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or of a lack of saving faith. By partaking of the Lord's Supper, a confession is made that by God's grace, the person knows something experientially of misery, deliverance, and thankfulness and that is revealed in love to God and others. By not partaking, a confession is made that the person is yet a stranger experientially of the marks and fruits of God's grace. Each time the Lord's Supper is served, those with a church right declare whether or not they have a divine right.

In actuality, when the Lord's Supper is celebrated, there are six groups of people in church in respect to the divine right needed for participation. These groups are listed in the chart below.

  • Audibly -In a verbal manner; capable of being heard; reaching the ear


    1. Have a divine right and attend, properly following Christ's loving command

    4. Do not have a divine right, but attend, unworthily

    2. Have a divine right but do not attend due to fear of self, personal sin, and self-deceit

    5. Do not have a divine right, and do not attend, but have some impressions and concerns regarding their inability to participate

    3. Have a divine right, but do not attend due to fear of others -that which others might think of, or say about them

    6. Do not have a divine right and do not attend, but have no concern about their condition

    The week prior to the Lord's Supper celebration is frequently called the "Preparatory Week." This special time of preparatory self-examination can be a difficult one for a sincere child of God. At times, he can be tom between a slavish fear of God's powerful warning, "He that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself," and God's loving command, "This do in remembrance of Me." He can also be tom between the fear of deceiving himself and the fear of denying Christ. In such circumstances, a struggling soul is called to prayerfully ask God to shed light over the scriptural marks of grace in his own life.

    If you were presently a confessing member with a church right to participate in the Lord's Supper, to which of the six groups listed in the chart would you belong?

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