Today, focus is upon conscience as an expression from the flesh and the World, rather than divine Spirit.  At one time, conscience was widely understood to be like artistry and talent, a gift given a person by GOD.  Conscience appeared as an operation of law detecting and exposing sin, making challenge as an accuser, and delivering correction and punishment in the form of despair and unending mental anguish.  Many in modern society are startled and disheartened knowing there are those among us who repeatedly show anger, aggressive and “hard-core” attitudes (the young say, gangsta), bitterness, enmity, frigidity, hostility, indifference to the suffering of others, lack of love, rage, self-destructiveness, and mindless violence.  Impenitent sinners, having exaggerated pride and refusing to show remorse or sorrow for sin, seem to be multiplying.  Their behavior and conduct shows no respect to law, to life, to judgment, to forgiveness, to kindness, or to love.  Because they are increasingly labeled as inhuman, monsters, psychopaths, and sociopaths, it often seems acceptable to say such sinners are “dead” in sin, can not be raised or restored, and will never be saved since they have no remaining scrap of conscience or humanity.  Yet, these are the ones who would benefit most through being “born again.”  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bobby” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since March 10, 2012) posted the following:

 

How can people not believe in God when our consciences testify to his existence?

Our conscience is like a fire alarm. It tells us when we are violating God’s law. It can make us feel terrible, because that is God’s way of warning us when we are in trouble.

How can someone ignore that and then insist that everything happened by chance and as such, morality is purely a societal construct?

It’s like saying that a building just formed by chance and natural processes, instead of intelligence!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  (Hebrews 9:  13-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Spirit Process not Feelings? (09/21/2016); Judgment Focused On Content? (08/30/2016); Boasting In The Lord (08/19/2016); Where Society Is Headed? (01/11/2016); In Times of Progress? (12/21/2015); Punishment To Show Love? (11/29/2015); Sin in Mind not Deed? (01/06/2014)

 

“Bobby”, here are some thoughts I’d like to share:  As an emotional and psychological aspect of ones awareness (we may say, the flesh), conscience and self-will may be dominated by the operations of sin.  Conscience, that many take to be an inner standard that tells us right and wrong, may be the origin and source for our feelings and sense of condemnation, disgrace, embarrassment, guilt, and shame.  Thus, the testimony and witness of conscience can be more akin to the products of flesh and mind than to those from (we say, the fruit of) the imparted, indwelling spirit of GOD.  Therefore, for Christian believers, conscience is not a “thorn in the flesh” that reveals divine grace and the active presence of divinity, nor is conscience a device that increases sacred knowledge, and establishes eternal purpose. 

Conscience appears as if a complex and higher order response in created beings and living creatures because there is always a three-fold mix of emotional, intellectual and mental responses that persist, recur, and linger.  The mechanism of conscience appears to be a cycle wherein feeling triggers thoughts, followed by thoughts that repeatedly trigger the previous feelings.  Where conscience becomes corrupted, loses its forcefulness, and becomes unfocused, it does not operate as prophecy to comfort, edify (build up), and exhort (command immediate action; excite believers to “stir up the gifts”).  More than this, conscience may become seared.  (When fire (i.e., judgment) is used to cauterize (close) a person’s deep and unseen wounds, so to speak, a seal is created that stops the bleeding.  However, the seal that no longer allows anything out from the wound, also no longer allows anything in.  Thus, many are “ever learning,” yet, never coming to the knowledge of the truth.)

To the extent conscience in modern society may be seen as a result of carnal, material, and social elements, what we experience as being matters of “conscience” (or not) can be determined by such features as corporate advertising, gossip, politics, popular culture, government propaganda, slander, and even the “charm” and panache of criminal and nonconformist personality (bad boyz!).  Consider again the admonitions, examples, and how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Timothy 4:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

(2.)  Titus 1:  15-16, KJV:  15 Unto the pure all things are pure:  but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

(3.)  1st Timothy 1:  3-7, KJV:  3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,  4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith:  so do.  5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:  6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;  7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

(4.)  1st Timothy 1:  18-20, KJV:  18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;  19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:  20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. 

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Today, thoughts are shared on what it would mean to be controlled by divine Spirit.  Christian believers are not made to behave as automatons and machines by the presence and operations of the Holy Spirit.  The living continue to have authority, coherence, integrity, and power as self-will; and the ongoing transformation of their character and nature proceeds according to their own responses to GOD such as gratitude, humility, meekness, obedience, respect, and trust.  In no way are believers dehumanized, deprived, or dispossessed.  Outside the sovereign frameworks provided by divine spirit, the platforms for existence and order are anarchy, chaos, evil, ruin, and upheaval as depicted using surrealism.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (I could care less which one) posted the following:

 

If a spirit was controlling him, he wouldn’t be choosing to be homosexual.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  (Romans 6:  8-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Spirit Process not Feelings? (09/21/2016); The Focus Upon Spirit (09/12/2016); Use Spirit From GOD? (08/15/2016);  GOD Within Christian Believers (07/31/2016); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, how and what divine spirit may choose is not predictable using values centered in emotion, flesh, logic, reason, physical strength, sentiment, and sensation.  Because the character, nature, operations, and substance of divinity are “spirit” (we also say, life essence, breath, sacred utterance, Word), it is no simple thing for created beings and living creatures—who exist as independent (i.e., separate), and may be carnal, material, mortal (subject to death) and of limited duration (like both angels and mankind)—to correctly be in agreement and harmony with an immortal, incorruptible, invisible Creator.  In view of the fact that spirit matter is diffuse, immeasurable and unbounded, it is more fruitful and godly for mature Christian believers to focus upon abiding as a new creation through Jesus Christ, acquiring new life, rebirth, and repentance than to dwell upon concerns such as defilement through fornication and sexual joining, same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, and sexual preferences.  Sin, the influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, also challenges the exchanges and interactions among the inseparable aspects within the makeup of GOD that pertain to eternal life.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, purity, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  For finite beings, where there is no law, preset conditions, focus, form, measurable dimension, and fixed standards, chaos and nonexistence are promoted that may appear disguised as benefit and freedom.  Where awareness and self-will are dominated by sin, the living do not truly demonstrate choice.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Today, focus is on grace, guilt as a mechanism to stop sin, and the work of the imparted spirit of GOD.  Until they are “born again,” “grow up again,” and consistently operate as a new creation through Jesus Christ, mankind on the earth are driven and energized by emotional, mental, and physical forces, rather than by the power of their indwelling spirit from GOD.  A total transformation must occur that will allow the living to exist as eternal and sinless companions to divinity who is sovereign, immortal and incorruptible.  Change appears through such elements as awe, commitment, discernment, gradual growth, meekness, and sanctification.  It is written:  30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit:  for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD:  wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye (Ezekiel 18:  30-32, King James Version, KJV).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 15,020 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

Does God want people to feel guilty or does God merely want people to stop sinning?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?  (Ezekiel 18:  20-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); Confession and The Cross (03/25/2016); The Process of Forgiveness? (10/21/2015); Guilt and Ignorance? (12/04/2014);  Joined To Christ Through Faith (12/05/2014); A Guilt Trip? (07/11/2013); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013)

 

“Breakthrough”, mature Christian believers prefer to acknowledge the process of GOD to recover the living from sin as sacred and set apart; infused with inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of divinity (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin); and imparting such benefits as divine law, divine love, sacred knowledge, and sacred practice (we say, sacraments).  The lasting and permanent changes that must be made do not occur on the basis of things carnal, material, and social.  Guilt, remorse, and shame appear through operations of the flesh and mind that include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, divinity as the law-giver, and all divine order necessary to maintain the Creation.  Sin is arbitrary, chaotic and random, yet, is an influence that may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  While sin has no physical dimensions, sin does have direction, effect, and presence, and generates darkness, spiritual confusion, and nonexistence.  Sin can not control or manipulate the will of GOD, therefore, one of the highest benefits to mankind is that, through Jesus Christ, divinity provides a fresh endowment of spirit from the makeup of GOD.   Rebirth, repentance, and returning to GOD only are performed through the active presence of Deity.  Believers are not coerced, enticed, forced, or persuaded so much as they are edified (we say, built up), encouraged, forgiven, respected, and saved by grace.  Consider again how some of this is stated in language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Romans 5:  12-15, King James Version (KJV):  12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  13 (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

(2.)  Romans 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.) Proverbs 9:  6-10, KJV:  6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.  7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame:  and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.  8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:  rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.  9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:  teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.  10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Today, focus is on judging others and the requirement for Christian believers that they acknowledge only one true GOD.  Given the operations by divinity to release mankind from certain demands of covenant and sacred law that many began to regard as contradictory, destructive, and oppressive, often those lacking faith from the makeup of GOD now mistakenly think that the purpose of salvation through Jesus Christ is the elimination of all divine law, the annulment of sacred judgment, the approval of self-will as the most correct standard for created beings and living creatures, and the accomplishment of their own private prosperity.  When their errors are made known to them, many feel they are being unfairly and unreasonably attacked and condemned.  Thus, mature believers are cautioned and encouraged by such holy writings as 2nd Thessalonians 3:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men:  for all men have not faith.  3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia) using the ID “Trouble Maker” (Level 6 with 14,897 points, a member since May 11, 2013) posted the following:

 

Last time in church the pastor said that “we are worshipping the one true God”?

As if others worshipping a false God? I felt some pain in my heart because of such sectarian attitude, but I guess he was trying to make to congregation happy. What do you think?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROWS:  Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool:  what house will ye build me? saith the Lord:  or what is the place of my rest?  Hath not my hand made all these things?  Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost:  as your fathers did, so do ye.  Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:  Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.  When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.  But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,  And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.  Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,  And cast him out of the city, and stoned him:  and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.  And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.  And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.  (Acts 7:  49-60, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The GOD Named “Jealous” (09/15/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); Access Through The Son (07/21/2016); The Rise in Atheism? (07/07/2016); About Other People’s Beliefs (06/22/2016); All Having One Consciousness? (06/13/2016); A Guarantee of Judgment? (04/15/2016); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015); Pointing Out Error? (10/07/2015)

 

“Trouble Maker”, the goal of most mature Christian believers is to please GOD, who is a spirit, and who requires exclusive devotion (i.e., the acknowledgment of no other gods).  One of the reasons geneticists and those who conduct studies of DNA chains insist upon mathematical precision is that they are dealing with descriptions for objects within our sphere of life that may not include “hands on” and physical measurement.  Much of their work does not include common dimensions (e.g., breadth, depth, height, length, weight); focus will be on calculations, projections, and theoretical measurements, instead.  Similarly, sinners who begin study for their salvation as Christian believers must continuously apply specific tools provided from divinity to acquire fresh spirit content from the makeup of GOD, arrive at sacred knowledge, and to become consistent in responding to sacred practices (we say, sacraments).  Where they understand correctly, it is the goal of every believer is to become one who serves through Jesus Christ, and through whom Christ serves and continues his divine ministry to the hearts, minds, and spirit of others.  Believers, therefore, must operate having certainty, conviction, and mature (some would say, stable or unshakeable) faith.  One’s declaration of faith may have power even when their manner and way of sharing is calm, is quiet, is without fanaticism, and makes no unusual outward display.  The lifestyle and ongoing routine of a believer should always proclaim their faith through actions and words that are plain, unambiguous, and unequivocal.  GOD is no more unrighteous for rejecting sinners than a young woman who refuses to grant a second date to those fellows who, in their time together, were disrespectful, insulting, overeager, and “long in the tooth.”  All who have been created have not been willing to abide as children of GOD.  Consider again how some of these ideas are shared using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 10:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(2.)  Ephesians 4:  4-7, KJV:  4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is upon divine love, mercy to the people of GOD, reconciliation, and repentance.  Many believers continue to display the presence of the Holy Spirit in spite of their still making errors and committing sins.  The salvation we speak of as mature Christian believers, in fact, is sovereign will expressed by immortal, incorruptible divinity whose sacred purposes are immutable, and unchanging.  Sin may yet appear in the lives of believers, however, now there are conquering provisions from GOD that include adoption, atonement, forbearance, forgiveness, becoming joint-heirs with the Son of the Highest, rebirth, redemption, and sanctification.  In addition to the guidance from divine law and the holy writings, believers (specially those enduring injustice, oppression, and poverty) trust they are encouraged and permitted to learn from their own mistakes, and gain from their own life experiences of discovery, practice, premeditated risk-taking, and eliminating failures through trial and error.  A fighter at the site “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why is it that the Holy Spirit stays in someone who gravely sins?

I know someone who was baptized 5 weeks ago and had sex, lusted, showed hate for conservative Christians who discriminated against a group of gays and had pride. Yet when he admitted what he did to God he was full of love again. How can that be?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.  And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father’s house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued.  Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.  And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of the LORD.  (1st Chronicles 21:  16-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Forgiveness and The Cross (04/04/2016); Belief, Content And Works? (02/12/2016); Penance? (10/09/2015); Solomon Punished For Sins Of David? (08/28/2015); Mercy Not Sacrifice? (08/10/2015); Divine Mercy and Revelation? (08/03/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, GOD willingly makes commitment and promises to mankind that he then continues to acknowledge (as with Abraham) after their death and eternally.  Christians are instructed from Scripture that all have sinned and come short of GOD’s intent.  Thus, there are only 2 types of people in the world:  those who are impenitent with no desire or plan of changing; and those who are penitent and willing to turn from sin to GOD.  The divine process for salvation includes making permanent changes in the character, nature and substance of sinners such that they become born again and contain inseparable spirit matter from the makeup of GOD.  Included are faith, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Even though they have responded to calling and election, all believers must “grow up again” and become mature (i.e., balanced, complete, consistent, stable) by meeting the same life challenges upon the earth that come against all others.  For those, who are now the sons and daughters of GOD, growth and learning occur by degrees, so to speak, is gradual, and at first may not appear in attitudes, behavior, and conduct.  We account it the patience and love of GOD toward his own dear children that believers are granted time to develop and become “ripe” for harvest at the coming of Jesus Christ (we say, Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  The children of GOD willingly submit themselves to divine judgment; and it is only as an aspect of what occurs through divine judgment that mercy is provided.  The great example from the Bible to clarify this truth are the accounts of the shepherd boy David, who became king over all the covenant people of GOD, sinned repeatedly, yet, continued to seek GOD by prayer, repentance, and renewal.  Consider again the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Isaiah 55:  3-4, King James Version (KJV):  3 Incline your ear, and come unto me:  hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.  4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

(2.)  Isaiah 55:  6-11, KJV:  6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(3.)  Jeremiah 31:  15-20, KJV:  15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.  16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears:  for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.  17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.  18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke:  turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.  19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh:  I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.  20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still:  therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Acts 13:  32-35, KJV:  32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,  33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.  34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.  35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, thoughts on divine and “unconditional” love are shared.  Like grace and salvation, divine love is granted as unmerited favor, not as a payment for works.  Love expressed by the living is always a  response to actions first performed by divinity.  In accordance with the Scriptures, mature Christian believers acknowledge love as an aspect of the sacred operations whereby divinity is made knowable and known to created beings and living creatures (we say, revelation).  The love of GOD must be understood as inseparable from divine existence.  The active presence of GOD is also the appearance and manifesting of such spirit matter as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, grace, holiness, preeminence, purity, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Jealousy, marriage, sacrifice, suffering, and unselfishness are devices that make devotion and exclusive love recognizable.  Pertaining to judgment, divine love is demonstrated through chastisement and correction as well as by reconciliation and restraint.  Because continuous relationship for finite beings requires awareness, separate existence and self-will, exchange and interaction with divinity demands removal and suspension of many conditions and limitations endured by the living.  Included are deception, breech of promise, parity or status as equals, the operations of sin, and unbelief.  Divine love can not be altered or concluded by conditions of death, sin, or unbelief.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

I don’t believe unconditional love exists.. Am I wrong to think that?

Love and acceptance always comes with conditions, even familial love.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:  because as he is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  We love him, because he first loved us.  (1st John 4:  8-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Love Whom GOD Loves (08/26/2016); In Relationship With Divinity? (08/16/2016); Sign of Divine Love? (04/14/2016); Love From The Cross? (04/08/2016); Love That Is Spirit? (01/28/2016); Punishment To Show Love? (11/29/2015); Divine Jealousy? (09/11/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, here are some thoughts I would like to share in response to your question:  Mature Christian believers trust that divine love creates and imparts the substance from GOD required to make us human.  Thus, in the same way we see it is not servitude to GOD that dehumanizes, it is sin that dehumanizes; we see it is not divine love that dehumanizes, it is sin.  GOD may love objects that we think of as unfeeling:  darkness, the earth, the stars.  Given we usually think of love as an emotion, a feeling that comes and goes, or a peculiar pattern of attitudes, behavior, communication, and interaction visible among and between created beings and living creatures, higher concepts that speak of love for, between, and among eternal and permanent spirits are very difficult to conceive.  Lasting relationships often require accountability, balance, commitment, fidelity, independence, integrity, purpose, respect, and truth.  The love that continues as an aspect of the character, makeup, and nature of immortal, incorruptible divinity is a feature of being, existence, and divine selflessness that requires no operation or substance from outside, yet, continually emanates and puts forth portions from fullness and power that reinforce and support those at a distance lacking and in need.  The challenge to the living is to allow assimilation, embrace, and integration to avoid diffusion, drifting apart, and further separation from their origin and source. 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Thoughts are shared, today, on provisions of divine law, ownership of the living, and the World as a system of belief.  Used by divinity as in marriage and priesthood, servitude is a relationship that allows one to develop and practice humility, to foster growth and learning, to increase gratitude, intimacy, respect and trust as well as to nourish, protect, and strengthen.  Twisted and warped by sin, servitude becomes abuse, cruelty, degradation, deprivation, disenfranchisement, misery, neglect, poverty, and wretchedness.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Yo Christians how the hell did “do not covet” make it into the Ten Commandments but “do not have slaves” got left out?

What happened there?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.  For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.  Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  (Psalm 24:  1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Standards for Judging GOD? (08/22/2016); Why Is Lust Condemned? (07/20/2016); The Decalogue A Moral Guide? (04/15/2015); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); When People Covet (12/22/2013); On Judging Preachers as “Fake” (12/23/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013);  Only One GOD (09/14/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, because popular culture today encourages spiritual confusion and ignorance of sacred knowledge, many fail to maintain a correct relationship with GOD as the  Creator of the earth, and mankind as the creator of “the world.”  The world system of belief includes all the carnal, material, and social mechanisms for communication, exchange, organization, and survival.  What are called the Ten Commandments (also, the Decalogue) only summarize and highlight certain of the many laws provided by a government of GOD.  While all that exists and all who live belong to GOD as a divine possession, only those within the kingdom founded through Jesus Christ now have the divine benefits of sacred law and judgment whereby sinners receive the resolution of conflicts and the settlement of disputes through application of divine law, and divinely delegated authority.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, and may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  In addition to presenting “covetousness” as trespassing boundaries and personal limits that maintain order, peace and stability, divine law describes “covetousness” as inordinate desire, envy, and lust to possess the goods and property of others.  The abuse and cruelty the world labels as “enslavement” appears in the holy writings, however, the divine practices, in fact, are very different from owning men as chattel as reported in secular history.  For those in covenant relationship with Deity, servitude preserves the life of those offered to GOD and those who are voluntarily bound to divinity.  As the firstborn, as Levites, and as with other offerings that otherwise would be destroyed by holy fire upon the altar, redemption and salvation allows animals, children, and adults to continue as “living sacrifices” that must serve through priesthood.  Of course, where there has been human error, exaggerated pride, racism, and acceptance of sin as necessary and unavoidable, the world has deceived and influenced many to embrace and promote slavery as “natural”.  Perhaps, yourself.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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