Today, points are shared on the provisions for divine judgment, redemption, and salvation before GOD appeared in flesh as Jesus Christ.  In the same way godly law existed before appearing as the covenant of Moses, divinity has appeared Incarnate through the living before Jesus Christ, and was manifest through hierarchy, judgment, law and divine order with diverse expressions of ownership, righteousness, sovereignty, sacred will, and inexhaustible virtue.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “razzledazzleem” (Level 1 showing no points, a member since December 14, 2006) posted the following:

 

In the old testament, how does God decide who gets into heaven and who goes to hell?

Does it have anything to do with obeying things like the ten commandments or the noahide laws?

People didn’t have Jesus yet so how could a person have gotten saved back then?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:  whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)  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.  (2nd Peter 2:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Revelation and The Cross (03/27/2016); Jesus Known As Word (01/17/2016); All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015); A Creator No Longer Needed? (02/19/2015); Salvation Before Christ? (06/24/2014); All Sins Are Equal? (06/25/2014);  Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014)

 

“razzledazzleem”, just as the cross has reached forward to us, it has reached back to Adam; and the “plan of salvation has unfolded showing many different phases and stages.  During Old Testament times “people had Jesus” as an inheritance from the first pair, the Patriarchs, and their own parents the same way we do, today, as an expectation, a promise, and a platform for continuing respect and trust in GOD.  Mature Christian believers acknowledge, before the Creation that centers around mankind was put into place, Jesus Christ was eternally present within the fullness of divine person (we say, the GODhead).  In the beginning, the Lord did not exist having human form and measurable dimension; however, he did exist.  The distinction of Christ as the “Son of GOD,” co-existing with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is a simple, yet, profound device for revealing otherwise unseen aspects of divinity (i.e., making Deity knowable, known, and accessible through personal relationship).  While alive, all created beings and living creatures have deposits of life essence (we say, breath, spirit content, word) from the makeup of GOD.  The living may communicate, have contact, exchange, and interact with divinity through divine utterance that includes commandment, counsel, dreams, sacred law, praise, proclamations, promises, prophecy, and visions.  What we generally call “divine order” and Incarnation are the appearances of GOD who is immortal, immutable, and incorruptible.  Divine order embodies and expresses awareness, character, identity, operations, and substance that are eternal.  Thus, when GOD provided the Ten Commandments to Israel, they were entered into covenant relationship with a “god of Judgment,” who has always assigned value, and determined duration for his own handiwork.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  John 1:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

(2.)  Colossians 1:  16-20, KJV:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

(3.)  Ephesians 1:  3-7, KJV:  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Acts 13:  38-39, KJV:  38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:  39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

The importance of church membership and regular participation are in view, today.  Rightly understood, becoming alive and active within the body of Christ is essential to existence as new creatures through the ministry of the cross.  Only within the church will the full range of sacred elements be available to the believer.  Included are atonement, confession, forbearance, forgiveness, healing, inheritance, prophecy, purification, sanctification, meaningful service, and worship.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Alice” (Level 1 with 6 points, a member since October 22, 2012) posted the following:

 

How important is going to church?

My neice is 17, and she hates going to church. She thinks it’s too conservative but her mom makes her go. In protest she dresses really conservatively, like turtlenecks, layers, completely covered head to toe.

I’m worried she’s going to like pass out from the heat. Should I tell my aunt to just let her stay home or is going to church that important?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  (Colossians 1:  9-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Doing Good Deeds (02/02/2016); A Fool of the Church? (01/26/2016); Thoughts On The Kingdom? (11/18/2015); Skipping Church A Sin? (11/17/2015); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); According to the Eternal Purpose (11/20/2012); Henceforth, Of This Fruit (11/21/2012)

 

“Alice”, think of going to church as going to the cross.  There is no substitute for church attendance and participation in a faith community.  Necessary communication, contact, exchange, and interaction among those sharing as the “new creation” of Jesus Christ is not provided anywhere else, or through gatherings that focus upon carnal, material, secular and social themes.  Maturity of ones spirit content is the goal for Christian believers following their experience of water baptism (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit, with  rebirth from operations of divinity that are “divine DNA,” so to speak).  The “born again” believer must “grow up” again, and become perfected while continuing to meet life challenges upon the earth.  All receive a fresh endowment of inseparable spirit substances from the makeup of GOD that were present in Jesus Christ.  Included are faith, gratitude, joy, holiness, humility, longsuffering, love, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The benefits of genuine Christian fellowship impact the level of ones commitment in terms of the believer sharing sacred knowledge, continuing sacred practice (we say, sacraments), in addition to having access to correction, instruction, and sound guidance.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  John 3:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

(2.)  John 10:  14-16, KJV:  14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:  and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

(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.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Hebrews 10:  23-26, KJV:  23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:  and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, points are shared on giants upon the earth appearing in the Bible along with the longevity of the patriarchs.   Accounts of giants are shared in Scripture as admonition regarding divine judgment against sin, secular history or “matter-of-fact” reports, and are not intended as stories for amusement, entertainment, and hilarity.  Where we correctly approach the holy writings for authentic statements from GOD to establish and reinforce spirit content in the living, there is no error concerning “make believe,” monsters, and mythology.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Love Unites” (Level 7 with 38,553 points, a member since May 08, 2013) posted the following:

 

R&S, do you believe giants once existed? Such as the giants in the Bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder:  he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.  His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.  He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.  I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.  My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;  Not for any injustice in mine hands:  also my prayer is pure.  O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.  Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.  My friends scorn me:  but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.  O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!  When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.  (Job 16:  12-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Today (03/22/2016); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); Asked To Teach On Adam? (10/30/2015); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014); Why Similar Accounts (08/31/2014); Bible Authors and Truth? (06/19/2013); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“Love Unites”, Christian believers are to accept the accounts of “giants” that appear within the holy writings in the same way they are to acknowledge the longevity for Patriarchs (nearly 1,000 years for Adam), and the Son of GOD dying upon the cross.  His height measured in cubits (generally, 18 inches, a foot and a half), Goliath of Gath, the Philistine champion defeated by David, is not described merely to provide an exciting “bedtime story.”  Faith and the unseen must come into view.  Just as the Patriarchs lived as vessels of oral history, the Scriptures are for “revelation” (divinity being made knowable and known), and the imparting of sacred knowledge.  The Bible shares a divine point of view whereby readers who have received spirit content imparted from GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin) are able to discern and recognize the operations of GOD displayed through thousands of events in thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  Many forget the earth was once “brand new,” and the present pollution from automobiles, machines, over population, and human waste did not always exist.  Many understand that the original pair (Adam) was as much as 10 feet tall.  It was a long time before the operations of sin corrupted and debilitated the divine plan of healthy food for healthy bodies to where is today.  The Watusi tribe of North Central Africa have long been celebrated in the modern world as a race of giants.  Also, those of us who have seen the many athletes over 7 feet tall in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and big men such as Shaquille O’Neal repeatedly lift a 300 pound body off the floor and up to the net, have no doubt that it is possible for GOD, who clothed Adam and Eve with the Spirit, to have scaled Adam and Eve as what we might call “giants”.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Genesis 6:  3-5, King James Version (KJV):  3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh:  yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.  4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.  5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

(2.)  Numbers 13:  32-33, KJV:  32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.  33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants:  and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 3:  10-12, KJV:  10 All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.  11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.  12 And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  1st Samuel 17:  4-7, KJV:  4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.  5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.  6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.  7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron:  and one bearing a shield went before him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Distinctions among meddling, obedience, presumption, and pride are in view, today.  Ignorance of divine law is not a justification for wrongdoing.  “Good intentions” do not erase disregard for blessing from GOD that can include inheritance, law, prosperity, a role in service, and privilege to worship.  The death upon the cross and living ministry of Jesus Christ was no more a condemnation and denial of governing law, than the reign of David from the tribe of Judah as King and Prophet to Israel.  In addition to becoming an example of those who forget GOD, deny the sanctions in place against sin through divine law, and show no heartfelt respect to Deity, the death of Uzzah, who reached out to steady the Ark of Covenant when he thought it would fall from a cart, prefigures the death of Jesus upon the cross, the second death through final judgment against the wicked, and the full range of consequences for failure to trust GOD to maintain the things that manifest divinity including his law, the express will of GOD.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Henry” (Level 1 with 161 points, a member since May 13, 2016) posted the following:

 

If God killed someone for trying to help, does that mean we are supposed to kill missionaires?

(2 Samuel 6:6-7) And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

All this guy wanted to do was help The Lord, and God ended his life. Does that mean the next time a Christian knocks on my door trying to “Help The Lord” that I get to end their life. Isn’t Christianity great?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:  And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them:  wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?  And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:  And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him:  even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.  This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;  And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow:  and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy:  ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.  And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:  Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?  And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee:  and seek ye the priesthood also?  For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?  (Numbers 16:  1-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Mankind (05/13/2016); More On Divine Justification (02/08/2016); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); All Sin Is Willful? (10/20/2015); Correct in Only Your Mind? (05/04/2015); Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014)

 

“Henry”, the GOD we serve is a Deity who practices vengeance (we say, judgment, justice).  That divinity would have to appear in human form (we say, Incarnation) to embody sin, and be destroyed upon the cross is taken to be a stern warning by many Christian believers to approach the things of GOD with balance, caution, and sobriety.  While many followers of Christ trust that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now, they also seek to be careful not to rely upon secular assumptions about divine teachings, or “jump to conclusions” that are not anchored in sacred knowledge and practice (we say, sacraments).

In the same way the expulsion of Adam (the pair) from Eden and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ both must be acknowledged as demonstrations of divine wrath against sin, the “breach” upon Uzzah is to be understood as a revelation of the character, nature and substance of Deity expressed as law, covenant relationship, trust, and divine love.  In his anointing by the prophet Samuel, David appropriated to himself more than simply authorization to serve as king over Israel.  David, who calls GOD “father” in the holy writings, also understood his appointment to include that of Judge, High Priest, and Prophet who had authority to command the Levitical priests, schedule their service, and establish liturgy for the tabernacle and temple that would follow.

The Ark of the Covenant was not to be touched by human hands.  A death penalty was in place from the time of the wandering of Israel in the wilderness.  The Ark was to be lifted and carried only by using poles.  When the sons of the High Priest Eli came under the curse of GOD, as did King Saul, the Ark was captured by the Philistines.  When David saw an opportunity to bring the counsel of GOD to himself at Zion as represented through the Ark and the regalia of the High Priest (the ephod, Urim and Thummim), the Ark was placed upon a new cart pulled by oxen that had never been yoked. 

Believers often commit the sins of presumption and pride that may appear as “harmless”, “innocent”, and their way of being themselves.  It is partly for this reason that divine forgiveness, mercy in judgment, and the ministry of reconciliation are provided to mankind through the cross.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 17:  11-13, King James Version (KJV):  11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do:  thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.  12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.  13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

(2.)  Psalms 19:  12-14, KJV:  12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:  then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Hebrews 10:  28-30, KJV:  28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, points are shared on divinely given faith, intellect, and hope that is false (we say, vain).  In the holy writings, vanity is the absence of spirit content from GOD, thus, the worship of graven images and idols is called “following” or “walking with vanity.”  Many upon the earth have been vain in their response to sacred law, and have failed to realize their own need for more than mechanical obedience to law.  Correctly understood, faith establishes placement within and relationship with the GODhead.  In the beginning, mankind was endowed with a measure of faith that was to sustain their existence upon the earth.  Through the operations of sin, faith and spirit (we also say, breath, life essence, word) in man became corrupt, diluted, and made impotent.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Greg” (Level 1 with 27 points, a member since September 06, 2015) posted the following:

 

What exactly is the problem with Faith?

Faith is the submission of the intellect to the doctrines revealed to mankind by God. It’s essentially believing in something as true without seeing it for yourself.

So, what exactly is the problem with Faith?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  (Hebrews 11:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faith and The Cross? (03/30/2016); Belief, Content And Works? (02/12/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016);  That GOD Is Faithful? (08/31/2015); All Is Vanity? (07/28/2015); The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014); The Life That Endures (10/14/2014)

 

“Greg”, it is written:  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.  In the light of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross as an embodiment of all sin (that of angels and men), faith imparted from GOD is to be understood as more than a carnal, material, social and temporal reality.  Faith must be acknowledged as a spirit substance from the full makeup of divinity.  The issue is not one of faith versus unbelief that is generated from lack of sacred knowledge and practice; the problem is one of no godliness that comes by embodiment of consecrated being.

Divinely given faith is inseparable from the other aspects of divine being.  Included are forbearance, forgiveness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Faith is made up entirely of faith, just as holiness is made up only of holiness.  Faith is essential for discernment (ability to apply ones own spirit content to correctly identify spirit matter appearing in events, oneself, other persons, prophecy, statements, etc.).  Finite tools among created beings and living creatures such as intellect, logic, philosophy, and science are not enough to eliminate sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law.

In the same way the greatest problem for many Christian believers is not that of condemning, dismissing and repenting of sins, and it is that we must give up cherished, long held, and vain hopes (i.e., desires lacking sacred focus and substance).  Many think of faith as private conviction, passion, and the personal expression of themselves, rather than of Jesus Christ.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 8:  23-27, King James Version (KJV):  23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.  24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves:  but he was asleep.  25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us:  we perish.  26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

(2.)  Matthew 14:  26-33, KJV:  26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.  33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  Galatians 2:  19-21, KJV:  19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  20 I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:  for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.)  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, the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross is shown also to condemn fornication and sexual sins.  Mature Christian believers are to accept that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Upon the earth interdependent, intimate and personal relationships all are vulnerable to human error.  Sin is no material thing having physical form and measurable dimensions; and sin operates among the living through ignorance, lack of sensitivity, and subtlety (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning and value).  Because sexual pleasure may disguise deceit, and mask the destructiveness of sin, the extent of contradiction against divinity by sin must be made to appear in flesh (we say, made Incarnate) unadorned, and destroyed by the wrath of the Father as a corrupt material thing embodied through the person of Jesus, the Son of GOD.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Why do many christians think homosexuality is a worse sin than others?

I thought all sins are equal in the eyes of God, and that sinners can still go to heaven if they believe and ask for forgiveness. Why do people bash gays and tell them they are going to hell? Isn’t it a sin to get a divorce? To curse? I just don’t understand. Why is this the worst sin?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.  (Galatians 5:  16-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); On Controlling Lust (01/05/2016); All Sin Is Willful? (10/20/2015); The Judgment Against Sodom? (04/10/2015); Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); Principles of Correct Belief? (08/20/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, the operations of sin are in agreement with awareness and self-will among disbelievers and underdeveloped Christians (we say, those “born again” who are simple, not yet “grown up” again and mature).  Sin that opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and all divine order can not influence the divine will, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Sin appears to be a residue from the chaos and flux described as “preexistence”.  Where the living submit to sin, they are directed to confusion, decay, destruction, and nonexistence.

Sexual pleasure is one of the most deceptive and powerful aspects of human experience, and can result in spiritual overthrow that will continue even for hundreds of years after the death of the individual sinner who transgressed divine law.  Many do not grasp that every sex act is emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual all at the same time.  “Fornication” is the joining of spirits through sexual contact (the two become one flesh) that may be simply holding hands, kissing (oral sex), or full intercourse.  Every previous partner is present and active, even for married couples.  Thus, the pair infuse their own “influence” into one another along with the character and personality of unseen persons.  Where a male has had 8 previous partners, the female is joined to 9; and where she has had 3 partners, he is joined to 4.  Where the 9 each had 9, and the 3 each had 3…do the math.  These different “influences” may conflict, and dominate ones inborn spirit—and their victim will have no idea who they are, or even that they are present.

Apart from the provisions of GOD, sin appears as natural, normal, pleasing, and routine.  Even that divinity would appear Incarnate, become a manifestation of all sin, and be destroyed upon the cross is not sufficient to reveal the heinous character and nature of sin.  The “exceeding sinfulness of sin,” requires atoning blood, and that the living be granted fresh endowments of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  So to speak, the basic platform for the existence of mankind must be reconfigured.  “The flesh” must be replaced as the primary source of meaning and value generated through appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, taste, touch), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, dreams, fantasy, fear, imagination, recall), and depending heavily upon the frameworks of space and time to promote a sense of control, duration, and order. 

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, because sin is no ordinary physical object that may be instantly destroyed, eliminated or totally removed, multiple devices and works are being provided by divinity that allow the living to correctly recognize and resist sin.  Included are admonition, covenant, death, forgiveness, inheritance, judgment, promise, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, sacrifice, sanctification, scripture, testimony, and the Lord’s Supper.)  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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Advent, eternal life, prophecy and revelation are topics, today.  For Christian believers, it is as though one speaking among the divine persons said to the others with him in heaven, “I go to repair a place for you,” and to those becoming reconciled to Deity upon the earth, “I go to prepare a place for you.”  Jesus Christ is that person within the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead) that is preparing a dwelling place for those created beings and living creatures who will exist as immortal, incorruptible life companions to the Risen Lord within the eternal kingdom of GOD.  As portrayed for us in the life events where a son obtains the inheritance as firstborn, joint-heirs with the Son of GOD receive a double portion from the estate of the Father that we are first to apply in completing his “unfinished business” that may include canceling debts, fulfilling promises, and providing closure.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sherry” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since July 19, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why did Jesus say He was coming back ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:  and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:  and I will write upon him my new name.  (Revelation 3:  10-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Mankind (05/13/2016); Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); Priesthood and The Cross (03/20/2016); Believing In The Cross? (03/04/2016); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); A Promise of Return (01/15/2016); Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015)

 

“Sherry”, many mature Christian believers trust that divinity operated through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to put forth all things that exist.  Included are created beings and living creatures, their spheres of life (e.g., heaven, earth, the universe), provisions for their duration and life process (e.g., birth, aging, growth, maturity) as well as sacred law to be the platform for all divine order.  The revelation of GOD whereby divinity is made knowable and known to the living involves multiple displays and works that may only be performed by Deity, who is a spirit.  For the living to correctly understand, the workings of GOD must be gradual, in chronological sequence, and visible in accordance with the finite frameworks of time and space.  For example, forgiveness and atonement for sin, rebirth through baptism, Incarnation (divinity using flesh and human form to appear upon the earth), resurrection of the dead, and sanctification have been carried out along with imparting spirit content from the makeup of GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  The Creator has continued to communicate, exchange, and interact with the created through utterance (we say, proclamation, promise, and prophecy).  The death of Jesus upon the cross was only one aspect of his larger work as High Priest in heaven.  In addition to completing the ministry of atonement and cleansing the place of GOD (we say, the Temple of heaven) that has been defiled by the sins of the living, Christ will conclude ongoing judgment of his disciples and followers, prepare to harvest his who are “ripe” from the earth, finish building New Jerusalem, determine allotments for his followers to dwell there, and prepare for resurrection and judgment of the wicked.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)   John 14:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

(2.)   2nd Corinthians 5:  1-5, KJV:  1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened:  not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.  5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

(3.)  Romans 8:  22-24, KJV:  22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  24 For we are saved by hope:  but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  14-18, KJV:  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.)  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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