Prelude to Light
Apologetics for Holy Communion.
How Great is God?
Beginning, Elohim (God) [ א
] created the heavens and the earth.
And God said: Let there be Light, and there was Light.
In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus said: I AM the Light of the world!
Yahweh God Almighty is Holy, Holy, Holy, and far beyond the understanding of mankind: (See Isaiah 55 verse 8 thru 9.) For He is the Eternal God and Creator of all things that exist within the undiscoverable expanse of His universe. The Infinite God Almighty is not a symbolic god of our creation that man has made to be in the image and likeness of our own self centered human ideologies. Thinking that God is like us. we make ourselves comfortable by putting limits upon the Almighty God. Our finite eyes cannot see the Infinite, nor can the finite matter of these brains perceive the Eternal's Essence of Holiness. Neither can the Holy Spirit of the One Eternal God be a symbolic metaphor; but the Holy Spirit of the only Eternal God exist within the Almighty's Inspiration and Creative Breath of Life that abides in the unknowable depths of the Infinite Expanse within the Mind of the only Holy Eternal God of Creation. (See Deuteronomy 29 verse 29.) Likewise God's Holy Word, by Whom God created the universe is not symbolic, for He is the Infinite's Substance of TRUTH, and God's Eternal TRUTH holds all things together, both seen and unseen. The entire substance of the universe came into existence, beginning with the Eternal God's creation of the Fabric of Space Time. With the unsearchable dynamics of the Word of the Infinite God Almighty, the Eternal maintains the expanding universe by the Inspirational Power of the Almighty's Holy Word and Spirit of Truth. The structure of all things is established in time and space, by the Living Word of the Eternal God, so that the Holy inspired Word of God is actively alive in the unseen dynamics of His expanding universe.
The finite mind of created man is limited in its ability to understand the unseen Eternal Power of the universe, for God's Word of Power formed the substance of all things visible and invisible. Even faith is an unseen substance of God's creation that sees the evidence of the Creator of the universe. (See Hebrews 11 verse 1 thru 3.) However, the fool, blinded by his own darkness, says in his heart that there is no God, and dies in the face of the seeable evidence within the heavens above. In light or darkness, the evidence of creation by the Creator, is clearly established in the substance that we see with our God made eyes and/or touch with the substance of our dexterous hands. The Evidence of the TRUTH of the Holy Word of the Living God, Who inhabits timeless Eternity, shall stand as unshakeable TRUTH forever and ever. To the mind of man, infinity is in the realm of darkness where there is no explanation or definition that substantiates the TRUTH of it all. Mathematics, quantum physics, and the observations of the heavens all leave gaping holes that can not be bridged in the finite mind of the natural man.
But the Infinite God of Creation, builds a bridge of holiness for the inquiring mind, for the Living Word of God was sent by His Father God, and came down to earth as the Living Bread from heaven, and became the flesh of Man/Adam and dwelt among us. The Holy Spirit of the Infinite Mind of God conceived the Word of Life to be within God's reserved Covenant Seed of WoMan, whereby the Christ of God became the flesh of the Son of Man/Adam. (See Septuagint Psalm 40 verse 5.) The historical evidence is written in the whole of Scriptures and declares that the Holy One of God would come down to earth from heaven as the Unleavened Bread of Life, to be born the Son of Man/Adam, and as a Man, Jesus Christ would save corrupted human kind from sin's sting of death.
The unseen soul of man, incarcerated within the corrupted blood of man kind, must be reborn of God's Holy Spirit as a new creation within the Christ of God, or else that soul will see the depths of death. In His resurrection, the Man Christ Jesus/Yeshua overcame sin and death through His total Love and Obedience to His Father. Now the Almighty God of the Living extends His Gift of Life to all those that believe in God's Holy One: For the Christ of God overcame all things pertaining to the inherited corrupted flesh of the first Man/Adam. The Word of the Infinite has the final Word over death: For the Word of the Eternal God proclaims the Good News of regenerative Faith in and through the resurrection from the death of the crucified Christ. Yahweh God is the Almighty God of the Living, and not the god of the dead. The Words of the Lord are pure Words; as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalm 12 verse 6.) The Word of God does not fail in one jot or tittle of the written Words of the Torah nor of the inspired Words of the prophets. The Covenant Word of God was crucified to a death on a cross for the sins of man kind, but the obedient Man Jesus the Christ of God, arose from the dead in triumphant victory over man kind's sin and death, and Jesus/Yeshua, the Word of God, is alive forever more.
Now, within the spirit of your reasoning mind, if the above narrative witnesses as true, then witness also that God's Word in the New Covenant in the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ is not a symbolic metaphor: For the Pure Word of God is TRUTH. The TRUTH of God is an immoveable foundation that is set in place by the Holy Spirit of Christ's Infinite Father God, the Almighty. If a person is not standing on the Foundation of TRUTH, then they are mired in their own sifting sand of unbelief that leads to eternal death.
So then: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, (that your faith) might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (1st Peter 1 verse 7.)
TheTwo Edged Sword of the Spirit
See now that: I even I AM He.
There is no God beside Me.
I kill and I make alive;
I wound, and I heal;
Neither is there any that can deliver out of My Hand.
Armed with the Sword of God's Holy Spirit that is the Word of God, we categorically declare that the Almighty did not establish any part of His Covenant Word, sealed in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, to be of a symbolic idiom. Those who think otherwise are lifeless in their inert symbolism that breeds all manner of unbelief in the Living Word of God. Even, the faith of the redeemed soul, can leave them mired in the corruption of sin within their mind of flesh, running hand in hand with its companion of treasonous unbelief.
To know wisdom and instruction: To perceive the words of understanding, and receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity, that gives subtlety to the simple, and to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation, the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1 verse 2 thru 7.)
The Infinite, Holy, Holy Holy Lord God Almighty just exists within His Eternity of infinite eons. From Eternity, the Eternal brought forth His beginning creation of time, along with the space fabric of the heavens that came to be in existence from the Spirit of His Infinite Word of Power.
In the Beginning --- God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1 verse 1.) Our eyes behold this beginning statement of Truth, scripted in black on white Bible pages, while the glory and power of God Almighty, is written in the grandeur of the heavens and in the earth for all of God's intelligent creation to consider. For us there is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and One Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him. (1st Corinthians 8 verse 6.)
In God's days of creating life on earth, Man/Adam was formed during the sixth day of God's creative time, All things were created for God's good pleasure and with that purpose, God set His Heart upon Adam, whom He created in His own image and likeness, for the Almighty desired to give to Adam, and his offspring according to the goodness of the Infinite's Own Heart.
Unfortunately, Adam through the lust and imaginations of his own mind, would freely choose the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, rather than choosing the eternal goodness that would come from the Heart of God, for God's choice provisions for Life were established in the Tree of Life. Adam chose the poisonous fruit of rebellion against his Maker, and the seed of this forbidden fruit brought confusion over good and evil. Adam's choice of insurrection forced a separation from the Heart of Holy God, and God's likeness of His Holy Spirit of Life departed from the Man. In choosing the forbidden morsel, Adam sold himself into the bondages of the spirit of evil. That corrupt seed of rebellion was sown into the core of Adam's soul, and changed the whole of his natural being, bringing death to himself, and ultimately would bring death to all of his offspring. As a result of Adam's rebellion against God, death was set in motion with the whole earth being infected with sin's sinister darkness, with that darkness being controlled by sin's author, Satan. Now, humanity is left with their own individualistic discovery and self determination, which breeds all manner of lust, desires and concupiscence within the heart of each individual little man god. It should be self evident, that every person born of flesh, is left to judge the good and evil as they see fit, and do what is right within their own eyes.
However, the Eternal God is the Holy God of the living, and not the god of the dead. God's Heart, from the beginning of His creation, intended to give Life, and to give it abundantly to His creation of Man. We know that after the treasonous rebellion of the first Man/Adam, God, in His mercy and love, sent His Living WORD into this World of sin, as the incarnate Son of Man, to save human kind from sin's violence and corruption into death. The Lord Jesus Christ came in the flesh of Man/Adam, to sow the seed of God's Word of Salvation with hope, into the minds and souls of humankind that were lost and without hope in their sin's corruption into death. But now, God's Seed of Salvation brings forth a new birth to believing of man kind. Now the new born soul is to be conformed into the likeness of the Son of God, and has a new living hope in God's Way, God's Truth and God's Life that is centered within the Spirit of Father God's Son of Salvation, Jesus Christ.
