Prelude to Light
The Holy Spirit of TRUTH.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him: The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord; And It [the Spirit of the Lord] shall make Him of Quick Understanding in the Fear of the Lord: and He shall not judge after the sight of His Eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His Ears: (See Isaiah 11 verse 1 thru 5.)
Peace be unto you! Then again Jesus said to them: Peace be unto you! As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you! And Jesus Breathed on them, and said to them: Receive the Holy Ghost!
John the apostle, is a Jew, and He writes first for the Jew, who has some knowledge of what was previously written in Scripture, and now his Gospel of the TRUTH remains open to to whosoever believes IN the TRUTH that is Christ Jesus. The highlighted word IN, is a small word, but we will see that IN scripture, the small word has infinite implications. IN our flesh, we all stumble in the earth over the vague, the unseen and the unknown. Naturally, we all stumble over God's Word of Grace, that is given by the Almighty's Holy Spirit of Grace that is One. Neither is the One seen by the natural eyes of man, nor is God's unmerited favor comprehended in the natural mind of man. Even when Jesus Christ walked the face of the earth, those that were His own Jewish people, did not recognize Jesus/Yeshua as the TRUTH and GRACE of Almighty God. But as many as received Him, to them He gave Power to become the sons of God. For the Word of the Father was made the flesh of Adam, and we beheld Yeshua/Jesus, as the Glory of His Father, full of Grace and Truth. And of His fullness, we have all received, Grace for Grace: For the Grace in the Law of God was given to Moses, so that God's Word of Grace and Truth would come in the flesh of the Son of Man, Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah. (See John 1 verse 1 thru 18.)
No one has seen Holy God at any time, but God's Word of TRUTH has seen and is One with His Holy Father God, Almighty: For Jesus/Yeshua, embodied in the genetic flesh of the first Man, would, with His death and resurrection, reveal a fuller extent of the TRUTH AND GRACE of Holy Yahweh God Almighty. Holy Yahweh God, within His Own Council of Wisdom, and His Eternal Understanding of all things of His creation, would give His WORD of TRUTH and GRACE to an unbelieving sinful world. Whosoever would believe IN the resurrected TRUTH of Jesus Christ, then the Lord would send the Almighty's Promised Gift of LIFE IN Christ Jesus, through Almighty God's unseen Holy Spirit of LIFE! And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 15 verse 3.)
John the Baptist says to the scoffers: I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I comes, the latchet of Whose shoes I am not worth to unloose: He shall baptize you with, the Holy Ghost and with fire. Whose (the Holy Ghost's) fan is in His Hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner, but (for) the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable. (See Luke 3 verse 15 thru 17.) Paul quotes Proverbs: My son despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by Him: For whom the Lord loves, He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, then God deals with you as with sons: For what son is he whom the father does not chasten. But if you are without chastisement whereof all (He receives) are partakers, then you are bastards, and not sons. (See Hebrews 12 verse 5 thru 8 and verse 29) For our God is a consuming fire.
The Justice of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty demands the death of rebellious sinners, and God's justice was totally satisfied in the crucifixion death of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ: For the Man, Jesus Christ was made to be the sin and the unbelief of the world, and Jesus cried out: with a loud Voice; My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me. When Jesus had cried out loud again. [a second time] (My God, My God: Why have You forsaken Me.) He gave up the Ghost. (See John 28 verse46 thru 50.) But God had not forsaken the selfless sacrifice of His Incarnate Word, for the Just Almighty God was well pleased with the Perfect LOVE and Obedience of the Son of Man, and raised His Only Begotten Son, the Righteous Christ Jesus from the dead.
We have emphasized God's WORD of TRUTH and GRACE, for God's Holy One is full of merciful GRACE, and God's GRACE needs to be fully seen in the Light of the TRUTH. Those that believe IN the Righteous Love and Obedience of Christ Jesus are to have the Mind of Christ, through the indwelling Holy Spirit of God Almighty. The reproved believer, being full of God's GRACE and the TRUTH of God's Spirit of the Living, would reveal to the lost world a sense of God's GRACE and TRUTH abiding in His sons and daughters, who live IN the Faith of Christ. God's saving TRUTH is to be with IN the soul of the believer, even through the flesh, in which we reside IN, tends to filter out the Word of God, to accommodate the flesh's desire to find comfort in sin's will for the flesh. However if we desire to stay on the straight and narrow WAY, then we need to consider the full implications of what is written in Scripture.
We will begin afresh, with the conditional statements that are written in the Word of God, bringing God's Light of understanding to minds that are being renewed by the GRACE and TRUTH of GOD'S Spirit of Holiness. The word [if] is the beginning of a conditional statement that is followed with an understood [then] that defines the end of the condition. Therefore if you live after the flesh, [then] you shall die: but if you through the Spirit (of God) do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, [then] you shall live. The condition of God's Grace is further amplified in the following Scripture: If the many, are led by the Spirit of God [then] they are the sons of God. (Understand God's conditions in Romans 8 verse 7 thru 14.) The fallible mind of man is to be led by God's Spirit of TRUTH that is One IN the Mind of Christ Jesus.
Confusion reigns in the mind of many souls, because of gross misinterpretations of the 8th chapter, and others within Paul's letter to the Romans. Salvation is given to those who will abide IN Christ Jesus. The emphasis is marked for the reader to see "IN Christ", for to see LIFE, one must abide IN Christ, the Lord our Righteousness : For you are not to trust in the flesh, but trust IN God's Spirit, "if" so be that the Spirit of God dwells IN you. Now "if" any person has not the Spirit of Christ, "then" that person does not belong to Holy God. But "if" the Spirit of Christ dwells IN you, "then" your body is to be seen as dead because of sins corruption of the flesh, but the Spirit of God is LIFE IN Christ because of the Righteousness of Christ Jesus. Now "if" the Spirit of God that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells IN you, "then" Almighty God, Who raised up Jesus Christ from the dead shall also make your mortal bodies alive IN the Body of Christ, through His Holy Spirit of LIFE Who dwells IN you. (God's conditions in Romans 8 verse 7 thru 14.)
Be careful to see that you are IN Christ, for the Love of God Almighty abides IN His Only Begotten Son. Only those who abide IN the Love of God that is revealed IN His Son, are made to be more than conquers through the Love of God IN Christ Jesus. Nothing shall separate the living members with IN the Living Body of Christ from the Love of God that eternally abides IN Christ Jesus. Now consider thoughtfully, Paul's warning to the called gentiles in Romans 11 verse 20 thru 22: For if God spared not the natural branches (of Israel) take heed lest He also spare not thee.
The Holy Spirit of God is the Almighty's Spirit of LIFE and GRACE, for Jesus/Yeshua has come to lead men in the WAY, of the TRUTH and the LIFE that brings the faithful members with IN His Body, saved by His Blood, into the Presence of His Holy Father God Almighty For by [the Spirit of] Grace are you saved thru Faith in Christ and not of yourselves: It (the Spirit of Grace) is the Gift of God. (See Ephesians 2 verse 8.) The Gift of God is His Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus: For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8 verse 2.) Thank goodness for the Almighty's Grace for with out His Spirit of Grace, we are all dead men. Even so, grace is nonchalantly shouted about, without remembering or even knowing that the beginning Source of Grace flows from Holy God's Throne Room through His Spirit of Grace. Then He (the Angel) answered and spoke unto me, saying: This is the Word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying: Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts. (See Zechariah 4 verse 5 thru 7.)
We are yet learning through the unseen GRACE of God's corrections to the flesh of our being. Through experience we have found that many errors can be made in the multitude of words, and so even with our best efforts, we may fail in our expressions of that which is good. Nevertheless, in spite of our short comings, we'll press on believing we have received good understanding through the Spirit of God's Grace. Truth begins for us in Jesus, for Christ is the beginning and end of eternal TRUTH. The Truth of God's New Salvation Covenant of God's Grace, is sealed in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, where the essence of the absolute Truth of God, comes forth only through the leading of the Supreme Authority of God's Holy Spirit of TRUTH and GRACE IN Christ Jesus.
So then, let us return to the evening of the 15th of Nisan, where the Lord Yeshua/Jesus presides over the first day of the Jewish Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread. Judas Iscariot, in the beginning of the Pascal Feast, departed from the room at Christ's dismissal, to finish his betrayal of His Lord. Then the Lord Jesus Christ, the True Bread of Heaven, said to His remaining eleven disciples: A new Commandment I give unto you: That you Love one another, as I have Loved/Agapao you, so shall you Love/Agapao one another. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, If you have Love one to another. (John 13 verse 33 verse 35.) The love that Jesus is describing is sacrificial, and that Love is looking to the welfare of another person rather than to one's own self satisfaction.
Then Jesus told His disciples that He was going away, and they could not come with Him at that time, but they would follow Him afterward. The apostles were confused at His Words, and became dismayed within the realization that the comfort, that they had in Jesus, the Messiah of God, would no longer be with them. Then Jesus Christ, the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE of men, attempts to reassure His disciples, as we read in John 14, when Jesus says to them: If you Love/Agape Me, [then] keep My Commandments, and I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever: Even the Spirit of TRUTH, Whom the world cannot receive, because the world sees Him not, neither knows Him: But you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14 verses 15 thru 18.)
While Jesus the Christ of God was dwelling with His disciples, He protected all of them within the Holy Name of His Father (Yahweh). There was the one exception, Judas, the son of perdition, who would betray the TRUTH of GOD. (See John 17 verse 12.)
But there would soon be the time of Shavuot when the Spirit of Christ would come and breath the Life of Christ within the soul of each of His disciples. From that time forward, The Holy Spirit of the Holy One of God would lead God's redeeded people IN the TRUTH of His Holy Father Yahweh's exalted WORD, seen TO BE IN the Person of His only Begotten Son Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah. After His resurrection from the dead, Jesus gave instructions to His disciples, Saying: That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in Messiah's Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And behold I shall send the Promise of My Father upon you: But tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you be endued with Power from on High. (See Luke 24 verse 36 thru 49.) On God's High Holy Day of Shavuot, God's Holy Spirit, the Comforter, would first come to Christ's Jewish followers gathered in the upper room, then those Jews that heard the Mighty Rushing Wind of the Spirit, then afterwards all of the disciples of Jesus Christ would be led by the Power of Christ's Spirit of Grace into all that is the TRUTH of GOD.
Does the reader have ears to hear what God's Spirit is saying to the churches?
Again, that beginning day for Christ's disciples, was God's Holy Day of Shavuot - Pentecost when God's Holy Spirit of Living Power would descend upon Christ's disciples in the appearance of fire, and God's Comforter filled all those that were waiting in the upper room with His Breath of Life, Ruach haKodesh haEmet. Subsequently, when hearing the Mighty Rushing Wind of God's Spirit, a throng of people gathered outside the upper room, where Peter, with the disciples, would preach with conviction the Salvation Word of God. Some of the people, upon hearing the Word of TRUTH, were convicted in their enlightened hearts, and then asked the disciples; Men and brothers, what must we do? Then Peter said unto them: Repent and be Baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ, (Yeshua haMashiach) for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. (See Acts 2 verse 37 thru 39.) Thus the Promise of the Lord at His last Passover Table came into being on God's High Holy Day of First Fruits: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. On that day of the new birth of the ecclesia/church, the Holy Spirit of God would glorify the victorious risen Christ of God, Who was the First Born Son of God, born in the flesh of the first Adam. For the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us! (See John 1 verse 14.)
The Day God's Holy Spirit of Grace gives Birth to Life
On this One High Holy Day of God, called Shavuot, the Word of God was born the Son of Man: And then, with the passing of time, on this day of Shavuot, known in Greek, as Pentecost, the One Holy Spirit of God gave to the Ecclesia of the repentant sinners, a new birth of the soul, that was dead to God.
Do you not believe 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 does the works. (John 14 verse 10.) At that day you shall know that I AM IN My Father, and you IN Me, and I IN you. (John 14 verse 20.) Again we hear the Lord Jesus speak of the conditions of God's abiding Love. If a man Love/Agapao Me, [then] he will obey My Words, and My Father will Love/Agapao him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. (John 14 verse 23.)
Many years ago, at about the same time that I had the first visionary dreams concerning the Communion Table of our Lord Jesus Christ, I was in prayer and received a marvelous revelation, The following will give incite to the above relational scriptures.
My wife Rose and I, had come home after a Wednesday evening home fellowship. Rose had gone to bed, and I went into the living room to kneel at a chair, and began to pray to the Lord. I do not recall what melancholic need that prompted the following plea to the Lord, but, it was probably very similar to one of your calls to our Savior. In the midst of my prayer, I cried out softly to the Lord Jesus, “O Lord, ……, I sure wish I could see you right now.” What I heard in my being, came back so profoundly, so powerfully full of the TRUTH that I knew instantly, that the Lord Jesus by His Holy Spirit had spoken, and not the small mind of this man. The Holy Spirit of TRUTH said, “I have put My Spirit in Joseph, I have put My Spirit in Debbie, I have put My Spirit in Rose. Behold your Master!” The names were some of those Christians that I and my wife had met with earlier during the evening. We are all blind to the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is present with us, dwelling within each of His believers. Those that judge one another, how do you see the Lord Christ Jesus? In the Body of Jesus Christ, we are all members and servants of each other, so that by the Power of God's Holy Spirit, IN the Body of Christ Jesus, we would come forward to glorify the Almighty God, in serving one another IN the unity of God's Love for us, but also wait in patience for a world of lost souls.
Mankind's true Love of the Almighty God, will manifest itself in one's obedience to God's good Will. This is My Commandment: That you love (agapao) one another, as I have Agapao all of you. Greater Love (Agape) has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, IF you do what I Command you. (John 15 verse 12 thru 14.) If a man love (agapao) Me, he will keep My Words: and My Father will Love (agapao) him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves (agapao) Me not, keeps not My sayings, and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me. (See John 14 verse 23 thru 25.) The Love of God comes first in the hearing of our hearts, and then our obedience follows in the footsteps of Love. (See Romans 5 verse 6 thru 9.)
With the Truth of God residing in the heart of the believer, the scriptures now says through Paul: That you put off concerning the former conversation of the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man Truth with his neighbor: For we are members one of another. Be angry, and sin not: Let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that has need. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good, to the use of edifying that it may minister (God's) GRACE unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4 verse 22 thru 28.) The spirit, being at the core of our minds, is to be constantly washed and renewed in the Covenant Word of the Lord God Almighty, so that the new man birthed IN Christ Jesus begins to show forth the righteous work of God IN our souls. We are saved into new Life by the Grace of God thru Faith, and are each called to be the ambassadors of God's GRACE IN Christ Jesus, so that this lost world would know of God's Mercy to all who call upon His Name IN the TRUTH of God's Christ. With the New Covenant Grace of God's Spirit abounding within our souls, we should always endeavor to speak and act, IN the Almighty's behalf, with the Grace of His Salvation TRUTH.
I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever: When He is come, even the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because the world sees Him not; He will reprove the world (yes, we whom God calls out) of sin, and of judgment, and of righteousness. Of sin, because they [including we] believed not on Me. [No man comes to My Father except by Me.] Of righteousness, because I go to the Father. [The Lord, He is our Righteousness.] Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. And when He, the Spirit of TRUTH, is come, He will guide you into all (of the) TRUTH: For He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear that shall He speak, and He will show you things to come. He shall Glorify Me; for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it [the Glory of the TRUTH] unto you. (See John 14 verse 16 thru 17, and John 16 verse 7 thru 15.)
The world does not receive the Holy Spirit of God naturally, for the natural world remains mired up to its eyes in its dark captivity of unbelief. Even so God calls all sinners to repentance and to turn away from this world of death and corruption, and to receive the inward guidance of His Spirit of Grace. God's Holy Spirit is like a mirror that reflects the mind of forgetful man back to the inward self of man. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. (See Isaiah 2 verse10 thru 12.) And when He, the Spirit of TRUTH is come, He will come with the fire of the Holiness that is of Christ, and will correct His child of the sins of the flesh; for He will reprove our self righteousness, with the Righteousness of the Christ of God; and He will correct our judgments with His righteous judgments, for the prince that holds this dark world captive, is already condemned, whose judgment will be finalized in the end. If the people that love the world do not repent, then they have entered into God's same judgment as that of their captor the devil. Sin is judged as death, and death is not of God's Kingdom of the Living.
Jesus, the Christ of God, being the Jewish Host of God's Passover Table, would conduct for His disciples the Torah's required High Sabbath meal on the beginning evening of the day of Nisan the 15th. Jesus, Yeshua haMashiach, at this particular Jewish Passover, would at God's Feast of Unleavened Bread, end the old covenant in the sacrificial blood of animals and the eating of the animal's flesh: For while His disciples were eating of the old passover, Jesus, the Lamb of God, would now inaugurate God's New beginning of Life IN the Flesh of Christ's Passover Body, that is sealed IN His Covenant Life Blood of the Son of Man. The Life giving Blood of Christ, with IN the Obedient Love of the Last Son of Adam, removes the stain of sin and death that all of man kind have incurred from the rebellion of the first Man Adam. Tit for tat?
And as they were eating, [of the passover lamb of the old covenant] Jesus [The True Bread of Heaven] took [the unleavened] bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My Body. And He took the (wine for the 3rd) cup, 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. (See Matthew, Mark and Luke.)
Yahweh God gave the Life of His Only Begotten Son in the flesh of Man/Adam, to be both a sin offering and a peace offering for His people who would receive in Covenant Faith, God's Salvation Gift of Grace with grateful thanksgiving. In our Great Salvation from sin and death, the priesthood of new born believers are all called to be partakers of the Unleavened Bread of Heaven, born the flesh of Man, and to drink of His sanctifying Covenant Blood that covers over our confessed faults with His Veil of Agape/Love. Everyone that names the Name of the Lord, must depart from wickedness. (See 2nd Timothy 2 verse 19, and Luke 13 verse 27.) Therefore, in all cases of ongoing defiling sin, know that; Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough? Purge out therefore the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you are to be unleavened. For indeed Christ our Passover is Sacrificed for us. (See 1st Corinthians 5 verse 6 thru 7.)
Yeast is indicative of sin, and our Lord, Jesus the Christ of God, was without sin within the total essence of His whole being of Body, Soul and Mind. I AM the Living Bread which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever, and the Bread that I will give is My Flesh, which I will give for the Life of the world. (John 6 verse 48 thru 51.) That Bread that the Lord gives for the LIFE of the world, is Living Bread that came down from the Father of Light, and not that which is satanically defiled with the corrupting leaven of sin. Therefore, seeing that we, by the faith of Christ, are new creations IN Christ Jesus, let us purge out the old leaven of sin and death, and let us keep the Feast [of the Lord] with the Unleavened Bread of sincerity and Truth, (See 1st Corinthians 5 verse 8.)
In the Light of God's Holy Spirit, the corruption of selfish sin that can so easily weigh us down in guilt, will be exposed, even by the cutting edge of the Sword of God's Spirit. (See Hebrew 4 verse 12 thru 13.) In God's Goodness, He will wound us, to bring us to repentance, so that with the conviction of sin, we would relinquish its condemnation of death, within the consuming Fire of the Spirit of God. It is the Holy Spirit of God, that is One with the Sanctifying Blood of Christ, Who convicts us of sin, so as to correct us from our old ways of death, even through the chastening of our flesh. With the chastening, Father God intends for the desire of sin that rules in this area of fleshly self conflict, to be abated. (See John 16 verse 4 thru 11.) In that God is healing us of our sins of the flesh, then the heart or soul is left pliable to the expansion of the cleansing Flood of Living Water that will spring up within repentant souls that are always being made alive by the Holy Spirit of the One God Almighty.
But if we say that we have no sin then we deceive ourselves and the TRUTH is not in us. If we say we have not sinned then we make Him to be a liar, and His WORD is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (See 1st John 1 verse 8 thru 10.) On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the WORD of God Almighty, made the flesh of Man said to His faithful disciples: Take and eat, for this is My Body given for you. When they had eaten of the unleavened Bread of His Presence, Yeshua, the Christ of God said of the Cup of Blessing: Take and drink all of you, for this is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many, for the remission of sin. (See Matthew 26 verse 26 thru 28.) For if we walk in the Light, as He is the Light, we have Communion/Koinonia/Fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1st John 1 verse 7.)
True Faith bears witness to the eternal facts IN the WORD of GOD, both the seen and the unseen. That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that you also may have Koinonia with us: And truly our Koinonia is with the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write unto you that your joy may be full. (See 1st John 1 verse 3 thru 4.) God's Spirit of Life is IN Christ Jesus, and God's One Holy Spirit raised the dead Body of the Son of Man to the Eternal Life that the WORD and Promised Messiah had with His Father from the beginning. God's Holy Word, from before the beginning of the treasonous fall of man in the Garden of Eden, was ordained by God to come into this world, to be born from the ovum seed of Ishshah, the Woman (wife) of Adam, and as a Man, conceived IN His Father's Love, He would crush the head of the evil one, and in Gods' resurrection power, He released the waiting prisoners who were held captive to sin and death. The darkness of sin and death, had met its match in the Light and Love of God that passes understanding. Had they known, the lords and princes that possessed this world IN sin and death, would never have crucified the Lord of Glory. (See 1st Corinthians 2 verse 5 thru 15.)
The True Facts of God's Grace are perceived through one's Faith in Christ, so that we would all know that God's One Holy Spirit of resurrection Promise, would now come to indwell every faithful member IN the Lord's One Body. So then, as saved living members IN the One Holy Body of Jesus Christ, how do we see and treat one another who are each born of the same Gift of Resurrection Faith IN our Lord, Christ Jesus? Do we see in each of the members of His Body, the Lord Himself, and as one to love and serve as if unto the Lord? For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep; not discerning the Lord's Body. (See 1st Corinthians 11 verse 26 thru 33.) And yet again, how do you perceive the one, who may yet answer God's call to repentance, but because of our flesh's self conceived haughty pride and prejudice, we are ignorant of the possibilities in another, seeing that we have forgotten what manner of person we are in our own flesh? (See James 4 verse 4 thru 10.) Now in either case of judgment, that presupposes that the Spirit of Christ dwells within our own individual heart, and that the soul is receptive to the things of the Lord. Again, we can hear the Lord Jesus set the prerequisites for Life: If you Love Me, [then] keep My Commandments: And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter.
But again, be careful of the spirit of your mind, for Paul warns us that God is not mocked: For if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him: (See Romans 8 verse 8 thru 10.) And again we hear Paul's warning: Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you. For if any man defile the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (See 1st Corinthians 3 verse 16 thru 21.) The last scripture, follows this reproof that testifies of the refining fire of the al-knowing Spirit of God: Now if any man build upon the foundation (of Jesus Christ) gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble, then every man's work shall be made manifest: For the day (of the Lord) shall declare it, because the work shall be tried with Fire and the Fire shall test every man's work to reveal what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon (the Foundation of Christ), he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss (of reward), but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by Fire. (See 1st Corinthians 3 verse 10 thru 15.) The wise in heart will need to discern for themselves this meaning in Scripture: I know thy works; that you are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My Mouth. (See Revelation 3 verse 15 thru 18.) If a person can be spewed out of the Mouth of the Lord, then were they not a living member IN the Body of Jesus Christ?
If God's Love, abiding with His Spirit's witness that His Son's Sanctifying Covenant Blood is missing in our lives, then we are sorely missing the leading of God's Holy Spirit of Life, for the very Fountain of Living Water is quenched, leaving the soul of man to shrivel up, and left dry as the sand of the desert.
It would be apparent in the New Blood Covenant of Jesus Christ, that the royal priests of God are all responsible in seeking God's Provisions for the cleansing maintenance of their own individual portion of the Temple of God; for we, who are IN Christ, are to be the dwelling place of God's Holy Spirit of Grace, Who leads us into all Righteousness. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 9 thru 10.)