Prelude to Light
The Blood of the Lamb
Slain before the Foundation of the World.
And almost all things are by the Law [Torah] purged with blood;
and without the shedding of blood there is no remission.
(Hebrews 9 verse 22.)
Without the Life Blood of our High Priest Jesus Christ, there is no entrance into the Presence of Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty of the Living. Without humility there is no repentance; without repentance there is no remission of sin, without the remission of sin there is the absence of the cleansing Grace within the conscience of man through God's Holy Spirit of Grace. However, in our obedience to the Will of God, sin is not to have dominion over us, for in our sorrow and repentance from sin, God's Spirit of Grace leads us in the Way, and the Truth and the Life of His Son, the Lord our Righteousness. (See Romans 6 verse 10 thru 18.)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty maintains through His Spirit of Grace, His cleansing Grace in the Life Blood of His Son, given for the sins of the flesh of believing man kind. Indeed, Salvation and Justification is by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus, The Lord our Righteousness, has come to the believing soul, but nevertheless, the nature of idolatrous sin remains in the corrupting idolatrous flesh of our fallen humanity. Sanctification of the flesh is by God's Spirit of Grace within God's New Covenant established in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ. (See Revelation 21 verse 5 thru 7.) The believer can not serve God in the strength of his flesh, but we serve God by His Spirit of Grace, becoming ambassadors of God through the Grace of the Holy Spirit of the living. Witness for yourselves that God's Holy Spirit is the Fountain of Life pouring out Living Water: For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the Fountain of Living Waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2 verse 13.)
The absolute perfection of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty requires absolute perfection for anyone to come within His Holy Sanctuary that is made without the hands of man, and into His Holy Presence. This required perfection could never be achieved by sinful mankind, nor could the blood sacrifices of animals that were continually performed by the sin laden priest of the old covenant make for a clear entrance into the tabernacle made by the hand of man. Only once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Rosh Hashanah) occurring on the 1st of Tishrei, the 7th month of the Jewish Calendar, was the high priest of Israel allowed to enter with fear and trepidation into the Holy of Holies to present the sprinkling of the blood of animals upon the mercy seat of the Tabernacle.
Hear again, the amplified Wisdom of the Word of God and consider the scripture in context with the Sacrifice of Christ Jesus: The Life of the flesh is in the Blood, and I have given it [the Life Blood] to you upon the sacrificial altar, to make an atonement for your souls. In the end of all contentious views, it will be Christ's Life Blood alone that makes an atonement for the soul of the believer. (See Leviticus 17 verse 11.)
The blood, signifying its relativity to life, was the ensign of God's first Covenant that was to be settled in the heart of Israel. The temporary propitiation of an animal's blood was excised before the altar, twice daily for the sins of the people. Then once a year, on the 10th day of the 7th month, was the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) that occurred just before the seven day Feast of Tabernacles. On this one day, the people of Israel would fast and afflict their soul in repentance to sin, and then the priest would offer up to God the blood of a sacrificed bull and that of a goat. This one time of the year, the sacrificial blood of the sacrificed bull, for the sins of the high priest, was carried by the high priest, beyond the temple veil, into the holiest of the earthly tabernacle to be sprinkled with a finger seven times on both the east and then the west side of the Mercy Seat of the Arc of the Covenant. Then for the sins of the people the blood of the goat was presented before the Mercy Seat in exactly the same manner as that of the bullock. After coming out of the temple the second time, the high priest would anoint the four horns on the altar with a mixture of the blood of the sacrificed bull and goat, and then sanctify the altar seven times in the manner that he had done with the blood upon the Arc of the Covenant. When this was accomplished, then the priest laid his hands upon the second he-goat to transfer the sins of the people of Israel to the scapegoat that was to be released in the wilderness. It would appear that our Lord Jesus Christ is God's scapegoat for the sins of the world. (See Isaiah 53.)(On this matter, please read thru Edersheim's scape goat.)
God's Highest standards of holiness have not changed, for He desires the willing heart of His people to come to Him full of faith through God's Provisions within the Spirit of Immanuel our Living Mediator, Jesus Christ, and not in the old perfunctory blood offerings of God's own animal creations. God's Covenant was with His Word, given in the Garden of Eden, establishing that the genetic seed of His creation of Adam would be perpetuated through Adam's wife, whom Adam first named Ishshah meaning Woman. The children of Israel, in their carnality, would fail many times to keep the heart of God's divine purpose that He declared from the beginning to bring forth His Salvation WORD in the seed of Ishshah, as the genetic Son of the first Man. Israel's unfaithfulness would break the heart of their Covenant with the Word of God, and no amount of animal sacrifices could ever suffice for their failures, then and now. God, in His Eternal Understanding, would bring judgments upon the children of Israel, to segregate the True Seed of His Promised Salvation. God, faithful to His Word, would oversee time's circumstances, and in His foreknowledge, bring forth His Word of Salvation conceived in the ovum of Mary, a generational daughter of Adam, and she would give birth to the Incarnate Son of Adam. Now that Messiah has come, God's Eternal Sacrifice for sin and death is accomplished once and for all time, for His Sacrifice of Jesus/Yeshua, has risen from the dead as the Son of Man/Adam.
With God's purposeful intervention in time, with His chastisement of the diminishing remnant seed of Israel, He would bring forth His Word of Salvation and the Promised Messiah would be conceived by the Spirit of the Word of God, within God's original genetic creation of Adam/Man. The first Adam was of the earth, and the rebellious self centered will of his flesh lusting for power, made his soul void of the Spirit of God. The Second Adam was the True Bread from Heaven conceived in the flesh of Man. In that the Heart of this Man, Christ Jesus was perfect toward God, even with His passion unto His Crucifixion death, God was forever pleased to raise Him from the dead, revealing that this Man's one Perfect Offering of Love is excepted of God, and God has put all things under His Feet, until death is ultimately destroyed. (See 1st Corinthians 15 verse 20 thru 28.)
The daily offering of the sacrificial animal for sin, only precipitated the eventual death of the performing Levitical priest, who was bound in his own sin and death. Likewise the sacrifice of the animal also precipitated the death of the people who were of the priest's like corrupted nature. (See Hebrews 10 verse 11 thru 12.) The sacrificial offering of the life blood of an animal of its kind, could never give life to the souls of man that are of its kind, and all of man-kind are dead in their own nature of sinful corruption. But now the Word of God at the Will of His Father, has come down from heaven as the True Bread of Heaven and was born of the flesh of Adam/Man; So then it is this Man after He had offered His one sacrifice for sin, forever sat down on the right hand of His Holy Father. The Jew was to understand that there are no more continuing sacrifices of animals to set aside the sin of mankind. For while the first covenant stood only in dead works offered in meats, and drinks, and various washings, and in carnal ordinances imposed on them until the time of reformation (a return to God's first order). For God's Faith is Living fully in the Way, the Truth and the Life of men that is in Christ Jesus Alone. Christ Jesus/Yeshua, having died once for sin, and raised by the Spirit of God from the dead, reveals God's eternal satisfaction with the Man Jesus Christ's and His perfect Presentation Offering of Himself, and has ended all animal sacrifices forever, as well as the carnal sacrifices of all of sinful mankind. Now with the remission (obliteration) of these is (meaning animal sacrifices), there is no more (animal) sacrifices for sin. (Hebrews 10 verse 18.) The sin of the first Adam brought death to all of mankind, but the Sacrificial death of the Last Adam with His sinless Life as a Man, has conquered death for all time that is revealed in His Resurrection from the dead: And now His Life giving Spirit would bring Life to the souls of all of sinful man kind that believe in God's Saving Gift of Life in Yeshua haMashiach, Jesus the Christ of God.
Therefore, remember the "Therefore" in the next passages that ties Holy God's Covenant as One Spirit in the Body and Blood of God's Offering of His only Begotten Son. Having "therefore" brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest place by the Blood of Jesus/Yeshua, by a new and living Way, which He has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say His Flesh (The Bread of Life); and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith (in God's Word), having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience (by His Blood) and our bodies (of sin) washed with pure water (by God's Spirit of Holiness). (See Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 23.) Note that our fleshly bodies of sin were initially washed in the Baptism of faith by the Fountain Water that flows from the Spirit of Grace in Christ Jesus.
Let us understand God's Truth is the Person of Christ Jesus, for the True Bread of Heaven inaugurated the only entrance into the very Holy of Holies made without hands, through our Fellowship/Communion/Koinonia with God's Word of Truth. Now by the Faith of Christ Jesus, we have the True Entrance into heavens Holiest Place into the Presence of His Holy, Holy, Holy Father, Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty, by entering through the Veil of the Unleavened Bread of Christ's Body, having the spirit of our contrite minds, cleansed with Christ's purifying Life Blood of His Spirit of Grace.
This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin.
Only absolute holiness will satisfy God's Holy Requirements, that permits one to come into His Presence. I AM the Way, and I AM the Truth, and I AM the (Perfection of the) Life of men: No one comes to the Father except by Me: says our High Priest, the Lord and the Man, Jesus Christ.
In order to totally fulfill God's unfailing Word in the Garden of Eden, pertaining to the Promised Messiah, then the True Hebrew Lord Jesus Christ, the True Bread of Heaven, Who became the Son of Man, (and yet Emmanuel) must preside at His Table during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. You will take notice in the Books of Matthew and Mark that while the disciples were yet eating of the flesh of the old covenant that Jesus/Yeshua brought to a close the old Covenant in the sacrificial blood of animals when He inaugurated the Everlasting Covenant in the fullness of His Body and Blood. For the Word said: Sacrifices and offerings Thou would not accept, but a body Thou prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou had no pleasure therein. Then said I: Lo, I come to do Thy will O God. (See Hebrews 10 verse 4 thru 10 . and then compare it with the Septuagint's correct Psalm 40 verse 6.) The author no doubt used the Greek Septuagint Scriptures for reference, but the word 'body' is missing in the English transliterations of Psalm 40 verse 5. The Word, as the Christ of God, fulfills the heart of the Scriptures; for He takes away the first (covenant) that He may establish the second (Covenant). Take and eat: This IS My Body. Now with the Third Cup of Blessing, Jesus/Yeshua inaugurated God's New Covenant in His Life Blood, given for the remission of the current sins of admission for all baptized believers. In God's New Covenant for fallen mankind, Yahweh established His finale Eternal Covenant in the perfect sacrifice of the selfless Life of the Incarnate Son of Man/Adam. (See Hebrews 9 verse 23 thru 28.) So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many: and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto Salvation. Whereby, we are set apart through the offering of the (Whole) Body of Jesus Christ once, for all.
In God's Eternal Covenant, the Torah is being fulfilled with the birth of Emmanuel, and then with the crucifixion death and resurrection of Jesus/Yeshua the Christ of God, all is fulfilled and there are no more animal sacrifices too satisfy the sin of man kind. (See Isaiah 66 verse 1 thru 4.) The only sacrifice that is pleasing to Holy God Almighty is the one selfless Sacrifice (Chagagah) of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, Who was conceived by God's Spirit of Grace in the genetic flesh of Mary, a genetic daughter from the lineage of "Women" (Ishshah), the wife of Adam that God took from the side of the first Adam/"Man".
God's New Covenant of Grace calls the baptized believers, circumcised or circumcised, to His Table of Grace, to participate in thankful remembrance of God's Holy Sanctifying Provisions in the Body and the Life Blood of Christ Jesus. The incarnate Son of Man, as the Holy One of God Almighty and being One with His Eternal Father, instituted at His Passover Table, with the Sanctifying Spirit of His Father's Word, the New Covenant of Grace in His Life Blood. Drink of this, all of you: For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin. For God so Loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life. And to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My Word.
Jesus Christ alone, as the Son of Man, has met God's Highest of Standards that is at the core of His Mind's Heart, so that His children born of the faith in God's Salvation Gift have gained an entrance into the Holiest of Yahweh's Heavenly Tabernacle through God's faithful High Priest, Jesus Christ, made forever after the order of Melchizedek. But [This Incarnate Son of Adam] by His own Blood (Chagigah offering) He entered in once [for all time] into the Holy of Holies, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9 verse 12.) (Please see again Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 23.)
God's New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ, was established on the evening of the Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread, and occurred hours before Jesus the Christ was crucified to death in the daylight hours on the 15th day of Nisan. Christ Jesus is the manifest Power and the Wisdom of God, and as the Eternal WORD of His Father Yahweh, Jesus took the unleavened Bread and said to His disciples Take and eat: For this is My Body given for you: And the wine after supper He gave Thanks to God and said: Drink of this, all of you: For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin. (See 1st Corinthians 1 verse 23 thru 25, Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28,).
After His resurrection, Jesus said unto His Disciple: Thus it is written, and so it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name
among all nations, beginning at
Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
(See Luke 24 verse 45 thru 48.)
The Truth of God has spoken and His Holiness will not repent. God has called man kind to repentance from our own destruction, knowing full well that the flesh of man has an arrogant tendency to subjugate the Word of God to accommodate its own self belief system of twisted theology. Unbelief, in the Truth of the Word of God, perpetuates the self centered sins of the perishing flesh of our fallen humanity, and these same unrepentant sins, continues to bring death to relationships, as well as to our selves. But the Holy Spirit of the Eternal Light of God, is absolutely One with the Life and Soul that is in the sacrificial Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God's Word of Grace is a never-ending Wellspring of the Water of Salvation Life in Christ Jesus, and Yahweh God Almighty has given His Eternal Word "To Be" the renewal of New Covenant Life, to those, who have a new essence of heart and soul that lives by faith in the Sacrificial Life Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Life is in the Blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls. (Leviticus 17 verse 11.) The offering of the life of a sacrificial beast of the field for the sins of the people, by a Levitical priest, had no permanency and perishes with its use from year to year: But the Word of God made the flesh of the last Adam, Who was then crucified and raised from the dead, is Eternal through the Holy Spirit of the Eternal God of Life, for He Eternally raised the Man Christ Jesus from the dead. (See Hebrews 10 verse 11 thru 14, and Hebrews 5 verse 8 thru 10.)
If you will look at the above linked scriptures than you should perceive that sanctification is a continuing process after our initial cleansing and justification within God's Spirit of Water Baptism into the Body of Christ. Now the sons of God, who are being set apart from sin are led into an obedience to the Spirit of Life . Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a Witness to us: for after that He had said before [hand]: This is the Covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, for in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is [their sins and iniquities of the flesh], there is no more offering for sin. (Hebrews 10 verse 15 thru 18.)
Understand this: God's New Covenant is indeed, a one and done in the one selfless sacrificial death for sin, by the Son of Man, Christ Jesus, and was confirmed with His Bodily resurrection over sin's power of death. There are no other offerings of animals or the works of man that will satisfy Holy Yahweh God Almighty. But in God's Wisdom, the Sanctification in the New Blood Covenant by God's Spirit of Grace is not a one and done: For those who have entered into God's New Covenant of Love in Jesus Christ, the Spirit of His Law's govern the heart of the matter. The Covenant Laws of His Kingdom, remain set in His two Great Commandments of Love, whereby His Covenant provision for the remission of the transgressions of the flesh, affecting the the spirit of the heart and soul, are indelibly set in the Body and Blood of our High Priest Jesus the Christ of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty. The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at My right hand, until I make Thy enemies Thy footstool. The Lord has sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (See verses in concert Psalm 2, and Psalm 110.)
He that eats My Flesh and Drinks My Blood dwells in Me and I in Him. The Words I speak unto you, They are Spirit and They are Life. The Salvation Word of the Eternal Yahweh God is inextricably bound in the shed Blood of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus/Yeshua. The Perfection of the Life of the Father, and the same Perfection of Life in His obedient Son was given as a Perfect Sacrifice for sin, in the shed Blood of the Word of God that is Christ Jesus the Last Adam. In Christ the Man, and with His resurrection from the dead, Yahweh God indeed magnified His Word over His Name, for the Perfection of Life in His Word, Christ Jesus, overcame humanity's corruption of sin and death. Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I AM the Light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life. (See John 6 verse 12, John 14 verse 6 thru 7.)
This then is the message we have heard of Him and declare to you: That God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all. If there is no darkness whatsoever in the God of all Light, then where does that put us with our sins from decaying flesh? If we say that we have "Communion" with Jesus, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not do the Truth. For if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have "Communion" one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses us from all sin. (See 1st John 1 verse 5 thru 10.) The Spirit of the Grace God, delivers to us the Sacrificial Life Blood of Jesus Christ, so that we may have Communion/Koinonia/Fellowship with Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty, and with each other by the same Spirit of Grace, for God is faithful and just to cleanse our confessed sins of the flesh. That which is yet hidden, remains in our flesh of self idolatry.
There is no Love/Agapao in the darkness of sin, for the Almighty Yahweh God, does not have fellowship with our darkness. Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty cannot not deny His Nature nor change His Nature to accommodate the dark nature of fallen man kind. But, in His Holy Nature there is yet mercy for those of repentance who seek God's mercy in His Salvation Word that is born of Faith within the souls of man kind. Jesus Christ is the constancy of the Word of the Truth of God, Who created the universe, and holds all things together in subjection to His Word of Infinite Power: And Jesus is the same constancy of Truth, Who sets the prisoner free from their chains of sin that shackles the fallen self centered nature of human flesh. If we say we have no sin, then we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. If the Truth, Jesus Christ, is not in us, then we do not walk in fellowship with the Light of the world, and will be like the five foolish virgins with no oil in their lamps. The only entrance into the Wedding Feast will be closed to those souls who have no Light from the Spirit of God. (Matthew 25 verse 1 thru 13.)
If we say we have not sinned, We make God a liar and His Word is not in us. In any moment of time, all of God's covenant people will be forgetful hearers of the Word and Truth of God, setting our idolatrous selves as first, especially in our judgment of others with our own interpretation of scripture. The idolatrous deception of the flesh, within the neuronal mind of all of man kind, remains in a tangle of self idolatrous confusion. What we think in our own self justifying minds of flesh to be true and good for us, may be perceived as false and evil to others. Can you not hear the old mantras? "Do as I say and not as I do". Then again, "Actions speak louder than words", and yet what is rightly heard should provoke right actions. Now consider Hannah's prayer: There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside Thee: neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogances come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed. (See 1st Samuel 2 verse1 thru 10.)
In our day to day lives, we are prone to forget that we were bought with a price, and that Price was the Sacrificial Sanctifying Life Blood of God's Perfect Incarnate Son of Man, for Jesus Loved His Father and us, perfectly. Having heard, in the gospel, of God's mercy, we now think we are OK in our own minds, and have safely arrived, so that we can do no wrong. We are all right in our own eyes, because the opinion of our selves is transfixed in the me, myself and I, as being seen as first in our supreme understanding of all matters of choosing life or death.
The ruling flesh of the spirit of our minds has not all of a sudden changed into perfection, but in Truth, requires an ongoing metamorphic change by the cutting edges of the Sword of the Spirit that is one with the Life Saving Blood of Jesus Christ. When we come to Christ Jesus, our unseen souls may be saved, having our past sins of the former man dissolved in the Holy Spirit's Serum Waters of our Baptism into Christ Jesus, but the question remains: What do we do with the demands of the innate sin of selfish flesh that is ingrained within our fallen humanity? Who can understand this continuing battle that we have with the flesh of our minds? The sin within our unredeemed flesh, blinds us, so that we may no longer see ourselves as sinners of omission or commission. The error lies with the teachers that only teach that Christ's Sacrifice is done once and for all, but fail to understand and convey that Christ's Sacrifice transcends space and time, and His Covenant Word remains effectual for covenant members of His Body that are nevertheless, sinners of the flesh. Yes, we absolutely agree that Christ Jesus died once for the forgiveness of the sins of the whole world, but because we yet live in this flesh we still need to appropriate God's forgiveness, beginning with a humility that repents before Holy God, and acknowledges our need of God's New Covenant repair in His Spirit within the Life Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Having come to God in their repentance from sin, the souls of believers would have been baptized into the death of Jesus Christ, and set aside as members of His Body. But without partaking of God's Remedy in faith, you can be sure that our self loving sin will find us out.
But the Almighty God is Love, and in the Almighty's Covenant of Love and Mercy, He provides through His Holy Spirit of Grace, the sanctifying Life Blood of Jesus Christ's overcoming Love, given for each and every repentant member of His Body. For he that drinks the Blood of the New Covenant in faith, shall little by little be cut off from the old sinful nature of the flesh. For we are to endeavor to be renewed in the spirit of our mind: And that we would put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4 verse 23 thru 24.)
In the revealing visionary dream, we called "Seeing the Sword of the Spirit", God's Holy Spirit of Grace confirmed to me the absolute significance of the Covenant Blood of our Lord Yeshuah! God's New Blood Covenant with man, may be continually ratified within each of the believers, through God's Spirit of refreshing Grace, with our active participation in the Communion Body and the shed Blood of God's very own WORD and Son Jesus Christ. For the WORD of GOD says: This is My Blood of the New Covenant shed for many for the remission of sin. So then, every time we come together to worship God as the Body of Christ, it should be to participate in our Savior's Body, whose members we are, and drink of the Spirit of His Sanctifying Life Blood that covers the multitude of confessed and unknown sins. In the collective Body of Jesus, we come to worship God, in Spirit and Truth within the exaltation of the spirit of our heart and soul, and not with the encumbrances of self centered flesh. The New Covenant Life, in the Power of God, is made possible by Way of the Blood of the Lamb of God, slain from before the foundation of the world: To which end, we would glorify God in our faith in Him, where all things are possible.
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