The Love-Feast and the Lord's Supper
1 Corinthians 11:17-22
Now in this that I declare to you I praise you not, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse.…

The Church of Corinth introduced what was called a love-feast previous to the reception of the Lord's Supper — rich and poor bringing their own provisions. This idea seemed in strict accordance with the original institution of the Lord's Supper, for that was preceded by a common meal. There was a great beauty in this arrangement, because it showed the conviction of the Church of Corinth that differences of birth and rank are but temporary, and are intended to join by reciprocal bonds the different classes together. Still, beautiful as the idea was, it was liable to great abuse. Thus there arises a perpetual lesson for the Church of Christ: it is never good to mix things religious with things worldly. In the highest conceivable form of the Church of Christ, the two will be identified, for the kingdoms of the world are to become the kingdoms of God and of His Christ. In order to make these two one, the Christian plan has been to set apart certain days as holy, that through these all other days may be sanctified: to set apart a certain class of men, through them to, sanctify all other men: to set apart one particular meal, that all meals through that one may be dedicated to God. The world's way is rather this: to identify things religious and worldly by throwing the spirit of the week-day into the Sabbath; to make Christian ministers like other men, by infusing into them its own secular spirit; and to eat and drink of the Lord's Supper in the spirit of a common meal.

(F. W. Robertson, M.A.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.

WEB: But in giving you this command, I don't praise you, that you come together not for the better but for the worse.

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