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      Today, I expand upon some ideas (see below) shared at thoughts.com in a reply to a comment from Southern_Grace re (11/03/2012) The “Lake of Mercy.” As developing believers we do not always display the balance, consistency and stability that identify mature faith. We must become rooted and secure in the divine perspective we call “the mind of Christ.”

Be encouraged. Believers have a tendency to embrace the contradiction. We say “GOD is love” and add “GOD is hate” for GOD is all things (?!!?*). Careful (i.e., prayerful) reflection cautions us to be consistent (i.e., mature). Once we agree “mercy” is not a feeling and emotion, we see its place in judgment a different way. We see with new eyes.

THE BATTLE AXE: A Partnership? (11/05/2012)—Curiously, what appears to mankind as a bitter conflict between GOD and Satan does not emerge so much from anger and malice as from insurmountable disparities between corruption and divine intent, sacred person and created being, or self-will and divine will. It has more to do with imperatives of being and existence than choice and volition. Thus, relative to mankind, Satan and his followers function as having no other purpose than to exercise authority and power in heaven and earth. Relative to Almighty GOD, the limits upon the angels may be spoken of as ignorance, lack of understanding, and simplicity. Through the exaggeration of self-will, what would otherwise appear as innocence becomes seen, instead, as deliberate disobedience, iniquity and rebellion. Christ and his church are to be a demonstration from the earth even to those of the heaven, and a more complete revealing of divine love, holiness, and sovereign majesty (Ephesians 3: 10-12, KJV). The partnership to recover both heaven and earth from sin—we may say “the series of covenants”—is not with Satan; the partnership is with mankind, and is directed to eternal life, forgiveness, repentance and salvation, rather to than punishment.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. (2nd Corinthians 5: 17-20, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012); Double Standard (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012); Contradictions (09/21/2012); The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); Begotten not Made (09/08/2012); Beer in My Milk? (09/07/2012); About Conversion (09/03/2012)

      Believers in Jesus Christ “see with new eyes” where they consistently apply the frameworks and truths from the Gospel to recognize, understand and value experience and spiritual truth. When the Gospel is used to provide definition and meaning in making life choices and decisions, the foundations of logic and reason shift to maintain clarity and consistency for the things given to mankind through GOD incarnate as Jesus. The Gospel along with the full content of Scripture determines ones perspective, and resolves all questions regarding whether events and ideas are canonical/apocryphal, good/bad, false/true, holy/unholy, real/unreal, right/wrong and righteous/unrighteous.

      Believers come to know GOD as their human nature is transformed, as their sacred knowledge is expanded, and as they take on divine attitudes, goals, purposes and perspective. The conscience, mind and self-will of those who submit to the influence of Jesus are cleansed, purified and revived. The endowment of divine substance imparted at Creation is increased through the imparted, indwelling spirit, the Holy Ghost. Thereby, mankind becomes capable of operating through sacred proclamation, promise, and prophecy that speak to things that have been, are now, and are yet to unfold. (See Isaiah 42: 5-9, Isaiah 43: 18-20, King James Version).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the ongoing revelation of divinity to created beings and living creatures is an eternal process, and has no close or end. Along with the damage and weakness resulting from sin, the various limitations established with the initial deposits of sacred substance now require such divine operations as death, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification whereby the consciousness and makeup of all living are repeatedly reconfigured, and raised to higher levels.) 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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Judgment, the lake of fire, and divine mercy are topics, today. (No BATTLE AXE appears.) A regular reader at thoughts.com using the ID “Southern_Grace” responded to (11/01/2012) After the Rapture? and posted the following:

The lake of fire will become the mercy of God. That is an interesting statement. Would you expand on your thoughts?

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Revelation 14: 13-20, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Doom (09/20/2012); Contradictions? (09/21/2012); Mercy is Just? (12/17/2010); The Lord’s Prayer (12/18/2010)

The idea of a “lake of mercy” wherein wickedness is destroyed, and the idea of rain from heaven that destroys wickedness by completely covering the earth, are ways of describing divine judgment against sin while further revealing the surpassing love of the Creator for created beings and living creatures. Correctly understood, salvation and judgment are sacred processes to accomplish the purposes of GOD, not those of mankind. The intent of GOD revealed in Creation has not changed, and through Creation GOD is known as immutable, invisible and unchanging. The need for peace throughout Creation is recognized and provided for. Peace, and the resolution of conflict are not the outcome of war; rather, they are the outcome of judgment (i.e., the end of contention and quarrels, and the settlement of disputes through law). Created beings and living creatures endowed with self-will continue in conflict with their Maker, and with one another calling for a reconciliation of flesh and spirit made present as both divinity and matter. The grace and mercy of GOD invested within the law are made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ, who is anointed as Judge and the primary overseer of divine judgment. Just as GOD is revealed in the sacred process of Incarnation, GOD is made visible through the sacred process of judgment that displays grace, justice, mercy, righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin.

Throughout the Scriptures, language that speaks of burning, fire from heaven, holy fire, and the wrath of GOD are used pertaining to judgment against sin. Fire from heaven as a device in divine judgment is first reported in the book of Genesis, and appears as “a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3: 24, King James Version). Immediately, we grasp that this flame is not produced by common fire, such as we use to cook and warm ourselves. We next understand the appearance of holy fire in judgment of mankind by the account of sacrifice from the sons of Adam. Both Abel and Cain were granted the instruction from GOD as heirs to the priesthood from heaven that was demonstrated to Adam upon the earth. Adam was shown how to prepare an altar as the holy table, and the point of connection between heaven and earth. Also, he was taught the correct way to transfer sin to a living creature, kill, eviscerate, portion and present the lamb, sprinkling the blood for atonement and thanksgiving. Almighty GOD then introduced holy fire to consume the sacrifice, that could, all at once, destroy the sin laid upon it, and release to GOD the divine spirit substance from both the innocent substitute, and the priest making sacrifice. While both Abel and Cain built altars, and made offerings based upon their labor, only Abel’s sacrifice was performed in obedience to the pattern from heaven. The Scripture reports, “And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:” (Genesis 4: 4, KJV). Holy fire from heaven is understood as the device that was used by Almighty GOD to acknowledge the obedience of Abel, and to indicate divine pleasure.

In the same way that law existed in heaven long before creation of the angels and sacred beasts, holy fire existed as the tool of GOD in Creation of the heaven and the earth long before lightening and natural fire. Judgment existed as an aspect of divine person and (before sin) continued as assessment, evaluation and the weighing of alternatives in decision-making and accomplishing sacred process. The holy angels, who are neither mortals nor immortal beings, were completed as finished spirit-beings along with their spirit-place (the celestial heavens), and were not given the same ability to change through growth and learning that was bestowed upon Adam. More than this, angels and others were not made capable of spiritual repentance. When sin became known among the holy angels, holy fire first became a tool for judgment against rebellion and willful behavior by created beings, and is called “everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” by Jesus (Matthew 25: 41, KJV).

The idea of fire from heaven having a form similar to that of water comes into view in the account of judgment against the cities of the plain, when the Lord rained brimstone and fire (Genesis 19: 24, KJV). This is similar to the accounts of flood waters used for judgment against mankind in Noah’s day as well as hail and fire used in judgment against the One World empire of Egypt at the time of Moses. Many suppose that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by common fire, and because of idolatry, fornication, and perverted sexual practices. In fact, Scripture declares: Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy (Ezekiel 16: 49, KJV). The phrase “lake of fire” first appears in Scripture at Revelation 19: 20 describing the destruction of the false prophet and beast that were instruments of Satan. This second death is first described as a second harvesting of the earth commanded by an angel that comes out from the altar in heaven having power over fire, and in service to Christ (Revelation 14: 18-20, KJV).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, mercy is exclusively an artifact of divine judgment: No judgment by GOD, no mercy; no mercy from GOD, no perfect judgment. Such elements as balance, impartiality and righteousness characterize divine judgment through its inclusion of mercy. Judgment that results in the second death is both the eternal release from sin, and the eternal release from divine displeasure and punishment.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIXWashington, DC

      Christian modesty, courage and holy boldness are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “ChristianModesty” (Level 1 with 169 points, a member since July 25, 2012) posted the following:


Why don’t Christians seem to care abut modesty anymore?

It seems there are less and less Christians who care about dressing in a way that is pleasing to God. I’ve heard some people say that God really doesn’t care, but shouldn’t we as Christians try and follow everything in the Bible, not just the parts we want to hear or obey?

1 Corinthians 8:13
1 Timothy 2:9
1 Peter 3:3-4
Matthew 5:28


THE BATTLE AXE: Why Courage? (10/14/2012)—In the excellence of divine provision for mankind, much of what believers are required to do is accomplished through faithfulness and obedience, rather than courage or fortitude. Even so, all Christian believers must know courage and holy boldness, because all must endure as spiritual beings upon an earth that is overspread with ignorance of sacred truth, sin, violence, unbelief, and unclean spirits that have been ousted from heaven. In addition, believers must make balanced and uncompromising responses to indifference, persecution, separation for the Gospel, suffering, and uncertainty. Also, it is through balance that arrogance, overconfidence and presumption are avoided. While courage is essential for beginning, holy boldness is vital when seeking higher ground, and zeal must be present to continue and maintain the progress of sanctification. The work of sharing and spreading the Gospel to those who have never heard it requires confidence and flexibility that are provided by the Holy Spirit along with faith, insight, joy, perseverance, righteousness, truth and wisdom. Mature believers in Jesus Christ, often experience as he did the full range of human conflicts such that, at the same time there is sorrow, there is joy; in spite of fear, there is courage and boldness; when there is doubt and insecurity, there is still expectation and hope. An important aspect of freedom in Christ is that each believer makes choice of their own focus between and among contradictory alternatives, and choice of what they themselves will act upon.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 5-7, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012); Girdle 44: The Good Seed (12/31/2011); Dispatch 38: Shamefacedness (09/17/2011); Diet and Food? (12/31/2010); Not Sure? (01/01/2011); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)


      Be encouraged. There will always be a great diversity among believers that comes by such differences as academic background, age group, culture, doctrinal emphasis (e.g., Advent, baptism, chrism and spiritual gifts, tithing, Incarnation, intercession by saints) ethnicity, levels of maturity, practice, prayer, and scriptural training. While the ministry by silent example and lifestyle often seems to be less effective and less spiritual than preaching, or witnessing from the pulpit, it truly is the work of every mature believer. Both the understanding and acceptance of sacred duty develops gradually, and by degrees. More than this, the ability to recognize the denial and rejection of GOD, and to continue undisturbed—rather than denial and rejection of oneself, ones message, and what they may have shared—comes only by an extended process of sacred growth.

      In the same way that a broad range of differences are found among the rose (e.g., color, fragrance, size), differences among believers are easily understood as irrelevant and insignificant when seeing with new eyes that are focused upon discerning the Spirit. The carnal, material and social aspects fade in their importance. The carnal mind is enmity against GOD; has not been equipped to respond to the law of GOD; and therefore, will never perfectly obey the will of GOD (see Romans 8: 6-8, KJV). Believers are not required to serve, or make appeals to the carnal mind.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Christian circumspection, modesty and shamefacedness derive from self-awareness that has been shaped by the character and spirit that identified Jesus during his ministry in the earth. Humility and meekness in believers are emanations of the Holy Spirit along with such divine content as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, righteousness, truth and wrath against sin. Until the conclusion of judgment, and finish of the second death, there will be problems in the earth that come by sin.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC