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The Word of the Cross

 

Today, the reply acknowledges that more than dying on the cross was provided by Jesus Christ during his ministry on the earth. Jesus served as an anointed High Priest to make atonement for sin. The good works Jesus performed included comfort, exorcism, healing, miracles, and teaching. In addition to fulfilling divine proclamation, promise, and prophecy on the cross, Christ became the embodiment of sin, and was destroyed by the Godhead in accord. More than this, the Savior established the new covenant promised to the Jews that also applies to all mankind, and Christ addressed the human predicament that resulted from the operations of sin by furthering the restoration of humanity through forgiveness and reconciliation. Because of his resurrection, those who come to Christ now receive eternal life, and exist as the new creation. It is written: Psalms 51: 9-12, King James Version (KJV): 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” pubic forum using the ID “Bob” (Level 6 with 11,539 points) posted the following:

 

Did the all knowing magic god Jesus know his crucifixion was a total waste of time and that humanity would keep on sinning?

 

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

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Sin Depicted Using Flesh (11/22/2019); Taboo To Be “spiritual”? (10/07/2019); New Birth By Resurrection (09/27/2019); Now Are Ye Light (09/18/2019); Paying For Our Sins? (08/20/2019); Jesus In This Environment? (04/30/2019); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012)

 

Bob”, as surely as Jesus knew that there would be mockers and scorners like those appearing in this public forum, the Son of the Highest understood that the redemption and salvation of mankind requires more than (1) forgiveness and forbearance; (2) more than the appearance of divinity in human flesh (we say, Incarnation); (3) more than that Jesus endure the conditions for existence and life that resulted from the sin of Adam (we say, the human predicament that includes agony, humiliation, mortality, and suffering); (4) more than death of a holy one on the cross to provide pure blood for a priestly atonement; and (5) more than resurrection from the dead to establish a new platform for divine judgment that provides grace and mercy in addition to the second death.

Mankind would have to receive fresh endowments of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) originally imparted to Adam from the makeup of GOD. As companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity mankind is to resemble, reflect, and reveal the image of GOD, and display the character and nature of Jesus Christ. Sinners who become “born-again” receive into their consciousness and self-will inseparable aspects of divine fullness. Included are balance, completeness, expectation (hope), faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Those who are born-again are to “grow-up again” while living on the earth, and are to become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing (we also say, Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming).

Developing and mature Christian believers now are in an ongoing process of transformation through discovery, gradual growth, sacred practices (e.g., fasting, praise, prayer), study of the Scriptures, unselfish service, and the endurance of suffering. Death and all sin will be eliminated from the lives of those called “the just,” and they will be made perfected as they meet the Lord in the air. There first must be tribunals of judgment against “the wicked” before sin is eradicated from their lives, and they themselves are released from existence. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the acapella music ministry of Glad;

(1.) 1st Corinthians 1: 17-18, King James Version (KJV): 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

(2.) 1st John 1: 5-10, KJV: 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(3.) Revelation 21: 6-8, KJV: 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rmu9V5kEHQ.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on the comprehensive operations to reveal divinity on the earth as being characterized by concentration and focus, rather than being all-inclusive. GOD calls men and women into service as disciples, healers, judges, prophet, priests, and kings. Even so, all will not be chosen to reign with Jesus Christ as joint-heirs, and the new creation. In the same way that sacred tribunals for judgment expose and uncover otherwise hidden and unseen aspects of content and substance among and within mankind, where the living accept accountability, declare commitment, complete duty, and perform required service they also present the image of GOD and the likeness of Jesus Christ. It is written: Matthew 22: 8-10, King James Version (KJV): 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “ImAtheist” (Level 1 with 2 points) posted the following:

 

If the Christian God is all knowing all powerful how come it has yet to convince even half of the population that it exists?

 

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, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Ones Spirit Must Grow? (09/29/2019); The Saved Are Numberless (04/29/2019); Atheists And The Word? (09/11/2018); Chosen Through Sacred Process (09/06/2018); Life And Divine Purpose (05/04/2018); Salvation for Atheists? (06/14/2013); Church is Good? (06/15/2013)

 

ImAtheist”, sharing things understood among those who declare what they believe instead of what they disbelieve, before the creation of the earth there were fixed standards in place; and only those meeting the standards will be continued in eternity. Mankind’s response to the operations of sin required mortality and separation as continuing conditions for the existence and integrity of created beings and living creatures on the earth. The sanctions against that appear within unchanging divine law make necessary such sacred works as atonement; birth, development to maturity, anointing for ordained ministry and priesthood, living as a nomad and an itinerant preacher, and the death of divinity on the cross (we say, the Incarnation of divine fullness as Jesus Christ); redemption; resurrection for the dead to appear in final judgment; salvation; sanctification; and the second death that eliminates and erases all sin.

GOD is a spirit, and the operations of divinity are spirit in process and substance. Spirit remains invisible and undetectable to those relying on finite human tools of flesh (e.g., sensations of hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, etc.), or mind (e.g., carnal reason, imagination, logic, recall, thinking). Divinity is made knowable, known, accessible, and approachable (we say, revealed) by inseparable aspects of divine fullness that are imparted to exist within the consciousness and self-will of the living. Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

GOD maintains all Creation and the entire universe using authority, divine order, dominion, mechanical process and natural law, power, sacred law, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and sovereign will. Divinity responds to the presence of life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) within created beings and living creatures as an aspect of divine fullness. The living are to be companions to immortal, incorruptible, invisible divinity; and they are to resemble, reflect, and reveal the image of GOD. Achieving the gifts of salvation and eternal life are not based on self-promotion and humanity choosing GOD, so much as GOD choosing mankind and responding to those who bear his mark. Therefore, mature Christians speak in terms of divine concentration and focus upon the living through adoption, grace, judgment, and purchase. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of John Michael Talbot:

(1.) Psalms 15: 1-3, King James Version (KJV): 1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

(2.) Romans 6: 23, KJV: 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.) Psalms 51: 15-17, KJV: 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

(4.) Ephesians 2: 4-6, KJV: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

(5.) 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (6.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnM4a3TKPro.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on accounts in the Bible indicating that Moses continued to have favor with GOD, despite having been denied the privilege of entering the land of Canaan. Moses did not appear as one having place among divine fullness (i.e., divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit); and Moses was called to serve. There is no record that Moses was seen in vision seated or standing at the right hand of GOD as was Jesus Christ. Jesus used the parable in Luke of the rich man and the beggar to endorse the prophetic ministry of Moses. When the rich man asked that Lazarus be sent to warn his five brothers at home declaring to father Abraham, if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. Jesus affirmed, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Also, the Gospel of John declares that the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. It is written: 2nd Peter 1: 16-21, King James Version (KJV): 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. A fighter in “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID Tracy (Level 2 with 1,130 points) posted the following:

 

Did Moses die still having God’s favor since he did not make it to the Promised Land?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. (Luke 9: 28-35, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Testimony From GOD (10/22/2019); Moses Was Not Divine (04/24/2019); The Divinity of Peter? (01/21/2019); Holy Fire From GOD? (04/27/2017); The Transfiguration of Christ (11/14/2016); Anointed, Consecrated and Installed (08/04/2016); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014); GOD Permits Evil? (05/12/2014)

 

Tracy”, the apostles of Jesus could have claimed they were eye-witnesses to the forgiveness granted Moses, and the majestic love of GOD. Many Christian believers trust that Moses continued to have favor with GOD on the basis of the fact that, before his death, Moses was permitted to see the features and qualities provided by GOD for Israel within the Promised Land (e.g., the plains and prairie land; the hills and valleys; the rushing streams and standing pools of water) just as Moses was allowed to see the train of glory that followed GOD. Others are convinced that Moses continued to find grace on the basis of his appearing with the Prophet Elijah during the Transfiguration of Jesus that provided further witness to Jesus as the Son sent from the Father. As part of the vision revealing the Promised Land, we also see Moses alive and receiving the fulfillment of his own proclamations of a prophet who would come; for Moses was permitted to acknowledge Jesus as the Prophet, Sceptre, and Star who would come, raised up from among the brethren in the Transfiguration to reinforce and strengthen the Lord for his trial, and death on the cross. In his excitement and spiritual confusion from the scene, Peter immediately acknowledged the divinity of Jesus and the two prophets by proposing that three tabernacles be established at the spot so that each one might be worshiped. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and the selection from the music ministry of Wintley Phipps:

(1.) Deuteronomy 18: 14-16, King James Version (KJV): 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. 15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

(2.) Numbers 24: 16-18, KJV: 16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: 17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. 18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.

(3.) Romans 8: 29-31, KJV: 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

(4.) Exodus 34: 28-35, KJV: 28 And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. 29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. 31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him in mount Sinai. 33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face. 34 But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. 35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, (5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OzpQF97zU8.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on displaying accountability for Creation and preserving the universe as inseparable aspects of the divine goodness GOD provides to created beings and living creatures. While finite consciousness can conceive form and process for life experience that focuses on things carnal, material and social, created beings and living creatures can not depend on their own intellect and self-will (willpower) either to secure a permanent place as life companions to divinity, or to overcome the operations of sin without divine intervention. GOD must appear among the living as active presence who initiates and completes multiple sacred tasks that include atonement, forgiveness, ending mortality, rebirth, sanctification, resurrection, and executing the second death. It is written: Genesis 6: 5-8, King James Version (KJV): 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “wandering vagabond” (Level 2 with points) posted the following:

 

If god is good why did he send millions to a watery grave?

even if they did bad things he could have shown them the error of their ways in a peaceful way being all powerful. yet this monster god everyone loves so much drowned them all. how can you all worship such a god?

 

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. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5: 17-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: From Spirit Not Mud (02/26/2019); The Existence of “Goodness”? (12/06/2018); How Did Noah Know? (10/14/2018); Why Does GOD “Repent”? (04/06/2018); Can GOD Feel Pain? (01/02/2018); Becoming Free From Sin (07/16/2017); On Law and Sin (06/07/2017)

 

wandering vagabond”, mature Christian believers trust that, in addition to faith, holiness, longsuffering and lovingkindness, the goodness of immortal, incorruptible GOD also must display accountability, authority, consistency, impartiality, integrity, justice, mercy, and uncompromising wrath against sin. The operations of GOD to cleanse, heal, preserve and restore mankind are not constricted by the frameworks of time and space, or mechanical and natural law. Even so, there are multiple elements that appear relying on immutable divine laws, sacred principles, published proclamations, promise, prophecy, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Deitrick Haddon:

(1.) Ecclesiastes 9: 17-18, King James Version (KJV): 17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

(2.) Ezekiel 18: 20-24, KJV: 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

(3.) Ezekiel 16: 49-50, KJV: 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2YfMZ4_JQI.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on translating the Bible into English and other languages. “Faith comes by hearing” means by comprehending, understanding, and properly fitting together the spirit content shared from divinity, rather than by reacting to noises or sounds from speech and utterance. GOD is not the author of confusion. The Bible is a collection and full library made up from fragments and original manuscripts written using multiple ancient languages (e.g., Aramaic, Babylonian, Hebrew, Greek, Latin), describing multiple appearances on earth by the pattern of priesthood in heaven, and documenting multiple covenant agreements and relationships between divinity and mankind from various regions and territories (e.g., Canaan, Judea, Macedonia, Syria), from different government documents and officials as well as from multiple sacred writers (e.g., apostles, evangelists, priests, prophets). The ancient materials must be handled carefully because they are delicate and easily damaged. Preserving the physical artifact is important; however, more important is continuing their admonition, authority, guidance, instruction, sacred law, spirit content, and prophetic vision imparted from divinity. It is written: Ecclesiastes 12: 10-14, King James Version (KJV): 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” pubic forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Me and myself” (Level 1 with 68 points) posted the following:

 

Did Jesus Christ speak English?

If Not, then Why do we consider the Bible written in English to be the word of God rather than the word of the translators?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22: 18-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Kingdom Within You (09/26/2019); According To Your Faith (08/15/2019); The Word From GOD (12/11/2018); GOD Appearing As Word (01/14/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); Unclear Scriptures? (03/18/2014); Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014); Translation, Please… (01/11/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013)

 

Me and myself”, developing Christian believers are encouraged to think of the Bible as the word “from” GOD proclaimed using apostles, elders (patriarchs), heads of tribes, judges, kings, prophets, and other anointed spokespersons, rather than academicians, politicians, professors, “thought leaders,” and translators. The letter and specific wording of sacred messages, teachings, and visions can be discrete, and separate from the spirit content that they convey and project using the exact same words. Those who serve as scribes and translators for the holy writings, are not chosen on the basis of their scholastic achievement, professional reputation, and secular knowledge. They are chosen on the basis of their sacred knowledge, spiritual anointing, commitment, discernment, experience, and maturity. They must be disciplined, give attention to detail, and obey strict rules for the work, because within a manuscript (we say, the text) many subtleties will appear (barely visible differences; sudden shifts in intent, meaning, quality, and value). Also, many of the decisions made for interpretations and what finally will be presented must be agreed upon through a process like that of “peer review.”

Because GOD is a spirit, human communication with GOD, for GOD, and about GOD must contain and deposit into others aspects of the same spirit substances that are fitted together as divine fullness (we say, the makeup of GOD; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Among mankind, language, audible speech, use of utterance, and expressing emotions and thoughts with gestures, movements, and words are human tools that allow agreement, influence on the emotional and intellectual content of others, shared focus on material objects, and social interaction.

Properly understood, the achievements of Bible translators are accomplished through operations of the Holy Spirit. Being diffuse, immaterial, and without physical form, divinity can operate within the consciousness and self-will (willpower) of created beings and living creatures, and exists within the living as life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word). Where the Bible is presented in translation that uses different languages, forms of expression and meaning equal to the original direction, focus, texture, tone and the various aspects of spirit must be acknowledged and embodied so that the presence and substance of divinity to be imparted is preserved, and is not altered or changed. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Marty Goetz:

1. Proverbs 30: 5-6, King James Version (KJV): 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

2. John 6: 63, KJV: 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. Revelation 21: 5-8, KJV: 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se9uQrCQAe8.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on repentance and the Spirit from GOD that indwells Christian believers. The key elements for repentance and new life for sinners is (1) their sorrow for sin, (2) their gratitude for atonement and propitiation, (3) their “fear of the Lord” that is correct awe, respect and reverence, (4) their desire to be truly worthy of inclusion within the household of GOD, and (5) their trust in the word of GOD appearing as covenant relationship, divine law, promise, and prophecy, rather than their being afraid of punishment and torment. Without arrogance, competitiveness, or presumption, believers are to operate in accord with the example of Jesus Christ. It is written: Romans 6: 20-23, King James Version (KJV): 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Christians, is not it a wise choice to repent without ceasing?

Better safe than sorry, and remain in a permanent praying position and confess continuously. One can sin in ignorance; for safety measures. “The soul who sins shall die.”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. (2nd Corinthians 7: 10-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Repentance Must Happen Now (06/07/2019); Biblical Replies On Forgiveness? (01/11/2019); Sinners Must Become Convicted (11/27/2018); Repentance A Lifestyle Event (02/09/2018); Working to Pay GOD? (02/23/2017); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); The “Jesus Way”? (05/17/2013)

 

Anonymous”, “better safe than sorry” comes from a pattern of feeling and thinking from within the man-made world system that has been created for coping with problems and uncertainty, exchange, trade, and survival. Developing and mature Christian believers are not driven and impelled by anxiety, fear, and imbalance as are sinners who continue in ignorance of redemption and salvation from GOD. While they too have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD, believers are accounted as “born again” vessels of divine substance who must “grow up again” on the earth, and become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing (the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming). Believers are built-up, edified, and nourished by features in their ongoing lifestyle and daily routine that display their spirit content imparted from the makeup of divinity. Included should be acknowledging accountability, practicing discernment, discovery, forgiving others, gaining sacred knowledge, gradual growth, fellowship within the body of believers, unselfish service, and suffering. Believers appear as the new creation of Jesus Christ by displaying the image of GOD and Christ-likeness. Prayer is more a sacred tool for expressing gratitude and love to GOD than a device for escaping punishment, obtaining pleasures, or requesting necessary supplies (food, drink, shelter, etc.). Begging does not appear when we call to those who show us love, respect, and trust, and who have the desire to share with us. In place of argument, carnal reasoning, coercion, or threats of damnation and violence the followers of Jesus continue as the evidence of things unseen. Inseparable aspects of divine fullness are imparted to believers that draw others to GOD (e.g., faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Al Green:

(1.) 2nd Timothy 1: 7, King James Version (KJV): 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

(2.) Philippians 4: 6-7, 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.

(3.) 2nd Peter 1: 2-8, KJV: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 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: 4 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. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 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.)

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnChTJ4w0GU.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on whether sinners are made “sin-free” by death. As part of the conditions for their existence and life, babies also receive a vulnerability to the operations of sin. Properly understood, death and mortality are divine tools to fulfill the eternal purpose of GOD as Lawgiver, Judge, Ruler over all Creation, and Savior of mankind in spite of the infirmity and weakness that continues on the earth because of sin. The fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden has required acts of GOD and a plan having multiple divine operations to release mankind from the consequences of their own actions. The errors (sin) committed by the first pair, entered into their lives like the barb on a fishhook, that goes in quietly and smoothly, yet, always tears the flesh when attempting to take it out. The expressed will of GOD (we say, the divine law; the word spoken) behaved like a barbed hook. It is written: 1st Corinthians 15: 56, King James Version (KJV): 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. One of the fighters using the ID “Anonymous” in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality (no profile data shared) posted the following:

 

If at birth we are sinners, at death are we sin-free?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (1st Corinthians 15: 21-26, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Entered Into Divine Glory (09/03/2019); Life Because of Righteousness (08/29/2019); The Penalty of Death? (04/26/2019); Salvation Through Jesus Christ (03/25/2019); Satisfying Creation and Law (01/22/2019); Gall Refused on the Cross? (03/20/2015); The Agony of Death? (03/22/2015)

 

Anonymous”, mankind requires a new birth that may only be accomplished by a death and resurrection of divinity. The dead do not sin; even so, they will be held accountable for their actions while they were living. Divine operations for fulfilling lawful judgment and restoring Adam from their violation of relationship with GOD has required more than forgiveness. There also must be the use of mortality, death, and resurrection of the dead. Among mature Christian believers, it is understood that sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the entire Creation. Sin is no spirit or substance put forth by GOD, yet, sin may dominate consciousness and self-will (willpower) within created beings and living creatures. The operations of sin can not be eliminated, destroyed, or reversed as though sin were an ordinary man-made, material object. Only through forms of death can those who commit sin be released from its influence. While the sinner will not continue to commit sin, the living will be challenged by their offenses and the consequences of their deeds for as much as four generations (160 years). The appearance of divinity using the form of human flesh and blood (we say, Incarnation) has permitted mankind to become “born again” and “mature again” through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The same life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted to Adam at Creation and that resided within Jesus is provided from the makeup of GOD, and believers are to exist as the new creation. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. In addition to discernment and the ability to realize that sin is contrary to both divine and human nature, Christ has provided expectations (hopes), understandings, eternal works, and sacred visions that allow the heart and mind of his disciples to live above condemnation, fear, and spiritual confusion. The members of his church are to be those experiencing new life as vessels of divine spirit and the offspring of GOD. There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, consider again a presentation on grace from the music ministry of Steve Amerson @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVRLkfi2O6o.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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