As there is a beginning to all things within Godís creation of sowing and reaping, so there can be a new beginning of true faith, wisdom and understanding, within the searching human heart and spirit of the one, who hears and follows after God's call. The Eternal God has set the foundational Rock of TRUTH in Christ Jesus, and now the possible beginnings of new Life, originates out of the human heart's reverential fear of the Creator God, and the desire to know Him. If all things begin with our Creator God, then even that fear is initiated by our Gracious Lord to bring forth a soul's trusting faith in Him and the Truth of His Eternal Word. Those of us having received God's Gift of Living Faith, know that Jesus Christ is God's Personal Word of the Promised Way of the TRUTH and the Life, for all those who receive and follow after Him into Eternity.
As for myself, I am very fortunate that I have found the fear of the Lord to be very good, and have seen that the nourishing riches of His WORD enhances, and yet far surpasses my finite understanding of the HOLY. So then, it is with that beginning Seed of His Word, that in time has brought forth a now flourishing faith within my being, and that faith is forming a spiritual mind that is further augmented by the resources of this natural life. And now that refurbished mind will magnify the TRUTH of the WORD of GOD, as we ascribe infinite glory and majesty to His Name of Salvation, Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah/Christ of God, where by man kind must be saved.
In the Beginning, God (Elohim) (ALEPHא TAV ת) created the heaven and the earth.
God put His Mark in the Torah, to Mark the very beginning of His creation of time and space with its substance of the heavens and the earth. We see in the opening passage in the book of Genesis, which in Hebrew reads from right to left that the Aleph אand the Tav ת, are set as beginning and ending time markers in the middle of the first declaration. To get our semantics right, in the first and the last place, the Aleph, is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and biblically is equivalent to the first letter Alpha, in the Greek alphabet: The last letter in the Hebrew alphabet is the Tav, and is equivalent to the last letter in the Greek alphabet, Omega. And the Lord's Christ, Who is the Aleph Tav, the Word of God from the beginning to the end, says correspondingly in Revelation: I AM Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last, Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty. For thus says the LORD the King of Israel, and His Redeemer the LORD of Hosts; I AM the First, and I AM the Last; and beside [apart from] Me there is no God. (See Revelation 1 verse 8 thru 11, and Isaiah 44 verse 6 thru 8.)
Note: The following video documentary was first viewed on June 22, 2015 and posted on this web page on that date. It is a break in the original flow of thought, but it is a very good 1 hour film that should be viewed to begin to understand the great Salvation we have in the New Covenant Word of God, even as God set the mark of His Word in the beginning first sentence of Genesis. The early Hebrew pictographs reveal God's Covenant in the Aleph Tav . Unfortunately, after building up so well a foundation of the Truth of the Well Spring and the Covenant Power of the Word of God that is Christ, the authors at the time mark of 40:15, refer in their own unbelief that the Communion Blood of Christ is symbolic. They fail in their understanding that God's Holy Spirit of Truth is One with God's Word made the Flesh of the Son of Adam, and would be One Essence with the Water and Blood that flowed from the pierced body of God's Holy One. The WORD of the Creator of the Universe is exactly What He Say It IS, otherwise unbelief makes faith void of the TRUTH.
Also at 45:44 is another error in understanding: For the Son of Man (Adam) is not a mere title that Christ Jesus proclaims, but is a prophetic genetic fact, for Jesus is born of the Seed of WoMan and is the very last genetic Adam. The very name of Adam means Man, Therefore Jesus is declaring that He is the Son of Adam. For God says: I will make a (mortal) man (enowsh) more precious than fine gold; even a Man (Adam) than the golden wedge of Ophir. (See Isaiah 13 verse 11 thru 13.) Notice the green links that provide the distinctions in the Hebrew for the word man. Nevertheless, God's Truth stands for ever, although human kind (enowsh) may stubble over the Truth in his own confusion. What God is as One; Father, Word and Spirit, no person or entities can put asunder. After viewing the documentary, then perhaps the whole of this treaties on Holy Communion, accompanied with the Spirit of the Word of Jesus Christ, will begin to resonate as Truth in the spirit of the reader's mind.
Now then, my natural mind is not a remarkable mind, but nevertheless adequate, and remains changeable and creative in thought, and by God's grace, this mind is supple enough for the substance of Faith in God and His Christ. So then, it is with God's given grace through His Holy Spirit, and with my heart's best understanding, that we come to a necessary beginning of the inspiration within the spirit of the mind, being birthed in Godly faith. No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1 verse 18.) (Luke 6 verse 45.)
With this root Scripture from Luke's Gospel in mind, we postulate that at some period in God's Eternity, through the internal thoughts of His Infinite Majesty and Power, the substance of all things was birthed or conceived in the bosom and Spirit of the invisible God Almighty. From the invisible dynamic substance and abundance of God's Heart of Love, His Mouth spoke, and His Logos Seed, Jesus Christ, in union with His Father's Infinite Spirit, created, within His creation of time and space, the Heavens and all the dynamics of the stars, the earth and other heavenly bodies. Everything that exists, the known and the unknown are because of the invisible substance of the thoughts of the only Eternal Lord God Almighty, and that substance is expressed through His Son and absolute WORD, Jesus Christ. All substances (or things) consist of Him, (the Logos or Word) and are held in the Power of His dominion over all things in His created universe. All matter and or energy dynamically consist of the substance of the Almighty's Word, and as such, all physical matter, antimatter, or even postulated unseen dark matter and dark energy, is imprinted with the infinite power of God's Word and Spirit, and remains in absolute subjection to the Spirit of His WORD.
By the WORD of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations. (Psalm 33 verse 6 and verse 11.)
All of creation, whether it is seen or unseen, is impregnated or indelibly imprinted with the genesis Word of the Creator, for all of the substance of creation came forth, from the abundant riches within the only Infinite Lord God Almighty. (See Jesus and the Aleph-Bet.) The Signature of that abundance is exhibited in the heavens and the earth, and demonstrates the dynamic power of His Eternal Word of creation. This presentation concept of God's signature imprint on all of His creation, is not difficult to understand. A master painter or a writer or engineer or inventor, will all sign their names to their respective work. In all cases, the works are owned by the originator, and in many instances a copy right is secured to protect the artisan's efforts to secure monetary gain. The works belong to the creator of the works, unless they are sold, or the rights to the creation, are licensed to another for their own use. So then like wise, God's signature, the imprint of His Heart, is on the whole of His creation, beginning with the unknowable expanse of the cosmos, to the smallest and unseen subatomic details that makes up the substance of His collective universal design. God's creative WORD and Son, also sets the mark of His supernatural signature of authority and design, within the beginnings of His creation of life, even as it is represented in the elemental DNA signature of plant and animal species, all of which through God's creative Genius, are carried on, in the seed of its genetic offspring. God is Infinite Light, and that Eternal Person of Light has an infinite capacity within Him Self, to create beyond the understanding of the natural human.
Perhaps we need to remember that the Creator of the universe, had never purposed in His Heart to give or sell any portion of His creation to any being or entity that was outside of His Will. The problem has existed from the Garden to the present time, where mankind has sold itself into the bondage and violence of sin and death, and now the blood from the violence of mankind is in the dust of the earth, and obscures God's signature of eternal ownership. The Holy God of the universe, remains constant in His love for mankind, and desires to redeem or purchase back that which was lost to Him by way of the subtlety of Satan's sowing his controlling nature of independent sin within the free thinking soul and spirit of man. The nature and signature of sin is D. E. A. T. H., derived from mankind's self indulgence, as little gods, leading to continued disobedience and violence against the only God of the living. So then the blood guiltiness of all of mankind was signed in the dust of the earth, even as it was sown within the souls of earthly mankind. If a person breaks even one commandment given by God, then he or she is guilty of all of God's commandments, and have made themselves no less than an accomplice to all the bloody violence of sin in the earth.
But now, the Sacrificial Life Blood of the Incarnate Jesus/Yeshuah, born the Son of Adam is sown in the earth, and is the redemptive price that covers the full cost of sin's demands of death upon earthly mankind. Holy God's Supreme Signature is in the Holy Blood of Jesus, and that Covenant, Life giving Blood of the risen Christ Jesus, supersedes the signature of death that spiritual sin has ascribed to all people, of the earth. The pardon for sin, is signed in the precious New Covenant Blood, of God's perfect Lamb of sacrificial Love that is in Yahweh's own beloved Son. (See God's Amnesty Program.) In Hebrew, the Lord of God's Salvation is known as Yeshua ha Machiach: In the English, the Lord is called, Jesus the Christ. It remains for all those who have accepted God's amnesty for past sins, to faithfully follow God's Eternal Word in His Way and in His Truth and in His Life. There is a dire need to consider Peter's warning when he writes; and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins! (See 2nd Peter 1 verse 4 thru 10.) Peter's written warning concurs with Paul's writings in Romans. (See Romans 3 verse 25.) When viewing the Scriptures, Compare Paul's Words "remission of sins that are past" in conjunction with Peter's "has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins".
