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, much of the assembly of churches in their confusion, lend to the offense. 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.” they then went their own way, being offended in the spoken Words of Jesus Christ. 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 then 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, 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). 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 our minds have been made to be prejudiced with the lies of the world, and the faulty doctrine, and the judgments of imperfect Christianity in this dark world, then how can anyone begin to hear and bare the Truth, and then obey the Truth? Who among us has been perfect of heart and of mind in their understanding and obedience to the Word of God? If our hearts 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 sin of the flesh is no longer an issue, and all is well in Christendom. Alas, 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.
But, we have heard the Living WORD of GOD, and in 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. 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, having been saved by the grace of God in Jesus Christ. She spoke about 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 separated in their own worldly persuasions of self ministry.
Sadly, this infidelity to God's Covenant of Love is not an exception, but has become common place in the liberal church, whose leadership dismisses the violent consequences of sin. Sin without remedy, even for the Christian, still separates and divides, even as yeast leavens the whole loaf, and separates the fibers through its gaseousness, always leaving 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 His Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ, the wages of sin is death.
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Robert Glenn Pratten
Robert Glenn Pratten