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Who may receive Christian love, the celebration of holidays/holy days, and more on the burden believers accept as followers of Jesus Christ are topics, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “lazybones” (Level 6 with 35,427 points, a member since July 27, 2006) posted the following:

Is the ‘love’ of Christians reserved for other Christians only?

THE BATTLE AXE: His Burden is Light? (12/10/2012)—Maturing as a Christian believer also includes going through moments of uncertainty, and overcoming every crisis of faith. In addition to the difficulty that comes in having to learn the details of sacred doctrine and teachings, every believer must endure encounters with themselves, with others, and with GOD in prayer that challenge them to realize their personal understanding of the Gospel message. Before one reaches the point where they can speak with authority and insight to share spiritual truth that will minister to the specific needs of others, a believer must have partnership with the imparted, indwelling spirit of GOD. A believer must master walking in humility and without lies as though constantly under the gaze of GOD. It is sure knowledge of the holy writings, and the presence of the Holy Spirit that makes the burden “light”. Christian soul-winners all will meet opposition from believers “in name only,” heretics, hypocrites, and misguided persons within the church; coworkers, family and neighbors; jokers, mockers, scoffers, and slackers; those rooted in other belief systems (e.g., astrophysics, atheism, Buddhism, Islam, LGBT) as well as criminals, infidels, popular culture, unclean spirits, and unrepentant sinners. See 2nd Timothy 2: 3-4, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10: 1-4, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Love in Christ (10/23/2012); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Still The “Chosen”? (03/19/2012); The Cause Of Unrest (01/30/2012); The Need For GOD (01/31/2012); A Fig Tree Cursed? (10/02/2010)

When I saw that the first candle of Hanukah was about to be lit, I decided I would not send greetings to my brothers in faith, this year; and I began to wonder if I really ever have had any. It occurred to me, they do not “share” Hanukah (or anything else), because their holidays/holy days are gatherings for family only, or require being separate and apart. When I spoke to GOD in prayer about it, I mentioned some of the folk who were special to me, confessed feeling betrayed, and wondered whether they believed in GOD at all. How could they ever have been in covenant with my Father in heaven, when so much of what they’ve shown me now seems hateful? Surely there will be judgment against them in spite of our love. I began to ask whether GOD has been able to establish a true bond of respect and trust among us.

As one who continues to acknowledge the Holy One of Israel by observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, and who honors the Most High GOD through the Mosaic covenant as configured by Jesus as Messiah and Christ, I also acknowledge many of the customs, gifts and traditions documented as given by GOD that were comforts and terms of earlier covenants. In most cases, believers in Jesus do not receive identity as “cultural Jews,” however, once born-again, still developing believers are new creatures, and spiritual Jews.

Rightly understood, “Christian love” derives from ones endowment of divine substance that comes from the being and person of Christ. As such, the believer is merely a vessel wherein GOD has deposited a measure of himself. As the children of GOD, in service to the Father, believers manifest (i.e., make visible) the divine presence, and fulfill his commitment to sacred process (e.g., Creation, judgment, redemption, salvation, sanctification). Believers love by spreading the gospel, encouraging salvation through Jesus Christ, and maintaining lifestyles centered in prayer, sacred studies, unselfish service, and worship.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the Holy Spirit establishes a peculiar awareness of Jewish culture that centers in a sacred history unknown to many contemporary Jews. Through sin that dominates self-will in created beings and living creatures, many Jews, Islamic believers, and others are plagued by cultural arrogance, ethnic separatism, and racism. Unlike those in Christ, they often acknowledge no divinely given answer to the seminal issues of death, duty, hope, joy, love, resurrection, righteousness, sacred judgment, trust, wisdom 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

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The pressure and weight that must be faced by every follower of Christ, and more on the focus of divine judgment are considered, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Ethan M” (Level 5 with 8,577 points, a member since June 13, 2006) posted the following:

How can Christ say in Matt 11:30 that his burden is light?

He paid the price for all our sins, I would not consider this a light burden.

THE BATTLE AXE: The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012)—Because behavior and conduct also display spirit content, the resources given to prepare believers for divine judgment go beyond punishments, threats, and warnings. There are examples from godly lives of earlier disciples, prophets and servants of GOD. There is guidance and instruction for decision-making and evaluating opportunities. The divine substance of actions, attitudes and behavior are examined; and rewards are determined in a second judgment that will be provided only to those who have received immortality and incorruption. All believers who accept Jesus Christ as Lord are embraced as the children of GOD, and those in intimate relationship as adopted sons and daughters to GOD; however, as with Jesus himself, they will be examined for obedience, reverence and righteousness.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. (John 15: 20-24, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Church Attendance? (11/12/2012); A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012); Signs of a Prophet (03/14/2012); The Only Way? (02/14/2011)

Clarity for statements recorded in Scripture often comes only after new birth, prayer, reflection, and structured experience. Where Jesus says, “take my yoke upon you,” he is speaking of sharing the divinely provided process for completing such sacred works as Creation, judgment, and salvation. In the same way two or more animals may be bound together and attached to a single plow when preparing a field for planting, believers must be bound to Christ in order to accomplish their own full experience of divinity. The furrows of a field about to be planted must be cut straight and parallel to one another to maximize spacing for each plant, and for irrigation. The animals pulling the plow must go in the same direction, and at the same pace despite their individual nature as fractious, jittery, lazy, ornery, or stubborn.

For those of his day, commitment to the ministry of Jesus (who was, in fact, acknowledged as a rabbi) meant excommunication and social ostracism by the Jews (i.e., the Temple community comprised of politicians, priests, and workers), who dominated faith through custom and tradition. There was great controversy surrounding Jesus as Messiah or a prophet sent from GOD, because some 400 years had gone forward since Malachi, the last acknowledged prophet, and the appearance of John the Baptist, known among those of the Temple as an heir from the line of the high priests.

The attachment to Christ for redemption and salvation is not optional or a matter of personal preference; and it is written without equivocation: You must be born again. What sometimes appears understated is that, once born again, believers must “grow up” again, and develop into mature spiritual beings. Without exception, all believers in Christ experience “growing pains.” Included may be disciplinary actions of the church; false accusations, gossip and slander; imprisonment; loss of goods, livelihood and property; martyrdom; persecution; and rejection by disbelieving family and friends.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, all born-again believers inherit a duty to spread the gospel through their daily routines of life. All are not called to be clergymen, officers in a congregation or pulpit preachers. Yet, all are to have portion in the work of clarifying, demonstrating, and sharing with others the continuing work of GOD in Christ.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC