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Today, focus is on what the Lord endured before the cross at the hands of those denying both his deity and humanity.  As we are progressing to the annual Christian observance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, acknowledging the passion and suffering of the Savior before his death and burial also require attention from mature believers.  Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Redeemer and Savior will appear where sacred operations of faith, holiness, trust in GOD, and other aspects from the makeup of divinity are confirmed to be active and present by the holy writings, and through living relationships.  The rejection of Jesus of Nazareth by all mankind as Messiah, Son of Man, and Son of GOD was accomplished by an unlikely pairing of the secular establishment (pictured in Pontius Pilate and Rome) and the religious establishment (pictured in Israel, the Sanhedrin, and the Temple at Jerusalem).  While remembrance of those sacred events may arouse dormant feelings of fear, guilt, shame, and spiritual weakness, successfully passing through the peculiar snare of challenges, feelings, and negative thoughts that oppose a sinner’s commitment to the Lord can result in holy fruit.  Like when limbs and boughs of a tree are pruned to produced more fruit, remembrance and godly sorrow within a believer should produce stronger faith.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Last night, Jesus appeared to me in a dream and told me the Romans sodomized him before the crucifixion. Was he actually sodomized?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:  because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.  For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.  Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.  (Acts 2:  22-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); GOD Knowing the Price? (06/15/2016); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Jesus Under Judgment? (12/16/2015); Messiah and the Unthinkable? (09/25/2015); Divine Knowledge of Human Hurt? (03/02/2015); Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014); Brothers, Not Equals (04/06/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014)
 

“Anonymous”, the question you have posed is posted in some form on a daily basis in the Public Forum and here at “Yahoo! Answers.”  Many Christian believers also continue to ask the same question (without using the insinuating, insulting, and suggestive language and wording).  Knowing that popular culture portrays ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and heathen peoples as delighting in many sexual practices that join cruelty, physical violence, debasing and despising others, and methods to “break” a person’s spirit, it is “natural” to consider whether the Savior was subjected to such treatment before being executed on the cross.

For most Christians, the thought of Christ being sexually abused is hateful, loathsome and repugnant, therefore, such considerations and issues are quickly dismissed, rejected, and suppressed.  However, young believers, “beginners” and those whose faith is still underdeveloped often become fascinated and fixed by what is believed a twisted, perhaps sick, and less productive focus.  The “official” record Christians rely on reports that Jesus was physically struck, spat upon, forced to wear a crown of thorns, scourged and whipped, yet, indicate that the Lamb of GOD did not endure any corruption and defilement during his arrest, during his trial, upon the cross, or within the grave.  This also includes defilement by fornication (i.e., impurity, pollution, and uncleanness of a person’s spirit content that can result through sexual joining).

Efforts were made while he was Incarnate on the earth, and are being made to this day while he is in the heaven as Risen Lord, that deny both the deity and the humanity of Jesus Christ.  Christian believers are cautious when assigning value to (i.e., approving, reviewing, judging) such sources as motion pictures, novels, and secular history.  A filmmaker shapes popular culture by delivering entertainment and products of imagination that may alter and distort the truth, however, believers are to be concerned with the sacred knowledge and spirit content a film may impart.  One now important source, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST by Mel Gibson, has portrayed the sacred events surrounding the crucifixion in a manner many believers accept as authentic.  Even so, others feel the presentation of Christ being dehumanized is exaggerated and extreme.  Critics include those who express disappointment because the film did not show explicit scenes of debauchery, fornication, and graphic cinema sexuality.  In its place they found a shocking and sobering presentation of contempt, anti-Christ sentiment, and violence against Messianic belief.  Thus, the “final analysis” and evaluation for Gibson’s film proclaimed among mature believers should be that from their role as prophets and spokespersons for divinity, rather than expressions of a believer’s individual faith, lusts, or products of secular knowledge, carnal reason, popular science, and technical excellence.  Consider the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Matthew 15:  17-19, King James Version (KJV:  17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?  18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

(2.)  Mark 8:  27-33, KJV:  27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi:  and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?  28 And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.  29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.  30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.  31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.  32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.  33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan:  for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

(3.)  Luke 22:  19-22, KJV:  19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you:  this do in remembrance of me.  20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.  21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.  22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined:  but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

(4.)  John 19:  1-7, KJV:  1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.  2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,  3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.  4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.  5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!  6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him:  for I find no fault in him.  7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

(5.)  Hebrews 7:  25-27, KJV:  25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;  27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s:  for this he did once, when he offered up himself.  28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Philippians 4:  8, KJV:  8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.)  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, focus is on the title of “Savior” and holy names shared among the GODhead.  At one point Jesus confessed, “the Father in me doeth the works” (see John 14:  10, King James Version (KJV).  Here, believers are cautioned further not to center their thinking on behavior, conduct, deeds, or tasks performed by divinity.  Rightly understood “salvation” describes an aspect of existence put forth from GOD, relationship with divinity, and a specific condition among created beings and living creatures whose awareness and self-will may be dominated by sin.  The title “savior” speaks to ongoing sacred operations more than to a one-time event (the death of Jesus upon the cross), or specific functions and tasks performed by the Son of the Highest (e.g., atonement, judgment, redemption).  Through various presentations and translations of the Bible, many Christians have accepted the name “Jesus” as a Latin form of a Greek name that means “savior”.  In the Hebrew writings, the same name appears as “Yeshua” with the variants Joshua and Jeshua.  In the Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB), the Hebrew form “Yehoshua” and the Aramaic “Yeshua” appear along with Yiddish forms as in “Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach Yehoshua Ben Dovid, Ben Avraham” (Master or Mentor, the Anointed King, son of David, son of Abraham).  “Emmanuel” (in the Gospel of Matthew) and “Immanuel” (in the Book of Isaiah) may be understood as “GOD is with us” and as “GOD is among us.”  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Is Gods name Jesus????

Nowhere in the Bible from the Old Testament to the New is it mentioned

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee:  though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid:  for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.  And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.  Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things:  this is known in all the earth.  Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion:  for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.  (Isaiah 12:  1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Lion of Judah (01/22/2017); The First and Last? (11/11/2016); Salvation Only Through Christ? (01/07/2016); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015); Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014); Both Lost and Found? (11/08/2014); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, it is as great an error to argue hierarchy, rank, and subordination for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, or the distinctions among holy names and titles as it is to become entangled in the genealogies of the Scriptures.  The holy writings proclaim the names (i.e., accomplishments; deeds; reputation) of GOD, and the divine works are the basis for how Deity is to be spoken of among the living.  Many mature Christian believers understand the name of GOD used by the three divine persons when they address one another (i.e., within the fullness of divinity that we call the GODhead) is unutterable and may not be spoken by created beings and living creatures.  The GODhead must be acknowledged as a single person who appears having oneness without sameness.  Multiple operations of GOD have been carried out to make Deity knowable, known, and “visible” to the living in the heaven and in the earth.  Included are depicting the sacred presence through consecrated objects and spiritual practices (e.g., altars, atonement, candlesticks, holy fire, forgiveness, judgment, praise, rainbows, resurrection, sacrifice, holy water); appearing in flesh and dying on the cross as Jesus of Nazareth (we say, Incarnation); and the imparting and indwelling of sacred content from the makeup of GOD through baptism and rebirth.  The same aspect of divine fullness who appears as Savior through the cross appeared as Creator in the Garden of Eden, as Deliverer and Friend to Abraham at Mount Moriah, and as Judge against Pharaoh for the sons of Jacob in Israel.  The specific aspect of GOD who is present through covenant and continuing relationships with mankind is also held to be the author of eternal salvation, the head of the church, and the sovereign over the kingdom of GOD.  While we on the earth continue to speak of the Son glorified by the Father, and the Father glorified in the Son as though they are separate, there is no true division of the One.  Even so, consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 43:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not:  for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:  when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:  I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

(2.)  Isaiah 43:  10-12, KJV:  10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen:  that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he:  before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.  11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.  12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you:  therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  John 17:  18-23, KJV:  18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.)  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 acknowledgement and exalting of Jesus Christ by GOD the Father is in view.  For mature Christian believers there are no issues or questions concerning differences of hierarchy, rank, and subordination within the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead).  While the three sacred persons are correctly spoken of using language for recognizable human relationships (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), only their closeness, intimacy, and shared spirit content are signaled.  The meanings and values of terms applied to the divine persons must express direction, existence, and intent among those who appear primarily through shared eternal purpose, operations of Spirit, and accomplishment of sovereign will.  Differences do not introduce conflict, contradiction, or imbalance as seen among created beings and living creatures whose carnal, material and social exchange also may be characterized as having equality, likeness, or uniformity.  The GODhead is to be described and understood as having oneness, yet, without sameness.  Jesus Christ has appeared as “the image of GOD,” and is “exalted” by both the Father and the Holy Spirit in the sense that he is shown to be the specific aspect of divine fullness for the redemption, salvation, and perfection of Creation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “TheReal” (Level 3 with 1,608 points, a member since December 12, 2013) posted the following:

 

How Could God exalt Jesus to a superior position as recorded atPhilippians 2:9 if they were equal?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.  (Acts 17:  24-31, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Firstborn of GOD (01/02/2017); Different Form, Same Relationship? (11/20/2016); Called, The 2nd Adam? (01/10/2016); The Preeminence of the Word (08/23/2015); The GOD Part of Jesus? (05/06/2015); The Idea of Perfection? (01/20/2015); The Image of GOD? (10/10/2013); Embodied Afterlife? (10/11/2013)

 

“TheReal”, sinners are to see unseen sacred operations through the life of Jesus Christ.  The most complete revelation of divinity to created beings and living creatures would be one that makes incarnate and visible the many inseparable aspects of spirit substance that are the makeup of Deity (i.e., the heart, mind, and soul of GOD).  Included would be faith, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The holy writings therefore speak of a Son being acknowledged by the Father as a device to make knowable, known, and “visible” the otherwise invisible Creator who is called the Word, the Everlasting Father, and Son of the Highest.  Jesus Christ was an appearance of divinity using flesh and blood.  In addition to being present in a form that would allow communication, exchange, and interaction (we say, ongoing relationship), the person of GOD among the living served as a remedy for sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, provided correction and instruction to sinners, and established sacred mechanisms to complete the permanent transformation of mankind to exist as an immortal companion to the Holy.  While in the form of man, the Savior had to use the finite carnal, material, and social tools relied on by those in the earth (e.g., emotion, intellect, philosophy, science), and was often limited, not so much by GOD, by the limits from those he sought to serve.  Jesus existed having divine substance (just as his followers can do), and was required by the conditions for mortality to endure death with an expectation of resurrection that he shared with the Father through the divine Spirit.  Consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Colossians 2:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

(2.)  Matthew 13:  54-58, KJV:  54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?  55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?  56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?  57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.  58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

(3.)  Colossians 1:  12-18, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  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.

(4.)  John 10:  14-18, KJV:  14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:  and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made on divine provisions for communication with the dead.  Sinners are to communicate with GOD through prayer, for the dead can not speak to the living or release those upon the earth from the sudden invasions of fear, a profound sense of loss, spiritual confusion, and a sense of no longer having power to love or ever be happy again.  For those who lose loved ones, there has to be growth and a shift away from their emotions and feelings.  Thus, Christian believers are to console others with the same consolations they themselves receive from GOD.  Multiple comforts are shared through the ministries of Jesus Christ that have healing power and light for those enduring bereavement.  That death be acknowledged by everyone who must complete the condition of existing as mortal should not be regarded as a rejection or undue burden upon mankind by GOD.  Death is a sacred tool that permits resurrection and other aspects of new creation that include rebirth, repentance, sanctification, and hope.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” who uses the ID “n” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since June 22, 2016) posted the following:

 

Are there rules in Heaven that people in Heaven can not communicate directly with their loved ones?

My Father had passed away in August of 2016 and have been doing a lot of thinking lately.

I would not consider myself a religious person, as I have only attended church a hand full of times in my life- however I would consider myself a Christian and I live my life my just being a good, honest, person and just doing what I feel is right.

I know my Dad is in Heaven- but are there rules in Heaven? Like people who make it to Heaven can not directly communicate with their loved ones? Sometimes I will ask my Dad to show me a sign that he is listening or hears me and I get nothing as I look up to the sky and hope I see a star glisten or something. So it makes me wonder- Is it written anywhere that people in Heaven are not aloud to directly communicate?

Lately I have been getting a lot of subtle little signs (I will see something with my Dads name on it, or a song will come on out of nowhere that he likes, etc.)

Are these those signs that Im looking for that he is listening and watching over me and my family?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If ye love me, keep my commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:  but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless:  I will come to you.  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me:  because I live, ye shall live also.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:  and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:  and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings:  and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (John 14:  15-27, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Life Is GOD’s Intent (11/15/2016); Here’s The Good News (11/09/2016); Simple and Mature Faith (09/05/2016); I Go To Prepare… (05/19/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); Comfort? (09/06/2014); We Become Comforters? (07/19/2014); On Death and Pain (05/08/2014); A “Good” Verse? (05/09/2014)

 

“n”, many Christian believers agree that the comfort we receive at the loss of loved ones can be very personal, private,  and specific to the shared experiences we had while they were alive.  However, the most necessary consolation to those who are bereaved is not truly private and secret.  Through Jesus Christ, ongoing divine operations are now in place to transform individual and isolated sinners into members of a living body filled with imparted Spirit from the makeup of divinity.  Therefore, the tools used by GOD to comfort those who mourn include such provisions as administering an inheritance and completing the unfinished business of the deceased, faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, divine law, sacred knowledge, oneness without sameness, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, prophecy, rebirth, suffering, and meaningful work.  Death and separation are to be understood as tools of the Creator, not to destroy and reject what has been put forth, rather to change, continue and make eternal the created beings and living creatures who are in his image.  Consider again the following:

(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.)  Hebrews 2:  14-18, KJV:  14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

(3.)  Romans 6:  3-11, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.  8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, a reply is shared that followers of Jesus becoming Christ-like is more necessary than their simply believing, belonging, and behaving like church members.  Readers are encouraged to hear Your Best Destiny (Parts 1 and 2) from Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Wintley Phipps delivered before the Toronto East SDA Church November 14, 2015, and available at YouTube.com:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmC9NVpnpBU&html5=1

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A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Philippines)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

If Christianity is the one TRUE religion, why does it require FAITH in order to believe in it?

Anything that’s FAITH based doesn’t have solid PROOF that it is real.. If that were the case then you wouldn’t need faith to believe in it. its like playing the lottery.. You try to have FAITH that you’re going to win.. But just because you have FAITH that you’ll win, doesn’t mean that you will win.. You’re just hoping that you’ll win the same way you’re just hoping your religion is the only eight religion….

You CANT prove that Christianity is true, the same way Atheists CANT prove that it isn’t true.. It could very well be true, and it could very well be false too.

Don’t get me wrong, I KNOW there is a GOD, however I don’t believe in religion. I personally believe God is the creating spiritual force and source in which we all are connected to and belong to, regardless of race, gender, or religion. We are all an extension of that creating force, therefore we are co-creators of life on earth and our history. Everything in life WE created together. Think about it.. Gay marriage wouldn’t be possible if enough people didn’t come together to make that a possibility.. So it was us that ultimately created that and allowed it to be a possibility in our country/universe.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me:  for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee:  but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it:  that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.  (John 17:  16-26, KJV)

 

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“Anonymous”, sinners are to acquire attitudes, desires, and purposes from the heart and mind of Jesus Christ.  Initially becoming a follower of the Lord is an act of self-will directed to acquiring the character, nature, and substance of divinity as it may reside within flesh upon the earth.  Through baptism (death of ones inborn sprit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) sinners become a new creation of GOD, and increasingly operate directed by the same divine will that exists within Jesus Christ, who continues to minister among mankind from heaven.  Born-again believers must gradually grow, learn, and become ripe for harvest by the Lord at his coming (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming) when their transformation to be companions to divinity will be completed as they meet him in the air.  Sinners are challenged to do more than simply, believe doctrines, preaching, promises, and prophecies; belong to (i.e., have membership in) an assembly, congregation, community of faith, or church family; and behave conforming to customs, patterns, standards, and traditions.  True believers are to become like Jesus, and display the inseparable aspects of divine makeup shared by both the Son and the Father that include faith, gratitude, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, meekness, respect, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again how this is stated using divine law and language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Leviticus 11:  42-45, King James Version (KJV):  42 Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination.  43 Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.  44 For I am the LORD your God:  ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy:  neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God:  ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

(2.)  Leviticus 19:  1-3, KJV:  1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy:  for I the LORD your God am holy.  3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths:  I am the LORD your God. 

(3.)  Titus 2:  11-14, KJV:  11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Peter 1:  13-16, KJV:  13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, the primary focus of divine judgment is described as the spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD to reside within believers while they are alive as flesh.  Presently among men, there are no scoring devices and legitimate standards for inspecting the full substance of a human life.  Believers will be acknowledged by Christ at his coming on the basis of elements that lack measurable dimensions and have no reliable instruments that can detail sacred attributes, identity, and divine potential.  Included are commitment, faith, fidelity, growth as one born again, maturity, renewal, repentance, reverence, and zeal.  Men are not capable of judgment upon the required divine scale, and so should avoid assessing and criticizing one another using counterfeits of the frameworks and techniques applied by divinity.  At best, such features as actions, attitudes, behavior, and conduct are visible forms, like shadows, that indicate the presence of an inner light existing as ones core and life essence.  Relying upon shadows, the source itself remains invisible and unseen.  Judges of flesh concentrate upon nothing more than allusions and hints in the form of approximations, estimates, opinions, principles, and other suggestions in the place of specific criteria, definition, precise measurement, and eternal purpose.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Christians: If God judges you by your actions and not your words, how screwed are you when you die?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  (2nd Corinthians 4:  5-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About Judgment By GOD (08/29/2016); On Transmitting Sacred Truth (05/06/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016); Salvation Only Through Christ? (01/07/2016); The Scale of Salvation? (12/13/2015); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015); A Personal Relationship? (04/03/2014); GOD Everywhere? (04/04/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, many focus upon judgment as a matter of GOD expressing divine disfavor, displeasure, and punishment.  Mature Christian believers are likely to agree that the most incisive questions asked by GOD in sacred judgment go beyond “how has this person behaved and conducted himself in accordance with divine law?”  The standard for judgment should no longer be thought of as something abstract (a code of law), rather, the standard is the person of Jesus Christ.  The examination by our Creator is intended to go beneath the material and physical surface that is the flesh to the source of invisible things that are emanated from within.  Inquiry is to go further than outward appearances and images that one may project on the basis of their carnal person and finite self-will as well as from their inborn spirit.  The character, composition, and substance of their generative nature is to be assessed for its authenticity, godliness, purity, and quality as (1) a true manifestation of content from the makeup of Deity, (2) an effective hub in the life process of drawing and distributing sacred substance from divinity to oneself and to others, and (3) spirit matter that responds to divine will both with oneness and sameness.  We may say, focus centers upon the “image of GOD,” rather than the “image of man.”  Consider again the following Scriptures:

(1.)  Galatians 3:  7-12, King James Version (KJV):  7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.  8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.  9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.  10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:  for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.  11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident:  for, The just shall live by faith.  12 And the law is not of faith:  but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

(2.)  Romans 8:  28-30, KJV:  28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:  and whom he called, them he also justified:  and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

(3.)  Romans 12:  1-2, KJV:  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Philippians 3:  7-14, KJV:  7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:  but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.)  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 error that a person’s judgment by divinity begins only following their death is in view, today.  For Christian believers, judgment is a continuing aspect of divine existence, sacred expression, and eternal purpose.  Judgment is inseparable from the existence of divinity in the same way as faith, forgiveness, grace, holiness, immortality, incorruptibility, divine law, love, mercy, purity, and righteousness.  Saying this another way:  Along with the range of sacred operations that appear through the active presence of GOD (e.g., atonement, Creation, Incarnation, life, revelation, sanctification, and salvation), judgment is what exalts GOD above all as “GOD”.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Serve The Servants” (Level 7 with 29,492 points, a member since November 20, 2010) posted the following:

 

Why does God wait for us to die before he judges us?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:  (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:  And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.  (Hebrews 12:  18-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The People You Meet? (08/11/2016); No Excuses For Judgment (07/26/2016); The Imminent Return of Christ? (07/19/2015); The Purpose of Resurrection (07/015/2016); The Cross Reaches Back (05/26/2016); A Guarantee of Judgment? (04/15/2016); Belief, Content And Works? (02/12/2016)

 

“Serve The Servants”, judgment is a continuous and ongoing divine process of assessment, assigning value, and providing correction.  Opportunity and possibilities for permanent change available to the living include confession, rebirth, redemption, repentance, and salvation.  With this in view, peace is the consequence of judgment, rather than death, destruction, or war.  The outcome of judgment is always accounted as divine blessing (a gift), for judgment is the settlement of disputes and the resolution of conflict by application of divine law (“the expressed will of GOD”).  A “closing” and “completion” of judgment does occur for those belonging to Christ should they “fall asleep” before he appears to harvest the mature (ripe) believers from the earth.  Until the trumpet sounds their judgment is “ongoing”.  For those who “meet him in the air” at his Second Coming (some say, Advent, the Rapture), the details of their life within Christ will already have been thoroughly reviewed and approved using the Books of Life.  Resurrection from the dead will be granted to the wicked, who also will be judged according to the books, and are permitted to appear in open tribunal before Christ (the condition of death can not continue in the active presence of divinity).  Mature Christian believers trust that, in the same way Creation and Salvation set divinity apart as distinguished, having power, sanctified, and exalted as sovereign, Judgment identifies divinity as balanced, comprehensive, righteous, prudent, and wise.  Consider again how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  15-17, King James Version (KJV):  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 15:  50-54, KJV:  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

(3.)  2nd Peter 3:  9-13, KJV:  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 20:  4-6, KJV:  4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:  and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:  on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.)  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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