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Today, the reply is on whether animals and other living creatures have “souls”. At Creation, dominion over the earth was granted to mankind; the awe, humility, and submission shown to man by other creatures is to display and make visible what is to be humanity’s relationship with GOD who remains invisible and unseen. While all that exist and are alive on the earth have come into presence through GOD, consciousness and self-will within all created beings and living creatures may be dominated by the operations of sin. The holy writings do not include instruction that divinity responds to every living thing as having equal ability and presence with GOD, yet, there are many acknowledgments of the Creator’s concern, grace, and provision to even the least of them. It is written: Psalms 84: 1-3, King James Version (KJV): 1 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Also: Job 38: 35-41, KJV: 35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are? 36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? 37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together? 39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, 40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat. One of the writers in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Josephette Maria (Level 1 with 162 points) posted the following:

 

Do only mammals have souls? What about simpler creatures like birds, turtles and fish?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. (Luke 12: 4-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Fully Communicating Human Potential? (09/30/2019); Divine Spirit Within Animals? (09/05/2019); Was Creation A Failure? (05/13/2019); How Did Noah Know? (10/14/2018); A Species of Animal? (01/31/2017); GOD’s Peculiar People (12/11/2016); Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); Another Gospel? (10/19/2013); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013)

 

Josephette Maria”, relying on the holy writings for guidance and instruction, many mature Christian believers agree that a “living soul” is a created being or living creature whose form has been fashioned by divinity, and who has been infused with consciousness, self-will (we also say, willpower), and inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Included are angels, animals, mankind, and the sacred beasts of heaven. Diverse finite abilities, properties and tools are found among them such as alertness, intelligence, logic, carnal reason, and discursive thought. Only divinity is immortal and incorruptible. Through the operations of sin, death and mortality continue as a condition of challenge and limitation for all living on the earth; and the duration of celestial creatures (who are neither mortal nor immortal) is on the basis of divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD.

The earth is to be inhabited, and was created as a home for Adam, who was fashioned to be a companion to divinity. Of the many creatures on the earth, only mankind has received life essence in his nostrils (as breath; spirit; word) imparted from GOD. However, through transgression of sacred law, there now is enmity between the created and the Creator. Following the flood survived by Noah and the animals on the ark, new covenant relationships were provided for those on the earth. Even so, only humans are allowed to become reborn through operations of the Holy Spirit to exist as offspring, and the children of GOD. Acknowledging Jesus Christ as the Son of the Highest, the Lamb of GOD, sinners may receive fresh endowments of divine DNA, so to speak. Then, as developing Christian believers, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, and the new creation, repenting sinners are to display the image of GOD, and are to resemble, reflect, and reveal the character and likeness of Jesus Christ. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the praise, prophecy and music ministry of Steve Amerson:

(1.) Genesis 2: 4-7, King James Version (KJV): 4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

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

(3.) Ecclesiastes 3: 19-21, KJV: 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

(4.) John 1: 10-14, KJV: 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yd8nVLtnAA.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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The Peacemakers

 

Today, reply is on requesting peace from GOD, and praying on behalf of ones enemies. The more the church of Jesus Christ encounters contradiction, opposition and resistance, the more believers are to operate displaying faith and trust in the promises of GOD. The resurrection life of a Christian believer is to focus on the things that acknowledge and fulfill intimate relationship with divinity. Thus, conflict and dispute go out of ones life as though there no longer are enemies having dominion and power, and all have become possible allies and new members within the kingdom of GOD. It is written: 2nd Peter 1: 2-8, King James Version (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. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Christians, what happens when you pray for your enemies?

Does God help them come down on you even harder?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil. Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. (Psalms 36: 1-7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Mediators Among Divinity (10/30/2019); Believers Minister Through Prayer (09/23/2019); Meaning of “Father, forgive” (03/14/2019); Driving Away the Enemy? (09/15/2017); Herein Is True Love (10/21/2016); By Law and Relationships (04/05/2016); Forgiving Enemies a Condition for Salvation? (05/11/2015)

 

Anonymous”, prayer by Christian believers on behalf of ones enemies demands loving submission to GOD, and unselfish intercession as a spokesperson for their opponent in conflict. The prayer for peace can not be offered because we covet what belongs to another, we fear, or we want to dominate. Unrighteous conflict and opposition arise from the flesh, and not the Spirit imparted from GOD. Peace is always a blessing and the outcome of lawful judgment permitting life, hope, and prosperity; and further warfare for revenge and self-justification never remove damage and loss. Following judgment, renewed conflict can appear only as lawless, stubborn, and an insistence on unrestrained emotions (e.g., bitterness, fear, hatred). Believers who resemble, reflect, and reveal the character and likeness of Jesus Christ are to approach the Father and the Spirit as spokespersons through the Son. By seeking to present only their own concerns and understandings of the circumstances and events, many commit the errors of presumption, exaggerated pride, seeking to manipulate divinity, and short-sighted self-promotion. Therefore, those who pray ought not request change within others and condemnation of their opposition so much as change within themselves that will establish a new and positive relationship with those by whom they are challenged. Correction, shared truth, the resolution of conflict, and the settlement of disputes are to be primary goals and objectives, rather than converting and proselytizing others to be “in our own image,” not the image of GOD. The believers are to align themselves with the will of GOD expressed as sacred law as well as such elements as forgiveness, divine order, maturity and ripeness for harvest by the Lord, mercy in the judgment against those who are guilty, peace, genuine repentance, salvation, and spiritual growth. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the the music ministry and prophesies shared through Yolanda Adams:

(1.) James 4: 1-10, King James Version (KJV): 1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (3.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq6mYhGyyT4.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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children reaching for Jesus

 

Today, reply is on the acknowledgment of children by divinity. To be childlike does not mean to behave in a way that is childish, immature, self-destructive, or wicked. Adults who are biased and prejudiced always expect children always to be playful and silly; such become stunned when they see youngsters who show genuine calm, joy, gravity, sobriety and strength during times of crisis and uncertainty. Where a child displays a character and nature that is compassionate, generous, obedient, respectful, trusting, and unselfish, Christian believers often discern the beauty, person and purity of Jesus Christ. Parents are wise to discourage arrogance and ignorance, and to encourage attitudes and conduct that routinely show their children are without motives of malice, manipulation, and exaggerated pride. Scripture accounts include reports of GOD using children as shepherds, warriors, kings, priests, prophets, and anointed spokespersons who make visible otherwise unseen spirit content from GOD (e.g., dependence, humility, innocence, meekness, vulnerability). It is written: Mark 10: 13-16, King James Version (KJV): 13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” Religion & Spirituality using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

If God wants us to be His little children then why do we have to grow up? I want daddy and mummy to get me everything not fend for myself?

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Psalm 8:2 & Matthew 18:2-6

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. (Psalms 78: 4-8, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Acknowledging GOD Displays Maturity (04/10/2019); Anger Against Our Parents? (01/10/2019); Divine Fruit From Suffering? (12/19/2018); Believers Must Become “Ripe” (09/02/2018); Standing On The ABCs? (11/09/2017); We Are His Children (10/16/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); His Birth Signals Rebirth (01/03/2017); Benefiting From Your Childhood? (11/18/2016)

 

Anonymous”, the present process of GOD for mankind is one of discovery, gradual growth, and divinity revealing things otherwise hidden and invisible through Jesus Christ. Many mature Christians will agree that little children and the young often display the image of GOD and the likeness of Jesus Christ within their own attitudes, behavior, and character in ways that are memorable, powerful, and that reveal multiple divine imperatives. Divinity speaks to mankind and operates among the living granting us status as children, heirs, and divine offspring, however, we are not encouraged to be idle, immature, irreverent, and unreliable. Children are to complete multiple stages of development and growth that will supply them to endure challenges, hardships, problems, and suffering that are aspects of life as full adults. Adults who become born again by receiving fresh endowments of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) that was imparted to mankind in Creation, are to grow-up again and become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his coming. Sinners who turn to Jesus are to exist as developing Christian believers, who undergo permanent change through operations of GOD while living on the earth. Inseparable aspects from the makeup of divinity are to indwell believers that include balance, completeness, faith, forbearance, holiness, integrity, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Even so, developing Christians may become labeled as childish and infantile where the marks of maturity are not found (e.g., willingness to be held accountable; completing assigned duties; consistency; respect; and stability). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Wintley Phipps:

(1.) 1st Peter 2: 1-5, King James Version (KJV): 1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

(2.) 1st Corinthians 13: 9-11, KJV: 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

(3.) Hebrews 12: 3-8, KJV: 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 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.

(4.) Ephesians 4: 11-15, KJV: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGPYAUNGYO0.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Overcome Evil With Good

 

Today, the reply is on being challenged, isolated, or mocked for displaying attitudes and behavior that are modest, quiet and “spiritual.” It is written: Psalms 131: 1-2, King James Version (KJV): 1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Isabelle” (Level 1 with 91 points, a member since August 13, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why is it taboo nowadays to be modest or “spiritual”?

I live in a western society if I am modest and decide to not drink I am laugh whether with family, collegues or neighbours. These people tend be middle aged and mock the fact that I am very spiritual and chose to not drink alcohol, strict diet and avoid proscmisicous behaviour.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (2nd Corinthians 10: 12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Perfection Of Divinity (09/17/2019); Will You Lose Family? (01/20/2019); Condemned By The Bible? (06/08/2018); Someone Who Is Kidding? (03/24/2017); “Good grief!” and Prophecy? (11/06/2016); How Is Flesh Evil? (10/28/2016); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

 

Isabelle”, guidance among Christian believers includes instructions and warnings that many in modern times will display attitudes reflecting the worst in mankind, rather than the image of GOD that appeared on the earth through Jesus Christ. While we are in The World system of meanings and values, it is common to examine repeatedly how we are alike or different from others (i.e., compare and contrast). Some feel good about themselves only when they can see flaws, infirmity, unsolved problems, and weakness in the lives of others. They rely on finite human tools such as carnal reason, emotion, gossip, intellect, logic, philosophy, politics and science along with academic and secular knowledge, rather than the system of Christian beliefs, sacred knowledge, and endowments of spirit content from divinity. Many Christians understand that the operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine order and sacred law throughout the universe. Sin has not been created or put forth by GOD, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures. Christians will continually examine and focus on the life, ministry, and works of Jesus Christ; and will display his divine substance within their own lifestyles and daily routines. Those who turn away from the operations of sin, and commit their lives to goals expressing godly principles often are despised, mocked, isolated, and scorned. Such must have the added strength that comes with a fresh deposit of the same inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD that was imparted in Creation to Adam and Eve. Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

(1.) Galatians 5: 19-23, King James Version (KJV): 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

(2.) 2nd Timothy 3: 1-5, KJV: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

(3.) 1st Peter 4: 1-5, KJV: 1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xxl9Wk3idA) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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He That Doeth

 

Today, reply is on the humility shown by Jesus Christ throughout his appearing on the earth as Son of Man and Son of GOD. Properly understood, the character and nature of divinity is spirit, is not fragmented, and exists as continuous and fluid. While required to maintain the practices and traditions for the covenant of Moses, Jesus also had to remain within the roles of intercessor, lamb of sacrifice, mediator, and divine spokesperson. Christ behaved with balance, forgiveness, restraint, and zeal as the marks and signs of his divine origin. It is written: Isaiah 53: 4-12, King James Version (KJV): 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appeared) posted the following:

 

What did Jesus mean when he said that the Father is greater than Him?

I believe Jesus is God as a Christian but why does Jesus say that?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4: 4-7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Understanding Oneness Without Sameness (08/27/2019); Spirit Using Human Form (08/16/2019); Satisfying Creation and Law (01/22/2019); Now Are Ye Light (09/18/2019); Changed And Made Christ-like? (06/19/2018); What Divine Salvation Requires (05/15/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018)

 

Anonymous”, the relationship of fathers to sons are to exist as aspects of divine order and lawful structure that suppress inordinate affection, exaggerated pride, irreverence, and overstated self-promotion. Even where we speak of GOD in heaven and the offspring of GOD on the earth, imperatives of accountability, inheritance, and divine law are to be acknowledged. Mature Christian believers agree that the full process of GOD to establish the Creation has included divinity appearing in human flesh as Jesus Christ. The use of Incarnation to embody the righteousness of GOD has permitted both the manifestation of divine power and the demonstration of authentic humanity. Jesus did not appear as a “similitude” (i.e., a graven image; an idol; a man-made figure believed to contain a god). Rather, he appeared on the earth as a son of man and a son of GOD having an inheritance from Adam of life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word), and having been formed within his mother by divine fullness in accord. Jesus is to be understood as displaying and reflecting the image of GOD who, without carnal form, remains invisible, incorruptible spirit. Christ aging, developing, and growing to adulthood were acts of a natural man under the authority of GOD, within the framework of covenant and divine law, yet, with the continuing influence and operations of the Holy Spirit. Believers should not be confused that the focus, message, and method of Christ does change over the course of his brief ministry on the earth. Jesus taught multitudes as an evangelist and prophet in the wilderness; as a rabbi in the synagogues; and as a miracle worker and sacred judge in the Temple at Jerusalem. At every level, and in every situation, Jesus displayed an endowment of immutable, inseparable, unchanging substance from divinity. Included were balance, continuity, faith, hope, humility, lovingkindness, meekness, oneness without sameness, personhood, eternal purpose, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

(1.) Luke 2: 41-52, King James Version (KJV): 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

(2.) Colossians 1: 12-20, KJV: 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

(3.) 1st Corinthians 8: 5-6, KJV: 5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. For example, 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMPENVk1AG4&list=FLD-fEmPQDdXFIv9qj8rBJVA&index=8&t=0s). 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 living as a free individual, the error of “free will,” and the conflicts of will between the Creator and the created that can be seen in various life situations on the earth. Divine law and sacred operations must exist among the many individuals on the earth for there to be balance, focus, and peace. Examples include death that ends conflict, may establish changes that endure, and may provide closure and finality. Without humility, love, meekness, nonviolence, respect, and restraint, only the imbalance and tension are dominant and visible that exists between the process and substance of the flesh, and that of the Spirit. In addition to immature, self-contradicting, and underdeveloped followers of the Lord who generate disagreements and upheaval, there are impenitent sinners who continue iniquity and wickedness because they do not want to praise GOD, and instead they want to be praised. Such must come to a mature acceptance that their own existence and life can not be eternal unless they become Christ-like, and willingly receive a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD. It is written: Romans 13: 1-10, King James Version (KJV): 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. One of the fighters in the public forum at “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

If God gives us free will, why do we still go to Hell for using it to follow our own path?

If God is testing us, are we really living as a free individual, or does he pick our destiny.

Update: If we choose to follow God, we go to Heaven, if we choose to use our free will given by God, we go to Hell. Does this make any sense?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. (1st Chronicles 29: 9-15, King James Version (KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Those Who Prefer Evil (09/02/2019); Self-will Is Not Law (08/23/2019); Ego, Pride and Self-awareness (12/31/2018); Self-Will And Christian Integrity (06/11/2018); GOD’s Will Be Done (04/27/2018); Prophesying By Music Ministers (11/06/2017); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); No Free Will (10/19/2010)

 

Anonymous” in the same way there are recurring conditions and fixed patterns mankind must acknowledge as mechanical and physical law that govern existence and life on the earth, there are unchanging requirements through sacred law that serve as inseparable aspects of life for the operations of self-will (willpower) among created beings and living creatures. Where two or more wills and self-centeredness are present, conflict may arise that is concluded only by the fulfillment of mortality. Jesus Christ has appeared on the earth to provide new opportunities and possibilities that human will be released from conflict and spiritual confusion. Personhood and will within mankind are to reflect the image of divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Even so, for now, human will must remain limited, finite, and temporal. Despite having unseen aspects of mind and their using a separate physical form, the living must depend on one another for survival. There must be levels of agreement and accord among the living that remain in place throughout their communication, exchange, and interaction. The effects generated through the operations of sin promote self-destruction, nonexistence, violence, and a return to the conditions of chaos and flux that were in place before the foundation of heaven and earth. Sin has not been put forth by the Creator, and is no spirit substance. The operations of sin are contrary to both divine and human nature, yet, sin may dominate awareness and willpower in the living. Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the full universe maintained through divine order. Sin generates the expression of covetousness, desire, envy, lust, exaggerated pride, and selfishness. Rather than “free will” or self-will, developing and mature Christian believers are endowed to practice oneness without sameness and self-government that conforms to the sovereign will of GOD. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

1. John 1: 10-14, King James Version (KJV): 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

2. Matthew 26: 41, KJV: 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVM8eD-4pag). 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 secrecy of fasting, giving, praise, and other practices to acknowledge divinity. The spirit of GOD within a believer must affirm and declare its own sacred origin and source. Authentic expressions of Christian devotion, gratitude, and praise are marked and recognizable through their absence of self-promotion; their respect and reverence toward divinity; and their heartfelt and genuine acknowledgment of divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Did Jesus really say negative things about people who want to publicly show that they pray to God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 58: 1-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: According To Divine Purpose (06/09/2019); Fasting, Prayer and Sanctification (03/29/2019); How GOD Is Communicating (10/31/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); Using Repetition in Prayer? (02/21/2018); Giving, A Divine Discipline? (10/09/2017); Prayer in Public? (02/24/2015)

 

Anonymous”, in the course of becoming full and mature members within the household of faith, developing Christian believers commit multiple errors in their practices of giving, praise, prayer, and sacrifice. Where carnal, material, secular and social concerns are uppermost, a believer is likely to perform an elaborate display to impress others that will be vain (i.e., lacking in spirit substance from the makeup of GOD). Properly understood, making gifts and offerings to GOD always are to be acts of humility and submission by a believer within a continuing personal relationship with divinity provided through divine prerogative (grace), eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. The sharing that occurs between divine fullness (we say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and the believer is “secret” in the sense that it is otherwise hidden and unseen acknowledgment directed primarily to GOD. Exaggerated pride, showing-off, and vainglory appear as transgression and violation of divine law in the same way as conduct that is not according to faith, and as foolishness. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Isaiah 42: 1-3, King James Version (KJV): 1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

2. Matthew 6: 5-8, KJV: 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Matthew 6: 16-21, KJV: 16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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