Communion II

 “Communion” eating the meal of acceptance.

 

Surprisingly, the written chronicles of the Bible took place within a Jewish culture. To get the most realistic background from Bible stories, one needs to put the stories back into a Jewish setting.

.For instance, when Apostle Paul taught on the Communion meal, (Lord’s Supper) Paul was speaking about the Jewish Passover Celebration. “Communion” is one of those Bible topics where the European explanation leads to a misunderstanding when the name of the Jewish feast is missing. Especially, if readers of 1st Corinthians 11:24 think that Jesus was talking about a religious service, where believers gathered together to drink from a little cup and eat a small piece of bread and they called it “Communion service.”

The sacrificing of the Lamb of God.

What the Apostle Paul was mentioning was the Civil and Social Ordinances of Israel as the People of God–Their Religious Ordinances in their National Aspect–the “Covenant made by Sacrifice, and the Sacrificial Meal of Acceptance” (Exodus 20:18-24:12) Easton’s Bible Dictionary

What the Apostle Paul was mentioning was the Civil and Social Ordinances of Israel as the People of God–Their Religious Ordinances in their National Aspect–the “Covenant made by Sacrifice, and the Sacrificial Meal of Acceptance” (Exodus 20:18-24:12) Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Adonai, (God of the Jews) always desired to dwell among His people, but the presence of sin repels the intrinsic Holiness of God. Sin pushes God away just as opposing magnets pushing against one another. God is not trying to send sinners to Hell; our sins are pushing God way with equally opposing forces of rebellion (fending off His Holy Presence).

NLT Hebrews 7:26 He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. (Heb 7:26 NLT)

God hated the effects of sin because His holy nature and character is rejected by anyone with an unredeemed mind.

18 When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.
19 And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”
20 “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!”
(Exo 20:18-20 NLT)

12 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain. Stay there, and I will give you the tablets of stone on which I have inscribed the instructions and commands so you can teach the people.”
13 So Moses and his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God.
14 Moses told the elders, “Stay here and wait for us until we come back. Aaron and Hur are here with you. If anyone has a dispute while I am gone, consult with them.”
15 Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it.
16 And the glory of the LORD settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day, the LORD called to Moses from inside the cloud.

The Book of Exodus tells the account of God’s calling to Moses and the Israelites for a meeting where God wanted to give Moses and the people instructions in avoiding behavior that separated God from His people.

17 To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the LORD appeared at the summit like a consuming fire.
18 Then Moses disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mountain. He remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights. (Exo 24:12-18 NLT)

Exodus 20:20 “Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. God has come to test you and instill a deep and reverent awe within you so that you won’t sin.
The people kept their distance while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.”

The Feast of Adonia
Civil and Social Ordinances of Israel as the People of God–Their Religious Ordinances in their National Aspect–the “Covenant made by Sacrifice,” and the Sacrificial Meal of Acceptance
(Exodus 20:18-24:12)

The impression created by the phenomena accompanying God’s revelation of His law was so deep that the people entreated that any further Divine communication might be made through the mediator, Moses.  Just like what happened to Peter when the Divine power of the Lord Jesus suddenly burst upon him (Luke 5:8), and he felt that he was a sinful man; the children of Israel were afraid to stand in the Presence of God.  They were afraid they would die if they continued to go toward God’s Presence.  Note that these feelings of fear had nothing spiritual in themselves. While Moses agreed to their request, he was careful to explain that the object of all they had witnessed had not been the issue of fear (Exod. 20:20), but rather a searching of their hearts; not in slavish apprehension of outward consequences, but in that true reverence of God, which would lead to the avoidance of sin.

In the New Testament, Apostle Paul’s dreadful warnings accompanying the observance of the Communion meal teachings included that if anyone partaking of this meal who did not discern the Body of Christ was unworthy to participate (1Corinthians 11:27). The Table of the Lord is a sacred and solemn occasion, therefore, when this event is disrespected it is as the ancient enemies of Holiness and Rebellion are facing off with one another.

1 John gives an excellent description of the Feast of God’s presence.
Wikipedia says “communion” is the bond uniting Christians as individuals and groups with each other and with Jesus.
While someone may continue to take communion without proper respect in the natural, synonyms of the Greek word {dee-ak-ree-no} apply to that person.
Discerning the Lord’s Body; 1252 διακρίνω diakrino {dee-ak-ree’-no}
Meaning: 1) to separate, make a distinction, discriminate, to prefer
2) to learn by discrimination, to try, decide
2a) to determine, give judgment, decide a dispute
3) to withdraw from one, desert
4) to separate one’s self in a hostile spirit, to oppose, strive with dispute, contend
5) to be at variance with one’s self, hesitate, doubt

The Jews, who came to the Seder Meal, (1 Corinthians 11) and became believers in the Messiah recognized that it was God’s Son who was sacrificed to atone for man’s sins. They saw a Covenant made by Sacrifice and the Sacrificial Meal of Acceptance.
The Lord’s Supper is so called (1 Cor 10:16, 17), because in it there is fellowship between Christ and His disciples, and of the disciples with one another.

1 John was evidently written by John, the evangelist, and probably also at Ephesus when the writer was in advanced age. The purpose of the epistle (1:1 4) is to declare the Word of Life to those to whom John writes so that they might be united in fellowship with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
He shows that the means of union with God are,
(1) on the part of Christ, his atoning work 1:1 2:2; le 1:1 4:10, 14; le 1:1, 12) and his advocacy 2:1; and (2), on the part of man, holiness 1:6, obedience 2:3, purity 1:6, faith 3:23 ; 4:3; 3:23, and love(2:7, 3:23 ; 4:7; 3:23 .

20 When you meet, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper.
21 For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk.
22 What? Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? (1Co 11:20-22 NLT)

23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread
24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people– an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.”
26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.
29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself.
30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
(1Co 11:23-30 NLT)

Few Christians acknowledge that “Communion” (Passover) was practiced thousands of years predating Christianity.  Others may not understand that the meal was the Passover on High Sabbath, a major feast for Jews and Gentiles.
Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then, He was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the Passover. (Joh 18:28 NLT)

Joh 11:55 It was now almost time for the Jewish Passover celebration, and many people from all over the country arrived in Jerusalem several days early so they could go through the purification ceremony before Passover began.

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NLT John 19:31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. (Joh 19:31 NLT)

So, when Yeshua the Jews’ Messiah and Savior of the Gentiles broke bread that night, He was demonstrating feeding His people from Heaven. Calvary was the Table and God was bringing the atoning piece-offering, the Lamb of God (Hebrew name Yeshua, Greek name Ἰησοῦς Iesous {ee-ay-sooce’} Jesus = “Yahweh is salvation” who eats and drinks without recognizing the body; not discerning the Lord’s body; does not judge the body rightly; drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ?

Who eats and drinks without recognizing the body; not discerning the Lord’s body; does not judge the body rightly; drink the cup without honoring the Body of Christ?
Will we spiritually undermine this verse and say that we can do whatever we want because the Lord took care of this at Calvary – even though it was Paul (after the Crucifixion) who was preaching this message?

Complete Jewish Bible 1 Corinthians 11:29 states:  for a person who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.

King James Version 1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

New American Standard 1 Corinthians 11:29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly.

New Living Translation 1 Corinthians 11:29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself.

The Message Bible says; Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death. Is that the kind of “remembrance” you want to be part of? Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.  If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of the Master when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences. That’s why so many of you even now are listless and sick, and others have gone to an early grave.

Fellowship and Love
Some Believers will say, “We love God” but their fruit is a broken relationship, pride, and greed. I praise God because I do know Pastors and church members whose outreaches are second to none.  Let us examine how 1st John explains the correct description of this New body.

When we love with the love of Christ, that love covers a brother or a sister who has messed up his or her lives. Unfortunately, there are Christians today who judge the dope addict, the prostitute, and falling Church members.  Also, they turn around and judge Church members after causing those broken relations and broken fellowships. Then, somehow we think we are ready for Communion. Don’t worry I am not talking about you, I am talking to myself.

This new commandment of love found in 1John is a commandment of cohesion, unity, and consistency. While we are creating churches with walls of division by doctrines, names, and sizes, the Lord is calling for One Bread.  I praise God for revival in our hearts and that many are transforming more and more into children created after Christ, looking like Christ, and acting like Christ. We have the Spirit of the Messiah driven by the Holy Spirit. With renewed minds, we become Sons and Daughters with living proof that God’s Children will step out of the religious norm.  We are able to make the statement that love is an overcoming force set in motion by Christ and more importantly, we keep ourselves because we love Him.

