Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. –Romans 7:4-5.
His body delivered us from ourselves so that we can live well and be fruitful for God. We cannot deliver ourselves. We cannot just decide to die to ourselves and live for God. Only by relying on the truth of his death, that our body of sin died with his body on the cross (Romans 6:6), can we walk free from our sinful passions which are aroused when we say no to them or try to impose law on them. By eating his body, we are declaring that “one died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves”(2 Corinthians 5:14-15). We are declaring that “he who has died has been freed from sin” (Romans 6:7). We are proclaiming the authority of the Lord’s death over the power of sin in our lives. We are taking it into us by faith.
This truth of the cross does not mean that we never sin. It means that through the cross of Christ, we have authority over our selves and flesh and our sin. It means that we don’t have to be in bondage to any sin. Making a mistake is one thing. Living in continual bondage to sin is something else entirely. We might make mistakes but we do not have to keep making the same mistake over and over again. Because of the cross, we have been crucified with Christ; we have been set free; we are free.
We understand that the cup of the Lord’s Supper stands for the blood of Jesus shed for the forgiveness of our sins. We thank him for the peace we have in understanding that our sins are forgiven. If it wasn’t for Christ, we would stand guilty and deserve to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus took our place and himself paid the penalty for our sins.
In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. — Colossians 1:14.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. — Ephesians 1:7.
In these scriptures we see that redemption, the forgiveness of sins, was won for us through the blood of Jesus. The cup stands for this message of the cross.
But, the cup also has a resurrection message. The purpose of forgiveness of sins is that we can have life, eternal life. The cup which stands for forgiveness and redemption, has a resurrection side to it. The resurrection message of the blood is life, eternal life, or abundant life. The full meaning of the cup, simply stated, is deliverance from death into life. As I stated about the bread, the bread speaks of deliverance from sin. The resurrection side to this message of the cross is righteousness, or living for God, or doing what Jesus would do
Blood is the source for our lives. It is our nourishment, our provision, and support for every member of our bodies. If any member of our body does not get blood, it withers and dies. The life flow of the blood keeps the body going and doing what it needs to do. Therefore, when we drink the cup, we are not only drinking to remember that our sins are forgiven, we are also drinking the life, nourishment, and provision (for the spirit, soul, and body) that God through Christ supplies to his body. We are saying that God is our source. We are saying that God abundantly supplies all of our needs, even for all eternity, eternal life in heaven.
—Michael Dorsey, 4-3-08