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Baptism, spiritual growth, re-baptism, and the Holy Spirit are topics today along with more on the primacy of GOD. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Jasmine” (Level 1 with 75 points, a member since June 2, 2013) posted the following:

Can I get spiritual baptism repeatedly? because I am stuck with the holy spirit I got a few years ago.?

I am stuck with the holy spirit I got a few years ago. Can I get spiritually baptised again with a new brand holy spirit? Is it possible to get spiritually baptised again?


THE BATTLE AXE: Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013)—Acknowledgment, respect, and reverence (we say, worship) are correctly shown to GOD when it is understood that the content, make-up, and person describing divine existence also generate the being, coherence, integrity, life, order, presence and purpose for every other creature, life form and object that may be known. Unlike inanimate objects, material things, or the living, GOD puts forth and operates as the prime source of all without having any source; and the Almighty is capable of initiating and responding to independent, unassisted action, communication, exchange, and thought. Divine power is an artifact of divine substance. Thus, power consists in such eternal content as faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. GOD appears to created beings and living creatures through operations that apply divine power, and that make the otherwise unknowable presence of GOD actual in the awareness of sentient beings (we say, visible). Included are birth, creation, death, forgiveness, judgment, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, prophecy, rebirth, resurrection, sanctification, truth, and witness. See Numbers 23: 19, Psalm 99: 1-9, John 3: 23-24 and Jeremiah 9: 23-24, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 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. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 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: 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. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2: 6-15, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Quoting Scripture to GOD? (04/24/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Translation, Please…(01/11/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Tongues? (11/17/2010); Fire Baptism (08/24/2012); Why No Answer? (08/25/2012); Girdle 6: Book I, The Preamble (11/21/2011)

Jasmine, here are some points for consideration that many mature Christian believers would endorse:

(1) Most followers of Jesus Christ endure an extended period of gradual growth and learning. So to speak, Born-again, one must mature again, and must encounter various challenges and “growing pains” that may cause disappointment, spiritual confusion, and uncertainty regarding ones salvation. Saying this in other ways: All will be tested. All must overcome sufferings. All exist within two different frameworks of reality, and must find the balance between the natural and the spirit worlds.

(2) Increased awareness and strength for ones spirit content is determined and “paced” by direct operations of GOD through the imparted, indwelling spirit of Jesus Christ. A believers ability to discern and recognize the action and presence of the invisible things from GOD is increased over time through such living practice as fellowship with other believers, prayer, and study of the Scriptures.

(3) All believers start out as disinterested, ignorant, only mildly curious, and weak in faith. Divinity and sacred substance from the make-up of the Almighty is received only as ones obedience and trust are increased. Included here may be forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering (endurance), love, sanctification, wisdom and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4) Multiple acts of faith (called works) are not required before salvation so much as after salvation as the correct expression of acceptance, agreement, gratitude, and understanding. The human aspects of baptism center in choice, self-will, and voluntary submission to GOD; however, the divine aspects center in death, re-birth, the generation of life from divine, not human, substance, and the transformation of a mortal to one that will be immortal and incorruptible.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Christian modesty, courage and holy boldness are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “ChristianModesty” (Level 1 with 169 points, a member since July 25, 2012) posted the following:


Why don’t Christians seem to care abut modesty anymore?

It seems there are less and less Christians who care about dressing in a way that is pleasing to God. I’ve heard some people say that God really doesn’t care, but shouldn’t we as Christians try and follow everything in the Bible, not just the parts we want to hear or obey?

1 Corinthians 8:13
1 Timothy 2:9
1 Peter 3:3-4
Matthew 5:28


THE BATTLE AXE: Why Courage? (10/14/2012)—In the excellence of divine provision for mankind, much of what believers are required to do is accomplished through faithfulness and obedience, rather than courage or fortitude. Even so, all Christian believers must know courage and holy boldness, because all must endure as spiritual beings upon an earth that is overspread with ignorance of sacred truth, sin, violence, unbelief, and unclean spirits that have been ousted from heaven. In addition, believers must make balanced and uncompromising responses to indifference, persecution, separation for the Gospel, suffering, and uncertainty. Also, it is through balance that arrogance, overconfidence and presumption are avoided. While courage is essential for beginning, holy boldness is vital when seeking higher ground, and zeal must be present to continue and maintain the progress of sanctification. The work of sharing and spreading the Gospel to those who have never heard it requires confidence and flexibility that are provided by the Holy Spirit along with faith, insight, joy, perseverance, righteousness, truth and wisdom. Mature believers in Jesus Christ, often experience as he did the full range of human conflicts such that, at the same time there is sorrow, there is joy; in spite of fear, there is courage and boldness; when there is doubt and insecurity, there is still expectation and hope. An important aspect of freedom in Christ is that each believer makes choice of their own focus between and among contradictory alternatives, and choice of what they themselves will act upon.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 5-7, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012); Girdle 44: The Good Seed (12/31/2011); Dispatch 38: Shamefacedness (09/17/2011); Diet and Food? (12/31/2010); Not Sure? (01/01/2011); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)


      Be encouraged. There will always be a great diversity among believers that comes by such differences as academic background, age group, culture, doctrinal emphasis (e.g., Advent, baptism, chrism and spiritual gifts, tithing, Incarnation, intercession by saints) ethnicity, levels of maturity, practice, prayer, and scriptural training. While the ministry by silent example and lifestyle often seems to be less effective and less spiritual than preaching, or witnessing from the pulpit, it truly is the work of every mature believer. Both the understanding and acceptance of sacred duty develops gradually, and by degrees. More than this, the ability to recognize the denial and rejection of GOD, and to continue undisturbed—rather than denial and rejection of oneself, ones message, and what they may have shared—comes only by an extended process of sacred growth.

      In the same way that a broad range of differences are found among the rose (e.g., color, fragrance, size), differences among believers are easily understood as irrelevant and insignificant when seeing with new eyes that are focused upon discerning the Spirit. The carnal, material and social aspects fade in their importance. The carnal mind is enmity against GOD; has not been equipped to respond to the law of GOD; and therefore, will never perfectly obey the will of GOD (see Romans 8: 6-8, KJV). Believers are not required to serve, or make appeals to the carnal mind.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Christian circumspection, modesty and shamefacedness derive from self-awareness that has been shaped by the character and spirit that identified Jesus during his ministry in the earth. Humility and meekness in believers are emanations of the Holy Spirit along with such divine content as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, righteousness, truth and wrath against sin. Until the conclusion of judgment, and finish of the second death, there will be problems in the earth that come by sin.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC