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healing power of the holy communion

Does the communion bread heal your body? Today I look at the healing power of the Holy Communion

Surely a small piece of bread cannot possibly heal an incurable illness?

I mean, it would be completely wonderful but it really does sound quite far fetched and almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?

So I did exactly what I suggest you do, I prayed, explored and studied the Scriptures to see what God was saying to me about this. 

Today I share my findings with you, I hope this post encourages you and blesses you and increases your faith for healing. 

 

THE HEALING POWER OF THE HOLY COMMUNION 

 

Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you

1 Cor 11:24

The bread is for our healing, not for the forgiveness of sins. This was revelatory to me! I’d been partaking of Communion for years without knowing this.  

The ‘broken body’ is referring to Jesus scourging, His stripes. See BY JESUS’ STRIPES: DOES THIS INCLUDE PHYSICAL HEALING? 

(The wine (shed blood) is for our forgiveness.) So, 2 elements representing the two-fold application for salvation. 

For many years I would lump the bread and the wine together, without distinguishing the purpose of each. I think this is what most people do, unless they’ve had good teaching on Communion. 

Joseph Prince teaches that this is not discerning the Lord’s body. 

 

DISCERNING THE BODY

 

“For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” 1 Cor 11:29

Not discerning the body of Jesus is not understanding why we partake of the bread and just lumping it together with the wine. 

This is significant because when we don’t discern the body of Jesus…..

For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. (die) 

1 Cor 11:30

I’ve read this verse numerous times, each time it puzzled and concerned me. I certainly don’t want to suffer with ill health because I’ve been ignorant as to what the bread means.

“It is because people don’t make a distinction between the bread and the cup that many are sick.” Joseph Prince

There is opposition to this interpretation however. I know Andrew Wommack teaches that not discerning the Lord’s body is referring to  non-believers who partake. 

They haven’t had the revelation of Christ’s death and resurrection. When they take of the bread and wine, they are being dishonourable. 

I think I am inclined to go with Joseph Prince here. ‘Unworthy manner’ is the way in which you partake, not the person which is what Andrew Wommack is saying.

He has seen numerous miracle healings in his church after partaking, thus proving there is healing power in the Holy Communion. I trust his revelations and I encourage you to listen to His teachings. 

 

THANKSGIVING

 

Thanking God is the precursor to breakthrough. Jonah in the whale, Jehosophat and his army, the feeding of the 5000, the leper, Paul and Silas in prison…all these miracles followed praise and thanksgiving.

The whole purpose of the Holy Communion is a thanksgiving service to God for sending His Son to die on our behalf.

It therefore makes sense that miracle healings follow the receiving of the Holy Communion. 

and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.

1 Cor 11:24

This also goes in hand with discerning the bread for our healing. We’re saying that we’re grateful that the power to heal is present because of what Jesus did on the cross.

It’s a memorial service, honouring God and His Son.

We thank God in advance of the manifestation. We’re not partaking in order to get something from God however, but declaring the healing has been done on the cross. 

Faith isn’t believing that something will happen, but believing that it’s already happened in the spiritual realm, now we walk in it before we see it. 

Bill Johnson says this: “It’s extremely important that we begin to contend for what Jesus made provision for and that is the subject of divine health”

The best way to thank God for His Son’s broken body, is to accept his provision of divine health which is received through the Holy Communion bread.

 

OLD TESTAMENT EVIDENCE

 

The Isrealites partook of the passover just before their release from captivity. 

They had suffered for years under the hands of the Egyptians. I would expect them to have numerous health problems, yet the Bible says that when they left Egypt there was none feeble among His tribes.” Ps 105:37

Millions of Israelites and not one sick, that’s impossible outside of God’s miraculous healing power. They walked in divine health. 

“It would be tragic to come to the end of time and have the only generation that lived in divine health to be Israel in the wilderness, not born again in rebellion against God…” Bill Johnson

The passover is just a shadow of the Holy Communion yet the results were unimaginable. Surely partaking of Jesus’ broken body in the New Covenant will bring forth better results?

So the next time you partake of the bread, remember also what God did for the Isrealites after they received the passover. Prepare to be abundantly blessed!

LITTLE FAITH

 

What I love most about the healing power of the Holy Communion is that it doesn’t require us to have a massive amount of faith. 

The Isrealites put blood on the doorposts and partook of the passover meal. (Ex 12: 13-28) They were obedient to God. 

They didn’t need great faith, just obedient and willing hearts. 

I love this because it means that wherever you are on your faith journey, you qualify to receive. 

 

JESUS’ BODY

 

We know that Jesus was never sick. His mind and body were always completely healthy and whole (until He hung on the cross).

If the bread is Jesus’ body, then partaking of it, means partaking of the body of a man who exuberated resurrection life and wellness. 

This is definitely the kind of body I want to receive of. 

His body was so powerful, all the woman with the issue had to do was touch his cloak and she was made well. 

Joseph Prince teaches that the bread actually is the body. 

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1 Cor 11:24 

The verse doesn’t say that the piece of bread is a symbol, it says it is his body. Joseph Prince is taking it literally. 

I’ll be honest, I wish I could believe the piece of bread actually is Jesus’ body once you partake of it. My faith just doesn’t stretch to that belief! 

Personally I don’t think it matters. The power is in the revelation, the understanding, the obedience and the partaking with faith. 

 

THE BREAD OF LIFE

 

Bread is made up of wheat which is crushed until powder form. 

Once the yeast, eggs and water are added, the dough is pounded; this involves striking and hitting the dough. 

The process of the crushing and the pounding is of course a reflection of what happened to Jesus when he was crucified. 

Jesus refers to himself as ‘the bread of life’. 

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 6:51

Interpretations of this verse vary, most people believe that this is purely spiritual life that Jesus is referring to. 

However, Joseph Prince believes this verse is referring to Communion. His interpretation of the word ‘life’ is that of a healthy, physical body full of vitality and strength. 

The fact that there are so many miracle healings from his church suggests to me that his teaching on the healing power of the Holy Communion is probably accurate.

Having said that,  I think it needs to be looked at through the lens of the rest of Scripture and not taken in isolation. 

 

MY EXPERIENCE

 

Several years ago upon hearing this teaching, I began partaking of the Holy Communion every day. I was meditating and studying the word as well as listening to various anointed teachers. 

Unfortunately I didn’t notice any improvement in my health but that’s not to say that the teaching is wrong. 

Science proves that trauma that’s stuck in the body causes disease; In my opinion though, the parking of Communion does not release stored trauma. 

To illustrate this, let’s say a person is 25 stone and severely obese. Taking Communion, praying, reading the Bible is not going to shift the weight. 

In the same way, prayer, Communion, meditating on the Word etc are not going to shift stored trauma, especially trauma that’s been there since early childhood. 

I’ve come to the conclusion that healing this way is just one slice of the pie. 

I began a book club in my church using Joseph Prince’s book The Healing Power of The Holy Communion.’ A couple of people in the group noticed significant changes in their health I’m pleased to say. 

What I do love about this teaching is the simplicity of it. Healing in this way is incremental. The idea is that we believe that we’re improving each time we partake. 

Can you picture yourself getting healthier and healthier each time you eat of the Lord’s Body with faith? What a dream it would be to see improvement in your health just by eating a piece of bread. 

I think God knew that lots of us would struggle for that instant miracle we see in Scripture, especially for those of us who have been unwell for many years. 

How gracious of Him to provide another way for us to receive gradually. 

Can I encourage you to get a hold of Joseph Prince’s teaching. Pray about what He’s saying and test it for yourself.

Remember supernatural healing is always about listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you about your journey. 

I hope this post has given you a little food for thought.

God Bless

Lorna xx

Have you read:

THE BENEFITS OF GRATEFUL PRAISE: DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

JESUS CLEANSES THE LEPER. IS HE WILLING TO HEAL YOU?

 

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