The Life of Holy Spirit

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As leaders, we must embrace the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit in all that we are and do. We must embrace the Holy Spirit daily, and we must lead others to do the same. Who is the Holy Spirit? We often think of God in heaven, but the truth is that God is in heaven and on earth. Holy Spirit is the manifest person of God in our lives. We not only have an anointing in us, we have the presence of the anointed One in, with, and upon our lives. It is important for us to welcome His presence and to welcome His life in all that we are and do. It is not His charisma that we seek. It is the Holy Spirit that we welcome, knowing that He has all the charisma and fruit of life that we need to become who we are meant to be as sons and daughters of God who give life to our world.

The work of the Holy Spirit is a work of life. The Father has sent the Spirit and the Spirit invites the Son. Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings in all the earth and the Holy Spirit has come in His name. The name of Jesus is not a title, it is a substance. His name is His character, nature, way, power, and authority. Holy Spirit forms and manifests the character, nature, way, power, and authority of Christ in our lives as the joined testimony to Jesus as our head in all things.

Holy Spirit partners with us as the bride of Christ and calls for the manifest presence of Jesus to come in increasing measures in the ages of men. This is not merely a call to a future reality of the return of Jesus. It is a foundational call in our lives for the continual coming of Jesus. We are to increasingly manifest as the bride of Christ by the presence of Jesus in our lives that is revealed through the life-giving waters that He said would flow from all who come to Him and drink.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

John 7:37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

The Holy Spirit is God with us and He comes in the name of Jesus. The water that we freely drink of is the water of the Holy Spirit. It is the life of the Holy Spirit flowing in and through our lives to bring life to us and to the world we live in. That life is eternal life. That life is resurrection life!

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

When we receive Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit. It is by believing Jesus that receive the Holy Spirit and when we receive the Holy Spirit we become testimonies of the life that comes by Jesus name. Our greatest need as leaders is not the skill of ministry. It is not the diligence of our efforts to lead. It is not a knowing of what to do or how to lead. Our greatest need is the Holy Spirit in, upon, and with us in all things. This is the greatest need of every dad, mom, son, daughter, brother, sister, friend, neighbor, or member of the community of God. To be a life giver, we must have the giver of life in our lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Activating the Mind of Christ

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As leaders, we must set an example to those we lead in being human beings filled with compassion, passion, and the testimony of life. Our example is not just an example of the spirit, but an example of being human. People see the natural expressions of our lives, but what is the key to living as people who give life to their world?

Every person is three-part in his or her human design and in his or her purpose in life. Every person is made of a spirit, soul, and body. We don’t lead people to be religious, we lead people to be authentic people. The human spirit is the source of human power. The human soul is the throne of a person’s life, and it is the vehicle by which the administration of one’s life is facilitated. The soul is the bridge between the spirit and the physical. If the human spirit is not empowered by the human spirit made alive by the Holy Spirit within them, it can be susceptible to outside spiritual influences that attempt to attach to the soul in a controlling or manipulating way. The physical life of every person is how human authority is manifested to the world. The human spirit was created to be one with God’s Holy Spirit. When God’s Spirit makes the human spirit alive it is prosperous, and it floods the human soul with life. A prosperous spirit produces a prosperous soul. When the human soul is made alive by the life of God within the human spirit, the physical expression of one’s life is that of true prosperity. True prosperity is not measured by the things we possess in life, but by our ability to bring life to our world. It is in our ability to be the authentic us that brings life to the journey given to us in life.

3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

The apostle Paul addresses the three parts of human purpose in connection with being people who are led by the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:1, 2). The subject of his writing was that of power, ministry, and the work of God. More specifically, it is the power, ministry, and work of a person with the life of Christ within them. I don’t believe that these things are meant to be for merely some religious ceremony in some religious church activity. These are the elements of being human to bring the life of God to our world.

We must be spiritual people who exhibit the power of God’s Spirit in who we are, to be the member of the body of Christ God has divinely empowered us to be. It is measured by our ability to give life to others in the same way that members of our physical bodies give life to our physical beings. We are also joined to others in life to accomplish purposes of our heavenly Father’s will. We accomplish the works of God to fulfill corporate expressions of the family of God in this world.

1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

To be spiritual people we must stir our internal spirit by the life of God’s Holy Spirit. We have the mind of Christ within us, and this is why praying in the Spirit is so important. We need to activate the mysteries of God within us that give us right thoughts, reasonings, imaginations, emotions, and desires. This is more important than the understanding in our minds that comes from some external influence. Our souls manifest our thoughts, reasoning, imagination, emotions, and desires. These things are what inspire our physical actions in life. These affect our attitudes and our actions in life. Spiritual people allow the mind of Christ within them to be stronger than the natural mind of self. God’s mysteries are better than our understanding and only by unlocking the mysteries of God in our hearts can we find truth in our understanding.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Power of Christ Within

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As leaders we set an example in being spiritual people and we lead others in living their lives the same. To be spiritual, is to be led by the Spirit of God in our spirit that inspires the thoughts, reasonings, imaginations, emotions, and desires of our soul from within to empower us to demonstrate the life of Christ in our world in natural and supernatural ways. We cannot be truly spiritual without being responsible in the natural areas of our lives. We cannot be truly spiritual without being responsible in supernatural ways in our lives. Some are not meant to be natural, while others are supernatural. Christ in each of us empowers each of us to be natural and supernatural as a testimony of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:1-3 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

As I wrote last week, the word ‘gifts’ in this text is not in the original Greek. It is an added word to explain the context of the letter. I believe that the translators have missed the point of this chapter by adding the word ‘gifts’. The chapter is about being spiritual in our identity, testimony, and purpose in life. It addresses the power of the Holy Spirit that empowers our human spirits, the expression of the ministry of Christ that reveals who we each are in Christ, and our corporate purpose in God our Father for His purpose filled will in our lives as His family in this world. The true subject of Paul’s writing is found in next verses of this chapter.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 

There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 

And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 

Paul was dealing with the subject of gifts of the Spirit, ministries of Christ, and effects or workings of God in life. To be spiritual people we must have the power of the Spirit, know the uniqueness of who we are in being humans expressing the power of Christ, and we must know our divine connections for our purpose in life. All humans must be empowered by God’s Spirit in their spirits, led by their spirit to their souls, and reveal a spiritual testimony in life. Paul was not merely talking about how gifts of the Spirit function in an institution called the church. He was talking about how the life of the Spirit works to make human beings spiritual in their expression as the Church of Christ in life.

True authority is a testimony of life. God has called us all to be a part of a living body known as the body of Christ. That body is not a place we go to so we can escape from the world. That body is the corporate place of our abiding so we can become fruitful and effective in bringing life to one another and to our world. We must be spiritual people in all things. We must not be ignorant of being spiritual beings of authority. We do this by the power of the Spirit, the ministry of Christ, and as a part of a work of God in this world. This is the power, throne, and authority of our lives.

This chapter of 1 Corinthians reveals nine charismas that express the power of the Holy Spirit. Those charismas are expressions of the power of God’s Spirit to our own human spirit in order for us to be those who give life to others through the authority of our lives. In order to be spiritual, we must first be empowered in our spirits by the charisma of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

How much attention to we give to the Holy Spirit and His charisma in our lives? We are each invited, and even required, to manifest expressions of the power of the Holy Spirit in and through our lives. Supernatural words of wisdom, words of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues should be normal manifestations in our lives. I believe that each of us receives the Holy Spirit in our lives in order that we might have the power of Christ’s life to administrate Christ’s life to others through the uniqueness of each of our being and for the fullness of our authority of life to others. Any of the charisma of the Holy Spirit can manifest through us, but the Holy Spirit will work with each of us according to the uniqueness of our motivational gifting and our membership ministry in the Body of Christ (Rom. 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12:12-26). I believe that the charisma of the Spirit is meant to empower us as human beings, not as workers of religious activities. We need the supernatural realities of the Holy Spirit within us so we can live with the power of Christ’s life in all that we are and do. Many who say they are Christians have decided that these things are optional, but I believe they are essential to the spiritual makeup of our lives as redeemed humanity with the power of Christ within us. Without them we lack the power for the full administration of Christ in our lives. Paul continues to address ministries and works in this chapter, but the first ingredient to being spiritual people fulfilling the authority of our lives is to embrace the power of Christ within us.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Leading to be Spiritual People

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As New Covenant leaders in Christ, we are called to be empowered from within as sons and daughters of God and then to inspire those we lead to be the same. In the Old Covenant the responsibility of a leader was to take people by the hand and lead them (Jer. 31:32). We cannot take people by the hand and lead them in life. That will never empower people to become who they are meant to be in life. We must lead to empower people to know who they are and to be who they are destined to be in the everyday world of their daily lives. We are not to make decisions for those we lead or tell them what to do. We are to serve them by activating, facilitating, and releasing the life of Christ within them to become human beings who live lives filled with the testimony of God in their world. They must be spiritual people empowered, anointed, and led in life. They must know the power and life of the Spirit of God within them, discover their unique roles in life, and join with others to produce the effects of God’s life in their world and to others in their successive generations for the glory of God in the inheritance of Christ.  

Many times, we think that the things of the Spirit are spiritual and the things of the natural are natural. Religious cultures have left us a bankrupt mentality of life. We have somehow bought a lie that God’s world is separate from our world and that our world is separate from His. This has left us bound to realities of poverty, depravity, and meaningless activities in life. I believe that human beings were born to be spiritual beings in life. All people are natural and spirit, and both of these realities are what make us spiritual in everything we are and do in life. It is not more spiritual to pray for the sick than for a mother to care for her children. It is not less spiritual for a man to drive a truck than to cast out a demon. It is not more holy to sing worship songs than for men and women to lay their lives down for one another out of a preference of love. It is not more holy to wait on tables than to sit at Jesus’ feet and it is not less holy to wait on tables than to sit at His feet. It is all a matter of responsibility and what is important in the moment. Mary was not more spiritual than Martha; she simply knew what was important at the moment. When it comes to being natural or being of the spirit, it is not a matter of either/or; it is a matter of both in the life of each and every one of us.

As leaders we must lead to empower others to be spiritual in life. We must be spiritual and empower others to be spiritual also. We must be sons and daughters of God who serve to empower others to be sons and daughters of God in life. Paul wrote some words in regard to being spiritual people.

1 Corinthians 12:1-3 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

The word ‘gifts’ in this text is not in the original Greek. It is an added word to explain the context of the letter. I believe that the translators have missed the point of this chapter by adding the word ‘gifts’. The chapter is not about spiritual ‘gifts’. It is about being spiritual people. It includes gifts of the Spirit, the ministry of Christ’s body, and the effects or workings of the body in the world. This chapter is describing the empowerment of humanity from within, the diversity of humanity in revealing Christ to the world, and the purpose of humanity in effecting the world through relationships and functions of destiny. In all of these, human beings are to be spiritual.

Paul starts by saying that when we were not in covenant with God, lifeless, voiceless things were the drive and passion of our purpose. We were motivated by fleshly passions and desires, but at least we were motivated. Things such as parties, business, education, sports, adventure, vacations, shopping, music, science, discovery, and many other things that by themselves do not reveal or release the true destiny of human beings, led us. Things are not the true issue. They are not necessarily bad, but when they become the controllers and motivators of our lives, they bind us to being natural people. They become the idols and lords of our lives. The real issue Paul was dealing with was one of being spiritual. Paul was challenging believers to be the most passionate and purpose focused human beings on earth. They looked like people with destiny when they were dead, but now they should really reveal the true destiny of human beings in the earth. They must be spiritual people. They were born to reveal the Lordship of Jesus in life! This can only happen by the power, testimony, and purpose of the Holy Spirit manifested in their lives.

We must not be ignorant in being spiritual. We must not ignore, have little use for, have little value for, be uneducated to, or slack in any way in being spiritual people in life. Our role as leaders is to set an example to others in being spiritual people and to help others discover this mystery of life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Communion and the Body

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Another Portion of The Now Covenant:

The elements of the New Covenant communion table are revealed in verses 19 and 20 of Luke chapter 22. He told them to do this in remembrance of Him. It was not the cup of verse 17 that he told them to drink. It was the cup of verse 20. The cup of verse 17 was the cup of Redemption that Jesus drank for all men when He shed His blood. The fourth cup of verse 19, was the cup of Praise. It represents the life of the Spirit! It is the cup of Resurrection. It is not the death of Jesus Christ that guarantees our resurrection. It is the resurrection of Christ that guarantees our resurrection! It is the partaking of life that guarantees the fullness of life! The death of Jesus gave all men the right to drink of the cup of resurrection through faith in Him. When we receive the life of the Holy Spirit, we are guaranteed the full resurrection! It is the cup that Jesus drinks new with us in the kingdom of His Father. It is not a cup to be drunk in heaven. The fourth cup was the cup of Praise, a cup to be drunk upon the earth. It is the testimony of His resurrection life that guarantees the fullness of the resurrection to come. It guarantees the resurrection of heaven, because the members of the living body of Christ are drinking the cup of the resurrection of heaven on the earth.

Luke 22:17-20 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

The cup of Christ’s blood for the New Covenant believer is not the third cup. It is the fourth cup! By drinking of the cup of Praise (Resurrection) with God by His Spirit, we proclaim that Jesus Christ has drunk the third cup of Redemption for all of mankind! The communion table of the New Covenant is not set with the third cup of Redemption. It is set with the cup of Praise. When we drink of His resurrection life together as living members of the body of Christ, we truly experience the communion table of the New Covenant. We do this in remembrance of Him! Communion is not coming together to drink the third cup of the Passover again. It is coming to drink the cup that followed the supper. It is not the shadow cup of Praise, but the real cup of Praise! We are called to receive one another as living members of the body of Christ and then drink the cup of His resurrection life together as the body of Christ!

I want to propose that the ‘breaking of bread’ of the early church was not meant to be a ritual of bread and wine. It was meant to be the daily celebration of the gathering together of the body of Christ. It can include the elements of food, but in its greater reality it reveals the food of the body of Christ and the life of His resurrection Spirit. It is a celebration of human brethren living together according to the Spirit of Christ. It is void of judgments according to the flesh. It is a testimony of a love for God as their Father and a love for one another as members of God’s city, His community of sons and daughters in His kingdom.

2 Corinthians 5:14-21 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

There is one body and one Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:4). True ‘communion’ is ‘an intimate relationship with God through His Holy Spirit, with deep understanding.’  It is also ‘an intimate relationship with one another with deep understanding.’ How is this possible? Jesus is the Living Bread that makes us all ‘living bread’ (Jn. 6:33). He came as a fulfillment of all that was revealed as a shadow in the Old Testament. The Passover meal, with the bread and wine, was a symbol of the true Bread of Christ and the Life of His Spirit. Jesus fulfilled the ‘word picture’ on the very night He was betrayed. He took the bread and blessed it. The bread that he took was a ‘word picture’ of the true Bread that He was. He was about to be broken for the sins of the old Adam, that all might enter into a Living Last Adam. He was opening the door for all to become a part of the body of Christ. That true bread is His body TODAY! He broke the bread so it could be shared. He was broken, as the law had been broken, so that all who had broken the law could be made one in Him as the living body of Christ. His broken body is united as we share Christ in one another. We must eat of His flesh, and to eat His flesh is to judge no one according to the flesh (2 Cor. 5:16-17). We must recognize that we are members of the body of Christ. We must also recognize that others are members to be received as contributing elements of the life of Christ together. A proper examination is to recognize that Christ lives in each of us (2 Cor. 13:5).

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Our Communion In Christ

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To find the beginning of the communion meal, we have to understand the completion of the Passover meal of the Old Covenant. It was the fulfillment of the bread and wine of the Old Covenant that made the way for us to partake of the true bread and wine of the New Covenant. Let’s examine the true elements of the communion table. An account of what Jesus did for presenting communion can be found in Luke 22:14-20 and Matthew 26:26-29:

Luke 22:15-20 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

The setting of the communion table was one of friendship, fellowship, and life! Jesus and His disciples were not just eating a meal. They had come together to partake of a spiritual fulfillment. This particular meal was to testify of the fulfillment of the Passover meal, once for all. It marked the crucifixion of Christ to become the Lamb slain for all the sins of the world. It also marked the beginning of the increase of the body of Christ. It was the fulfillment of the testimony of God’s life for the entire world! The disciples didn’t know this, but Jesus was well aware of the significance of this time together. The bread at the table was not just any bread. It was the unleavened bread of the Passover meal. It was like every portion of bread made for every Passover meal to that date in time. It was made in the same way, and it looked the same as every previous illustration. However, Jesus saw this bread in its reality. He took it, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples. As He did, He said some profound words: “Take, eat; this is My body.” The bread before them was a shadow of the true body who stood in their midst. The bread of the Passover meal was only a shadow, but the Man standing in their midst was the real thing! He was the Man of heaven who cast a shadow into the past to reveal that He was the Lamb slain from the foundations of the world (Rev. 13:8). I believe Jesus’ statement was an invitation. I believe Jesus was saying, “Do you know what this bread really is? It has been sitting at this meal hundreds of times! Did you know that it is not just bread baked with a particular recipe? It is bread that has specifically and precisely represented Me. It is a shadow on the ground of My reality in heaven, but I have good news for you! Here I am! This bread is My body, but here I stand in bodily form. Receive My gift, take Me into your heart, become part of Me. Let’s transition the bread from picture form to a flesh and bone reality! Come, be a part of My living body.” This was the meal that Jesus had fervently longed for. This was the final meal of the shadow and the beginning of reality for the Bread of Life sent down from heaven! The completion of this meal would be the suffering of Christ and it would lead to full communion of the body of Christ.

