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Baptism, John the Baptist, Noah’s flood, and the Holy Spirit are topics, today, along with more on whether GOD grants license for sin.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Mario” (Level 4 with 3,339 points, a member since September 26, 2006) posted the following:


Where did John the Baptist get the idea to dunk people in water and call it baptism?


THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD Grants License? (06/20/2013)—The Kingdom of GOD is not the Land of Do As You Please.  To love us, GOD must suffer.  However, to be eternal, GOD must end divine suffering.  As an aspect of righteousness, GOD always responds to the image of himself residing in others with attention to detail, balance, benevolence, expectation, mercy, and vision.  Taken together, the sacred operations of GOD (e.g., blessing, communion, correction, curses, death, imprisonment, prosperity, punishment), do not permit created beings and living creatures to “get away with murder,” or to continue eternally in transgression of divine law.  The very existence of divinity establishes multiple dimensions for being, change, opportunity and possibility that remain unseen until actualized and revealed in accordance with divine will.  GOD is not blind, ignorant, lenient, or tolerant of sin, however, the processes for life and continued being for those within frameworks of time and space require measured change, the development of discretion, growth, flexibility, and resilience that appear only through ordered sequence.  A broad range of behavioral, emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual abilities and traits must be acquired that provide defining and permanent aspects of person along with an uninterrupted consciousness of GOD.  Included are accountability, dependence, dutifulness, faithfulness, interdependence, ownership, respect, and self-government.  (See Job 40:  1-14, Isaiah 57:  15-21, Jude 1:  5-7, KJV.)


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.  (John 1:  29-34, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Destroyed in Noah’s Flood (04/28/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals (04/30/2013); The Dove (12/28/2012); Purchased With Blood? (12/29/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Fire Baptism (08/24/2012); Why No Answer? (08/25/2012)


Mario, here are some points to consider that may enrich your understanding of the sacrament of baptism:

(1)  As a sacred operation accomplished through action of the same Spirit that worked in Creation, baptism is not merely a human event, a religious ceremony, or a formal ritual to dramatize a person choosing to become a member of a church community.  In the holy writings, the earliest mention of “washing” speaks to removing surface uncleanness as an act of hospitality (i.e., refreshing and welcoming strangers by applying water to their feet), and the washing of ones clothes.  

(2)  With the establishment of covenant, cleaning ones clothing and physical body become associated with anointing and holy oil to sanctify (cleanse, prepare to enter divine presence, and set apart for holy service) and to consecrate (install in holy office as priest or prophet).  An important feature of the Tabernacle was the laver of brass, wherein the priests were to wash before and after their service offering blood at the holy altar.  Atonement, sprinkling and remission of sins through blood come into view rather than washing by water.

(3)  The earliest and most important appearance of absolution, cleansing and washing away sin appears in the flood of Noah.  Hidden there are the full range of sacred operations we understand in baptism, today.  Included are death, judgment, preservation of divine law through the keeping of created beings and living creatures, rebirth, resurrection, and sanctification.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  Most believers in Jesus as Redeemer and Savior agree that John was separated and anointed by the Spirit of GOD to be a herald, a prophet and a witness to the divine consecration of Christ, instead of a mere priest or rabbi.  John was raised as a son and heir to the priesthood; and we even may say that John the Baptist grew up on holy ground, and was fed from the altar of GOD.  The discipline and training he received was probably conservative, traditional and very strict.  Nevertheless, in obedience to the Holy Ghost, John left the Temple at Jerusalem to carry out and perform the word of GOD.)   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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The reign of Solomon is the topic, today, and there is more on understanding the doctrines and teachings on hell. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Sleeping Beauty” (Level 1 with 11 points, a member since November 25, 2012) posted the following:

Why did Solomon bring the golden age of Israel instead of King David?

greatest king

THE BATTLE AXE: Understanding Hell (01/09/2013)—Hell is no place in divine order that compares to earth or heaven. As an aspect of what happens to the dead (from dust thou art, unto dust thou shalt return), we may think of hell as beneath the surface of the ground, and as being the earth itself. However, that does not begin to fully explain what becomes of ones spirit. There are no created beings, living creatures, or living spirits in hell. Even for clergy and mature believers it is very difficult to harmonize the many details and subtle truths that are the full doctrine of hell provided by the holy scriptures. It requires growth to higher levels of faith, and may take years of prayer and careful study. The difficulty is increased by the errors of those who do not believe in Christ as their savior, error from those who are practicing deliberate deception as servants to the Devil, and error from those who mean well and are misinformed, superstitious, or spiritually undereducated. Many promote the belief that hell is the place where Satan rules over sinners. However, that and similar ideas derive from powerful impressions made by amusements, entertainments and popular culture. Examples include folk tales, opera, and poetry such as “Paradise Lost,” Dante’s “Inferno” and Goethe’s “Faust.” In the same way the things recorded in the holy writings are not intended as a detailed biography of any person’s life, or a comprehensive history of human events, the Scriptures are not intended to explain the full details of birth, death, life, or damnation. The Scriptures provide peculiar frameworks and outlines that allow men to apprehend revelation and reassurances from GOD. GOD is not the author of confusion; and the goal of understanding is achieved only through diligence, endurance, love, and truth, never through bullying, deception, fear, or presumption.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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. 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. (John 18: 36-37, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); Son of Man (11/28/2012); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Lion of Judah (01/10/2011); Rich Yet Saved (11/11/2010)

May I share some Thoughts:

Many speak of King Solomon as having brought the “Golden Age” because during his reign the Temple at Jerusalem was begun and completed to serve as a permanent house of GOD that would replace the mobile, temporary shelter that was the Tabernacle fashioned under Moses. The Ark of the Testimony acknowledged as the judgment seat of GOD was separated from the Tabernacle during the reign of Saul; and the priesthood for the descendants of Aaron came under a curse through Eli and his sons. The anointing granted to David, and the inheritance to his heir, was therefore that of judge, king, priest and prophet.

Solomon is lauded as having completed many domestic projects to improve life within the nation. Included were the building of cities and stables, the establishment of trade and labor agreements with other nations, and a reputation for wisdom among other monarchs and rulers. During the reign of Solomon there was peace with most of the surrounding nations that repeatedly had waged war against Israel, including Egypt, the Moabites, and the Philistines. At least in part, this peace was the result of treaties for marriage: Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, under Solomon taxation was held to be extreme. When Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, came to the throne, Rehoboam refused to make any gesture or promise of relief. The Unified Kingdom was immediately dissolved, with 10 tribes electing to follow Jeroboam, a fugitive from Egypt, and only 2 remaining to the House of David.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX Washington, DC