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A Bird's Eye View of a Galaxy Collision 

What appears as a bird's head, leaning over to snatch up a tasty meal, is a striking example of a galaxy collision in NGC 6745. This is  large spiral galaxy, with its nucleus still intact, peers at the smaller passing galaxy (nearly out of the field of view at lower right), while a bright blue beak and bright whitish-blue top feathers show the distinct path taken during the smaller galaxy's journey. These galaxies did not merely interact gravitationally as they passed one another, they actually collided. 

The Bird's Head galaxy, as it is called, is actually feeding off the elemental sustenance that resulted from the collision of one galaxy with other galaxy, and in so doing, new stars were reproduced within its gravitational sphere of influence.  The depicted bright blue beak and feathery areas are where the hottest new births took place.  In the law of returns, perhaps one of the morals is in the old adage, "You are what you eat". Let's continue to explore this saying, and draw from it another great mystery of life out of death.

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   The Living Sacrifice.                          
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    The Holy Spirit of Truth:                    
                                                                                      Almighty God's Administering Holy Spirit of His New Covenant Grace within
             Christ Jesus!                            
  
   The Fountain of Living Water.
              
                      Except a man be born of Water and the Spirit.

You are what you eat.
 

Man does not live by bread only, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God does man live(See Deuteronomy 8 verse 1 thru 4, and Matthew 4 verse 3 thru 4.)  But, -- has our Holy God changed His mind, and the power of His Word become as the grass of the field?  Of course not!  For I AM the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Malachi 3 verse 6.) And the voice said, Cry. And he said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withers, the flower fades, because the Spirit of the LORD blows upon it: Surely the people is grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God shall stand forever. (Isaiah 40 verse 6 thru 8.)

Yes, it is we that are the grass of the field that are swayed with the divisive winds of intellectual leaven that ferments out of the mouth of the prince of death.  From the Garden to the present, it is the destroyer of faith and souls, subtlety repeating the challenging and mocking question, "Did the Lord God really say -------?"  Even Balaam understood the absolute righteousness of God as he prophesies: God is not a man that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: Hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and He has blessed and I cannot reverse it. (Numbers 23 verse 19 thru 20.) 

But, how is it that the wild grass that withers and fades away has, by edict and institutional dogma, annulled portions of the Lord's diversity of essential gifts to His Body?  The vital spiritual weapons of our warfare, which should be integral through out the church Body of Jesus Christ, and are mighty in God, to the pulling down of the strongholds of sin, have been rendered to be inert for so many.   Within the church assemblies, we each love to have it our own way, and our way is the way of the flesh, and now the Holy Spirit is quenched, with the called prophets having wilted back into their seats of comfort, and the crier for repentance is silenced.  The exclusive doctrines and traditions of men, have created stumbling blocks of iniquity, that diffuses the power of true faith in the Word of our God. 

Sin does not repent, but remains stubbornly in the shadows of demonic deception, hidden away from the healing light and scalpel of the Word of God and Chief Physician of our souls.  Unbelief walks in its own path, until it stumbles over its own self corruption.  Without the leading of the Spirit with His abiding Truth, then faith in the Word of God can be darkened by the doctrines of disobedient men.  None of us have been immune to the distorted and vain philosophies that exist, and separate the people of God into separatist institutions, and religious sects of exclusive cultural doctrines.  You don't have to think about it for very long, for no doubt Satan from the beginning, is the originator of the methodology of divide and conquer.  It is painfully evident, that we are not all of one mind, and saying the same essential things, pertaining to the one perfect faith in the Eternal Holy God, which is to develop within us, a more perfect love and obedience to our Savior Jesus Christ and His Father. 

Being justified in their religious eyes, the Roman and Orthodox Catholic Churches, through the inherited Roman traditions of human idolatry, are tap dancing around several all important issues of Salvation, and remain disobedient, without repentance to their vain idolatrous traditions, in defiance to the Word of God.  Meanwhile the multi-fractionated Protestants attend their own individual dances, some to the tunes of Calvin, beginning with predestination and ending with once saved always saved.  Therefore, they see no need for the Communion Covenant, expressed in the Blood of Jesus Christ for the remission of the liable sins of today, even for the sins of those, who in their hypocrisy claim to adhere to Sola Scriptura.  God is not glorified in our confusions and hypocrisies.  The Word of God cries out:  Repent, turn away from your sins, and believe the Gospel.  You can be sure that if we do not turn away from our gross errors, then we will eat of our own confusions, as we continue to walk in sin's way of death. 

If that, which is called to be the one church, is splintered into thousands of separate sects, and remains in a state of confusion and darkness, squabbling over the essentials of faith, then where does that leave those without the Blood Covenant of God, who fail to see the workings of God's love and grace within the saved.  It has become on appearances that the multi-fractionated ideologies of all the churches seem to be lacking in the definition of the One Body, for the whole of that, which is called Christianity.  Sin, as always, separates, divides and kills within its nature of self will; and the Lord cried from the utmost darkness of the cross: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do".  It is impossible for Christ Jesus to be divided, and fractionated among the many religious Christian sects, and neither is He exclusive to the larger institutions of superficial piety, or segmented superiority.  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.)  There is only one Everlasting Covenant, given by the Everlasting God, where by each and every member, within the one Body of Jesus Christ, would be, through their obedient faith, set apart by God's Gift of the sacrificial Life Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we rebellious sinners have entered into that Covenant of new Life through baptism into His One Body, where by the Lord would maintain each member's sanctity with the Holy Provisions of His Word of Grace.  For this is the Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin(Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28.) If we say we have no sin, then we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. (1st John 1 verse 8.)

Our Holy God has not changed, and the Spirit of Prophecy with the testimony of His Son Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah), remains the same yesterday, today and forever. (See Revelation 19 verse 9 thru 11.) The Constant Word of the Universe says: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.  For truly 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 24 verse 35, and Matthew 5 verse 18.) The Spirit of God's Word is immutable and shall stand forever.  God's Word remains active and alive today, even as when the Lord's Spirit prophesied to the Seven Churches of Revelation.  The Spirit of the Lord will bring correction, and His correction will speak, strongly, to our unfaithfulness, and His call to return to our first Love.  (See Revelation 2 verse 3.)

The Everlasting Covenant is in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, which we have entered into, by faith.  That faith is in the God of the Living Word, and not with the gods of controversy, born out of the pride of controlling sin that gives birth to death.  If the flesh of man is arguing with flesh, over that which is spiritually discerned, then faith is disrupted into confusion.  For the Spirit we have received is not the world’s spirit, but God’s Spirit, helping us to recognize the gifts He has given us.  We speak of these, not in words of human wisdom, but in Words taught by the Spirit, thus interpreting spiritual things in spiritual terms. (1st Corinthians 2 verse 13 thru 14. ) The true Light of God's Word forever shines, sending forth the rays of His Infinite Truth within the hearts of the faithful hearer of His Word.

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Seeing the Sword of the Spirit.

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Then Jesus took the wine and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
“Drink of it, all of you. 
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.)

 

My Words are Spirit and They are Life!

In the early morning of May 25, of the year 2000, I was asleep on my bed, when in a night vision I found myself standing in front of a man, who was about 30 feet from me and on the same floor level.  The person, I was looking at was an ordinary, baldheaded man past middle age, and was clothed in priestly garments of a white robe with a green tunic.

NOTE: The color of green universally speaks of new life, of budding and living vegetation; it inspires hope, with the renewal of life and energy. The color white represents light, purity, innocence, joy, triumph and glory.

Besides the baldheaded man in priestly garments, I knew that other people were in that room with me.  All of us were standing in a lineup in the forefront of that dimly lit room, however from my central position, I did not look around to see who was there.  The only light that was in the room was directly over and surrounding that one priestly person standing in what would be the altar portion of the building.  My fixation was on that solitary person and the chalice he was embracing with both hands held close to his chest. It was only a moment into the vision, when He extended both arms straight forward, while still holding the chalice with both of his hands; and then he opened his mouth proclaiming very boldly: “Behold the Living Sacrifice”.

In the next moment, he turned to his right, to about 45 degrees and began to pan the room from his right to left with his outstretched arms while he continued to hold the chalice with both hands.  On my far left I heard an "Ohhhhh", then an "ooh ooh" in quick succession.  Momentarily, I thought to myself, surely the communicants were being blessed, but that was the only sounds I heard as I watched the priest as he slowly turned in my direction.  Just before he pointed the chalice towards me, I began to see a multicolored light emanating from the chalice and extending its reach all the way towards me.  I was anticipating a blessing, with answers to questions concerning the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ.  But, when the multicolored Light came upon me, my head was driven backwards, for I was pierced through the fore head by that beam of Light.  Instantaneously there came a silent explosion of white light within my mind, and I grunted out "Oh ohhh":  Then in less than a moment, I was stabbed in and through the abdomen and chest by that same piercing white Light, and I cried out “Oooh ooh”!  Startled and gravely discomforted, I found myself fully awakened, in a seated position, clutching my belly as if severely wounded and pondering the experience with bewilderment.  

The dream lasted, I suppose, all of 15 or 20 seconds.  However, after the awakening experience, I fell asleep quickly. When I awoke at the appropriate time and well rested, I immediately remembered the bold words, “Behold the Living Sacrifice!”  From that day and afterwards, I began to understand the dreams relevancy to the Holy Word's of Jesus Christ and of the inestimable value that God's Living Covenant in Communion provides for the Lord's Church Body:  Fear not: I AM the First and the Last: I AM He that lives and was dead; and behold, I AM alive for evermore, Amen: And I have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelation 1 verse 17 thru 18.) Consequently He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through Him, since He forever lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest, Holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. (Hebrews 7 verse 25 thru 26.)  No one comes to the Father except by Me!

The following scriptural texts are significant to the vision's understanding.  Others will follow.

Seek you first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable (logical) service.  And be not conformed to this world: But be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect Will of God”.

First we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices: For every sacrifice to God is salted. But if that which is salted shall loose its savor, how then is it to be salted? It is good for nothing and is to be cast out and to be trodden under the foot of men. (See Matthew 5 verse 13.)

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office (praxis (more precisely, function or doing) derived from prasso): So then, we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;   (Romans 12 verse 1 thru 6. )

Unfortunately the King James Version of the Bible incorrectly uses an inflated interpretation of the Greek word "praxis" to mean office (of significance) rather than the more correct lowly meaning of function, which would be natural to the differentiated cellular members within the whole body. 

Jesus said; Verily, verily, I say unto you: If a man keep My Word, he shall never see death.
furthermore That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations. (See Luke 24 verse 46 thru 48.)

The very Love of God constrains His people, so that in our self examination and repentance, we would not be condemned with this world of darkness. (See 1st Corinthians 11 verse 31-33.)

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen. (2nd Corinthians 13 verse 14.)

 

 

Standing in the darkness with the rest of the church, the sharpness of the Holy Spirit's Sword of piercing rebuke, made it abundantly clear to me that the contents of the cup, which the priest proclaimed "to be" the Living Sacrifice, absolutely contained the very Spirit and Life of the Word of Holy God that is One with the sacrificial Communion Blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. (See John 6 verse 63.)

The Holy Spirit of God, through His sharp two-edged Sword of Truth, very dramatically emphasized the two parts of my being that are influenced by the Spirit of the precious Blood of Jesus Christ.  First, there was the head representing the mind with its conscience, or more precisely the spirit of man resonating in the confines of the heart, that being the core thoughts, emotions and intentions within the mind of man, whether for good of bad: And secondly, the essence being the soul with the essence of life within the man. (See The Soul and the Life.) For Scripture says; So take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: (See Ephesians 6 verse 13 thru 18.) For 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.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.  (Hebrews 4 verse 12 thru 13.)  For "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve." (Jeremiah 17 verse 10.)  For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted (chastened) for your faults (sins), you shall take it patiently? But if, when you do well, and suffer for it, you then take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 19 thru 21.)

From the Song of Moses: See now that I, even I, AM He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My Hand. I will whet My glittering (My lighting) Sword, and My Hand shall take hold of judgment. (See Deuteronomy 32 verse 39 thru 42.)

In that moment of visionary time, I both witnessed and experienced extra-dimensionally, the Light of the Living Sword of the Spirit of Grace, that is One with the Covenant Water and Blood of Jesus Christ, piercing through both the fleshly part of my mind with its self centered spirit, and then into the core of the very soul of my being.  The experience left an indelibly deep impression within me, for, it was as if I had been slain with that multicolored Sword of Light, and yet, I awoke from the experience, to live.  Yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh,  I live by the Faith of the Son of God, Who Loved me, and gave Himself for me, (See Galatians 2 verse 20.)

For even unto this were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His Mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judges righteously: Who His Own Self bare our sins in His Own Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed, for you were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 21 thru 25.)

Did God really Say?
(Jesus says My Doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me)

A Warning that is yet from the Grace of God in Christ  Jesus: Nothing in the vanity of our self-centered humanity wants to hear the Spirit of God's correction to our straying unbelief in His Living Word.  This generation, like all generation's of adulterating self exultation, will exchange the Truth of God for a lie that accommodates their own selfish desires, leaving them without accountability for their illicit actions.  Now the Truth of the Word of God is seen as foolishness, and made subject to philosophical debates among the many self absorbed scholars of philosophy, who argue over what they think God, might have meant, and yet in the brilliance of their own individualistic minds, they may never come to the knowledge of the Truth. When the supreme council of the Lord is dismissed as foolishness then every man will make his own way and do what is right in their own eyes to satisfy the desires of their flesh. Witness for yourselves: The religious leaders that have cultivated a mind of unbelief that challenges the unfailing Word of God, will breed their own unbelief within their followers.  The unbelief of the intellectually gifted leader may even prevent the one who might be entering into the Life of Christ to deviate from the Truth, for they may end up following a completely skewed perception of the only Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty.  The Truth of God can not be dismissed as innocuous, but nevertheless Christ Jesus is the Personification of the Truth, and is none other than the Righteous Judge of the whole earth.  Jesus Christ, the very Word of His Father, is One with the King of His created universe, where all things in His universe are held together with the Power of the Infinite Word of the Almighty God. (See Ephesians 3 verse 9.)(Consider the challenges for today Romans 1 verse 21 thru 25.)

Jesus Christ, the Truth of the Word of His Father God, says: My sheep hear My Voice and I know them, and they follow Me. (See Mark 8 verse 38 and John 10 verse 26 thru 27.) David, the king of Israel, understood the voice of his Shepherd when he wrote in Psalm 23 Thy Rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

Yahweh God Almighty is ever faithful to His Covenant Word of Salvation Grace in Christ Jesus, while we are not ever faithful to Him: Therefore God's Spirit of Holiness will correct His Covenant people of our waywardness, through our own sins that will find us out.  God allows the pains and sorrows of sin to afflict our flesh, so as to bring us to repentance and on the right path of following His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer (that is to endure the pains of sin) for His sake; (Philippians 1 verse 29.) While this understanding is not popular in fleshly, faith based ministries of name and claim it, nevertheless, God, in the trying of our faith, gives unction to sin's administration of stripes of correction that are appropriate for the misdeeds and misconceptions of His wayward sheep. (See Luke 12 verse 42 thru 49.) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise. (Psalms 51 verse 17.)  For if we would judge our selves, we should not be judged, but when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, so that we should not be condemned with the world. (See verses for Chastening) Wherefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat (of the Lord's Table Provisions for Life in Christ) wait one for another. (See 1st Corinthians 11 verse 26 thru 34.)  The Body of Christ, in this world, is not working to its fullest capacity to glorify the Almighty God, while its members embrace the darkness of their own self centered sins, rather than the Love of their Creator. (See 1st Corinthians 12 verse 4 thru 27.)

The Table of the Lord Jesus Christ, is to be set with the provisions of faith that are ascribed in the Word of God, so that God's Holy Spirit of Grace can lead all of the baptized members within the death of Christ, into the sanctified unity of the One Holy Body of the Lord Jesus Christ.   The selfish sin's of our flesh shall not have dominion over us, for we are not to be led by the flesh of our fallen humanity, but by the leading of the One Holy Spirit of the only God of the Living that raised up our Savior Christ Jesus from the dead.  In Communion, when acknowledging our failures in loving God, then God's Holy Spirit of Grace is faithful and just to cleanse and absolve us of our unrighteousness.  No chastening of the Lord for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (See Hebrew 12 verse 5 thru 11.)

Now then, we, the baptized members of Jesus Christ, with the submission of our wills to that of God's Will, are freed from any condemnation of our failures in the thoughts and actions of our corrupted flesh.  Our collective prayers and petitions are not hindered in our unity within the Spirit of God.  The Holy Spirit of God in Christ Jesus is to be at the forefront of all of the individual members, so that He may raise up the saved into the stature of the One Man Christ Jesus. As members in the Grace of Christ Jesus, we are called to be the light of the world, and as His representatives, we are no longer to be party to the darkness of this world. 

Now, through God's Gift of His Spirit of abiding Faith in Christ Jesus, the darkness of sin is no longer to continue to have dictating dominion over our souls and minds that are housed in the wretchedness of our fleshly being. For he that suffers in the flesh ceases from sin. Make no mistake; our own sins reek havoc on the sensitivities of our self centered flesh, and God will use our own sins and those of others, like a rod, to correct our unrighteous thoughts and judgmental behaviors against others. (See Psalm 139 verse 23 thru 24.) In the darkness of this world, we are yet subject to our own trials of unbelief, and also to the tribulations of the sins of others that are blinded in the darkness of this dying world. These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (See John 8 verse 12, John 9 verse 5, Matthew 5 verse 14, John 16 verse 33.)

God's New Covenant of Grace, within the Blood of Jesus Christ, gives the one who lives by the Faith within Christ Jesus, the assurance that God's Spirit will faithfully be correcting the mistakes and curbing the passions of our flesh with the intent of increasing the virtues of Agapao Righteousness that is in His Son Christ Jesus. (See 2nd Timothy 3 verse 16 thru 17.) Hereby we perceive the Love of God, because He (Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd) laid down His Life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1st John 3 verse 16.) Coincidentally, the epistle of 1st John chapter 3 verse 16 chimes together in thought with the Gospel of John chapter 3 verse 16.

Within the dream, the outcry of the one person, along with mine, made it two fold evident of the vision's true witness.  First that the Spirit of God was bearing witness through the visionary dream of the spiritual reality of sin's corrupting condition that remains in our physical body of flesh.  Secondly and more importantly, the visionary dream of God's Word of Promise within His New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ is absolute Truth, for He will cleanse and absolve us of our confessed sins of darkness.   If we say we have no sin then we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (See 1st John 1 verse 7 thru 10.)  For the God of all Grace, Who has called us unto His Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, that after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, established, strengthened and settle you(See 1st Peter 5 verse 5 thru 11.) The piercing Light of God's Sword of the Spirit revealed the Truth of the sanctifying power of the unseen Spirit of the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ. 

Tragically, so much of the churches in their disunity, are dismissive of 1st John chapter 1 Verse 7 that speaks of the Communion/Fellowship that we are to have in the Blood of Jesus Christ.  The darkness of our sins of the flesh, in repentance are to be put under the cleansing Blood of Jesus Christ, through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, so that the Love of God might reign in the spirit of our minds, to the Glory of God Almighty.  God is faithful to His Covenant Word that is sealed in the Sacrificial Blood of Jesus Christ: For the Grace that is in Christ's Blood will cleanse our yielded hearts and souls from the wants of sin that are insidious to our idolatrous flesh. For if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ God's Son, cleanses us from [the weight of] all sin.

Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I AM meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. (See Matthew 11 verse 25 thru 30.)

These are the revealing Words of the Living Bread of Life Who came down from heaven; "Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest".  Prior to His call of Grace, the Lord Jesus had just rebuked the unbelieving in the Synagogue at Capernaum. (See Matthew 11 verse 22 thru 24.) Then you will find that the following Scripture is in concert with the same time as revealed in all of John's Gospel chapter 6; for it is a time for the Passover of Unleavened Bread. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes. (See Matthew 11 verse 25 thru 27.) That which is Hid and revealed to babes is the the Lord Jesus Christ as He says: Labor not for the food that perishes, but for the Food which endures unto everlasting Life, Which the Son of Man shall give unto you: For Him has God the Father sealed [hid]. (See John 6 verse 26 thru 29.)

Jesus the Word of His Father says: The Words I Speak to you are Spirit and They are Life. To be frank, I thought that the others that were gathered in that room with me, would have responded to the Spirit of the Word of God.  However, only one other person opened his heart to the Lord to receive of the Lord's provisions for Life in Him. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: If any man hear My Voice, and open the door, Then will I come into him, and will sup with him and he with Me. (See Revelation 2 verse 17 and chapter 3 verse 20.) The True Provisions of Life are that which the Lord Alone Provides through His Spirit of Grace.

Apparently, if the present unbelief and confusion continues in the teaching on Holy Communion, then not all will receive the Truth of the Spirit of the Word of God nor will  they respond to God's sanctifying Word in Holy Communion that removes the burden of sin from the spirit of our minds. (See James 1 verse 21 thru 24.) Then again, maybe there was only the two of us who struggle with the unruliness of our own flesh.  If the humility of a person's heart is not evident to God, then vanity reigns in the communion rite of men, and not the Holy Spirit of God Almighty's Grace.

No man puts a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put on to fill the garment up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: But they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. (Matthew 9 verse 16 thru 17.)

Holy Communion, by and through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, is intended for Baptized believers, who are settled the heart of their minds in following the fullness of the Words of their Chief Physician Christ Jesus. (See Matthew 9 verse 9 thru 13.) If the old vessels are settled in their unbelief without repentance, then it would be very foolish to partake of the the Holy Spirit's Provisions of the Lamb of God.  The New Wine of the Spirit of God is for the  new created wine skins of Faith that abides in their Savior, Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah.  The Infinite all-knowing Almighty God knows who belongs to Him.

Not one of us are justified in a perfunctory performance in Holy Communion.  Holy God Almighty, has called us to humility repent, leaving the imprisoning chains of our sin under the Blood of His Son, and then trust in God Almighty's Faithful Word that our souls and the spirit of our minds are in His Spirit's care.  The prison doors are already opened, and His reproof through the covering Love of God in Christ Jesus will bring the redeemed into the perfection of His Love that passes all human understanding.

Before this Communion visionary dream, and along with those visions in the chapter "Arise Shine", I initially saw Scripture in a singular perspective, relating only to the selfish sensitivities of my own person, and not to that which is necessary for the wholeness of all the members within the One Body of Jesus Christ.  This visionary dream became a spiritual revelation or awakening of the spiritual heart of my mind's spirit and soul, and not necessarily applicable to the desires of one's own selfish flesh.  Indeed, the blessing of the flesh that I might have desired or anticipated, did not take place, although this does not preclude God from giving a healing to a condition within our physical bodies at His own wise discretion and purpose in glorifying His very own Word, Jesus Christ.  God enlarges our Faith in Who He Is, and what He can do through His Spirit that resides within His obedient people of His Faith.  That Faith is not a faith that glories in the flesh that perishes along with its excesses.  For the sons of God are those that are led by the Spirit of Yahweh God Almighty, and are crucifying the sinful will of the flesh. (See Galatians 5 verse 24 thru 25.) Without humility there is no repentance, without repentance there is no remission of sin, without the remission of sin there is no power of the Holy Spirit, for God is Holy and not party to our sin.

Believe thou not 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 [the Father] does the works.  Believe Me; I Am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes in Me, the works that I do, shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. (John 14 verse 11 thru 12.)

It is during the Lord's Passover Communion with Unleavened Bread during His Table of New Covenant Grace that Jesus instructs His disciples in the Word of His Father: 'The Father that dwells in Me, He does the work. (first) If you live in Me and (\second) My Words live within you, (third) Then you shall ask what you will (according to the sanctifying Word of God) and it shall be done for you. And then again Jesus/Yeshua say: Without Me you can do nothing! (John 15 verse 5.) When seeking the Grace of God through a genuine Faith in the Word of the Almighty God, then the members of the Body of Christ are to be strengthened together in their functioning charism gifts of the Spirit of God within the One Holy Body of Jesus Christ.

In the natural, there are certain healings that can take place through the wisdom that people have received from God, and that wisdom may grow from an understanding of the nature of this natural body in conjunction with God's designed order of nature itself.  Even the wisdom of faith in God, does not allow for the continued abuse of His natural law, and perhaps the appetite of the flesh may need to be curbed or adjusted to bring about a change. 

All healing first takes place inwardly, and then God's Grace may be manifested outwardly.

Now, for a child of God with abiding faith in the power of God, obedience to the Word of God comes first, then comes God's blessings, working within the living members of the Body of Jesus Christ.  Even in the midst of the storms of this earthly life, God's Spirit of Life brings about a sense of well being within the spirits of His new creations in Christ Jesus. The Love of God is manifested to the redeemed, first occurring within our souls and the spirit of our minds, and then that same Love of God within us, is to be manifested in the Power of His Love to the lost souls of this perishing world.  The charisma grace of the abiding Spirit of God within the souls of  Faith, enables the manifestations of the Almighty's Power within and without of the sanctified members of the One Body of the Living Sacrifice, Jesus Christ; all given for the Glorification of the only Almighty God of the Living. (See 1st Corinthians 12 verse 4 thru 14.) Though the Holy Spirit of the Living God Almighty nothing is impossible: Therefore the manifestations of the Faith of Christ Jesus working within the functioning members of His Body is not limited to natural wisdom.

As we continue in the Way of Jesus Christ, we will see there is dynamic “Power in the Blood”, with unseen dimensions of enabling Life in the Communion Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ.  The Blood of Jesus Christ is One with the Word of His Father of Life, and the Blood is enabled, both to kill and make alive, and to wound and heal through the two edged Sword of the Holy Spirit of the Eternal God Almighty.  Greater emphasis on the Covenant Blood of Jesus and its spiritual affects on the soul and spirit of man will be presented in the following section 'The Crucible', but presently let us continue to always look to our Lord Jesus, the Living Sacrifice of God.

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The Living Sacrifice.
 

Having been conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Lord God, The Almighty, Jesus Christ was born the Son of God in the flesh of Adam/Man, and in His victory over human flesh by conquering sin's power of death is now the risen Son of Man and as Man is the Eternal Living WORD of Holy Yahweh GOD Almighty. With His victory over wickedness, God declared Jesus the Christ to be after the order of Malchizedek, and forever the only High Priest and Mediator of the New Covenant between Holy God Almighty and sinful mankind. Consequently He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through Him, since He forever lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest, Holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. (Hebrews 7 verse 25 thru 26.) Jesus, the Son of Man/Adam, having risen from the dead through God's Spirit of Holiness, is raised in majestic victory over the sins of the world, and is seated in the Power of Holiness at His Father's right hand as the Living Sacrifice, becoming the Lord our Righteousness.  In the Eternal Power of His Father, Jesus is the ever Living Sacrifice that witnesses to the world through His sanctified people, of the Grace and Wisdom of God.  Within the Son of Man's resurrection through holiness, Jesus the Christ of God ever makes intercession for the souls of His people that are new born into Christ's own Faith in His Father, and that bears witness to His own precious Life Blood that He offered on the cross for the sins of mankind.  For there are three that bear witness; The Spirit [of Grace], and the Water, and the Blood and these Three are One.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not (practice) the Truth:  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the Light, [then] we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin. (In full Context see 1st John 1 verse 5 thru 10.)

Even though we think that we stand among the redeemed of the Lord Jesus Christ, we forget about the sinful nature of our very own flesh, as if there were no problems at all.  Our callous forgetfulness, allows us to further dismiss the necessity for the denial of our self will, and the carrying of our daily cross.  Ah, but we say, thank goodness for Jesus Christ for now we are free from the law and sin, and all is done that can be done! Self righteousness will white wash our conscience from the offenses, causing us to ignore the cancer of death.  And so the evil of sin still abounds in the church; just look around, and see if you can see yourself in the eyes of others.   Now the Lord said to them all, "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it." (Luke 9 verse 23 thru 24.)  If you have considered this Word of the Lord, then what does this following Word of the Lord mean to you? Whosoever commits sin is the slave of sin. And the slave [of sin] abides not in the house for ever but the Son remains forever.  If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8 verse 35 thru 36.) If we are free in the Truth that is Jesus Christ, then we are together, communing in the Life cleansing Blood from the Spirit of Grace and all Holiness.

Now, if we are disciples, having been made alive in the following of Jesus Christ, then we are called to walk within the narrow path of this new Life in Christ, birthed in the great expanse of God's Perfect Way of Agape/Love.  But when we are distracted with the cares of the world, and stumble out of the Way of the Truth, and instead follow after the demands of the self centered sin within our shallow minds of flesh, then we will inevitably fall by the wayside in pain. (Consider the dichotomy of suffering 2nd Peter 2 verse 19 thru 20.)  Now, in the midst of the suffering for our wrong, if we listen carefully in the heart of our reasoning minds, then we should begin to hear the Spirit of Holiness calling us to return to God's New Covenant Word of Grace given at His Table of His Grace.  The Grace of God, through Holy Faith in the Word of God, is eternally sufficient within His Son's Body and shed New Covenant Blood that is received in the Truth of Holy Communion. With our repentance that is born in our humility towards God, Jesus says: Take and eat, for this is My Body given for you.  Then Jesus took the cup, and gave thanks [to Yahweh His Father], and gave it to them, saying: “Drink from it, all of you.  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.) But when you do well, and suffer for it, you take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: For great is your reward in heaven: For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5 verse 10 thru 12.)

Surely you remember that Holy God, Himself, has given a Love offering beyond human understanding?  God's Perfect Love was in the Life Blood of His only begotten Son, made the flesh of Man, and Christ Jesus presented himself to Yahweh God as a perfect Chagigah offering for the sinful dead of man kind.  Do you not also know that the Spirit of the Father was within the Soul of Christ, and He also suffered with the Spirit of the Son of Man, for indeed, God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. (See 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 18 thru 19, and John 9 verse 29, with John 10 verse 38,and John 17 verse 21.)

The Perfect Love of Yahweh God Almighty was within the Soul of His incarnated Son, Christ Jesus.  This is the Perfect Love that overcomes this world of sin and death, and in the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Blood of His Son, this Agape/Love exonerates the born again souls of repentant faith from their nature of sin and death. For whom the Son sets free, is free indeed to Love and serve the Lord God Almighty with gladness and singleness of heart.  We beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable (logical) service.  And be not conformed to this world: But be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”.

Our Living Sacrifice of Love comes from the Holy Spirit of the God of the Living, and that Sanctifying Love continues in the Communal New Covenant Life Blood of Yahweh's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Last Adam.  The Life of the Spirit of Christ and God the Father is to flow freely within the members of the Body of the Living Sacrifice of God, Jesus Christ. 

We members of the Body of Christ partake of the Bread of Life, drink in of His Life Blood, whereby our conscience will become cleared of the encumbrances from the guilt of our now confessed sin, and that same Agape Love covers our continuing weaknesses innate to our flesh.  The Perfect Love of God is within that sacrificial Life Blood of Jesus Christ, because the Holy Spirit is One with the Life that is in the Holy Blood of God's only begotten Son.  Because of the mediating Living Sacrifice for sin, the Sovereign God of the Universe has no desire to keep us chained to the guilt of our failures, nor does He keep an account of our confessed and forsaken sins that are being cleansed by the Life Blood of God's Perfect Sacrifice within Christ Jesus.  The guilt of those confessed sins of today are obliterated in the Blood of Christ Jesus, so that in the freshness of our fellowship within the Body of Jesus Christ, selfish sin is denied its power, and the cross is once again lifted up, and the Lord once more is leading in the forefront of our daily lives.

The believer, through the Living Faith of the Christ of God, and our Fellowship (Communion) with the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ our Living Sacrifice, will continue to be empowered through God's Spirit of the New Covenant Blood, to enable His Covenant people to walk in the Life of the Spirit.  Through our Fellowship in the Blood of Jesus, we remember that the Lord's Life, as a gift of immeasurable LOVE, has become our Life, and although we may have grave weaknesses, we are made through Christ, to be more than an over-comer in this world, and able to present our bodies in worshipful service as a living sacrifice that is acceptable to God the Father. (See Romans 12 verse 1 thru 2.) "For they shall overcome the evil accuser by the BLOOD of the LAMB, and the Word of their testimony, and they loved not their life unto the death."  (See Revelation 12 verse 10 thru 12.) For I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that Life (the Life of Jesus Christ) which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, Who Loved me, and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2 verse 20 (ASV.)  Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in Love [Agape], as Christ also has [sacrificially] Loved us, and has given Himself for us, a (Chagigah-Presentation) offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. (Ephesians 5 verse 1 thru 2.) As ambassadors of God, called in Christ Jesus, we, as member of His Body, are to become living sacrifices, in presenting God's gift of peace to a lost world that suffers in the corruption of sin.

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Who will believe our report?
 

To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?   God is the One Who calls a person to saving faith, and the one who receives the simplicity of that true faith in God's salvation, will undoubtedly be tried by fire. "For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not?" (Hebrews 12 verse 6 thru 8.) After God's initial correction of His child, then it remains God's prerogative to set that child in the earthly Body of His Son, according to the measure of the gift of God's grace given to that person for the edification of Jesus' Body in Love.  It was He Who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith, and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (In full context Ephesians 4 verse 4 thru 13 NIV.)         

For me, grace was given to see the revelation of the Ecclesia's Communion in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and that grace came through God's own direct initiative. (See Romans 12 verse 1 thru 5.) In the Body of Christ Jesus, we are each given a measure of faith, so that in the unity of the Spirit, our individual gifts would come together as One in the maturity of the One Body of Christ, and would  allow us to attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ Jesus.  Without the fullness of the Spirit of Grace working His calling calling within the individual members of the Body of Christ Jesus then we individually remain impotent on the whole.  Each function in the Body is dependant upon the other, with each member belonging to one another.

If I speak the truth through the Holy Spirit's visionary revelation, and the truth glorifies the Word of God in Christ Jesus, then why is the Spirit of Truth resisted?  Is the prophet Joel wrong in his prophecy about the Holy Spirit's revelation to old men, and young men and women, for Joel prophesies the Word of God: And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit. (Joel 2 verse 28 thru 29.) The Lord Jesus Christ says; But when the Comforter is come Whom I will send unto you, even the Spirit of Truth Who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15 verse 26.)  He will bring glory to Me, by taking from what is Mine, and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is Mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is Mine, and make it known to you. (In full Context John 16 verse 14 thru 15 NIV.)

God's Holy Spirit delivers the Truth of the Lord's Word to His people who hold fast to and love the Truth.  It has been suggested more or less; that those who will not believe the Truth, are capable of believing everything, but the Truth.  Obviously, if Truth is forsaken, then error is substituted.  If the absolute substance of God's Truth cannot be explained to satisfy the natural senses of man, does that mean that the Substance of Truth does not exist?  Intellectual human pride will prevent the reception of God's grace given through His Holy Spirit; for that grace is to be ministered in the heart of abiding faith, and the Truth of God's confirming revelation concerning the microcosm within the macrocosm of His creative Word, is to be received with believing faith and joy in the spirit of the substance of the mind.

As God gave increase to my faith through His Holy Spirit, I came to a greater understanding of God's Loving grace within the new tabernacle of my heart, for Salvation came from the very heart of God, Who is Love.  The Soul and the essence of God's perfect Love, came down from the unreachable heavens, was made flesh, and was crucified, and the Soul essence of Yeshua that was within His Blood was poured out of His body on to the dust of the earth. "For it pleased the Lord to bruise Him.  He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His Soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed".  (Isaiah 53 verse 10.)  The Soul essence of the saving Life Blood of Jesus Christ as the Son of Man, was sacrificial Love, which is because the Son, as the Seed of God, is of the same essence of His Father's Love and Righteousness.  Jesus Christ was and is the perfect representative of man, and the soul and life of the Son of Man was poured out upon the earth, through His Blood, for the reparation of the sins of earthly mankind.  And the Holy Lord God Almighty accepted the essence of Christ's Soul with His human Spirit, which was Perfect Love for the Father, as an exchange offering for our souls that were held in sin and death, and totally lacking in that perfect love.  Holy God is LOVE and only the Holy LOVE of His Son will satisfy the price for the redemption of the unholy. For He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53 verse 5 thru 6.)

St. Ignatius of Antioch, who was martyred in 107 AD, and certainly was not a Roman Catholic, wrote: "I have no taste for corruptible food, nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the Bread of God, which is the Flesh of Jesus Christ, Who was of the seed of David; and for drink, I desire His Blood, which is love incorruptible". 

Mankind lacks the Perfect Love of God as demonstrated by His Son in the flesh of humanity, and as a result of our corruption with self idolatrous sin, we love not the Holy Father God in deserved perfection nor our fellow man as our selves.  In Holy Communion, we receive through the Holy Spirit that same Word of Power of God's Love within the Soul and the Life of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, for He is the perfect Son and Loves the Father perfectly.  "What is it" that mankind has lost and unknowingly truly seeks after? Jesus prayed: And I have declared unto them Thy Name, and will declare It: that the Love wherewith Thou hast Loved Me, may be in them, and I in them.  (John 17 verse 26.) (See Hebrews 12 verse 22 thru 25.)

The questioning of Truth in God's Word began in the Garden, and the challenge is always before us: "Did the Lord God really say, and mean what He said?"  If Adam and Eve could have seen the dimensional substance of evil in the fruit that changed them in body, soul and spirit, would they have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil?  As it is, their soul broke faith with God, and they desired to see and divine for themselves what they thought that God had hidden from their view.  May I say that the empirical evidence suggest that the unseen substance of evil and self rule was obviously present, and is made manifest today through all the divining hearts of Adam's offspring of unbelief and disobedience.  Furthermore, the offspring of Adam without faith and humility, will never divine the real substance within the provisions on the Lord's Table of Grace.  Again, "What is it" that is the substance that initiates saving faith?

Our Holy Covenant with Holy God Almighty is an unsurpassable Gift of Mercy, given in the Living Sacrifice of God's only begotten from eternity, and the shedding of the Holy Life Blood of that incarnate Son, Christ Jesus, Who was fully the Son of Man.  Only that One Holy Life, lived in Perfect Love of God Almighty is sufficient to atone for the damnable sins of mankind.  Only the sacrificial Life within the Blood of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, given in the Love of God, satisfies the demands of God's Eternal Holiness, and is the only means of justification for all of mankind, who believe in the sacrificial sufficiency of the Life of Jesus Christ.  If Christ Jesus is not raised from the dead, then the sacrifice of His Life Blood is not sufficient for the Life of mankind, and our Communion Covenant is remembered in vain.  But Christ is risen in power and glory, and the constancy of His Word of Truth says: "This is My Blood of the New Covenant poured out for many for the remission of sins".  The Agape of Holy God is the antithesis of sin, and the one who drinks in of that sanctifying Blood of the New Covenant, drinks in of the Holy Spirit of that Agape of God.

Perhaps this is easy enough to understand for God's people born of His grace.  However, religious church leaders have a tendency to expound upon a profound matter in the spiritual realm of God's Word that is impossible to be explained to everyone's satisfaction.  God is the only One Who knows the full heart and substance of His Word.  This quarreling over the spiritual dynamics of the Word of God is confusion, and this confusion is part and parcel with the will of sin, which imprisons mankind.  The contentious Communion doctrines concerning the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, is seeded within the demagoguery of Eden's mystery of iniquity, which breaks faith with God, and the church people with each other.  The contrived devises and controlling edicts of man produces error, no matter how spiritual the contrivances may sound.  God's Holy Will and His New Covenant is simplified for mankind through our repentance from sin, and our simple faith with obedience to God's Provision Word's of Salvation and Sanctification that bring forth the Divine liberation that God intends for His people of faith. During the last supper discourse, the Lord Jesus said to His followers: "This is My Commandment that you Love one another, as I have Loved you.  Greater Love has no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends, if you do what so ever I command you".

The Provisions of the Word of God given in Holy Communion through the Holy Spirit, speaks of unity and sacrificial Love in the Body of Jesus Christ.  The Body, whose members we are in baptismal faith in Jesus Christ, is enabled with the Lord's Life of the Spirit flowing through His shed Blood of the New Covenant, that takes away the sins and errors of the communion collective, and certainly those of the individual, when we humble ourselves, and acknowledge our sinful faults.  Sin's invasive division of the church is to cease, and the regeneration and reproduction of God's Perfect Love within us is to take place at the Lord's Table.  No doubt, the church has not tarried in prayer before the Lord Jesus Christ, the Mediator of the Blood Covenant between God and mankind, and has not sought His council within the provisions and providence of the Almighty.  God, when called upon, and when seeing the repentance of the people, will put to naught the foolishness of man, and man's ignorance of the HOLY.  Indeed, there is a mysterious absence of the application of the Blood Covenant of Jesus Christ within all the churches, which are to form the Body of the Lord, and the unblemished Bride of His calling.  We as the segmented church, are all individually right in our own eyes, and while we remain stubbornly blinded by our own iniquity, God will not hear.  Jesus said unto them, "If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remains". (John 9 verse 41.)

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The Holy Spirit of Truth.
 

Ruach haKodesh haEmet, The Comforter, The Spirit of God,
My Spirit, The Spirit of Wisdom, The Spirit of the Lord, The Spirit of Grace, The Spirit of Life!
 

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might,
the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord; And [the Spirit of the Lord] shall make Him of Quick Understanding in the Fear of the Lord:
and He shall not judge after the sight of His Eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His Ears:
(See Isaiah 11 verse 1 thru 5.)

The Grace of God Almighty is not seen nor fully understood in the Truth, for in the Council of His Wisdom and His Understanding within His Knowledge of all things of His creation, Yahweh God's Grace is Life administered by His unseen Holy Spirit of Grace!  We need to consider the full implications of what is written in scripture so that the conditional statement is understood. The word [if] is the beginning of a conditional statement, that is followed with a an understood [then] that defines the end of the condition:  Therefore if you live after the flesh, [then] you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, [then] you shall live. The condition of God's Grace is further amplified in this Scripture with:  If the many are led by the Spirit of God [then] they are the sons of God(Understand the conditions in Romans 8 verse 7 thru 14.) The Holy Spirit of God is the Grace of God that has come to lead us in the Way, of the Truth and the Life that is the Christ of Holy God.  For by [the Spirit of] Grace are you saved thru Faith in Christ and not of yourselves: Grace is the Gift of God. (See Ephesians 2 verse 8.) For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8 verse 2.)

By experience, we have found that many errors can be made in the multitude of words, and so even with our best efforts, we may fail in our expressions of that which is good.  Nevertheless, in spite of our short comings, we'll press on believing we have received good understanding through the Spirit of God's Grace.  Truth begins for us in Jesus, for Christ is the Truth.  The Truth of God's New Salvation Covenant of Grace, is sealed in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, where the essence of the absolute Truth of God, comes forth only through the leading of the Supreme Authority of God's Holy Spirit of Truth and Grace. 

So then, let us return to the evening of the 15th of Nissan, where the Lord Yeshua/Jesus presides over the first day of the Jewish Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread.  After Judas Iscariot, in the midst of the Pascal Feast, had departed to finish his betrayal of His Lord, then the Lord Jesus Christ, the True Bread of Heaven, said to His remaining disciples:  A new Commandment I give unto you: That you Love one another, as I have Loved/Agapao you, so shall you Love/Agapao one another.  By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, If you have Agape/Love one to another(John 13 verse 33 verse 35.) The agape kind of love that Jesus is describing is sacrificial, and is looking to the welfare of another rather than to one's own self satisfaction.

Then Jesus told His disciples that He was going away, and they could not come with Him at that time, but they would follow Him afterward.  The apostles were confused at His Words, and became dismayed within the realization that the comfort, that they had in Jesus, the Messiah of God, would no longer be with them.  Then Jesus Christ, the Way the Truth and the Life of men, attempts to reassure His disciples as we read in John 14, and finally Jesus says to them: If you Love/Agape Me, [then] keep My Commandments, and I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever: Even the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because the world sees Him not, neither knows Him: But you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14 verses 15 thru 18.)

While Jesus the Christ of God was dwelling with His disciples He protected all of them within the Name of His Father (Yahweh), except for the son of perdition. (See John 17 verse 12.) But there would soon be a time when the Spirit of Christ would come and reside within the soul of His disciples to lead them in the Truth of His Holy Father Yahweh's exalted Word, and His only Begotten Son Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah.  That beginning day, for the disciples, was the day of Pentecost when God's Holy Spirit of Grace descended upon and filled all those that were waiting in the upper room.  When hearing the Mighty Wind of the Spirit, subsequently, a throng of peoples gathered outside the upper room, where Peter, with the disciples, would preach with conviction the Salvation Word of God.  Being convicted in their hearts, some of the people asked the disciples; what must we do?  Then Peter said unto them: Repent and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  Thus the Promise of the Lord at His last Passover Table came into being on that Day of First Fruits: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  And again with the Lord's instructions after His resurrection, Jesus said to His disciples: That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in Messiah's Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And behold I shall send the Promise of My Father upon you: But tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you be endued with Power from on High. (See Luke 24 verse 36 thru 49.) When God's Holy Spirit would come to Christ's followers then the disciple of Jesus Christ would be led by His Spirit of Grace into all that is the Truth.

On that day of the new birth of the ecclesia/church, the Holy Spirit of God glorified the victorious Christ of God, the First Born of the Father, and the first Fruits of Christ of Whom Yahweh raised from the dead.  At that time the Holy Spirit of God's Grace descended in the Power of Life upon all the hearers that repented of their sins and were baptized in the Faith of Christ as believers in the First Fruit resurrection of God's only Begotten Son, Christ Jesus.

The Day God's Holy Spirit of Grace gives Birth to Life

On this One Day of Shavuot,  the Word of God was born the Son of Man: And on this Day of Pentecost the One Holy Spirit of God gave new birth to the Ecclesia of repentant sinners of man kind.

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.)  At that day you shall know that I AM in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (John 14 verse 20.) Again the we hear the Lord speak of the conditions of God's abiding Love.  If a man Love/Agapao Me, [then] he will obey My Words, and My Father will Love/Agapao him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. (John 14 verse 23.)

Many years ago, at about the same time that I had the first visionary dreams concerning the Communion Table of our Lord Jesus Christ, I was in prayer and received another revelation,  The following will give incite to the above relational scriptures. 

My wife Rose and I, had come home after a Wednesday evening home fellowship.  Rose had gone to bed, and I went into the living room to kneel at a chair, and began to pray to the Lord.  I do not recall what melancholic need that prompted the following plea to the Lord, but, it was probably very similar to one of your calls to our Savior.  In the midst of my prayer, I cried out softly to the Lord Jesus, “O Lord, ……, I sure wish I could see you right now.”  What I heard in my being, came back so profoundly, so powerfully full of Truth that I knew instantly, that the Lord by His Holy Spirit had spoken, and not the mind of this man.  The Holy Spirit said, “I have put My Spirit in Joseph, I have put My Spirit in Debbie, I have put My Spirit in Rose.  Behold your Master!”  The names were some of those Christians that I and my wife had met with that evening.  In the Body of Jesus Christ, we are all members and servants of each other, so that by the Power of God's Holy Spirit, the Body of Christ would glorify the Almighty God, in serving one another in the unity of God's Love for us, but also a world of lost souls.

Our true Love of the Almighty God, will manifest itself in one's obedience to God's good Will.  This is My Commandment: That you love (agapao) one another, as I have Agapao all of you.  Greater Love (Agape) has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends, IF you do what I Command you. (John 15 verse 12 thru 14.) If a man love (agapao) Me, he will keep My Words: and My Father will Love (agapao) him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves (agapao) Me not, keeps not My sayings, and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me (See John 14 verse 23 thru 25.) The Love of God comes first to our hearts, and then our obedience follows in the footsteps of Love. (See Romans 5 verse 6 thru 9.)

With the Truth of God residing in the heart of the believer, the scriptures now says through Paul: That you put off concerning the former conversation of the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind (heart); And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man Truth with his neighbor: For we are members one of another.  Be angry, and sin not: Let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that has need.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good, to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4 verse 22 thru 28.) The spirit at the core of our minds is to be constantly washed and renewed in the Covenant Word of the Lord God Almighty, so that the new man birthed in Christ begins to show forth the righteous work of God in our souls.  We are saved into new Life by the Grace of God thru Faith, and are all called to be the ambassadors of God's Grace in Christ Jesus, so that this lost world would know of God's mercy to all who call upon His Name.  With the New Covenant Grace of God abounding within our souls, we should always endeavor to speak and act, in the Almighty's behalf, with the Grace of His Salvation Truth.

I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever: When He is come, even the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because the world sees Him not; He will reprove the world (yes, we whom God calls out) of sin, and of judgment, and of righteousness.  Of sin, because they [including we] believed not on Me.  [No man comes to My Father except by Me.] Of righteousness, because I go to the Father.  [The Lord, He is our Righteousness.]  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.   And when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth: For He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear that shall He speak, and He will show you things to come. He shall Glorify Me; for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it [the Glory] unto you. (See John 14 verse 16 thru 17, and John 16 verse 7 thru 15.) 

The world does not receive the Holy Spirit of God naturally, for the world remains mired up to its eyes in its dark captivity of unbelief.  Even so God calls all sinners to repentance and to turn away from this world of death and corruption, and to receive the inward guidance of His Spirit of Grace.  And when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will come with the fire of the Holiness that is of Christ, too correct His child of the sins of the flesh; for He will reprove our self righteousness, with the Righteousness of the Christ of God; and He will correct our judgments with His righteous judgments, for the prince that holds this dark world captive, is already condemned, whose judgment will be finalized in the end.  If the people of the world do not repent, then they have entered into God's same judgment as that of their captor the devil.  Sin is judged as death, and death is not of God's Kingdom of the Living.

Jesus the Christ of God, being the Jewish Host of God's Passover Table, conducted for His disciples the Torah's required High Sabbath evening meal of Nisan the 15th.  Jesus Christ, at this particular Jewish Feast of Passover with Unleavened Bread, would end the old covenant in the sacrificial blood of animals and the eating of their flesh, and now inaugurate the New Covenant in the Flesh of His Body, sealed in the Life Blood of the Incarnate last true genetic offspring of Adam. 

And as they were eating, [of the passover lamb of the old covenant] Jesus [The True Bread of Heaven] took [the unleavened] bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My Body. And He took the (wine for the 3rd) cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink of it, all you; For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (See Matthew, Mark and Luke.)

Yahweh God gave the Life of His only begotten Son, to be both a sin offering and a peace offering for His people who would receive in Covenant Faith, God's Salvation Gift of Grace with grateful thanksgiving.  In our Great Salvation from sin and death, the priesthood of new born believers are all called to be partakers of the unleavened Bread of Heaven, born the flesh of Man, and to drink of His sanctifying Covenant Blood that covers over our confessed faults with His Veil of Agape/Love.  Everyone that names the Name of the Lord, must depart from wickedness. (See 2nd Timothy 2 verse 19, and Luke 13 verse 27.) Therefore, in all cases of ongoing defiling sin, know that;  Your glorying is not good.  Know you not that a little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough?  Purge out therefore the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you are to be unleavened.  For indeed Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. (See 1st Corinthians 5 verse 6 thru 7.) 

Yeast is indicative of sin, and our Lord, Jesus the Christ of God, was without sin within the total essence of His whole being of Body, Soul and Mind.  I AM the Living Bread which came down from heaven: If any man eat 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 world. (John 6 verse 48 thru 51.) That Bread that the Lord gives for the life of the world, is Living Bread that came down from the Father, and not that which is satanically defiled with the corrupting leaven of sin.  Therefore, seeing that we, by the faith of Christ, are new creations in Christ Jesus, let us purge out the old leaven of sin and death, and let us keep the feast [of the Lord] with the unleavened bread of sincerity and Truth, (See 1st Corinthians 5 verse 8.)

In the Light of God's Holy Spirit, the corruption of selfish sin that can so easily weigh us down in guilt, will be exposed, even by the cutting edge of the Sword of the Spirit. (See Hebrew 4 verse 12 thru 13.) In God's Goodness, He will wound us, to bring us to repentance, so that with the conviction of sin, we would relinquish its condemnation of death to the consuming fire of the Spirit of God.  It is the Holy Spirit of God, that is One with the sanctifying Blood of Christ, Who convicts us of sin, so as to correct us from our old ways of death, even through the chastening of our flesh.  With the chastening, Father God intends for the desire of sin that rules in this area of fleshly self conflict, to be abated. (See John 16 verse 4 thru 11.) In that God is healing us of our sins of the flesh, then the heart or soul is left pliable to the expansion of the cleansing Flood of Living Water that will spring up within repentant souls that are always being made alive by the Holy Spirit of the One God Almighty.

But if we say that we have no sin then we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us.  If we say we have not sinned then we make Him to be a liar, and His Word is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (See 1st John 1 verse 8 thru 10.) On the first day of the Feast of unleavened Bread, the Word of God Almighty, made the flesh of Man said to His faithful disciples:  Take and eat, for this is My Body given for you.  When they had eaten of the unleavened Bread of His Presence, Yeshua, the Christ of God said of the Cup of Blessing: 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.) For if we walk in the Light, as He is the Light, we have Communion/Koinonia/Fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1st John 1 verse 7.)

Faith bears witness to the eternal facts of the Word of God, both the seen and the unseen. That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that you also may have Koinonia with us:  And truly our Koinonia is with the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ.  These things we write unto you that your joy may be full. (See 1st John 1 verse 3 thru 4.) God's Spirit of Life was in Christ Jesus, and that same Holy Spirit raised the dead body of the Son of Man to the Eternal Life that the Promised Messiah had with His Father from the beginning.  God's Holy Word, from before the beginning of the treasonous fall of man in the garden, would come into this world, born of the seed of the Woman of Adam, and as a man, born of His Father's Love, He would crush the head of the evil one, and in his resurrection power, He released the waiting prisoners who were held captive to sin and death. The darkness of sin and death, had met its match in the Light and Love of God that passes understanding.  Had they known, the lords and princes that possessed this world would never have crucified the Lord of Glory.  (See 1st Corinthians 2 verse 5 thru 15.)

The True Facts of God's Grace are perceived through one's Faith in Christ, so that we would all know that God's One Holy Spirit of resurrection Promise, would also come to indwell every faithful member of the Lord's One Body.  So then, as saved living members in the One Body of Jesus Christ, how do we see and treat one another who are each born of the same Gift of Resurrection Faith of our Lord, Christ Jesus?  Do we see, in each of the members of His Body, as the Lord Himself, and as one to love and serve as if unto the Lord?  And yet again, how do you perceive the one, who may yet answer God's call to repentance, but because of our self conceived pride and prejudice, we are ignorant of the possibilities, seeing that we have forgotten what manner of person we are in our own flesh? Now in either case, that presupposes that the Spirit of Christ dwells within our own individual heart, and that the soul is receptive to the things of the Lord.  Again, we can hear the Lord Jesus set the prerequisites for Life: If you Love Me, [then] keep My Commandments: And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter. 

But be careful of your heart, for Paul warns us that God is not mocked:  For if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him: (See Romans 8 verse 8 thru 10.) And again we hear Paul's warning: For if any man defile the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.  If God's Love, with His Spirit's witness of His Son's sanctifying Covenant Blood, is missing in our lives, then we are sorely missing the leading of God's Holy Spirit, and the Fountain of Living Water being quenched, with the soul being shriveled up, and left dry as a desert.

It would be apparent in the New Blood Covenant of Jesus Christ, that the royal priests of God are all responsible for the cleansing maintenance of their own individual portion of the temple, for we, who are in Christ, are to be the dwelling place of God's Holy Spirit of Grace, Who leads us into all Righteousness. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 9 thru 10.) 

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The Fountain of Living Water. 
My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me the Fountain of Living Waters,
 and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold Water.

Many do not know that there is a controversy, in what is called the Johannine Comma.  For our immediate edification, the following verses in the Epistle of 1st John chapter 5, would stand as correct: For there are Three Witnesses, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and They are One. (1st John 5 verse 7 thru 8.) In spite of the perceived manuscript problems, this interpretation would be a more correct rendering of the previous scripture verse, without the inserted word "agree" or "agreement".  The Greek translation for the word "agree" is symphōneō, Strong's G4856.  This Greek word, symphōneō, having been translated in English to, "agree", is recorded seven times in six separate verses in the Greek concordance for the KJV bible, but symphōneō is not found in the Greek transcript of 1st John 5 verses 7 thru 8.  The Greek script reads as  "οι τρεις εις το εν εισιν", which has the translated meaning of "the Three are in the One".  The isolated Greek Word in this portion of the script is actually "eisi - εισιν" which means "are" one, and is the same exact connotation as "the Three are One".

   6 This houtos is eimi the ho one who came erchomai by dia water hydōr and kai blood haimaJesus Iēsous Christ Christos; not ou by en the ho water hydōr only monon but alla by en the ho water hydōr and kai the ho blood haima. And kai the ho Spirit pneuma is eimi the ho One Who testifies martyreō, because hoti the ho Spirit pneuma is eimi the ho Truth alētheia. 7 For hoti there are eimi three treis that ho testify martyreō: 8 The ho Spirit pneuma and kai the ho Water hydōr and kai the ho Blood haima; and kai the ho three treis are eimi in eis the ho one heis.

Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament provides the meaning of heis as One.

εἱς (heis)

Strong: G1520, G3391

GK: G1651

numeral one, Mt. 10:29, freq.; only, Mk. 12:6 one virtually by union, Mt. 19:5-6, John 10:30  one and the same, Luke 12:52; Rom. 3:30

Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament edited by William D. Mounce. Copyright ©2011 by William D. Mounce. All rights reserved. Free Greek dictionary.

Christ Jesus, being the Incarnate Word of God, was conceived in the genetic flesh of Adam, and the Word of God is of One Spirit with the Will of His Holy Father God, the Almighty.  God's Holy Spirit is not divided, nor can the Spirit of Yahweh God the Father be separated as distinct from the Water and the Blood that flowed from the Body of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man:  For the Spirit of God is of One Essence with His Word made the flesh of Man, and the One Holy Life/Soul/Nephesh of the Son of Man was poured out for the Salvation of sinful mankind.  And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy Hands I commend My spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost. (Luke 23 verse 46.) As an obedient and loving Son, and having accomplished the Will of His Father God Almighty, the crucified Jesus Christ, released His spirit within His flesh, to be the presentation offering, Chagigah, of the Son of Man/Adam, into the keeping of the Spiritual Will of His Father.  The Spirit of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, reveals in His resurrection from the dead, that He is indeed of One essence with the One Holy Spirit of His Father God Almighty.   So then, the spiritual significant of the witness of the Spirit, the Water and the Blood, as being One Essence (homooúsios), goes beyond mere conversational agreement, but speaks singularly, of the Spiritual Essence of the Word of God that was given for the Salvation of the lost of mankind.  The One Holy Spirit of Father God with the resurrected Son of God and Man, is the Spiritual Fountain of Living Water, being poured out upon earthen vessels that are seeking the Life giving Source that is the Holy Spirit of God.  Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God the Almighty is the Fountain of Living Water, for He with His Word is the Only Source of Life. (See Jeremiah 2 verse 13 and 17 verse 13 thru 14.) Being One with the Water and the Blood of Jesus Christ, the One Holy Spirit of the Father with His resurrected Son, is both the Baptizer and the Fountain of the Serum Water, that is poured out upon repentant believers, to be the cleansing new Life that flows from the Fountain of Life within God's risen Son, Christ Jesus.  

In Communion with His people, the One Holy Spirit of the Living Word of the Lord God Almighty, as Man and our High Priest mediates Life through His New Covenant Blood that sanctifies the repentant sinners within His Body of believers.  So then, the witness, of the Spirit of the Fountain of Living Water, began in our initial Baptism into the cleansing Serum Water of the Life of Jesus Christ, and continues with the witness, of the Spirit of the Water and the Blood, in Holy Communion.  Perhaps when the called out ones, begin to humble themselves under the Witness of the Word of God, and honor His New Blood Covenant among themselves, then the Holy Spirit of God, will pour out upon the parched earthen vessels, His refreshing Waters from His Well Spring that never runs dry.

If the thoughts are presented well, and understood within the heart of the reasoning mind, then some of the philosophical speculations, surrounding the following scriptures should come to an end.

Jesus answered, Verily, Amen, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of Water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  (John 3 verse 5.)

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto Living Fountains of Waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7 verse 17)

"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the Waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? ( See Isaiah 55 verse 1 thru 5.)

 

In the last day, that great day of the feast [of Tabernacles or Booths], Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believes on Me, as the scripture has said: (See Deuteronomy 18 verse 15 thru 19.) Then out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7 verse 37.)  My Flesh is meat indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed. (See John 6 verse 53 thru 57.)

It should be obvious to all of the redeemed, that the Holy Spirit of Almighty God is infinitely pure: So then how could God's Spirit abide with the impurity of the self idolatry that defiles all of mankind?  He can not; unless that person has entered by faith into God's New Covenant, and then their soul would be marked by the Holy Spirit of God with the Holy Blood of God's Holy incarnate Son Jesus the Christ, the Son of Adam.  And the Son says: I and the Father are One.  He that has seen Me has seen the Father.  He that receives the Son receives the Father also, for they are of One Spiritual Essence of Mind within the One Holy Spirit of God Almighty.  Jesus declares many times that His Father is in heaven, but Jesus also declares:  For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you. (Matthew 1 verse 20.) The Word of God is a dichotomy that speaks of the Presence of Holy God, both in heaven and within the believer that transcends our understanding of space and time. For the Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the world. (See Revelation 13 verse 8.) However, it was not until the Life Blood with the separated Serum Fluid, would flow from the wounds, and the pierced Side of the crucified Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, that God's New Covenant with earthly mankind was being established in the earth, and was finalized in the death, burial and resurrection of God's beloved Son.   The resurrection of the Last Adam, Jesus the Christ of God revealed the Holy Life giving Power of the Holy Spirit of Yahweh God the Almighty. (See John 19 verse 28 thru 30, and 2nd Corinthians 13 verse 4.) 

As the Son of Adam, born in the likeness of sinful flesh, Jesus Christ had a will within himself, but that will of His humanity was not centered in himself like the first Adam, but the will of this Man, was centered in the Will of His Father God Almighty. (See Philippians 2 verse 5 thru 7.) That same will of Jesus born of the genetics of the first Adam, was the spirit of a Man that would always be yielded in Perfect Love to the Spirit of His Father's Will.  The Spirit of Jesus Christ, as the Son of Man, even  in death, was in union with the Spirit of His Holy Father, Yahweh, God Almighty.  The saying goes; Like Father like Son, or as Jesus had said: If you have seen Me then you have seen the Father.  It was only after the Lord Jesus Christ's bodily resurrection, as the Son of Man conceived by the Eternal Word of His Father that the One Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son of Man, could now be sent to dwell within the soul of man kind, of those who would believe in God's New Blood Covenant of Life and Grace within Christ Jesus.

In the religious confusion of so many, the water of baptism, as well as Communion, may be seen to be symbolic, but contrary wise, baptism, as well as Holy Communion, is of the Holy Spirit of God, Who is One with the Water and the Blood that flowed from the side of the incarnate man, Jesus Christ.  It is the Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son, as the risen Son of Adam, Who ushers in the Cleansing and Sanctifying Grace bestowed upon the sinner, who is immersed into the beginnings of reconciling faith, within Jesus Christ' death, burial and resurrection from the dead.  Even as God the Eternal Father is Spirit, and Light, and Love within His Infinite Holiness, so then is the unlimited dimensions of His Holy Spirit.  God's Holy Spirit is not symbolic, or a force as some teach in heresy, but because of the Holy Blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is God's Holy Presence, manifesting His grace in the lives of the faithful. 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.) God having seen the beginnings of the germination of His Gift of faith, within the heart of a repentant person, initiates His baptism of fire through His Holy Spirit, by cleansing the forgiven soul with the Life giving Serum Water, from the poured out Holy Blood of Jesus Christ.  For by One Spirit are we all baptized into One Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into One Spirit. (1st Corinthians 12 verse 13.) Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.  He that believeth on Me, as the scripture has said, [Then] Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7 verse 37.) The conditional statement to be understood: If a man drinks of the Spirit of God in Christ Jesus, Then out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water from the Fountain of Life.

So then, this is the Word of Faith that we preach, for when received from God, the substance of that Faith, is to be alive in the heart and in the mind of a person, and it is focused in the Eternal Truth of the WORD of GOD Himself.  The One Spirit of the Father and the Son, is the Fountain of Life, wherein springs of Living water flow forth, to nourish the dry souls of earthen vessels.  For I will pour  water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My Spirit upon your seed, and My blessing upon your offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. (Isaiah 44 verse 3 thru 4.) God has not changed, and His Word is immutable; for The grass withers, the flower fades: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever. (Please see Isaiah 40 verse 3 thru 10.) In this instance, it makes no difference whether God Almighty is speaking to Israel, or to all those who seek to enter into Covenant with Him.  God is constant in His creation, and the Light of His Word, holds all things together, and  His Word of Salvation is the only source of Light and Life that holds us together, as One in Him.

If God is speaking, then it is wise to hear and hearken to the Spirit of His Word.  Hear then what the Almighty says to Israel, and follow with us, to see if the Holy Spirit witnesses also to the reader: “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The Fountain of Living Waters, and now have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2 verse 13.) Now witness what Jesus says to the Samaritan woman at the well, of whom the Lord had asked for a drink:  Jesus answered and said unto her, If you knew the Gift of God, and Who It is that says to you: Give me to drink; [then] you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you Living Water.  The woman said unto Him, Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: From where then do You have that Living Water?  Jesus answered and said unto her: Whosoever drinks of this [well] water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinks of the Water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the Water that I shall give him shall be in him a Well of Water springing up into everlasting Life. (See John 4 verse 7 thru 14.) Then He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And He said unto me, It is done. I AM Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give unto him that is athirst of the Fountain of the Water of Life freely. (See Revelation 21 verse 3 thru 7.)

With the Infinite Holy God, all things progress in His time, even as we learn little by little, line upon line, precept upon precept.  Again, we hear Jesus saying: He that believes on Me, as the scripture has said.  Out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living WaterAnd the scriptures continuing on to clarify the Lord's Words: By this He meant the Spirit, Whom those who believed in Him [Christ Jesus] were later to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7 verse 37 thru 39.) John's Gospel reveals to us that Jesus was specifying the Holy Spirit, Who was yet to be given to those who thirst after righteousness.  So then, we can conclude together, that the Holy Spirit is not only the Source of Living Water that proceeds from the Father and the Son, He is also the Living Water that is poured out upon dry thirsty earthen vessels, and is the Fountain of Blessing upon the offspring that were birthed in the Word of God, so that all of God's plantings should flourish. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes...." (Jeremiah 17 verse 7 thru 8.)

Now, we read in Scripture that immediately after the Lord's resurrection, even Mary Magdalene, who was the first to see the risen Christ, was not permitted to touch the risen unblemished Holy Lord Jesus Christ, the last Adam, and through God's Spirit of Holiness, the first born of humanity risen from the dead.  (See John 20 verse 16 thru 17.) We would surmise that the flesh of fallen humanity, could not, at that moment, touch such purity of holiness, as in the now resurrected Body of the Lord, and apparently neither could even a disciple such as Mary.  Jesus said unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and Your Father; and to My God, and Your God. (John 20 verse 17.) The Lord Jesus needed to return to His Holy Father God in the bodily form of the son of Man, without any hint of defilement from the fallen nature of humanity upon His resurrected person.  Jesus' sinless perfection and resurrection, as the Son of Man, gained for all believers in Him, an access into the Holy of Holies, and into the presence of His Father God Almighty. 

After the Lord's suffering, death, burial, and resurrection victory over the defiling sin's of lost mankind, it must have been a glorious time of celebration for Father God and His returning Son.  They came together as One, in their glorified reunion; the Father in the Son, and the Son in the Father. (See John 17 verse 1 thru 5.) All of heaven must have rejoiced with Them.  Now, God the Father of us all, in union with His beloved Son, could now send His One Holy Spirit, that is One with the Water and the Blood, of His victorious WORD, Jesus Christ, to persons of professed faith, who would be baptized into the cleansing Life giving Serum Water, through the Holy Spirit of the Eternal God, and His Fountain of Living Water.

The clarity of this Truth begins to come to the forefront of our understanding, when we hear Jesus say to His disciples:  Nevertheless I tell you the Truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (For full context see John 16 verse 7 thru 15.)

Jesus Christ, born of the seed of a virgin woman of Abrahamic faith, became the Son of Man, and the representative of all of humanity.  As a Man/Adam, Jesus loved His heavenly Father perfectly, and in so doing, He overcame for all, who believe in Him, their sin and death that came from the first Man's selfish disobedience.  And now, that same redeeming Life Blood of Perfect Love, establishes God's righteous Covenant in the earth, for all who believe in God's Salvation Gift in the risen Christ Jesus.  The Holy Blood, and the Serum water of that Holy Life, that poured from the wounds of the Jewish Messiah, needed to be shed upon the earth, to establish God's new Covenant with earthly mankind, before the One Holy Spirit of the living God, could come to dwell with men of the earth, who are dead in their sins and trespasses, and yet have yielded to God's call to His mercy, and forgiveness in Christ Jesus.  So then, through the Holy Spirit, the promise of Life in Christ Jesus, is given to all who have faith, in the redeeming and sanctifying New Covenant Life Blood of the Savior of mankind.  

Although there is the simplicity of faith, in the Good News of God's Salvation, nevertheless there are so many profound things in scripture that goes beyond the natural mind of man, and they can only be found in the Mind of the Spirit of God, Who searches the deep things of God.  For God has revealed them unto us by His Spirit: For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (See 1st Corinthians 2 verse 9 thru 14.)  Let us continue to wade through some more difficult Scriptures, to see if we might emerge together, with a consensus view of the Spirit of the Water of the Word of God, with its implications in the new birth.

Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” But Jesus answering said to him, Permit it at this time; for in this Way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then He (Jesus) permitted him (John).  After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and John saw the Spirit of God descending as a Dove, and lighting on Him, and behold, a Voice out of the heavens said, “This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I AM well pleased.”  (Matthew 3 verse 13 thru 17.  N.A.S.B.)

When the Lord Jesus came to John, to be immersed into John's water baptism, John demurred with humility in the presence of the Lord's Christ, saying that He was the one who needed to be baptized by Jesus.  After all, John had already prophesied that Jesus Christ would baptize with the Holy Spirit, and with fire.  But, Jesus said to John: Let it be so for now.  When the Lord Jesus said: Let it be so for now, the words implied that John's water baptism with its outward show of repentance, would temporarily satisfy God's eternal purpose, and would lead to greater implications in the fulfillment of all righteousness.  The fulfillment of all righteousness would be finished, when the Lord our Righteousness, would suffer and die for the sins of the world, and then be resurrected in the Holy Righteous power, with the Spirit of His Holy Father God Almighty.  We know that after that time, His Father God would send His Holy Spirit, to hearts that were made new, and receptive to God's loving mercy.  Those new hearts would be new wineskins of God's making, and not broken cisterns of our own understanding, that cannot hold the Water and the Wine of the Spirit of God.   God's Holy Spirit of Truth, has come to glorify Jesus Christ, and to guide the believer into the Way and the Truth of God's Fountain of Life within His Son.  And when the Spirit of Truth is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on Me; [The Fountain of Living Water].  Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and you see Me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (See John 16 verse 7 thru 15.)

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Except a man be born of Water and of the Spirit.
 

My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me the Fountain of Living Waters,
 and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold Water.

Let us continue to flow with the Spirit of the Word of God, so that we might arrive together, in the Way and the Truth, through the Fountain or Source of Living Water.  As we have already previously laid the ground work, we again remember that John testifies in his gospel, of seeing the Blood and Water, flowing from the side of the crucified Jesus Christ, and later in his 1st epistle, he states: This is He that came by Water and Blood, even Jesus Christ; not by Water only, but by Water and Blood.  For there are three witnesses, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and they are One.

In John's Gospel chapter 3,  Jesus answered and said unto Nicodemus: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.  Nicodemus said unto Him: How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Amen, Amen, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of Water [and (?)] of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. (John 3 verse 3 thru 6.)

The Finale Word of God, the Amen has spoken the absolute Truth.  Except the soul of a man be born again of the Water of the Spirit of God, then he will in no wise enter the Kingdom of God.  For there are Three Witnesses, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and They are One. (1st John 5 verse 7 thru 8.)

When we read the whole of the Messianic Psalm 22, we should understand that the very Life of the crucified Christ of God, was being drained from His crucified body, even as prophesied: I AM poured out like water.  The Lord of Life, came in the flesh of man, to pour out His holy Life Blood upon the earth, as God's Perfect sacrifice, given for the redemption for the souls of lost humanity.  In John 3 verse 5, we note that this portion of the scripture, "born of Water and of the Spirit" is an all-inclusive statement, no matter how you read it.  If the Water and the Spirit are necessary for the new birth, then God's Spirit with the Water, can not be separated, as exclusive from one another.  The English conjunction, "and", is transliterated from the Greek word, "kai", G2532, and that Greek word, has several additional interconnecting meanings, such as; also, but, even, indeed.  If we insert either the word, "even", or the word, "indeed", for the English conjunction word, "and", then the scripture would be made clearer in its definitive expression.  Witness the following transliteration with the Greek word, "kai":  "born of Water, indeed of the Spirit", or "born of Water, even of the Spirit".  The very soul, being the life of Jesus Christ, was pouring out of His Body, with the Water and Blood that sustained the Life and Soul of the Son of Man.   We conclude that the Water of the Word of God, is of the cleansing Serum Water that had separated from the Life Blood of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is the Fountain of Living Water, and the Living Water that flowed out from the side of the Son of Man, is inextricably One, with God's Holy Spirit of Life. 

The natural man is born of selfish flesh, and looks to his own self centered cares, a natural fact.  But if a person is born anew of God's Spirit, then that new birthed soul of the person, is immersed into the poured out Serum Water of the Life that flowed from the pierced side of Jesus Christ.   We, of the faith of Christ Jesus, are baptized into the cleansing Water of Life that is of the Spirit of the Word, and the promised Salvation Seed of God.  Again we note that the Apostle John testifies that the Spirit and the Water and the Blood are One.

If the Holy Spirit of God is one with the Water and Blood of Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit of Life is also the same source of Living Water, as with the Son of Man, and that Essence of Life is One with YHWH God Almighty.  Thus, we are to understand in faith that; That which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.  God is Spirit and His Spirit bears evidence of the Truth, which cannot be seen, even as His gift of faith, is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things that are not revealed to the eyes.  You can not see the Blood and Water of our Salvation, even as you can not see the Holy Spirit of God.  Nor can you see the soul of a man, that is redeemed and sealed by the Blood of Jesus Christ through God's unseen Holy Spirit.  Witness again as the WORD of GOD speaks: In the last day, that great day of the feast, [High Sabbath the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles] Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.  He that believes on Me, as the scripture has said. Out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living WaterThese Rivers of Living Waters will flow from the Holy Spirit, Who is the Life of the Baptized one.  And the Scriptures continues to witness to this same Truth: By this He meant the Spirit, Whom those who believed in Him [that is Christ Jesus] were later to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7 verse 37 thru 39.)

The old wineskins of our dry and hardened hearts, are like broken cisterns that can not hold this flowing Water of God's Spirit of Grace.  But now, through God's gift of justification, born of His Love, we have been given a new heart of understanding, from which the Love of God may flow freely to others that are empty of the Life giving Love of God.  Through our obedient faith, the Fountain of Living Waters of God's Spirit, can begin to spring forth, into the new wineskins of our hearts, and overflow its former bounds, giving life to the dry and parched earthen vessels of mankind.  Our new born life from the Father, should begin to glorify the Son of God, to the Glory of His Father God Almighty. 

The Spirit of God the Father and His incarnate Son, is the Spirit of Truth, and The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the new born children of God. (See Romans 8 verse 15 thru 17.)  It is God Elohim, the Fountain of Living Water, Who baptizes the repentant believer into His abundant mercy and pardon, through the poured out Life of His Perfect Son, and our Lord Christ Jesus.  In the new beginning of Life, all past offenses are adjudicated, in God's perfect sacrifice of the Life of His Son, Jesus Christ, and the guilt and shame of the past life of the repentant person, is washed away in their emersion into the Living Waters of the Spirit, that floods the dry earthly souls of the redeemed.

When a person is born anew, through a regenerative Faith in God and His Christ, then through the Holy Spirit that person is immersed into this cleansing separated serum Water, derived from the Blood that is One with the Holy Spirit.  We are separated from our sins of the past that held us in death, and we are released into new Life in Christ Jesus.  Although, we can not see the moment of true faith in the soul of a man, that same emerging faith, as a gift from the Spirit of God, begins to witness in our hearts of our conception into new life, that is centered in Christ Jesus.  The new birth has indeed taken place in the soul of that person through the Word of God, and that person would seek to be Baptized into the separating serum water of the Holy Spirit, into the death, burial and now resurrected Life of Jesus Christ.  The traditional Water baptism is two fold.  First, by unseen faith, we are born of the cleansing Water of the Spirit of God, and that substance of faith, is a gift of the Holy Spirit, Who is One with the Fountain of Living Water in Christ Jesus.  Secondly, it is a statement of faith, publically witnessed by others, and is a needful outward sign of confirmation, boldly proclaiming, what has already taken place within the new born soul of faith.  Now through the Holy Spirit that emersion water of baptism is in spiritual reality, the very same Serum Water that separated from the whole Blood of Jesus, and flowed together into the earth from the pierced side of Jesus Christ, the Crucified.  For there are three  that bear witness: The Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and they are One; and God, the Fountain of Living Water, is the Justifier of those that return to Him, trusting in His Great Salvation Son. (See God's Amnesty Program.)

The Only Infinite God, is Holy Love: But make no foolish mistake in human judgment; for the Love of God is a consuming fire and the perfection of that Love is the antithesis of sin, and will obliterate sin, at its open source in relinquished flesh.  However, the person of continuing sin, breaks the New Covenant agreement with God, and can not abide in the presence of Holy, Holy, Holy, God Almighty, for indeed, the Almighty is an Eternal Holy Fire, where it is impossible for the idolatrous nature of sin to abide. 

The Apostle Peter addressed the crowd at Pentecost, and said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2 verse 38.) Now, when the truly repentant disciple of Jesus Christ is Baptized, that person is Baptized by the Holy Spirit into the same New Covenant separating Serum Water and Covenant Blood of Christ Jesus, the Son of man and the only begotten of GOD.

When Paul came to Ephesus, he found certain disciples, along with Apollos, who were baptized in John's water baptism, and who had not even so much as heard of the Holy Spirit. When we look at the Book of Acts - Chapter 19, we see that the baptism of the disciples of John the Baptist, apparently was not sufficient in glory, when compared to the Holy Life sustaining power, of God's New Blood Covenant in Christ Jesus, enabling the baptized believer, through the new indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to overcome sin with its stigma of death. 

Jesus says to his disciples: Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away: For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.  And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on Me: Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and you see Me no more:  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now.  Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.   He shall glorify Me:  For He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.  All things that the Father has are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you.  (John 16 verse 7 thru 15.)

The Word of God humbled Himself, and was born into this world in the fullness of humanity, with the spirit and will of a Man that is natural to the genealogy of Adam.  But Jesus Christ, the Man, always followed after the will of the Spirit of His Father, and the Lord's Spirit was always obedient, because of His Love for His Father, even unto the violence of death.  The Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man even in death, was One with the Holy Spirit of His Father.  And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands, I commit My Spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.  The first Adam failed in his love of his Creator, but the last Adam, in union with the Love of His Father, becomes a quickening Spirit of Life, and gives His True Life to whosoever calls upon Him.  John came, in the Spirit of Elijah, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, proclaiming: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance - but He that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear!  He shall baptize with the HOLY GHOST, and with fire. (See Matthew 3 verse 10 thru 12.) 

Although the disciples of John the Baptist were men seeking renewal of faith with God, they were baptized by John, only in the natural water of the earth, symbolic of repentance, and not as a living member, vested into the Body of Jesus Christ, and enabled in the salvation grace of His Holy Name.  Their original water baptism of repentance took place, before the Covenant Blood of Christ Jesus, as the Son of Man, born from Adam's genetic seed from that of the Woman of Adam, flowed into the earth from His pierced body.  When these disciples understood Paul's teaching, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied. ( See Acts 19 verse 1 thru 7.)

Again, we are emphasizing that there is a vast difference between John's external water baptism, signifying ones outward repentance of the flesh, when compared to the New Covenant Baptism that plunges the repentant soul, into the cleansing separated Serum Water of the Lord's Blood, that is one with the Holy Spirit of the Living God.  So then, we, the Ecclesia of Christ, need to begin to see with spiritual understanding that in one's Baptism in Water, that this Water is now, the separating cleansing Serum Water of Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of Man.  The Spirit of Life that is One with the Water and the Blood, separates us from the old life of the flesh of the old Adam, into the New active Life of the risen Christ, the last Adam and the first born from the dead. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him: And when thou shall make His soul and offering for sin, He [Jesus] shall see His Seed. (See Isaiah 53 verse 10.)

The Holy Spirit, of the Living Christ, is One with the New Covenant Water and Blood of our Lord, and this Baptism, through the Holy Spirit, separates a person from their sins of the past, as if they had never happened.  This regeneration of the soul of a person, begins with their repentance from sin and their faith in God's New Covenant in the whole Blood of Jesus Christ, for the remission of the genetic idolatrous sin of Adam, and also for all sin committed in their flesh, up until that time. (See God's Amnesty Program.) In this Baptism through the Holy Spirit, the bill of indictment for a person's past sins is consumed away, as if by fire in the Lord's sacrificial death and burial.  Now, we holding to the faith of Jesus Christ' death, burial and resurrection, are made free in the Love of God, where old things are passed away, and behold all things are new, in the new birth of God's creation of the new man of faith.

The risen Jesus Christ, speaking to His disciples, commands them to stay in Jerusalem, and wait for the promise of the Father, Which, said He, you have heard of Me.  verse 5, For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.  verse 8, You shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: And you shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (See Acts 1 verse 1 thru 8.)

Even as in the past, the Lord today may manifest Himself to the believer both with signs and wonders, and with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will. (See Hebrew 2 verse 1 thru 4.) That witness, of God's good will, could be a corporate or singular manifestation of God's Presence, as He so chooses to do in His time and method of approach.  Similarly, the laying on of hands, is also for the impartation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and is generally called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

When the Holy Spirit comes upon a person, God is manifesting the Power of His Holy Presence, and gives gifts to men of His Holy Faith, who are seeking to do His Will.  This manifestation of God's Gifting Presence does not preclude the first indwelling of the soul by God's Holy Spirit through one's faith in the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  If we from a good confession of heart are baptized into Christ, then Salvation has come to the soul and spirit of the person, for God has already covenanted with that new heart birthed in the Holy Faith of God.  Holy God will strengthen that new born faith, knowing full well of His calling in the life of that person born of His Spirit.  As maturity develops, the babe in Christ is weaned from the sincere milk of the Word of God, and is given strength to work the Will of God's Salvation Grace in humility, without the corruption of pride despoiling the spirit of their minds.

My experience, in this holy moment of the Gifting Presence of Holy God, is one of unspeakable joy in the Power of the Love of God, that glorifies His Son Jesus Christ.  The impartation, of that Perfect Love of God, is a witness within the redeemed soul of God's Presence, and the cleansing power of God's Love, which ultimately, is to lead a person in their appointed service, within the Body of Jesus Christ.  The strength of all gifts are relative to the needs of the Body of Christ, and are determined through the wisdom of God alone.  The Perfect Love of God through the Holy Spirit of God, will be the motivating factor in the witness of a saved person, directing their worshipful service to Holy God within the Body of Christ Jesus. (See 1st Corinthians 12.)

Again, we continue to emphasize, that because of the Supreme Holiness of God Almighty, that it is the Supreme Holiness of the Sacrificial Blood of Jesus Christ, which allows the Holy Spirit, Who is One with that Holy Blood of the Son of Man, to dwell with the redeemed soul of earthen vessels of flesh, who are in agreement with God's Covenant, in the Blood of His Holy Son Jesus Christ.  If the Holy Spirit of God is One with the Blood and the flowing Water of the Word of God, being Jesus Christ, then He Who dwells within our souls, is faithful to cleanse us earthen vessels from our self acknowledged sins, born of our sorrow and repentance towards Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty.  It is the Blood that makes atonement for sin, and the Holy Spirit, Who is One with the Blood and Serum Water of Christ, administers the sanctifying Blood of the New Covenant, bringing about the little by little obliteration of confessed sins of selfish unbelieving flesh.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, (because of the Blood Covenant) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, (because of the Water and the Blood of our Salvation) and we will have fellowship one with another in the Body of Christ. (See in full order of context 1st John 1 verse 5 thru 10.) How much more shall the Blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause Christ is the Mediator of the New Testament.  (See Hebrews 9 verse 11 thru 16.) When we come together, as the Ecclesia, it is to worship God in the Spirit and Truth of His New Covenant, that refreshes each member of the Body of Christ with the Communion Blood of our Lord, administered by God's Holy Spirit of Life.

Because of the unchangeable holiness of God, and for this reason alone, it is impossible for the Holy Spirit of God to dwell with earthly man, without one's faith in God's Covenant in the Mediating Holy Blood of Jesus Christ.  YHWH God, the Infinite Father of Life, gave the Life and Soul contained within the Blood of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice of redeeming holiness for mankind's sin's of separation, from Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty.  Please understand this additional point of contention, that we wish to clear up: The Holy Spirit of God does not indwell the corruptible flesh of man, for the flesh is at enmity with God, and God with it.  But the tabernacle, of the Holy Spirit, becomes the regenerated soul of the yielded person of faith, who is washed in the separated Serum Water, that is one with the redeeming whole Blood of Jesus Christ.  It is the fire and holy jealousy of the Holy Spirit, that Baptizes a soul into the redeeming poured out Blood of God's Son.  The Spirit of God indwells the soul of a person of faith, only because of the redemptive price of Jesus Blood that God's Holy Spirit is One with in infinite essence.  God is Love, and the Holy Spirit of God covers the souls of His faithful people with the Holy Blood of His Son, for the Holy Spirit is One with the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is the WORD of GOD, given in God's Love. 

Now, some might argue that the Apostles, who were water baptized unto repentance, were not baptized into that Serum Water of Jesus Christ, but indeed they were baptized as such, even as you will see!   

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said unto them: Peace be unto you.  And when He had so said, He showed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.   Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you! As My Father has sent Me, even so send I you.  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive you the Holy Ghost:  Whosoever sins you remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sins you retain, they are retained. (John 20 verse 19 thru 23.)

We see in this scripture within Jewish time that on the same day of the evening, now being the first day of the week, the WORD of GOD, the resurrected Jesus Christ stood in the midst of His disciples and said unto them: Peace be unto you.  And after the disciples had seen the inflicted wounds of death upon their risen Lord, they rejoiced, and no doubt their faith supremely increased in the Lord, Who in His humanity with holiness to His Father, bodily conquered death. 

The Lord, seeing the disciples unquestioned faith in His death, burial and His resurrection from the dead, now breathes upon them the Spirit of His Word, baptizing them in the Serum Water and the regenerating Blood Covenant of the WORD of GOD.  For remember that in the earth, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood are One, and the Three are One with the WORD of GOD, Who  through His Father gives the Holy Spirit of Life, to all who believe and call upon Him in Truth.  We see another occasion of God's astounding grace, in the house of Cornelius, found in Chapter 10 of Acts.  After having a vision, then Peter preaches the Word of God to the gentile household and friends of Cornelius, and behold, while Peter was yet speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all of them, who heard the Word of God.  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord. (Acts 10 verse 44 thru 48.) The beginnings of faith, exonerates the new believer of past sins, and the Holy Spirit Who is one with the Serum Water and the Blood of Jesus Christ, sets God's abiding seal on the heart of the new person born of faith.

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