1 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
There must be a connection between:
- The subject of authority that covers verses 3-16,
- The subject of following the spiritual teacher as he follows the Lord and
- The subject of the ordinances.
Paul urged that they would follow him, but only so far as he followed the Lord. Paul also assured them that he had given them the Lord’s Supper as it was delivered to him by the Lord. The passage on the subject of authority establishes then the ground for obedience to the Lord’s Supper. We keep it as it was given to us and in so doing we are submitting to the Lord.
The end of the chapter gives a stern warning about judgment, chastening and condemnation. The issue is not so much that there is a mystical feature attached to the ordinances, but that improper observance of the ordinance indicates irreverence and disobedience to the Lord. It is this disobedience that is judged and condemned.
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