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Today, reply is made on the difficulty of becoming free from sin.  Created beings and living creatures are to be vessels containing divine law, praise, and the inseparable aspects of divinity.  Included are balance, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, sobriety, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Freedom from sin may be apprehended only through the operations of divinity.  Sin is an enigma for the living.  The operations of sin may be described as appearing when spirit content from the makeup of divinity is absent, or diminished.  Sin does not exist as independent, or as having form like a material object; yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence.  As the offspring of Adam, men do inherit physical characteristics, behavioral inclinations, traits, and various limits to human possibilities.  Even so, as with talking about the abstractions “mind” and “psyche”, our speaking of a “sin nature” is a device and an overlay from language, and there is no actual artifact, material object, or measurable substance that is “sin”.  Sin has not been eliminated by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross; nonetheless, through his ministries on the earth and from the heaven, the living receive endowments of Spirit from GOD whereby they discern, recognize, and resist the operations of sin.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Salazar” (Level 4 with 3,703 points, a member since April 24, 2017) posted the following:

 

Why is it difficult to get out of sin?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation awaiting those who are in union with the Messiah Yeshua.  Why? Because the Torah of the Spirit, which produces this life in union with Messiah Yeshua, has set me free from the “Torah” of sin and death.  For what the Torah could not do by itself, because it lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate, God did by sending his own Son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one [but without sin].  God did this in order to deal with sin, and in so doing he executed the punishment against sin in human nature,  so that the just requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled in us who do not run our lives according to what our old nature wants but according to what the Spirit wants.  For those who identify with their old nature set their minds on the things of the old nature, but those who identify with the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  Having one’s mind controlled by the old nature is death, but having one’s mind controlled by the Spirit is life and shalom.  For the mind controlled by the old nature is hostile to God, because it does not submit itself to God’s Torah — indeed, it cannot.  Thus, those who identify with their old nature cannot please God.  But you, you do not identify with your old nature but with the Spirit — provided the Spirit of God is living inside you, for anyone who doesn’t have the Spirit of the Messiah doesn’t belong to him.  (Romans 8:  1-9, Complete Jewish Bible, CJB)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Indwells Divine Law (07/18/2017); The Administration Of Death (07/11/2017); Determining What Is Sin (06/15/2017); On Law and Sin (06/07/2017); Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); Righteousness Through Jesus Christ? (12/15/2016); Birth, Self-will and Sin? (11/13/2016)

 

“Salazar”, for Christian believers, the correct knowledge of sin requires a correct awareness of the active presence who is GOD, and his sacred operations as Creator, Law Giver, and Sovereign over all that exists.  Where the living rely on the frameworks of time and space to manipulate data and information as knowledge, the operations of sin mistakenly appear to be everywhere and ever-present (i.e., throughout time and space).  Also, the error that sin is an aspect of human makeup that may not be removed derives from descriptions of life experience and reality that rely on finite tools such as secular knowledge, logic, carnal reason, philosophy, and science.

Many hold that sin is an aspect of human nature, and that the appearance of sin through attitudes, behavior, beliefs, and practice are acceptable and “normal”.  Sin offends the Creator, for sin fosters and promotes the non-existence of GOD and all that Deity has created.  To finite beings, sin is no more than a simple influence, and does not appear as contrary to eternal purposes and human existence.  It remains, however, that the creation of mankind has been by the imparting of divine substance (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word).

The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead—the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit), and the divine order appearing as the universe.  Sin may be a residue from the condition of streaming matter (we say, the flux, the chaos) that was in place before the foundation of earth and heaven.  Sin has not been put forth from the spirit content of divinity; sin is not a spirit; and sin is no common object or material thing (e.g., mist, particles, smoke).  Sin has no measurable dimensions (depth, height, weight), yet, the operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures; and can not be eliminated or removed by the living through applications of their own intellect and willpower. 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, in the same way divinity inhabits the praises of those who belong to GOD, divinity inhabits divine law.  The living who internalize, obey, and give continual expression to the righteousness of sacred law become free of sin.  Multiple divine operations are in place to cleanse and separate the living from sin.  Included are anointing, atonement, baptism, forgiveness, incarnation, inheritance, judgment, rebirth, sanctification, the embodiment of sin on the cross, and the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, survival of the Ten Commandments are the topic.  The operations of divine law are directed to more than simply defining sin and making wickedness recognizable.  In the same way GOD resides within the praises of his people, GOD is continuously present within divine law; and the law is an expression of love among the three  persons of the GODhead (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  Sacred law states the conditions and terms for covenant relationship; required procedures for the transfer of bequests and inheritance; and the sanctions (corrections/punishments/rewards) that attend both regular obedience and occasional transgression.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Philippines)” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

Why have the Ten Commandments survived with such impact to the present?

Do the laws against killing, theft, and adultery still carry the same meaning for us as they did for our ancestors?
Why did Moses order the slaying of 3000 fellow Hebrews at Sinai?
And is it possible, as some believe, the tablets preserved in the sacred Ark of the Covenant actually exist?

Update:  I’m watching Mysteries of the Bible

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.  (Psalms 119:  142, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Thoughts On The Commandments (06/27/2017); Judgment, Peace and Warfare? (03/26/2017); Acknowledging the Divine Presence (02/22/2017); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); The Decalogue A Moral Guide? (04/15/2015); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); Divine Law Speaks of Spirit? (07/30/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, GOD is no less a divinity who rules through law and judgment.  Thus, many mature Christians believers continue to acknowledge the Ten Commandments as an appearance of divinity using flesh, material form, and social process (we say, an Incarnation of GOD).  GOD is an otherwise invisible active presence (we also say, breath, essence, spirit, word) who displays and reveals full divinity as having multiple attributes that include direction, duration, holiness, person, eternal purpose, sovereign will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

The Ten Commandments delivered to Moses and those who left Egypt have been enduring standards because the makeup and substance of sacred law and divine order are inseparable aspects residing within the makeup (we say, the heart, mind, utterance) of GOD.  Sacred law is eternal, and pertains to the full universe; and the focus must be on what the law does to benefit the living, not what the living do to benefit the law.  Neither the existence nor the righteousness of divine law are dependent upon the approval, intellect, or obedience of finite created beings and living creatures.  This was graphically demonstrated when Moses destroyed the original stone tablets that were written with the finger of GOD as well as by the faithfulness of GOD despite repeated violations of covenant relationship that appeared among the Jews.  Divinity alone justifies, legitimates, maintains, and upholds sacred law. 

The terrible consequences of “breaking the law” while having to be accountable in covenant with GOD are depicted in the holy writings both as the outbreak of fiery, poisonous flying serpents (plague), and as the destruction of every common bond of fellowship brought on by those who are offenders.  Properly understood, there can be no meaningful communication grounded upon betrayal, deceit and lies.  There can be no prosperity that comes by working together, no respect, no security, no stability, and no genuine trust.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the keeping of divine law is more than the practice of organized religion.  Thus, it is written:  Romans 13:  8-12, King James Version (KJV):  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.  11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep:  for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand:  let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.)  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 that highlights connections among meekness, mortality, and salvation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “carmen” (Level 1 with points, a member since March 02, 2015) posted the following:

 

If God intended for us to die why does Psalms 37:11,29 say the meek and righteous will live forever on earth?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  (1st Thessalonians 4:  16-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Discernment, Focus and Meekness? (07/07/2017); The Gift of Humility (02/19/2017); The Gift of Meekness (11/25/2014); Concerning Meekness (11/26/2014); Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014); The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012)

 

“carmen”, what mature Christian believers speak of as the “plan of salvation” goes far beyond merely teaching mankind to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of GOD.  Correctly understood, created beings and living creatures are being entered into a process of transformation to become immortal, incorruptible companions of divinity.  The elect are those drawn to GOD; receptive to the Holy Spirit (meek); and who meet pre-set divine standards that address such elements as willingness to maintain covenant promises, acceptance of gradual growth and permanent changes introduced by GOD, acknowledgment of accountability within relationships as well as readiness to endure hardship and suffering to fulfill eternal purposes.

As the elect hear and respond to the gospel, to prophecy, and to the preaching of the cross, they are built up and nourished with spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  (We could say, a sinner’s inborn spirit dies, is buried, and is replaced with divine DNA.)  A believer undergoes an adoption of the Spirit, becomes anointed as a son or daughter of GOD, serves as a vessel that should be filled with divine substance, and is a joint-heir of GOD with Jesus Christ.  Inseparable aspects of divinity are imparted to indwell the developing believer such as gratitude, faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.   The “born again” believer is not yet “perfect”, and must both “grow up again,” and be made ripe (i.e., mature) for the appointed time when the Lord removes all those who are his from the earth (we say, Advent, harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming). 

Believers continue to be subject to aging, death, and other life conditions while on the earth; and also may complete their condition of mortality (die).  All who have lived on the earth (the righteous and the wicked) will be raised from the dead to continue their eternal life begun while alive on the earth, or to answer final judgment and what is called the second death (total destruction within the Lake of Fire).  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Numbers 12:  1-9, King James Version (KJV):  1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married:  for he had married an Ethiopian woman.  2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.  3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)  4 And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.  5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam:  and they both came forth.  6 And he said, Hear now my words:  If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.  7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.  8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold:  wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?  9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 15:  21-26, KJV:  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  23 But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st Corinthians 15:  50-55, KJV:  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made on the Old and New Testament being both part of a single divine revelation wherein GOD is Father to all.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “OkieDevil” (Level 2 with 839 points, a member since January 21, 2017) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians still worship the Old Testament when Jesus says the God of the OT is the Devil? NOT His God…?

John 8 41-44 “The only Father we have is God himself.” 42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  (Ephesians 2:  13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fellowship With the Father (06/13/2017); The Fullness of GOD? (05/21/2017); Human Nature, Divine Spirit? (05/18/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Proclaiming A New Kingdom? (04/13/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); Exalted By The Father? (01/26/2017)

 

“OkieDevil”, here are some ideas that have helped many avoid spiritual confusion:  there is only one complete divine revelation.  Because a believer’s focus on the things of GOD must be broad and inclusive, it also must be strictly ordered and structured.  Mature Christian believers are called into the understanding that created beings and living creatures must receive from GOD the revelation that makes knowable and known the fullness and totality of divinity (we say, the GODhead—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  The sacred knowledge provided to mankind through promise, prophecy, and the holy writings bring together multiple streams of truth that extend to events before the frameworks of time and space.  GOD shares a divine perspective on natural occurrences, sacred operations, and eternal purposes using thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.

Given Deity is immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging, many elements are fixed that display diversity (like the rose or tulips), not change; and there are continuous, incomplete unfolding (we say, progression), rather than discrete, one-time events.  Because relationships with mankind are interrupted by mortality (death, disease, dying), devices and mechanisms have been employed to establish continuity and stability that include covenants, dynasty, family, inheritance, priesthood, and sanctification.

We speak of intimate and personal relationship with GOD to acknowledge that divinity is more than an abstract, academic, and hypothetical construct.  Even so, GOD is an invisible, yet, active presence (we also say, breath, life essence, a spirit, word) who must be known and “seen” by his divine fruitage (effects, outcomes, products).  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1-2, King James Version (KJV):  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

(2.)  Romans 10:  2-4,  KJV:  2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

(3.)  Romans 11:  28-33, KJV:  28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes:  but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.  29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:  31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.  32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.  33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on teens, and whether or not there are sacred events occurring in a secular world.  A sinner becoming a Christian is a developmental process (i.e., an extended series of events that yield gradual growth and learning), and occurs as a transformation completed by GOD.  Baptism, confirmation, and other events to acknowledge increased accountability, independence, and legitimacy for ones full membership within the church should not be taken as authority and license to pass judgment on and separate from the congregation.  Because of their impatience, presumption, and relying upon academic knowledge, secular reports and modern technology, many children and young adults in the church will become blinded, and robbed of their inheritance won through Jesus Christ.  Deceived, these will “drop out” and quit the church before they have been anointed and supplied with the tools for adult faith, and godly service.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data provided) posted the following:

 

Why is it that nothing spiritual or religious happens these days?

I mean there are no religious people doing miracles or anything. We don’t hear stories of spirits or anything really. It almost seems like religion is becoming obsolete. This is probably why teens like me are moving away from religion more and more. The advancements in science and technology are very appealing and probably boosting this situation.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them:  but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.  (Hebrews 4:  2, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Young People Need? (06/26/2017); Growth Is Through Edification (06/20/2017); On Expecting Quick Results (11/07/2016); Discipline and The Cross (06/16/2016); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); Growing Up Again? (12/09/2015); Wanting To Know When? (10/18/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, it is not that “nothing is going on,” or that what’s going on is “top secret” so much as that it’s classified as “for___eyes only.”  GOD is a spirit who regularly uses materials and processes that are invisible and unseen to flesh.  Christian believers are given several gifts and tools to “keep up with” the ongoing spiritual changes, sacred events (we say, miracles), and proclamations of divine fulfillment for recorded promises and prophecies.  Every sinner who turns to GOD through Jesus Christ is to become endowed with spirit content from the makeup of divinity through baptism and rebirth.  Included are faith, forbearance, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Selected believers will serve having a “double portion” (so to speak) of such spiritual gifts as discernment, faith, insight, and meekness that are crucial to edifying the full church.

In the same way, one must turn their head to direct their eyes when using the gift of sight, one must concentrate their focus on the things from GOD when using spiritual gifts, rather than focus on things from the world, the flesh, or the occult.  The active presence and revelation of GOD can not be apprehended without using the primary tools for acquiring sacred knowledge and performing sacred practices (we say, observing sacraments):  there must be focus, discernment and meekness.  Discernment is the ability to use ones own spirit content from the makeup of GOD as a standard to recognize and respond to the spirit substance residing within events, other persons, the holy writings, etc.  Meekness (often called, humility) is the willingness to be led by and express divine guidance and instruction as well as to undergo multiple permanent changes carried out by the Holy Spirit. 

Many of the divine works necessary for sacred operations (such as atonement, resurrection, salvation and sanctification) have already been completed.  There is still “unfinished business” such as the conclusion of judgment using the second death, and the allotment of homes upon the new earth as well as within the New Jerusalem.  Even so, the divine processes for believers now center in displaying and maintaining revealed truth.  Foremost in Christian lives  should be elements indicating maturity and sobriety (e.g., balance, consistency, faith, respect, reverence, stability, trust).  Believers have been told “what to expect next” (we say, hope for) by a sovereign whose nature, will and word are immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging.  There are not likely to be any “surprises”.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Psalms 25:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 Good and upright is the LORD:  therefore will he teach sinners in the way.  9 The meek will he guide in judgment:  and the meek will he teach his way.  10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

(2.)  Psalms 25:  12-14, KJV:  12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.  13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.  14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 2:  12-14, KJV:  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  15-18, KJV:  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on the reactions to Jesus’ requiring that believers also must receive his blood and body.  Jesus did not cancel the earlier meanings of Passover and covenant meals.  Rather, heretofore hidden meanings and unseen aspects of Atonement, Redemption and Salvation are being unveiled.  The Passover meal speaks to deliverance from condemnation, death, and wrath against sin as well as an entrance into covenant relationship with GOD through conditions of conformity, inheritance, and obedience before a proclamation of continuing sacred law.  Both the meal that Esau received from his brother Jacob, and the meal Isaac received from his son Jacob, sealed the disinheritance of Esau and the election of Jacob, who later would be named Israel.  The meal at Mizpeh shared by Jacob with Laban established the independence and integrity of Jacob critical to his becoming a nation fulfilling divine promise and covenant through Abraham.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bruce” (Level  7 with 108,493 points, a member since August 12, 2007) posted the following:

 

If Jesus’ teaching about eating his body was a metaphor, why didn’t he explain it when many disciples were leaving him?

John 6:53-55: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.”

60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”

66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  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.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.  (Malachi 3:  14-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fed From The Altar? (06/19/2017); GOD’s Peculiar People (12/11/2016); Frequency of The Lord’s Supper? (10/30/2016); The Loaves and Fishes (08/09/2016); To Drink Holy Blood? (02/16/2015); Modern Communion? (08/11/2014); How Can Christians Believe? (08/12/2014)

 

“Bruce”, here are some points that many mature Christians have found helpful:

1.  The ministry on earth of Jesus Christ was not only intended to re-awaken and spark interest in sacred knowledge and practices among the Jews that were being forgotten, supplanted and suppressed by both religious and worldly customs and traditions, an entirely new testament was being introduced capable of establishing a new covenant people. 

2.  It had been more than 400 years since Malachi, the “last” prophet after the model of Moses and Samuel.  There were many immutable and unchanging principles and standards acknowledged as the “law and the prophets,” however, emphasis on interpreting and keeping of the law became a denial of imparted spirit, personal relationship where GOD is the Father, and the possibility of service to both GOD and mankind as sacred spokespersons (we say, prophets), rather than as priests having responsibility for making sacrifices. 

3.  The process for pubic ministry used by the Savior was not that for exchanging or transmitting secular information.   Jesus provided proclamation (broadcasting official decrees), comfort, edification, exhortation, and prophetic demonstrations that used actions in place of words.  Those who came to Jesus were led to discover their own commitment and faith on the basis of guidance and things revealed. 

4.  In the same way parables were used to identify the extent of preparation and understanding among the people within the crowds, Christ provided commandments, judgments, ordinances, and sacred practices (we say, sacraments) that would crystallize and make manifest hidden and unseen faith.  Separation of the sheep and the goats are begun on the same platform as the separation from Eden:  faith as ones own spirit content along with trust. 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 5.  Jesus did reveal that emblems of bread and wine were to be used by those on the earth to receive him into oneself.  The divine triumph over death and sin requires operations of flesh and Spirit at the same time.  There must be a complement and matching of Creator and created in oneness without sameness.  Jesus is revealed as the divine High Priest during his last Passover supper with his apostles.  The new testament with its peculiar gift of fulfilling sacred law through faith and righteousness is sealed through a covenant meal.)  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, water and fire baptism, practicing the sacraments of the church, and saying “I love you,” to GOD are in view.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is baptism necessary for salvation?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,  He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.  Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.  And all the men were about twelve.  Acts 19:  1-7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Salvation Takes A Lifetime (04/06/2017); The Extravagance of Love? (04/02/2017); Receiving The Holy Spirit (12/08/2016); Spirit Content From GOD? (09/26/2016); Sign of Divine Love? (04/14/2016); Modern Communion? (08/11/2014); How Can Christians Believe? (08/12/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, one could ask, Is saying “I love you” necessary?  In accordance with covenant promises and the holy writings, many mature Christian believers argue that water baptism is commanded, non-negotiable, and required for every true disciple and follower of Jesus Christ.  Others acknowledge the sacred practices of the church (e.g., confession, marriage, penance/repentance, prayer) are necessary events because they make visible otherwise unseen operations of the Holy Spirit among those within the full family of believers.  More than simply a ceremony or symbolic rite to extend membership by a closed community and social group, baptism depicts the death and burial of ones inborn spirit, and the replacement of their inherited of Adamic character and nature.  In baptism, a sinner is “reborn” or “resurrected” through deposits of inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  It is this vital endowment that establishes the believer as a new creation, a son or daughter of GOD, and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ.  At one time in the early church, water baptism was understood as only a cleansing from ones own sins, and receiving the Holy Spirit (fire baptism) was understood as a totally separate event as described by Pentecost and the Upper Room.  Many now practice the model of baptism demonstrated by Jesus Christ that combined his “cleansing”, acknowledgment by the Father, and his anointing (as judge, king, prophet) along with his consecration to the eternal Melchisedec (not Levitical) Priesthood as High Priest.  There continue to be many who hold that practicing the various sacraments is “optional”, like spouses saying “I love you” to one another.  They argue it is a matter of conscience and personal preference, and even a matter of ones “private faith.”  Just as parents who understand their child receives a divine inheritance through circumcision do not sin by establishing their children in covenant with GOD, parents are not at fault when they acknowledge their offspring as part of the household of GOD through baptism.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Ezekiel 36:  24-26, King James Version (KJV):  24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean:  from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:  and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

(2.)  Mark 16:  16, KJV:  16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

(3.)  Luke 3:  21-22, KJV:  21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,  22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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