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      Focus today is upon the differences between John the Baptist and Jesus Christ as sons from GOD that were born with the Holy Spirit. Also, there is more on Noah’s flood and the provisions of GOD to preserve mankind. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Chris” (Level 1 with 193 points, a member since February 2, 2010) posted the following:

If John the Baptist and Jesus Christ Both Born with The Holy Spirit?

John the Baptist, Son of Zechariah and Jesus Christ Son of Joseph, Both born with Holy Spirit then why Christians believe that Jesus is the only son of God.


THE BATTLE AXE: Destroyed in Noah’s Flood? (04/28/2013)—(6.) The task of supplying food for the variety of animals that would enter the ark was relatively simple because, prior to the flood, the food stuff provided from GOD for all living was the same, “every green herb.” Seed and provisions for agriculture and farming had been taken into the ark along with stores for food. Noah, his sons, and all the living creatures that left the ark were commanded by GOD to reproduce and to replenish the earth through lives centered in family, work, and worship. In the divine mind, family is to be a peculiar union of souls bond by shared goals and sacred purposes. See Genesis 1: 30 and Genesis 9: 1-17, KJV). (7.) The priesthood from Adam that was continued in Noah also centered in acknowledging atonement for sin through blood, and looked forward to the appearance of GOD in flesh to provide a final, holy cleansing. The sacred dynamics of faith, grace, and promise were a “life line” for the remnant that left the ark. In the same way mankind was to look above for the beauty of the rainbow, for cleansing of the waters, for winds to carry away from the living the continuing stench of the earth, and for divine healing of the soil, the mountains and the sky, all living were to look to GOD for grace, justice, and righteousness in covenant. See Genesis 8: 15-22, KJV. (9.) The work of recovery given to Noah could not be accomplished using the world’s wealth, credit and loans from the nations. The were able to start because they were guided by experience, knowledge, memories and understandings they had acquired through the operations of GOD. Similarly, through the holy writings (not available to Noah), and through the imparted, indwelling Spirit of Christ, believers today are also granted a bright, clear vision that empowers their living and covers them as a shield in the face of condemnation, death, destruction, disease, opposition, persecution, threats, and upheaval. See Ezekiel 1: 27-28, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (John 5: 33-39, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Divine Use of a Human Life? (04/23/2013); Quoting Scripture to GOD? (04/24/2013); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); Melchizedek? (12/22/2010); Free t0 Eat? (12/23/2010)

      Chris, the question you have posed is one many mature Christian believers have carried before GOD through their prayers. Among the various satisfying truths we have received are the following:

(1.) The process of GOD for mankind must be progressive and temporal, and is intended for created beings and living creatures throughout the universe of GOD. Saying this another way, the revelation of GOD is continuous, eternal, and ongoing, and occurs in uninterrupted stages that prepare and lift from level to level those who have understanding.

(2.) The sending of prophets became an aspect of covenant relationship the day GOD spoke the law from Horeb, and the people in terror, petitioned that GOD would speak to mankind again only by human agents such as Moses. See Deuteronomy 4: 5-20, Deuteronomy 5: 1-7 and Deuteronomy 18: 15-22, KJV.

(3.) There are several examples of miraculous births (childbearing by barren women) before that of John the Baptist; and John is to be seen in both the tradition of the Judge Samson, the Priest/Prophet Samuel as well as the Prophet Jeremiah. The absolute authority and sovereignty of GOD over judgment, life, death and salvation are all signaled. See Jeremiah 1: 4-9, KJV.

(4.) Jesus is spoken of as the “only begotten” in the understanding that he is an appearance or incarnation of GOD in human flesh, and is not by fertilization, mitosis (cell division), and human reproduction. The birth of John is by the operation of the Holy Spirit through and upon flesh, while the birth of Jesus is by a deposit of divinity from the Holy Spirit within flesh. Mary, the mother of Jesus, had been specially chosen, prepared and set apart for divine service as child bearer and caretaker.
    
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) Knowing Jesus was baptized by John, many who are not yet mature in their understanding ask, Who was John taught, anointed or baptized by? In the same way John was born into the priesthood of Levi, he was born to be the herald to the kingdom of heaven in Jesus Christ.) 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 return of Jesus to heaven by ascension, how believers overcome skepticism, and titles for Jesus as heir of GOD are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Agent Sixty Three” (Level 2 with 792 points, a member since September 13, 2011) posted the following:

Did Jesus ‘ascend’ into heaven ‘physically’?

Is that phrase literal? Does it mean what it says or is it another one of those twisted, mistranslated, misunderstood, poetic, allegorical, or figurative phrases?

Because I thought heaven was NOT ‘up’ but in a completely different dimension.

And I thought heaven was NOT a physical place, as physical bodies are the cause of most sins to begin with.

So what’s going on here?

Let’s hear some excuses.

THE BATTLE AXE: The Firstborn, Higher than Kings? (12/18/2012)—The title “firstborn” applied to Jesus as Son and heir of GOD goes beyond merely identifying the primary actor in a legal process to preserve an estate, dispose of a deceased person’s belongings, or to transfer ownership of carnal and material substance. The Son of GOD is declared to be preeminent; and Jesus is titled “firstborn from the dead.” As with the titles “begotten” and “firstfruits”, Jesus is distinguished as generated from Spirit, and born of a woman from flesh, under the law, yet, not conceived, fashioned and made through human reproduction. More than this, Jesus is again generated from Spirit, “born again” as the planting and seed of GOD, restored in resurrection, under the law, yet, not through human methods of husbandry. (See Galatians 4: 1-7; Acts 13: 29-31; 1st Corinthians 15: 20-28 and 32-58; Colossians 1: 9-20, King James Version.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9: 24-28, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus King of Earth? (10/07/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012); Reason to Believe (01/12/2012); On Going to Heaven (01/13/2012); Spirit or Word? (12/11/2010); Justification? (12/12/2010)

      Understanding the things of GOD provided by the ministries of Jesus Christ (upon the earth, and from heaven) requires a broad awareness of spiritual reality that begins in the fact that GOD is a spirit; and we —though created beings and living creatures bearing flesh and blood—must worship him relying upon our own inner spirit, and our human disciplines for sharing truth (see John 4: 19-26, King James Version). Among mankind, the divine spirit uses devices and demonstrations that can be recognized and understood as aspects and details of a comprehensive truth. Together, various visible features describe godly provisions, divine processes, and otherwise unseen sacred purpose. Included are incarnation, birth, anointing, sanctification, death, resurrection, judgment, salvation, and eternal life.

      Everyone who comes to Christ begins with a measure of disbelief that blocks, and interferes with the operation of the imparted Spirit from GOD that must abide within the believer as their guide and teacher. Study of the holy writings that document the action and presence of GOD among men, nourishes and strengthens the human spirit; and redirects emotional and mental energies away from fantasy and imagination. Old ideas about what is possible or impossible are gradually altered, and the ability to recognize the many aspects of divinity in the earth (i.e., true spiritual discernment) is established. This was true for all those whom Jesus called as his apostles, and continues to be true unto this day.

      Mature Christian believers stand firm in the truth that GOD did appear in human form as Jesus of Nazareth to fulfill divine promises and complete sovereign works that were begun in the Creation. Jesus demonstrated authority over both the natural and spirit world through miracles that included exorcism, feeding, healing, and raising the dead. More than this, Jesus demonstrated and embodied the righteousness contained in divine law as well as the godly wisdom requisite for divine judgment.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the proclamation that Jesus would return in the same form and manner that was used in his leaving is consistent both with the covenant promises of GOD, and the expectations commanded (we say “hope”) granted to mankind for final resolution of the mystery of GOD, and a full revelation of the GODhead. GOD continues to exist using the form of a man in heaven by the Person of Jesus Christ.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC