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Healing in Holy Communion
Dale M. Sides
Originally, I was going to entitle this article “Healing in Communion,” but then I realized there was more to this than just the simple act of the religious ritual of communion. If healing were available merely by eating a piece of bread and taking a sip of wine in a liturgical setting, then Christians all over the world would have received their healing already. That obviously has not occurred. The power of healing is not just in communion, but in Holy Communion.
I have been teaching on healing in Holy Communion for quite awhile and have witnessed a considerable number of medically verified healings. This is not a fluke or a scam; there are both medical and scientific facts supporting this reality. This article will help to pave the way for you to receive this vital truth. If it is news to you, then praise the Lord, Liberating News is fulfilling its intended purpose.
So the reality that there is power from God available within the covenant He made with mankind, called Holy Communion or Passover, to heal the physical body as well as the injured soul, should be without debate. Psalm 105:37 KJV states that the children of Israel, after partaking of the first Passover, came forth without one feeble person among them. Also, according to 2 Chronicles 29 and 30, when King Hezekiah reinstated the holiness of Passover, all those who partook of it were healed. In 1 Corinthians 11:23–30, a warning is made to all those who receive the Lord’s Supper unworthily, that there will be the consequences of weakness, sickness, and/or a premature death. The reciprocal is true too—Holy Communion brings strength, health, and a full life when taken as Holy Communion, and not “just” communion. Both the Old Testament and New Testament agree—there is power in Holy Communion to heal, and there are consequences for partaking of it in an unprepared and unworthy state.
Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 1 Corinthians 11:27–29
Not only is it advantageous for you to prepare to receive Holy Communion, it is also very risky to take it otherwise. Health and prosperity are available in Holy Communion, but just taking communion (without the holy) could be opening the door to receiving consequences instead of benefits.
This is why I stipulated the difference between communion and Holy Communion. Holy Communion taken in the proper way requires that the person be prepared to receive the sacraments. Each believer should “examine himself” to be purified and in a worthy state. This answers the question of “If there is healing in communion, why have I not seen it or received it?” The reason is that there is a preparation whereby the person becomes ready to receive what God has for them. These benefits include various kinds of healing and prosperity.
In the first Passover, where the flesh of the Passover Lamb was eaten and the blood was applied to the doorposts, God demanded a time called “Preparation.” This period of time is referred to in John 19:14.
Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. John 19:14a
Exodus 12:1–6 stipulates that a lamb be taken into a house on the tenth day of the first month and then sacrificed on the fourteenth. All this time, the people were to be readying themselves mentally to receive what the Lord had for them. In addition, they were to remove leaven (representing sin) from their homes. They went through a preparation process before they partook of the Passover meal. Likewise, we in the New Testament (who are under the New Covenant) also must ready or examine ourselves before we take Holy Communion, corresponding with the Passover meal under the Old Covenant.
The word “holy” is hagios in the Greek, coming from the root word hagnos, which means “completely pure.” The time of preparation, which under the Old Covenant was five days, required the partaker to set time aside to sanctify himself to be reminded of the covenant which he had with God his Father. It seems that in the present-day church, rather than taking five days to prepare, five minutes may be the maximum time given before taking communion. That time is usually when the person is waiting in line to fulfill his or her religious obligation.
Healing and prosperity in Holy Communion are covenant promises that God has made to His children whether they are under the Old Covenant or the New. It is a family thing that does not include unbelievers, or for that matter, covenant breakers, even if they are His children. Do you want healing in Holy Communion? Then the days of walking up to the altar and gulping down some wine or juice to wash the sticky wafer off of the roof of your mouth are over! You must prepare your heart to receive the blessings that God has for you.
To properly ready yourself to take Holy Communion, so that you may receive the promises of prosperity and health, you must set time aside to allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart to reveal anything that is not well pleasing in the sight of your Holy Father. The covenant that God the Father made with you through the blood and flesh of Jesus is the promise of health and wealth for you. Your side of the covenant is that you make Jesus your Lord and abide by the rule of that covenant—holiness!
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15–16
After researching the subjects of healing and Holy Communion, I have discovered that the anointing of the Holy Spirit resides in both the wine (juice) and bread. (It is passed into them when the bread is broken and thanks are given for the cup.) When taken internally, the elements come into contact with fresh, holy flesh, and actual regeneration begins to occur. Continually taken, in a holy state, the sacrament of Holy Communion will generate health in an individual for years and years. I personally knew of a man in India who had taken Holy Communion daily since being born again. When I met him, he was 85 years old and had never been sick or even had a cavity in his teeth. It appears that holy elements will stick to and regenerate holy flesh. However, when these same elements come into contact with unholy flesh or thoughts (due to unconfessed sins of the body or mind), caustic results can ensue.
Taking Holy Communion would be similar to adding a homogeneous (of the same origin) substance to another like substance versus putting a heterogeneous (not of like origin) with another substance. For example, remember when you put chocolate syrup (homogeneous) in milk? How easily it dissolved and changed the color and flavor of the milk! On the other hand, have you ever put lemon juice (heterogeneous) in milk? It curdles and will not dissolve. When Holy Communion is taken into a holy body, healing will predictably follow, but when the holy elements come in contact with an unholy environment, not only do benefits not occur, but sometimes consequences will.
I do not believe there are any elements in the world more holy than the sanctified, purified elements of Holy Communion. When they come in contact with a purified and worthily prepared vessel, the benefits of healing in the body will occur. Likewise, when they come in contact with a renewed mind, prosperity will ensue.
Holy Communion is just that—it is holy. Do not count the blood of Jesus as a common thing by just taking communion without being prepared (Hebrews 10:29). Take the time to examine and ready yourself, showing respect to the Lord for the sacrifice of His body and lifeblood that He freely gave for you. Partake of Holy Communion the way God requires and receive the benefits that Jesus paid for.
There is healing in Holy Communion.
©2004 Liberating Ministries for Christ International, Inc.