Archive for the ‘divinity’ Category

Access to GOD, heaven, and the location of GOD is the topic, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “deepak” (Level 1 with 200 points, a member since July 9, 2010) posted the following:


Where is God?. Please tell me the correct answers.?

Where is God?


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

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: An Earth to Fix A Heaven? (05/18/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); The Place for Eternal Life (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012)

“deepak”, here are some thoughts shared by many mature Christian believers that may be useful as you build and complete your understanding:

(1) GOD is a spirit, and cannot be known and understood by created beings and living creatures that rely only upon awareness generated by the flesh, or the world. The flesh includes appetite (hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (hearing, seeing, touching), and mental functions (fantasy, recall, thought). The world includes such mechanisms for exchange and survival as history, institutions, nations, language, money, science, and technology.

(2) Data and information from the various operations of the flesh (i.e., human body and mind) are routinely focused, integrated and applied using such intellectual frameworks as dimension, form, time and space. Because Almighty GOD is unbounded and unlimited, these frameworks (at best) allow us only incomplete and questionable descriptions of Divine Person.

(3) Because divinity consists of substances that are not carnal, material, or social in nature, we agree GOD must be known by the spirit substance supplied to mankind at the Creation. Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(4) The will of GOD does not put forth or respond to sin. Sin has so corrupted self-will in created beings and living creatures that, GOD has appeared in the earth through Jesus Christ (we say, incarnate), and has made it possible for believers to receive additional spirit substance now necessary to identify and resist sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5) We traditionally speak of Heaven as the place of celestial presence as though a physical location is intended instead of an aspect of being and existence. Along with the human inability to perfectly focus our spirit content, we habitually choose to interact in the terms of our flesh and our world. Thus, believers must all pursue spiritual discipline to become clear, compete, direct, and stable when seeking to speak of divinity. Practices in ones routine of life must appear that include forbearance, forgiveness, giving, prayer, always speaking the truth, study of the holy writings, and group worship.) 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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      The divinity of Joseph, and his place as a caretaker and father to Jesus are topics, today. Also, there is more on when GOD controls. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “War and Peace” (Level 3 with 1,814 points, a member since September 2, 2012) posted the following:


Religious people: Why Jesus? Why not Joseph, Jesus’s father?

Does that makes Joseph God??


THE BATTLE AXE: When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013)—(5.) Accountability and divine judgment are not matters of arbitrarily placing blame, or exercising ones personal preferences. It is senseless to ask “who are you to question” as though challenging an ordinary person like oneself. It is the law, ones conscience, the account of ones own deeds, truth, and wisdom that accuses, challenges, indicts, or pronounces guilt. Because all are challenged to answer the same divine standards, and the divine judge is grounded in truth and impartial, judgment is trusted to be absolutely righteous, and does not permit bias and prejudice. (6.) GOD may not be blamed for the actions, errors, and sins of created beings and living creatures. The mechanisms of awareness and self-will make it that every being is accountable for their own behavior and conduct. More than this, all living must answer for their own peculiar application and use of their divine endowment. Included are discernment, divine gifts, doctrine, opportunities, skills, spirit content, talents, and tools. Faith in GOD, or believing the Gospel, does not justify selfishness, self-righteousness or sin. Through Christ one is justified only in such features as their giving, their meekness, their obedience, their repentance, their reverence, their submission, and their testimony.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9: 6-15, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013); Why Jesus Must Be a Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012); Signs of a Prophet (03/14/2012); Purchased With Blood? (12/29/2012); The Law Not Flawed (12/30/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012); The First Jews (02/20/2012)

    
     Dear War and Peace, here are some points shared among mature Christian believers that may help you further build up your understanding:

(1.) The divine use of a human life to perfectly execute and perform the will of GOD upon the earth must be carefully fitted to a broad range of divine events, sacred operations and eternal goals. Included are covenant, Creation, revelation, judgment, death, rebirth, resurrection, salvation, and sanctification. The sacred needs of all created beings and living creatures are to be addressed.

(2.) GOD is a spirit and must be known upon the earth through breath, spirit content (e.g., faith, grace, holiness), truth, and utterance that registers as consciousness (we say, the word). Only GOD is GOD, yet, GOD may appear and function as different Persons.

(3.) The word of GOD has been received, documented and shared in the earth as law, praise, prayer, promise, proclamation and prophecy. Often, actions and events performed by GOD are described before they occur through the word, and are clarified and explained after their occurrence by the word.

(4.) In accordance with the word of GOD spoken and maintained in the earth, Joseph and many others among the Jews as a covenant people to GOD were used to prepare mankind for the appearance of the Almighty upon the earth in the form of a human being, Jesus Christ.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) Dynasty (i.e., royal secession), family lineage, inheritance and priesthood have been used as divine devices to fulfill and maintain the word of GOD to mankind. Flesh and spirit are both sacred tools in divine revelation.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      How to “survive” the Second Coming, and more about preaching the Gospel are topics, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Chris” (Level 1 with 22 points, a member since April 15, 2013) posted the following:

If Jesus comes back what should I do?

Is there anything I can do at that point to survive?


THE BATTLE AXE: About Preaching the Gospel (04/18/2013)—(5.) Many believers hesitate to spread the Gospel in the sense that they “wait” to be invited. They are silent in their communities, schools, and workplaces because they hope to avoid accusations of imposing upon nonbelievers, proselytizing, and provoking division. More than this, they are convinced the seed of GOD must not be wasted, and should be planted only in good ground, among those who are meek and teachable. Even so, all men have not faith (2nd Thessalonians 3: 1-3), and all men have not obeyed the gospel (Romans 10: 16). Also, see Proverbs 26: 17, Proverbs 29: 20-21, Matthew 7: 6, Matthew 23: 15 and Matthew 13: 1-23, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 10: 4-11, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); 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)

      Chris, here are some points acceptable to many mature Christian believers:

(1.) The Advent or Second Coming is a sacred event to complete and fulfill a broad range of ongoing spiritual operations and eternal purposes. Included are deliverance for mankind from destruction of the earth; harvest and ingathering of souls; righteous judgment; and the revealing of GOD to all created beings and living creatures.

(2.) The idea of “survival” is a device of the World system, whereby a person is influenced to display patterns of behavior and thought that continue cooperation to secure and exchange such resources for living as food, clothing, and shelter. The World is displayed through collective institutions and programs that include culture, education, family, history, philosophy, politics, and science. Where the World defines bad/good, crazy/sane, false/true, godly/ungodly, illogical/logical, real/unreal, reasonable/unreasonable, scientific/unscientific the World also endorses denying, ignoring and replacing the truth from GOD. Thus, Christian believers understand: GOD created the heaven and the earth; mankind created the World. 
 
(3.) GOD and Jesus Christ are operating within the earth realm to establish the eternal existence of divinity. While all created beings and living creatures contain endowments of divinity, through self-will and sin, many have become transformed and weakened so greatly that a process of salvation has been required for their recovery.

(4.) What believers are prepared to do in the day of Christ’s coming is to acknowledge the truth of divine proclamations, promise and prophecy; confess the emptiness and impotence of the World; give glory to him; rely upon the righteousness of GOD; show honor and praise; trust; yield; and worship. At that time, there can be no bargaining, bartering, begging, or boast.
    
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) The repentance that must occur to make a person ready for the day of Christ has to begin while they are still carnal, physical and social beings—we could say, while they are yet sinners. As the experience of new life following spiritual re-birth, repentance is accomplished within and through believers by the Spirit of Christ; and is a continuous process of growth, learning and transformation.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Belief in the divinity of Jesus, damnation and salvation are topics, today, along with more on the blasphemy of Ananias and Sapphira. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Nikolas” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since March 29, 2013) posted the following:

To Christians: Would a just God send a good man to hell for questioning the divinity of Jesus Christ?

Hello, I’m asking this question because I was wondering if someone who followed all the teachings of Jesus Christ and was genuinely a good person (as far as not stealing, or cheating, or wishing harm on others, etc., and lives by the golden rule) would still be condemned to an eternity of pain and torment simply because they found it very hard to believe that a man from 2000 years ago was the son of a deity without any empirical evidence. I recognize that Christianity is based on faith, but is it Just or fair to say that if you do not fully, with all your heart believe this tiny little impossible thing that you must suffer an eternity in a fiery,uncomfortable hell? Would a Just God do that to someone he/ it loved?

If you have any biblical verses to add to this discussion I would very much appreciate it. Thank you!

THE BATTLE AXE: Separated and Sealed? (03/29/2013)—Ananias and Sapphira were not guilty of disobeying the laws of Moses, or any specific commandment from Jesus. The two did not preach doctrines that were heretical, did not violate longstanding custom and tradition, and made no open and public display that would immediately cause schism within the holy congregation. As he had done with Adam and Eve, the Adversary entangled the pair through subtlety, and used them as instruments to introduce defilement of spirit to the early church. The “children of disobedience” can not be recovered by dis-fellowship, excommunication, or a simple act of exorcism that would cast out unclean spirits seeking to shelter themselves within an unsuspecting victim. For those who are the “children of the devil” their original, inborn spirit (we say, their nature) becomes increasingly combative against GOD, and generates awareness, presence and self-will that no longer respond to divine law, divine righteousness, and sacred truth. Judgment was necessary that would supply more than simply punishment, warning and instruction. A strong carnal, and visceral message had to be sent throughout the flourishing church—a physical body in the earth to contain the Spirit from Jesus in the heavens. (See Ephesians 2: 1-9, 1st John 3: 10, and John 8: 42-51, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. (1st Peter 3: 18-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013); The Spirit and Pentecost (03/27/2013); The Love of GOD (03/03/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Did Jesus Know? (12/22/2012); The True Miracle (12/23/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Son of Man (11/28/2012); Given The Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); Love in Christ (10/23/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012)

