Wednesday, August 25 2010
The Cup Of Blessing
The English word "bless" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, bledsian, which meant to bleed i.e. the words bled and blood all originated from that word. It is a profoundly accurate and appropriate word to describe Christ's true people - who all too often "bled" from persecutions (most often, as they did to Christ Himself, taking the form of prosecutions from truth-fearing and truth-hating hypocrite politicians and Satan-deceived "churches" of the carnal world as they cling to their last days of power by any despicable means) because of their truly repenting and obeying Christ in order to accept Christ's blood sacrifice.
Consider carefully who the Messiah said is truly "blessed":
"5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?"
The Bible was about Christ right from the beginning (see Christ The Creator). It was Christ who instituted the Passover in Egypt, that He would Himself fulfill: "10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" (1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV).
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized [see The Origin of Baptism] unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness [see A Journey Without A Destination]." (1 Corinthians 10:1-5 KJV)
Christ did not tolerate rebellious sin in ancient times, nor does He do so now. Christ's sacrifice is for those who repent (see Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread; listen also to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life from our Sermons page).
"10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
"10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? [see the Fact Finder question below]. The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
Christians are free - to choose life or death, salvation or damnation (see Repent Or Burn).
"10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
Fact Finder: What does "communion" actually mean in the Word of God?
This Day In History, August 25
325: The Council Of Nicaea ended with the adoption of the Nicene Creed, establishing the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Trinity.
1560: Protestantism was formally adopted at the First General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The Scottish Parliament had already instituted a Calvinist confession of faith, declaring that the pope no longer had jurisdiction over Scotland.
1580: Spanish forces under the Duke of Alva fought the Portuguese at the Battle of Alcantara.
1609: Galileo demonstrated his newly-invented telescope to the Roman church authorities. His discoveries nearly got him condemned for heresy.
1635: A hurricane hit Plymouth colony.
1718: The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was founded and named in honor of the Duke of Orleans of France.
1758: The Prussian army defeated the invading Russians at the Battle of Zorndorf.
1825: Uruguay declared its independence from Spain.
1830: A revolt broke out in the French-speaking provinces of the Netherlands, against union into Belgium.
1943: During the Second World War, Louis Mountbatten of Britain was appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Southeast Asia.
1944: Paris was liberated from German occupation by Free French Forces under General Jacques LeClerc.
1978: The Shroud of Turin, which is incorrectly (see Shroud Of Turin: A Miraculous Fake?) believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, went on public display for the first time in over 40 years.
1995: A rare fireball, caused by a large meteor, passed over southern Ontario and was accidentally filmed by a CITY-TV crew in Toronto.