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...Christians today should concentrate instead on a relationship with God based on the righteousness of Jesus Christ and on loving and caring for others (see 'Compassion').
    Christ made us free from all do's and don'ts, free to love out of a heart filled with compassion according to our individual heartfelt level of concern. It's love that fulfills the law – God's love in us -John 17:26; Romans 13:10
    Anything less is simply a form of "getting and keeping ourselves 'right' with God, apart from trusting in the righteousness of Christ, which righteousness He completed -John 3:15. If not that, then we are, in effect, saying to God: "look at my actions; I'm doing what You commanded", instead of "I'm thankful I've been made holy, righteous and perfect because of what Christ has already done and want from my heart to go out and do works of love moving away from the works that hold one to a religion". 
    We ought to be showing others good works, thereby adorning the doctrine of God instead of selfishly clinging to practices which define our particular clique as exclusive of others--Titus 2:7,10,11.

The word 'communion' means 'fellowship', and other things. We already have communion with the Holy Spirit -2Corinthians 13:14
    In 1Corinthians 10:16,17 Paul is talking about whatever the Christians (his brethren -verse 1) may eat; not to worry if the food had first been dedicated to a pagan idol, knowing full well that such idols are nothing and pure idiocy (verse 26), however if a new Christian babe-thought the idol to indeed still be something (not having yet grown in understanding to the extent of others) then one should refrain from doing anything that may offend him -verses 23,28,29,32,33. Another example. And another
    Paul says that our communion or fellowship with others at a meal is with Christ, in all present, making us one body or one fellowship, one communion. 
    In 1Corinthians 11:23-30 Paul again talks of this, as the Corinthian Christians were babes (1Corinthians 3:1) and, not having yet matured, had many problems as well as questions about how various concerns should be handled. 
    When they got together in fellowship (communion with one another) to celebrate the Lord's supper (a noble reason to get together with others) they were getting drunk and didn't care if others in the body of Christ (1Corinthians 10:16,17 and 1Corinthians 12:25-27) had anything to eat -1Corinthians 11:20-22
    Some were cliquish (1Corinthians 11:18) and by their actions, rejected others who were also part of the family of God. 
    In 1Corinthians 11:19, Paul sarcastically says "you have to have divisions among you to show who is the greatest among you and the better group". Then in verse 20 Paul says "when you people get together it doesn't look to me like you came to celebrate anything regarding the Lord". And why? -verse 21. 
    In 1Corinthians 11:22 Paul says that if you want this, then do it in your own home. In  1Corinthians 11:23-26 he reminds them of the original Lord's supper as an example for comparison. And in 1Corinthians 11:27-30 tells them that they are having this meal in an unworthy manner (their manner being unworthy of the reason for which they agreed to come together in the first place). 
    In 1Corinthians 11:30 he tells them that this hypocritical approach to it all, is a cause of double mindedness (James 1:8; 4:8) through which the healing and cleansing power of the Holy Spirit is hindered -Ephesians 4:30) serious enough to make some of them, whose faith may become weakened, sick to death. 
    In 1Corinthians 11:31,32 Paul tells them to think about what they are doing and if they can regulate themselves then God won't have to take a hand in circumstances to get them on track. 
    1Corinthians 11:33 finishes off with Paul saying that they should tarry (original is 'accept, receive') one another, again, as some were being left out (1Corinthians 11:21,22) and this was not portraying the spirit or attitude which existed among the original disciples around Jesus at His last supper -Matthew 26:17-30. Paul wanted them back on track by reminding them of the true purpose of such fellowship. 

Jesus rose from supper and showed an example of service and humility by washing the disciples' feet (John 13:5,12-15), an act that only low ranking servants would have done when someone came to visit, in order to remove grains of sand from the feet because of the open sandals commonly worn in hot countries then. This expressed a depth of desire to serve others in humility (with no selfish motives attached) and to be at one with the person. 
    Jesus shows here that actions are important in expressing love. What good is feeling it and not showing it? We should have the same attitude one toward another. Some denominations and small groups do this today as a reminder of the higher meaning involved. I can see where it would be a humbling experience, as well as a reminder of the attitude of service Jesus here exemplified. 

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