruction regarding this. He wrote, “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. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation.” (1 Corinthians 11:27-34)

As you can see here, it is a very serious thing to take part in the Lord’s Supper (or Communion). We must examine ourselves to see if we have our lives right with God before we take part in Communion. If, after you examine yourself, you realize that you are not right with God, then you must make the necessary preparations so that your life is right with God, or you must choose not to take part in Communion until you have made the necessary preparations in your life. If you have not given your life to God, then you should not take part in Communion.