Today, Scripture points are shared on different relationships provided by divinity that embrace created beings and living creatures.  In addition to being carnal and material objects for divine activity and focus, the living also may experience direct exchange, interaction, and continuing personal relationships with the Creator.  An example of this is seen with the Patriarch Abraham, who is known in Scripture as “the Friend of God.”  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Molly” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since August 15, 2016) posted the following:

 

Did abraham have already a relationship with god?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory:  where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?  Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.  (Isaiah 63:  15-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Within Christian Believers (07/31/2016); Access Through The Son (07/21/2016); Divine Inheritance and Resurrection? (07/06/2016); Many Sons of GOD? (06/28/2016); An Eternal Inheritance? (06/26/2016); Pie In The Sky? (06/23/2016); The Life Of GOD? (06/01/2016)

 

“Molly”, most mature Christian believers trust that all created beings and living creatures (including sinners) are in a relationship with divinity who has put forth duration (we say, eternity), existence, and form as well as spheres for life, and the frameworks of oneness, sameness, space, and time.  While GOD is the owner and sovereign authority over all that is, GOD has gone beyond divine law, formal and mechanical  process, and impersonal separation to establish mankind as having genuine independence and integrity of being.  Such features as accountability, conscience, duty, performance under pressure (we say, trials to complete one’s formation, and establish their permanence), and privilege appear.  Also, the Creator has used personal relationships such as adoption, covenant, family, friendship, incarnation, and indwelling through Spirit to make Deity knowable and known among the living.  Multiple ongoing sacred operations were in place before the birth of Abraham that continue to this hour.  Included are admonition, affliction, calling, election, forgiveness, divine judgment, obedience, priesthood, repentance, and sanctification.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 14:  8, King James Version (KJV):  8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord:  whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

(2.)  John 8:  53-59, KJV:  53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead:  whom makest thou thyself?  54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing:  it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:  55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him:  and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you:  but I know him, and keep his saying.  56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day:  and he saw it, and was glad.  57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?  58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.  59 Then took they up stones to cast at him:  but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

(3.)  John 8:  39-45, KJV:  39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.  40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God:  this did not Abraham.  41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.  42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar, and the father of it.  45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, 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.)  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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