If a person read books about human love and commitment or experienced it, these two would differ significantly. How? How does this same distinction apply to love and commitment to God?
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith. Prove your own selves.
-II Corinthians 13:5a
life, his knowledge about cancer changed -it became experiential as well as factual.
Cancer was no longer just a disease and problem, but now it became his disease and problem. He felt the personal grief, anxiety, and burden of his sad situation and a heartfelt need for a personal cure. At times he could think about other matters, but when his thoughts returned to his condition, he experienced a deep pain, heartfelt sorrow, and crying need.
How does this example illustrate the difference between a factual and experiential knowledge of sin and of a need for deliverance? Why must a person have some experiential knowledge of misery, deliverance, and thankfulness to properly partake of the Lord's Supper?
We may not take away from, nor add to, this divine right. To properly partake of the Lord's Supper, a person must know something of experiential misery, deliverance, and thankfulness. Less is not sufficient; more is not necessary.
When God's Word excludes us in its setting forth of the marks and fruits of spiritual life, we must refrain from attending the Lord's table. God warns us of this truth most powerfully, "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" (I Corinthians 11 :27-30).
Read the following portion of the Parable of the Marriage Feast:
"And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:11-14).