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Judas Betrayed Jesus

 

Today, topics include the appearing of Jesus Christ on the earth to continue ongoing judgment, the discernment of godliness within his disciples by Jesus Christ, the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, and final judgment as an acknowledgment of Christlikeness and the divine image.  Jesus, operating in his authentic humanity, had to use the deposit of spirit content from the makeup of divinity that resided within himself as a standard to recognize and respond when the same imparted, indwelling spirit substance was present within events, other persons, prophecy, the holy writings, etc.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

Is John 6:70 literal?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:  the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.  Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?  He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon:  for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.  (John 6:  63-71, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Discernment And Godly Love (06/26/2018); When Speaking Of Christlikeness (06/25/2018); Judas Kept The Bag (03/22/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); What Is A Spirit? (03/06/2018); Eating and Drinking Christ? (07/03/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); To Drink Holy Blood? (02/16/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, spiritual things must be compared to spiritual things.  To say, ones spirit content and makeup are shown through their deeds, and to say, “Judas Iscariot was a devil” are as “literal” as saying, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD.”  Among mature Christian believers, the words of Jesus Christ [John 6:  30, King James Version (KJV):  70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?] were spoken to further reveal the operations of divinity appearing in human form (we say, Incarnation); certify the godly benefit of communion and joining through a memorial of the Lord’s Supper; instruct his disciples about his approaching death on the cross; and demonstrate the sacred gift of prophetic discernment, rather than to merely accuse or expose the hypocrites and false followers within his inner circle.  We often miss the truth that Jesus came into the world continuing the eternal purpose and work of divine judgment.  In that instance, Jesus was speaking in particular of the Apostle Judas, who would soon betray the Savior in the darkness of night by using the intimate greeting of a friend (i.e., an embrace and a kiss) to expose the Lord for capture.  Judas was not identified as being Satan (the Adversary; many say, the Devil, the slanderer) himself.  Judas was being described as a fruit, and an offspring of the Devil; and someone at enmity against GOD.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Malachi 3:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  17 And they shall be mine, smith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

(2.)  Ephesians 5:  5-7, KJV:  5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  6 Let no man deceive you with vain words:  for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

(3.)  Matthew 13:  36-43, KJV:  36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house:  and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.  37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;  38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;  39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire:  there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Love Your Neighbor

 

Today, reply is on the duty of believers through and with the law to help one another discern, recognize and resist error and sin.  Believers do not “snitch” or become betrayers and traitors by carefully helping each other identify error and sin.  Often, behavior that seems harmless and innocent to ourselves can be very damaging to others; and our mistakes will not be detected and correctly valued until seen through the light of divine law.  Also, when someone has been hurt or offended by another, and does not hold their attacker openly accountable, the result can be a dangerous and explosive build up of anxiety, bitterness, fear, suspicion, and uncertainty.  The provisions from GOD to expose the operations of sin have included sacred law; family; friendship; covenant nation; the Incarnation of divinity as Jesus Christ; the Savior’s death on the cross, resurrection and ascension; and the provision of fellowship for believers within the body of Christ (the church).  In an effort to avoid appearing to be unnecessarily judgmental and overly critical of others, many Christian believers “ignore” and behave as if they are blind to insulting attitudes and conduct from fellow believers that are disrespectful and offensive.  Obeying a rule from the World (live and let live), yet committing a serious error, many believers will make no complaint against what are clearly transgressions of sacred law.  Exaggerated pride influences the living to believe there is no need for law from GOD, and that they may be a “law unto themselves.”  In part the law has been given because the operations of sin can appear to be natural and normal as though they are the truest expression of ones own character and makeup.  Sinners do not discern the actual nature of sin, and that sin is contrary to their own continued existence.  By contrast, developing believers will increasingly agree that to maintain divine order and godliness we also require the vocal support and vigilance of others who are sharing in the new creation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “GRANNY NORINE” (Level 1 with 40 points, a member since May 16, 2014) posted the following:

 

For those “PROCLAIMING” Christianity, What Does Leviticus 19:17 Mean?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  (Romans 13:  8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Deeds Of The Law? (09/10/2017); The Operations of Sin (07/25/2017); Obstacles To Developing Believers (07/24/2017); Christian Beliefs About Sin (07/20/2017); Fellowship With the Father (06/13/2017); A Fool of the Church? (01/26/2016); A Slip of the Tongue (09/17/2014); Which Things We Speak (09/18/2014)

 

“GRANNY NORINE”, gossip, grudge-bearing, and malicious silence are forbidden among those who are the new creation through Jesus Christ.  Formal statements recording the law from GOD appear throughout the holy writings.  In addition to exposing error, sin, and their consequences, the work of the law is to make the heart and mind of divinity knowable, known, and “present”.  Commandments, judgments (rulings to settle disputes), ordinances (required ceremonies and observances), prohibitions, and statutes are shared to amplify, “bring to life,” and detail the practices and principles provided to Adam and the Patriarchs as a divine inheritance.  Along with the words spoken by GOD at Mount Sinai, the written law would be developed and proclaimed as a living and organic aspect of communication, exchange, and  interaction within and between the tribes of Jacob as they were being transformed and permanently bound together as a single nation in covenant with GOD. 

For those who are mature, the expression of love always includes the acceptance of accountability.  Within the shared covenant, believers have standing as “brothers”, “neighbors” and “partners” (not siblings).  The rule [Leviticus 19:  17, King James Version (KJV):  17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart:  thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.] forbids being critical of others (their attitudes, behavior and conduct), yet, not answering directly to them to make them aware of their offenses against yourself, or their  transgressions against GOD and the divine law.  It is more an act of love to deliver admonition, caution, chastisement and warning, than to maintain a silence that may fester and become a “root of bitterness,” or that falsely will appear as approval and agreement.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1-3, 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.  3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

(2.)  Proverbs 30:  11-14, KJV:  11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.  12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.  13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.  14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

(3.)  Jeremiah 6:  13-15, KJV:  13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.  14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.  15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush:  therefore they shall fall among them that fall:  at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Matthew 18:  15-17, KJV:  15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone:  if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church:  but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.)  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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ADAM AND EVE CAST OUT OF EDEN

 

Today, focus is on mankind’s offense against GOD as having been more than an accident, or an “innocent” mistake.  The error by Adam and his mate must be viewed from a comprehensive divine perspective, for it went beyond expressing covetousness, greed, presumption, and lust for “forbidden fruit.”  The disobedience and rejection of divine law committed by the pair was also a confounding of authority and accountability for governing the earth, a denial of divine love, the interruption of operations to fulfill eternal purposes, and the disruption of spiritual order throughout the universe.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

So god punished mankind because adam and eve ate his apples?

sounds a little harsh dont you think?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.  (1st Timothy 2:  13-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Atonement, Repentance and More (06/06/2017); Law and Divine Process (05/28/2017); Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); Divine Law Expresses Love (05/10/2017); Held Accountable by GOD? (03/31/2017); On Accepting Divine Judgment (02/26/2017); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, you need to see the things about punishment and sin from a “divine point of view.”  Mankind must now respond to conditions established through divine law as sanctions and outcomes for obedience/disobedience.  When speaking of “sin”, men often rely upon formal language that describes transgressions and violations within a broad system of fixed rules that allow “worth” to be assigned and determined, and permits conflicts and disputes to be resolved on the basis of familiar principles, formal standards, and shared values.  However, the operations of sin must be understood within the frameworks for sacred not secular knowledge.  Sin is no common object, does not contain spirit substance from GOD, and does not exist as a creation from divinity.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order.  Sin is impersonal, irrational, self-destructive, and unfeeling.  Even so, sin has “direction”, effect, and presence; and sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Divinity responds to sin as more than simply a negative reaction, or a response to abstract and mechanical elements that appear as normal aspects to living.  Sin is malicious; disrupts regular communion, exchange, and interaction (we say, relationships) between the Creator and the created; and corrupts and defiles the oneness without sameness expressed as eternal purpose.  Thus, sin is also described as betrayal, covenant-breaking, failing to keep ones word, ingratitude, and treachery.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Ephesians 3:  14-19, King James Version (KJV):  14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,  16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;  17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 15:  20-23, KJV:  20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  23 But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.)  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, the discussion of revelation and spiritual growth is continued.  Because the makeup and substance of divinity are eternal and immutable, outcomes for many divine operations (e.g., forgiveness, Incarnation, proclamation, promise, rebirth, the second death) will be enduring, fixed, and unchanging.  The GODhead is the fullness of all sacred spirit, however, can only be realized by created beings and living creatures through discrete persons and specific events.  Thus, the process of GOD for mankind is one of revelation wherein things that are active, present, and unchanging become known through discovery, gradual growth, instruction in sacred knowledge, and operations of ones own inner spirit.  The believer suffers no loss through relationships and transactions with divinity.  GOD does not lie, cheat, or “bait and switch.”  Divine truth is eternal and does not change; however, mankind’s acceptance, awareness and willing submission to the truth does.  It is by no means a betrayal or a violation of the trust appearing among created beings and living creatures that the Creator is also a God of Judgment.  Very early, all the necessary instruction regarding sin and judgment are available through the simple account of Adam’s fall.  That divine law also entails obligation and consequences for disobedience are described, and those who rely on divine love for their existence and the benefits of life are to acknowledge the word spoken by GOD always expresses sovereign authority and power.  Judgment is an ongoing sacred process that allows the completion and perfection of Creation, and is not intended for annihilation, destruction, and elimination of life.  The wrath of GOD against sin is a permanent aspect of divine makeup, not merely the expression of emotions and feelings that may come and go.  Divine wrath is not concealed or made something secret; and must be understood as kept in balance with other aspects of the divine nature (e.g., compassion, joy, longsuffering, mercy, restraint).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  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.  (Hebrews 12:  3-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017)—(5.)  Genesis 2:  15-17, King James Version (KJV):  15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.  16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:  for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

