Take and drink all of you.
This Cup is the New Covenant in My Blood
Shed for many for the Remission of Sin.
We are all Covenant Breakers:
The World is offended in the Words of Jesus Christ, and unfortunately, much of the assembly of churches in their confusion, lend to the offense. Many of the Lord’s followers of that day, after hearing His exhortation: “Unless you eat of My Flesh and drink of My Blood you have no life in you.” they then went their own way, being offended in the spoken Words of Jesus Christ. The Blood of Jesus Christ is an offense to the flesh of man yesterday and today: And they mocked Him and His words saying: Who can hear and bear it? And then the Words of Jesus Christ will echo back in that great day of the Lord; "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He comes in the Glory of His Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8 verse 38.)
The unseen power of our Lord's Word is Eternal Truth, and like a two-edged sword, the fullness of the Words of Jesus Christ cuts into the heart of our being, and exposes our nakedness in the Light of the Truth. Is it any wonder that the sinful world, slinks away into its more comfortable covering of darkness? For the Light shines in darkness and the darkness does not comprehend. (John 1 verse 5). Jesus (the Light) was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. (John 1 verse 10.).
If our minds have been made to be prejudiced with the lies of the world, and the faulty doctrine, and the judgments of imperfect Christianity in this dark world, then how can anyone begin to hear and bare the Truth, and then obey the Truth? Who among us has been perfect of heart and of mind in their understanding and obedience to the Word of God? If our hearts understanding is perfect concerning the vitality of the Word of Life in Jesus Christ, then it must be that love is perfected in our flesh, and the sin of the flesh is no longer an issue, and all is well in Christendom. Alas, it seems that so many who speak and teach on the Salvation Covenant of the only Lord God Almighty, are those who can not keep covenant with their own spouses.
But, we have heard the Living WORD of GOD, and in repentance have come to the Truth, Jesus Christ. Then should not the hearer of the Salvation Word of God be a lover of the Truth of our Salvation? Then be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass (mirror): For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. (James 1 verse 22 thru 24.) The flesh of our being is caught up in the deception of sin, and is forgetful of the Truth. If we are not deceived by our flesh, and are following the Truth, then we are being clothed in the Light of the Almighty's Word, waiting in expectancy at all times, to move in the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ at the sound of His Voice?
One evening, I was watching a Christian television program, and was listening intently to the stirring testimony of an evangelical woman of note, having been saved by the grace of God in Jesus Christ. She spoke about her early young life, filled with abuse leading to drug addiction, and later a life consumed in wrong choices of self destruction; that is until Jesus and the Love of God entered into her heart and brought a new beginning to the meaning of life. I was most impressed with the devotion of her words, as she continued her expression of love for Jesus Christ and His Father God. I went to bed that night, pondering the strength of her vocal testimony, with the great love she expressed for her Savior. Upon awakening the next morning, again my thoughts turned to the woman's glowing testimony of her love of God and Savior. In those moments, I began to question the reasons of why I would want to continue to struggle, with these writings that concerns our fellowship with the Lord's offering through the Communion Table. In light of such love, as expressed from this evangelical woman born of the Grace of God, then of what real purpose does Communion serve for the believer? I lay there in my bed and mumbled out softly; "Lord, I don't understand: If there is such great love for you, then what purpose is Communion?" And then I heard distinctly, "Yes! My people say they love Me, ----- but they still sin". Later, the marriage of this noted Christian woman ended in divorce from her husband, with whom she co-pastured a large church and television ministry. Both continue separated in their own worldly persuasions of self ministry.
Sadly, this infidelity to God's Covenant of Love is not an exception, but has become common place in the liberal church, whose leadership dismisses the violent consequences of sin. Sin without remedy, even for the Christian, still separates and divides, even as yeast leavens the whole loaf, and separates the fibers through its gaseousness, always leaving various sized holes in the bread. Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven, leavens the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened Bread of sincerity and Truth. (1st Corinthians 5 verse 6 thru 8.) Sin is not inert within the flesh of a person, just because a person believes in God's Salvation. But, the sensuous lure of sin within one self has dire consequences when followed, and has its own way of disrobing the flesh, revealing a person's nakedness to the world. To the members of His Church Body, the Lord Jesus Christ says yesterday and today: Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (Revelation 16 verse 15). Sin has an allegiance only to itself, and without a person's accountability to God, through His Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ, the wages of sin is death.
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"The Word of God is
living and active and sharper than any two edged sword", and cuts far deeper
than we can ever perceive, even as we shall find out through God's Word in
The Orthodox Jewish Rabbis' hold to the belief that the seat of life is in the blood, where it is thought that the 'soul essence' of a person resides. We are in agreement with the Rabbis, for the Holy Word of God Almighty declares: For the life (nephesh) of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it (the life blood) to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls (nephesh): For it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul (nephesh). (Leviticus 17 verse 11).
In medical science, it is understood that the life of the physical body is dependent upon a beating heart that circulates throughout the body, the life giving strength of the blood with its multitude of physical properties. In this context, it would be understood that the life of the body is synonymous with the flowing blood. However, in view of the above Levitical scripture, we would like to extend our thoughts beyond the natural association of blood with life, and incorporate the Jewish Rabbis' understanding of God's Word of life that is one with the soul.
Within the noted Scripture in Leviticus 17, we see in the green links that both of the English words 'life' and 'soul' are transliterated from the solitary Hebrew word 'nephesh'. Hence, the words 'life' and 'soul' are synchronous to each other, as translated from the one Hebrew word 'nephesh'. For contrast, the English word for 'blood' in Hebrew is 'dam', as distinct from the Hebrew word 'nephesh'. If we put the translated words in Leviticus 17 verse 11 into expanded English thought, then for clarity we might appreciate this amplification: For the life, (which is the very soul) of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given the (life which is in the) blood to you upon the altar to make an atonement (a cover) for your soul, (which is your very life).
In our endeavor, we are seeking to bring a clarification to the natural life force of a creature, that is associated within blood, and link its life force to the soul within all of God's creatures. God made it clear in Leviticus chapter 11 that in His covenant with Israel that the soul, the very life in the blood of the sacrificial animal would be a cover for the sins of the soul of the individuals of Israel. Therefor we believe, from researching the Word of God, that the unseen soul is the very essence of life, of not only man kind, but all creatures will naturally have the soul's distinguishing life essence existing within the blood that flows from a beating heart. The soul holds the full essence of natural life for both humans, as well as for the natural life within all of the individual species that God created. For the record, we see in the book of Job that the scriptures associate a soul for the beast of the earth. (See Job 12 verse 7 thru 10.) Now, if the reader goes to Revelation 16 verse 3, then Scriptures will also reveal that all of the unnamed creatures of the sea are collectively called souls.
Let's continue with the necessary ground work to support our further understanding. We need to return to Genesis and further gather our thoughts around the un-clarified but forensic evidence in the written Word of God. Upon reading the Scriptures, we see that during both the fifth and sixth days of God's creation, Elohim respectively created all life forms either from the sea or from the land. Now, for our practical focus on the soul and too arrive at the same place of understanding, we will set aside the 5th day of God's creation of sea creature, and utilize only the scriptures of the sixth day, when all land creatures were created including Elohim's special creation of Man/Adam.
And God said: Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind, quadrupeds and reptiles and wild beasts of the earth according to their kind, and it was so. For God made the wild beasts of the earth according to their kind, and cattle according to their kind, and all the reptiles of the earth according to their kind, and God saw that they were good.
And God said; Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He Man: Male and female created He them. (Genesis 1 verse 26 thru 27.)
We note from the beginning of scripture that the completely formed body of Adam, with all of its wondrous detail, including the yet non circulating blood, did not make Adam a "living" soul, until the Lord God Elohim divinely breathed His Breath of Life into Adam's nostrils. (See Genesis 2 verse 7.) Adam was a special creation of God, made by the Breath of God to be a 'living' soul, and not just a natural soul like the animals. It was with the Breath of Elohim that the soul in the blood of Adam was infused with God's Life, and then Adam's soul became uniquely one in spirit with Elohim's Spirit of Life. At that very moment of Elohim's Breath, then Adam's heart began to beat and the blood began to flow throughout Adam's body that God formed from the earth. Adam was made to be a unique living soul, after the Likeness of His Creator, for Adam's natural soul was transfused with God's Divine Essence of the Spirit of Life.
Many pastors of the pulpit have parroted the thoughts of their seminary teachers, and maintained in their own settled minds, a quasi distinction between what they think is God's creation of the soulless beast of the earth, and that of the soul of Man, who was originally created in the image and likeness of Elohim, the Creator God. This confusion, in man's biased learning, is orchestrated from the pulpit in the hearing of the people of the pews: For the pastors and teachers unequivocally instruct their sitting subjects of the pews that the book of Genesis makes no mention of God's other creatures as having a soul, . So then, these proud pulpit pastors have assumed that with the lack of the mention of a soul's association with the beast, then it means that these creatures have no soul. Leviticus 17 verse 11 and other Scripture verses dispels this false notion. But what is a soul, and what makes for the difference in one soul from another? DNA Yes, but note this distinction: There is a vast difference between a natural soul with life, and that of the Holy Breath of God's Spirit that makes a distinct living soul that is the first Man/Adam, made in the image and likeness of Almighty God! The Likeness of the God of the living left the soul of Man in his choice of death. Can there be an intrinsic value you would dare to place on the Infinite God's Breath of Life? (See H5397 )
So let's ask an obvious question: What is it within the beast that makes the animals have life? The wisdom of the elder Job gives us the answer: Who does not know in all these that the Hand (Power) of the Lord brought this forth; in Whose Hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all of mankind. (Consider again Job 12 verse 7 thru 10.) Job knows for a certainty that the Infinite Creator of all things holds the life of all souls, of both the animals and of natural man kind in His Hand of Infinite Power.
We can surmise with Job's statement, that the nephesh or the soul, is the enabling unseen force that makes for the physical life of all creatures. We witness with God's Spirit that the animal's soul (nephesh) would be the driving energy, within the fluid of the blood, that cause's the creature to pursue its own self-preservation and the drive to propagate its own genetic kind (species): Apart from the superior intellect of man kind, the soul of fallen man kind is just like the inclusive soul of the self that resides within all the other living entities of God's creations. The soul is the life, and the life is the soul of all naturally living creatures in God's creation.
Again, when we look to the earthen form of the Man/Adam, we see that God breathed His Breath of Life into the first Man/Adam, and it is then that Adam became a 'living' soul, and a son of God. The distinction from that of an animal's life and that of Adam, is that the first Adam is made a 'living' soul by the Breath of the Spirit of the Eternal God, while the animals are souls that live in the natural world.
Hypothetically, if God had not breathed into the nostrils of the form of Adam, could the Man/Adam made of the natural earth still be a soul? Absolutely Yes; for that is what fallen man has become, a natural soul with the baser animal instincts. The natural man is out of God's order, and is a lost soul awaiting death, having an existence apart from the Breath of the Spirit of Life from the Almighty God. All of God's creatures have life within them because of the soul that exists within the 'full' dynamics of the natural blood.
The true distinction of the first Man, and that of the sea creatures and the breast of the field, is that God's Holy Spirit of Life was instilled into the soul of Adam to be a son of God. Therefore, the spirit of Adam's intellect became initially One in Spirit with His Creator, the God of the Living. By the Breath of Elohim God, the soul of Adam, the Man, was given Life in the Likeness of the God of the Living, because the Spirit of God was within the soul of Adam, male and female, to direct them in the Way of Life as the Creator God had intended for His creation of Man. For the LORD God commanded Adam: "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die." (Genesis 2 verse 16 thru 17.) (NKJV.) As you know the devil, in the disguise of a serpent, further deceived Adam and his wife, and in their illicit desire they ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Because of the treason of the first Adam, the soul of Man with his wife Ishshah to be called Eve, became dead to the Life of God, for the Life of the Spirit of God (Breath H5397 Nishmah) left the souls of Adam and his wife Ishshah to their own selves. The conscience of their minds was twisted to know good and evil, but now their souls would naturally be like the soul of the beast of the fields, and in death, the natural man would return to the dust of the earth. For Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and (in his one hundred and thirtieth year) begot a son in his own likeness and after his own image and called his name Seth. And all the day of Adam were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. (See Genesis 5 verse 3 thru 5.) Because of Adam's insurrection, instigated with a false distrust for God, the Likeness of God had departed from the soul of Adam, and now all of the Man's prodigy would be born into the world having a natural soul with an independent spirit conceived in the mind set of Adam's likeness. As proof of our naturally self serving disposition, all of us, left to our own selves are rebellious, and continually breed the nature of sin that opposes the Creator of Life.
The Almighty God of Creation, understanding sin's pursuing violence in time, vacated Adam's soul. Now with the absence of the Holy Spirit of the only Creator God of the Living, then Adam's soul, would have an unseen empty hole in the life of Man. So it is with all of Adam's prodigy, for every person that is born into this world, enters life, being born a natural soul of the earth that will stumble around trying to establish its own self worth.
In man's pursuit for purpose, the empty soul that is man, will seek the ways of the world to fill the desires of its flesh. Not knowing what we are doing, we seek our own individual satisfactions through experiences that are not that much different from the natural instincts of a beast of the field. Yes, the natural wisdom of sin, leading to death, is now ingrained within the soul of man kind, filling the void left by the Spirit of the only God of the Living. The soul of man is enslaved to the will of sin that breeds death, and that same soul needs to be purchased back by Holy God's Spirit of Life that gives freedom to the soul that was dead.
From the beginning of His creation of time, the Almighty God would intervene in the flow of time, to bring forth His Remedy for the corruption of sin in the soul of man. If not for Christ Jesus, the Last Man, the Last Adam, absolutely trusting His Holy Father God with the Sacrificial Life of His innocent Soul for the sins of mankind, and raising His soul with His body to an eternal resurrection from the dead, then all of man kind would waste away to be nothing, but dust and ashes. (See Genesis 3 verse 19.) Though He was His Son; Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief: when Thou shall make His Soul an offering for sin.
While our souls are reasoning together, then let us continue to shed more light on the heart of the matter and consider the logic of it all.
If you understand our ground work in addressing the soul and the life, then let me ask: What is it within God's first Covenant, that makes the life blood of an innocent animal worthy to make a temporary atonement for the soul of a man? You may now know the answer: It was the life (nephesh) of the soul (nephesh) of the innocent trusting lamb, or a domesticated trusting bullock, or a human, trusting dove that would initially make a temporary atonement for the dead soul (nephesh) of the Hebrew Man or Jewish man (ish) of God's old Covenant.
Almighty God gave instructions to the Israelites in what is called the Torah, but God's first Covenant, for the sons of Israel, was in the sacrificial blood of His prescribed innocent animals seen in the above paragraph. The Torah, with its commandments and instructions was given to the Hebrew Race by the Creator so as to protect His Holy Word concerning God's Promised Messiah. Of absolute necessity, God's Word, given in the Garden of Eden, would inter into conception with the seed of Woman, to be born in the genetics of the first Man/Adam. (See the seed of Ishshah/Woman.) Elohim's Word would not fail, in one jot or title, even in sin's corruption of time. The Lord God gave the Ten Commandments with quarantining instructions for the Race, and with the Jews failures to comply to the over instructions, the Lord imposed the works of animal sacrifice to protect the Hebrew Race from themselves, so that the genetics of the first Man of God's creation would continue in their lineage. The sacrificial blood of the appointed souls of animals, would cover the sins of the repentant souls of the sons and daughters of Israel/Jacob.
The soul of man was born naturally into this world, only to die like the beast of the field. Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh's Justice required life for life, and so the life of the first born souls of the beast was given on the altar to make an atonement for the soul/life of man. For the life (nephesh) of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it (the life blood) to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls (nephesh): For it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul (nephesh). (Leviticus 17 verse 11). This Covenant sacrifice of the life/soul of the animal would continue until God's Promised Messiah would come in the flesh of the original Adam/Man, and He would die, once and for all time, for the souls of man that are bound in sin and death. The souls of animals die, so the sacrifices of animals was only a temporary adjunct in the first Covenant of blood. Now that Messiah Yeshua/Jesus had come in the genetic flesh of the first Adam, and died for sin once, and with His bodily resurrection in the Power of the Eternal Life of His Father, Jesus/Yeshua the Man would never die again. The old sacrifices of the souls of sacrificial animals for the souls of man, were never permanent, and are completely unacceptable to the Almighty God, Who saves the soul of man, by man's faith in the Grace of His Spirit of Holiness in His Son Jesus Christ.
Before a person's inevitable death takes place, the natural soul must be born again of God's Spirit of Life. Absolutely, Absolutely, I say unto you: Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God. For God so Loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life. (See John 3 verse 3 thru 17.) The first Adam lost faith in His Creator and brought death to the souls of his prodigy, but Christ Jesus the very Last of Adam's genetic Race, absolutely believed in the Word of His Father, and came to restore Life to the souls of man kind that believe in Him. This Faith of Christ Jesus brings about a new birth of the soul that was completely void of God's Spirit of Life, so that the Spirit of Life in God may occupy the vacancy where God's Spirit of Life was missing, and where the darkness of sin had taken occupancy.
To see Life, man's soul absolutely must be born again, and made to be a Living soul, through a trusting faith in the sacrificial Life/Soul in the Blood of God's only Begotten Son, the Man Jesus Christ. Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. (See John 1 verse 28 thru 30, and chapter 3 verse 16 thru 18.) Where is your faith in the Word of God; dead, stagnant or Alive?
Submitted Lives in God's Keeping
For if anyone be a hearer of the Word and not a doer, they are like a person beholding their natural face in a glass (mirror), and seeing themselves go their way, and immediately forget what manner of person they were. (See James 1 verse 22 thru 24.)
We are all forgetful, of the manner of person we were before Christ Jesus saved our souls by faith. By faith in Christ, we have been forgiven of the sins of the past, but the consequences of our past and present sins have a continuing affect in the world through the parties that were violated by our actions or inactions. And so the sowing of our shameful actions of our flesh continue its breeding of death in the world. When the nature of our flesh comes before us, we blame the devil for reminding us of who we were, forgetting that our own flesh created its own destructive ways in this dark world. We forget that our self centered unredeemed flesh is a continuing problem that needs accountability. Holy God Almighty has not forgotten the problem that exist in the flesh of His people, but in His Grace provides a remedy to the repentant soul.
Now just suppose if we, who are saved by God's Covenant of Grace in the Blood of Christ Jesus, could miraculously view our souls in a spiritual mirror, what would we see? Would it still be a soul hidden in the shadows of self indulgence or would it be a liberated soul of great faith in Jesus Christ, which is continually being clarified by the Love and Light of God, through the Fountain of the Spirit of the Water of the WORD of GOD? It would be wonderful if our souls looked like the latter image, however the revelation would undoubtedly spoil us, for we, who are forgetful of what manner of man we are in our flesh, would still have the same everyday need of our Savior, just as He is needed for the former mirrored image of the soul still struggling with its fleshly self. (See 2nd Corinthians 3 verse 17 thru 18).
We can do nothing to justify our selves, apart from the Sanctifying and saving Grace that is in the Sacrificial Life Blood of Jesus Christ. Our souls and spirits have the infinite need of the Life (Nephesh) in the Covenant Blood of our Savior, clarifying within ourselves, just Whom we really do belong to. When God looks upon the soul of an individual, who has faith in Christ's Covenant Blood, God sees and knows the imprinted soul of that person is of His own Seed, because He sees the very same Life Blood of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, not only covering, but infused into the soul of the person who is born of His Perfect Love. The Communion Blood and the Water of God's Word, imprints over the confessed gross infidelities of our old nature with its flaws, and leaves the imprint of God's WORD and Son Jesus, upon the soul of the new creation. Because of the Blood of His Only Begotten Son Jesus, God does not see the flawed imprints of sin on the soul of the old man of sin, but He sees the new man being regenerated through and by God's Gift of Faith, maintained within the New Covenant, in the Perfect Life Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, Who was and is, and is to come as the Son of God Almighty.
On an individual basis, we each need to heed our Chief Physician's instructions to daily deny our own selfish desires that are initiated within our fleshly minds, and thereby learning from the afflictions of the cross while we follow the Lord. ( See Matthew 16 verse 24 thru 25.) Even with our failures to comply to His instructions, when we, in thanksgiving have submitted our lives to God's keeping, He will jealously protect what is His, for the Blood Covenant of Jesus Christ shall not permit sin to have dominion over those who are joined in His Spirit's unity to each other within the risen Body of Jesus Christ. When our minds become encumbered with the burdens of idolatrous sins of the flesh, and if we have not hardened our heart to the Spirit's prompting, then when we come together in His Body, we should humbly call upon the Lord our Physician, and give to Him our sincere confession of our hearts infidelities, confusions and weaknesses. We know that our God is Faithful, and through the Life (Nephesh) sustaining infusion of His Living Covenant Blood, He will forgive and permit the Thanksgiving New Covenant Blood to cleanse the gross impurities that are foreign to His good will, and errors of the flesh which don't conform to the new creation born of the Word of God. Because there is Eternal Life in the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, then the refreshment of that Life, through His Holy Spirit of Grace, is given to His members as assurance to our minds, of God's faithfulness to His Covenant Word, and To Be the only source of nourishment for the soul and spirit of all believers within His Body.
However, there are warnings to be heeded in God's amnesty program: If sin is not sincerely repented of by a member of the Blood Covenant and the person continues to practice the sin so that the member becomes corrupted or hardened by the sin, then the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ through the Word of His testimony, will isolate the member for severe correction. If there is no compliance, then God may destroy that cellular member as alien from the Life of the Body and for the sake of the Body of Jesus Christ. Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1st Corinthians 3 verse 16 thru 17.) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap Life everlasting. (Galatians 6 verse 7 thru 9.) If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the Truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the Blood of the Covenant that sanctifies him, and who has insulted the Spirit of Grace? For we know Him Who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge His people." It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10 verse 26 thru 31.)
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Take and drink all of you.
In a book on the Blood, Andrew Murray, (1828-1917) wrote of God's acceptance of Abel's blood sacrifice of his best lamb.
"He had this witness borne to him "that he pleased God." His faith, and God's good pleasure in him, are closely connected with the sacrificial blood. In the light of later revelation, this testimony, given at the very beginning of human history, is of deep significance. It shows that there can be no approach to God; no fellowship with Him by faith; no enjoyment of His favor, apart from THE BLOOD."
10 years later Murray communed with us in his book, 'The Lord's Table', and wrote:
And He took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is My Blood.” The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a Communion of the Blood of Christ?” (Matthew 26:27-28; 1 Corinthians 10:16.)
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life” (Leviticus 27:11). For the blood is the life, the living spirit; and therefore atonement is linked with the shedding of blood. It was the surrender of the life of an innocent animal in the place of guilty man. And thus with the shedding of Jesus’ blood, His life is surrendered for our sins. The worth and the power of that blood are the worth and the power of the life of Jesus. Every drop of that blood has in it the power of an endless life.
The life of all flesh is in the blood.
With Holy God Almighty, without the shedding of the life blood of the innocent for guilty man-kind, there would be no pardon for sin. God remains the discerner of the heart and the intentions of the supplicant, who in accordance with God's Covenant, would sincerely be requesting pardon and desiring to enter into, or to remain in God's grace and favor. The old inferior Covenant was in the shed blood of sacrificial animals that could never atone for man's self idolatrous sins: But now God's New Covenant is in the poured out Life Blood of the Man, Jesus Christ. For Jesus/Yeshua, with a Son's Perfect Love and obedience toward His Father Yahweh God Almighty, poured out His innocent Soul from His Body, and in His Bodily resurrection from the dead, He defeated the idolatrous ways of man-kind that only breeds death. Therefore, the Levitical Word of God, in respect to God's New Covenant through the Blood of the Man Jesus Christ, continues in power, and affects the believer in spite of our ignorance or callousness towards the Word of our Salvation. Seeing of its vital importance in Life and death, let us further investigate the strength of our themed scriptural text.
And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you that eats any manner of blood; I will even set My face against that eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls:
For, it is the blood that makes an atonement for the 'soul'. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, and neither shall any stranger that sojourns among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunts and catches any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: Therefore, I said unto the children of Israel, you shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: Whosoever eats of it shall be cut off. (Leviticus 17 verse 10 thru 14.)
Now we remember that the old covenant forbade the eating or drinking of the blood of the sacrifice, for within the blood was the life force of the soul, which identified the flesh of the animal with its reference to the animal's nature or life. Although blood equates to life, God has never equated the lower life of an animal, with what was the elevated life of Adam/Man. For Adam, that is Man, in the garden before the fall, was created to be in the image and likeness of God, his Creator. Leaving aside vain arguments of the evolution of mankind, it is for sure that the reasoning man does not equate his life with the animal’s soul or life force, nor condescend to its base level. After all it is the life of a beast. But, is this not what unregenerate man has become, for historically, all men judge from within themselves what they think is good or evil, for the preservation of their own selves. Confusion reigns in the flesh of the corrupted mind of man, even for so many who say they are of Christ, but do not live Christ with a crucified life that honors God? (See Psalm 49 verse 12 and 20.)
Through out the centuries to the present, we are able to see the results of man's bestial nature. That nature is bent towards a violent life of action and reactions, similar to the naturally occurring lives of the wild beast of the field. This life is self-centered as the result of the confusion of sin, with man's reactions entangled in superior and inferior base natures of the flesh, and may well be summed up by the naturalist equations of, 'the survival of the fittest', or 'might makes right'. However, we know through the Word of God that for man to survive, there has to be the death of this bestial nature, and without God's timely intervention man cannot survive, and would ultimately destroy himself, his offspring, and the life of the world about him.
From the mystery of iniquity, beginning in the Garden of Eden, we can now know that man-kind's nature of flesh is infected with self idolatrous sin, derived from the affected nephesh or the life within the genetic blood of Adam. The soul and the life within Adam's Blood is passed on to all of his descendants. Now, because of sin's controlling influence within the nephesh (the soul and life of man), man's judgment remains bent like an animal of the field towards violence and self preservation. In God's original covenant with the nation of Israel, we understand that in the temporary atoning animal sacrifices, the lifeblood of passive animals was poured out on the earth, as a transitory solution for man's defiled earthly nature. With God’s merciful intervention at this time, the lamb, dove or bullock was sacrificed and the blood which equates to the life (the nephesh) of the animal was poured out upon the ground at the base of the sacrificial altar and then the flesh of the beast was burned on the altar as a substitutionary offering for the sins of the people of God rather than God’s ultimate consuming justice of requiring the destruction of the guilty.
From the beginning occasion of sin within the mind's of Adam and Ishshah (later named Eve), self righteous sin would flourish even unto the eventual corruption of the original genome of Man. The Almighty God of the living has declared all of mankind guilty of their self serving idolatry, and under the power of sin and death. All of Adam's genetic blood line of flesh, even the present day Jew, became defiled with no redeeming eternal life factors in and of itself. Even the geneticist sees that there are limiting time factors in the broken DNA code of mankind, which brings about the cessation of tissue regeneration.
God's first temporary covenant, confirmed in the lifeblood of animals, was inadequate for several vital reasons. Although the Jew understood that the seat of all earthly life was in the blood, the sanctity of the animal's life was not necessarily reverenced in the animals that were slaughtered for the Israelite. The seriousness of the nature of sin, bringing death and separation from the God of the living, apparently became lost in the performance or the rite of the sacrifice. Also at issue, is self-justification within a mind, which was further encumbered with partiality in the keeping of portions of God's laws for appearance sake. Now with the keeping up of the outward appearance of self, then self righteousness is set in motion, with the failure to keep the weightier matters of the heart, with a soul seeking after the heart of God. The perfection of love is not to be found in the fallen nature of the unrighteous flesh of self righteous mankind.
The original blood letting animal sacrifices would never, ever be the rectifying remedy for fallen mankind’s now bent and darkly distorted nature, with his propensity to do violence in the earth. It becomes obvious that the blood=life=the soul nature of the beast does not equate with the higher life form of the original Man/Adam, and is not the final solution for humanity's death spiral. Here in, are the principle reasons of why God's people were forbidden to eat or drink of the blood=life/soul of the beast. The soul of a beast can never be the soul of a child of God, who in the faith of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, would be born again in God's Image and Likeness of His Spirit. Significantly, there is not the planted seed of perfect love in the soul of a beast. The soul of a man, must be born of God's Spirit, bearing the seed of His Holiness that only comes from the perfect Love, born of the sacrificing Life Blood of the perfect genetic Son of Man, Jesus Christ. The Blood of Jesus Christ is of Infinite value for it came from the Infinite God to sustain not just one life, but the life of all who will except God's offering of Infinite Value.
In Holy Communion, the Spirit of Grace and Holiness presents to us, the Cup of our 'Yeshua', meaning Salvation, and to be sure, God's Love is in the Life Blood of His Son, the WORD of GOD made the flesh of the first Adam. The Soul of this 'Son', Loves Yahweh His Father above all things, and God's Holy Spirit, Who is One in the Infinite Holy Life Blood of Jesus with His Perfect Love, will bring the faithful into fellowship with Father God Almighty. It is impossible for Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty to have fellowship or communion with any form of sin, for sin can never be justified by Holy Yahweh God. But now, the shed New Covenant Blood of His Son Jesus Christ is seen to have put to death the corrupted old man of the flesh of sin, so that the Life of God's Son is made manifest in God's new creation of man, who is reborn in the image and the likeness of the Spirit of His Son, Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah.
How great is the Heart and the Love of God, and how far will God go to save man from our sinful and damnable self serving nature? Whether it be Jew or gentile, the inertia for human life, was created within Adam's generational seed, which originally was designed to bring forth life created in the image and likeness of the God of the living. However, with Adam's rebellion against God, all the generational seed of man-kind were made heirs of sin and death, having forfeited the right to life, and made to serve the master of sin and death. On our own efforts, we cannot save or pardon ourselves from our sinful corrupted nature that brings death. Only God can pardon and grant new life, under His terms of His Blood Covenant with man-kind. If the first blood covenant and its terms failed to be reverenced by the Jew, because of the condition of selfish flesh, then perhaps man will reverence in their heart the Life of God's only Son, Whom God has sacrificially given, as a ransom and pardon for past sins. God's New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ IS efficacious today in Holy Communion with the Holy Spirit of God, for God is faithful and just to pardon and to cleanse our souls and the spirit of our minds from the corrupting influence of sin infested flesh. The first covenant ratified in animal's blood is voided, being supplanted by the final superior Covenant in the Infinitely precious Blood of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the Lord of Life. Within the expanse of God's New Covenant with man, God's Holy Spirit of Grace provides the Sanctifying Holy Blood of the Jesus Christ that remains the only remedy for the sins of the flesh for the repentant individual, as well as for the church's confessed sin's of the past and present.
If the eyes of our heart are open then we can see that the Love of God has an infinitely higher calling into the heart and soul of fallen mankind than the life of a beast. We live in this fallen flesh, and if we say we have no sin then we are in terrible deceptions and the Truth is not in us. But the Spirit of Truth has the absolute solution to our death coming as the result of sinful flesh. (See again Leviticus 17 verse 10 thru 14). The ultimate remedial solution or antidote for sin required the Life/Soul within the Blood of the perfect God centered Man. The whole Life of Jesus (Yeshua) was centered in the Love of His Holy Father Yahweh God, for Jesus/Yeshua came forth from the Holy Father's bosom, to become the unleavened Son of Man, and that Life of the Christ of God is HOLY, and is forever consecrated in Love. "For God so loved the world that He Gave the LifeBlood of His Only Begotten Son" on the altar of the cross, so that we might become new born sons of God, born of faith in God’s Truth after the image and likeness of the Father's Son, Jesus (Yeshua). Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not. (1 John 3 verse 1.)
For your further consideration, we have set before you, an abbreviated outline of the tradition of the four cups in the Passover Seder, which are also known as the four cups of redemption. The 1st Cup of Sanctification and the 3rd Cup of Redemption both required a special prayer of blessing and thanksgiving to the Creator of the Universe. With each of the four cups, there is the appropriate scripture from Exodus 6 verse 6 that makes reference to God's celebrated acts with Israel. We have interjected comments, as well as the relative Gospel scriptures, which parallels a particular cup and the logical order of events in the Pesach.
The Four Traditional Redemptive Cups of Passover.
The first and third cups of wine with water, required a
thanksgiving blessing by the host.
(See Exodus 6 verse 6 thru 8.)
Cup of Sanctification. In Hebrew, Kos Kiddush.
Cup of Judgment (or liberation). In Hebrew, Kos G’ulah.
During the main portion of the feast, and while the disciples were still
eating of the old covenant Pascal lamb,
of Redemption or Blessing. In Hebrew, Kos B’raha.
Cup of Acceptance, ( or The Cup of the Kingdom.) In Hebrew,
Now when the Lord Jesus Christ, the I AM that I AM, lifts up the third cup, “The cup of Blessing and Redemption”, He is instituting the New Covenant in His Blood. Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah. Not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt: which My Covenant they broke. The Word of God, as the Son of Adam, has totally fulfilled the requirements of the former covenant, and has now at the same Passover Table, inaugurated in His Blood the New Superior Covenant of God's Grace in the Life of His only Begotten Son.
The former blood and drink offerings of the Mosaic Covenant were a portend of that which was to come with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and now the 3rd cup of blessing and redemption is through the Spirit of God to be the effectual Life Blood of Jesus Christ, as the Lamb of God slain from before the foundation of the world. In the old covenant, the sacrificial lamb's blood was first sprinkled on sides of the altar, for sin, trespass and peace offerings, (See Leviticus 7 verse 1 thru 13.) or poured at the sides of the alter for burnt offerings, and then the roasted flesh of the sacrifice may have been eaten, without the life blood of the animal. In the sacrifice of the animal, no one was to partake of the blood of the lamb, for it was the life of the beast. (See Leviticus 17 verse 10 thru 12.) However, God instituted His grain offering, as a token memorial, with the unleavened Bread that was to be a perpetual memorial before the Holy of Holies and God's Presence. (See Leviticus 6 verse 14 thru 22.) The fulfillment of God's token Grain Offering, of a sweet smelling savor of Promise, is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, and the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world. No man could take His Life, but Jesus laid His Life down sacrificially in Perfect Love and Obedience to His Holy Father God, so that He could take it up again in fulfillment of His Life of Love in God. The True Unleavened Bread of Heaven Who came down to become the Son of Man says: Amen, Amen, I say to you; except you eat of the Flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you have no Life in you. (John 6 verse 53.) No man comes to the Father except by Me. And God Almighty says: My Covenant will I not break, Nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips. (See Psalm 89 verse 34 thru 37.)
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God's Word was given First to the Jew and the Jewish Converts.
Portions of the ecclesia, called the church, not knowing of the early Jewish culture and the languages of the day, have developed gross misconceptions concerning the intent of the letter called Hebrews. The letter was written to the Jewish converts who obviously lived in the time of Christ Jesus. The Epistle to the Hebrews was not designed by the writer, most likely Paul, to be parsed over, and erroneously deemed to be God's doctrine speaking to the gentile church/ecclesia. The main purpose of the letter was to address, some of the misunderstandings of the Jewish converts that had come to believe in Messiah Yeshua/Jesus. The letter was written directly to the new Jewish believers, too clarify the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Sacrificial Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, much of the leadership of the protestant churches, have established their own stumbling blocks that are continually perpetuated by puppet pastors in their circuitous circles of learning. The various catholic churches also have developed their own corrupt teachings that imprisons their people to the vanity of the institutions. We will see in the heresies that the teachers on this Holy Matter, in their error, have given license to sin, and have dismissed God's New Covenant of Sanctifying Grace through His Spirit. God's Holy Spirit of Grace provides within our thanksgiving Communion with the Almighty, the Body and Life giving Blood of the Almighty's Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Now the Truth of Holy Communion for repentant believers, is erroneously seen by the evangelical as a superfluous doctrine by superstitious men. The ignorant teachings of finite man have supplanted the fullness of the Infinite Holy God's New Covenant Doctrine that He eternally established in the Life Giving Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMashiach.
To the Jewish converts, the author begins to expound upon the supreme greatness of the Messiah of Yahweh God.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways: But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He appointed Heir of all things, and through Whom also He made the universe. The Son is the Radiance of God’s Glory and the exact Representation of His Being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1 verse 1 thru 3. NIV)
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Lord Yeshua/Jesus instituted the New Covenant in His Blood for the remission of the sins of His Disciples. Drink all of you. This is My Blood of the New Covenant, shed for many for the remission of sin. Christ Jesus, was the Lamb of God, crucified before the foundation of the world, and Jesus, hanging from the cross, declared with His last breath, "It is finished" and died for the sins of the world. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. The Truth for why God's Son came to earth, was confirmed in Christ's/Messiah's crucifixion death, and resurrection into the Life of His Father. Sin does not cease in the human flesh, not even in the saved Christian, but all sin must be humbly released into the crucified Hands of our High Priest, the Man Christ Jesus.
And to His Son, the Almighty God declares of Christ:
Thy Throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy Kingdom. Thou has loved
righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee with
the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.
For we see Jesus/Yeshua, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the Grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2 verse 9.)
brothers and sisters,
God's Calling to His free Gift of faith, provides the Way for the Promise of God's Holy Spirit of Life, to be given to those with believing obedience in the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Christ Jesus. Therefore, in abiding within Christ, we are promised an entrance into the Almighty's Rest thorough our obedient faith in the Word of Christ Jesus. (See John 14 verse 18 thru 24.) He that does not love Me does not keep My Word: And the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's Who sent Me. Paul gives witness to David's warning in Psalm 95. So then, through the writers of scripture, we will witness that not all who are called, will be obedient to God's calling that Promises to give rest to the soul of man.
The Infinite God dwelling in Eternity, created the fabric of time, and in the flow of time, from the beginning to the end, the Almighty foreknew those who, upon hearing His calling Word, would obey His Word that promised rest. Those, He justified, He predestinated to be conformed into the glorious image of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus/Yeshua haMashiach. (See Romans 8 verse 28 thru 30.) In David's Psalm 95, the Spirit of God calls out: Today, if you will hear His Voice: Then harden not your hearts, as in the provocation in the wilderness, when your fathers tempted Me and provoked Me: So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter into My Rest. The provocation in the wilderness took place at what would be called Massah Mirabah.
At that time, the congregation of Israel had journeyed to Rephidim, and found no water to drink. Wherefore the people argued with Moses and said: Give us water that we may drink. Moses said unto them: Why argue with me? Why do you provoke the Lord? (See Exodus 17 verse 3). Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said: It is a people that do err in their heart, and have not known My Ways: Unto them I swore in My wrath that they should not enter into My Rest. (Psalm 95 verse 11.) Those that did not enter into God's rest, were those who at their beginning journey with Moses, continued in sin's death and unbelief, and whose carcasses would rot in the desert. And so the author writes: Let us fear (God) less a promise being left off, of us entering into His Rest, and any of you come up short of the Promise. (See Hebrews 3 verse 15 thru 19, chapter 4 verse 1.)
With David speaking of "Today, if you will hear His Voice"; we are to know that today could be any one of the seven days of the week, and while that day is yet called today and not a tomorrow that may not come, then do not close your ears to the Infinite Lord's beckoning call to freedom within His Love that fosters our obedient faith. While it is yet today, then choose today if you will serve the Lord, for today is the beginning day to live for the Lord! (See Joshua 24 verse 14 thru 15.) Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you of an evil heart of unbelief, causing you to depart from the Living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened thorough the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3 verse 12 thru 13.) Why would one abandon the call of the Creator of all goodness, and return to their folly and succumb to the deceit of sin?
Today's day of unrest is just like any day of unrest within David's time; It is a people that do err in their heart, and have not known My Ways: (Psalm 95:10.) Where do we begin to find understanding in the Way of God? For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits Eternity, whose Name is Holy; I dwell in the High and Holy Place: Also with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (See Isaiah 57 verse 15 thru 18.) The Almighty God gives rest to the humble contrite souls who seek God with all their being, but God will strike down to the dust of the earth the earthly person who remains in their wickedness. Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Though they be like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, then you will eat the good of the land: But if you refuse and rebel, then you shall be devoured with the Sword: For the Mouth of the Lord has spoken it. (Isaiah 1 verse 18 thru 20.) Perchance of conviction, is today the day when the way of humility may be found in the soul of God's creation?
Again we are able to perceive God's Way in His Eternal Word of Life, for, Thus says the Lord: The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: What then is the house that you have built for Me, and where is the place of My rest. but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembles at My Word. (See Isaiah 66 verse 1 thru 5.) From the beginning of time, the Lord declared that He had created all things, and any thing that earthly man would make, it came from the Almighty's creation of the earth. Solomon would build and earthly temple in the Promised Land for the glory of God, and a place where the Eternal God could provide rest for His select people. But even Solomon's finished earthly temple that God had hallowed, became defiled by His chosen people's earthly ways. The first Temple was totally destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. There is the real possibility that the Prophet Jeremiah, knowing before hand of the coming Babylonian siege, had the Arc of the Covenant, and tabernacle contents hidden in a sealed cavern beneath Mount Mariah.
God knows those who belong to Him, but many of the called, become lost within their own unbelief in Holy God's unchangeable Holiness. Let no man deceive himself. Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is Holy, which temple you are. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. (See 1st Corinthians 3 verse 16 thru 21.) Whether Jew of Gentile, the Holy Word of God remains constant, so that those who are perishing today, would come to know the infallible Truth of the Almighty's Word, before the end of the day.
You ought to be Teachers
In His letter, Paul admonishes the new Jewish believers: This is the time that you ought to be teachers, but you have need that one teach you again the first principles of the Word of God. (See Hebrews 5 verse 9 thru 14.) In these verses the writer reprimands the Jews, as if they were suckling babies in dire need of the pabulum of the Word of God, rather than being skilled individuals who should know the scriptures and God's Way of Righteousness. Apparently, Paul, believing that they would know the bare fundamentals, says: Therefore leaving the principles of the Doctrine of Christ/Messiah, let us go on unto maturity; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works (the actions of sin) and faith toward God. Today is the day if you will hear His Voice. The dead works, we are to repent from, are iniquitous sin that breads death. In abandoning the shackles of sin, we are to have faith in Holy Yahweh God and that His Promises in Messiah Yeshuah/Jesus will not fail in the Truth. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of Promise the immutability of His Council, confirmed it by an Oath: (See Hebrews 6 verse 17 thru 20.)
However, Paul gives a severe warning: For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the Heavenly Gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and tasted the good Word of God and the Power of the world to come, if they should fall away, to renew them again unto repentance, (Paul speaks of falling away in 2nd Thessalonians 2 verse 3.) seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put Him to an open shame. (See Hebrews 6 verse 4 thru 9.) Paul's warning message is repeated in Hebrews 10 verse 28 thru 30.
From the beginning, it was imperative that the Lord Jesus/Yeshua would totally fulfill the righteous Word of God in the Torah. (See Genesis 3 verse 15.) The Word of God was conceived in the original genetic flesh derived from the first Adam, and became the last Hebrew Man, the Christ/Messiah and the Holy One of God. The Man, Jesus/Yeshua, kept the whole heart of the Torah, and then was crucified to death for mankind's nature of sin. Upon rising from the dead, by the Power of the Eternal Holy God, the Son of Man/Adam, Jesus, Yeshua haMashiach, became the Lord our Righteousness. Jesus Christ, our Righteousness and Peace with God, brought an end to the animal sacrifices and all of the former works within the Torah pertaining to the sacrifice. Those sacrifices expressed within the Law (Torah) could never bring God's justifying peace to the conscience of sinful man kind. For the Almighty gave His own peace offering in the Love of His Only Begotten Son, Yeshua, and whosoever believes in the Messiah should not perish in sin, but find Eternal Life. In Christ Jesus, alone, does an obedient believer have rest from the weariness of the sin in this world. And the Lord Jesus said: 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. (John 16 verse 33.) 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. My yoke is easy and My burden is Light. (Matthew 11 verse 28 thru 30.)
We witness in Deuteronomy 28 the Song of Moses, and of Holy God's separating judgment against the people that He had delivered from Egypt. And among these nations thou shall find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind. (Deuteronomy 28 verse 65.) Consider the text: Neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest. Interestingly, we see at what is called the Last Supper, the Lord Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. Abiding in Christ Jesus, all believers can find rest in their Lord within the humility of our faith in His Sacrificial Provisions of His Body and Blood that He deemed as Life provided by His Spirit of Grace.
The 10 northern tribes of Israel, with their rebellious ways, mingled themselves with other peoples and were already dispersed among the heathen nations that were just like themselves. Shortly there after, God called Isaiah, first to prophecy of the vision he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Judah and Jerusalem, similar to the 10 northern tribes of Israel, also continued in their own un-repentant vanity within their self centered minds. Isaiah calls the people to hear the Word of the Lord: To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? Says the Lord, I AM full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. (See Isaiah 1 verse 10 thru 16.) God's true expectation in His Mercy, was looking for true godly repentance of the people, and not what became the vain oblations of the children of Judah and Jerusalem. (See Isaiah 18 thru 20.)
With the coming advent of the Promised Messiah, then at the last of his writings, the prophet Isaiah had forewarned Judah and Jerusalem, of God's rebuke, to what had become in their vanity, a token offering of the animal sacrifices to satisfy God: "He that kills an ox, is as if he slew a man. He that sacrifices a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck. He that offers an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood. He that burns incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yes, they have chosen their ways, and their souls delight in their abominations. (Isaiah 66 verse 3.) God's Way was to give rest to His people in relieving them of their sins, but they chose their own way of unbelief and delighted to continue in their own wickedness. For the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, for the wicked, says my God. (Isaiah 57 verse 20 thru 21.)
We have witnessed, in the prophetic writings of Isaiah, that the animal sacrifices were berated by God for their ineffectiveness to deal with the licentiousness of the people; and more importantly, His Messiah Yeshua/Jesus was to come in the flesh of the first Adam/Man, and bring in His Father's New Covenant in His Own Life giving Blood. Now as far as the Almighty God of the heart was and is concerned, the animal sacrifices became a ritual of none affect upon the people of Israel. Humility was virtually missing within His chosen people.
Trying to circumvent Jewish Apostasy
As the writer of Hebrews expands his thoughts, he is speaking to the Jews that were vacillating in their understanding of God's New Covenant in the Blood of Christ Jesus verses the old Mosaic Covenant in the blood sacrifice's of animals. At issue was the beginnings of a Jewish apostasy, with their returning to the Jewish traditions they may have practiced in the Mosaic law. The new Jewish converts, having come to a new faith in the Christ of God, were being warned not to return to the sanctuary, made by human hands. They must not fall back on the old covenant with the Jewish animal sacrifices that the Levitical priesthood performed in their daily work for the sins of the people of Israel. There are several possibilities we might consider. The persecution of the new Messianic converts, by the high priest and Sadducees, perhaps leaving some of the converts pondering in their minds whether the trial of their faith was worthwhile. Also some of the Jewish converts would have been among the priest that had come to faith in God's Promised Messiah. (See Acts 6 verse 7.) But now those priest fearing the loss of their positional work in the synagogues, might have thought to return to their former work.
Therefore, Paul sought to bring to the Jewish convert a greater clarification to the superiority of God's New Covenant in the Life Blood of the righteous Man Yeshua haMashiach, (Jesus, the Christ of God,) When Jesus Christ came, as the sent Word of His Father Yahweh God, of eternal necessity He was incarnately born in the flesh of Man/Adam, then as Man, Jesus totally fulfilled the righteousness within the Torah of God. In the beginnings of God's calling to faith in God, the new Jewish converts had an understanding that Christ Jesus was crucified to death, as an atonement for the sins of death. As proof for the accepted atonement, Yahweh raised Christ Jesus from the dead. The atonement was not only for the Jew, but as they would discover, also for the gentiles of the world. (see Acts 10 verse 44 thru 48.) The Risen Lord became our Righteousness and brought an end to the sacrificial works of the Law that could never justify the heart of sinful man kind.
God's Highest standards for holiness has never changed. In the old Covenant with Israel, the Almighty Holy God desired the willing heart of His people to begin to approach Him in the Holy Place with a spirit of humility, and then in His Mercy their sin was covered over through the substitutionary blood offerings of God's own animal creations. (See Leviticus 17 verse 11 thru 12.) The God of the living, provides all of the necessary provisions for the life of His people. The people of Israel could eat of the flesh of the animal, but were forbidden to eat of the life blood of the animal sacrifice. God's final Provision for the life of man is within the Life Blood of the Man Christ Jesus our Living Mediator. God's Covenant for the life of man kind, was eternally set before the foundation of the world, when God's Passover Lamb of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus was already crucified in God's creation of time. With the treason of the first Man/Adam, God gave His Word in the Garden of Eden, and established the fact that the genetic seed of His creation of Adam would be perpetuated through Adam's wife, Ishshah. Within the fabric of time, a last Hebrew virgin woman, would give birth to the Word of God made of the flesh of Adam, and He, as the Man Yeshua would break the power of sin and death.
The duties of the Levitical priesthood along with their daily animal sacrifices, was a 'work of sacrifice' within the Law of Moses, made for Israel's sins that would make a substitutionary atonement for the soul's of the people of Israel. For it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17 verse 11.) Also note, that the Law of God, within the Ten Commandments, is spiritual, and the law in Commandments works spiritual condemnation bringing an awareness of the offences within man's consciousness. There are no justifying physical works that are possible in God's Ten Commandments. We should have come to understand the spiritual affect of the Decalogue with Paul's lamenting discovery of the other spiritual Law of Sin and Death that exists within the corrupted flesh of all of humanity. If the Commandments of God work to reveal and condemn unseen sin that innately exists in the flesh of all of man kind, then there are no human efficacious works within the Spiritual Law of God's 10 Commandments that could justify any human. Too avoid confusion in God's 10 Commandment Law's verses the separating Law of Sin and Death, then see "The Law, a Quagmire of Confusion".) A noted evangelist, Leonard Ravenhill said: "When there's something in the Bible that churches don't like, they call it legalism.
This letter of exhortation to the Jews was written by a redeemed Jewish author, who knew the workings of the Mosaic Law, with its priesthood and the settings of the earthly Tabernacle made by the hands of earthly man. The redeemed author, again probably Paul writing from Italy, was warning the new Jewish converts to not waver in their new found faith because of the absolute sufficiency of God's New and Eternal Covenant Sacrifice in the Life Blood of the Almighty's only Begotten Son Yeshua/Jesus. All things of the Gospel pertain to the Eternal's Unfailing Word of Promise, that Yahweh gave in the Garden of Eden, and in God's ordained time, His First Born Word was conceived in the ovum of the Hebrew Woman named Mary. (See Pentecost.) For God to be Holy True, then Holy God's Holy Word of Promise must be born of the genetic flesh of the first Adam/Man. Satan, the destroyer of faith in the Word of God, would not be able to accuse Jesus Christ, the righteous Word of God of even His genetics that His Holy Father preserved within time from the first Man Adam. (See Seduction of Man.) Now with a Son's Perfect Love and obedience to His Father God, Jesus would defeat the entity of sin and death. (See Creation of Man.)
Until Christ would come, as the Son of Man, God Almighty in His Mercy would institute the original Covenant in the blood of the domestic animals suitable for sacrifice. The many ordered covenant sacrifices were to be maintained by the Levitical priesthood of the son's of Aaron, as a rite that God established for His forgiveness of the acknowledged sins of the repentant children of Israel. The people of Israel were not to be ignorant of sin, for God's Decalogue of Commandments was given beforehand to Moses on Mount Sinai to expose the corrosive nature of sin within the spirit that is conceived within the minds of the children of Israel. Afterwards, the Wisdom of God established His Council of conduct within the whole of the Torah/Instructions that He gave to Moses. All of the instructions in righteousness were designed by God to protect the True genetic lineage of Adam through the faithful children of Israel.
The children of the nation of Israel, in their flesh of sin, would fail many times to keep the Heart of God's Divine Purpose that He declared from the beginnings of time. When Israel repented, then God would repent of the evil He would have brought against Israel. Israel's unfaithfulness would eventually break the heart of their Covenant with the Word of God, and no amount of animal sacrifices or other works of righteousness could ever suffice for sin's power in the flesh, then and now. God, in His Eternal Understanding, would bring judgments upon the children of Israel, to segregate the True Seed of His Promised Salvation. Adonai, faithful to His Word, would oversee time's circumstances, and in His foreknowledge of time, He would bring forth His Word of Salvation to be conceived in the ovum of Mary, a generational daughter of Adam. The virgin Mary would give birth to God's Incarnate First Born Son, in the genetics of the first Adam. For I will put enmity between you (Satan) and Woman (Ishshah), and between thy seed and her seed. He shall crush your head, and you shall bruise His heel. The Holy One of God's Salvation, with His crucifixion death, and then with His bodily resurrection into the Life of His Father, Jesus Christ accomplished all that Yahweh God had sent Him to do. Now that Christ lives forever, He makes intercession forever for the believing of man kind.
For the Lord swore, and will not repent: Thou art a High Priest forever, after the order of Malchizedek.
According to the Lord's Oath revealed in the Psalms, Paul writes to the notable Jews: For the priesthood being changed, then there is the necessity to change the law. The change in the law was not an obliteration of the Torah, but the change was for the the complete alimentation of animal sacrifices: For the (animal sacrifices in the) Law made nothing perfect; but the (the Offering of Christ) brought in a better hope, by which we are able to draw nigh to God. (See Hebrews 7 verse 11 thru 20.) The daily offerings of the sacrificial animal for sin, only precipitated the eventual death of the performing Levitical priest, who each were bound in their own sin leading to death. Of course. the sacrifice of the animal, also precipitated the death of the people who were of the priest's like corrupted nature. (See Hebrews 10 verse 11 thru 12.) The sacrificial offering of the life blood of an animal of its kind, could never give life to the souls of man that are of its own distinct kind, made even after the image of God. The better hope of the risen Christ of God, eliminated the sacrifice of the animals for sin, and thus the need for the priest that offered the daily sacrifices.
In that He (the Almighty) said, A New Covenant, He has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away. ( Hebrews 7 verse 13.) The first covenant was based on the Levitical Priesthood and their daily works of animal sacrifices that were performed on earth. Because of God's oath and His total Satisfaction with Christ's Offering of Himself, then there was a change in the Levitical Priesthood to that of the forever Priesthood of Jesus Christ, made of God, after the eternal order of Malchizedek. With a change from an earthly ministry of the finite priest, into the Eternal Heavenly ministry of Jesus Christ, then the earthly animal sacrifices with the Levitical priesthood would eventually pass away. Both the animal sacrifices and the Levitical priesthood were finally sanctioned, when Rome destroyed the Jerusalem Temple on the 9th of Av (Tisha b'Av) in the year of 70 AD.
For this High Priest (Sworn of God to be of the everlasting order of Malchizedek) is absolutely necessary for us, Who is Holy, harmless, undefiled being separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needs not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice for his own sins, and then for the people's: For this He (Jesus Christ) did once, when He offered up Himself. (See Hebrews 7 verse 21, verse 26 thru 28.)
Christ Jesus gave Himself once as a Presentation Offering called Chagagah, that was exceptionally pleasing to His Holy Father God. The first Adam was unloving in his treasonous disobedience to His Maker, but the Last Adam, being the very last genetic Son of Man presented Himself to Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, with a Son's Perfect Love and Obedience. Now Holy Yahweh was Eternally Pleased with Christ's Perfect Presentation Offering of a loving Son. Indeed Yahweh God's Holy Word did not return to Him void, but finished the Work Yahweh God Almighty had ordained of His Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. (See all of Isaiah 55 verse 3 thru 11.) The first Adam/Man brought death to all of mankind, but God's Word conceived in the original generational flesh of Adam, returned to the Almighty God in absolute victory over man's sin and death. Christ's victory eternally established God's New Covenant Word of Life to be with man kind. Therefore, Yahweh God Almighty swore an Oath to His Holy One: Thou art My Son: (Psalm 2 verse 7.) Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (Psalm 110 verse 4.) (See text from Hebrews 5 verse 5 thru 10.)
The Word of God, at the Will of His Father, came down from heaven as the True Bread of Heaven, and the Bread of Life was born of the flesh of Adam/Man; So then it is this Man after He had offered His one sacrifice for sin forever, sat down on the Right Hand of His Holy Father. The Jew was to understand that there are no more continuing sacrifices of animals to set aside the sin of mankind. For while the first covenant stood only in dead works offered in meats, and drinks, and various washings, and in carnal ordinances imposed on them until the time of reformation. Some believe that time of reformation is a return to God's first order. For God's Gift of Faith is to be Living fully in the Way, the Truth and the Life that is in Christ Jesus Alone. Christ Jesus/Yeshua, having died once for sin, and raised by the Spirit of God from the dead, reveals God's eternal satisfaction with the Man Jesus Christ and His perfect Presentation Offering of Himself. Christ's offering of Himself, has ended all animal sacrifices forever, as well as the carnal sacrifices of all of sinful mankind. Now with the remission (meaning obliteration) of these is (meaning animal sacrifices), there is no more (animal) sacrifices for sin. (Hebrews 10 verse 18.) The sin of the first Adam brought death to all of mankind, but the Sacrificial death of the Last Adam with His sinless Life as a Man, has conquered death for all time for His conquest is revealed in His Resurrection from the dead. Now the Life giving Spirit of His Father, Jesus the Messiah would bring Life to the souls of all of sinful man kind that obediently follow God's Saving Gift of Life in Yeshua haMashiach (Jesus the Christ of God).
So Christ once was offered to bear the sins of many. And to those that look for Him, He shall appear the second time without sin, unto Salvation.
Bleeding into Chapter Ten
For the Law (with it's sacrifices) having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image or the things, can never with those animal sacrifices, which they offered year after year, make the comers (those that approach God) complete. (Hebrews 10 verse 1.)
For the Word, when He had come into the world said: Sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings for sin Thou would not accept, neither had pleasure therein. Then said He: Lo I come to do Thy Will O God. He takes away the first, that He may establish the second. (See Hebrews 10 verse 4 thru 10 in conjunction with Psalm 40 verse 6 thru 10.) The Word of God, being the Christ of God, fulfills the heart of the Scriptures; for He takes away the first (covenant) that He may establish the second (Covenant). So we see in Scripture that the second covenant is established with the Third Cup of Blessing, when Jesus/Yeshua inaugurated at the Passover Table, His Father God's New Covenant in Christ's Life Blood. Yeshua/Jesus is God's --- Passover, meaning God's sacrificial Lamb; for God's Passover was slain before the foundation of the world. If the princes of this world had know, then they would never have crucified the Lord of Glory. (See 1st Corinthians 2 verse 7 thru 9.) All was finalized at the cross with Jesus/Yeshua's crucifixion death. Now then, if the Christ of God had not risen from the dead in the Perfection of His Holy Father, then God's Word is void, and all of mankind are dead in their sins; and in the void, nothing exist. Yet here we are!
In God's New Covenant for fallen mankind, Yahweh established His finale Eternal Covenant in the perfect sacrifice of the selfless Life of His Incarnate Son, the Son of Man/Adam. (See Hebrews 9 verse 23 thru 28.) So Christ was once G0530 offered to bear the sins of many: and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto Salvation. Then said He: Lo I come to do thy will O God. It is by His Father God's Will, that we are G2070 (to be) set apart (sanctified) through Jesus Christ's offering of His Body once,G2078 for all .
We see the necessity of Christ's one Substitutionary Sacrifice for sin in Paul's following logic: For every priest stands daily ministering and offering many times the same (animal) sacrifices, which can never take away sins; But this Man (Christ Jesus) after He had offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down on the right Hand of His Father God. (Hebrews 10 verse 11 thru 12.) Christ Jesus, as the Son of Adam, with His selfless offering of Himself in total obedience to God, totally satisfied the rebellious sin of the first Man Adam and all of Adam's offspring. God patiently waits for all that will hear His Calling to return to Him.
Hebrews' 10 verse 14 says: For by one offering He has perfected (completed) for ever them that are sanctified. Confusion in this verse and others is rampant in the church. Consider with profound understanding that those who are perfected, are those that are sanctified. Sanctification is not a one time thing in God's Covenant, but is carried forth in the daily life of the obedient believer. (Disciples See Luke 9 verse 23 thru 24.) The crux of this statement was previously qualified in Hebrews 5 verses 8 thru 10. Though He (Christ) were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered: And being made Perfect, He became the Author of Eternal Salvation unto all them that 'obey Him': Called of God an High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. --- Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him. If you continue in My Word, then you are My disciples indeed. You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free. (John 8 verse 31 thru 32.) I AM the Truth! I AM not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Jesus, The Truth, Whom all things of the universe consist, said to His disciples: This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin. God's Eternal Sacrifice, for sin and death is accomplished once and for all time, in the Body and Blood of His Hebrew Messiah.
despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint, when you are rebuked of Him.
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? For if you are without chastisement, whereof
all are partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we
have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them
reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of
spirits, and live? (Hebrews
12 verse 5 thru 9.) For it is the blood
that makes an atonement for sin.
For it is the blood
that makes an atonement for sin.
With the one Selfless Offering of God's Holy One, the old animal sacrifices for sin, along with the Levitical priesthood, had been remitted by Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God the Almighty. (See Hebrew 10 verse 18.) Now Christ Jesus the Man, with His perfect Sacrifice of Love to His Father, has made, for the faithful of believing man kind, an entrance into the Holiest Place of His Holy Father Yahweh God. The Heavenly Entrance into the Holiest Place, not made with human hands, is gained only through the veil that is the flesh of our High Priest, the faithful Man Jesus/Yeshuah the Messiah, where He then cleansed us with the sprinkling of His Sanctifying Life Blood. It was Christ's Life within His Blood alone that makes an atonement for the soul of the believer: I AM the Way, I AM the Truth, I AM the Life of man. No one comes to the Father except by Me. The sin that innately remains in the self centered nature of our human earthly flesh, does not ever come into the Presence of Holy Yahweh God Almighty. That Entrance into the Holy of Holies, where Christ's Father God reigns, is only though the undefiled Body of the Man Christ Jesus and His Life giving Blood. The disciples of the Way and the Truth and the Life are to remember the fullness of God's New Covenant of Love that is forever established in the Holy Blood Sacrifice of Yahweh's only Begotten Son Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah. For it is the blood that makes an atonement for sin. Christ's Provisions for abundant Life are established in the Eternal Word of His Father, and His Body and Blood are ministered in and through God's Spirit of Grace that cannot be separated from the Water and Blood of Christ Jesus. (See 1st Corinthians 10 verse15 thru 17.)
Remembering the Therefore
We all, Jew and Gentile alike, can find corrective relief from our omission or commission the sin's of our earthly flesh. In our humble confession, our sins are covered over by the Perfect Love of our High Priest, the Man Christ Jesus; for sin is cleansed within the conscience of the believers with their faithful fellowship in the Communal Thanksgiving Offering of the Messiah's Body and Life Blood. Because of our faith in the Fellowship Blood of Christ Jesus, which the Lord inaugurated at His Passover Table of Unleavened Bread, we, having eaten of the One Bread and being cleansed in the Life Blood of Christ's Spirit of Holiness, are given Grace to enter into the Presence of Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh Lord God Almighty, and present our supplications to His Throne of Grace. (See Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 25.)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty maintains through His Spirit of Grace, His cleansing Grace in the Life Blood of His Son, given for the sins of the flesh of believing man kind. Indeed, Salvation and Justification by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus, our Righteousness, has come to the believing soul through Father God's Gift of His and Christ's Holy Spirit of Truth, but nevertheless, the nature of idolatrous sin remains in the corrupting idolatrous flesh of our fallen humanity. Sanctification of the flesh is by God's Spirit of Grace within God's New Covenant established in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ. (See Revelation 21 verse 5 thru 7.) The believer can not serve God in the strength of his flesh, but we are to serve God by His Spirit of Grace, becoming ambassadors of God through the Grace of God's Holy Spirit of Life.
The absolute perfection of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty requires absolute perfection for anyone to come within His Holy Sanctuary that is made without the hands of man, and into His Holy Presence. This required perfection could never be achieved by sinful mankind, nor could the blood sacrifices of animals that were continually performed by the sin laden priest of the old covenant make for holy entrance into the tabernacle made by the hand of man. Only once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Rosh Hashanah) occurring on the 1st of Tishrei, the 7th month of the Jewish Calendar, was the high priest of Israel allowed to enter with fear and trepidation into the Holy of Holies to present the sprinkling of the blood of animals upon the mercy seat of the Tabernacle.
Therefore, remember the "Therefore" that is established in the next passages. For this therefore encapsulates the purpose of all of the previous arguments from the last therefore, and unifies Holy God's Covenant as One Spirit in the Body and Blood of God's Offering of His only Begotten Son. Having "therefore" brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest place by the Blood of Jesus/Yeshua, by a new and living Way, which He has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say His Flesh (The Bread of Life); and having a High Priest over the House of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith (in God's Word of Mercy), having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience (by His Blood) and our bodies (of sin) washed with pure water (by God's Spirit of Holiness). (See Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 23.) Note that our fleshly bodies of sin were washed in the Fountain Water that flows in the Blood from the Spirit of Grace that is within Christ Jesus. The Blood of Christ Jesus is given by the Almighty's Spirit for the remission of the current sins of admission for all humble baptized believers.
Please take notice in the linked places in the Books of Matthew and Mark, then you will see that while the disciples were yet eating of the flesh of the old covenant passover (sacrificial lamb) that Jesus/Yeshua brought to a close the old Covenant in the sacrificial blood of animals, when He inaugurated the Everlasting Covenant in the fullness of His Body and Blood.
For if we sin willfully
Now let us in holy fear, try to lessen our confusion in following the subsequent context of the Letter to the Hebrews, beginning with chapter 10 verse 26: For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth (God's Truth is the Person Christ Jesus); then there remains no more sacrifices for sin. The Absolute Truth of Christ Jesus was established by all of Paul's prior arguments leading up to the therefore in Hebrews chapter 10 verse 19. Paul is amplifying the eternal fact that Jesus Christ is God's finale sacrifice for the sin of all of mankind, and in context, there are no more justifying animal sacrifices that would in any way please God. God's New Covenant is eternally established in the Blood of His Word and Son, Jesus Christ. This is My Blood of the New Covenant shed for many for the remission of sin. Whereby, God's Spirit of Grace, in Communion with the believer, covers the current sins derived from the flesh of a humble person, through God's New Covenant established in the shed Blood of Jesus the Christ of God.
The author, whether it is Paul or not, is addressing the conscience of all of those Jews that came to a beginning faith in Jesus Christ the very Truth of God. Now that they have become new born babes, baptized into the Messiah, they were initially set apart, having been cleansed of all past sins. (See Romans 3 verse 23 thru 26.) Nevertheless, they will continue to struggle with the desires of their flesh. If our Covenant with God, is in the Blood of Jesus Christ, why would we look to another way to justify our wrong doings.
And so it is written in Hebrews 10 verse 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the Blood of the Covenant, wherewith he 'was' sanctified, (set apart) an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of Grace? The Spirit of Grace is One with the Water and the Blood of Jesus Christ, and the Communion Blood of God's new Covenant is One with the Word of God.
In the above Scripture, we bring attention to the assumed past tense word 'was ήταν • (ítan) ' 3rd person singular imperfect form of with possible meanings of "he/she/it/ was". Within the new birth there is a new beginning of Life within the soul, through the Baptismal Serum Water from the Life Blood of the Man Jesus Christ that completely obliterated the past sins of the believer. God is just, and He justifies the soul of the new believer, just like the soul of the original Adam was just before he and his wife rebelled against God. In his rebellion, Adam did not seek God's Mercy and Grace, but justified himself for his insurrection, and lost God's Spirit of True Life. In the beginning verses in 2nd Peter 1 thru 8, Peter speaks about the virtues that the believer in Christ is to promote within their own soul. Then Peter also confirms the past tense of the Hebrew writer, with his own admonishment: But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he 'was ήταν' purged from his old sins. (2nd Peter 1 verse 9.) See that you refuse not Him that speaks. For if they did not escape who would not hear Him that spoke on earth, (at Mount Sinai) much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven. (See Hebrews 12 verse 18 thru 26.) That brings us again to Hebrews 6 verse 4 thru 9.) In short: For it is impossible, for those who were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, If they should fall away, to renew them again unto repentance. (See again a definitive prognosis in willful sin Galatians 5 verse 19 thru 21.) As I have told you in times past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Sin begets sin and death, for the nature of the man of flesh is mired in self that elevates it self before others and even tries to commend ourselves to the all-knowing Holy God of the universe. Within the idolatry of man there are many of those that are wise in their own separatist dogmas, and have declared themselves to have a superior understanding of scripture, and now declare that they are no longer accountable to sin. Witness for yourselves that God's Holy Spirit is the Fountain of Life: For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the Fountain of Living Waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2 verse 13.) I have heard from the pulpit that, "It is impossible for us to sin". There is no Godly Wisdom in this statement that was erroneously extracted from the first Epistle of John, and other Scriptures. But contrary wise, the Word of Holy God in John's Epistle begins by saying: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us. If we say that we have no sin, we make God a liar, and His Word is not in us. (See 1st John 1 verse 8 thru 10.) Those who are being saved by God's Grace, will allow for God to continue His repair of the breech of our souls. They will not continue to allow themselves to be in the deception of gross sin, showing that in their flesh, they are broken cisterns that cannot hold the Truth.
The enemy of our souls is well pleased when we give license to our corrupted flesh to follow our own self centered will. In Satan's deception, we allow divisive sin to continually annul Christ's imperative call for genuine repentance with the remission of acknowledged sin. The Flow of the Water of the Holy Spirit of God and His Christ, allows for God's cleansing sanctification within Christ's Communion Life Blood, given by the Almighty's Spirit of Grace. The Life Blood of Christ alone, allows for His sanctified believers, within His Body, to enter into the Presence of Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty. Without humility there is no repentance, without repentance there is no remission of sin, without the remission of sin there is the absence of the cleansing Grace of Holy God's Spirit within the conscience of man. However, in our obedience to the Will of God in Christ Jesus, sin is not to have dominion over us, for in our true repentance from the power of sin, God's Holy Spirit of Grace leads us in the Way, and the Truth and the Life of His Son, the Lord our Righteousness. (See Romans 6 verse 10 thru 18.)
Do you think that the Scripture says in vain: The spirit with in us lusts to envy. But He gives more Grace: Wherefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives more grace unto the humble. Therefore submit your selves to God, then resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, then God will draw near to you. Cleanse your hearts you double minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord. Be afflicted, and mourn and weep. Let you laughter turn to mourning and your joy to heaviness; then He shall lift you up. (See James 4 verse 5 thru 10.)
In this passage, James, the half brother of Jesus the Christ of God, has given an admonishment to all of the elect of God. In our pride, we don't see ourselves as double minded, but that is exactly what we are. Our souls are born again, and we are to follow the mind of God's Holy Spirit of Grace in Christ Jesus, but we also have the spirit of our own minds that is inclined to follow its own way that justifies its own thoughts. We have both the Spirit of the Mind of Christ, and the spirit of our own mind that lust in its envy. O wretched man that I am; Who will save me from this body of death.
See that you do not refuse Him that Speaks. For if they did not escape when they refused Him that spoke on the earth, then much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven. For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12 verse 24 thru 25, and verse 29.)
After His resurrection, Jesus said unto His Disciple: Thus it is written, and so it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. (See Luke 24 verse 45 thru 48.)
We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat who serve the (earthly) Tabernacle. (Hebrews 13 verse 10.)
Jesus Christ is the Word of His Father God, and Jesus Christ is the Same yesterday, today and forever, then so is His Holy Father God the Almighty.
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Dichotomy of the Tree
of Knowledge of Good and Evil
"You must be born again of God's Spirit", is the absolute axiom for man to enter into eternal Life within God. The soul of man that was dead because of sin, must be given new life by the Only God that creates life. It is essential that Christian leadership establish this faithful understanding in all the churches, and that the hearts of God's people know it is fulfilled, only in a faith that is following Jesus Christ and none other. But even if God's Salvation into new birth is understood in the Christian heart, then why is sin still mysteriously present within our being? Oh, you can be in a state of denial, and say that it is impossible for sin, to exist in one that is born again. But the conundrum is that the flesh of our being, is not born again of the Spirit of God, but has its own will that is at enmity with God and the Spirit of His Good Will. The flesh, of even the redeemed, has not forgotten what manner of man we are. Now, if sin finds you out, as it will, then what do you do with your sin, when you begin to see your-'self' wallowing in its gratifying pollution? When found out, sin will always seek to cover its naked self, with self justifying responses that divert responsibility from our offending flesh. With sin being in control of our self justifying flesh, we are tossed about and lost in the confusion. Oh, the good that I would do, but for the evil that is present!
This old body of the natural man we live with, is a dichotomy of the good and the evil of self determining gratification. Self determination is rooted as one with the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil that is founded in the Garden of Eden, and warned of its deadly consequences in the book of Genesis. Apart from the leading of God's Spirit, individually or collectively, we are not capable of overcoming the evil root within our minds of self-idolatry that brings forth death and destruction. Even the good we attribute to ourselves, is centered in self judgment that is twisted with deceptions from the very same root that forms evil. Very simply, that root is one and the same perverted root, whether for good or for evil, and the core of it is confusion. That one root comes from the same old Tree of Knowledge of self determination of what is good or evil, judged from ones own Idolatrous self centered perspective. Even in the flesh of Christianity, your good is not necessarily my good, and your understanding of evil is not necessarily my understanding of evil. Hence the inevitable human judgmental consequences: If you do not believe in what I believe is correct, then you are anathematized.
Through out the centuries, the leaders of the churches have a history, of being in complicity with the 'good' and 'evil' derived from the Tree of Knowledge. In hind site, we have witnessed the good that the historical churches would judge to do, for the sake of church doctrine, Bible interpretation, or even for the Gospel's sake, for it was inevitably clarified with violence, even in the Name of God. Is this not the human rational, "Let us do evil that good would come of it"? Holy blunder, the end does not justify the means!
With sin in the universe, evil perpetuates its self by justifying its self. It makes no difference whether it is Catholic or Protestant judgment. All segments of Christianity are exceedingly guilty. Historical Catholic Europe is guilty, but right in its own eyes with its religious witch hunts, conquests for land, Inquisitions with suppression of ethnic groups including genocide, infanticide, murder, broken treaties with blood shed, and the merchandising of Christianity. From its beginning origin in Europe and coming to America, Protestantism is guilty, but right in its own eyes with its conquests for land, genocide, religious witch hunts, the Civil War with suppression of ethnic groups, infanticide, murder, broken treaties with blood shed and the merchandising of Christianity. We are all right and justified within our own religious myopic eyes, but not in the Eyes of the One Holy Infinite GOD Almighty. I counsel thee to buy of Me, gold tried in the fire that thou may be rich; and buy of Me, white raiment that thou may be clothed, so that the shame of thy nakedness does not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eye salve that thou may see. (Revelation 3 verse 18.)
This root judgment of the flesh, born from the Tree of Knowledge, blinds all of us, bringing confusion, and obviously is still rampant within all churches, beginning with the clerics, and ending with the people of the pews. Because of our individual sins, and the generational sin's of the churches, we all have great need for repentance. And with true godly repentance, we need to seek the application of the mitigating grace of the New Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, so that through His Spirit of Holiness, we might receive needed humbling correction, and then afterwards be clothed in the unity of His Love. For, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3 verse 19.)
Make no mistake on this matter: It is written in Paul's epistle, and I have heard it myself as a rebuke, coming from the Spirit of the Lord saying; "No flesh shall glory in My Presence". (1st Corinthians 1 verse 29). The True Worship of God the Father, only begins at the Altar Table, with His Word sanctified provisions of the Flesh, and the sanctifying Blood of God's Son Jesus Christ. The nakedness of our wanton flesh can only be clothed in God's love through His Holy Spirit that is One with the Blood, enabling His people to enter into the presence of God's Holiness in Spirit and Truth. If we are led by God's Spirit, and when we faithfully drink in of the Lord Jesus' Blood, that is to say His Holy Life of sacrificial love for mankind, then we are renewing in our mind the Covenant agreement, which we have with God. For Yahweh was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Yeshuah, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His Blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1 verse 19 thru 20). Our concurring agreement with God's Blood Covenant, is that we are participating in mutual fellowship, with the Lord's sacrifice and death for our nature of sin, identified in the flesh, and we now live in faith and hope within His Perfect Love, by the power of the Holy Spirit, revealing a new Life of sacrifice, bearing fruit in Jesus Christ. Indeed, it is the Love of our God that constrains us; for it is the righteous Life Blood of Jesus Christ that is the mortal antagonist, to the destructive will of sin in the flesh of His believers. If faith is alive, and not dead in unbelief, then sin will not flourish within the Perfect Love that God gives in the atoning Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Paul makes it clear that because of the law of sin and death, (See Romans 7 verse 18), that it is impossible for our sin infected fleshly minds of self preservation, and justification to ever be perfected within our own merits, and to be justified before holy God: For the Lord says, without Me you can do nothing! (See John 15 verse 5). Now with God's mercy and goodness, there is saving and loving grace for the heart that seeks after the heart and mind of Jesus Christ! For, Yeshuah is the perfect gift of Yahweh's Love, and that Love is the power of God, given to us, so that we may not boast of our own efforts, and yet bring worthy fruit unto God. Now, if we are in fellowship within the Spirit of Jesus Christ, and when we come together with the one purpose of Worship of God, then we will find ourselves in humility, gathered around a spiritual table of grace and reconciliation, which is set by the Light of the Word of the Lord, with His sanctifying provisions of His Perfect Love. It is here by faith, where we decide Whom we will believe. It is here by faith, where our hearts and minds are embraced with the Infinite's law of love and forgiveness, superseding the confines of ourselves, and our supposed understanding of the natural law and the order of all things.
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Dichotomy of the
Blood of Jesus Christ.
I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Husbandman, every branch in Me that bears not fruit HE takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
"Behold the Living Sacrifice", I heard the priest of God cry out. The experience of the powerful visionary dream, left an indelible imprinting upon my mind and soul. The whole experience left a profound affect on my spiritual understanding of the Sword of the Spirit of God, and the Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ.
That Sword of the Spirit is the very Word of God, which is One with the Blood of the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. The piercing seemingly separated my soul from the spirit of my being, leaving me to ponder my own execution by the Sword of God, and yet remaining alive at the same time. Death and Life are in the hands of God, Who wields His Sword with precision, cutting down through the joints and bones to the very marrow of who we think we are, in our religious flesh. All the thoughts and actions of our being are open to the Eyes of the Almighty God. The Infinite King of the universe will judge in His righteousness all manner of things according to His design of a moral creation.
In the Song of Moses, we see that the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Holy Word of God Almighty, is continually manifested in the sight of men, in the times of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Listen: "See now that I, even I AM He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive: I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand". (Deuteronomy 32 verse 39). Notice the order: I kill, and I make alive; I wound and I heal." For the Word of God is a living two-edged Sword, cutting to the very marrow of who we are, even separating the soul from the spirit. The Holy Spirit speaking through Hosea says: In their distress they will beg My favor, saying: "Come, let us return to the LORD; for it is He Who has torn, and He will heal us; He has struck down, and He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us: On the third day He will raise us up that we may live before Him". (Hosea 5 verse 15 and chapter 6 verse 1 thru 3). The Infinite God knows exactly who we are in our sinful flesh, and far better than we know ourselves. When we sinners submit ourselves to the LORD of the universe, He will remove the sting of sin and raise us up from the grave yard of our death. God's Way in His Son, is the Only Way of the Truth and the Life men. When the changed of heart receive the Spirit of the Blood of Jesus Christ, then the Sword of the Spirit will operate with precision against the unseen enemy of our minds and souls. Yes, the Blood of Christ Jesus still cries out from the earth for the sake of earthen vessels: Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. God's Love for His beloved Son, mediates mercy in Christ's Love and obedience to His Father God, giving to the people of God renewed Life that flows from the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.
And speak unto Joshua, the son of Jos'-e-dech the high priest, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the Man whose Name is The BRANCH; and He shall grow up out of His place, and He shall build the temple of the LORD: Even He shall build the temple of the LORD; and He shall bear the Glory, and shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. (Zechariah 6 verse 12 thru 13.)
Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, is both our High Priest and the King of Glory, Who from His throne mediates His Grace for the souls of men who are faithful to His call. With our Spiritual unity and fellowship within the Body of our High Priest and the King of kings, then Communion is a true renewing celebration of Christ's victory over our sin so that when we eat of the unleavened Bread of Heaven and drink of the Blood of the New Covenant, “We do show our Lord’s death (for our sins,) till He comes in His Glory and Power”. The death of the Incarnate Son of Man/Adam that we commemorate in the Communion Life Blood of Jesus Christ through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, is also a commemoration within the spirit of our minds of our own death to sin, through the death of Jesus the Christ of God. But we members of the unleavened Bread of heaven, by faith in the God of the living, also rejoice in the eternal fact that sin could not hold the Christ of God in the grave, for He is resurrected in the Life of His Father, Yahweh God Almighty. Our commemoration of true faith proclaims: Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again to receive of His own.
In the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, sin shall not have dominion over the faithful in Christ Jesus; for the victory of Jesus Christ over our sins, liberates our conscience from the condemnation of confessed sin within our flesh. The Blood of Jesus Christ is God's healing LOVE and forgiveness, in exchange for our iniquities that warrant death. For the Almighty has made Jesus, Who knew no sin, to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His Ways past finding out! (See 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 21 and Romans 11 verse 33.)
The flesh of our being is not redeemed, but remains under the influence of sin that brings corruption. But if the redeemed heart reveals our lack of love, then it is time for the confession of our sins of guilt to be mediated through our High Priest and King, the Lord Jesus Christ. In humility, we individually show our total dependency on the Lord, and His spiritual Covenant provisions of His Life. Those Provisions from God's Spirit of Grace enable us to confirm within our own minds, the death of our willful nature, with its present failures and accompanying condemnations. Through our faith in the faithful Word of our High Priest, we rest in the knowledge of His Grace at His Altar Table of Grace, in full assurance that He is willing and able to accomplish His Living Word with in each of us. We agree with God's Covenant in the LifeBlood of Jesus Christ, and are seeing ourselves as having died to the rule of sinful flesh, thus abandoning the whole of ourselves to the rule of God's Will, care and reproof, so that the Life of His Son abounds in us, to fruitfulness through His Spirit of Life.
But unto the Son He said: Thy throne, O God is forever and ever, a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. (Hebrews 1 verse 8 thru 9.) (See Psalm 45 verse 6 thru 8.)
Therefore, in God's new Covenant, through the power of the Blood of our Lord and High Priest Jesus Christ, sin is to have no continuing dominion over those that are in the process of dying to carnal self, and remaining alive in the True Vine. Hear now, O Joshua the High Priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: For they are men of wonder: for behold, I will bring forth My servant the BRANCH. (Zechariah 3 verse 7 thru 9.) How remarkable is this dichotomy of opposite branching reactions brought about through the Covenant Life Blood of Jesus Christ.
On the one hand, Jesus is our Sin offering: The one branch of the Lord's righteous judgment brings death to our body of sin. For, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In God's cleansing through the Blood, there is a death process to “The old wretched man or woman of death". For, Truly, truly, I say unto you, except a kernel of wheat fall into earth and die, it remains as wheat: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life shall loose it; while the man who hates his life in this world shall preserve it in Life eternal. If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I AM, there shall also My servant be: If any man serve Me, Him will My Father honor. (John 12 verse 24 thru 26).
On the other hand, the Lord Jesus Christ is our Peace Offering: This faithful Branch brings renewed Life and nurturing Love for the new creation of man. The man of Faith is empowered by God's Holy Spirit of Living Grace through the same Communion Covenant Blood. (See 1st Colossians 1 verse 19-21, and Hebrews 10 verse 19-22.) Sin and death can not coexist within righteousness, for the righteousness of God is merited through the Love of God in Christ Jesus. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. (Matthew 12 verse 33). In God's pruning process for His trees of righteousness, the old dead wood of sin, is cut off to make way for the new branches cultivated in God's Love, to bear the fruit of righteousness, worthy of the Holiness of Father God. Now you are clean through the Word, which I have spoken unto you. Live on in Me, and I will live in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it lives in the vine, neither can you bear fruit, unless you live in Me. If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered, and men gather them and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you live in Me, and My Word lives in you, then you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Here in is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My followers. (John 15 verse 3 thru 8.)
of self centeredness through the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ.
For every time you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. (1st Corinthian 11 verse 26). Now you are clean through the Word, which I have spoken unto you. Live on in Me, and I will live in you. (John 15 verse 2 thru 3.)
And they, the brethren, overcame Satan and sin by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life unto the death. (Revelation 12 verse 11.)
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that life of Jesus Christ, which I now live in the flesh, I live in faith, the faith, which is in the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2 verse 20 .)
In ourselves, we have done nothing to merit such an infinitely wonderful gift of God's Spirit of Life. Now, as the called children of God, we may participate in the fullness of the Lord's Covenant Life of Love, even while we exist in flawed earthen vessels. God's eternal provisions of mercy and love, are extended to those who, from the heart, participate in the New Covenant Life Blood of Jesus Christ, and are not shaken from the Tree of Life, at the Lord's rebuke and sword of correction. For whom the Father Loves He corrects; "For when we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse (and purge) us of all unrighteousness" through the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ. (In full context 1 John 1 verse 7 thru 9). For we, which have been baptized into the death of Christ Jesus, and live accordingly in God's New Blood Covenant, "are always delivered unto death" for our own fleshly sins of self idolatry by the hand of God, for Jesus' sake. What is the chaff (the stubble) to the wheat? says the LORD. Is not My Word like as a fire? says the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock into pieces? (Jeremiah 23 verse 28 thru 29.) John the Baptist says: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. But He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3 verse 11 thru 13.)
Having entered into Covenant with God, the writer in the letter called Hebrews reminds his Jewish readers of a previous exhortation, given in their assembly. "My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by Him, for whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives". (Hebrews 12 verse 5 thru 7.) In the following table we have a list of 10 branching reactions of the blood of Jesus Christ that we see as being attributed to the two-edged sword of the Spirit of God. The one branch brings death, and the other branch gives life with peace in God.
The Spirit of the all Knowing God Almighty is at work in the cleansing process of His people born of the Faith of Christ Jesus.
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While living by Faith in Christ Jesus, Paul and the other writers of the Gospel have abdicated the will of their minds, trusting it into the hand of the only Holy Lord God of the living. God's Spirit hones all of His yielded earthen vessels into instruments that are worthy to show forth God's Great Salvation for man-kind, and bring Glory to the Creator of Life. Paul writes to the Corinthians of his manifest trials, and is not shaken in faith in the One Who leads and the One he follows, Jesus/Yeshua the Christ. It is God with Whom we have to do, that makes all things to work together for our good, according to His designed will and purpose of bringing sons and daughters into the kingdom of His Son. The Lord disciplines those whom He loves, and although the chastening appears severe in the moment of our time, the outcome in glory far out weighs the present grief. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening, it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall, but will become strong. (Hebrews 12 verse 11 thru 13). May God forbid that we, in our ignorance of His Holiness, would become stumbling blocks for others in the Way of righteousness that abides in Jesus Christ.
Paul preaches the true Gospel through the power of the two-edged Sword of the Spirit. His letters of exhortation to the Church, are written to strengthen their faith in the hearing of the Word of God, and encourage them in the straight and narrow way they are called to walk, even as he was called to walk after Jesus. God has led him into and through fiery trials that in the exercising of his faith, Paul's mind becomes conformed to the Will of God, proving what is good, and what is acceptable in the sight of God. Through Jesus Christ and His cross, Paul sees the working of death, in that which is good, within his own idolatrous self, so that the intercessory Life of Jesus Christ alone, is made manifest for the life of others. Nothing is hid in our darkness, and all of our thoughts are naked before the Holy Spirit of God. In the Light of His Word, God's One Holy Spirit reveals, to the Ecclesia of our needed dependency upon His New Life giving Blood Covenant in Christ Jesus: For He is faithful and just to cleanse us of all confessed unrighteousness through the Fountain of His Serum Water and Blood that poured from the wounds of Christ Jesus, for they are One with the Spirit of God.
I have given---the blood to you on the altar.
The following scriptures and spiritual analysis are presented to you for your thoughtful and prayerful consideration, for they concern the efficacious reasons why we eat and drink of the Holy Spirit's Presentation of the real Body and real Blood, of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah). Paul's rendering in 1 Corinthians 11 verse 26 is amplified thus: "For every time you eat this Bread and drink this Cup, you are representing (with in yourself and to the world) and signifying (with in yourself and to the world) and proclaiming to the world the fact of the Lord's death (for our sins) until He comes again. "With in yourself and to the world" is added to clarify the ongoing thoughts. Hopefully, all that is written in these pages will be understood, and provoke the reader to a deeper walk and Communion/Koinonia/Fellowship with our Just and Holy God of Love and Mercy, and with each other in the Holy Body of Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son. That whosoever believes in His Son should not perish, but have Eternal Life. (John 3 verse 16 .)
I have given: God has given the Life in the Blood of His only begotten Son, as a Sacrifice for the sins of the world. In God's New Blood Covenant, God poured out the full cup of His righteous judgment upon His Perfect Sacrificial Lamb, Who was the scapegoat for the blood guiltiness of all of man kind. The Son of Man, Jesus Christ, saw within the cup that He was to drink, the abominations of mankind with Holy God's the full judgment against man's sin. For He that knew no sin was made to be sin for us. Then Yeshua/Jesus prayed three times that He would not have to drink from that cup of His Father's indignation. O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: Nevertheless, not as I will, but according to Thy will. Holy God's Judgment was poured out in His fury upon His Son, Who was made to be Sin for all of man kind, For it pleased YAHWEH to bruise Him, He has put Yeshua to grief; when thou shall make His soul and offering for sin. YAHWEH shall see the travail of His Soul and shall be satisfied, because My righteous Servant has poured out His Soul unto death, baring the sin of many, and made intersession for the transgressors. (See Matthew 26 verse 39 and Isaiah 53 verse 10 thru 11)
Christ Jesus, the Son of Man/Adam, presented His Soul to God Almighty as an unblemished Offering for sin, and with His Offering of Himself, He would make peace with God, for all those who would have faith in mankind's Supreme Representative before Holy God. In the celebration of the three major feast of the Lord, all of the males of age were absolutely required of God to present themselves before the Almighty and to bring a presentation offering that would be sacrificed for sin and as a peace offering. The required offering was called the Chagigah or Hagigah. With His death on the cross, Jesus the Christ of God, as the Son of the first Adam presented His sinless self as the Chagigah, (Presentation Offering) to satisfy God's Wrath against the sin of man-kind. There are no more sacrifices of any kind, for God presented to Him Self, His own Chagigah in His resurrected Word and Son, as the Representative Son of Man, meaning the first Adam.
Again we hear the Scriptures of Life say: For He (Yahweh) has made Him (Yeshua) to be sin ---- for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 21 .) We, being the corrupted offspring from the loins of Adam, were that violence and filth of sin that has contaminated the whole of the earth with violence. The flesh of the natural man is offended in the reality of the Face of the Truth. If Jesus Christ, was made to be sin for us, then what does that in reality make each one of us? Were we not within the whole of our being of flesh, soul and spirit of mind, the very nature of controlling sin that breeds death? Our death, is a result of the innate iniquities within our bodies of flesh that are corrupted thru and thru, and in the end will be reduced to nothing but the dust and ashes of the earth.
It is our unloving nature of sin that defiled Jesus Christ, God's Unleavened Bread of Heaven, Who came down to be the unblemished Sacrificial Lamb of God?
For Holy God Almighty so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son. That whosoever believes in His Son should not perish, but have Eternal Life. Yahweh Father God Almighty was well pleased with the Love and Obedience of the Son of Man so that Jesus' Body did not see corruption, but God's Yeshua/Salvation was Bodily raised in the Life of the Spirit of God.
The Love of God overcomes this World of sin and death, and His manifest Love constrains us while we dwell in this body of flesh. And Jesus took a cup, and when He had given thanks, (to His Father God) He gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; for this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28 .) Do this in remembrance of Who I AM.
I AM poured out like water: Thou dost lay Me in the dust.
I AM poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint: My Heart is like wax, it is melted within My Breast: My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My Tongue cleaves to My Jaws: Thou dost lay Me in the dust. (Psalm 22 verse 14 thru 15.)
The Lord of Life took upon Himself the fullness of guilt for all of mankind's violence to mankind, and ultimately to God the Creator of life. From Adam's defection in the Garden of Eden to this present destructive generation, this violence of sin has made the whole earth polluted in the blood of man. Scripture confirms, for the Lord says to Moses: So you shall not pollute the land where in you are: for blood, it defiles the land: And the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed there in, but by the blood of him that shed it. (Numbers 35 verse 33.)
God, in His mercy to mankind, laid on the innocent Man, Jesus Christ, the full responsibility and guilt for all the blood shed by the hand of all of mankind. Even as this is remarkably true of the Branch, a very powerful mitigating factor is now also present in the earth to give Life to the souls of men who died in Faith of the God of the Living.
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in the dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. (Isaiah 26 verse 19.) Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. (See Psalm 68 verse 18, and Ephesians 4 verse 8.) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. (1st John 3 verse 2.)
I will cut him off from among his people.
The scripture reads in Leviticus 17 verse 10: If anyone, whether of the house of Israel or of the aliens residing among them, partakes of any blood, I will set Myself against that one who partakes of blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
In the garden of Gethsemane, the Lord Jesus Christ saw the horror of the full cup of the abominations of mankind, containing adultery, fornication, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, wrath, disputes, sedition, heresies, envying, murder, drunkenness and orgies and the list of violence goes on. The Lord Jesus, as the Son of Man, voluntarily drank the fullness of the cup of wrath filled with the blood guiltiness of all mankind, and became fully the sin of all the generations of humanity. The Lord, while on the cross, consumed the climax of this cup of blood guiltiness, ending when the soldier offered to Him a sponge dipped in sour wine attached to the branch of the hyssop. After the Lord partook of the sour wine, He cried out; "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me", and then He said; "It is finished", and then gave up His Spirit. (See John 19 verse 28 thru 30.) He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of My people was He stricken. (Isaiah 53 verse 8). With the whole of His person being made the filthiness of the sin of all humanity, our Lord Jesus Christ, suffers death for mankind along with God's absolute indignation and total rejection of sin and its damnable nature.
Truly, Truly, I say unto you; except a kernel of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. (John 12 verse 24). And the one Seed becomes a plurality, and yet the same as from the beginning.
Every time the redeemed of the Ecclesia comes together, they should faithfully participate in Holy Communion. Each faithful covenant member of the Lord's Body is to remember that the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, became the Infinite God's absolute purchase price, for our redemption from sin and death. Upon drinking the Covenant Communion Life Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are submitting ourselves to the will of God, and through repentance from sin, the old trappings of our carnal man are being cut off, or circumcised by God's Sword of the Spirit. This is so that the new spiritual man in Jesus may prevail in the Life of God's Son. On our part, we willingly remain in covenant agreement with our baptism into the Lord’s death to sin. On God's part, unless we resist, we are surgically being cut off from the life of sin, so that we may continually arise into a new life of faithful service, with the greater agape, or sacrificial kind of God's Love. In the God-ward process, we are becoming the new created genus of man in Jesus Christ, but in God's pruning, we are also becoming aliens from the nature of worldly man. See, How great a Love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. But we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. (1st John 3 verse 1 thru 2.)
The natural man does not understand the things of God, and so he will not understand the zeal of God's new man in Christ Jesus. If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you! 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed My teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of My Name, for they do not know the One Who sent Me. (John 15 verse 18 thru 21 NIV). For all, who walk in the way of the Lord, there will come separations and the cutting off of the old associated nature of man, through circumcision by the Sword of the Spirit, for the Word of God is one with the Covenant Life Blood of Jesus Christ. For the Lord, while praying to His Father, says of His Disciples: “They are not of this world, even as I AM not of the world. Sanctify them through thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth". If we liken ourselves as dead to sin through faith in the One Who has died for our sin, then we are being cut off from this world of sin, and separated from our confessed iniquities. For God is faithful to His Word and His Covenant in the Blood of His Son Jesus Christ, for He will sanctify the faithful with the Sword of the Spirit, because of His Love for us. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy. If you be reproached for the Name of Christ, happy are you; for the Spirit of Glory and of God rests upon you: On their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified. (1st Peter 4 verse 12 thru 14.)
For the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30 verse 6.) If the Love of God through Jesus Christ is to be preeminent in one's life, then in the trying of our faith, there are the possibilities of being devastated emotionally within our beings, from the unloving judgments of our fellow man, even from those of our family members. The results can be especially catastrophic, when we find ourselves cut off from family members who do not know the Spirit of the Living God of Creation. "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a SWORD. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man's foes will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me, is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me, is not worthy of Me; and he who does not take his cross and follow Me, is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me, receives Him Who sent Me. He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever gives to one of these little ones, even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. (Matthew 10 verse 34 thru 42.) For the Lord God says: "Whosoever drinks the Blood, I will cut him off from among his people". God, in allowing the trials of our lives, gives no ground for the earthly man, who is born of God's Spirit, to fall back upon the familiar things of the earth. Jesus says; "No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back (to the things he left behind) is fit for the kingdom of God". (In context St Luke 9 verse 59 thru 62). That which is of the earth, is earthly, and shall perish, but that which is born again of God's Spirit of Life, is that person, who looks to the eternal things of God's kingdom and glory. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose Life, that both you and your seed may live: That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey His voice, and that you may cleave unto Him, for He is your life: (See full context Deuteronomy 30 verse 19 thru 20.)
Now, perhaps, the spiritually circumcised person, who has a new heart seeking after God in His New Covenant, may come to a better understanding of their difficulties with family, and friends and with in themselves. Yea, and all who will live godly, in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. (2nd Timothy 3 verse 12). But, blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. (Matthew 5 verse 11.) Let the time that is past suffice for doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you do not now join them in the same wild profligacy, and they abuse you. (1st Peter 4 verse 3 thru 4 .)
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Jesus said unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake, shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16 verse 24 thru 26.)
The first commandment of understanding is: I AM the Lord thy God, there are no gods before Me. Neither shall you setup or build any image of worship that is in heaven or earth. From the time of the fall of Adam and Eve, the whole of mankind's life has been centered in self love, and not in the life and love of their Creator God. However, in His grace, Jesus Christ the Word of the Father, has called all who shall hear, to be His followers into His Life, centered in the Eternal's Love, for He says, I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life, no man can come to the Father except by Me. All of the Words of Jesus Christ are for the tearing down of the old, and the enabling of the new man birthed in Him. The Lord has called His people into His holy Life by the taking up the cross, which is the spiritual signature of our ongoing fleshly death, where through the denial of our self centered desires, we begin to put to death the idolatrous nature of myself first, as we set out to follow the Lord Jesus on a daily basis. The ultimate paradox is that for a man to save his life he shall lose it for the sake of Jesus Christ.
But let's face it. On a day-to-day basis, we are not very good at the denial of self and the bearing of the cross of affliction and death to the old nature. Our questionable absolute love of God, will eventually give way to our flesh, which expects a reward even for our devotion to God. From our very beginnings, we are all partakers of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the root of self determination and judgment remains ingrained within our flesh. Mankind changed in the garden, and the roots of evil and the good came from that Tree of Knowledge, and is rooted in the substance of our minds of selfish interest. Paul's understanding is the same as this, as he says; "I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me". (Romans 7 verse 21). In the course of untimely and catastrophic events, we inevitably find ourselves lost in ourselves, with the perplexities of seemingly inward failing grace. Then depending on the circumstances, we don't understand how this could have happened to us, or how we could have made such a mess of things. Darkness surrounds us, and we sink into the mire of self, loosing sight of God. Perhaps at this time of failure, we might again remember Paul's lament; "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (In context Romans 7 verse 24 thru 25.)
Thankfully our God, through Jesus Christ, Who is faithful and just to the hearer and doer of His Word, declares through John's first epistle; "If we acknowledge our sin, then He will cleanse us from any unrighteousness, through the Blood of His Son Jesus Christ". And so in the Provisions of the Word of God, when we thankfully come to the Covenant Communion table to worship in Truth and Spirit, and to drink of the Communion Blood of Jesus, we do mortify through the Spirit the unrighteous self interest deeds of the body. Therefore, we are enabled to be, in complete agreement with the Lord's Covenant in His Blood, and the old man of selfish idolatry is put to death, for the Lord God says: Whosoever drinks of that Blood shall be put to death. The old man of sin is being put to death so that the new man in Christ Jesus would live.
The Blood of Jesus Christ remains for all time the absolute answer to sin and its spiritual infection, leading to eternal death in mankind. For the collective faithful, who only follow after the Word of God, we know that our carnal man of sin, which is an alien enemy of God, has been put to death and buried in the death, and burial of the Son of Man Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, while we remain in these earthly vessels, we each will have our own personal struggles with the flesh of the old man, which strives against the holiness of the Spirit within our new Life in Christ Jesus. For the Scriptures says: "If you live after the flesh, you shall die, but if you through the Spirit do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, you shall live". (Romans 8 verse 13.) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience: (See Colossians 3 verse 1 thru 8.) and again the scriptures reminds us through its rebuke; "If you say you have not sinned, then you are in self deception, and the truth is not in you".
The Lord’s Memorial cup to our death.
Holy God, in His LOVE, has given to us on the altar of sacrifice, the supreme gift of the Holy Life of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. In Holy Communion, it is absolutely essential for God’s people to remember and identify with the Holy Life that is in the Blood of Jesus Christ. With His Body hanging on a cross His Blood came pouring out on to the dust of the earth for sin; and mankind from the beginning is made of the dust of the earth. Jesus holy Life was given as a sacrifice for our earthly nature of sinfulness: The death of the just One, freely given for the life of the unjust. Now the rectified sinner through active faith in God's Covenant, would be justified in the Lord's righteousness, and His holiness would be imputed to us, through that same faith in His redemptive sacrifice and resurrection power. Holy Communion is a blessed spiritual gift of the power of God's love, and the renewal of Life in the mind of sinful man. Through the power of His Word, He enables each faithful member of His Body to become an over comer to sin's desires, and its former possession of the soul.
Until the Lord Jesus comes again in His glory, the Church, through Holy Communion, continues to testify and identify with the Lord’s sacrificial LifeBlood given on the cross for mankind's sin; and seeing His resurrection, we are able to rejoice with praise in our Champion's final and total victory, over our sin, and our death. For (as far as this world is concerned) you have died, and your new life is hid with Christ in God. When Jesus Christ, Who is our Life appears, then you also will appear with Him in the splendor of His Glory. (Colossians 3 verse 3 thru 4 Amplified Bible). In the great Memorial of Remembrance, which Yeshua has inaugurated for us at His Passover Supper, we as members of the Body of Jesus Christ, victoriously participate in Jesus Christ's sacrificial death for our sin and His resurrection for our justification over sin and death. Clearly, the baptized Saints, when eating of the sanctified unleavened Bread of God, should totally identify with the Savior Jesus Christ, the sinless Bread of Life that came down from heaven, to die unselfishly for the sin of all of mankind. The New Covenant of God, given to men, is written in the earth, with the now unseen Blood of Jesus Christ. For a surety, it is this same sanctified Blood, which we drink to maintain within our hearts, a more perfect love of God.
As individual members in the church that is centered in Jesus Christ, and His Father's Doctrine, we are to remember that in Jesus Christ's death, we have died to the sin of our flesh, and the idolatrous nature of Adam, through the Blood of our Redeemer Yeshua; for the second Adam, Jesus' is a quickening Spirit. (See 1st Corinthians 15 verse 44 thru 46). So kill, (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members, those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you, which is employed in sin: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God). It is on account of these (very sins) that the Holy anger of God is ever coming upon (those who are obstinately opposed to the divine will) the sons of disobedience, among whom you also once walked, when you lived in addiction to such practices. (Colossians 3 verse 5 thru 6 Amplified). For the Word through Paul says: “If you live after the flesh, you shall die: But if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live". (Romans 8 verse 13). The Universal Church needs to be in agreement with the Spirit of God in this Holy Matter of Communion, for it is a matter of death, so as to give life. For each one of us sinners, who are in covenant with God, it is renewed life brought back from the dead as the result of our deeds of sin. The testimony of Jesus Christ, Who is the Word of God, has not changed, for the Spirit continues to speak of the constancy of the Blood of the Covenant, poured out liberally upon the earth for the sin's of mankind. And again the Holy Spirit testifies of His oneness with the Blood and the Word. So Jesus said to them: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you have no life in you. It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the Words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and Life. (In order John 6 verse 53, and verse 63).
Such a wonderful, perfect gift of the Spirit of God, that in participating in His remembrance, we can receive His righteousness, for our unrighteousness, His holiness, for our unholy thoughts and actions, His forgiveness for our self-righteous judgments, His love, which provokes us to give of ourselves, beyond what we thought, was possible. Communion is the new Holy Covenant Life of the Body of Jesus Christ on earth, represented by His Church, and distinguished by His living members, who individually occupy earthen flesh, but have died to sin, because in faith:
Oh such holy irony. We drink the gift of the precious Blood of Jesus Christ, so that with God's Covenant help, we die to carnal self, so that again, we may live through that same resurrected Life by the Eternal Spirit --- in Him. Having entered into God's Covenant, the old man of selfish desires is being put to death with the active Sword of the Spirit of God, so that the new man of God may flourish in the Love of God, and that for his fellow man. Without the Lord's holiness within our hearts, no man shall see God. (See Hebrews 12 verse 14.)
How can the lord of the flies contend with the Wisdom of God, when the hearts of His redeemed people are open and truly begin to understand our Lord's Communion Covenant in the Blood of His Son Jesus Christ?
This is the believer's testimony.
And they, the brethren overcame Satan and sin by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life unto the death: (Revelation 12 verse 11.) Because, by faith, our testimony becomes; "It is no longer I that lives, but Christ Jesus Who lives within me."
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that, which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory for ever and ever. (Hebrews 13 verse 20 thru 21).
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.