Who partakes at the Lord

Who partakes at the Lord’s supper?

Those who "break bread" together express a unique oneness: "For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread" (1 Corinthians 10:17). When the apostle deals with gifts (12:1), he shows that their functioning must be regulated by the truth that "ye are [the] body of Christ" (12:27). They expressed in breaking bread that they were like a body (10:17), which takes its character from the one Body of which all believers form a part (Ephesians 4:4;1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). Obviously, for those who break bread together to function as a unified body, they must be part of the assembly. This is consistent with the Christians’ practice in Acts. Established churches of God "broke bread" (Acts 2:42; 20:7). Partaking at the Lord’s Supper is not the right of individuals, but the responsibility of a church of God.

D. Oliver