So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died. But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world. —I Corinthians 11:27-32

First in this passage we can see that the world will be condemned. Those who know the Lord Jesus will not be condemned with it because Jesus has taken our condemnation at the cross. Believers in the Lord Jesus will never be condemned… never! But those who have never trusted the Lord and don’t want anything to do with Him will be condemned forever in Hell. This is what God tells us in His Word, but He does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23; 33:11).

Second we read in this passage that erring, sinning believers can be judged by God through sickness and death. Believers are judged now in this way so they will not be condemned along with the world. The context is speaking about sin connected with the Lord’s Table, but we should not take any sin lightly. Truly, we need to have the right attitude toward sin and hate evil as God does showing that we truly fear God (Psalm 45:7; 97:10; Proverbs 8:13; Romans 12:9).

Third we are to examine ourselves to see if there is any wicked way in us. Ask God to examine our hearts. He alone, better than ourselves, knows what resides in our hearts and can reveal it to us. May we ask Him to do so that we might live holy for Him.

Dear Father, please mold me into the person You desire me to be. May I also be about Your business that You have given me responsibility over. Oh that I would do so in the Holy Spirit’s power and in the authority of my Lord Jesus. May it be so!

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