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Discerning the Truth.

Come let us reason together
 

Let God be True, and every man a liar. (Romans 3 verse 4.) Even in our best state of rebirth of the soul, the mind of man remains liable to the flesh of self preserving will, and needs to be seen for what it is.  Our fleshly minds will seek to conceal within us that we are liars to ourselves, and to one another.  Our human nature will hide the dark truth about ourselves, but the Light of the Spirit of God will reveal our own hypocrisy, and our desperate need for the continuing Mercy and Grace of the Living God.  Those who say they have no sin, make Holy God Almighty out to be a liar, and the Way of the Truth and Life of the Word of God is not in them.  If we say that we have fellowship with the Truth of God, and walk in the darkness of our minds, then we are the liars, and no part of the lying flesh of man, comes before the thrown room of God's Grace.  We are held prisoners by our own thoughts, and have need to repent, even daily, of our own hidden improprieties. (See the cross and self denial in Matthew 16 verse 24.) 

Now, if we walk in the Light of Truth, as Christ Jesus is the Light of His Eternal Father, then we have True Communion, one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of Man, cleanses us from all sin that is of our flesh of self deception.  (See 1st John 1 verse 5 thru 10.)  Holy Communion is an intimacy with the Spirit of Life and Grace in the Blood of Jesus Christ that the Incarnate Son of Man shed for the wholeness of His Body of believers.

However, in God's New Covenant those who presumptuously continue in gross sin, are an affront to God's Holiness and tread on His Spirit of Grace.  The Holiness of the Eternal God is constant and unchangeable in all time, as is witnessed in both the Old Covenant and New Covenant writings.  If unrepented wickedness becomes known to the congregation as being true, then unless there is genuine repentance on the part of the confronted offender, then the leadership of the congregation needs to put the iniquitous person out of the congregation, and let God judge the flesh of the gross offender.  Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord(See Numbers 15 verse 30, Deuteronomy 17 verse 12 thru 13, Hebrews 10 verse 29 thru 31, 1st Corinthians 5 verse 11 thru 13.) Also, in respect to God's Spirit of Truth, be very careful of the religious cults of unbelief, where their teachers, teach from the knowledge of their fleshly minds, and not in accord with the Wisdom of the Truth that is birthed in one's renewed heart from the Holy Spirit of God.  The teachers of licentious unbelief, begets further like unbelief among their hearing constituents of the pews, who with itching ears, do not wish to be accountable for their own willful thoughts and actions.  (See 2nd Timothy 4 verse 3 thru 4.)

Come now, let's reason together within the Spirit that is the Mind of Christ Jesus.  The Holy Spirit of All Truth, speaks only of the Truth, and the Truth begets a true faith, which does not limit the Almighty God within the yielded hearts and minds of those who have faith in the only Holy God of justice and mercy.  God is merciful and administers His Grace to those who acknowledge in humility their need for God's mercy, for He understands their ongoing struggles with their own unruly flesh.  The Spirit of God has called His people of faith, out of their darkness, and into the Light of His Son Jesus Christ, so that we all may be made partakers of God's Holiness.

The Almighty God, and the Creator of the universe, is not limited within our space time constraints, but is multidimensional, beyond our capacity to understand.  Our multidimensional Holy God Almighty, inhabits eternity in a high and holy place, even beyond the confines of His created universe.  But, see how marvelous it is for our sake, that the Infinitely Holy God, Who inhabits eternity, may also at the same time, dwell within the hearts, of those of a contrite and humble spirit.  For he that puts his trust in Me, shall possess the land, and shall inherit My holy mountain and shall say: Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of My people.  For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, and whose Name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit; to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  (In full context Isaiah 57 verse 12 thru 21.)

The Word of Eternal Salvation, has come forth from our extra-dimensional God, the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, to spiritually dwell within the soul of the person, whose spirit and heart, is yielded to God's call for repentance.  Every heart and mind that desires fellowship with the Lord God Almighty, needs to understand that God is absolutely Holy, and He does not inhabit the sinful flesh of mankind, but He inhabits the reborn spiritual soul of the person that understands their need for God's mercy.  We are ignorant of the power of the Word of God, and have little conception of His extra-dimensional Presence that exists within, or without His created space and time.  In other words, God is not limited to our finite understanding of all that exist.  However, the Infinite God does not force His Holy will, or the knowledge of the Holy, upon His unwilling subjects, but waits to see if they will willingly answer His call, to return to Him, and to a new beginning in Christ Jesus.  The affirmative answering to the Word of God, gives a new birth with a new understanding of the heart that begins to love their Creator, of unchangeable Holiness, above all things. (See Jeremiah 9 verse 23 thru 24.)

