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Then Jesus took the wine and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
“Drink of it, all of you. 
For this is My Blood of the New Covenant,
which is shed for many, for the
remission of sins.
 (Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28.)

 

My Words are Spirit and They are Life!

In the early morning of May 25, of the year 2000, I was asleep on my bed, when in a night vision I found myself standing in front of a man, who was about 30 feet from me and on the same floor level.  The person, I was looking at was an ordinary, baldheaded man past middle age, and was clothed in priestly garments of a white robe with a green tunic.

NOTE: The color of green universally speaks of new life, of budding and living vegetation; it inspires hope, with the renewal of life and energy. The color white represents light, purity, innocence, joy, triumph and glory.

Besides the baldheaded man in priestly garments, I knew that other people were in that room with me.  All of us were standing in a lineup in the forefront of that dimly lit room, however from my central position, I did not look around to see who was there.  The only light that was in the room was directly over and surrounding that one priestly person standing in what would be the altar portion of the building.  My fixation was on that solitary person and the chalice he was embracing with both hands held close to his chest. It was only a moment into the vision, when He extended both arms straight forward, while still holding the chalice with both of his hands; and then he opened his mouth proclaiming very boldly: “Behold the Living Sacrifice”.

In the next moment, he turned to his right, to about 45 degrees and began to pan the room from his right to left with his outstretched arms while he continued to hold the chalice with both hands.  On my far left I heard an "Ohhhhh", then an "ooh ooh" in quick succession.  Momentarily, I thought to myself, surely the communicants were being blessed, but that was the only sounds I heard as I watched the priest as he slowly turned in my direction.  Just before he pointed the chalice towards me, I began to see a multicolored light emanating from the chalice and extending its reach all the way towards me.  I was anticipating a blessing, with answers to questions concerning the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ.  But, when the multicolored Light came upon me, my head was driven backwards, for I was pierced through the fore head by that beam of Light.  Instantaneously there came a silent explosion of white light within my mind, and I grunted out "Oh ohhh":  Then in less than a moment, I was stabbed in and through the abdomen and chest by that same piercing white Light, and I cried out “Oooh ooh”!  Startled and gravely discomforted, I found myself fully awakened, in a seated position, clutching my belly as if severely wounded and pondering the experience with bewilderment.  

The dream lasted, I suppose, all of 15 or 20 seconds.  However, after the awakening experience, I fell asleep quickly. When I awoke at the appropriate time and well rested, I immediately remembered the bold words, “Behold the Living Sacrifice!”  From that day and afterwards, I began to understand the dreams relevancy to the Holy Word's of Jesus Christ and of the inestimable value that God's Living Covenant in Communion provides for the Lord's Church Body:  Fear not: I AM the First and the Last: I AM He that lives and was dead; and behold, I AM alive for evermore, Amen: And I have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelation 1 verse 17 thru 18.) Consequently He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through Him, since He forever lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest, Holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. (Hebrews 7 verse 25 thru 26.) No one comes to the Father except by Me!

The following scriptural texts are significant to the vision's understanding.  Others will follow.

Seek you first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable (logical) service.  And be not conformed to this world: But be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect Will of God”.

First we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices: For every sacrifice to God is salted. But if that which is salted shall loose its savor, how then is it to be salted? It is good for nothing and is to be cast out and to be trodden under the foot of men. (See Matthew 5 verse 13.)

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office (praxis (more precisely, function or doing) derived from prasso): So then, we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;   (Romans 12 verse 1 thru 6. )

Unfortunately the King James Version of the Bible incorrectly uses an inflated interpretation of the Greek word "praxis" to mean office (of significance) rather than the more correct lowly meaning of function, which would be natural to the differentiated cellular members within the whole body. 

Jesus said; Verily, verily, I say unto you: If a man keep My Word, he shall never see death.
furthermore That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations. (See Luke 24 verse 46 thru 48.)

The very Love of God constrains His people, so that in our self examination and repentance, we would not be condemned with this world of darkness. (See 1st Corinthians 11 verse 31-33.)

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen. (2nd Corinthians 13 verse 14.)

 

 

Standing in the darkness with the rest of the church, the sharpness of the Holy Spirit's Sword of piercing rebuke, made it abundantly clear to me that the contents of the cup, which the priest proclaimed "to be" the Living Sacrifice, absolutely contained the very Spirit and Life of the Word of Holy God that is One with the sacrificial Communion Blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. (See John 6 verse 63.)

The Holy Spirit of God, through His sharp two-edged Sword of Truth, very dramatically emphasized the two parts of my being that are influenced by the Spirit of the precious Blood of Jesus Christ.  First, there was the head representing the mind with its conscience, or more precisely the spirit of man resonating in the confines of the heart, that being the core thoughts, emotions and intentions within the mind of man, whether for good of bad: And secondly, the essence being the soul with the essence of life within the man. (See The Soul and the Life.) For Scripture says; So take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: (See Ephesians 6 verse 13 thru 18.) 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.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.  (Hebrews 4 verse 12 thru 13.)  For "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve." (Jeremiah 17 verse 10.)  For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted (chastened) for your faults (sins), you shall take it patiently? But if, when you do well, and suffer for it, you then take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 19 thru 21.)

From the Song of Moses: See now that I, even I, AM He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My Hand. I will whet My glittering (My lighting) Sword, and My Hand shall take hold of judgment. (See Deuteronomy 32 verse 39 thru 42.)

In that moment of visionary time, I both witnessed and experienced extra-dimensionally, the Light of the Living Sword of the Spirit of Grace, that is One with the Covenant Water and Blood of Jesus Christ, piercing through both the fleshly part of my mind with its self centered spirit, and then into the core of the very soul of my being.  The experience left an indelibly deep impression within me, for, it was as if I had been slain with that multicolored Sword of Light, and yet, I awoke from the experience, to live.  Yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh,  I live by the Faith of the Son of God, Who Loved me, and gave Himself for me, (See Galatians 2 verse 20.)

For even unto this were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His Mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judges righteously: Who His Own Self bare our sins in His Own Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed, for you were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 21 thru 25.)

Did God really Say?
(Jesus says My Doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me)

A Warning that is yet from the Grace of God in Christ  Jesus: Nothing in the vanity of our self-centered humanity wants to hear the Spirit of God's correction to our straying unbelief in His Living Word.  This generation, like all generation's of adulterating self exultation, will exchange the Truth of God for a lie that accommodates their own selfish desires, leaving them without accountability for their illicit actions.  Now the Truth of the Word of God is seen as foolishness, and made subject to philosophical debates among the many self absorbed scholars of philosophy, who argue over what they think God, might have meant, and yet in the brilliance of their own individualistic minds, they may never come to the knowledge of the Truth. When the supreme council of the Lord is dismissed as foolishness then every man will make his own way and do what is right in their own eyes to satisfy the desires of their flesh. Witness for yourselves: The religious leaders that have cultivated a mind of unbelief that challenges the unfailing Word of God, will breed their own unbelief within their followers.  The unbelief of the intellectually gifted leader may even prevent the one who might be entering into the Life of Christ to deviate from the Truth, for they may end up following a completely skewed perception of the only Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty.  The Truth of God can not be dismissed as innocuous, but nevertheless Christ Jesus is the Personification of the Truth, and is none other than the Righteous Judge of the whole earth.  Jesus Christ, the very Word of His Father, is One with the King of His created universe, where all things in His universe are held together with the Power of the Infinite Word of the Almighty God. (See Ephesians 3 verse 9.)(Consider the challenges for today Romans 1 verse 21 thru 25.)

Jesus Christ, the Truth of the Word of His Father God, says: My sheep hear My Voice and I know them, and they follow Me. (See Mark 8 verse 38 and John 10 verse 26 thru 27.) David, the king of Israel, understood the voice of his Shepherd when he wrote in Psalm 23 Thy Rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

Yahweh God Almighty is ever faithful to His Covenant Word of Salvation Grace in Christ Jesus, while we are not ever faithful to Him: Therefore God's Spirit of Holiness will correct His Covenant people of our waywardness, through our own sins that will find us out.  God allows the pains and sorrows of sin to afflict our flesh, so as to bring us to repentance and on the right path of following His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer (that is to endure the pains of sin) for His sake; (Philippians 1 verse 29.) While this understanding is not popular in the fleshly, faith based ministries of name and claim it, nevertheless, God, in the trying of our faith, gives unction to sin's administration of stripes of correction that are appropriate for the misdeeds and misconceptions of His wayward sheep. (See Luke 12 verse 42 thru 49.) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise. (Psalms 51 verse 17.)  For if we would judge our selves, we should not be judged, but when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, so that we should not be condemned with the world. (See verses for Chastening) Wherefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat (of the Lord's Table Provisions for Life in Christ) wait one for another. (See 1st Corinthians 11 verse 26 thru 34.)  The Body of Christ, in this world, is not working to its fullest capacity to glorify the Almighty God, while its members embrace the darkness of their own self centered sins, rather than the Love of their Creator. (See 1st Corinthians 12 verse 4 thru 27.)

The Table of the Lord Jesus Christ, is to be set with the provisions of faith that are ascribed in the Word of God, so that God's Holy Spirit of Grace can lead all of the baptized members within the death of Christ, into the sanctified unity of the One Holy Body of the Lord Jesus Christ.   The selfish sin's of our flesh shall not have dominion over us, for we are not to be led by the flesh of our fallen humanity, but by the leading of the One Holy Spirit of the only God of the Living that raised up our Savior Christ Jesus from the dead.  In Communion, when acknowledging our failures in loving God, then God's Holy Spirit of Grace is faithful and just to cleanse and absolve us of our unrighteousness.  No chastening of the Lord for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (See Hebrew 12 verse 5 thru 11.)

Now then, we, the baptized members of Jesus Christ, with the submission of our wills to that of God's Will, are freed from any condemnation of our failures in the thoughts and actions of our corrupted flesh.  Our collective prayers and petitions are not hindered in our unity within the Spirit of God.  The Holy Spirit of God in Christ Jesus is to be at the forefront of all of the individual members, so that He may raise up the saved into the stature of the One Man Christ Jesus. As members in the Grace of Christ Jesus, we are called to be the light of the world, and as His representatives, we are no longer to be party to the darkness of this world. 

Now, through God's Gift of His Spirit of abiding Faith in Christ Jesus, the darkness of sin is no longer to continue to have dictating dominion over our souls and minds that are housed in the wretchedness of our fleshly being. For he that suffers in the flesh ceases from sin. Make no mistake; our own sins reek havoc on the sensitivities of our self centered flesh, and God will use our own sins and those of others, like a rod, to correct our unrighteous thoughts and judgmental behaviors against others. (See Psalm 139 verse 23 thru 24.) In the darkness of this world, we are yet subject to our own trials of unbelief, and also to the tribulations of the sins of others that are blinded in the darkness of this dying world. These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (See John 8 verse 12, John 9 verse 5, Matthew 5 verse 14, John 16 verse 33.)

God's New Covenant of Grace, within the Blood of Jesus Christ, gives the one who lives by the Faith within Christ Jesus, the assurance that God's Spirit will faithfully be correcting the mistakes and curbing the passions of our flesh with the intent of increasing the virtues of Agapao Righteousness that is in His Son Christ Jesus. (See 2nd Timothy 3 verse 16 thru 17.) Hereby we perceive the Love of God, because He (Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd) laid down His Life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1st John 3 verse 16.) Coincidentally, the epistle of 1st John chapter 3 verse 16 chimes together in thought with the Gospel of John chapter 3 verse 16.

Within the dream, the outcry of the one person, along with mine, made it two fold evident of the vision's true witness.  First that the Spirit of God was bearing witness through the visionary dream of the spiritual reality of sin's corrupting condition that remains in our physical body of flesh.  Secondly and more importantly, the visionary dream of God's Word of Promise within His New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ is absolute Truth, for He will cleanse and absolve us of our confessed sins of darkness.   If we say we have no sin then we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (See 1st John 1 verse 7 thru 10.)  For the God of all Grace, Who has called us unto His Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, that after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, established, strengthened and settle you(See 1st Peter 5 verse 5 thru 11.) The piercing Light of God's Sword of the Spirit revealed the Truth of the sanctifying power of the unseen Spirit of the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ. 

Tragically, so much of the churches in their disunity, are dismissive of 1st John chapter 1 Verse 7 that speaks of the Communion/Fellowship that we are to have in the Blood of Jesus Christ.  The darkness of our sins of the flesh, in repentance are to be put under the cleansing Blood of Jesus Christ, through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, so that the Love of God might reign in the spirit of our minds, to the Glory of God Almighty.  God is faithful to His Covenant Word that is sealed in the Sacrificial Blood of Jesus Christ: For the Grace that is in Christ's Blood will cleanse our yielded hearts and souls from the wants of sin that are insidious to our idolatrous flesh. For if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ God's Son, cleanses us from [the weight of] all sin.

Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I AM meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. (See Matthew 11 verse 25 thru 30.)

These are the revealing Words of the Living Bread of Life Who came down from heaven; "Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest".  Prior to His call of Grace, the Lord Jesus had just rebuked the unbelieving in the Synagogue at Capernaum. (See Matthew 11 verse 22 thru 24.) Then you will find that the following Scripture is in concert with the same time as revealed in all of John's Gospel chapter 6; for it is a time for the Passover of Unleavened Bread. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes. (See Matthew 11 verse 25 thru 27.) That which is Hid and revealed to babes is the the Lord Jesus Christ as He says: Labor not for the food that perishes, but for the Food which endures unto everlasting Life, Which the Son of Man shall give unto you: For Him has God the Father sealed [hid]. (See John 6 verse 26 thru 29.)

Jesus the Word of His Father says: The Words I Speak to you are Spirit and They are Life. To be frank, I thought that the others that were gathered in that room with me, would have responded to the Spirit of the Word of God.  However, only one other person opened his heart to the Lord to receive of the Lord's provisions for Life in Him. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: If any man hear My Voice, and open the door, Then will I come into him, and will sup with him and he with Me. (See Revelation 2 verse 17 and chapter 3 verse 20.) The True Provisions of Life are that which the Lord Alone Provides through His Spirit of Grace.

Apparently, if the present unbelief and confusion continues in the teaching on Holy Communion, then not all will receive the Truth of the Spirit of the Word of God nor will  they respond to God's sanctifying Word in Holy Communion that removes the burden of sin from the spirit of our minds. (See James 1 verse 21 thru 24.) Then again, maybe there was only the two of us who struggle with the unruliness of our own flesh.  If the humility of a person's heart is not evident to God, then vanity reigns in the communion rite of men, and not the Holy Spirit of God Almighty's Grace.

No man puts a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put on to fill the garment up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: But they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. (Matthew 9 verse 16 thru 17.)

Holy Communion, by and through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, is intended for Baptized believers, who are settled the heart of their minds in following the fullness of the Words of their Chief Physician Christ Jesus. (See Matthew 9 verse 9 thru 13.) If the old vessels are settled in their unbelief without repentance, then it would be very foolish to partake of the the Holy Spirit's Provisions of the Lamb of God.  The New Wine of the Spirit of God is for the  new created wine skins of Faith that abides in their Savior, Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah.  The Infinite all-knowing Almighty God knows who belongs to Him.

Not one of us are justified in a perfunctory performance in Holy Communion.  Holy God Almighty, has called us to humility repent, leaving the imprisoning chains of our sin under the Blood of His Son, and then trust in God Almighty's Faithful Word that our souls and the spirit of our minds are in His Spirit's care.  The prison doors are already opened, and His reproof through the covering Love of God in Christ Jesus will bring the redeemed into the perfection of His Love that passes all human understanding.

Before this Communion visionary dream, and along with those visions in the chapter "Arise Shine", I initially saw Scripture in a singular perspective, relating only to the selfish sensitivities of my own person, and not to that which is necessary for the wholeness of all the members within the One Body of Jesus Christ.  This visionary dream became a spiritual revelation or awakening of the spiritual heart of my mind's spirit and soul, and not necessarily applicable to the desires of one's own selfish flesh.  Indeed, the blessing of the flesh that I might have desired or anticipated, did not take place, although this does not preclude God from giving a healing to a condition within our physical bodies at His own wise discretion and purpose in glorifying His very own Word, Jesus Christ.  God enlarges our Faith in Who He Is, and what He can do through His Spirit that resides within His obedient people of His Faith.  That Faith is not a faith that glories in the flesh that perishes along with its excesses.  For the sons of God are those that are led by the Spirit of Yahweh God Almighty, and are crucifying the sinful will of the flesh. (See Galatians 5 verse 24 thru 25.) Without humility there is no repentance, without repentance there is no remission of sin, without the remission of sin there is no power of the Holy Spirit, for God is Holy and not party to our sin.

Believe thou not that I Am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but The Father that dwells in Me; He [the Father] does the works.  Believe Me; I Am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes in Me, the works that I do, shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. (John 14 verse 11 thru 12.)

It is during the Lord's Passover Communion with Unleavened Bread during His Table of New Covenant Grace that Jesus instructs His disciples in the Word of His Father: 'The Father that dwells in Me, He does the work. (first) If you live in Me and (\second) My Words live within you, (third) Then you shall ask what you will (according to the sanctifying Word of God) and it shall be done for you. And then again Jesus/Yeshua say: Without Me you can do nothing! (John 15 verse 5.) When seeking the Grace of God through a genuine Faith in the Word of the Almighty God, then the members of the Body of Christ are to be strengthened together in their functioning charism gifts of the Spirit of God within the One Holy Body of Jesus Christ.

In the natural, there are certain healings that can take place through the wisdom that people have received from God, and that wisdom may grow from an understanding of the nature of this natural body in conjunction with God's designed order of nature itself.  Even the wisdom of faith in God, does not allow for the continued abuse of His natural law, and perhaps the appetite of the flesh may need to be curbed or adjusted to bring about a change. 

All healing first takes place inwardly, and then God's Grace may be manifested outwardly.

Now, for a child of God with abiding faith in the power of God, obedience to the Word of God comes first, then comes God's blessings, working within the living members of the Body of Jesus Christ.  Even in the midst of the storms of this earthly life, God's Spirit of Life brings about a sense of well being within the spirits of His new creations in Christ Jesus. The Love of God is manifested to the redeemed, first occurring within our souls and the spirit of our minds, and then that same Love of God within us, is to be manifested in the Power of His Love to the lost souls of this perishing world.  The charisma grace of the abiding Spirit of God within the souls of  Faith, enables the manifestations of the Almighty's Power within and without of the sanctified members of the One Body of the Living Sacrifice, Jesus Christ; all given for the Glorification of the only Almighty God of the Living. (See 1st Corinthians 12 verse 4 thru 14.) Though the Holy Spirit of the Living God Almighty nothing is impossible: Therefore the manifestations of the Faith of Christ Jesus working within the functioning members of His Body is not limited to natural wisdom.

As we continue in the Way of Jesus Christ, we will see there is dynamic “Power in the Blood”, with unseen dimensions of enabling Life in the Communion Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ.  The Blood of Jesus Christ is One with the Word of His Father of Life, and the Blood is enabled, both to kill and make alive, and to wound and heal through the two edged Sword of the Holy Spirit of the Eternal God Almighty.  Greater emphasis on the Covenant Blood of Jesus and its spiritual affects on the soul and spirit of man will be presented in the following section 'The Crucible', but presently let us continue to always look to our Lord Jesus, the Living Sacrifice of God.

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