Today, points are shared on receiving conviction, faith, and sacred knowledge as gifts from divinity.  Faith is the ultimate “evidence” for the active presence of GOD; and just as those who despise mercy will not be shown mercy, those who despise divine truth will not be given divine truth.  Until carefully built up and properly instructed, we do not expect an infant who lacks emotional and social skills to grasp all the benefits and possibilities from a large gift of money, place the correct value upon the gift, or respond to the giver of the gift showing gratitude and respect.  Being called, chosen, elect, and favored with divine inheritance only indicates there is advantage and opportunity that must be actualized and cultivated through works.  To apprehend the full benefit and power for believers in GOD through Jesus Christ, sinners must enter into a peculiar relationship of trust toward GOD, and a sacred process of gradual change, growth, and learning.  For a balanced, complete, and full experience of redemption and salvation, a sinner should become aware of specific information and truth from GOD available only by having fellowship with anointed and endowed  believers, praise, prayer, unselfish service, sharing, and study of the holy writings.  In the same way Abraham became known as “the Friend of God” by continuing to demonstrate faith, hope, obedience and reverence, those who welcome the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD through Jesus Christ also may become embraced as adopted sons and daughters as well as joint-heirs of GOD.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (required profile information not shared) posted the following:

 

“we have evidence as presented by God for our belief and faith in him, this same evidence he withholds from you because you’re a skeptic”?

So God only provides evidence to people after they already believe!? LOL.

 

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.  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts:  and by it he being dead yet speaketh.  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:  for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  (Hebrews 11:  1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Discernment and The Cross? (05/29/2016); Sacred Knowledge and Christ (05/16/2016); Few Are Chosen (07/06/2015); An Eternity Worshipping? (07/22/2014); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Inheriting the Kingdom (06/27/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, as they begin, sinners are not expected to exhibit innocence or purity, yet, they are to make a commitment to GOD wherein Deity is welcomed to establish cleansing, healing, and permanent change.  Becoming mature as a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ involves more than hearing evidence to approve or condemn the existence, righteousness and truth of Deity.  Also, development as one who is “born again” is far from being a process of engaging “mumbo-jumbo”, mysticism, and the occult.  Those born again may begin like Moses, who was drawn to the burning bush by curiosity, however, all must “grow up again” by acquiring “sacred knowledge,” and continuing specific practices (we say, sacraments) to share otherwise hidden and intimate aspects of ones own character, nature and substance through an ongoing relationship with divinity.  Being able to place the same value upon the things from GOD that he himself places upon them, requires communion, exchange, and interaction that only becomes possible through GOD imparting inseparable aspects of the divine makeup.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  One-time events may provide satisfying experiences, however, they should be taken as “only the beginning” for lifetime growth and learning.  Christian believers are to become “ripe” for harvest at the appearing of Jesus Christ (we say, Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  The transformation to exist as immortal, incorruptible  companions to divinity will be completed as they meet the Lord in the air.  Consider again how some of this is stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 50:  4-9, King James Version (KJV):  4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary:  he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.  5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.  6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair:  I hid not my face from shame and spitting.  7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded:  therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.  8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together:  who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.  9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

(2.)  Matthew 13:  10-17, KJV:  10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?  11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.  12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance:  but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.  13 Therefore speak I to them in parables:  because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.  14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:  15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see:  and your ears, for they hear.  17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  Luke 19:  26-27, KJV:  26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.  27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.)  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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