Jesus took the cup. It was likely the third cup of the Passover celebration. It was the cup of Redemption and Blessing. It was the type and shadow of His shed blood for the redemption of all men. It represented the life of the flesh, as the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11). Jesus was ready to give the fullness of His sinless life for the fullness of the sinful flesh of the world. The qualifier of this transaction was not the goodness of mankind. It was the goodness and love of the Man Jesus Christ. He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to His disciples saying, “Drink from it, all of you” (Mt. 26:27). Luke’s account says that Jesus told them to “divide it among themselves.” This was the ‘once for all’ cup of Redemption for all men. Jesus revealed that this cup was not the wine that they supposed. The cup of Redemption was the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In His death, all men can find the fulfillment of their death. It was the completion of the wages of sin, for the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Jesus drank the fullness of that cup by shedding His blood upon the cross. This Passover meal was the final meal of its kind. It was the last of the shadow meals. Jesus became the real deal when He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. He became our Peace through His death upon the cross. The stripes upon His back attained healing for each and every member of the body of Christ (Isa. 53:5). Jesus told them all to drink this cup. He was saying, “I am about to complete this cup, once for all. It is for you, Judas! It’s for you, Peter! It’s for all of you guys who will wrestle with being faithful to Me! It is a demonstration of My faithfulness to you. I am going to complete this. I have identified with you in your meal, now I am going to make a way for you to identify with Me in My meal. The next time we drink this cup, it will be fulfilled in the kingdom of God (Lk. 22:18). We will never again drink it like this. The next time we drink it, it will be new in the kingdom of My Father (Mt. 26:29). I am making a way for you to drink the true cup of Praise (the completion of the earthly cups of the Passover meal). I am making a way for us to drink the cup of the Spirit together. I am going to willingly drink the cup of Redemption by My shed blood for you, so that we can drink the cup of Resurrection Life together. It will be the cup of Praise. When you drink the cup of Resurrection, I will drink it with you. By drinking the cup of Resurrection, you will proclaim My death. By partaking of the Bread of the body of Christ and drinking the cup of the Holy Spirit’s life among you, you will release the authority of My fulfillment of the flesh for you. You will live together as the body of Christ, not the flesh of Adam. You will be in Me, and in the Father, and the Father in you, and Me in you!”

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Foundation of Our Communion

Greetings,

In light of the present season of Easter and the resurrection life that we enjoy in Christ, I felt to post another excerpt from by book, The Now Covenant. This book is available in print, e-book, and audiobook. As New Covenant leaders and New Covenant believers in Christ, we need to walk in the fullness of the life that we have in Christ.

Audio Excerpt:

True communion was initiated in the fulfillment of Passover. Jesus became the true Passover Lamb, who took away the sins of the world. In preparation of that sacrifice, Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples. He had eaten that meal with them in previous times. He had most likely eaten the bread of Passover and drank the cup at least twice before with his men. He had experienced the physical elements of bread and wine at numerous settings of his 331/2 years of human life. As the Word of God, He had observed the Passover meal hundreds and hundreds of times from the realm of heaven. However, this meal was different. This is the one Passover meal that He had longed to see. This was the one that would fulfill all of the previous meals leading up to that moment. This is why Jesus said, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Lk. 22:15). This was the one that would reveal the truth of the Passover meal.

The first cup of the Passover meal was a cup of Thanksgiving (Kiddush), a testimony of becoming the people of God through God’s covenant and transformation in the life of Abraham. The second cup of the Passover meal was a cup of Telling, or Testimony (Hagadah), for stories of deliverance from Egyptian slavery. The third cup was the cup of Redemption, or Blessing, to demonstrate God’s redemption power for all who believe in Him. It testified of the death of the flesh of Egyptian inheritance and the protection unto new life for the believer in Israel. The fourth cup was the cup of Praise (Hallel), to testify that God had acquired His people as a holy nation unto Himself (Ex. 6:6-7). Jesus had come to the world as the Word made flesh. He Himself had fled to Egypt to free all who were bound to the bondage of sin. He was born as the cup of Thanksgiving to God. He lived his life as the cup of Telling. His life in the flesh would set precedence for all who would follow Him to become the living testimonies of God’s story in the earth. The time had finally come for Jesus to take the unleavened bread of the Passover and the third cup of Passover wine (the cup of Blessing or the cup of Redemption). Jesus finished its symbolism in the presence of His disciples. He proclaimed to them that He was about to give His life as a ransom for all men. The cup to follow the cup of Redemption would be the cup of Praise. He revealed this truth when He took the cup after supper and called it the cup of the New Covenant in His blood shed for mankind. The cup before supper was the cup of blood, the blood of the Old Covenant. The cup after supper was the cup of Hallel (Praise), the cup of resurrection life in Christ. In this act Jesus proclaimed that the blood of the New Covenant is the life of the Spirit in Christ.

Luke 22:20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

Jesus has become the resurrection life within the body of Christ that we might drink the cup of Praise anew with Him (Mt. 26:29). That cup is not a cup of earthly wine. It is a cup of heavenly wine! It is the cup of resurrection life given to all who believe in Jesus Christ. It is the cup that testifies that the cup of Redemption and Blessing has been drunk once for all men through the shedding of the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. To drink that cup of resurrection life one must first be a partaker of the Bread of Life. By drinking the cup of Praise, we proclaim the fulfillment of the cup of Redemption for all mankind. In sharing the cup of the Spirit, we experience the intimacy of the body of Christ. In experiencing the intimacy of the body of Christ we proclaim the death of Jesus Christ for all men.

The hour had come for the life of the flesh to be exchanged for the life of the Spirit for all of mankind. Jesus had come to complete the death of the old Adam and initiate the birth of a new human race through the seed of His flesh as the Last Adam. His life would be sown in corruption but raised to incorruption (1 Cor. 15:42). He would endure the cross once for all, but for the sake of the joy set before Him (Heb. 12:2). He would prove to be the beginning of the true bread and cup of life for all men (Jn. 6:35, 48). The Body of Christ would become a new creation in the earth (2 Cor. 5:17). The elements of the Passover meal would be revealed in the flesh of the body of Christ and the cup of the Holy Spirit that flows within her being. The Bible teaches that the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11). It does not teach that the life is in the blood. The life of humanity is in the Spirit of God, but the life of the flesh had to be given once for all in order for all to receive the life of the Spirit. Without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sins (Mt. 26:28; Heb. 9:22), thus Jesus shed His blood once for all. The cup of Blessing for the believer was drunk once for all by Jesus Christ. It was His willingness and obedience to love that empowered Him to shed His blood once for us all. We need not drink that cup ever again. He has given to us the cup of Praise. He has given to us the cup of the Spirit. In drinking the cup of the Spirit, we proclaim the death of Jesus Christ. For unless One drank the cup of Blessing, we could not drink the cup of Praise. God has not called us to drink the cup of Blessing. He has made a way for us to drink the cup of Praise! He has the authority to bring all men out of sin as the cup of Thanksgiving. He set precedence for the testimony of all men as the cup of Telling. He has fulfilled the death of the flesh for all men as the cup of Redemption and Blessing. He is now calling all men to drink of the cup of Praise, proclaiming we are a holy nation unto God our Father. Is this not the cup of the New Covenant table?

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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A Life Changing Covenant

Greetings;

Today I am posting a section from my book, The Now Covenant. This book is available in print and e-book on Amazon and also available in audiobook form through the links at the close of this post.

Audio:

The Old Covenant was not merely a means of bringing us to the New Covenant. It was a shadow of the very thing that was always intended to be in Christ. God always wanted a covenant of intimacy with mankind. I believe that failure is perhaps the way to know who God really is. Perhaps Paradise is not a place where everything works, but rather a place where everything is dependent upon God. When we depend on God all things work out, and all things can even become as a Paradise. I have discovered in my many decades of knowing God that it is not what I know about Him that counts. It is what I have become of Him that matters in life. When it comes to forgiveness, it is not the theology of forgiveness that counts, it is the substance of forgiveness that I have become that matters. How can I say I am a substance of forgiveness unless I come face-to-face with unforgiveness in my life? How can I say I really am something unless I come face-to-face with what I am not? So, if we were created in the likeness and the image of God, do you suppose it is possible we had to become what God is not so that we could become the substance of what He truly is? Forgiveness is not just the result of the waving of a magic wand in life. It is a measurable substance of what we have become when coming to the face of what it is not. Forgiveness is only proven to be real when it is faced with unforgiveness, and it does not change. I believe that the Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood so that everyone in the neighborhood who is flesh could become a testimony of the Word.

The Word is expression. It includes things that are audible, visible, emotional, and any substance that can be felt or experienced by the atmosphere in which we live. Something is coming off of us that is affecting the world we live in. I believe that something came off of God when He created man, thus what He created became an expression of Him. Mankind is the substance of God in the core of their creation. Humanity’s commission is not merely to tell people about God, but to reveal Him to the world in which they live. None of us are Him, but we are expressions of Him to reveal who He is to the world. We are His word. We are expressions of Him. God wants the fullness of that. He wants men and women who reveal the substance of who He is. The woman is not the helper of the man, but the helpmate with the man meant to be part of a partnership that reveals God to the world. God’s likeness is both masculine and feminine. The closest thing to God in the planet is human DNA and He wants that expression to be continually new. He wants that expression to be a NOW expression of Him. He doesn’t just want us to go around with bumper stickers on our automobiles that say, ‘what would Jesus do’, He wants us to be expressions of what Jesus is doing. He wants us to be expressions of our heavenly Father in every aspect of our lives. The Old Covenant was a way of coming to the place of New Covenant. It was the way of revealing our failure so we could become the truth of God in Christ.

It is only in the New Covenant that God can truly be the teacher of mankind. God does not teach us through the power of information. He teaches us by the power of transformation. The Scripture is not the teacher of men. The Holy Spirit is the teacher of men, and He teaches us by submerging our hearts in Him. When we are submerged in love, we become love. When we are submerged in forgiveness, we become forgiveness. His way of changing our way of life, our doctrine, is to submerge us in the substance of His presence. His teaching is the power of transformation, not the power of information. The Old Covenant was a covenant of information, but the New Covenant is a covenant of transformation from within. The Spirit of the Lord empowers the desires of our hearts. He gives us the desires of His will. The Spirit of Wisdom empowers our actions to be acts of faith toward God. We love Him so we choose to demonstrate our love with actions motivated by faith in our hearts. The Spirit of Understanding submerges us in the presence of all that God is and we are given a testimony that comes by being transformed in Him. The Spirit of Counsel reveals who we really are. It testifies of our Father in heaven, and we become the light, even as our heavenly Father is light. The Spirit of Might awakens our hearts to know who we are in Christ. We are empowered from within, and we are confessed by God as the sent ones of His resurrection life to the world. Our hearts are awake towards His purpose in our lives for the sake of others. The Spirit of Knowing empowers us to truly love. We make decisions for others based upon who we are, not what we reason they deserve or do not deserve. We see ourselves as living bread for the world and as a cup of life for the nations. The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord causes us to reign in life, because His manifest presence in us enables us to reign in all things. The testimony of His inheritance becomes the legacy we leave for others to walk in. These are the testimonies of New Covenant life in Christ.

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Prophecy In Bulgaria – March 17, 2022

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Greetings,

I just finished a week in Bulgaria where God moved in a very powerful way. While I was there I released several prophetic words that I feel are very relevant to the body of Christ at large. Today I want to share one of those prophetic words. The following words and prophetic utterance was given in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 17, 2022.

God is releasing a testimony inside of you and out because the voice of the lord is the voice of many waters and you are living in a very unique time on planet earth. And some of you will hear some things in your spirit tonight that will go beyond your head. Others of you will hear some things in your head that need to to go to your spirit, but I feel that Daddy God wants to say some things tonight. He says,

I’ve activated your heart to see Jesus in your midst and I’m pleased with the rejoicing and the sounds of life that are emerging.  Get ready for I’m calling you to a deeper place, God says. For some of you would think that the water is up to the waist and to the chest, but I say the water has not even reached the waist yet, says God, on My body. You’ve experienced the ankle deep and you’ve experienced the knee deep. But you’re about to experience the waist deep and there’s going to be a procreative power of life that’s going to enter into your midst.

And in these past decades I have announced that I was bringing a tsunami wave, and many have rejoiced in the thought that I would bring such a wave, but My tsunami wave is not a wave of blessing. It’s a wave of making you become a blessing. For the tsunami wave is not a wave that is easily ridden to surf. But I declare that I’ve announced my judgment to the nations. And My judgment to the nations is Mercy! Mercy! Mercy to the lawless! Mercy to the legalist! And from mercy will come forth truth and there’s going to be a transformation in the hearts of My people. For when the tsunami wave comes the waters of the world retreat. And it’s not a time to seek the waters of the world, but it’s time to seek the mountain of God. And you’re going to hear such a sound in your hearts and such a sound in the nations that says, Come, let us go to the house of the Lord! Come, let us run to the mountain of our God! For I say to you, My love is stronger than any mountain of stone and My love will lift your vision higher.

Do not be confused with what’s going on in the nations. I’ve made this an impossible time, because you are yet to see what is possible with Me. And I’ve made this a season of miracles, says God. But don’t be those who question the miracles and oppose what I do, and don’t be those who are distracted by the miracles, by the things that I do. You’re going to see such miracles and the temptation will be to rejoice in the miracles, but God says, I’m calling you to a deeper level. Because this is not a season of power. This is a season of intimacy! For there have been those who have camped along the banks of the shores of the world clothed in the clothing of the beach and there have been those who have held unto the pain of the past. But I’ve brought a move of My Spirit, says God. Even now it’s rising up within you. For My voice is the voice of many waters and you’re going to experience such intimacy in Me to know that My mercy has triumphed over every judgment! Because My mercy is the judgment! I have made My judgement and now you will come to My mountain in a deeper place of reality and instead of wearing the clothing of the ways of the world you will wear the clothing of the ways of children of God. The ways of sons and daughters. The ways of princess and princesses. You will wear the ways of being loved by Me and let go of the pains of the past for they are tattoos of the world. This is not a time for the tattoos of the world. This is a time to be marked by Me, says God. To be marked by My healing. To be marked by My life. To be marked by My sweetness. To wear the tattoos of heaven, says God. For it’s not the tattoos of where you have come form that I’ve called to be on your body. It’s the tattoos of where you are and where you are going that I’m placing upon My body, says God. They are not the tattoos of your story. They’re the tattoos of My story! Because I knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb, and I’m the only one who knows the truth. I’m the one who knows the truth about you. For you have looked in the mirror, but I have looked in the heart and you have looked in the mirror to the tattoos of the world. But I have looked in the mirror to the tattoos of heaven. And even tonight I’m marking you with mercy, says God. And you’re going to know that the joy of Me is your strength. And you’re going to get a revelation that My joy is your strength. For God says, you are My voice. I am the word, but you are My voice! But My voice can only be found in Me. You cannot find your voice in where you have come from. Let go of the tattoos of pain. For this is a season of deeper reality, deeper intimacy, says God.   

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Key To Happiness

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Greetings,

What is the key to happiness? True happiness comes when we discover God’s wisdom and God’s understanding in our lives. This is not our own wisdom or our own understanding. It is what God knows and how God directs. The wisdom of mankind is self-motivated, self-focused and self-preserving, but the wisdom of God is life-motivated, life-focused, and life-giving in all things. His life-giving wisdom always pursues life-giving knowledge to establish life-giving understanding. This should renew our strength!

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; 14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.

Wouldn’t it stand to reason, that leaders should be happy people? Leaders should be people who know how to discover the wisdom and understanding of God; thus, they discover the happiness of the will of God in their lives for the sake of leading others to finding the same. Wisdom is not a depending upon what we know. True wisdom is depending on the One who knows. God writes the beginning from the end and His end is always redemptive in its purpose. If we seek to know God’s wisdom, we also seek to know His redemptive end. We can have an expectation of this. God ends with life, so He seeks constant and continual beginnings of life. Knowing this should make us happy!

The world is facing shaking and difficult times, but we have an internal kingdom of life that empowers our way in the natural world of our surrounding. Believers need not be afraid. Leaders in the body of Christ should lead others to not be afraid. God’s wisdom gives foundations and creates new things. From what is formless, void, and dark He brings forth order, fullness, and light. We must be seekers of Him in order to be seekers of His wisdom.

Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew. 21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. 23 Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. 25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.

These truths should inspire us to be stable in our walk in life. These words address the fact that the wicked will inspire trouble, but we need not be afraid. We can be like Jesus Christ as the body of Christ. We can be unshakable as the rock of Christ. Let’s not be easily moved by the events of the world. Let’s be determined by our access to heaven and heaven’s access to our lives. Our God is the Lord and we can be happy people, even in difficult times.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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