Angels, discernment, hospitality, Lot, sacrifice, and salvation are topics, today.  Also, there is more on loving GOD before we actually see him.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Dexter” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since May 04, 2014) posted the following:

 

Before Lot offered his 2 daughters to the crowd, had he known that the 2 men were Angels ? When He first knew they were Angels ?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014)—(5.)  For many of us today, behaving with respect, love, and acceptance toward someone unseen, someone we have never met fact to face, is practiced daily by millions through modern computer media, and telephone.  In addition to social conventions of courtesy, etiquette, and good manners, many are disposed to be positive with strangers, and in all their relationships because of their own emotional, intellectual and psychological makeup as well as their own upbringing and “home training.”  For Christian believers, just as ones discipline, knowledge, and orientation for ministry and priesthood are established through the content of sacred spirit matter from GOD, the appetite and hunger for Christ is permanently implanted, and firmly rooted to grow.  One may first be drawn to Christ by curiosity, the same way Moses was drawn to turn aside, and see the burning bush.  Moses only wanted a closer look at an unusual sight, and was not expecting to have an extraordinary experience of divine revelation.  Similarly, most believers do not first turn their feelings and thoughts to Christ with an intent of making a lifetime commitment.  Conviction and total surrender may seem to appear suddenly, however, before baptism, confirmation, and sanctification are complete there first will be multiple experiences of encounter with divine love and truth through Jesus Christ.  By coming to know sacred history, divine law, and eternal purposes, believers may first be exposed to GOD as Law Giver, Covenant Maker, and Eternal King.  Once they come into a mature acceptance of duty, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, they begin to know GOD in intimate relationship as sons, daughters, and joint-heirs with Christ.  Consider Deuteronomy 6:  4-9, Deuteronomy 10:  12, Isaiah 61:  8, Ephesians 4:  11-16 and 1st John 3:  16-24, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.  Bless them which persecute you:  bless, and curse not.  Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.  Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.  Be not wise in your own conceits.  Recompense to no man evil for evil.  Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:  for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  (Romans 12:  10-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  (10/15/2013) Balaam (10/15/2013); About Sabbath (10/16/2013); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); The Bible and Stupid People (07/17/2013); Origin of Baptism? (06/22/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013)

 

“Dexter”, here are a few points regarding the deliverance of Lot that may further enable you to overcome error, and nourish the Spirit of Christ in those who believe:

(1.)  Godly hospitality and spiritual discernment only appear through interactions and operations of the same spirit matter that are the makeup of divinity.  After living as a member of the household of Abraham, Lot continued in many customs and practices introduced to him by the Patriarch, the Friend of GOD.   In Lot’s day, mankind (even the prophets) experienced the Holy Spirit as a temporal power in visitation—something that would come and go, and would only last for a time.  The Spirit could appear in dreams, in the various forms of angelic messengers, and in human form.  Not until after the Ascension of Jesus Christ would the Spirit abide continuously within the awareness and spiritual makeup of men.

(2.)  The benefit of sacrifice was clearly known and understood by Lot and his family.  Lot therefore was under a rule that even has been practiced in modern times among nations (e.g., Snowden in Russia):  Once a person comes into your home for refuge and shelter, it is the duty of the host, his family, his servants, to entertain, feed, protect, and refresh the visitor.  In the shared commitment, no cost is spared, even to the laying down of everyone’s life, because the proper receiving of a guest is also a matter of honor.

(3.)  Lot did not have the same spiritual discernment that is established through the gifts of Pentecost.  Failing to understand the danger and the divine deliverance, Lot thought to stall the angels for more time; and the heavenly messengers had to pull him and his family away taking them by their hands like stubborn children.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly put into place, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Remember Lot’s wife.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, those who are baptized receive a fresh endowment of the spirit matter that was breathed into Adam.  With the death of ones inborn nature, and rebirth from divine DNA (so to speak), all believers are taken by their hands, and led into salvation.  However, like Lot who argued to be carried to safety in the plains instead of the mountains, many think the provision of GOD will not be correct for them.  All “born again” must gradually “grow up” again meeting the life challenges for all upon the earth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, and your integrity as a genuine believer.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers:  for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  (Hebrews 13:  2, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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