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Today, Scripture points are shared on the death of Jesus Christ to reveal the life of GOD.  Because we live within cultures and nations where there is increasing demand for equal access, shared opportunity, and the same privilege granted to all, the Scriptures long have been “open” to everyone in general, yet, only those having spirit content from GOD consistently respond to the sacred guidance and instruction recorded there.  To properly study the holy writings intended for those committed and consecrated as priests and kings is to submit ones own spirit content to operations by divinity that make permanent change to spirit substance within the living.  Given the Bible is a book of prophecy, the Scriptures should serve as comfort, edification, and exhortation, and do not function for its readers like fiction to entertain, secular history, journalism, or other narrative accounts.  With this in view, the Scriptures are more a mirror for self-discovery than a full, official record to document the lives of Jesus, Moses, and the many apostles, Patriarchs, and prophets.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Malekith” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since March 12, 2014) posted the following:

 

Isn’t STRANGE that a BOOK wrote to tell the STORY of JESUSCHRIST leaves out the 80 PERCENT of his WHOLE LIFE?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.  (John 20:  30-31, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Access Through The Cross? (05/11/2016); On Transmitting Sacred Truth (05/06/2016); Sin Also Made Incarnate? (04/25/2016); The Forms of Prophecy? (04/26/2016); Without Preaching The Cross? (02/21/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016)

 

“Malekith”, the holy writings are not intended as merely an account of his earthly ministry that included miracles and prophetic demonstrations, secular history, or a biography of the man, Jesus of Nazareth.  Eternal purposes of GOD, and the varied relationships among the persons of divinity are revealed (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) as well as communication, exchange and interaction of the Creator and the created through covenants, divine law, promises, and prophecy.  Correctly understood, the Scriptures center upon the death of Jesus on the cross, for it is by this single sacred event that the Creation receives the greatest benefit and provision from GOD.  Included are atonement and propitiation (we say, grace, mercy, unearned favor) as a divine response to sin; the incarnation of sin (i.e., appearing in a form that is carnal, material and social), and its destruction; rebirth for mankind that imparts a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of Deity (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) along with spiritual gifts (we say, blessings) to enable the continued ministry of Jesus as Risen Lord.  With this in view, the Scriptures are not speaking about Jesus Christ so much as speaking intimately to readers regarding the content of their own commitment, faith, heart, mind, and spirit.  Consider again how these ideas are stated using language 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.)  Colossians 1:  16-20, KJV:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 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.  20 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.  21 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.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  1-5, KJV:  1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Today, points are shared to show that the processes to proclaim and preserve truth regarding Jesus Christ must be carried out by divinity.  Correctly understood, Christ is experienced and known only as the Lord continuously abides within his living believers and followers in the form of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Multiple sacred operations that are carried out by Deity must come into awareness such as atonement, forbearance, forgiveness, Incarnation, priesthood, sacrifice, resurrection, Transfiguration, and ascension.  Because they typically focus on things that are carnal, material and social, even a detailed biography and other forms of documentation and formal writing from ancient times would not convey prophecy and spirit content as do the holy writings.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “fumblesmcst00l” (Level 2 with 453 points, a member since January 05, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why didn’t anyone bother recording the life of Jesus while he was actually alive? Why did it take some 80 years to write about ‘god’s son’?

Update:  Point being, a super-human god walking around performing magic and a whole fan-club in tow seems like something to scribble into the diary. I’d expect thousands of different perspectives to turn up from all over the world. There just isn’t.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  (2nd Peter 1:  19-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Words Are Spirit? (06/03/2015); The GOD Part of Jesus? (05/06/2015); Why Jesus Authored No Books (05/01/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); A Guide to Salvation? (04/10/2013); Faith, Language and “Mystery” (04/11/2013); The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013); Non-existent Debt? (03/07/2013)

 

fumblesmcst00l”, most correctly understood, the communication of divine truth and sacred knowledge is not accomplished using finite human tools such as intellect, logic, philosophy, science, and technology.  Revelation (i.e., divinity being made knowable and known to created beings and living creatures) must be accomplished through the “active presence” of Deity.  Thus, the visceral event of Jesus dying upon the cross is required along with exchanges and interactions among imparted spirit matter (we also say, breath, life essence, word) from the makeup of GOD.  Included must be inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, law (the expressed will of GOD), wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Sacred truth is preserved as living routines and sacraments maintained by communities chosen to serve in witness (we say, congregations of the anointed, the elect).  This agrees with evidences derived from academic and secular studies showing only devotees within an exclusive priestly class are initiated into the “mysteries” or seen endowed with “holy writings” in cultures relying upon oral history, and where literacy was not widespread.  The publishing of public information regarding Jesus as Son of GOD was strictly controlled by the Romans and Jews through oppression and persecution that included excommunication from the synagogues and the Temple, imprisonment, torture, and death.  With this in view, even private communications such as epistles and letters, had to be encoded, guarded, and made so personal they would be useless to disbelievers.

There is far more that should be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, mature Christian believers trust that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Even so, preaching the cross is not clearly heard in cultures that breed consumerism, deceit, fantasy, idolatry, ignorance, materialism, politics, pride, pseudo-intellectualism, and skepticism.  Many who will hear and read this statement will dismiss it because they lack discernment that comes only by spiritual practice and application.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, points are shared on the humanity of Jesus, the Gospel, and the GODhead.  Every attempt to describe boundless divinity using ideas of finite process and possibility will fail.  The incarnation and appearance of GOD in the person of Jesus Christ absolutely must be understood as a singular sacred event orchestrated and accomplished through the application of eternal and infinite power.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Daz” (Level 1 with 29 points, a member since January 07, 2015) posted the following attack:

Whilst Jesus was learning to do carpentry, was the God part of him supervising the billions of other galaxies…?

… and billions of stars within each galaxy? Not to mention listening to everyone’s prayers, and judging their actions?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:  Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:  for the time is at hand.  John to the seven churches which are in Asia:  Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him:  and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.  (Revelation 1:  1-8, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Drink Holy Blood? (02/16/2015); How Can One Man Die? (02/09/2015); Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014); Jesus in GODhead (04/01/2014); Jesus Is GOD’s Word (12/28/2013); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013); The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013); Non-existent Debt? (03/07/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012)

“Daz”, for answers regarding the life of Jesus, Christian believers rely upon revelations from divinity recorded as holy writings (we say, the Bible), and provided through the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Your question pertains to the childhood of Jesus and his development during the years before his public ministry.  Here are a few points that may be shared to avoid spiritual confusion, error, and presuming upon Deity:

(1.)  As an incarnate being appearing upon the earth, Jesus displayed the same form and image first impressed upon Adam.  The Savior followed the fixed course for human accountability, growth, learning, maturity, and the completion of mortality (we say, death).  The Lord  experienced the same threefold possibility that all humans have for expression of ones character and nature as animal, human, or divine.

(2.)  The “God part of Jesus” must be understood within the fullness of divinity spoken of as “the GODhead.”  The Father, the Son (we also say, the Word), and the Holy Spirit are distinct and unique, yet, share peculiar aspects of existence, and are united in expression of divine operations, sacred processes, and eternal purpose.  Saying this another way:  Divinity is to be known and recognized as an active presence  who uses multiple expressions of “personness” that appear to created beings and living creatures by specific patterns of events and functions that accomplish definite goals and intentions upon a cosmic scale (we say, the will of GOD).  Thus, the GODhead displays oneness without sameness.

(3.)  Through the operations of sin, awareness and self-will within the living are directed against such features as continued dependence upon Deity as well as the further existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the regulation of  divine order for the universe.  Sentient individuals—made to reflect and show an image of GOD who is a spirit—are capable of continuing in personal relationships with divinity, because they may contain matter from the makeup of Deity.  Included are faith, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Ideas that are correct when thinking of human enterprise often are not acceptable when considering divinity.  Where authority, division of labor, hierarchy, and rank are used to describe the ministry of GOD to mankind through Christ, many barely visible and hidden shifts occur that result in multiple errors.  The focus for our knowledge of GOD working in the person of Christ is summarized as “the Gospel;” and is more than a biography of Jesus, or secular history.  Believers are granted a divine view of their own being that also embraces adoption and rebirth as children of GOD, eternal life, divine love, redemption, salvation, and victory over death and sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, a poem is shared to celebrate Black History Month, 2015.  The African American historian, Carter Godwin Woodson was born December 19, 1875.  He was the seventh of nine children born to two former slaves.  He was raised on their tobacco farm in Virginia, worked there during his early childhood, and as a teenager, went to work in the coal mines to help the family survive.  Carter G. Woodson learned to read using the family Bible and his father’s evening newspaper.  He began high school at the age of 20 and completed studies there in less than 2 years.  Woodson went on to Berea College (Kentucky), the University of Chicago, the Sorbonne, and Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1912.  Although discouraged by some at Harvard who taught “the Negro had no history,” Dr. Woodson would later teach and serve as a dean, there; and in 1915, Dr. Woodson would found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History to train Black historians and to collect, preserve, and publish documents on Black life and Black people.  Also in 1915, Dr. Woodson authored his first book, The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861.  In 1933, he published The Mis-Education of the Negro.  In 1926, the second week of February was chosen for Negro History Week to acknowledge Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, who both were born in that month.  Doctor Woodson also founded the Journal of Negro History (1916), Associated Publishers (1922), and the Negro Bulletin (1937).  Woodson spent most of his adult life working to promote racial harmony by educating all people about the vast contributions made by Black men and women throughout history.  Doctor Woodson died on April 3, 1950, and Black History Month established in America’s bicentennial year (1976) is his legacy.

Should we call upon the scholars
With their parchments and their scrolls
Having knowledge from the ancients,
Or the dark and hidden holes
Showing records prehistoric
Carved in stone, or made with chalk
Should we begin with reading, or
Should we begin with talk?

 

WHERE SHOULD WE LOOK?
[A Poem for Black History Month, 2015]

Where should we look for our history?
What should our study be?
Should we always start in Africa,
Across the vast blue sea?
Its village life, its tales of war,
Its empires raised in glory
Its trek and struggle to survive
Its tears and human story?

Someone said, try the barber shop,
Another said the lodge
Fraternities, sororities
The newspapers, but dodge
The bullet, leave the gangsters out
The number runners, booze
Migration from the south to north
The singing of the blues

The buffalo soldier cavalry
The winning of the west
The struggle for our civil rights
Is part of our behest
A trove of entertainers
Those inspired who believed
Inventors, painters, film makers
The athletes who achieved

The captains of our industries
The funeral homes, the schools
Discoverers of continents
The “educated fools”
The hustlers and the hoochies
The money changing hands
The scourge of dope upon our streets
The royalty of bands?

Start at the bridge from yesterday
That spans to reach tomorrow
Woven strong with simple truth
Life triumph laced with sorrow
The challenges, accomplishments
And what we sought to gain
The risk we took, or what was lost
And how we endured pain

Go to the edge of sanity
Its mix of peace and strife
The family Bible scribblings
Wherever there is life,
The baptized, married, born and died
History past, behind
The history that is yet to be
In your heart, your gut, your mind.

Signature Mark

 

©Michael Andrew Williams, 2015.  All rights reserved worldwide.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Childhood, divine messengers, the adult ministry of Jesus, and the benefits of Scripture are topics, today, along with additional points on the Savior’s lessons and warnings about repentance found in Luke 13:  1-5 (KJV).  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Ganesh” (Level 2 with 533 points, a member since January 4, 2010) posted the following:


Can some one enlighten me about Jesus’s childhood life.?

I want to know where and how Jesus spent his childhood from his age of 1 to 20 years.

THE BATTLE AXE:  Unless You Repent (03/05/2013)—In the incident described from Scripture (Luke 13:  1-5, KJV), Jesus used concerns and questions from the multitude as material for illustrations and parables that would teach the doctrines from GOD.  Seeing the opportunity, Jesus announced that there must be repentance, and the time for repentance is now, rather than later.  He avoided the issue of himself being from the despised region of Galilee, and shunned an obvious chance to promote the truth that, fulfilling the prophecies of Messiah, he had been born in Bethlehem of Judea.  Consider the following points:  (1) No specific actions or sins were identified as having been committed, or as demanding the people’s immediate repentance.  Jesus spoke to encourage the understanding that repentance is change in ones overall lifestyle and person such that one obtains right standing with GOD.  The changes demanded as repentance require divine alterations for the fundamental makeup of mankind, and not merely voluntary change in ones behavior and conduct.  The perfection of mankind pertains to many divine goals.  Thus, the pressure and urgency for mankind’s repentance is not only from damage and loss by sin; they also derive from ongoing sacred operations and divine processes to transform human nature, and are not merely produced by carnal, material and social conditions upon the earth.  (2) When others encounter condemnation, disfavor, obstacles and troubles that you yourself escape this is not an automatic indication of their chastisement by GOD, or of your having divine blessing, favor and reward for your own righteousness.  Rightly understood, divine prerogative and grace should come into view.  (3) While mankind has no place in its own salvation (the same way it had no place in its own creation), to be in right standing with GOD, there are many actions men first must take, and understandings they must acquire on their own behalf by exercising self-will and volition in cooperation with GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.  And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.  And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.  But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.  And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.  And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.  And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.  And when they saw him, they were amazed:  and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?  And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.  And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them:  but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.  (Luke 2:  41-52, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); Reading Only The Red Part (11/19/2012); According to the Eternal Purpose (11/20/2012); Why Only Luke (02/22/2012); Returning To GOD (02/23/2012); Girdle 34:  The Life Was The Light (12/19/2011); Binder 6:  The Plan Of This Work (10/03/2011); Missing Years? (02/25/2011); A Reborn Heart (02/26/2011); Jesus Special? (10/01/2010); Coping? (10/03/2010)

Christian believers are often disappointed when they look to the Bible and other ancient writings for information about the childhood of Jesus.  However, they should not be.  The Scriptures are intended as a record of divine activity and process; and, provides a divine point of view using incidents from thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  The holy writings are not biographical and historical in their nature; yet, they are an “official record” of sacred acts, divine motives, eternal promises, and spiritual purposes.

The Scriptures provide a revelation of GOD as Creator, and the place of mankind within the fullness of the universe and the Creation of GOD.  As such, the Bible provides details upon such aspects of human experience as (1) establishment of a priesthood in the earth modeled after that in heaven, (2) creation of the “world” (the system put forth by mankind for human survival that includes language, building cities, the rise and fall of kingdoms, and the course of one-world empires), (3) the progressions of divine law and covenant, including instances of judgment against sin, and (4) the fulfillment of divine proclamation, promise and prophecy as response to confession, petition, praise and prayer. 
 
Readers should be pleased that the holy writings emphasize the rich three-and-one-half adult years of ministry performed by Jesus upon the earth along with a vision of his priesthood in the heavens.  The full Gospel describes the inheritance of mankind from the Creation of Adam as son of GOD to the conclusion of judgment and the end of all mortality.  Rightly understood, the absolute excellence of the Scriptures is that they convey to mankind and instill such substance from the person of Jesus as faith, holiness, humility, forgiveness, joy, longsuffering and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, generally speaking, believers are safe to apply the rule, “children should be seen and not heard.”  In material and social terms they “bring little to the table.”  In addition to the limitations of poverty—children have no income from employment or investments; cannot regularly obtain for themselves or others food, clothing shelter and health care; and have little savings—children do not employ critical thinking needed to effectively exercise authority and power.  Emotion, fantasy, and imagination often dominate the mental activity of children.  As a result their behavior is repeatedly impractical, inconsistent, inefficient, irregular and unfocused.  As a stage in human development, childhood should be a time of directed learning, planned growth and preparation, rather than a time of accomplishments, exploits, and resolution for the conflicts, duties and reversals of human relationship.  Because children are held to be marginal and unfit as the most correct models for responsible adults and institutions, and may not always command the full cooperation and respect of those to whom they are sent, their service as divine messengers is regularly exploited, overlooked, opposed, slandered and undermined.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC