Prelude to Light
Take and drink all of you.
Dichotomy of the
Blood of Jesus Christ.
I kill and I make alive.
I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Husbandman, every branch in Me that bears not fruit HE takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
"Behold the Living Sacrifice", I heard the priest of God cry out. The experience of the powerful visionary dream, left an indelible imprinting upon my mind and soul. The whole experience left a profound affect on my spiritual understanding of the Sword of the Spirit of God, and the Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ.
That Sword of the Spirit is the very Word of God, which is One with the Blood of the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. The piercing seemingly separated my soul from the spirit of my being, leaving me to ponder my own execution by the Sword of God, and yet remaining alive at the same time. Death and Life are in the hands of God, Who wields His Sword with precision, cutting down through the joints and bones to the very marrow of who we think we are, in our religious flesh. All the thoughts and actions of our being are open to the Eyes of the Almighty God. The King of the universe will judge in righteousness all things of His moral creation.
In the Song of Moses, we see that the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Holy Word of God Almighty, King of the universe, is continually manifested in the sight of men yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Listen: "See now that I, even I AM He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive: I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand". (Deuteronomy 32 verse 39). Notice the order: I kill, and I make alive; I wound and I heal." For the Word of God is a living two-edged Sword, cutting to the very marrow of who we are, even separating the soul from the spirit. The Holy Spirit speaking through Hosea says: In their distress they will beg My favor, saying: "Come, let us return to the LORD; for it is He Who has torn, and He will heal us; He has struck down, and He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us: On the third day He will raise us up that we may live before Him". (Hosea 5 verse 15 and chapter 6 verse 1 thru 3). God knows exactly who we are in our sinful flesh, far better than we know ourselves. When we sinners submit ourselves to the LORD of the universe, He will remove the sting of sin and raise us up from the grave yard of our death. God's Way is the Only Way of the Truth and the Life men. When the changed of heart receive the Spirit of the Blood of Jesus Christ, the Sword of the Spirit will operate with precision against the unseen enemy of our minds and souls. Yes, the Blood of Christ Jesus still cries out from the earth for our sake: Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. God's Love for His beloved Son, mediates mercy in Christ's Love and obedience to His Father God, giving to the people of God renewed Life that flows from the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.
And speak unto Joshua, the son of Jos'-e-dech the high priest, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and He shall grow up out of His place, and He shall build the temple of the LORD: Even He shall build the temple of the LORD; and He shall bear the Glory, and shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. (Zechariah 6 verse 12 thru 13.)
Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, is both our High Priest and the King of Glory, Who from His throne mediates His Grace for the souls of men who are faithful to His call. With our Spiritual unity and fellowship within the Body of our High Priest and the King of kings, Communion is a true renewing celebration of Christ's victory over our sin so that when we eat of the unleavened Bread of Heaven and drink of the Blood of the New Covenant, “We do show our Lord’s death (for our sins,) till He comes in His Glory and Power”. The death of the Incarnate Son of Man/Adam that we commemorate in the Communion Life Blood of Jesus Christ through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, is also a commemoration of our death to sin, through the death of Jesus the Christ of God. But we members of the unleavened bread of heaven, by faith in the God of the living, also rejoice in the eternal fact that sin could not hold the Christ of God in the grave, for He is resurrected in the Life of His Father. Our commemoration of true faith proclaims: Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again to receive of His own.
In the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, sin shall not have dominion over the faithful in Christ Jesus; for the victory of Jesus Christ over our sins, liberates our conscience from the condemnation of confessed sin within our flesh. The Blood of Jesus Christ is God's healing LOVE and forgiveness, in exchange for our iniquities that warrant death. If our heart reveals our lack of love, because of the weaknesses in the flesh, then it is time for the confession of our sins of guilt to be mediated through our High Priest and King, the Lord Jesus Christ. In humility, we individually show our total dependency on the Lord, and His spiritual Covenant provisions of His Life. Those Provisions from God's Spirit of Grace enable us to confirm within our own minds, the death of our willful nature, with its present failures and accompanying condemnations. Through our faith in the faithful Word of our High Priest, we rest in the knowledge of His grace at His Altar Table of Grace, in full assurance that He is willing and able to accomplish His Living Word with in each of us. We agree with God's Covenant in the LifeBlood of Jesus Christ, and are seeing ourselves as having died to the rule of sinful flesh, thus abandoning the whole of ourselves to the rule of God's will, care and reproof, so that the Life of His Son abounds in us, to fruitfulness through His Spirit of Life.
But unto the Son He said: Thy throne, O God is forever and ever, a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. (Hebrews 1 verse 8 thru 9.) (See Psalm 45 verse 6 thru 8.)
Therefore, in God's new Covenant, through the power of the Blood of our Lord and High Priest, Jesus Christ, sin is to have no continuing dominion over those that are in the process of dying to carnal self, and remaining alive in the True Vine. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: For they are men of wonder: for behold, I will bring forth My servant the BRANCH. (Zechariah 3 verse 7 thru 9.) How remarkable is this dichotomy of opposite branching reactions brought about through the Covenant BloodLife of Jesus Christ.
On the one hand Jesus is our Sin offering, for all of the born again believers, who have covenanted with God through the Blood of Jesus Christ, the one branch of the Lord's righteous judgment brings death to our body of sin. For, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In God's cleansing through the Blood, there is a death process to “The old wretched man or woman of death". For, Truly, truly, I say unto you, except a kernel of wheat fall into earth and die, it remains as wheat: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life shall loose it; while the man who hates his life in this world shall preserve it in life eternal. If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I AM, there shall also My servant be: If any man serve Me, Him will My Father honor. (John 12 verse 24 thru 26).
On the other hand, the Lord Jesus Christ is our Peace Offering, with this faithful branch bringing renewed Life and nurturing Love for the new creation of man, empowered by God's Spirit of Holiness through the same Communion Covenant Blood. (See 1st Colossians 1 verse 19-21, and Hebrews 10 verse 19-22.) Sin and death can not coexist within righteousness, merited through the love of God. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. (Matthew 12 verse 33). In God's pruning process for His trees of righteousness, the old dead wood of sin, is cut off to make way for the new branches cultivated in God's love, to bear the fruit of righteousness, worthy of the holiness of Father God. Now you are clean through the Word, which I have spoken unto you. Live on in Me, and I will live in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it lives in the vine, neither can you bear fruit, unless you live in Me. If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered, and men gather them and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you live in Me, and My Word lives in you, then you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Here in is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My followers. (John 15 verse 3 thru 8.)
of self centeredness through the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ.
Live on in Me, and I will live in you.
For every time you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. (1st Corinthian 11 verse 26). Now you are clean through the Word, which I have spoken unto you. Live on in Me, and I will live in you. (John 15 verse 2 thru 3.)
And they, the brethren, overcame Satan and sin by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life unto the death. (Revelation 12 verse 11.)
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that life of Jesus Christ, which I now live in the flesh, I live in faith, the faith, which is in the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2 verse 20 .)
In ourselves, we have done nothing to merit such an infinitely wonderful gift of God's Spirit of Life, that as the called children of God, we may participate in the fullness of the Lord's Covenant Life of Love, even while we exist in flawed earthen vessels. God's eternal provisions of mercy and love, are extended to those who from the heart, participate in the New Covenant LifeBlood of Jesus Christ, and are not shaken from the Tree of Life, at the Lord's rebuke and sword of correction. For whom the Father loves He corrects; "For when we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse (and purge) us of all unrighteousness", through the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ. (In full context 1 John 1 verse 7 thru 9). For we, which have been baptized into repentance, and live accordingly in the New Covenant, "are always delivered unto death" for our own sins of self idolatry by the hand of God, for Jesus' sake. What is the chaff (the stubble) to the wheat? says the LORD. Is not My Word like as a fire? says the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock into pieces? (Jeremiah 23 verse 28 thru 29.) John the Baptist says: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. But He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3 verse 11 thru 13.)
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Robert Glenn Pratten
Robert Glenn Pratten