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From ground-based telescopes, the so-called “ant nebula” (Menzel 3, or Mz 3) resembles the head and thorax of a garden variety ant. This dramatic NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, showing 10 times more detail, reveals the “ant’s” body as a pair of fiery lobes protruding from a dying, Sun-like star. Though approaching the violence of an explosion, the ejection of gas from the dying star at the center of Mz3 has intriguing symmetrical patterns unlike the chaotic patterns expected from an ordinary explosion.  Scientists using Hubble would like to understand how a spherical star could produce such prominent, non-spherical symmetries in the gas that it ejects. 

One possibility is that the central star of Mz3 has a closely orbiting companion that exerts strong gravitational tidal forces, which shape the out flowing gas. For this to work, the orbiting companion star would have to be close to the dying star, about the distance of the Earth from the Sun. At that distance the orbiting companion star wouldn’t be far outside the hugely bloated hulk of the dying star. It’s even possible that the dying star has consumed its companion, which now orbits inside of it, much like the duck in the wolf’s belly in the story “Peter and the Wolf.”

This star is coming apart and only God Almighty can put it back together again, and bring new life to its former star essence. This Hubble sighting of Menzel 3 also known as the ant nebula, reminds me of a double-barreled shotgun with both barrels going off at the same time. and also suggests the two hemispheres of the brain, where the stresses of this life seemingly pull us apart. The boxed insert speaks about an unseen companion star that maintains or influences the symmetry of the outflow from the dying star.

Be Not Deceived: God has not Changed.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1 verse 8.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.   Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. (James 1 verse 13 thru 15.)

You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do you think that the scripture says in vain: The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? But He gives more grace. Wherefore He says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.  (James 4 verse 4 thru 5.) 

The spoken and written Word of God, is declared to be sharper than a double edged sword, cutting right to the heart of where we live. (See Hebrews 4 verse 12.)  For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing  even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit.  We also witness this declared power and authority of the Word of God, as it is recorded in the Song of Moses: "See now that I, even I AM He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand.  For I lift up My hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. If I whet (sharpen) My glittering sword and My hand takes hold on judgment, then I will render vengeance to My enemies, and I will reward them that hate Me." (Deuteronomy 32 verse 39 thru 40.) If the Truth is speaking through the prophet, then I'm sure that you would agree that the spiritual power of the inspired written Word of God, is not to be trifled with, but the Word is to be handled in a balanced accord with the leading of the Spirit of God.  If we are left with our own cloudy deceptive minds, then we can each interpret written scripture to be what we want it to say for our own opinionated purpose, rather than to have scripture say what we need to hear in the depths of our heart. It is good to be comforted, and to be reassured of God's Love, and His salvation in Jesus Christ.  But it is also good to be disquieted in our beings, when the Sword of the Spirit cuts sharply into our mental turf, and exposes our own tightly held possessions, with their judgmental opinions of the Word, ourselves, and the world about us.  It is good to lay hold on the promises of God, to settle ourselves in times of testing.  But it is also good to be humbled, when we hear God's rebuke and correction to our soul, when we have mistakenly gone a rye from the foundational ROCK of the Spirit of the Word of God.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.  Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. 

Man does not make doctrine for the Eternal God of creation, nor can the corrupted flesh of mankind justify themselves with their ignorant or false interpretation of His Eternal Word.  It is Holy God Who first created Adam to be in His image and the likeness of His Spirit, and not we who have created God in accordance with our ignorance of the holy.  All the corrupt little gods of humanity, are not in a position to hold the Creator God accountable to our own faulty judgments, and attempt to override His Word of correction, without recompense.

In all spiritual matters, the purchased Church is not a voting democracy, where the majority, within an individual Christian sect, makes rules, adjusting for society's pressures, and humanity's biased understanding of correctness, thereby undermining the Spirit's call to holiness unto God.  For, those who live according to the sinful nature, have their minds set on what that nature desires; [Corrupted flesh calls to corrupted flesh, and corrupted flesh answers the call] but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature, cannot please God.  (Romans 8 verse 5 thru 8, NIV.) And what is sin, and why is the mind of flesh, hostile to God?  Sin is the antithesis to Perfect Love, and Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty is that Perfect Love, whereas the autonomous mind of man is corrupt within its self, and that mind will not be in submission to God and His perfect Will.

With our prejudicial blinders removed, we should see that the Ecclesia of God, are saved into a Theocracy, where the Almighty rules with the Spirit of His WORD that holds all things together in this universe.  The Almighty is the supreme Sovereign, clothed in eternal holiness, Whose judgment is founded on His unsearchable understanding and wisdom, but even His righteous judgment is tempered with His gracious mercy, and a heart to save those who are lost in their way of sin and death.   God's Holy Spirit seeks to reveal to the captive, God's way of Salvation through the Perfect Sacrificial Love of His Son, Christ Jesus.  God offers His Gift of Amnesty in Christ Jesus, to anyone who will receive His gift, and then follow after Christ, in Love's pathway of righteousness.  For the Love/Agapao 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 verse 14 thru 15.)

It is God's message of sacrificial Love through His Holy Spirit, Who enables us to understand from the new heart, and to live the new life which seeks to follow God's Doctrine and WORD of Truth in Christ Jesus.  From the beginning of Man/Adam's fall from God's Grace, until now, man's malignant tendency has been to interpret God's Word on one's own biased opinion, of what he thinks God meant in His Word, or to develop a dogma based on selective scriptures.  Theologians and academic scholars have read the Torah, the prophets and Gospel scriptures for centuries, and still have divisive opinions, which they seemingly, can never intellectually settle among themselves.  Perhaps, many of them, even with the brightness of their minds were never completely settled in their hearts, where scripture is spiritually designed to minister.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  And so, Wisdom calls for our needful attention to the writer in the Book of Wisdom, for he writes.  Love righteousness, you that be judges of the earth: think of the Lord with a good heart, and in simplicity of heart seek Him. For He will be found of them that tempt Him not; and shows Himself unto such as do not distrust Him. For froward thoughts separate from God: And His power, when it is tried, reproves the unwise. For into a malicious soul, Wisdom shall not enter nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin. For the Holy Spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove from thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide when unrighteousness comes in. For Wisdom is a loving Spirit; and will not acquit a blasphemer of his words: for God is witness of his reins, and a true beholder of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue. (See Book of Wisdom 1 verse 1 thru 8.) The mind or the spirit of the man, needs to understand from the very heart and soul of his being, that God the Father's doctrine, is in both the Torah and the Gospel, and was predicated on two decisive Commandments to Love/Agape; for He declares through Moses and echoes His Word through His Word Jesus Christ:

Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is One Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:  And these words which I command thee shall be in thy heart.  This is the first commandment. (See Deuteronomy 6 verse 3 thru 7.) And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (See Deuteronomy 10 verse 18 thru 19.)
(See Mark 12 verse 30 thru 31.)

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
(See Matthew 22 verse 36 thru 40.)

But, how do you love/agape that, which you do not know?  Or, how do you love this God, Who commands perfect obedience, putting Him above all things that are personal to you?  Then again, how do you love mankind with the same devotion you have for yourself?  How will you know the Truth, except that a preacher preaches the Holy Righteousness of the Almighty God the Creator of the universe, Who in His Perfect Love gave His only begotten Son, to be sacrificed for the sin of the world?  So then, that which is impossible for the unrighteous person, who is accustomed to serving themselves, even unto death, is made possible through faith in the God of the living, Who Alone provides the only remedy for the insurrection of self serving sin that brings forth death and separation from God. The promises of God, in the Torah, the prophets and the Gospels, are all conditioned upon the transgressors' changed thoughts, which brings them to repentance from their waywardness, and then answering God's call to return to Him with all their hearts and mind.  When speaking about faith, Paul uses the Torah when he writes: But what says it? (referring to the Scriptures in Deuteronomy 30, and more specifically Deuteronomy 30 verse 14.) The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: That is the word of faith, which we preach:  That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, having believed in thy heart that God has raised Him from the dead,  then thou shall be saved. (Romans 10 verse 6 thru 10.) 

God's Word of restoration faith, begins when God's Spirit starts the stirring of thoughts, within the heart of a person to come to the Lord in humble repentance.  The message of faith was originally preached to Abram/Abraham, and he believed God, and God justified Abraham in his faith in God's Promise of Salvation.  Now through Abraham's Hebraic genetic seed of the first Man/Adam, would come God's Word of Salvation Promise made in the Garden, that the seed of Woman/Ishshah would conquer the evil one, and save man from their sin and death.  Circumcision was the sign of God's Covenant with Abraham, so that the seed of Abraham would pass through the loins of the circumcised males, within the generational family of Abraham.  Moses gave God's Covenant of Law's to the Israelites, to protect them from themselves and their self corrupting sin, thereby isolating them from the surrounding nations, who were corrupted within their bodies, and were enslaved to their master of sin and death. 

In the course of time, Israel forgot that they had entered into a covenant relationship with God, to bring forth God's Covenant seed of redemption for the world, so that the Covenant Seed of Woman/Ishshah, would be continued from the seed of Abraham.  But unfortunately, self serving man, began to interpret the Torah, to be a means of justifying oneself before God Almighty, and that their presumed justification, was predicated on one's interpreted performance, prescribed by the Torah.  Confusion yet reigns, because the subtle prince of confusion, yet remains in this world.

Elijah destroys the prophets of Baal, but runs in fear for his life, when Jezebel threatens him with the same destruction.  Then when God searches out the mind set of Elijah's heart, Elijah said to his Lord God a second time: I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts, because the children of Israel have forsaken Thy Covenant, thrown down Thine altars, and slain Thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.  But God said to Elijah: Yet, I have left for Me, seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him. (See 1st Kings 19 verse 9 thru 19.) In God's preservation of the seven thousand Israelites, God would bring forth His Holy One of Salvation, through the seed of Woman that was perpetuated in faithful Abraham's genetic seed.  Now with Abraham's faith in God's Word, the Almighty God would fulfill His Promised Word He originally gave in the Garden.  And so the Seed of Faith, was born in Bethlehem to a virgin woman of the faith of Abraham, and God called His Incarnate Son Immanuel, that is God is with us.

But, now that the Christ of God has come through the Hebrew seed of Abraham, Paul preaches God's Word of Faith, under a new and better Covenant, predicated upon God the Father's Love and sure mercies He gave with the sacrifice of His obedient Son, Jesus Christ.  God justifies the believer through their living the faith of His Word, and that WORD in the very beginning, is His Son by Whom He created the universe.  In the finality, the only thing that really pleases God is a Godly faith, which brings repentance in the mind of a sinner, and then a complete relational return of the repentant heart towards God the Father.  From the beginning, the righteousness of faith has always been predicated upon a heart, like onto Jesus the Son that Perfectly Loves His Father God, first over all things, and then that person of Living Faith seeks to hear the voice of God and to move in God's good will.  (Listen with the heart to Psalm 40 verse 6 thru 10.)  Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; Mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: In the volume of the book it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy will, O My God: Yes, thy law is within My heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: Lo, I have not refrained My lips. O LORD, You know, that I have not hid Thy righteousness within My heart; I have declared Thy faithfulness and Thy Salvation: I have not concealed Thy loving-kindness and Thy Truth from the great congregation. (See also Hebrews 10 verse 5 thru 10.) This is a perfection of Love that is impossible for humanity's selfish flesh to achieve, but this special kind of Love is a Gift of God from His Spirit, Who is the enabler of contrite souls.

Because of God's Love and mercy to mankind, Jesus Christ, the Word of God was conceived in the seed of Woman, as the perfect Son of Man, to be made a  sacrificial surrogate offering, for all of sinful mankind.  Jesus' offering of Himself satisfied the justice of God and His accusing Law against man's self idolatrous sin.  Jesus Christ is the perfect Gift of sacrificial Love, which when one receives, passes all of human understanding, and renews a person in the Love of God.  But how can it be, that the Eternal God of creation, would freely offer His only begotten Son, to be nailed on the cross as the Son of Man, with His Life Blood being completely poured out upon the earth? 

It is because Holy Lord God Almighty is the God of the living, and not the god of the dead.  Within God's Spirit is the Person of Perfect Love (in Greek Agapao), and in His mercy, God is not willing that anyone should perish into utter darkness, as a result of sin, but God sent His Perfect Word, and  beloved Son into the World as the Son of Man, and, as a Man, Jesus Christ would do battle with the evil root of the author of sin, and overcome sin and death, with the Perfection of His Eternal Love for His Father.  They that would enter into Holy God's Eternal Presence, must enter in through the Eternal Life that is within His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  For the Scripture says, whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed. (See Isaiah 28 verse 16.) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;  for whoever will call on the Name of the Lord will be saved.' (Romans 10 verse 8 thru 13.) From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

The possibility of this New Covenant rebirth, or new beginnings, for the children of Adam, is through God's gracious call to His gift of Salvation that is centered on two conditions. First a person must turn back toward God, repenting from the works of sin, which separates us from Holy God and condemns us to death: For the Lord of creation commands us: Repent all of you, and believe the gospel. (Mark 1 verse 15.) Return unto Me and I will return unto you, says the Lord of Host.  So then, we see repentance is primary to the second condition, which is then to believe the gospel. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked. (See Deuteronomy 10 verse 12 thru 16.)  If we hear the Truth of the promise of God, then we must accept in the heart of our minds, the offering Gift of God that brings to us, a new Life within His Son, Jesus Christ.  Faith and Repentance go hand in hand.  They are inseparable, for if one has repentance and not faith, then without the sovereign grace of God that one will remain in their sin and will perish.  If one has faith but has no repentance, then that faith is dead, and without the sovereign grace of God that one will also perish.   But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (Romans 2:29.)

Quoting Charles Spurgeon: "I say that such who think sin a trifle, and have never sorrowed on account of it, may know that their faith is not genuine. Such men as have a faith, which allows them to live carelessly in the present, who say, "Well, I am saved by a simple faith"; and then sit on the ale bench with the drunkard, or stand at the bar with the spirit drinker, or go into worldly company and enjoy the carnal pleasures and the lusts of the flesh, such men are liars; they have not the faith, which will save the soul. They have a deceitful hypocrisy; they have not the faith which will bring them to heaven."  For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: But the sorrow of the world works death. (2nd Corinthians 7 verse 8.)

The conditions for amnesty are published throughout the world, and the complete pardon for the past sins of sinners, is already signed in the Blood of Jesus Christ poured out upon the earth. But again, the pardon must be received through faith, which lives beyond a moment of time, being maintained with a vigil upon our unruly flesh, bringing us always to repentance from its selfish desires and failures.

Ultimately that saving faith in God's sacrifice of His Son, is wrought in deep sorrow towards God, and believes that our sin and death, can not contend with the sacrificial Love and Holiness of Jesus Christ that has overcome this world.  Christ Jesus in the Perfection of His Love, was victorious over mankind's sin and death, and the Spirit of the Living God raised Jesus the Lord our Righteousness, with supreme power in His resurrection, and we in Him.  This new birth, of the soul, is not in just knowing in the grey matter, but it is through God's gift of faith being conceived in the heart, the very core of the spirit of the person, who begins to sanctify their love of God above all things. The God of the living has given to man the open opportunity, to enter into His New Covenant and Will, through the Sacrificial Blood of Jesus Christ, so that, whosoever comes to God through His Covenant WORD, and remains in fellowship with His good Will, would inherit Eternal Life.

Being fully justified, by pure faith in Jesus Christ, the new born person, having willingly entered into the New Blood Covenant through the Lord Jesus, will now begin to see the Father's Word of Salvation, work like a two-edged Sword,  which begins to cut away, little by little the former dictates of the mind of idolatrous self. (See Hebrews 4 verse 12 thru 13.) For the LORD thy God will circumcise thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to Love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou may live. (Deuteronomy 30 verse 6.) God sanctifies the willing hearts of the faithful and thankful believers, who were dead in their sins, to hearts being perfected in the Love of God, and to son-ship in His Kingdom of the living. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.  If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him(1st John 2 verse 28 thru 29  (NKJV.) For God has made Jesus to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 20 thru 21.)   As sons and daughters of God, we are birthed into God's Love through faith, and with the receiving of His flowing Grace, are made in Christ to be victorious over the shackles of sin.   In God's amnesty for past sins, we are now to be responsible and accountable for our present actions.  If the justified, will live by their faith in God's Salvation, then our allegiance to God, through His Holy Spirit, will enable us to turn away from all things that are in opposition to Him, and certainly to all things that are in competition to the heart, of His saving good will.  Nevertheless I tell you the truth:  It is expedient for you that I go away:  For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you:  But if I depart, then I will send Him unto you.  And when He is come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.  (John 16 verse 7 thru 8.)

So now, with some biblical understanding, melded with enabling faith, we say we are children born of God's Spirit, nevertheless in this present reality, we still walk in earthly vessels, a duality of natures of the old and the new, wrestling with the intense motions or pathemas (in Greek the pathology) of sin that can so easily corrupt us. For, when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. (Romans 7 verse 5.)  For a certainty, even as the best of  Christians, we all struggle with our own self centered motives of self justification. We all have varying degrees of disorderly reasoning that opposes God, and His desires for us, and without acknowledging our own depravity, we oppose even ourselves. This present day battle, that each of us has warring in the carnal flesh of our minds, can seem overwhelming at times, especially to those who have been held in the roots of strong bondages. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; (1st Peter 2 verse 11.)

If we are openly honest with ourselves, before God and our brothers and sisters, we will all recognize this wretched schizophrenic nature, which Paul describes as opposing him within his flesh, is also working within ourselves.  (See Romans 7 verse 14 thru 25.) Even if the soul from a good heart may be redeemed, we still walk in these clay vessels that are susceptible to the virulent nature of willful and latent sin, yet present within our own mortal minds of flesh.  The compelling nature of sin in us and about us, at times causes I-dolatrous flesh to cry out to flesh, "It is I that will be in control, and I will decide what is right or what is wrong".  But, God is not mocked in our clever self-centered deceptions. Do not be deceived and deluded and miss led; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay, and ruin, and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (See Galatians 6 verse 7 thru 8 Amplified.)

But thankfully for us, our God is the God of Covenant, and His Word does not fail Him; and if His Word does not fail Him, neither will His WORD fail those who receive Him in humility.  Our Righteous God has not left us defenseless to the wants of sin in our flesh, but has given to us in Communion, His administering and sanctifying Spirit of Holiness, Who is united in the water of the Word and the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness and cleansing of repented sins of today.  For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8 verse 15 thru 16 and verse 14.) So then those who are living the life of the flesh cannot please God. But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the Life of the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells within you. But if anyone does not possess the Holy Spirit, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ]. But if Christ lives in you, your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and condemnation, but the Spirit is Life  within the core of your being, because of righteousness. (Romans 8 verse 8 thru 10.) The Righteousness of God, is a supernatural Gift of Love that is in the Blood of Jesus Christ, and God's gift of His Holy Spirit, resides in the redeemed of the earth, because of the Righteousness of the Blood of Christ, for they are One in Holiness within the flowing Water of the Word of God. (See 1st John 5 verse 8.)

The Righteous Blood of Jesus Christ, was poured out upon the dust of the earth at Calvary, to bring redemption to the man of the earth, freeing them from their sin that consigned them to death.  The Signature of God, the Aleph Tav, the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega, is seeded within the earth, because the Blood of Jesus Christ, is the Righteous Signature of the Word of God that rest on God's Tabernacle of Love.  The earth is the Lords', and the fullness thereof.  God, now gives to repentant believers, His Holy Spirit of power and life, and dwells with all persons who are born into the New Covenant, through their faith in the righteous sacrificial Blood of Jesus Christ. They are each new members, one of another, born into the One Body of the Lord of Creation, Jesus Christ.  In the strength of the Spirit of the Lord Jesus, there is mighty power in His Body of believers, but for the most part is not tapped, because of the fleshly nature of the Church, which is ruled by men and their doctrines, and not by the Holy Spirit of God. 

Although, Paul is speaking initially in his defense from his accusers, the following scripture, is also for the members of the whole Body of Jesus Christ that we might understand the Power of Life that indwells us, through God's Spirit of Creation.  Paul says: Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: Therefore the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity, every thought to the obedience of Christ.  (2nd Corinthians 10 verse 3 thru 5.)

The Holy Spirit of God does not exalt the dead flesh of man that is corrupted by sin, but exalts the living Christ Jesus to the glory and the power of God.  Nevertheless confusion reigns in Christendom, for the flesh of man negates the Spirit and Power of Holy Communion, through their ignorance of the workings of the Holy Spirit, within the Body of Christ.  See the thoughts within this message, "The Holy Spirit of Truth", that attempts to bring a better comprehension of the Covenant Blood of Jesus Christ, that flows from the Holy Spirit, for the cleansing of the sins of the redeemed in the Body of Jesus Christ. But this Man, after he had offered one (perfect) sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified (or being set apart to God)".  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that He had said before, This is the Covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord, I will put My Laws into their hearts [the two Great Commandments], and in their minds will I write them; [consider the Ten Commandments] (Hebrews 10 verse 12 thru 18.) If we reason together, it would seem that the two Great Commandments of Love would be seated in the soul and heart of a man, and the Decalogue would reveal the failings of the flesh within the mind of man. (See Romans 7 verse 25.)

It is absolutely true that the perfect sacrifice of the loving and obedient Son of God and Man is finished, never to be repeated again, for God's Covenant Word, Jesus Christ, is set down in eternal power, at the right hand of His Father, to intercede for His people, and to judge the dead.  For, there are three that bear witness, the Holy Spirit, and the Water and the Blood, and these three are One. (1st John 5 verse 8.) Dying earthly mankind needed a New Covenant of Life with a Mediator of their own kind, for in His perfection, He would champion their plight with Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty. There is no one, but Christ Jesus, the Man, as the Word of God, made flesh, and having been born the Son of Man, He gave Himself as a sacrificial offering to God in Perfect Love of God His Father.  The revelation of Truth is revealed that Jesus, as a man, conquered our sin and death with His sinless obedient Life, evidenced when He rose from the grave in the power of the Living God. So then, How much more shall the Blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause Christ is the Mediator of the New Testament.  (See Hebrews 9 verse 11 thru 16.) For, Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; For being found perfect, He became the Author of eternal Salvation unto all them that obey Him: Called of God a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Of Whom we have many things to say and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing.  (Hebrews 5 verse 8 thru 11.) Those that are being sanctified by the Sanctifier, are those who follow the Lord in the obedience of His Spirit, to Love God with their whole strength of being, and to love their fellow man, just as they love and would honor themselves.

And the Sanctifier is the Holy Spirit of God, Who is One with the New Covenant Blood and the Serum Water of the Word of God that flowed from the side and wounds of the Lord's Christ, into the earth quake fissures of Calvary.  Now the Spirit bears witness within our hearts of the Love of God that sanctifies the redeemed members of His Body, through the Blood of our Fellowship.  The Body of the Ecclesia is to be enriched and empowered by the Spirit of the Blood of Jesus Christ, and without that Blood, the church is impotent because of its lack of faith in the provisions of God's Holy Spirit.  The corruption of sin, in the flesh, is in direct opposition through disobedience to the Spirit of Power, and of Love, and of a sound mind. (2nd Timothy 1 verse 6 thru 7.)

When lifting the 3rd cup and blessing it with thanks to God, God's WORD Jesus Christ commands the members of His Body, to partake of His Communion Blood in remembrance of God's Covenanting Love for us, saying: Drink you all of it; for this is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin? Do this in remembrance of Me. (Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28.) In God's Covenant WORD through His Holy Spirit, He has provided Life giving provisions, for our confessed failures of our flesh, with the shed Blood of His Son Jesus Christ, and then the washing and renewing of our minds with the Serum Water of the Spirit of the WORD of GOD. 

We may also conclude that the sanctification, of which the writer of Hebrews speaks about, is for the growth of God's Seed, instilled into the pliable hearts and souls of obedient believers, where by the Spirit of the WORD of our Salvation, Jesus Christ, returns the hearts of the wayward children of men, to hearts of Love and faithfulness, now crying, ABBA, FATHER. (See Galatians 4 verse 5 thru 7.) 

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Robert Glenn Pratten