Today, Scripture points are shared on the demand there be self-government, respect, and restraint for both academic achievement and Christian maturity.  Those who accomplish the many meaningful goals among the living—that include godliness, honor, and integrity—only are able to do so because they demand it from themselves.  While finite tools such as intellect, logic, philosophy, reason, science and technology are important for development, growth and human survival, they are not sufficient to eliminate sin from the earth.  The need is for sacred wisdom, and operations by divinity that will have enduring effect.  Thus, the process of divinity for redemption and salvation is one of wholeheartedly turning away from the flesh and the world to focus again upon GOD.  Arrogance, haughtiness, pride and selfishness are suppressed along with competitiveness, covetousness, envy, and violence.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” [the minimum age for an account there is 13] using the ID “this” (Level 1 with 214 points, a member since March 30, 2016) posted the following:

 

If I am 12 and in 4th grade, am I out of bounds to call astrophysicists idiots when I don t even have a clue what they re saying?

Einstein, idiot.

Stephen Hawking, idiot.

Textbooks, for idiots.

Oxford physics faculty, all idiots.

Big bang, stupid.

Bible, truth!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:  yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew:  for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  (1st Corinthians 2:  6-13, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Learned Council of Elders? (05/10/2016); On Transmitting Sacred Truth (05/06/2016); The Cross and Critical Thinking? (04/13/2016); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); Is Science the Right Tool?  (12/04/2013); To Grieve the Spirit? (12/05/2013)

 

“this”, as “born again” believers, every Christian is challenged to “grow up again” and display mature spirit content from GOD.  More than simply being within the church for a long period, becoming mature means gaining balance, completeness, consistency, and stability.  Each believer must acquire “sacred knowledge,” continue sacred practices (we say, sacraments, such as baptism, giving, prayer, and worship) as well as have a lifestyle embracing communication, exchange and interaction with more experienced believers (we say, fellowship).  In this, believers are no different than those who achieve the highest academic degree (Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.) by careful and continuous study, reflection, and contributing to and improving their field by adding new methods and materials, teaching, research, and writing.  For those seeking to achieve through the Liberal Arts, Natural and Social sciences, it is largely by the discipline maintained that dialogue and fruitful discourse may go forth in place of combat, conflict, and extremes of emotion.  For those granted place within the body of Christ, there is a similar demand; and the three R’s become Regime (i.e., divine government appearing through sacred law, meekness, principle, and eternal purpose), Respect (visible as attentiveness, comfort, gratitude, and humility), and Restraint.  Consider again how these ideas are shared using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Luke 2:  41-47, King James Version (KJV):  41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.  42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.  43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.  44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.  45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.  46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.  47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

(2.)  Luke 2:  48-52, KJV:  48 And when they saw him, they were amazed:  and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?  50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.  51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them:  but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.  52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

(3.)  Romans 13:  1-3, KJV:  1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.  2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:  and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

There is far more that should be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Colossians 2:  6-12, KJV:  6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.)  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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