The Banquet of the Benefits of His Death

“And so what the Corinthians were underestimating was the real power of the Lord’s Supper that comes from its true purpose, namely, to deepen and strengthen our participation in the benefits of the cross, or to nourish our fellowship with Christ himself. And the reason this is powerful against idolatry is given in verse 21: “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” You can’t. Because when you truly partake of the cup and the table of the Lord, you are being nourished and satisfied by the Lord, and loving the Lord, and delighting in the Lord, and trusting the Lord, and fellowshipping with the Lord. That’s what it means to share in the blood and body of Christ–to sit with Jesus at the banquet of the benefits of his death. In that kind of experience idols and demons lose all their attraction and all their power.”

~ John Piper, “Idolatry, The Lord’s Supper, and the Body of Christ”, Oct. 4, 1992

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