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Today, points are shared on the apostolic nature and process of the church founded by Jesus Christ.  For many, the Scriptures describe “the apostolic church” most clearly through 1st Corinthians 12:  27-28, King James Version (KJV):  27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.  Also, Ephesians 4:  10-15, KJV:  10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  The themes of reconciliation, revival, outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and resurrection are vital to most communities that display Christian faith working to spread the Gospel for it remains that eternal life within mortals on the earth, begun through acceptance of Jesus as Redeemer and Savior, continues to be interrupted and opposed by death, error, and sin.  More than church building by adding believers through water baptism, establishing new congregations, and preaching to new assemblies, the work of apostles has been to embody and share the presence and person of Jesus.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bruce” (Level 7 with 107,295 points, a member since August 12, 2007) posted the following:

 

Would an “apostolic” church be led by the successors of the apostles, or by people who read about the apostles in the Bible?

From the Nicene Creed: “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” Which church is that?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:  and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  And fear came upon every soul:  and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.  (Acts 2:  38-47, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Receiving The Holy Spirit (12/08/2016); Hierarchy Among Christians (01/22/2016); Hierarchy For Mankind(01/24/2016); A True Apostle? (09/20/2015); Many Forms of Christianity? (04/30/2015); Cornelius, and Prayer By Sinners? (03/09/2015); Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); The Rich in Divine Relationship? (11/29/2013)

 

“Bruce”, here are some points that many mature Christian believers have found useful when shaping their commitment to the incarnate, institutional expression of Jesus Christ as “the church”:

1)  In the early church, the apostles were not all trained as disciples by Jesus during his ministry years on the earth.  Even so, all were endowed by the Holy Spirit to authenticate his doctrine and teaching; to provide reliable “eye-witness” testimony of the Savior’s resurrection; to show the agreement and conformity of Christian belief to prophecy, sacred promise, and the holy writings; to indicate false teaching, counterfeit spiritual gifts, and error as well as to certify every true falling of the Holy Spirit.  The appearance and manifesting of the Comforter (also called the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) who was sent in power at Pentecost has not been a “one-time” event.

2)  In the same way the ministry of Jesus himself displays development and growth from the time of his baptism at the Jordan, the ministry by apostles also may be seen displaying correction, enhancement, and refinement through Christ and the Holy Spirit.  An example of this is seen where Peter and a team of Jewish supporters violate standing tradition by entering the home of a Gentile in order to minister the Gospel.  This was something Jesus was ready to do, however,  did not do when asked to “only speak the word,” and command that a beloved servant be healed.  In the same way Jacob had to be encouraged and granted certainty through a sacred dream (angels on a ladder) that the GOD of his father could be his own divine protector also, Peter had to receive a dream that the outreach of divinity through Christ is to all the world, not merely to a single ethnic group and the existing covenant partners of GOD.

3)  Some denominations claim an historical and secular lineage to the authority, form, practice, and governmental structure that existed within the early church.  Particularly, several trace their origin to bishops, deacons, elders and evangelists who were scattered from Jerusalem during periods of persecution.  Others claim a doctrinal lineage based on principles and accounts written in Scripture.  Included are the falling of the Spirit at Pentecost on the 120 disciples from the Upper Room (that included the mother and brothers of Jesus), the anointing of believers through laying on of hands by Peter and John in what was once accounted as the heathen city of Samaria as well as in the private home of a Gentile who was a retired Roman soldier. 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 4) Conflicts, differences and diversity have always been embraced by the true body of believers in Jesus Christ acknowledging that the communion of flesh and spirit may only be established and become visible through the operations of divinity.  Within the body there are multiple levels of accountability, conviction, growth, maturity, readiness, and understanding.  Therefore, without also saying miracles, prayer, and proselytizing, many insist that the emblems to identify the true church of Jesus Christ must include acceptance of oneness without sameness among the persons of Deity, discernment (correct recognition and response to) spirit content from the makeup of GOD, faith, humility, receiving the blood and body of Jesus, sacred knowledge (e.g., awareness of divine law, prophecy, sacred promises), ministry that includes the poor, and the continuous preparation of believers to acknowledge Jesus Christ as their own Savior at his coming.)  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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Today, focus is on Christian believers becoming consecrated, sanctified, and set apart from the world.  In the same way Moses prepared those who left Egypt for the appearing of GOD at Sinai by saying, Sanctify yourselves, the followers of Jesus are commanded to sanctify themselves for his coming to harvest from the earth those who belong to his kingdom that are mature and “ripe” (we say, his appearing, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  More than a physical separation, distinction by wealth, or political advantage, believers are to continuously display awareness and self-will influenced by the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Colonel Williams” (Level 1 with 7 points, a member since November 16, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why do people become Monks and Nuns if Matthew 5:16 tells Christians to be a light in the world?

How can you be a light in the world if you’re secluded from society in a monastery?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:  but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  (John 15:  19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); Servants To The Body? (01/17/2017); GOD’s Peculiar People (12/11/2016); His Children Are Sanctified (10/12/2016); The World and The Cross? (04/19/2016); Sanctify Yourselves? (06/26/2014); Inheriting the Kingdom? (06/27/2014)

 

“Colonel Williams,” GOD created heaven and earth, however, created beings and living creatures created the World as a system of beliefs, meanings and values to ensure their own survival.  Because mankind responded to divine love and sacred law with disobedience, distance, and distrust through Adam and Eve, multiple ongoing operations of divinity now are required wherein the active presence who is GOD is made knowable, known, and “visible”.  The revelation of divinity to the living is intended for those on the earth, yet, is apprehended primarily through sacred knowledge and practice, rather than carnal reason, material objects, secular knowledge, and social transactions.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, and promotes chaos, nonexistence, and self-destruction.  Sinners are to turn away from the beliefs and process of the world (we say, repent, return to GOD), and maintain lifestyles and daily routines that display spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Included are faith, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Christian believers are “called out” from the world system, and become separate as those who are “born again” who must “grow up again,” and are part of the new creation through Jesus Christ.  Being vessels having fresh endowments of divine substance, believers are offspring, the children of GOD, and joint-heirs with Christ.  Such communities and corporate expressions as monks, nuns, and clergy are useful for continuing and nurturing sacred consciousness, selfless service, and spiritual growth as focused and uninterrupted.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 14:  2, King James Version (KJV):  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

(2.)  1st John 2:  15-17, KJV:  15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

(3.)  Philippians 2:  14-15, KJV:  14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

(4.)  John 17:  8-11, KJV:  8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.  9 I pray for them:  I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.  10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.  11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

(5.)  John 17:  14-19, KJV:  14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  17 Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth.  18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

(6.)  James 1:  27, KJV:  27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Revelation 18:  3-5, KJV:  3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.  4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.)  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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Today, reply is made on why Mary and others went out to the tomb of Jesus early on “Resurrection Sunday.”  The process of GOD through Jesus Christ has been one of continuous and permanent change, gradual growth, and preparing for full transformation that will be completed at the Second Coming of Jesus (we also say, the Advent, the harvest, the Rapture).  At first, belief and conviction would depend upon completing practical tasks, recall and reflection, where later operations of the Holy Spirit would edify and carry believers forward through prophecy and gifts of the Spirit.  Many who obeyed during the crisis of Jesus being arrested and tried still did not understand how these things were fulfilling eternal purposes.  Others even reacted with unbelief because they simply continued in long-standing habits, and their usual routines.  Just as the women had not completed all the work for cleansing and preserving a body before entombment, the sacred event and operations by the Spirit of GOD were not yet all completed.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Phil” (Level 4 with 4,343 points, a member since September 18, 2010) posted the following:

 

What was Mary Magdalene doing sniffing round Jesus’ tomb after three days? Necrophilia or did he owe her some money?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?  But he spake of the temple of his body.  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.  (John 2:  18-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); The Holy Week Continues (04/14/2017); Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); Anointed, Consecrated and Installed (08/04/2016); The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Anointed? (04/28/2014); No More “Mr. Nice Guy”? (04/29/2014); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013)

 

“Phil,” the work was not finished, and there was still much that had to be accomplished.  Jesus had been placed in the tomb shortly before sundown and the beginning of the Sabbath.  The task of removing his body from the cross had to be done.  As the highest Roman official having authority regarding the execution of the Lord, Pontius Pilate had to be petitioned for permission to bury the Savior in a private sepulcher that was owned by a wealthy member of the Sanhedrin.  In addition to carefully removing the crown of thorns so as not to tear away the flesh, there was the work of stopping the open wounds of his body, washing away the still drying blood, sealing his wounds, applying ointments and spices that would slow the decay and keep the body from stinking, as well as gathering to express bereavement through prayers and ritual mourning.

In the same way, those in flesh had not completed all their necessary tasks, there remained much to be done by the Spirit of the Lord.  For the people of GOD in Christ, loss of, and separation from loved ones by death are to be understood as reversible by GOD, and temporary.  Rather than emotion, thoughts, and memories, commitment, discernment and eternal purpose should be in charge.  Even so, Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathaea, his own Mother, and John who had witnessed his crucifixion had not yet received the imparted, indwelling Spirit (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) that would be sent to abide among them on the day of Pentecost.  Until then, mankind could only be prompted and stirred to take action guided by the Spirit, and this occurred as mere episodes that did not seem to be connected.

The process of GOD during our bereavement is to affirm and continue life, therefore, when the Comforter arrives he commands that we go to work among the living:  We are to minister and meet the needs of others by showing hospitality, encouraging joy, and proclaiming the promises of GOD.  The faith of the apostles and disciples first would have to be amplified and built up for them to realize the many things Jesus spoke as explanation and instruction that they had taken as only casual remarks.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Mark 15:  42-44, King James Version (KJV):  42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,  43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.  44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead:  and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.

(2.)  Mark 16:  1-4, KJV:  1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.  2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?  4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away:  for it was very great.

(3.)  John 14:  25-27, KJV:  25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.)  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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As Holy Week goes forward, reply is made on the kingdom of GOD and the new creation.  Even small children understood that something special from GOD was being shared, and they startled the elders who wanted to quiet and silence their shouts of “Hosanna” and their rejoicing inside the Temple.  Rather than as a king over a kingdom having an agenda of commandments, statutes, taxes and war, Jesus Christ came as a High Priest and spiritual ruler having an agenda of atonement, forgiveness, renewed hope, sacrifice, suffering, and death on the cross.  Thus, Christian believers are to operate as ambassadors, emissaries, and lawful representatives dispatched to earth from a divine “spirit Nation” ruled by a Risen Lord, and intended to establish among men the oneness without sameness within the GODhead.  The system of belief that Christians share with Judaism brings together multiple doctrines, practices, and teachings that first were committed to mankind through Adam and his sons who were heirs of a holy priesthood, that later were ordained and preserved through the covenant of Moses, and following that were demonstrated in the life and work of Jesus on a day-to-day basis.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Does it make any sense to you that Jesus (your Lord and Savior) didn’t even believe in Christianity?

Jesus was Jewish. If Jesus didn’t believe in Christianity and you try to live your lives like him why aren’t you all Jewish.
I personally don’t believe in any religion. I think there might be a God, but I don’t think any religions are right. I’m an agnostic theist.

I’m not saying your religion is wrong. I’m just saying that it doesn’t make sense to me. And would like to hear your opinion.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  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.  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.  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.  (2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); Differences Among Sacred Events (04/10/2017); Hosanna In The Highest (04/09/2017); The Extravagance of Love? (04/02/2017); The Cross and Judaism? (05/27/2016); Academic Language? (12/10/2015); Christ Brought A New Nature? (07/15/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, Jesus put on no display of pomp and circumstance, yet, he entered Jerusalem riding a white mule as son of a king.  When Jesus arrived at the Temple in Jerusalem in the final days of his living ministry on the earth the Savior was proclaiming a new testament and new covenant relationship with GOD through his own blood and body.  What had begun as a “grass roots” revival to refresh and renew practices and promises that had existed among the Jews for millennia became concentrated and crystallized as a divine process to transform mankind into a new creation.  Jesus highlighted what should have been familiar doctrines and performed prophetic demonstrations to reveal divinity as the active presence who was carrying out various sacred events (e.g., exorcism, healings, miracles).

Because thousands were in the City to observe an annual feast, there was a crowd to welcome Jesus that had come from every city, region and town made up of the many who already had received godly benefits from following and hearing the Lord.  While Jesus was openly hailed as the “son of David” and one having a legitimate claim to the throne of unified kingdom granted King David by a promise of dynasty from GOD, Jesus discouraged all efforts to portray him as a social activist, a leader of insurrection and rebellion against Rome, a discontented political figure, or a zealot. 

The Savior aroused his critics most as he taught that GOD is a spirit, and that by gifts and operations of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity, mankind would receive atonement for sin and become endowed with eternal life to exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion of GOD.  The Sadducees who were the ruling faction among the priests, Levites, and judges making up the Sanhedrin court insisted upon the covenant of Moses with its proclamations of social identity through divine law, and discouraged the full inheritance of prophetic truth that included GOD operating from within “angels”, “spirits” and spokespersons (e.g., patriarchs, judges, prophets, pastors, apostles).

The ministry of Jesus had to grow and increase in accordance with his development as a man in flesh undergoing spiritual growth administered and controlled by the Father in heaven.  For this reason, the gospel (good news) that was preached goes from “repent and be baptized,” “there is atonement for sin,” and “the kingdom is at hand” to “he is risen” and “he will come again.”  There is the proclamation of both a new kingdom and a new creation.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Isaiah 42:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):  1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:  he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench:  he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.  4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth:  and the isles shall wait for his law.

(2.)  John 6:  11-15, KJV:  11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.  12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.  13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.  14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.  15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

(3.)  John 18:  33-38, KJV:  33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?  34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?  35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me:  what hast thou done?  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Peter 1:  16-21, KJV:  16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.)  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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As Holy Week continues, reply is to a question on discernment and realizing the presence of divinity.  For Christian believers, sacred knowledge and knowing result only from the spirit content imparted by GOD, rather than from secular knowledge and such features of the flesh as appetite, emotion, intellect, carnal reasoning, and the senses (seeing, tasting, touching, etc.).  By operations of faith, holiness, longsuffering and other substance from the makeup of GOD, Christian believers are made certain that Jesus Christ has appeared from heaven to reveal and make Deity known on the earth.  With this in view, the response, today, is in accordance with the holy writings:  John 14:  1-7, King James Version (KJV):  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also:  and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.  Also, Matthew 20:  27-28, KJV:  27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:  28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” using the ID “Anni” (Level 3 with 1,652 points, a member since May 26, 2010) posted the following:

 

How would you know if God was standing before you?

How would you identify god and be sure it wasn’t a superior being that seemed like a god, like an alien, demon, devil, or some other thing you’ve never even considered exists?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:  On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him:  he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:  But he knoweth the way that I take:  when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  (Job 23:  8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); Hosanna In The Highest (04/09/2017); Genuine Spiritual Discernment? (03/27/2017); How Would We Understand? (03/17/2017); Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); How To Know GOD? (12/12/2016); Knowing GOD For Yourself (07/13/2016)

 

“Anni” divine spirit must be known through faith.  Thus, it is the faith of mature Christian believers that GOD is a spirit who must be recognized and responded to as an active presence on the basis of his operating in, through, and upon living creatures, physical objects, and the various standards for meaning and value (e.g., authority, duration, ownership).  Those who gathered (on what we call “Palm Sunday”) at the Temple in Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles were from every town and city of Israel.  Many already had been healed, released from unclean spirits, and otherwise profoundly touched by the ministry and miracles of Jesus Christ that even included raising the dead.  Together, their experience, sacred knowledge from the Scriptures, and operations by the Spirit of GOD allowed them to discern (i.e., use ones own spirit substance from the makeup of GOD to realize the character, nature, and origin of the spirit content residing in events, oneself, other persons, holy writings, etc.) a sacred event in the Advent (coming) of Jesus.  The Bible provides a divine point of view (so to speak) and reports the operations of GOD using thousands of events, from thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  In the same way knowing the pattern ABCDEFG allows us to know that X,Y,Z are coming and 12345 says 8,9,10 are coming, believers in Christ do not gain power to read minds or foretell the future:  They have awareness of specific patterns from divinity that are made visible through the commandments of GOD, the holy writings, and the appearance of divinity using flesh and blood as Jesus of Nazareth.  When those at the Temple had examined the ministry of Jesus Christ, they became certain they should welcome him as the heir to the throne of King David, the Prophet foretold by Moses in the holy writings, and a miracle worker.  Some even welcomed him as the One sent from GOD, the divine ruler of the “everlasting kingdom” (Messiah), and an High Priest after the order of Melchisedec who would make atonement for the sin of Israel and all mankind.  Through his death on the cross that would occur before the week was completed, the ministry of Christ would  establish access for mankind to a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Those receiving rebirth now become the offspring and heirs of GOD who are to continuously display inseparable deposits from the Father and Son such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Romans 10:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(2.)  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st Peter 2:  21-25, KJV:  21 For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.)  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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Continuing to observe Holy Week, reply is made on the benefits of government through sacred law and consecrated rulers.  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Dawn” (Level 7 with 37,655 points, a member since April 25, 2014) posted the following:

 

How will the kingdom of God solve world’s problems?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:  and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.  (Revelation 11:  15-19, King James Version, KJV) 

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Hosanna In The Highest (04/09/2017); First Seeking the Kingdom (03/03/2017); Christus Natus Est Nobis (12/29/2016); The Divine Peace Process? (09/27/2016); World Peace Is Coming? (05/08/2016); Thoughts On The Kingdom? (11/18/2015); Inheriting the Kingdom (06/27/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014)

 

“Dawn”, many mature Christians understand that government among created beings and living creatures must focus on completing operations of the spirit substance deposited from the makeup of GOD (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word) that go beyond the sharing of authority and financial, human, or natural resources.  Correctly understood, the “kingdom of GOD” is a sphere of life intended to fulfill multiple eternal purposes that pertain to the makeup and substance of divinity.  GOD may be thought of as the fullness of inseparable spirit content that interacts in continuous active process.  Included are exchanges among faith, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The sovereignty of GOD who is Creator and Maker of all that exists is revealed and made “visible” through divine law as well as through an Incarnate ruler (we say, king having flesh and blood).

When Jesus entered into the city of Jerusalem on what we now call “Palm Sunday,” many received him as the anointed  ruler (we say, Christ) and divine spokesperson (prophet) promised within the holy writings (i.e., Messiah).  Some among those assembled already had received benefits from his ministry on earth that focused on the operations of GOD as Spirit, yet, it was commonly thought there would now be political change:  GOD would restore the Promised Land to the Jews; the Greeks, Romans, and other foreign occupiers would be removed; and there would be a new “golden age” of prosperity.  Many had been healed from forms of blindness, paralysis and sickness, had been released from unclean spirits, and had participated in public miracles of feeding, judgment, and raising the dead.  On the strength of such experiences, key persons in the multitude pressed Jesus to accept the crown as king, and as High Priest of the Temple—acts that would require bloodshed, conquest, and war, rather than a ministry of atonement and salvation. 

When understood as a sacred event after the pattern of things in the heaven, the Lord’s “triumphal” entry into Jerusalem celebrates his victory over sin, sorrow (earlier, Jesus wept upon seeing the city), suffering, and death.  The procession provided “an image” depicting such divine operations as the reception in heaven for repentant sinners as the offspring and heirs of GOD; the acknowledgment of Jesus in heaven following his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension from the earth; the return of Jesus as High Priest to administer atonement and cleanse the Sanctuary within the Temple of heaven as well as the coronation of Jesus to sit upon the Throne of Glory.  Consider again the following points from the Scriptures:

(1.)  James 4:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):   1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  2 Ye lust, and have not:  ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

(2.)  Acts 2:  1-4, KJV:  1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 4:  20, KJV:  20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 18:  33-38, KJV:  33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?  34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?  35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me:  what hast thou done?  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.)  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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Today, continuing to acknowledge Holy Week, reply is made to a question on differences for scheduling Jewish and Christian observances of Passover, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.  The separation of Christian and Jew has been more the result of differences between being anchored in secular or sacred knowledge as well as the things necessary for survival of the doctrines and new testament from Jesus Christ, rather than from teachings to despise or reject Jews and the covenant of Moses.  As an expression of love to the Savior, and in accordance with the Scriptures, many Christians now pray daily for the peace of Jerusalem and all Israel.  During the Savior’s public trial before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, the High Priest and elders of the Sanhedrin urged the people to demand the Lord’s crucifixion; and following his death and resurrection they persecuted the early church to destroy it.  The crowd that called for his execution were so opposed to the Savior’s release, they even agreed to accept the curse of GOD upon themselves and their future generations.  Mature Christian and Messianic Jewish believers, today, also acknowledge a “remnant” among the Jews, who benefit from oneness without sameness and a shared spiritual truth:   “There is one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God, and Father of all.”  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Russell” (Level 4 with 3,779 points, a member since November 06, 2011) posted the following:

Why doesn’t the Christian Church celebrate the Crucifixion/Resurrection at the time of the Jewish Passover, when it occurred?

Update: Easter in other words

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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:  16, King James Version, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Hosanna in the Highest (04/09/2017); Time and Sacred Events? (03/30/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); Holy Writings and Spirit? (12/16/2016); The Cross and Judaism? (05/27/2016); Diversity and the Church? (07/22/2015); The Glory of GOD? (06/23/2015)

“Russell”, in the divine plan, the Jews were to exist as a nation that would be a sacred tool and mechanism for life in the earth.  The profound transformation of covenant with GOD that would be introduced by Jesus Christ was not intended to destroy the longstanding relationship between heaven and Israel.  However, by their repeated breach of covenant, the Jews called forth the appearance of divinity in the earth as a man, Jesus Christ.  The Son of GOD would reveal and respond to many divine demands, promises, and prophecies that existed among the Jews as overlooked, unaddressed and unmet.  By preaching, “you must be born again,” and the importance of rebirth and repentance through the Holy Spirit, the Savior would show there was a pressing need for change, reform, and renewal that would appear to be contrary to the customs, traditions, and standards that were in use for millennia among the Jews.   Sinners would be called from their immersion in things carnal, material and social to concentrate and focus upon the identity of GOD as a Spirit.  The salvation offered through the Son only would respond to things already on record in the holy writings that ranged from the obligations of faith rather than law; the operations of grace, gratitude, forgiveness, divine love and mercy, rather than sacrifice; the necessity of sorrow for sin; and the standing of men as children and offspring of divinity.  Members of the church founded by Jesus are to be understood as “new creations;” and their separation from the Jew is not on the basis of law or practice so much as the irrepressible operations of growth that come by receiving new spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Consider again the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1,  King James Version (KJV):  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

(2.)  John 3:  1-7, KJV:  1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:  for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

(3.)  John 7:  14-18, KJV:  14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.  15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?  16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory:  but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Luke 5:  36-38, KJV:  36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.  37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.  38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.)  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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