Prelude to Light
To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? God is the One Who calls a person to saving faith, and the one who receives the simplicity of that true faith in God's salvation, will undoubtedly be tried by fire. "For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not?" (Hebrews 12 verse 6 thru 8.) After God's initial correction of His child, then it remains God's prerogative to set that child in the earthly Body of His Son, according to the measure of the gift of God's grace given to that person for the edification of Jesus' Body in Love. It was He Who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith, and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (In full context Ephesians 4 verse 4 thru 13 NIV.)
For me, grace was given to see the revelation of the Ecclesia's Communion in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and that grace came through God's own direct initiative. (See Romans 12 verse 1 thru 5.) In the Body of Christ Jesus, we are each given a measure of faith, so that in the unity of the Spirit, our individual gifts would come together as One in the maturity of the One Body of Christ, and would allow us to attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ Jesus. Without the fullness of the Spirit of Grace working His calling calling within the individual members of the Body of Christ Jesus then we individually remain impotent on the whole. Each function in the Body is dependant upon the other, with each member belonging to one another.
If I speak the truth through the Holy Spirit's visionary revelation, and the truth glorifies the Word of God in Christ Jesus, then why is the Spirit of Truth resisted? Is the prophet Joel wrong in his prophecy about the Holy Spirit's revelation to old men, and young men and women, for Joel prophesies the Word of God: And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit. (Joel 2 verse 28 thru 29.) The Lord Jesus Christ says; But when the Comforter is come Whom I will send unto you, even the Spirit of Truth Who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15 verse 26.) He will bring glory to Me, by taking from what is Mine, and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is Mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is Mine, and make it known to you. (In full Context John 16 verse 14 thru 15 NIV.)
God's Holy Spirit delivers the Truth of the Lord's Word to His people who hold fast to Truth for they love the Truth. It has been suggested more or less; that those who will not believe the Truth, are capable of believing everything, but the Truth. Obviously, if the Truth is forsaken, then error is substituted. If the absolute substance of God's Truth cannot be explained to satisfy the natural senses of man, does that mean that the Substance of Truth does not exist? Intellectual human pride will prevent the reception of God's grace given through His Holy Spirit; for that grace is to be ministered in the heart of abiding faith, and the Truth of God's confirming revelation concerning the microcosm within the macrocosm of His creative Word, is to be received with believing faith and joy in the spirit of the substance of the mind.
As God gave increase to my faith through His Holy Spirit, I came to a greater understanding of God's Loving grace within the new tabernacle of my heart, for Salvation came from the very heart of God, Who is Love. The Soul and the essence of God's perfect Love, came down from the unreachable heavens, was made flesh, and was crucified, and the Soul essence of Yeshua that was within His Blood was poured out of His body on to the dust of the earth. "For it pleased the Lord to bruise Him. He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His Soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed". (Isaiah 53 verse 10.) The Soul essence of the saving Life Blood of Jesus Christ as the Son of Man, was sacrificial Love, which is because the Son, as the Seed of God, is of the same essence of His Father's Love and Righteousness. Jesus Christ was and is the perfect representative of man, and the soul and life of the Son of Man was poured out upon the earth, through His Blood, for the reparation of the sins of earthly mankind. And the Holy Lord God Almighty accepted the essence of Christ's Soul with His human Spirit, which was Perfect Love for the Father, as an exchange offering for our souls that were held in sin and death, and totally lacking in that perfect love. Holy God is LOVE and only the Holy LOVE of His Son will satisfy the price for the redemption of the unholy. For He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53 verse 5 thru 6.)
St. Ignatius of Antioch, who was martyred in 107 AD, and certainly was not a Roman Catholic, wrote: "I have no taste for corruptible food, nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the Bread of God, which is the Flesh of Jesus Christ, Who was of the seed of David; and for drink, I desire His Blood, which is love incorruptible".
Mankind lacks the Perfect Love of God as demonstrated by His Son in the flesh of humanity, and as a result of our corruption with self idolatrous sin, we love not the Holy Father God in deserved perfection nor our fellow man as our selves. In Holy Communion, we receive through the Holy Spirit that same Word of Power of God's Love within the Soul and the Life of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, for He is the perfect Son and Loves the Father perfectly. "What is it" that mankind has lost and unknowingly truly seeks after? Jesus prayed: 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.) (See Hebrews 12 verse 22 thru 25.)
The questioning of Truth in God's Word began in the Garden, and the challenge is always before us: "Did the Lord God really say, and mean what He said?" If Adam and Eve could have seen the dimensional substance of evil in the fruit that changed them in body, soul and spirit, would they have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil? As it is, their soul broke faith with God, and they desired to see and divine for themselves what they thought that God had hidden from their view. May I say that the empirical evidence suggest that the unseen substance of evil and self rule was obviously present, and is made manifest today through all the divining hearts of Adam's offspring of unbelief and disobedience. Furthermore, the offspring of Adam without faith and humility, will never divine the real substance within the provisions on the Lord's Table of Grace. Again, "What is it" that is the substance that initiates saving faith?
Our Holy Covenant with Holy God Almighty is an unsurpassable Gift of Mercy, given in the Living Sacrifice of God's only begotten from eternity, and the shedding of the Holy Life Blood of that incarnate Son, Christ Jesus, Who was fully the Son of Man. Only that One Holy Life, lived in Perfect Love of God Almighty is sufficient to atone for the damnable sins of mankind. Only the sacrificial Life within the Blood of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, given in the Love of God, satisfies the demands of God's Eternal Holiness, and is the only means of justification for all of mankind, who believe in the sacrificial sufficiency of the Life of Jesus Christ. If Christ Jesus is not raised from the dead, then the sacrifice of His Life Blood is not sufficient for the Life of mankind, and our Communion Covenant is remembered in vain. But Christ is risen in power and glory, and the constancy of His Word of Truth says: "This is My Blood of the New Covenant poured out for many for the remission of sins". The Agape of Holy God is the antithesis of sin, and the one who drinks in of that sanctifying Blood of the New Covenant, drinks in of the Holy Spirit of that Agape of God.
Perhaps this is easy enough to understand for God's people born of His grace. However, religious church leaders have a tendency to expound upon a profound matter in the spiritual realm of God's Word that is impossible to be explained to everyone's satisfaction. God is the only One Who knows the full heart and substance of His Word. This quarreling over the spiritual dynamics of the Word of God is confusion, and this confusion is part and parcel with the will of sin, which imprisons mankind. The contentious Communion doctrines concerning the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, is seeded within the demagoguery of Eden's mystery of iniquity, which breaks faith with God, and the church people with each other. The contrived devises and controlling edicts of man produces error, no matter how spiritual the contrivances may sound. God's Holy Will and His New Covenant is simplified for mankind through our repentance from sin, and our simple faith with obedience to God's Provision Word's of Salvation and Sanctification that bring forth the Divine liberation that God intends for His people of faith. During the last supper discourse, the Lord Jesus said to His followers: "This is My Commandment that you Love one another, as I have Loved you. Greater Love has no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what so ever I command you".
The Provisions of the Word of God given in Holy Communion
through the Holy Spirit, speaks of unity
and sacrificial Love in the
Body of Jesus Christ. The Body, whose members we are in
baptismal faith in Jesus Christ, is enabled
with the Lord's Life of the Spirit flowing through His shed Blood of the New Covenant,
that takes away the sins and errors of the communion collective, and certainly those of
the individual, when we humble ourselves, and acknowledge our sinful
faults. Sin's invasive division of the church is to cease, and the regeneration and
reproduction of God's Perfect Love within us is to take place at the Lord's Table.
No doubt, the
church has not tarried in prayer before the Lord Jesus Christ, the Mediator of
the Blood Covenant between God and mankind, and has not sought His
council within the provisions and providence of the Almighty. God,
when called upon, and when seeing the repentance of the people, will put to naught the foolishness of man, and
ignorance of the HOLY. Indeed, there is a mysterious absence of the
application of the Blood Covenant of Jesus Christ within all the
churches, which are to form the Body of the Lord, and the
unblemished Bride of His calling. We as the segmented church, are all
in our own eyes, and while we remain stubbornly blinded by our own iniquity, God
will not hear. Jesus said unto them, "If you were blind, you should have no sin: but
now you say, We see; therefore your sin remains".
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