Some have questioned whether a Christian who is completely alone may partake of the Lord’s supper by himself.
Christians are “a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). Christ made us “priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:6); “priests to our God” (Revelation 5:10). In the Bible, a priest is someone who has been appointed by God to perform acts of worship.
Jesus said: “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). Some have claimed that this requires that at least two be present to partake of the Lord’s supper. The Lord’s supper is not mentioned, however, nor does Jesus say that He is not with us when we are alone!
Relative to the Lord’s supper, Jesus commands: “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19).
If I am alone because of something beyond my control, as a priest of God I will bless the bread and the cup in obedience to Christ’s command and partake of the Lord’s supper. When there is a direct command it is not necessary to find an example in the New Testament for every possible situation in which that command might be obeyed.
Some people mistakenly think that the communion refers only to Christians communing with one another in a local congregation, but according to 1 Corinthians 10:16 the cup is a communion with the blood of Christ and the loaf is a communion with the body of Christ.
In verse 17 then, it says there is one loaf and that we who are many are one body because we all partake of the one loaf! Thus when we commune with the body and blood of Christ, we are communing with all Christians in the whole world! If someone, because of circumstances, is alone when he partakes of the loaf, he is communing with the one body of Christ, His church. Thus, he is not really alone!
Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).