I heard that comment the other day while sitting through a lecture by Dr. Jim Fleming about the Archeological Discoveries at Corinth in Relationship to Paul's Life and Teachings at Corinth. (That was not the official title, just what I got out of the lecture. )
During the lecture and within the discussion of 1 Corinthians 11:27-32
"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." (NKJV)
and the historical relevance of it, Dr. Fleming made the comment that the closer we get to the Lord and the more that we examine ourselves in preparation for the Lord, whether when we are approaching His table for communion, or when we draw near to Him in prayer, we find that we are all unworthy of His love and grace. We are more aware of the darkness that tempts us and can encompass our hearts when we do not submit completely to Christ. This understanding and this understanding alone is what calls me to approach God each day as a penitent, realizing that only by His saving grace, would I ever have any hope of meeting Him in Heaven.
Think about approaching the Lord as the prodigal son
, asking God's complete forgiveness and submitting our will to Him and let him drive out the darkness and live completely in His loving grace.
Dr. Fleming's website, The Biblical Resources Study Center, can be accessed here