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We are all Covenant Breakers:                   
                              Who can hear and bear the witness of Jesus Christ?
      The Soul and the Life                                     
                                 God's Word in Deuteronomy 17. The soul, spirit and
                 the life that is at the core of the inner man.
   God’s Covenant in the Blood.                        
      The life of the flesh is in the blood.
 Hebrews    Being reworked                          
                    Dichotomy of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
   The Dichotomy of the Blood of Jesus Christ
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               I AM the Vine, you are the branches.    
   The Branching Blood of Jesus Messiah.          
   The Altar and the Cross.
                            

 

We are all New 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 Soul and the Life.

"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 Leviticus:
For the life of the flesh is in the Blood”.

 

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 this 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 with the soul of a being.  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 has the full essence of natural life for the human, as well as for the natural life within all the kinds of individual species.  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.) And 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 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.)

For the Lord God formed Man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life: and Man became a Living soul. (Genesis 2 verse 7)

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.  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 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.  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!  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.

God's Covenant in the Blood.
 

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.
Each of the 4 cups of wine represented the 4 "I wills" that God promises in Exodus.

(See Exodus 6 verse 6 thru 8.)  

1st Cup of Sanctification. In Hebrew, Kos Kiddush.
 “I Am the Lord, and I will free you from the burdens"
And the Lord gave thanks: (See Luke 22: verse 14 thru 16.)
"Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine."
The first of the matzah bread, dipped in the morar, was now eaten at this time. 
Jesus gives the dipped matzah to Judas, the betrayer, who then removes himself from the supper,
leaving the eleven disciples with their Lord Jesus.
Judas, whose heart is not in right covenant with the Lord, does not participate in the Lord's Communion Table.

2nd Cup of Judgment  (or liberation). In Hebrew,  Kos G’ulah.
I will deliver you from bondage”.  

During the main portion of the feast, and while the disciples were still eating of the old covenant Pascal lamb,
the Lord Yeshuah takes the hidden affico'men, the unleavened matzo bread, in His hands, and gives Thanks:
"Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commands us concerning the eating of the unleavened bread."  
And then Jesus, the Son of Man, the Bread of Life says: "This is My Body that is given for you, take and eat". 

3rd Cup of Redemption or Blessing.  In Hebrew, Kos B’raha.   
I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great judgments”.
See the
Edersheim Commentary in this link.
And Jesus gives thanks and institutes God's New Covenant in His Blood:

"Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the Fruit of the Vine.
"Then
Jesus, the True Vine, gives of the wine and says:  Drink of it all of you;
"This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
Paul’s words: "The Cup of Blessing, which we bless, is it not the Communion of the Blood of Christ?" (Corinthians 10 verse 16.)

 4th Cup of Acceptance, ( or The Cup of the Kingdom.) In Hebrew, Kos Hartza-ah.
I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob”.  Traditionally this cup  is not partaken of and left on the table:  Perhaps it is even as Jesus had said: I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom.

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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The 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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The Dichotomy of the Blood of Jesus Christ.
I kill and I make alive.

I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Husbandman, every branch in Me that bears not fruit HE takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

"Behold the Living Sacrifice", I heard the priest of God cry out.  The experience of the powerful visionary dream, left an indelible imprinting upon my mind and soul.  The whole experience left a profound affect on my spiritual understanding of the Sword of the Spirit of God, and the Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ. 

That Sword of the Spirit is the very Word of God, which is One with the Blood of the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world.  The piercing seemingly separated my soul from the spirit of my being, leaving me to ponder my own execution by the Sword of God, and yet remaining alive at the same time.  Death and Life are in the hands of God, Who wields His Sword with precision, cutting down through the joints and bones to the very marrow of who we think we are, in our religious flesh.  All the thoughts and actions of our being are open to the Eyes of the Almighty God.  The 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.)

The death of self centeredness through the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ.
Live on in Me, and I will live in you.

For every time you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.  (1st Corinthian 11 verse 26).  Now you are clean through the Word, which I have spoken unto you.  Live on in Me, and I will live in you.  (John 15 verse 2 thru 3.)

And they, the brethren, overcame Satan and sin by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life unto the death. (Revelation 12 verse 11.)

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that life of Jesus Christ, which I now live in the flesh, I live in faith, the faith, which is in the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2 verse 20 .)

In ourselves, we have done nothing to merit such an infinitely wonderful gift of God's Spirit of Life.  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.

Dichotomy Branch A.:  Death

Dichotomy Branch B.: Life with Peace

Branch A.: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,

Branch B.: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting Life. (John 3 verse 16.)

Branch A.: Truly, Truly, I say unto you; except a kernel of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone; but if it dies,

Branch B.: It brings forth much fruit.  (John 12 verse 24.)

Branch A.: For He (God) hath made Him to be sin ---- for us, Who knew no sin;

Branch B.: that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (Christ). (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 21.) )

Branch A.: Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,

Branch B.: that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  (2nd Corinthians 4 verse 10.)

Branch A.: For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,

Branch B.: that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. (2nd Corinthians 4 verse 11.)
So that our dependency is in the Tree of Life within Christ Jesus and becomes rooted within the heart of our being.

Branch A.: So then death works in us [all],
 

Branch B.: but life also in you. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.  (2nd Corinthians  4 verse 6 thru 13.) (When the death by the  cross of Jesus Christ has taken place within a soul, then the life of Jesus Christ can be made manifest).

Branch A.: As it is written: For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Branch B.: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. (Romans 8 verse 35 thru 37.)

Branch A.: Jesus said unto her, I AM the resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead,

Branch B.: yet shall he live (John 11 verse 25.)

Branch A.: I am crucified with Christ:

 

Branch B.:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life (of Jesus Christ) which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2 verse 20.)

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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The Branching Blood of Jesus Messiah.
 

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 BloodI 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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The Altar and the Cross
 

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:

Whosoever drinks of that blood shall be put to death.

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup is to remember that they have been redeemed by the purchase price of this New Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup in repentance is cleansed from sin’s guilt.   For God is faithful through the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse the believer of all unrighteousness, and we will walk in the Light of God, one with another.

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup knows that God Loves them because He gave the Life Blood of His only begotten Son and Word on the altar of sacrifice, a ransom from their eternal death.

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup agrees with God's perfect offering of the Lamb of God and His BloodLife for their sin.

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup agrees with the death of their own carnal nature at the hand of God and values the Life of the Lord Jesus Christ more precious, (and they loved not their life unto death).

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup agrees that the sin that so easily besets us (or we become) is put to death because of the Blood of the Lamb of God.

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from the cup of Yeshua’s Blood in Communion, agrees with God’s verdict that the carnal man is put to death, because they have identified with the death of Jesus Christ, and have partaken of the Blood of God's Lamb. Whosoever drinks of that blood shall be put to death.

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup needs to know of God’s continuing peace that the BloodLife of Jesus supplies to the believer, for He is the Prince of Peace.

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup needs to know that the Life of this Blood is Holy and provides spiritual immunity from sin's demands.

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup needs to know that I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer 'I' that lives, but Christ Jesus “Messiah Yeshua” Who lives within me.  "Know you not that you are the temple of the Holy Ghost".

  • Whosoever in faith drinks from this cup knowingly dies to self, so as to serve as a living sacrifice through the life of Jesus Christ, holy and acceptable to the Living God.

  • Whosoever drinks from this cup needs to know that God is not mocked. This is not a vain symbolic ceremony or gesture to placate Holy God Almighty, but is in fact the precious Blood of His Son Jesus Christ, the Blood of the New Covenant, and is sanctified by the Spirit of Truth.  However, what ever a man sows to his corrupted flesh, that corruption he shall surely reap.

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.

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