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Transubstantiation, Consubstantiation or Symbol, ???

Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.   (2nd Timothy 2 verse 14 NIV)

Now, I never sought to enter into this seemingly fruitless and endless philosophical quarrel within the natural mind of man that has only led to further separation of hearts from within the One Body of Jesus Christ.  I knew years ago, and even more now, that the visionary dreams in the chapter "Seeing the Sword of the Spirit", and the chapter "Arise Shine", came from the Spirit of God, and were founded upon the Rock of our Salvation.  But, here I am, thoroughly involved in this muddy mix.  Initially, I only had a desire to share the spiritual dreams with pastoral leadership, of whom I thought would have a heart to understand the relational significance of Holy Communion, and thereby bring an increase in the unity of the community of faith.  How else can us sinners, saved by God's Grace, worship the only Holy, Holy Holy Lord God Almighty in His Spirit of Truth, except by the Infinite God's New Covenant in the Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ.  

The expression "The truth will set you free" is a veritable in the mind of man.  I know the TRUTH and His Word doesn't change.  But, unfortunately for me, there were wounds inflicted to my psyche, by evangelical pastors, whose conceived truth would not let them overcome the prejudices of their religious indoctrination that established their own philosophical way of dismissing the Sanctification in the Communion Body and Blood of the WORD of God, Jesus Christ.  As soon as I mentioned Holy Communion to various pastors, I either found myself quickly escorted out of their presence, or ran into a symbolic wall that was quickly erected, and prevented any further exploration into the Truth of God's Word.  It can be extremely difficult to change the root substance of our natural minds, so as to unlearn faulty doctrine that is entrenched with an exclusive philosophy that was conceived within the substrate of the natural mind of  vulnerable men.  If you pay for an education, you're not inclined to dismiss the teachings of learned men whom your respect. Perhaps the pastors abrupt rudeness was just as well, for I had much more to learn and understand about the great expanse of the Love of the Eternal God of all Holiness. 

Even though God, through His Holy Spirit, had enlarged my spiritual understanding through His visionary revelation of the Communion Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, nevertheless, my redeemed soul with an enriched mind is still not large enough to contain and maintain, the exquisite Power of the Sacrificial Love of God in Jesus Christ.  In my flesh, I fail as a sinner, but nevertheless my soul is saved by faith in following of the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Sacrificial Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ.  I thank the Almighty God always, for in my mind, I choose to remain absolutely dependant upon God's Gracious Provisions in the Body and Blood of His Son Jesus Christ; for the Saving  Life of Christ is ministered through the Almighty's Holy Spirit of Grace. (See Romans 7 verse 24 thru 25 and 8 verse 1 thru 2.) God's Mercy flows though His Spirit of Grace that is One with Christ's cleansing Water from His Blood that assuages the guilt of our sins of the flesh; and then God's Spirit of Grace initiates the flow of Christ's Life giving Blood to all of the repentant and humble members within the One Body of Jesus Christ. (See Spirit of Grace Hebrews 10 verse 29.)

Yesterday and today, educated religious men, both Catholics and Protestant, will argue vehemently about a substance of faith that they have not seen, and they will censure each other for having a different philosophical understanding of Scripture.  Quite naturally, inquisitive man wants an explanation that the mind of man can comprehend.  So in this case of Holy Communion, we have the professional theologian rationalizing spiritual difficulties within scripture, and will maintain their apologetic rigidity, which may satisfy the intellect of the human mind of some, but fails to bring about the unseen Grace of the Spirit of God, and a new understanding of the potential of unity in God's Love that would abide within the heart and soul of man.  Unfortunately, there is no consensus of minds concerning the Lord God Almighty's spiritual dynamics within His Holy Fellowship with us in the Body and Blood of His Son.  The leadership, of the splintered churches, have unashamedly allowed the minds of its members, to also become entrenched with the intellectual doctrines of men.  Now, for the time being, this intellectual covering, continues to blind the spiritual eyes of the heart of the mind of men, as we fail to discern through God's Holy Spirit, that Godís Grace in Holy Communion, is intended to lead to the overall healing of His earthly people within the One Body of Jesus Christ.   We have been missing the mark of the High Calling of God, because our power is derived from the flesh, where everyone is intellectually correct in their own eyes.

O, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His Glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in Love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height in the knowledge of the LOVE of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3 verse 16 thru 21.)

In the unyielding pride that blinds the eyes of flesh, we have tragically failed to see how profoundly sad is this man made controversy of words that is derived from the arrogance of sin.  Everyone is right in their own eyes, and the ears are deaf to the New Covenant Word of God, Whose Spirit is full of Grace and Truth. 

Drink all of you: This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is poured out for many for the remission of sinNow they know that all things that Thou has given to Me, are of Thee.  For I have given to them the Words that You gave to Me, and they have received Them. (Consider the depths of the Lord's High Priestly prayer in John 17.)

Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of the unseen.  What is the substance of Eternity and that of the Infinite? Can thrice holiness be fathomed in the mind of man? And what is the substance of the WORD of the Infinite GOD?  Drink all of you: This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is poured out for many for the remission of sin.  All sin is divisive to the unity of the hearts of men, and sin separates us from the Heart of God.  But, is not wisdom known by her children? (See Luke 7 verse 35.) However, the Wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (James 3 verse 17.) Nothing is settled in the fleshly mind of man-kind: And for this reason, we continue to consider the disputed wisdom of man's esoteric doctrines of transubstantiation, consubstantiation and symbol, for one form or the other is entrenched in the various church dogmas with the closest consensus viewpoint waltzing around what is called "The Real Presence".  The Presence of the Almighty Yahweh God is the TRUTH in Christ Jesus, but not according to the doctrines of man, of which symbol is the very least.

Even that beginning point of the Real Presence is ambiguous in what it essentially means to the various catholic institutions.  One such historical perspective, concerning the controversy, is laid out within this Roman Catholic link; See The Real Presence. Another related article, revealing the differences in the various church organizations' understanding of the Communion mystery, can be found in the Wikipedia, that also is titled Real Presence.  Salvation and Sanctification are by God's Holy Spirit of Grace through the Eternal Word of Truth that is Christ Jesus.  But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to Salvation through Sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the TRUTH: For the TRUTH is Christ Jesus! (2nd Corinthians 2 verse 13.)

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Robert Glenn Pratten