7936 love feast
The first Christians generally celebrated the Lord’s Supper with the accompaniment of a meal, called the “agape” or “love feast”.
OT antecedents of the love feast
The Passover meal See also Ex 12:3-11,15-16; Mt 26:17-18 pp Mk 14:12-15 pp Lk 22:7-12; 1Co 11:23-25
Other festive occasions Dt 12:7; Ne 8:10
The NT practice of the love feast
It was linked with the Lord’s Supper Ac 2:46 See also Ac 20:7; 1Co 11:17-34
The name “love feasts” Jude 12 See also 2Pe 2:13 fn; Jn 13:2,34 It was at the Last Supper that Jesus Christ gave his new commandment to his disciples to love one another as he had loved them.
The charitable distribution of food Ac 6:1
Abuses of the love feast
Selfishness, indulgence and ostentation 1Co 11:20-22 See also 1Co 11:33-34
Licentiousness 2Pe 2:13
Ungodly participants, especially false teachers Jude 4,12 See also 2Pe 2:1,13
The heavenly love feast
Foretold by Jesus Christ Mt 26:29 pp Mk 14:25
The marriage supper of the Lamb Rev 19:9 See also Isa 25:6; Mt 22:2-14 The parable of the marriage supper indicates the prerequisites for attendance at the supper.