Prelude to Light
God is Light - God is Love.
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you,
that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. (1st John 1 verse 5.)
God is Love (Agape), and those who abide in Love (Agape), abide in God, and God abides in them. (1st John 4 verse 16.)
The apostle John, after hearing and witnessing the Truth of Jesus Christ, announces to the world that God is Light and is absolute Truth, with no possibility of error within the Infinite Abundance of God's Spirit within the Eternal's Mind and Soul of His Infinite Being. With the Light of this revelation knowledge, John also tells us in his writings that God is Love, for He gave His Only Begotten Son to liberate man kind from their bondage to sin. But our liberation from sin's death presents a questions we need to ask ourselves: Do we live our new lives within in Christ Jesus with sacrificial love or does the Spirit of Holy God Almighty live within us?
Within the Truth of the Spirit of God, let us consider the following point: All of God's inherent characteristics of Supreme Goodness, exist within the Light of God's intrinsic Holiness. The angelic seraphim's do not cry to one another in vain, for they experientially behold and sense the Glory of Infinite God's Holy Essence; For resting in the Truth, the Seraphim's cry one to another: Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD OF HOST, the whole earth is full of His glory. (See Isaiah 6).
Apparently, there is no need for the Seraphim's to proclaim God's many wonderful attributes, for they are all inclusive within His Infinite Holiness. God, in His intrinsic Holiness, remains eternally Constant in all of His attributes, but nevertheless His Supreme Attributes are veiled to humanity because of the darkness of human minds that are encased within the brain's of finite fallen flesh. If we see things only from our own perspective, then our own minds can lead us astray, so that we stumble in the darkness of our own light. Wherefore, if the light that is in you be darkness, then how gross is that darkness. The Holy Spirit of God is the only One Who can illuminate those same minds of fallen flesh, so that darkness turns into Light, and despair into hope, and hope into the joy of God's Salvation Promise. (See Romans 5 verse 1 thru 8.) By Whom also we have access by faith into this Grace (of God's Spirit) wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the Glory of God. The Light of God's Love is waiting to fill the whole of our being, displacing our darkness, so that we can shine like oiled lamps of the Spirit revealing the True Light of God's Salvation Love to this world of darkness. (See Luke 11:33-35.)
Isaiah, a Hebrew man, called by God to prophesy of the Truth, saw himself in a vision in the Presence of the LORD OF HOST, and through God's Spirit of Grace, Isaiah experiences infinite purity. In his encounter with infinite holiness, Isaiah says of himself: Woe is me, for I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips, dwelling in the midst of a people of unclean lips: For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Host. (See Isaiah 6 verse 4 thru 7.) Listen and consider the Salvation Word of God, for Jesus Christ applies the Word of His Father's Spirit to reveal the thoughts and intentions of man kind: For from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (See Luke 6 verse 45.) Isaiah's revelation experience causes his own self to begin to see the true essence of his own heart and that of the heart of all mankind. The spirit of Isaiah's own mind was corrupted within its own limited understanding of himself, and his human mouth certainly could not speak of the unknowable intrinsic Holiness of the King, the LORD OF HOST. But then a seraphim takes a hot coal from the altar and places it upon the lips of Isaiah's mouth, saying; This has touched thy lips, and your iniquity is taken away and thy sins are purged. From the moment that the cleansing Grace of God's Holy Spirit touched Isaiah's lips, the heart in union with the mind of Isaiah was cleansed from iniquity, and he was set apart to become a spokesperson for the Holiness and righteousness judgment of God Almighty. Isaiah would return from the vision to earth's dark reality and prophecy of God's future judgment against the sin of Israel and the world, and then Isaiah speaks of God's redeeming mercy in the coming Messiah, the Son of Adam. But who will believe in Isaiah's report? Who will hear in their ears, and believe in their heart, Isaiah's message of God's Grace within His suffering Messiah? (See Isaiah 53.)