(6.)  Exodus 20:  1-7, KJV:  1 And God spake all these words, saying,  2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:  for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.  7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

(7.)  Deuteronomy 30:  19-20, KJV:  19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him:  for he is thy life, and the length of thy days:  that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

(8.)  Micah 1:  2-7, KJV:  2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is:  and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.  3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.  4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.  5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?  6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard:  and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.  7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate:  for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

(9.)  Revelation 3:  17-22, KJV:  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(10.)  Mark 4:  28-32, KJV:  28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.  29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.  30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?  31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:  32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

(11.)  Isaiah 60:  19-22, KJV:  19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee:  but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.  20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself:  for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.  21 Thy people also shall be all righteous:  they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.  22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation:  I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  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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Points are shared, today, on recognizing Jesus Christ as a physical person, and a spirit person.  Even from before the time of his birth, for anyone to correctly recognize who Jesus is there must be operations of the Holy Spirit, including being touched by blood, correction, and truth from the cross.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Luke 24:39 Look at My hands and My feet. It is I Myself. Touch Me and see–for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”?

Does this mean that Jesus did not die, if we read it using common sense?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:  The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.  Philip cometh and telleth Andrew:  and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.  And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone:  but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be:  if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.  Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour:  but for this cause came I unto this hour.  Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.  The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered:  others said, An angel spake to him.  Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.  (John 12:  20-30, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Resurrection Sunday? (03/16/2016); Seeing Jesus While Alive? (02/05/2016); In The Image of Man (05/04/2016); The Only Physical Being in Heaven? (06/17/2015); Death, Forgiveness, Sin and Spirit? (05/28/2015); The Image of GOD? (10/10/2013); Embodied Afterlife? (10/11/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, correctly recognizing Jesus Christ requires discernment (the ability to use ones own spirit content to distinguish and connect to spirit substance from divinity that appears in actions, events, other persons, purposes, statements, etc.), a spiritual gift that must be provided by GOD.  Both before and following his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, only those closely associated with Jesus of Nazareth had the ability to recognize him in a crowd.  Jesus was plain looking with no outstanding physical features that set him apart (we say, he was nondescript).  He did not continually “glow” from glory as Moses did at one time following his communion with GOD in the mountains.  Surrounded by the twelve apostles and an ever-increasing multitude of disciples, the Lord became “impressive” only when he acted and spoke in the authority and power of his priesthood.  For this reason, someone who could betray him was sought, one of his close followers, who could approach him, even give him a kiss, and identify him in the darkness of night.  In the same way Mary mistook Jesus to be a stranger (the gardener) at the tomb, and those on the road to Emmaus could not recognize the Lord until he broke bread and offered thanks to the Father, the Resurrected One is not recognized among us today by those relying upon “common sense.”  To “recognize” the Lord and those sent as his ambassadors, believers must apply their own faith and sacred knowledge as well as their experiences through fellowship and ongoing practice of the sacraments.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Matthew 14:  23-27, King James Version (KJV):  23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.  24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves:  for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.  26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

(2.)  Jeremiah 29:  11-13, KJV:  11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

(3.)  Acts 7:  54-56, KJV:  54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.  55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,  56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 1:  13-18, KJV:  13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;  15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  16 And he had in his right hand seven stars:  and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:  and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.  17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:  18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.)  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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Points are shared, today, that expand upon a “caution” against shortsightedness when responding to transgender issues.  A few days ago, I shared an email to President Obama of the United States of America through the White House Website.   The reply I received was a message from the President regarding drug addiction.  Consider the following Note and comment from my Facebook page, and the further discussion below:

Federal Transgender Law?
Michael Andrew Williams—Sunday, May 15, 2016

The following response was just shared at “Yahoo! Answers;” the question and its explanation also is below:

I have begun to consider the demand that transgender children be allowed to participate in the same gym classes and sports teams in schools that receive Federal funds. At some point the issue of shared locker-rooms and showers absolutely must be addressed. Young girls treasure their shared experiences with field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and softball. Adults may easily become “accepting of change and differences,” however, for those in the tentative times for growing up, how do you explain to children that other girls also may have male private parts. (Many mothers may have bathed their boys and girls together in the same tub at ages 3-5; so their girls are not “ignorant” of differences.  Even so, that was “in private” and at home.)  The embarrassment is not simply to the President, his wife, and daughters. The “best minds of the nation” are claiming to have examined the issues and options, and clearly, the same inadequacy demonstrated by the House and Senate in refusing to staff and support the third branch of government (the Supreme Court) has exposed America to the condemnation of the U. N. and the World.  Most tragic of all, where the shabby and ungodly thinking is not put aside, American girls will come to feel totally betrayed by their parents.

Does anyone else feel concerned for their daughters about this whole transgender bathroom issue?

I  have heard that Obama wants all public schools to allow transgender  kids to use the bathroom they identify themselves as. This really  concerns me because I have two daughters, ages 7 and 9. It horrifies me  to know that there might possibly come one day that my daughters might  be in the same bathroom with boys. This really disgusts me very much and  I’m glad Obama’s time is up in office.

What has happened to our country? A president of the United States  allowing people with mental problems to use a bathroom of the sex they  identify themselves as? If this does happen, I’m not sure what I’m going  to do because I cannot afford private school. My wife and I are  contemplating home schooling if this really does happen.

Does anyone else share the same concerns as me?

COMMENT:  (Michael Andrew Williams) Some persons responding to the question (posed by Louis) associated the bathroom issue with gender, and threats of rape and sexual assault; however, the issues pertain more to coming of age, emotional, psychological, and spiritual development as well as the acquisition of sexual identity.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the Lord will not cast off for ever:  But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.  For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.  To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.  To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,  To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.  Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?  Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?  Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?  Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.  Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.  (Lamentations 3:  31-41, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and The Pharisees? (04/21/2016); The Gender of GOD? (12/29/2015); Gender and Salvation? (10/01/2015); Religious Liberty Not Authority? (09/07/2015); Jesus As America’s President? (05/20/2015); Divine Knowledge of Human Hurt? (03/02/2015); The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012)

While there should be little argument and quarrel that current Federal law is adequate to require a determined National effort to respect and uplift transgender persons regarding the use of public restrooms, it may not go without saying that a massive program of re-education also must be established, funded, staffed, and properly implemented that will erase aspects of our existing culture, and multiple layers of process for life and interaction, here.  Transgender children currently have needs for instruction and support that have that will require new focus, and careful attention.  Given there is great diversity for sex education in our many schools (e.g., some beginning as early as age 10, others not until middle school, still others, not until high school or after), home training and preparation must be made reasonably uniform, and brought into harmony with school curricula and programs.  Many parents will have to be re-educated where they are to answer the concerns and questions of their own children.  It sounds “innocent”, at first, to say, “girls may have a penis, too!”  As an academic statement, many can agree with a value that it should not be disturbing or embarrassing to young girls that they may see some of their schoolmates will have the same sexual parts as boys (and vice versa) when required to shower after certain activities in school (e.g., gym class; athletic competition; team practice).  However, at this point, it can not be authoritatively stated at what age children are most able to make this change, or adjustment that is more easily possible for adults.  Available developmental studies that have not focused upon such questions will have to be carefully re-examined, and new studies quickly prepared.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, Be not deceived.  It is a legitimate argument that the public must not become focused upon the money (how bad do you want it?), because the issue of making merchandise of our children (we say, prostitution, trafficking) will linger and taint any benefit or legacy our young would have otherwise received.  Until some of these issues are properly addressed, we should not be surprised to see children insisting upon their own integrity, and “out on strike” against attending their presently “unprepared” schools.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

New Disclaimer

 

That the cross was intended for reconciliation and to restore trust are in view, today.  Unlike when he existed within the fullness of GODhead and spirit, as one upon the earth, and in flesh, Jesus had to grow gradually and be built up within a human relationship with divinity.  While there were many encouragements and supports, the Lord was required to go through the same experiences of discovery, hesitation, and uncertainty as every other created being and living creature.  Following his last Passover supper, and before his arrest, Jesus had to experience a “breakthrough,” to arrive at the necessary level of trust required to approach the cross.  He agonized at Gethsemane, and found the strength to display the multiple dimensions of trust that include acceptance, accord, commitment, conviction, dependence, dutifulness, hope (i.e., proper expectation), and submission.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Jomar” (Level 1 with 12 points, a member since March 16, 2016) posted the following:

 

When God created Jesus Christ He puts a lot of trust that jesus will be not betray him like lucifer?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The good man is perished out of the earth:  and there is none upright among men:  they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.  That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire:  so they wrap it up.  The best of them is as a brier:  the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge:  the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.  Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide:  keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.  For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.  Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation:  my God will hear me.  Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.  I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me:  he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.  (Micah 7:  2-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Revelation and The Cross (03/27/2016); 3 Persons, 3 Minds? (02/03/2016); Knowing? (05/24/2015); How Do You Know? (02/25/2015); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); Why GOD Does Not Tell All (09/11/2013); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)

 

“Jomar”, trust that, whenever we take up the Scriptures, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Mature Christian believers generally acknowledge that the decision to entrust the work of salvation to the aspect within GODhead that we speak of as the Son, and the Word, had to appear among mankind in flesh (we say, incarnate) as Jesus Christ.  The issues of relationship, separation, and trust did not arise during the sacred operations for Creation, and while there was fullness of unity as person, active presence and spirit.  Such features as authority, character, distance, duties, functions, and nature become critical to a complete and correct disclosure of Deity (we say, revelation) that will make divinity knowable and known to created beings and living creatures.

Incarnation required those many elements identified with the living as finite and temporal beings—for example, communication, growth, lack of full sacred knowledge, learning, maturity, “meekness” (we say, being receptive to divine spirit), obedience, petition, praise, restraint, thanksgiving, and uncertainty.  More than this, spirit substance from the makeup of divinity was imparted to Christ (the Anointed One) as deposit or endowment setting him apart as consecrated to GOD.  Included were inseparable aspects of Deity such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Even though Jesus was chosen and elect to complete the works for redemption and salvation through suffering and death, the Savior was challenged continually to correctly discern and hold to specific eternal purposes.  As one among the living upon the earth, Jesus was exposed, at risk, and vulnerable to sin as the holy angels had been.  While sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order generated by law, and sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the created, sin has not been fashioned or put forth by divinity; and sin may not influence divine will.  Portraying the frailty of mankind, balance, endurance, and stamina were greater concerns for the Lord than his own desire, fear of death, intent, or personal agenda.  Consider again how these ideas are shared using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 3:  5-8, King James Version (KJV):   5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  7 Be not wise in thine own eyes:  fear the LORD, and depart from evil.  8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

(2.)  Job 4:  17-19, KJV:  17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?  18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:  19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

(3.)  Job 15:  14-16, KJV:  14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?  15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.  16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

(4.)  Jeremiah 17:  5-8, KJV:  5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.  6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.  7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, (5.)  Matthew 26:  40-42, KJV:  40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?  41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:  the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer