What appears as the arrogant language and “holier-than-thou” manner of Christian believers when declaring the will of GOD is considered, today.  Also, there is more on resurrection from the dead.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Robby” (Level 3 with 1,993 points, a member since March 24 , 2014) posted the following:

 

Everyone’s view of God is different, so why does each person speak as if their own opinion of god’s will is correct? 

Why don’t they say ”this is what I think god wants” rather than ”this is what god wants”?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014)—The person who says that there are things impossible for GOD operates with limited ideas and concepts (we say, ignorance, lack of spiritual knowledge) determined by human experiences of appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual activity), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting), and emotional/mental functions (e.g., desire, fear, imagination, recall).  Those having no understanding of GOD as one who exercises sovereign authority over all existence have not yet “discovered” the aspect of human makeup spoken of as the “inner spirit.” More than this, they fail to grasp the possibilities for communication and relationship with GOD wherein GOD may demonstrate and reveal divinity.  For those lacking spiritual awareness and discernment (i.e., ability to use ones own spiritual content given from GOD to recognize spiritual events, objects and persons), their highest levels of consciousness are experienced as a form of perception (a process of observation and interpretation of ones environment).  Thus, for example, beauty is no concrete, material, or physical thing that exists, and that all men describe and speak of in the same way.  One person’s perception of a painting by El Greco, by Salvador Dali, or by Van Gogh may be one of balance, beauty, and depth.  Another person’s perception may be of darkness, distortion, pain, and ugliness.  Yet, there is sufficient agreement that every viewer experiences shared meaning, and participates in proposing the standards to clarify the aesthetics and principles for assigning value.  To be thorough, our human standards for speaking of GOD must embrace all that pertains to birth, continuity, creation, death, life, love, and reproduction along with correction, government, judgment, and sanctification.  Consider Deuteronomy 29:  1-4, 1st Samuel 12:  16-18, 2nd Kings 4:  8-10, Job 33:  12-17, Isaiah 64:  4-5, 1st Corinthians 2:  12-14, Matthew 22:  30-32, 1st Peter 1:  3-9, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  (2nd Corinthians 4:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); Wrong Not to Forgive? (03/05/2014); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); (Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013)

 

“Robby”, here are a few points on Christian belief you may not have seen before:

(1.)  Those who acknowledge salvation through the ministry and work of Jesus Christ have all been recruited to display and share the “good news” (we say, the Gospel) through their own attitudes and lives upon the earth.  Believers are permanently changed through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak).  It is spirit matter from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin) that equips believers to perform their duty as spokespersons and witnesses for Christ and GOD (we say, as apostles, disciples, prophets, priests and kings).

(2.)  The “authority” and “force of truth” (some say, power) a believer displays does not emerge from their own creativity, imagination, intellect, logic, and mental abilities.  Eternal goals and divine purposes are to be established by what a believer will say and do.  Therefore, it is not a matter of personal opinion.  What believers utter (e.g., comfort, praise, promise, prophecy) must make a connect at the level of spirit, rather than the levels of emotion and mind.

(3.)  Personal testimony is often used by believers as a device to edify others (i.e., build up the spirit content of those to whom they minister).  Because testimony appears as ones own eye-witness report, hearers often miss the fact that testimony is a formal statement submitted in the process of judgment, and its force, validity and value resides in its being “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The divine process among mankind is a work of both flesh and Spirit.  For that reason, many things must go forward paced according to the finite limits of men, rather than by all the boundless possibilities of GOD.  Those born again must gradually “grow up” again meeting the same life challenges as others in the earth until they become mature (we say, perfected, ripe for harvest).  Despite being “chosen,” where they mistakenly speak from self-will, believers can not accomplish the divine purpose as models of what to become, what to do.  Instead, they serve as examples of what not to be and what not to do.  Their hearers are being granted an experience to develop discernment.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  (1st Peter 5:  6-7, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Assumptions about GOD, resurrection, and sin are in view, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “g” (Level 1 with 17 points, a member since March 08, 2014) posted the following:

 

Resurrection of dead? 

do you think there will be a future resurrection of the dead and in what form when someone dies the body dies the brain dies what is left do we really have a spirit i have read in bible we come back in flesh and bone but how this seems impossible

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:  whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  (1st Corinthians 15:  12-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Jesus Arose Bodily (12/24/2013); Thanking and Blaming GOD (12/25/2013); Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013)

 

“g”, consider the following:  Christian beliefs on resurrection should be prayerfully studied from the Bible.  The teachings are simple, yet, they are profound (we say, deep, far reaching in their application and effect).  Many hidden assumptions (unstated ideas we agree upon as we start a discussion, that often go unnoticed, and that we do not question or demand evidence for) must come into view that a person makes about GOD; and one must be alert to the many subtle shifts in meaning (we say, barely visible differences) among ideas that seem to make the same points, yet, are completely different in their substance and impact (e.g., re-animation, regeneration, and reincarnation).

GOD is a nonmaterial spirit who has put forth all created beings and living creatures, diverse forms and objects as well as the conditions and frameworks for their interaction within various spheres of existence.  GOD is not made up of particles as are clouds, fog, mist, smoke, steam and vapor.  The “content” or substance of GOD are the inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, holiness, life, person, presence, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

We use language that says mankind is “made in the image” of GOD to acknowledge the similarities that exist because all humans contain some measure of divine matter.  GOD is eternal, immortal, immutable, and unchanging (i.e., can not be influenced, manipulated, or operated upon as an object).  Mankind is mortal, and experiences life with a continuous focus upon mechanical operations of the physical body as cycles, patterns, phases and stages.

In various ways, GOD has expressed an intent that mankind should permanently exist as a companion to divinity.  Therefore, mankind is now in a continual process of assessment, cleansing, preparation (we say, judgment, salvation, sanctification), and permanent change.  Mankind is to become immortal and incorruptible.  Life is GOD’s intent, and death is GOD’s tool.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, by appearing incarnate (in flesh) as Jesus Christ, GOD has demonstrated and “explained” that flesh and Spirit must cooperate for humanity to be totally separated from sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of GOD, and of all Creation that responds to GOD in obedience.  Nothing is impossible for GOD; yet, the elimination of sin is a profound challenge.  Sin is no thing created by GOD; contains no life or spirit matter; yet, has direction, effect, and presence.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures despite their emotions, intellect, logic, and science.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divinity that resides in you.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:  8-9, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I share a brief Bible study with a chart (see below) on the death, burial and reappearance of Jesus Christ.  Many will celebrate Resurrection Sunday, the name increasingly used among Christian believers to repel spiritual confusion, and silence those insisting that Easter should be remembered as an ancient pagan festival to worship a goddess, or a change in the seasons.  Where the ministry of Jesus is seen put forth in three and one half weeks to fulfill prophecy, it may also be understood as three and one half years along with Sunday through Wednesday afternoon, three and one half days.  Given that among the Jews days were measured from sundown to sundown, the nights come before the morning and other daylight hours.

 

 Before Dawn Thursday


Where the ministry of Jesus is seen put forth in three and one half weeks to fulfill prophecy, it may also be understood as three and one half years along with Sunday through Wednesday afternoon, three and one half days.  Given that among the Jews days were measured from sundown to sundown, the nights come before the morning and other daylight hours.  Jesus and his disciples ate their “Last Supper” of the old covenant on Wednesday evening.   Jesus was arrested and tried during the Thursday night that began after sundown Wednesday.  The crucifixion was completed during the daylight hours of Thursday.  Joseph of Arimathea requested the body of Jesus on Thursday, and hastily placed the body within his private tomb with the intent of later providing the full ceremony to anoint, mourn, and preserve the Lord’s body.

Consider the following and the chart (above):  The Lord was entombed Thursday during daylight (day 1) and before evening hours (the day of preparation for Sabbath); Friday evening, during Sabbath (night 1), followed by daylight hours (day 2); Saturday evening followed by dark (night 2) with morning and sunlit hours (day 3); concluded by Sunday evening then dark (night 3) without the morning and daylight hours.

 

SOME THOUGHTS ON

38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

 

Daniel 9:  25-27 (KJV)  25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:  the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Matthew 27:  1-2 (KJV)  1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:  2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Matthew 27:  31-37 (KJV)  31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.  32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name:  him they compelled to bear his cross.  33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,  34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall:  and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.  35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots:  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.  36 And sitting down they watched him there;  37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Matthew 28:  1-9 (KJV)  1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:  4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.  5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.  8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.  9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail.  And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

John 20:  18-20 (KJV)  18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.  19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Mark 15:  42-47 (KJV)  42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,  43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.  44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.  45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.  46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.  47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.

John 19:  31 (KJV)  31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Mark 16:  9-15 (KJV)  9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.  10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.  11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.  12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.  13 And they went and told it unto the residue:  neither believed they them.  14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.  15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

John 20:  26-31 (KJV)  26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:  then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:  and be not faithless, but believing.  28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Acts 1:  1-10 (KJV)  1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,  2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:  3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:  4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.  5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.  6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  Readers are encouraged to add the Bible verse or passage you feel would add to understanding in the comments area (see below).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the workings of the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth, and the Testimony of Jesus in you.  Grow in grace.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?  (2nd Corinthians 13:  5)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Many are celebrating Good Friday, today, by observing sacraments of humiliation such as foot washing; others are observing the third day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread that celebrates the exodus and liberation for the tribes of Jacob (who are not yet in covenant) from Egyptian bondage.  A BATTLE AXE and a GOLDEN ARROW are presented sharing more on asking philosophical questions.  May we all prosper in this season for remembering and acknowledging GOD.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014)—(5.)  Many are in the midst of the church who have not yet joined the church.  For followers of Christ, spiritual discernment is used to make sound choices and decision about when, and what to speak during gatherings for such purposes as cleansing, nourishment, refreshing, study, and worship.  Given the diverse levels of spiritual growth, and the broad range of emotional, financial, material, psychological, and other challenges that come against members of an assembly, every personal testimony or point of biblical information may not be acceptable, and appropriate to correctly address the most pressing needs.  Just as one should not expose ones spouse to censure and condemnation by sharing accounts of intimacy within ones home, or revealing private matters (we say, confidences, secrets), there are many times one should refrain from sharing details of their intimacy with GOD through Christ within their prayer closet, or from their times of contemplation (including dreams).  The objective of every gathering is the expression of divine love, and the building of trust.  However, sacred goals are not accomplished through argument, debate, interrogating others, pseudo-intellectual posturing, wordplay, or popular psychology and analysis (we say, mind games and “getting into another person’s head”).  Believers are to prophesy, and witness the appearance of Jesus among them in Spirit.  See Isaiah 5:  20-21, Matthew 7:  6, 1st Corinthians 1:  18-20, 1st Corinthians 14:  1-12, Colossians 2:  6-12, 1st Timothy 6:  20-21 and Jude 1:  14-21, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:  (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:  And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh.  For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:  Whose voice then shook the earth:  but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  For our God is a consuming fire.  (Hebrews 12:  18-29, KJV)

 

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, those who were heirs of a relationship with GOD through Abraham because of their standing as offspring of Jacob may be seen as coming forth from a bondage of death and the grave into covenant and new life as a nation.  Similarly, those who are heirs of a relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ by their standing as believers in promise and prophecy may be seen coming forth from bondage to spiritual ignorance and ungodliness, and the living grave of worldliness into the kingdom ruled by the Messiah, now to continue in eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divinity that resides in you.

Your glorying is not good.   Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.  For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  (1st Corinthians 5:  6-8, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Sharing spiritual knowledge, and philosophical inquiry among Christian believers are topics, today.  Also, there is more on GOD having a conflict of interest due to the divine roles in judgment.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “The Green Machine” (Level 5 with 5,152 points, a member since November 9, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians not like it when you challenge or question the Bible? 

The Bible study group doesn’t like it when I ask questions like “Why did God an extra dimensional entity choose a small tribe on a small planet?” ” If God is all knowing then he knew what Satan would do when he created him thus allowed the fall to happen?” ” Why did the Garden have such terrible security from Satan?” ” Isnt it selfish for God to punish those who don’t believe for all eternity?” or even ” Why does God who you say is spirit experience so many Human emotions?” They get tense and then say we will scrape that for now and come back to it later. Why would they do this/ I thought Christians encourage free thinking and questions. I mean they ask me biblical questions but cant answer my very simple ones.

Update : They just say my questions are philosophical.

Update 2: My questions are genuine, they are to criticize anyone. But they got deeply offended that I wanted to dig deeper into the truth.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Conflict of Interest (04/15/2014)—(6.)  The holy writings record numerous instances where created beings and living creatures requiring GOD to judge divinity, or to submit to ones personal judgment.  Those who commit the errors appearing in the account of Job usually lack spiritual discernment (ability to use the spiritual things given by GOD to correctly recognize other spiritual events, objects, persons, and aspects of sacred process).  As a result, when they accuse GOD, most are unaware their presumption (assuming authority without lawful delegation or permission; taking to oneself authority that belongs to another; stealing) violates divine law.  While a person may commit offenses against GOD unintentionally and through ignorance of divine law, they are no less accountable for their own attitude, behavior, and conduct as well as for consequences and outcomes for what they do.  The divine operations of atonement and repentance must be fulfilled, and can only be completed once sins committed in ignorance are perceived and realized.

(7.)  Divine justice is not always accomplished through punishment.  Many are now guilty and tainted by sin; however, where Jesus Christ is acknowledged as ones Advocate, these may become certified as having their charges dismissed, or “time served.”  The ministry of Christ is held to be complete and thorough as a “settlement out of court” because through the Son of GOD full salvation is provided.  Included are such benefits as atonement, baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine content), correction, forgiveness, repentance, sacraments that continue ones new spirit, and sanctification.  More than this, divine judgment is held to be righteous because the Son of Man has been appointed to preside in all divine tribunals.  In addition to balance that comes by both his experience within, and distance from the earth, there are benefits that further ensure justice such as compassion, empathy, impartiality, incorruptibility, insight, love, mercy, patience, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(8.)  Within the totality of divine process, GOD is “indivisible”, yet, may not exist as an outside focus, an independent object distanced from divinity, or a unrelated divine entity.  Even so, for Christian believers, the appearance of GOD in flesh (we say, incarnate) as Jesus Christ to fulfill various eternal purposes does not violate the integrity of the full manifestation for divinity as GODhead, the sovereign majesty of Almighty GOD who is spirit, or the essential unity of divinity.  In the form of a man, divinity becomes an object to aspects of the full GODhead without conflict, damage or loss among the functions, persons, and roles of GODhead.  Divine consciousness and presence may be continued while using finite form, and such frameworks for created beings and living creatures as desire, feeling, sacrifice, self-awareness, self-will, space, and time.  The full expanse of possibilities for purposeful action by GOD in divine fullness are in no way contradicted, diminished, hindered, or narrowed.  See Job 40:  6-14, Deuteronomy 25:  1, Jeremiah 25:  31, Hosea 4:  1-3, Micah 6:  1-3, 1st Timothy 2:  5-6 and 3:  16, 1st John 5:  3 and 7-12, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:  from such turn away.  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  (2nd Timothy 3:  1-7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); Snake Handling? (02/19/2014); Was Jesus Literate? (10/04/2013); Everything a Lie? (10/05/2013); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Need for A New Holy Spirit (06/03/2013); Faith for Facing Tragedy? (06/04/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Not of Legal Age? (04/26/2013)

 

“The Green Machine”, here are a few points important to Christian belief that may help you serve your congregation more effectively:

(1.)  The process of spiritual inquiry within the church body is not the same as that for academic research, secular data gathering, and philosophical discourse.  Every baptized believer accepts a duty to share spirit matter through utterance (we say, breath, life essence, speech, spirit, or word).  Many things that we find challenging and interesting (March Madness, marriage equality, the Superbowl) are absolutely useless in our mission to spread the new life in Christ that comes by the Gospel; and we are taught to say, all things are lawful, yet all things do not edify.

(2.)  Knowledge of the holy comes by interactions and operations of ones own sacred content in response to divinity as opposed to the activity of ones emotional, intellectual, and psychological content.  Inseparable (where one appears, all may be found in some measure) spirit content may be exchanged and shared by “hearing” holy utterance.  Also, divinity may bestow and impart spirit matter.

(3.)  Through baptism (death of ones inborn nature, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak), believers acquire the same substance that is understood as the permanent “makeup” of GOD.  Included are such spirit matter as faith, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Born again, a believer must gradually grow up again and mature while facing the same life challenges as all others upon the earth.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  It is natural for developing believers to be on guard against betrayal, deception, and false doctrine as well as those elements that draw them away from Christ, back to what they have escaped.  Where someone within the congregation repeatedly displays arrogance, divisiveness, indifference, lack of preparation, pride, and selfishness, that person’s purpose must be determined by careful examination.  Agents of the devil are willing to operate within church groups to generate dissatisfaction, misinformation, and spiritual confusion.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:  because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me:  seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.  (Hosea 4:  6, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Christian believers as “lawyers for GOD”, and why the process of divine judgment is to be held as legitimate are in view, today.  Also, there is more on divine law and self-control.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Gandalf the black” (Level 5 with 5,984 points, a member since October 19, 2012) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians act like God’s lawyers? 

Why doesn’t God represent himself for once? If he’s the judge and or jury, isn’t it a conflict of interest to be involved in the court case of humanity’s fate? Why can’t we get a settlement instead of going to trial for our sins?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Self-control and Law (04/15/2014)—(6.)  Divine law alone has not been sufficient to establish created beings and living creatures such as mankind in dutifulness, faithfulness, and righteousness.  Similarly, civil law, institutionalization, politics, and various forms of government (e.g., families, tribes, monarchies, democracies, dictatorships, and communist states) have failed to maintain life upon the earth without widespread death, poverty, and violence.  Efforts have been made to control and manipulate the inborn and inward mechanisms for human survival such as ambition, conscience, fear, instinct, knowledge, and pride.  Yet, only GOD, the Creator, has access to the core of existence within the living (we say,  the Spirit).  Law must be internalized to exist as continuing aspect of ones spirit person, in the same way skin tissue from one part of the body may become engrafted at a different location.  Sin operates as though a legitimate feature of our day to day lives; and, without the provisions of GOD for salvation, can not be properly understood or resisted as destructive, foreign, and contrary to our own divine content, and highest nature.  See Romans 3:  1-9, 1st Corinthians 10:  1-13, Galatians 2:  15-21, Galatians 3:  21-23, Hebrews 3:  16-18, and Romans 11:  1-36, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?  Much every way:  chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.  For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?  God forbid:  yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.  But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)  God forbid:  for then how shall God judge the world?  For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?  And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise:  for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;  (Romans 3:  1-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Deferring Judgment? (03/07/2014); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); As GOD Loves Us? (01/03/2014); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); A Daily Revelation? (10/02/2012)

 

“Gandalf the black”, here are a few points to consider for those who do not presume upon GOD, and are genuinely seeking a greater knowledge of Christian belief:

(1.)  Exchange, interaction, and relationship with GOD—who has put forth all created beings and living creatures, the conditions, mechanisms and operations for their functioning as well as the spheres for their existence—occurs through effects and events determined only by divinity (the makeup and process of spirit matter).  Communicating among themselves, finite beings made in the image of GOD use language and symbols for reasoning that describe GOD in their own terms.  However, GOD is a spirit who is immutable (we say, eternal, unchanging), and is not limited to frameworks of interaction, time and space generally depended upon by those who are carnal, material, social, spatial, and temporary.

(2.)  For human benefit, GOD has displayed (we say, revealed) divinity to men and women upon the earth for the preservation of life.  Without having dimension (we say, measurable form and shape) and material or spirit substance, sin now has direction, effect and presence within the spheres for life (heaven as well as earth).  Sin opposes continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, and of the all divine Creation that exists through the operations of sacred law. 

(3.)  Men upon the earth are used as spokespersons (we say, prophets) to declare divine law (i.e., the expressed will of GOD), to proclaim divine intent, and to further reveal the active presence of divinity.  Those chosen, having displayed such features as courage, humility, dutifulness, faithfulness and reverence, are specially cleansed,  anointed, and endowed with spirit matter, and sacred truth to serve as prophets.  As agents of GOD they must “repeat” what they hear, adding nothing, omitting nothing.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  GOD is not obligated to apologize, explain, or submit divinity to the control, or censure of any finite creature.  It is the grace of GOD that mankind has been created to exist as a companion to eternal being.  Given the operations of sin, to achieve the divine aim, mankind must now be transformed to become both immortal and incorruptible.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, multiple divine operations employing sacred gifts and tools are now clearly available.  Included are atonement, baptism (death and rebirth), covenant, forbearance, forgiveness, holy writings, promise, resurrection, sacraments, and sanctification.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:  and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  (John 3:  36, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Law, sin, and self-will are topics, today.  Also, there is more on Palm Sunday, and the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as Messiah.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Jill” (Level 1 with 45 points, a member since April 15, 2014) posted the following:

 

Do Christians actually have any self control ? 

So all the time you have Christians saying the lord gives them strength, and their faith allows them to ward off sin. Yet at the same time they constantly pass laws, and do other things that put into question how much self control they have, and how strong their faith actually is.
Here are some examples

Until 2003 many states had laws against gay sex. The laws were based on it being a sin. If your faith was as good as a protection as you say it is why did you need the laws?

In the 1980′s there was a huge campaign against what was called porn rock to try, and get it banned in stores. Again if your faith, and will power is strong you should just be able to resist temptation. Why the want to ban it?

Prostitution is illegal in all but 1 state

I can keep citing examples but my point is if Christians have the willpower, and strength that they should have because of their faith why do they still feel the need to make sins illegal ? Shouldn’t they have the willpower to let sinners sin without making the sin illegal ?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Palm Sunday (04/14/2014)—(6.)  Just as those within the crowd that welcomed Jesus had many different understandings of what was going on, and not all understood that Jesus was coming as a fulfillment of divine promise, many would not become aware of his arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection without these things first being preached, and carefully explained to them.  Many were simply caught up in the excitement, and joy of the moment.  Nonetheless, enough were believers and disciples of Jesus to establish this coming to Jerusalem as a sacred event.  These represented all within Jerusalem who were welcoming the salvation of GOD, all mankind accepting salvation through Christ, and all heaven rejoicing in the revelation of GOD.  Similarly, Caiaphas, the High Priest, the judicial council of elders (the Sanhedrin), King Herod, and the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, operated as representatives of all Israel, all Jewish tradition, all civil and religious law as well as all upon the earth (angels and mankind) refusing to acknowledge the government of GOD through Messiah.  See Acts 2:  14-39, 1st Corinthians 2:  6-14 and 1st Timothy 1:  8-10, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government.  Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.  Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls:  an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  But was rebuked for his iniquity:  the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.  (2nd Peter 2:  9-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Obedience of Jesus? (04/15/2013); Why Would GOD Worry About Us? (04/16/2013); How To Accept Bible Truth? (04/17/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013)

 

“Jill”, here are some important points to consider when seeking to understand the need for expressions of divine law, and why there must be a transformation of ones awareness as aspects of sound Christian belief:

(1.)  Sin is not a material object, or physical substance that can be detected, eliminated, and completely removed using human intellect, logic, reason, and science.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divinity, of sacred law, of the Law Giver, and of everything throughout the universe that operates in agreement with divinity.

(2.)  Despite sin having no physical form, or spirit content, sin displays direction, effect, and “presence”.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will (we say, will power) in created beings and living creatures (this includes men and angels).  Sin can not influence the divine will; thus, by a fresh endowment of divinity (we say, spirit matter that is GOD) the living are able to resist and overcome the many operations of sin.

(3.)  Given sin is corruption (we say, decay, rot) and “no thing” having independent existence as a life form or material object, sin can not be suddenly destroyed without upheaval, and widespread damage of divine order throughout the universe.  Sin is subtle, and appears as barely visible differences and shifts away from divine standards. 

(4.)  Many indicators, procedures, and tools having the force of law for believers have been supplied by GOD to make sin known and “visible”.  Included are commandments (we say, divine law), covenant agreements, family, holy writings, inheritance, nation, priesthood, prophecy, a system of offerings and sacrifices, the blood of Jesus, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  While Christian believers all receive Spirit matter that is the makeup of divinity, only gradually do they learn and come to operate in full power of their endowment.  Born again having divine DNA, so to speak, they must grow up and mature again, while continuing to face the ongoing challenges of existence upon the earth.  Included are inseparable aspects of the Almighty such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.  For we know that the law is spiritual:  but I am carnal, sold under sin.  For that which I do I allow not:  for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.  (Romans 7:  13-15, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC