Points are shared on becoming new creatures, divine revelation, salvation, and the cross.  Knowledge for the first pair (Adam) became carnal, material and social centered upon animals, plants and survival in the natural world.  We, today, are in an ongoing process for permanent change whereby mankind is being made fit to endure as a life companion to GOD.  Believers and disciples of Christ are to receive a new frame of mind, identity, name (reputation), sacred vision, and vocation as priests and kings.  Change that begins with hearing the Scriptures, acquiring new information and being filled with sacred knowledge is amplified and increased by performing sacred practices (e.g., praise, prayer, repentance), fellowship with those who are anointed and endowed by GOD, and the replacement of ones inborn spirit.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  While death is effective as a divine tool that can separate the living from sin, death does not eliminate or remove the consequences and continuing effects of sin.  Sin is duplicated and reproduced until the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD is again the primary origin for feelings, thoughts, motives, and actions.  Hear how this is spoken from the Scriptures, and consider the presentation below:

2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, King James Version (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.

Colossians 3:  5-10, KJV:  5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:  6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.  8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Romans 10:  17, KJV:  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Galatians 5:  22-25, KJV:  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 2:  20, KJV:  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.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Earl” (Level 2 with 380 points, a member since February 09, 2016) posted the following:

 

Romans 6:6. What does it mean that our old selves are crucified with him? I understand a bit, but I’d like some better insight.?

Update:  I think it’s the idea of us being crucified with Him that’s a bit baffling. Of course, it’s not literal, but in what ways ARE we crucified?

Update 2:  Our old selves are CRUCIFIED, though. That’s excruciating. I’m getting the idea of some real personal pain here. Baptism is easy. I don’t know how to interpret it. I feel like it should be obvious but it’s not.

I’m not familiar with metanoia, but it’s that “metaphorical tortuous death, too” that I’m trying to avoid seeing.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more:  but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:  22-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); Divine Meanings and Values? (03/31/2016); A Self-Less Creation? (02/11/2016); Correct Awe and Respect (02/04/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016); Called, The 2nd Adam? (01/10/2016); Offspring of GOD? (12/23/2015)

 

“Earl”, the combined operations of sin and profane knowledge have made necessary multiple sacred processes to cleanse, correct, nourish, and preserve the original Creation that includes mankind.  Divinity is being revealed to all created beings and living creatures through events on a cosmic scale that display the character, nature and substance of Deity, who is spirit.  Eternal purposes, existence, divine order, and sacred law appear as abstract and impersonal aspects of revelation, while, adoption, forbearance, forgiveness, and divine love come into view as joining,  intimate relationship, and unification.  Profound divine acts have been introduced such as atonement, covenant, death, Incarnation, rebirth, resurrection, and sanctification.

Permanent changes must be made within mankind and throughout the universe.  Separated from GOD, and dwelling with animals upon the earth, human awareness became less responsive to divinity than it should be.  Because what we think and feel often are repeated and exist as familiar patterns to ourselves, and to others, our attitudes and behavior also repeats, and may become “defining limits.”   Many behave as “creatures of habit” for whom change, growth, further learning and new experience are disruptive, frightening, and threatening.  Because false knowledge and sin appear to be natural and normal parts of oneself, and may not be seen as contrary, foreign, and strange apart from GOD, finite human tools (e.g., intellect, logic, philosophy, science, technology) can not remove the separation of the Creation from the Creator.

What must be altered for one to become a “new creation” in Christ is not merely ones daily routine, habits, lifestyle, and physical existence.  Their makeup and sacred content must become the same as the Savior’s.  Inseparable aspects of Deity should appear such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, purity, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  By appearing in flesh (we say, incarnate), divinity joins to mankind through consciousness of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross.  Going further, the same Spirit that established the platforms of earth and heaven, and was imparted to Adam (both the male and female) as the breath of life, then links those to GOD who make commitment to Christ through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak). 

Mature Christian believers who count themselves heirs of the cross, and will read this today, also trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Consider how this appears using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 8:  5-9, King James Version (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.

(2.)  1st Peter 1:  13-16, KJV:  13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 

(3.)  1st Peter 1:  18-21, KJV:  18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Peter 1:  22-24, KJV:  22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:)  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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