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The Word's of God in the Garden of Eden, were a stumbling block to the unbelieving heart of Man/Adam, and even to this very day, God's Personified Word of Eternal Truth, Jesus Christ, remains a stumbling block to humanity. But whoso keeps His Word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: Hereby know we that we are in Him. (1st John 2 verse 5.)

Jesus says in His priestly prayer to His Father: And I have declared unto them, Thy Name, and will declare it, that the Love wherewith thou hast Loved Me, may be in them, and I in them. (John 17 verse 26.)

As the Father has Loved Me, so have I Loved you: Continue you in My Love.  If you keep My Commandments, (then) you shall abide in My Love, even as I have kept My Father's Commandments, and abide in His Love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  This is My Commandment: That you Love one another, as I have Loved you.  Greater Love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I Command you. (John 15 verse 9 thru 14.)

And above all these things put on Sacrificial Love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in One Body; and be you thankful. (Colossians 3 verse 14 thru 15.)

Some years ago, I exchanged some conflicting letter communications on Holy Communion with a brother in Jesus, who happens to be a gifted artist, even though he has the male form of color blindness.  Unfortunately, our own religious dogmas and protestations, can cause spiritual blindness that prevents the True Light of the Word of God, to enter within our heart and affect a needful change.  With some slight modifications and added scripture verses appropriate for this message, I wrote to the color blind artist the following on Holy Communion and the substance of faith:

It is written, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.  What color would you paint the substance of my faith in Jesus Christ, or that of a Catholic brother or Orthodox sister or that of a Protestant believer?  What color would you paint the Word of God, engrafted to my soul, or theirs?  God is absolute Light, and there is no shadow in His turning.  He alone illuminates the soul of faith, to bring forth the color or colors of His choosing.  It is we that are not yet perfect in love, which can create darkness, and cast shadows over the substance of another brother’s faith in Jesus.  What is the pure color of love, or of joy, or of peace,  ---- for all are of the substance of the fruit of God's Holy Spirit, and of the substance of that, which is hoped for in our souls? Then Jesus said unto them:  My Father gives you the True Bread from heaven. For the Bread of God is He which comes down from heaven, and gives Life unto the world.  I AM the Bread of Life: he that comes to Me shall never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never thirst. (See John 6 verse 32 thru 35.) So then the Bread of Life is Christ Jesus, and He is bearing the substance of all that we hope for in Living Faith that is abiding in the Word of Life.

But here, let me paint you a living picture, an abstraction of true faith, and the true substance of the unseen.

Give us this day our Daily Bread.

With God's infinite pallet of color in hand and the application of the paint brush of the Holy Spirit, we begin to paint in the unknown dimensions of the heavenlies. Even so, it is not far off, but very near.  There we are, all the redeemed, faithfully gathered around this gracious table of the Lord of our Salvation.  God our Holy Father and the Lord Jesus, our High Priest is seated in our midst, and the Glory of God's Spirit fills the room.  Then Jesus takes a piece of unleavened bread, and tears it, and turns to you and says: "My dear child, ---- take this and eat of it, for this is My Body, and always remember that the substance of this Bread of Life, comes from Me, and is what I AM.  This unleavened Bread, broken for you, is the joy of My Father's heart, that you may have My love, ever increasing within your soul, to nourish you, and then through you, those children of men that are lacking in its substance". 

In those Infinite moments at His table, our gracious Lord of Host, in like manner, ministers through the Majesty of His Light and Life, to every member of His Body, that He might give gifts, and add the strength of His Spirit to those that are lacking, and in need of the full Grace of His whole Body, which is knitted together in the color and substance of His Love.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Now again, the Master turns to you, and Jesus calling you by name says: "My child, I have an absolutely necessary cup for you to drink from. Remember always that the substance of this drink, comes from the heart and soul of Who I AM; and it is a strong drink of dark judgment, poured out in Love for you. This, -- My Father's Covenant Cup of Love, contains the substance of My Life Blood poured out in judgment for the color of your sin, and the Idolatrous substance of self. Although the issues of both Death and Life are in My Blood, do not be afraid, but faithfully come to My Table of Grace, drink it often, so that all your days may be full of My Light, ---- and in My fields, you work not in darkness, ---- and in your sacrifice of Love to the Father, and My Body, you may bring forth a fruitful harvest of souls to My Table, where the facets of the purity of faith, through Me and in Me, abounds, in faithful hearts, with Life and Love with infinite color, to the Glory of our Father God." (See 1st Thessalonians 1 verse 3.)

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(See all of Matthew 6 verse 9 thru 15.)

Jesus Christ is the Living WORD of GOD, and on the Doctrinal Word of His Father God, He commanded each and every member of His Body, to commune with Him and each other, in the True Substance of His Word of Spirit and Life. (See John 6 verse 61 thru 65.) As members of Our Lord's Body, we participate in the eating of the Bread of Life that is given to us in Holy Communion through God's Holy Spirit of Grace.   The Bread of God, is as an ever-Living Memorial of God's Perfect Gift, that in partaking of God's Gift together, it would signify our unity within our risen Living Savior.  The substance of God's Love, is ratified in the Life giving Blood of the Son of Man, the incarnate Son of God, Who gave all of Himself, a perfect offering of Love to His Father, to satisfy God's righteous judgment, against rebellious and self loving mankind.

With amazing grace, it is the Almighty God of Love, Who has Loved us first, and has sown His Salvation Word within earthen vessels, so that the Perfection of His Love might be established within our hearts.  Lift up your hearts, for the Lord is Present among His people to pardon and cleanse, and to heal with nurturing comfort for all.  Jesus is the Chief Corner Stone, and we are to be the living stones of this memorial of God's LOVE that is not built with hands, but with a Holy Heart. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 4 thru 5.) He is the Vine that nourishes the branches, to bring forth the fruit of His Love within each member of His Body.  This Truth of God's nourishing Love is best maintained within the mind, heart and soul of a person through faith in the True Essence of God's heavenly Food, received through the Spirit of Truth.  If we are of the faith of Christ, then Holy Communion is The Almighty God's Living Covenant of Life, foundationally built upon Jesus' poured out Life Blood upon this earth, and forever established in His risen Body.  It is God's Spirit of Holiness, in union with the Communion Life Blood of Jesus Christ, to put away our current sins of remembrance, and to bring us into concert (Communion) together as one, unified within our Lord's Holy risen Body. 

"Love covers a multitude of sin".

However, if we say that we have not sinned in the flesh, then where is our light?  In the comfort of our darkness, we will not see our great need for that Agape Love that covers the multitude of sin.

If we say, "We have fellowship with Him," while continuing to walk in darkness, we are liars and do not practice the Truth.  But if we walk in Light, as He is in the Light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of His Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.  If we say, "We are free of the guilt of sin," we deceive ourselves and the [Personification of] Truth is not to be found in us. (1st John 1 verse 6 thru 8.)

Sin, saps the life out of the soul and spirit of our being, but Jesus Christ, the WORD of GOD has come that we might have freedom in His Life, and have it more abundantly.  As Christians, we have two choices.  In Holy Communion, we can eat  in faith of the Flesh and drink of the Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of Adam,  with full expectations of the renewal of the Lord's Covenant Life within us, or we can just let sin in the flesh, continue to have its pernicious way of breeding death, by means of its idolatrous concupiscence.  Corruption of the heart is manifested in manifold ways, for unrepented sin will bring sorrows that can lead to despair, with the appearance of death.

Obviously in all the Churches, sin is very persistent, as it continues to perpetuate its desires in the flesh.  The presence of willful sin, will quench the Holy Spirit, and leave us as dead in our sins.  Like a virus, sin  will continue to increase its own kind, by seeding itself in the flesh of man, unless it is exposed in the Light of God, and then isolated by our confession to our Savior.   Then by God's Covenant Grace within Communion, sin is put to rest in the conscience of the believer, through the spiritual immune response from the Sanctifying Blood of Jesus Christ.  Through the Sword of the Spirit the power of the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, will strip away entirely, the nature of sinful flesh. (See Colossians 2 verse 11.) Can you not begin to see with the eyes of faith that the poured out Blood of Jesus Christ for the sins of humanity, is the poured out Love of God that overcomes this world of sin and death? 

It is now time to search out the Eternal God's thoughts and perspectives, and not the finite mind of the flesh of man that is perishing.  The Church, which is to be the Body of Jesus Christ, on the whole, has been and remains asleep to the Power of Holy Communion and its ultimate purpose of Oneness in God, as the Bride of Jesus Christ.  The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, with the Communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.  Amen. (2nd Corinthians 13 verse 14.)

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Robert Glenn Pratten with my beloved wife Rose Labez Pratten