Prelude to Light
My people have
committed two evils:
Many do not know that there is a controversy, in what is called the Johannine Comma. After reading the Wikipedia link, then the reader will understand why the following verses in the Epistle of 1st John chapter 5, would stand as correct: For there are Three Witnesses, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and They are One. (1st John 5 verse 7 thru 8.) In spite of the perceived manuscript problems, this interpretation would be a more correct rendering of the previous scripture verse, without the inserted word "agree" or "agreement". The Greek translation for the word "agree" is symphōneō, Strong's G4856. This Greek word, symphōneō, having been translated in English to, "agree", is recorded seven times in six separate verses in the Greek concordance for the KJV bible, but symphōneō is not found in the Greek transcript of 1st John 5 verses 7 thru 8. The Greek script reads as "οι τρεις εις το εν εισιν", which has the translated meaning of "the Three are in the One". The isolated Greek Word in this portion of the script is actually "eisi - εισιν" which means "are" one, and is the same exact connotation as "the Three are One".
6 This houtos is eimi the ho one who came erchomai by dia water hydōr and kai blood haima— Jesus Iēsous Christ Christos; not ou by en the ho water hydōr only monon but alla by en the ho water hydōr and kai the ho blood haima. And kai the ho Spirit pneuma is eimi the ho One Who testifies martyreō, because hoti the ho Spirit pneuma is eimi the ho Truth alētheia. 7 For hoti there are eimi three treis that ho testify martyreō: 8 The ho Spirit pneuma and kai the ho Water hydōr and kai the ho Blood haima; and kai the ho three treis are eimi in eis the ho one heis.
Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament provides the meaning of heis as One.
Strong: G1520, G3391
Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament edited by William D. Mounce. Copyright ©2011 by William D. Mounce. All rights reserved. Free Greek dictionary.
Christ Jesus was incarnately conceived in the genetic flesh of Adam, as the Word of His Father God, and the Man Christ Jesus is One with the Spirit within the Will of His Holy Father God, the Almighty. God's Holy Spirit is not divided, nor can the Spirit of Yahweh God the Father be separated as distinct from the Water and the Blood that flowed from the Body of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man: For the Spirit of God is of One Essence with His Word made the flesh of Man, and the One Holy Life/Soul/Nephesh of the Son of Man was poured out for the Salvation of sinful mankind. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy Hands I commend My spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost. (Luke 23 verse 46.)
As an obedient and loving Son, and having accomplished the Will of His Father God Almighty, the crucified Jesus Christ, released His spirit within His flesh as the Son of Man, into the keeping of the Spiritual Will of His Father God Almighty. Christ's offering of Himself. as the Son of Man and the last Adam, was received by God as a perfect presentation offering, Chagigah, given for the sins of all of mankind. The Spirit of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, reveals in His resurrection from the dead, that He is indeed of One essence with God Almighty's One Holy Spirit of Life. So then, let us conclude that the spiritual significant of the witness of the Spirit, the Water and the Blood, is of One Essence (homooúsios), and goes beyond mere conversational agreement, but speaks singularly, of the Spiritual Essence of the WORD of God that was given for the Salvation of the lost of mankind. The One Holy Spirit of Father God Almighty, with the Son of God as the resurrected Son of Man, is the Spiritual Fountain of Living Water, being poured out upon earthen vessels that are seeking the Life giving Source that is Holy God's Spirit of the Living. The Spirit of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God the Almighty is the Fountain of Living Water, for He with His Word of Truth is the Only Source of Life. (See Jeremiah 2 verse 13 and 17 verse 13 thru 14.)
God's Holy Spirit, Being One with the Water and the Blood of Jesus Christ, is both the Baptizer, as well as the Eternal Fountain from which the Serum Water Water of Christ is poured out upon repentant believers: For this Water is the cleansing new Life flowing from the Fountain of Life within God's risen Son, Christ Jesus.
In Communion with His people, the One Holy Spirit of God's Living Word, Jesus Christ, as Man and our High Priest, mediates the Life within His Spirit of Grace through His New Covenant Blood that sanctifies the repentant sinners within His Body of believers. So then, the witness of the Spirit of the Fountain of Living Water, began in our initial Baptism into the cleansing Serum Water of the Life of Jesus Christ, and continues with the witness of the Spirit of the Water and the Blood, in Holy Communion. Perhaps when the called out ones, begin to humble themselves under the Witness of the Word of God, and honor His New Blood Covenant among themselves, then the Holy Spirit of God, will pour out upon the parched earthen vessels, His refreshing Waters from His Well Spring that never runs dry.
If the thoughts are presented well enough to be understood, then let us continue to reason together. Perhaps when considering the The Almighty's Fountain of Living Water, then some of the philosophical speculations, surrounding the following scriptures might come to an end. For there are Three Witnesses, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and They are One. (1st John 5 verse 7 thru 8.)
In Communion with the Spirit of Holy God, wine is God's preferred medium to be for the Living Grace in the Blood of Jesus Christ. However, if the Spirit of God is One with the Water as He is with the Life Blood of Jesus then if wine is unavailable or a congregation is poor and cannot afford the wine, such as maybe the case in Africa, then natural water would be the appropriate medium that would become the Life Blood of Jesus Christ. We note that at the wedding at Cana of Galilee, the Lord changed the available water into wine.
Jesus answered, Verily, Amen, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of Water of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. (John 3 verse 5.)
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto Living Fountains of Waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7 verse 17)
"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the Waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? ( See Isaiah 55 verse 1 thru 5.)
In the last day, that great day of the feast [of Tabernacles or Booths], Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believes on Me, as the scripture has said: (See Deuteronomy 18 verse 15 thru 19.) Then out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living Water. (John 7 verse 37.) My Flesh is meat indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed. (See John 6 verse 53 thru 57.)
In the religious confusion of so many, the Water of Baptism, as well as Communion, may be seen to be symbolic, but contrary wise, Baptism, as well as Holy Communion, is of the Holy Spirit of God, for the Spirit of God is One with the Water and the Blood that flowed from the side of the Incarnate Man, Jesus Christ. The Spirit of Holy Father God Almighty with His Incarnate Word of Truth, Jesus Christ, administers to repentant sinners of God's Grace in the Cleansing and Sanctifying Water and Blood of the risen Son of Man. With the beginnings of reconciling faith, the believing sinner was immersed into the Serum Water of Baptism and was cleansed of the past sins of the old man through the crucifixion death, and burial of Jesus Christ, and as Christ Jesus was resurrected from the dead into Life, so is the believer raised to a new beginning of Life in Christ Jesus.
Even as God the Eternal Father is Spirit, and Light, and Love within His Infinite Holiness, so then is the unlimited dimensions of His Holy Spirit, for they are One and the Same Spirit, and not two individual spirits. (See John 4 verse 24.) God's Holy Spirit is not symbolic, or a force as some teach in heresy, but because of the Holy Blood of His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ, God's Holy Spirit is God's Holy Presence, manifesting His Grace in the lives of the faithful. 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.)
God Almighty having seen the beginnings of the germination of His Gift of faith within the heart of a repentant person, initiates His Baptism of fire through His Holy Spirit, by cleansing the forgiven soul with the Life giving Serum Water, from the poured out Holy Blood of Jesus Christ. For by One Spirit are we all baptized into One Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into One Spirit. (1st Corinthians 12 verse 13.) Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture has said, [Then] Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7 verse 37.) The conditional statement is to be understood: If a man drinks of the Spirit of God in Christ Jesus, Then out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living Water from the Fountain of Life.
So then, this is the Word of Faith that we preach, for when received from God, the substance of that Faith, is to be alive in the heart and in the mind of a person, and it is focused in the Eternal Truth of the WORD of GOD Himself. The One Spirit of the Father and the Son, is the Fountain of Life, wherein springs of Living water flow forth, to nourish the dry souls of earthen vessels. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My Spirit upon your seed, and My blessing upon your offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. (Isaiah 44 verse 3 thru 4.)
Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty has not changed, and His Word is immutable; for The grass withers, the flower fades: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever. (Please see Isaiah 40 verse 3 thru 10.) In this instance, it makes no difference whether God Almighty is speaking to Israel, or to all those who seek to enter into Covenant with Him. God is Constant in His creation, and the Light of His Word, holds all things together; therefore His Word of Salvation is the only Source of Light and Life that holds us together, as One in Him.
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