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Today, life experience  for Christian believers is described as forward-looking due to its focus upon the word of GOD.  The primary work among disciples of Jesus is that of prophecy:  to comfort, edify, and exhort; the primary products include faith, gratitude, hope, joy, and longsuffering. It is in contrast to the preeminence of eternal life that death or fear have place with the chief concerns of the church. Acknowledging and burying the dead, hallowing (we say, consecrating or sanctifying) ground for the internment of believer remains, and pastoral counseling to survivors of the deceased may appear as expressions of divine love and respect, both in place of and in addition to preaching and solemn worship.  One of the many fighters using the ID “Anonymous” at “Yahoo! Answers” posted the following:

Is religion nothing more than a thing that helps people deal with the thought of and experience of death?

Have you seen dead people before? They cannot: see, touch, think, remember, talk, walk, etc. That’s the reality of death.

Update:  Enlighten me if you have a better explanation.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:  for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful:  for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart:  for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  (Matthew 5:  6-14, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Eternal Life Not Afterlife? (08/11/2015); The Return to Dust? (06/14/2015); Death, Forgiveness, Sin and Spirit? (05/28/2015); Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A Sleep and a Second Death (09/16/2014); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013)

“Anonymous”, for the followers of Jesus Christ, ones faith with other inseparable aspects of the divine nature (e.g., holiness, righteousness, truth, wisdom, wrath against sin) centers in divine operations whereby mankind undergoes permanent change, and is prepared for transformation to continue as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity.  Through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak), believers and disciples of Jesus spoken of as “born again,” must “grow up,” and mature again meeting the same life challenges as all others upon the earth.  Included are aging, bereavement, disease, disappointment, frustration, injustice, isolation, and persecution.  While themes of its teachings go all the way back to the Creation of heaven and earth, and every believer is to experience covenant and personal relationship with Deity, the spirit content of a Christian believer is “forward-looking” as a focus upon expectations for the fulfillment of things spoken from divinity as proclamations, promises, and prophecies.  Consider again the following verses from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-4, King James Version (KJV):  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

(2.)  Hebrews 12:  14, KJV:  14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  11-14, KJV:  11 For we which live are  alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.  13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;  14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 15:  50-54, KJV:  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.)  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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Faith, holiness and salvation in the Advent of Jesus Christ come into view, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ruth” (Level 7 with 90,913 points, a member since December 04, 2010) posted the following:

What does that mean to you, without holiness no one will see the Lord?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  (Ephesians 4:  21-27, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Keep It Holy (02/23/2014); 7 “Godly” Sins? (02/24/2014); Able to Become Gods? (01/11/2014); Why Christians Pray for Others (01/12/2014); When Jesus Comes Back? (04/19/2013); What’s The Way Out? (04/20/2013)

“Ruth”, holiness is a substance that exists only as divine spirit; and is itself only holiness.  Holiness is an aspect of the full divine makeup; and must be considered as independent, yet, inseparable from the other features that distinguish Deity (e.g., faith, longsuffering, love, person, truth, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Holiness may be imparted to believers in Jesus Christ through the various experiences of divine rebirth that include baptism, chastisement, judgment, and suffering.  Here are a few points now being shared among Christian believers that may grant you some insight:

(1.)  Hebrews 11:  6, King James Version (KJV):  6 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.

(2.)  Matthew 5:  8-10, KJV:  8 Blessed are the pure in heart:  for they shall see God.  9 Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

(3.)  Hebrews 12:  14-15, KJV:  14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

(4.)  1st Chronicles 16:  28-30, KJV:  28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.  29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name:  bring an offering, and come before him:  worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.  30 Fear before him, all the earth:  the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

(5.)  Revelation 15:  4, KJV:  4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy:  for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

(6.)  Hebrews 12:  7-10, KJV:  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

There is far more to be considered, correctly understood, and taken into ones own spirit.  (For example, (7.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  7, KJV:  7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, sacred knowledge, and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared, today, on being shown material and spiritual favor from divinity (we say, blessing).  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers (Philippines)” using the ID “Lilian” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since June 24, 2015) posted the following:

Feeling blessed?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.  Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.  Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.  Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.  Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.  The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face:  they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.  The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.  The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.  And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.  And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.  The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand:  and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.  And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:  (Deuteronomy 28:  1-13, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013); Stronger Tests for the Strong? (10/22/2013); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013); Will GOD Bless My Team? (12/31/2012); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013)

“Lilian”, here are some thoughts from the holy writings often shared among Christian believers:

(1.)  Psalm 1:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

(2.)  Psalm 33:  12, KJV:  12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

(3.)  Psalm 40:4, KJV:  4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

(4.)  Luke 6:  21-23, KJV:  21 Blessed are ye that hunger now:  for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now:  for ye shall laugh.  22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.  23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy:  for, behold, your reward is great in heaven:  for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

(5.)  James 1:  12-17, KJV:  12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:  for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:  and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.  17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

There is a lot more to be shared, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (6.)  Romans 4:  3-8, KJV:  3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.  6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,  7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, Scripture points are shared on martyrdom, suffering and tragic incidents that occur among Christian believers.  Persecution that was seen by the early church was a sacred device like the confusion of languages at Babel.  Persecution continues today; and often goes unrecognized, because we do not see the dramatic death of believers within an arena filled with wild beasts.  Persecution calls forth the increased spread  of sacred knowledge with discernment of commitment, conviction, and faith.  A young writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Chiamaka” (Level 1 with 96 points, a member since June 10, 2015) posted the following:

 

Getting shot in church? (Charleston, SC massacre)?

So i heard about the Charleston massacre. I don’t understand. They were in church. Praising the lord. The whole situation just seems ironic. You would think a church would have some kind of barrier stopping all evil from happening. I would be lying if I said, as a Christian, I wasn’t having any doubts. I know death is inevitable. And not necessarily a bad thing. But I don’t understand where was the Lord in this situation? I know it could be worse. And I feel really bad that I’m having these doubts. But I don’t understand, can someone explain? Why someonething like this would happen in a church of all places? I’m 14 by the way.

 

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, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Getting GOD To Save? (03/10/2015); No Divine Protection? (10/02/2014); His Authority in Judgment? (10/03/2015); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); Going It Alone? (12/16/2013); A Slaughter of Innocents (12/15/2012); Signs of Messianic Belief (12/16/2012)

 

“Chiamaka”, the appearance of divinity upon the earth as Jesus Christ was to change specific aspects of the divine process for all created beings and living creatures (e.g., death, judgment, mortality, reconciliation, salvation).  Many features of the life process can not be altered or removed without total upheaval on a cosmic scale.  Thus, human error, violence, wickedness, and sin have not been eliminated; yet, sacred processes are now being carried out to fully recover, restore, and transform the living who will continue as companions to Deity.  Consider again the following points from the Scriptures:

(1.)  Luke 13:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  13 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  3 I tell you, Nay:  but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  5 I tell you, Nay:  but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

(2.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, KJV:  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

(3.)  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.

(4.)  Mark 10:  28-31, KJV:  28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.  29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,  30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.  31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (5.)  1st Peter 4:  15-17, KJV:  15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The Beatitudes recorded in the “Sermon on the Mount” and angry statements made by Jesus against leaders of the Temple community are considered together, today, along with more on the topic of a daily revelation. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Anna” (Level 1 with 11 points, a member since August 1, 2012) posted the following:


Need bible study help, please!!?

How does the Beatitudes relate to the woes Jesus pronounces upon the scribes and Pharisees in Matt. 23?


THE BATTLE AXE: A Daily Revelation? (10/02/2012)—We are correct to say a person has revelations through things that occur on a day-to-day basis, because nothing odd, weird and unusual has to appear. Revelation may be new insight, respect and deeper appreciation for things as they have always been. Similarly, when speaking of revelation from GOD, divine glory, talking in tongues, seeing angels, and manifestations of majesty and fire are not the only content of sacred revelation. As aspects of eternal being, Perfection and Revelation are continuous and uninterrupted human experiences of ongoing divine operations along with Judgment, Repentance, and Sanctification. In Jesus, divinity is revealed through the use of flesh and blood. While the Incarnation, birth, death and resurrection of GOD in the person of Jesus are understood as one-time events, their consequences and unending presence establish Jesus Christ as an inexhaustible source of power that continues to generate new life, new vision and new understanding for the existence of all created beings and living creatures. Following completion of the Great White Throne judgment, elimination of all sin, the finish of mortality, and populating the new earth, judgment as the righteousness of GOD (with revelation then realization of Divine Person) will continue to stream as everlasting life and eternity.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal. Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh? For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein. And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day. (Deuteronomy 11: 26-32, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Tragedy? (10/23/2010); Divine Blessing (10/22/2010)

      Admonition, cautions and warnings are provided to mankind as part of the full proclamation of divine law and commandment. In addition to statements where specific activity and behavior are forbidden and prohibited, consequences, punishments and sanctions, are declared. By this, the law is forward-looking, and “predicts” likely future outcomes.

      The language “woe unto you” can be taken to mean, “be alert,” “be forewarned,” “be on your guard” or even “watch and pray.” Also, we may take it to say, “a curse be upon you.” The proclamation of law through blessing and cursing uses the principles of comparison (showing things to be alike and in harmony) and contrast (showing things to be different and opposite). Perhaps, the clearest example of this in Scripture is found with the readings of the law commanded by Moses that would publish the divine covenant. Before the congregation would cross the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land, they were required to first broadcast the name of GOD (i.e., speak aloud his reputation; detail the deeds GOD would continue to be known by); then declare the conditions for occupancy of the inheritance from GOD. The blessings were to be pronounced from the top of Mount Gerizim and the curses from Mount Ebal (see Deuteronomy 11, KJV).

      In his ministry fulfilling the old covenant, identifying the righteousness of the law, and sharing revelation of GOD through flesh and blood, Jesus appears to defy and disobey the law. Rightly understood, the Savior does not deny divine law; instead, reverence for the law is “regenerated”, and the law is shown to rest most securely when upon a foundation of faith imparted from GOD. The Pharisees and Sadducees were like labor unions or American political parties, that do not own a business or themselves employ government workers, yet demand access to decision-making. With the money changers, sellers of animals for sacrifice and others who had become fixtures of the Temple community, they exercised great influence over believers throughout the land. They represented corruption of the priesthood, because they were not all consecrated to serve as GOD’s anointed. By calling these institutional and political leaders “hypocrites” (i.e., actors, counterfeits, frauds and showmen), Jesus exposed their practices and rites as “going through the motions,” vain worship, and formalism that cannot impart spiritual power from GOD to indwell his covenant people.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Jesus upholds the law as holy, and just and good. The law is more than a civil and social reality. The law is seen as spiritual, expressing sacred promises and sure prophecies. Thus, Christ also demonstrates otherwise unseen principles such as the truth that the law, promise and prophecy are universal. Consider again Isaiah 24: 1-3 and Romans 7: 11-13.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC