Response is made to complaints that condemnation, negative criticism, and unkindness always appear as aspects when Christians share their beliefs or understandings of the holy Scriptures.  Also, there is more on grace not against law.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using ID “Grace” (Level 2 with 309 points, a member since July 15, 2014) posted the following:

 

Do Xians understand how cruel and offensive it is to say that? 

1) Many are called, few are chosen. (thus I am chosen for heaven and you for hell)

2) God doesn’t send people to hell. People send themselves to hell (because we weren’t chosen and because God refused to give us brains capable of comprehending your story line.

3) You DO believe in God, but you are in denial because of your iniquity. (Why is god too powerless to reach through the alleged denial?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Grace is Not Against Law—(5.)  Teaching in favor of grace, rather than the Decalogue or Jewish law as identified through the Scriptures, is being provided through a sacred priesthood, and a new testament in the blood of Jesus Christ.  Grace is preferred to law as an explanatory principle for the highest relationship with GOD.  Neither divine love nor sin were completely and correctly communicated to the living by the law; and so the curse (i.e., condemnation, prohibitions, and punitive sanctions) were introduced.  The operations of sin have demanded that grace be further clarified and revealed so that created beings and living creatures might escape the peculiar limitations imposed by the original system of sacred laws that assumed Adam and his descendants all would be in personal relationship to divinity on the basis of direct contact, and active presence.  While the law does correctly identify sin and its consequences, divine law does not eliminate, erase, or remove sin as a continuing aspect of awareness and self-will within the living.  Only death and new life from GOD establish permanent release from sin; and mankind must be endowed with divine content that will prepare flesh both for resurrection from death, and for eternal existence as immortal and incorruptible.  Because of sin, there now must be atonement, purification, redemption, resurrection, salvation, sanctification and many other divine operations simply spoken of as “rebirth”.  See Deuteronomy 27:  26, John 3:  6-8, Galatians 3:  10-14, Titus 3:  3-7, James 2:  10-20 and 1st Peter 1:  13-23, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:  And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth:  lo, there thou hast that is thine.  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance:  but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness:  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  (Matthew 25:  24-33, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); Spring-training? (04/11/2014); Kill the Blog Writer! (04/12/2014); Scriptures and Judging Others (03/12/2014); Faith Given By GOD (03/13/2014)

 

“Grace”, here are a few points to consider that can not be avoided for any belief system acknowledging GOD as righteous and holy:

(1.)  The exalted status of GOD is not merely based upon the idea that the Almighty Father has supreme authority, and governs all created beings and living creatures with power to condemn, destroy, kill, resurrect, and even to grant eternal life.  For ones sacred knowledge to be comprehensive and sound, divinity would also have to be described and recognized in terms of those operations having cosmic proportion that may only be carried out and performed by GOD, the full range of eternal purposes expressed through divine revelation, and a detailed description for the various aspects that make up divine person.

(2.)  For the sake of their integrity as genuine persons, created beings and living creatures are established having awareness, independence, and self-will.  However, given their fragility, infirmity, impurity, and vulnerability, there must be a “protective” distance from the Almighty for finite created beings and living creatures to continue in existence before GOD.  Intimate relationship, and access to GOD are controlled through such divine operations as atonement, baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak), communion, judgment, penance, prayer, repentance, sanctification, and worship.  All living things are not the same; only certain ones are the children of GOD in terms of functions, preparation, readiness, strength, and divine substance.

(3.)  Through the provisions of GOD, who is spirit, appearing in human form (we say, incarnate) as Jesus Christ, mankind may receive various inseparable aspects of sacred substance from the content and makeup of GOD.  Included are boldness (some say, confidence, courage), faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The work of the imparted, indwelling Spirit is to establish union with GOD through the life of his Son.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Many attack the righteousness of GOD as being “cruel and offensive” on the basis of their ignorance, their immaturity, their lack of understanding, and their separation from GOD.  Like small children, they whine and cry because they may not have their own way.  Creation, judgment, redemption, salvation, and the various unknown operations of GOD are, in fact, absolutely non-negotiable.  For those lacking the divine endowment, sacred knowledge and divine will must always be incorrectly seen as in conflict with human desire, fantasy, intellect, lust, passion, and pride.  Through such devices as duty (things that must be done, like it, don’t like it), mankind is being mercifully instructed and prepared to complete the ongoing transformation wherein mortality will be ended, and changes now being introduced into life experience of believers will become final and permanent.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Covenant, faith, grace, divine law, and mercy are topics, today.  Also there is more on an eternity of worship.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “craig” (Level 1 with 115 points, a member since July 07, 2014) posted the following:

 

Whats up with these so called Christians who preach against the ten commandments and jewish law in favor of grace?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  An Eternity of Worshipping? (07/22/2014)—(5.)  Believers are confidant that their commitment to Christ will bear fruit as contentment, happiness, and satisfaction, because they are granted a foretaste of the life to come.  The believer’s faith is built up on the basis of actual experience, not by fantasy, imagination, make believe, and speculation.  Ones eternal life begins now, before their physical death and resurrection, through fellowship within the church, through awareness of the details in the holy writings that document miracles and sacred events, and through their own daily, human experiences of spirit growth, triumph, and victory.

(6.)  All worship by believers is an expression of their spirit content; and many simple activities and behaviors may be used in the course of worship (e.g., bowing, breathing, folding ones hands).  Only behavior directed toward acknowledgment of divinity qualifies as worship.  While worship for an assembly or congregation of believers is usually achieved by using fixed patterns and set programs of activity (we say, customs, liturgy, rites, rituals), the acknowledgement of GOD that is worship also goes forward as commitment to unselfish service, personal devotion, and the whole-hearted offering of oneself as an individual.  Corporate worship (i.e., as a body, as a group) requires agreement, collective understanding, and shared vision.  Thus, symbolic acts and pre-set routines are relied upon that provide the beauty of holiness—we say, balance, diversity, symmetry, clarity, concentration, continuity, energy, focus, and richness along with purity and simplicity.  Individual worship tends to emphasize humility, self-denial, and submission.  Many believers practice asceticism; shun material comforts; prefer private (we say, secret, and unspoken) prayers; pursue intense studies of the holy writings; and avoid social gatherings as features of their worship.  There are also believers who seek extra-biblical experiences of spirit knowledge and power as mystics.  See 1st Chronicles 16:  28-30, Matthew 6:  5-6, 2nd Corinthians 5:  5-10 and 17, Romans 8:  22-25, Hebrews 11:  1, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.  And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.  And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.  And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;  And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.  (Acts 15:  4-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Does The Divine Part (01/05/2014); Sin in Mind not Deed? (01/06/2014); The Benefit of Law? (11/15/2013); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Law in Christian Belief? (09/03/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Magical Resurrection? (03/20/2013); By Grace (09/04/2012); Yet If I Judge (09/05/2012)

 

“craig”, here are a few points that should help build your understanding of Christian belief:

(1.)  Divine grace does not cancel or negate divine law (the expressed will of GOD)—or divine utterance such as commandment, proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  Grace is to be seen as one of the aspects of divinity whereby covenant relationship, once established through law to be eternal and permanent, yet, may be altered, clarified, and otherwise maintained.

(2.)  The Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ day repeatedly attacked the Savior’s teachings as being in defiance of time-tested customs and traditions that have been provided by GOD through the covenant of Moses.  (As is often the case among clergy today, their actual focus was continuing and justifying their own authority.)  Jesus demonstrated that, in fact, his behavior and the doctrine were in agreement with, and carried out, the eternal purposes and workings of the law.  Believers all are to discern and respond to the spirit content and substance of the law that has always existed, yet, has continuously been ignored, improperly taught, misapplied, and neglected.

(3.)  Grace pertains to the sovereign will of GOD, and may be understood as a divine aspect within the full makeup of the Almighty.  Where the law may be regarded as a tool used for relationship with GOD that is external, formal and impersonal, grace should be understood as intimate, organic, and privileged.  Therefore, believers often say, grace is “divine prerogative.”  Grace interacts in balance and proportion with other inseparable aspects of divinity such as awareness, faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, righteousness, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Through grace, created beings and living creatures obtain comfort from GOD that, in humility, many label as “unmerited favor.”  However, grace is an imperative within the GODhead, and may not be appealed to, exploited as a weakness, influenced, or manipulated.  Grace is an ever present aspect of the active presence of GOD, like mercy within the process of divine judgment.  Mercy does not cancel or negate the demands of the law; mercy ensures that judgment will be balanced, thorough, righteous and unbiased.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Duty, family, human nature, and worship in heaven come into view, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “The Green Machine” (Level 5 with 6,162 points, a member since November 09, 2013) posted the following:

 

How would Christians like to spend eternity worshipping God?

Because that’s what heaven is like. Its not a place where you meet your family and friends and be free. Its a place of worship.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Why Were We Sent Here? (07/20/2014)—(5.)  Mankind was not “sent” to earth as an accident or an experiment; and the earth was not created to serve as a battlefield, a hospital, a practice area, a “proving ground,” a test lab, or a form of punishment by separation from GOD (such as was brought against those who lost their first estate in heaven).  The earth was specifically created as the sphere of life having conditions that would support the continued existence of  mankind.  Because many conceive their existence as independent both from GOD and from the earth, the world has been created by mankind to maintain communication, exchange, and survival.  The world system provides beliefs, meanings and values for the living, and deals with the earth as a disposable object, not as ones origin, ones home, or any organic aspect of oneself.  Through the operations of sin, mankind now abuses and misapplies the devices and mechanisms that were intended by divinity as benefit.  Included are authority, divine law, dominion, hierarchy, judgment, the Tree of Life, and truth.  Apart from GOD, created beings and living creatures must be deprived of various blessings, gifts, possibilities, and tools.  As a result, mankind is often challenged, confused, destroyed, and frustrated.  The many sacred purposes of salvation include preparing mankind to be immortal and incorruptible, and to live forever upon the earth.  See Isaiah 45:  18, Jude 1:  6, 1st Timothy 2:  13-15, Galatians 6:  7-8, Psalms 37:  8-10, Jeremiah 27:  4-5 and Isaiah 65:  17-23, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  And the four beasts said, Amen.  And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.  (Revelation 5:  13-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014); To Serve GOD Acceptably (07/10/2014); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); Does Believing Make It Happen? (09/18/2012); What is Worship? (10/18/2010); No Free Will (10/19/2010)

 

“The Green Machine”, here are a few points to consider that you may have overlooked:

(1.)  Worship and operating in accordance with ones own spirit content from GOD are contrary to dependence upon ones animal nature and regularly operating after the flesh.  Human awareness and self-will may be dominated and driven by such aspects as appetite (e.g., hunger, sexual cravings, thirst), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotional/mental functioning (e.g., anxiety, desire, fear, imagination, recall) as well as by contact, exchange and social process.

(2.)  Sin does not appear as contrary and foreign to ones own spirit content.  Yet, sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of GOD as Law Giver, and of all Creation that operates on the basis of divine order.  Sin may control and generate attitudes, behavior and conduct.  Lacking the various provisions of GOD, created beings and living creatures do not detect, recognize or correctly resist the action and presence of sin within their consciousness, and upon their self-will.

(3.)  Those who will worship in heaven first will have undergone a transformation that fits and suits them for an environment of spiritual purity.  They will have been born again, and will have received an endowment of divinity that includes such inseparable features as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, peace, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  They will have been nourished upon the earth through fellowship with other believers, sacred knowledge by study of the holy writings, and discipline through practice of holy sacraments.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  At the appearing of Jesus Christ, the transformation that has already begun, and is continuing to happen right now, whereby believers become immortal and incorruptible will be completed.  Such beggarly elements as ambition, contradiction, dullness, human error, idleness, indecision, misery, monotony, and mortality will all become a “thing of the past” that will never exist again.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Companionship with divinity, and the purposes of GOD for the  existence of mankind are topics today.  No BATTLE AXE appears.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Gabrielle” (Level 1 with 9 points, a member since January 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

What are your opinions about this? please do not be rude it is necessary? 

We were sent here to be saved To enjoy ourselves right?
The moral of the story is we werent brought here to destroy ourselves

Why get mad when the truth is revealed? Parents arent just Parents You know Where do you think being taught good and whats bad come from? The moral of the story is Truth is God therefore God is good and God is love but I do know He sure isnt bad

What goes around goes around goes around Comes all the way back around Aye! #JT The world calls is “Karma” but God said its reaping what you sow

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:  nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.  (Hebrews 12:  6-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012); A Life Companion? (11/07/2012); On Asking Why (11/08/2012); Unto Caesar…? (11/09/2012)

 

“Gabrielle”, here are some points to consider that are in agreement with Bible teachings and Christian belief:

(1.)  GOD is a being made up entirely of spirit substance such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  All the created beings and living creatures that exist were put forth for Almighty GOD to enjoy himself as their Creator and Maker.

(2.)  In the plan of GOD, the living are to enjoy themselves by operating in harmony with divinity.  All are provided with sacred knowledge and awareness of the active presence of GOD through revelation that includes divine law, sacred events (we say, miracles), the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ as Risen Lord, and the imparted Spirit of GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).

(3.)  Our experience as companions to GOD has been skewered and twisted by the appearance of sin among the living.  Sin is not created by angels, by mankind, or by GOD; yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of all sacred operations (e.g., judgment, rebirth, repentance, resurrection), of GOD as the Law Giver, and of all Creation that responds to law for divine order and eternal purpose.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The living are to be in an uninterrupted relationship with the Almighty Father that is characterized by divine love.  Thus, death becomes merely sleep.  The finite social processes among mankind can be understood as put into place as a bridge whereby humanity is allowed to “cross the gap” in reaching GOD.  Human  beings are born into families, must rely upon and trust others for instruction, nourishment and protection, and must achieve balance, consistency and stability (we say, maturity, perfection) through such challenging conditions as disagreement, ignorance, inappropriate expectations, inequality, and GOD keeping a necessary distance to complete sacred works and maintain authority along with separation and silence.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The question, What should we do at the time of his Advent (the Second Coming of Jesus)? is the topic, today.  Usually, I avoid presenting my own prayers in this setting, a sacred writings blog, because my prayers are intimate expressions intended for GOD, not for my readers.  However, all believers are obliged to share now whatever encouragements, gifts, helps, and sacred truth they may have, and not to withhold them until the day of his Coming.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth:  for the LORD hath spoken it.  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.  (Isaiah 25:  8-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Cleansing the Temple, and the Body (03/16/2014); GOD to “Try Harder”? (03/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014)

 

Having heard the trumpet sound, and the shout of the archangel, my first thoughts were that I would run out of doors.  I would want to see with my own eyes the Lord coming with the clouds from heaven.  I thought to myself, I would probably have my socks on already, so I would quickly slip on some shoes (probably would not tie the strings); and I would go downstairs into the front yard and stand, facing the East.

When I realized, there might be a crowd outside, and that others might rush outside, just like me; I considered how some would fall to their knees in prayer.  The words, “I’m sorry” and “I didn’t mean to do it” would be on the lips of many men, women, and children.  However, the purpose of the Coming is not to call us into embarrassment, fear of judgment, guilt, and remorse.  Many will be terrified; and all the forms of fear will be present, including awe, anxiety, fright, and panic.  On the one hand, the Advent is not an “I gotcha” moment.  On the other hand, the Coming will immediately declare the final judgment.  The time for prayers requesting forgiveness will already be over; and the time for prayers to acknowledge, welcome, yield, and show respect will be upon us.

There will be a moment for prayers that say, Thank you for your grace.  I confess, I am not worthy of all the wonderful blessings you intend for those who have become yours, purchased by atonement and blood, by faith, by love, and by truth.   You are worthy to be accepted as our Supreme Ruler, honored, obeyed, praised, and trusted.  Please, do come to us, Lord Jesus, the Lamb of GOD that taketh away the sin of the world.  Savior.  Son of the Highest.

It occurred to me, many of us will be unclean because of blood, sweat, urine, and other body fluids.  I thought, there will probably be time to run back upstairs and wash, put on a clean shirt, a tie, or even change my underwear!  (Some of us already do that, every day they dress in “go to meetin’ clothes,” just to be ready in case “today might be the day.”)  However, I realized, the living will probably not be as unclean as those decayed and rotten from the grave.  All are to be caught up in the air, and in the twinkling of an eye, all will be made permanently clean, immortal, incorruptible, and sanctified.

The most difficult challenge the believer must face is that of learning to tarry (we sometimes say, Let go, let GOD).  Yet, one does not tarry by being idle, being indifferent, being lazy, or being unobservant.  Patiently waiting for Christ is made easy as we serve, and never become weary of well-doing.  To tarry is to maintain vigilance, stay alert, to watch and pray.  Thus, believers discipline their minds to maintain focus in the promises of GOD; become skilled at waiting without having to be busy with unnecessary activity; learn to be effective functioning as independent persons without companions and peers; and master sitting in silence as well as continuously walking by faith, not by sight.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, those who welcome Christ each day through their morning devotions, prayers and Scripture studies will not feel pressured to do anything extraordinary, or unusual.  Like those who appear in times of crisis and emergency that we later call heroes, these prepared believers will probably display what they consider the “natural”, “normal” and “routine” thing:  Laughter, tears of joy, unselfish thoughts of loved ones.  Surely, many will say,  Father as I come to you through this ministry of Jesus Christ, I have no idea where I am to go, or how I may become all you would have me to be.  Even so, we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.  Guide us, lead us, shear us, slaughter us; all that we are, and all we may become belongs to you.  We come to you without silver and gold; and we are willing to abandon all worldly ambition.  You have granted us a foretaste of glory divine.  We are now trusting in the promises for resurrection and eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I expand upon a comment (see below) that I posted on Facebook in response to photographs posted by a younger cousin of herself and her brother from some years ago.  I shared a Scripture proclaiming the triumph of Jesus Christ.  The enemy not only wanted to take my mother’s life away from me; even the only photograph I had of her—kept in a special scrapbook within the privacy of my bedroom—was coveted.  Thus, it is by things revealed in Christ that I have continued with balance and wholeness from GOD; and more than once, I have been privileged to see and speak with my mother in dreams.  I continue to believe Christ had prepared me and strengthened me for the common ordeal of losing a family member (e.g., children, parents, spouse, etc.), one that threatens most believers throughout their lives until the time it finally occurs.  Even so, as I thought on this, I realized, we are rarely given instruction by our parents, our friends, or our neighbors on what to do or say that correctly comforts and nourishes others in their bereavement.  Some years ago, at the last funeral I attended, I was forced to speak angrily after an example in the Bible:  Then Job answered and said,  I have heard many such things:  miserable comforters are ye all.  Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?  I also could speak as ye do:  if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.  But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.  (Job 16:  1-5, KJV)  I have since learned that, because the power of death is repeatedly experienced as an emotional or mental breakdown (we say, people are not themselves) that is accompanied by doubt, fear and spiritual upheaval, the intervention of GOD through Jesus Christ absolutely must appear in order for created beings and living creatures to have place within the eternal order that is to exist throughout the universe:

 

Thanks for sharing these.  For many years I’ve had a large scrapbook that I filled with my favorite verses of Scripture.  After my mothers death, I kept 3 special photographs there, including one taken of her during the 80s.  When someone (an abomination who apparently did not know me, have compassion toward me, or respect me) removed the photos, I was reminded once again:  Luke 12:  4-6, King James Version (KJV) 4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:  Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  Be encouraged!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.  And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer:  or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.  (2nd Corinthians 1:  3-7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A “Good” Verse? (05/09/2014); What GOD Demands (05/10/2014); Our Present Comfort? (06/28/2013); Come As You Are? (06/29/2013); Faith for Facing Tragedy? (06/04/2013); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013)

 

Here are a few points believers should consider regarding our duty as comforters:

(1.)  The time for service as one who heals, one who reinforces, and a valuable ally who helps others around them to overcome bereavement, loss, and separation does not begin with the onset of a crisis.  Long before the  death of any loved one, divine love is imparted by the believer as a subtle (barely visible; hidden because quiet) presence, that, like a seed buried within the earth, appears and blossoms as godly benefit at a later time—when comfort may be least expected (and perhaps not even welcome) yet, most needed.  Comfort is not to be an artifact of mourning; comfort is to be an aspect of eternal life established now and today through ones regular routines of life.

(2.)  Those who insisted upon cheap talk, condemnation, and gossip behind your loved ones back, are no different than those who denied them because of their poverty, did nothing to encourage their positive efforts to meet challenges and overcome their problems, and refused to share or lift them up when given opportunities by GOD.  Comfort is not to be from the recall of kindness to oneself so much as it is to be the memory of kindness to ones deceased.  The blessing from GOD is twofold, a double portion, where we look back upon good works, and where the believer continues having relationship with those who did serve, share and uplift their deceased during the times of their struggles and victories.

(3.)  While gentleness, floral bouquets, releasing memorial balloons, prayers, and kind words are nice and thoughtful, the most meaningful comforts are those that come by our being filled with the Spirit of Jesus to establish continuous and eternal life.  Because GOD is active and present in (we say, inhabits) praise and the aspect of prophecy that is edification (we say, building up and comfort), divinity is conveyed and imparted to those who endure loss by proclaiming the promises of GOD in Christ, even resurrection from the dead, and completion of their transformation to be immortal and incorruptible at his appearing.  Thus, believers should be alert to obey 1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  What believers are to do as vessels of divinity (we say, incarnations of Spirit) is demonstrate and manifest divine love.  Thereby the believer acknowledges Jesus as son of the Highest, and “comforts” GOD, who has suffered separation from Christ through death, sin, and slander.  Christ within the living is the comfort to GOD that refreshes the Almighty Father as the power from his resurrection, as the new life from his ministry of atonement, and as the affirmation that a believer is one redeemed and saved in the judgment of GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Government by GOD, divine peace, and titles for Jesus Christ are in view, today.  No BATTLE AXE appears.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using ID “Anthony” (Level 2 with 257 points, a member since July 21, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why is Jesus called the “Prince of Peace” when he said that he did not come to bring peace to earth? 

I have heard of Jesus referred to as the “Prince of Peace,” but then I found the following, which seems to contradict that title.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Mathew 10:34-39)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:  and his name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations:  and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.  (Revelation 19:  11-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Finding Peace Through the Bible? (06/02/2014); Disliking Other Christians? (06/03/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); Scriptures and Judging Others (03/12/2014); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013)

 

“Anthony”, here are a few points that are often overlooked when considering Christ as the Prince of Peace:

(1.)  Divinity is to have rule through a lasting and permanent spiritual condition, not a one-time event, or series of social exchanges.  The sword that is brought to the earth is not warfare, rather it is authority and government by GOD that also includes the continuous execution of eternal purpose and righteous judgment.

(2.)  Before created beings and living creatures may know peace, Almighty GOD must have the accomplishment, fulfillment, and satisfaction whereby divinity is at peace.  The mystery of GOD (we say, sacred truth) is to be revealed and acknowledged; and all things proclaimed, promised, and prophesied must be carried out and completed by the same Spirit that operated at Creation.

(3.)  The peace from GOD “passes understanding” in the sense that it does not derive from the exercise of such finite tools as emotion, intellect, logic, reason, and science.  Peace proceeds from discerning (i.e., detecting, recognizing and responding to) the presence and interaction that occurs among the aspects of ones own and the divine content in others.  The inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD include accountability, faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  All Christian believers enter into a process of change, growth, and transformation to become immortal and incorruptible companions to Jesus Christ.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit, believers enter into a relationship with One who is eternal and immutable.  Those “born again” also must “grow up again” (we say, mature) meeting the challenges and “growing pains” of life in the earth.  This includes resolving conflicts between the flesh and the Spirit, eliminating imbalance and inconsistency as well as detecting and resisting sin.  Peace, therefore, does not mean apathy, idleness or inactivity.  Divine peace is certainty, closure (we say, being sealed), commitment, perfection, and sanctification that comes by being immersed within and joined to GOD (we say, unity).)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and standing as one preparing, and being prepared.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC