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THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
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Today, focus is on how Christian believers are to respond to recurring insults and persecution in Social Media.  In the same way the challenges for maintaining security for data and files shared over  the Internet have become a major obstacle to its use, the difficulty of enforcing online user agreements, continuing genuine etiquette, and maintaining standards of common decency now discourage many from using the forums provided by the World Wide Web.  For those who are born again through Jesus Christ, concerns about communication, disappointments, false accusers, mockers, and frustration when seeking to teach or share with others should be carried to the Lord.  Increasingly, there are those (called “trolls”) who express anger, bitterness, imbalance, irrational hostility, malice, venom, and vulgarity.  Even though their behavior may be seen as arrogant, cruel, hateful, and without compassion, because mockers are deceived, they often are sure they will be amusing to others, will be well thought of, and will become popular.  When not clearly asked for advice and counsel, rather than seeking to tell the mocker what he must do, the response of believers must be their own return to GOD, and intercession for those who are victims of callousness.  The peace for Christian believers to endure the abuse by trolls also is called being grounded in sacred knowledge, faith, joy, longsuffering, divine love, strength, and trust.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” using the ID “JayNat” (Level 3 with 1,212 points, a member since March 01, 2017) posted the following:

 

What can be done to stop the “Romans sodomizing Jesus” questions once and for all?

I believe that initially just one person was asking that question. But now several trolls are continuing that trend.

Such questions are becoming more vulgarity and gross these days.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  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:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  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.  (Colossians 1:  9-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Passion of Christ? (03/16/2017); The Peace of Christmas? (12/25/2016); When GOD Never Forgives? (12/28/2015); Martyrdom and Tribulation? (09/30/2015); A Price for Religious Liberty? (06/30/2015); Guilt and Ignorance? (12/04/2014); Joined To Christ Through Faith (12/05/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014)

 

“JayNat”, our continuing need, even as mature Christians, is for peace (the strength) that allows us to endure.  Until sin is completely eliminated and erased there will be those proclaiming error, exaggerated pride, ignorance, and lust.  Before his death as well as through the apostles, Jesus instructed believers to expect insults, opposition, persecution from government and religious institutions, concealed thrusts against the doctrine, and efforts to kill his steadfast disciples and followers.  Many who repeatedly post accusations, blasphemy, insinuations, and slander against Jesus Christ, his Church, and the Holy Spirit do so because they are apostate, immature, simple (i.e., underdeveloped), and capable of showing respect only to things carnal, inanimate, material, and social.  They are sinners and blind to the sacred spirit content in events, other persons, the holy writings, and themselves.  That these offensive writers justify themselves, and are not justified by GOD, is evident, for even by obedience to divine law, no man is justified before Deity.  Despite appeals, shared instruction, and warnings, these sinners can not comprehend that they are hurting many others who are sensitive people by their disrespect and irreverence.  Some are now enslaved as minions of the Adversary whose awareness and self-will are dominated by the operations of sin that generate death, destruction, nonexistence, and return to the conditions that were in place before Creation.  The recourse granted believers is that we focus more completely and correctly upon Christ through contemplation, duty, fellowship with other believers, prayer, study, and unselfish service.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  John 16:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.  2 They shall put you out of the synagogues:  yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

(2.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, KJV:  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

(3.)  1st Timothy 4:  1-2, KJV:  1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 

(4.)  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Galatians 5:  19-23, 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.)  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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Focus, today, is on Christian use of Internet tools that block, delete, and refuse to acknowledge  comments posted by atheists, critics, disbelievers, and scorners.  While believers are to be forbearing, forgiving, respectful and supportive of those making inquiry into the things of life from GOD through Jesus Christ, believers are not correct to encourage the continuation of abuse, blasphemy, deceit, discord, “doubtful disputation,” slander, and spiritual confusion.  It is an error to think that responding to mocking and unbelief are some form of sacrifice for the Lord, for we are instructed by Hosea 6:  6, King James Version, KJV):  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  We are to put on the whole armor of GOD as our defense in meeting thrusts from those who are antichrists by their commitments, conduct, desires, doctrine, knowledge, lusts, purposes, and spirit.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Christmas Dashy” (Level 5 with 5,163 points, a member since December 03, 2015) posted the following:

 

Christians, would God approve of you blocking atheists?

for the mere fact that we challenge your belief?

