(09/04/2015) None Higher Than Christ?

Posted: September 4, 2015 in Advent, Authority, Christian Beliefs, Commitment, Duty of Believers, Family, Inheritance, Scriptures, The Ten Commandments
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Scripture points are shared, today, on the teaching that a Christian believer’s commitment to the Savior must be greater than their feelings for parents and other family.  Emotions, respect, and sentiment are not solid ground that GOD may use for plantings that can grow and be harvested for eternal life.  While blood and inheritance should stand over time as ones heritage and legacy, they add little weight in the balance and judgment against sin.  The believer must come under the blood of Jesus, and become rooted in spirit content from the makeup of Deity for permanent change in ones character and nature to occur as well as for such godly features to be consistently expressed as devotion, obedience, praise, reverence and zeal.  The choice to follow Christ is not to be taken lightly.  Thus, many who are not believers are offended at the pointed counsel and warnings spoken by the Lord that they receive as forbidding bereavement, mourning and showing love to the dead:  And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.  And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead:  but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.  And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:  57-62, KJV).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “hail” (Level 1 with 123 points, a member since August 30, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why Jesus say Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. Matt10:37 The 10 commandments say honour thy mother.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  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.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  (Colossians 1:  12-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Approaching Mothers Day (05/07/2015); Family and Beliefs of Children? (08/29/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible?  (08/30/2014); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013); Saved in Childbearing (10/31/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012)

 

“hail”, simply put, as pertains to godliness, rebirth, salvation and eternal life, Jesus Christ is to have preeminence above our parents and other loved ones.  None is to be regarded as more exalted than the Son of the Highest, who is also called Alpha and Omega, Faithful and True, “the Lamb of GOD that taketh away the sin of the world.”  Sacred knowledge and routine practice must be in agreement in order for believers to accomplish the many necessary tasks for preparing to receive Jesus at his appearing (we say, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Born again, believers are to “grow up again,” and become ripe (mature) for the transformation they must undergo when Christ comes to harvest the earth of all those he has claimed through the blood of the cross.  Believers are not commanded to judge, condemn or deny their parents, siblings and other family members, nor are they required to dissolve their marriages, disown their children, or relocate themselves to be away from family that are disbelievers.  The followers of Jesus are to continue sharing affection, courtesy, encouragement, protection, listening and respect, yet, are cautioned to realize that only the provisions from GOD through the Savior will establish a permanent cleansing and separation from sin.  When conflict between standards given by GOD and those pursued by family members appear, believers are not to argue, criticize, debate and quarrel.  Rather, as those who are born again, believers are to hold to divine purpose with balance, kindness, tact, and truth.  Emotions and feelings should never be taken as a sound platform whereon ones salvation may be built up.  Consider again these points that have been shared through the holy writings:

(1.)  Acts 4:  8-14, KJV:  8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,  9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;  10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.  11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  12 Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.  14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 3:  11-17, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

(3.)   1st Peter 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

There are many other Scriptures that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a permanent part of ones own sacred knowledge.  (For example, (4.)  Micah 7:  2-9, KJV:  2 The good man is perished out of the earth:  and there is none upright among men:  they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.  3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire:  so they wrap it up.  4 The best of them is as a brier:  the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge:  the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.  5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide:  keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.  6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.  7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation:  my God will hear me.  8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy:  when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.  9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me:  he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.)  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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