After Isaiah, Jeremiah, was also called to be a prophet of God, and he confirms the condition of man: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17 verse 8.) Jeremiah, like Isaiah, also prophesied of God's impending judgment against the remaining southern kingdom of Israel, and pleaded for their return to obedience when hearing the Voice of God. Not all of the sons of Judah and Benjamin, of the southern kingdom, gave heed to Jeremiah's pleading for repentance and their obedience to God's Instructions. For God indeed allowed destruction to come to those of Israel who went to Egypt, seeking to escape the legions of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, who would, in time, bring controlling destruction upon all of Egypt. Then Holy God Almighty banishes the remnants of the children of Judah and Benjamin from the promised land, giving the people into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon, where they will dwell in captivity for seventy years. (See Jeremiah 25 verse 9 thru 11.) After God's judgment of Judah Ben Israel, God would return a 10th of the Diaspora from Babylon, back to the land of God's Promise. God, Himself, would undertake the bringing forth of His Promised Holy Seed. Who would spring forth from the returning genetic remnant of Judah within the ovum Seed of the Hebrew virgin Woman (Ishshah) of Adam. (See Isaiah 6 verse 11 thru 13.) We can witness in Ezra 9 verse 1 thru 3, of the consternation of the people of Israel in trying to protect the declared Holy Seed of God's Promise even as the Holy Seed (the genome of the first Adam) was continued through the loins of King David and Bathsheba.
The Jews would fail to recognize in their Scriptures, that Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMashiach, the Messiah of God's Salvation Word of Promise, would come to be the fulfillment of Elohim's Word given in the Garden of Eden. (See The Last Adam.) With the Jew's essential rejection of God's TRUTH that is Jesus Christ, the Last Man of Adam's race, then, in judgment, their nation would be vanquished by Rome in 70 A.D. and the people of Israel would again be scattered to the four winds of the earth.
God Almighty, is Infinitely Holy, far beyond man's understanding and ability to define adequately the essence of God's Holiness. St Paul also speaks of his encounter with the heavenly, and of hearing and seeing things that were unlawful to speak, meaning impossible to explain. (See 2nd Corinthians 12 verse 1 thru 5.) Paul witnesses the wonderful marvels of Holy God Almighty, leaving the philosophy of the man in the mire of his thoughts. Nevertheless, within the Wisdom of God's Holiness, Jesus Christ appears as Perfect Love, reaching out with God's Spirit of Grace and Mercy to lost mankind. Through God Almighty's Holy WORD of Righteousness, He extends to mankind, through our faith in Jesus Christ, clemency for our nature of defiling sin. John and the other apostles, further declared that the Glory of God came in the flesh, as the prophesied Messiah, to reveal Holy God's redemptive Love for lost mankind, Jew and Gentile alike. (See John 1 verse 14.) For God so loved the world that He gave the Holy Life of His only begotten Son, to be a reconciling offering for sinners, so that whoever believes in the resurrected Son of Man should not perish, but would gain eternal Life within the Sacrificial Love of Jesus the Christ of God.
In the Garden of Eden, God's Holy Presence was manifested to Adam and Eve. However, in Satan's beguiling deception, Adam and Eve were blinded to the Truth, and did not see God's Love within His one restriction for them. For God had forewarned them not to eat or touch the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; for this one tree would bring forth their enslavement to sin and death. And now, with their disobedience to God's Word, death has come to all men, and love has become self serving, and centered in the survival of self. The love and trust for the God of the living, was lost in the heart of the children of Man/Adam, through Adam's sin of self serving idolatry. This very sin of self-idolatry, is innately passed on to all generations of man kind, and subsequently, we can see within ourselves that the nature of self, being first, has set aside the God of the living, with ungodliness being perpetuated in all of Adam's generational seed until this very day. In the natural man, we all love and do what is right in our own eyes of self need and self justification, always seeking our own inward gratification.
Jesus teaches: For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? For sinners also love those that love them. And if you do good to them, which do good to you, what thanks have you? For sinners also do even the same. And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thank have you? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: For He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be thee therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6 verse 32 thru 36.)
In God's Salvation Love for mankind, EHEYEH ASHER EHEYEH, (the I AM that I AM) gave to Moses the Torah instructions, so as to constrain the children of Israel from doing the inevitable evil contained within their self seeking hearts. For the Law was given through Moses so that Grace and Truth has come by Jesus Christ. (Evaluate John 1 verse 16 thru 18.) Our hindsight, for the most part, reveals that the Jews did not understand the Love of God when seeing the multiple restrictions and provisions contained within the Torah's quarantining instructions. With soundness of understanding, we witness that the children of Israel were forgetful to God's Promise, and did not keep all of God's Covenant Laws that God gave to Israel for their ultimate protection so that their Hebraic seed of Woman would come to pass at God's chosen time, and remain Elohim's Holy Seed of unblemished Promise.
Their own ignorance and weakness within their self centered flesh, prevented their total compliance to God's preventive Instruction. The Decalogue Commandments within the Torah revealed sin, and the provisional animal blood sacrifices, were given by God for an atonement for any disobedience. The whole of the beginning Covenant were all part and parcel to God's Eternal Covenant Promise, given in the Garden of Eden. The Seed of Woman would, indeed, crush the head of the serpent of evil. (See Genesis 3 verse 15.) Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, from Eternity's vantage, would maintain the perfection of His Holy Word, and would not allow His Holy Word to be contaminated with the hybrid genetics germinated in the ordinary women. Through out time, Elohim would protect the perfect genetic seed of His creation of the first Woman/Ishshah, whom He took from the side of Adam/Man. Then, in His oversight of time, Father God's Holy Spirit of Grace, with His Word of Life would be conceived in the ovum flesh of the Hebrew virgin woman Mary, and the Word of God would be born the Son of Adam/Man, Christ Jesus. God, in His Promise, would maintain the True genetics of Adam, and God's Holy One, the Last Adam, as Man would vanquish the power of the seed of evil.
The Word of God came into the world at His Father's behest, to save mankind from their innate self-serving sin, and in so doing, He would bring the hearts of the believing children of man, into a greater first Love for the Father of all. The consummate act of overcoming Love was manifested, when the Word of Father God came into this world too be conceived in the ovum seed of a virgin WoMan, and be born the Son of Man. Jesus Christ, the only begotten of Father God would then give Himself to a cruel death on the Cross, so as to reconcile sinful mankind to their Creator. Only the perfect sacrificial Love and total obedience of the Son of the first Adam, would satisfy the Holiness of Almighty God. Sin and death came by the first Man, but in God's justice, conceived in His Mercy, there would be a second Man that would overcome sin's death. As the Son of Man, Jesus Christ came fully in the weakness of human flesh, as a surrogate for God's punishment for mankind’s sins. Our sin and death could not hold the righteous Son of Man in the grave, for God was well pleased with the selfless Love that Christ offered to God for all sinners, and God resurrected His Christ from the corruption of our sins and death.
It is essential to see, that the Love of Jesus Christ was not centered in Him self, but was centered in the absolute selfless Love and Trust of His Father. For God so Loved the world, that He gave the most perfect Sacrificial Gift of His Beloved Son: That whosoever believe in Christ Jesus, should not perish, but have the Life of God's Eternal Son. For the Gift of Life, is in he Infinite's Measure of a Son's Perfect Love that overcomes Satan's world of sin and death. It was the Holy Righteousness of God's greater Love for mankind that was manifested on the cross in the lifeless Body of the crucified Jesus Christ. God is Love, and in Him, there is no shadow or darkness at all. The Life is in the Blood, and the Life of Jesus Christ is a Soul that's centered in the Love of His Father God Almighty, and is a Life of Perfect Love that is greater than our understanding. The Sacrifice of God's Perfect Love was poured out upon the dust of the earth, so as to reconcile the world unto Himself. (See 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 19.) This perfect Love and Trust of His Father Holy God Almighty, will cast out all fear and confusion, and that Perfect Love came to us, as an immeasurable Gift from God, with His giving of His only Begotten and Beloved Son. (See 1st John 4 verse 16 thru 19.) Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with Whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will, He brought us forth by the Word of Truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. (James 1 verse 16 thru 18.)
My Father gives you the True Bread from Heaven: For the Bread of God is He which has come down from Heaven, and gives Life unto the world. I AM the Bread which came down from Heaven: If any man eats of this Bread, he shall live for ever; and the Bread that I will give is My Flesh, which I will give for the Life of the word. Truly, Truly, I Say unto you: Except you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood you have no Life in you. (See John 6 and related verses.)
The Salvation Gift of God's Love, is expressed in the resurrected Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, for when His Word is applied within the whole of our souls, it never fails, in spite of the weaknesses of our flesh! The on going application of the antiseptic salve of God’s Love, through the Grace of the Spirit within the Blood of Jesus Christ, leads to the sanctification of the life of the soul, and the renewing of the spirit of the mind of the believer, who through new born faith in the Sacrifice of Christ Jesus for our sins, has begun to trust in the Spirit and Truth of God's spoken Word. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness: And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1st John 1 verse 9 then 7.) How often have you heard a pastor quote verse 9, and not the leading Word of God contained in verse 7, which proclaims the necessary New Covenant Blood of God's Cleansing Grace for the sin's in our flesh?
Our faith must find its center in the whole Person of Jesus Christ, so that God's Word of Sanctifying Grace, comes to rest in Jesus Christ's resurrection faith and righteousness, and not in the strength of our own presumed goodness. Jesus alone is the only Way into the kingdom of God, for no man can enter into the kingdom of His Father, unless he first passes through the Door of Life, Jesus Christ. Truly, through faith in God's resurrected Christ, we are born of the regenerative seed of the Word of God, germinated through the perfection of the Love in Jesus Christ that comes from the Father's same unselfish love.
And Jesus dismissing Himself, says: For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father, which sent Me, He gave Me a Commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His Commandment is Life Everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak. (John 12 verse 49 thru 50.)
However, God's Love and Grace in Christ Jesus, can be rejected with man's continued love for selfish sin, or hidden away with false knowledge, or supplanted with man's traditions, all born out of the prideful mind of flesh, thus making the solid Rock of God's Word ineffectual for so many souls. If God is Love, and infinite Light, with no shadow or darkness within the Heart of His spoken Word, then what part of the following scripture is not Holy, and the absolute TRUTH of God Almighty? “This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is poured out for many for the remission of sin.”
Let's begin to reason together, and make no further grievous mistakes concerning God's Covenant Word and His Spirit of Grace, given for the salvation of sinful man. Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh God Almighty is the God of Covenant, and has Personified His New Covenant, within His Holy Son Jesus Christ made the flesh of Adam: For God's only Begotten Son is the Eternal WORD of GOD the Father Almighty. For God so Loved the world that He gave His Son and Word to be made in the flesh of Man, and being in the Perfect Love of God, Jesus was sacrificed for the sins of the world. Sin and death has no hold what so ever on the Perfect Love of God Almighty
The Holiness of God is not understood by finite man. If any man, not clothed in Jesus Christ and the Perfection of His Love, were to come into the Presence of God's Holiness, then God's Eternal Fire of Holiness would destroy that man. (See Isaiah 6.) A person of faith in Jesus Christ, may not understand all that is written, or given through the Spirit of God, but wisdom would say, it is better to acknowledge our ignorance before God and man, rather than to proudly degrade the Spiritual Wisdom of the Holy undefiled spoken Word of Jesus Christ: And the WORD said, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." (Matthew 23 verse 11, NIV). ”For the Word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him, with Whom we have to do". (Hebrews 4 verse 12 thru 13.)
We refuse to limit God and the Power of His Word in anyway, and the wise of heart would say, Amen. By God's Spirit of Grace and His Love in Christ, we have envisioned scriptural statements that are thought to be metaphoric, and have found them to be of Spiritual Substance, which will cut to the substance of the error of man's ignorant thoughts. When the Lord says, "I AM the Door", then believe without supposition, for He will be the Substance of that Door, which no man can open, and no man can close. I AM the Way, I AM the Truth, and I AM the Life: No man comes unto the Father, but by Me. (John 14 verse 6.) I AM that I AM, and, I Will Be what I Will Be.
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Robert Glenn Pratten with my beloved wife Rose Labez Pratten
Robert Glenn Pratten with my beloved wife Rose Labez Pratten