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Today, focus is on belief, ministry, sacred events, and signs.  Believers and followers of Jesus accomplish works that are greater than those performed by the Lord on the basis of their displaying works chosen and selected by GOD to fulfill prophecy and eternal purpose, rather than as a matter of introducing sacred practices never seen or thought of before that originate within flesh, and are characterized by newness, sensationalism, and sensuality.  Many Christian believers do not distinguish between the works that focus on carnal, material and social things, and the works that might be spoken of as centering on Spirit.  Even so, all Christians are saved by divine grace through faith, and not by their own works.  Most of the critical operations completed for a sinner’s salvation must be carried out by divinity on their behalf leaving them only such work as acknowledgement and worship; acquiring sacred knowledge; developing discernment; expressing gratitude; regular prayer; sharing fellowship and unselfish service; and study of the holy writings.  With this in view, it might also be correct to say, The most important work to be completed by a believer in Christ is to be in a full personal relationship with divinity that displays the righteousness of GOD rather than the righteousness of mankind, and that permits discernment of the same oneness without sameness that appears among the persons within the GODhead.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Roland Chambers” (Level 2 with 786 points, a member since March 02, 2015) posted the following:

 

Jesus walked on water and turned water into wine. What greater work can man do then these things?


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

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Proclaiming A New Kingdom? (04/13/2017); Salvation By Faith Alone? (01/19/2017); Belief, Faith and Assumptions (11/24/2016); Diversity and Prophetic Gifts (11/22/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016); A Divine Day Off? (02/15/2016); On Doing Good Deeds (02/02/2016) 

 

“Roland Chambers”, the greater works created beings and living creatures must complete are those directed to GOD (e.g., confession, love, repentance, thanksgiving), and may be “visible” only as Spirit.  Thus, even for many mature Christians the most challenging and difficult work for a believer is submission (to “let go, and let God”).  While the process of GOD to separate Creation from sin does include many sacred events (we say, miracles), the presentation of non-verbal prophetic demonstrations that make “visible” otherwise unseen divine intent, messages and operations of the Spirit, and the provision of “signs” (nature used to authenticate the divine origin, source, and certain fulfillment of prophecy), through the ministry of Jesus Christ sinners are being granted a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD, and are being transformed to exist as a new creation.  In addition to the works of believing, commitment, exclusive spiritual devotion, recruiting new believers, and unselfish ministry to others, the born again disciples and followers of Christ are to endure suffering and await the Savior’s appearing (we say, Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  More significant than exceptions, reversals, and unusual occurrences in accordance with natural law are the continuous appearance of inseparable spirit substance from the Father (we say, divine DNA) deposited in earthen vessels, and displayed through the lifestyle and daily routines among those now the children of GOD.  Included should be seen faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  John 6:  27-35, King James Version (KJV):  27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:  for him hath God the Father sealed.  28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.  30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?  31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

(2.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-11, 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.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st Peter 4:  12-19, KJV:  12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  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.  17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.)  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, grace, salvation, and the divine process for spiritual growth are topics.  Eternal life always begins as a single moment during the mortal existence of a sinner.  Even so, the sinner only receives the full measure of blessing, gifts, and new life from GOD by continued humility, perseverance, and willingness to allow GOD to make permanent changes in what and who they are.  Those who leave the household of faith do so on the basis of their own choices and desires, not as a matter of divine rejection, or a lack of divine love.  With this in view, redemption and salvation are not one-time events; rather, they are movements and shifts within the core of ones makeup that require acknowledgment through multiple choices and decisions over the course of ones entire lifetime.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “annabellwagner14” (Level 1 with 92 points, a member since March 21, 2017) posted the following:

 

Being saved?

When I was younger my teacher (In church, I’m Baptist) had me saved. But I didn’t know that was what hapoened. So when I was older I got saved again. (I know that’s not how it works though, you can only be saved once). So is that bad? Does it mean wrong for me? Is there a way to fix that if there is a problem? Thank you in advance!
(I haven’t been to church in some time, I’m still looking for once since I moved)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  It is a faithful saying:  For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:  if we deny him, he also will deny us:  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful:  he cannot deny himself.  (2nd Timothy 2:  11-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Time and Sacred Events? (03/30/2017); The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); …Because GOD Loves You (03/05/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017); Plantings of the Lord (02/10/2017); As Newborn Babes…. (10/13/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016)

 

“annabellwagner14”, being saved takes a lifetime, and it is a sin to despair or quit seeking our salvation.  Many mature believers agree that “being saved” is not a one-time event for a sinner in the sense that salvation is a process of change, growth, and learning that often requires new choices and more-informed decisions.  A sinner must be “born again” through water baptism (death and burial of ones inborn spirit accompanied by resurrection having divine DNA, so to speak), and gradually come into full relationship as the children (i.e., sons, daughters, offspring) of GOD.  Once a sinner becomes a member of the family of GOD, they are rarely denied and rejected by the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit even though they may continue to sin, be ignorant of sacred knowledge, and fail to consistently practice important disciplines (e.g., confession, giving, praise, prayer, study of the holy writings).  Those who become blasphemers,  who cherish hidden sins, and who slander and behave as agents of the Adversary (the Devil) will be corrected and punished as the children of GOD, not put out of the family.  A sinner becomes perfected, and their transformation to exist as a companion to divinity is completed only through operations of the Holy Spirit, and at the time when Christ will appear to harvest those who are his from the earth (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Believers must “grow up again,” and become mature as vessels of spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Fresh endowments of inseparable spirit substance are imparted to the “new creation” including faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In addition to completeness and correctness, believers are to display balance, focus, restraint, stability, and zeal.  Consider the following points using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Ephesians 2:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  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;)

(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.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  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.)  Hebrews 12:  6-10, KJV:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-4, 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.)  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, topics include the response of Jesus to Judas, discerning divine operations, and realizing the active presence who is GOD.  Reply is made to a person boasting that he is an atheist and an imposter who deceives Christian believers.  Those who insist on foolishness and being playful in response to the Gospel do so risking the loss of their salvation from GOD.  For thereby they trod under foot the Son of God, count the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and do despite unto the Spirit of grace.  Through the Holy Spirit, believers are granted discernment to correctly respond to divinity, acknowledge and return genuine love, protect one another from fraud, and to shun iniquity and ungodliness.  Even so, judgment within the body of Christ is to be limited, and aims to avoid pronouncing perdition, and utter condemnation.  Authority to seal and make final determinations of sacred value (and its absence) for individuals, and various events are reserved and exclusive to divinity.  The faithful are instructed that all have sinned and come short,” yet, are cautioned to “judge nothing before the time,” and realize we are in a period of grace.  A person denying the Lord today may become changed in an instant to be a new creation.  When you see them tomorrow, or a few days from now, they may have had their own personal experience of salvation through Christ.  More than this, even where they deny the Lord now, they are no less divine instruments and tools to accomplish eternal purpose.  Jesus and the other apostles accepted the presence of Judas of Iscariot for some three years before the agent of Satan betrayed the Savior with a kiss.  During those years, his acceptance by the Lord was never because Jesus had been “fooled” or tricked regarding the man’s motives and true nature.  Con artists, deceivers, agents of the devil, and “flimflam” men seek to exploit human error, weaknesses, and wickedness in others thinking themselves specially skilled and superior.  Thus, their downfall and exposure usually come through hubris and their own exaggerated pride.  That others make no complaint or push the disbeliever away can be attributed to compassion, correct focus on the coming of Christ to harvest the earth, the greater maturity of believers, and that others do recognize the offender’s desperate need for ministry from a friend who is truly in Christ.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” using the ID “Kristophoros” (Level 2 with 284 points, a member since October 14, 2014) posted the following:

 

If Christians have a Holy Spirit, why can’t they tell that I’m kidding when I say I’m a Christian?

All I have to do is quote some scripture, praise Jesus, and they don’t have a clue I’m an atheist. Where is the Holy Spirit? I even had a Christian say they could feel the Holy Spirit flowing from me!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment:  yea, I judge not mine own self.  For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified:  but he that judgeth me is the Lord.  Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:  and then shall every man have praise of God.  (1st Corinthians 4:  1-5, King James Version (KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Called, Justified, and Glorified? (01/08/2017); Knowing GOD and Sin? (02/03/2017); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); Answer a Fool? (06/04/2015); The Gift of Meekness (11/25/2014); Concerning Meekness (11/26/2014); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013); Origin of Baptism? (06/22/2013)

 

“Kristophoros”, correctly understood, the “good fight of faith” is not one to condemn sinners so much as it is to bestow the love of GOD upon them.  In addition to wrath against sin, the operations of GOD to maintain and reinforce divine order, eternal life, and the sovereign will of Deity are to be recognized through the appearance of such inseparable spirit content as balance, forbearance, forgiveness, humility, longsuffering, lovingkindness, maturity, meekness, patience, respect, restraint, and sobriety.  Every born-again Christian believer must accept permanent changes in their own character and makeup that only result from operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD.  A reborn sinner must “grow up again” by acquiring sacred knowledge through fellowship, praise, prayer, service, study and worship; by completing sacred assignments and duties; by enduring “growing pains” that may include oppression, persecution, and suffering as well as by enduring and overcoming multiple temptations, thrusts and trials from those outside of Christ.  Accusation, confrontation, denouncing others, and slander are weapons of the Devil along with deceit, lies, malice and violence.  True Christian warfare occurs on a higher plane.  Consider again the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, King James Version (KJV):  3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

(2.)  2nd Timothy 2:  19-26, KJV:  19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.  20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.  22 Flee also youthful lusts:  but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Malachi 3:  17-18, KJV:  17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.)  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, incarnation, sin, and the fall of Adam are topics.  Those who become born-again as the new creation through Jesus Christ receive aspects of his divine spirit such as faith, holiness, lovingkindness, and wrath against sin.  GOD did not “lose control” over the first Creation, however, through the operations of sin with the venom of covetousness and presumption from a serpent, divine gifts and spirit content within Adam were diminished and “lost”.  The breath of life from the Creator that was the original endowment to Adam also imparted indispensable spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Included were appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), emotions, finite motor skills (e.g., moving the eyes, speaking, walking), mental operations (e.g., imagination, projection, recall), and skill for processing impressions from various senses (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching).  Adam was equipped to acknowledge, generate, manipulate, and respond to events, opportunities and other created beings and living creatures as well as to recognize recurring patterns.  In addition, Adam was given ability to anticipate and apprehend possibilities.  By eating the forbidden fruit, Adam became caught up in exaggerated pride, spiritual confusion, and departures from the operations for genuine sacred knowledge.  Where relationship with divinity was to be the primary mechanism for truth to humanity, the pair exalted finite tools such as intellect, intuition, logic, carnal reason, philosophy, science, and self-will.  Adam already was in the position of having dominion over the earth; thus, their willfully eating the forbidden fruit demonstrated more than simply that they had been deceived, or were tricked.  The pair ignored and suppressed the promptings of their own character and nature as the offspring of GOD; and rather than being entered into a higher condition, or being granted supernatural power, the two became carriers of the same iniquity and willfulness shown by the serpent, and those who would continually rebel against GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Forever” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since October 02, 2016) posted the following:

 

If God controls everything, why couldn’t he control Eve from not eating the apple?

That makes no sense, a god that creates us, suppose to control everything, but doesn’t stop Eve from eating the apple, allows so called the concept of sin, but claims to not allow it, what the heck?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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:  5-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); Dead While We Live? (02/02/2017); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Birth, Self-will and Sin? (11/13/2016); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The Choice of Knowledge? (10/28/2015); Accountability and Challenge, Not Blame (09/03/2015)

 

“Forever”, every mature Christian believer alive today started out with concerns and questions like yours.  A person must acquire sacred knowledge that centers upon spirit substance and the ongoing operations of spirit matter, instead of secular knowledge, the data and information provided by the world, and used for exchange and survival regarding things carnal, material and social.  GOD is a spirit who has put forth created beings and living creatures, their spheres of life, and the conditions for their duration.  The form for mankind was fashioned from the earth, and his inner substance (e.g., awareness, conscience, intelligence, self-will) were imparted from the makeup of GOD as life essence (i.e., breath, spirit, utterance, word).  

Divinity has not created sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all the universe that exists in response to the commands of Deity.  Thus, sin may be thought of as a by-product of the separation granted to the living so that they exist having independence and integrity of being.  Sin promotes nonexistence, and a return to the chaos and flux that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth.  Sin is not a common object having measurable physical form; and, therefore, can not be simply destroyed, eliminated, or erased.  Sin contains no spirit substance from the makeup of GOD, yet, has direction, effect, and presence.  The operations of sin may dominate consciousness and self-will in angels, animals, and men. 

By their actions that included disobeying divine law, showing no respect to the Creator, and not trusting GOD to bestow grace, love and mercy, Adam lost their divine outer covering, and many aspects of their inner spirit content.  What Christians should understand as “divine control” is accomplished only through the oneness without sameness that results when the Holy Spirit is imparted to indwell a created being (we say, Incarnation, as seen through Jesus Christ).  Having a fresh endowment of the same spirit content that resides within GOD, men correctly and consistently acknowledge the authority, preeminence, and sovereign will within the GODhead.  The Spirit is living matter, and will operate from within sinners who accept rebirth (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit, resurrection having divine DNA, so to speak). 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, there are many points from the Bible such as Romans 5:  17-21, King James Version (KJV):  17 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.)  18 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.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.)  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, focus is on the endowment from GOD that makes possible human understanding in ongoing relationships with divinity.  The eternal purposes of GOD that appear in Creation display both putting forth and drawing in whatever is sacred in character, nature, and substance.  GOD knows and understands all the possibilities for expression that exist throughout Creation, and may use actions, emotion, silence, and unknown tongues to communicate.  The Creator reigns and rules as sovereign over all, yet, the Creator does not share personal relationship with all.  The GODhead reveals a greater fullness of divinity to those granted anointing through the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) as well as through divine gifts of awareness, conscience, redemption, salvation, sacred knowledge, and sanctification.  In spite of limitations from brief duration, mortality, separation, and sin, divine grace has made it possible for all created beings and living creatures to communicate and enjoy a rich personal experience of fellowship with GOD.  In addition to awareness, confession, petition, and prayer as dialog, the living may acceptably acknowledge and engage Deity through such features as awe, forgiveness, humility, obedience, praise, promise, repentance, unselfish service, and worship.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Philippines)” using the ID “Mortal Seeker” (Level 3 with 1,591 points, a member since April 14, 2012) posted the following:

 

If God speak to us, how would we ever understand?

Would a bacteria or a plankton understand if a human spoke to it?

 

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:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2nd Peter 1:  2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Knowing What’s In Man (03/15/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation (03/10/2017); The Gift of Humility (02/19/2017); Called, Justified, and Glorified? (01/08/2017); GOD Appearing As Word (01/14/2016); On Saying the Truth? (12/18/2014); What is Truth? (12/19/2014)

 

“Mortal Seeker”, divinity has used patriarchs, prophets, rulers, and apostles as spokespersons.  That the authority, knowledge and power of the Creator are awesome, exalted, preeminent and sovereign is not an obstacle to created beings and living creatures continuing to be in ongoing relationship with divinity.  The Spirit of GOD that established the heaven and earth at Creation also operates as the agent, presence, and representative of Jesus Christ, who is Risen Lord.  The Holy Spirit is able to introduce the necessary operations for permanent change within the character and makeup of the living that fit the created to exist as part of the “oneness without sameness” shared among the persons of the GODhead.  Created ones become companions to immortal, incorruptible, invisible GOD by acts of GOD that include proclaiming law, judgment, and deliverance.   The Spirit gradually imparts content from the makeup of Deity that must be in place for the living to share communication, exchange, and interaction with the Creator.  Thus, through multiple sacred devices (e.g., contemplation, water baptism, fellowship with mature believers, anointed music ministry, prayer, prophecy, study of the holy writings) sinners experience adoption of the Holy Spirit and rebirth.  Believers are given fresh endowments of divine life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word).  Inseparable aspects of divine fullness are received, are to continue in balance, and are to increase that include faith, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Once “born again” a sinner will have standing as an offspring (child) of GOD; is to “grow up again” meeting the same challenges as all others on the earth; and is to become mature as a vessel who presents to others the active presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Consider the following points from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 4:  9-13, King James Version (KJV):  9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life:  but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;  10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.  11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.  12 And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire:  ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.  13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 2:  9-16, KJV:  9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, formal and informal use of the word “faith” as well as mature Christian belief are considered.  The definition and meaning of “faith” for those who are born again emerges from divine existence as immortal, the operations and active presence of divinity on the earth, and the ongoing fulfillment of sacred proclamations, promises, prophecies, and revealed eternal purposes.  Salvation is a work by  divinity that uses the operations of faith that has been bestowed and provided because of grace, divine love, and sovereign prerogative.  At first, a sinner apprehends salvation as a condition through deposits of Spirit from GOD that are only an earnest or installment of what is to be their full divine endowment.  Thus, salvation may appear to be incomplete, lacking full authority, and partial.  In the Advent (some say, Rapture, the harvest, the resurrection, the Second Coming) salvation will be confirmed as complete, eternal, and as having been in full operation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “?” (Level 2 with 605 points, a member since May 13, 2016) posted the following:

 

Faith is just an exuse to do bad things; True or False?

For example, I heard some Christians say “It’s perfectly reasonable for God to allow the stabbing of innocent babies with swords because they get to go to heaven when they die.” I even had read it in a Study Bible.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;  And having an high priest over the house of God;  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:  and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  (Hebrews 10:  19-27, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); Salvation By Faith Alone? (01/19/2017); Are All Religions Acceptable? (01/11/2017); How To Get Faith? (10/10/2016); Simple and Mature Faith (09/05/2016); Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); The Soon Return of Jesus? (01/05/2015)

 

“?”, do not be deceived, faith is not bestowed by GOD as a tool for excusing error, escaping divine judgment, self-justification, or self-promotion.  Nowadays, the word “faith” often is used to describe various formal and informal systems of belief intended to explain such features of life experience as causes, judgments of right and wrong, origins, purposes, and suffering.  For many mature Christian believers “faith” is one of various spirit substances within the full makeup of GOD, and, therefore, is inseparable from holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  With this in view, it should make sense that Christian faith pertains to everlasting existence and eternal life more than to condemnation of GOD by created beings and living creatures, their outrage against the condition of existing as finite and dependent upon frameworks of time and space as well as to human resentment for the short duration and severity of life challenges.  Divine faith is active as the origin and source for a full range of inward, sacred life experiences that include conviction, desire, emotion, expectation, forbearance, forgiveness, rebirth, and sanctification.  Rather than a focus upon error and sin, faith centers on the possibilities for blessing and the quality of life granted to sinners when they become part of the “new creation” by GOD through Jesus Christ.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Galatians 2:  20, King James Version (KJV):  20 I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

(2.)  Hebrews 11:  1-3, KJV:  1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.  3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

(3.)  1st Peter 1:  3-9, KJV:  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 5:  7-10, KJV:  7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made to a question on accepting divine judgment against family members.  Judgment pertains to the unshakable majesty and sovereignty of GOD.  The saved do not become all-knowing and omniscient.  In the same way we will not get to meet and be friends with every other person on the earth during our lifetime, we may not get to be in direct contact with, and come to know everyone in heaven during eternity.  As witnesses to their righteous judgment, believers will see everyone sent to the lake of fire and the second death.  Christ will declare them “workers of iniquity” and will say, “I never knew you.”  Similarly, the saved will have selected recall of sins and suffering from the earth as though many never occurred.  The changes made through resurrection will render those we loved on the earth knowable only as pleasant memories, and unrecognizable as those we may continue to love who also have eternal life.  It is GOD’s revealed intent that none should perish, yet, the demands of divine law must go forward.  GOD is no less divine when we as his children do not get to have our way.  The authority, divinity and righteousness of GOD are immutable and remain unchanged; therefore, our obedience, respect, and reverence may increase, yet, should never become less.  In the same way parents must acknowledge their own children may become defiant, incorrigible, and come under the punishments of law beyond the home that apply to the larger community and all humankind, children also must accept that their parents may come under the condemnation of divine law and the demands of GOD upon his Creation.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Christians, would you still worship God if you knew your mother was burning alive in the flames of hell for eternity?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  My soul yearns for you in the night;  in the morning my spirit longs for you.  When your judgments come upon the earth,  the people of the world learn righteousness.  But when grace is shown to the wicked,  they do not learn righteousness;  even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil  and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.  Lord, your hand is lifted high,  but they do not see it.  Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame;  let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.  (Isaiah 26:  9-11, New International Version, NIV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Temporal and Eternal Judgment (02/15/2017); Blame, Sin and Salvation? (02/13/2017); In Her father’s House? (02/08/2017); Dead While We Live? (02/02/2017); Accepting the Divine Will? (12/06/2016); Hell and The Cross? (04/10/2016); Damnation And The Cross? (03/06/2016); Approaching Mothers Day (05/07/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, accepting divine judgment against family, friends, and even ourselves first requires we become transformed to acknowledge continually that GOD is spirit, and is not limited by frameworks of emotion, social conventions, time, and space as are created beings and living creatures.  We could say, however, GOD is “limited” by divine law, and wrath against sin that are permanent aspects of his sacred makeup.  Christian believers seek a continuing relationship with GOD, however, this requires they all gradually change, grow, and become mature (i.e., balanced, complete, consistent, stable) as vessels of “sacred knowledge” and spirit substance imparted from GOD.  All start as sinners whose awareness and self-will regularly focus on expressing exaggerated pride, self-interest, self-promotion, and self-will.  Following water baptism that depicts the death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit, the believer is “born again” and can then “grow up again” as an offspring of GOD.  Even then, having become lawful and legitimate as sons and daughters of GOD who are living on the earth and mortal, believers do not immediately arrive at a full acceptance of divine authority, the commitment to endure suffering for the name of Jesus Christ, correct understanding and obedience of divine law, or respectful submission to judgment and the multiple operations of GOD (e.g., atonement, chastisement, forgiveness, sanctification, suffering, the harvesting of believers from the earth at the Second Coming).  Consider again the following from the holy writings that include the demands of the law and warning for the church (Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica):

(1.)  Job 2:  7-10, NIV:  7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.  8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.  9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”  10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”  In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

(2.)  Revelation 3:  19-22, NIV:  19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.  20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.  21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.  22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

(3.)  Luke 14:  25-27, NIV:  25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:  26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.  27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

(4.)  1st Peter 4:  14-16, NIV:  14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

(5.)  Revelation 2:  21-23, NIV:  21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.  22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.  23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Romans 7:  4-6, NIV:  4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.  6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.)  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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