Listen to the Apostle Peter's inspired understanding of the Infinite: But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2nd Peter 3 verse 8.) The Infinite God, Who created all things, is not subject to time and space, but time and space is subject relative to the infinite God, and the power of His creative Word.  Why then, should the mystery of Communion, with God's nurturing ministry to His Covenant people, be hindered by unbelief in the Word of the Infinite?  Why should the ignorant unbelief of supposed teachers of faith, be a stumbling block, to a genuine faith in God, that says; All things are possible to those who believe(See these scriptures.) If all things are possible with God, then why follow in the footsteps of the teachers of unbelief in the Sanctifying Blood Covenant within the everlasting Word of God. 

Rather, we are called out of this world of darkness, and are to follow the Way in the footsteps of the Faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God.  Did not Christ command the winds and the waters to obey Him?  (See Luke 8 verse 22 thru 25.)  Perhaps, you are like a doubting Thomas, who would say; Unless I taste of His flesh, and taste of His Blood, I will not believe?  Thus says the Lord of the harvest of souls: My Words are Spirit and Life; the Flesh does not perceive(John 6 verse 63.) Faith, that is of God's Spirit of Life, is seeded with the Words of Jesus Christ, and the substance of the Spirit does not require a morphological change in the substance of matter.  The faithful believer, believes that the Word of Creation is Truth, because the Christ of God is the Truth.  By the Faith of God, we believe that Jesus is the Manna that His Father sent down from heaven, to give Life, through His Life Blood, to those souls that are lacking the Spirit of Life? 

The fallen flesh of our humanity argues in unbelief, to that which is spiritually discerned.  So then what say you of the state of your faith?  Is the Word of God, interpreted only as symbolism; or is God's Supreme Standard of the Word of Truth, Jesus Christ, speaking of the Spirit's True Substance of Truth, when He says: This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin?  By the Spirit of God, we say that the Word sanctified unleavened bread and wine, received in thanksgiving faith to God, would be of an undetectable, extra-dimensional nature; or, if you will permit, of a substantial spiritual nature of the real Flesh, and the real Life sustaining Holy Life Blood of Jesus Christ, given by the WORD of GOD, as One with God's Holy Spirit of Resurrection Life and Grace, being infused with the Infinite's Everlasting Spirit of Truth. 

Previously, I have testified of having seen the extra-dimensional Sword of the Spirit, which is the Living Rhema Word of God.  I wonder what the first century writer of Hebrews had envisioned of the Word of God, which compelled him to write thus:  Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: But all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.  Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (See all of Hebrews 4 verse 1 thru 14.)

How remarkable that the Spirit of the Word of God can separate the unseen, extra-dimensional soul of man from the unseen spirit generated from the mind of man.  Is it any less remarkable that the elemental Blood, imprinted with the Soul of Jesus Christ, remains active in the earth, even on God's Mercy Seat, like a spiritual catalyst to enact changes in the earthly, being in obedience to the Spirit of Christ's Word.  The Life Blood of God's Son of Salvation, came pouring forth from the Body of the Living Word, a fountain of Life, sealed with the Spirit of God.  The elemental nature of the Blood of the Son of Man, continues to remain in the earth, as a witnessing testimony of Christ's sacrificial death, speaking before God of His great Love and Mercy for mankind. 

And to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the Blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.  See that you refuse not Him that speaks.  For if they escaped not who refused Him, Who spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven:  (Hebrews 12 verse 24 thru 25.)

For we have not an High Priest, which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find Grace to help in time of need.  (Hebrews 4 verse 15 thru 16.)

With a little wisdom, born of God's Faith, then we continue to reason that the receiving of God's Gift of Faith, held steadfast in the holiness of the Words of Jesus Christ, is the real morphological, and unseen substance, sealed in the the Blood of Jesus that permits the Spirit of God's genesis Word to dwell within, and change the heart that is today, the soul and spiritual mind of the believer that temporarily dwells in an earthen vessel.  The substance of that Christ like faith, says that all things are possible through God, the Giver of Life, Who Loves us sacrificially, having given the Life giving Blood of His only begotten Son Jesus the Christ, as the only possible ransom for our sin.  And so, this same Life Blood of Jesus the Christ of God, through the One Holy Spirit of God, is available today in Holy Communion, to bring the spiritual substance of God's Life and Love, to renew spiritually deadened hearts.  Therefore, an unadulterated Faith birthed of God, sees that the WORD consecrated provisions of the bread and wine, have the real spiritual or dimensional substance of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin, and for the healing of the soul, there by affecting the wholeness of the Lord's Body of Believers.  Man does not live by food sustenance alone, but by the spiritual substance of every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. (See Matthew 4 verse 4 and Deuteronomy 8 verse 3.)

Beloved, let us Love one another, because Love is from God; everyone who Loves, is born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is Love.  God's Love was revealed among us in this way:  God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.  In this is Love, not that we loved God, but that He Loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Beloved, since God Loved us so much, we also ought to Love one another.  No one has ever seen God; if we Love one another, God lives in us, and His Love is perfected in us. (1st John 4 verse 7 thru 21.)

In our mind of flesh, this Word concerning our Communion with the Lord's Body of Flesh and Blood, can not be spiritually or dimensionally determined by human definitions, just to satisfy our understanding.  Faith does not demand to see the evidence, but is trusting always in the One Who promises Life abundantly within Himself.  Within our own hearts and souls, the absolute evidence, espoused in Holy Communion, is encompassed by the substance of our faith, centered unwaveringly in the ultra-dimensional power of the Word (Logos) over the elemental of the earthly.  God watches over His Word to perform it through the oversight of His Holy Spirit, and is present and actively involved in the transformation of the hearts and minds of His people of simple faith.  We are called to Love, and the substance of God's Sacrificial Love, begins within the unseen substance of the reborn spiritual heart of man, being one with his soul, and is made manifest outwardly, by our actions born in God's Love.  Therefore, wisdomís discretion, would not be a party to the potential destruction, of the relational faith of a child of God, to their God, with the arguing over the oral substance that they consume in the expectancy of faith.

Now this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your (presumed) knowledge.  When you sin against your brothers in this way, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.  Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall. (1st Corinthians 8 verse 11 thru 13.)

For the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace, by those who make peace. (James 3 verse 17 thru 18 NKJV.)

We can presume too much philosophically, in what was intellectually reasoned within finite minds that now becomes dogmatic error against the knowledge of the Spirit of written Scripture.   Such may be the case with the above written thoughts of Paul and James, when in actually we never get to the very heart of God, and the Spirit of His written Word.  Paul begins his subject on food with: Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.  Paul is basically speaking to the church at Corinth about this matter of faith and knowledge.  We will elaborate even further on the nature of flesh that perceives its own good and evil.  Not only can a person's self supposed knowledge, destroy another person's faith, but also, because of a lack of heart knowledge of God's Word, we can create impairment in a person's child like faith, who is already in Communion with God's WORD.  Be careful in your opinions on Holy Communion that you not only inhibit another personís relationship with God, but find yourself not in freedom, but imprisoned in your own self conceited knowledge.  Whatsoever is not of the Faith of Christ, is of sin.

Our Father God is supremely interested in the growth of a person's faith in Christ, that produces a trust that is centered in the heart of the WORD of GOD, Yeshuah Messiah.  That Faith will testify of the real Life and Love that is Personified within God's Son, Jesus Christ.  God's Faith, is in His own Doctrine, as espoused by His WORD made flesh, and is constant within the unseen substance of Truth that formed all of creation.  God's Word is not diminished, just because man is ignorant of other dimensions, which he can not see, or lacks belief in the spiritual substance of what is written in the Scriptures.  Thankfully, God is Patient, for while we fear in our ignorance, He waits to reveal the Glory of His Spirit, to those receptive hearts that were prepared aforetime.  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!  For who has known the Mind of the Lord?  Or who has been His counselor?  Or who has first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?  For of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things: To Whom be glory for ever.  Amen.  (Full Context Romans 11 verse 29 thru 36.)  

  • The following section should be especially noted in our minds.  Hopefully it will continue to give further clarity to the reasons of faith, why Holy Communion should be set before us every time we come together to worship God in Spirit and Truth.  It is absolutely True that the Lord Jesus Christ shed His Holy Blood once, for all time for the sins of the World on Calvary's cross, but He remains the Mediator before God of the New Covenant of Grace that He inaugurated before time at the Passover Table.  The needful provisions of the Communion New Covenant Body and Blood of our Savior is to be set before God's covenanted people, who through their baptism into faith in Jesus Christ, desire to be set apart from the sinful works of the flesh and to be in union with the soul and mind of Christ our Lord.  That sinless soul and mind of heart of Jesus Christ, is One with the Father of Life, Light and Love, and God's desire is that the believers in Jesus Christ would be of one heart with them through the sanctifying Blood of our Savior. 

Now the night before His crucifixion and death, the sinless Lord Jesus is reclining at the table with His faithful followers, all of which have the same weaknesses in their flesh as you and I do.  Because of the flesh of man, sin will inevitably display itself in one way or another, and needs to be cleansed from our repentant hearts and minds.  Jesus Christ, the WORD of GOD, makes provision for our natural inclinations to sin, so that we, through the Mercies and Grace of His Covenanted Blood, may be at peace with God, with our fellow believers and within ourselves.  Through the Lord's Covenant Table, we can all come into the remembrance, as to why Jesus Christ died for us sinners.  Indeed, the communicants should know it was because God first Loved us, in spite of our failures, and He desires that this Perfect Love of His Son, would be in each of us.  For in Truth, Jesus says: Be of good cheer little ones, for I have overcome this world.  This then is the Love of God that overcomes this sinful World, and enables us to be united, as one in Jesus Christ.  This is the Power of the Holy Spirit that likewise empowers and sanctifies each one of us through the Blood of Jesus Christ, to be over-comers in this world, showing forth the Glory of the only Lord God to this lost World.  For God has made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 21.)

Therefore, on the night before Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory and the Personified Love of God, absolutely humbled Himself, and went to the cross to be made sin, for the sin of all humanity;  The I AM, that I AM,  Who is the absolute Truth, the Creator, the WORD with God, Who was God, and brought the Universe into existence, and holds all things together by the power of His Word, took wine and after giving thanks to Yahweh, His Father, for the Fruit of the Vine,  He opened HIS MOUTH and from the abundance of His Heart, said: "This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin".  Our Lord, the Logos speaks Spirit (Rhema), for: "It is the Spirit that makes alive, (your) flesh profits nothing: the Words that I speak unto you, They are Spirit, and They are Life." (John 6 verse 63.)  

If the Breath of all Life speaks, who will but listen?  "Father that they may be one, as Thou art in Me and I in Thee, that they may be one in Us; so the world will know that Thou hast sent Me. For I have given unto them the Words which Thou gave Me; and they have received them, and known surely that I  came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. (See the Lord's priestly prayer in John 17.) 

I will raise them up a Prophet [Jesus Christ] from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My Words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I shall Command Him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My Words, which He shall speak in My Name, I will require it of him (who will not hear). (Deuteronomy 18 verse 18 thru 19.)

My Words, which He shall speak in My Name, I will require it of the hearer.  If Jesus Christ is the expressed Word and Truth of God in flesh of Man, then the translation in Greek to English in this holy matter, is not mitigated, but amplified.  When Yeshua, the True Bread of Heaven, says, "This is My", He is not saying this is symbolic of, or representative of My Body and Blood.  He is stating with His Father's Authority, the absolute Truth, for He is the Absolute Personification of Truth, even the I AM that I AM, and Creator of all substance, seen and unseen.  For He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1 verse 15 thru 17.)

The Apostle Paul, within his heart expanding writings to the church at Corinth, is responding to the general apathy of the church.  Paul's rhetorical question is answered within the Holy Spirit's Presence within the questions: "The cup of blessing, which we bless, is it not the Communion of the Blood of Christ?", "The bread, which we break, is it not the Communion [fellowship] of the Body of Christ?"  (1st Corinthians 10 verse 15 thru 17.)

The real unseen substance of His Word and Person, is the unseen substance of the Father's Love, for God is Love and manifested His Love (Agapao) toward us in His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus.  His Majesty's Word, through His Holy Spirit, holds power over the substance of His creation, and also His provisions in the unseen substance of Faith, that is received in faith.  What is the substance of Love, and can you see it?  What or who is the substance of your faith?  What is the substance of a soul?  How great is your God?   And Jesus ask today in a non rhetorical question; "Who do you say that I AM?"

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