chiasm: 1 Corinthians 11.17-34

Throwdown. When you hear the words “do this in remembrance of me” spoken around the communion table, it is frequently spoken out-of-context.

Substantiation. Paul spoke of remembering Christ’s death not as being the end-point of the Supper, but as a means to an end.

Explanation. Some Corinthian Christians were being exceedingly selfish in the way they shared, and did not share, the Supper. Paul intervenes and says, in effect: “The solution to this horror in relationships among you is to – as always and in all things – remember the words and ways of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Jesus died to himself and others and you must do the same! Remember him in this way and you’ll repent.”

Paul’s use of chiasm makes that clear.

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Source: reworded [DPS] from Seven Pauline Letters by Peter F. Ellis (The Liturgical Press, 1982); pp.88-89.