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Today, reply is made to errors contrasting divine and human judgment.  As the offspring of Adam, the son of GOD, the living all are under condemnation by divine law, and must endure a condition of mortality (being subject to death) until released by GOD through the adoption, judgment, redemption, resurrection, or salvation provided through the merit belonging to Jesus Christ.  Since death came by the disobedience of one man, justification, salvation, and glorification are provided through one, Jesus Christ, the Son of man and Son of GOD.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Christians, if people go to Hell for sinning, how come not everybody’s going to Hell?

I believe it should be all about merit–not about what you want. Our judicial system does not reward bad behavior in letting the rapist and murderer go free after attending parole hearings if the crime is too inhumane and severe. You can’t do terrible things and then enjoy a life of peace and tranquility especially when you made other people’s lives a living hell, including the families of those victims. That’s not right.

How would you feel if a man who killed your child not only gets out on bail, but then gets put inside a mansion and the rest of his life to enjoy while a child is dead and he’s still alive, never to get what he deserves?

I believe it should be about merit because it falls in line with fairness. And if you take away fairness, you take away justice. The laws on this Earth have to abide by MERIT, not by the offender s DESIRE. And, if we really wanted God, we wouldn’t have sinned against Him. How can you want Him and you sinning? Jesus even said that if you loved Him, you’d keep His commandments. That’s like me cheating, stealing from and beating my spouse and then saying I love them. What is that?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  (Ephesians 2:  8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Law and Sin (06/07/2017); Only GOD Is Good? (05/03/2017); The Work of Forgiving (11/23/2016); The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Hell and The Cross? (04/10/2016); To Forgive is Divine? (04/06/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013); Scriptures and Sayings? (06/09/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, you seem to be confusing the judgment by mankind through human devices and law with the eternal processes of GOD to reveal divinity.  Judgment by the Creator will display otherwise unseen aspects of GOD such as grace, mercy, ownership, person within the GODhead, active presence, divine prerogative, righteousness, sovereign will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In the judgment of GOD, the elements of attitudes, behavior, and speech come into view primarily as indicators of ones spirit content imparted from the makeup of Deity.  Included should be inseparable aspects of our Maker:  balance, faith, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, peace, and eternal purpose.

In the sacred process to transform mankind to be an immortal, incorruptible companion of divinity, forgiveness establishes a foundation, and calls forth gratitude, meekness, respect, and reverence.  It is correct to speak of divine forgiveness as “blessing” and a “free gift”, however, acknowledgment and multiple responses are required from the sinner on whom forgiveness is bestowed.  There must be permanent change, rebirth, repentance, willingness to acquire sacred knowledge and maintain sacred practices (we say, sacraments) as well as a commitment to regularly communicate with GOD through praise, prayer, and acts of unselfish service.  What you speak of as “merit” may be the acknowledgement by others that divinity has been at work within the one who once was a sinner.  As a “born again” believer, they are a new creation in Jesus Christ.  Acts of faith, trust, and “good works” now describe their lifestyle and daily routine as that of a believer.

Of course there is far more to be said, carefully considered, and fully embraced.  (For example, the objectives of divine judgment are not those found where only “legalism” appears—to determine condemnation, guilt, and punishment.  Sacred operations will be completed to affirm oneness without sameness among believers and for the spirit substance of each created being and living creature.  The legitimacy will be determined for those claiming place as offspring of GOD and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ; and there will be a careful and complete examination of their spirit substance using the accounts recorded within the Book of Life.  Also, there will be the assessment of accomplishments and deeds for reward.)  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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Today, government, politics, and the kingdom of GOD are topics.  Benefits within the kingdom of GOD are distributed on the basis of divine prerogative, freely-given gifts, grace, need, and outcomes of lawful judgment.  Government officials and politicians conform to standards that project two very different systems for response to the same people who are in covenant as a “commonwealth”.  The conflicts and disagreements between the two systems center on such features as accountability, authority, balance, benignity, compassion, duty, integrity, justice, law, trust, and truth.  While politicians often claim to monitor and exercise a healthy oversight of government to ensure the completion of good works, the elimination of waste, or the observance of ethical measures, without careful review and detailed scrutiny, the public instead will see only interference, meddling, and presumption.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

What does Jesus think about covfefe?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.  They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;  To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.  (Psalms 145:  10-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  First Seeking the Kingdom (03/03/2017); A Gift of Franchise? (09/06/2016); Jesus As America’s President? (05/20/2015); Faith not Politics? (12/02/2014); Ye Are Not In The Flesh (12/03/2014); A Kingdom Now and One To Come? (09/05/2014); Comfort? (09/06/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, within the World system, “government” may be understood as a man-made institution or organization to discharge and express “the will of the people” (we say, their commitment, desire, determination) to participate in and maintain a shared covenant (i.e., law) that establishes a permanent association for pursuing common goals that include acquiring and exchanging goods, exercising ownership and property rights as well as achieving personal goals, security, and survival.  The kingdom of GOD is the divine government that exists through covenant relationship, eternal purpose, oneness without sameness, and the multiple sacred operations performed by the persons of the GODhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).  The divine kingdom is made visible among the living upon the earth in accordance with sacred law that embodies the person, presence and sovereign will of divinity.  Those who belong to the kingdom all receive rebirth and must mature as the offspring of GOD, who exist having endowments of Spirit from the makeup of Deity such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  As a primary service provided by government, the distribution of resources (e.g., appropriations in budgets, funding, jobs, surpluses) comes into view as the target of politics.  Through appeals, competition, private means, and even illegal procedures, politics appear alongside of lawful government as an independent system to alter and modify the covenant, exercise influence, impose control, determine advantage, and manipulate “the will of the people.”  Where government must acknowledge duties and obligations expressing law, priorities of need and truth, politics acknowledge otherwise marginal features such as consumerism, envy, popular culture, social media, fake news, and “covfefe”.   Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 13:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):  1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.  2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:  and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain:  for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

(2.)  Colossians 1:  12-18, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 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:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 8:  3-9, KJV:  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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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Today, reply is made on why communities of faith must maintain endowments of money and property.  The church is in an hostile environment upon the earth, and must maintain a peculiar independence and separation not merely for her financial, material, and physical survival.  Other belief systems compete against and threaten Christian belief with destruction and violence including Atheism, Islam, Judaism, LGBTQ, occultism, those committed to sorcery and witchcraft, and even geo-political States (governments, nations).  Critical emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth within the church continually requires there be immediate access and availability of resources and tools for communication, instruction, practice, and worship.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” who uses the ID “James” (Level 2 with 433 points, a member since December 04, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why can’t Christianity act like Jesus for once and turn ALL their churches into homeless shelters and give away ALL their BILLIONS of $$$?

Update:  Nightwolf replies with his usual personal abuse. He is NOTHING like Jesus.

Update 2:  Ruth replies with her Christian personal abuse. She is NOTHING like Jesus.

Update 3:  Nightwolf is a tool of Satan ….abusive, aggressive, violent, hateful. “Real” Christians out there, please pray for him, he needs your help.

Update 4:  Fireball too replies with personal abuse. Where are the “real” Christians out there ….. the ones who follow the example of Jesus, the ones who don’t hate? There must be some left.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.  (1st Peter 5:  2-4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); Church Attendance and Inheritance (09/11/2016); Money Is No Object? (10/14/2015); Holy Garments? (09/24/2015); The Rich in Divine Relationship? (11/29/2013); We Are Still Sinning? (11/30/2013); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

 

“James”, the church is an expression of the sovereign will of our Creator; and is both “one of a kind,” and irreplaceable.  The “good works” we see through the church go beyond charitable-giving, philanthropy, and social work.  Correctly understood, the works that are to be performed by Christian assemblies and congregations convey and transmit spirit substance from the makeup of divinity, and do not center simply upon carnal, material, and social things.  Sinners who submit to the discipline and instruction shared among believers become immersed within a lifestyle, sacred practices, and daily routines that display the spirit substance we acknowledge as being from GOD.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

On the earth, the church typically exists within communities that promote competition, elitism, and the distribution of resources in accordance with processes and standards that are political.  The processes of “the flesh,” “the world,” and “the devil” continually generate meanings and values that undermine the integrity of the church.  Secular knowledge and information are exalted in such a way that many are unable to acquire the sacred knowledge needed to experience the lasting relationship with GOD that we speak of as “eternal life.”  Such work as pastoral counseling, evangelism, and missionary outreach only go forward as effective and fruitful where there are operations of the Holy Spirit to establish commitment, exclusive devotion to GOD, maturity, divine promise, prophecy, stability, and higher vision.  Communities of faith must be financially independent and solvent in order to operate with a minimum of contradiction, disruption, interference, opposition, reversal, and the ungodliness that exists outside the body, and often also exists among believers while they are in the process of permanent change and growth to serve as “born again” believers who must “grow up again” and become perfected

Those within the church are continuing as men, women and children having intimate relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ.  The church is to be received as an answer from GOD where believers are described as being in dependent relationships as adopted sons and daughters, covenant partners, heirs, and spouses, yet, not as beggars, debtors, and the homeless.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Isaiah 54:  4-10, King James Version (KJV):  4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed:  neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame:  for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.  5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.  6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.  7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.  8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.  9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me:  for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.  10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 8:  9, KJV:  9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 8:  20-21, KJV:  20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:  21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.) 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, 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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made on why Mary and others went out to the tomb of Jesus early on “Resurrection Sunday.”  The process of GOD through Jesus Christ has been one of continuous and permanent change, gradual growth, and preparing for full transformation that will be completed at the Second Coming of Jesus (we also say, the Advent, the harvest, the Rapture).  At first, belief and conviction would depend upon completing practical tasks, recall and reflection, where later operations of the Holy Spirit would edify and carry believers forward through prophecy and gifts of the Spirit.  Many who obeyed during the crisis of Jesus being arrested and tried still did not understand how these things were fulfilling eternal purposes.  Others even reacted with unbelief because they simply continued in long-standing habits, and their usual routines.  Just as the women had not completed all the work for cleansing and preserving a body before entombment, the sacred event and operations by the Spirit of GOD were not yet all completed.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Phil” (Level 4 with 4,343 points, a member since September 18, 2010) posted the following:

 

What was Mary Magdalene doing sniffing round Jesus’ tomb after three days? Necrophilia or did he owe her some money?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?  But he spake of the temple of his body.  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.  (John 2:  18-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); The Holy Week Continues (04/14/2017); Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); Anointed, Consecrated and Installed (08/04/2016); The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Anointed? (04/28/2014); No More “Mr. Nice Guy”? (04/29/2014); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013)

 

“Phil,” the work was not finished, and there was still much that had to be accomplished.  Jesus had been placed in the tomb shortly before sundown and the beginning of the Sabbath.  The task of removing his body from the cross had to be done.  As the highest Roman official having authority regarding the execution of the Lord, Pontius Pilate had to be petitioned for permission to bury the Savior in a private sepulcher that was owned by a wealthy member of the Sanhedrin.  In addition to carefully removing the crown of thorns so as not to tear away the flesh, there was the work of stopping the open wounds of his body, washing away the still drying blood, sealing his wounds, applying ointments and spices that would slow the decay and keep the body from stinking, as well as gathering to express bereavement through prayers and ritual mourning.

In the same way, those in flesh had not completed all their necessary tasks, there remained much to be done by the Spirit of the Lord.  For the people of GOD in Christ, loss of, and separation from loved ones by death are to be understood as reversible by GOD, and temporary.  Rather than emotion, thoughts, and memories, commitment, discernment and eternal purpose should be in charge.  Even so, Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathaea, his own Mother, and John who had witnessed his crucifixion had not yet received the imparted, indwelling Spirit (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) that would be sent to abide among them on the day of Pentecost.  Until then, mankind could only be prompted and stirred to take action guided by the Spirit, and this occurred as mere episodes that did not seem to be connected.

The process of GOD during our bereavement is to affirm and continue life, therefore, when the Comforter arrives he commands that we go to work among the living:  We are to minister and meet the needs of others by showing hospitality, encouraging joy, and proclaiming the promises of GOD.  The faith of the apostles and disciples first would have to be amplified and built up for them to realize the many things Jesus spoke as explanation and instruction that they had taken as only casual remarks.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Mark 15:  42-44, King James Version (KJV):  42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,  43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.  44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead:  and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.

(2.)  Mark 16:  1-4, KJV:  1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.  2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?  4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away:  for it was very great.

(3.)  John 14:  25-27, KJV:  25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.)  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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Today, Christian believers are described as soldiers in the army of the Lord who all come under review, temptation, and testing.  Throughout the Bible, the holy names of GOD indicate there is divine authority over the armies of heaven.  Included are “a man of war,” Faithful and True, God of hosts, the captain of the Lord’s host, the LORD God of hosts, and the Word of God.  The eternal purpose of judgment is not punishment, rather, it is the harvesting of those who are fit and mature (we say, ripe) enough to serve as immortal, incorruptible companions to divinity.  Divine content will reside in every believer as the Spirit of Prophecy (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth) and should appear as attention to detail, diligence, enthusiasm, fervor, industriousness, intensity, meekness, thoroughness, vigilance, willingness to obey, and zeal that can be recognized through exhortation, praise, and prayer.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why would God punish someone who simply wants nothing to do with Him despite the fact they never killed or hurt anyone?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  (Ephesians 6:  10-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); A Dry Thirsty Land (05/01/2016); Sin Turned To Goals (05/02/2016); Iniquity Forgiven? (02/16/2016); All Sin Is Willful? (10/20/2015); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, all Christian believers are to understand that they have been recruited (many say, called) to serve divinity in numerous ways.  In addition to being the Creator, Deity has been revealed as a “god” of Deliverance, Judgment, Love, Reconciliation, and Salvation.  The living are to accept permanent changes in their makeup, and operate on the basis of an imparted, indwelling “spirit” received through rebirth during water baptism (i,e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit).  Believers continually are to display “the image of GOD” put forth by inseparable aspects from the makeup of Deity.  Included are faith, holiness, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The following points become important to consider:

(1.)  “Innocence” must be defined by GOD.  GOD is to be acknowledged as the single owner, protector, and sovereign ruler over all that exists.  Thus, Exodus 20:  3-6, King James Version (KJV):  3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:  for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

(2.)  Sinners are to be in a relationship expressing discipline, sacred knowledge, and specific skills.  As those “born again,” believers must prepare for and pass a final inspection, so to speak (i.e., we say, “final judgment”) that goes beyond the completeness and correctness of their appearance and the “uniform” they’ve been issued.  Included may be attitudes, behavior, diet and foods, productivity (we say, their fruits), and zeal.  Deuteronomy 14:  1-3, KJV:  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.  3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

(3.)  Commitment to things “secular”, denying GOD, forgetting, ignoring, neglecting, and omitting all have the same outcomes, and so are given marks similar to those for “iniquity” (i.e., deliberate and repeated defiance, rebellion, and stubbornness).  Thus, 2nd Timothy 2:  3-4, KJV:  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Of course, there is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Scales for measuring enthusiasm, patient endurance (we say, longsuffering) and the genuine sacred value of “good works” will be used.  Thus, Isaiah 59:  12-19, KJV:  12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us:  for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;  13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.  14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off:  for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.  15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey:  and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.  16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor:  therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.  17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.  18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.  19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.)  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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Today, divine law, human works, and salvation through the righteousness of Jesus Christ are topics.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “William” (Level 1 with 9 points, a member since November 08, 2016) posted the following:

 

What is the difference of works and faith ? and why do christians say you only need faith and jews and islam say you need both?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins:  and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:  hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.  (1st John 2:  1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Work of Forgiving (11/23/2016); Law Requires Genuine Righteousness (07/28/2016); Can A Church Not Be “Religious”? (07/27/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016); Sin Also Made Incarnate? (04/25/2016); On Doing Good Deeds (02/02/2016); Saved by Faith and Works? (09/15/2015)

 

“William”, in the holy writings there are two major ideas spoken of as “works” among Christian believers.  “Good works” are understood to be acts of good will, charitable giving, kindness, and volunteering ones time.   The “works of the law” are the things commanded in the covenants, ordinances, statutes, and legal decisions called “testimonies”.  The law was provided to help men recognize that sin was contrary to their own continued existence, and did not name every specific act that should be regarded as forbidden.  For Christian believers today, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Scriptures spoken of as “the law and the prophets,” and the entire Bible are accounted as having authority, and serves as a standard and “law”.  Because many confused and mistakenly applied these ideas in the early church as being the same, the apostles provided plain instruction to clarify the benefits and greater freedom from the new covenant and testament in the blood of Christ.  Even today, those who despise divine authority, discipline, duty, obligation, and restrictions, insist that “the law” from GOD was “nailed to the cross,” and that Christian believers are free to do whatever they please without fear of judgment or reprimand.   More correctly, acceptance with divinity is through the fulfillment of the law by Jesus, and the believer continuing in the righteousness of acting in faith, rather than by their strict adherence to previous judgments, civil and sacred legislation, or human traditions.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Romans 3:  20-23, King James Version (KJV):  19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law:  that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:   for there is no difference:  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

(2.)  James 1:  21-25, KJV:  21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

(3.)  2nd Peter 2:  9-11, KJV:  9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.  11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

(4.)  Romans 8:  3-5, KJV:  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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.

(5.)  James 2:  15-20, KJV:  15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:  shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.  20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.) Philippians 3:  8-10, KJV:  8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is on the account of GOD commanding Abraham to send away his wife Hagar and his son, Ishmael.  Correctly understood, the holy writings focus upon the revelation of divinity through Jesus Christ, and transformation of the earth and all mankind to exist eternally as a new creation, and are not focused upon Arabs, Jews, Isaac, and Ishmael; upon current events and present-day conflicts being reported by the media; or upon the many accounts recorded as secular history.   For Christian believers the active presence of divinity must come into view.  Years before the child Isaac was born and alive upon the earth, GOD declared he would be an instrument for the fulfillment of divine promise and prophecy.  Contrary to the custom of men, the firstborn would not be Abraham’s heir.  In keeping with the divine practice and principle, “the elder shall serve the younger,” the second son would be chosen and promoted as the successor of Abraham.  Many sacred events and divine operations are recorded among the accounts of Abraham that further reveal the authority, forbearance, longsuffering, and righteousness of GOD.  Despite living as a nomad, and not being associated with any single nation or place upon the earth, Abraham is distinguished for being called “the Friend of GOD.”  Abraham was a finite being  upon the earth who maintained a covenant relationship with the Almighty through obedience, priesthood, sanctification, and good works (e.g., building altars; digging wells; leading worship for a  family and household servants that may have numbered in thousands).  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Katie” (Level 5 with 5,179 points, a member since June 14, 2013) posted the following:

 

Christians (and, I assume, Jews): Why in the WORLD did God basically tell Abraham to kick out Ishmael and his mom?

My dad (who is a Christian) says that the reason Arabs hate Jews is because Abraham kicked out Ishmael and his mom. According to my dad, Abraham’s wife wanted him to do that. Abraham asked God what he should do and God told him to listen to his wife. Why did God say that? He’s GOD, so he must have known what it would eventually lead to.

Update: Sorry for being dumb and not being able to remember Hagar’s name.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.  Which things are an allegory:  for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not:  for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.  But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son:  for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.  So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.  (Galatians 4:  22-31, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Inheritance and Resurrection? (07/06/2016); An Eternal Inheritance? (06/26/2016);  Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015); Why the Jews Were Called Out? (06/15/2015); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014);  Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013)

 

“Katie”, all the accounts of Abraham (the “Friend of GOD”) that appear in the holy writings are intended as further revelation to make the Creator knowable and known to created beings and living creatures.  The denial of Hagar and her son are to be understood as in agreement with specific eternal purposes of GOD before Creation; with the priesthood, proclamations, promises and prophecies established for Adam and continued by the Patriarchs; with the revelation of divinity that includes Deity appearing in flesh as the man, Jesus Christ; and with multiple devices and principles (e.g., birth-order, covenant, dynasty, inheritance) provided by eternal, immutable GOD to be in uninterrupted relationships with men on the earth who are subject to death.  The marriage of Abraham and Sarah was in accordance with divine operations, sacred purposes, and the will of GOD, where the marriage to Hagar was in accordance with desires of the flesh, disbelief, lack of faith in GOD, lack of patience and presumption (i.e., exercising authority without lawful permission; stealing and taking control) through human self-will.  As an Egyptian, Hagar represents spiritual confusion; and the circumcision of her son that established him as having status with GOD along with Abraham his father would always be opposed by his mother being outside of the divine covenant.  Abraham was also required to “give up” his second son Isaac as a sacrifice upon the altar, and was answered by GOD for his demonstration of faith that proclaimed the divine power of resurrection.  Consider again how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Hebrews 11:  17-19, King James Version (KJV):  17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac:  and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:  19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

(2.)  Galatians 3:  16-19, KJV:  16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.  17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.  18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise:  but God gave it to Abraham by promise.  19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

(3.)  Galatians 3:  21-24, KJV:  21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid:  for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.  22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

(4.)  Romans 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.  14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:  15 Because the law worketh wrath:  for where no law is, there is no transgression.  16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,  17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.  18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Galatians 3:  26-29, KJV:  26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:  for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.)  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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