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Today, focus is upon food and material things that are described in the holy writings as appearing in heaven.  It may be that what we know upon the earth as having physical substance exists in heaven having spirit substance only.  Without an imparted endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity that is to indwell a believer it is very difficult to correctly apprehend the many actualities and possibilities of spirit.  Through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, those who are born again receive the same inseparable aspects of divine makeup that resided within the Lord as he ministered upon the earth.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Engaging the Spirit, mature believers understand that the material things in heaven include blood, crowns, fruit from the tree of life, the mercy seat, thrones of judgment, and an eternal city built four square.  While those in rebellion among the holy angels include those who were privileged to appear in the Garden of Eden, the Temple of Solomon upon the earth, and among the host assembled before the throne of the Father in heaven, only those belonging to Christ will be permitted to enter the New Jerusalem.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “fish” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since March 24, 2015) posted the following (that was removed from the site):

 

will there be no food or drink in Heaven since those things are for cellular organisms like plants & animals..?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God:  and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth:  and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper:  and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls:  every several gate was of one pearl:  and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.  And I saw no temple therein:  for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  (Revelation 21:  9-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); More Than Food and Drink? (04/12/2016); Given A Divine Invitation (01/20/2016); Beyond Anything We Imagine? (11/13/2015); Carnal Needs, Sacred Tools? (03/26/2015); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014)

 

“fish”, here are some things that may not be familiar to you.  While the holy writings do reveal and share many things regarding ongoing activity and necessary work that is occurring in heaven (e.g., cleansing the Sanctuary; completing construction of the Holy City, New Jerusalem; judgment of the church; preparation to receive the harvest of those who are “ripe” that belong to Jesus Christ), very few details appear that speak about existence and life on a day-to-day basis.  In part, this is because the Scriptures are provided to proclaim the character, nature, and substance of full divinity (we say, the GODhead), and require apprehension of the divine makeup as “essence” (we say, breath, spirit, utterance, word).  Thus, the focus may be strictly upon providing “sacred knowledge” (not secular) to the children of the Most High, those who embrace their role as kings (we say, leaders, rulers), priests, prophets and spokespersons as well as the identity as a “new creation” through Jesus Christ.  At this time in heaven, the Risen Lord is manifest having a perfected body before the Father using the same appearance and physical form of a man (we say, Incarnate) that was seen by his apostles when he finally ascended from the earth.  It is very likely that “manna” is still a food in heaven among the angels, along with many things we can not now imagine as beverages and drinks in addition to water and wine.  More important than food and drink, the things of heaven shared by divinity with their covenant partners who followed Moses included a pattern for the tabernacle that copied the temple in heaven, aspects of the Temple service instituted under King David before its being built, and a depiction of the work for atonement being carried out by Jesus Christ as High Priest.  Consider the following from the Bible: 

(1.)  John 6:  24-29, King James Version (KJV):  24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.  25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?  26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:  for him hath God the Father sealed.  28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

(2.)  Romans 14:  16-18, KJV:  16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

(3.)  John 6:  30-35, KJV:  30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?  31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 14:  1-3, KJV:  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.)  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 divine meaning and use of family is the topic, today, along with more on resurrection of the body. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “A British Atheist” (Level 5 with 7,479 points, a member since April 26, 2012) posted the following:

Christians, why are you not protecting these family values?

We hear of so many Christians claiming “Marriage is a god given union for man and woman”. Yet for some reason you seem to miss out a few other family values that God has given.

Let’s take a look at them:


Deu 21:10-13 States men are allowed to take beautiful women from war and marry them.

Deu:15-17 Describes how to handle more than one wife in a marriage.

Deu 25: States a wife must marry her husband’s brother in law if her husband dies.

Now so many of you are going to claim that these are the rules of the old testament. However Jesus clearly states they still apply in Mathew 5:17

So Christians, why do you continue to cherry pick your family values? Also, why are you not defending these family values?

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@mopar Mike: I am not condoning anything. I just do not know why Christians are not defending these God given values?


THE BATTLE AXE: Suddenly Absent, Suddenly Present (03/31/2013)—(7.) The form for mankind that we call “the body” may exist apart from the divinely given spirit (e.g., at funerals). In the same way, the divinely given spirit may exist apart from the body, and at the completion of mortality, the spirit returns to GOD who gave it (Ecclesiastes 8: 8, 9: 5-6, and 12: 7, KJV). (8.) Conjunction of body and spirit results in the living soul (Genesis 2: 7, KVJ). Each living soul displays unique patterns of consciousness, emotion, and thought that establish its being as person. Person does not exist apart from the living soul. The spirit of the wicked may return to GOD at their death, however, their person does not exist again until resurrection of the wicked for judgment (Proverbs 18: 5, Matthew 13: 47-50 and Revelation 20: 11-15, KJV). (9. ) Thus, for the righteous, resurrection of the body pertains to eternal life, for a perfected spirit must reside within a perfected body. Through the perfected spirit, the perfected person of the righteous also will contain the fullness of divine law. It is in this sense that resurrected believers and those written in the Lamb’s book of life will replace the Temple in the heavens. (See 1st Corinthians 6: 19 and 15: 51-55; also Revelation 21: 1-27, KJV.) (10.) For mankind, the resurrection of the body pertains to the inclusion of glory in the makeup of human person. This is demonstrated by both the resurrection and the Second Coming of Jesus displaying the fullness of all divine glory (Matthew 25: 31, Luke 9: 25-27, 2nd Thessalonians 2: 13-14 and 2nd Timothy 2: 10-13, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6: 6-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012); Why Courage? (10/14/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012); The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); Grandchildren? (03/23/2011); A To Do List (03/24/2011); For The Young (01/24/2011); Responsibility? (01/25/2011); Teen Believers? (10/07/2010)

      The answers from an American who is a mature Christian believer, will probably be totally foreign to you, for they come out of faith and extensive spiritual experience in what you might call “the real world.” Without help from Christ, you won’t understand a word. Even so, please consider the following points:

(1.) The institution known among modern men as “family” is not the creation of GOD, and has been developed as an aspect of the World system. Unlike divine creations such as the earth and humanity, The World is the creation of mankind, and is a set of interconnected devices and meanings to exchange resources, and ensure survival.

(2.) The World supplies definitions and values to preserve human life. Included are such labels as beautiful/ugly, fair/unfair, false/true, good/bad, hip/square, holy/unholy, intelligent/stupid, right/wrong, righteous/unrighteous, real/unreal and scientific/unscientific.

(3.) The Flesh (i.e., appetite such as hunger, thirst, sexual cravings; sense such as hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting; and mental functions such as desire, fantasy, imagination, recall) also supplies labels and values as does the Devil (i.e., created beings and living creatures that oppose the sovereignty of GOD), and as does GOD.

(4.) The Gospel of Jesus Christ centers in the transformation of mankind through such divine process as birth, death, judgment, re-birth, repentance, revelation, resurrection and sanctification. Born again through divine DNA, so to speak, believers are “new creatures” (called “the children of God,” “saints” or “sons and daughters of GOD”). Born-again, these must mature again, endure “growing pains,” and continue in a process being perfected through the spirit of GOD.

(5.) Relationships (including covenants and priesthood) and law among mankind are shown to develop, and progress in the Old Testament by displaying thousands of lives over thousands of years. Adam and Eve were a single person before GOD, and were used as an instrument to people the earth. Reproduction among their offspring was not incest or in violation of divine law.

(6.) For mature Christian believers, both marriage and divorce are emblems (badges, representations) of divine authority (What GOD has joined together, let no man put asunder.). The contract for marriage is in force until mortality is completed; thus, death appears as a divine instrument applied for dissolving the divine spiritual union.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (7.) spiritual affiliation and relationships for the people of GOD in Christ are by the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, called the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, and the Spirit of Truth. Often, ones carnal, material and social family, friends, spouses, etc. have no part in their new life from GOD. See Luke 14: 25-27, KJV.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Many are celebrating what is called “Easter” and “Resurrection Sunday”, today. Here are some missing links for our discussions of Advent, judgment and resurrection from the dead. May all be blessed.

      In a recent television broadcast Dr. Charles F. Stanley provided a teaching on death, the state of the dead, and the resurrection (Right Thinking About Death and Resurrection, March 24, 2013). I was disappointed and disturbed by what seemed an undue emphasis upon a phrase from the Apostle Paul “absent from the body, present with the Lord” (see 1st Corinthians 5: 1-10, Philippians 1: 21-24 and 3: 20-21, KJV). Dr. Stanley seemed to be teaching that, at death, ones spirit is already perfected, and therefore, is immediately transferred into the divine presence. (As children we suspected such teaching, because of its “magical” aspect, and called it “abracadabra” and “presto change-o”.) 
 
      Dr. Stanley did not seem to make a clear and complete statement describing the separation of spirit and body at death, detailing the interaction of the spirit and Christ, or denying the resurrection of the physical body. However, in not addressing those points, he heavily suggested that those doctrines of the Bible are no longer relevant (see 1st Corinthians 15: 50-54 and 1st Thessalonians 4: 13-18, KJV). Alarmed for the sake of the many viewers who would be corrupted and mislead by what appeared to be a gross error in reasoning, I tried to contact Dr. Stanley. (See Romans 8: 22-24 and 2nd Timothy 2: 15-19, KJV.)

      I submitted a question to “Ask Dr. Stanley” at the In Touch Ministries Internet site asking for comment on the doctrine of two resurrections in the light of “absent/present” (Acts 24: 14-15, KJV). I was stunned at the thought, Where the righteous dead are already in the presence of the Lord, there is no need for their resurrection at the harvesting of the earth. Surely, this teaching cancels the Second Coming! I was discouraged from expecting any response through what seemed an automated reply that there is so great a backlog, etc. I then invited Dr. Stanley to consider some of the ideas from the sacred writings blog, THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD.

      Turning to the Lord Jesus, I’ve found the following are points he would have me share for all our further understanding:

(1.) Resurrection and sanctification are not yet complete for the souls under the altar in heaven. The holy altar—that will itself be done away and no longer exist when the Temple in the heavens is replaced by the presence of the Father and the Son—may be thought of as a temporary body, “house” and shelter of these spirits. Also, in the cleansing of the altar by the blood of Jesus, these are being further perfected (Revelation 6: 8-10, KJV).
 
(2.) The spirits of David, Moses and Elijah (who appeared at the transfiguration of Jesus), and others are now with Christ; however, their corrupted, physical bodies are yet awaiting resurrection (see Acts 2: 29-32, KJV). 
 
(3.) Only the living reside in heaven, there are no “dead” there. The transformation of the living through resurrection of the body pertains to the flesh, not the spirit. (Matthew 22: 32, Mark 12: 26-27 and Luke 20: 38, KJV).
 
(4.) Our hopes of perfected spirit and renewed human experience in the earth are answered through baptism, rebirth, regeneration and sanctification. Our hope of perfected bodies, transformation to be incorruptible and immortal, are answered through the Advent of Christ (Romans 6: 4-6, 1st Corinthians 15: 12-23, KJV).
 
(5.) Resurrection of the body, then, pertains less to the perfecting of ones spirit being, and more to ones wholeness when appearing in judgment regarding the deeds done in the body (1st Corinthians 5: 10, John 5: 28-29, Jude 1: 14-15, 2nd Corinthians 3: 9-15 and Revelation 20: 4-6, KJV).
 

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (6.) the judgment of deeds and rewards for the righteous follows both the second resurrection with judgment of the wicked as well as consignment of the unrighteous to the second death. Only those incorruptible and immortal participate in what may be called the “third judgment.”) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Why spiritual disbelief is labeled as “foolish” is topic, today, along with more on receiving the body and blood of Jesus through Holy Communion. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Derrick” (Level 1 with 98 points, a member since March 20, 2013) posted the following:


Why are people considered to be foolish for not believing in God?


THE BATTLE AXE: Eat His Body, Drink His Blood (03/21/2013)—Through the acknowledgment of divinity in Jesus Christ, spiritual truth impossible to mankind’s limited focus upon flesh is brought into view and shown to have consistency, logic and weight for continued human existence. Ideas that more correctly describe the cosmic and universal possibilities of GOD can be carefully recognized, examined and tested; and the spiritual processes we speak of as “knowing GOD” go forward through action as well as awareness. For those having no denial, fear or superstition, the Lord’s Supper is no more cannibalism than the breastfeeding of an infant: the giving forth of life through one bond (the umbilical) is continued through another. The charge of “cannibalism” does not come from GOD and the Holy Spirit; and serves to describe expression of mankind’s animal nature, and the human fascination with death rather than life. The laws given the Jews as the covenant people condemned the eating of blood (the devise that conveys life and is not itself the divine spark and spirit bestowing existence). Errors in recognizing the divine nature through obedience to sacred law continues among many, today, in the rejection of Jesus as a promised incarnation of GOD. Holy Communion promotes the complex understanding of existence apart from GOD while simultaneously being filled with GOD, and residing within GOD.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10: 26-31, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); Binder 34: Take My Yoke (10/31/2011); Binder 32: Those Yet Unsaved (10/29/2011); Dispatch 25: Comparing Spiritual Things (09/04/2011); All Paths? (03/09/2011)


Derrick, here are some thoughts that may be helpful:

(1) Believing in GOD requires a careful application of a person’s full humanity that we may speak of as knowing oneself, and experiencing life to its fullest. Every person displays emotional, mental, physical, psychological and spiritual dimension. Those willing to be satisfied with less than the best and less than the most are accounted as “foolish” because, there are multiple opportunities for change, growth and newness, yet, they cling to experiences of disappointment, fear, loss, and pain. Those believing that all the necessary knowledge for mankind may be found in such areas as finance, history, medicine, politics, technology, and science, fail to respect the spirit dimension of their own person. They exercise, feed and rest the body and mind, yet ignore the needs of their own spirit. Now, wouldn’t you say, that is foolish!

(2) Those lacking the blessing of Christian understanding, usually want to stay within a secular comfort zone, and, where it comes to GOD, are seeking “something for nothing.” Spiritual truth comes by association through spiritual principles and spiritual practice. Saying that another way: Spiritual maturity only comes by commitment, change and focus. More than simply using ones ability to analyze and pose questions or memorize and recall (what we term “using ones intelligence”), there must be contact with divinity through such features as acknowledgments, choice, praise, prayer, reverence, self-discipline, and submission.

(3) Truth and wisdom regarding divinity must be put forth from the Divine Person. It would be foolish for any created being or living creature to deny, ignore and oppose the legitimate claims of GOD upon their person as aspects of divine Creation. Yet, it is the operation of sin dominating self-will in the created to oppose the existence of divine law, sacred knowledge, the Holy, and all that is. The human need for a revelation of GOD, and right understanding of the human condition also derives from the truth that sin cannot be correctly detected and resisted apart from GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, were there no answers and explanations from GOD, it might be correct to complain, to despair, or to do nothing. Yet, there is a comprehensive answer recorded as the Holy Bible that reveals Jesus Christ as the true foundation for all spiritual experience and knowledge. Included are truths regarding sin, death, judgment, forgiveness, rebirth, repentance, and eternal life.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

A writer’s reaction to the mystery of the Lord’s Supper as “cannibalism” comes into view, today, along with more on how Christian believers understand resurrection. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Just” (Level 1 with 93 points, a member since March 20, 2013) posted the following:

Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood? It sounds totally grotesque, doesn’t it?

Why would al all-powerful God want you to do something that, in any other context, sounds like a disgusting, cannibalistic, satanic ritual?


THE BATTLE AXE: Magical Resurrection? (03/20/2013)—Christian belief requires a higher level of faith and trust in GOD than anything else in human experience. In addition to the truth of Incarnation (i.e., the appearance of GOD in human flesh), and an eternal relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, believers must embrace the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the Anointed One sent from GOD. Resurrection pertains to the full revelation of divinity inarguably describing the absolute power of GOD over Creation, judgment, and eternal life. The many human achievements through the man-made world system (the interrelated mechanisms for exchange of resources and survival that include education, money, language, and science), in fact, are exciting responses and impressive technology for many of the classic situations surrounding birth and death. However, what mankind has accomplished remains void of the divine spark of life, and the divine spirit. The holy writings remain the most accurate and complete source for information explaining the fulfillment of mortality, the state of the dead, and the final conclusion of the ongoing transformation of mankind. At no point is there “magic”; and humanity’s best is merely biochemical trial-and-error through such practices as cloning, cryogenics, in-vitro fertilization, the manipulation of genes, and the human management of physical reproduction. One gains certainty of spiritual truth through spiritual practice that includes personal prayer (presenting ones “secret” self to GOD by actions and words); by study of sacred records detailing the action, character and person of GOD; by regular association with those having developed faith and mature identity as believers in the revealed truth from GOD; and by continuous response to the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD that resides within oneself.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. (1st Corinthians 11: 23-29, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); How To Have Conviction (11/24/2012); A Text for Lives Today? (11/25/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); Purity of Heart (03/06/2012); Binder 21: Dead Indeed Unto Sin (10/18/2011); “Subtle” (02/21/2011); Normal? (02/22/2011); Free To Eat? (12/23/2010); Proving Truth? (12/24/2010)

Be encouraged, Just. This might help some readers understand:

There are so many spiritual answers a person must receive to completely and correctly be in agreement with the various operations of GOD among, on behalf of, and through mankind, that mature Christian believers are usually forced to declare as do the Scriptures, “you must be born again.” Once born again from divine DNA (so to speak), a believer must “grow up again.” There is a continuous process of learning, practice, and growth that dispels spiritual confusion, and provides correct appreciation of the things from GOD. Maturity does not happen in an instance.

The mystery (special knowledge) of the Lord’s Supper is not understandable to those outside the body of Christ. Coming into the community of believers, a person must acquire a totally new consciousness that is not dominated by “the flesh” (appetite such as hunger, thirst, craving for sexual activity; sensation such as hearing, seeing, tasting, touching; aspects of mind such as desire, fantasy, imagination, recall), or by “sin” that directs the self-will of created beings and living creatures to oppose the existence of divine law, Divine Person, and all the Creation of GOD. 
 
GOD is totally a spirit, has no material form, yet, continues as being and eternal presence endowed with power, purpose and sovereignty. The “makeup” of GOD is sanctified substance that exists exclusively within the Divine Person (such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin). Through breath and spirit (also called “word”), GOD resides within chosen objects that he has put forth from himself.

As Creator, GOD has established many living creatures that operate through carnal, material, physical and social dimensions. For the created to “know” GOD, the Almighty must respond to aspects of their awareness and being, and speak to them in their own language, so to speak. Flesh and spirit must interact within a protected sphere, that allows oneness without also demanding sameness.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, through the Lord’s Supper, Jesus Christ is further acknowledged as the appearance of GOD in human flesh. It is a straight forward and common sense notion that, by eating and drinking we may ingest and internalize Christ, and that divinity will be increased, nourished, and strengthened within all who partake. Like baptism and being reborn, Holy Communion is more than a human event that emerges from self-will. The spiritual reality that must occur is by the operation and power of GOD. The emblems of bread and wine are transformed to establish holy presence and divine substance.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC