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      Blood as a divine tool is the topic, today; and no BATTLE AXE is presented. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Joshua Kelley” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since April 8, 2013) posted the following:


How does the shedding of one’s blood act as payment for another’s debt/sin? Why blood?

As someone who is trying to understand Christian theology, I understand that Jesus of Nazareth who supposedly lived a sinless life, allowed his blood to be shed for others who would accept him as payment; in order to be forgiven of their sins.

I understand that Christ’s sacrifice was foreshadowed by animal sacrifices, as can be seen in the Old Testament. I also understand that Christ’s sacrifice was supposed to be the final blood sacrifice to complete the Law of Moses.

What I do not understand is as follows:

1) How can the shedding blood of an innocent be used to pay for another’s debt/sin? If a person kills or rapes or does some other heinous crime, the law, and the victim will be irreversibly damaged. If someone had to pay for the crime, or made to suffer, wouldn’t the victim & the law prefer to have the offender ‘pay’ for the debt/sin, instead of seeing some innocent substitute suffer?

2) Why was innocent blood required? Who was this god of the Old Testament that required blood, in order to forgive sins? Didn’t other pagan gods require blood sacrifice, as well? Why blood? Is it magical or have some special quality to it, that when shed calms god down? How does killing animals, and spilling their blood turn this god’s wrath away from the guilty?


THE GOLDEN ARROW: And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. (Genesis 4: 9-13, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Eat His Body, Drink His Blood (03/21/2013); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); Purchased With Blood? (12/29/2012); The Law Not Flawed (12/30/2012); Binder 21: Dead Indeed Unto Sin (10/18/2011)

      Joshua, here are some points to consider that you may find very curious because they derive from biblical teachings, life experience, and the faith of a mature Christian believer. They will be easier to understand following prayer that shows respect to GOD:

(1.) Blood is to be understood as a spirit tool of GOD used to convey aspects of existence and divine being. GOD is a spirit, and is only “known” within created beings and living creatures through infusions of Divine Person we call by such names as “the breath of life,” “the Word,” “divine utterance,” “the imparted, indwelling spirit,” “the Comforter,” “the Spirit of Truth,“ and “the Holy Ghost.” Carnal, material and social ideas describing blood must be put aside. 
 
(2.) Animal sacrifices upon the earth pointed to and portrayed sacred processes in the heavens. For example, atonement and cleansing that continue and restore divine Creation are accomplished through blood, the material agent (i.e., flesh, form) that must unify with divine spirit to establish a living soul. In the tabernacle and temple services, blood was sprinkled, and rivers of blood were not applied. This helps us to know, the most important features of service and worship were not the amount of blood that was offered. Paramount are such features of divine being as faith, holiness, humility, obedience, trust, wisdom and wrath against sin.

(3.) Blood defiles and makes unclean, just as blood purges and purifies. Saying this another way: Blood may introduce other spirits that oppose and weaken ones initial endowment from GOD. Thus, when the land is defiled by the shedding of blood, the curse upon the earth is canceled only by the blood of those who have killed, or the blood of their children through the provisions of inheritance whereby the son may cancel the debt of the father.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) We are attempting to speak of things upon a cosmic scale, where we speak of sin, re-birth, incarnation, and holy blood. It is not impossible to have understanding, however, understanding cannot be rooted in mere logic, reason, and what we flatter ourselves as being intelligence. Do not be confused by such words as “debt” and “payment”; the true focus here is the necessary substance for being, person, and eternal life. Believers must “think inside the box” that is divine law, sacred promises, prophecy, and spirit truth.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to the measure of faith you now contain.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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The work of GOD to purify heaven is topic, today, with more on the things accomplished by believers through the person of Jesus Christ.   The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “shortiduwop” (Level 1 with 108 points, a member since June 18, 2010) posted the following:


Why would God need to purify heaven?
this comes from the note in 2nd Peter 3:13


THE BATTLE AXE:  Accomplished in Christ (01/16/2013)—For Abraham, circumcision was a mark in the flesh of a man that depicted humility before GOD, and trusting obedience.  In Jesus Christ, the nail prints in his hands, the imprint from thorns upon his forehead, and the place where he was wounded in his side are the marks in flesh depicting humility, obedience and unselfish love.  The holy blood of Jesus fulfills all offering and promise to GOD from mankind, and from mankind to GOD.  Christian belief is coveted, despised, envied, feared, hated and rejected by many around the world, because Christian belief goes beyond passive doctrines that describe mankind as covered by Christ.  The Gospel is also understood as declaring that, in Christ, mankind is endowed, sanctified, and exalted:  Therefore, there are many Christians who strive to employ divine authority, participate in sacred processes, and enjoy godly privilege.  Christians are known to preach and practice self command and discipline, exorcism, healing, identifying sin, judgment, prayer, rebuke of the devil, and warning against all ungodliness.  The principles of spirit life and unity through covenant make it that sacred experience, insight and wisdom for a single person among those in commitment to Jesus Christ is shared by all the members of the body.  (See 1st Corinthians 12:  1-31 regarding gifts to believers through operation of the Holy Spirit, and the prayer of Jesus prior to crucifixion at John 17:  13-24, KJV.)  Through Christ and the Holy Spirit, believers in GOD may claim to be absolutely invincible having a spiritual victory over appetite, death, ignorance, sin, suffering, time and space that can never be annulled, reversed or undone by the confusion, doubt, lack of faith, or unbelief of others.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,  Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world:  but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  (Hebrews 9:  19-28, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Son of Man (11/28/2012); Entered Into Heaven (02/07/2012); Poem:  “The Magician:  Franco Gaskin” (02/08/2012); The Place for Prayer (01/17/2012); Girdle 14:  Reasonable Service (11/29/2011); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Work in Heaven (11/22/2010); Rewarded? (11/23/2010)


The place of divine presence that we speak of as “heaven” is made defiled and unclean through the operations of sin.  Sin is no material or physical thing, has not been created or fashioned by GOD, and is no spirit substance from the person of GOD.  Even so, sin was first discovered among the holy angels, and later became a continuing aspect of human existence upon the earth.  While sin is no “thing”, and has no concrete form, sin is described as having direction, effect and presence.  The will of Almighty GOD is not subject to sin; however, the self-will of created beings and living creatures may be influenced and dominated by sin.  Because sin is no living entity, and cannot be said to “exist”, its elimination requires a broad range of divine operations and processes.

Divine cleansing from defilement, and removal of profanity are only through sacred devices that include water, blood, death/rebirth, fire, judgment and the second death.  As the primary conveyance that transfers life to all the parts within the living, blood flows and pushes against corruption and decay, flushing uncleanness from any object or person.  Fire decomposes the makeup of objects, unfixes their cohesion and integrity, and separates the elements of their composition often producing a residue of smoke and ashes.

The Tabernacle of Moses, and later the Temple at Jerusalem, depicted objects and practices that were being carried out in heaven.  Because the process whereby mankind was to have access to GOD was altered to include the offering of sacrifices for atonement of sin, the place of acknowledgment and worship (spoken of as a temple in heaven) became unclean.  More than this, the Sanctuary, and Most Holy Place of the heavenly temple (spoken of as the “mercy seat” and “seat of judgment”) has required a deep cleansing and purging (i.e., an inner washing) by application of holy blood.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, even when one speaks of “heaven” as being the atmosphere, our sky, and the envelope of the earth, there is severe air pollution, corruption of the ozone layer, and a need for refreshing that is no longer possible through the mechanisms of rain, snow and other natural precipitation.  Divine action is being taken to make the earth and heaven fit as the home of beings that are immortal and incorruptible.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC