"Children, --- Children! --- Why are you persecuting Me. It is hard (or dangerous) for you to kick against the pricks.
I AM Jesus, Whom you persecute".
Confusion in Darkness:
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. (James 3 verse 13 thru 16 NKJV.)
Jesus said unto them, Truly, truly, I say unto you, Except you eat the Flesh of the Son of man, and drink His Blood, you have no life in you. Whoso eats of My Flesh, and drinks of My Blood, has eternal Life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My Flesh is meat indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed. He that eats of My Flesh, and drinks of My Blood, dwells in Me, and I in him. As the living Father has sent Me, and I live by the Father: so then he that eats of Me, even he shall live by Me. (John 6 verse 53 thru 57.)
In this age of gross confusion, I know that God is calling His people of Faith, into a deeper heart understanding of the New Covenant Life, that God has initiated through the shed Blood of His Son Yeshuah. For that necessary remembrance, Jesus, the only Life of mankind, says; "Drink of it all of you: For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28). The Gift of justifying faith, in our Lord Jesus Christ, is there to turn us back to God alone, and the Blood of His sacrificial Love, will bring a cessation of the old nature of sin and death. For if we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have Communion one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1st John 1 verse 7.) The Blood, through the Spirit of God, is the Life of Jesus Christ, and enables each of us, through the One Holy Spirit of the Almighty God, to be in unity within His Body of believers, and thereby, share in the Life that is within the Lord our Savior.
However, in the New Covenant, within the Blood of Jesus Christ, there are accountable prerequisites. All believers must have a continued willingness to turn away from the works of sin and death; For everyone who confesses the Name of the Lord must depart from wickedness. (2nd Timothy 2 verse 19.) Then it is by faith in the Word of God, and the humility of a true confession of our self centered faults, with a desire to turn away from our sin, that the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, becomes accountable to us through His Holy Spirit, to cleanse and free us from the works of sin and death. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not practice the Truth: No lie is of the Truth! But if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, then we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ the Father's Son cleanses us from all sin. (1st John 1 verse 5 thru 7.) The spirit of anti-christ is in the world, and there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (See John 8 verse 44.) We are of God: He that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error. (See 1st John 4 verse 5 thru 9.)
The only, holy, Lord God Almighty, has provided His eternal sacrifice for the sin of mankind, through the shed New Covenant Life Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, and the Word of the Father. God keeps Covenant with mankind through His Son Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ, our Advocate, keeps Covenant for us to the satisfaction of his Father, but in our humanity of self serving flesh, we are all forgetful of just what manner of person we really are, and break covenant with each other, and so with God. But in His wisdom, the Almighty makes provision for Life in Christ Jesus, with the Communion remembrance of the sanctifying Blood of Jesus Christ, that is given to His saved believers, through the Holy Spirit's absolute unity with the Covenant Blood and Serum Water of Jesus Christ. Then Jesus said unto them: Absolutely, Amen, I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you have no Life in you. (See again John 6 verse 53 thru 57.)
It is the Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son, that maintains within the heart of God's people, the constancy of God's perfect sacrificial Love, and His mercy that forgives and covers the wayward deeds of our flesh. God's New Covenant of Life and fellowship with man, is sealed within the earth, and the heavens, with the Life Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (See 2nd Corinthian 6 verse 16 thru 18, and Chapter 7 verse 1.)
But unfortunately, the churches have become so callous within their own religious independence from each other, that we are blinded from the Truth, and don't understand what it means to discern the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The historical evidence is overwhelming, revealing our lack of understanding of our Covenant relationship with God, and with each other. As with the flesh, we are very good at making a war with words, to justify our own understanding, even to the point of physical violence. Here within our confusion, the Love of God does not abound in our hearts, and the flesh remains preeminent in its judgment, of those outside of our individual collective reasoning. Therefore, the nature of the flesh has caused a huge spiritual void, between the finite mind of man, and the heart of the infinite God, Who not only desires, but will have holy unity, to those who are called in the Body of His Son. (See John 15 verse 1 thru 2 and verse 6.) Furthermore, in the void of our knowledge of the holy, we fail to believe that God the Father, holds us accountable for how we receive the Covenant Blood of His Son Jesus Christ. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy, who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, and counted the Blood of the Covenant, by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of Grace? (Hebrews 10 verse 29 (NKJV.) Please review also, "The Holy Spirit of Truth". In the churches’ teachings, the TRUTH and power of the Word of God is suppressed in philosophy, and the understanding of the finite mind of man, renders God's grace, within Holy Communion, as inert. Nevertheless, if God’s grace is not received in the heart with thanksgiving, then you can be sure your sin will find you out, as your own judgment will return with vengeance.
"And they shall overcome the evil (accuser) by the BLOOD of the LAMB, and the Word of their testimony, and they loved not their life unto the death." (Revelation 12 verse 10.)
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The church portrayed in the first dream of, "This is My Body", appeared to have sincerity in teaching, with congregational enthusiasm in praise and music, but apparently fell short of true exaltation and the worship of God, in Spirit and Truth. I say this because the congregation's song of praise, appeared to be less than true faith in God and His Word, falling to an unacceptable whispering peep, rather than a glorious exaltation in true worship of the Holy God that is His due. Paradoxically, in the Spirit, this exaltation would be happening when the people of God would be entering through the Lord's gates with thanksgiving, and into the outer courts before the altar of sacrifice, with praise for our God’s loving mercy. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all you lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: Come before His presence with singing. Know you that the LORD He is God: It is He that has made us, and not we ourselves: We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100 verse 1 thru 5.) In psalm 96 David sings: "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His Name: bring an offering, and come into His courts. O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: Fear before Him, all the earth. (Psalm 96 verse 8 thru 9.) In this church community, unbelief reigns in the Communion rite of passage, that takes us from the flesh of man, into the one Spirit of Truth that glorifies the Word of God. The cleansing of the flesh, by the Blood of Christ, remains at the altar of sacrifice, where the priesthood of believers, would partake of the flesh and drink of the Blood of their Savior, so as to be made worthy, in the Spirit of Holiness, to enter into the Holy of Holies, with our prayers and petitions. (See Hebrews 9 verses 1 thru 3, and chapter 10 verse 19 thru 23.) The Faith, of the many, was sorely lacking in the sanctifying Word of God that not only sanctifies the offering of bread and wine, to become for us the Body and the New Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, but by that same Word through Holy Communion with Him, would sanctify the participating redeemed to be actively alive within the Body of God's Son.
Apparently with their lack of faith and true humility, this segment of the church, as a would be collective priesthood, in the Body of Jesus Christ, failed to fully enter in Spirit and Truth, into the HOLY of HOLIES to worship God Almighty. Although the moral failure of one individual had not yet come to public light, in all probability, the unrepented infection of gross sin, in a member of the family leadership, were also grave issues that prevented further spiritual blessings, for this church from the Spirit of Grace. Unfortunately for the disillusioned congregation, sin brought compromise, and then destruction to the collective unity of this church.
As an illustration in the dream of communion, and quite apart from the later tragedy of gross sin within the community, there was only my voice in the finale' of song, bellowing out, "Praise to God". In the dream, I had indeed sanctified in my heart the fruit of the vine, as the real Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, shed in God's love for me, although a sinner. Also very importantly, even with all my interpersonal failings, I had properly discerned the Body of Jesus Christ, and was at peace with His living members. My sinful flesh would not get the best of me. I had refused to remain in judgment, or harbor any grief in my heart, for any possible human transgressions, or lack of consideration that can be displayed in any church environment. If there was any judgment on my part, it rested in my inadequacies.
This evangelical protestant church, which my wife and I attended at the time, was like so many other churches, that only serves Communion on the first Sunday of each month. There is an exception in the U.S.A., that being the Fourth of July weekend, when communion might be deferred, in preference to this national holiday. The evangelical protestant church, in apparent prideful arrogance, tied to selfish idolatry, and with a lack of faithful understanding to the New Covenant Word's of God the Father, as given through His Son Jesus Christ, has concluded for itself that this allotted time is more than sufficient for the hearts of the people, seeing that they have deemed the table as ritualistic, and purely symbolic without any consideration, for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Some protestant churches treat the sacrament as totally irrelevant, serving Communion only every quarter, and some churches like the Messianic synagogues, serve the people just once a year at the Passover. The whole of this matter, is like taking a bath monthly, or quarterly, or yearly, in accordance with our pseudo Christian opinion, to whether we need the cleansing or not. Portions of the human communion concept, first originated out of the reformation, as the council of Geneva, employed a leverage against John Calvin's theological and punitive powers, thereby setting a minimal requirement for communion on a quarterly basis, which later became the standard for the maximum requirement for so many churches. All of this political pandering, led to further minimalist communion doctrines, justified with self righteous interpretation of scripture.
Quoting John Calvin's original good understanding, as far as it went, and before his final thrust for theological and political power. - Institutes of the Christian Religion, book 4 chapter 17 section 44.
"What we have hitherto said of the sacrament, abundantly shows that it was not instituted to be received once a year and that perfunctorily (as is now commonly the custom); but that all Christians might have it in frequent use, and frequently call to mind the sufferings of Christ, thereby sustaining and confirming their faith: stirring themselves up to sing the praises of God, and proclaim his goodness; cherishing and testifying towards each other that mutual charity, the bond of which they see in the unity of the body of Christ."
"That such was the practice of the Apostolic Church, we are informed by Luke in the Acts, when he says, that “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”. (See Acts 2 verse 42). Thus we ought always to provide that no meeting of the Church is held without the word, prayer, the dispensation of the Supper, and alms."
The Apostle Paul, when writing to the Corinthian Church, begins by chastising the Christian community, pertaining to their carnal irreverence and heretical disputes. (See 1st Corinthians 11 verse 17 thru 34.) Paul, also addressing the poor state of affairs of the Corinthian's supposed Communion meal, makes it clear that in their individual understanding and participation in the Agape, that it is not possible for them to be eating the intended Lord's Supper. That fellowship meal is not in the common food and drink of the day, but in the sharing of the Body and Blood of Yeshuah within the sanctified provisions of bread and wine, through the Holy Spirit. If we read Paul's admonishment and encouragement, with an understanding heart, then whenever we come together to worship, it is to always be in unity with the members of the Body of Jesus Christ, and by being made mutual partakers in the fullness of the Lord's Body, and being cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, given as a Gift to us, within God's intended and Holy Fellowship. Within the Holy Spirit, we are commemorating Jesus Christ's Holy Life, death and glorious resurrection from the dead. For as often as you eat this Bread, and drink this Cup, you do show the Lord's death (within you, for all sin) till He comes again (in His glory). (1st Corinthians 11 verse 26.)
The vanity of the Church at Corinth, remains with us today, for the same spirit of confusion has not gone away. Satan was in the Garden of Eden, bring his confusion over God's instructions and provisions there, and he is in the midst of our confusion over God's ultimate Provisions of Life, contained within the Body and Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. The tragedy for all, remains in the unbelief of pastors, with their shallow teachings, made of man's traditions, creating a heart that has not yet comprehended the Power of the LOVE of God, which is contained in the Communion cup, being expressed as the real Blood of God's Son, Jesus Christ. For God is LOVE, and Light, with absolutely no shadow emitted from our Lord God, that could possibly deter from the Light and substance of His WORD, and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. If any man should judge God, concerning the efficacy of His Word and His Covenant relationship to His Word of Salvation, given to save man, then that person shall loose greatly. And that servant, which knew his Lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (See Luke 12 verse 47 thru 49.) For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: But whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which has ten talents. (See Matthew 13 verse 12, and chapter 25 verse 27 thru 29.) The understanding of the protestant pastors and teachers, is further compromised by their scholarly indoctrination. Their protestant education, alone, has blinded the spirit of their minds, therefore the pride of the church leadership, does not discern that the Holy Spirit of God, is One with the Blood and the Water of the WORD of GOD, Jesus Christ. If the Holy Spirit of the living God, indwells a person of leadership, because of their faith in the New Covenant, then the spirit of the leader's words of faith, would bring Spirit and Life to the bread and wine, to be for the Lord's disciples, the real Body and sanctifying Blood of our Salvation.
"And they shall overcome the evil (accuser) by the BLOOD of the LAMB, and the Word of their testimony, and they loved not their life unto the death." (Revelation 12 verse 10.)
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Concerning Holy Communion, my suggestion for all pastors, especially those who espouse Calvin's Doctrine, is that they need to read much further into what the audacious 26 year old John Calvin actually wrote, and not rely on hearsay. Calvin indeed writes of a symbolism, initially speaking only of the bread and wine, but he also speaks of his mind not comprehending the greater sacred 'mystery' within communion, of which he mentions about 29 times in his thesis, "The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 4, Chapter 17".
Again quoting Calvin; "I say then, that in the mystery of the Supper, by the symbols of bread and wine, Christ, his body and his blood, are truly exhibited to us, that in them he fulfilled all obedience, in order to procure righteousness for us,— first that we might become one body with him; and, secondly, that being made partakers of , we might feel the result of this fact in the participation of all his blessings."
According to Calvin, if the substance of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ are truly exhibited to us by faith, then the mystery of the Communion Supper remains a mystery of God, and not just an external symbol of man's theology. Witness further samples of Calvin's thoughts. "I hold then (as has always been received in the Church, and is still taught by those who feel aright), that the sacred mystery of the Supper consists of two things—(first) the corporeal signs, which, (second) presented to the eye, represent invisible things in a manner adapted to our weak capacity, and the spiritual truth, which is at once figured and exhibited by the signs". The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 4, Chapter 17, Section 11. The incongruities of Calvin's rhetoric, leaves the Infinite God's Holy Communion Covenant of Grace, rightly as an enigma to the finite human mind.
Listen again to Calvin's disclaimer: "If, indeed, it be lawful to put this great mystery into words, a mystery which I feel, and therefore freely confess that I am unable to comprehend with my mind, so far am I from wishing any one to measure its sublimity by my feeble capacity. Nay, I rather exhort my readers not to confine their apprehension within those too narrow limits, but to attempt to rise much higher than I can guide them. For whenever this subject is considered, after I have done my utmost, I feel that I have spoken far beneath its dignity. And though the mind is more powerful in thought than the tongue in expression, it too is overcome and overwhelmed by the magnitude of the subject. All then that remains is to break forth in admiration of the mystery, which it is plain that the mind is inadequate to comprehend, or the tongue to express". The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 4, Chapter 17, Section 7.
Although my brothers and sisters may have a love for the Lord, many pastoral ministers, by their learned unbelief, are instructing their congregations to "take the elements", as a relative gratuitous gesture of faith. In saying, "take the elements", these ministers, who profess to teach the whole counsel of faith in the true Word of God, negate true faith with their trite words, and appear to be spiritually challenged by their education, being exemplified through their mock tradition concerning Communion.
Pertaining to the nature of Holy Communion, generally, the teachers of faith in the non liturgical Protestant churches, have left the “Rhema” spoken Word of the Lord of the universe as purely symbolic, without God's universal power over all substance, seen and unseen. Whether they know it or not, these pastors have made the Word "Rhema" of the WORD "Logos" appear to be a lie, and at best to have superficial insignificance. The New Covenant in His Blood, which Jesus Christ the Word of God speaks of, is left off, to be no more than red or black ink print on white paper pages. (See Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28.) The unbelief of the people of the pews is perpetuated by the unbelief from the pastors of the pulpit. However, there is a time, when the supposed metaphoric symbology attributed to communion within the WORD of GOD Jesus Christ, Who incidentally was made flesh of the elements of the earth, becomes true spiritual substance with the reality of the Truth in the heart and mind of the believer of the Faith of Christ Jesus.
Justin Martyr a second century martyr for the faith, writes in his apologetics: "This food we call the Eucharist, of which no one is allowed to partake except one who believes that the things we teach are true, and has received the washing for remission of sins for rebirth, and who lives as Christ handed down to us. For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink: But as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God's Word, took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer, which comes from Him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus". First Apology, Chapter 66 A.D. 148 thru 155.
Within our flesh, the root of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil condemns all of us, for the Light of the Word says, "If we say we have no sin, then we lie and do not do the Truth". But the Power of the Universe, Whose Word upholds all things in existence, says 'This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin." The New Covenant is not in the expressed base elements, but in the WORD declared Sanctifying Blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the elements are no longer just the elements of God's creation, but have become through The WORD and Heart of the Father, the Spiritual Substance of the unseen Truth of the WORD, our Savior Jesus Christ, Who in His resurrection upholds God's New Covenant in His shed Blood.
"As a man thinks in his heart, so he becomes". ---> And the Lord Jesus says "Do this in remembrance of Me" ---> "This is My Body" ---> "This is My Blood of the New Covenant poured out for many for the remission of sin". Therefore, God's obedient covenant people of Faith are covered with His Spirit of Grace, and are in full remembrance of the Love/Agapao of Jesus Christ with His suffering and death for our sins, and will continually discover through God's Grace that: I am now dead to sin, and "It is no longer I who lives, but Christ Jesus Who lives with in this body temple," to the Glory of God the Father, Who is absolutely faithful to His Living WORD of Truth.
Now, not with standing the sanctifying rejoicing faith of some of God’s priestly children sitting in the pews of these congregations: If the elements remain in our minds, only the stated elements, then where is the unleavened Bread of Heaven, which speaks to our hearts of our individual and collective wholeness in Jesus Christ. Because of the hollow tradition of men, the bread we serve is ALL leavened and puffed up with air pockets of division and doctrines of men, and does not presently demonstrate our completed unity and devotion to God through the New Covenant Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ. If spiritual truth is leavened as a result of the blind, uninspired reasoning of man, then where is the covenant Blood that puts away our guiltiness for sin, conceived within our flesh? If the wine and bread are left as lifeless external symbols, then again, where is God's covenant assurance that speaks of relationship, and enables us to come into a deeper intimacy within the LOVE and Mercy of God? God's New Covenant of Love and Mercy are not merely symbolic elements, but are composed of the ultra-dimensional substance of His Word of Life through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, leading us into the abundance of godly faith, which always enables us to come into a real intimacy of knowing the heart of God.
St Augustine writes in his treatise, Enchiridion, On Faith, Hope, and Love: "Among us, on the other hand, 'the righteous man lives by faith'. Now, if you take away positive affirmation, you take away faith, for without positive affirmation nothing is believed. And there are truths about things unseen, and unless they are believed, we cannot attain to the happy life, which is nothing less than life eternal."
Unfortunately, because of the unbelief among its leadership, the fundamentalist evangelical church in general, is fed -- leaven, and leaven is associated, well let's say symbolic with hidden sin, and this leaven of unbelief, pollutes the unadulterated spirit of affirmation, contained within God's Covenant Word. If you say you have not sinned, then you have grossly deceived yourself, and the Truth is not in you. (1st John 1 verse 7 thru 10.) 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 keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the Unleavened Bread of sincerity and truth. (1st Corinthian 5 verse 6 thru 8.) All that is not of loving, trusting faith in God, is the leaven of sin: And only our Lord's New Covenant Blood efficaciously cleanses the pollution once the darkness of our sin and the ignorance of the holy is exposed to the Light of God's Word, and in our repentance it is acknowledged in confession!
I understand the great difficulties in leadership, however many fundamentalist Protestant Pastors have their own controlling agenda of flock maintenance, based on their own self perception of their need to preach a new word, and to be seen as a man of the current word. Maintaining appearances has become part and parcel to the evangelical Protestant traditions of pulpit worship, supplanting the need for an altar. These learned traditions of pastoring, are fostered through the intellectual pride of the flesh, and satisfies the desires of the flesh to be recognized as a spiritual man of God, with the real down to earth truth. Can I hear another, "Amen"?
While we remain satisfied in our flesh, all of us are ignorant to the infinite holiness, and the glorious power of the WORD of GOD. For the redeemed, all of God's goodness is encompassed in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, given to us by the Father of creation. It is Jesus Christ, One in holiness with God, Who came in the flesh of Man/Adam to die for our faithless ignorance, and with His victory over our sin and death, He was resurrected by the Eternal's Spirit of Life, and is seated with all authority and revelation at the right hand of His Father.
Unfortunately, the Evangelicals, who deny their ignorance, protest almost everything associated with Catholicism, both the revealed evil as well as the good. In their prejudices, they have also unwittingly protested the Word of God concerning the unseen New Covenant Provisions of God's Spirit of Grace in Holy Communion with the giving of Christ's Spirit of Life over our sin's of death. This persistent view, veiled in darkness, will not permit evangelical protestant pastors to see the dire necessity for themselves and for their congregations to be relieved of their entanglements of sin in their flesh with its prejudicial judgments. The All-knowing God Almighty understood from the beginning of our imprisonment with the desires of corrupted flesh, and provides in His Covenant the necessary Grace of the His empowering sacrificial Love in Christ Jesus. With the denial of their need, the leadership also fails to understand that the unseen Spirit of Holiness, would be taking the faithful in union within the living Body of Jesus Christ, into the very Presence of the Holy, Holy, Holy, Father God Almighty. The heart of God, desires to fulfill our hearts desires, with the living Power of His Love that is one with His Son. The possibilities of entering into this spiritual encounter with true Holiness, is only made possible because of the New Covenant Blood of God's Son, which cleanses each of us from our confessed sin, thereby enabling us to enter into His Throne Room of Grace through the unity of the unleavened Bread of Life, Jesus Christ. (see Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 25.) It is written in Scripture that, Man does not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that proceeds out of the Mouth of God. Jesus (Yeshuah), is quoting Deuteronomy 8 verse 3. Is this not Jesus/Yeshuah the expressed WORD of GOD the Father? And the WORD became flesh and dwelt among us. And the WORD said: Unless you eat of My Flesh and Drink of My Blood you have no Life in you. The Salvation of mankind, Jesus Christ, is the same creative Word of Power yesterday, today and forever, and we look into Him for God’s unfailing love and mercy, so that we would emulate the Love of God to the lost of this world.
But it seems that we of the earth, with our limited understanding of God, are in a state of confusion in trying to understand who we are in Jesus (Yeshuah), verses the on going battle with the old man of self. We all struggle with the metamorphism of our single life from a carnal person, into what we individually perceive as a truly spiritual person. It is truly embarrassing when our flesh has its solitary way, and we fail ourselves and others. Please remember Paul’s self-illustration of his double minded identity crisis. For the good that I would do, I do not, but the evil which I would not do, that I do! (See full context Romans 7 verse 14 thru 25.)
The evangelized adult babes, in the beginning of faith in the Almighty, are baptized into Jesus' death and resurrection, but are slipping and falling the moment they step out of the tub. In the next week or months, they are back in fear at the next altar call, to receive new salvation. It appears in their mind, because of their failings that the first attempt didn’t seem to take. No doubt, the evangelist or pastor is pleased within himself, that even an inert message and or altar call, sparked so great a repentance. Also, while looking on, the vast majorities of those who remained in the pews, take special gratification in their flesh, that they have arrived, and are in no further need of circumcision, — that is of the heart of the matter.
From the adult babe in the Lord, being immersed into the Water of Life, and to whomsoever has arrived in their own mind to be that self perceived spiritual person, we all have failed, or will fail in God's walk of sacrificial love. The demands of sin in the flesh, are centered in the exaltation of self, and this self will resist the call of the Spirit. When our flesh has gotten the best of us, then it is for sure, that we have all forgotten the daily cross, and the denial of our selfishness. Then what do we do with the failure and the accompanying guilt? Do we wait for the next altar call? Typically, the embarrassed flesh of Adam will hide the sin, or justify it without seeing the need for the Divine remedy.
It certainly is not my intention to make light of altar calls. No indeed, they are essential to encourage the unredeemed through evangelizing, to publically come forward and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and then at an appropriate time to be baptized into the Lord's Body. Afterward they are to be encouraged to remain in Communion with Him, and the members of His Body. Altar calls, prior to Communion, may also provide an avenue for humility for the repentant soul, who is a church member, to confess their gross sin, and to be fully restored to the Body. Even so, the Lord instituted His most appropriate altar call, for the whole of His redeemed Church to participate together in His wonderful Table of Grace, with the Provision of His LOVE, that is within His Son Jesus Christ. When the church comes together, then it is through Holy Communion, that the individual heart should be made assured of God’s unfailing love, and care. Revival and continued maintenance of hearts is always available at this Altar Table. With Holy Communion the individuality of God's People are made One in the Bread of Life, cleansed through the Savior's Blood with the riches of God's Love and Grace within Christ Jesus. Seeing our great need for our God of Salvation, now is the time for the Body to go boldly before God's Throne of Grace. Now is the time to worship God in Spirit and Truth, and to be filled with His Spirit of Truth. Following a devoted time of true worship and adoration of God, then bodily ministry through prayer is appropriate before our attentive God. But, wait on the Lord, again I say wait!
What is Faith, but the substance of that which is not seen, but is hoped for! Is it not the substance of the Lord's Holiness within the Heart of Jesus Christ, Whom we seek to know? And if we know Him, then we know of the LOVE of the Son, Who loved the Father, and for our sake was obedient even in the violence of His death. I can assure you that in spite of the heretical doctrine of symbol in Holy Communion, that there are many of the faithful of the pews, when holding the bread and the fruit of the vine in their hands, that when hearing the Word's of consecration and remembering Jesus Christ and God's sacrificial Love, they have indeed consecrated in the substance of their hearts and minds, the so called symbols to be for them the true spiritual or unseen substance of the real Body and Blood of their Savior. Now it should be understood: If even a spiritual lie is repeated often enough, as truth, it may simply be accepted without justification, and what will be the fruit of it? Let every man be a liar, and let God be True, for He is Holy, Holy, Holy and His WORD is Holy, Holy, Holy. And THE WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His Glory, the Glory as of the only Begotten of the Father,) full of Grace and TRUTH. (John 1 verse 14.) And in redundancy, remember: "The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness there of", and He has redeemed the believers by the power of His Eternal Word, whereby He holds all things into existence; (See Hebrews 1 verse 3.) and He is before all things, and in Him all things consist". (See Colossians 1 verse 17.)
"And they shall overcome the evil (accuser) by the BLOOD of the LAMB, and the Word of their testimony, and they loved not their life unto the death." (Revelation 12 verse 10.)
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Setting the Communion Table Straight:
Prepare the Way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Jesus commanded that His Jewish disciples would prepare for the feast with the eating of the passover. The table would have been set according to Jewish tradition. If we follow Luke's account of the Lord's Passover supper, then the one common cup, as observed in some of the Catholic liturgy, is a cultivated misnomer. In accordance with right Jewish tradition, all of Christ's disciples would have had their own individual cups from which they drank from. Jewish tradition held that there was one container of wine, cut with water from which the host, at the appropriate time of the feast, would give the container of wine to the guest. Then in accordance with the observance, each guest would take the container and pour the wine into their own individual cup. We should see this in Luke's Gospel that states that the Lord Jesus took the cup (wine and water), and gave thanks and said: Take this, and share it among yourselves. (Luke 22 verse 17.) This was done at the beginning to set the stage for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In the Jewish tradition of the Passover with Unleavened Bread, there was to be four poured cups of wine. At the appropriate time during the feast, each one of the cups celebrated God’s deliverance of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. (See The Blood of the Lamb.)
The Four Traditional Redemptive Cups of Passover.
The first and third cups of wine with water, required a
thanksgiving blessing by the host.
(See Exodus 6 verse 6 thru 8.)
Cup of Sanctification. In Hebrew, Kos Kiddush.
Cup of Judgment (or liberation). In Hebrew, Kos G’ulah.
During the main portion of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and while the disciples were still
eating of the old covenant Pascal lamb,
"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".
of Redemption or Blessing. In Hebrew, Kos B’raha.
Cup of Acceptance, ( or The Cup of the Kingdom.) In Hebrew,
Before their consumption, there were two cups of the four cups that received special blessings, the first cup and the third cup. The special blessing in Hebrew is called the Kiddush. At the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the host would raise the container with its contents of wine mixed with water, and then the host with his commemorative words, gave thanks for God's blessings and provisions. Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. (Amen.) This is definitely indicated in Luke 22 verse 17, when the Lord, before the supper had begun, took what is written in scripture, as the cup, and gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide among yourselves." Perhaps, the word cup, as seen in Luke, could be likened to a metonymy, speaking more specifically of the contents within the specified container, with the contents being the fruit of the vine combined with water.
The Lord Yeshuah/Jesus, as the Host of this Passover Dinner, is passing around more than a small cup of wine for his 12 disciples and for Himself to drink from. It would appear from Luke's Gospel that it is a container (a lamb skin made for wine) with its contents being sufficient for all the guest and their drinking of the 4 cups of wine that celebrated the occasion of the eating of the Passover during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Each disciple would pour out from the passed around wineskin, their own first cup of wine, and so on as the Host would distribute the container at the appropriate time for each of the 4 cups of the celebration. Judas would have left the table between the 1st and 2nd cup of wine, and would not have participated in the Lord's New Covenant in His Blood.
I Will make a New
When the container of wine (wine skin) was passed around each disciple poured the wine into their own individual cups. When it was time for the third cup, the Cup of Blessing, again the Lord Jesus gave His thanks to His Father God, by praying the traditional: Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. (Amen.) Then Jesus/Yeshua gave the container of wine to His disciples to pass among themselves. If the Lord had passed around His one cup for His disciples to drink from, then the cup could have depicted greater implications regarding the scriptures. In any event, it was at this time that the Lord Jesus instituted the New Covenant in His Blood by consecrating or sanctifying the contents of the 3rd cup, with infinite meaning as He said, "Drink you all of it: For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin". The former Covenant in the blood of sacrificed lambs had now passed away with the completion of the drinking of the 3rd cup. Now at the Lord's Passover Table with Unleavened Bread, the New Covenant of the Lord God Almighty had begun in the Blood of the Son of Man the last Adam. My Doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. "This is My Body; This is My Blood.
Now then, let us ponder, which is holy, the container, or the contents of the container? (See Matthew 23 verse 16 thru 27.) Holy Communion, is the New Covenant ordained by our Lord Jesus Christ, and His Word is in One accord with the One Holy Spirit of God that is in union with the consecrated Fruit of the Vine and the Water of cleansing: For as scripture says: There are three that bare witness, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood, and these Three are One. This Truth of the Holy Spirit of God was presented in the chapter under "The Fountain of Living Water".
Even apart from the evangelical pastoral unbelief and blasé teachings on Holy Communion, I believe, generally, that the Protestant Church's simple Communion presentation of the Eucharistic offerings, when accompanied by truly repentant hearts, is an acceptable Presentation Offering to Almighty God. Now after the leader's appropriate thanksgiving to God and the further sanctifying Words of the Lord Jesus Christ, the people all together, as one, partook of what would be the Unleavened Bread of the Lord's sinless Body. Then after the Words of Consecration of the fruit of the vine they all together drank from their own individual small plastic cup. This would be appropriate, if the hearts of the baptized people are in accord with God's Holy Spirit of Grace and the True Holiness of the moment. God looks for true repentance within the new heart of the believer.
So then, in Communion with Almighty God, the prerequisite in new born faith, is that the Presentation Gifts through God's Spirit of Grace, are received in the unity with the Word of God with true sincerity and humility within the repentant believers. In the Spirit of the Truth, we are to present ourselves to God, as living sacrifices in Christ Jesus, which is our worshipful act of service to God. For the hour has come when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: For the Father seeks such to worship Him. In the Protestant churches, there maybe the simplicity of the memorial that may be more in keeping with the early apostolic church, and the expressed unity of the believers when the unleavened Body of the Lord Jesus Christ is taken together. Also, the Holy Spirit's Sanctifying Communion Life Blood of God's New Blood Covenant is received together in the unity of Holy God's Spirit of Grace. In the present day Protestant church, the unleavened bread (matzo) and the fruit of the vine would be passed out to believers, who were already baptized into the death of Jesus Christ, and were known to be members of faith in the Body of Christ. This would be on a par level of understanding with the Torah, where God stated that only those circumcised into God's Covenant were permitted to participate in the original Passover. (See Exodus 12 verse 43 thru 44 and 48.)
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing of the Word of God: There are several pertinent suggestions that might be considered, before the bread and the fruit of the vine are presented to the congregation. We are to understand that the WORD of GOD is alive for evermore, and Jesus the Lord of Life brings Life to the hearer of His Word. The celebrant, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, might speak of his or her faith in the Word of Truth, and through their exaltation of faith, bring an expectation of Life flowing as Living Water into the hearing of the communicants. C. H. Spurgeon, in one of his sermon, gave this appropriate thought: "The preacher who neglects to preach to himself has forgotten a very important part of his audience. We must first address our own soul. If we can move that by the words we may utter, we may hope to have some power with the souls of others." If unbelief is in the leader's speech, then unbelief resides in the souls of those who hear the empty words in the speech.
However, the Word we preach is the same Word of God, which has found its place in the soul and spirit of our being. Therefore, it is more than appropriate, when taking Communion that a thanksgiving blessing be given to God, Who is the Ultimate Provider of the True Offerings of the Unleavened Bread of Heaven and the True Fruit of the True Vine. By faith, we receive from the Spirit of Life in God, the Grace to believe in True Flesh of the Son of Man that says we are One in Him; and of necessity, the True Life Blood of the Incarnate Son of Man that remits the occasion of sin within our own idolatrous flesh. (See John 6 verse 53 thru 57.)
The traditional blessing or thanksgiving that Christ Jesus gave at His Passover Table is not expounded upon in the Scriptures. However, the host of the Passover Table would have said for the unleavened bread: "Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, Who brings forth the bread from the earth. Amen." And for the wine: "Blessed art thou O God for giving to us the fruit of the vine. Amen".
The Christian's acknowledgment of Thanksgiving to God, might follow somewhat after the similitude of the Passover Seder and the Lord's Thanksgiving to His Father, with some modification, such as: "Blessed are You, Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh, Lord God, King of the universe, for giving to us the True Bread of Heaven, Who came down to become the Flesh of the Son of Man. For on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Jesus, the Son of Man, the Bread of Heaven, having given Thanks to His Father God, broke the Unleavened Bread and gave to His disciples saying: Take and eat, for This is My Body, given for you.
And then for the prayer of Thanksgiving for the wine within the Cup of Blessing, we might pray: "Blessed are you, Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh, Lord God King of the universe, Who has given to us the True Vine, even the Life of your Son Jesus Christ that was poured out for the remission of our sins that we may drink of the fruit of His Spirit and live in the abundance of the Life of Christ Jesus". For Jesus, the True Vine, having giving Thanks to His Father God, gave to His disciples saying: Take and drink all of you, for This is My (Life) Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin.
If the Holy Spirit indwells His people by our faith in Christ Jesus, then the Words of Consecration that come from the celebrants mouth are of the Spirit of God, and they are the Words of Truth, and should be received by all, as the True Body and True Blood of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, by the Grace of God, it is my sincerest opinion that Holy Communion is the time for true spiritual worship of God with songs, praises and prayerful petitions, as we come and wait expectantly in the Father's Holy Presence. (See Acts 2 verse 41 thru 43.) The nourishing and Holy cleansing Life Blood of Jesus Christ, puts away the acknowledged sinful encumbrances of our flesh. The full Communion of true believers are now set apart from sin and are unified through Holy God's Spirit of continuing Sanctification. By God's Grace, we are as One in the Holy Bread of Life through the Holy Spirit of Truth, thereby giving us an access through the Door of Jesus' flesh, cleansed in the Life Blood of our High Priest, and led by God's Holy Spirit into the Holiest Place of Holy, Holy, Holy Father God Almighty.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by a new and Living Way, which He has consecrated for us, through the veil that is to say, His Flesh: And having a High Priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of Faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 22.)
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I believe that in the visionary dream, "This is My Body", that the dark rectangular hole in the wall of the Roman Catholic Church, represented hidden foundational Truth, concerning God's relational Covenant in Holy Communion with His People of Faith. Unfortunately, that which is absolutely Holy unto YHVH Yahweh God, and should bring a separation from sin, and holiness to His people, remains covered and concealed throughout the centuries, by the Roman Church's ritualistic traditions, augmented by the mystery of the language within the Latin Mass, being compounded with the literary ignorance of the people of the pews. Furthermore, the cultural form of Romanism infiltrated Christianity during the Constantine era, being maintained by the control of the elitist priesthood through the apostolic Magisterium, and strengthened by the pride of the papacy. The political intrigue of Rome, led the people into centuries of un-repented idolatress sin, while the church proselytized the empire through ruthless force and intimidation, all in the Name of God. Despite the errors of confusion, God's Salvation Grace in Christ Jesus was made known to the many through His Spirit of Truth.
In order to maintain their position of power and control, Rome with its Church gradually enforced their formulated traditions, to offset their breeches to the Word of Yahweh. The man made traditions of the Roman Church, were established by the authority of the Magisterium, and in many cases were given precedence over the inspired Word of God, hence the Scriptures became subject to the Roman Church's doctored interpretation. With the backing of Rome, the now Roman Church seized an exclusivity of religious power, that enabled the church to rule by fear through intimidation, and also to abrogate portions of the Law of God, contained in the Ten Commandments. My Covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My Lips. (See God's Covenant Promise to David Psalm 89 verse 19 thru 34.) Neither the Roman Church nor any other church, has the right to alter the core substance of the First, Second and Fourth Commandments pertaining to God's protection order to his subjects. (Please see The Law, a Quagmire of Confusion.)
First Commandment: I AM the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shall have none other gods before Me.
Second Commandment is fixed to the First, as are all of the Commandments: Thou shall not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Thou shall not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: For I the LORD thy God, Am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me, and showing mercy unto thousands of them that Love Me and keep My Commandments.
Third Commandment: Thou shall not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain: For the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes His Name in vain. God's Name is not god, but be very careful of any license that is within human vanity. Bad manners breeds bad manners.
Fourth Commandment: Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God has Commanded thee. Six days thou shall labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: In it thou shall not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy ox, nor thy ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
Jesus, the undefiled Word of God says: For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. (See Matthew 5 verse 18 thru 20.) James, the younger half brother of Jesus through Joseph and Mary, says in his epistle: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. The idolatry of the flesh of fallen man, will seek to have its own way, and has displaced the good and holy rule of Almighty God. Therefore, the little gods of the Roman Church, as well of the Protestant Churches, needs to hear and then repent of their self idolatry, for the Lord God Almighty has said: Thou shall have none other gods before Me.
Not withstanding the above gross errors, the visionary dreams that have been presented, revealed that Communion is of the Holy Spirit of God and is not a vain tradition established by religious men. The people of Faith that Love Yahweh God Almighty have each become members in the True Bread of Heaven that came down to become the Son of Adam, for Jesus the Man, gave His Life Blood for the dead of this world. The New Covenant Communion Blood of Jesus Christ, being one with the Holy Spirit of God, is a Living Sacrifice that sustains Life for all of the saved members within the Body of Christ, past and present. For by One Spirit are we all baptized into One Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, [Catholics or Protestants], and have been all made to drink into One Spirit. (1st Corinthians 12 verse 13.) The Life of the One Body of Jesus Christ is in His Blood, and the Spirit of Holy God Almighty provides the cleansing Life of Christ in Holy Communion that enables the members of our High Priest to come into His Father's Holy Presence. No one comes to the Father but by Me, says the Way, the Truth and the Life.
To the Roman Catholic Church's credit, they have rightly maintained the essential essence of the Holy Spirit’s Presence in the Sacrament of Holy Communion, although their changeable liturgical doctrine is clouded over with the Church's rigid stance on transubstantiation, encumbered with its abundance of attached anathemas. Because of the false doctrine of transubstantiation, the Roman Church for centuries, has withheld God's New Covenant Life Blood of the Man Christ Jesus, and has set aside from the Lord's called people, who would be for conscience sake, sanctified through Holy Spirit of the Blood of Christ in the One Covenant Body of the Savior of the world.
Unfortunately, unto this present day, the heart
essentials of God's Covenant, sealed in the Blood of
the Blood ofJesus Christ, has been conceptually misunderstood throughout the whole of the Roman Church. This relational knowledge in Holy Communion, through the ministration of the Holy Spirit of God. is not conveyed to the people of the pews, nor for centuries, has the New Covenant Blood of the Holy Life of Christ Jesus, been given to the laity for the remissions of their confessed sins. Contrary to the Love of God, the doctrines and traditions of men, with their multitude of anathemas, has exchanged God's Perfect Love, for confusion that is maintained within the leadership. In all of the confusion, the Roman Catholic Church has deemed that only their ordained hierarchal priests can offer this celebration of sacrifice to God. The confusion first generated by the powers of the air, eventuated into the Great Schism of 1054 that separated the Catholic Church of Rome from the Church of Eastern Orthodoxy.
Now let me ask: If after the schism of the Apostolic Church in 1054, followed later by the protestant reformation, is then the Roman Catholic priesthood exclusive to God, in deference to the Orthodox priesthood of believers, or to the Lutheran priesthood of believers, or to the Anglican priesthood of believers or to the ecclesia of the pews, who are all called upon as members of the Body of Christ to administer the Word of God in Holy Spirit Truth? Is it even remotely possible that there could be an exclusive separate priesthood within the One Holy Body of Jesus Christ?
Nay, for we are all to be One in Christ Jesus! Peter, the Apostle, addresses the Jew, in his 1st letter to God's scattered people throughout Pontus, Galati, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia: For you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people that you should show forth the praises of Him Who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: Which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (See 1st Peter 1 verse 1 thru 2, Chapter 2 verse 4 thru 12.) But now through God's indwelling Holy Spirit, there is only the one priesthood of believers: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into One Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For all believers have died in Christ Jesus victory over sin and death, and in our worship of the Almighty, we are all called to be ministers to God and to His Son's One Holy Body of believers.
Even though this is true, all things of God should be done in good order. Let the neophytes wait in patience as they grow in the Grace of God. In the collective church Body of Christ, only those who are proven in the Spirit of faithfulness, should be set apart with the laying on of the hands of the people, to serve the Lord and His people in Spirit and Truth. Those servants who have been set apart to administer to the people, will faithfully serve only God's designated provisions of unleavened bread and wine (fruit of the vine) that are to become the Body and Life Blood of our High Priest Jesus/Yeshua Who alone makes the only Entrance before Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty. (See John 4 verse 23 thru 24.)
Then again, how do you reason God's response to the following scenario? If any universal cleric is caught up, or entangled in gross sin through unrepentant flesh, or his own unbelief, is his disciplined performance over the elements, the only call that will invoke the Lord's Presence in the unseen faith dimensions of the bread and wine, and the souls of men? Scripture says: The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: But the prayer of the upright is His delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination unto Adonai: But He Loves him, that follows after righteousness. (Proverbs 15 verse 8 thru 9.) We can see from the Scripture, that idolatrous sin in conjunction with the flesh of man kind, does not come into the presence of Holy God Almighty, nor are the sacrifices of the unrepentant sinner acceptable as reparation to the only Living God. Somewhere some one wrote: "Fear not the personal quality of the administrant, for the command and ordinance of Christ constitutes and makes efficacious the sacraments". (For incite see Ex opere operato.)
There is agreement in this point: For the earthly provisions of the earthly are sanctified within the whole estate of Christ Jesus by His Word through God's Holy Spirit of Grace, that are spoken within the hearing and the reception of the communicants of faith. It is not the power or authority of the minister that sanctifies the Bread and the Wine, but it is the power and authority of the Holy Spirit of Father God the Almighty, Who from the beginning is One with the undefiled spoken Word of Christ Jesus and the Lord's Blood of the New Covenant.
However on this one point, when it comes to light, that a communicant has gross unrepentant sin, then they should be excluded from the Table of the Lord and set outside of the community until repentance is found in their humility of confession. This is also for the so called priest or otherwise. God never justifies any sin or wickedness, but the Holiness of God judges sin for the death that it is. (See Exodus 23 verse 7.) When we eat at the Lord's Table of Grace with a known unrepented sinner, we make ourselves accomplices to their sin by condoning the sin. (See 1st Corinthians 5 verses 1 thru 11.) When all is said and done, the only sacrifice that is acceptable to the Holiness of God, is His Son Jesus Christ with His Holy Sacrificial Life given in His atoning Blood; and also the heart and soul of the person, who is bound in God's Covenant of Love within Christ Jesus that is eternally set in the Perfection of Life within God's only begotten Son.
Now certainly the celebrant pastor, or a priestly person, is very important in communicating the facts of faith, and speaking with the substance of faith to the collective Body of Jesus Christ. Ideally, after true repentance from self centered sin and upon hearing or understanding the Words of consecration, the collective priesthood, in the living Body of Jesus Christ, is to identify with the celebrant and each other as one priesthood within the Lord. For from the moment that the Words of Sanctification are spoken in Spirit and Truth, it becomes incumbent upon the priest in the pews, and those in home fellowships, to agree, and consecrate in the depths of their hearts, the consecrated faith substance to be the Blood of atonement for sin, and the expressed unity in the unleavened Bread of Life, Christ Jesus Himself. It is God, Who is honored in His Son, and God honors the hungry heart of those, who have prepared themselves by faith, to be in the Almighty God's own Divine and Loving presence. Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Amen, Amen!
While the Ecclesia, “that is the church”, plants and waters according to the Divine Word, but it is God the Father Who gives the growth and power of Life through His Spirit of Life. (See 1st Corinthians 3 verse 6 thru 8.) The faith that we have, is a precious New Covenant Gift from the Almighty God that is to be nurtured within us through His Holy Spirit of Grace: For God's Holy Spirit is part and parcel with the Blood and Serum Water that flowed, from the open wounds and the pierced side of Jesus Christ, that fell upon and mingled with the dust of Calvary. Even as God is unlimited in power, so is the purity of the Faith that was in His Son, and so should be the potential of the Gift of Faith and Life to those who are in Christ Jesus. If the Faith of Christ is a gift from the unlimited God, then why do any of us who are born of faith in Him, remain in the distortions of the sin of unbelief that breeds only confusion. This confusion distances ourselves from Holy God, and His Sanctifying Word in Holy Communion that is to bring us into unity within Father God and Christ Jesus through the Body and Blood of God's Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. And Jesus said unto the unbelieving: Where is your faith?
Confusion displaces Faith in the Word of God. The hierarchal priesthood, with in all of the divided Catholic traditions, has presumed far too much upon themselves. With indifference to the Lord’s Word, “Call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father in heaven”. The catholic clergy have maintained a tradition, in which they are to be called “father”, (See Matthew 23 verse 8 thru 12.) thus leaving the people they control in spiritual diapers, and who are presumed to be unable to understand deep spiritual matters apart from the priest's understanding. If Jesus is pleased to call His disciples, His brothers, and to see me in the same light, even though He is the Lord, then why should I call a priest, father, when he can be no more that a brother to the Lord Jesus Christ, and not His Father? For both He that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of One: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren. (See Hebrews 2 verse 10 thru 11.) But, idolatry and the pride of life is universally rampant. The worse case for this blatant idolatry is the designation for the Roman pope to be called the holy father, when there is only the One Holy Father, Yahweh God Almighty.
As of the beginning of these writings in 1997, the Roman Church has for centuries, until very recently, set aside the giving of the Holy Spirit's sanctified and spiritual Life Blood of our Lord, to God’s people of the pews. Apparently, the Blood was reserved from the people for expedience sake.
The following transcription was taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia, 'Communion under Both kinds'. (Trent, Session Twenty one, chapters 1 and 2). "Not only, therefore, is Communion under both kinds not obligatory on the faithful, but the chalice is strictly forbidden by ecclesiastical law to any, but the celebrating priest."
As you can see, the Roman Catholic priest is usually the only person who partakes in this essential sanctifying portion of the Eucharistic sacrament. Although the Roman Church recognizes, as they say 'two species', the Church implies in its expedient and cost effective doctrine of Transubstantiation, that the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ would naturally be with His physically raised Body, and therefore in His Person as the Bread of Life. This supposition is not so, for St John the beloved, witnessed for us that the Water and the Blood flowed out from the pierced side of our Savior's body, and John's witness being true, then the elements of the Blood of Jesus Christ remains within the earth. (See John 19 verse 34 thru 35.) This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the [God's] Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is Truth. And there are three that bear witness, the Spirit, and the Water, and the Blood: and these Three are One. (1st John 5 verse 6 .)
Again the Roman Church has seriously erred in the giving of the Communion Sacrament, through an omission, followed by, its ambiguous teaching concerning the omission of the giving of the Blood of Jesus Christ. The Word of our Lord Jesus Christ says: "This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin". Where then is the expiating shed Blood of Jesus Christ that establishes the New Covenant Word of Father God, and sanctifies the soul of the repentant believer? If you haven't read "The Holy Spirit of Truth" and the chapter "The Crucible", then please revue them to understand more fully the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ.
God's Covenant was original established with His Word in the Garden of Eden, and the protection of His Covenant Word was set in motion at Mt Sinai with the giving of the 10 Commandments and then the whole of the Torah. The Law's protection of the Jewish people was to enable the remnant race from Adam to bring forth God's promised Word of redemption through the genetic seed of Adam's wife. (See Ishshah/Woman/Eve) And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. God's mercy and forgiveness in His Covenant Word was assured in the shed blood of the animal sacrifice, but the blood of the beast was not to be eaten.
God's Eternal Covenant is established in the Blood of His Eternal WORD and beloved Son, for He came down as the True Bread of heaven to be born the Son of Man in the flesh of Adam. The True Bread and the True Life of mankind is in the Sacrifice that God gave on the wooden cross planted in Calvary.
Now for us, the Communion Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ is to be received by the members of the New Covenant faithful, for the renewal of God's Covenant Life within our hearts and minds. Our spirit's may be willing, but the flesh of our humanity remains subject to its self judgment in sin. However, sin shall not have dominion over the members of the Body of Jesus Christ, for the Covenant Blood of our Savior, through God's Holy Spirit of Truth, cleanses us from all confessed unrighteousness, for in God's Love He covers the hidden weaknesses and ignorance's of our flesh. That same Holy Spirit of the Blood of Jesus, empowers the faithful members of Christ' Body with the Life of our risen Lord, so that we may walk in the power of His Love, no matter where He may lead us.
Vatican Flip Flop
f note: In 2001 the Bishops of the United States of America, petitioned Pope John Paul the Second, to be able to serve both kinds to the parishioners. The indult was granted in 2002, which is a gross contradiction to the infallible edicts of the Council of Trent (Session Twenty one, chapters 1 and 2.) as seen above. Part of the indult, allowed for the extraordinary ministers of the laity to clean the communion instruments, and vessels, but was not extended beyond 2006. Presently, there is a clamor among the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Rome, to return to the Latin Mass, and the return of the serving of the one kind. Pope Benedict the Sixteenth, was to reintroduce the old Tridentine Rite, which would be known as the “Gregorian Rite”. At this present time, the change has not happened.
New Vatican Notice
Confusion remains evident even in the recent change of the Liturgy
On October 17, 2006, a letter from Cardinal Francis Arinze acknowledged a poor translation of scripture in the Roman Church's liturgy of the Mass. This regarded the New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ that He established at His last Paschal Supper with His disciples. Prior to this entry, the Roman Church's rendering in English was: "Take this, all of you, and drink from it: This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me."
The change takes place at "and for all" where this inserted misinterpretation is rightly discarded, for it definitely is not the Word of Jesus Christ in any translation in English or other wise. The so called formulation words for the so called transubstantiation are printed in the old missal and the new missal is being changed to accommodate the better Roman translation.
Epiclesis is a prayer invoking the Holy Spirit to bless the bread and the wine.
This is an explanation letter found on the internet.
Why did the words of consecration change recently?
One point of contention in the new translation of the Roman Missal is
the new rendering of the words of consecration with regard to the Blood of
The Lord of Holy Scripture, makes it abundantly clear that the members of the Body of Christ, are to drink of the Blood of the New Covenant in faith, which would confirm within us, and before God, the removal of the guilt of our confessed sin. He that eats My flesh, and drinks My Blood, dwells in Me, and I in him. (In context: John 6 verse 55 thru 57.) (Please read the Whole Chapter: of John 6.) The communicants when eating of the Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ are fully identifying with the Holy Sacrifice of Jesus Christ for sin, and are One in the Spirit of Holiness. God, in His faithfulness and justice, will obliterate all confessed sin, and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness; and in His righteousness, He will order the steps of a good man. (See 1st John 1 verse 9, and Psalm 37 verse 23 .) Mercy and Truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Righteousness shall go before Him; and shall set us in the way of His steps. (See Psalm 85 verse 7 thru 13.)
The very Life and Soul of Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of Man, was within His whole Blood. The Life and Soul that was in the Blood of God's Sacrificial Lamb, was completely poured out of His Body for the sins of the world, and the elemental substance of the Blood of Christ Jesus, was mingled with the elements of the earth within Golgotha. In Christ's resurrection, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord’s physical, and as yet unknown spiritual Body, ascended into the heavenly realms to be with His Father, and He lives by that eternal power of the Spirit of the One God. It is we, the earthly, who desiring to live spiritual lives within Christ's spiritual Body that are dependent upon the Life Blood of the Lamb of God, which was poured out upon God's Mercy Seat, for the violence of our sin.
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His Infinite Majesty, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty has not changed, and neither has the Magisterial strength of His Law that condemns sin. The Law in Commandments will not save man, but the spirit of the Decalogue remains as warnings to trespassers.
I AM the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: For I AM the LORD thy God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20 verse 3 thru 6.)
I AM YHWH,
that is My Name: and My glory will I not give to
another, neither My praise to graven images.
Take heed unto yourselves, lest you forget the Covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4 verse 23 thru 24 .)
From the time of the Garden corruption of Adam, to the present, we are all little gods, making our own choices of what we think is good or bad. In humanity's self centered idolatry, if we decide to make void one of God's moral laws, then we have over ruled the Almighty every time, and will be found guilty of sin, apart from the Moral Law. For there is no respect of persons with God. For whosoever has sinned without the law, shall perish without the law; and whosoever has sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law. For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Romans 2 verse 11 thru 13.)
In spiritual actuality, if one of the least of the Ten Commandments (Decalogue) is violated then all have been violated: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2 verse 10.) All of mankind is guilty of sin before God Almighty, and is in need of a Savior. And Jesus Christ, the very WORD of GOD made flesh, says in His Divine Authority: Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven”. (See Matthew 5 verse 18 thru 19. and also consider The Law, a Quagmire of Confusion.)
When we little gods violate one of the commandments we have made ourselves guilty of breaking the first Commandment, and have made ourselves guilty of all. I AM the Lord thy God. Thou shall have no other gods before Me. And Jesus answering those that accused Him of blaspheming, because He was a man making Himself to be God, said to them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods? (See all of Psalm 82.) If He called them gods, unto whom the Word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say you of Him, Whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I AM the Son of God? (See John 10 verse 23 thru 38.) There is but one God Almighty and Judge of His own creation, for He will judge mankind rightly through His Word and only begotten Son Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of Man. (See John 5 verse 21 thru 23.)
If the very WORD of GOD, Himself, declares that the Scriptures cannot be broken, then with what lawful authority does the Roman Church's infallible Magisterium have to change that which cannot be broken? All of the Ten Commandments of God remain in effect, and cannot be dismissed without just recompense. The force of the law, in Commandments, condemns the corrupting nature, of sin and death that is innate within the flesh of the little gods of Adam. Under the auspices of another spirit, the idolatrous little gods of the Roman Magisterium, have judged for themselves what is good and what is evil, and have whitewashed over the first and second Commandments that condemns the evil of idolatry. If the will of sin and death is working its self deceptions within the heart of man, then the Perfect Law of Love is broken, with the freedom of the heart, being set in chains of death and darkness. Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord thy God, which thou shalt make thee. Neither shalt thou set thee up any image, which the Lord thy God hates. (Deuteronomy 16 verse 21 thru 22.) The word "grove" in the scripture is associated with the ancient goddess, identified with Ashtoreth and Astarte that was worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites, and quite apparently by the Roman Church.
The sin of the Roman and Eastern Church is like the Sin of Achan. So the LORD said to Joshua: "Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? Israel has sinned, and --- they --- have also transgressed My Covenant which I commanded them. For --- they --- have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and --- they --- have also put it among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you. Get up, sanctify the people, and say, "Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the LORD God of Israel: "There is an accursed thing in your midst. O Israel, you cannot stand before your enemies, until you take away the accursed thing from among you." (Joshua 7 verse 10 thru 12.)
It would be apparent that lots were cast, and the one guilty man was eventually taken from the tribe of Judah: And Achan answered Joshua, and said: Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonian garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. (Joshua 7 verse 20 thru 22.)
God had established a covenant with the people of Israel that separated them from the rest of the world, but God's protection was dependent upon their obedience to the fullness of His Word. Their obedience would be a sign of their devotional love toward God, but their disobedience was a sign of their allegiance to that which is perishable rather than to the Eternal God. God's covering protection was broken by the people, when the accursed things were brought into the camp by Achan and hid in the midst of his tent. Achan's covetous sin, brought a curse upon the Israel of God, with the subsequent loss of the lives of thirty six men of Israel. (See Joshua 7 verse 3 thru 6.) In hearing God's judgment against the one who brought the curse, Joshua obeyed the voice of the Lord God, and Achan with his family with all of his possessions along with the silver, the garment and wedge of gold were all destroyed in the valley of Achor. (See Joshua 7 verse 24 thru 26.) Peter writes: And above all things have fervent Love among yourselves: for Love shall cover the multitude of sins. (1st Peter 4 verse 7 thru 8.) God's gift of Love in Christ Jesus is the perfect covering of Life for all in Jesus Christ, but that covering of Love, because of willful disobedience, is now exchanged for the tattered shroud of death. For when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. (James 1 verse 14 thru 17.)
When the Lord Jesus Christ was take to Calvary, to suffer a death on the cross, for our sins, His body was clothed in a seamless, woven garment that covered His human nakedness. The Roman soldiers stripped Jesus of His covering garment exposing His nakedness, for our shame: Then the soldiers cast lots for the robe, so that one individual would possess that one seamless garment in its entirety. But now it would seem, that because of the multitude of unrepented sins of God's people, the seamless covering garment of Perfect Love, that hides our nakedness and shame, is shredded into thousands of pieces, with perfection being exchanged for the confusion of Achan's Babylonian cloth. Woe to the rebellious children, says the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin. (Isaiah 30 verse 1.)
From the beginnings of the chasteness of the Church, the mystery of iniquity or that of sin's stirring within the flesh, began to cut into, and mar the covering fabric of the Love of God within the New Covenant Blood of His Son Jesus Christ. The Western Church of Rome as well as the Eastern Church of Orthodoxy, have each clothed themselves in the confusion of the Babylonian culture of iconography, and have permissively done violence to the perfect law of Love that is in Christ Jesus. How utterly unfortunate for portions of the Ecclesia, who are called out of the utter darkness of sin, have been disrobed of the righteousness of God, and continue to follow the confusion of the cultural expediency of Rome that remains from earlier times, and is fostered in these churches today. The institutional leaders, of these Babylonian churches, are no better than Achan, whose name means, “Trouble”. You have to wonder, are these leaders so blind that they can dismiss the seriousness of the offense to the only Creator God, as well as the trouble and confusion it brings to the people who follow after them.
The Conception, of lust and power, began in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve dismissed the warnings of God, and they willfully chose to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil: And when Woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened and they saw that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Genesis 3 verse 6 thru 7.)
As the result of the fall of Adam, it seemed good in human eyes, and the philosophy of the wise that esthetic beauty and serene tranquility, should decorate a temple to give it a rich, spiritual covering atmosphere, and certainly to adapt to acceptable human cultures of the time. So then to accommodate the people, these churches set their cultural idols and demigods, openly before Holy God, and the people of God, and sanitized them with sainthood, the sprinkling of water, and then covering the sin with sanctimonious homilies, even invoking the Name of the Lord. It is not so strong a language to say, that such blasphemy continues to this very day. I counsel thee to buy from Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness does not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve that thou may see. (See Revelation 3 verse 14 thru 19.) The nakedness of the Roman Church and of Orthodoxy, has been apparent for centuries.
How absurd it is, for these churches that they should openly parade this great sin, immediately in front of the Table of God's holiness. Who can stand before the enemies of our souls, when the traditions of men make the Word of God, non effectual for the general church, through the churches' blatant disobedience to the Word of God? The churches' sin perpetuates sin, and sin is death. This sin is no less than unrepented adultery, fornication, murder of souls and every unclean thing that smacks in the face of Holy, Holy, Holy God, The ALMIGHTY. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen! (1st John 5 verse 21.) Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people." "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." (2nd Corinthians 6 verse 14 thru 17.)
The cultural iconography and statuary, combined with the peoples intercessory prayers through the idols of saints, defiles the temple of the indwelling Holy Spirit, whose temple we are to be. These Churches, with they're idolatrous displays, openly violate the first Great Commandment of God recorded in the Book of Deuteronomy: "Hear O Israel (people) with whom God strives: The Lord your God is one Lord: Thou shalt Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy strength. And these Words that I Command thee this day shall be in thy heart". (Deuteronomy 6 verse 4 thru 6)
therefore your souls carefully. You saw not any similitude in the day that the
Lord God spoke to you in Horeb from the midst of the fire: Lest perhaps
being deceived you might make you a graven similitude, or image of male or
female, the similitude of any beasts, that are upon the earth, or of birds, that
fly under heaven, or of creeping things, that move on the earth, or of fishes,
that abide in the waters under the earth: Lest perhaps lifting up thy eyes to
heaven, thou see the sun and the moon, and all the stars of heaven, and being
deceived by error, thou adore and serve them, which the Lord thy God created for
the service of all the nations, that are under heaven.
In the presence of Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty, not even the similitude of fallen mankind is permissible. If we have broken even the least of God's Commandments, we have broken, and are guilty of all of them. In the voiding and breaking of the Commandments of God, these churches compound their capital crimes, by adding great sin to great sin, thereby desecrating, also, the second Great Commandment of Love of brother. These gross errors of death, bring great confusion, and pollute the heart tables of God’s sanctuary that is to be within His people. (See 1st Corinthians 6 verse 19.) The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Man has already fully drank once for all time --- and for all of the idolatrous sin of mankind, --- the full cup of the abominations of sin and death of this world. He has tasted death for all of man-kind, and He is raised in triumphant victory over our sin and idolatrous self determination, which brought death and separation from His Holy Father God Almighty. Now, the Church of Babylon, is asking the Lord Jesus Christ, to drink of this cup of abominations again, to justify their self conceived confusion over good and evil.
With right discernment, having been broken in the church leadership, one error after another is covered over by more sin. If the Creator God knows the count of the hairs on our head, as Jesus says, then certainly with the Infinite, He knows of the thoughts and intentions within every head, for nothing is hid from Him, with Whom we have to do. (See Hebrews 4 verse 12 thru 13.) He is the same God, Who has said of a future time: Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. (Isaiah 65 verse 24.) Remember this, and show yourselves as men: Bring it again to mind, O you transgressors. For I AM God, and there is none like Me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure. (See Isaiah 46 verse 8 thru 10.)
God's infinite capacity to answer prayer, is not limited by any time frame, but is only limited by the unrepented sins, of the little gods of men. (See Leviticus 26 verse 18 thru 19.) The Almighty God is the same yesterday, today and forever. If God is not answering His beloved, then something must be wrong with our approach with our skewed perceptions of His Infinite holiness. Is the stinking flesh of man, with his idolatrous agenda set before God Almighty?
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices, the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 18 verse 10 thru 18.)
It is one thing to speak of men and women, who have died with saving faith in Jesus Christ. It is quite another to speak to them and idolize the dead with prayers of intercession, when Holy God, as God, is silent. "Should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony, if they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isaiah 8 verse 19). Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59 verse 1 thru 2.)
Rebellious Saul entered into this very same abomination, when he sought out the dead prophet Samuel, through a spiritual medium. (See 1st Samuel 28 verse 9 thru 16.) Being stirred from his rest, Samuel was not too happy, and so Saul and his son, Jonathon, died the next day in battle, even as the awakened Samuel had prophesied. Why consult with the dead, when your ultimate answer will lie in death? Those who pray to the saints have opened the doors of hell, and the demonic are answering these prayers with lying deceits. How foolish the choice, when we have direct access to the Father of Life, through His Son Jesus Christ, the only Mediator to Life, Who through His Father has sent to us God's Holy Spirit to dwell with us, as His temple. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth. For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1st Timothy 2 verse 3 thru 6. )
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The following human truism is attributed to Nazi propaganda that sought to deceive the German society, but its lying originator was the wicked serpent within the Garden of Eden. Witness the Nazi stratagem, based on Hitler's big lie subterfuge in Mein Kamph: "If you repeat a lie often enough, then the lie may be believed to be the truth". Any lie empowers evil. If there is an authority of reputation that creates an obvious error and continually backs up the false premise with steadfast claims and sophistry, even with eventual reprisals, then know for a certainty that the authority has something to be gained in maintaining the misconception. In any court of law, all of the parties who perpetuate the known error, instituted by the authority, are guilty accomplices of those who created the error in the first place.
Perhaps in the matter of Christian faith, there are mitigating circumstances where the false premise comes about through an innocent misinterpretation of the language of scripture. Such might be the case with Matthew 16 verse 13 thru 20, where the Apostle Peter is declared by the Roman Church to be the rock which Christ would build His Ecclesia or Church upon. David records in Psalm 62, his faith in the God of his Salvation: My soul, wait only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my Rock and my Salvation: He is my Defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my Salvation and my glory: The Rock of my strength, and my Refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. (See Psalm 62 verse 1 thru 12.)
Also, no mention of the possibility of Peter being the rock, occurs in the counterpart gospel scriptures in Mark 8 verse 27 thru 30, for the Lord Jesus instructs the disciples that they should not reveal that He is the Christ. If Jesus is the Christ and Word of God, and the Word of God stands forever, then Jesus alone is the Rock of unmovable Truth. Now upon closer evaluation of the Truth, if the prima facie evidence is now seen to be contrary to the perceived innocent error, then the institutional party responsible for maintaining the error needs to repent and confess rightly that the Foundation of Faith is the incarnate Christ of God, and not Peter, the earthly man entrapped within his fallen genetic flesh and blood. So then, even Peter expresses his and our own need to be founded on the Foundation Rock that is Christ Jesus. (See 1st Peter 2 verse 1 thru 8.) That Rock foundation of our faith is centered on Jesus Christ and His death for the sins of mankind with His burial and then His bodily resurrection from the dead; and not on the bones and ashes of Peter's buried remains.
But contrary wise, with paint brush and a bucket in hand, the human elected Apostolic leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, have continually white washed the sepulchers containing dead men's bones, relying upon some spurious traditions made of their own idolatrous vanity. Even though the gross evidence of Peter's death is found in a Vatican sepulcher, as dust and ashes, we see that the Roman Church has painted a picture of the person of the Apostle Peter, as being the very stone that Christ would build His Church upon, rather than Peter's God given declaration of faith in Jesus Christ, the Living Stone that the builders rejected. The Rock of the WORD of GOD declares of Himself: I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes before the Father except by Me. (John 14 verse 5 thru 7.) We do not come to Holy Father God through Peter or in the name of the apostles, but in Jesus Christ alone. Jesus Christ alone is the only Begotten Son of His Holy Father God, and He alone is the Holy One Whom God has sent as His Divine Word, to become through the incarnation of God's Spirit, the Son of Man, to pay the ransom price for the idolatrous sins of humanity. Only the Holy, as in the Son of God and yet fully the obedient Son of Man, can intercede for lost mankind before Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty. As the Loving Holy Son of His Father God and the incarnated Son of Man, Jesus Christ alone is the only mediator between God and man, thereby bringing those who are saved by a living faith in His resurrection from the dead, unto the bosom of His Holy Father God.
Peter, like the first Adam, is a man of the earth breaking faith with God, while Jesus Christ is True Bread from above, born as the Word of God in the flesh as the last Adam. Christ alone maintains Perfect Faith and Perfect Love with His Father God, and Who as the Son of Adam is the only One Who can reconcile mankind to an infinitely Holy God. For the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. (Galatians 3 verse22.) And the promises of restoration faith begins through scripture in Genesis with the seed of Woman/Ishshah that will crush Satan's head, leading to Abraham being justified through His active faith in the Promised One of Elohim, and then to Abraham's offspring of Isaac, and his son Jacob, now called Israel, and his lineage to David, and David's lineage to the Hebrew virgin Mary, who through faith in the Word of God conceived and bore the Son of man, Who was from the beginning the Son of God in the flesh. The Apostle John who beheld the glory of God's promised Messiah Yeshuah, writes in his Gospel of what Jesus the Christ says on this matter of faith in Him: Abraham saw My day and rejoiced in it. Truly, Truly, I say unto you: Before Abraham was: I AM. (Please see Abraham believed God.) And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before hand the gospel unto Abraham, saying: In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith [in the promise] are [also] blessed with faithful Abraham. (Galatians 3 verse 8 thru 9.)
Paul's faith is annunciated in his writings: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2 verse 20.) Therefore being justified by faith [in Christ], we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5 verse 1.) From the least to the greatest, all of humanity are under the condemnation of idolatrous sin ending in death, therefore, it is only by God's gift of justifying faith in Christ Jesus, that when received in the core of our being, brings us into righted position with Holy God. The produce of Sin is death, and is conceived in the heart and mind of all of idolatrous mankind, whereas the fruit of faith in Christ Jesus is Life, conceived in the heart of man by the Holy Spirit of God. It is through the Holy Spirit, flowing freely as the Fountain of Living Water within God's Son and Christ, Who gives the Life of Christ to all who receive from that Fountain. If we are in the faith of Christ Jesus, then the Fountain of Living Faith within the Lord Jesus is springing up within our hearts, as the spiritual Life of God's Perfect Love being fostered within His children, whereby we cry unto God, Abba Father. (See Romans 8 verse 14 thru 16, and Galatians 4 verse 5 thru 8.) The Faith of Jesus Christ, within our hearts, moves us past ourselves into His Love, and His Perfect Love moves us to trusting obedience endeavoring in a labor of His love, thereby expressing outwardly to the world, of God's abundant Salvation Grace flowing from His Son, Jesus the Rock.
Now, with the simplicity of Salvation Truth before us, let us read in the context of that True Faith that flows from the Son of God, and hear what the Scriptures say on this matter:
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying: Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said: Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said unto them, But Whom say you that I Am? And Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him: Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed Truth unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven. (See Matthew 16 verse 17.) And then the Son of the living God said: Thou art Peter (meaning Petros, a small stone) and upon this Stone (meaning Petra an immoveable rock or foundation) I will build My Church and the gates of hell will not prevail.
It is important to note the following scripture verses, for they establish that when Jesus first began to gather His disciples, He changed the name of Peter to that of Cephas. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first finds his own brother Simon, and said unto him, "We have found the Messiah", which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, He said, "Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas", which is by interpretation, a stone [or Petros]. (John 1 verse 40 thru 42.)
Peter, that is Petros, is a small stone of beginning revelation faith, having its origin from Holy Father God, and the revelation is not derived from Peter himself, For, as Jesus says: flesh and blood has not revealed Truth unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven. Whereas, thank goodness, Jesus the Christ is the Petra, being an unmovable Rock of Faith built with out hands, upon which Christ, Himself, the Rock of Salvation, would build His Church or Ecclesia upon. King David proclaimed where his faith was as he said, The Lord is my Rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my Rock in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn of my Salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my Savior; thou has saved me from violence. If you compare the Hebrew word for rock "Sehlah" with the Greek word "Petra", you will see that they have the same definition.
Our beginning Salvation faith, initiated by Father God Almighty, is to be built upon Jesus Christ Alone, for He alone is the foundation Petra Rock that can not be moved. For Jesus, the Son of Man, is the solid Petra of Faith, born of a stead fast Love that He Alone had for His Father; and before He became human, He was One with His Father, as the only begotten Son, before time even began. Father God Almighty has given Spiritual testimony of His Son, the Chief Corner Stone, Jesus the Christ of God, of Whom the builders rejected and reject today. Thus says the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm [of strength], and whose heart departs from the Lord. (Jeremiah 17 verse 5.)
An so Peter, a man of sinful flesh, had the small gravel or "Petros" beginning faith that came from the ultimate unchangeable "Petra" Faith of the Living Word, Jesus Christ, the Son of Holy Father God Almighty. Peter's small beginning faith, as a pebble or small stone was small indeed and needed God's reinforcement. That is why we hear at another time the Lord tell Simon Peter: Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (See Luke 22 verse 31 thru 32.) The beginning faith of Peter (Petros, a small stone of faith) needed to be converted into a greater faith in Christ the Petra Rock and foundation of Godly faith, before he might strengthen his brethren.. On the matter of Faith in Christ Jesus, we are all sifted like Peter (Petros), starting out small in our confession of faith, but nevertheless in the fiery trials of life, it is that same small faith that is strengthened and enlarged by the never ending Faith and support of the Rock Christ Jesus that stands triumphantly against the fallen gates of hell. And so, we in the Petra that is Christ Jesus, rejoice in His victory. Paul, the Apostle of the gentiles, writes: And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2 verse 14-15.) Therefore, our triumphant Lord says for the benefit of our small Petros like faith and for His glory: I AM He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I AM alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelation 1 verse 18.) It is not Peter who sets the captive free, but it was and is Christ Jesus the Rock of our Salvation Faith, Who in His absolute Righteousness, even as the Son of Adam, broke down the gates of hell and death, and takes the captives into the captivity of His loving arms and frees them from their chains of sin and death. (See Ephesians 4 verses 4 thru 10, as it relates to Psalm 68 verse 18.)
St Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, was a stout defender of the Faith and the Catholic Church, and being sensitive to the truth of scripture, in his latter writings clarifies any misconceptions of his thoughts regarding Who the Rock is.
In His book Retractations, Augustine writes: "But I know that very frequently at a latter time, I so explained what the Lord said: ‘Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church,’ that it be understood as built upon Him whom Peter confessed saying: ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ and so Peter, called after this rock, represented the person of the Church which is built upon this rock, and has received ‘the keys of the kingdom of heaven.’ For, ‘Thou art Peter’ and not ‘Thou art the rock’ was said to him. But ‘the Rock was Christ,’ in confessing Whom, as also the whole Church confesses, Simon was called Peter". (Saint Augustine, The Retractations Chapter 20.1. pg. 90. The Fathers of the Church (Washington D.C., Catholic University, 1968)
Augustine, also in one of his many sermons said: "Christ, you see, built His Church not on a man, but on Peter’s confession. What is Peter’s confession? ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ There’s the rock for you; there’s the foundation; there’s where the Church has been built, which the gates of the underworld cannot conquer." (Sermons, Vol. 6, Sermon 229P.1, pg. 327. John Rotelle, Ed., The Works of Saint Augustine (New Rochelle: New City Press, 1993),
For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (See Ephesians 2 verse 4 thru 9.) The Ecclesia of God is built upon God's gift of Faith that is centered in the risen Christ Jesus, the only Rock of our Salvation, for it is He Alone that overcame our sin and death, and no other foundation is possible before Holy, Holy, Holy Father God Almighty. What a person chooses to do with God's beginning gift of Petros faith is a serious matter, even of life and death. Through that faith, we can now seek God for His help through His Spirit in building our Petros faith upon the Rock of our Salvation; for faith is built upon faith, going from glory to glory in Christ Jesus. St Paul writes of God's Salvation Foundation: According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the Foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon. For no other Foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; And you are Christ's; and Christ is God's. (See 1st Corinthians 3 verse 10 thru 11, and verse 20 thru 21,23.) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1 verse 16 thru 17.)
If a man is justified by their faith in their Salvation Rock, Who arose from the dead, then there is no need to glory in men, such as Peter or Paul or Apollus for their dead bodies as well as those of the rest of mankind, have already or will return to the dust of this earth. The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. So you see, our faith does not rest in the faith of men, such as Peter, although that faith is necessary in its hearing, but the absolute Faith of the Church rest upon the solid Foundation Rock of the Faith of Christ Jesus, Who was the Son of Man, and the loving Son of God and as such was obedient unto death. The Foundation Stone of our Faith is incorruptible having risen from the dead, and like Peter's Petros faith that is built on Christ Jesus, we each, also become living stones of faith that can rest at ease in our dependence upon the foundation Rock of our Resurrection Faith in Christ Jesus. Peter, after he is strengthened by the Lord's Spirit, speaks of his and our relationship to Christ the Rock in this wise: To Whom coming, as unto a living Stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture: "Behold, I [God Almighty] lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on Him shall not be confounded." (See Isaiah 28 verse 16.) Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a Rock [Petra] of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: (1st Peter 2 verse 4 thru 8.) Note, that the Rock of offence in Peter's first letter is the very same Rock or Petra that Jesus Christ says He will build His Ecclesia upon. (See Matthew 16 verse 18,) Peter does not contradict the Lord, for he knows that Christ Jesus is God's foundation Rock that a wise man builds upon.
As we continue to build upon spiritual logic, now witness the fragility of human flesh, even that of Peter the Apostle of the Lord. A short time after the Lord had said: Blessed art thou Simon Barjona, we see in Matthew 16 that when the Lord Jesus is speaking of His soon coming suffering, death and resurrection, then the disciple Peter, would show that he was yet a man subject to the needs of his own flesh, rebuking the Lord Jesus saying: Be it far from Thee, Lord, this shall not be unto Thee. But the Lord Jesus turned, and said unto Peter: Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savors not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Peter, like all of mankind is subject to his own self idolatrous flesh, even to the point that our own perception of love is corrupted in self fulfillment. As one human to another, all humans love their own for their own self perceived needs. Peter is not the solid Rock of the Churches foundation built on faith, hope and agape (love), for Peter initially loved Jesus for his own sake and not that of his brothers, let alone for the world as it is with God. Peter's only Salvation Foundation is in his God given living faith centered in the Only Begotten Son of God, Who came to give His Holy Life for the salvation of dead mankind. God is Supreme Love, and having come from God, then even the Faith we have of God is born of His Perfect Love. It is mankind that looks to self that is imperfect and in need of God to save them: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God: Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. To declare, I say, at this time His Righteousness that He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believes in Jesus. (Romans 3 verse 23 thru 26.) For Faith is the substance of that which is hoped for, bringing forth the evidence of that which is not seen. The Faith of God within the believer is Living and active, bringing forth within the faithful the fruits of the Spirit of God. (See Galatians 5 verse 22 thru 25.)
That one Faith, born of God, is always bearing the Love of God giving an ever increasing hope in Christ Jesus, and that Faith in Christ Jesus is holding the keys into the kingdom of God, which have set at liberty the souls that were held in the bondages of sin and death. We see in Matthew's Gospel, Chapter 16 that Jesus says to all of His disciples that are with Peter: verse 19 I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: And whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. The keys to the Kingdom of God were not yet given, but were to be entrusted to the disciples by the Lord when the fullness of faith would be manifested within the disciples hearts and minds when they beheld with their own eyes the resurrection of the Lord of Salvation. The record of scripture holds that after the death of the Lord Jesus, it was not just Thomas who lacked faith, but all of the Apostles were unbelieving, that is until they had all seen the resurrected Christ of God.
24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: Then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27Then said He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My LORD and My God.
Jesus said unto him: Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20 verses 24 thru 29.)
Now, with the apostles having seen the risen Christ, even that original small "Petros" Faith blossomed into the "Petra" Faith that is founded in their Lord and Master. The Holy Writ bears witness, for when the Lord had driven out the money changers, they asked Him by what sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things? Jesus answered and said unto them; Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up. But Jesus spoke of the Temple of His body. When therefore Jesus was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. (See John 2 verse 18 thru 22.) Wherefore, the believer is looking unto Jesus the Author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12 verse 2.)
Faith comes by hearing the Truth, and this small seed of resurrection faith in Jesus Christ, is the beginning substance that arises out of the Foundation Petra Faith, that is the unmovable Rock built with out hands, upon which Christ the Rock would build His Church or Ecclesia upon, and this Rock will fill the whole earth.
Christ Jesus is the very foundational Rock of the Word of God, for He is the Personal Living Word of God, where the fountain of all Truth springs forth. To be sure of our confidence in the foundational Rock of Scripture, Jesus Christ, it is He Who brought forth the foundations of the universe and maintains it by the same Word of His and His Father's power. When the prophet Daniel interprets King Nebuchadnezzar's dream, he tells the king of the destruction of all of the kingdoms of the world by a Stone that was cut out of a mountain without hands, and that Stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. (See Daniel 2 verse 26 thru 47.) That Stone made without hands was Christ Jesus! It is He of Whom King David the psalmist and prophet writes: My soul; wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my Rock and my Salvation: he is my Defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my Salvation and my glory: The Rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. (See Psalm 62 verse 1 thru 7.) Jesus Christ was the Rock that Moses struck twice at Mirabah Kadesh when he was only to speak to the Rock to bring forth water. Paul confirms this in his writings: And they did all drink the same spiritual drink: For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: And that Rock was Christ. (1st Corinthians 10 verse 4.) Jesus Christ is the Spiritual Rock from Whom the Fountains of Living Water poured forth from the Rock at Mirabah Kadesh, and that same Jesus Christ is also the Bride-Groom Who has purchased His betrothed through the fountain of His redemptive and innocent Blood, which poured from His pierced Body upon the soil of the earth.
The foundation Stone, Jesus Christ was laid in Zion and not in Rome. The immutable fact remains forever that Christ Jesus is the foundation rock that a wise man, such as Paul, builds his house upon so that the winds, rains and floods of adversity will not prevail upon the strength of that sure foundation. (See Matthew 7 verse 21 thru 27.) Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone; In Whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord: In Whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2 verse 19 thru 22.) The Ecclesia, that is the called out ones of God, do not grow into a holy temple in Peter, but they become lively stones within the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the absolute living Foundation Stone upon Whom our gift of living faith is built upon, even as Peter's faith was built upon the revelation of Christ Jesus that the Lord's Father God gave to Peter as a precious gift. Listen again to the Word's of the Lord: Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: For flesh and blood hath not revealed Truth unto thee, but My Father Who is in heaven. (See Matthew 16 verse 17.) For as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe upon His Name, which were born , not of blood or the will of the flesh, but of [the will] of God. (See John 1 verse 12 thru 13.) Even as John the Baptist was not the true Light of God, neither was Peter the true Rock of God that the builders rejected; for Peter knows that his Rock is Jesus Christ, Who is the Truth in the Way and Life of men. Peter's faith, represented the beginnings of the Ecclesia; and the Church is the body of Christ, but Peter is not the body of Christ, but a precious member of that Foundation Faith founded in the Master. When we sift through this matter, we see that the foundation of the papacy, being built on Petros, is indeed built on shifting gravel that returns to sand, and is not built on the Petra of Christ.
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There are several logical arguments that would extinguish the Roman Church's heretical doctrines concerning Mary's Immaculate Conception and the continuing "sinless" and "ever virgin" Mary. The so called Immaculate Conception of Mary has no basis what so ever in scripture in the genealogy of Jesus Christ as the Last Adam, for it does not meet the Just criteria of Holy God Almighty. The first Adam of God's genetic creation of Man, male and female, failed in their Love of God, and the Spirit of God left them to their own desires of self rule. The second and last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, had to be of the earthly genetic flesh of the fallen first Adam, but He was conceived by the Spirit of God, to fulfill God's Covenant Promise that the seed of Woman would crush the head of Satan. The first Adam/Man was made in the image and likeness of God, and in Adam's desire to be independent of God, the likeness of God in His Spirit, left Adam and his wife/Ishshah. Now in God's justice the Second Adam was to be of the needful earthly flesh of Adam, as the Son of Man, but the Saving Christ of God was conceived in the Likeness of God by the Spirit of His Father God. The Last Adam, the Son of Man, would overcome the desires of His human flesh, and would satisfy God's justice against rebelliousl Man/Adam, and would become for humanity, a Life giving Spirit, born of the Spirit of His Father Yahweh God Almighty. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. (1st Corinthians 15 verse 45 thru 47.) The Genetic lineage of Jesus the Christ of God can be considered in this beginning link The Women in Christ's Genealogy and followed in subsequent chapters.
Now using simple logic, if the Blessed Mary was forever a virgin, then she would have sinned against her husband Joseph in not permitting him his conjugal rights to his Jewish wife. From the beginning, the betrothals would have understood the natural relationship between a man and woman, and would naturally come together within their God ordained marriage. Otherwise Joseph, the husband would be left ever stewing in his own manhood and lust, while Mary would be reveling in her super piety. Also, with the birth of the Lord's Christ Child, then Mary's maiden head would have naturally been broken. The proof of her previous virginity in the conception of the incarnate Christ child would have been annihilated forever. Therefore, it is impossible for Mary to be physically ever virgin with the vaginal birth of her first born Son, the Christ of God.
The distinction between brothers and sisters continues in the Gospel of Mark. Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joseph, and Jude, and Simon? Are not also his sisters here with us? And they [the many of the synagogue] were offended with him. (See Mark 6 verse 1 thru 3.)
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus makes a further distinction between His disciples and that of His chosen apostles: And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called unto Him His disciples: and of them He chose twelve, whom also He named apostles; 1Simon, (whom He also named Peter,) and 2Andrew his brother, 3James and 4John, 5Philip and 6Bartholomew, 7Matthew and 8Thomas, 9James the son of Alphaeus, and 10Simon called Zelotes, And 11Judas the brother of James, and 12Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. (Luke 6 verse 12 thru 16.) James and his brother Jude, were both the half brothers of Jesus Christ through their natural parents Mary and Joseph. James was not named by the Lord as one of His apostles, meaning one that is sent, but nevertheless, James was a follower of his Brother, Jesus the Christ of God. After our Lord's crucifixion death, James would remain a principle in Jerusalem.
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they [the women] came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. Upon finding the tomb empty, two men in shining garments reminded them of all that Jesus had said. And they remembered His Words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. (See Luke 24 verse 1 thru 10.) Mary, the mother of James her son, obviously went to the tomb of Jesus Christ, and the principle reason was to see to the proper care of the Body of her first born incarnate Son, Jesus Christ. But Jesus Christ is risen, just as He had said!
The Scriptures give witness to the Truth.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth. For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1st Timothy 2 verse 3 thru 6.)
Now by God's gift of faith we know in the Truth of the Word of God that the Lord Jesus Christ has given Himself a ransom for all of humanity, then it stands to reason that all that are venerated in the Roman and Eastern Church, even Blessed Mary, the Lord's earthly mother of Adam's flesh, and including the least of the saints, they are all saved out of sin and death by their Savior, Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of Man. St Augustine, a Doctor of the Roman Church writes in his arguments against Faustus: "Christ's body was derived from Adam, for His mother the Virgin Mary was a child of Adam."
Yes, the virgin Mary was a child of Adam in the absolute details of her genetics that were pure going back generationally to the seed of Ishshah Woman, the name of Adam's wife before he called her Eve. So then Mary, in the flesh of the first Adam, was subject to the self idolatrous nature of sin, which is innate to fallen flesh, for the flesh of humanity has its roots in the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. And in the garden, the serpent said unto (Ishshah) Woman, "You shall not surely die: You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil". Augustine calls Adam and Eve's treasonous act, the original sin, and now that rebel nature resides in the individual self of all of humanity. The nature of all sin is centered in self idolatry, with the breeding of little god's of self determining will, centered in self fulfillment, thereby putting themselves in opposition to the only Creator God of the living, and His Good and Holy Will for all of His creation. (See "The Mind of Man".)
Mary was no exception to the ingrained law of sin, resulting in death, for she was most assuredly acquainted with her self and her own determination of what she thought was good or evil. As good as she was, she was not perfect nor was she yet born of God's Spirit, although God's Spirit was with her and favored her in her generational faith in God's Covenant Word and Promised Messiah given in the Garden of Eden. The virgin Mary, like all women, was an offspring of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and a subject of her own judgment. So then Mary, the natural mother of Jesus Christ in the flesh, also would have been genetically numbered in the loins of Adam and Eve, and would be born a child of their fallen nature, and subject to the same self idolatrous disposition of sin and self rule that culminates in death. Even Blessed Mary, highly favored of God, went the way of all natural flesh, and her body died and was buried, and was not resurrected. In Christ our Savior, all who are born of His Spirit, and die are no longer encumbered with this body of death, but are liberated and glorified in the resurrection body of the Son of Adam, Jesus Christ, Who is the Son of God. Mary gave birth to the Son of Man/Adam, but Jesus gave birth to Mary, a child of God.
Without delving into Augustine's defense against Faustus, we can come to the same simple conclusion of Augustine, that "Christ's body was derived from Adam"; I doubt that Augustine had the slightest understanding of how precise that statement was, for God in fact would maintain the pure genetics of the first Adam in the seed of the Woman until the Christ of God would be born from that pure genetic seed of Adam. The genetic of the first Man Adam would be maintained by God and extended by Him through generations to the undefiled Adamic genetics of the virgin Mary.
Scripture bears this out, even as it was prophetically necessary for the fulfillment of God's precise salvation plan for mankind. For Christ in the flesh, was the absolute genetic Son of Adam, having derived through His natural mother Mary, His human lineage from King David of Israel, who was a son from the generational seed of faithful Abraham, whose genetics of Man is established within the loins of the first Man Adam and Eve, the mother of the life of mankind. So in the wonder of the incarnation, the Word of God the Father, became flesh. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The Roman Catholic's dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, is an absolute distortion of the Gospel Truth, diluting the Salvation power of the incarnate WORD of GOD to save the race of man, by faith in Jesus Christ. The confusion makes Jesus Christ, the Son of Man to be less than the absolute Holy Representative between all of sinful mankind and that of Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty. Jesus, the Christ and Word of God, was fully born the Son of Man, being the promised seed of a woman within the genetic lineage of the first man, Adam. The significance of the birth of God's Salvation in the flesh of man, was that Jesus Christ was also the only begotten and perfect Son of God, Who came down from above in humility, to be a willing sacrifice for the sins of humanity. In the perfection of His Love and obedience to His holy Father, Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and the Son of the Father, was raised from the dead, so that He alone can be the only Mediator between His Holy Father and for all those of lost humanity, who will call upon God in the Truth of the Good News that is the Gospel of our Salvation.
A right hermeneutical understanding of scripture, when combined with humanity's genetic sequencing from our first parents, completely negates the Roman Church's false doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. After Adam and Eve broke faith with God, God promised that the seed of a woman would crush the head of the serpent, even Satan. The lineage of the human genome must remain perfect in the generations of humanity for that to take place, and the Word of God to be True. Satan understood the validity of the Word of God and sought to destroy the fulfillment of that possibility with the contamination of the genetic seed of the woman, with his introduction of the seed of the fallen angelic sons of God - thereby contaminating the pure genetic seed of humanity. And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose. (Genesis 6 verse 1 thru 2.) The infiltration was so complete that the cross breeding defilement of angels with human women would produce genetic offspring of gigantic proportions, with the defilement searing the conscience of mankind who were originally made in the image of God. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of man's heart was only continually evil. And God said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth: Both man and beast and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air for it repented Me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Read the full account Genesis 6 verse 1 thru 8.) Noah was genetically perfect in all of the generations that came before him, and he lived in the faith of God. For up until the flood, the pure generations of man began with Adam, thru his son Seth, thru his son Enos, thru his son Cainan, thru his son Mahalaleel, thru his son Jared, thru his son Enoch, thru his son Methuselah, thru his son Lameck, and then until his son Noah. And after the flood that destroyed the wicked genetic crossbred offspring of Satan, then the perfect genetic lineage of man continued through the faithfulness of Noah, and then his son Shem, continuing genetically to Abram, the Son of Terah. And from the faithfulness of Abram, whom God named Abraham, came his promised son Isaac and his son Jacob, to the faith of David, to the faith of the virgin Mary, who was the chosen woman that was perfect in all her generations back to Adam.
This contrived doctrine of men is not necessary in God's justification through faith in the promise that God made in the Garden of Eden. Jesus Christ the Author and finisher of our faith says to the religious unbelievers: Your Father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad. (See Abraham believed God.) If Abraham believed the Lord in all of His Word, and it was counted to him for righteousness, then Mary, Abraham's genetic daughter and a seed of faith, received Gabriel's message by her justifying faith and trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and conceived in her womb the Savior of the world. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy Word. (See Luke 1 verse 26 thru 38.) For when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (See Galatians 4 verse 4 thru 5.) If Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word of God was made of a woman from Abraham's genetic seed, and made to be under the law, then because of the flesh of His humanity derived from the woman, He was made subject to the Decalogue, which in Holy God's justice condemns all of sinful mankind to death. But, in God's mercy, Jesus Christ, Who did not commit sin, was made to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (See 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 17 thru 21.) Yeshuah haMachiac, Jesus the Christ of the Almighty, came in the Perfection of the Love of His Father, so that in the flesh of Adam, He might save humanity from the condemnation of the Decalogue. He that believes and in faith follows in the righteousness of the Lord's Christ, has passed from death into Life.
Now then, in God's plan of Salvation, the Eternal Father God, through His Holy Spirit fertilized the ovum or seed of a woman with the Light of His WORD of Salvation, and that holy zygote gestated in the womb of Mary, to become the Son of Man, Jesus the Christ. God formed the pattern of Life of His only begotten and eternal Son, into the genetic Y haploid instructions bearing the WORD of GOD, and through the Holy Spirit, came down from on high in humility, to be impregnated into the gamete or ovum of the virgin Mary, which contained all of her human DNA chromosomal instructions including the female X chromosome, to form a male child and to be born the Son of Man in the flesh. Christ Jesus was made male Y chromosome from the design after His Father God, and with the human female X chromosome from His mother Mary, Jesus became the last Adam, and the only representative of all of the males and females of all of humanity. But Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2 verse 5 thru 7.) Now, the genealogies of Mary and Joseph, with their Son Jesus Christ are they not recorded respectively in Luke chapter 3 and Matthew chapter1?
Again, we reiterate the scripture testimony: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (See Galatians 4 verse 4 thru 5.) For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His Own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: (Romans 8 verse 3.) It was absolutely necessary for the Lord of Salvation to be subject to the natural desires of the flesh of man, otherwise He would have overcome nothing of the nature of self idolatrous sin that is innate to the flesh of man, for He would be God only, and subject to nothing. But Jesus Christ, as the Son of Man, was of the natural seed of Adam and Eve, and being made of the woman's seed, was born of the weakness of human flesh. Even as the prophetic former is true, Jesus was also the Seed of His Father, being born of the Power of the Love of God, and with His Perfect Love of His Father abiding as the Seed of God's Eternal WORD, He was able to overcome all things pertaining to the selfish desires of His flesh, and put the will of His Father always first. 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. (John 3 verse 16.) Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to aid them that are tempted. (Hebrews 2 verse 17 thru 18.) For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without [committing] sin. (Hebrews 4 verse 15.)
If God is Love within His infinite perfection, then Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, is God's Perfect Love that has entered this world to destroy sin in His flesh, and dispel the fear of death that has reigned in sin's confusion. Jesus Christ overcame the selfish nature of all flesh through His absolute self-less love of His Father and for the salvation of mankind, and because of His perfect Love, He has become the Lord our Righteousness. There is no fault or hint of sin in the Perfect Love of God, for the Lord's Christ came to do the will of His Father, and not the will of His own flesh that was born of Adam. Witness, that Jesus Christ in the beginning of His mental trial over the will of His flesh, remains totally faithful to His Father God as He prays: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Humanity never comes to a complete understanding of the Love of our God that passes all human knowledge. That Love is lacking within the natural man, but was complete in Jesus Christ the only Begotten of the Father. Jesus is the Perfect Love of God the Father, and in humility He came to earth to do the perfect will of His Father, and that Love of Jesus needs to be in the hearts of all of the prodigal son's of Adam.
Humanity's dilemma is rooted in our own self idolatry, which reverts exclusively to the will of the individual flesh. The will of the flesh within our own minds, struggles with the good and the evil we have all derived from the Tree of Knowledge. Unfortunately, in our own self idolatry, we have not understood that the good and the evil came from the same solitary root of the idolatrous Tree, and our good and evil are inextricably linked together as one root within the self determination of the individual. As little gods, what is determined as good by one, may be considered evil to another. Every individual in humanity, justifies themselves with their own understanding of what is right and what is wrong. Those we may esteem as natural leaders are no doubt wise in their own eyes, and in their blind justification of an unjust cause, can lead others into their own paths of destruction. Wherefore, through the policies of men we have wars, rumors of wars, abortions, infanticide, genocide, murders and thefts, etc., and also the religious perversions of the Word of God through the justifying traditions of self centered men. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. (See Job 5 verse 12 thru 14.) And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours: (1st Corinthians 3 verse 19 thru 21.)
In the Spirit of understanding, the Apostle Paul cries out for our benefit: O wretched man that I am! Who shall save me from this body of death. We can rightly conclude with Paul that there is no distinction of persons where the nature of idolatrous sin is concerned. As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. (Romans 3 verse 10 thru 11 and verse 23.) Even All of the saved, are naturally born of the Adamic sin nature that leads to death, and this nature infects all of the flesh and innately remains in the flesh of us all, because we are all of the idolatrous seed of Adam and Eve. The proof being, that because of the will of sin in the flesh, we all die, and then with death the flesh of mankind will seek final corruption and return to the dust of the earth. And so, Paul writes of an eternal distinction. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind, I myself serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin [that is yet present]. (See Romans 7 verse 24 thru 25.) Jesus Christ Who did not commit sin, but was made to be sin for us, died in His humanity on the cross, a sacrifice of Perfect Love for the sin of mankind. But glory be to God, for His Holy Spirit that dwelt with the Lord Jesus Christ did not suffer the corruption of the Righteous One, but raised Jesus Christ up from His death for our sin, and in so doing raised up the generations of the faithful within Him. Obviously, all of the saints, including Mary, have been born of the nature of selfish flesh, and so from the least to the greatest in Faith in Jesus Christ, they have all died in Jesus Christ, Who is the only Mediator between Holy God His Father and man. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, where by we must be saved." so says Peter in Acts 4 verse 12. And Paul writes: "For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And Jesus died for all that those who live, might live no longer for themselves, but for Him Who for their sake died and was raised". (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 13 thru 15.)
In spite of the Apostle Peter's proclamation in Acts 4 verse 12, the Roman church for many years now, has thought to declare Mary as co-redemptress, over and above scripture, and even contradicts the Roman Church's declared 1st Pope, Peter himself. Again we quote Peter ex cathedra: "Because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died". All have died in Adam's rebellion of sin. The first Man, male and female, having the XY chomosomes of the physical first Man, was the only human created in the image and likeness of God. The Last Adam was birthed from the genetic seed of the Woman of Adam X chromosome, and conceived by the Spirit of His Father, Y Chromosome, and became the physical image of the invisible God, His Father, male and female. (See The First Adam, and the Last Adam.)
The absurdity concerning Mary's innate ability to help Jesus in the salvation of man, beyond her generational lineage, is blatant blasphemy against the Redeeming Blood of Jesus Christ that is one with the Holy Spirit of His Father God, and one with the perfection of Jesus Christ's Love that He alone had for His Father God, and also for lost mankind. The Redemption from sin and death of any person of faith is through the purchase price of the righteous Blood of Jesus Christ, the Last Adam, and none other.
You can witness the Roman Church's blatant misuse of scripture to solidify their claims for Mary by comparing the following correct passage from Genesis King James version to that of the Roman Catholic Douay Rheims version. King James Version: And the LORD God said unto the serpent, I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; it [her seed of Adam] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel. (Genesis 3 verse 15.) Now compare the above correct and theological constant Biblical interpretation with the false Douay Rheims version of Genesis 3 Verse 15: I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. The correct Scripture was God's first prophetic Word that portended the future virgin birth of a male child, which was annunciated again in Isaiah, and was fulfilled when the then Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of Man, and the expressed image of His Father, the invisible God Almighty. The Roman church has twisted this Hebrew scripture to make Mary a new Eve who would crush Satan's head rather than the correct interpretation of her seed of the first Adam, becoming Christ Jesus the Last incarnate Adam. Jesus the Word and Christ of God, would thoroughly defeat Satan, through His resurrection over sin and death through His Holy Sacrifice of His physical and Spiritual Life that is in His poured out Blood. Mary was the last Eve, in that her genetics were of the first Eve, and she bore in her womb and then gave birth to the Son of Man, being the only begotten of His Father Yahweh God, Who gives Life to all who believe.
God with His Word, is the Sustainer of the universe, and His Word sustained the generations of Adam's genetic seed through faithful men and women until the last generational seed of Adam was conceived in the womb of Mary, by the Holy Spirit of God, and became the Last Adam or seed of Man. Christ Jesus alone was the genetic seed of Adam by way of the Woman, and was the Seed of His Father conceived by the Spirit of His Father. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and Truth. (John 1 verse 14.) None of those faithful generations of Adam would be considered considered Co-redeemers, and neither would Mary, who in her virginity bore those generations of the seed of the Woman of Adam, Who would crush the head of evil corruption.
Witness another rebuttal that dispels this notion coming from the Word of God Himself. And it came to pass, as He [Jesus] spoke these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, "Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked." But He [Jesus, the Word of God] said, "Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it." (See Luke 11 verse 23 through 28.)
Although the virgin Mary came to be the last Woman of Adam's seed to be chosen to bare the Son of God in the flesh of Adam, she understood her own need for God's Salvation as she proclaims her own belief, in what is called the Magnificat: My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. (See Luke 1 verses 46 thru 55.) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Romans 5 verse 12.) And so, even as it is appointed for all mankind to meet death because of the nature of idolatrous sin, we see that even Mary met her appointment with death. For there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. But now, we of faith in Christ Jesus are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (Romans 3 verse 22 thru 24.) If Christ is not risen from the dead then our faith is vanity, and all are dead. (See 1st Corinthians 15 verse 13 thru15.)
For those of us who remain faithful to God on earth in this time, it is our righteous prayers and intercessions that are mediated only in the Name of Jesus Christ, and through Him by our gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit of the Living God. Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8 verse 26 thru 27.) Therefore, it is the members of the Body of Jesus Christ on this earthly plane, which must love one another enough, to pray for each other and the unsaved, through the mediation of the Holy Spirit, Who is to be in the very heart of each of the redeemed of God. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price [being the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ]. Therefore honor God with your body. If any man defile the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." (See 1st Corinthians 3 verse 16 thru 18 and 1st Corinthians 6 verse 19 thru 20.)
With our faith in our Great Savior, the Holy Spirit gives the living members of Jesus Body access to God's throne of Grace by the mediating Life Blood of Jesus Christ. For Jesus came and preached the glad tidings of peace to you who were afar off, and peace to those who were near. For it is through Him that we both, whether far off or near, now have an introduction (or access) by one Holy Spirit to the Father, so that we are able to approach Him. (Ephesians 2 verse 17 thru 18 Amplified.) Now if we are able to approach Holy Father God through His Son, Jesus Christ, then what need is there to seek the intercession of the dead. Shall we not have in our hands, according to God's good will, the answers to our righteous intercessory petitions that are available in His Holy Name of Salvation and Life, rather than the deception of darkness.
But, apparently the schismatic Catholic Churches have forgotten that the battle is not against man, but against stealthy sin and the unseen powers that ministers rebellion and death to sinners. We, in our philosophical sophistication fall into unbelief, and in our blindness fail to heed the warning instructions and admonishments from Paul: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (See full context Ephesians 6 verse 10 thru 18.)
From the Garden of Eden to the present, mankind is caught up in the idolatry of self, and the malignant lie of Satan continues to take form in our minds that we are like gods and can rule for ourselves with complete independence from the Supreme Ruler. Therefore, if we are like gods, then certainly we can idolize other men and women who are godlike examples, even as we desire to inflate ourselves. With idolatrous sin reigning in the mind of man, it then logically follows that religious mankind would say: Let us make deity after the brightness of our own image, and so it has been done. With idolatry in particular, the well rehearsed enemy of our souls is given an open invitation to interplay with the human community and stir up all kinds of confusion within the leadership and the people. If Israel, with its disobedience to the Covenant Commandments and the council of the God of the living, faced the severest of disciplinary sanctions from God, so as to turn them away from death, then likewise the unrepentant religious institutions of the Church has and will also face sanctions from Holy, Holy, Holy God, leaving them with the strength of the flesh of idolatrous men, with no way to turn except in repentance to the God of the Living.
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During the forth century, the entrance to error for the Gentile Church was broadened with the Trojan Horse of Idolatry already waiting at the open gates of Rome. Now the violence of sin will be masterfully sown by the enemy within the community, through cultural expediency in Christendom. Having gained an easy access through a culture seeped in idols, the demonic with its wisdom of sin, is brought into the Christian community and given a preeminent seat at the table for the deliberation over the hearts of men. Satan, the master of sin and anarchy against God, orchestrates the philosophical confusion of proud men, who then introduced demonic doctrines, to the existing culture's understanding of ecclesiastical function in the worship of deity. With beguiling craftiness, the spiritual enemies of Jesus Christ and His Church will coerce religious men to listen to alluring philosophy that appeals to the political and religious power structure of that age, thereby maintaining the status quo of cultural idolatry, rather than heeding the Holy Spirit's righteous plea for holiness unto God alone.
Now, with the help of the enemy within, it has been deemed by the various Church councils, also known collectively as the Magisterium, that the Apostolic succession of men with their superior spirit of wisdom and religious exclusivity, trumps the Word of God, changing the Law and Wisdom of God. After all, the beguiling serpent says, God really didn't mean what He said, did He? Then again the Church says, Jesus Christ gave us all authority to bind and loose things on earth, and it would be upheld in heaven above. But first it should be understood that the Church leadership was obligated to rightly discern the written Word of God and His Commandments, and to maintain the Truth of Scripture and the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that salvation is through Him and in Him alone. (See 2nd Timothy 2 verse 15 thru 19 and chapter 3 verse 14 thru 17.)
However in the spirit of antichrist, the church, in its confusion, has introduced sainted deity now along with Mariolatry to the point of denying the One Who bought them. Of course, the Roman Church of the west and the Orthodoxy of the East denies their illicit worship of idols and saints with their covering philosophy of the man made doctrine of the infallible Magisterium of the Church.
On the strength of the Magisterium's interpretation of the Word of God, incorporated with Hellenistic traditions outside of the Word of God, the combined Roman institution of East and West, established its autonomous authority in the matters of the religion of the Church. Now through its disobedience to that same WORD of God, the Catholic Church is left to face its mortal enemies, within and without, devoid of the strength of God; and for this reason alone, the wisdom of the wisest of men will not be able to cover the nakedness of her whoredoms with the historical bloody conflicts and the cancer growing within, as a result of the violence from the Roman Church's unrepented sin. Sin is spiritually divisive, and like a deadly spiritual virus, will multiply its forces for destruction, leading to death. If extra-biblical doctrine outside of the boundaries and councils of the WORD of God is introduced into the community, then confusion ensues, and logically by its introduced obscurity in the light of Scripture, it is a false doctrine of men.
Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any. They that make a graven image are all of them vanity, and their delectable things shall not profit. They are their own witnesses, for they see not, nor know that they may be ashamed. Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together. (Isaiah 44 verse 8 thru 11.)
Therefore to the wise in heart, idolatry in any form is a violation of the first and second Great Commandments of relational understanding with the Creator, and the violation of the Commandments either maintains, or initiates a separation of the heart of the people, who were to be holy dedicated to Almighty God and no other. The precedence for idolatry is set in the Church, and its overthrow is made impossible by the Church's so called infallible rulings at the Second Council at Nicaea in 787. The Churches of saintly idolatry have no epistemological defense for violating the infallible Truth that God has set forth in His Word and the Decalogue.
The Byzantine emperor Constantine the fifth, and before him, his father Leo the third, were both energetic forces in trying to rid the Church of icons and statuary. In 754, Constantine V enlisted 338 bishops from the eastern churches and formed the Council of Hieria. They were called iconoclast because they attempted to abolish the veneration of icons, which they rightly saw as an offence to the Commandments of God. The council of Hieria described themselves to be in the successive order of previous Church councils as the seventh ecumenical council. However, according to the canons of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, the five patriarchs or their representatives were suppose to be in attendance at any ecumenical council for it to be valid. Seeing that none were present at Hieria, it gave the iconodules, the saviors of idols, the excuse to vacate the Hieria council rulings, which was done 33 years later in 787 at the Second Council of Nicaea that now was deemed the official Seventh Ecumenical Council.
The Second Council of Nicaea in their opening paragraph, begins its affront to the iconoclast with the following statement that begins to speak of the Catholic Church's hypocrisy, even when acknowledging the truth.
"The one who granted us the light of recognizing him, the one who redeemed us from the darkness of idolatrous insanity, Christ our God, etcetera."
If our Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed us, the church from the insanity of idolatry, why then is the declared visible Church again cloaking her self in the darkness of the same abominable sin of idolatry? In the Church's self described infallible tradition, the Council proclaims that the iconoclast are duped by the enemy, speaking of the devil, and then state, speaking of the iconoclast:
"they abandoned the true line of reasoning, and setting themselves against the tradition of the catholic church, they faltered in their grasp of the truth".
Then the Council of Nicaea delighting in its ecclesiastical privilege to be the sole interpreter of scripture, erroneously uses Jeremiah's prophetic rebuke to the nation of Israel, proclaiming:
"Many pastors have destroyed My vine, they have defiled My portion". (For the truth see Jeremiah chapter 12 and verse 10 in context ). "For they followed unholy men and trusting to their own frenzies they calumniated the holy church, which Christ our God has espoused to himself, and they failed to distinguish the holy from the profane, asserting that the icons of our Lord and of his saints were no different from the wooden images of satanic idols".
No doubt, the Catholic Church "in the true line of reasoning", must have seen clearly that the unchangeable Holy, Holy, Holy God has despised His own Word, voiding His everlasting decrees for humanity, and decided to have erected in front of Him, other gods, even though they be little. It then logically follows that "in the church's true line of reasoning" that all of the saints in heaven would have their own fellow icons to intercede for them before the Infinite, all knowing and merciful God. Alas, "in the true line of the reasoning" Church, both East and West, the infinite and loving God never should have sent His only begotten Son into this sinful world to be our only Mediator before the most holy God through the propitiation of His righteous blood for our sins and death, after all we have our idols and friends of our idols to mediate for us.
The Word of God, Jesus Christ, answered the Pharisees and said unto them, "Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines, the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things you do". And He said unto them, "Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition". (Mark 7 verses 6 thru 9.)
The Second Council of Nicaea's declared anathemas concerning holy images.
Although I am anathematized many times over, through the specious written and unwritten traditions of men, nevertheless armed with the Sword of the Spirit, it is our absolute contention that the veneration of the icons and saints gave place to satanic entities, enabling their philosophical darkness to be intertwined into the affairs of the Roman Church, and crippled her claim to be the visible, one, holy, catholic and apostolic church that Christ would have founded. The historic results of the Roman and Orthodox Church's rebellion against the Word of God and His Righteousness, reveals the repercussions of their faithlessness, eventuating into Church schisms, and the catastrophic loss of lives throughout the centuries.
A short synopsis of the incriminating historical events is punctuated with the Great Schism of 1054 and the splitting of the Church into Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. In the midst of the ongoing confusion of the churches of East and West, the Roman Church with the urging of Pope Urban the Second, initiated in 1095 the beginnings of the Crusades against the Saracens, where deaths, rapes and other atrocities against the civilians were committed on both sides. Then in 1182 came the Massacre of the Latins in Constantinople, perpetrated by the schizophrenic Orthodox citizenry on their fellow Christian Catholics. Then later in 1204, the Roman Church, in its confusion over a new Crusade into the Holy Land, sacked Constantinople, the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church, thereby finalizing the schism of the west and eastern church. Eventually in 1291, the Roman Church withdraws from the wars in the Holy Land, following its failure to maintain any possession of the land of Israel, leaving the land of Israel in the hands of the Muslims. The incessant demonic confusion, with sin's violence in the forefront, does not stop, but continues with the Roman church's threats, torture and slaughter of unknown thousands of souls in the various inquisitions of the middle ages. Of course the rift in the visibly schismatic, one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church expanded with the reformation, leading to the many splintered sects of Christianity. From then until now, the loss of life is staggering, and the hands of the harlots and daughters of the harlots are a washed in the blood of humanity, with confusion being rampant in all of Christendom. Like the schismatic mothers of the Roman Church and the Orthodox Church, so go their daughters of protestation, all the while the demonic enemy is cloaked in allegories, and centuries of violence being perpetrated in the Name of the Lord. (Please see Ephesians 6 verse 10 thru 18, and Galatians 5 verse 14 thru 15.)
Unfortunately, in the Magisterium of the Roman Church, the same paint brush and bucket are passed onto fellow indoctrinated painters, who being immersed in the infallible tradition, are all taught to white wash the Jewish Master's Instructions, so as to paint them over with the churches own unique variations of cultural artisanship. It is good to form a consensus to avoid misunderstanding, but the Roman Catholic's infallible Magisterium has painted itself into a never ending corner that does not allow for error and repentance from that error. The love of God covers the multitude of sins found in the ignorance of sinners, but the rules of the Magisterium brought forth only cursing with anathemas handed out left and right, establishing only the fear of the Church, and not the reverential love of God. The Magisterium of the Church has cursed itself, the Church and its members with all of its infallible anathemas. However, the Love of God suffers through human indignation and violence, giving a place for repentance to all, and is always unfailing in patience, kindness, endued with gentle persuasion and prayers of expectation, giving blessing in the Name of the Lord, rather than the cursing established in the proud religious righteousness of the infallible Magisterium.
When gross error was set in the heart of Israel's people, God sent His prophets to cry for repentance and a return to the heart of the Eternal Holy God, for in His Love He desires to save them from their already damnable ways. The Holy, Holy, Holy God of all creation has not changed and His WORD remains constant, and will accomplish that which He has purposed in His Heart. If the Roman Church has the audacity to call herself the New Israel, then She needs to learn a lesson from the iconoclastic prophet Hosea, concerning God's prophetic rebuke to Israel! My people consult their wooden idols, and their diviner's staff informs them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, And they have played the harlot, departing from their God. (Hosea 4 verse 12.) They do not direct their deeds to turn unto their God, for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD. (For the whole testimony against idolatrous Israel see Hosea .) Knowing the depths of Satan, Paul the iconoclast writes to the Galatians: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5 verse 19 thru 21.) To the Colossians, Paul says, 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. (Colossians 3 verse 5 thru 6.) And again, we hear the iconoclastic Paul, admonishing the Church at Corinth: What agreement has the temple of God with idols, for you are the temple the living God. For God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from among them and be you separate, says the Lord. Touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, and I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (2nd Corinthians 6 verse 16 thru 18.) For those with paint brush in hand and refuse to repent, the iconoclastic prophet Samuel, chastising Saul, says, rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. (See 1st Samuel 15 verse 22 thru 24.)
In the Book of Acts, under the auspices of the Holy Spirit, the Iconoclastic Apostle James in conjunction with the other iconoclastic apostles and elders who were gathered together in Jerusalem, instructs the Gentile believers in a letter: "That you abstain from foods offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication, from which if you keep yourselves, you shall do well". (See Acts 15 verse 19 thru 29.) If part of the instructions from the Iconoclastic James to the Gentiles, is to abstain from meats or foods offered to idols, then surely it would be understood that they would do well to not be involved with idols at all. If foods offered to idols may pollute the weak believers conscience, then how much more so would their involvement with dead idols compromise their conscience and confuse their relationship with the living God Who has saved them. I AM Jehovah, that is My Name, and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42 verse 8 (Darby.)
If you have come to faith in the perfect obedience of the Savior of Mankind, Who reveals to us God the Father, then why go back to beggarly things that do not prosper the heart in the liberty to love more perfectly, but only rewards a person of the flesh caught up in idols with a further bondage to sin. (See Galatians 4 verse 8 thru 9.) Holy God has not changed, and Jesus Christ the Word of His Father, remains constant even as His Father is constant, for He remains the same as yesterday, today and forever.
For the Love of God and His people, it is our intention to continue to make a mockery of any religious institution that promotes their form of sanctified idolatry. The self declared infallible Magisterium is directed by men born of the idolatrous flesh of Adam, and being outside of the Will of God, they have formulated their own man made traditions that condone their self sanctified idols and relics of dead men's bones. They have not only made themselves accountable to God for their own sins, but also for the sins of the multitudes they have corrupted, rather than corrected. It would seem that these men have lost sight of Jesus Christ, Who in the will of His Father, has died and paid the penalty for our own willfulness and its sin of self satisfying idolatry. Yahweh's Son and WORD became the Son of Man and kept the righteousness of the Commandments to the fullest extent in obedient love for His Father, and was crucified and suffered death for the sake of idolatrous mankind. You would think that the leadership of these churches would repent of their sedition against the Word of God, and set God their Creator as first in all things concerning a more perfect love and obedience that is His do. Contrary wise, the Iconodules of both the Roman and Eastern Orthodox Churches have justified their idolatrous position with their twisted hermeneutics of the Word of God. How woefully sad it is that these teachers of babes set their icons of saints before the altar of God, and the people of God are led to believe that they need these dead saints to intercede for them before a God who seemingly does not hear them. The writer of Hebrews addressing those who need a better understanding of their Messiah, speaks appropriately at this time with his admonishment: Of Whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing. For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (See Hebrews 5 verse 8 thru 14.) I AM the Lord thy God: Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I AM the LORD thy God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. (For all of the first oracles see Exodus 20 verse 1 thru 17.)
Now then concerning the oracles of God, how do you judge the following recorded Word of the Lord? Jesus said unto the Pharisees: The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. (See Mark 2 verse 23 thru 27.) A right understanding drawn from the Lord Himself, would be that the fullness of the Decalogue or Ten Commandments were made for man, by the Almighty God to show forth the extent of man's depravity towards God first, and then mankind secondly. The unimpeachable Second Commandment of Holy God Almighty remains for its condemnation of any form of the sin of idolatry and its affront to the invisible God, and to expose our own ungodly suppositions and accusations making Him to be as we are. The demonic serpent challenged God's veracity in the Garden, and the infection of that rebellious ideology remains in all of Adam's offspring of humanity. The original challenge began; Did the Lord God really say and mean what He said? Satan, in his continuing deception, said no, but St Paul in his own spiritual reality says: For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. (See Romans 7 verse 10 thru 13.) I think you will find that "Me, Myself and I" is always idolatrous and full of rebellion against God and His Law.
One of the defenses the Iconodules point to in Scripture, is in the fiery or bronze serpent that Moses constructed in obedience at the Voice of God. The children of Israel in their desert travels, once again spoke against the Lord and Moses, and God sent the venomous serpents into the midst of the tribes of Israel, and many of the people were bitten and died. The people repented of their rebellion, and were instructed to look unto the lifted up bronze serpent so that they may live, and so they obeyed and the affliction was lifted. (See Numbers 21 verse 5 thru 9.) The constructed fiery serpent was a symbol of the sin that represented Israel's rebellion against God. And Jesus said: As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3 verse 13 thru 15.) Jesus, Who knew no sin was made to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God. (See 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 21.) Israel's self idolatry and willfulness against God was depicted in the icon of the fiery serpent, even as all of humanity's self idolatry with its fullest depravity and rebellion against God was laid fully on the Son of Man and the Word of God, Jesus Christ.
But again, the Iconodules foolishly accuse God of breaking His own second Commandment when God instructed His Jewish people how to construct the Ark of the Covenant, the tent of meeting that is also called the tabernacle, and then later the temple in Jerusalem. In each case the imageries were of a type that is symbolic of God's Holiness. With the Ark of the Covenant, the pair of gold Seraphims were set in a position showing obeisance to God's Mercy Seat, depicting symbolically the heavenly Seraphims, who cry holy, holy, holy as they would be worshiping ceaselessly the Infinitely Holy God in His Sanctuary.
It is one thing to obey the Voice of the Word of God, but another to become a law unto ourselves so as to change the dynamics of the law, and to make the Personal Word of God of no affect. But whose accusing voice do you hear? It is impossible that Holy, Holy, Holy God would be under any accusation or reproach from His Commandments, for they were given to man through Moses to show mankind that they are under the Law's condemnation of sin, revealing their vileness towards God, the Lawmaker and final Judge of sin. Their usefulness having presently ended, the brazen serpent was destroyed by Hezekiah, the temples were destroyed by the pagans, and the Ark of the Covenant is not to be found. When Jesus Christ came to redeem us, we became the temple of God, supplanting the need for the others, therefore, the people of God are to be led by the Holy Spirit of Truth, Who confirms the Word of God as Truth and leads us in the narrow path of the Lord's righteousness, and not on the wide path of destruction.
Therefore, knowing the depths of Satan and also the call of God, and taking in both hands additional passages from the revealed Word and Power of God, let me ask: In the midst of this harlotry, where are the bold of God in Truth, who have the eyes to see and a heart to understand? “And shall say with the Spirit of God: Cast you up, cast you up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of My people”. (See Isaiah 57 verse 12 thru 16.)
For Thus says the I AM THAT I AM: that is My Name, and My Glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42 verse 8.) Those who mock God at His Word need to reconsider Who He is, and Whose judgments they so insolently defy. Who among you will give ear to this? Who will hearken and hear what is to come?
In God's Judgment: Long time have I held My peace; I have been still, I have restrained Myself: I will cry like a woman that travails (in birth); I will blow and pant at once. I will lay waste mountains and hills and dry up all their herbs; I will make the rivers islands and I will dry up the pools.
In God's Mercy: I will bring the
blind by a way that they know not, in paths that they know not will I lead them;
I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These
things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
In God's Admonishment: They shall be turned back, they shall be covered with shame that confide in graven images, that say to the molten images, you are our gods. (Isaiah 42 verse 14 thru 18) Darby.)
In the final ending in his epistle titled 1st John, the iconoclast and Apostle John says: Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1st John 5 verse 21.)
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There have been other dreams, suggesting the prideful shortcomings of other protestant denominational churches, (Orthodox. Lutheran and Episcopal) that are considered to be of the universal church, called catholic, but are outside of the direct influence of the Roman Catholic Church. What is written, in the various chapters of this book, is what has been revealed to me through night visions, and I believe those dreams are most certainly of the Spirit of Holy God, and for the edification of the whole Ecclesia of the Almighty God.
One such dream, concerned a liturgical church of catholic division, where communion was to be part of their liturgy, but in the dream the Lord showed me that the commonality of agreement with repentance, born of humility with faith and love, was somewhat absent in the community. Their respect for the thank offerings to God was deplorable, for the Eucharistic bread and the wine, were depicted respectively, as a hamburger in a bun, and orange juice. In the dream it became apparent, that the clergy had yet to respond to the general apathy and sins of the congregation, and even their own corruption. Because of the leadership's static confusion, Communion in this church was missing its clear and direct approach to God, and because of unrepented sin, ichabod was written on the pastor's ministry. Make no mistake with this Holy Matter, for God will not be mocked concerning the Blood of His Son.
The formal liturgy of the Eucharist, presented in the “Divine Liturgy”, or perhaps the Latin “Mass”, is good in content, if it conforms to the heart of scriptures. In any case, the rote performance, or the formal act of the liturgy in itself, is not the right of passage into the Holiest Place of the Lord God. But, says Adonai; He that puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, and shall inherit My holy mountain; And shall say: Cast you up, cast you up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of My people. For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose Name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, also with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Please See Isaiah 57 verse 14 thru 21 .) Without God's Spirit of Grace, how else can repentant people come together in Spirit and Truth, and give thanksgiving to God for His Great Sacrifice of the Love of His Son.
It is good that the liturgical structured order of service, provides consistently the Water of the Word of God, with the presentation of the Eucharistic Provisions of the bread and wine. Upon hearing the Word of Truth coupled with repentance, then the essential element of faith remains for the humble hearts and spirits of the celebrant and the people. This faith in the Word of God will influence God's Holy Spirit of Truth, and God will administer His Grace, even as by cleansing fire. Once again, it is not just the physical performance, and rote participation that brings the spiritual benefits of God's Grace, but one's true spiritual embracing within the heart, and the spirit of the mind, to believe in the true supernatural dimensions of God's Sacrament of Grace. In this faith of the believer, God's unseen Holy Spirit of Truth is present in the Communion Body and Life Blood of Jesus Christ, to bring the Life of His Spirit of Grace to the contrite hearts of the saved.
At the intimate Family Table of the Lord, there is no doubt that the Holy Spirit of all Truth, will be present in the unseen dimensions in the consecrated Water and Fruit of the Vine, and within the unleavened Bread, for those true humble hearts of renewed acceptance. It is in the dimensions of unfettered faith, that the Holy Spirit willingly accepts those hearts, and empowers them with the assurance of continuing Life in the Body of His Son. The Word "Logos" and the Spirit agree in the Blood, and the Sword of the Spirit will circumcise the hearts that are yielded to Him. But, let it not be this Word of the Lord for His people. “They do honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.” And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying: Read this, I pray thee: and he says, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. (Isaiah 29 verse 12 thru 14.)
If you revisit the visions and dreams of Holy Communion, then you will see that in the Lord's Holy Body, all that were saved, that is justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ our Righteousness, are present in the Communion Bread of Life. I do not believe there can be any distinction in time and space, as we know it, and certainly not in cultural denominations. Each member was fitly joined together in God's Love, as there was no separation in the unleavened Bread of Life, Who is the Lord Jesus Christ. But speaking the Truth in love, may we grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ Jesus: From Whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, making increase of the Body unto the edifying of itself in Love. (Ephesians 4 verse 15 thru 16.)
Many churches, when they have a form of communion, serve leavened bread, which in this case is probably symbolic of the spiritual state of a church laden with sin. If flesh and blood does not enter into the kingdom of God, then how can worship of God take place in Spirit and Truth, when only the flesh is seeking to be gratified with its own placating performance. (See 1st Corinthians 15 verse 50.)
NOTE 2018: This is an insertion to the original message from years past: After participating in a form of communion on a previous Sunday, I got an extraordinary correction from God's Spirit of Truth. The pastor, who did not know me, was offended in my position on Communion, and out of hand thought me to be a disrupting influence in his church. However, in a show of unity with the church, I participated in a communion service where the church provided leavened (yeasted) bread, which was to be for the representative members of the unleavened Body of Christ Jesus. A few days later I had a dream. I was in the church on the first Sunday of the month, and just before Communion was to begin, there was a piece of meat in my hands, which was to be consumed by all, but was set aside, as it appeared to be out of order. Double minded Man's mixed up ritual continued until I woke up. Upon reflection, I saw clearly that the meat represented the flesh of man, but I held only one supposition to what was being pictured. Initially, I saw that the monthly communion ritual of this non denominational church was performed as an open show of the flesh, and was consumed only to satisfy the flesh. 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 (to be) unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. (See 1st Corinthians 5 verse 6 thru 8.)
But then again, the flesh of even the saved is innately subject to an unruliness that God alone can see. (See Jeremiah 17 verse 9 thru 10.) Confession of the faults of the flesh is a prerequisite before we enter into God's presence. Without humility with repentance we will never come before the Face of Yahweh God Almighty. (See 2nd Chronicles 7 verse 13 thru 15.) Communion in the Body and Life Blood of Jesus Christ is of God's New Covenant Grace where His Holy Fire consumes away the dross of our confessed sins of the flesh that is against the Will of Almighty God. You and I are called too always serve the Almighty God in Spirit and Truth, and not the natural rule of man's flesh. In the whole of this Holy Matter of God's Grace in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, one of my many weaknesses was again manifested within me. Through experience in God's call, I have come to expect rejection, but nevertheless the exclusion is painful. But by the Grace of God here I am, and here I stand. On the first matter of the substance of Holy Communion, the Righteous Word of Yahweh God Almighty stands eternal. I will not make this mistake again to placate man's ignorance of the Holy. Consider also God's warning instructions: "You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread, or let the fat of My feast remain until the morning. (Exodus 23 verse 18.) No grain offering, which you bring to the LORD, shall be made with leaven, for you shall not offer up in smoke, any leaven or any honey as an offering by fire to the LORD. (See Exodus 29 verse 23 thru 25.) On the second matter, I have an understanding of the nature of sin that can so easily beset me in my self centered flesh. I am among the many with saving faith in the Infinitely Righteous Word of Jesus Christ, slain before the foundation of the world: Take and drink all of you. This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin.
The Eastern Orthodox Church completely dismisses the former scriptures, and predominately serves leavened bread as the Body of Jesus Christ. The error is compounded, in that the leavened bread is served with the Spirit's cleansing Life Blood of Jesus Christ. "You shall not offer the Blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread. Also of error, this church institution has mistakenly interpreted the Greek words for a loaf of bread, to be as a loaf of leavened bread, rather than a loaf of unleavened Matzo bread. The unleavened matzo, in the original Passover in Egypt, is symbolic of humility, and the unity of the people, who are prepared to follow the leading of the Lord, into His Covenant promise of deliverance. Even as this is true of the Passover matzo, so then is the consecrated unleavened Bread of Life, through the Holy Spirit, the spiritual humility that makes us One in the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Mediator between God and sinful man, is our Lord Jesus Christ, and it is His Perfect Love offering in His Life Blood, that binds His people together in His Love. (See Colossians 2 verse 2.) Leavened bread was served only on the Day of Pentecost. In this case, the leaven, in the baked bread, represented that God had giving the increase of the first fruits of His Son's sacrifice on the fifteenth day of Nisan, and now fifty days later, the Ecclesia of God, was the harvest of sinful souls, who would now feed of the unleavened Bread of Life. (See Leviticus 23 verse 16 thru 17.)
Moreover, Every grain offering of yours, you shall season with salt, so that the Salt of the Covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt. (Leviticus 2 verse 11 thru 13.) And Jesus says: For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his saltiness, wherewith will you season it? Have Salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. I AM the Vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing. (See Mark 9 verse 48 thru 50, and John 15 verse 5.) God demanded that salt, had to be added to all of the propitiating sacrifices of Israel. The salt was initially added by man, indicative of the seasoning that Israel would experience through their own sacrifices.
However, it is God alone, Who seasons our beginning faith and finished faith, with the fiery salt from His Sacrifice of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. God's Holy Spirit of Grace gives His people of faith the renewing seasoning Salt of His Son, Jesus Christ, that makes for our Covenant of Peace with God, and with each other. As men of faith, we were baptized into the sacrificial death and burial of Jesus Christ, by the Spirit of God, Who is One with the Fountain of Living Water that flowed from the side of Jesus Christ. If faith is disrupted into unbelief, then what good is a life that has no salt to persevere to the end. What is the seasoning of your faith? If God offers the Fiery Salt of His Son, as His gift of renewing Grace in Christ Jesus, are you going to refuse that Grace, and His discipline?
The Paschal Feast, in the Hebraic calendar is in the 1st month of Nisan, and would have taken place after sundown, the evening of the beginning of the day of the 15th. The Pascal feast would follow the first day of the seven day “Festival of the Unleavened Bread”, that began on Nisan the 14th, when the Lambs would have been slain for the family celebration of the Pascal Feast. Jesus, the complete Jew, also would have celebrated the Passover Feast with His Disciples, on Nisan the 15th. The scriptures make this clear. (See Matthew 26 verse 2, and verse 18,Mark 14 verse 14,Luke 22 verse 7 thru 12.) At the end of the dinner feast with the eating of the paschal lamb, Jesus now instituted His New Covenant Supper in the hidden Matzo bread, when He broke it, and then giving the Matzo to His disciples, He said: Take and eat, for this is My Body given for you. Then Jesus took the weine after dinner, and gave thanks to His Holy Father for the fruit of the vine, and then gave the cup to His disciples saying: Drink of it all of you; For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
The Living Bread that came down from Heaven, knew no sin, but for our sake, God made Him, Jesus Christ, to be our sin, and to suffer our death, to appease the wrath that Holy God Almighty has for the violence of sin, with its corruption of death. Because of our Lord's Perfect Love, trust and obedience to His Father, His Life Blood, given as a Holy offering for the sin of humanity, propitiated, or satisfied the absolute holy justice of His Father Yahweh. It took the holy, unleavened, sacrificial Life of Yeshuah the Messiah, the Incarnated Son of God, to satisfy the Holiness of the Almighty God. The first man, Adam, loved himself first, and committed treason against his Maker, and brought death to all of mankind, while the last man, Jesus Christ loved His Father perfectly, and gave His sinless Life, a ransom for the sins of the world. With His resurrection from death, Jesus showed that our sins, which demand death for all, could not hold our Lord, the Son of Man, because of the Holy perfection of His sacrificial Love. The perfection of His sacrificial Love, as the Son of Man, and the Son of God overcomes our human nature, born of sin and death.
In the living memorial of Holy Communion, His sinless Body is always to be presented to us, as the unleavened sacrificial Bread of Eternal Life. In this holy matter, the Eastern Orthodox and many other churches are in ignorance, as to what is right tradition, and provides a terrible spiritual misrepresentation of our Holy Lord, and His sinless resurrected Body. In the original Jewish Passover Seder, the house was searched and cleansed of all leaven, even before the lamb was slaughtered, roasted and then eaten. Likewise, we also must search our own selves, and begin the cleansing of the tabernacle of our hearts of the known leaven of idolatrous, and self serving sin, even of unbelief, giving it to the Lord Jesus Christ through our confession to Him. Now we are to partake of the Body and the New Covenant Sanctifying Blood of our Savior.
Yeast, in the strictest biblical sense, is analogous to sin with its corruption of life. Leaven, always puffs up the dough, and reveals separation and divisions in the baked bread. In leavened bread, various sized gaseous air pockets developed in the structure of the bread, that were produced from the fermentation of the introduced yeast. Where a little leaven enters into the mix of the dough, then the whole lump will be leavened. Because of the introduction of yeast into the unadulterated dough, and by its very nature of producing flatulence, all of the dough will be puffed up, and its structural fabric will be divided into individual little air pockets. When the dough is baked, is it bread? Yes in the natural sense only, but because of the added yeast, to the flour, the dough is now denatured, and the baked bread in this form is adulterated, and does not represent the purity of Jesus Christ. Paul says to the Church of Corinth: Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, for you are unleavened bread. For Christ (Who knew no sin) is our Passover (Lamb, Whose Holy Blood) is sacrificed for us (sinners). (For full context see 1st Corinthians 5 verse 6 thru 13.) Symbolically, like the gaseous fermentation of the introduced yeast in the dough, the yeast of sin remains present in our own flesh, and needs to be purged out so that we would be one lump of dough. If sin, with its unbelief, is present in a congregation, then the people will not be able to see through the fog of their own self justified understanding, and the fermentation of sin, will leave the church blinded to the supernatural complexity of the One Holy Bread of Life.
Christ Jesus is the true WORD of GOD, Whose perfection of Love overcomes our acknowledged puffed up sins of the flesh. On the occasion of his letter, Paul is judging both the Corinthian Church for its liberal pride, and the member they essentially condone for committing fornication by allowing him to partake in the Agape Feast. We believe that we are imparting spiritual clarity to Paul's scripture, for we will continue to speak to the church of her spiritual adultery and fornications with the world of yesterday and today, and of her need to repent, and return to the Lord Jesus Christ, as a chaste bride, purchased by His Holy Life Blood.
It is only by Holy God's grace that we, as ground wheat, are enjoined to the unleavened bread of heaven, Jesus Christ. Jesus, in His High Priestley intercession to His Father, prays that all who are called out of sin's control, the Ecclesia, are to be of one heart, even as He and His Father are One, and that the Ecclesia would be one in Them.
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Quite a number of years ago, I attended a sectional convention being held in our community for pastors of the Assembly of God. The primary charismatic speaker was there, too encourage and challenge the pastors to speak the Word of God with power and conviction. The message was very good, except for two things. It implied that the pastors were the glue that held the congregations together, and if any lasting revival came, it would come through the pastors. I very much appreciated the zeal that the brother put forth in his speech that was designed to provoke the other pastors to lead their congregations in a forth right manner. However, as important as the Gospel messengers are, they are not the glue for the Body of Jesus Christ. God forbid that this idolatrous notion should continue, for their love is insufficient for the whole, and at best is only a reflection of God's Love that changed their own existence from one of death, to that of Life in Christ Jesus.
We can all agree that Godly instructions and corrections, coming from assembly leadership, are an important necessity for the people of God. But unfortunately, in most evangelical churches, the pulpit has become a place of idolatry. It is center stage and the people gather around to hear the pulpit speak. In general, this production of idolatry is perpetuated from the pulpit, by the voice of the pulpit, and the two are synonymous. In this setting, the pastors are the center of attention, and have displaced the worship of God in Spirit and Truth. The pastors project their own changeable bias in the cultural agenda for the growth of their individual church, and thereby are missing God's greater picture that He designed for the wholeness of all of the individual members in the Body of Jesus Christ.
We speak of the Body of Christ, but negate God's design in the Body's functionality. As an example, another pastor was so sure of his position of pastor that he said; if God desired to speak to or correct the church, God would tell him first. I asked him if God had ever spoken to him in dreams? He said he doesn't dream because he doesn't remember ever having dreamed. The man was mistaken in the workings of his own body, let alone the working of the Body of Christ Jesus. For He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: (Ephesians 4 verse 11 thru 12.) The lack or impairment of one necessary function in the body, diminishes the functions of others, and thereby affecting the wholeness of the body.
All things begin with God, and because God is Love, then it is the Spirit of God's Love alone, Who draws us into the Body of Christ, where His Love through His Spirit of Grace is to bind us together as one heart. It is the Perfect Love of God through His Holy Spirit in His Son Jesus the Messiah that cements each of the members' hearts together as One in Christ Jesus. Hear again Jesus praying to His Father: I have declared unto them Thy Name, and will declare it: that the Love wherewith Thou hast Loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17 verse 26.) And Paul writes of an understanding of that Greater Love: Therefore speaking the Truth in Love, we may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ: From Whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, which makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in Love/Agape. (Ephesians 4 verse 15 thru 16.) For the Love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that He died for all, that they, which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. (2nd Corinthians 5:14.) So we, being many, are One Body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Romans 12 verse 5.) Therefore, from the least to the greatest, none of us have arrived on our own, for we are all dependent upon God's New Covenant Grace in Christ Jesus, and in need of His repair of our own individual spiritual heart. God's Covenant Grace begins with our confession of need, and repentance from our self centered faults, and then the error is covered with God's cleansing New Covenant Communion Blood of Christ Jesus. Shall we not have confidence in God's correcting Love for us in Christ Jesus? For John writes for our sanctification: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. For if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
But, those protesting Pastors, who speak out against what they consider to be the dull spiritless liturgical services of communion, have in hypocrisy, created their own dull corporate religion, structured on self gratification being featured with a few edifying songs, the collection of money, and a meeting around the pulpit speaker. With their acquired religious philosophy and informality with the Holy, the protesting pastors in their ignorance of the Power of the Word of creation, have in their philosophical doctrinal error of symbolism, collectively voided the Covenant Words of Jesus Christ for all of His disciples. So then: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God and has counted the Blood of the Covenant, wherewith he was [being] sanctified, a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews10 verse 29.) The Word of God, at His Table of Grace, is not in a symbolic gesture or metaphor, but is in the Power of the Word of God, Himself, to deliver the Creator's substance of faith into the Personal Provisions of His spoken Word, given for the spiritual edification of His people in need of His Grace. And when Jesus had gathered unto Himself His disciples at the Pascal Feast, He said: "Drink all of you; for this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin."
The Eternal Word of God, created the
substance of all things in His universe,
In the first century church, the gathering together was called the Agape Feast, and the Lord's Body and Blood should only be received by baptized believers. Today's Table setting, with the Lord's Holy Word of Sanctified Provisions, should be the same as the first century church, and only be given to the Lord's covenant people, who profess their faith in the Word of God. We are all forgetful hearers, but Gods' Spirit of Holiness illuminates our Faith so that we would understand that the unseen Presence of the Lord God, and His loving mercy and forgiveness, would be with us in the receiving through the Spirit of God the New Covenant Provisions of Life in Christ's Sanctifying Body and Blood. This Holy Table is only for the Lord's new and older disciples, who have followed the Lord into the baptism into His death, and understand that they have risen together into His One Holy Body, through the resurrection power of God's Holy Spirit of binding Love.
Therefore, if it were possible for revival to come through the pulpit preachers, then first they will have to confess their own heresies of unbelief and other sins of self serving flesh that brings forth death. Then secondly, they need to establish the efficacy of the Real Provisions of the New Covenant of God, and to receive of the Blood of Jesus Christ in faith, which will begin to bring to a death and obliteration of their own sins that are shackled to their self idolatry. (See 1st John 1 verse 6 thru 10.) No flesh shall glory in the Presence of the Lord. (See 1st Corinthians 1 verse 18 thru 31.) But as it is written, he that glories, let him glory "in" the Lord. For you are "in" Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us Wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption.
The pastors must decrease, even as
we all must decrease, so that there would be the supreme increase of Jesus
Christ in the Life of the church. In our Communion with the Lord Jesus Christ,
we must wait on the Lord in our prayerful supplications, and Worship of God, so
that the Perfect Love of Christ Jesus, may increase the effectual workings of His Body of
believers on earth. It is only then that the Holy Spirit of Prophecy will
begin to make alive, and to prosper abundantly all hearts, within the midst of
the One Body of Jesus Christ, thereby bearing the Fruit of His Spirit. The
Spirit of prophecy is the Spirit of Jesus Christ, and the Word of our God is
fertile in the abundance of the Power of Love and of Life, which is to be
received within the heart of the thoughts of the mind and spread abroad within the soul of our being.
Do not be deceived! Because of the
deceit and darkness of unconfessed sin, we walk in darkness, and are liars to the
Truth in God. Seeing and examining the Truth in John's letter; --- If the Truth
is not in us; because of sin, --- and His Word is not in us, because of sin: ---
then Jesus and the Holy Spirit is without, knocking at the entrance of the heart
with His provisions of Communal supper. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:
be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any
man hear My Voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with
him, and he with Me.
verse 19 thru 20.)
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The Infinitely Holy God, so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Holy Son, to be lifted up on a cross, bearing the sins of the world, so that whosoever believes in His Son, being the incarnate Son of Man, should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Holy Son into the world to condemn a sinful world; but that the world through His beloved Son might be saved. In the Garden of Eden, with the rebellion of Man/Adam against his Creator, humanity has chosen to serve themselves, according to their own individual understanding, of what is good and evil. It is hard to conceive within our self righteous, and self seeking minds, that in a rash moment of time, we could be any thing, but right in our thoughts and actions. However, that is the dilemma of self made little gods, that can neither change the color of their skins, nor the length of their days. But the Son of God has come into this dying world, so that the willful self serving hearts of mankind, might be changed to serve the God of the Living. The Life of mankind, came in the flesh, as the Son of Man, to resurrect the dead of mankind into the love of His Father, so that they may live freely in the kingdom of God, and serve the Lord God of the Living, with gladness and joy of heart.
Adam, the first earthly son of God, committed high treason in choosing to serve himself; and his own darkened wisdom, supplanted the love and trust of his God that made him. The second Adam, Jesus Christ, came as a Son that loved His father above all things, even unto suffering a death for all the self serving sins of mankind. He came to show us the heart of His Father, and to lead us, as children, sons and daughters back into the expanse of the Love that surpasses human understanding. Behold, what manner of Love/Agapao the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not. (1st John 3 verse 1.)
The innocent Lord Jesus, on the night before He went to the cross, to die a death for mankind's sin, He instituted the New Covenant in His Blood, and concluded His Passover discourse, with His priestly prayer that is found in John 17:
These words spoke Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal Life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is Life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gave Me to do.
And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine Own Self with the Glory which I had with Thee before the world was. I have manifested Thy Name unto the men which Thou gave Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gave them Me; and they have kept Thy Word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the Words which Thou gave Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I AM glorified in them. And now I AM no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own Name those Whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be One, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy Name: those that Thou gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Thy Word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that Thou should take them out of the world, but that Thou should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I AM not of the world. Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth. As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the Truth.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the Glory which Thou gave Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in One; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast Loved them, as Thou hast Loved Me. Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I AM; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me; for Thou Loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee: but I have known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me. And I have declared unto them Thy Name, and will declare it; that the Love wherewith Thou hast Loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
The Lord's high priestly prayer of intersession, for Himself, His disciples and for His future followers, begs several vital questions, whose answers can only be seen in the Spirit of God's Glorious Light. The Lord Jesus prays to receive of the Glory that His Holy Father has within Himself, and that He, would return to His Father's Glory, even as it was from the beginning. What was His Father's Glory? Was not that Glory, the Holy Spirit of His Father God Almighty, Who is Life Himself, and Whose essence of Life and Holiness proceeds from Him, the Father of Spirits. (See Hebrews 12 verse 8 thru 10.) When did the Lord Jesus give His gathered disciples the Glory that His Father had given Him? Sanctify them by Your Truth. Your Word is Truth. Jesus the Christ of God, is the Word of God and the Incarnate Truth of His Father, and The Truth came to the earth to separate earthly man from their damnable sins of the flesh, for He became Father God's Sacrifice for His Word of Holiness. Is not the Glory, that Jesus gave His Disciples, present at this same last Passover meal that He, the Eternal Word of Truth presided over? The Promised Glory of the Holy Spirit was yet to fully come, but the disciples received the hope of the Promise, when they ate and drank of the Lord's Word Sanctioned Provisions of His Body, through His New Covenant sanctifying Life Blood. The Christ of God Almighty was crucified before the foundation of the world. Amen, Amen, I say unto you! Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you have no Life in you. It is the Spirit that makes alive; the flesh profits nothing: the Words that I speak unto you, They are Spirit, and They are Life.
Consider the Heart of the matter of Life. Was not that Glory, the Glory of the same Holy Spirit of Life that was One with the Spirit of the Father's Son, and the same Holy Spirit raised up the lifeless body of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead? As the Living Father has sent Me, and I live by the Father: So he that eats of Me, even he shall live by Me. The Words that I speak unto you, They are Spirit, and They are Life.
Consider again, was not that Glory, the same Spirit of Life that is One with the Water, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, that was poured out for the sins of the world? (See The Fountain of Living Water.) Amen, Amen, I say unto you! He that hears My Word, and believes on Him that sent Me, has everlasting Life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto Life! Drink of this cup all of you. This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is poured out for many for the remission of sin. Do this in remembrance of Me! The Words that I speak unto you, They are Spirit, and they are Life.
When we eat and drink of the Lord's sanctified provisions within the Infinite God's spiritual dimensions of the bread and wine, we eat of Jesus' Body and drink in of the Living Spirit of His Blood, so that we, who are enjoined to the Body of Christ, would be of One Spirit with the Son of God, Who is One Spirit with His Father. Jesus Christ, the Son of Adam, would sanctify, that is to set apart completely the flesh of His humanity, even that of His human will. Witness that hours before His crucifixion, Jesus, on the Mount of Olives, prays: Father, If Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: Nevertheless not My Will, but Thy Will be done. Jesus, the man, in His Love and trusting obedience, always followed the lead of the Spirit of His Father, even though He knew that God's will would climax with His crucifixion on the cross for our sins. Jesus, fully trusted His Holy Father's Will, even at the moment of His death: Father into Thy hands, I commit My Spirit. In the end, the physical life of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, succumbs to the sins of the world, but three days later, His same human body is resurrected in the Glory of His Father God. Because of His absolute Love and obedience to the Will of His Father, the Spirit of Jesus, even as the Son of Adam, became truly One, with the Glory of the Holy Spirit of His Father God. When the members, who identify with the Lord's Body, receive of the Lord's New Covenant Blood, we also should be saying in trusting obedience: Holy Father, not the will of my flesh be done, but let the will of Your Holy Spirit be done in me!
And the Glory, which Thou gave Me, I have given them: that they may be ONE, even as WE are ONE: I in them, and Thou in Me that they all may be ONE: as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be ONE in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. But, how do we honor the Lord in His Priestly Prayer, and become one? It is an impossibility for all of us shortsighted little gods while we are yet serving our individual selves. But when the little gods realize that they are not in control, and the life they have in the flesh is fleeing from them, then there is the possibility for the real solidarity, through the Glorious Gift, and leading of the One Holy Spirit of God. For It is not by power nor by might, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Host. He that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit. (1st Corinthian 6 verse 17.) You can do nothing without Me. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (See Romans 8 verse 13 thru 17.) For God is Love, and in His Love there is no darkness at all. I have declared unto them Thy Name, and will declare it: that the Love wherewith Thou hast Loved Me may be in them, and I in them. How remarkable that the Almighty God, Loves each one of the Lord's faithful believer's, even as He has Loved His only Begotten Son. If we are abiding in God's Love, then we are living in the Light of the Spirit of God, with the revelation of the Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ. The revelation of God's unsurpassable Love, is through His Holy Spirit, Who enables us to be conformed into the glorious likeness of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
If we were all joined unto the Lord through the Holy Spirit, then we would be knitted together, as one in the Love of God, where we would be esteeming one another, and seeing the vitality that each individual brings to the Lord's ministry of reconciliation. The problem remains in our flesh. We the church, in our carnal, historical, religious states of Roman Catholic and Protestant separations, wrought through the violence of men, obviously are not one with each other in God's Love, but are ruled by the philosophical and shortsighted unction of man, and not the unction through the Holy Spirit of God. When the Holy Spirit is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of God's judgment. (See John 16 verse 7 thru 15.) For when the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all Truth. The Roman Catholic Church, became dismissive of the Blood of the Covenant, and invented transubstantiation for their own expedient will. The Evangelical Protestants became dismissive of Holy Communion, for they thought it was an invention within the errors of the Roman Catholic Church. The evangelicals completely misinterpret the Letter to the Hebrews to their own hurt and those sitting under their gospel.
But in the Spirit of Truth, the unleavened Holy Bread of the Lord speaks of our being One, within our Lord Jesus Christ and His Body, because each individual member, who repents of their own sins, will be sanctified or cleansed by the Spirit of the Holy Blood of the New Covenant. So then for a certainty, we have not understood the unseen essential Glory of God's Perfect Love, in the Communion Cup of Blessing that speaks both of the death of our sin, through God's reproving Spirit, and also, our peace with God, and with each other, through God's same Holy Spirit of Love. For we have come "to Jesus, the mediator of a New Covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks more eloquently than that of Able." (Hebrews 12 verse 24.) God does not give His Glory to another, but His Glory is in His Son Jesus Christ, and also in those who are within His Son, our Savior and Lord.
The time is now come, for the whole Church to remember her First Love, and for the Bride to sanctify herself into Jesus' with His mediating Blood, as through the washing and cleansing by the Spirit of the Word of God. On this earth, we of the church body, are to represent to the unredeemed world the One Body of Jesus Christ, as living sacrifice of love and humility. And that Love is of the Spirit of God, and we are to remember that we are absolutely dependent upon that Same Holy Spirit of Grace, for the Spirit and the Water and the Blood are ONE.
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Repent and believe the Word of the Lord.
After His resurrection from the dead on the first day of the week, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to His disciples:
Then Jesus opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them: Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And [Also] that repentance and [also, even, indeed] remission of sins should be preached in (the Authority of) His Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. (Luke 24 verse 45 thru 48.)
We can witness from scripture that after the Lord's resurrection from the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ commanded that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name. His Name is Salvation/Yeshua. God is not mocked: If there is No repentance from sin, then there is No remission of sin through the Salvation Blood of Jesus/Yeshua, the Christ of God.
And then at His ascension, when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to His disciples with the doubters, He said:
All Power is given unto Me in heaven and earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have Commanded you: And, lo, I AM with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (See Matthew 28 verse 16 thru 20.)
And the Word and the Truth that is the Lord Jesus Christ said: All Power is given unto Me in heaven and earth. What the Lord may have been lacking in power, as the Son of Man, was rightly restored to Him as the obedient Word and resurrected Son of His Father God. For unto the Son, the Almighty says: Thy Throne, O God, is for ever and ever: A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. All things in heaven and earth are obedient to the Word of the Son of God. Why then do you doubt, you of little faith. If one is in unbelief in the Power of the Universe, then how can they teach the baptized to observe all that the Truth of God has Commanded them teach? If you Love Me then keep My Commandments. At the Passover feast of Unleavened Bread, the Lord of our Salvation, inaugurated His Father's Word in Communion with His Spirit of Grace: This IS My Body given for you! This IS My Blood of the New Covenant that IS shed for many for the remission of sin.! For Thou Lord, in the beginning has laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Thy Hands. They shall perish, but Thou shall remain, and Thy years shall not fail. (See Hebrews 1 verse 1 thru 14.) Are you yet in unbelief; and teach others your unbelief ?
Let's seek to clarify the eyesight of our hearts with the salve of God's Spirit. We'll begin with the beginnings of the Ecclesia of God in Jerusalem. At this starting point we might better understand the reasons for some of the early success of the church. The physician, Luke, writes to the most excellent Theophilus, of the Gospel Good News of the Salvation of man through the Man Christ Jesus, and again Luke addresses Theophilus in his letter called the Book of Acts. (See Luke 1 verse 1 thru 4, and Acts 1 verse 1 thru 5.) It is thought that in addressing Theophilus, as the, "most excellent", that Theophilus, perhaps of Greek nationality, may have been a Roman official, and also a recent catechumen, through his hearing of the Word of God. It would appear, because of his influential position, that Theophilus needed a fuller written account of the earthly ministries of Jesus the Christ of God, and those of His Ecclesia (church), who were being empowered with the Love of God through God's Holy Spirit.
In the Book of Acts, Luke writes of the Apostle Peter's exhortations at Pentecost, with his calling for the repentance of all of those who were in the hearing, and then for all of them to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sin, and then you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit. (See Acts 2 verse 38 thru 41.) The following scripture from Luke's book of Acts, chapter 2 verse 42, should be considered, as all conclusive for the edification of the Body of Christ Jesus, and not parceled out individually, as sufficient at each conjunction of the English word, "and", but maintained in its combined logical and spiritual order. So then, let us consider the English transliteration of verse 42: And they continued "steadfastly" in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of [unleavened] bread, and in prayers. When viewing verse 42 in Greek: ἦσαν δὲ προσκαρτεροῦντες τῇ διδαχῇ τῶν ἀποστόλων καὶ τῇ κοινωνίᾳ καὶ τῇ κλάσει τοῦ ἄρτου καὶ ταῖς προσευχαῖς; there are two primary things to be noted in this scripture.
First, as the word steadfastly, προσκαρτερέω, would signify, the whole essence of the passage was continually one progressive thought, to be maintained within the minds of the members of the Body of Christ for its total conception of doctrine. The conjoined sentence was to be maintained all together, as one essence, for the enrichment of the Ecclesia in its worshipful service to God. Indeed: The hour comes and now is that the true worshipers, shall worship the Father in Spirit and Truth: --- God is Spirit and they that worship Him MUST worship Him in Spirit and Truth. (See John 4 verse 22 thru 24.)
Secondly, the Greek conjunction καὶ translated in English as, "and", would amplify the same unity of steadfast thought, for the Greek conjunction καὶ according to Strong's G2532, is a primary particle, having a copulative, and sometimes also a cumulative force. Therefore Acts 2 verse 42 is a copulative or conjoined sentence, arriving at one cumulative doctrinal force from the Spirit of God.
Whose doctrinal Word is it, in the first place? The Doctrine of the apostles, is the Doctrine of Jesus Christ, and the Doctrine of Jesus Christ is His Holy Father's Doctrine, Who sent His Word and Son into this world, so that through faith in Him, a people might be saved and sanctified in the Truth of God's Salvation Word. (See again "My Doctrine is not Mine".) The Lord Jesus Christ, was the True Unleavened Bread of Heaven, Who came down to become the incarnate Son of Man. At the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Jesus Christ the Son of Adam/Man, having given thanks to His Father God, then broke the unleavened bread, and gave it to those of His remaining 11 disciples, and said to them: Take and eat: This is My Body given for you.
There are several other possibilities we need to consider:
Vanity, vanity, all the days of man's life on this earth are full of vanity. We desire what is necessary to sustain our own lives, and therefore if we pray to God then it is for our own sake. Such is our interpretation of the Lord's Prayer. But Jesus introduces us to a manner of prayer that begins its focus on His Holy Father, the Almighty God Who dwells in a High and Holy Place, and also speaks of His Holy Name that is defiled in the vanity of man kind. Actually the Holy Name of the Creator of all things is not given a mention in the interpreted writings of the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are called, by Jesus, to pray that the Will of His Father would be done on earth as it is done in Heaven. The will of sin is done on the earth, but not the Holy Will of Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty. Therefore, the petition of faith is that Holy Father Yahweh God would give us our needful daily Bread of His Son Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life Who came down from His Father's Kingdom. For it was the Will of His Father God that His Word would come down to earth to become for us the Son of Man and the expiation of the will of sin within our human lives. Now with our faith in the Will of Almighty God, we eat of the Bread of Life and also seek remission for the sins of our self centered flesh through His sacrificial Blood of Life. However, the expiation of confessed sin is dependent upon us forgiving those who trespass against our own person.
God is our Provider, and He knows what are needs are in this life. (See Matthew 6 verse 30 thru 34.) But, Holy Yahweh presents, through His Spirit of Grace, the necessary Food that sustains the new Life that is in Christ Jesus. Jesus the Word of God says: I AM that Bread of Life. I AM the Living Bread which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever: The Bread that I will give is My Flesh, which I will give for the Life of the world. (See John 6 verse 48 thru 51.) Without living faith in Christ Jesus, the world is perishing right before our eyes, and if our hearts remain fixed on the cares of this world, then we also will perish. Jesus says to His disciples: Deny yourselves (of your selfish desires of this world) and take up your cross daily and follow Him. (Matthew 16 verse 24.)
All of us are forgetful in the daily denial of ourselves, but God is our Faithful Sustainer on our journey through this earthly life, and His Covenant Provisions in His Son are available for us when we stumble and fall out of the Way of Life. When the lust of sin has taken our eyes off of Jesus, and we travel out of the Way, and stumble over the sin and fall down, then the sin that has created acknowledged pain in our flesh requires the cleansing and debridement of the flesh by the Spirit of God. You may run a race for awhile on your own strength, but it is foolish to run Life's distance race with patience without the needful direction corrections that point to the straight Way of Christ, and the receiving of His Life sustaining nourishments administered by the Spirit of God, Who will see us to the very end of the journey. It is very good that God's Covenant renewal is available for us every day so that we run the race with confidence. All along the Way we can be nourished by the Spirit's Unleavened Bread of Heaven, Who became the Son of Man, and we can drink of the Son of Man's Life sustaining Covenant Blood that is a wellspring of Life from the Spirit of Life. For we being many are one Bread, and one Body: for we are all partakers of that one Bread. (See 1st Corinthians 10 verse 15 thru 17.)
Those who are born of the one Spirit of the Almighty God, with their maturation through the grace of God, would understand the irrevocable Truth of the Words of the Lord's Christ. The Life Blood, with the Soul of Jesus, the Son of Man, was sacrificed on the cross, and poured out of His Body, for the sins of the world. God's holy sacrifice of His incarnate Holy Word, being the Loving and obedient Son of Man, was sufficient for all time. It would take the sacrifice of the Perfect Love of the Son of Adam, born of the seed of the WoMan, to satisfy God's Spirit of Holiness. Faith in God's all sufficient sacrifice of His Holy Son, justifies the believer. Nevertheless, those disciples that are baptized into the New Covenant, still need the cleansing Communion Blood and Water of the Spirit, to wash their flesh of its own self idolatry, so that the believers would be of the One Body of Christ, being perfected in the Love of God. (See The Soul and the Life.)
We see in the early church that the first born children of the Ecclesia of Jerusalem, were meeting in their homes, where the redeemed souls, being of like salvation mind, were all participating in the doctrine, or teachings of the Apostles of Christ Jesus, and as such were having the fullness of fellowship (koinonia) in the Word of the Lord. The Apostles, no doubt were preaching repentance from sin's entanglements, and Salvation grace through Messiah Yeshuah (Christ Jesus). But, what is not so clear, is that the Ecclesia are having the fullness of fellowship, with the precedence being set by the Apostle's full doctrine of Jesus Christ. Those who were baptized into the cleansing water of the Spirit for past sins, were now permitted to participate in the breaking and eating of the unleavened matzo bread, being the Word sanctified Body of Christ Jesus. With the Ecclesia's thanksgiving to God, and their spiritual blessing with the Words of the Lord, the wine was sanctified, that is set apart by the Holy Spirit, to be the Life Blood of Jesus Christ. (See 1st Corinthian 10 verse 16 thru 17.) With the eating of the Bread of Life, and the drinking of the Cup of Blessing, the Ecclesia, being in the unity of the Holy Spirit, could boldly come into the holiest place of the throne room of God, presenting their intercessory prayers and supplications, before Yahweh God, the Almighty. (See Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 23.)
We can do nothing without the Lord Jesus Christ, Who wills to strengthen His Ecclesia in the Spirit of Truth, but unbelief prevents His Blessings. If you will excuse the words "pattern or tradition", then this is what is precisely portrayed in this passage, and should be exercised in sequential order, every time the Church (Ecclesia) would gather together, in the Spirit and Truth of the Word of God. Jesus, the Christ of God made the following provocative statement to the Jewry of that day, and it continues to resonate in Truth now and forever, in spite of the unbelief of the people who say, they are of faith. Witness the first 2 distinct verses of Truth from John 6; I AM the Bread of Life: He that eats of this Bread shall live forever. And now again John 6 verse 53: Amen, Amen, I say to you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you have no Life in you; And then verse 56, it is written: He that eats of My flesh, and drinks My Blood, dwells in Me and I in him. How long will the believer dwell in the Spirit of Life, and the Spirit of Life indwell the believer?
Now, please consider how the afore mentioned scripture, of Acts 2 verse 42, and the accompanying thoughts will blend together with Acts chapter 2 verse 46 thru 47: And they, continuing daily with one accord in the "temple", and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat [being the nourishing provisions from the Spirit of Christ] with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily, such as should be saved. Witness an obvious observation to these scriptures: The Lord did not add to the "religious of the temple", but He added those being saved, even from the religious of the temple, to the Ecclesia, who were breaking bread [unleavened], as in Communion, from house to house, and became full of the joy of the Lord. And the Word of the Lord increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a great company of the [Levitical] priest were obedient to the faith. (Acts 6 verse 7.) Now in conjunction, please consider the Lord's Words from the sermon on the mount: Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness: For they shall be filled. (Please see all of Matthew 5 verse 2 thru 12.) It was not their stomachs of flesh that were being filled with gladness and singleness of heart: But it was their redeemed souls, rejoicing in the Spirit of God! For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. (Galatians 5 verse 22 thru 23.)
The newly birthed Ecclesia, knew the Lord in His breaking of the bread! This is the partaking of the unleavened Bread of Life, given for us, where God's Holy Spirit of Truth, sets apart the matzo (unleavened bread) and the wine with water, to be for His set apart people, the Body and sanctifying Blood of the New Covenant of the promise of Life in Christ. As the living Father has sent Me, and I live by the Father: So he that eats of Me, even he shall live by Me. (John 6 verse 57.) The One Holy Spirit from the Living God, is our Helper through this earthly life; and as our Advocate before God, He will reprove His people of their sins. We need the True Nourishment of the sanctifying Life that God's Holy Spirit provides in the Blood of Jesus Christ, to enable each one of us, to be His witnesses of that Resurrection Life within our Savior. Self idolatrous sin, begets death, but the sanctifying Blood of Christ that the Holy Spirit of God, gives to the humble members of His Body, is the covering Love of God for His absent minded children of faith, and is the outright antidote for our confessed sins of death. In the early home churches of Jerusalem, the fellowship in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, indeed strengthened the new disciples within their inner beings, so that they could go together in one accord, with one voice to the Temple, to be a witness of God's life saving goodness in their collective lives. Obviously, the early Ecclesia had the leadership of the Lord's Apostles, and of those brothers and sisters that followed faithfully in the Apostles instructions for Life in the Lord. Indeed, some planted the Seed of Life, some watered, but God gives the increase. So then, in the breaking of the Bread, the disciples were continuing daily in the (koinonia, fellowship, communion) not just with themselves, but within the Presence of the Word of the Lord, with His Spirit of Truth that binds them together in His Love.
However, even in the early church, the spirit and prince of iniquity was quick at work, to plant his heresies into the minds of man, even damnable ones, to sidetrack the early believers, and induce them to continue to eat of the human philosophy that flourishes from the beguiling serpent's twisted Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. In the Garden of Eden, Satan planted the will of self serving sin and determination into the mind of man, corrupting God's directives for man's food supply, and today, he continues to confuse the Ecclesia, concerning God's provisions for abundant Life in Christ Jesus.
The Word of God that stands forever says: Man does not eat of bread only, but by every Word that comes forth from the Mouth of God. Therefore, Jerusalem's new disciples in Christ Jesus were not going from house to house, and having a bring your own breakfast, lunch or dinner. No! This notion was given root from the wisdom of the spirit of this world, being perpetuated by the spirit of anti-Christ. Immediately, Satan began to feed portions of the church, such as the ones at Corinth, with the false conception that their fellowship together, was with the filling of their bellies with vittles and drinks, that would eventuate into today's pot luck dinners. The breaking of bread, as referencing the eating of food together, is not the fellowship that the Ecclesia were to have, in the refreshing by the Spirit of Christ. Hear Paul's rebuke to the Corinthian Church; This is not the Lord's supper that you are eating! For in eating every one takes before another, his own supper; and one remains hungry, and another is drunk. What? Have you not houses to eat and to drink in; or despise you the Church of God, and shame them that have not? Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not! Paul in his admonishments to the Corinthian church, previously wrote: I speak as to wise men: Judge you what I say. The Cup of Blessing which we bless, is it not the Communion of the Blood of Christ? The Bread which we break, is it not the Communion of the Body of Christ? They are rhetorical questions that can only be answered by spiritually wise men with a resounding, Yes, Amen! Paul, the wise master builder, establishes his missionary work on the foundation of the Rock of Jesus Christ, for the Rock of the Word of God said: Take and eat; for this is My Body that is given for you. And then the Word of God said of the cup: Drink all of you; For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin. (See 1st Corinthians 11 verse 23 thru 30.)
The Person of Truth speaks to us, in the Breaking of the True Bread that came down from heaven to be made the flesh of Man/Adam, that when eating in faith of the True Bread of Heaven, that the Spirit fills the souls of the saved members with the real substance of the Spiritual Body of the Son of Man. Then, in the drinking of the Spirit's Life, giving in the New Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, now the confessed unfruitful workings of one's flesh, are put at naught, as if they did not happen. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to remit our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make God to be a liar, and His Word is not in us. (John 1 verse 8 thru 10.)
Today, true leadership of the flock of God, would do well to repent of their own faulty thinking, and to follow the pattern of Acts 2 verse 42. The Truth that the Spirit of God provides in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, is for the spiritual health and vitality of the Ecclesia of the New Covenant, who by faith are sealed in the Blood of the Son of Man, Who is the incarnate and eternal Son of God. But, if that leadership is presently lacking, or seemingly stunted in spiritual growth, because of man's imposed tradition, then it could be presumed that the Spirit of God, is waiting for our repentance from the makings of our own confusion. If the leadership of your church setting, is not in the Spirit of Acts 2 verse 42 thru 47, and is flawed in ecclesial tradition, or remains engrossed in their ingrained traditional idea of church, centered around a pulpit, then the members of the Ecclesia need to honor God first in His Word of Truth, and grow in the grace of the fullness of the Body of Christ Jesus. So then, perhaps in the beginnings of a home fellowship, centered in Christ Jesus, it may be necessary for the baptized head, and spiritually matured priest of the household, to gather often during the week with his spouse and responsible children, to glorify the Lord, with the partaking of the provisions of the Body and the sanctifying Blood of His Spirit. The Lord is the One, Who will add brothers and sisters to the saved members of His Body.
Now, for those who are baptized in Christ Jesus, but are out of a church setting, because of your own disbelief and hypocrisy, or perhaps there are those who are frustrated with an institutional church, because of obvious licentious and heretical teaching, there is a good solution. It becomes incumbent upon you, to find at least one more baptized person, seeking the Love of God and His Truth, so that in the humility of true repentance from the deceitful lies of sin, you may begin to have Holy Communion together, with His real Life provisions from His Holy Spirit of Truth. In our Communion with the Lord we, as His redeemed people, are to wait upon the Almighty in worship, and the following prayers of expectancies, that will give birth to the cleansing Power of His Love. The Lord is the Life and the Resurrection of those, who having died in Him, are being made freed from the will of sin and death, through their turning away from their former willful sins, and partaking of the Lord's Covenant Provisions that are with Him in Spirit and Truth. But if we say that that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. For if we walk in the light, as He is in the Light, then we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1st John 1 verse 8 thru 9 with the light of verse 7.) God is faithful, by Whom we were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1st Corinthian 1 verse 9.) Brought to true repentance by the Spirit of God and being cleansed by Salvation's New Covenant Blood through the same Holy Spirit, we should extend our prayers of thanksgiving and expectations through the Spirit of God for the renewing and reviving grace of God Almighty's good will towards us, and for the Life of all those whom the Lord will add to the Body of His Son.
Do to our true participation in our fellowship within the Body, and the cleansing Blood of Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus will begin to remove the impediments of confessed sins and fears of unbelief. Then when He begins to strengthen His people in the Perfection of His Love, we would suggest that you together, as a small band of living members, armed with the Truth of the one Spirit, of the one Body of Christ Jesus, find a place where people are gathered in His Name, but are lacking in the knowledge of God's grace and strength of understanding, that He has given to you with His nourishment through the Spirit of His Holiness. Now being found in the freedom of the Lord's Body, fitted together in the bonds of His Love, even a Love that brings chastening correction, you can be a witness to the strength of His Word of Truth. Now, with the continued renewing of a mind that is centered in the Truth of Christ Jesus, you may be able to give from your heart that Love from the Spirit of God that He has bestowed upon you and that is in you. The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even to Ithiel (God is with me) and Ucal (I am strong): Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. (found in Proverbs 30.)
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It begins with Saving Faith, in The Foundational WORD of GOD, Jesus Christ, THE
FOUNTAIN OF ABSOLUTE TRUTH. Our human nature, likes the titles and
distinctions of an office, that elevates our own self worth. Now
there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There is the
One Holy Spirit of God, and He gives the needful gifts of the Body to Whom He
chooses, for the
single purpose of building up the Body of believers in the Love of God.
And so, the one who writes this letter, is an insignificant part of the Body of Jesus Christ, but nevertheless, his credentials are in the sanctifying Blood of the Lamb of God. And by God's saving grace, Robert Glenn Pratten, son of Robert and Jenelle, has been given an understanding of the Body, and knows that its Life and defenses are in the Spirit of the Life Blood of the Lamb of God, Who was the Son of Man, Who is the Son of God. I was called by the Lord Himself, our High Priest, into a necessary function of the Body, like a monocyte (a watchman) in the immune defenses of the elemental and spiritual Body of Jesus Christ on this earth.
Therefore, if the Church, the true Ecclesia, is to be holy revived, then first, She will remember Her covenant relationship to God, is in the Holy Life Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Then, we will have to acknowledge to God, that we, as the Church, have played the harlot, and made friends with the world, and that our carnal Babylonian nature, needs to be put to death through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Yes, even that Holy Communion Blood, which is sanctioned by the Living Word of the Lord Jesus Christ, "This is MY Blood of the New Covenant, given for many for the remission of sin". In so doing, then the leaven of heresy, and the idolatrous teachings of self-gratification, and the acceptance of the carnal, and the violence of sin, will begin to be purged from Her midst. Absolutely, there will be upheaval, for the Holy Spirit, is jealous for the purchase price of the Blood of Jesus Christ, and the Bride of His Holy Calling. The Lord is also, very jealous for all those that have missed Him, because they could not see Him in us, because of our confusion.
The Servant and Master of All.
One last thought: I was in prayer, in preparation to write on Holy Communion, and I addressed the Lord of my concerns with pastoral opposition. The Servant and Master of all, said to me: "Tell them: I AM He that sits in the pews of all the churches".
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Truly, I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me. (Matthew 25 verse 40 (NIV.)
What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? (1st Corinthians 6 verse 19) (KJV) Also verse 17. He who unites himself with the Lord, is one with Him in Spirit. For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I AM in the midst of them. (Matthew 18 verse 20.)
Many years ago, at about the same time I had the first visionary dreams, concerning the Communion Table of our Lord Jesus Christ, I had another revelation, when in prayer, that in the end will speak of the above relational scriptures. My wife Rose and I, had come home after a Wednesday home fellowship. Rose had gone to bed, and I went into the living room to kneel at a chair, and began to pray to the Lord. I do not recall what melancholic need that prompted the following plea to the Lord, but, it was probably very similar to one of your calls, to our Savior. In the midst of my prayer, I cried out softly to the Lord Jesus, “O Lord, ……, I sure wish I could see you, right now.” What I heard in my being, came back so profoundly, so powerfully full of truth that I knew instantly, that the Lord by His Holy Spirit had spoken, and not the mind of this man. The Holy Spirit said, “I have put My Spirit in Joseph, I have put My Spirit in Debbie, I have put My Spirit in Rose. Behold your Master!” The names were some of those Christians that I had fellowshipped with that evening, including my wife. In the Body of Jesus Christ, we are all members and servants of each other, so that the Lord's Body, by His Spirit, would not only serve itself in the unity of God's Love for us, but also a world of lost souls.
If one understands that this is Truth from God's Holy Spirit, then how do you judge your brothers and sisters born of faith, even the Seed of the Word of God, who sits in the pew next to you, or your brothers and sisters, in the denominational church down the street? Is it by carnal eyes that judge on natural appearances? Or do you see with spiritually crucified eyes, discerning that they are each the temple of the HOLY GHOST? If one lacks understanding in this matter, then it is better not to judge at all, less you censure and grieve the LORD, Who is your Supreme Master and Judge!
This Holy Table of Communion, transcends all denominations, and is where the called family of God, clothed in humility and faith in the Word of God, comes together, as one Body in Jesus Christ, through His holiness in His Life Blood, to celebrate with thanksgiving in Spirit and Truth the Almighty God, and His Gift of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ!
this is their WORD of testimony:
And the Spirit and the
Bride say, “COME”. Amen! Amen!
Robert Glenn Pratten
Robert Glenn Pratten