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Today, Scripture points are shared on Lucifer as a character in the Bible who represents sin and wickedness.  As in the use of parables, many simple statements are made within the holy writings that must be recognized and understood as emblems, figures and types building up, and contributing to fixed patterns for understanding.  Among them are many discrete mentions of the devil, Satan, and the seed of wickedness.  Believers often have many questions regarding this figure, his role in final judgment, human suffering, and the process of divine exorcism, for the devil is thought to inhabit and take authority over the will of others (i.e., possession).  As Satan, Lucifer is also called, the Deceiver and the accuser of the brethren.  Consider the following verses, and the presentation below:

John 8:  42-44, King James Version (KJV):  42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me:  for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:   for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Ephesians 5:  5-7, KJV:  5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  6 Let no man deceive you with vain words:  for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Ephesians 2:  1-3  KJV:  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Acts 13:  6-11, KJV:  6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:  7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.  9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.  10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Joe” (Level 2 with 393 points, a member since October 28, 2014) posted the following:

 

Where is the story of Lucifer in The Bible?

Before Earth was created in Heaven Lucifer was the most beloved angel, an archangel but he got jealous of God and convinced I think about a third of Heaven to rebel against God with him. Then he was defeaten cast to the Earth and became The Devil and his fellow rebels became the demons and ever since they’ve been doing dark stuff and yeah.

You know the story.

Where is it in The bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house:  and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire:  there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.  (Matthew 13:  36-43, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Main Problem? (11/26/2015); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); The Origin of Sin? (07/31/2015); Does Satan Know? (11/06/2013); Unguarded Chocolates? (11/07/2013); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013); The Adversary? (12/05/2012); “Soul” Food? (12/06/2012)

 

“Joe”, instruction from the Bible that addresses the origins and operations of sin are found throughout the Scriptures as guidance provided over the course of thousands of years, through thousands of events described using thousands of lives.  Believers are to gradually acquire a consciousness of existence and life that embraces “spirit” as an aspect of all living process and substance.  Saying this another way:  Believers are granted a “GOD’s-eye-point of view, and should gain experience and sacred knowledge that supply a divine perspective.  Seeing what divinity sees is necessary, for GOD is a spirit who has put forth all that is including created beings and living creatures, their spheres for life (e.g., earth, forest, jungle, celestial heaven, oceans), multiple levels and process for change, growth, interaction and transformation as well as possibilities and potential for development, fulfillment and perfection.

The various accounts that describe sin through Satan as a living object having attributes and qualities of character, nature, and person begin in the Book of Genesis.  The serpent that appears to the first pair (Adam) is not a creation from GOD, has not been dispatched as an angelic messenger, and does not operate in accordance with the divine word, eternal purposes, and revealed will of GOD we speak of as “law.”   Thus, the name given to this agent and representation of opposition to divinity becomes “Satan”, that means, “the Adversary.”  (The word “devil” means “slanderer”, one who makes false reports to “bad mouth” someone else, soil their reputation, and damage their relationships.)

The name “Lucifer” is said to mean “light-bearing” and “the morning star,” and is used to speak of an archangel many Christian believers now also identify as one of the two covering cherubs before the throne of GOD (as depicted through the Ark of Covenant).  His place of high service could only be maintained through faith, and exalted humility.  As a spokesperson for GOD, and a manifesting of unseen Glory, the honor, praise, and worship being displayed had to be understood as directed to GOD, and not to himself.  Christ may be understood as the second of the pair.

In the language of the Scriptures, the following verses are often agreed upon as important to the full teaching on the place of Lucifer, divine judgment against corruption, salvation, and the triumph over sin through Jesus Christ:

(1.)  1st John 3:  7-9, King James Version (KJV):  7 Little children, let no man deceive you:  he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him:  and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

(2.)  1st Timothy 2:  13-14, KJV:  13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

(3.)  Isaiah 14:  12-15, KJV:  12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:  I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

(4.)  Ezekiel 28:  15-17, KJV:  15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:  therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God:  and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:  I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

(5.)  Matthew 4:  8-11, KJV:  8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:  for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

(6.)  Zechariah 3:  1-4, KJV:  1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.  2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee:  is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?  3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.  4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Romans 8:  35-39, KJV:  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our 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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Happy Thanksgiving Day!  Points are shared, today, on final judgment, Satan, and Sin.  Adam (the first human pair) was told the consequences and result of their sin would be death before their first transgression actually was committed.  Sin was not introduced using the language of codes, ordinances and statutes.  Even so, sin was described clearly in terms of accountability, altering exclusive focus, disobedience, divine displeasure, prohibition, and the violation of trust.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the comments appearing below:  Revelation 4:  11, King James Version (KJV):  11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:  for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  Also, Revelation 12:  10-13, KJV:  10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:  for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.  13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.  Matthew 25:  40-42, KJV:  40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:  I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  A fighter using the ID “Skunky” at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” (Level 6 with 14,217 points, a member since August 25, 2014) posted the following:

 

Does it make sense that God would drown the whole world in a flood cuz of their wickedness but he doesn’t get rid of the main problem?

which would be Satan..

God kills million upon millions of people because of their wickedness but doesn’t resolve the issue because he let the main source of the problem run around scott free.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold:  the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so:  thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:  therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God:  and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:  I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  (Ezekiel 28:  13-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Accountability and Challenge, Not Blame (09/03/2015); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); The Origin of Sin? (07/31/2015); Making Sin Appear as Sinful? (06/07/2015); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012)

 

“Skunky”, neither GOD, mankind, nor Satan have been the origin for the operations of corruption and decay within  Creation that we now call “sin”.  Sin is an effect and an influence that has direction and presence; yet, we can not say sin is alive, or is a single thing that can be denied existence without upheaval of the universe.  The death of Christ upon the cross permits atonement for sin, and the imparted Spirit through rebirth permits resistance to sin, however, sin remains and is not totally eliminated.  Here are a number of points to consider that may not be familiar to you, yet, have been helpful to many mature Christian believers:

(1.)  Instruction from the Bible is relied upon by the followers of Jesus Christ that identifies Lucifer, later called Satan, as a created being who initially served as a divine agent (we say, administrator, prince, ruler, or spokesperson), and had place within the hierarchy of heaven.  The angels, “sacred beasts” and other living entities of heaven all are temporal, and endure at the discretion of divinity.  Only the GODhead is eternal and immortal; and the existence of angels continues on the basis of divine prerogative. 

(2.)  Once he became recognized as one questioning the soundness of sacred law on the basis of covetousness, envy, presumption, pride and self-promotion, Lucifer was given the name “Satan”  that means “Adversary”; while the word “devil” means “one who speaks slander.”  It is believed that Satan was first to declare that divine law was not needed among those who are holy; that law is an insult to intelligence; and that divine law destroys freedom (free will).

(3.)  The name Satan is associated with sin; however, sin is no created thing, material object, or spirit substance from divinity.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and of all divine order seen as the Creation.  Even so, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Without the law, sin is invisible, and can not be seen as contrary to existence and life.

(4.)  All being proceeds as a continuous emanation of divine substance.  Thus, the active presence of GOD is known only by “revelation”—GOD appearing and divine actions that allow the living to perceive and realize exchanges and interactions among the inseparable aspects of spirit matter that are the makeup of Deity (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, wrath against sin).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Just as the loving character and nature of GOD can not be known and understood without sacred knowledge describing Creation and Salvation, Judgment also must come into view for the living to comprehend awe, divine mercy, righteousness, and sovereignty.  While Satan is called “the accuser of the brethren;” accuses divinity of being arbitrary, cruel, despotic, and unfair; continually challenges mankind for dominion over the earth; and is being used as an instrument for divine revelation, Satan does not compare to Jesus, the Son of the Highest:  Satan does not intercede for mankind, and is displayed as no advocate who embraces and understands the human predicament, or provides any comfort, benefits, and blessing to the living.  Final judgment of the wicked will occur after Satan has been cast into the Lake of Fire; and there will be no accuser.  All must answer the record of their own deeds as they appear recorded within the Book of Life.)  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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New DisclaimerThe biblical use of the word “seed” is considered, today, along with Scripture points on salvation through Jesus Christ.  In addition to its referring to agriculture, “seed” is used regarding sexual reproduction as well as spiritual rebirth where divine seed is implanted (we say, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  By contrast, unrighteousness and wickedness also may be imparted.  Thus, there are also those among created beings and living creatures who exist as the children of disobedience, and the offspring of the wicked.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the discussion appearing below:  John 8:  42-44, King James Version (KJV):  42 Jesus said unto them, if God were your Father, ye would love me.  For I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my  word.  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he was a liar, and the father  of it.  Also, Ephesians 2:  1-3, KJV:  1 And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  3 Among whom we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling our desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “RU55311” (Level 2 with 273 points, a member since October 20, 2010) posted the following:

Christians: What constitutes a seed of falsehood and can they be saved?

The related scripture is this
Isaiah 57:4
Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood.

Are they a people produced of occultic origins?
Another scripture that comes to mind is
Galatians 3:8
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Would heathen be the same type of thing?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us:  for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.  And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.  For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise:  but God gave it to Abraham by promise.  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.  Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.  Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid:  for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  (Galatians 3:  13-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015); Only Divine Spirit Exists? (06/09/2015); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); Mustard Seed Faith? (01/16/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)

“RU55311”, within the holy writings the word “seed” is used to speak of ones children and offspring, of doctrine, of things promised, and of what one may impart or implant by speaking.  Also, Jesus Christ is spoken of as the seed promised to Abraham that would fulfill divine commitment to all mankind.  The following Scriptures may help clarify the distinctions that are being made:

(1.)  Psalms 37:  23-29, King James Version (KJV):  23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:  and he delighteth in his way.  24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:  for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.  25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.  26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth:  and his seed is blessed.  27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.  28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever:  but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.  29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

(2.)  1st John 3:  7-11, KJV:  7 Little children, let no man deceive you:  he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.   8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.  For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him:  and he cannot sin because he is born of God.  10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:  whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

(3.)  1st John 4:  1-4, KJV:  1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:  because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.  3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:  and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Matthew 13:  36-40, KJV:  36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house:  and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.  37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;  38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;  39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared considering blame, Satan, and the cause, nature and origin of sin.  For Christian believers, divine love, rebirth, new life, and salvation are more to be themes for focus than damnation, darkness, sin, and wickedness.  Before acquiring correct sacred knowledge from the holy writings, many mistakenly believe that Satan disguised as a serpent was the creator of all sin and wickedness, particularly among mankind and upon the earth.  However, sin first emerged separate from desire (i.e., no one asked for it, or craved it), and operated as corruption (we say, decay, defilement, rot) within the holy angels of heaven.  At first hidden and invisible, sin became revealed through attitudes, behavior, conduct, utterance, and  orientation.  While sin is often described using organic characteristics and forms of human behavior, and emotion (e.g., ambition, envy, greed, hate, malice, possessiveness, pride, selfishness, violence), in fact, sin is abstract and intangible, akin to the chaos, vanity, and lack of divine substance that existed before Creation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Hercules” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since May 21, 2013) posted the following:

Who tempted the devil to be sinful? Don’t say he had free will because that nullifies any need for mankind to have a tempter to commit sin?

…unless you’re claiming that angelic free will is somehow different to human free will, which, as far as I’m aware isn’t mentioned anywhere in scripture

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.  And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee:  is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.  And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.  And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.  And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee:  for they are men wondered at:  for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch.  For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes:  behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.  In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.  (Zechariah 3:  1-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Only Divine Spirit Exists? (06/09/2015); Sin As Our Inheritance? (06/08/2015); Is Sin a Matter of Temptation? (04/22/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); The Ruler Of the Earth? (05/01/2014); Parables About the Kingdom? (05/02/2014)

“Hercules”, Christian believers first must receive the imparted, indwelling Spirit from the makeup of GOD to correctly apprehend as spiritual truth the cause, nature and origin of sin as presented within the holy writings.  While various operations that serve as the divine response to sin have been completed by Jesus Christ as a single aspect of full divinity, it is an error to think one may simply place “the blame” for sin upon any single individual, or to think sin may be eliminated or removed without permanent change as an alternative to total upheaval.  Sin is the transgression of the law, where law is the expressed will of GOD.  While sin has not been created or put forth by divinity, sin behaves as a non-material, non-spirit influence upon awareness and self-will within the created.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and all divine order established through sacred law.  Sin is not a living entity, contains no spirit matter from GOD, yet, displays direction, effect, and presence.  In a sense, sin is self-destructive and sin does not exist; however, sin pertains to aspects of full existence (e.g., duration, form, inclusion, person, presence, substance); divine intent and eternal purpose; and the broad spectrum of sacred operations (e.g., acknowledgement, assigning value (we say, judgment), atonement, birth, commandment, death, incarnation, rebirth, sanctification, utterance).  Many fear Satan will be the accuser of mankind in final judgment.  However, Satan already will have been cast into the Lake of Fire; and only ones own deeds recorded within the Books of Life will accuse or commend them as they answer before the throne of Grace.  Here are a few points from the Bible that Christians rely upon to avoid error and spiritual confusion regarding Satan and sin:

(1.)  Ezekiel 28:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:  therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God:  and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:  I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

(2.)  John 8:  43-45, KJV:  43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar, and the father of it.  45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

(3.)  2nd Timothy 2:  22-26, KJV:  22 Flee also youthful lusts:  but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

There is much more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (4.)  Ephesians 2:  1-6, KJV:  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:)  Even so, I trust this small collection of verses will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Spiritual confusion stemming from the account of sin among angels in heaven comes into view, again.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Earl” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since November 21, 2013) posted the following:

 

If demons are angels that sinned, doesnt that mean heaven isnt perfect?

Maybe god isnt perfect either , or maybe there is no such thing as perfect when referring to a “being”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  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:  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.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  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.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2nd Peter 1:  2-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Scriptures and Perfection? (10/27/2014); GOD to “Try Harder”? (03/17/2014); Unclear Scriptures? (03/18/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); The Adversary? (12/05/2012); “Soul” Food? (12/06/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012)

 

“Earl”, your expression of faith moves me to share a few points from my own understanding of divine perfection:

(1.)  While to be “perfect” is to be complete, finished, and at the highest level of quality, the perfection of GOD expressed through material creation, created beings, and living creatures also generates change, development, diversity, growth, and movement.  Divine perfection must be established using a divine standard that would include balance, all specific holy intent, eternal life, and sacred purpose.

(2.)  GOD is a spirit, and the perfection of spirit is not apprehended using finite intellect, logic, mathematics, reason, philosophy, and science.  Spirit is without measurable dimensions that are the core substance for secular knowledge.  Aristotle’s course for classifying and grouping things is plain, and has served on many levels for human experience.  When applied to spiritual things that rule becomes what Christians call “discernment” (spirit content must be used to recognize and respond to other spirit content).

(3.)  Sin is no material or spirit thing put forth from the Creator, yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  Christians who receive Jesus Christ as redeemer and savior also acknowledge his office as the High Priest within the Temple of heaven.  The cleansing and removal of the marks from sin are accomplished only by applications of blood that convey life and sacred substance (we say, divinity).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Just as their place in relationship are not the same as that for Deity, perfection for GOD is not that for finite beings.  The Creator is immutable and unchanging; and is being made known and revealed to the created through multiple sacred processes.  Included are atonement, advent, correction, healing, incarnation, death, judgment, rebirth, resurrection, and sanctification.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Focus today is upon whether one may repent at the time they appear in judgment, and there is more on the possibilities for humans to have binding contracts with devils. The “Yahoo Answers” writer using the ID “Matt” (Level 2 with 414 points, a member since March 28, 2013) posted the following:


When God Judges us after death and we have sinned.. will we have another chance to repent in front of him?

I know a friend who believes that…


THE BATTLE AXE: Not of Legal Age? (04/26/2013)—(5.) Devils do not benefit, defend, justify, protect, or serve the wicked. Because they have neither the mind of Christ, nor the mind of man, they are more likely to accuse, antagonize, attack, betray, and condemn the righteous, the wicked, and one another. No contract or covenant with any devil has legitimacy in the judgment of GOD. The Before the second resurrection and judgment of the wicked, the devil first is cast into the lake of fire. All sinners are then examined on the basis of their own sacred content, and the record of their own deeds written in the books of life. See Isaiah 28: 15-22 and Revelation 20: 6-15, KJV. (6.) Comparative studies of philosophies and religions are only safe where one is first anchored, centered and grounded in mature understandings that integrate and up-build ones defining spirit content. Otherwise, hopping between and among belief systems is inescapable self-destruction. See 1st Corinthians 9: 16-27, KJV. (7.) The devils promote a false equation that fun, joy and the full experience of youth, in fact, are the same as defiance, depression, lack of self-discipline, repeated failure, rebellion and sin. Deceivers insist that there must be such behavior as cursing and swearing, distrust, drug use, drunkenness, envy, fornication, intoxication, lying, faithless risk-taking, and violence. See 2nd Timothy 2: 22-26 and James 4: 1-10, King James Version. (8.) Neither angels nor devils carry on relationships with mankind apart from GOD. The account of Job describes the challenge and investigation of a man’s spirit substance that was carried out by Satan with the permission of GOD. As with plagues proclaiming divine judgment, and other displays of divine wrath against sin, all legitimate analysis and testing that comes upon mankind is in accordance with divine law, and continues to be under the authority of GOD. Christ has met all the legitimate demands of divine law that were against mankind; and while men have debt and owe one another in the economies of the World system, through the Son of GOD, mankind can never be indebted or obligated for its continuing existence to any other created beings and living creatures. See Revelation 19: 1-10 and Revelation 22: 8-9, KJV. (9.) The dark spirits that have lost their first estate can in no wise offer a future filled with light to mortal men. Devils are neither immortal nor mortal, and continue to exist by divine discretion, not by their own nature and substance. The devils have no part as joint-heirs with Christ, and will not be made immortal and incorruptible with believers harvested from the earth. The devils who have walked in the Garden of Eden, the Promised Land, and the courts of heaven, will never be allowed to set foot within the New Jerusalem. See Matthew 25: 41, Revelation 20: 4-10 and Revelation 22: 14-16, KJV.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9: 24-28, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: When Jesus Comes Back? (04/19/2013); What’s The Way Out (04/20/2013); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012); Opportunity to Repent (11/02/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Chances for Change (09/15/2012); What He Died For (09/14/2012)

      Matt, here are some points derived from the holy writings that are endorsed by many mature Christian believers:

(1.) The “final judgment” is accomplished in three stages. The first is ongoing (i.e., happening now); and is our most important chance, because it is the only one we are given. The present judgment focuses upon all created beings and living creatures who have ever participated in covenant relationship with GOD as well as those that presently exist upon the earth, and within the heavens. This first stage of judgment is completed through what is called “the first resurrection,” and the harvesting of the righteous from the earth.

(2.) Jesus has been appointed as the Supreme Judge over mankind, and will oversee all stages of judgment (see Acts 17: 29-31 and 2nd Timothy 4: 1-2, KJV). Satan does not appear as accuser, executioner, jailer, King of Hell, ruler of the underworld, or prosecutor. Before the second resurrection, Satan is cast into the lake of fire to be utterly destroyed; this is called “the second death.” (See Revelation 20: 1-15, KJV.) In effect, sinners appearing before Christ are only challenged to display their spirit content, and their own record of spiritual deeds from the books of life.

(3.) The righteousness of judgment requires that all appear to answer charges against themselves that come from the record of their deeds. Therefore, all who are not resurrected from the dead at the Advent of Christ (also called “his appearing,” the Rapture, and the Second Coming) will be gathered in the second resurrection to appear as living before the throne of judgment. The second resurrection is also called “the resurrection of the wicked,” and gathers those who were not approved in the first stage of judgment.

(4.) The third stage of judgment follows the casting of the wicked into the lake of fire, and focuses upon distributing rewards for service to those who have been approved for eternal life. Only those raised at the Advent of Jesus, who have been transformed and are now immortal and incorruptible appear in the third stage of judgment. See 1st Corinthians 3: 11-15, KJV.

(5.) Repentance is not a “one-time” event, and is achieved only through operations by the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, the Holy Ghost. A pattern must appear within the record of ones life whereby the spirit content that was in Jesus is seen through the behavior, conduct and substance of those in judgment.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (6.) Prior to the coming of Jesus in the Advent, all upon the earth will receive a mark that seals the spirit content of their being so that their spiritual substance can no longer be altered, or changed. The unsaved will receive the mark of the beast in their right hand, or their forehead. Those belonging to Christ will be known by not having the mark of the beast. See Ezekiel 9: 1-11, Revelation 13: 11-17 and Revelation 22: 10-12, KJV.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Making contract with the devil to gain success in ones chosen career is the topic, today. Also there is more on maintaining the validity of ones belief system. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Dhruva” (Level 1 with 90 points, a member since April 13, 2013) posted the following:


How to make a deal with the devil in exchange for your soul?

well I play the drums and I want to be the greatest ever. like John Bonham and Keith moon and all. with my current skill set, I’m getting closer but it’s gonna take a while. so I read about this devil dealing and ****. found it pretty interesting. please gimme serious answers and no **** about goat sacrifices and all please. thanks


THE BATTLE AXE: Illusion? (04/25/2013)—(7.) Before becoming those who hold to Christian beliefs only, many who are now committed to Jesus explored and practiced using other systems, and ways of life. Included were such philosophies and religions as atheism, Buddhism, communism, cults, destiny, existentialism, fate, Hindu, idolatry, luck, occultism, prostitution, and superstition. Such converts continue as Christians because they, in fact, have found increased benefit, comfort, direction, and enrichment for their spirit life, and human experience. They set and attain various goals that engage their whole person (body, mind and spirit) in continuous and vigorous growth. Given these believers achieve higher and higher levels of spiritual insight, and sacred understanding they have no desire to return to the “weak and beggarly elements.” See Galatians 4: 8-9, Romans 6: 1-23, KJV. (8.) As a belief system, Christianity is not directed to acquiring property, amassing wealth, assuming authority over others, and attaining social celebrity, notoriety or popularity. The benefits from submission to GOD through Jesus Christ exclusively are for believers; and Christian belief absolutely guarantees there are to be no blessings to unrepentant sinners and those persisting in unbelief. Pride, self-justification and self-promotion oppose the integrity and soundness of the system. Christianity fosters such features as humility, industry, maturity, respect and sobriety, because believers are to serve as members of a holy priesthood, and to rule within a sacred community as righteous kings. See 2nd Timothy 2: 22-26 and Revelation 22: 11-15, KJV. (9.) Many who claim to be Christians continue in spiritual confusion because they do not insist on the purity of their own belief system. They are lost in a “no-mans-land” where their identity is that of a “mongrel”, and one whose substance is mixed and strange. At first, such persons appear as merely immature, or developing and learning slowly, when, in fact, they are not growing at all. By seeking to blend and integrate selected features from different beliefs; by compromise and tolerance of attacks, attackers and their contradictions; by clinging to and reviving the baggage of old associations with conflicting ideas; by “experimenting”; by “thinking outside the box;” and by relying upon incomplete knowledge, they resist the Holy Spirit and surrender their place as Christian believers to the World, the Flesh, or the Devil. See Romans 8: 8-10, Hebrews 11: 6, Deuteronomy 4: 27-31, Jeremiah 29: 11-13, 1st Corinthians 3: 11-15 and 2nd Timothy 3: 1-7, KJV.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. (Matthew 16: 24-27, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: According to the Eternal Purpose (11/20/2012); Henceforth, Of This Fruit (11/21/2012); Unexceptional Beginnings (11/22/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Girdle 17: Try The Spirits (12/02/2011)

    
     Dhruva, here are some serious points from a mature Christian believer that should be useful as you choose your spiritual path:

(1.) The devils have been stripped of all authority and power that would allow them to grant wishes in the earth realm. As the children of GOD in the earth realm, the offspring of Adam have “minor” status, and are not of “legal age” (so to speak), and may make no legally binding agreement with any devil. The devils not truly grasp the workings of divine law, and so, they continue to use such tools as ambition, fantasy, fear, ignorance, imagination, pride and sexual relationships to deceive, defile, entrap and victimize men. Saying this another way: Your contract would be automatically null and void.

(2.) No devil has foreknowledge, or may predict future events beyond what we also are granted as human awareness of the natural consequences, and usual course for various choices and events. As believers in Jesus Christ mankind is given foreknowledge through the sanctions declared in divine law, the proclamations and promises of GOD, sacred prophecy and ongoing sacred processes. Included are covenant, judgment, prosperity, rebirth, sanctification, and salvation.

(3.) True achievement comes by faith. Only the hard work of practice delivers the benefit of sure knowledge, confidence and genuine satisfaction. It is never how much you have, it’s only how much you enjoy what you have. To have billions without health, without love, is called misery and wretchedness. The poor live like kings by continually sharing the little as if it were a lot.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) The information you may have received encouraging you to sacrifice your humanity for earthly fame and fortune did not come from GOD as your maker and protector. The persons sharing such information are very likely false friends, are not themselves truly free, and are not wealthy enough to support your efforts to make it honestly. What does that tell you? The freedom to experience humanity—the good, the bad, and the ugly—is given only by GOD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC