1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians 11  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 6
The apostle desired that the saints be followers of him, even as he followed Christ. Paul was endowed by the Holy Spirit to be a pattern for those who would after believe on Christ.
There is an order of responsibility, first, God as the Head of Christ, Who is the Head of the man, and the man is the head of the woman.
For a man to cover his head when praying or prophesying dishonors his Head (Christ). With the woman, an uncovered head, when praying or prophesying, dishonors her head (her husband). If she is not covered, let her be shorn and expose her shame.
The woman should have power (authority) upon her head because of the angels. A woman's hair is her glory, should remain long, given her for a covering in lieu of a veil. This does not take the place of a special cover when praying or prophesying. That is a matter of faith which takes effort and pleases the Lord.
The angels learn things that they have never known before as they look down upon the Church, and they desire to look into these things. The man is the image and glory of God; the woman is the glory of man. 'The woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman: but all things of God."
The custom of the saints is not contention.
In coming together for the Lord's supper, some brought their own supper to eat, so that some had food and some had not. Each should eat his own supper at home. Paul does not commend them for this irregularity.
The Apostle Paul had received a revelation from the Lord as to the Lord's supper. The bread and the cup are a memorial that give expression to the supreme sacrifice of Christ for our sins. By eating, we show the Lord's death until He comes.
To eat or drink unworthily dishonors the Lord's body and His blood, that took our place in death and in the grave. We, therefore, individually examine ourselves before we eat, but we should eat, and not pass the memorials by.
To eat in an unworthy manner brings judgment. Some are weak and sickly; many sleep. To allow one's mind to be taken off of the subject, the body and blood of Christ, is to eat and drink unworthily. If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. Those who are judged are chastened by the Lord in love in order that they be not condemned with the world.