Looking into the Holy Scriptures in Romans 8, it seems as if the whole universe is pregnant with greater expectancy, and waiting for deliverance to take place, within the course of God's redemptive eternal plan for mankind. Paul writes: "For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now". Even though all things that exist in the universe, came forth from the unknowable dynamics of the Heart and Spirit of His Eternal Being, in His Person, the omnipotent God is neither diminished in power, because of His creation subject, nor is the power of His Living Word to influence creation, save for one thing; The Sovereign God of the Universe cannot create a heart perfected in true love and molded in trust within His created beings of free choosing, whether it be Man (Adam) or angelic beings. There are no robotic children in His kingdom of the living, for even today the Spirit of Prophecy, leaves the mind of man in subjective control of the spiritual message. (See 1st Corinthians 14 verse 31 thru 33.)
A man gazing through a powerful telescope, may be impressed or perhaps enamored with the dynamics of the unseen power of the universe. He may even reflect on the origin of its creation, that is to say its Creator, but the creative and sovereign power of God, does not engender a free and more perfect Love of God. This spiritual matter of the spiritual heart to freely love God, is not forced on God's subject beings, in spite of God's sovereignty, for that would be a falsehood to the God of all Truth, and would be a contradiction to His over all Nature of Infinite Holiness. (See the Church Fathers on free-will.)
This we can be sure of, that the heart and soul of man was born to be loved, and to know sacrificial love through a personal intimacy with the One, Who knows the heart best. The drawing power of the Love of God, is from a Love that passes all human understanding, and is the Holy Spirit's call of God that needs to be heeded by all of fallen mankind. To know this love of God, the confused and desperate heart of a person must find the will to answer God's call to His Grace, and then to abdicate their allegiance to their independent and destructive selves, and then surrender their hearts into the enabling, and loving grace in God's Son, Jesus Christ. Turn you unto Me, and I will turn unto you, says the Lord of Host" (Zechariah. 1 verse 3.) Blessed is the man to whom the LORD will not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. (Psalm 32 verse 1 thru 2.) The Grace of God's Spirit does not destroy the will of man, but regenerates an accepting will, to one that desires to know and to love the Lord God above all things.
When God's Perfect Love is received within the grateful heart of the forgiven person that was imprisoned in sin and awaiting death, then that supreme Love from God can change the self imprisoned heart of man, to a heart that is free to Love God, first in all things, and secondly, to Love their fellow man, as themselves. The Eternal God, when receiving of a reciprocating Love from His free living subjects of man, then the Eternal God, Whose Supreme Nature is to give, is supremely enriched with a Love freely given. (See Luke 15 verse 10.) For, God so Loved the world that He gave of the abundance of His Love, through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that through the new birth of sinful human kind, the earth may seen the evidence of God's Love in their Love. Of His own will begat He us with the Word of Truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures. (James 1 verse 18.) Jesus says, I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12 verse 24. NIV.)
All good gifts come from the Father of Light, beginning with faith expanding into hope, but the greatest gift of all is the Perfect Love within God's Son. There is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear: Because fear has torment, he that fears is not made perfect in love. We love God, because He first loved us. (1st John 4 verse 18 thru 19.) God's Gift of Faith, is given to any person who will receive it, and now the Gift belongs to that person to do with the Gift as he wills. However, an understanding person might say; "It is my Gift of Faith in God that sustains me". Yes, but even so, what do we do with that Gift of Faith that God purposes to bring us into a more perfect love? Having come from the God of the living that same faith is not designed to be passive, but holds the possessor of that beginning measure of faith, to measured responsibilities. The just God of His universe, holds us accountable for what He has given, for it is written: For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away, even that he has. (Matthew 13 verse 12.)
Biblically, the Word of God speaks of the hypocrisy within all of us, and so then even divine Truth may be muffled or silenced because of our own hypocrisy; and that hypocrisy is inextricably bound within the iniquity of self idolatry that darkens the mind of flesh. These same minds of flesh and blood, can, and will delve into matters that are beyond the scope of the mind of man to comprehend. So then we see men, with their vain philosophies and much speaking, limiting God within their own hearts, and also influence those of gullible mankind. The faith of many is compromised by false teachers that espouse their own prideful intellectual and philosophical bias. These foolish teachers lean on the priority of their own understanding, and continue to dismiss God's Holy Spirit and His leading in the only Way and Truth that the Word of Life that provides for man. Except you eat of the flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood you have no Life in you. It is the Spirit that gives Life and your flesh does not comprehend, says the Lord of creation. A symbolic covenant with God does not exist, for His Eternal Covenant is in His Eternal Word that is alive forevermore. God is not symbolic; His Spirit is not symbolic; His Word is not symbolic; and the Blood of God's New Covenant is not symbolic, otherwise you are lifeless in your symbolism.
The Infinite God of Eternal Life, is Almighty God, and is unlimited within the vastness of Himself. Man is not God, for the natural man is limited in a finite body that is sowed in death and will cease to exist. Human kind, like all breathing animals, presently exist within the finite limits of the creature within our bodies of dying flesh. However; The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong unto us, and our children forever. (Deuteronomy 29 verse 29.) But, it is apparent that the mind of man, does not like not knowing of hidden mysteries, especially those of God, and will expound upon things that fallen man has no way of knowing, nor has man a right to God's Infinite Essence of Being. The Infinite God will remain Infinite, and man by his earthly nature will remain a speculator, seeking to make God into our own image, or trying to give meaning to the Infinite's Words, so as to meet our own finite understanding. So, even the things that were written for our understanding, are subject to the interpretation of the speculators who may be ever learning, but never seemingly coming to the knowledge of the Truth. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but the LORD ponders the hearts. (Proverbs 21 verse 2.) Witness within yourselves; it can be very difficult to change the root thinking of our minds, especially when we are in agreement with our most trusted and esteemed teachers, whether they are right or wrong within the root of their own speculating minds. If from the beginning, man 's understanding of truth is wrong, then obviously that understanding, in the end, is still wrong, and all who espouse the error are held to account.
For God has concluded them all [the Jews] in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all. Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who has known the Mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? (See Romans 11 verse 25 thru 34.)
So then, let's ponder a few questions that are pertinent to the heart of our thinking: If Jesus Christ, within His Person, is the Eternal WORD of GOD, then what is your perception of scripture pertaining to the power of the WORD of Christ; light, or darkness? Does the WORD of God present darkness of thought, veiled in the cloudiness of our minds of unbelief, or is the WORD of God received in the spirit of our mind and soul, as the absolute Truth revealed in the Light of faith? Do we really have faith in the revealed Words of Jesus Christ, of Whom Peter says: You have the Words of Eternal Life. What do you do with these Words of Eternal Life that Jesus speaks to His disciples? Take, eat: This is My Body given for you. Take and drink all of you. This is My Blood of the New Covenant, shed for many for the remission of sin? (See Matthew 26 verse 26 thru 27.) Did Jesus not say: Unless you eat of the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you have no Life in you. It is the Spirit that gives Life and your flesh does not comprehend. The Spirit of God gives Life to the Words of the Son of Man, Whom, after Christ has died, the Holy Spirit of God raised up the Son of Man in the Power of His Faith in His Word of Truth. By the Holy Spirit of God, the Flesh and the Blood of the risen Son of Man is Life for those, who partake in faith of the Spirit's Holy Provisions of Grace in Christ Jesus.
Now again, does the value of Jesus Christ's Words at His Table, hold only inert symbolism and innocuous shadows of hyperbole to the reader, or does the WORD of GOD, even Jesus Christ the Son of Adam, contain the real unseen substance of the Light of Life, as it flowed from the Mouth of the Creator of the Universe? I AM the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: For without Me you can do nothing. There can be no fruit of the Spirit, apart from abiding in Jesus Christ. Unbelief is the stumbling block, born out of the iniquity within the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, and that Tree only produces death.
