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Declare Christís death until his return

1 Corinthians 11:26

Christians teach that the most important event in the worldís history is the death of Christ. The most important future event will be when Christ comes back to this world. Between these two events, Christians must declare Christís death to the world. Whenever they share bread and wine at church, they are declaring the importance of Christís death.

Christís death is so important because God saves people only by means of Christís death (1:18). That is why Christ came into the world: to save people (Matthew 1:21). All people have done wrong things against Godís law; we deserve only punishment (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23). But God can forgive us because Christ died for us (Isaiah 53:5-6; John 3:16-17). So, we must confess our evil deeds to God, and we must invite Christ into our lives.

When people do such things, they are trusting God to save them because of Christís death. As Christians, they wait for Christís return. At his death, Christ defeated both the devil and the power of death (Hebrews 2:14-15). Until Christís return, people will still die and the devil will continue to have power in this world. That is the reason why there is so much trouble in the world. And that is the reason why Christians are so eager for Christ to establish his rule on earth.

However, many things that Christ achieved by his death are already happening. God is saving people; they are receiving a right relationship with him. Across the world, people are hearing and believing his good news. We even have clear evidence that Christ defeated death. After his own death, Christ became alive again (15:20). So, the hope of Christians is not in vain (Hebrews 6:19).

Next part: Who should not accept the bread and wine at church? (1 Corinthians 11:27)

 

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