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A Bird's Eye View of a Galaxy Collision 

What appears as a bird's head, leaning over to snatch up a tasty meal, is a striking example of a galaxy collision in NGC 6745. This is  large spiral galaxy, with its nucleus still intact, apparently peering at the smaller passing galaxy (nearly out of the field of view at lower right), while a bright blue beak and bright whitish-blue top feathers show the distinct path taken during the smaller galaxy's journey. These galaxies did not merely interact gravitationally as they passed one another, they actually collided. 

The Bird's Head galaxy, as it is called, is actually feeding off the elemental sustenance that resulted from the collision of one galaxy with another galaxy, and in so doing, new stars were reproduced each having its own gravitational sphere of influence.  The depicted bright blue beak and feathery areas are where the hottest new births took place.  In the law of returns, perhaps one of the morals is in the old adage, "You are what you eat". Let's continue to explore this saying, and draw from it another great mystery of life out of death. 

You are what you eat.

Man does not live by (earthly) bread only, but by every Word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God does man live(See Deuteronomy 8 verse 1 thru 4, and Matthew 4 verse 3 thru 4.)  But, -- has our Holy God changed His mind, and the Power of His Word become as the grass of the field?  Of course not!  For I AM the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Malachi 3 verse 6.) And the voice said, Cry. And he said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withers, the flower fades, because the Spirit of the LORD blows upon it: Surely the people is grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God shall stand forever. (Isaiah 40 verse 6 thru 8.)

Yes, it is we that are the grass of the field that are swayed with the divisive winds of intellectual leaven that ferments out of the mouth of the prince of death.  From the Garden to the present, it is the destroyer of faith and souls, subtlety repeating the challenging and mocking question, "Did the Lord God really say -------?"  Even Balaam understood the absolute righteousness of God, for he prophesies: God is not a man that He should lie; neither the Son of Man that He should repent: Has He (the Son of Man) said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and He has blessed and I cannot reverse it. (Numbers 23 verse 19 thru 20.) Please take notice of the distinctions in the green linked word for "Man", for in Hebrew it is "Adam".

Christ Jesus is the Genetic Son of Adam/Man through Ishshah.
For He was the Lamb of God, slain even before the foundation of the world.

But, how is it that the wild grass that withers and fades away has, by edict and institutional dogma, annulled portions of the Lord's Holy Word that provides His essential Gift to His Body of believers?  The vital spiritual weapons of our warfare, which should be integral through out the church Body of Jesus Christ, and are mighty in God to the pulling down of the strongholds of sin, have been rendered to be inert for so many.   Within the church assemblies, we each love to have it our own way, and our way is the way of the flesh, and now the Holy Spirit of Grace in the TRUTH of Christ Jesus, is quenched, for the called prophets have wilted back into their seats of comfort, and the crier for repentance, is silenced.  The exclusive doctrines and traditions of men, have created stumbling blocks of iniquity, that diffuses the power of peoples' faith in the Word of our God.  Again, without the leading of God's Holy Spirit with His Living Sword of TRUTH, then Faith in the Word of God can be darkened by the doctrines of disobedience, taught by unbelieving pulpit teachers. 

Sin does not repent, but remains stubbornly in the shadows of demonic deception, for it is hidden away from the healing light and scalpel of the Word of God.  The Lord Christ Jesus is the Chief Physician of our souls, and He alone provides the antidote for acknowledged sin, through His Blood of God's New Covenant.  Unbelief walks in its own path, unless the unbelieving fool may stumble over their own self corruption, and wonder of the why of it all! None of us are immune to sin's distorted and vain philosophies that can exist in any church.  Sin's very nature of death separates the people of God into separatist institutions, and into religious sects of exclusive cultural doctrines. 

You don't have to think about it for very long, for no doubt Satan from the beginning, is the malignant originator of the methodology of divide and conquer.  It is painfully evident, that we are not all of one mind and saying the same essential things that pertain to the one perfect Faith in the Eternal Holy God of creation.  God gave His Word of His Promised Gift of His Spirit of Grace to the believers IN Christ, so that they would become more than conquerors IN Christ Jesus.  God's Holy Spirit of Grace is given to His Ecclesia to  develop within our souls, a greater love and obedience to Father God, when following the only WAY of our Savior Jesus Christ.  The Only WAY, the Only TRUTH and the Only LIFE of men, leads His Body of believers through His Perfect Love and Obedience to His Holy Father Yahweh God Almighty, and Jesus/Yeshua our High Priest brings them into His Father's throne room of Grace. (See Luke 24 verse 49.)

However, being justified in their religious eyes, the Roman and Orthodox Catholic Churches, through the inherited Roman traditions of human idolatry, are tap dancing around several all important issues of Salvation, and remain disobedient, without repentance to their vain idolatrous traditions of the flesh.  In elevated pride these sanctimonious churches remain defiant to the TRUTH that IS the Person of the WORD of God, and their unrepented sin has led to more iniquity that festers in the flesh of their followers. 

Meanwhile the multi-fractionated Protestants attend their own individual dances, to the tunes of Calvin, for they are continually waltzing around predestination, and end their jig with an out of step once saved always saved (OSAS). Oops, sorry, but the fractionated (OSAS), have stepped on their own holy toes.  Don't you know that according to the OSAS's theology that their one time confession is good forever?  No doubt, Paul's fellow worker in the saving Gospel, the man Demas was once saved, but Paul declares his disappointment in his second letter to Timothy: For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed to Thessalonica. (See 2nd Timothy 4 verse 10.) I don't care to speculate as to the end reward of Demas, but I would be pleased to hear from any of the spokes persons of the OSAS, who would provide sound Scriptural Doctrine that would substantiate their claims, and refute those in all of these writings. But consider before hand your own sin and what the apostle Paul writes: Then do we make void the Law through Faith? God forbid! Yea, we establish the Law. (See Romans 4 verse 29 thru 31.) If you are dead in your sin, then how will you find The LIFE?

With their doctrinal position of OSAS, the now all-knowing administers of the fractionate protestant churches, see no need for receiving Yahweh God's renewing Communion Covenant Grace in the LIFE Giving Blood of Christ Jesus.   Out of their pompous idolatry, the one and done theology of the OSAS, have dismissed the need for God's Holy Spirit of Grace, Who renews the core of the saving faith to those who live IN The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE of God's Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. 

We all should be thankful for God's Mercy IN His Messiah, but His everlasting Mercy is directed toward the faithful that fear the Almighty God and keep His Covenant by remembering to honor His Commandments of Grace within His Son. (See Psalm 103 verse 11 and 17 thru 18.) 

Let Godly Wisdom Prevail

In his 1st epistle to the Corinthian church, as written in the noted chapter 10, the apostle Paul encapsulates Israel's struggles in the wilderness, where many were destroyed because of their lustful desires for evil things. (Read 1st Corinthians 10 verse 1 thru 10.)

Now all these things happened to many of Israel for our example, for they are written for our admonitions, upon whom the ends of the world are come.  Wherefore let him that thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall.

We are not of them that draw back into perdition. but of them that believe in the saving of the soul. For Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Where for, we fully believe in the unseen TRUTH of WORD of God.  Now, our fellowship with Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh Lord God Almighty is to be as joint members IN the Body of Christ, through God's unseen Holy Spirit of Grace.  In our times of trouble, Almighty God does not make 'a' way of escape, as in an enigmatic way of escape, but makes it clear in His New Covenant that the only WAY of escape is through the LIFE giving Blood of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Who died for our sins of death.  Christ Jesus says emphatically: " I AM The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE of men. No one comes to the Father except by ME."

The Cup of Blessing, which we bless, is it not the Communion of the Blood of Jesus Christ?
The Bread, which we break, is it not the Communion of the Body of Jesus Christ?

The Communion Blood of Jesus Christ is eternally efficacious, for His Holy Spirit of Grace provides the only Way of escape from our sinful earthly entanglements. (Read with understanding 1st Corinthians 10 verse 13 thru 16.)

God's unseen Grace is in the Life Blood of Christ that was poured out of the Body of Christ for the remission of the sins of the flesh of true believers. My WORD shall not return to Me void, but (HE) shall accomplish that which I please. (See Isaiah 55 verse 10 thru 11.) 

By there fruits you shall know them. Not every one that says unto Me. Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven: But those that do the Will of My Father, Who is in Heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day: Lord, Lord, have we not done many wonderful works in Thy Name.  And the Lord will declare unto them: Get away from Me, you who practice iniquity, for I never knew you! (See Matthew 7 verse 15 thru 23.

You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, how shall it be salted again? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  (Matthew 5 verse13.)

There are so many false prophets that lead their sitting people astray with their own misleading vanity; and those that follow the pulpit prophet's pernicious ways will all fall into the same ditch.  These prophets pick and choose their own scriptures to satisfy their own itching ears, and then in their pride, boast of their own wisdom to those who have like itching ears.  Therefore, the directives of all the 'there-fore's'  that proceeded the preacher's singled out clause of exclusivity, are never brought to the attention of the people of the pews. 

The disciple is not above his Master nor the servant above his Lord.  It is enough for the disciple that he be like his Master, and the servant like his Lord. Therefore, whosoever shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father, Who is in heaven. But whosoever will deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father, Who is in Heaven. (See Matthew 10 verse 24 thru 33.)

What is the extent of denial? Have you not heard of the quasi idiom, "Actions speak louder than words"? For what does it profit a man if he boast of his faith and has no works. Can faith save him.  Faith without works is dead,  for it is alone, (wallowing in it's self).  Yes a man may say, he  has faith, but I have works: Show me your faith without the evidence of works, and I will show you my faith, by the evidence of my works. (See James 2 verse 17 thru 23.) But do you not know O vain man, that faith without works is dead.

You are (to be) the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle and put it under a basket, but put it on a candlestick and it gives light to all that are in the house.  So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. (Matthew 5 verse14 thru 16.)

The Truth is, 'Words are Cheap', and the all-knowing Eternal Holy God is not mocked with empty words of the flesh. (See Galatians 6 verse 6 thru 8.)  However, the Covenant Word of the Lord Yeshua/Jesus Christ is followed with His Covenant Work on the cross of Calvary that speak clearly  that His Word is TRUTH.  The sinless Christ died once for sin, so that we would be free from our self-idolatry that speaks only for itself.  But, the actions of our flesh speak loudly in the sight of the Almighty God, for they either deny or confirm the TRUTH of the Salvation Word of Almighty God.  God knows the weakness of our flesh, and His Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ provides the Only Way for our escape from the entanglements of the sin that so easily entraps the believer. "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest". (See Matthew 11 verse 28 thru 30)

Christ Jesus, Himself, as the expressed WORD of His Father Yahweh, the Almighty God, declared at His Passover Table on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread that His Communion Blood IS the One Life giving Blood of God's New Covenant given for the remission of the sins of repentant believers.  The WORD of God is Spirit, and God's Spirit of Grace is One with the Water and Life giving Covenant Blood of Christ Jesus that was shed on Calvary.  The Word of God is One, and the TRUTH of Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh Lord God Almighty is constant with Christ's Life giving Blood received at His Table of Grace for the remission of the flesh's sins that are confessed in true repentance by believers.  God's Promised Gift of His Spirit of Grace, brings with His Presence, the Messiah's Holy Life in His Fellowship Blood, even to the vain sins of those, who, in their hypocrisy, claim to adhere to Sola Scriptura.  Yahweh God is not glorified in our confusions and hypocrisies that are rooted in the vanity of fallen flesh.  The Resurrected WORD of God sings out to believers: Preach of repentance with the remission of sin in Christ's Name of Salvation to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (See Luke 24 verse 45 thru 48.) God's cleansing Spirit of Grace through the Life Giving Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ relieves the conscience of repentant believers from our errors of the flesh.  You can be sure that if we are not in agreement with God's Spirit of Communion Life in Christ Jesus then we will continue to eat of our own confusions, as we keep on dancing in sin's way of death.

If that, which is called by God to be the One Ecclesia/church, and being the One Body of Christ, is splintered into thousands of separate sects, and remains in a state of confusion and darkness, squabbling over the essentials of faith, then where does that leave those without the Grace of God Almighty's New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ.  Those in darkness, fail to see any light coming forth from those who say they are saved by faith alone. 

On appearances to this dark world, the multi-fractionated ideologies of all the churches seem to be lacking in the definition of the One Body of Christ.  Sin, as always, separates, divides and kills within its nature of self will: And the Light of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ cried from the utmost darkness of the cross: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do".  It is impossible for Christ Jesus to be divided, and fractionated among the many religious Christian sects, and neither is He exclusive to the larger institutions of mock superficial piety, with their segmented superiority.  For, there is One Body, and One Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism,  One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all and in you all. (Ephesians 4 verse 4 thru 6.) 

There is only one Everlasting Covenant, given by the Everlasting God, where by each and every member, within the One Body of Jesus Christ, would be, through their obedient faith, set apart from sin, by God's Gift of His Holy Spirit that is One with the Sacrificial Life Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Through faith, IN the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we rebellious sinners have entered into God's Covenant of New Life through the Lord's baptism into His One Body, where by the Lord our Salvation would maintain each member's sanctity with the Holy Provisions of His Spirit's Word of Grace.  For this is the Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin(Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28.) If we say we have no sin, then we deceive ourselves and the TRUTH is not in us. (1st John 1 verse 8.)

Our Holy God has not changed, and the Spirit of Prophecy with the testimony of His Son Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah), remains the same yesterday, today and forever. (See Revelation 19 verse 9 thru 11.) The Constant Word of the Universe says: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.  For truly I say unto you: Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. (See Matthew 24 verse 35, and Matthew 5 verse 18.) The Spirit of God's Word is immutable and shall stand forever.  God's Word remains active and alive today, even as when the Lord's Spirit prophesied to the Seven Churches of Revelation.  The Spirit of the Lord will bring correction, and His correction will speak, strongly, to our unfaithfulness, and His call for those marked for Salvation, to return to our first Love.  (See Revelation 2 verse 3.)

The Everlasting Covenant is in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, which we have entered into by unadulterated faith in the Word of God.  That faith is from the God of the Living Word, and not with the gods of controversy, born out of the pride of controlling sin that gives birth to death.  If the flesh of man is arguing with flesh, over that which is spiritually discerned, then man's faith is disrupted into confusion.  For the Spirit we have received is not the world’s spirit, but God’s Spirit, helping us to recognize the gifts He has given to us.  We speak of these, not in words of human wisdom, but in Words taught by the Spirit, thus interpreting spiritual things in spiritual terms. (1st Corinthians 2 verse 13 thru 14. ) The true Light of God's Word forever shines, sending forth the rays of His Infinite TRUTH within the hearts of the faithful hearer of His Word of TRUTH.

To proceed to the next chapter, please click on Seeing the Sword of the Spirit.

Robert Glenn Pratten