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Godly Sorrow

 

Today, thoughts are shared on the place of change, repentance, and conflict between the flesh and spirit that are enduring aspects of Christian growth and life.  Rightly understood, repentance is an action to be done not an object to be given or taken away.  Nonetheless, like gratitude and praise, repentance and salvation should be thought of among Christians as aspects of ones character, lifestyle, and makeup as the new creation of Jesus Christ.  Of greater worth than a mastery over appetite, ability to break bad habits, and skill to suppress sensation, godly sorrow is the precious gift bestowed upon the sinner who comes to Christ.  An anonymous fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

When the Lord tells us to repent, does he mean turn from our sin forever? help?

I struggle with masturbation and I always find myself repenting. This is a tough habit to quit.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.  (1st Peter 4:  12-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Prayer Against Backsliding? (02/09/2018); Having Consciousness of Death (11/03/2017); Rebirth, Growth and Transformation (09/29/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Reconciliation Provided By Christ (05/30/2017); Salvation Goes Beyond Forgiveness (06/30/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016)

 

Here are some thoughts that may help developing Christian believers avoid spiritual confusion, despairing of salvation, and having multiple errors on the divine workings within their own lives:

1.  Flesh Unchanged.  Sexual events occur on multiple levels (e.g., emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual) all at the same time, and may display mankind’s potential to manifest as animal, human or divine.  The mechanics and processes of sexuality are maintained through cycles, natural laws, and principles generated by the physical body in the same way as such operations as circulation, digestion, elimination, metabolism, and respiration.  Craving for sexual activity itself is not truly a behavior controlled through self-will.  Sexual cravings may appear as any other appetite (e.g., hunger or thirst); is irrational (i.e., does not obey logic and thought); and, like emotion, imagination, mind, and sensation (hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) will persist throughout ones lifetime from birth to death.  When sinners are “born again” through water baptism they receive the continuing presence and authority of spirit content from the makeup of GOD (e.g., balance, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Even so, appetite, sensation, and other aspects of the flesh remain unchanged.

2.  Forgiveness.  Like obedience, forgiveness is a spiritual expression of love.  The operation and purpose of forgiveness is to continue relationship with divinity.  Permanent changes in ones conduct, growth, and behavior modification are encouraged as are accountability, respect, reverence, and unselfish service.  However, the core process is one of acknowledging and nourishing the active presence of godliness within the other (i.e., engage their imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD).  Thus, we see David repeatedly forgiven in order to complete, reinforce, and strengthen his godly growth and perfection.

3.  Reconciliation.  Through both his ministry in heaven and on the earth, Christ is sharing his own reconciliation to the sin of created beings and living creatures among the three persons of divinity (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit).  Through atonement and propitiation for sin provided using his own blood, Jesus has altered the effect, impact, meaning, and value of sin.  Affliction, hardship, and suffering are not eliminated, however, mankind has cause for hope through divine proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  The wrath of GOD against sin is counterbalanced by streams of truth that include commitment, longsuffering, mercy, patience, divine restraint, and personal sacrifice.

4.  Repentance.  Repentance is not a one-time event; and is to appear as ones daily routine and ongoing way of life.  For those who are born again, the process of salvation is one of “growing up again,” and includes struggle, striving, and suffering.  There must be increasing sacred awareness, discovery, conviction, and becoming mature (we say, balanced, complete, consistent, stable).  There will be taking “baby steps”, falling, hesitating, and tears.  It is not inappropriate, therefore, that there be leaps of faith, risk-taking, and some trial-and-error behavior.  Not quitting and not giving up are to be understood as triumph and victory.

5.  The Ministry of Truth.  The ministry of Jesus Christ has not been one of deceit, half-truth, and lies.  Many accuse Christ of betrayal, fraud, and of not revealing the disappointments, opposition, and hidden traps that will confront a developing believer.  However, the reality is that mankind has become rooted in secular knowledge, skepticism, and hopes that are vain (lack spirit content from the fullness of divinity) along with social customs and traditions.  Salvation, therefore, is a visible aspect of a profound and partially unseen life process and divine operation to transform the spirit substance and process within the living.

Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 8:  5-9, King James Version (KJV):  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(2.)  Romans 12:  1-3, KJV:  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

(3.)  Hebrews 2:  14-18, KJV:  14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

(4.)  2nd Peter 3:  8-10, KJV:  8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

There is far more to be discovered, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Timothy 1:  7, KJV:  7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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What Must I Do

 

Today, reply is on being “born again” and “growing up again” with corrections for backsliding, rather than having to offer “the sinners prayer” multiple times.  Even among Christian believers, there are many occasions when errors and sins of ignorance are committed.  Therefore, the process of salvation should not be thought of as a “one-time” event; salvation is active and ongoing (1st Corinthians 10:  12, King James Version (KJV):  12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.)  Recovery from errors as the offspring and heirs of divinity through Jesus Christ is more the result of humbling oneself and an abiding spiritual condition of sorrowing for sin than an outcome from multiple confessions and “talks with GOD.”  Sin has not been eliminated by the death of Christ on the cross, and sin will continue to challenge believers until its final destruction through the second death.  With this in view, believers are commanded to maintain vigilance against the operations of sin; and even mature Christians can not account themselves as perfected, sanctified, completely transformed, and no longer subject to sin through the power of their own will.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Will” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since February 06, 2018) posted the following:

 

Why is it so hard to remember the sinners prayer?

See here I have been trying my hardest to get to know about GOD, But see I keep sinning left and right, see I do read my Bible every day if I remember but I still struggle with sin in my life, see I keep thinking that GOD hates me because I keep sinning see I’m almost in my sixty’s and I don’t want to spend eternity in the lake of 🔥 for forever how can I I remember sinners prayer and stop sinning

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  (1st John 1:  5-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Genuine Spiritual Discernment? (03/27/2017); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Skipping Church A Sin? (11/17/2015); Can Salvation Be Lost? (09/14/2015); Repentance, Sin and Willpower (09/08/2015); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014); Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); When People Covet (12/22/2013)

 

“Will”, there must be actions that provide substance to our words.  There is no single set of words that are to be repeated and spoken like a magic spell that will erase sin from our lives.  Thus, “the sinners prayer” must be created and “made up” in the moment as the Spirit gives utterance.  Here are some ideas that have made a great difference for Christian believers:

Many have tried to eliminate and remove the operations of sin from their lives by relying on finite human tools such as emotion, intelligence, logic, carnal reason, philosophy, and science.  However, sin is more than simply an outcome or result from education, thinking, and feeling—thus, there also are doctoral degree holders and scientists who are sinners.  Sin may dominate consciousness and self-will within created beings and living creatures, yet, sin is not a spirit substance, and is no object or thing created by GOD.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the full universe that appears through divine order.  Without divine law and the operations of ones inner life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word), sin is not discerned and recognized as contrary to the character and makeup of mankind.  Therefore, sin is approved and indulged by sinners as “natural”, “normal”, and unavoidable. 

Sinners must undergo permanent changes through operations of the Holy Spirit that include the death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit.  Once “born again” having divine DNA, so to speak, the sinner will exist as a developing believer who must “grow up again” facing the same “growing pains,” life challenges, hardships, and suffering as others on the earth.  As a new creation through Jesus Christ, the believer must apply and display sacred knowledge in place of secular knowledge, along with inseparable aspects of divine fullness such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Among other things, the life of the developing believer will be transformed through discovery, gradual growth, praise, regular prayer, practice of sacraments, continual study of the holy writings, and unselfish service.  The believer must become mature (ripe) for harvest when the Lord returns to claim those who are his from the earth (we say, Advent, his appearing, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Just as believers now are being examined in judgment before that day, and are totally dependent on the operations of GOD, believers cannot rely on self-will (their own willpower), and are dependent on the sovereign will of GOD that is not subject to sin.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 10:  19-20, King James Version (KJV):  19 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.  20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

(2.)  Romans 8:  26-27, KJV:  26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

(3.)  Luke 18:  9-14, KJV:  9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other:  for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

There is far more to be discovered, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 10:  4-10, KJV:  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.  5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.  6 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:)  7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)  8 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;  9 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.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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forgiveness

 

Today, topics are forgiveness and suicide.  Many feel that, where acts of suicide are driven by depression or emotional and psychological vulnerability, compassion should be shown to the deceased.  Yet, those who kill themselves often are acting in haste to condemn everyone in their own lives and all who are around themselves.  Killing oneself can not be labeled as acceptable, or a godly act of courage and maturity.  Suicide emerges by operations of the flesh and of sin; and self-murder is never the product of the divine Spirit.  Given its eternal purpose and benefits, Jesus dying on the cross should never be spoken of as an act of suicide and self-destruction.  A new writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Callum” (Level 1 with 90 points, a member since November 29, 2017) posted the following:


Does god forgive suicide?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid.  Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.  And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.  So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.  (1st Samuel 31:  4-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Separate Yet Not Alone (06/28/2017); Transformed by The Cross (03/23/2016); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); Suffering for Suicide? (12/12/2012); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012)

 

“Callum”, because forgiveness is an expression of the character and makeup of divinity, many Christian believers regard forgiveness as a matter of “who GOD is,” of divine grace, of divine love, of His divine prerogative, and of His sovereign will, not a matter of who we are, whether or not we ask for forgiveness, whether or not we confess our faults, and what may have been the particular sin and specific wrongdoing a sinner has committed.  

Among Christians, “suicide” is ending ones own life, and the act of self-murder does not bring glory, honor, redemption or rest, for suicide denies that we are accountable to others who value our lives and rely on us, and that we may permanently damage them as well as ourselves (e.g., children, community, parents, spouse).  Killing oneself presumes upon the Creator, for a suicide (one who commit’s the act) transgresses sacred law by acting without divine permission (in effect, they steal divine authority and privilege from the owner and source of all that exists and has life). 

The operations of sin are suicidal, for they oppose the continued existence of all divine law, the Law Giver, and divine order throughout the entire universe.  The person who chooses suicide usurps and unlawfully condemns all the living; their self-condemnation is an act of exaggerated pride wherein they take the place of GOD in judgment.  Also, for those who commit suicide, there can be no discovery and realization of their error that might properly trigger the expression of godly sorrow for sin.  Any sacrifice for atonement can not be followed by a “life of repentance” where there is growth in commitment, trust, and understanding.  Christians are to consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Corinthians 7:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:  for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

(2.)  Ezekiel 18:  20-23, KJV:  20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?

(3.)  Romans 6:  3-6, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

(4.)  Psalms 116:  3-13, KJV:  3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me:  I found trouble and sorrow.  4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.  5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.  6 The LORD preserveth the simple:  I was brought low, and he helped me.  7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.  8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.  9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.  10 I believed, therefore have I spoken:  I was greatly afflicted:  11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.  12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?  13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spirit makeup.  (For example, (5.)  Hebrews 6:  4-8, KJV:  4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,  5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.  7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:  8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Unspeakable Joy

 

Today, topics include the Christian knowledge of GOD, and the joy imparted to men that exists as an aspect of divine fullness.  The integrity of mankind as part of the Creation put forth by GOD is abolished through the operations of sin.  One of the unique features of men making them distinct from angels, sacred beasts, and other living creatures is that they are capable of acquiring sacred knowledge, communicating through divine operations that include obedience to holy law, praise, prayer, and rebirth; and may be equipped to experience ongoing personal relationship with the Creator while still on the earth.  Because of sin, it is incumbent upon mankind, not GOD, to learn to forgive, accept forgiveness, and undergo permanent changes that re-establish godliness.  The joy that resides within GOD is being imparted to the living; however, in the same way many deny and despise mercy, among those still enslaved to sin, there also is a widespread rejection of divine joy.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

How much happier would God be if he learned to forgive?

It must get tiring being so angry, flooding the earth, killing a nation of first born, or committing acts of genocide against a nation of people.

Imagine if he learned to love and forgive people and instead chose to accept us for who we are.

Buddha says “Forgive others, not because they deserve it, but because you deserve peace.”

I think the God of Abraham could learn a lesson from Buddha. What do you think?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?  But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.  (Ezekiel 18:  20-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Undergoing A Sacred Transformation (10/24/2017); Accepting Christ, Accepting Change (10/20/2017); Wrath Against Sin? (10/17/2017); Without the Divine Image? (10/15/2017); The Makeup of GOD (09/25/2017); Idolatry — Exalting Human Devices? (09/21/2017); “and without Him nothing” (08/14/2017); How Would We Understand? (03/17/2017)

 

 
“Anonymous”, here are some points you might find useful to avoid spiritual confusion:

The GOD revealed through Jesus Christ is a Creator, a God of Judgment, and a God of Salvation.  The knowledge of GOD you are sharing describes a divinity who operates on the basis of desires, feelings, lack, thoughts, and things that must be known as temporal (i.e., that come and go, and only endure for brief periods).  You seem to be believing that the character, makeup, and substance of GOD is no different than that within created beings and living creatures as though the awareness and sovereign will of Deity may be dominated by the operations of sin the same as angelic or human consciousness and self-will that now include flaws, malice, exaggerated pride, and selfishness.

The sacred knowledge that pertains to divinity is being provided to developing Christian believers through the imparting of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  All undergo permanent change (we say, are born again), must grow up again and mature, and then continuously embody the revelation conveyed using inseparable aspects of the GODhead.  Included are balance, faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, person, presence, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Rather than a peace that comes by the emptying of ones mind, Christians seek to be filled with the oneness and sameness (you might say, peace) that comes by the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).

All Christians are in a sacred process of transformation by operations of GOD that will allow them to exist as immortal, incorruptible companions of divinity.  With this in view, there are multiple eternal conditions, fixed and unchanging standards as well as operations that go forward displaying continuity and diversity, rather than change or the passage of time.  Believers do not expect to deal with GOD as they might deal with an ordinary man, someone who is a heathen, someone who is not exalted, or someone who is unconsecrated.  Consider again the following that uses the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Psalms 57:  4-5, King James Version (KJV):  4 My soul is among lions:  and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.  5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

(2.)  Isaiah 5:  15-16, KJV:  15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:  16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  3-5, KJV:  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
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They Will Know

 

Today, reply is made on discernment, and the benefits of both church attendance and ministry through activity on the Internet.  The liberty provided by the imparted Spirit of GOD allows sinners to acknowledge the atonement and propitiation for sin established by Jesus Christ through the cross, demonstrate repentance, and to pursue new life through ministry and service, not to answer the Father with fleshly lusts, do-as-you-please, pleasure-seeking, and self-promotion.  Freedom and liberty from GOD will never mean that sinners do not have to accept the consequences and results from their own actions and choices; and the alternatives granted as salvation are not to be taken lightly.  There is no provision from GOD that is a substitute for physically attending church.  Even so, believers may apprehend the inseparable aspects of fellowship, prophecy (i.e., comfort, edification, and exhortation), and ministry that are shared because they must be spiritually discerned and received.  Simply having a habit of church attendance accomplishes no more than ones private prayer life using unknown tongues for self-edification that does not also edify the church.  Mature believers all should put into practice the important declaration shared by Christ:  I came to minister, not to be ministered unto.  To be loved and ministered to by GOD is also to be loved and ministered to by his sons and daughters on the earth who are willing vessels of his Spirit.  The work of responding to others through the social media now available is no less important than the work once carried out by the first apostles who traveled by foot, and those of earlier times who served as missionaries to colonial peoples traveling, first, by great sailing ships and later by steamers.  Believers are correct to use the means provided by GOD through present day technology that allow personal contact, the making of brief, yet complete, presentations, and the ability to respond quickly to the direct questions and comments that arise when evangelizing.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If christians on here are true christians what are they doing on here from 10-12 o clock ?shouldnt they be paying attention to the service?

Most church services are from 10-12

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I will bless the LORD at all times:  his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD:  the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.  (Psalms 34:  1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Becoming Joined To GOD (10/13/2017); In Spirit and Truth? (10/02/2017); Prophets and Christian Ambassadors (08/07/2017); …Gathered In My Name (05/29/2017); …Because GOD Loves You (03/05/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); The Right Place to Get Knowledge (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, while the “name” of GOD is proclaimed throughout the holy writings, and divinity is made knowable, known, and present by describing the sacred deeds and works of GOD (his reputation, so to speak), Christian believers are to be identified and recognized primarily through “discernment” (the sacred practice of using ones own spirit content from the makeup of GOD as a standard to examine and respond to deposits of the same spirit within events, other persons, motives and purposes, promises and prophecies, doctrines and teachings, etc.).  Inseparable aspects of divinity will appear in those who are offspring of GOD and joint heirs with Christ that include faith, holiness, forbearance, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The finite gifts of authority and office, intellect, carnal reason, and secular knowledge all have less value; and believers will be discovered by their displays of spirit content through words, deeds, outreach, and unselfish service more than by their formal spiritual practices and religious disciplines (such as observance of ceremonies, church attendance, and rituals intended for their own edification), their strict obedience to sacred law, and the peculiar good works they may perform (e.g., giving, healing, music ministry).  This being said, sinners who lack and do not practice divine discernment will fail to acknowledge and respond to believers as legitimate agents and spokespersons sent from GOD.  For the present time, many have found the unmistakable “mark of GOD” to be manifest as forgiveness, mercy in judgment, and faith that the return of Jesus Christ to harvest those belonging to him from the earth will be in our lifetime.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 12:  3, King James Version (KJV):  3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 3:  17, KJV:  17 Now the Lord is that Spirit:  and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

(3.)  Romans 8:  4-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(4.)  John 13:  34-35, KJV:  34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

There is far more to be said, thoughtfully practices, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st John 5:  1-6, KJV:  1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:  and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.  2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:  and his commandments are not grievous.  4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:  and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.)  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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Blessed Whose Sins Forgiven

 

Today, focus is on why the divine process for salvation includes GOD appearing in flesh and dying on the cross.  The sacred system and law for offerings and animal sacrifices allowed sinners to obtain atonement, redemption, and remission of sins through blood; however, by conforming to and obeying those laws and standards no one could receive the fresh deposits of spirit content that were needed from the makeup of GOD.  Divine forgiveness that addresses discrete acts and one-time events can encourage change in attitudes and behavior, fuel repentance, heal fractured relationships, and communicate enduring love.  Even so, forgiveness alone is not enough to eliminate sin completely, or establish (1) the new consciousness, (2) an ongoing, uninterrupted connection and relationship with GOD, and (3) the willpower a sinner must receive to identify, resist, and reject sin.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Frank Barnwell” (Level 4 with 2,785 points, a member since October 04, 2011) posted the following:

 

Sin is something that is forbidden by God. Why would God come to earth and die for a human being sin when he can just forgive the sin?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  (Colossians 1:  10-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Balance, Forgiveness and Justice (08/08/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Salvation Goes Beyond Forgiveness (06/30/2017); Christ Died For His (06/09/2017); His Birth Signals Rebirth (01/03/2017); The Work of Forgiving (11/23/2016); The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016)

 

“Frank Barnwell”, the process of GOD for mankind’s salvation acknowledges that sin is not a one-time event in human experience, and sin must be addressed through a continuous relationship with the Creator.  The sinner must be transformed to share in the oneness without sameness that exists among the persons of GOD.  Many are unable to recognize and understand that sin is contrary to their own  makeup that includes life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, word) from GOD.  Thus, angels and men may take sin to be natural and normal; however, the character, nature, and substance of sin have not been created by GOD.

Because sin is the transgression of divine law, sin appears on a level of engagement with GOD that is greater than a mere “mistake”.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divinity, yet, sin has direction, effect and presence.  The operations of sin promote chaos, non-existence, and the restoration of conditions that existed before the creation of heaven and earth.  The operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  

Inseparable aspects and qualities that establish both existence and life within mankind have been imparted from the makeup of GOD.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In the same way, Adam had to be put to sleep (death) for the separating of a rib that would be made his female companion, for mankind to receive a fresh endowment of spirit content that would include a measure of divine will that can not be dominated and influenced by sin first required the appearance of GOD in the person of Jesus Christ (the Incarnation).  So to speak, through death and burial of ones inborn spirit, resurrection from the dead, and rebirth from divine DNA become possible.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 6:  3-11, King James Version (KJV):  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.  8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  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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John Trumbull, 1780 – George Washington and William Lee, the enslaved personal servant, who for many years spent more time in Washington’s presence than any other man.

 

Today, in response to a recent statement from President Trump, topics include cultural history, sins of America’s past, our present-day accountability, and spiritual confusion.  The President could be discerned to be warning the public against impassioned, yet, ungodly pursuit of judgment.  The process and substance of judgment that would meet the standards from GOD must include balance, clarity, impartiality, integrity, thoroughness, and transparency.  In speaking about the tragic event in Charlottesville, Virginia where Heather Heyer was killed during what were to have been lawful protest demonstrations for and against continuing civil war memorials, the President did not condemn any specific groups and organizations thought responsible for the violence.  When challenged by the media, President Trump cautioned that attacks against historical figures such as Robert E. Lee (the West Point graduate who led the Confederate Army during the Civil War), may also be made against others including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.  By asking, Where will it end?, the President suggested that many who were indispensable to establishing the principles for what has been the world’s most enduring democratic government also advocated and practiced many of the attitudes and prejudices of their times that we now condemn; and none of our early “heroes” will be found guiltless and without flaws.  Thus, for example, on February 2, 2017, PBS News broadcasted that five American Presidents owned slaves while they were in office:  President George Washington (1789-1797), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), James Madison (1809-1817), James Monroe (1817-1825), and Andrew Jackson (1829-1837).  Christian believers are not to rush to judgment, as the third world continues to do, condemning every American leader, and all Americans who ever were or ever will be.  The following was downloaded from Wikipedia, the online Internet encyclopedia 1:37 PM, August 16, 2017 from the article George Washington and slavery:

 

George Washington, the first President of the United States, held people in slavery for virtually all of his life. His will provided for freeing the enslaved people he held upon the death of his widow Martha Washington. In January 1801 Martha freed her husband’s slaves, just over a year after his death.[1] However, while she lived, Martha did not emancipate any of the people she held, because she held only the lifetime use of them. When she died, on May 22, 1802, at the age of 70, all of those enslaved people went to the descendants of her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis

When Washington was eleven years old, he inherited ten slaves;[3] by the time of his death, 317 slaves lived at Mount Vernon,[4] including 123 owned by Washington, 40 leased from a neighbor, and an additional 153 “dower slaves.” While these dower slaves were designated for Martha’s use during her lifetime, they were part of the estate of her first husband Daniel Parke Custis, and the Washingtons could not sell or manumit them.[5] As on other plantations during that era, Washington’s slaves worked from dawn until dusk unless injured or ill; they could be whipped for running away or for other infractions. They were fed, clothed, and housed as inexpensively as possible, in conditions that were probably meager.[citation needed]

Visitors recorded varying impressions of slave life at Mount Vernon: one visitor in 1798 wrote that Washington treated his slaves “with more severity” than his neighbors, while another around the same time stated that “Washington treat[ed] his slaves far more humanely than did his fellow citizens of Virginia.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?  But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.  Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?  When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.  Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  (Ezekiel 18:  20-28, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Righteousness Exalts A Nation (07/04/2017); Fulfillment of His Dream? (04/05/2017);  Joy, Survival and Worship (06/21/2017); Divine Law Expresses Love (05/10/2017); Covetousness, Slavery and Sin (09/16/2016); Called Slaves by GOD? (02/10/2016); The Provision Against Racists? (01/19/2016); Slaves to Sin? (04/13/2015) 

 

(1.)  Even where we attempt to apply the patterns and standards from the holy writings, law and the judgment of men on the basis of their deeds and works must be approached as involving multiple occasions—and the likelihood for—irreversible error.  Often, no single event or set of actions can be identified as including the full panorama of any man’s accomplishments, desires, efforts, expressions, motives, quality, and value.  With this in view, the determination to be made when courts and juries assemble are the actuality of specific contributions and participation of an individual during specific events, and is not a matter of their overall eternal value, merit and worth.

(2.)  Mature Christian believers usually agree that awareness and self-will may be dominated by sin.  The operations of sin may be invisibly embedded within customs and traditions, and can be regularly expressed through cultural, interpersonal, political, and social practices that appear historically acceptable, natural, and normal; and sin will not appear to be contrary to human character, continued existence, godliness, and truth. 

(3.)  Slavery as an institution to decimate and exploit Africans began in the markets of Portugal, Europe, fifty years before Columbus would land in the New World seeking to become wealthy through slaves and spices.  As practiced in America, slavery was a form of imperial idolatry like begun in Egypt where, during the years of famine, in order to survive, the Egyptian people (and not the Jews) sold everything they had to Pharaoh:  their livestock, their property and themselves.  Using dynasty and inheritance, the Pharaohs exercised a control that amounted to abuse, promoting themselves as gods over their own people.  Using bigotry, discrimination, racism, and hate there have been those promoting an American nightmare in place of the American Dream.

(4.)  Growing up under the influence of Jesus Christ in my life, I have been able to truthfully say neither that every Black person is my friend, nor that every White person is my enemy.  The issues of belonging, brotherhood, and separation because of ethnicity, origin, race, and skin color repeatedly destroy confidence, curiosity, discovery, flexibility, belief in a future, and hope for the higher levels of accomplishment among the young.  Anger and hate are thought to be forms of strength that allow us to confront death, however, the serious work of growth and learning that must be done to maintain life requires balance, concentration, dispassion, level-headedness, maturity, and sobriety.  Like many others, here in America, I discovered the more correct focus in deciding affiliation and to whom I connect has been the separation because of differences in sacred commitment, and ones own endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.

(5.)  Patriotism and love of ones homeland are passing and temporal.  They even may be seen as a form of idolatry.  In the understanding of mature Christian believers, all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD.  There can be no lasting display of mercy and righteousness without divine judgment; and the provisions of GOD through Jesus Christ include atonement, forgiveness, redemption and repentance as well as reconciliation.  For George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, the “escape” from “all or nothing” condemnation that we will embrace as victims of our own cultural and historical limitations comes by continuing in sound covenant relationship and the testament of sacred blood.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  In our god-given oneness without sameness, every American wants to be free.  It would be fitting that the President of the United States issue a new call to end equivocation regarding American slavery.  While it continues to be correct to acknowledge George Washington, the founders of the Nation, and the many others who have contributed and served to create a way of life that may ultimately become a standard for the universe, none are to be celebrated, lauded, or regarded as having lawful justification in our present system for their earlier crimes against Africa, America, and all mankind.  Because we have distance, maturity, perspective and sobriety, we now can see more correctly their actual achievements and errors; and, because we seek to give and receive forgiveness, to maintain reasonable balance, and to go forward on the diverse paths of prosperity, we are to call “sin” by its proper name.  Continuing the commitment necessary to deal with the lawful issues of differences among us, diversity, and “State’s rights” while putting aside all issues of anyone being “holier than thou,” (1) there can be no equivocation; and, (2) there can be forgiveness:  There are no “kind” and “understanding” slave-owners; there are no men of honor and higher nobility who maintain others as slaves; there have never been, are none now, and will never be “good” and “wise” leaders of men who make merchandise of others, that feed on the misery and pain of others, and who arrogantly traffic in other men’s lives.)  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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