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Today, focus is on blood, life, resurrection, and imparted divine spirit.  Divinity appeared on the earth using human form as Jesus Christ, however, divinity operated in conformity to natural law and processes to demonstrate human potential for continuous communication, exchange and interaction with Deity.  Included were birth, death, aging, spiritual growth, ministry, enduring oppression, and the realization of divine purposes.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Max” (Level 3 with 2,102 points, a member since July 05, 2014) posted the following:
 

Christians: Could the redemption through flesh in Leviticus 17:11 be referring to God s spiritual flesh simply dwelling inside of us?

As Christ has even said, “I am the life and the light. No man cometh through The Father but by me.” Since God is indeed life through flesh, couldn t the atonement of our souls through flesh simply mean afflicting our souls with God s presence inside of us?

To put it simpler, why does this spiritual flesh have to become human? Thank you all in advance.

[Leviticus 17:  11, King James Version (KJV):  11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood:  and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls:  for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.]

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  (Romans 5:  17-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); The Firstborn of GOD (01/02/2017); Material Things in Heaven? (11/10/2016); His Children Are Sanctified (10/12/2016); The Remission of Sin? (06/02/2016); Sin Also Made Incarnate? (04/25/2016); Divine Meanings and Values? (03/31/2016)

 

“Max”, elders and mature Christian believers avoid spiritual confusion when studying the Scriptures by exercising attention to detail, and vigilance.  Despite our efforts to be plain and simple, readers must hold to disciplines for language that is “lively” by virtue of  multiple subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning and value).  There must be discernment (ability to use ones own spirit content from the makeup of GOD to recognize and respond to the deposits of spirit substance from divinity residing within events, oneself, other persons, the holy writings, etc.).  Distinctions often blurred and ignored must be applied.  Thus, “blood”, that carries life to all the organs and tissues of the body, itself is not “life”; and “life” as “active presence” is not “existence”—many things exist that are neither active nor alive, including cadavers and dead bodies.  Blood is found within flesh—as are appetite, emotion, mind, recall, and sensation—and is not, itself, spirit substance.  The spirit that gives “life” in birth is not the same as the “imparted, indwelling Spirit” that puts forth the new creation.

As demonstrated through the Incarnation, the substance imparted from GOD (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word) to establish life within the forms and vessels fashioned by the Creator include faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, person, eternal purpose, will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Given that Jesus was sanctified (i.e., spiritually nurtured and set apart for exclusive service to GOD) and ordained, as every son of Adam may be, the Savior is to be understood as an ordinary man in flesh through whom the operations of divinity are being made more visible.  Thus, we see the Son of David growing, learning, maturing, and responding to diversity within a carnal, material and social environment, yet, immutable and unchanging regarding fundamental principles, divine purposes, and sacred truths.

Many continue to describe the resurrected body of Christ that ascended from the earth and now exists in the heaven as if it were still carnal and material.  However, the “good news” of salvation speaks to an as yet incomplete transformation of mankind to exist as an immortal and incorruptible companion of divinity.  There are unseen things and substances in the heavens; and we are to accept their actual existence through faith, and without question.  Examples are the Temple in heaven, the white horses that will carry the heavenly army into battle, and the crowns cast forth by the 24 elders.  Consider again the following that uses language from the holy writings:

(1.)  John 3:  4-7, King James Version (KJV):  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

(2.)  John 6:  62-63, KJV:  62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?  63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:  the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

(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.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 15:  20-22, KJV:  20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  14-18, KJV:  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, reply is on sharing end-time messages, prophecies of Armageddon, and warnings to atheists.  Christian believers are recruited to spread “good news,” the Gospel of forgiveness for sin and eternal life with GOD through Jesus Christ.  While an aspect of what believers share includes information regarding sacred events that will lead up to the Savior’s appearing (called the Advent, the harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming), the focus is upon sinners submitting to the will of GOD, not upon their gaining foreknowledge, predicting the future, or seeking to flee from the consequences of their own sins committed on the earth.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

RELIGION, ATHEIST JUST DON’T GET IT BUT THEY WILL PAY DEARLY THERES AN ARMAGEDDON COMING..THEY CANT EVEN SPELL THE WORD LET ALONE UNDERSTAND?

HOW DO WE MAKE THEM KNOW THE TRUTH ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.  And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:  (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.  And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:  But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s:  for this he did once, when he offered up himself.  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.  (Hebrews 7:  19-28, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Righteousness Through Jesus Christ? (12/15/2016); Here’s The Good News (11/09/2016); On Expecting Quick Results (11/07/2016); World Peace Is Coming? (05/08/2016); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014); Spring-training (04/11/2014); Kill the Blog Writer! (04/12/2014)

“Anonymous”, there is a correct message that sinners must hear from GOD.  Thus, the “work” given for Christian believers is more than merely spreading alarms, preaching “the End of the World,” and exciting interest in end-time prophecy.  Those concerns and issues only have place as a very small part of the full revelation of GOD through Jesus Christ.  Correctly understood, believers are to display the active presence of GOD expressed through their daily routines of life as commitment, obedience to divine law, and respect to the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  Christian believers are all called into sacred knowledge that makes the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead) knowable, known, and “visible” (i.e., revealed).  Because GOD is a spirit who has put forth and maintains all that exists he remains otherwise invisible and unapproachable.  The device of “Incarnation” has been used to make the character, makeup, and substance of GOD amenable to created beings and living creatures.  The Creator has appeared on the earth as Jesus Christ; and this allows the living to be in ongoing exchange and continuous relationships with immortal, incorruptible, and sovereign Deity.  In the same way focus upon calamity and earthquakes does not yield a spiritual fruit of certainty, salvation, and unselfish service, the results of reporting wars and rumors of wars are more likely to be depression, fear, and spiritual confusion.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Matthew 24:  3-7, King James Version (KJV):  3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?  4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars:  see that ye be not troubled:  for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:  and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 13:  8-13, KJV:  8 Charity never faileth:  but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:  but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:  now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

(3.)  Philippians 4:  6-8, KJV:  6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Timothy 2:  11-16, KJV:  11 It is a faithful saying:  For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:  if we deny him, he also will deny us:  13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful:  he cannot deny himself.  14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.  15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  16 But shun profane and vain babblings:  for they will increase unto more ungodliness.)  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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on the believer’s duty to love one’s neighbor by alerting them to the wrath of GOD against sin.  Those who take up the work of spreading the Gospel express a personal care for others, the love of GOD the Father as well as the same Holy Spirit and love that resided within the Son, Jesus Christ.  Anointed believers are accountable as judges, priests, and kings in service to GOD who are to demonstrate and share divine cleansing, healing, humility, and sacred knowledge through a lifestyle and sacraments that continue the ministry and works of the Lord.  Included are delivering cautions; comfort; exposing cherished, disguised, and hidden sin; giving; instruction; and reinforcing the faith of others.  Thus, it is written:  Leviticus 19:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people:  neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD.  17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart:  thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.  18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself:  I am the LORD.  Also, Ezekiel 33:  8-9, KJV:  8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Canada)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Where is the contradiction except in your saying that we should never call a sin a sin. That is how you love your neighbor?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us:  for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;  Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:  Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.  And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.  Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.  Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.   (2nd Thessalonians 3:  7-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:   Must GOD Hate Sinners? (09/01/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016); About Other People’s Beliefs (06/22/2016); Called Slaves by GOD? (02/10/2016);  On Doing Good Deeds (02/02/2016); On Being Merciful (09/01/2013); A Divine Trickster? (09/02/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, we are to “call sin by its proper name,” conscience is to be awakened and stirred, and the “exceeding sinfulness of sin” is to be made clear, however, not by self-promotion, coercion, and assuming authority over others that has not been granted by GOD.  Believers are not to be “busybodies” who impose their mind and will upon others, for the proper names given to uninvited and unasked for advice, assistance, and help are “interfering” and “meddling”.  Among Christian believers, all the counsel of GOD is to be applied with balance, circumspection, modesty, and respect.  The expression of love is to be more than the display of our own individual affection and feeling.  Where Christ is alive within the believer through the Holy Spirit, the ministry of our Risen Lord continues through our lifestyle and daily routines.  We are instruments in his ministry to the earth from the heaven.  Divine love is shown through genuine care for the redemption and salvation of others; by acts of kindness, intercession, and sharing; by admonition, consistency, forgiveness, humility, longsuffering, meekness, patience, and restraint; by prophesying (comforting, edifying, and exhorting the church) as well as by speaking the truth and using spiritual gifts with discernment, discretion, and tact.  Consider again how some of this is stated using language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Psalms 131:  1-2, King James Version (KJV):  1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty:  neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.  2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother:  my soul is even as a weaned child.

(2.)  Proverbs 26:  17, KJV:  17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

(3.)  Philippians 2:  12-15, KJV:  12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

(4.)  James 4:  10-15, KJV:  10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law:  but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.  12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy:  who art thou that judgest another?

(5.)  1st Peter 4:  14-16, KJV:  14 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.  15 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.  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  1st Peter 5:  2-4, KJV:  2 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;  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.)  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, points are shared on the diffusion and spread of atonement for sin, covenant, divine law, and salvation through Jesus Christ.  Even where believers unintentionally have transgressed divine law through ignorance, the discharge of accountability, guilt, and remission of sin are only accomplished using blood from one who is “innocent” and not at fault.  Opportunities and possibilities for personal relationship with the Creator have been extended to all the living through confession, prayer, service, and worship.  All mankind are privileged to appear in some form of judgment (i.e., the divine convocations wherein divinity assigns value and further determines eternal duration for created beings and living creatures).  While those under judgment are accused only by the record of their deeds appearing in the Book of Life, occasion also is granted sinners who may have practiced disbelief and idol worship existing within their social group to declare their individual estimation of value for the things they willingly expressed and produced when applying the multiple gifts they were given from GOD as life.  It is written:  Romans 1:  18-25, King James Version (KJV):  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Garrett Briggs” (Level 4 with 2,738 points a member since November 05, 2010) posted the following:

 

Do you believe an islander or something of the like that has never been introduced to a Jewish based religion will go to hell?

If they have never been introduced to the religion then how would they know any better. Is ignorance bliss or do you believe the message will get to them someway somehow?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  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:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  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.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  (Romans 8:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What True Believers Do (07/14/2016); On Carrying The Cross (02/28/2016); The Only One Sent? (02/19/2016); Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); GOD Angry With Us? (12/08/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013)

 

“Garrett Briggs”, the holy writings include many statements that mature Christian believers embrace as assurances that the righteousness of GOD that appears as divine love also reaches those living in remote places who do not have the same sacred knowledge and law (i.e., formal covenant relationship), and who are expressing life through cultures very different and diverse from that granted by GOD to Moses and those delivered in Egypt.  For example, Romans 2:  14-16, King James Version (KJV):  14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:  15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)  16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

The covenant of Moses that stands out to many because of deliverance and punitive judgment, in fact, amplified, complimented, and satisfied terms within many earlier agreements and covenants between the Creator and the created.  Included were law and promises proclaimed to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  In the process of GOD, blood that conveys life and spirit are required to cleanse and purge away sin.  Thus, the active presence of divinity upon the earth was to be clearly expressed even among those who are carnal, material, and social through sacred priesthood, divine inheritance, and a lifestyle displaying continual worship that included offerings and sacrifices as well as sacred events (we say, miracles, prophetic demonstrations, signs) for the revelation of eternal purpose and sovereign will.

Jesus Christ has appeared among mankind upon the earth as an embodiment of full divinity (we say, the GODhead), and introduced a new covenant through his blood shed upon the cross.  What the Savior has done applies in spite of barriers and frameworks generated by time and space.  Through the ministry of Christ, spirit content from the makeup of GOD is imparted to indwell the living and to recover the dead.  For measureless ages, Deity existed as one spirit who is boundless, diffuse, formless, and limitless.  Through Jesus, GOD has also used flesh and blood to reveal authority, commitment to mankind, immutability, incorruption, multiple persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), rebirth, salvation, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Thus, it is written:  

(1.)  Hebrews 9:  14-16, KJV:  14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

(2.)  Romans 6:  16-18, KJV:  16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  John 10:  15-17, KJV:  15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:  and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.)  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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Whether or not sinners may gain salvation without reading the Scriptures is the topic, today.  The holy writings are as excellent as every other spiritual gift from divinity (e.g., apostles, discernment, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, tongues) because they are not simply about GOD, they are by and from GOD.  Correctly understood, the holy writings are a device GOD uses to impart spirit substance to the living.  Operations carried out by the Spirit of GOD serve in a sacred process of revelation whereby the character, nature, eternal purpose, and substance of divinity are made knowable and known to created beings and living creatures.  Mature Christian believers usually agree that the Bible is a divine tool to be taken seriously by every repentant sinner, for the Scriptures document the active presence of divinity upon the earth and within the heaven using thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  Specifically, the full gospel of Jesus Christ is presented there along with much of the sacred knowledge required to maintain ones lifestyle as a new creation through the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answer” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is it true you can never enter the Kingdom of Heaven if you’ve never read The Bible?

Most people don’t even read the Bible and most people are going to hell

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  (2nd Peter 1:  2-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Best Starting Point (09/13/2016); Church Attendance and Inheritance (09/11/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); On Doing Good Deeds (02/02/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); Starting From Scratch? (07/08/2015); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, every sinner is called (recruited) to do their own part within a full work from GOD.  Christian believers are to accept the holy writings as an authoritative source for correct sacred knowledge appearing through such features as divine commandments, examples from life experience, required expectations (we say, hope), guidance, instruction, terms for covenant relationship, divine law, official proclamations from divinity, promises, and prophecy in the form of comfort, demonstrations, edification, and exhortation.  The Scriptures serve as the framework for sacred structure within the life of a believer, and are to convey and impart spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Included are awe (we say, fear of the Lord, reverence), faith, holiness, humility, divine love, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  With this in view, the Scriptures are an appearance of GOD using physical form (i.e., incarnation).  Through disciplined and regular study of the Scriptures, believers are to develop discernment (i.e., the ability to apply ones own spirit content from GOD to recognize and respond to the same spirit content as it appears in events, oneself, other persons, messages and statements, etc.).  Even so, salvation does not result by our simply reading a book.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 13:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

(2.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, KJV:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(3.)  Matthew 7:  21-23, KJV:  21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Peter 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.)  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, Scripture points are presented on the duty of Christian believers to share the testimony of Jesus.  Sharing sacred testimony is intended to continue divine revelation.  Those who display humility and meekness often are those who best provide the testimony of Jesus, for they do not seek acknowledgment, advantage, self-promotion, and their own glory.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Colton” (Level 1 with 97 points, a member since May 19, 2016) posted the following:

 

How do i give a testimony for my football team when i’ve been a christian all my life and i have no testimony?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:  (2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  More Than Death Needed (12/07/2015); He Must Increase? (04/01/2015); Ark of the Covenant? (03/17/2015); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013); Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013);  How To Have Conviction (11/24/2012); A Text for Lives Today? (11/25/2012)

 

“Colton”, a testimony is a verbal report admissible as “evidence” in judgment (like ballistic test results, fibers, finger prints, surveillance camera film, a smoking gun) because it has the force of truth (…the whole truth, and nothing but the truth).  Many make the mistake of thinking they share sacred testimony when, in fact, they report only their own religious experiences, their private opinions, their own daily routines, or the unique and uncommon practices they may use when they reverence and worship GOD.  Where we speak on the basis of our own feelings, imagination, and thoughts, we speak “from ourselves.”  Correctly understood, those who are “born again” are to declare divine doctrine, preach the Gospel, proclaim the promises from GOD, and prophesy (i.e., declare divine intent and eternal purpose; comfort; edify; exhort).  In the same way boasting and bragging twist and warp confession, personal accounts and anecdotes quickly become ruined through exaggerated pride and self-promotion.  Unseen carnal, emotional, material and psychological forces may alter reports of experiences had among, and by family members and friends, making them only vicarious events and second-hand self-expressions, rather than genuine demonstrations from the divine Spirit.  Consider again how some of this is stated within the holy writings:

(1.)   John 7:  14-18, King James Version (KJV):  14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.  15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?  16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory:  but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

(2.)  Revelation 12:  7-11, KJV:  7 And there was war in heaven:  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,  8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:  for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

(3.)  Revelation 12:  13-17, KJV:  13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.  14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.  16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.  17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 19:  9-11, KJV:  9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.  10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not:  I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:  worship God:  for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.)  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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