Paul is talking to the people of Corinth in his ministry travels in 1 Corinthians 11: 27-31: 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 the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” In an unworthy manner refers to the way in which a person eats the Lord’s supper. The Corinthians had been making the meal a time of overeating and getting drunk rather than reflecting on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sleep refers to the death of Christians – some premature for not following God’s guidelines in healthy living. God would not need to correct us if we would judge ourselves. But when Christians are unwilling to do this self-examination, God Himself will chasten us!


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