Communion ?


    “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come.” (1 Cor. 11:26) If Jesus did come in judgment, as these first century believers we’re being told by the Holy Spirit that He would, then do we now stop taking communion? Does His coming in the clouds of judgment put an end to communion? We must examine the use of the three Greek words used here to express “till”. They are 891,3739, 302 in the Strongs. 

891-archri: a terminus of time, until, or up to-as far as, while.

3739-hos: (fem.), he (neut.), ho prob. A prim. Word (or perh. A form of the art. 3588); the rel. (sometimes demonstrative) pron., who, which, what, that:-one, (an-, the)other, some that what, which, who (-m, -se), etc.

302 -an: denoting a supposition, wish, possibility or uncertainty- what, where, whither, whosoever. Usually unexpressed except by the subjunctive or potential mood.

To interpret scripture with scripture, lets examine where else these three Greek words are used together. Four chapters away, in 1 Cor.15:25 we see the same English word “till” used for the same three Greek words. “archre, hos, and an.” These same three Greek words are all again in the same order. “For He must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet.” (1 Cor.15:25) Does this usage of “till” convey termination? Does Jesus stop reigning after all enemies are put under His feet? Answer, no! We might even say today for instance, “work on this till I get back.” Termination is not guaranteed, as one may continue working after the individual comes back. Maybe a clearer example would be, “They walked over the hill, till we could see them no longer”. Their walking is definitely not terminated, the activity continues.

In Matthew 28:20 says, “and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen.” A bit different Greek word here, but nevertheless the same idiomatic usage is in play here. [2193-Heos- continuance, until, of time and place, even until, unto, as far as, how long, till, hither, un, up, to while.] Again termination is impossible here. Is he not going to be with them after the end of the age? He is, therefore the activity of being with them always is not terminated. This same word is used in Matthew 26:29. “I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until I drink in new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” We know that termination of the drinking of this wine would not take place. (Luke 22:29,30) Therefore, we must conclude that termination of communion has not taken place.