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      Divine reconciliation is the topic, today; and there are additional points for How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013). A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Pheby” (Level 4 with 4,555 points, a member since July 9, 2012) posted the following:

Why do some Christians say everything must be in Jesus’ way?

How do they define the Jesus’ way?

THE BATTLE AXE: How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013)—(5.) To ask, “how do I repent” is the same as saying, “how do I exist.” The same reply is given to both questions: only by the action of Almighty GOD through the ministry of Jesus Christ, and operations of the Holy Spirit. Just as form determines aspects of content, and existence for created beings and living creatures (e.g., duration, flexibility, strength), the deliberate exercise of will, and ones endowment of spirit content from GOD determines behavior and conduct, and also influence the full reality of what we are known, or perceived to be. As a mark of divine presence within the life, repentance is a peculiar display of divine glory that signals a changed spirit, continuous focus upon divinity, and rebirth from divine DNA through Jesus Christ. See Micah 6: 8, Zechariah 8: 16-17, Romans 6: 3-5, 1st Corinthians 13: 11 and Ephesians 4: 1-32, KJV. (6.) Repentance is one of the most difficult ideas in Christian living because it speaks to obedience (i.e., setting aside ones own desires, goals, and self-will to carryout the will of another), and insists upon “acting on principle.” Personal freedom appears under threat; and many fear becoming emotionless, mechanical, predictable, ritualistic, or unthinking. Believers are to perform certain behaviors and continue peculiar practices without further consideration of choices, feelings, rewards and pleasures. Saying this another way, believers only are to do what is correct according to their own faith, and what is right “according to the doctrines, teachings, and shared understandings within the community of believers. In this sense, repentance serves as offering, sacrifice and self-denial. See Romans 12: 15-17, Hebrews 10: 22-25 and Philippians 3: 7-16, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2nd Corinthians 5: 17-21, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth (10/07/2012); Girdle 43: Of The Common Salvation (12/30/2011); Girdle 41: A Living Sacrifice (12/28/2011); Binder 4: Getting To Know The Scriptures (10/01/2011)

     Pheby, here are some points to consider that agree with Christian doctrines and teachings contained in the Bible:

(1.) There are fixed, permanent, and unchanging differences between GOD and all others that are aspects of divine existence, and that cannot be eliminated, or removed. As a result, mankind must accept that there is a great separation between GOD and the created beings and living creatures that exist upon the earth as well as within the place of celestial presence.

(2.) In addition to the existence of GOD as divinity, sin separates mankind from GOD. Sin is no material, physical, or spirit substance; has not been created by GOD, angels, demons, or mankind; and is “made up” only of direction, effect, and presence. Even so, sin may dominate the awareness and self-will of created beings and living creatures. The will of GOD does not respond to sin; and wrath against sin is always present as an aspect of divine person (along with such other sacred content as faith, holiness, righteousness, truth, and wisdom).

(3.) Sin opposes the existence of all divine law, divine person, and the full Creation of GOD. Without peculiar devices provided by GOD, created beings and living creatures cannot immediately detect, or resist sin. Included are divine law, conscience, sacred role models (e.g., anointed parents, patriarchs, prophets, judges, kings, apostles), and the holy writings. Surprisingly, death does not separate the Creator from those who are created until the time of final judgment (the second death).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) In the person of Jesus Christ, GOD has appeared in flesh to establish “reconciliation” whereby every departure or digression of Creation from divine order may be evaluated, recognized, corrected or properly eliminated (we say, judged, assigned value, transformed, or damned). Through the “extreme” device of Incarnation, GOD completes multiple divine operations, fulfills sacred promises, demonstrates sovereign authority, accomplishes hallowed purposes, and proclaims eternal truth that otherwise could not exist. Included are atonement, forgiveness, redemption, rebirth, resurrection, revelation, and eternal life. Death and mortality are to be ended; and mankind is to continue immortal and incorruptible.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

Today’s presentation is brief, and consists in a BATTLE AXE and GOLDEN ARROW to accompany Struggling?

THE BATTLE AXE: Struggling? (05/11/2013)—(5.) Born again, the Christian believer must acquire the habit and routine of acting on principle, and doing only those things in agreement with their own divine nature, sacred knowledge, and eternal purpose. It is in this sense, believers are guided as though they were sheep, and do not lean upon their own understanding. The authority of doctrine and truth are to be acknowledged at all times, and does not depend upon any other believer’s expertise, office, rankings and titles as clergy. The same truth has been established and made available to all. When there are issues and questions that generate uncertainty, the believer must rely upon the full pattern of truth they have received. Saying this another way, they must place their trust in GOD, having knowledge of the divine commitment, the consecrated goals, and the things that are pleasing to GOD. See Proverbs 3: 5, 1st Thessalonians 4: 3-8, John 3: 16-21, Titus 2: 11-14, and 1st Peter 2: 1-17, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (Acts 14: 19-22, KJV)

I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC