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Today, focus is upon the believer’s work to spread the gospel for the salvation of others.  For the born-again believer, their regular way of living as one saved includes such features as comforting others, overcoming hardship, learning and spiritual growth, preaching the cross, prophesying, rejoicing in the Lord, sacrifice, sharing the hope from GOD in Christ, suffering, and preparing to greet the Lord at his coming.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Red” (Level 3 with 1,085 points, a member since April 09, 2016) posted the following:

 

Do Christians get some kind of points when they convert someone?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:  the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:  the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever:  the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:  sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned:  and in keeping of them there is great reward.  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:  then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.  (Psalms 19:  7-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); Gifts As A Reward? (02/14/2016); To Walk As He Walked? (11/16/2014); Martyrdom and Tribulation? (09/30/2015); To Continue In His Footsteps (11/17/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014)

 

“Red”, many become confused because there are two judgments spoken of in Scripture:  one for saved/not saved, one for rewards following service.  Many mature Christian believers regard sinners being “born again” through Jesus Christ as a matter of their being permanently changed to serve divinity by offering worship and “works” that please GOD.  On the one hand, redemption and salvation are to be received as divine blessing (we say, free gifts from GOD), and the appearance of grace (an expression of divine will inseparable from other aspects of hallowed will such as diversity, divine law, sacred operations (e.g., atonement, Incarnation, judgment, reconciliation, repentance, sanctification), and eternal purpose).  On the other hand, redemption and salvation are mechanical (like breathing):  It is not something you can do to become alive; it is what you must do to stay alive.  For believers, service is the full-time occupation, profession and vocation of the believer.  Sinners are called and recruited to make visible the ongoing reign of Jesus Christ as High Priest and King.  As his agents upon the earth, believers are to display the character, nature and substance of Christ wherever the routines of their daily life may take them.  More than simply ceremony and ritual, believers are to put forth a consecrated lifestyle and saving truth.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)   James 5:  19-20, King James Version (KJV):  19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;  20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

(2.)  Romans 6:  19-23, KJV:  19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:  for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.  20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.)  Psalms 51:  9-14, KJV:  9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation:  and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 3: 11-15, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.)  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, Scripture points are shared on atonement, conversion, and repentance.  Through Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God, mankind now may receive forgiveness for sin, and the atonement that must be made even where there has been error through ignorance and lack of sacred knowledge.  Consider again the following from Scripture, and the points appearing below:  Leviticus 5:  14-19, King James Version (KJV):  14 And the LORD spake unto Moses,  saying, If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering:  And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest:  and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.  And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.  And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:  and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him.  It is a trespass offering:  he hath certainly trespassed against the LORD.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answer” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shared) posted the following:

If a convert to Christianity will I have to do penance for all the premarital sex Ive had?

If so if I convert next year instead of now will the penance be substantially worse?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine:  the soul that sinneth, it shall die.  But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,  And hath not eaten upon the mountain, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstrous woman,  And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;  He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,  Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.  (Ezekiel 18:  4-9, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015); To Err Is Human? (07/24/2015); Guilt and Ignorance? (12/04/2014); Joined To Christ Through Faith (12/05/2014); All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014); Not Told In Advance (10/11/2014); About Conversion (09/03/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012)

“Anonymous”, the penance one performs is directed to restoring spirit content and full relationship with divinity that is lost by the expression of ungodly attitudes, disobedience to divine law, pride, and unrighteousness.  Conversion only occurs where there is realization and understanding of ones own need for change, cleansing, forgiveness, healing, rebirth and sanctification that only come through the operations of GOD.  A believer may be released from the whole bag of their past criminal behavior and sexual sins (e.g., adultery, incest, shame-sex relationships, witchcraft) they committed in ignorance and simplicity (i.e., immaturity, separation from GOD, underdevelopment) once they choose to make a commitment that focuses in confession, contrition, acquiring and applying sacred knowledge, expressing gratitude, demonstrating repentance, and providing unselfish service to others.  The blood of atonement at the cross was in a carnal and material form, however, in the heavens it has a spirit form that makes possible its application to all error and sin including iniquity (deliberate and willful defiance, disobedience and rebellion).  Consider again the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Ezekiel 18:  20-23, King James Version (KJV):  20 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.  21 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.  22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  23 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?

(2.)  2nd Chronicles 7:  14, KJV:  14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

(3.)  Jeremiah 29:  13, KJV:  13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

(4.)  Ezekiel 17:  49-50, KJV:  49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me:  therefore I took them away as I saw good.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Psalms 15:  1-5, KJV:  1 LORD, who shall abide in they tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.  3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORDHe that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.  5 He that putteth not out his money to  usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent.  He that doeth these things shall never be moved.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Democracy, dictatorships, caliphate, empire and the kingdom of GOD ruled by Christ are considered, today.  Because the model for divine government is not impersonal and legalistic, believers speak of GOD ruling as a father over his own family, as a king, as the leader within a single household, and as the head upon a body having various members and parts.   A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using “Rigal T” as his ID (Level 5 with 7,671 points, a member since September 04, 2008) posted the following attack:

 

Would you support a just and True Christian dictatorship?

Or does representative democracy matter more to you than your faith?

Let’s say it would mean the end of abortion and marriage equality, (or whatever else you don’t like), and that more people would truly convert to Christianity.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  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.  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.  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.  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.  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.  (1st Chronicles 29:  10-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); Keeping Divine Law Impossible? (02/20/2015); Judge Thy Neighbor? (02/15/2015); Ruling With Christ? (02/12/2015); A Kingdom Now and One To Come? (09/05/2014); Comfort? (09/06/2014); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014)

 

“Rigal T”, here are a few points Christian believers are encouraged to share with those who risk spiritual confusion by indulging their own carnal imagination and intellect:

(1.)  Dictatorships typically appear through an increasing use of techniques that generate instability for civil government and legislative rule.  Included are such factors as balkanization, blackmail, bribery, coercion, confiscation, deceit, demagoguery, discrimination, extortion, fraud, gerrymandering, hierarchy, incrimination, intimidation, militarization, nepotism (placing family members in positions of authority and trust), persecution, police riots, propaganda, racism, domestic spying, terror, threats, and mob violence.  Finally, the populace is held to be incapable of sound decision-making, too divided and weak to establish a clear majority that has an agenda to benefit and promote prosperity, and is in need of a “strongman” to manage and maintain unified action.

(2.)  The caliphate presently proposed among global terrorists seems to envision a state that copies ancient models of empire where culture, ethnicity, national borders, law and tradition all are overridden.  As a result, the character and nature of what such radicals propose already is seen as flawed for the modern world.  Insisting upon models appropriate to guerrilla warfare and revolutionary insurrection, the most prominent terrorist do not operate by the law of any sovereign nation or state.  The caliphate they are committed to has never existed and does not presently exist.  By contrast, the kingdom of GOD established through the living ministries of Jesus Christ has continued to develop and expand since well before the death of our savior upon the cross.  For believers now citizens of the spiritual kingdom upon the earth, this is a stage in multiple sacred operations (e.g., atonement, forgiveness, resurrection, sanctification) transforming mankind to exist as an eternal companion to divinity.

As always, there is far more to be said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  The framework of unity within the kingdom of GOD derives from a oneness of Spirit, rather than shared political or social goals, philosophies, and traditions.  Where believers are born again, they receive a fresh endowment of the same spirit content that resided within Jesus Christ.  Inseparable aspects of Deity appear and become perfected as believers continue to meet life challenges upon the earth.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin.  By the permanent transformation that will occur at the Advent (we say, Second Coming) of Christ, all believers are to become immortal and incorruptible; and will be enabled to display the most necessary feature for living in respect to divine law (the expressed will of GOD) a new self-will fashioned after that of the full GODhead.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on church attendance as a benefit and duty for developing Christian believers, and conversion to Islam to avoid “god”.  Those having nothing to offer, and who do not participate in order to add value are useless, and their absence will be ignored.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using an ID “Luca” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since February 27, 2014) attacked with the following:

 

Why do I have to go to church?

I lost my faith in this thing people call a god and I want to convert to Islam but my parents won’t let me I want to follow a religion of peace

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:  I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  (Revelation 3:  14-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014); Quality Time Together? (09/12/2014); Choosing a Church? (05/31/2014); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014); Church is Good? (06/15/2013); Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013)

 

“Luca”, here are some points to consider on young people attending church, a place to gain sacred knowledge:

(1.)  Going to church without faith is like going to a movie without eyes to see.  You must depend upon what you hear to grant you “inner sight;” and you go to get what you lack and are missing—even the miracle of baptism whereby your inborn spirit that is dead to GOD finally will be buried, and you can be granted new life (we say, rebirth) from divine DNA, so to speak.

(2.)  Going to church is not simply about you as an individual, it is also about you as a family member displaying love; having respect to friends, neighbors and parents; and sharing what you receive that has spiritual value to others.

(3.)  Spirit content in life events can only be recognized, received, applied, responded to, and properly understood (we say, discerned) through association with those having greater levels of spiritual awareness than your own, and through careful practice that extends over time.  Spiritual maturity does not occur by abracadabra or presto change-o.

(4.)  Your idea that Islam does not acknowledge any god is very dangerous as well as insulting to those who worship Allah.  If one of your friends said to you, “Give me your word, and promise me something.”  Wouldn’t you ask, “What,” before making a commitment that might mean life and death?  Make sure you know the meaning of peace (among men?  with divinity?  through divine judgment or human wars?); and accept you will be required to change so that you continually demonstrate discipline, right knowledge, and unselfish service (as all Christians must do).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Lasting relationships within families are only on the basis of accountability, shared experience, a one-of-a-kind common heritage (we also say, inheritance), obedience, respect, trust, and truth.  More benefits are involved than a defiant or rebellious child can possibly grasp through a verbal explanation.  For those who are still developing, being required to attend church is no more brain-washing or bullying than being required to be in bed by a certain hour.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The fall of Adam, divine law, and the basis for right relationship with divinity are topics, today.  Also, there is more on Bible study and conversion.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” using the ID “Q&A Queen” (Level 7 with 47, points, a member since May 17, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why didn’t God tell Adam & Eve advance what the FULL punishment would be for their rebellion? 

If the idea of eternal torment in hell is true why, when God issued the command to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge, did he simply saythey would DIE. There was no warning about eternal torment. Why not? Wouldn’t that have been a greater deterrent. This “failure” is compounded by the fact that, at Genesis 3:18, when he pronounced judgment on them AFTER their rebellion, he simply said “for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Why didn’t he tell them their entire punishment?

Respectful thoughts, please.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014)—(4.)  Casual focus upon a book (for example, any of the Harry Potter novels) will not allow a reader anything more than a surface knowledge of its characters, their exchanges and interaction, the plot, and its resolution.  That the word from GOD is not to be read casually is illustrated in the Scriptures by its introduction through Moses with convocation, death, sacrifice, and sanctification by the sprinkling of blood.  A genuine appreciation of an author’s manner of expression, the writer’s core personality, and their vision for those pursuing the profession of letters will only come by a sensitive experience of immersion, and careful consideration of the work in hand.  Only those who invite and welcome the Holy Spirit as they read and study the Bible are carried to the level of acceptance and understanding that appear as change, growth, rebirth, and new life from GOD, its divine author.  For such persons, their conversion is seen in their regular and repeated recognition that explanations, definitions, descriptions, and standards within the Scriptures, and gained through experiences in fellowship with believers (such as church attendance), agree with those from their own inner spirit provided by divinity.  Praise, prayer and worship should open and close every period of study, no matter how brief it may be.  The possible benefits from a five minute session are no less important and valuable than those for a five hour session.  As with any serious academic study, a believer is wise to make written notes to record for later use (a) their own questions that may arise (even when they expect the present reading to give answer); (b) any points of interest for further study; and (c ) the connections, overlap and similarities that may appear among various verses and passages.  The multiple aspects of spirit content within the Bible can not be completely internalized through a single reading of the book.  Comprehending its rich expression of divinity is a work that requires a believer’s full lifetime.  See again Exodus 24:  3-12, Joshua 8:  33-35, 2nd Kings 23:  1-3, Nehemiah 8:  1-10, Nehemiah 8:  18, Nehemiah 9:  3 and Ecclesiastes 12:  11-14, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.  There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.  (Proverbs 19:  20-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“Q&A Queen”, here are a few points to consider that come into view through the revelation from GOD incarnate as Jesus Christ:

(1.)  The foundation for eternal companionship with divinity was not laid upon the basis of how much knowledge (some say, data, facts, science) one possesses, or the extent of emotional and intellectual content that would exist and expand within created beings and living creatures in accordance with the dynamics of the mind.  Content from the makeup of deity is to reside within all living that establishes a permanent link and condition of unity with GOD.  Included are such inseparable aspects of GOD as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  The holy writings do not detail the many exchanges GOD may have had with Adam (the single name GOD used for the first pair).  It is incorrect to assume that GOD did not clearly proclaim and state the necessary instruction for carrying out the divine will.  Just as believers today, the pair were to operate in obedience that would emerge through love, respect, and trust, rather than full knowledge from a compendium of sacred laws.

(3.)  Adam was created having awareness and self-will, and was to exist exercising a peculiar level of independence before GOD.  The integrity of mankind as a distinct being would be maintained in the terms generated by the interaction of elements deposited within humanity for the expression of life.  While man was not fashioned initially as one immortal, like the holy angels, mankind was to endure indefinitely at the discretion of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Before one advances to threats and warnings of punishment, there are many levels of interaction that may be employed that serve as positive guidance.  Included are admonition, chiding, prophetic demonstration, praise, putting one into remembrance, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, and scolding.  The benefits of carrying out and obeying the law are more to be a focus for positive relationships than detailing the sanctions for violations of law.  In Jesus Christ, we also see that promises and prophecies impart the divine nature, and further transform believers for continuing with eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on salvation as a work by the imparted Spirit of GOD, and why readers often are not converted or saved by only studying the Bible.  Also, there is more on being made in the image of GOD.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “prayasmangurung” (Level 1 with 248 points, a member since September 18, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why do some religious people think that everyone who reads the Bible will become a Christian and convert to their religion by reading Bible?

No disrespect to anyone but a year ago a Christian man gave me the Bible and he said I know you will become a Christian he seemed full of himself and over confident that I will actually become religious by reading some Bible?

I’ve read the Bible and I didn’t convert it was a shock to him. And I thought that the Bible is more a fictional book mixed with supernatural stories of God and childish genesis stuff for example?

Adam and eve stuff I don’t believe that humans were first here on earth since dinosaur’s were definitely here for longer about 64 million years ago.

and Noahs ark of the flood was real wouldn’t there be grand canyons all over the world and middle east where The flood took place?

Why do some Christians give you the Bible and they think they know you will convert when I didn’t I find the Bible is nonsense that constantly contradicts itself and Bible stories all lies!!

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Made in the Image of GOD? (10/09/2014)—(5.)  Men and women are said to be made in the image of GOD when they continuously acknowledge sacred law, divine order, and spiritual standards for their relationship as sons and daughters to GOD.  Believers in GOD through Jesus Christ are accounted as those who receive the same spirit content that was revealed through GOD appearing incarnate as a son of Adam.  Those who demonstrate response to the influence of divine will within their ongoing routines for life are seen as vessels filled with divine content, who therefore depict and portray aspects of GOD within their own expressions of character and personality.

(6.)  The apprehension of GOD is not through mechanical processes for the flesh that occur as vision.  Human eyes do not detect spirit.  By hearing, created beings and living creatures are to secure awareness of spirit content, the active presence of divinity (we say, acts, events, occurrences), sacred knowledge and discernment, rather than on the basis of carnal, material and social routines that center upon appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual contact), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), or emotional/mental functioning (e.g., anger, desire, dreams, fear, imagination, instinct, recall).  GOD is a spirit who exists without dimension (features that are measurable).  GOD is to be known by fundamental truths imparted and revealed by GOD himself.  Thus, GOD may only exist within ones consciousness in conformity to specific principles of truth, and upon a foundation generated by divine substance.  Consider again Exodus 33:  13-23, Romans 8:  8-10 and 8:  28-30, Romans 10:  8-18, Romans 12:  1-3, Philippians 3:  7-14 and 1st Corinthians 3:  11-20, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  (2nd Timothy 3:  16-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faith Comes By Hearing? (09/03/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014); Why Similar Accounts (08/31/2014); Why Bother to Read? (10/31/2013); GOD Speaking Through Songs? (11/01/2013); Was Jesus Literate? (10/04/2013); Everything a Lie? (10/05/2013); Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); “Soul” Food? (12/06/2012); About Conversion (09/03/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012)

 

“prayasmangurung”, here are a few points that will help set you apart from the childish people who think they may save themselves from the wrath of GOD against sin by reading a book, and not also receiving the imparted Spirit of divinity:

(1.)  Many read the Bible with the intent of attacking all religious belief, displaying their finite intelligence as superior to that of others, and defying those they perceive as seeking to have authority in their life (including Christ and Almighty GOD).  Because such persons operate in ignorance of sacred purposes, and are blinded by pride, they fail to see that the Scriptures are comprehensive, organic, and systematic.  The holy writings convey aspects of the same spirit content that was imparted to Adam as the breath of life, and are correctly received and understood as no less than the content and makeup of eternal divinity (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, wisdom).

(2.)  Those who prayerfully and respectfully engage the Scriptures also develop discipline, insight, emotional and psychological strength as well as discernment (ability to use their own spirit content from the makeup of GOD to recognize and respond to the sacred spirit as it appears in such life experiences as events, objects, other persons, prophecy, and writings).  Thus, instead of contempt, spiritual confusion and disbelief, mature Christians consistently show forbearance, forgiveness, hope and supportiveness.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  The process of becoming a Christian requires multiple operations carried out by the Spirit of GOD that occur through fellowship among believers, practice of sacraments such as baptism and confession, and regular study.  Salvation is not the outcome of human self-will.  It is not that all who read the Bible are converted; it is that all who read are permanently changed, and even sealed, so that they may not change again.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Focus, today, is upon how the spirit content of Scriptures set them apart as holy writings.  Also, there is more on conversion and coming to Jesus.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Mark Ward”  (Level 3 with 1,148 points, a member since May 29, 2012) posted the following:

 

Tim 3:16-17 identifies Scripture as inspired by God. Therefore other writings can be scripture?

2 Tim 3:16 -17 does not identify the Bible, it says “All scripture is inspired by God” Therefore, if God inspired other men to write His words, are they not Scripture? Or do you close your bible as the only word because God would not communicate to any non- JEW?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Saul of Tarsus (03/26/2014)—Paul participated in the persecution of the early church, because he was convinced that Jesus was the leader of a dangerous cult.  He thought of Jesus as a criminal, a “low-life”, a blasphemer, and one who spread an infectious heresy.  Even so, Saul was divinely privileged to see, hear and choose for himself to deny or receive a place as joint-heir with Christ.  Not all who are granted the opportunities given them correctly conclude by acknowledging Jesus as Messiah, Savior, and Lord.  Many insist on their own long-held beliefs and errors.  Some “can’t believe their own eyes and ears,” and in that sense, they deny reality, and dismiss the truth from their own experiences of divinity.  Others seek to explain their experiences in line with intellect, logic, and science, and so “explain away” the aspects of spirit from GOD.  Such persons argue themselves out of sacred truth.  Change, conversion, and spiritual growth goes forward for all only by divine revelation.  The process first centers in flesh, then in spirit; first there is the natural followed by the supernatural.  See again John 1:  32-40 and 48-50, John 3:  2 and 26, John 6:  25, Philippians 3:  3-11, Acts 5:  34, Acts 22:  3, and Acts 7:  51-60, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.  (1st Peter 1:  22-25, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Bible is Unchanging? (03/23/2014); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); Unclear Scriptures? (03/18/2014); Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014); Why Bother to Read? (10/31/2013); GOD Speaking Through Songs? (11/01/2013); By Inspiration of GOD (10/27/2013); According to This Word (09/20/2013); His Burden Is Light? (09/21/2013)

 

“Mark Ward”, here are a few points you may find helpful:

(1.)  There must be fixed standards in place for believers to correctly and consistently identify divine incarnations (appearance of divinity using recognizable forms that may include human flesh), eternal purpose, holy writings, sacred process, and other spiritual phenomena.  Christian believers trust that GOD Almighty has generated (we say, revealed) the very material necessary so that divinity may be acknowledged and reverenced by all created beings and living creatures.

(2.)  GOD is a spirit who has put forth spirit content as well as the material and physical sphere for human reality.  The makeup of divinity appears to be such inseparable features as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  While faith is made up entirely of faith, and holiness is made up only of holiness, such aspects of GOD always appear together, and interact to establish the active presence, authority, and power of divine being.

(3.)  There are many sacred operations to impart spirit content to the living.  Included are anointing, atonement, baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth having a fresh endowment of divine spirit), forbearance, forgiveness, judgment, resurrection, sanctification, and utterance (we say, breath, spirit, and word in the forms of commandment, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, prophecy, etc.).

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, thoroughly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Just as the Scriptures serve as a standard to recognize “scriptures”, they serve as a standard to discern sin.  Sin is an invisible, nonmaterial, non-spirit influence that may dominate finite awareness and self-will in created beings (that includes angels).  Intellect, logic, reason and science do not allow mankind to eliminate sin; however, fresh endowments of divinity through Jesus Christ equip believers to resist and overcome much of the damage caused through sin.  Sin opposes the continuation of divine law and divine order essential to maintaining the universe, opposes the continued existence of GOD, and opposes continuation of the Creation put forth by GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.  (Exodus 33:  16, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC