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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Lord's Table, the; the Lord's Supper

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The first of these expressions is used in 1 Corinthians 10:21 , in contrast to the table of demons with which those were identified who partook of idolatrous feasts. In this passage the expression appears to be synonymous with the bread, the wine being spoken of as the cup of the Lord. The idea connected with the Lord's table is the identification of the saints as one body with the death of Christ. Hence "Ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table and of the table of demons." The cup is the fellowship of the blood of Christ, the bread is the fellowship of the body of Christ, and to this fellowship every believer is bound to be faithful. It expresses the separation of the entire company from all to which He died — from sin and from the world, in connection with which the god of this world furnishes his table. The 'one loaf ' was expressive of the oneness of the company of believers at Corinth, as bound together in the fellowship of the death of Christ.

The expression 'the Lord's supper' is found in 1 Corinthians 11:20 , and is in connection with the remembrance of the Lord in the breaking of bread and drinking the cup by the saints as in assembly. This chapter gives the positive character of the ordinance, as 1 Corinthians 10 is rather the separation consequent on it. It is the assembly come together and the affections of the saints stirred by the remembrance of the Lord's love in presence of the memorials of that which is the proof and expression of it, namely, His death. It is introductory to the assembly's proper privilege as brought, in company with the Lord Jesus Christ as the leader of its praises, to know and enjoy God revealed as Father, and to worship Him by the Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 12 - 1 Corinthians 14 , which succeed, the organisation, the motive spring, and functions of the assembly are referred to.*

* The word 'broken' in 1 Corinthians 11:24 is omitted from some Greek MSS, and by some editors. It was perhaps thought to clash with Psalm 34:20 ; John 19:36 , "A bone of him shall not be broken;" but in Psalm 22:14 , the Lord said, "All my bones are out of joint," which would correspond to a broken body.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Lord's Table, the; the Lord's Supper '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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