Prelude to Light
Take and drink all of you.
This Cup is the New Covenant in My Blood
Shed for many for the Remission of Sin.
We are all New Covenant Breakers.
The World is offended in the Words of Jesus Christ, and unfortunately, in their confusion, much of the assembly of churches lend to the offense with their faulty doctrines and judgments of imperfect Christianity. Many of the Lord’s followers of that day, after hearing His exhortation: “Unless you eat of My Flesh and drink of My Blood you have no LIFE in you,” then they went their own way, being offended in the spoken Words of Jesus Christ. (See John 6 verse 60 thru 66.) The Blood of Jesus Christ is an offense to the flesh of man yesterday and today: And they mocked Him and His words saying: Who can hear and bear it? And now the Words of Jesus Christ will echo back in that great day of the Lord; "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He comes in the Glory of His Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8 verse 38.)
The unseen Power of our Lord's WORD is Eternal TRUTH, for Jesus/Yeshua is the TRUTH, and like a two-edged sword, the fullness of the Words of Jesus Christ cuts into the heart of our being, and exposes our nakedness in the Light of the TRUTH. Is it any wonder that the sinful world slinks away into its more comfortable covering of darkness? For the Light shines in darkness and the darkness does not comprehend. (John 1 verse 5). Even so, there remains the doubting Thomas's of the church, Jesus (the Light) was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. (John 1 verse 10.).
If the minds of mankind have been made to be prejudiced with the lies of this dark dying world, then how can one be made free of sin's chains of death. It is written that all have sinned and come short of the Glory of Holy Yahweh God. But Righteous Almighty God, in His benevolent New Covenant in the Blood of Christ Jesus. will justify all persons, who will fully put their trust in the sacrifice of the Incarnate Son of God. For the Son of Man was sinless, and yet was made to be sin for the world of mankind and was crucified to death because of the sin Adam/Man, but in Christ's Faithful Righteousness to His Father God, Jesus was raised from the dead to the Glory of His Father Yahweh God. So then, saving Faith comes by hearing and hearing the TRUTH of the WORD of GOD. The First Adam/Man sinned and brought death to all of mankind, but the Last Adam, the Man Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMashiach, with His sinless sacrifice for the sin's of the world, has fulfilled Yahweh's Promised Gift of LIFE through His Spirit of LIFE to all that believe and follow the TRUTH of His Salvation in His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ.
Faith begins for the sinner, with humility that acknowledges that they are sinners in this world, and in their turning to the Lord for Salvation, they will seek to obey the TRUTH of the WORD of God. Then again, who among the saved has been made perfect of heart and of mind in their understanding and obedience to the Word of God? If the core of our understanding is perfect concerning the vitality of the Word of Life in Jesus Christ, then it must be that love is perfected in our flesh, and the sinful nature of the flesh is no longer an issue, and all is well in Christendom. Alas, if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the TRUTH is not IN us. (See 1st John 7 thru 10.)
But, we have heard the Living WORD of GOD, and in our repentance have come to the TRUTH, Jesus Christ, then should not the hearer of the Salvation Word of God be a lover of the TRUTH of our Salvation? Then be doers of the WORD, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the WORD, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass (mirror): For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. (James 1 verse 22 thru 24.) The flesh of our being is caught up in the deception of sin, and is forgetful of the TRUTH of Jesus Christ. If we are not deceived by our flesh, and are following the TRUTH, then we are being clothed in the Light of the Almighty's Word, waiting in expectancy at all times, to move in the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ at the sound of His Voice?
One evening, I was watching a Christian television program, and was listening intently to the stirring testimony of an evangelical woman of note, for she spoke of being saved by God's Spirit of Grace IN Jesus Christ. She continued to give her testimony of her early young life, filled with abuse leading to drug addiction, and later a life consumed in wrong choices of self destruction; that is until Jesus and the Love of God entered into her heart and brought a new beginning to the meaning of life. I was most impressed with the devotion of her words, as she continued her expression of love for Jesus Christ and His Father God. I went to bed that night, pondering the strength of her vocal testimony, with the great love she expressed for her Savior. Upon awakening the next morning, again my thoughts turned to the woman's glowing testimony of her love of God and Savior. In those moments, I began to question the reasons of why I would want to continue to struggle, with these writings that concerns our fellowship with the Lord's Offering through the Communion Table.
In light of such love, as expressed from this evangelical woman born of the Grace of God, then of what real purpose does Communion serve for the believer? I lay there in my bed and mumbled out softly; "Lord, I don't understand: If there is such great love for you, then what purpose is Communion?" And then I heard distinctly, "Yes! My people say they love Me, ----- but they still sin". Later, the marriage of this noted Christian woman ended in divorce from her husband, with whom she co-pastured a large church and television ministry. Both continue in their endeavors, but separated from each other in their own worldly persuasions of self ministry. It seems that so many who speak and teach on the Salvation Covenant of the only Lord God Almighty are those who can not keep covenant with their own spouses.
Sadly, infidelity to God's Covenant of Love has become common place in the liberal church, whose leadership dismisses the violent consequences of sin. Sin without remedy, even for the self declared Christian, still separates and divides, even as a little yeast leavens the whole loaf, and separates the cellular fibers through its gaseousness that always creates various sized holes in the bread. Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven, leavens the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened Bread of sincerity and Truth. (1st Corinthians 5 verse 6 thru 8.)
Sin is not inert within the flesh of a person, just because a person believes in God's Salvation. But, the sensuous lure of sin within one self has dire consequences when followed, and has its own way of disrobing the flesh, revealing a person's nakedness to the world. To the members of His Church Body, the Lord Jesus Christ says yesterday and today: Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (Revelation 16 verse 15). Sin has an allegiance only to itself, and without a person's accountability to God, through the Almighty's Covenant in the LIFE Blood of Jesus Christ, then the wages of sin is death. But remember, God's remedy for sin in the flesh of Christ's followers is set as the ROCK of TRUTH of the WORD of GOD, This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin.
Just a note of clarification. The Body of Jesus Christ, which we eat in Faith, was slain in His crucifixion death because of our sin. Now in living Faith, we drink of His Blood so that His LIFE IN His Blood, gives LIFE to dead souls IN His resurrected Body of LIFE.
Its remarkable that the wisdom of man sets aside as symbolic, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus the Messiah of God, just hours before His crucifixion death, declared the Word of His Father, saying "This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin". Now the wisdom of the not so wise, have negated the Resurrection Power of the LIFE giving Blood of Yahweh God's Salvation. For all intense purposes, this negation of the TRUTH of the Finishing Word of Jesus Christ was negated by the ever so wise, even before Jesus/Yeshua haMashiach was crucified to death and instigated Yahweh God's New Covenant in His Own LIFE Blood.
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Robert Glenn Pratten
Robert Glenn Pratten