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The Living Sacrifice.

Having been conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ, the Word of God, was born the Son of God in the genetic flesh of Adam/Man. Now, as the Incarnate Son of Man, Jesus Christ, the Last Adam Loved His Father perfectly and conquered sin's power of death with His perfect obedience in human flesh.  His Father God was well pleased with the Presentation Offering of Christ Jesus, so that through His Holy Spirit of Life, He raised the Son of Man from the dead in total victory over the sin and death of man kind.  Jesus Christ, the Man, with His selfless victory over wickedness, satisfies the Holiness of His Father God Almighty.  With His satisfaction, Holy, Holy, Holy God declares Jesus the Christ to be after the order of Malchizedek, and forever the only High Priest and Mediator of the New Covenant between Holy God Almighty and sinful mankind. Consequently He is able save to the utmost, 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.)

Jesus, the Son of Man/Adam, was raised from the dead in majestic victory over the sins of the world, and is seated in the Power of the Spirit of Holiness at His Father's right hand.  Our Lord Jesus, the Christ of God, forever makes intercession, for those souls who come to Him, for He is the Living Sacrifice and the Lord our High Priest of Righteousness.  With the Eternal Power of His Father God Almighty, Jesus is the ever Living Sacrifice that sanctifies the flesh of His saved, whereby they would witness to the world of the Grace and Wisdom of the Eternal God. (See The Tree Roots Talking.)  The Faith of Christ bears witness to Christ's own precious Life Blood that He presented as a Son's Life offering on the cross for the sins of man-kind.  For there are three that bear witness; The Spirit [of Grace], and the Water, and the Blood and these Three are One.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not (practice) the Truth: [Jesus Christ is the Truth] But if we walk in the light, as He is in the Light, [then] we have fellowship (koinonia) one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin. (In full Context see 1st John 1 verse 5 thru 10.)

Even though we think that we stand among the redeemed of the Lord Jesus Christ, we forget about the sinful nature of our very own flesh, as if there were no problems in its containment.  Our callous forgetfulness, allows us to further dismiss the necessity for the denial of our self will, and the carrying of our daily cross.  Ah, but we say, thank goodness for Jesus Christ for now we are free from the law and sin, and all is done that can be done! Self righteousness will white wash our conscience from the continuing offenses of our flesh, causing us to ignore sin's spreading cancer of death.  And so the evil of sin still abounds in the church: Just look around, and see if you can see yourself in the eyes of others.   Now the Lord said to them all, "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it." (Luke 9 verse 23 thru 24.)  If you have considered this Word of the Lord, then what does this following Word of the Lord mean to you? Whosoever commits sin is the slave of sin. And the slave [of sin] abides not in the house for ever but the Son remains forever.  If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8 verse 35 thru 36.) If we are set free within the Eternal Truth that is Jesus Christ, then we are bound together in Him, and are communing in Christ's Life cleansing Blood provided by God's Spirit of Grace and all Holiness.

For, if we are living disciples in following Christ Jesus, then we are called to walk within the narrow path of this new Life in Christ, where we have been birthed into the great expanse of God's Perfect Way of Sacrificial Love.  But when we are distracted with the cares of the world, and follow after the demands of the self centered sin within our shallow minds of flesh, then we will stumble out of the Way of the Truth, falling by the wayside in great distress. (Consider the dichotomy of suffering 2nd Peter 2 verse 19 thru 20.)  Now, in the midst of the suffering for our wrong, if we listen carefully to the Heart of God within our reasoning minds, then we should begin to hear God's Spirit of Holiness calling us to return to God's New Covenant Word of Grace given at His Table of Grace. 

The Holy cleansing Grace of God's Spirit of Life, is freely given in Holy Communion, and is to be received within the Truth through our Covenant Faith in the Word of God.  God's Sufficiency is Eternal through His Son's Body and shed New Covenant Blood.  Because of our repentance that is born in our humility towards God, Jesus says of God's New Covenant in His Life Blood: Take and eat, for this is My Body given for you.  Then Jesus took the cup, and gave thanks [to Yahweh His Father God], and gave it to them, saying: “Drink from 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.) But when you do well, and suffer for it and take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: For great is your reward in heaven: For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5 verse 10 thru 12.)

In Communion with God, we remember that Holy God, Himself, has given a Love offering beyond human understanding.  God's Perfect Love was in the Life Blood of His only begotten Son, made the flesh of Man, and Christ Jesus the Man presented himself to Yahweh God as a perfect Chagigah offering for the sinful dead of all of man kind.  Do you not know that the Spirit of the Father was within the Soul of Christ, and the Almighty also suffered with the Spirit of the Son of Man. The Perfect Love of Yahweh God Almighty was within the Soul of His incarnated Son, Christ Jesus:  For indeed, God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. (See 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 18 thru 19, and John 9 verse 29, with John 10 verse 38,and John 17 verse 21.)

This is the Perfect Love that overcomes this world of sin and death, for in the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Life Blood of His Son, this Sacrificial Love exonerates the born again souls of repentant faith from their nature of sin and death. For whom the Son sets free, is free indeed to Love and serve the Lord God Almighty with gladness and singleness of heart.  We 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”.

Our Living Sacrifice of Love comes from the Holy Spirit of the God of the Living, and that Sanctifying Love continues in the Communal New Covenant Life Blood of Yahweh's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Last Adam.  The Life of the Spirit of Christ and God the Father is to flow freely within the members of the Body of God's Living Sacrifice, Jesus Christ. 

We as members within the Body of Christ, of necessity are to partake of the Bread of Life, and drink in of Christ's Life Blood, whereby our conscience will become cleared of the encumbrances from the guilt of our now confessed sin, and that same Love of God will cover our continuing weaknesses innate to our flesh.  The Perfect Love of God is innate to the Sacrificial Life Blood of Jesus Christ, for God's Holy Spirit of Life is One with the Life that is in the Holy Blood of God's only begotten Son.  Because of our High Priest's mediating Living Sacrifice for sin, the Sovereign God of the Universe has no desire to keep us chained to the guilt of our failures, nor does He keep an account of our confessed and forsaken sins that are being cleansed by the Life Blood of God's Perfect Sacrifice within Christ Jesus.  The guilt of those confessed sins of the day are obliterated in the Blood of Christ Jesus, so that in the freshness of our fellowship within the Body of Jesus Christ, selfish sin is denied its power, and the cross is once again lifted up, and the Lord once more is leading in the forefront of our daily lives.

The believer, through the Living Faith of the Christ of God, and our Fellowship (Communion) with the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ our Living Sacrifice, will continue to be empowered through God's Spirit of the New Covenant Blood, to enable His Covenant people to walk in the Life of God's Spirit.  Through our Fellowship in the Blood of Jesus, we remember that the Lord's Life, as a gift of immeasurable LOVE, has become our Life, and although we may have grave weaknesses, we are made through Christ's Love, to be more than an over-comer in this world, and able to present our bodies in worshipful service as a living sacrifice that is acceptable to God the Father. (See Romans 12 verse 1 thru 2.) "For they shall overcome the evil accuser by the BLOOD of the LAMB, and the Word of their testimony, and they loved not their life unto the death."  (See Revelation 12 verse 10 thru 12.) For I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that Life (the Life of Jesus Christ) which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, Who Loved me, and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2 verse 20 (ASV.)  Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in Love, as Christ also has [sacrificially] Loved us, and has given Himself for us, a (Chagigah-Presentation) offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. (Ephesians 5 verse 1 thru 2.) As ambassadors of God, called in Christ Jesus, we, as member of His Body, are to become living sacrifices, in presenting God's gift of peace to a lost world that suffers in the corruption of sin.

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Robert Glenn Pratten