Jesus, the Living WORD of God, and the Savior of mankind, asks all of His disciples a very pertinent question; "Who do you say that I AM?" This is the quintessential question that all must give an answer too. (See Romans 14 verse 10 thru 12.) Perhaps your answer today, will influence your reception or rejection of what will be presented, in the spirit of this treatise on Holy Communion. The crux of this self examination begins with the beginning of John's Gospel: For "In the beginning was the WORD (Logos), and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not". (John 1 verse 1 thru 5.) The Truth of God's Word is set in the Light of all creation, for by the power of the Word, all things exist, and will be what Jesus Christ says they will be, for He is the absolute WORD of God Almighty. The Apostle John speaks of Jesus Christ in this Way: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His Head were many crowns; and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in Blood: and His Name is called The WORD of GOD. (Revelation 19 verse 11 thru 13.)
Without the absolute Truth of the WORD of GOD, then nothing would exist! If the Words of Jesus Christ should fail, then the Word of Truth has failed, and heaven and earth with all matter and time would cease to exist. Christ Jesus is the Law Maker of the universe, where by all things are held together in compliance with the Spirit of His Word. When the Lord Jesus Christ sat at the table with His disciples, He instituted a New Law, where by, through the Spirit of His Word, the essence of the matter of the unleavened bread would become for all of His followers, indeed His Body; and the essence of the wine would now become, the Spirit of His Blood of the New Covenant, poured out for the remission of the sins of all the members of His Body. It is the Spirit that makes alive; the flesh profits nothing: The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and They are Life. (John 6 verse 63.) Then too, in the Spirit of Life, how do you receive each called member of the Lord's Body of His Ecclesia? And thou shall Love, as in the Greek, Agapao the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And you are to Love, as in Agapao, your neighbor as thy self. How many of us come short of this sacrificial Love of God, contrary wise, setting ourselves first, and our neighbor perhaps secondarily?
Note of Importance: Generally, the writer has a preference for using Matthew 26 verse 26 and 27 through out this manuscript as prima facie evidence for the efficacy of Holy Communion and the Lord Jesus Christ's Word declared Blood of the New Covenant poured out for the remission of sin. The Apostles, Matthew and John, were two of the apostles, who were present during the Lord's institution of His Father's New Covenant in His Son's Life giving Blood that Christ presented at His last Passover Supper during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The traitor, Judas Iscariot was not present during the Lord's presentation offering of His Body and Life giving Blood. "Except you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood you have no LIFE in you." (See John 6 verse 53.) The two other synoptic Gospel accounts according to Luke, who was not at the Table, and that of Mark, who may have been present, speak of the Lord's Word as thus, "This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many." Neither of these two Gospel accounts, nor of the translated rendering of Paul's Communion as seen in 1st Corinthians chapter 11, establishes what should be understood of the forgiveness of sin, and what Christ's chosen apostle Matthew personally witnesses, of the Lord saying: "Take and drink all of you: This is My Blood of the New Covenant Shed for many, for the remission of sins".
Water Baptism implies a new beginning for the believer, but there still remains the reoccurring sins of the unredeemed flesh leaving an ongoing problem that needs to be submitted to the Lord and Keeper of our souls. (See 1st Corinthians 15 verse 49 thru 50.)
This imperative New Covenant Word of the Lord Jesus Christ, speaks of His shed Blood given for the obliteration of confessed sins of the corrupted flesh of covenant believers IN Christ: However, God's Gospel Word from Matthew is dismissed by so many, who claim to have the hermeneutics of scripture all in hand, but do not understand the hermeneutics of the corrupting existential sin that remains within the fleshly body of themselves. In the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ, acknowledged sin is to be cleansed from the flesh, relieving the conscience of the offending party of guilt. The repentant member IN the Body of Christ, through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, is made One with the efficacious New Covenant LIFE giving Blood of Jesus Christ.
The English word remission is a transliteration from the Greek work aphesis, and has a meaning greater than just forgiveness or even pardon. Remission of an offense is a total release from bondage or imprisonment, letting a repentant person go free as if they had never committed crimes. In the fullness of God's New Covenant there is no damning penalty of death for the truly repentant soul: And for that matter there is a complete obliteration of the past record of charges. God does not want His New Covenant people in Christ to be encumbered with the weight of sin's present condemnation, but His Good Will is that they would remain free to serve Him in Love and to be His ambassadors of His Good and Holy Will. On this web site, much has been written and rewritten over the years, and the whole of the work needs to be read for a greater overview of God's Gracious New Covenant in the Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ.
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Robert Glenn Pratten with my beloved wife Rose Labez Pratten
Robert Glenn Pratten with my beloved wife Rose Labez Pratten