NLT 1 John 3:1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.
3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
4 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.
5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him.
6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.
7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.
8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. (1Jo 3:1-8 NLT)
9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.
10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.
11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous.
13 So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.
14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead.
15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1Jo 3:9-16 NLT)

Psychology of Repentance II update

Psychology of Repentance II

Bishop Demetrics and Pastor Pauline Roscoe

God in Human Form

In an earlier blog, we attempted to explain the psychology of repentance.
The ancient Biblical writings and mindsets of the social conditioning of the people were much different than today. Also, the Middle Eastern Semitic people had customs that originated in early Egypt, and Mesopotamia.

For instance, the custom of bowing at a person’s feet to show respect or reverence was common in those cultures, especially when the person was saluting one of high authority or requesting release from a debt obligation or offense.
The phrase “his feet” is found in 74 Bible verses, but the meanings differ in many ways. This particular phrase “at his feet,” refers to the feet of someone of importance which can be God. But, if ADONAI created the universe with words, then why is this body part found in eighteen verses in the Bible?


In other words, if ADONAI created the universe with words, then why are there references to His “hand, feet, voice or His nostrils, which are all human body components? Are these references to the body a way that God relates to our human understanding?

Mary Magdalene crying of shame and embalming Jesus’ feet

In Hebrew רֶגֶל regel {reh’-gel}
Meaning: 1) foot 1a) foot, leg 1b) of God (anthropomorphic) 1c) of seraphim, cherubim, idols, animals.  Anthropomorphisms of God.
Anthropomorphism: God relates to us in human terms (Matt Slick).
Anthropomorphism comes from two Greek words: Anthropos (man) and morphe (form). Therefore, an anthropomorphism is when God appears to us or manifests Himself to us in the shape of a human or attributes of Himself as human characteristics.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to non-human entities and is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology. Personification is the related attribution of human form and characteristics to abstract concepts such as nations, emotions and natural forces like seasons and the weather.
https://www.bing.com/search?q=anthropomorphic+god&form=EDGEAR&qs=AS&cvid=cd8a11ec6f5948859645d43dde39bea0&cc=US&setlang=en-US

Below are examples of ancient customs that symbolized certain body parts such as washing of hands.  Dr. Richard Patterson (A.B., Wheaton College; M.Div., Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary; Th.M. Talbot) stated that Pontius Pilate disavowed responsibility for Jesus’ death by symbolically washing his hands saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood” (Mt. 27:24).

The washing of hands, however, could also accompany true repentance and confession of guilt or sin, thus rendering one fit for service or worship. The Old Testament priests literally washed their hands as a sign of spiritual cleansing before officiating at the various sacrifices (Ex. 30:17-21). James applied the practice figuratively in urging those in spiritual need to “cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded” (Jas. 4:8). A person with such a renewed heart attitude could be able to say with David of old, “The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness, according to the purity of my hands he has rewarded me” (Ps. 18:20 [21]). https://bible.org/seriespage/3-my-hand-made-them-god-s-hands-and-our-workscary

Anthropomorphism is serious business; just this week there was a story about phenomena in the sky observed by a family in Texas (Monday 14, 2017. Public Shareable post. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.).

Kerri Frey Liles, of Texas, said she was on a flight from Baltimore to Houston with her son AAsher, who has Down syndrome when he became a little afraid of turbulence.
“I was taking a picture of the cloud, and when he saw the phone out, he took the phone from me and started taking pictures, Liles told InsideEdition.com. I thought maybe it would take his mind off the turbulence.”
Liles said 7-year-old AAsher began taking hundreds of photos of the clouds, but it wasn’t until later that the mom realized just what he’d captured. “I was like I need to go through and delete some photos,” Liles said. “I am going through the photos, and then I was like, ‘Woah, what is that?’ He couldn’t tell me what he thought it was. He is non-verbal.”
The image looked like a cloud in the shape of a man with his hands raised.

Another version of the story:

We were flying back to Houston from Washington and my 7-year-old, who’s recently become obsessed with taking pictures with our cell phones, wanted to take some pictures out of the window after I had reached across him to take one myself. After he took a few dozen, I took the phone back and later went through the images to delete since my storage was getting low. As I was deleting, I came across this one close to the middle of all of his cloud and plane wing pics. Liles decided to post the image to Facebook to see what others thought it was.

“I am not sure if this is cool or creepy,” one commenter wrote.
While Liles said she’s definitely not pushing her opinion on anyone else, she thinks the image is AAsher’s guardian angel.

The gesture of someone reaching out with his hands calmed the child. The little boy couldn’t speak, but who needs words when someone is reaching out to you?

“He was not scared anymore after that,” Likes said.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/whats-hot/7-year-old-captures-man-like-figure-in-the-clouds-during-flight/ar-BBBfm4j?li=BBjnvnR&ocid=spartandhp

Sin is hurtful to God.                           There are other human traits that ADONAI displays and the emotions that bring Him even closer to someone are feelings of sadness. Adonai was going through a sad time when He approached Moses to talk.

But, Moses tried to pacify the LORD his God. “O LORD!” he said. “Why are you so angry with your own people whom you brought from the land of Egypt with such great power and such a strong hand? (Exo 32:11 NLT)

It was as though His people didn’t appreciate all that He did for them and God felt discarded and disheartened.

Moses tried to calm his God. He asked, “Why, God, would you lose your temper with your people? You brought them out of Egypt in a great demonstration of power and strength. Why let the Egyptians say, ‘He had it in for them—He brought them out so He could kill them in the mountains, wipe them right off the face of the Earth.’ Stop your anger.

The King James version says: “Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.”

Think twice about bringing evil against Your people! Think of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants to whom You gave your word, telling them ‘I will give you many children, as many as the stars in the sky, and I’ll give this land to your children as their land forever.”

And God did think twice. He decided not to do the evil He had threatened against His people.
Moses turned around and came down from the mountain, carrying the two tablets of The Testimony. The tablets were written on both sides, front and back. God made the tablets, and God wrote the tablets— He engraved them.

The God of the universe exhibited human emotions and exposed a tender heart.

KJV Exodus 32:14 – And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

נָחַם nacham {naw-kham’} “repent”
Meaning: 1) to be sorry, console oneself, repent, regret, comfort, be comforted 1a)  1a1) to be sorry, be moved to pity, have compassion 1a2) to be sorry, rue, suffer grief, repent 1a3) to comfort oneself, be comforted 1a4) to comfort oneself, ease oneself 1b) (Piel) to comfort, console 1c) (Pual) to be comforted, be consoled 1d) (Hithpael) 1d1) to be sorry, have compassion 1d2) to rue, repent of 1d3) to comfort oneself, be comforted 1d4) to ease oneself

Romans 2: 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
5 But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
6 He will judge everyone according to what they have done.
7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.
8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.
9 There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil– for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.
(Rom 2:4-9 NLT)

NLT Isaiah 57:15 The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.”

15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
(Psa 51:15-17 NLT)

The Scripture tells us that God understands brokenness and recognizes true repentance. He saw the need to change His thoughts about breaking His promise even though the people were selfish and disobedient.

I believe when our hearts become mature in God, we become more like Him rather He becoming like us. As with the story of Abigail, who demonstrated an awareness of intercession by covering her husband’s sins from King David.; I believe Abigail found favor with God because she covered Nabal.  Little did she know, that her actions of repenting for his sin or becoming a substitute for another person’s sins were God’s plans of Salvation for the world.

In reading I Samuel 25, we see this extraordinary story and that Abigail was the wife of a crude and mean man, whose name was Nabal. Nabal’s drunken actions of cursing King David and throwing rocks at the King’s caravan could have caused him his death. Abigail was beautiful, and also a wise woman. Although she was embarrassed and hurt because of her husband’s conduct before the King, she ran and met King David to intercede for her husband’s behavior.

23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed low before him.
24 She fell at his feet and said, “I accept all blame in this matter, my lord. Please listen to what I have to say.
25 I know Nabal is a wicked and ill-tempered man; please don’t pay any attention to him. He is a fool, just as his name suggests. But I never even saw the young men you sent.
26 “Now, my lord, as surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, since the LORD has kept you from murdering and taking vengeance into your own hands, let all your enemies and those who try to harm you be as cursed as Nabal is.
27 And here is a present that I, your servant, have brought to you and your young men. (1Sa 25:23-27 NLT)

Abigail made food for King David and presented gifts to appease the King.

Worship belongs to God alone.
NLT Revelation 19:10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God,  just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.” (Rev 19:10 NLT)

Below are seven anthropomorphic manifestations where we see God appearing with human features and prophesying with the aid of human body parts.

16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last.
18 I am the living one. I died, but look– I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
19 “Write down what you have seen– both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen.
(Rev 1:16-19 NLT)

I believe that God tells His story with human anatomy to communicate to us in ways we will be able to relate and understand His giving and caring nature.

The Psychology of Repentance

The Psychology of Repentance

 

Psychology is the scientific study of the way the human mind works and how it influences behavior or the influence of a particular person’s character or their conduct:

Likewise, a term for the place where your thoughts come from is your psyche – not your actual brain, but whatever it is that generates all of your ideas and emotions.

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Psyche comes from the Greek psyche, which means “the soul, mind, spirit, or invisible animating entity which occupies the physical body.” That about sums the way we understand the word today. People have their own individual psyches of course, but you often hear the word used to describe the similar mindset or thought process of a group of individuals, such as “the American psyche.” Voccacabulary.com

In the minds of the unredeemed, the psyche becomes the “spirit of this world” the fallen state of man, or his sinful nature.

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom 8:6 KJV)

The term, “carnally minded” in Strong’s Concordance word# 4561 sarx {sarx} means: the flesh, denotes mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God.

6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.
8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to Him at all.)
(Rom 8:6-9 NLT)

So, if the Spirit of Christ is not in control, it’s because that soul doesn’t belong to Christ. The Spirit of Christ will confront sin in one’s life, causing them to repent and produce restoration of that person’s soul.

7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

In Romans 8:7, we find this hostile mindset towards God with men saying they love God, but by their action, they serve sin.

Sinful nature is always hostile to God

Therefore, the most efficient strategy for Satan is to wage all-out war against the “psyche” of man or to blind the minds of individuals so that they cannot comprehend the pathway to “repentance.”

Possibly, the two most damaging incidents within the history of the Bible was when 1) the Europeans removed the Jewish culture from the Holy Text and 2) the dividing of Bible text into Chapters and Verses by Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1207-1228.

I have to admit that Chapters and Verses do help students of Scripture, but when unredeemed minds (people who love their sinful independence) read the Scriptures; the devil can conveniently blind their minds by giving them inaccurate revelations.

4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (2Co 4:4 NLT)

While Langton’s action isn’t the only organizational scheme that was devised, it is his chapter breakdown that has survived.
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2016/12/where-do-verse-and-chapter-numbers-come-from/

Here is an example of a chapter-break and how it appears to have changed the meaning of a significant portion of text.

1 John 1:9 (NLT) But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

When 1 John 1:9 is separated from its textual flow, this verse sounds like a formula for Salvation.

If we removed the chapter markers (separation of verses), the reader would be able to study beyond verse 9, go to verse 10, and then, continue on to Chapter 2.  As a result, the Scriptures would sound more like Jesus’ attitude against sin.  This contextual flow is the same manner in which He taught His disciples to teach against sin.

9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

(Please continue reading this passage).

Chapter 2:1-5 (NLT)  My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.

2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins– and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

3 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.

4 If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.

5 But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.

1 John 2:1 points to an advocate. The verse refers to the Holy Spirit as our advocate when the divine presence of God empowers the true believer during tests and trials.

Strong’s Concordance #3875 parakletos {par-ak’-lay-tos}
1c1) of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father), to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the Kingdom.

Notice in Luke 3:8, repentance is an action.

True repentance is an action

“Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don t just say to each other, We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham. That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.”

So, repentance is not just a phrase or something one says with the mouth, or repeated after someone. It’s the regretting a previous action and turning to God for His overcoming power to cause a change of heart which produces change in that individual’s lifestyle.

16 Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal.
17 You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears. (Heb 12:16-17 NLT)

The Message Bible says it like this:
Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.

The pathway to repentance:

But in that land of exile, they might turn to you in repentance and pray, ‘We have sinned, done evil, and acted wickedly.’ (1Ki 8:47 NLT)

15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1Jo 2:15-17 NLT)

11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. (Rom 8:11 NLT)

Below, we can see how God has commanded us to Love (action); first by loving Him and then by loving one another. Love is an emotion which is originated from influences of the heart and mind. More importantly, real love comes from above.

29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD.
30 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’
31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these” (Mar 12:29-31 NLT).

Joh 8:43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!

Act 28:26 Go and say to this people: When you hear what I say, you will not understand. When you see what I do, you will not comprehend.

Eph 4:18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.

In other words, in order to love, one must have an experiential understanding of God’s first commandment to fall in love with Him. To get that understanding, we must seek the Lord with all our hearts, with all our minds, and with all our souls.  In seeking Him, true repentance and a renewed heart are birthed. Then, we can genuinely “love our neighbor as ourselves”. To become a “Christian” takes more than just someone joining a church.

The Greek definition of the “repent.” a transitive verb
3341 meta,noia metanoia {met-an’-oy-ah}
Meaning: 1) a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done.

Strong’s Concordance #05162 nacham {naw-kham’}
Hebrew word for “repent”
Meaning: 1) to be sorry, console oneself, repent, regret, comfort, be comforted. 1a) (Niphal) 1a1) to be sorry, be moved to pity, have compassion 1a2) to be sorry, rue, suffer grief, repent 1a3) to comfort oneself, be comforted 1a4) to comfort oneself, ease oneself 1b) (Piel) to comfort, console. 1c) (Pual) to be comforted, be consoled.
1d) (Hithpael) 1d1) to be sorry, have compassion.
1d2) to rue, repent of
1d3) to comfort oneself, be comforted
1d4) to ease oneself.

Communion update

Stay out of my space!

Communion

Demetrics and Pauline Roscoe                                                     Living Chruch Ministries

When two prize fighters get into the ring, both have an important concept, and that is to “value the space between he and his opponent.” In other words, whichever fighter controls the space between him or his opponent has an opportunity to take advantage of the other fighter’s weakness.

Contrary to a prize fighter, the Bible’s concept of valued space is

Christian values are helping someone else along their way

“relationship.” Christians are to help one another and build up weaknesses, rather than tearing each other down. It is the same concept as valuing the space, but the difference is that God Himself, is that created Space. His Love and Holy Spirit works as the glue that binds us together in the Body of Christ. Where a fighter protects the space between with force and stays at a distance; a Christian draws a person through the Holy Spirit, and God comes in the relationship to teach them how to commune with one another.

One definition of the word, “communion” means union, association, fellowship, communication, and sharing.
Another definition of “communion” is found in the Bible when it refers to Communion meaning Sacrament. Synonyms for this term are a promise, bond, oath, and ceremonial.

We can now understand how the Lord’s Supper is a ceremony for teaching the people of God how to have fellowship with both God and with one another.
You may be asking, “Did they have communion before what we know today as the Lord’s Supper? If so, what did a communion fellowship look like in the Old Testament?”
Let’s visit the Book of Genesis and observe several types of Communion meetings in Old Testament settings.

Adonai, the God of the Jews, had already given the Hebrews many fellowship gatherings, as early as Genesis 18:17.
Hence, we see communion signified as a promise, or an oath from God unveiled to the descendants of Abraham. For instance, the Scripture cross references with the word, Communion because the alliance between Adonia and Abraham is generational and includes all of Abraham’s descendants.

“Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked. “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”

Communion by Proximity
The word proximity means “nearness,” “vicinity,” “concurrence.” My college professor warned us never to use the word “close” and “proximity” together because they both mean the same thing. Therefore, I will try to explain communion by proximity as an example of Moses’ relationship with the God of Israel.
The Lord designed sacred feast days full of prophetic lessons and revelations of the God Who keeps His promises and the God Who desires to exist among His people.

Adonai trusted Moshe (Moses) therefore, the Lord would allow the people with Moses only to get close enough to hear the conversation between He and Moses.
The people got that close to God, only because they were with Moses.

9 Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will come to you in a thick cloud, Moses, so the people themselves can hear me when I speak with you. Then they will always trust you.” Moses told the LORD what the people had said.
10 Then the LORD told Moses, “Go down and prepare the people for my arrival. Consecrate them today and tomorrow, and have them wash their clothing.
11 Be sure they are ready on the third day, for on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai as all the people watch.
12 Mark off a boundary all around the mountain. Warn the people, ‘Be careful! Do not go up on the mountain or even touch its boundaries. Anyone who touches the mountain will certainly be put to death. (Exo 19:9-12 NLT)

9 As he went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and hover at its entrance while the LORD spoke with Moses.
10 When the people saw the cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, they would stand and bow down in front of their tents.
11 Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses’ face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward, Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting.
(Exo 33:9-11 NLT)

6 And the LORD said to them, “Now listen to what I say: “If there were prophets among you, I, the LORD, would reveal myself in visions. I would speak to them in dreams.
7 But not with my servant Moses. Of all my house, he is the one I trust.
8 I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the LORD as he is. So why were you not afraid to criticize my servant Moses?”
9 The LORD was very angry with them, and he departed.
10 As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin as white as snow from leprosy. (Num 12:6-10 NLT)

So, we see that Moses’ relationship with God afforded the congregation an audience with God. Needless to say, we thank God for our relationship with Christ, Who has provided us a worshipful relationship with the only true God – Who is Holy, High and Lifted up above the earth!
Jesus has pleased the Father in human form. He became one of us, but not like us. Yes, Yeshua has become the “God with scars” and has forever afforded our space with the Father.

Just like in the old days when feast days of the Lord were sacred, today’s Communion truly brings us into proximity, or in God’s presence.
The reason why it is important that believers know that God takes Communion seriously is that He is a God of Covenant. A sacrament is designed to reinforce the revelation of the Jewish Messiah’s covenant, Who would bring the Gentile nation in covenant with God.

What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.
Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master

The wine which represents His Blood and the bread which represents His Body.

irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death. Is that the kind of “remembrance” you want to be part of? Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.

Communion Between Christ and His people
22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”
23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.
24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.
25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.
26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative– that is, the Holy Spirit– he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. (Joh 14:22-26 NLT)

Communion by the Spirit
2 Cor 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.                                                                            These are not just words, but this is a benediction. Blessings that causes the presence of the God Head to become a part of one’s life when spoken by those who are consecrated by G-d to do so.

2Co 3:6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.

Unfortunately, there will be some who may not realize God takes Communion covenant very seriously. And, when such people forget that this fellowship requires a solemn reverence, they will dishonor this Covenant of Communion by bringing judgment upon themselves.

If you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. (1Co 11:29 NLT)

Strong’s Concordance Greek word number 1252  diakrino {dee-ak-ree’-no}
Meaning: 1) to separate, make a distinction, discriminate, to prefer

2) to learn by discrimination, to try, decide

2a) to determine, give judgment, decide a dispute

3) to withdraw from one, desert

4) to separate one’s self in a hostile spirit, to oppose, strive with dispute, contend

5) to be at variance with one’s self, hesitate, doubt

Here are different Bible translations of                               1 Corinthians 11:29

CEB 1 Corinthians 11:29 Those who eat and drink without correctly understanding the body are eating and drinking their own judgment.

CJB 1 Corinthians 11:29 for a person who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.

CSB 1 Corinthians 11:29 For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.

KJV 1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

NAS 1 Corinthians 11:29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly.

In my thinking, I see this text saying since the actual presence of God surrounds believers at this ceremony, strife, unforgiveness, or impurities shouldn’t ever approach God’s presence.

To discern the LORD’s body is to give honor the God for the price he paid for the world’s Salvation. And the wisdom of G-d for bringing Jews and Gentiles into a covenant that saves believers worldwide. So we must act as we are one body with Christ, who immerse us into the presence of His Heavenly Father.

For those who disobeyed G-d’s instructions.

Romans 1:24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.
25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.
27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.
29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. (Rom 1:24-29 NLT)

Let us first look inward to see if our own hearts are right with G-d, and if our hearts are right with one another.

Jud 1:12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots.

2Pe 2:13 Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals (Communion).

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

OUR FATHER