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Today, the temporal existence of heaven and earth are considered.  For many Christians, heaven is the highest possible good for the living because all the precious loved ones we have been separated from by death are believed to be waiting for us there.  However, there are sobering truths we must acknowledge from GOD along with specific expectations those who follow the Lord are commanded to maintain and share as godly hope.  Mankind is being prepared to exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity.  Those who display the “image of GOD” will live on the earth in a holy city (New Jerusalem) where there will be no sun or moon, no night or day, no temple or sanctuary.  GOD and the Lamb will be the light of it, and will abide with men on the earth.  One of the fighters from the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Christians: When Jesus said, “”Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…”?

Did he really mean “Not everyone will go to Heaven”? Isn’t EVERYONE supposed to confess his lordship at some point? “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess,” right? Shouldn’t it have gone without saying, in light of Jesus’ other teaching, that not everyone will go to Heaven?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write:  for these words are true and faithful.  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.  (Revelation 21:  1-8, King James Version, KJV)

 
THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Bereavement, Death and Suffering (11/10/2017); Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); The Earth Made New (11/13/2013); Hierarchy (11/14/2013); The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013) 

 

“Anonymous”, when developing Christian believers encounter various points of sacred knowledge and prophecy from the Bible, for the first time many are led by their own deposit of imparted Spirit from the makeup of Deity to discover aspects of the full revelation of divine nature and process wherein heaven and earth are both temporal, while only the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) is eternal.  Relying on secular knowledge and the frameworks of time and space, disbelievers, sinners and skeptics suppose that heaven is a place of perfection that is located above the earth, the sky, and what we call “outer space.”  In place of “heaven” as a goal, it is more correct to seek the kingdom of GOD that is a spiritual condition, and to want spirit content that allows one to display “the image of GOD.” 

Through the ministry of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, those who are “born again” are to receive fresh endowments of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  Included are deposits of inseparable aspects of “divine DNA” so to speak, such as balance, completeness, faith, forbearance, gratitude, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The inborn spirit must complete death, burial and resurrection; and, a believer’s human personhood must undergo permanent change so they may exist as the new creation, an offspring of GOD, and joint-heirs with the Son of the Highest.  Born again believers are to “grow up again” while living on the earth, and become ripe (mature) for harvest at the return of the Lord (we say, Advent, his appearing, the Rapture, the Second Coming). 

When the Lord returns, he will not set foot on the earth; and he will draw to himself those who belong to him through commitment, faith and sacrifice.  The transformation for those raised from the grave and the ones remaining alive will be completed in the instant they go to “meet him in the air.”  Our preparation for that day begins on the earth in ones lifestyle and daily routines, in their enduring “growing pains” and life challenges, in their gradual growth and learning, in both their resisting and sorrowing for sin as well as in their suffering.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Psalms 34:  17-19, King James Version (KJV):  17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous:  but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

(2.)  Isaiah 57:  15, KJV:  15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  17-18, KJV:  17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spirit makeup.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  14-18, KJV:  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.)  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 language “cost of discipleship” and the profound nature of salvation are topics.  Discipleship as a Christian is established and maintained through commitment and content (fitness; sacred substance; oneness without sameness) of spirit not on the basis of ambition, emotion, or the “four-letter words” (good, hate, love, work).  Sinners coming to GOD through Jesus Christ must accept that salvation is not a simple process used to gain favor with GOD for oneself so much as it is a complex sacred operation directed to sinners becoming a new creation, and ministering their own divine spirit content to others.  A broad range of special explanations, illustrations, images, parables, and terms are used to make otherwise unseen truth clear and understandable.  So to speak, the Bible uses different ideas and ways to present the same concept over and over (e.g., brethren, firstborn, husbandmen, stewards, disciples).  From Genesis to Revelation, the meaning and value of various passages and statements are intended to be recognizable only to those endowed with spirit matter from the makeup of divinity that prepares them to receive a greater anointing from GOD through the further ministry of Jesus Christ.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

If salvation is a free gift, why is the cost of discipleship as shown in Luke 14:26-33 so high?

If Luke 14:26-33 is to be taken literally, Christianity is the strictest religion on Earth and the criteria to avoid burning in hell forever is very high.

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In past questions, I probed into the nature of compassion with respect to a deity that sends a majority of people to hell. One of the common responses was that God is merciful because I am merely “rejecting a free gift.”

But is salvation really a free gift? According to the Bible, the price seems to be very high – hating your family and your own life, forsaking all you possess, etc. And if discipleship is not the same as salvation, why does the book of Acts refer to Christians as disciples? Why is there not a separate category for believers who aren’t disciples?

My broad point is that if Jesus has such harsh requirements, then going to hell is because Jesus sends you there, not because “you send yourself there,” and it’s hardly a merciful set of requirements. So what makes God different than a bank robber or thief?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there went great multitudes with him:  and he turned, and said unto them,  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?  Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  Salt is good:  but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?  It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  (Luke 14:  25-35, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Accepting Christ, Accepting Change (10/20/2017); Without the Divine Image? (10/15/2017); Becoming Joined To GOD (10/13/2017); Developing A Moral Compass? (10/03/2017); Rebirth, Growth and Transformation (09/29/2017); Humility and The Cross? (03/15/2016); Can Someone Be Happy? (12/10/2013); Asked to Help? (12/11/2013)

“Anonymous”, the things of GOD require we adopt another way of speaking and thinking.  Throughout the holy writings there are many points for guidance and instruction that appear extreme or outlandish when taken out of their proper context (the complete revelation from GOD) in the same way a suggestion that GOD is no different for you than a bank robber or thief appears to be apostasy, blasphemy, gross ignorance and wickedness when taken out of the actual context of your intent, and the full framework of what you are seeking to share (e.g., your opinion, your conviction, your faith, your condemnation of divinity).  Both discipleship and salvation pertain to profound and permanent changes for the transformation of mankind to exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity.  Multiple streams of sacred truth and divine operations have come together that now allow created beings and living creatures to have ongoing communication, exchange and interaction (we say, personal relationship) with the Creator.  In addition to angelic visitation, divine law, covenant, inheritance, promise and prophecy, mankind has been knit and bound to the persons of GODhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) through Incarnation (appearing in flesh as Jesus Christ).

Before a sinner apprehends the full meaning and value of “salvation”, they must become “born again” and shift to routinely applying sacred (instead of secular) frameworks for understanding.  In place of time, space, natural law, or self-importance, there has to be continuing awareness of spirit presence and divine process.  The sinner who becomes a developing believer will have to master language that speaks to accountability, atonement, commitment, forgiveness, judgment, mercy, repentance, unselfish service, and the sovereign will of GOD. 

Consider again:

(1.)  Proverbs 9:  6-10, King James Version (KJV):  6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.  7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame:  and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.  8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:  rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.  9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:  teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.  10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

(2.)  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.

(3.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-12, 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.  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.) 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spirit makeup.  (For example, (4.)  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
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Today, reply is to a teen on giving as a sacrament and sacred discipline within the body of Christ.  The questions I respond to in this sacred writings blog usually are taken from an Internet site that serves as a public forum.  While the writers there often are insulting by accusing divinity, making use of sarcasm, or even deliberately blaspheming, many pose questions very close to those I once asked as a young Christian believer, and that continue as hidden, suppressed and unasked among some who are long-time church members.  In the church, giving is a duty, an obligation, and a privilege that further establishes sacred balance, interdependence, maturity, and stability.  Money may serve as an emblem and token for a broad range of offerings that include allegiance, effort, esteem, labor, possibilities, reverence, and amounts of time.  Abundance and plenty promote confidence, joy, and security; and giving expresses eternal purpose and love by adding and imparting value to the beloved.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Why is money even a thing with church?

I know I’m only 15 and Adults think teenagers don’t know anything, but this time I think it’s the adults who are blind. Recently I stopped going to church with my mother because I started to find the collection bowl for God’s offering and the pastor’s offering offensive. I mean like what does God want with money? Nowhere in the bible does God ever ask us to render money unto him. So I ask the office lady at my Church what happens to the money collected as the Church and she says “Electricity, water, upkeep and other programs like the deconess breakfast don’t pay for themselves.” I then ask her why the pastor needed an offering and she said “The pastor is a hardworking man and we have to give what we can to help him out.”

At this I ran out the church with my head sweltering. I mean why would we call an offering that’s going to the church bank account an offering to God? It smells heavily of bait & switch. And then why would we give the pastor ANYTHING? A priest is supposed to spread the word because God commands his heart, not to line his wallets. To that end I thought priest were supposed to live a humble life never accepting money for themselves? It makes it seem like Church is more a business than a school of God. I don’t think money should have anything to with Church because it brings greed and corruption.

Update: @Anon It’s obvious you don’t either, seeing as you failed to elaborate on your general remark.

Update 2: @James We’re not in elementary. There is no need for name calling. I’m just trying to figure out the heart of this dilemma.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.  Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.  Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal:  The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?  Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king’s work, offered willingly,  And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.  And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.  Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD:  and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.  (1st Chronicles 29:  2-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Does Divinity Want? (03/13/2017); Fundraising A Sacred Practice? (01/01/2017); About Giving to GOD (12/13/2016); More On Sacrificial Giving (11/03/2015); A $1,000 Dollar Seed? (11/02/2015); Christ Receives the Tithes? (08/04/2015); A Price for Religious Liberty? (06/30/2015); On Being Good Stewards (12/17/2013); Traditional Marriage? (12/18/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, here are some important ideas for developing believers.  Giving within the church to the church is a work of faith.  Correctly understood, sinners become members of a church so they may be continually and regularly nourished and supported while they are being permanently changed and transformed through divine operations by the imparted Spirit of GOD.  Many of us have experienced and participated in programs offered by Christian congregations and assemblies of faith as aspects of our own family life, and a special form of inheritance from our parents or other caretakers.  In many cases, such beginnings have been only carnal, material, secular, and social.  Thus, we repeatedly hear, You must be born again.  There must be the death and burial of the inborn spirit, with resurrection having divine DNA, so to speak.  Well-meaning, yet, vain (lacking spirit substance) practices often are brought into the place for service and worship as though the church is only another community recreation center.  Thus, it is difficult to apply discernment (i.e., correctly recognize and respond to spirit content from the makeup of GOD that will appear within sacred events, oneself, other persons, prophecy, the holy writings, etc.).

In the same way obedience—putting aside ones own will to carry out and perform the will of another—is one of the most recognizable expressions of genuine love (and so is acknowledged in the vows of holy matrimony), other unmistakable marks of mature love among Christians are accountability, commitment, continually acquiring sacred knowledge, and outpourings of gratitude, respect, and thanksgiving.  The Holy Spirit must impart inseparable aspects of divinity to those who are “born again,” and they must “grow up again” enduring challenges, “growing pains,” and even suffering with Christ.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, hope, meekness, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Because every believer does receive some measure of fresh spirit content, believers are accounted as a new creation through Jesus Christ having oneness without sameness.  There can be great diversity within a congregation, for all do not have the same level of knowledge, maturity, and willingness to unselfishly serve.

Salvation is carried out and completed through divine operations, rather than through application of finite tools such as feelings, intellect, logic, philosophy, and science.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the Creation grounded in sacred law.  Because the living accept sin as natural, normal, and in no way contrary their own makeup, sin may dominate awareness and self-will (willpower) within created beings and living creatures.  Sin can not influence or manipulate the divine will; thus, the living are granted fresh endowments of divine will to reinforce their character, focus, and process when identifying and resisting sin.  Through the Spirit, giving, stewardship, and other forms of service are aspects of sacrament (sacred practice), and are no longer inappropriate, irritating, and upsetting.  By continual practice, the discipline and order within the community of shared spirit is to become “second nature” like breathing in and out.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Proverbs 19:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.  17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.  18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

(2.)  Proverbs 19:  22, KJV:  22 The desire of a man is his kindness:  and a poor man is better than a liar.

(3.)  James 2:  14-19, KJV:  14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?  15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:  shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 9:  11-14, KJV:  11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?  12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.  13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?  14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Chronicles 29:  10-18, KJV:  10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation:  and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.  11 Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:  for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.  14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.  15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers:  our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.  16 O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.  17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things:  and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.  18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
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Today, reply is made to share points useful for defining “love”.  Where “godly love” is “love made in the image of divine love” or “love formed and shaped after the pattern of divine love,” what we must say to capture and correctly characterize “love” has to go beyond carnal exchange, romantic fantasy, economic transactions, and mere sexual and social intercourse.  With divinity, love begun is love everlasting and unending.  Divine love endures despite breakdowns in communication, errors, interruptions, mistakes, and separation.  To be in continuous relationship with divinity one must respond to standards for meaning, quality, and value that will be balanced, immutable, and incorruptible.  Thus, divine love is seen more an aspect of duration, existence, and the fullness of divinity, than an expression of covetousness, desire, and passion.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information provided) posted the following:

 

How would you define godly love?

What would you expect from a God of love? What would you expect him to show you and others in regards to mercy and love?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  They are of the world:  therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  (1st John 5-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Hardened Minds and Hearts? (07/28/2017); The Practice of Love (07/27/2017); No Fear In Love? (05/17/2017); The Extravagance of Love? (04/02/2017); The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); Herein Is True Love (10/21/2016) 

 

“Anonymous”, here are some points you may find useful:

(1)  Among mature Christian believers it is understood that “love” (we also say, lovingkindness) is another of the many inseparable aspects of sacred substance imparted to mankind from the makeup of divinity.  In order to exist, created beings and living creatures all must receive deposits and endowments of spirit matter from GOD (we say, breath, life essence, word).  More than this, to be in continuing relationship with the Creator as sons and daughters, joint-heirs with Christ, and the offspring of GOD through Jesus Christ, the living must receive adoption, anointing, or rebirth whereby the believer becomes a new creation.  Thus, the imparted Spirit includes faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, meekness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. 

(2)  Where “love” is correctly understood to mean more than “affection”, “attraction”, “feelings” and “infatuation”, the question, “What?” is to be answered beginning with “accountability”, goes on “commitment”, to “dutifulness”, to “fidelity”, to “trust” and “truth”.  The goal and objective of adult  “love” is rarely self-fulfillment and self-satisfaction; and there can be no “selfish love.”  The operation of love appears as bonding and joining (we say, displaying oneness without sameness).

(3)  Being a GOD of judgment also, the Creator demonstrates love by using divine law and the operations of judgment.  Far from being lust and romantic love, attention to detail, impartiality, mercy, patience, righteousness and thoroughness all appear as aspects of the fullness of love.  For believers, the expression of godly love is most correctly recognized and responded to by applying “discernment” (i.e., using ones own spirit content from the makeup of GOD as a standard to examine and acknowledge divine spirit appearing within events, oneself, other persons, the holy writings, etc.).  Other practices and standards from GOD also make visible and reveal godly love, for example, parental discipline, fellowship within the community of faith, holy matrimony, the bestowal of divine gifts, the keeping of promises, and prayer. 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  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 to a question on what Jesus Christ “wants” from a believer/sinner?  The Creator desires, lacks, and “wants” nothing from created beings and living creatures as though depending and relying upon what they might supply.  Yet, all who exist through his authority, grace, love, power, and sovereignty are to acknowledge and respond to the active presence and revelation of divinity.  The process of the Creator is one of giving that allows the receiver to make a return to GOD.  Only by first accepting and applying the gifts and ministrations from divinity do believers/sinners obtain the indispensable benefits and provisions that pertain to life from GOD.  Thus, only where one first obeys are they given the imparted, indwelling Spirit; only where one first yields in humility are they granted holy boldness.  Where one has genuine awe, sacred knowledge, love, and a sound mind, it is natural to exalt Deity, express gratitude, and uplift the name of GOD.  In addition to obeying divine law, the living will apprehend atonement and propitiation for sin, display their own spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD, and engage divinity through commitment, discernment, humility, repentance, reconciliation and unselfish service as well as participate within divine oneness without sameness.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What does Jesus want from me? What does He ache for?  Why does He want me to glorify Him? What does He get out of it?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  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.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  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.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  (Romans 6:  3-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); The Need for Incarnation? (09/29/2016); Fear That Acknowledges GOD? (07/15/2016); What GOD Demands (05/10/2014); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014); Immortality (02/08/2014); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, you are asking for an answer from Jesus Christ, or (at the least) from a credible sacred source, or spokesperson of divinity (we say, an apostle or prophet).  The following is what the Holy Spirit is providing for you through me, and I advise you consider it carefully:

There are peculiar conditions and criteria that must be met for created beings and living creatures to (1) continue their existence as having life, (2) to acquire sacred knowledge, maintain a sacred lifestyle, and have fellowship among those who are sanctified (i.e., set apart to serve GOD), (3) to be in an ongoing transformation to become immortal, incorruptible companions to divinity as well as (4) to realize a present-day life experience that would include authority, godliness, forgiveness, hope, joy, meaningful activity and work, peace, prosperity, and wisdom.  For now, mankind must respond to a limitation of being mortal; however, through Jesus Christ, sinners achieve release from the “sentence of death” by the atonement and propitiation for sin established by the Savior’s ministry upon the earth and from the heaven.

The process from our Creator is one to prophesy (we say, to comfort, edify, and exhort).  Thereby believers/sinners receive the benefits of a personal relationship with divinity.  All are required to acknowledge the active presence of GOD, discern (i.e., use our own spirit content to recognize the spirit substance within events, messages, ourselves, other persons, prophecy, sacred writings, etc.), and willingly respond to the demands, duties, and responsibilities that arise from our being accounted as a new creation, the offspring and seed of GOD, and true vessels who contain divine Spirit.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Micah 6:  6-9, King James Version (KJV):  6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?  7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name:  hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

(2.)  Zechariah 7:  9-14, KJV:  9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:  10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.  11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.  12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets:  therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.  13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:  14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned:  for they laid the pleasant land desolate.

(3.)  Zechariah 8:  16-17, KJV:  16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:  17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath:  for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Jeremiah 9:  23-24, KJV:  23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:  24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:  for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.)   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, language regarding romantic love, life companionship, and spiritual maturity are topics.  Unity through Jesus Christ is that of one faith, one Lord, One baptism, one GOD and Father of all.  Even so, many desire and feel a consuming need for life companionship and abiding love.  Relationships as “soulmates” are believed one of the highest and purest forms of love because they are not subject to the laws of time and space, and are thought to maintain their strength despite emotional, physical and temporal hardships or separation.  As with marriage, a connection and bond as soulmates is not intended by GOD to disrupt or replace the permanence of family, yet, often is felt to be stronger and more fulfilling than that between parents and their child, or among birth brothers and sisters.  Some confuse the idea of “soul” with those of “character”,  “determination or inner might,” “personality”, “self-will” and “will power.”  The expression “soulmates” is used repeatedly to describe intimate relationships of mutual acceptance, approval, full commitment, respect, and trust that are intended to continue indefinitely (i.e., for ever; without break-up or interruption; without end).  Often the idea of being soulmates is linked with concerns about attraction, “chemistry”, “love at first sight,” and “magnetism” at the start of relationships; fate; inescapable events; divine predestination; suspension of ones own accountability for occurrences and their consequences as well as yielding to a mystifying attraction.  Yet, it is only by the active presence and workings of divinity that the living achieve or experience lasting and stable relationships, or even what may be a one-time sacred event (we also say, miracle), revealing oneness without sameness.  The holy writings describe how “living souls” have been created and placed upon the earth to exist and experience operations of divine transformation (e.g., growth, rebirth, judgment, perfection, revelation) to serve as “soul mates” and life companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “?” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since February 21, 2017) posted the following:

 

What does the bible say about soulmates?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?  But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.  (Ezekiel 18:  19-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); The Relationships With GOD? (11/30/2016); Diversity and Prophetic Gifts (11/22/2016); Family Likeness and Traits? (11/08/2016); The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); What To Say To A Friend? (03/29/2015)

 

“?”, correctly understood, “soulmates” are thought to be more than mere partners who share casual sex and a “one night affair.”  Fascinated and stirred by language in the Bible, creative and imaginative musicians, and other artists often have developed and shared very memorable non-biblical and secular presentations that carry great weight within modern culture.  Many understand the “soul” as the inner material of humanity that makes us who and what we truly are in relationships with others.  The idea of “soul” found in the Book of Genesis, describes “Adam” as a living entity produced by the union of a divinely fashioned form and breath (we also say, life essence; spirit; the spark of life; word) from GOD.  Unlike David, who was “knit” to the son of King Saul in a spirit-bond of friendship (we also say charity, love), the male Adam received the female as an aspect of his own flesh and person.  For mature Christian believers who are grounded in sacred knowledge recorded as Scripture, it is the image of GOD that makes us who and what we are in relationships.  Only GOD is eternal (not the angels); and there is no immortal soul or soul that exists without the active presence of divine Spirit.  The state of the dead as described in the Bible does not include having intellect, mind, or spirit; and the dead “praise not God.”  Poets have long used the idea of “soul” to describe enduring, seemingly timeless, and unforgettable episodes in human experience that include intense emotional, psychological, and social experiences.  Examples include sexual initiation, “puppy love,” courtship, marriage, the birth of ones first child, the death of ones own parents, the lingering of sorrow and “the blues.”  The Bible provides simple, yet profound, instruction on marriage and sexual joining without using the specific language of “souls” being permanently bound together that may only be released and separated through divinity.  Even so, serious warnings appear against “fornication” (i.e., defilement, domination, or weakening of ones inborn spirit, and coming under the control of absent, unseen spirits through sexual joining with a partner who is physically present).  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Genesis 2:  7-8, King James Version (KJV):  7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

(2.)  1st Samuel 18:  1-3, KJV:  1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.  3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

(3.)  Luke 10:  25-28, KJV:  25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?  27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right:  this do, and thou shalt live.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Malachi 2:  13-15, KJV:  13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.  14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously:  yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.  15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.)  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 to a question on accepting divine judgment against family members.  Judgment pertains to the unshakable majesty and sovereignty of GOD.  The saved do not become all-knowing and omniscient.  In the same way we will not get to meet and be friends with every other person on the earth during our lifetime, we may not get to be in direct contact with, and come to know everyone in heaven during eternity.  As witnesses to their righteous judgment, believers will see everyone sent to the lake of fire and the second death.  Christ will declare them “workers of iniquity” and will say, “I never knew you.”  Similarly, the saved will have selected recall of sins and suffering from the earth as though many never occurred.  The changes made through resurrection will render those we loved on the earth knowable only as pleasant memories, and unrecognizable as those we may continue to love who also have eternal life.  It is GOD’s revealed intent that none should perish, yet, the demands of divine law must go forward.  GOD is no less divine when we as his children do not get to have our way.  The authority, divinity and righteousness of GOD are immutable and remain unchanged; therefore, our obedience, respect, and reverence may increase, yet, should never become less.  In the same way parents must acknowledge their own children may become defiant, incorrigible, and come under the punishments of law beyond the home that apply to the larger community and all humankind, children also must accept that their parents may come under the condemnation of divine law and the demands of GOD upon his Creation.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Christians, would you still worship God if you knew your mother was burning alive in the flames of hell for eternity?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  My soul yearns for you in the night;  in the morning my spirit longs for you.  When your judgments come upon the earth,  the people of the world learn righteousness.  But when grace is shown to the wicked,  they do not learn righteousness;  even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil  and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.  Lord, your hand is lifted high,  but they do not see it.  Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame;  let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.  (Isaiah 26:  9-11, New International Version, NIV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Temporal and Eternal Judgment (02/15/2017); Blame, Sin and Salvation? (02/13/2017); In Her father’s House? (02/08/2017); Dead While We Live? (02/02/2017); Accepting the Divine Will? (12/06/2016); Hell and The Cross? (04/10/2016); Damnation And The Cross? (03/06/2016); Approaching Mothers Day (05/07/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, accepting divine judgment against family, friends, and even ourselves first requires we become transformed to acknowledge continually that GOD is spirit, and is not limited by frameworks of emotion, social conventions, time, and space as are created beings and living creatures.  We could say, however, GOD is “limited” by divine law, and wrath against sin that are permanent aspects of his sacred makeup.  Christian believers seek a continuing relationship with GOD, however, this requires they all gradually change, grow, and become mature (i.e., balanced, complete, consistent, stable) as vessels of “sacred knowledge” and spirit substance imparted from GOD.  All start as sinners whose awareness and self-will regularly focus on expressing exaggerated pride, self-interest, self-promotion, and self-will.  Following water baptism that depicts the death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit, the believer is “born again” and can then “grow up again” as an offspring of GOD.  Even then, having become lawful and legitimate as sons and daughters of GOD who are living on the earth and mortal, believers do not immediately arrive at a full acceptance of divine authority, the commitment to endure suffering for the name of Jesus Christ, correct understanding and obedience of divine law, or respectful submission to judgment and the multiple operations of GOD (e.g., atonement, chastisement, forgiveness, sanctification, suffering, the harvesting of believers from the earth at the Second Coming).  Consider again the following from the holy writings that include the demands of the law and warning for the church (Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica):

(1.)  Job 2:  7-10, NIV:  7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.  8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.  9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”  10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”  In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

(2.)  Revelation 3:  19-22, NIV:  19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.  20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.  21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.  22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

(3.)  Luke 14:  25-27, NIV:  25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:  26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.  27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

(4.)  1st Peter 4:  14-16, NIV:  14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

(5.)  Revelation 2:  21-23, NIV:  21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.  22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.  23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Romans 7:  4-6, NIV:  4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.  6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.)  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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