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     Redemption and the Holy Spirit are topics, today.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Alex” (Level 2 with 460 points, a member since October 19, 2012) posted the following:

Christians, why does the Bible say God ‘bought’ the church with his own ‘blood’?
Acts 20:28 tells us, “Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”
Who bought the church—the church of God—with His own blood?

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Dove (12/28/2012)—The standard of the dove signifying peace is lifted up for the kingdom of heaven in contrast to the ensign of the Roman eagle, a bird of prey, that signals conquest, destruction and war.  Like John the Baptist, mature Christian believers proclaim the kingdom, and are endowed with the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Prophecy).  As one continually nourished by holy offerings, sacrifices and tithes, and who continued upon holy ground until carried to serve as a herald and witness in the wilderness, the Prophet John acknowledged the consecration of Jesus as High Priest, his anointing as king (Messiah), public recognition of his claim as heir to Adam, Abraham, and David (the Son of man) as well as divine confirmation that Jesus is the Son of GOD.  The appearance of the dove as the voice sounded from heaven was in the nature of jubilation, proclamation, revelation, and testimony in judgment.  All the spirit-persons of the GODhead are present in the scene; and each affirms the authority and fullness of the others.  These things were exposed to the Prophet allowing him to identify Jesus as “the Lamb of GOD” to those who had been prepared to become the first followers of Christ.  (See John 5:  33-38, John 1:  29-37 and 1st John 5:  6-12, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it shall be, when Jehovah shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanite, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee,  that thou shalt set apart unto Jehovah all that openeth the womb, and every firstling which thou hast that cometh of a beast; the males shall be Jehovah’s.  And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break its neck:  and all the first-born of man among thy sons shalt thou redeem.  And it shall be, when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand Jehovah brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:  and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that Jehovah slew all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and the first-born of beast:  therefore I sacrifice to Jehovah all that openeth the womb, being males; but all the first-born of my sons I redeem.  (Exodus 13:  11-15, American Standard Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Remembering the Holocaust (12/14/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Lawful Divorce (11/17/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); Jesus Our “Advocate” (08/16/2012); Girdle 14:  Reasonable Service (11/29/2011); Why Sacrifice? (10/13/2010); Appetite (10/14/2010)

     More than merely saving believers in judgment from their sentence of damnation, the birth, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ establishes eternal life through redemption.   Redemption is the provision of divine covenant that allows things dedicated, offered in prayer, and promised to GOD (e.g., oneself, ones firstborn, donkeys, goats, sheep, oxen) to be recovered from the altar of GOD.  All living things delivered to the altar (a holy table that serves as a point where heaven and earth are joined) must be sanctified, sacrificed, and salted (i.e., washed, set apart, slain, and transferred to GOD through holy fire that accomplishes cleansing, judgment and lifting).  The redeemed are recovered from the altar to continue in service as living sacrifices.  Those that cannot be used in sacred service and worship, that would defile and profane the altar when offered, and where no redemption price has been paid (say a mule), the neck is broken, and it is destroyed.

     That Jesus Christ may bestow eternal life to those that are his by their “saving purchase” is a fulfillment of divine law, promise, and prophecy, and constitutes lawful redemption.  The provision of redemption again displays the law as righteous, and in agreement with the mercy found in judgment.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, less mature Christian believers tend to oversimplify the truths of redemption and salvation, ignore them altogether, or lump them together as though one is no greater than another.  It remains, the devotion, gratitude, obedience, thoroughness and zeal of believers will vary according to their right knowledge and understanding.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The dove as a symbol in Scripture, and more on hellfire and brimstone preaching are shared, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” Top Contributor using the ID “Camille” (Level 7 with 142,088 points, a member since March 18, 2009) posted the following:

Why is the dove often used as a symbol for the Holy Spirit?

THE BATTLE AXE: Hellfire and Brimstone Preaching? (12/27/2012)—Many traditions of charismatic and impassioned preaching (often called “shouting”) are practiced in the churches, to this very day. Hellfire preaching is thought to be from the prophets, specifically John the Baptist (a voice crying in the wilderness), rather than from the more intimate pastoral ministry of Jesus Christ, who shared as a healer, judge, miracle worker, and teacher. The New Testament writings from the Apostles of Jesus emphasize prophecy (comfort, edification, exhortation), and describe their preaching as primarily invitation, testimony and “eye witness.” In Islam, the role of an apostle is to “threaten and warn;” and we often see this today as the fomenting of jihad (holy war). Scholars frequently trace the hellfire tradition in the United States to early America and a sermon by the missionary, pastor and theologian, Jonathan Edwards (“Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God,” 1741). The evangelist, Billy Sunday (1862-1935), is often spoken of as having been a modern era hellfire preacher. He is said to have preached to as many as 100 million people face-to-face without the aid of electronic sound systems, radio or TV. Newspapers often published his full sermons. Sunday’s preaching of the temperance message gave support to Prohibition, and is believed to have contributed heavily to adoption of the 18th Amendment of the U. S. Constitution in 1919. While hellfire preaching was believed necessarily dramatic and graphic to instill “the fear of GOD,” it has often been criticized as overly simplistic, and labeled as emotionalism. Identified with conservative Christianity, and labeled as “fundamentalism”, hellfire preaching supports a behavioral understanding of sin whereby various popular behaviors should be condemned. Thus, hellfire preaching usually denounces fornication and sexual sin along with such popular middle-class amusements as athletic competition on days of worship, attending the theater, dancing, drinking, gambling, playing cards, reading novels, and swearing. Proclamations for those in the public forum, may be very different than messages in congregation. Even so, in addition to strong temperance messages, biblical preaching that properly highlights advent, apocalypse, death, divine law, judgment, resurrection, and end-times prophecy are all generally regarded as hellfire preaching. Many believers simply continue to regard both the content and style for all genuine preaching as having sacred origin, and carried out as the Holy Spirit gives utterance (see Acts 2: 14-40, King James Version).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. (Matthew 10: 16-20, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Spirit Matter (10/21/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Visions of Heaven (03/22/2012); Does GOD Need Worship? (03/23/2012); Binder 16: GOD Inhabits Praise (10/13/2011); Binder 9: Commitment to Being (10/06/2011)

      The dove first appears in the Bible through an account of divine judgment against sin. Mature Christian believers accept the dove bearing an olive leaf as a visible expression of the divine intent that mankind should be in a continuing relationship with the Creator characterized by grace, longsuffering, mercy, divine nourishment, peace, and prosperity (Genesis 8: 8-11, KJV). As a silent servant marked by innocence and prayer (white feathers), swift, winged and bearing comfort from GOD, the dove depicts a unique holy messenger that is different from the angels, who appear as flaming ministers (Psalms 104: 4 and Hebrews 1: 6-8, KJV).

      Very early, the dove became associated with the sacred themes of deliverance, rest, wisdom and witness. Thus, the prophet David employed the figure of a dove in hymns, worship liturgy, and prayer (e.g., Psalms 55: 6 and 68: 13, KJV). A later prophet, John the Baptist, would be given a testimony and witness that Jesus is to be acknowledged as One Sent, and the Son of GOD (Matthew 3: 13-17 and John 1: 1-37, KJV). From before his birth, John had been divinely prepared, and was built up through the Holy Spirit to discern and recognize the agents and operations of GOD in the earth. The earliest mention of the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures is as the active force of GOD at Creation (Genesis 1: 1-3, KJV).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, doves (also called turtle doves) were used in divining (ceremonies and rituals to receive guidance from GOD) as well as for offerings and sacrifices by those in poverty who could not offer a lamb, goat, or bullock. Gentle, harmless and lowly, the dove, like the paschal lamb, is a type of Christ (1st Corinthians 5: 7, KJV). Therefore, atonement, intercession and mediation come into view attributed to Messiah and the Holy Spirit, rather than to any finite living creature.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC