As a young believer I was transfixed by the Amplified Bible’s interpretation of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly]… [3:10]. I began to make this verse my regular prayer, I set my heart to discover all that I could about Yahshua, I begged Him to show me Who He is from the Word. The more I learned about Him, the more I loved Him, and my relationship with Him became a constant delight. There was an unexpected and amazing outcome to this process; He introduced me to His Father and a second journey began.
Over the centuries, the two words ‘holy communion’ have come to describe the act of remembering Yahshua, as He requested on the evening before His execution [Luke 22:19-20]. The apostle Paul cemented this idea into our hearts when he wrote, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of [Messiah]? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of [Messiah]?” [1 Corinthians 10:16]. The word ‘communion’ means ‘intimate fellowship or rapport’, it can also describe a mutual participation in something, an act of sharing. So, whilst it is an excellent choice of wording for the fellowship of bread and wine, it can also describe a wonderful area of connection with Yahweh; a place of holy and intimate fellowship.
Sin robbed Adam and Eve of the companionship of Yahweh in the Garden of Eden. Adam had been created for this fellowship, it was his birth right; eventually Yahshua purchased back that birth right for all those who believe in Him. So, it is available to us, it can be ours to delight in. The scriptures encourage us to seek for Yahweh, to believe He is there to be found by us [Jeremiah 29:13]. For me, the experience which began with my love for Yahshua, and my passionate following of Him, has led me into an amazing place of holy communion, which continues to delight, and mature.
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