Nikolas, here are some thoughts from an older person (senior citizen, golden-ager, etc.) you may find helpful. The judgment of created beings and living creatures is more a matter of their content of divine substance than a matter of their sins:

      
     Apart from various devices introduced to mankind by the Creator, human beings cannot focus their awareness to maintain a correct relationship to GOD as a person. In addition to limits imposed by the frameworks of time and space, human minds repeatedly shift and switch the location of control among various mechanisms of the flesh. Included are appetite (such as hunger, thirst, craving for sexual contact), sense (such as hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and mental function (such as desire, dreaming, forgetting, imagination, recall, thought).

      GOD is a spirit, and ordinarily does not reside in visible, material form (like fog, mist or smoke). Mature Christian believers trust that GOD has appeared to mankind in the flesh (called Incarnation), and has made himself known to the flesh as the person, Jesus of Nazareth. The divinity of GOD and Jesus is one; however, the humanity of GOD is only in Jesus, and through Jesus, in mankind. The many sacred operations and divine tools used by GOD to show himself to Creation must also include birth, death, divine law, judgment, re-birth, resurrection, revelation, sanctification, and wrath against sin. Saying this another way: GOD may only be known as an aspect of ones own makeup and spirit by exclusively using the tools supplied from GOD.

      Sin splinters the constant awareness of GOD that was originally deposited within created beings and living creatures. GOD has not created sin; and sin is no carnal, material or spirit thing. GOD is not subject to sin; and sin contains no divine substance. We say, sin is “no thing” having dimension; yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence. Sin may dominate the self-will of created beings and living creatures. Angels and mankind have not created sin; nonetheless, sin was first “discovered” among the holy angels who opposed the existence of divine law, of divine person, and thereby, of all that exists. Through a serpent that was used as a device by a renegade from heaven, sin became a permanent aspect of human existence upon the earth.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the salvation of mankind is through the grace of GOD, and not by our good behavior, pleasant conduct and efforts to appear noble before GOD. Because belief is temporal (comes and goes), and resides along with our tainted collective conscience, and our rebellious self-will that are subject to sin, mankind can not understand the things concerning Jesus Christ through mere conversation, logic, and reason any more than a newborn understands “mama” and “dada” without the complex experience that internalizes the sounds, their significance, and the know-how of when and where to use them.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The importance of resurrection to Christian belief is topic, today, along with further discussion of divine grace. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Howard” (Level 2 with 359 points, a member since March 13, 2013) posted the following:

Can a Christian not believe in the magical resurrection of Mr. Christ and still be a Christian?

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“I don’t believe in any ‘magical’ resurrection, and I’m a Christian.” The preacher man was dead and decomposing for three days. His stinking corpse was infested with maggots. Then he rose from the dead. That is one heck of a magic trick.

My question: Is this disgusting fantasy a required belief in Christianity?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013)—Many confuse grace with forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering and patience. In the holy writings, grace repeatedly comes into view as we speak of acceptance, approval, and being assigned positive value despite events that display ongoing judgment against sin. (For examples, see Genesis 6: 8 and 19: 19, Exodus 33: 17 and Ezra 9: 7-9, KJV). Men do not obtain grace from GOD on the basis of their obedience, service and good works as though grace is payment or divine reward. This allows us to say, grace is endorsement that comes through perfect dependency upon GOD, and through the elevation of divine will over self-will within created beings and living creatures. Grace does not serve to eliminate or remove challenge, condemnation, pain and suffering. Awareness of grace gives power to face up to and endure opposition. For mankind, grace is revealed and becomes most visible through human confrontations against fixed conditions of being, experience, sacred law (i.e., judgment), and human suffering. While suffering is associated with compassion and pity, suffering is not the sole cause for their appearance. Similarly, suffering has no power to generate, or call forth divine grace. While grace neither causes nor takes suffering away, ones awareness of grace continues discernment of divine presence, and permits continuous focus upon divinity throughout the outworking of divine process.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (Acts 17: 29-31, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012); Opportunity to Repent (11/02/2012); Magick and Prayer? (10/29/2012); The Fear of GOD (10/30/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012)

Dear Howard:

your question, and the way you have stated your feelings indicate that what you think you know about Christian belief is distorted, profane, unbiblical and warped. The mocking title (Mr. Christ), tells us you do not know Jesus in a personal way, and you presently are not welcoming a right relationship with GOD through Christ. Even so, consider the following points:

(1) It is logical and reasonable to believe that an almighty, eternal GOD having power to create all that is in the earth, the sea, and the heavens also has power over life and death. On the basis of their content of divine substance, the Creator continually examines and assigns value to the objects within the full sphere of divine presence, and thereby determines the duration of their existence. Such a divine operation could be called “judgment.”

(2) Presently, only GOD, who is spirit, is immortal. There are no created beings and living creatures that are immortal (including angels, devils, and the sacred beasts of heaven). Mankind is mortal, and must complete and fulfill specific criteria that describe human experience. Included are birth, growth, kinship, learning, repentance, and suffering.

(3) Given that self-will in the living may be dominated by sin, death is a divine tool to establish eternal life, and a stage necessary for the transformation of human makeup. Through the use of death and resurrection, mankind may be established as incorruptible and immortal.

(4) By raising Lazarus from the dead, Christ demonstrated on earth the power of GOD in heaven to revive all the dead. Nonetheless, Lazarus later died, as did Jesus. Resurrection is more than merely the reanimation of the dead; it is the entrance into divine presence and realization of ones own eternal person.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the holy writings teach that there must be two resurrections, one for the just, one for the wicked. Just as here on earth, every person must appear before in the presence of GOD for their own judgment to personally answer the charges and indictments against themselves. That judgment is only upon the living further reveals the righteousness of GOD, the divine Judge.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     The divine device of fathers and sons is our topic, today; and there is more on the love of GOD.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Haley” (Level 1 with 91 points, a member since March 1, 2013) posted the following:


Why does god need a son?

i am very open to other religions ….but when it comes to Christianity this is a question i want to ask ….if god is so powerful why does he need a son….and if Jesus is gods son does that make him a god to…sorry i don’t know to much about Christianity..


THE BATTLE AXE:  The Love of GOD (03/03/2013)—We should not be disturbed that we do not understand everything in an instance and all-at-once.  There are things hidden and unexplained even among the Host of heaven.  Divine love is made visible to us all by such aspects of communion as compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, patience, and longsuffering.  As sons and daughters to GOD through Jesus Christ, believers are not commanded to despise or hate Satan.  As we mature, and are lead to understand the predicament that comes by sin, we recognize the extremity of all those who are lost, including those among the holy angels.  More than through friendship, marriage and relationships based upon mutual acceptance and commitment, understanding the love of GOD is acquired by growth through experiences of fulfilling spiritual duty.  One may be required to carry out and perform tasks pertaining to the will of GOD that absolutely must be completed within a fixed period without complaints, grumbling, ill-temper, and protest; without delay, hesitation and lingering; without detailed and full information regarding consequences, intent, purpose and value for ones actions as well as without regard to the various costs that may include energy, money, pleasure and time, that may result in damage, injury, personal loss and sacrifice, and that may also result in death, elimination and status as “obsolete.”  The importance of such elements as choice, preference, self-will, and beginner or volunteer status are canceled; nevertheless—like it, don’t like it—the duty must be fulfilled.  Such elements must appear as allegiance, commitment, conviction, dedication, dependability, devotion, faithfulness, loyalty, reliability, and trustworthiness.  In addition to such duties as preaching and proclaiming the Gospel, all believers in Jesus as their Redeemer and Savior are challenged to fulfill sacred duties that include confessing their faults, needs, sins and weaknesses; giving and sharing unselfishly; intercession on behalf of others; always speaking the truth; showing compassion and respect to all; living lives of repentance and preparation for the Advent of Christ; and praying without ceasing.  The specific tasks believers are assigned always fit with and support actions, and works by others and by GOD.  Thus, it is the interconnection, interdependence and harmony of our works that generate the awareness, cooperation, teamwork and unity we see in the peculiar association and fellowship known as “the body” and “the church.”  Those that are incapable of receiving the spirit substance that enables action, change and growth that displays the divine will are also incapable of receiving spirit content that establishes eternal life.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:  the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  (Isaiah 55:  7-12, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); Son of Man (11/28/2012); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); How Was GOD Know Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012)


     Haley, be encouraged as you consider the following:  GOD understands that mankind needs to communicate directly with himself in order to correctly receive place within the fullness of the universe.  The importance of a “son” of GOD is as great as the importance for a “son of man.”  Through human reproduction, various possibilities are established for finite and temporal mankind to be in continuing and productive existence, and to realize relationship with the eternal Creator.  Men are to understand that GOD is a spirit, and ordinarily has no form, shape or visible appearance.  More than this, divine existence, intent, operation and sacred purpose are not typically bounded and framed by the aspects for human mind supplied as time and space.

     GOD reveals himself to created beings and living creatures through various devices, mechanisms, and sacred processes.  Included are birth, covenant, creation, death, incarnation, inheritance, judgment, law, proclamation, promise, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.  The word of GOD also is spirit (we sometimes say “breath”); and operates as a distinct appearance of divine person.  The divine word is to be understood as making the will of GOD known, and must be recognized primarily by its effect and presence for, through and upon created beings and objects that may be carnal, material, social, or spirit.

     The promises of GOD to one man, who at some point must die and complete mortality, (e.g., Adam, Abraham, or David) are lawfully and properly carried over and fulfilled within the life of other men who are shaped in the same personness and values of their “father.”  Given that men may understand and perform duty as sons to complete and perpetuate earthly goals and standards given by their fathers, the device of a divine son is used to achieve divine aims and imperatives that include furthering the possibilities for the divine nature to reside within humanity.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the appearance of GOD incarnate (i.e., in flesh) as Jesus of Nazareth should be easy to accept as an emblem of the supreme authority, glory and majesty of GOD.  Thousands of years and human lives were used to prepare mankind for that event.  The holiness, power, and purity of GOD are not defiled or lessened through operations of divine prerogative and righteousness for the salvation of created beings and living creatures.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The pressure and weight that must be faced by every follower of Christ, and more on the focus of divine judgment are considered, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Ethan M” (Level 5 with 8,577 points, a member since June 13, 2006) posted the following:

How can Christ say in Matt 11:30 that his burden is light?

He paid the price for all our sins, I would not consider this a light burden.

THE BATTLE AXE: The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012)—Because behavior and conduct also display spirit content, the resources given to prepare believers for divine judgment go beyond punishments, threats, and warnings. There are examples from godly lives of earlier disciples, prophets and servants of GOD. There is guidance and instruction for decision-making and evaluating opportunities. The divine substance of actions, attitudes and behavior are examined; and rewards are determined in a second judgment that will be provided only to those who have received immortality and incorruption. All believers who accept Jesus Christ as Lord are embraced as the children of GOD, and those in intimate relationship as adopted sons and daughters to GOD; however, as with Jesus himself, they will be examined for obedience, reverence and righteousness.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. (John 15: 20-24, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Church Attendance? (11/12/2012); A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012); Signs of a Prophet (03/14/2012); The Only Way? (02/14/2011)

Clarity for statements recorded in Scripture often comes only after new birth, prayer, reflection, and structured experience. Where Jesus says, “take my yoke upon you,” he is speaking of sharing the divinely provided process for completing such sacred works as Creation, judgment, and salvation. In the same way two or more animals may be bound together and attached to a single plow when preparing a field for planting, believers must be bound to Christ in order to accomplish their own full experience of divinity. The furrows of a field about to be planted must be cut straight and parallel to one another to maximize spacing for each plant, and for irrigation. The animals pulling the plow must go in the same direction, and at the same pace despite their individual nature as fractious, jittery, lazy, ornery, or stubborn.

For those of his day, commitment to the ministry of Jesus (who was, in fact, acknowledged as a rabbi) meant excommunication and social ostracism by the Jews (i.e., the Temple community comprised of politicians, priests, and workers), who dominated faith through custom and tradition. There was great controversy surrounding Jesus as Messiah or a prophet sent from GOD, because some 400 years had gone forward since Malachi, the last acknowledged prophet, and the appearance of John the Baptist, known among those of the Temple as an heir from the line of the high priests.

The attachment to Christ for redemption and salvation is not optional or a matter of personal preference; and it is written without equivocation: You must be born again. What sometimes appears understated is that, once born again, believers must “grow up” again, and develop into mature spiritual beings. Without exception, all believers in Christ experience “growing pains.” Included may be disciplinary actions of the church; false accusations, gossip and slander; imprisonment; loss of goods, livelihood and property; martyrdom; persecution; and rejection by disbelieving family and friends.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, all born-again believers inherit a duty to spread the gospel through their daily routines of life. All are not called to be clergymen, officers in a congregation or pulpit preachers. Yet, all are to have portion in the work of clarifying, demonstrating, and sharing with others the continuing work of GOD in Christ.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC