Prelude to Light
Apologetics for Holy Communion.
How Great is God?
beginning Elohim (God) [ א
] created the heavens and the earth.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Yahweh God Almighty is Holy, Holy, Holy, and He is the Infinite God and Creator of all things in His universe. The Infinite God Almighty is not a god made of man's symbolism that we have created to be in the image and likeness of our self centered human ideologies. We make ourselves comfortable by putting limits upon the Almighty God; so then we think that He is like us. Our finite eyes cannot see the Infinite, nor can the finite matter of these brains perceive the Eternal's Essence of Holiness. The Holy Spirit of the One God is not a symbolic metaphor; but the Holy Spirit of God comes from the Almighty's Inspiration and Creative Breath of Life that abides in the unknowable depths of the infinite expanse within the Mind of the Holy Eternal God of Creation. (See the unknowable realities of the Infinite Deuteronomy 29 verse 29.) Likewise God's Holy Word that created the universe is not symbolic, for He is the Infinite's Substance of Truth, and the Eternal Truth holds all things together, both seen and unseen. The entire substance of the universe came into existence, beginning with the Eternal God's creation of the fabric of space time. With the unsearchable dynamics of the Word of the Infinite God Almighty, He maintains the expanding universe by the Inspirational Power of the Almighty's Holy Word and Spirit of Truth. The structure of all things is established in time and space, by the Living Word of the Eternal God, so that the Holy inspired Word of God is actively alive in the unseen dynamics of His expanding universe.
The mind of finite man is limited in its inability to understand the unseen Eternal Power of the universe, for God's Word of Power formed the substance of all things visible and invisible. Even faith is an unseen substance of God's creation that sees the evidence of the Creator of the universe. (See Hebrews 11 verse 1 thru 3.) However, the fool, blinded by his own darkness, says in his heart that there is no God, and dies in the face of the evidence within the universe. In light or darkness, the evidence of creation by the Creator, is clearly established in the substance we see with our God made eyes and/or touch with the substance of our dexterous hands. The Evidence of the Truth of the Holy Word of the Living God, Who inhabits timeless Eternity, shall stand as unshakeable Truth forever and ever. To the mind of man, infinity is in the realm of darkness where there is no explanation or definition that substantiates the Truth of it all. Mathematics, quantum physics, observations of the heavens all leave gaping holes that can not be bridged in the finite mind of man.
But the Infinite God of Creation, builds a bridge of holiness for the inquiring mind, for the Living Word of God was sent by His Father, and came down as the Living Bread from heaven, and became the flesh of Man/Adam and dwelt among us. The Holy Spirit of God conceived the Word of Life within God's reserved Covenant Seed of WoMan, whereby the Christ of God became the flesh of the Son of Man/Adam. (See Septuagint Psalm 40 verse 5.) The historical evidence is written in the scriptures and declares that the Holy One of God would come down to earth from heaven as the Unleavened Bread of Life, to be born the Son of Man, and save corrupted human kind from sin's sting of death.
The unseen soul of man, incarcerated within the corrupted flesh of man kind, must be reborn of God's Holy Spirit, as a new creation within the Christ of God, or else that soul will see the depths of death. In His resurrection, the Christ of God, as Man overcame sin and death, and now the Almighty God of the Living extends His Gift of Life to all those that believe in God's Holy One, for Christ overcame all things pertaining to the corrupted flesh of Man. The Word of the Infinite has the final Word over death: For the Word of the Eternal God proclaims the Good News of regenerative Faith in the resurrection from the dead of the crucified Christ. Yahweh God is the Almighty God of the Living, and not the god of the dead. The Words of the Lord are pure Words; as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalm 12 verse 6.) The Word of God does not fail in one jot or tittle of the written Words of the Torah nor of the inspired words of the prophets. The Covenant Word of God was crucified to a death on a cross for the sins of man kind, but the obedient Man Jesus the Christ of God, arose in triumphant victory over man kind's sin and death, and Jesus/Yeshua, the Word of God, is alive forever more.
Now, within the spirit of your reasoning mind, if the above narrative witnesses as true, then witness also that God's Word in the New Covenant in the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ is not a symbolic metaphor: For the Pure Word of God is Truth; being an immoveable foundation that is set in place by the Holy Spirit of Christ's Infinite Father God, the Almighty. If a person is not standing on the Foundation of Truth, then they are standing in sifting sand.
Armed with the Sword of God's Holy Spirit that is the Word of God, we categorically declare that the Almighty did not establish any part of His Covenant Word, sealed in the Blood of Jesus Christ, to be of a symbolic idiom. Those who think otherwise are lifeless in their inert symbolism that breeds all manner of unbelief in the Living Word of God. Unfortunately, for the redeemed soul that abides in the flesh of their body, the corruption of sin within the mind of flesh runs rampant, hand in hand, with its companion of treasonous unbelief.
To know wisdom and instruction: To perceive the words of understanding, and receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity, that gives subtlety to the simple, and to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation, the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1 verse 2 thru 7.)
The Infinite, Holy, Holy Holy Lord God Almighty just existed in His Eternity of indefinable eons. From Eternity, the Eternal brought forth His beginning creation of time, followed by the space fabric of the heavens that came to be in existence from the Spirit of His Infinite Word of Power.
In the Beginning --- God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1 verse 1.) Our eyes behold this beginning statement of Truth, scripted in black on white Bible pages, while the glory and power of God Almighty, is written in the grandeur of the heavens and in the earth, for all of God's intelligent creation to consider. For us there is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and One Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him. (1st Corinthians 8 verse 6.)
In God's days of creating life on earth, Man/Adam was formed during the sixth day of God's creative time, All things were created for God's good pleasure and with that purpose, God set His Heart upon Adam, whom He created in His own image and likeness, and desired to give to the Man according to the goodness of the Infinite's Own Heart.
Unfortunately, Adam through the lust and imaginations of his own mind, would freely chose the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, rather than choosing the eternal goodness that would come from the Heart of God with God's choice provisions established in the Tree of Life. Adam chose the poisonous fruit of rebellion against his Maker, and the seed of this forbidden fruit brought confusion over good and evil. Adam's choice of insurrection forced a separation from the Heart of Holy God, and God's likeness of His Holy Spirit of Life departed from the Man. In choosing the forbidden morsel, Adam sold himself into the bondages of the spirit of evil. That corrupt seed of rebellion was sown into the core of Adam's soul, and changed the whole of his natural being, bringing death to himself, and ultimately would bring death to all of his offspring. As a result of Adam's rebellion against God, death was set in motion, with the whole earth being infected with sin's sinister darkness, and now being controlled by sin's author, Satan. Now, humanity is left with their own individualistic discovery and self determination, which breeds all manner of lust, desires and concupiscence within the heart of each individual little god. It should be self evident, that every person is left to judge the good and evil as they see fit, and do what is right within their own eyes.
However, the Eternal God is the Holy God of the living, and not the god of the dead. God's heart, from the beginning of His creation, was to give Life, and to give it abundantly to His creation of Man. We know that after the treasonous rebellion of the first Man/Adam, God, in His mercy and love, sent His Living WORD, as the incarnate Son of Man, into this World, to save human kind from sin's violence and corruption into death. The Lord Jesus came in the flesh of Man/Adam, to sow the seed of God's Word of Salvation with hope, into the minds and souls of humankind that were lost and without hope in their sin's corruption into death. But now, God's Seed of Salvation, brings forth a new birth to believing man kind. Now the new born soul is to be conformed into the likeness of the Son of God, and has a new living hope in God's Way, God's Truth and God's Life, that is centered within the Spirit of Father God's Son of Salvation.
As there is a beginning to all things within Godís creation of sowing and reaping, so there can be a new beginning of true faith, wisdom and understanding, within the searching human heart and spirit of the one, who hears and follows after God's call. The foundational ground to those possible beginnings, originates out of the human heart's reverential fear of the Creator God, and the desire to know Him. If all things begin with our Creator God, then even that fear is initiated by our Gracious Lord to bring forth a trusting faith in Him and the Truth of His Word. Those of us having received God's Gift of Living Faith, know that Jesus Christ is God's Personal Word of the Promised Way, Truth and the Life, Who leads all those who receive and follow after Him into eternity.
As for myself, I am very fortunate that I have found the fear of the Lord to be very good, and have seen that the nourishing riches of His WORD enhances, and yet far surpasses my finite understanding of the HOLY. So then, it is with that beginning seed of His Word, bringing forth a now flourishing faith within my being, and having a mind that is further augmented from the resources of this natural life, that we will now magnify the WORD of GOD, Whom we know to be Jesus Christ, as we ascribe infinite glory and majesty to His Name of Salvation, where by all of man kind must be saved.
In the Beginning, God (Elohim) (ALEPHא TAV ת) created the heaven and the earth.
God put His Mark in the Torah, to Mark the very beginning of His creation of time and space with its substance of the heavens and the earth. We see in the opening passage in the book of Genesis, which in Hebrew reads from right to left that the Aleph אand the Tav ת, are set as beginning and ending time markers in the middle of the first declaration. To get our semantics right, in the first and the last place, the Aleph, is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and biblically is equivalent to the first letter Alpha, in the Greek alphabet: The last letter in the Hebrew alphabet is the Tav, and is equivalent to the last letter in the Greek alphabet, Omega. And the Lord's Christ, Who is the Aleph Tav, the Word of God from the beginning to the end, says correspondingly in Revelation: I AM Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last, Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty. For thus says the LORD the King of Israel, and His Redeemer the LORD of Hosts; I AM the First, and I AM the Last; and beside [apart from] Me there is no God. (See Revelation 1 verse 8 thru 11, and Isaiah 44 verse 6 thru 8.)
Note: The following video documentary was first viewed on June 22, 2015 and posted on this web page on that date. It is a break in the original flow of thought, but it is a very good 1 hour film that should be viewed to begin to understand the great Salvation we have in the New Covenant Word of God, even as God set the mark of His Word in the beginning first sentence of Genesis. The early Hebrew pictographs reveal God's Covenant in the Aleph Tav . Unfortunately, after building up so well a foundation of the Truth of the Well Spring and the Covenant Power of the Word of God that is Christ, the authors at the time mark of 40:15, refer in their own unbelief that the Communion Blood of Christ is symbolic, rather than acknowledging that God's Holy Spirit of Truth is One with the Word made the Flesh of the Son of Adam, and would be One Essence with the Water and Blood that flowed from the pierced body of God's Holy One. Also at 45:44 is another error in understanding: For the Son of Man (Adam) is not a title that Christ Jesus proclaims, but is a prophetic genetic fact, for Jesus is born of the Seed of WoMan and is the very last genetic Adam. For God says: I will make a (mortal) man (enowsh) more precious than fine gold; even a Man (Adam) than the golden wedge of Ophir. Notice the green links that provide the distinctions in the Hebrew for the word man. Nevertheless, God's Truth stands for ever, although human kind (enowsh) may stubble over the Truth in his own confusion. What God is as One; Father, Word and Spirit, no person or entities can put asunder. After viewing the documentary, then perhaps the whole of this treaties on Holy Communion, accompanied with the Spirit of the Word of Jesus Christ, will begin to resonate as Truth in the spirit of the reader's mind.
Now then, my mind is not a remarkable mind, but nevertheless adequate, and remains changeable and creative in thought, and by God's grace, this mind is supple enough for the substance of Faith in God and His Christ. So, it is with God's given grace, and with my heart's best understanding, that we come to a necessary beginning of the inspiration within the spirit of the mind, birthed in Godly faith. No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1 verse 18.) (Luke 6 verse 45.)
With this root scripture from Luke's Gospel in mind, we postulate that at some period in God's Eternity, through the internal thoughts of His Infinite Majesty and Power, the substance of all things was birthed or conceived in the bosom and Spirit of the invisible God Almighty. From the invisible dynamic substance and abundance of God's Heart of Love, His mouth spoke, and His Logos Seed, Jesus Christ, in union with His Father's Infinite Spirit, created the Heavens and all the dynamics of the stars, the earth and other heavenly bodies, within His creation of time and space. Everything that exists, the known and the unknown are because of the substance of the thoughts of the only, Lord God Almighty, and that substance is expressed through His Son and absolute WORD, Jesus Christ. All substances (or things) consist of Him, (the Logos or Word) and are held in the power of His dominion over all things in the universe. All matter and or energy dynamically consist of the substance of the Almighty's Word, and as such, all physical matter, antimatter, or even postulated unseen dark matter and dark energy, is imprinted with the infinite power of God's Word and Spirit, and remains in absolute subjection to the Spirit of His Word.
By the WORD of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations. (Psalm 33 verse 6 and verse 11.)
All of creation, whether it is seen or unseen, is impregnated or indelibly imprinted with the genesis Word of the Creator, for all of the substance of creation came forth, from the abundant riches within the only Infinite Lord God Almighty. (See Jesus and the Aleph-Bet.) The Signature of that abundance is exhibited in the heavens and the earth, and demonstrates the dynamic power of His eternal Word of creation. This presentation concept of God's signature imprint on all of His creation, is not difficult to understand. A master painter or a writer or engineer or inventor, will all sign their names to their respective work. In all cases, the works are owned by the originator, and in many instances a copy right is secured to protect the artisan's efforts to secure monetary gain. The works belong to the creator of the works, unless they are sold, or the rights to the creation, are licensed to another for their own use. So then like wise, God's signature, the imprint of His Heart, is on the whole of His creation, beginning with the unknowable expanse of the cosmos, to the smallest and unseen subatomic details that makes up the substance of His collective universal design. God's creative WORD and Son, also sets the mark of His supernatural signature of authority and design, within the beginnings of His creation of life, even as it is represented in the elemental DNA signature of plant and animal species, all of which through God's creative Genius, are carried on, in the seed of its genetic offspring. God is Infinite Light, and that Eternal Person of Light has an infinite capacity within Him Self, to create beyond the understanding of the natural human.
Perhaps we need to remember that the Creator of the universe, had never purposed in His Heart to give or sell any portion of His creation to any being or entity that was outside of His Will. The problem has existed from the Garden to the present time, where mankind has sold itself into the bondage and violence of sin and death, and now the blood from the violence of mankind is in the dust of the earth, and obscures God's signature of eternal ownership. The Holy God of the universe, remains constant in His love for mankind, and desires to redeem or purchase back that which was lost to Him by way of the subtlety of Satan's sowing his controlling nature of independent sin within the soul and spirit of man. The nature and signature of sin is D. E. A. T. H., derived from mankind's self indulgence, as little gods, leading to continued disobedience and violence against the only God of the living. So then the blood guiltiness of all of mankind was signed in the dust of the earth, even as it was sown within the souls of earthly mankind. If a person breaks even one commandment given by God, then he or she is guilty of all of God's commandments, and have made themselves no less than an accomplice, to all the bloody violence of sin in the earth. But now, the Sacrificial Life Blood of the incarnate Jesus/Yeshuah, born the Son of Adam is sown in the earth, and is the redemptive price that covers the full cost of sin's demands of death upon earthly mankind. Holy God's Supreme Signature is in the Holy Blood of Jesus, and that Covenant Life giving Blood of the risen Christ Jesus supersedes the signature of death, that spiritual sin had ascribed to all people, of the earth. The pardon for sin, is signed in the precious New Covenant Blood, of God's perfect Lamb of sacrificial Love that is Yahweh's own beloved Son. (See God's Amnesty Program.) In Hebrew, the Lord of God's Salvation is known as Yeshua ha Machiach; in the English, the Lord is called, Jesus the Christ. It remains for all who have accepted God's amnesty for past sins, to faithfully follow God's Eternal Word in His Way and in His Truth and in His Life.
Looking into the Holy Scriptures in Romans 8, it seems to me as if the whole universe is pregnant with greater expectancy, and waiting for deliverance to take place, within the course of God's redemptive eternal plan for mankind. Paul writes: "For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now". Even though all things that exist in the universe, came forth from the unknowable dynamics of the Heart and Spirit of His Eternal Being, in His Person, the omnipotent God is neither diminished in power, because of His creation subject, nor is the power of His Living Word to influence creation, save for one thing; The Sovereign God of the Universe cannot create a heart perfected in true love and molded in trust within His created beings of free choosing, whether it be Man (Adam) or angelic beings. There are no robotic children in His kingdom of the living, for even today the Spirit of Prophecy, leaves the mind of man in subjective control of the spiritual message. (See 1st Corinthians 14 verse 31 thru 33.)
A man gazing through a powerful telescope, may be impressed or perhaps enamored with the dynamics of the unseen power of the universe. He may even reflect on the origin of its creation, that is to say its Creator, but the creative and sovereign power of God, does not engender a free and more perfect Love of God. This spiritual matter of the spiritual heart to freely love God, is not forced on God's subject beings, in spite of God's sovereignty, for that would be a falsehood to the God of all Truth, and would be a contradiction to His over all Nature of Infinite Holiness. (See the Church Fathers on free-will.)
This we can be sure of, that the heart and soul of man was born to be loved, and to know sacrificial love through a personal intimacy with the One, Who knows the heart best. The drawing power of the Love of God, is from a Love that passes all human understanding, and is the Holy Spirit's call of God that needs to be heeded by all of fallen mankind. To know this love of God, the confused and desperate heart of a person must find the will to answer God's call to His Grace, and then to abdicate their allegiance to their independent and destructive selves, and then surrender their hearts into the enabling, and loving grace in God's Son, Jesus Christ. Turn you unto Me, and I will turn unto you, says the Lord of Host" (Zechariah. 1 verse 3.) Blessed is the man to whom the LORD will not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. (Psalm 32 verse 1 thru 2.) The Grace of God's Spirit does not destroy the will of man, but regenerates an accepting will, to one that desires to know and to love the Lord God above all things.
When God's Perfect Love is received within the grateful heart of the forgiven person that was imprisoned in sin and awaiting death, then that supreme Love from God can change the self imprisoned heart of man, to a heart that is free to Love God, first in all things, and secondly, to Love their fellow man, as themselves. The Eternal God, when receiving of a reciprocating Love from His free living subjects of man, then the Eternal God, Whose Supreme Nature is to give, is supremely enriched with a Love freely given. (See Luke 15 verse 10.) For, God so Loved the world that He gave of the abundance of His Love, through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that through the new birth of sinful human kind, the earth may seen the evidence of God's Love in their Love. Of His own will begat He us with the Word of Truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures. (James 1 verse 18.) Jesus says, I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12 verse 24. NIV.)
All good gifts come from the Father of Light, beginning with faith expanding into hope, but the greatest gift of all is the Perfect Love within God's Son. There is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear: Because fear has torment, he that fears is not made perfect in love. We love God, because He first loved us. (1st John 4 verse 18 thru 19.) God's Gift of Faith, is given to any person who will receive it, and now the Gift belongs to that person to do with the Gift as he wills. However, an understanding person might say; "It is my Gift of Faith in God that sustains me". Yes, but even so, what do we do with that Gift of Faith that God purposes to bring us into a more perfect love? Having come from the God of the living that same faith is not designed to be passive, but holds the possessor of that beginning measure of faith, to measured responsibilities. The just God of His universe, holds us accountable for what He has given, for it is written: For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away, even that he has. (Matthew 13 verse 12.)
Biblically, the Word of God speaks of the hypocrisy within all of us, and so then even divine Truth may be muffled or silenced because of our own hypocrisy; and that hypocrisy is inextricably bound within the iniquity of self idolatry that darkens the mind of flesh. These same minds of flesh and blood, can, and will delve into matters that are beyond the scope of the mind of man to comprehend. So then we see men, with their vain philosophies and much speaking, limiting God within their own hearts, and also influence those of gullible mankind. The faith of many is compromised by false teachers that espouse their own prideful intellectual and philosophical bias. These foolish teachers lean on the priority of their own understanding, and continue to dismiss God's Holy Spirit and His leading in the only Way and Truth that the Word of Life that provides for man. Except you eat of the flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood you have no Life in you. It is the Spirit that gives Life and your flesh does not comprehend, says the Lord of creation. A symbolic covenant with God does not exist, for His Eternal Covenant is in His Eternal Word that is alive forevermore. God is not symbolic; His Spirit is not symbolic; His Word is not symbolic; and the Blood of God's New Covenant is not symbolic, otherwise you are lifeless in your symbolism.
The Infinite God of Eternal Life, is God, and is unlimited within the vastness of Himself. Man is not God, for the natural man is limited in a finite body that is sowed in death and will cease to exist. Human kind, like all breathing animals, presently exist within the finite limits of the creature within our bodies of dying flesh. However; The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong unto us, and our children forever. (Deuteronomy 29 verse 29.) But, it is apparent that the mind of man, does not like not knowing of hidden mysteries, especially those of God, and will expound upon things that fallen man has no way of knowing, nor has man a right to God's Infinite Essence of Being. The Infinite God will remain Infinite, and man by his earthly nature will remain a speculator, seeking to make God into our own image, or trying to give meaning to the Infinite's Words, so as to meet our own finite understanding. So, even the things that were written for our understanding, are subject to the interpretation of the speculators who are ever learning, but never seemingly coming to the knowledge of the Truth. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but the LORD ponders the hearts. (Proverbs 21 verse 2.) Witness within yourselves; it can be very difficult to change the root thinking of our minds, especially when we are in agreement with our most trusted and esteemed teachers, whether they are right or wrong within the root of their own speculating minds. If from the beginning, man 's understanding of truth is wrong, then obviously that understanding, in the end, is still wrong, and all who espouse the error are held to account.
For God has concluded them all [the Jews] in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all. Oh 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? (See Romans 11 verse 25 thru 34.)
So then, let's ponder a few questions that are pertinent to the heart of our thinking: If Jesus Christ, within His Person, is the Eternal WORD of GOD, then what is your perception of scripture pertaining to the power of the WORD of Christ; light, or darkness? Does the WORD of God present darkness of thought, veiled in the cloudiness of our minds of unbelief, or is the WORD of God received in the spirit of our mind and soul, as the absolute Truth revealed in the Light of faith? Do we really have faith in the revealed Words of Jesus Christ, of Whom Peter says: You have the Words of Eternal Life. What do you do with these Words of Eternal Life that Jesus speaks to His disciples? Take, eat: This is My Body given for you. Take and drink all of you. This is My Blood of the New Covenant, shed for many for the remission of sin? (See Matthew 26 verse 26 thru 27.) Did Jesus not say: Unless you eat of the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you have no Life in you. It is the Spirit that gives Life and your flesh does not comprehend. The Spirit of God gives Life to the Words of the Son of Man, Whom, after Christ has died, the Holy Spirit of God raised up the Son of Man in the Power of His Faith in His Word of Truth. By the Holy Spirit of God, the Flesh and the Blood of the risen Son of Man is Life for those, who partake in faith of the Spirit's Holy Provisions of Grace in Christ Jesus.
Now again, does the value of Jesus Christ's Words at His Table, hold only inert symbolism and innocuous shadows of hyperbole to the reader, or does the WORD of GOD, even Jesus Christ the Son of Adam, contain the real unseen substance of the Light of Life, as it flowed from the Mouth of the Creator of the Universe? I AM the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: For without Me you can do nothing. There can be no fruit of the Spirit, apart from abiding in Jesus Christ. Unbelief is the stumbling block, born out of the iniquity within the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, and that Tree only produces death.
Jesus, the Living WORD of God, and the Savior of mankind, asks all of His disciples a very pertinent question; "Who do you say that I AM?" This is the quintessential question that all must give an answer too. (See Romans 14 verse 10 thru 12.) Perhaps your answer today, will influence your reception or rejection of what will be presented, in the spirit of this treatise on Holy Communion. The crux of this self examination begins with the beginning of John's Gospel: For "In the beginning was the WORD (Logos), and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not". (John 1 verse 1 thru 5.) The Truth of God's Word is set in the Light of all creation, for by the power of the Word, all things exist, and will be what Jesus Christ says they will be, for He is the absolute WORD of God Almighty. The Apostle John speaks of Jesus Christ in this Way: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His Head were many crowns; and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in Blood: and His Name is called The WORD of GOD. (Revelation 19 verse 11 thru 13.)
Without the absolute Truth of the WORD of GOD, then nothing would exist! If the Words of Jesus Christ should fail, then the Word of Truth has failed, and heaven and earth with all matter and time would cease to exist. Christ Jesus is the law Maker of the universe, where by all things are held together in compliance with the Spirit of His Word. When the Lord Jesus Christ sat at the table with His disciples, He instituted a new law, where by, through the Spirit of His Word, the essence of the matter of the bread would become for all of His followers, indeed His Body; and the essence of the wine would now become, the Spirit of His Blood of the New Covenant, poured out for the remission of the sins of all the members of His Body. It is the Spirit that makes alive; the flesh profits nothing: The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and They are Life. (John 6 verse 63.) Then too, in the Spirit of Life, how do you receive each called member of the Lord's Body of His Ecclesia? And thou shall Love, as in the Greek, Agapao the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And you are to Love, as in Agapao, your neighbor as thy self. How many of us come short of this sacrificial Love of God first, and neighbor second?
Note of Importance: The writer has a preference for using Matthew 26 verse 26 and 27 through out this manuscript as prima facie evidence for the efficacy of Holy Communion and the Lord's Word declared Blood of the New Covenant poured out for the remission of sin. The Apostles, Matthew and John, were two of the apostles, minus Judas Iscariot, who were present during the Lord's institution of His Father's New Covenant in His Son's Life giving Blood that Christ presented at His last Passover Supper at the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Gospel writings attributed to Matthew, speaks of the New Covenant Life Blood of the Lord as "shed for many for the remission of sin". The two other synoptic Gospel accounts according to Mark and Luke, who were not at the Table, speak of the Lord's Word as thus, "This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many.". Neither of these two Gospel accounts, nor Paul's translated rendering of Communion as seen in 1st Corinthians chapter 11, mentions what should be understood, and what Matthew personally witnesses, as the Lord saying of His Covenant Blood, "shed for many, for the remission of sins". After Baptism and a new beginning for the believer, there remains the reoccurring sins of the unredeemed flesh leaving an ongoing problem that needs to be submitted to the Lord and Keeper of our souls. (See 1st Corinthians 15 verse 49 thru 50.)
This imperative New Covenant Word of the Lord Jesus Christ, speaks of His shed Blood given for the obliteration of current sins of the corrupted flesh of covenant believers, but this Gospel Word from Matthew is dismissed by so many, who claim to have the hermeneutics of scripture all in hand, but do not understand the hermeneutics of the corrupting existential sin that remains within the fleshly body of themselves. In the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ, acknowledged sin is to be cleansed from the conscience of the offending but repentant member of the Body of Christ through God's Holy Spirit of Grace that is One with the efficacious New Covenant Life Blood of Jesus Christ.
The English word remission is a transliteration from the Greek work aphesis, having for our understanding, a meaning greater than just forgiveness or even pardon. Remission of an offense is a total release from bondage or imprisonment, letting a repentant person go free as if they had never committed crimes. With God there is no damning penalty, and for that matter there is a complete obliteration of the record of charges. God does not want His New Covenant people in Christ to be encumbered with the weight of sin's present condemnation, but His Good Will is that they would remain free to serve Him in Love and to be His ambassadors of His Good and Holy Will. On this web site, much has been written and rewritten over the years, and the whole needs to be read for a greater overview of God's Gracious New Covenant in the Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ.
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God's Creation of Substance
For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven. (Psalm 119 verse 89.)
In the beginning ----- God created! Out of necessity, let us labor together past our fears that are bound in the flesh of unbelief, and venture into the realm of the Spirit of God, and into the knowledge of the Perfect Love of our Creator God. We can begin to explore the substance of the strength of God's unfailing Word of Truth, that challenges our own questioning little faith. When we look into the scriptures within the book of beginnings, Genesis, we see in every instance within creation, except one, that the Infinite God Almighty spoke the dynamics of His Word to His subject within His beginning creation to bring forth exactly as He commanded, and it was done in absolute obedience. That one exception occurred during the latter part of the sixth day when Elohim personally formed Adam out of the dust of the earth and then God breathed His Breath of Life into Adam's nostrils, and Adam became a living soul. (See Creation of Man in the Doctrine of Sin and Death.)
3rd Day of God's
And God (Elohim) said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (Genesis 1 verse 11.)
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1 verse 20 thru 21.)
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. (Genesis 1 verse 24.) And the Lord God formed Man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and Man became a living soul. (Genesis 2 verse 7.)
These scriptures may or may not be remarkable to the finite mind of the sophisticated man or woman. At first glance, these scriptures might be dismissed as primitive thinking and not worthy of closer inspection. However the subtleties of the essence of Truth are a stumbling block for the evolutionist theories on the origins of life. God is the Infinite God of the living, and as the Origin of all life, He intends for His creation to prosper according to the abundance of His creative Heart. In God's universal creation, all matter and energy is subject to its Creator, for they are imprinted with the dynamic Power of the Creator's Words. Therefore, with our subjective reasoning, we postulate that God's created subject matter, in obedience to the heart of His will, brought forth life abundantly through God's Rhema command. We witness in the simplicity of scripture that in the specified third and sixth days of the Lord's creation, at His command, the earth brought forth from expectant elements, the order of plant, and animal species, subject to the creative dynamics of His spoken Word. The same obedience and genesis effect can be said for the fifth day, when the waters also responded to the Lord's command, and brought forth marine life forms, and even birds according to Elohim's Word. After those days of ordered creation, all species had their genetic seed within themselves, to reproduce their own kind.
The genesis power of God's spoken Word over His created elements to bring forth elemental carbon life forms, is absolute. But for that matter, all 'elemental matter' will be whatever God commands or says it will be. Again, this is because all atomic matter and energy is impregnated with the creative substance of God's Word, and as such, all changeable matter and energy are subject to His Word engendered by the thoughts of His Heart. The Eternal God is infinite in power and light, and the created substance of all things in His universe, are pregnant with the genesis potential that is contained within the dynamics of His Infinite Word. What the Almighty Wills will come to pass, even as it has already.
We are not moved by the intellectual debates, for our God is the God of the living and the living WORD. Therefore He is not the god of the dead, for His WORD, Yeshuah haMashiach, Jesus Christ, is alive forever more. (See Luke 20 verse 37 thru 39.) Man's rebellion into death is silenced within the risen Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, for death is swallowed up in His victory over sin's self idolatrous mutiny. Now the Spirit, of the living WORD of GOD, controls all formulated universal substance, and remains constant in God's absolute communication of power in nature, and also in the unseen spiritual realms of His creation. The evidential effects, of the Word of God's Power, are visible to us in the grandeur of the heavens and the earth, nevertheless, it is understandable that finite man cannot begin to fathom the fullness of the Word's infinite depths, nor plumb the substantial abundance of the heart of God: And so the dimensional nature of the Almighty God within His own infinity cannot be reasoned in the finite mind of man. For thus says our God: My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My Ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts". (Isaiah 55 verse 8 thru 9.)
As it is written: The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed, belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29 verse 29) The Almighty God just eternally exists without man's comprehension, and God's Word in its constancy, sustains the universe with all of its elemental subject matter being obedient to His Word. The universe, even within all of its complexities, is ordered, and it is ordered by God with His Perfect WORD, the Lord Jesus Christ. And He (Jesus) arose, and rebuked the wind and said unto the sea: Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said unto His disciples: Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? (Mark 4 verse 38 thru 40.)
Satan certainly understood the power of the Word of God within God's Christ to change matter and energy. This is evident in scripture when the devil challenged the Lord Jesus in the desert after the Lord had completed a forty day fast and was hungry. And when the tempter came to Jesus, he said: If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But Jesus answered and said, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4 verse 1 thru 4.)
Do we really live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God? Should it not be expected that solitary matter multiplies, at the Lord's spiritual Blessing and Command, even when Jesus, the Word of God, fed the multitude with the two fishes and the five barley loaves? Here is the account, that happened in Tiberius at the time of the Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus in seeing the following multitude tries his disciples faith and asks Philip: Where shall we buy bread that these may eat? When Philip reported that the money was insufficient, then Andrew said to Jesus. There is a lad here, which has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: But what are they among so many? And Jesus said: Make the men sit down. Now, there was much grass in the place, so the men sat down in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when He had given thanks, (See Setting the Table.) He distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they wanted. When they were filled, He said unto His disciples: Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said: This is of a truth: This is the prophet which should come into the world. (John 6 verse 6 thru 14.) (See Deuteronomy 18 verse 18 thru 19.)
The following day, when the people discovered that Jesus was no longer there, they found boats in Tiberius and crossed over the sea to Capernaum, in search for the Lord. It would appear that this day is the second day of the seven day feast of Unleavened Bread. We submit for the reader's consideration that this second day, is the day of the presentation offering, set in the Feast of the Unleavened Bread, and the Lord Jesus Christ will present Himself to the Jewish people, as the Living Bread that came down from Heaven to be the Son of Man. Indeed as witnessed by the people: This is of a truth: This is the Prophet which should come into the world.
And when they found Jesus on the other side of the sea, they asked Him how it came to be that He was there. Jesus answered them, saying that they did not seek Him because of the miracles, but because they were fully fed with the unleavened barley bread. The barley bread would have been unleavened because of the Feast. Jesus then tells them they are to seek the free food of the Gift of Life that Christ would give to them for God had sealed God's Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. The men made several more inquires of Jesus and He corrects their misunderstandings, primarily concerning the manna, of which they inferred that Moses gave them.
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but My Father gives you the True Bread from Heaven. For the Bread of God is He which comes down from heaven, and gives Life unto the world. Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I AM the Bread of Life: he that comes to Me shall never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That you also have seen Me, and believe not. All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me; and him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine Own Will, but the Will of Him that sent Me. And this is the Father's will which has sent Me, that of all which He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the Will of Him that sent Me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, I AM the Bread which came down from heaven. (John 6 verse 26 thru 41.)
Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to Me, except the Father, Which has sent Me draw Him, and I will raise him up at the last day. Verily, Verily, I say to you, he that believes on Me has everlasting life. I AM that Bread of Life. Verily Verily, I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood you have no life in you. (See John 6 verse 41 thru 58.)
Perhaps through the substance of faith, it is possible for you to begin to see that from the abundance of the Heart of Yahweh God Almighty that all things in heaven and earth came from God, and are subject to the infinite bounty within the WORD of God. Jesus is the Eternal WORD of God and the beloved Son of His Father. His Soul is the perfect essence of His Father's Heart sent, as the Bread of Heaven to earth, to show forth the abundance of sacrificial Love that is in the Heart of Father God. Although, not seeing or understanding all things, we came to believe in God's Great Salvation Gift, because God's Love, through His Holy Spirit, first birthed into the thoughts of our hearts the substance of faith that we might begin to believe in the Truth of the Almighty's Word. For, God commends His Love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5 verse 8.) Here in is Love, not that we love God, but that He Loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1st John 4 verse 10.)
We initially heard the Good News of God's mercy and forgiveness, through Godís ambassadors, whether they be family, friends or strangers, who also were born of faith in Godís only Salvation, through a similar process of witnessing. But the purity of that beginning seed faith, born of Perfect Love, comes from God alone. It is essential that the heart of the mind, and the soul of that person, entering into the Grace of Godís Covenant through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, will be a willing subject responding to God's nurturing Holy Spirit of Grace. After the new birth of the soul is confirmed through a public confession and within the initial purifying baptismal Water into the Body of Jesus Christ, then it is the Spirit of Holiness Who would continually reveal God's Love and Mercy. It is God's Holy Spirit of Grace in Communion that leads us in teaching and nurtures willing minds into all of the essential things, pertaining to the Salvation Word of God, that is One, in union with the Heart of the Almighty God, His Father. (See Romans 10 verse 8 thru 11.)
Unfortunately, even well meaning theologians, pastors and prophets thinking they are doing God a favor, can become rooted in false or cultural doctrines born of the mind of man, and completely miss the Heart of God. If this were not so, then why the confusions, and why are we not all saying the same things? If the mind is convinced, then how much more difficult is it to lead leaders, who unknowingly oppose themselves and God, into a right understanding that glorifies the Spirit of the Fatherís Word. If the leaders of the church are taught, only through the philosophical logic of the mind of man, then only the mind of man will be glorified with assumptions leading to dead ends.
The beginning and ending of this logic, has its roots in the Garden of Eden, where we can still hear Satan questioning the integrity of God's Word, or attributing false innuendo to the Spirit of Truth. Biblical knowledge can be very good, but we are not justified by knowledge that is confined to the puffed up mind of man, and does not motivate the heart and soul of the acquirer. No, it is God's Gift of Grace received in the heart of a person, who having been given justifying faith continues to seek after God's Salvation Way, Truth and Life. From the beginning of our journey in faith, it is the Father, Who, by His Holy Spirit of Grace, has drawn us to the Light of His Doctrine of Salvation and Sanctification in Jesus Christ. (See John 6 verse 43 thru 45.) The Lord Jesus Christ, being the Perfect Love of God, and having obediently come to be born in the flesh of Man/Adam, was crucified to death for the sins of the world, even for those sins of doctrinal error. Because of the perfection of His Love and obedience to His Father God, Jesus' sacrifice was accepted, and He was resurrected in the power of His Eternal Father. (See John 8 verse 42.)
And so, it is through Water Baptism that we are initially plunged into the death of the Lord Jesus Christ for our sins, and then brought up out of the grave within the risen Christ, to be a new person, being born brand new into the New Covenant Power of God's Love and forgiveness in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ. (See God's Amnesty Program.)
As God's children, when we are asking and seeking for the Truth in the Spirit of God's Word, and are persistent in our search, then God's Spirit of Holiness, True to His Word, will provide a necessary answer. (See Matthew 7 verse 7 thru 8.) As a pertinent example, I'm not familiar with the Hebrew or Greek languages, except as a concordant student, and I only had a superficial understanding of the ineffable Name for God, being interpreted in English, as the I AM, that I AM, which comes from the Hebrew, EHEYEH ASHER EHEYEH. Of course, this is how the Lord described Himself within His Name to Moses at the burning bush that was not consumed in the fire of the Lord's presence. One afternoon, I awoke from a nap, hearing soundly in my spirit, 'I Will Be, what I Will Be'. Those who understand the languages of scripture, know that this is the same as the, 'I AM, that I AM'. For me in my ignorance, it was a Rhema Word of revelation coming forth from the Holy Spirit, which added a greater depth of spiritual knowledge to the intended spirit of these writings. For your edification and research, let me recommend Names of God in Judaism found in the online Wikipedia. Also, before our Lord was known in the Greek, as Jesus the Christ, He was called Yeshua ha Machiach. (See also if available, the reference on the web, "How the Name of 'Yeshua' became 'Jesus'."
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God is Light - God is Love.
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you,
that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. (1st John 1 verse 5.)
God is Love (Agape), and those who abide in Love (Agape), abide in God, and God abides in them. (1st John 4 verse 16.)
The apostle John, after hearing and witnessing the Truth of Jesus Christ, announces to the world that God is Light and is absolute Truth, with no possibility of error within the Infinite Abundance of God's Spirit within the Eternal's Mind and Soul of His Infinite Being. With the Light of this revelation knowledge, John also tells us in his writings that God is Love, for He gave His Only Begotten Son to liberate man kind from their bondage to sin. But our liberation from sin's death presents a questions we need to ask ourselves: Do we live our new lives within in Christ Jesus with sacrificial love or does the Spirit of Holy God Almighty live within us?
Within the Truth of the Spirit of God, let us consider the following point: All of God's inherent characteristics of Supreme Goodness, exist within the Light of God's intrinsic Holiness. The angelic seraphim's do not cry to one another in vain, for they experientially behold and sense the Glory of Infinite God's Holy Essence; For resting in the Truth, the Seraphim's cry one to another: Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD OF HOST, the whole earth is full of His glory. (See Isaiah 6).
Apparently, there is no need for the Seraphim's to proclaim God's many wonderful attributes, for they are all inclusive within His Infinite Holiness. God, in His intrinsic Holiness, remains eternally Constant in all of His attributes, but nevertheless His Supreme Attributes are veiled to humanity because of the darkness of human minds that are encased within the brain's of finite fallen flesh. If we see things only from our own perspective, then our own minds can lead us astray, so that we stumble in the darkness of our own light. Wherefore, if the light that is in you be darkness, then how gross is that darkness. The Holy Spirit of God is the only One Who can illuminate those same minds of fallen flesh, so that darkness turns into Light, and despair into hope, and hope into the joy of God's Salvation Promise. (See Romans 5 verse 1 thru 8.) By Whom also we have access by faith into this Grace (of God's Spirit) wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the Glory of God. The Light of God's Love is waiting to fill the whole of our being, displacing our darkness, so that we can shine like oiled lamps of the Spirit revealing the True Light of God's Salvation Love to this world of darkness. (See Luke 11:33-35.)
Isaiah, a Jewish man, called by God to prophesy of the Truth, saw himself in a vision in the Presence of the LORD OF HOST, and through God's Spirit of Grace, Isaiah experiences infinite purity. In his encounter with infinite holiness, Isaiah says of himself: Woe is me, for I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips, dwelling in the midst of a people of unclean lips: For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Host. (See Isaiah 6 verse 4 thru 7.) Listen and consider the Salvation Word of God, for Jesus Christ applies the Word of His Father's Spirit to reveal the thoughts and intentions of man kind: For from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (See Luke 6 verse 45.) Isaiah's revelation experience causes his own self to begin to see the true essence of his own heart and that of the heart of all mankind. The spirit of Isaiah's own mind was corrupted within its own limited understanding of himself, and his human mouth certainly could not speak of the unknowable intrinsic Holiness of the King, the LORD OF HOST. But then a seraphim takes a hot coal from the altar and places it upon the lips of Isaiah's mouth, saying; This has touched thy lips, and your iniquity is taken away and thy sins are purged. From the moment that the cleansing Grace of God's Holy Spirit touched Isaiah's lips, the heart within the mind of Isaiah was cleansed from iniquity, and he was set apart to become a spokesperson of the Holiness and righteousness judgment of God Almighty. Isaiah would return from the vision to earth's dark reality and prophecy of God's future judgment against the sin of Israel and the world, and then Isaiah speaks of God's redeeming mercy in the coming Messiah, the Son of Adam. But who will believe in his report, and hear in their ears, and listen to the Heart of Isaiah's message.
Jeremiah, later called to be a prophet of God, confirms the condition of man: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17 verse 8.) Jeremiah also prophesied of God's impending judgment against the remaining southern kingdom of Israel, and pleaded for their return to an obedience to the Voice of God. Not all of the sons of Judah and Benjamin, of the southern kingdom, gave heed to Jeremiah's pleading for repentance and obedience to God's Instructions. God indeed brought destruction to those who went to Egypt, for they were seeking to escape the legions of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon that would bring destruction upon all of Egypt. Then Holy God Almighty banishes the remnants of the sons of Judah and Benjamin from the promised land, giving the people into the captivity of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon for seventy years. After God's judgment of Judah Ben Israel, God would return them back to the land of promise, a 10th of the Diaspora from Babylon, wherein the promised Holy Seed of God's Word would spring forth from the returning remnant of Judah as the Seed from the Woman (Ishshah) of Adam. (See Isaiah 6 verse 11 thru 13.) We can witness in Ezra 9 verse 1 thru 3, of the consternation of the people of Israel in trying to protect the declared Holy Seed of God's Promise even as the Holy Seed (the genome of the first Adam) was continued through the loins of King David and Bathsheba.
The Jews would fail to recognize in their Scriptures, that Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMashiach, the Messiah of God's Salvation Word of Promise, would come to be the fulfillment of Elohim's Word given in the Garden of Eden. (See The Last Adam.) With the Jews essential rejection of the Truth of Jesus Christ, the Last Man of Adam's race, then, in judgment, their nation would be vanquished by Rome in 70 A.D. and the people of Israel would again be scattered to the four winds of the earth.
God Almighty, is infinitely Holy, far beyond man's understanding and ability to define adequately the essence of God's Holiness. St Paul also speaks of his encounter with the heavenly, and of hearing and seeing things that were unlawful to speak, meaning impossible to explain. (See 2nd Corinthians 12 verse 1 thru 5.) Paul witnesses the wonderful marvels of Holy God Almighty and His very Essence, leaving the philosophy of the man in the mire of his thoughts. Nevertheless, within the Wisdom of God's Holiness, Jesus Christ appears as Perfect Love, reaching out with mercy to lost mankind. Through His Holy WORD of Righteousness, He extends to us, through our faith in Jesus Christ, clemency for our nature of defiling sin. John and the other apostles, further declared that the Glory of God came in the flesh, as the prophesied Messiah, to reveal Holy God's redemptive Love for lost mankind, Jew and Gentile alike. (See John 1 verse 14.) For God so loved the world that He gave the Holy Life of His only begotten Son, to be a reconciling offering for sinners, so that whoever believes in the resurrected Son of Man should not perish, but would gain eternal Life within the sacrificial Love of Jesus the Christ of God.
In the Garden of Eden, God's Holy Presence was manifested to Adam and Eve. However, in Satan's beguiling deception, Adam and Eve were blinded to the Truth, and did not see God's Love within His one restriction for them. For God had forewarned them not to eat or touch the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; for this one tree would bring forth their enslavement to sin and death. And now, with their disobedience to God's Word, death has come to all men, and love has become self serving, and centered in the survival of self. The love and trust for the God of the living, was lost in the heart of the children of Man/Adam, through Adam's sin of self serving idolatry. This very sin of self-idolatry, is innately passed on to all generations of man kind, and subsequently, we can see within ourselves that the nature of self, being first, has set aside the God of the living, with ungodliness being perpetuated in all of Adam's generational seed until this very day. In the natural man, we all love and do what is right in our own eyes of self need and self justification, always seeking our own inward gratification.
Jesus teaches: For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? For sinners also love those that love them. And if you do good to them, which do good to you, what thank have you? For sinners also do even the same. And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thank have you? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: For He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be thee therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6 verse 32 thru 36.)
In God's Salvation Love for mankind, EHEYEH ASHER EHEYEH, (the I AM that I AM) gave to Moses the Torah instructions, so as to constrain the children of Israel from doing the inevitable evil contained within their self seeking hearts. For the Law was given through Moses so that Grace and Truth has come by Jesus Christ. (Evaluate John 1 verse 16 thru 18.) Hindsight, for the most part, reveals that the Jews did not understand the Love of God when seeing the multiple restrictions and provisions contained within the Torah's quarantining instructions. With soundness of understanding, we witness that the children of Israel were forgetful to God's Promise, and did not keep all of God's Covenant Laws that God gave to Israel for their ultimate protection so that their Hebraic seed of Woman would come to pass at God's chosen time, and remain Elohim's Holy Seed of unblemished Promise.
Their own ignorance and weakness within their self centered flesh, prevented their total compliance to God's preventive Instruction. The Decalogue Commandments within the Torah revealed sin, and the provisional animal blood sacrifices, were given by God for an atonement for any disobedience. The whole of the beginning Covenant were all part and parcel to God's Eternal Covenant Promise, given in the Garden of Eden. The Seed of Woman would, indeed, crush the head of the serpent of evil. (See Genesis 3 verse 15.) Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, from Eternity's vantage, would maintain the perfection of His Holy Word, and would not allow His Holy Word to be contaminated with the hybrid genetics germinated in the ordinary women. Through out time, Elohim would protect the perfect genetic seed of His creation of the first Woman/Ishshah, whom He took from the side of Adam/Man. Then, in His oversight of time, Father God's Holy Spirit of Grace, with His Word of Life would be conceived in the ovum flesh of the Hebrew virgin woman Mary, and the Word of God would be born the Son of Adam/Man, Christ Jesus. God, in His Promise, would maintain the True genetics of Adam, and God's Holy One , the Last Adam would vanquish the power of the seed of evil.
The Word of God came into the world at His Father's behest, to save mankind from their innate self-serving sin, and in so doing, He would bring the hearts of the believing children of man, into a greater first Love for the Father of all. The consummate act of overcoming Love was manifested, when the Word of Father God came into this world too be conceived in the seed of a virgin WoMan, and be born the Son of Man. Jesus Christ, the only begotten of Father God would then give Himself to a cruel death on the Cross, so as to reconcile sinful mankind to their Creator. Only the perfect sacrificial Love and total obedience of the Son of the first Adam, would satisfy the Holiness of Almighty God. Sin and death came by the first Man, but in God's justice, there would be a second Man that would overcome sin's death. As the Son of Man, Jesus Christ came fully in the weakness of human flesh, as a surrogate for God's punishment for mankindís sins. Our sin and death could not hold the righteous Son of Man in the grave, for God was well pleased with the selfless Love that Christ offered to God for all sinners, and God resurrected His Christ from the corruption of our sins and death.
It is essential to see, that the Love of Jesus was not centered in Him self, but was centered in the absolute selfless Love and Trust of His Father. For God so Loved the world, that He gave the most perfect Sacrificial Gift of His Beloved Son, as the Infinite's Measure of a Son's Perfect Love that overcomes Satan's world of sin and death. It was the Holy Righteousness of God's greater Love for mankind that was manifested on the cross in the lifeless Body of the crucified Jesus Christ. God is Love, and in Him, there is no shadow or darkness at all. The Life is in the Blood, and the Life of Jesus Christ is a soul that's centered in His Father, and is a Life of Perfect Love that is greater than our understanding. The Sacrifice of God's Perfect Love was poured out upon the dust of the earth, so as to reconcile the world unto Himself. (See 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 19.) This perfect Love and Trust of His Father Holy God Almighty, will cast out all fear and confusion, and that Perfect Love came to us, as an immeasurable Gift from God, with His giving of His only Begotten and Beloved Son. (See 1st John 4 verse 16 thru 19.) Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with Whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will, He brought us forth by the Word of Truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. (James 1 verse 16 thru 18.)
My Father gives you the True Bread from Heaven: For the Bread of God is He which has come down from Heaven, and gives Life unto the world. I AM the Bread which came down from Heaven: If any man eats of this Bread, he shall live for ever; and the Bread that I will give is My Flesh, which I will give for the Life of the word. Truly, Truly, I Say unto you: Except you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood you have no Life in you. (See John 6 and related verses.)
The Salvation Gift of God's Love, is expressed in the resurrected Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, for when His Word is applied within the whole of our souls, it never fails, in spite of the weaknesses of our flesh! The on going application of the antiseptic salve of Godís Love, through the Grace of the Spirit within the Blood of Jesus Christ, leads to the sanctification of the life of the soul, and the renewing of the spirit of the mind of the believer, who through new born faith in the Sacrifice of Christ Jesus for our sins, has begun to trust in the Spirit and Truth of God's spoken Word. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness: And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1st John 1 verse 9 then 7.) How often have you heard a pastor quote verse 9, and not the leading Word of God contained in verse 7, which proclaims the necessary New Covenant Blood of God's Cleansing Grace for the sin's in our flesh?
Our faith must find its center in the whole Person of Jesus Christ, so that God's Word of Sanctifying Grace, comes to rest in Jesus Christ's resurrection faith and righteousness, and not in the strength of our own presumed goodness. Jesus alone is the only Way into the kingdom of God, for no man can enter into the kingdom of His Father, unless he first passes through the Door of Life, Jesus Christ. Truly, through faith in God's resurrected Christ, we are born of the regenerative seed of the Word of God, germinated through the perfection of the Love in Jesus Christ that comes from the Father's same unselfish love.
And Jesus dismissing Himself, says: For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father, which sent Me, He gave Me a Commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His Commandment is Life Everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak. (John 12 verse 49 thru 50.)
However, God's Love and Grace can be rejected with man's continued love for selfish sin, or hidden away with false knowledge, or supplanted with man's traditions, all born out of the prideful mind of flesh, thus making the solid Rock of God's Word ineffectual for so many souls. If God is Love, and infinite Light, with no shadow or darkness within the Heart of His spoken Word, then what part of the following scripture is not Holy, absolute Truth? ďThis is My Blood of the New Covenant that is poured out for many for the remission of sin.Ē
Let's begin to reason together, and make no further grievous mistakes concerning God's Covenant Word and His Spirit of Grace, given for the salvation of sinful man. Holy, Holy, Holy God is the God of Covenant, and has Personified His New Covenant, within His Holy Son Jesus Christ made the flesh of Adam: For God's only Begotten Son is the Eternal WORD of GOD the Father Almighty. For God so Loved the world that He gave His Son and Word to be made in the flesh of Man, and being in the Perfect Love of God, Jesus was sacrificed for the sins of the world. Sin and death has no hold what so ever on the Perfect Love of God Almighty
The Holiness of God is not understood by finite man. If any man, not clothed in Jesus Christ and the Perfection of His Love, were to come into the Presence of God's Holiness, then God's absolute Holiness would destroy that man. (See Isaiah 6.) A person of faith in Jesus Christ, may not understand all that is written, or given through the Spirit of God, but wisdom would say, it is better to acknowledge our ignorance before God and man, rather than to proudly degrade the Spiritual Wisdom of the Holy undefiled spoken Word of Jesus Christ: And the WORD said, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." (Matthew 23 verse 11, NIV). ĒFor the Word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions 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". (Hebrews 4 verse 12 thru 13.)
We refuse to limit God and the Power of His Word in anyway, and the wise of heart would say, Amen. By God's Spirit of Grace and His Love, we have envisioned scriptural statements that are thought to be metaphoric, and have found them to be of Spiritual Substance, which will cut to the substance of the error of man's ignorant thoughts. When the Lord says, "I AM the Door", then believe without supposition, for He will be the Substance of that Door, which no man can open, and no man can close. I AM the Way, the I AM the Truth, and I AM the Life: No man comes unto the Father, but by Me. (John 14 verse 6.) I AM that I AM, and, I Will Be what I Will Be.
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The Elemental Origin of
Godís manifest Glory is seen in the heavens, for by the Glory of His Word (His Son Jesus Christ/Yeshua haMashiach), He created the fabric of time and planted the heavens and the earth within the flow of time: Now through His Word of Salvation, the Eternal and Almighty God reveals to His creation of mankind, Godís unsurpassing Sacrificial Love for the lost sinner of mankind. (See Hebrews 1 verse 1 thru 2, verse 8 thru 12.) Foundationally, we have already expressed that our faith, knowledge and belief, is as it is written in scripture: All things that are made, were made by God through Jesus Christ and consist in Him (as the power and light substance of God's spoken Word), and all things made are held together in obedience to HIS Eternal Word of Power.
In the beginning (of time), Elohim created the heavens and the earth.
God has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He has appointed Heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His Glory, and the expressed Image of His Person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High: (Hebrews 1 verse 1 thru 3.) And, Thou Lord in the beginning, has laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thy hands: They shall perish; but Thou shall remain; and they all shall wax old as does a garment; And as a vesture shall Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: But Thou art the Same, and Thy years shall not fail. (Hebrews 1 verse 10 thru 12.)
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, and by Him all things consist. (Colossians 1 verse 15 thru 17. ) For us there is but one God, the Father, from Whom are all things, and we in Him; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, by Whom all things came to be, and through Whom we live. (1st Corinthians 8 verse 6.)
In the beginnings of His creation, the Father of lights in His Wisdom brought forth, through the infinite power and substance of His Word, physical light with all its dimensions, seen and unseen, known and unknown. The substance of God's Light energy existed in Eternity, before God's creative Word brought forth in time the heavens and then established the order in the earth. The creative Word of God set the boundaries of the land and the water on earth, and then in His days of creation, brought forth into existence the plants and animals, and then finally the formation of Man/Adam by His own hand. In the order of all things, it should be evident that God's creative light energy, with its unlimited properties in God, is necessary for all life forms to exist.
After the fall of Adam, with his willful separation from the heart of God, all of man kind has been lost in the violence of sin's death, becoming within themselves a dark void, lacking the essential spiritual Light and Truth that only comes from the Infinite God of the living. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him (the Word); and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1 verse 1 thru 5.) He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. (John 1 verse 10.)
In God's appointed redemptive time, Yahweh God sent into this world, that great Spiritual Light of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus/Yeshua was the embodiment of Eternal Light and the pre-incarnate Word of Truth, Who came to the earth in the genetic flesh of the first Man/Adam. In the Almighty's mercy, He sent His Word to become Yahweh's Only Begotten Son, and to lead the sin captive souls of men out of their darkness and death, and into the Light of His Father's Holy and Eternal Presence. Jesus speaking to the accusing Pharisees said: I AM the Light of the world; he who follows Me, will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of Life. (John 8 verse 12.) That True Light of Christ is infinitely essential for the a new birth of the souls of human kind, so that they may live in the abundance of Life that only God can give: For this Light comes from the very Heart of the Father of Creation, and is centered upon the Almighty's great Love for the life of His creation of mankind. Therefore, Jesus Christ, God's Word of Salvation and the Life of mankind, came forth from the bosom of His Father, and with the desire of the heart of His Father, the Son of Man so desires to bring the lost children of man kind, into the bosom of His Father God Almighty. A new birth of the soul of man, is absolutely necessary, followed by the renewing of the spirit of their mind through the leading of Christ's Holy Spirit of Truth. No man has seen God at any time; the Only Begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (In full Context John 1 verse 1 thru 18.)
None of us know anything about the mind of our own small heart, let alone the great expanse of the Heart of the Infinite God Almighty. Even so, it should be evident that for our new life to continue in Christ, we must remain in the Presence of the Giver of the Light of God's Word and Eternal Son, Jesus Christ. (See Jeremiah 17 verse 9 thru 10.) For Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, and within Him there is no darkness at all. We, of the faith within Christ Jesus, have each become accountable to this great Light of Christ that God has given to us, and He desires to fully spread His Light within our own restrictive hearts.
I pray that the reader will continue to give room within your own heart, and to allow the writer to speak further on this great Light, Jesus Christ. The writing are presented for the edification for all of the living members within Christ's Body, revealing His Grace and revelation that the Lord through His Spirit of Truth birthed into the heart and soul of a living member of His Body.
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The Essence of Light.
"Now, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things that are not seen." (Hebrews 11 verse 1 KJV.)
In the beginning of our new birth, faith is a spiritual concept, as yet seemingly having no form. The abstraction of faith is birthed in the brain (mind) of man through the processing of our natural senses in relation to the environment around us. The Apostle Paul writes about Godly faith coming into our being through our hearing, and the hearing by the Word of God. Therefore, our beginning spiritual logic is that without the substance of the brain to process the hearing, sighted or tactile information, then the beginnings of abstract faith cannot exist in a person, simply because it takes the substance of the brain to process and store information, and then the mind to conceive any relative thoughts, spiritual or other wise. It is then, through the substance and inertia of the thoughts of the mind, which are electro-chemically formulated within the grey matter of the brain, that we can begin to embrace the substance of the possibilities of the spiritual, the evidence of that which is not seen by the natural eye. And so, the spiritual substance of God's Salvation faith can change the root substance of unbelief in the neuronal mind of man, and initiate the beginnings of new unseen possibilities, within the spirit mind and soul of the recipient.
And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love God, the same is known of Him. (For Amplified version see 1st Corinthian 8 verse 2 thru 3.)
On the matter of faith in the Eternal God, it is impossible to receive from the unseen Person of God, except through holy faith in Who He IS, as seen in the Spirit of His unfailing Word. Therefore, as we think or believe in the substance of the mind, and then initiate through faith in the True Word of God, so we become, through new seeing faith in the Holy One, Who promises Life more abundantly. True Godly faith, although it may not be seen, is active and alive, and moves the thoughts of the heart of the believer, into the heart of God our Savior. The birth of this unseen holy substance of faith in the promised Salvation Word of God, is prepared to wash and renew the substance of the mind and soul of our being, into the active essence of love, hope and humility through God's gift of beginning faith. But without faith it is impossible to please Him: For he that comes to God must believe that He exist, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11 verse 6.) Is it possible to see this active essence of God's fruit of God's Spirit working within the spirit of a person of faith?
We conceived within the mind the following series of paragraphs to challenge your invisible thought processes, and the powers of spiritual deductions, contained within the spirit mind of your being. Perhaps, when all is finished, the true substance of our Communion with the Spirit of our Savior and with one another, will begin to take on a different spectrum, apart from the natural senses.
To begin our perceptual exercise into faith and light, and to challenge the mindís learned understanding, let's consider a portion of the first article of the definition of the word ďSPIRITUAL.Ē 1: Of or pertaining to spirit, as distinguished from matter; having the nature of spirit; consisting of the spirit; incorporeal: not tangible or material. The definition is from the Funk and Wagnall Dictionary.
Now, with this conventional and yet linear definition established in the spiritual essence of our mind, let us reason together: Are there any unseen properties of the full spectrum of light energy, known and unknown that might be considered spiritual or having the essence of spirit? By gleaning from the science of physical light, we may have an even better perspective of the spiritual Light, which is constant in the universe and active in the Word of God. Hopefully, our little study in the greatness of our God of the creation of all things, will bring forth a greater living faith in those who believe in Him, and those who are yet in darkness.
Consider this: Without special interventions, there are elemental properties of natural light, which cannot be seen, and seemingly would fit within the definition of spiritual. The unaided eye of man can only see with the illumination of what would be understood as white light. That same white light diffused through a prism, reveals the broader color spectrum and properties of light, as expressed in the colors of the rainbow. The simple prism began to expand our understanding of light energy, and revealed what was hidden from our natural view.
And so, this same multiple expression of white light, seen by its refraction through the prism, is also seen through its illumination of matter, as it interacts with our surroundings. The whole of the earth, glories in color through the full spectrum of emitted light energy, as seen through the eye, and processed by the brains visual system. Remarkably, this glorious photoelectric processing in the mind of man, is only partially understood in medical science. And the Creator God, Who created the eye, said by the Power of His Eternal Spirit: "Let there be light".
There are other multiple expressions of light energy, more appropriately known scientifically as electromagnetic radiation, all of which remains totally invisible to the naked eye. It is only through the instruments of spectroscopy that the diverse natures of light are known to exist through their exertion of measurable and observable force. Generally, the remainder of the electromagnetic spectrum consists of gamma rays, x-rays, infrared, micro-waves, radio waves and ultraviolet radiation. The smallest unit of this measurable light or electromagnetic force is called a photon. Remarkably for our consideration, the photon, as quantum light, is now considered as multi-phased, exhibiting both properties of wave energy, and particle energy at the same time. In this case, could the wave energy, having no matter, be considered spiritual? But then again, neither the wave energy nor the particle energy can be seen, in what science defines as a photon. In all cases of the electromagnetic spectrum of radiation, every one of the forms of light energy, without adequate protection can absolutely kill all life forms. The linear definition seen in the dictionary of that, which is defined as spiritual and is made acceptable in the mind of man, is not definitive in the light of all things and how all things came into existence. The Eternal Creator God is absolute Light, and by His Word brought forth light energy and the substance of all that exists. Now, if this faith premise can be received as spiritually unseen, and yet is substantial truth by what is manifested in the earth and the heavens, then what is the relative substance of the Word of God? The incarnate Man, Jesus Christ, the very Word of God, says, I AM the Light of the world; and, "I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me". (John 8 verse 12 and chapter 14 verse 7).
No human can live, let alone come into the presence of the Infinite radiation and holiness of the unchangeable Lord God Almighty, except that a person be made in the image of Jesus Christ, the Light and Savior of this darkened world of sinners. If Faith has a substance, then so does the Truth, for the Spirit and the Truth are one, being made flesh and blood in the embodiment of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. Therefore, the substance of the Way and the Truth and the Life, is one substance in the Word of God made flesh and blood, and is not a passive allegory for carnal man to trivialize in their understanding of spiritual.
Moving on in our relative spatial time, we know that energy can change the state of matter. For an example: In a fluorescent tube, when the flow of electric energy is applied to the gaseous matter through the electrode, their atoms are excited and emit photons causing the gas to fluoresce into different colors, depending on the elemental gas. The colors in order of discovery were blue (Mercury), white (Carbon dioxide), gold (Helium), and red (Neon). God's light energy, physical or spiritual, can change our perspective of possibilities, when brought to conception within the substance of the mind. The substance of our thoughts can be changed, when we begin to search for Truth with all of our hearts, and when we find and receive the absolute Truth, Jesus Christ, then the light of the Truth within God's Spirit of Grace begins to illuminate our understanding, and sets about the liberation of our darkened hearts. Then shall you call upon Me, and you shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And you shall seek Me, and find Me when you shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, says the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity. (Jeremiah 29 verse 12 thru 14 .)
The unseen God, by His Word of Power, is the Creator of the seen and the unseen. In the rush of this natural life, we tend to take so many things for granted, and fail to behold the unseen supernatural Grace of God, working for our good. For that matter, in our natural earthly setting, we may not necessarily see, or comprehend the power and energy that is necessitated in the change of the elemental natures of matter. If we have so little understanding for God's Glory and Power revealed in nature, how then do we comprehend the Glory and Power of the Word of God that changes willing hearts? The power, we seek to know, is revealed in the Person of Jesus Christ, Who is the Light of the World, and the WORD, born the Son of God. With faith, we began to understand that the scriptures, although inertly written with ink upon paper, spiritually became actively alive within our hearts, with the Water of the Word of God remaining fluid in the presence of the Power of God's Holy Spirit of Grace, to wash and renew hearts and minds that remain open to the Love of the Father God.
With the water of the Word of God in mind, let us present a metaphoric illustration of the unseen power of the universe, to help make a change comparison, of the natural to the supernatural, and then give an opportunity for the natural mind, to either fathom or reject the potential for the supernatural. In our simple example of change in the natural; one atom of hydrogen and two atoms of oxygen, bond to form one molecule of water H2O. Electrons orbiting the nuclei of an atom's outer rings are the principle agent of molecular bonding. Each elemental gas of Hydrogen and Oxygen gives up its solitary existence, and unites to form one molecule of water. The abundance of liquid Water is essential for all life. Freeze the water, and it exist or is transfigured into another state of solid ice, without noticeable fluidity, that is, until an outside heat force greater than 32 degrees Fahrenheit is applied. Near earth's ground zero, when heat energy equal or greater than 212 Fahrenheit degrees is applied to water, then the liquid is charged to a boil, and gaseous steam is emitted. In any state, whether it be liquid, gaseous or frozen, it is still H2O, regardless of the natural energy that is applied to its elemental nature, electrolysis not with standing. So then, what is the state of your faith's understanding of the potential of the Water of the Word of God; frozen cold, or fluid and charged with expectancy? Can the degree of a man's faith in the Word of God, limit God's response to that faith in anyway? (For a few frozen examples see (Matthew 13 verse 54 thru 58), (Luke 16 verse 29 thru 31), (Revelation 3 verse 15 thru 16), See the Israelites in the desert, Adam and Eve in the Garden).
In the Lord's Transfiguration on the mount when Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus Christ, what was the substance of His transfigured Being in those moments of time? (See Matthew 17 verse 1 thru 6.) Within the infinite substance of His Person - when the risen Jesus Christ first appeared to the apostles in the upper room - was He physical or spiritual? Then again, is the Light of the world, and the Creator of the universe, limited only to the form of our defined understanding and knowledge of the spiritual? Was He not glorified in both the spiritual and physical at the same time through the Holy Spirit of God Who was One within the Son of God and the Son of Man? Once again, if our understanding is limited in the natural world, then what do you suppose the degree of our ignorance might be in the supernatural realm of the WORD of GOD, the Creator of all things? Finite man, must plead his overall ignorance, to the glorious Word of God that maintains the universe, and yet looks into the very depths of the heart of man, and can the bring light in the hearing of faith to the substance of the mind. But, behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I Am well pleased; hear you Him." (Matthew 17 verse 5.) The I AM that I AM, the only True Constant of the universe is the Light of the world, and is only limited in the closed heart of the person, who remains frozen in unbelief, and that person does not even know the substance of their own soul, and whose thoughts remain oblivious to the Infinite substance and power, which is contained in the Word of God.
Seek you the LORD, while He may be found, call you upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My Thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My Mouth: It shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing where I sent it. (Isaiah 55 verse 6 thru 11.)
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The Universal Law
Truly, Truly, I say unto you; except a kernel of wheat
fall into the ground and die, it abides alone:
but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.
(John 12 verse 24.)
Finite man, who lives in four space time dimensions, has an unfathomable dilemma in searching out the beginnings of time, let alone the Infinite's dwelling Place of Power. Through an inquiring mind, the physicist, in the search for the origins of the universe, has acquired a natural faith from knowledge and experimentation, and is only now beginning to have an understanding of the never-ending realm of light, matter and energy. In Einstein's equation E=mc2, that is Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared, consider that in another theoretical possibility that all that is encompassed within the substance of the symbolic equation, is imprinted within the genesis seed that spawns the universe through the Infinite Power of the Infinite God's spoken Word. All that is known and unknown, within the enter-changeableness of matter, light and energy, is pregnant with the expectancy of the return of one substance into a multitude of substance. In the physical world, all matter and energy performs according to the design potential of God's Word of abundance and increase, through a cycle of renewal.
The seeding principle, that we see in John 12 verse 24, Truly, Truly, I say unto you; except a kernel of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit, is elemental to the understanding of our spiritual faith in the Power of the Word of the only Infinite God of creation. Man's theoretical science of space and time, need not be a stumbling block of fear to our Christian faith, but may set a sure foundation in the inquiring mind with a definitive answer to what can not be absolutely clarified in the Scripture's of Genesis. Even theoretical science can glorify our Infinite God, so long as the theory does not detract from the truth of what was written in scripture, nor set at naught the Infinite God of our affection.
Let's explore a portion of the theories. A Christian, Dr. Hugh Ross, PhD in physics, the founder of "Reasons to Believe", has become very impressed with the mathematical propositions in "String Theory". For the physicist, these new theoretical and mathematical expressions seem to bring together, Einstein's Special and General Relativity equations with Quantum theories, into the possibilities of creation within 10-space time dimensions. Because of their observations, combined with these inclusive theories and mathematical calculations, many astrophysicist have now theorized that the universe, indeed had a beginning, and was initiated out of the void of nothing, from a genesis seed of infinitely small dimensions with unfathomable density, containing infinite power with the design exponentials for the universe. A mouth full, but very simply; the ultimate conclusion in the theory, is that for matter to even exist in the very precise beginnings of the so called "Big Bang", there had to be a Designer of that genesis seed containing the blueprint of the universe.
We will speculate a little with the theory of the inexplicable, even as the Infinite Designer provided the fuel for thought in the beginning script within the beginning Words of the book of Genesis, for: In the beginning, God (Elohim) (ALEPHא TAV ת) created the heaven and the earth. What is, "In the beginning", if not time itself? For anything to exist of the universe, there first had to be a beginning of time, and if there is a beginning of flowing time there can be an end to the spandex space fabric, known only to its Creator. Now out of the beginning void within the space time fabric, the Word of God planted the infinitely small genesis seed of the universe with its unfathomable density, that contained the design exponentials of power for the changing substance of the universe.
In the explosive death of that solitary Word seed of God, the whole universe exploded into existence within space time. We should consider without fear, that the genesis seed of the universe, was planted through the unknowable-dimensional power of the Word of the Infinite God of creation. The Christian astrophysicist, Dr. Hugh Ross, proposes in the string theory that the omnipresent God operates efficiently within the theories 10 space-time dimensional beginnings, and at least an 11th dimension or its equivalence.
Well, for the present time period, let the astrophysicist continue to search in futility for answers in theoretical science as they theorize their suppositions without a True Foundation in the Infinite Truth of the Eternal Almighty God. The obvious fact remains that there were no finite human beings present at the beginning of time to record God's timeless day of the creation event. If the timeless Infinite God of creation abides in Eternity, then one day is as if it were a thousand years, and a thousand years as if it were a day. (See 2nd Peter 3 verse 8.) Infinity, has no limiting definition of space and time, and within Infinity there is no definitive ground zero for the seed planting of the universe. Mathematically, the sum gain of infinity's infinite numbers is always Zero, and Zero does not work in Astrophysics, and therefore the mathematical search for the "Theory of Everything" will always end in the futility of knowing that the defining mathematical equations always end in ∞ Infinity. Simple examples of balanced equations of infinities infinite numbers: +1 -1=0, +.00000123 -.00000123=0, etc ad-infinitim. In simple or spatial mathematics Zero equals infinity, and if the physicist's mathematical equations all end in Zero then there is no theory apart from the Infinite God Almighty. For in Fact, every thing is from the Infinite God, Who created all things including the spatial time fabric of His universe, by and through the Infinite Power of His timeless Word of ∞.
Augustine of Hippo writes in the 2nd Book of The City of God: "What kind of days these were, it is extremely difficult, or perhaps impossible for us to conceive, and how much more to say!" The timing in the beginnings of Creation is in the Infinite God's relative time, and not in the common man's notion of measured time revolving around the earth's movement around the sun; for the sun with the moon became evident on the fourth day of God's creation. Therefore, with a cautious mind, we might concur with some of the scientific thought possibilities for the beginning of creation; for we with Paul might say, that "by faith we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11 verse 3. ESV.) The unproven theory of the big bang neither hampers our understanding of the Glory of the Almighty God, nor does it deter from the scriptures as they have been given to us, "for in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth". The God ordained seeding process, instituted by His Word, continues unabated in His universal plan of increase.
For by Him (Jesus Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1 verse 16 thru 17 NIV.)
Let it be established within the core of our minds, which is the heart of our thinking, that the only True Constant of the universe is the WORD of GOD, and without the WORD, nothing is constant, and nothing would exist. Is it any wonder that the scientist are baffled with the unseen dark energy and dark matter, that in their reasonable hypothesis, holds the universe together? Then too, if one does not understood that Jesus Christ (Yeshua ha Machiach), is the expressed Person of the WORD of GOD conceived in the flesh of Man, then that individual will not remain constant in Him, and the mind's blasť attitude toward the Word of God, will not be able to retain the spiritual substance of God's Salvation Word of Truth. (See Matthew 13 verse 18 thru 22.)
Unto His Son, God says:
Thou O Lord, in the beginning has laid the foundation of the earth; and
the heavens are the works of Thine hands:
They shall perish; but Thou shall remain; and they all shall wax old as does a garment;
And as a vesture shall Thou fold them up,
and they shall be changed: but
Thou Art the Same,
and Thy years shall not fail.
(Hebrews 1 verse 10 thru 12.)
The universe is massive beyond our understanding. Some of the astrophysicists have hypothesized that the universe in time, may be as old as fourteen billion years of age, and then if the universe had a beginning then it is is not from everlasting to everlasting. As such, there are many physicist that believe that the universe is growing older, and may have an end when the lights of the stars go out leaving a cold dead dark place. But our God "is" from everlasting to everlasting, and the Infinite does not change his Mind. His purpose is unchangeable in any space time continuum and His power is that of the Infinite God, Who inhabits Eternity. There are certain quantum calculations that always end with incalculable infinity, which would be appropriate, seeing that the Infinite God Almighty and Creator of all things cannot be calculated. The Infinite God of Creation is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, and the Aleph Tav of Infinity, Who exists in Eternity before all things of His incalculable creation. (See again Prelude to Light.)
In God Almighty's Infinite Power, the fabric of the universe, like an old piece of cloth, can be rolled up like a scroll or shaken like a rag. Indeed, the physicist believes that space and time is like an unseen space time fabric within the universe, and this structure containing all things is held together by dark matter and dark energy. Without this unseen dark matter and energy, the universe would fly apart, for gravity, by itself, could not hold any of the stars together within the galaxies. We can see for ourselves that the physicist's answer to the unseen dark energy question, lies in this scripture statement where: All things were created by Him, and for Him: He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. The Infinite God existed before His creation of all thing of a universe composed on the parchment of time. Infinity has no time and can not be defined by any means within the knowledge of finite man.
Therefore, we believe that the Infinite God of Light, is not confined to His creation or any time restraints, but works within the elemental, and yet apart from that which He has established through the dynamic dimensions of His Word of Power. Seeing that God and His Word, Jesus Christ has no limits or boundaries known unto man, then it is quite possible for elemental substance to have two distinct natures of spiritual and physical at the same instant of time, as noted in our illustration of light energy measured in the photon. Armed with this perception on light, the people of God may be confident in our perception of the One True God, being multidimensional beyond our understanding, and yet One at the same time. For Christ Jesus is the Image of the invisible God. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him. (See Colossians 1 verse 15, 1st Corinthians 8 verse 6.) Note also, that the churches spiritual conception of the unseen soul of man, being born again through the dimensions of the Light of the Word of the Eternal Father, is elemental in thought principles of Faith in Almighty God.
Obviously, in our physical environment, there are so many things we do not see, and yet, because of the communications of science, we have the beginnings of a faith in the existence of the unseen realms about us. In most cases, we are just beginning to comprehend aspects of the unseen universe, as we marvel at what science has shown us, through man's inventions of the light microscope and telescopes. That which is small and could not be seen, has been given new dimensions, and that which is far away, has been seen with a much grander perspective.
The crux of the matter is that our natural sensual perceptions, may deceive us concerning the whole story of the dimensions of natural light, and ultimately that Spiritual or unseen Light, which is founded in Faith in the power of the Word of God and the Master of His Creation. We are like the Lord's disciple, Thomas; if we do not see with our own eyes, and touch with our own hands, then our tendency is not to believe. And yet, the abiding Presence of the Comforter and Teacher of God's Word, has given to us the spiritual evidence of His Mercy and Love that Graces each of His believers, so that faithful hearts would have inspired faith in the unfailing Word of God. If the Gift of the unseen Presence of God's Holy Spirit of Grace and Truth is given to us finite beings of new born faith, then what part of our being does His Holy Spirit reside within? In the dimensions of God, there are so many mysteries that we can not fully understand, but they are accepted as a relative part of our faith through the Spirit of God's Word of Salvation that gives sight to the blind of unbelief. The quantum calculations of the physicist, beginning with a point of zero and ending in infinity, declares that something can not come from nothing. Even so, God's Infinite power is displayed in a universe that could not exist without Him.
So many Christians, under rote teachings, say that all things are possible through the Infinite Power of God Almighty Who Loves us, but then where is the faith that speaks of the dimensional possibilities of the Communion bread and wine that is Sanctified through the Infinite's Spirit of Grace? And what do you say of the unseen dynamics of the same Word of God that ministers through His Holy Spirit of Grace, Sanctification to the flesh of the repentant soul, and thereby revealing to the observant non believer, of the body of evidence that shows the abundance of Love and Mercy within the Heart of God? Is not the Blood of Jesus Christ, and the Word, and the Holy Spirit One witness of God's absolute Truth, establishing the measure of the Infinite God's Love for sinful man? Spiritual man or woman of God; what is it that you see in the reflection of God's Word? For the Word of God reads: Thou shall Love/Agapeo the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind and strength; and then thou shall Love thy fellow man as thy self. Exactly! Therefore, the servants in the house of God, certainly have great need for the mitigating Blood of the New Covenant, given to us, by the Grace of Godís Perfect Salvation Word for the remission of sin.
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Knowledge puffs up the Mind of Flesh.
Scientific knowledge of the world and cosmos has exploded upon our present day scene. This acquired knowledge may expand the natural mind of a man, but it does not expand the narrow and darkened heart of the man who will perish in spite of his acquired knowledge of the natural. Do you think that the Infinite Creator of this Universe, and the Creator of all things visible and invisible, is impressed with our finite knowledge of His Creation? All knowledge that is cultured with the pride of human logic, sooner than later, contradicts the infinite God, and questions the Creator's Own understanding of His Own Word of absolute Truth that holds all things together. This questioning of the all wise God originated in the Garden of Eden from its source of Satan, and continues to echo from hell, whose proximity is just around the corner. "Did the Lord God really say, and mean what He said? Nah: Choose for yourself."
God is not a contradiction to Himself, and neither is the revealed Word of God a contradiction to the unsearchable knowledge, power and the glory, ascribed to the Creator through His Truth expressed in the heavens and written in Scripture. The wisdom of this world perishes, but the Wisdom of God is eternal. After all, if you have ears to hear, the heaven's are declaring God's glory and power: (See Psalm 19 verse 1 thru 4.) For it is by the constancy of God's Word that all things exist, and are held together in obedience to His Word of Power and Wisdom. The Truth of God's Word remains constant because He is Constant with an unchangeableness in the essence of His Eternal Holiness. God cannot but remain faithful to His divine Word and purpose in His creation, for God and His Word are One.
Alas, it is unfaithful man, mired in the center of self that innately forms within his own willful mind, objections and contradictions to God and to His Word. Man's own self serving iniquity has blinded his mind, causing man kind's own idolatrous failures. But the Grace of God's Spirit calls the lost soul to begin to comprehend within his darkened heart, of his eternal need for God's Work of Salvation through the crucified, death and resurrection of the Son of Man, God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. The crucified Christ is foolishness in the wisdom of man, but God's Wisdom is a work of Divine Agapao/Love and mercy that if any person would hear God's call to His Sacrificial Offering of His Spirit of Grace in the Christ of God, then that Divine Grace would bring that person into an intimacy with the Eternal God, through His Son Jesus Christ, Who has conquered our sin and death. (See 1st Corinthians 1 verse 17 thru 25.) Thus says the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glories,, glory in this; that he understands and knows Me, that I AM the Lord Who exercises loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth: For in these things I delight, says the Lord. (See Jeremiah 9 verse 23 thru 25.) If man does not answer Wisdom's call to God's Word of repentance and Salvation, then at the end, man will inevitably find himself to be the enigma, in final opposition to himself, through his rebellious opposition to the only God of the Living. The wisdom of the wisest of men does not make one indispensible to the all wise God. I wonder whatever became of the man Solomon, a son of David, who saw himself in his wisdom, indispensible to the plan of Yahweh God?
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen; yes, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are, so that no flesh should glory in His presence. (1st Corinthians 1 verse 25 thru 29.)
Within the cultural religions of Christianity, the institutional leaders are each right in their own eyes. It is man's assessed correctness, confined to his own myopic vision and finite knowledge that creates contradictions in opposition to God's Eternal Covenant that brings freedom from sin's bondage. Within our minds of flesh, it is good to have an ongoing working knowledge of what is written in scripture: Nevertheless, it is far better in simple application, to have a heart that is one with the Spirit of God, Who brings enrichment to the soul that would rest in the Love of God that surpasses our understanding. Knowledge makes one proud, but sacrificial Love builds one up. If any man think that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he aught to know: For if any man Loves God, the same is known of Him. (1st Corinthians 8 verse 1 thru 3.) He is the Source of your Life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our wisdom, our Righteousness and Sanctification and Redemption: Therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord". (1st Corinthians 1 verse 30 thru 31.) Paul, in his epistle, is referring to the same Scripture from Jeremiah that we have already seen above: Let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I AM the LORD, which exercise Loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth: For in these things I delight; declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 9 verse 24.)
The scholars, pastors, evangelist and teachers of scripture, having a knowledge of the history and the languages of the bible, have, by whatever gifted means, assisted each and everyone of us in attaining knowledge of the events and instructions of scripture, all of which tends to establish faith. But, even in our hearing of the instructions and being immersed in the written Word; God is the only One Who can create a new life in Christ Jesus, and expand the humble heart that is yielded in God's Covenant within Him. Paul writing to the Corinthian says: I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planted any thing, neither he that waters; but God, Who gives the increase. (1st Corinthian 3 verse 6 thru 7.) God, in all instances of Salvation, provides the Good Seed, which is His Word and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Through God's reproductive design, His Covenant Word, seeded in the soul and mind of man, is to reproduce the likes of Paul the planter, and Apollos the one who waters, and you and me who are all to have the likeness of the Image of the Love of God, in Jesus Christ.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is Perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. (1st Corinthians 13 verse 9 thru 10.)
Wisdom would say, if we would be perfect then the Love/Agapao of the perfect Son of God would abide in our hearts, for:
God's Perfect Love (Agapao ) suffers long, and is kind; Love envies not; Love vaunts not itself, Love (Agape) is not puffed up, Agapao does not behave itself unseemly, Love seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, Agapao thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but love (agape) rejoices in the Truth; Love (agape) bears all things, Love believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Agape never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. And now abides faith, hope, Love (Agape) , these three; but the greatest of these is Agape/Love. (1st Corinthians 13 verse 4 thru 8 and verse 13.)
Owe nothing to anyone except to Love/Agapao one another; for he who Loves/Agapao his neighbor has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13 verse 8.) NASB.
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore Love/Agapao is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13 verse 10.) NASB.
For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ďYou shall love/agapao your neighbor as yourself.Ē (Galatians 5 verse 14,) NASB.
If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, ďYou shall Love/Agapao your neighbor as yourself,Ē you are doing well. (James 2 verse 8.) NASB.
The Lord Jesus, the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life of men says; "I AM the Vine, and without Me you can do nothing." (See John 15 verse 1 thru 5.) Jesus states a very logical premise: Without the Vine, there is no production of fruit. If God is Love then He is Perfect Love, and without this Love/Agapao of God working within the hearts of men, then it must be that mankind are absent from the vine and the production of God's Perfect Love is impossible. Without the Holy Spirit of the Word of God, even with the hard work and seemingly good intentions of our human instructors of the scriptures, then essentials can be misconstrued in the communication and interpretation of words, and human error is reinforced with a dogmatic position of more error. Knowledge puffs up, but agape love edifies. If any man thinks that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet, as he ought to know. However, if any man Agape Loves God, the same is known of Him. (1st Corinthians 8 verse 1 thru 3.) And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Agape Love, I am nothing. (1st Corinthians 13 verse 2.) The dynamics of one word of one language of the bible, can be lost in the translation into another, and the natural man in us, can pass over one vital point, and miss the essential heart of the matter that should make us all one, within our faith in the one Christ Jesus. For There is one Body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4 verse 4 thru 6.)
However, in our confusion of our own individual fleshly thoughts of what is right and wrong, I'm afraid that in our divisiveness, we have substituted our own doctrines, and dispensed with the Lord's sanctifying Words of Covenant instructions, leading up to, and during His last supper with His disciples. As the Word of God implies: The cultural traditions, and the understanding of man, can make the Word of God non effectual within the heart of man. (See Mark 7 verse 13.) In the following verse, Paul is dealing sharply with the permissive licentiousness within the Corinthian church and their not understanding the power of the Love of God to separate man from their sin. 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, for you are to be unleavened. For even Christ our Passover, is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep 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.) The Unleavened Bread of our Communion within our Lord Jesus Christ, the True Bread of Heaven, coupled with repentance from sin, is our assurance of God's cleansing Mercy and Grace through the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, so that our souls remain in God's Kingdom of Peace.
Is it not time to put away the prideful intellectual leaven of the flesh that puffs up, divides and separates the bread, for Jesus Christ our Passover, is sacrificed for us sinners? Shall we continue in sin that so easily entraps us? God forbid: For now in the fullness of God's Covenant of Grace in the Blood of Jesus Christ, we are to be abiding as One in Christ, in the fullness of His holiness.
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Doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me.
(See John 7 verse 16 thru 18.)
First we should search out and hear the whole of the Matter, and then consider God Almighty's Eternal Words of Infinite Power and Truth, as revealed by Moses and later reiterated by the Apostle Peter:
Yahweh thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him you shall hearken; And the Lord Said unto me: They have well spoken: I will raise them up a Prophet from among the brethren, like into thee, and I 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. (See Deuteronomy 18 verse 15 thru 19.) How foolish it would be for one to hear the Word of God revealed by His Spirit of Truth, and then not believe the Words of that Prophet Jesus Christ, the Last Adam, for He is none other than the Incarnate Son and the Very Word of God Almighty.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
John the Baptist testifies that Yahweh God sent His Holy One from heaven to be born of Adam's flesh and to proclaim the Word of God's Salvation. For He [Jesus/Yeshua] Whom God has sent, speaks the Words of God: For God gives not His Spirit by measure unto Him. (See John 3 verse 31 thru 36.) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His Glory, as of the only Begotten of the Father) full of Grace and full of Truth. (See John 1 verse 14 thru 15.) And Jesus, the Personal Word and the Christ of Almighty God declares:
Even as the Father Said unto Me, so I speak.
(See John 12 verse 50.)
God Who at sundry times and in various manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He has appointed Heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds. (See Hebrews 1 verse 1 thru 2 and verse 10.) 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.
The Lord Jesus Christ, being the Word of God's Infinite Truth, created all things of the universe and the world, within the fabric of time. When His Father God Almighty sent His Word to the earth, Jesus Christ created a fire storm among the religious of His day, and the fire continues to rage into this present time.
I AM that Bread of Life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the Bread which comes down from heaven (from the Father) that a man may eat there of, and not die. I AM the Living Bread, which came down from heaven: if any man eats of this Bread, he shall live forever: and the Bread that I will give is My Flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us His flesh to eat? Then Jesus Said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man, and drink of His Blood, you have no Life in you. Whoso eats My Flesh, and drinks My Blood, has Eternal Life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My Flesh is Food indeed, and My Blood is Drink indeed. He that eats of My Flesh, and drinks of My Blood, dwells in Me, and I in him. (John 6 verse 48 thru 51.)
Upon hearing the Words of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of Adam, many of the Lord's followers, murmured among themselves, not discerning the significance of this absolute Truth, nor the One Who spoke the Words of His Father God Almighty. Then Jesus, the True Bread of Heaven Said to them: Does this offend you? What, and if you shall see the Son of Man/Adam ascend up where He was before? It is the Spirit that quickens (makes alive); your flesh profits nothing: The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life. It is Holy God's Spirit that gives Life, and without the Holy Spirit's Life, we are dead. Now then, even as Jesus the Christ of God asked the Jews of His day, He asks you: Are you offended? And where did the True Bread of Heaven come from in the first place? The answer is in the question of one's faith. Do you, in the True Faith of God, believe that the Eternal Word of God came down from heaven to become the flesh of the Son of Adam through the Shekinah Glory of Holy God's Spirit of Life that encompassed the virgin Mary? Now then, do you in True faith in following the Word of God, eat in humility of the True Unleavened Bread of Heaven and drink of His Life Blood that God's unseen Holy Spirit of Grace gives to believers in Holy Communion?
Even as the handling of this specific Word of the Lord Jesus Christ, was an offense to the darkened minds of those who initially followed the Lord, so it remains today a stumbling block, to those teachers, who are wise in their own eyes, but not spiritually discerning of the absolute, "Amen", of the Words of the Eternal Power that created the substance of the universe. The brightness of the mind of many religious philosopher, has been darkened spiritually, by their unbelief in the constancy of the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ: For the Word of the Almighty God upholds all things in the universe, and all things consist of His Word, and are obedient to God's Word of Power. (See Colossians 1 verse 16 thru 18.) If the matrix of the grey matter of the brain of the teacher is darkened, because of ingrained philosophical religious confusion, then their teachings have become, not only an offense of stumbling to themselves, but also to those that they lead in the pride of their own light. But Jesus, the Light of the World says of the confusion: If the light that is in thee be darkness, then how gross is that darkness? (See Matthew 6 verse 22 thru 23.) The sin of unbelief always covers itself in the darkness of the individualist mind that remains set in self centered idolatry. The awareness of SELF is never totality obliterated, but the matter of 'self will' is that it should be in subjection to the Good Will of God Almighty.
Moreover, brethren, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the Cloud and in the Sea; And did all eat the same spiritual food; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. (1st Corinthian 10 verse 1 thru 5.)
Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, alludes to some obvious, extreme sanctions concerning Communion with God, but apart from that grievous admonition, let me ask you: How often did the Israelites eat and drink from the provisions of God while they were on their desert journey? Then how often do you think that the baptized in the Lord's death, should eat and drink of God's Holy Provisions at His Holy Table of Grace during our journey in this life? If we are going to gather together as a family within Father God's Holy House, then we had better be prepared in our mind's heart to receive His provisions, or else we are just having a religious meeting of divided hearts within a community building made of the sands of the earth.
Wherefore, let him that thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall. There has been no temptation overtaken you, except such is common to man: But God is Faithful Who will not permit you to be tempted above that which you are able, but with the temptation He has already provided The Way of escape that you may be able to bear it. (1st Corinthians 10 verse 10 thru 14.) There is not a way, as in many ways of escaping sin's enticements, but only God's Way of the Truth of the Living Word that is Christ Jesus.
Where then is your faith in the Way of Christ Jesus?
Paul, after giving warnings of the damming ways of idolatry to the Corinthian church, then continues to show the Corinthian church that the only Way of escaping sin's judgment is through God's Communion Covenant that maintains Holy God Almighty's New Relational Covenant with the believers of fallen mankind: "I speak as to wise men: Judge you what I say. The cup of blessing, which we bless, is this not our Communion in the Blood of Jesus Christ? The Bread which we break, is it not the Communion of the Body of Christ?" (1st Corinthians 10 verse 15 thru 16.) The answer in faith should be a resounding "Oh Yes", "Amen", but unfortunately the answer for many is muddled in the sensual questioning mind of man that may say yeah, with a qualified but,---Jesus didn't really mean exactly what He said. So then, with the conceited wisdom of the day's vain leaders, they presume to bless the cup with a token blessing, but only as an innocuous symbol of no consequence. Ah, but there are consequences for the teachers of the pews of unbelief in the Word of God. Like the Apostle Paul, I know for a certainty of the following unqualified absolute TRUTH of the WAY of the Eternal WORD of God, for Jesus Christ declares in His Father's authority: "Drink you all of it; For this is My Blood of the new Covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28). The Spirit of the Word of God makes straight the Way of Paul's foundational Premise, for Christ Jesus is the Way and the only Way to Yahweh His Holy Father God Almighty. If we have pondered the full context of 1st Corinthians 10 correctly, then we will begin to see some of the examples of Israel's idolatry and why God was displeased and destroyed many of the Israelites in the wilderness.
I AM The Way, The Truth, and the Life of man: No one comes to the Father but by Me.
Now then, where is the wise man's judgment? If you say you have no sin then you are deceived and the TRUTH is not in you. Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is Faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make the WAY to escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1st Corinthians 10 verse 12 thru 13.)
Let us open the eyes of our heart a little wider, and see a number of times in John's Gospel that Jesus Christ, the Word of God, makes it crystal clear, that the WORDS He speaks, are His Father's very own Personal Instructions. Quite naturally through His Divine heritage, Jesus Christ is the WORD of the Father, and the Spirit of the WORD that He speaks, is absolutely THE WAY that is One with His Father's Heart and Doctrine of the Life within His Son.
The first occasion of confirmation that Jesus is the Word of His Father God, takes place at the Feast of Tabernacles, when Jesus answered them and Said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do His will he shall know of the doctrine, whether the doctrine be of God, or if I speak of Myself." (See in full context John 7 verse 14 thru 18.) Then [again] cried Jesus in the temple as He taught, saying, You both know Me, and you know whence I AM: and I AM not come of Myself, but He that sent Me is True, Whom you know not. But I know Him: For I AM from Him, and He has sent Me. (See John 7 verse 28 thru 29.)
The second occasion of offense to the Jews, happened a day after that same Feast of Tabernacles. At this time, the Pharisees are questioning the validity of the Word of Jesus Christ. Then Jesus Said unto them: When you have lifted up the Son of Man/Adam, then shall you know that I AM He (the Christ of God) and that I do nothing of Myself: But as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things. (See John 8 verse 25-30.) I speak that which I have seen with My Father: And you do that which you have see with your father. They answered and said unto Him; Abraham is our father. Jesus Said unto them: If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a man that has told you the Truth, which I have heard of (Yahweh) God. This did not Abraham. You do the deeds of your father. (See John 8 verse 38 thru 47.) You are of your father the devil.
The third occasion of offense to the Jews, happened just before the Passover Feast: It is here that the Lord Jesus testifies: "For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father Who sent Me, He gave Me a Commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His Commandment is Life Everlasting: Whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father Said unto Me, so I speak". (The full context John 12 verse 44 thru 50.) In Verse 48 Jesus says; He that rejects Me, and receives not My Words, has One that will judge him: The Word that I have spoken, the Same shall judge him in the last day. The reader should again consider the fearful Word of God Almighty in Deuteronomy 18 verse 15 thru 19.)
The fourth occasion is witnessed at the Lord's last Pascal Supper: Do you not believe that I AM in the Father, and the Father in Me? The Words that I speak unto you, I speak not of Myself, but the Father that dwells in Me, He does the works. (John 14 verse 10.)
The fifth occasion is also witnessed by His disciples during the time of the Passover of Unleavened Bread which will later be called the Lord's Last Supper. Jesus answered and Said unto him (Judas, not Iscariot): "If a man love Me, he will keep My Words, and My Father will Love him, and We will come unto him and make Our abode with him. He that loves Me not, keeps not My sayings: and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me." (John 14 verse 23 thru 24,) How utterly unfortunate that man, in his own dark wisdom, negates the New Covenant Mercy and Grace of the Word of God, even when the Lord Jesus the Christ of God is delivering the Word of His Father at His Paschal Supper as the Holy Word of God. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6 verse 23.)
The Lord Jesus' last testimony to His Father's Doctrine is during the latter part of the Paschal Supper witnessed in John's Gospel. During the Lord Jesus' High Priestly prayer to His Holy Father God, we hear: "Now they know that everything You have given Me, comes from You. For I have given unto them the Words which Thou gave Me, and they have received them, and know surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou did send Me". (John 17 verse 7 thru 8,). The Lord's Words at His Passover Table of Unleavened Bread, like all of His Instructions, are the Words of His Father Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh God Almighty: Take and drink all of you: For this is My Blood of the New Covenant that is poured out for many for the remission of sin.
In our earthly wisdom, we can foolishly play with God's Word of Power, and to our peril, negate the Wisdom that is in the Divine WORD. But come, let's continue to amplify the Wisdom of the WORD of God so that we might hear our Savior and the Christ of God clearly say again: "My Doctrine is not Mine but His (The Father) that sent Me". Now again we witness from Deuteronomy chapter 18, that Holy Father God would send His Word to become like the flesh of Moses,, and declared definitively of the Man: "Whosoever will not hearken unto My Words, which He shall speak in My Name, I will require it of him". The requirement is execution.
As a testimony to the Faithful Power of the Word of God, we see that the Lord Jesus Christ multiplied the five barley loafs of bread and the two fishes, that were sufficient to feed five thousand men and family members. Then there were some of those same men, whom He fed, when wondering among them selves, said: This is of a truth, that this is the Prophet which should come into the world. In the Gospel of John chapter five, we see the Lord Jesus giving witness to those who sought to take His Life, saying to them: Search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are that which testifies of Me. And the Father Himself, Who has sent Me, has borne Witness of Me.
Again, at Pentecost, during the birth of the Ecclesia/of Christ, the Apostle Peter boldly witnesses of God's Promised One Whom Moses declared would come in the likeness of his flesh. Peter repeats the same all encompassing passage found in Deuteronomy 18: For Moses truly said unto the fathers: A Prophet, shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall you hear 'in all things', whatsoever He shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that every soul, which will not hear that Prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. (Acts 3 verse 22 thru 23.)
Please take special note that Peter cries out to the gathered throng, declaring that every soul is to hear in all - things whatsoever He (The Word of God) shall Say unto you? Do you not see the emphasis on "hear all things", for whatever God's Prophet speaks, He speaks in the Name of the Almighty God. The Almighty has given His only begotten Son, Jesus/Yeshua His own Personal Instructions for humanity's salvation and sanctification within His Word. For God has given Him (Jesus the Christ) Authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man/Adam. (John 5 verse 27.) King David, would absolutely concur: For a thousand years earlier, with the inspiration by the Spirit of the Word of Yahweh God Almighty, David writes of the Word of God Who would come in the flesh of Man/Adam: Thy throne, O God is forever and ever: The scepter of Thy Kingdom is a Right Scepter. Thou has loved righteousness, and hated wickedness: therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. (See Psalm 45 verse 1 thru 7.) The writer to the Jews, interpreted as Hebrews, reiterates the same Words of the Psalmist David. (See Hebrews 2 verse 5 thru 13.)
John the Baptist says of Jesus Christ: The One Who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His Testimony. The man who has accepted His Testimony has certified that God is Truthful. (John 3 verse 31 thru 33.) Unfortunately, in many of the essential matters pertaining to Life, the people who should know and trust the Word of the Lord, are left wandering in the dark with their own philosophical dogmas. The confusion that remains in the darkness of finite minds, engenders unbelief within the assemblies. In our own darkness, It is like calling God a liar, and He needs to be helped out of His own stew. Nevertheless, Jesus Christ, the Infinite WORD of Father GOD Almighty further declares: "Even as the Father Said unto Me, so I speak." "The Father Who sent Me, He gave Me a Commandment, what I should Say, and what I should Speak. He that rejects Me, and receives not My Words, has one that judges him.
The Words that I have Spoken, the Same shall judge him in the last day." (See John 12 verse 50, then verse 48.)
The Truth shall come, for the one who will bring the echo of God's judgment is Moses, a true Hebrew called of God: For Moses, at the Word of Yahweh God, is the one giving warning to all those, who would not receive all of Yahweh's Words that would be delivered by the Prophet that God would raise up to be a genetically true Hebrew, like that of Moses. Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God, when answering the righteous religious, says to the unbelievers: How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: There is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust. For had you believed Moses, you would have believed Me; for he wrote of Me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe My Words? (See John 5 verse 44 thru 47.) The Eternal God's Spirit of Wisdom testifies of His WORD OF TRUTH that cannot ever fail. God's Doctrinal Instructions is for the Sanctification of believers through His Promised Holy Spirit of Grace, whereby He provides the Almighty's Communion fellowship in the Body and Blood of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. God's New Covenant, is within the Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ. The Life in the Blood of Christ Jesus can only be received by faithful believers, who are trusting in the Whole of the Father's Personal Doctrine of Salvation through the Almighty's Sanctifying Grace given through the Spirit of His Holy Word and beloved Son Jesus Christ.
For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son, honors not the Father Who has sent Him. Verily, Verily, I say unto you, he that hears My Word, and believes on Him that sent Me, has everlasting Life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto Life. Verily, Verily, I Say unto you: The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the Voice of the Son of God: And they that Hear shall Live. (John 5 verse 22 thru 25.) Can the reader hear the Voice of the Lord?
The Cup of Dregs!
In the Song of Moses, Moses is writing a song of remembrance: I will publish the Name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness unto our God. He is our Rock: His Work is Perfect, for all His Ways are judgment. A God of Truth and without iniquity: Just and Right is He.
But their rock is not as our Rock: For He (Almighty God) shall Say, Where are their gods; their rock in whom they trusted and did eat the fat of sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings. For even our enemies are themselves judges. For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: Their grapes are grapes of gall, and their clusters are bitter: Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps. (See Deuteronomy 32 verse 31 thru 39.) Satan's fruit flourishes in the Tree of the Knowledge, and issues forth the dregs of sin and death.
Then Jesus, knowing His destiny, Said: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him; then the third day He shall rise again. (Matthew 20 verse 18 thru 19.)
Christ's Hour is fast approaching for Christ's betrayal with a kiss of death from a friend, cannot be stopped.
Then came to Him the mother of Zebedee's children and her sons worshipping Him (Jesus), for they desired a certain thing of Him. The sons of Zebedee said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand, in Thy Glory. (Mark 10 verse 38.) But: Jesus answered and Said, You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the Cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I Am baptized with? They said unto Him, We are able. Then He (Jesus) Said unto them: Indeed you shall drink of My Cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I Am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand, and on My left, is not Mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father. (Matthew 20 verse 18 thru 23.)
We are witnessing, in Scripture, that the Lord Jesus Christ is describing the accumulation of man's wickedness that He (the last genetically true Son of Adam/Man) must drink of this Cup of Wickedness: For the Holy Judgment Wrath of Almighty God, against the wickedness of the sins of the world, would be poured out of the Cup of God's indignation upon His Passover (Lamb) when Christ was crucified to death. Who will believe our report, for He (Messiah) is cut off from the land of the livening, for the transgression of my people was He stricken. (See Isaiah 53.)
The Cup of Blessing, which We Bless, is It not the Communion of the Blood of Christ?
For I say unto you that I will not drink henceforth of "this fruit of this vine", until that day when I drink it '"NEW" with you in My Father's Kingdom. Hear the Lord God Almighty: Behold, I make all things NEW!
Jesus, at His last supper, is Stating that He would never again drink of this cup of the old wine of man's wicked follies, for its contents, are full to the brim and overflowing with death for the guilty sinner. Indeed you shall drink from My Cup and be Baptized with My Baptism! When drinking of the Lord's Cup in Faith to the WORD of God, our sin is being put to death in our flesh though the Baptismal Fire of the Lord's death for mankind's sins. And yet the same Cup, is the Covenant Cup of Blessing which we Bless, and is of God's Spirit of Life giving Grace to those who in Faith our obedient to the only God of the Living. I wound and I heal. I kill and I make alive; Says the Sword of the Spirit of the Living God Almighty. (See Deuteronomy 32 verse 39.) The death of the old takes place, so that God can bring the new life of His Spirit to the soul of the believer in the Word of His Christ.
Then Said Jesus unto His disciples: My Soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: Tarry here, and watch with Me. And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let "This Cup" pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as to Your Will. And Jesus came unto the disciples, and finding them asleep, then Said unto Peter, What, could you not watch with Me one hour? (Matthew 26 verse 38 thru 40.) After Speaking to Peter, the Lord Jesus went away a second time and prayed: O My Father, if "this Cup" may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy Will be done. And a third time, Jesus, after seeing His disciples fast asleep, He goes again and prays the same Words. (Matthew 26 verse 41 thru 45.)
Be reconciled to Almighty God, for He has made Christ to be sin for us Who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (See 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 20 thru 21.)
Be reconciled to Almighty God, for He has made Christ to be sin for us Who knew no sin; For Jesus the Messiah, after drinking the fullness of the cup of sin's death, He died and was buried once for all time: But now with His Resurrection into Eternal Life, God's Holy Spirit of Life makes the drink of death to become for all of His obedient disciples, the NEW Wine of His Life giving Blood that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and gain an entrance into His Father's throne room of Living Grace. (See Mark 14 verse 25.) Therefore, we see in total fulfillment to Scripture, that our Lord Jesus Christ does taste of the old wine at His supper and again mixed with myrrh that the soldier sets to His lips: at that time of His Chagigah Offering, then Jesus Christ dies for the sins of the world. The distinction is made, for at that time, the full cup of the Judgment Wrath of God against sin's wickedness was poured out upon the sinless Son of Adam, and Jesus the Christ of God, fully tasted of the full fury within the Cup, containing the full Wrath of Sin and Death. The innocent Christ of God was made to be sin for us that we might become His Righteousness in this life and the next. The first Man, Adam, of the earth brought death to all of earthly mankind; but now the Last Man/Adam, Jesus Christ sent from Heaven has brought His True Life to all of man-kind that would believe in God's Only Salvation for man-kind.
No man puts a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles (wineskins): else the bottles (wineskins) break (burst), and the wine runs out, and the bottles (wineskins) perish: but they put New wine into New bottles (wineskins), and both are preserved. (See Matthew 9 verse 16 thru 17.)
God's Holy Spirit cannot be contained within the soul of an old wineskin that is decayed with its use of the familiar, neither can it be repaired to hold God's Spirit of Life, but that soul must be made brand new so that the New Wine of the Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ may be poured into the new wine skin of our new born souls.
At the Lord's Table of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and just hours before His passion and death for mankind's sins, God's Passover, the Lord Jesus Christ first declared the Personal Word of His Father, saying to His faithful disciples that were participating in the fullness of Godís New Covenant: Take and eat for this is My Body given for you. Then Jesus, the True Vine, after giving thanks to His Father, Yahweh God Almighty, for the wine after supper, Said of the Cup: Take and drink all of you; For this is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin. (See Matthew 26 verse 26 thru 28.) In this time of deepest intimacy with His disciples, Jesus says to them all: If a man Love Me, he will keep My Words, and My Father will Love him, and We will come unto him and make Our abode with him. He that Loves Me not, keeps not My sayings, and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's Who sent Me. And a little later during that same evening, Jesus prays to His Heavenly Father, in what is known as His High Priestly prayer: Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou has given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the Words which Thou gave Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that You did send Me. (John 17 verse 7 thru 8.) If you dismiss the Words of Jesus Christ, you do so at your own grave peril.
It is written by the Prophet Isaiah that Holy God abides in a High and Holy Place, and also with the person that is of a humble and contrite spirit. (See Isaiah 57 verse 15.) Maybe we need to ask ourselves: Do we possess that humility and contriteness of spirit towards God Almighty that enables the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in the habitation of our souls? Is the spirit of the heart of our being, suitable to be a holy habitation for Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty; for He desires to dwell in Spirit and Truth with His creation? Has complacency or unbelief again shrunken the wineskins of a dry and thirsty heart, as we justify ourselves in sin, Does our own knowledge and religious satisfaction in life lead us to believe we are without sin, and have no need of correction? The Word of God, in the 1st Epistle of John, says: Then we are deceived and His Word and His Truth is not in us, and we make God a liar. (In full context 1st John 1 verse 6 thru 10.)
make Holy God out to be a liar, to satisfy our own religious self justification, then where do you suppose
the Eternally Just and Merciful God is? Well
for a certainty, if His Truth and His Word is not in us, then the Spirit of Holy God is without
the door of our heart: For it is impossible for us to be right, and the
Eternally Holy God to be wrong. It is not possible for God to reside in the core
belief of a
person, who has sanctified their own heart with their own self justifying
understanding of their own truth. We are not justified, with a faith in our own belief
system that relegates God to our own self-centered understandings. God Alone is the Justifier, and
in His Holy TRUTH we would be sanctified in our faulty reasoning minds, so that we would not
be condemned with the world. We are to have faith in Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God
Almighty, because He gives His Cup of the
Life Blood of
His Only Begotten Jesus Christ our Righteousness, in the place of His cup of wrath
against sin and wickedness. That faith is of the Spirit of God, and
the Holy Spirit of the Living God is One with the Fountain of Life that flows with the Blood of Jesus
Christ. If that faith is of the Spirit of God, then that faith is actively alive
in its belief and expectations when participating in the TRUTH of God's Living Word. The
Whole of the Word of God abides in Jesus Christ, and is sharper than any two-edged sword,
the Words of Jesus Christ in Holy Communion can not be differentiated from that
two-edged Sword of the Word of God, for they are One and the Same. Then Jesus
(the living WORD of GOD) Said unto them, Truly, Truly, I say unto you:
Except you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you have no
Life in you. Whoso
eats My Flesh and
drinks My Blood, has Eternal
Life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
For My Flesh is Food indeed, and My Blood is Drink indeed! He that eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood, dwells in Me, and I in him. (John 6 verse 53 thru 55 .)
Holy Communion is not a doctrine for finite man to parse over, and bring the Salvation and Sanctifying Work of the Infinite God to irrelevancy because of man's confusion over the Eucharistic Substance. For Communion is the Doctrine of Father God Almighty given by His WORD of TRUTH that is His Obedient and Loving Son, Jesus Christ. For Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, declares the definitive Doctrine of His Almighty God and Father, for in the Eternal's Love and Mercy, He gave His Covenant Word to mankind in the shed Blood of HIS very Own WORD and Beloved Son. The Word, the Holy One of God came form heaven to earth to be born in the flesh of Adam, and as Man, Jesus/Yeshua defeated sin and death, for all who believe in God's Word. Again, Holy Father God's Doctrine is not bits and pieces, so as to be separated with the philosophical thoughts of men into institutional dogmas, but God's New Covenant is One Absolute Doctrine of Salvation and Sanctification, centered in God's Word and Son born of the flesh and blood of the genetically first Man, Adam.
Be very careful; Divinity has spoken through the Son of Man, and all the Words of Jesus Christ are Divine. John the Baptist says of the Messiah: "For He Whom God has sent, speaks the Words of God, for God gives not the Spirit by measure unto Him". (John 3 verse 34 thru 35.) For thus says the Almighty: So shall My WORD be that goes forth out of My Mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing where to I sent it. (In full context Isaiah 55 verse 6 thru 11.) You might ask: Is Jesus Christ that very same Word of God that has gone out of the Mouth of Yahweh and prospers in that which His Father has sent Him to do? God did not send His Word into the world to condemn the world, but through the Perfect Love of God, and being in the form of the flesh and blood of Man, God might save the World through the Incarnate Love of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. (See John 3 verse 16.)
At the transfiguration of Jesus Christ, the Almighty Yahweh God confirms His WORD with power and majesty in the sight of man. The Lord's disciples of Peter, James and John all witness the Eternal WORD of GOD being glorified by the Spirit of God that resides within the Incarnate Son of Man. The three witness that Jesus' whole persona became brilliant light, and His Face shown as the sun. And then while the Majestic Lord Yeshua ha Machiach, was yet standing between Moses of the Torah and Elijah, the chief of prophets, Yahweh God the Father declared with affirmation: "This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I AM well pleased; hear you Him." (Matthew 17 verse 1 thru 8.) In the transfiguration of Jesus, God sets His seal on His fulfilling prophecy of the Christ of God in Deuteronomy 18 verse 15 thru 19, where God speaks through Moses saying: The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him you shall hearken. (Acts 3 verse 19 thru 24.) The Christ of God has totally fulfilled the Word of the Law (Torah) and the Word of the prophets: Now will you hear Him?
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He appointed Heir of all things, through Whom He also created the worlds. He is the reflection of Godís Glory and the exact imprint of Godís very Being, and He, Jesus/Yeshua, sustains all things by His powerful Word. When He had made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High. (Hebrews 1 verse 1 thru 3.)
Later, on the Sabbath day, after the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus says to the Jewish listeners: I have many things to say and judge of you: For He that sent Me is True; and I speak to the world of those things I have heard from Him. The Jews that stood there listening, did not understand that Jesus was speaking about the Word of His Father, and apparently there are many today that have ears to hear, but are deaf to the sent Word of God the Father. (See John 8 verse 25 thru 27.)
When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall you know that I AM He, and that I do nothing of Myself: But as My Father has Taught Me, I Speak These Things. Then Said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him: If you continue in My Word, then are you My disciples indeed; and You shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free? (See John 8 verse 30 thru 32.) Now speaking to all of the Baptized Faithful hearers of the Living WORD of GOD: Are we not all of one faith, baptized into the Father's Doctrine of the Way, the Truth and the Life of His Beloved Son? However, Jesus answers the unbelieving: Truly, Truly I say unto you: Whosoever commits sin, is the servant of sin. The servant [of sin] abides not in the house forever. The Son abides forever. Therefore if the Son shall make you free you shall be free indeed. (John 8 verse 34 thru 36.) Come unto Me all of you who are laboring and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11 verse 28.)
In hearing and believing in the Words of the Holy One of God Almighty, are we not made to be One with that Unleavened Bread of God, the same Bread Who came down from Heaven and Whose Father Commands us to eat of His consecrated Bread of Life? Is not the Substance of the Bread in Holy Communion consecrated with the never ending WORD of GOD? Holy Scripture bears witness to the unseen Substance of the Truth of Jesus Christ: For since there is One Bread, we who are many are One Body; For we all partake of the One Bread. (1st Corinthians 10 verse 17.) TRUTH is settled in the WORD of the Infinite GOD, and not the word of finite man.
By the Word of God, if we the many, are all to be partakers of that One Bread of the One Body of Christ Jesus, then how can we dismiss the Eternal's Provisions for Life, whereby the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God brings us into fellowship with His Holy Father, the Holy Almighty God of creation. In that we partake of the Cup of Blessing in Christ's Holy Blood, we partake of the Holy Life of Christ that was given in God's Perfect Love that sets our conscience free from sin's slavery within our earthly body of death. With the bodily resurrection of the Son of Man, God's Promise of the Spirit of Resurrection Life in Christ Jesus, is also within that same Communion Blood of Christ Jesus, and God's Holy Spirit will bring True Life to the soul that has died within the crucified Lord Jesus. The Sword of the Spirit of God, kills the old man of the flesh, and yet makes alive the new creature in Christ Jesus.
The Lord Jesus Christ, The Alpha and Omega of the Word of God, gave to us, His Father's Communion Memorial when He inaugurated His Father's New Covenant Remembrance just hours before His death on the cross for our sins: This 'is' [este - present tense] My Blood of the New Covenant poured out for many for the remission of sin. In the beginning of our new Life within Christ Jesus, the WORD of GOD spoke His Salvation Truth into our hearts so that we would know the TRUTH, and [He] the TRUTH would make us free from our fleshly bondage to sin and death, and thereby make us One in the Unity with the Holy Spirit of God Almighty. In the Lord's High Priestly prayer, Jesus expresses to His Father, the eternal purpose for His Sacrifice: 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. And I have declared unto them Thy Name and will declare it: That the Love where with Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17 verse 21 and 26.)
So then, are we, in reality, all together one in Godís Truth, and following God's WORD and Commandment; (See John 15 verse 12 thru 15.) ďForbearing one another in Love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. For there is One Body and One Spirit, just as also you were called in One hope of your calling; One Lord, One Faith, One BaptismĒ, into the One Perfect Love that clothes the many. (Ephesians 4 verse 2 thru 5.)(See 1st Peter 4 verse 8.) For with the Father's Perfect Love, the Lord Yeshuah (Jesus) Said: Peace I give you, not as the world gives peace give I unto you. (John 14 verse 27.) As the Living Father has sent Me, and I Live by the Father: so he that eats of Me, (by Faith) even he shall live by Me (Through Faith). This is that Bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eats of this Bread shall Live forever. (John 6 verse 56 thru 58.) Therefore, would not the Word of our Lord and of our God, with the empowerment of His Spirit of Grace, be clothing His Body of believers in the absolute substance of His Love and Peace that passes all understanding? The TRUTH prevails, that is if we do not remain in our own proud, closeted heart that continues to deceive us again, and again.
The challenge to God's Word is always present in every generation, for the enemy of our souls is yet present. So let us today, reconsider and examine our own veracity and understanding, verses the Infinite's Truth and Council. If Jesus, the WORD of GOD, is speaking His Father's own Divine Doctrine during the Last Supper Communion discourse, then why is the watered down doctrine of men, substituted for the solid Rock of Christ and His Father's WORD of Life? Even with the vital things of God, the proud mind of flesh is always presumptuous to substitute its council, for that of Father God Almighty, and make void, or at best limit His Holy Word of Truth within the hearts and minds of His people, who are to be of One Faith in God.
The confusion, within the mind of flesh, happened in the Garden of Eden, and it happens today. Oh, God is certainly not a liar, some might say! It must be that God has exaggerated His Word. He was just using a metaphor, when His WORD Jesus Said; "This is My Body" and "This is My Blood". I think not! Pertaining to faith, the scripture says: For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yes, let God be True, but every man a liar, as it is written: That Thou might be justified in Thy sayings (Words), and might overcome, when Thou art judged. (Romans 3 verse 3 thru 4.) That which is holy to God, no mortal eyes will behold: The Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ is Holy before Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, and only He beholds His Holy WORD within His Holy Son's Blood Covenant, given by His Holy Spirit of Grace to man for the remission of sins. If any person of Holy Faith rightly partakes of Holy Communion, then that faith is justified. However, if the unbelieving or the unrepentant soul partakes of that, which is Holy before Holy God Almighty, then that soul will reap his recompense. The believing one eats and drinks Life in faith; while the unbelieving soul eats and drinks, their own condemnation.
I Will Watch Over My Word, to Perform
(Jeremiah 1 verse 12.)
Have you not heard; "A man is only as good as his word". A man's name is at stake according to his keeping of his word. The Name of God and His reputation has been challenged, and as it is written: For You have magnified Your Word above all of Thy Name. (See Psalm 38 verse 2.) The Word of God has infinite implications and His most magnificent Name is tied to His Word of Truth. Jesus Christ, the Expressed Word and Truth of His Father says concerning the Words that He speaks: Think not that I AM come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I AM not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. (See Matthew 5 verse 17 thru 18.) God's Word did not fail in one jot or one tittle of the Torah or the Words of the prophets, else heaven and earth would have already passed away into oblivion. Christ Jesus is the True Word of His Father Yahweh God that became the flesh of Man from the genetic seed of Woman, and God's Word in the flesh of the Son of Man/Adam was crucified and put to death on the cross, only to defeat death in His resurrection in the Power of the Spirit of His Father God Almighty.
God's Name has no failure in His Word of Truth. Truly, truly, it is by the substance of faith and trust in the Word of God the Father that the Covenant Cup of Blessing, which we acknowledge, has become for us God's Covenant Love and forgiveness in the shed Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. God's Covenant Grace cancels out our commission of our acknowledged, known and unknown sins of yesterday and today, and allows us to exist in the purity of the One Body of Jesus the Messiah. God's Covenant, in the Blood of Jesus Christ, covers us in the abundance of His Love, putting away our confessed sin in the laver of His Love! We all need to humbly repent of our own arrogance and self deceptions, and give heed to the Master's Word's of Infinite and Divine Truth. (See John 3 verse 10 thru 11.) And Jesus says during His Communion discourse: I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father, I have made known unto you. These things I Command you, that you love one another. (In full context John 15 verse 15 thru 17.)
However, if you love your sin more than God or even your fellow, then your bondage to sin will remain with you. Also, when ever a human heart is lacking in Salvation faith, then Jesus Christ is not enthroned, for the Spirit of Christ is left powerless to change the substance within the heart of the free willed person. Without the beginning substance of saving faith within the heart, it is impossible to please God, (See Hebrews 11 verse 6.) and without even that little faith, you can be sure that the wrath of your sin will find you out. (See Numbers 32 verse 23.) But if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1st John 1 verse 7.) 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.
With God's enablement, we will continue to endeavor through these pages to help the weak in faith, to begin to see that the Master's Words are forever alive, for they came forth from the Eternal God of the living. (See Mark 12 verse 26 thru 28.) My surety and confidence is not of me, but is in the New Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, where I have been privileged, through God's Sprit of Grace, to begin to see the other dimensions of God's Covenant Love poured out into a cup, which I will drink from, knowing full well of His faithfulness to cleanse me of my iniquity. 'The antithesis to my sin', is His greater Love given to all in the Covenant Life Blood of His only Son, Yeshua the Messiah. So, in spite of man's negative doctrines, Protestant as well as Catholic, I say for certainty with Scripture that the Word's of Jesus Christ, holds power over all elemental things, for all of creation belongs to Him, and the Word of Father God remains constant in Him, yesterday, today and tomorrow. As we have emphasized, and will later again in the treatise, all the elements of the universe were created and impregnated by the Word of God, and by His Spirit of Holiness, they will be what He says they will be, even for the sake of God's Holy Covenant with His own Holy Living WORD and Son, Jesus Christ, for They are of One Heart and One Essence for ever.
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Seeing with the Eyes of the Spirit.
The Apostle Paul says: "Let me show you a more excellent way." "And now abide these three; faith, hope, Love and the greatest of these is this sacrificial Love." Let me echo the spirit of Paul's writings, and attempt to put more light on the unseen holy substance of the Love of God. For, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (1st Corinthians 13 verse13 and Proverbs 9 verse 10.)
Sometimes, I know for sure, that we build up impediments in our own minds, so that as the saying goes, "we cannot -- see-- the trees, because of the forest". Our view of the words 'memorial or remembrance' may be just such a stumbling block. The Communion Words of Jesus Christ, as written within scripture, could be relegated to have an insignificant meaning of just simple passing thought, or of monumental proportions, such as the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Grant's Tomb, or Lincolnís Memorial. All of these structures, which we can see with our eyes, are memorials or tributes built to commemorate the lives of dead men. So then, if you can see only with your natural senses, the forest; which is the wine and bread, then you may never see with the eyes of living faith the spiritual entrance to the monument of God's Love and Mercy, within the Communion Covenant Body and Blood of our risen Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Thinking that we have already arrived by knowledge of scripture, our pride prevents man from remembering the Bloody Body of Jesus Christ that was suspended from the tree's branches of the cross. The Roman instrument of the cross did not take away our sins, but it was the Holy One of God that was nailed to that cruel instrument of death. God's Sacrificial Gift of His only begotten Son, was given by God for the remission of our sins of our body of flesh, so as to bring a new restoration of the thoughts of our spirit and soul, and have them affixed on the Holy God that Loves us Sacrificially. The flesh of man remains a problem, and so in God's New Blood Covenant, the Word of the Father says "Do this in remembrance of Me". Without the partaking of the whole of the Communion Memorial, in living faith, we may remain as naturally self centered individuals, and never experience God's approving countenance, and His waiting expectancy for the unity of heart, within all of the earthly members of the One Body of Jesus Christ.
Our Living Faith in Jesus Christ with the Words of His Father that He has spoken, enables one to see more clearly through the forest of wooden trees. The very Life of Christ is made manifest with our consuming of God's Sacrificial Offering of both the Flesh and the Blood of our risen Savior and Lord.
"This do in remembrance of Me".
To receive a better understanding of our Communion with God, please study in the box enclosure the transliteration of the English word ďremembranceĒ, derived from the Greek word ďanamnesisĒ. We sinners are forgetful hearers of the necessary Words' of God's New Covenant in the Sanctifying Blood of His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. If we are left to the stubborn ignorance within our own spirit of a vacillating mind, we may loose our way and find ourselves on the outside, looking for our own entrance into the Kingdom of God.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of
the Bible, King James Version.
Part of Speech: noun feminine
Definition: a remembering, recollection, (bringing again)
Translation Words: (4 times) in KJV: remembrance 3, remembrance again 1.
The Greek word "anamnesis", being transliterated in English to "remembrance", has the implication of the Communion tradition being done often, so as to maintain within one's mind, the Lord's sacrifice for our sin and His faithfulness to His Covenant Word of Promise. For as often as you eat this Bread, and drink this Cup, you do show the Lord's death till He comes again. (1st Corinthians 11 verse 26.) Within every member of the Body of Christ, the condemnation of repented sin, is replaced with the knowledge of God's faithfulness to abundantly pardon (remission) of repented sin, and to cleanse the transgressions within the mind of flesh. In remembering that Christ Jesus died for our sins, we are also to remember that in Faith, we died with Jesus Christ, having been buried with Him in our Baptism into His fountain of cleansing Water, and were raised with Him in His victory over our sin and death. God's Freedom is freely given to those who abide in Christ Jesus, and enables the believers to rejoices in our faithful God Who Saves His people of faith!
Now, because we are taught and believe that we're saved by the grace of God, does that mean that sin has ceased in the flesh of believers? Are you now perfected in the flesh, because you have heard a quasi interpretation of the Truth of the Gospel? If you understand that the answers are NO, then you can understand that because of our forgetfulness in the mind's coverings of our own sin's of self preservation, that this stigma of sin remains within our sullied mind's of flesh. (See Romans 7 verse 22 thru 25.) The nature of sin within our fleshly minds only further amplifies the necessity for God's Sanctifying Grace within His Covenant Communion in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, given by God's Spirit for the renewing strength for His Body of believers.
The Lord Jesus Christ did not give His Church a nonchalant symbolic metaphor, as many church leaders may think and erroneously teach; But Holy Communion is given to us as God's expressed Word within His New Blood Covenant for our remembrance of Jesus death and conquest over our sins that separate us from God. Our worshipful remember in God's Covenant Gift, is that our right standing and justification in our faith with God, is signed in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, and ratified by His resurrection, in the power of the Word of Life instilled within the Incarnate Christ of God from His Father the Almighty. Therefore does My Father Love Me, because I lay down My Life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This Commandment have I received of My Father. (John 10 verse 17 thru 18.)
The Lord's New Covenant Words are linked together, hand in hand, out of God's Covenant Mandate to receive Communion frequently. Knowing our frame of earthly flesh, God sees the necessity for frequent repetitions for sinners, who forget that their old independent nature of corrupted flesh is still with them. But remember in God's keeping Covenant: This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins; This do in remembrance of Me. When communing with His disciples at what is called the Passover Seder, the Lord Jesus, on the one hand, inaugurates the New Covenant in His Blood with the Third cup of Salvation; and then on the other hand that same Communion cup is tied to His Church Body, rehearsing for the marriage supper of the Bride, who is cleansed by the Blood of God's Perfect Sacrificial Passover Lamb.
As members in the Body of Christ, every time we participate within this Living Memorial of His Sacrifice given for the Life of men, we remember and are proclaiming the Lord's death for our selfish desires and actions, until He comes again for His redeemed Bride. (See 1st Corinthians 11 verse 26.) Through the unseen Holy Spirit of God, together, we are drinking of the unseen, but real New Covenant Life Blood of Jesus Christ. Although we are individual members within the Body of Jesus Christ, together as one, we are making a public testimony that we are in one accord with Holy God's Sanctifying Blood Covenant given for the remission of sin, and have each recognized the death of our own self centered sins, through our drinking in faith of God's cleansing New Covenant Blood of His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. The Word of Almighty God is Glorified in His Son.
Now, as it is with so many Christian Communities of doctrinal error, if there is no understanding of Communion and of the Blood of the New Covenant, then sins and errors of the flesh will persist unabated. Therefore, if the wine and bread are left as lifeless elements without faith expectations through the Spirit of God, then for a surety you will eat according to your callous faith, and your spiritual strength will be according to your flesh. The error is compounded in the church leadership, because of their lack of reverence for the expressed Word of Jesus Christ, revealing God's Communion Blood Covenant that Christ inaugurated for the members of His Ecclesia. (See Matthew 26 verse 26 thru 28 and Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 23.)
Unfortunately, the same can be said for those who participate in Holy Communion weekly, just because they believe it to be a religious duty of the institution, but may not receive in faith, the Life and revelation Light of the Spirit of Jesus Christ within the core heart of their minds. In the Roman Catholic Church, prior to 2003, and dating back to at least the 1200's, the affirming New Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ for the remission of confessed sins, was not given to the people of the pews. During this time period of 800 hundred years, confusion with expediency brought in the doctrine of Transubstantiation, where the Roman Church with its controlling power, declared at the Council of Trent that the Communion of the bread, was now the combined flesh and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that the Blood, transubstantiated in the wine, was not necessary for the communicants of the laity. Concerning the Communion cup, Vatican II, changed the Roman Church's dogmatic position that was infallibly established at the Council of Trent. For now and since 2002, the Communion Cup maybe offered to all the communicants of the pews with the discretion of the local Bishops.
Paul writes: For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death till He comes. If we are to remember the Lord's death until He comes again, then we need to understand that the crucified Body of Jesus Christ was dead because of our rebellious sins against the Almighty God; for the Son of Man Who knew not any sin whatsoever, was made to be sin for us. Now then, even as the Body of Christ was made alive by the resurrection power of the Spirit of Yahweh God Almighty, so are the members of the earthly Body of our Lord, made alive by the poured out Power of Life of the Spirit of God that is in Christ's Life Sanctifying Blood. It is the Holy Spirit's absolute union with the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, that per fuses the earthly Body of Christ, with the Life of the Spirit of God. Jesus said: Verily, Verily, I say unto you; except you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you have no Life in you. Whoso eats of My flesh, and drinks My Blood, has Eternal Life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6 verse 53 thru 54.) Do you still think that God's Holy Communion is an absurdity, or at best a symbolic metaphor?
Twice in the Lord's discourse in John 6, we read: "Verily, Verily, I say unto you". Those first two words "Verily, Verily" are transliterated words from Hebrew to Greek to Latin, to English, etc., and that word is universally "Amen" meaning "so be it". We need to recognize with absolute certainty the Who that is saying "Amen, Amen, I say to you", for He is none other than the Great AMEN: These things saith The AMEN, the faithful and True Witness, the beginning of the creation of God. (Revelations 3 verse 14.) The Words of Jesus Christ do not fail, although men trivialize the significance of His Word too justify their finite mind's understanding of the unknown Infinite. The gainsayers of the flesh, do not create faith in the hearts of men, but color over the Word of God with their ignorance of the Infinite and the Holy. Then in John 6 verse 32 and 35, Jesus said unto them, "Verily, Verily, [Amen, Amen.] I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread (manna) from heaven; but My Father gives you the True Bread from heaven". "I AM the Bread of Life: he that comes to Me shall never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never thirst". John 6 verse 53. ďAmen, Amen, I say unto you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you have no Life in you.
Amen, So be it. The Words of Jesus Christ has the finality of His Father's Word, for they are ONE in Infinite Essence. My Doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. The Words that I speak unto you, I speak not of Myself; but the Father that dwells in Me, He does the works. (John 12 verse 49. See also John 14 verse 10.) Now then; does the Eternal Spirit of the Father and the Son dwell within you?
If the spiritless portion of any church community, does not believe in the unseen light and power potential of Holy Communion, then their unbelief does not negate the Holy Spirit in the work of God. God's Holy Spirit of Grace IS One with Christ's remediating Blood, and IS the Discerner of true faith within the humble individual persons, who desire to be in agreement with their common offerings from the earthly realm, so as to receive from the heavenly realm, and To Be in Communion in Spirit and Truth with their Holy Father God through His Beloved Son Jesus Christ. As members of Jesus' Body of believers, the faithful are Sanctified with the Blood of the Lord's Sacrifice of Love that covers the multitude of sins.
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Truth: Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. (See 2nd Thessalonians 2 verses 13 thru 17.)
Salvation and Sanctification is of the Spirit of God, wherein we stand fast in His Word of Truth and the traditional surrender of all things, even our earthly lives, to His unfailing Grace in His New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ. But what traditions have you been taught? When you come together, does your church set before you what is Verily "To Be" God's only Covenant Provision for our trespass and peace offerings that are offered for His people, so that we would worship together, as One in Spirit and Truth?
The wisdom of the wise of this earth is confounded in the simplicity of a child like faith that believes in the unfailing Truth of the Word of Almighty God. Paul tells God's flock to stand fast in the Truth of the Gospel to which they were called, and in so doing, too maintain the essential traditions they have been given through previous instructions. If we hold fast in our hearts and minds the saving Truth of the Word of God in Christ Jesus, then we can see that Holy God has set forth in His New Covenant Word, His provisions for His fellowship with the saved, even as Paul upholds this traditional understanding within his teachings. The oral traditions established in the early church do not conflict with Paul's written epistles, nor do his epistles deviate from his oral teachings, or that of the other apostle's spoken word. The Tradition of Holy Communion was established from Salvation's beginning, for the Word of God said: "Take and drink all of you", "For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins".
On the day of Pentecost, the Resurrected Word of God Almighty sent His Holy Spirit of Life, as a mighty rushing wind too descend upon the Apostles, who had gathered together in one accord, awaiting on the moment of His promised appearance. Then the apostle Peter proclaimed the Gospel that day, and three thousand Jewish souls were baptized, and then continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine, and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and then with prayers. (See Acts 1 verse 4 thru 8, and Acts 2 verse 1 thru 4 and verse 41 thru 42.) Although the New Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, but because it would be of the apostle's doctrine, those same baptized souls would have continued in the participation of God's New Covenant fellowship Blood of Jesus Christ, given for the remission of sin.
Now then, as we continue with our faith apologetics, and for the Love of our God, let us first remind all members in the one Body of Jesus Christ that He, being the Living WORD of GOD, inaugurated this continuing New Covenant memorial, even tradition, at His sanctifying Passover Supper of Unleavened Bread. The Words of Jesus Christ are not vanity, so as to serve no eternal purpose, but are full of Truth and Holy Spirit Power, given with the Covenant assurance of God's good will, which came forth from the heart of the only Begotten Son of the Most High. God has redeemed the believer from the condemning debt of sin, and in His Grace has set forth at His Table, the remembrance of His Redemptive Provisions in Christ Jesus that sets us apart from sin and death.
With our failures within this body of death, our appeal for mercy, begins at God's Gracious Table where we receive within the sacrificial Life Blood of Jesus Christ the Man, His Life through His Spirit of Life that has paid the price for our debt of sin. Repentance, by the Grace of God, acknowledges to Holy God that in our selfish flesh there is a debt to be purged. Therefore, it would be with certainty of heart and mind that this unqualified Covenant Word of Truth, was given to Jesus/Yeshua by His Father God, and was set forth by the Lord Jesus Christ, so as to keep His redeemed in the Covenant remembrance of His Love and passion for His believing Church, and to bring His Ecclesia into unity too worship His Father God, in the Spirit of that Truth.
This brings us to our physical observations of the common, humble elements of wine and unleavened bread, which we bring as the prescribed presentation offering unto the Lord. On natural appearances there is no light or life in the elemental offerings that are to be presented to God, through our vocal act of consecration in thanksgiving faith. Both the grapes and the seeds of grain have been crushed. They are of the earth, "For the earth is the Lordís and the fullness there of", (Psalm 24 verse 1.) and elemental in properties, even as our physical bodies are also of the earth, and will return to the base elements of creation. God takes the lesser offerings of men and through His Word, gives a far greater return on His Promise of mercy, forgiveness and the power of His Love that gives new Life to the dead, through His New Covenant provisions of His Holy Spirit. In remembrance, we understand that the Lordís physical earthly body was crushed by the weight or deadly force of our sin, and all of His sanctifying Life-Blood was poured out on the elements of this earth, and touches everything concerning this earth, and the heavens with their eventual combined sanctification for God's purpose and Glory.
The matzo bread offering of the Passover, is the unleavened bread of the impoverished or afflicted man. (See Deuteronomy 16 verse 3) The matzo bread being unleavened bread, is made only of flour, water and salt. But, what is this bread, when the Holy Spirit receives the poor man's unleavened bread of humility, with absolutely nothing added to it, except the grace of God's unfailing Word? Is it not the True Substance of Faith in the Word of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, Who as the Son of God is the Constant Word of the universe, by which power all things consist, and Who says: "This is My Body". Because of Who said these Words, our faith, should not argue over that which is unseen, but should be in continuing agreement with God's Blood Covenant, and the expectant change within the substance of our hearts and souls? There is no leaven of pride of our righteousness, knowledge or service that is added to this bread of humility. Does not this unleavened bread become for that person of faith, without the prejudice of the flesh, the True Bread of Heaven, Who comes down from on High, and Lights every impoverished heart of faith? For the bread of God is He, which comes down from heaven, and gives Life unto the world. (John 6 verse 33.) If the ordinary eyes of man cannot behold, and comprehend the full spectrum of the electromagnetic radiation of this created universe, then how can that man behold, and understand the full spectrum of the Light of Life, emanating from the Word of God that passes all understanding.
Again on the subject of faith, the Amplified Bible says: "Faith is perceiving as real fact, what is not revealed to the senses". (Hebrews 11 verse 1.) By God's grace alone, the Eternal and His WORD has freely given His precious Gift of Faith, to be received and cherished in the heart of the recipient, as God's abiding Spirit of Truth. God's Grace can not be bought or sold, as if it were a cheep commodity that will perish with its use, or abused as if it were a license to sin. But that Seed of Love, is to be nurtured in the human heart, so as to flourish in God's eternal purpose, bringing forth righteous fruit, that in its maturation within the individual, is also to be freely given away, as a result of God's Grace. Although we may have that precious Truth in our hearts, it is nigh impossible to conceive within the human mind, of that Perfect Love of God Who hung on the Cross for sinners, or to comprehend the depths that that Love would go, so as to save mankind.
Our Faith is born of God's Love, and if that same faith has a substance, which is not perceived by natural senses, then most certainly God's Love has a substance beyond human measure or comprehension. God is Love and that Love is also the WORD and Person of His Son, Who was nailed to the cross for the eternal affliction of our sin and death. That Love, we speak about, is not a symbolic metaphor, and neither is the Communion Blood, which we partake of, in remembrance of God's sacrifice of His Son for the sins of the world. Except with the eyes of faith, you cannot perceive the Light of Lights in the sanctified Bread and the Wine. God alone sees the testimony of the Spirit of HIS WORD within the Flesh and Blood of His Son, as having been set in the receiving heart and soul of faith. We reiterate, Holy Communion is not what finite man sees, and then eats only as bread and wine during the Lord's Supper, but what the Infinite God beholds as the Word declared Body and Covenant Blood of His WORD and Son Jesus Christ, being firmly affixed, within the heart and soul of obedient and believing faith. Amen.
For the repentant believer, who lives in the simplicity of Godly faith, the Holy Spirit of God Almighty, Who is One with the Covenant Blood, dimensionally empowers the substance of the wine or the blood of the grape with the Presence of the Word of Life and Light, to become for us, the unseen Life Blood of Jesus Christ given for mercy, and the cleansing of sin, from within the substance of the conscience of humble earthen vessels. Faith in God's living Word, changes the spirit of our minds and the core of our being; for as a man thinks, and then believes in his heart, so he becomes, and so he lives.
It is only through God's mercy, and the Provision of His very Own Love, being One within the Soul of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, that we may have forgiveness for our sinfulness. According to the Scriptures, it is the Light and the Power of the Blood of God's New Covenant given within His WORD and Son, Jesus Christ, that we of the dust of the earth, may have our souls with the spirit of our minds cleansed from our sin and darkness, and then illuminated with the Light of Life. (See 1st John 1 verse 1 thru 10.) But, can you see that Light of Life, emanating from the Holy Spirit consecrated provisions? If it is impossible to see the Holy Spirit of Life, so then, how can you see God's provision of Sanctifying Love contained there within the Blood of Christ? The eyes of our Heart are opened by our living faith that believes in the Eternal Holy God, and knowing that He keeps Covenant with His Eternal Word. If He keeps Covenant with His WORD of Salvation, Jesus Christ, then His WORD of Salvation expresses exactly what the substance of all things are in His Covenant of Spirit and Truth. The Word Sanctified provisions in God's Covenant with mankind, are precisely as Jesus states that they are, for by the Spirit of His Word, they are His Flesh and Blood.
Before the foundation of the world, God's Word of purpose is for the Salvation of willing hearts, and Jesus Christ the WORD of the Almighty, cannot fail the faithful. For the Lord God says; "My Word shall not return unto Me void, but shall accomplish that which I have purposed, and it shall prosper in the thing where to I sent it". (Fuller context see Isaiah 55 verse 6 thru 13.) All of this wonderful Grace within God's WORD, is given to the believer, so that we may become, and remain vessels of honor and light to the praise of God Almighty. We are to be those uncommon, elemental, clay vessels, whose spiritually illumined hearts contain the Life of the Lord, ready to be poured out in God's Love and mercy, given for the sake of lost humanity.
The only Lord God and Creator of all things, honors faith born of humility, and can do abundantly more than we can ever conceive, or ask with His humble Sanctified elements of His earth! O man of the earth: O man of faith, are you not set apart for God's worship and service, reflecting the Light of His constant Spirit and Truth of His Word?
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Communal or Family Worship
The Word's of God in the Garden of Eden, were a stumbling block to the unbelieving heart of Man/Adam, and even to this very day, God's Personified Word of Eternal Truth, Jesus Christ, remains a stumbling block to humanity. But whoso keeps His Word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: Hereby know we that we are in Him. (1st John 2 verse 5.)
Jesus says in His priestly prayer to His Father: And I have declared unto them, Thy Name, and will declare it, . (John 17 verse 26.)
As the Father has Loved Me, so have I Loved you: Continue you in My Love. If you keep My Commandments, (then) you shall abide in My Love, even as I have kept My Father's Commandments, and abide in His Love. These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My Commandment: That you Love one another, as I have Loved you. Greater Love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I Command you. (John 15 verse 9 thru 14.)
And above all these things put on Sacrificial Love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in One Body; and be you thankful. (Colossians 3 verse 14 thru 15.)
Some years ago, I exchanged some conflicting letter communications on Holy Communion with a brother in Jesus, who happens to be a gifted artist, even though he has the male form of color blindness. Unfortunately, our own religious dogmas and protestations, can cause spiritual blindness that prevents the True Light of the Word of God, to enter within our heart and affect a needful change. With some slight modifications and added scripture verses appropriate for this message, I wrote to the color blind artist the following on Holy Communion and the substance of faith:
It is written, ďFaith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seenĒ. What color would you paint the substance of my faith in Jesus Christ, or that of a Catholic brother or Orthodox sister or that of a Protestant believer? What color would you paint the Word of God, engrafted to my soul, or theirs? God is absolute Light, and there is no shadow in His turning. He alone illuminates the soul of faith, to bring forth the color or colors of His choosing. It is we that are not yet perfect in love, which can create darkness, and cast shadows over the substance of another brotherís faith in Jesus. What is the pure color of love, or of joy, or of peace, ---- for all are of the substance of the fruit of God's Holy Spirit, and of the substance of that, which is hoped for in our souls? Then Jesus said unto them: My Father gives you the True Bread from heaven. For the Bread of God is He which comes down from heaven, and gives Life unto the world. I AM the Bread of Life: he that comes to Me shall never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never thirst. (See John 6 verse 32 thru 35.) So then the Bread of Life is Christ Jesus, and He is bearing the substance of all that we hope for in Living Faith that is abiding in the Word of Life.
But here, let me paint you a living picture, an abstraction of true faith, and the true substance of the unseen.
Give us this day our Daily Bread.
With God's infinite pallet of color in hand and the application of the paint brush of the Holy Spirit, we begin to paint in the unknown dimensions of the heavenlies. Even so, it is not far off, but very near. There we are, all the redeemed, faithfully gathered around this gracious table of the Lord of our Salvation. God our Holy Father and the Lord Jesus, our High Priest is seated in our midst, and the Glory of God's Spirit fills the room. Then Jesus takes a piece of unleavened bread, and tears it, and turns to you and says: "My dear child, ---- take this and eat of it, for this is My Body, and always remember that the substance of this Bread of Life, comes from Me, and is what I AM. This unleavened Bread, broken for you, is the joy of My Father's heart, that you may have My love, ever increasing within your soul, to nourish you, and then through you, those children of men that are lacking in its substance".
In those Infinite moments at His table, our gracious Lord of Host, in like manner, ministers through the Majesty of His Light and Life, to every member of His Body, that He might give gifts, and add the strength of His Spirit to those that are lacking, and in need of the full Grace of His whole Body, which is knitted together in the color and substance of His Love.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Now again, the Master turns to you, and Jesus calling you by name says: "My child, I have an absolutely necessary cup for you to drink from. Remember always that the substance of this drink, comes from the heart and soul of Who I AM; and it is a strong drink of dark judgment, poured out in Love for you. This, -- My Father's Covenant Cup of Love, contains the substance of My Life Blood poured out in judgment for the color of your sin, and the Idolatrous substance of self. Although the issues of both Death and Life are in My Blood, do not be afraid, but faithfully come to My Table of Grace, drink it often, so that all your days may be full of My Light, ---- and in My fields, you work not in darkness, ---- and in your sacrifice of Love to the Father, and My Body, you may bring forth a fruitful harvest of souls to My Table, where the facets of the purity of faith, through Me and in Me, abounds, in faithful hearts, with Life and Love with infinite color, to the Glory of our Father God." (See 1st Thessalonians 1 verse 3.)
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your
heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(See all of Matthew 6 verse 9 thru 15.)
Jesus Christ is the Living WORD of GOD, and on the Doctrinal Word of His Father God, He commanded each and every member of His Body, to commune with Him and each other, in the True Substance of His Word of Spirit and Life. (See John 6 verse 61 thru 65.) As members of Our Lord's Body, we participate in the eating of the Bread of Life that is given to us in Holy Communion through God's Holy Spirit of Grace. The Bread of God, is as an ever-Living Memorial of God's Perfect Gift, that in partaking of God's Gift together, it would signify our unity within our risen Living Savior. The substance of God's Love, is ratified in the Life giving Blood of the Son of Man, the incarnate Son of God, Who gave all of Himself, a perfect offering of Love to His Father, to satisfy God's righteous judgment, against rebellious and self loving mankind.
With amazing grace, it is the Almighty God of Love, Who has Loved us first, and has sown His Salvation Word within earthen vessels, so that the Perfection of His Love might be established within our hearts. Lift up your hearts, for the Lord is Present among His people to pardon and cleanse, and to heal with nurturing comfort for all. Jesus is the Chief Corner Stone, and we are to be the living stones of this memorial of God's LOVE that is not built with hands, but with a Holy Heart. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 4 thru 5.) He is the Vine that nourishes the branches, to bring forth the fruit of His Love within each member of His Body. This Truth of God's nourishing Love is best maintained within the mind, heart and soul of a person through faith in the True Essence of God's heavenly Food, received through the Spirit of Truth. If we are of the faith of Christ, then Holy Communion is The Almighty God's Living Covenant of Life, foundationally built upon Jesus' poured out Life Blood upon this earth, and forever established in His risen Body. It is God's Spirit of Holiness, in union with the Communion Life Blood of Jesus Christ, to put away our current sins of remembrance, and to bring us into concert (Communion) together as one, unified within our Lord's Holy risen Body.
"Love covers a multitude of sin".
However, if we say that we have not sinned in the flesh, then where is our light? In the comfort of our darkness, we will not see our great need for that Agape Love that covers the multitude of sin.
If we say, "We have fellowship with Him," while continuing to walk in darkness, we are liars and do not practice the Truth. But if we walk in Light, as He is in the Light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of His Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say, "We are free of the guilt of sin," we deceive ourselves and the [Personification of] Truth is not to be found in us. (1st John 1 verse 6 thru 8.)
Sin, saps the life out of the soul and spirit of our being, but Jesus Christ, the WORD of GOD has come that we might have freedom in His Life, and have it more abundantly. As Christians, we have two choices. In Holy Communion, we can eat in faith of the Flesh and drink of the Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of Adam, with full expectations of the renewal of the Lord's Covenant Life within us, or we can just let sin in the flesh, continue to have its pernicious way of breeding death, by means of its idolatrous concupiscence. Corruption of the heart is manifested in manifold ways, for unrepented sin will bring sorrows that can lead to despair, with the appearance of death.
Obviously in all the Churches, sin is very persistent, as it continues to perpetuate its desires in the flesh. The presence of willful sin, will quench the Holy Spirit, and leave us as dead in our sins. Like a virus, sin will continue to increase its own kind, by seeding itself in the flesh of man, unless it is exposed in the Light of God, and then isolated by our confession to our Savior. Then by God's Covenant Grace within Communion, sin is put to rest in the conscience of the believer, through the spiritual immune response from the Sanctifying Blood of Jesus Christ. Through the Sword of the Spirit the power of the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, will strip away entirely, the nature of sinful flesh. (See Colossians 2 verse 11.) Can you not begin to see with the eyes of faith that the poured out Blood of Jesus Christ for the sins of humanity, is the poured out Love of God that overcomes this world of sin and death?
It is now time to search out the Eternal God's thoughts and perspectives, and not the finite mind of the flesh of man that is perishing. The Church, which is to be the Body of Jesus Christ, on the whole, has been and remains asleep to the Power of Holy Communion and its ultimate purpose of Oneness in God, as the Bride of Jesus Christ. The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, with the Communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (2nd Corinthians 13 verse 14.)
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Robert Glenn Pratten
Robert Glenn Pratten