I would think that God would want us atheists to be challenging you to, you know, test your faith

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  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.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  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.  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:  let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  (James 4:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); By Faith, Not By Interpretation? (12/31/2015); Growing Up Again? (12/09/2015); Mercy Not Sacrifice? (08/10/2015); Temptations, Tests and Trials? (05/12/2015); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); Snake Handling? (02/19/2014)

 

“Christmas Dashy”, as sinners who have been “born again”,  Christian believers are encouraged to endure affliction, life challenges, “growing pains,” and suffering upon the earth as necessary aspects of becoming “ripe” for harvest at the appearing of Jesus Christ from heaven (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  To be effective and fruitful as those born again, believers all must “grow up again” displaying growth within their spirit, their acquisition of sacred knowledge, and their developing to  maturity as a “new creation” through the ministry provided by Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Multiple operations carried out by divinity equip and supply his workers to accomplish the specific duties, tasks, and spiritual works that continue correct relationship with divinity.  Included are clarifying, demonstrating and spreading the doctrines and teachings from Christ through their lifestyle and daily routines as well as praise, prayer, service, and worship.  While dialog and interaction with others are necessary, the tools of argument, debate, and the methods of academic study tend to be useless.  Such finite tools as intellect, logic, mathematics, science, and technology do not allow created beings and living creatures to recognize, resist or eliminate sin.  Focus and priority must be upon the gifts from the Holy Spirit that enable a complete and correct embrace of divine prophecy, promise, sacred revelation, and the promptings by the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  Believers are not to deceive, harass, intimidate, meddle with, oppress, and threaten disbelievers.  Neither are believers to invite or welcome inappropriate compromises, conflicts, disputes, and quarrels with those entangled by secular knowledge, philosophy, and other systems that lack spirit substance from the makeup of the Creator.  The believers are to be citizens of an eternal kingdom separate from those immersed in the affairs of the flesh and of the world (we say, things carnal, material, and social).  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Timothy 2:  3-5, King James Version (KJV):  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

(2.)  1st Timothy 6:  20-21, KJV:  20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:  21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

(3.)  Galatians 5:  16-23, KJV:  16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  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.

(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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Peter 4:  14-19, KJV:  14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  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, a more detailed reply is made to a proud and disrespectful fighter at thoughts.com who posted a comment for (10/16/2015) Christ Coming Soon?  The personal commitment a one must make to Jesus Christ, and the works of life believers are to carry out as members of his spiritual body are to be continued on a daily and moment-by-moment basis, whether or not any one is told the specific day or hour when Christ will return.  The sacred process is fired more by trust than knowledge.  There are many readers now exploiting, and using the Internet to express anger, bitterness, frustration, twisted humor, malice and sarcasm.  Often, such writers are only willing to present and respond to one-liners, phrases, and simple paragraphs.  Developed and structured responses such as this sacred writings blog may not be read at all, because once spread out as an article upon a webpage, they will appear intimidating, time-consuming, and too complex.  Even so, my responses to those who want amusement, jibes, levity, and zingers always should be the same disciplined and sober answer I have from GOD that I would make to those in the faith.  The structure, tone and texture of my writings are to complement and reflect the challenge, divine order, and richness of the Bible.  I am not surprised or disturbed that we can not trust “wirelessguru1” to behave as  someone who shows respect to me, to the hours and days of work that have gone into each of the nearly 1,000 blogs I have published to date at thoughts.com, to the holy writings themselves, to Jesus Christ, or to the solemn duty laid upon his own heart and mind to provide constructive criticism and meaningful correction to others through truth.  It is the Spirit from GOD that makes us faithful, generous, kind, thoughtful and truthful toward others, just as it is the divine Spirit that enables our ability to wait on the Lord.  After many years of his heckling and insults, all present indications are, “wirelessguru1” is not a Christian believer, has never made a full adult study of anything I have written, and has not heard and comprehended a single word I’ve said.  Consider the following:

“wirelessguru1”           When, fanatic?

The Black Phoenix     “Brow of Brass and Neck of Iron” in due time.  Be encouraged!

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  (James 3:  11-18, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); Is Prayer Outside Time and Space? (06/29/2015); Answer a Fool? (06/04/2015); Knowing? (05/24/2015); Because We Are Certain (12/30/2014); Help Thou Mine Unbelief (12/31/2014)

“wirelessguru1”, it is not wrong to desire understanding, to value dialog, or to ask for clear and simple explanations.  For those who want to continue their emotional and mental focus upon things that are carnal, historical, material, secular and social, the six question tools (who, what, when, where, how, and why) are usually enough to obtain and limit all the information they actually have the ability to take in, and make use of.  By contrast, those who want spiritual awareness, a continuous consciousness of GOD, sacred knowledge, and an intimate relationship with divinity must rely upon eternal operations, and events that only proceed through the active presence of GOD.  Included are anointing, baptism, endowment, incarnation, indwelling, infilling, judgment, miracles, obedience, praise, prayer, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, revelation, sanctification, and worship.

As a divine device “When will Jesus return?” has been given to believers to expose the character, intent, motives and rebellious nature of those who opposing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Given the question already has been answered by various teachings provided to the body of believers (the church) the proper question to be posed is, What are you ready to do in response to the answers you are given?  What changes, endurance, or correction should we expect to see in you?  Many want to know out of pride, to have advantage, and to display their superiority of intellect and mind.  Some want to know for gossip and interactions that center in argument, condemnation, malicious criticism, debate, judging others, slander, and threats.  Some who ask, given truth, would hide it, “hoard” it, possess it, deny it to those around them, and use truth to manipulate and subordinate the ones who want to know, and who would freely share what they know.  (Among the hoarders are those who claim license, privilege, special favor, and ability to influence GOD.)  There are even those who, knowing, would sell what they know, make merchandise of truth, even alter, cheapen, defile, and pollute it to make it more appealing, exciting, marketable and sensational. 

Those having made a firm commitment to be in right relationship with divinity are challenged to do so on the basis of conviction, hope, respect and trust.  The means provided by GOD for believers to develop a continuing bond with Deity include unswerving acknowledgement, fellowship with believers who have greater maturity than oneself, longsuffering, praise, prayer, rejoicing, sacrifice, unselfish service, sharing, study of the holy writings, and giving thanks.

When the question tools are placed in our hands by inner conflicts, discomfort, fear, lightness, and uncertainty, believers often go to work dismantling the assurances established through the living ministries of Jesus Christ.  Neither the millennia of divine law, covenants, promise and prophesy, nor the savior’s own miraculous birth, his suffering, his death, his resurrection, his ascension, his promise to return have sufficient weight for those bent on an analysis intended to render divinity simple—that is, no longer eternal, exalted, immeasurable, infinite, or profound.

It remains that existence, and the placement of created beings and living creatures within peculiar spheres for life are not the product of a finite mind and will.  Thus instead of, When will Jesus return? those having wisdom imparted from GOD ask, What must I do until Jesus returns?  Getting the best answer requires asking the best question.  For even where a person dies, and goes to their grave, they will still get to be alive, and see Jesus, alive for themselves.  Because knowledge will remain incomplete, limited, and even unchanging, many questions the living generate will lose relevance, and fade away unanswered.  Other questions will be answered, yet, will have no power to change the exacting demands, imperatives and obligations that frustrate living, yet, may not be denied or ignored.  Finally, there are some questions that should never be asked of divinity in the first place; and those who insist upon having and knowing what GOD has reserved exclusively for divinity are guilty of arrogance, being meddlesome, nosiness, presumption and stubbornness.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, in his role as a chosen prophet and spokesperson for divinity, Moses obtained answers from GOD through direct communication that could be described as “face-to-face” interaction.  In the Tabernacle of Moses, authoritative answers from divinity to carefully worded questions from the High Priest could be obtained only by using the Urim and Thummim placed within the regalia of the High Priest, or by the casting of lots that would allow divinity to determine the outcomes displayed.  The High Priest brought consecration, sacred knowledge and priestly skill to the tasks of communion, exchange and mediation through word.  Obtaining a clear, decisive response from GOD might require days, weeks, or longer.  As much as there might be immediacy of need for an answer, there also was a strict demand for humility, lawfulness, patience and propriety.  While upon the earth, Jesus obtained answers from GOD by using fervent prayer; and had to accept that many things known to the Father would not be shared with anyone else.  Thus, those who come to Christ rely upon the answers preserved as sacred Scripture, and those established in a believer’s awareness by operations of the Holy Spirit.  Quality, sufficiency, and satisfaction are ensured by the Spirit and the Word always being in agreement.  Among those preparing for the Advent of Christ, faith and propriety require that these be taken as the most necessary sacred devices for correction, enlightenment, guidance, and peace of mind.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The war that was begun in heaven will be finished upon the earth!  Thus far, the McAffee Virus Plus and its tech-support have been unable to stop the hackers who hijack browsers to pollute our computer connections with pop-up ads and security warnings (“Verizon, Llc”, LaSuperba, reimage.com, etc.).  Despite their threats against my computer, I will continue to claim Jesus Christ as my savior by posting on the Internet as a Christian writer so long as it pleases divinity.  Differences between judging others and divine judgment are considered, today.  Divine judgment is mandatory, never optional.  Just as Creation reveals the breadth and depth of the divine mind, and Salvation reveals the breadth and depth of divine love, Judgment reveals the breadth and depth of divine righteousness.  There are multiple appearances, forms and purposes for judgment among finite created beings and living creatures in addition to the processes for eternal judgment that are to be acknowledged and practiced upon the earth.  Just as divine judgment to express wrath against sin occurs within the body of believers, there is judgment to admonish, build up, and instruct the followers of Christ.  Law is provided by GOD to make visible the presence of sin (a non-material, non-spirit influence that opposes the continued  existence of divine law and Deity), that otherwise would be hidden and unknown.  Judgment is the application of sacred law to expose sin, resolve conflicts, and settle disputes.  Thus, peace is the outcome of judgment, not war.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “johnson” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since September 09, 2015) posted the following:

Why do we judge eachother when god love us all the same?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This witness is true.  Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;  Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.  Unto the pure all things are pure:  but unto them that are defiled, and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate.  (Titus 1:  13-16, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Making Sin Appear as Sinful? (06/07/2015); Judge Thy Neighbor (02/15/2015); What to Do About Liars? (11/14/2014); Refraining Our Tongues? (11/15/2014); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Judged For Acts and Thoughts? (08/14/2014); Humility Needed for Salvation? (08/15/2014)

“johnson”, before they receive sacred knowledge and spiritual discernment, developing Christian believers typically confuse being attacked with negative criticism, “condemnation”, “judgment” (the work of GOD), and “slander” (the work of the devil).  Because people practice condemnation as a matter of personal feelings, opinions, and self-expression they cast others into hell without the careful and complete examination of that person’s deeds, of relevant subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning and value), of the other person’s spirit content, or the eternal purposes of GOD.  In doing so, they presume, usurp, and take to themselves authority that belongs only to GOD.  More than imposing punishment and damnation, judgment includes administering praise and rewards, discovering truth, establishing balance and impartiality, providing correction and mercy as well as correctly identifying the character and nature of attitudes, behavior and conduct (we say, calling sin by its proper name).  Discipline (we also say, training, not punishment) and self-examination that appear within the body is important to maintain order that nourishes, protects, and stabilizes the community of believers.  Where divine judgment appears there are applications of such features as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, respect and trust.  Here are a few points intended for Christian believers that I can share from the holy writings:

(1.)  Jeremiah 17:  9-10, King James Version (KJV):  9 The heart is deceitful above all things, 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

(2.)  Jeremiah 32:  17-20, KJV:  17 Ah Lord GOD!  behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:  18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them:  the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name.  19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work:  for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men:  to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:  20 Which has set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;

(3.)  1st Corinthians 5:  9-13, KJV:  9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:  10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.  11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?  13 But them that are without God judgeth.  Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 6:  2-5, KJV:  2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?  4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.  5 I speak this to your shame.  Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

(5.)  Luke 6:  37-38, KJV:  37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:  condemn not and ye shall not be condemned:  forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.  38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

(6.)  1st Corinthians 4:  5, KJV:  5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifests the councils of the hearts:  and then shall every man have praise of God.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  1st Corinthians 11:  31-32, KJV:  31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.  32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Public statements from clergy, nonviolence, and necessary respect for religious beliefs are topics, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “V” (Level 1 with 186 points, a member since June 08, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why did the Pope recently say it’s ok to punch someone if they insulted your mother? I thought we had to turn the other cheek??? Bit puzzled.?

This is in relation to the recent tragedies in Paris

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  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.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  (Galatians 5:  13-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); On Marketing Church, and Speaking by Occasion (09/26/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012)

 

“V”, it should go without saying that to get respect, you must show respect.  Yet, as you can see in many life situations today, there are many who don’t understand and practice that rule.  Here are a few points all Christians believers must take into account when considering the attitudes, behavior and statements from clergy:

(1.)  Believers must use “discernment” (the ability to use their own spirit content from the makeup of divinity as a standard to recognize and respond to spirit content in actions, events, objects, other persons, speech, etc.) at all times.  Clergy, who serve as apostles, prophets and spokespersons for GOD, must operate through carnal, material and social situations, yet will remain individuals and finite beings.  In addition to fixed ceremonies, prayers and rituals, divine law, sacred doctrine, holy proclamations and promises, clergy may make comments that are “common sense” acknowledgments of the human condition made spontaneously, unrehearsed, and “off the cuff.”  At no time are remarks made to deny, dispute, or overturn the teachings of Jesus Christ.

(2.)  The standard from GOD for truth that clergy must maintain is the same as that for lay believers.  Similarly, the standards for interpersonal behavior and self-discipline as demonstrated among the clergy are the same for all other believers.  What all are to speak is intended to continue communication and fruitful interaction (we say, growth, learning, peace, prosperity).

(3.)  Today, when clergy are presented by broadcast and print media, unspoken and unwritten policies are being applied that serve as “editorial bias.”  The clip or sound bite chosen may not include necessary background material that should exist as the foundation for further knowledge and understanding.  The higher goals of objective journalism are replaced by the motives of befriending, engaging and entertaining audiences of hearers, readers and viewers.  Impartiality falls to increasing ones circulation, subscription rate, and income.  Controversy, negative criticism, and sensationalism become the focus; irreverence, malice, rejection, slander and suspicion—even murder—become the outcome.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The origins of anger and violence for created beings and living creatures are aspects of their flesh (e.g., appetite, sensations, and emotional/mental functions).  Because the operations of sin can dominate awareness and self-will as presumption, pride and self-promotion, believers are provided with fresh endowments of spirit content whereby they discern, recognize and resist sin.  By continuing study of the holy writings, fellowship with other born again believers, unselfish service, and regular practice of sacraments, believers are divinely equipped to correctly receive and understand the gifts and ministries from divinity that are being delivered through the instrument of clergy.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Topics today include access to GOD by his imparted Spirit, and the proper center for prayer and worship.  I share a Scripture study having a Christian perspective that was sparked by an Internet project to raise funds for a third consecrated house to be established upon the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  Many who accept that Yeshua Bar-Joseph appeared in the earth as the spiritual heir of David, as a prophet, as the Messiah promised in the holy writings, and as an appearance of GOD incarnate (i.e., in flesh, and having material form), now pray daily for the peace and prosperity of Israel as GOD’s Covenant Nation, and a peculiar people of divine promise.  Through Christ all the many covenants and peoples of GOD are revealed as joined and united within the true kingdom of GOD, for every believer is to stand as a house for his holy name.

 

SOME THOUGHTS ON

 

1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:  where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD:  but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear:  but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified:  but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.  (Isaiah 66:  1-5, KJV) 

 

Exodus 20:  23-25 (KJV)  23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.  24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen:  in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.  25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone:  for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

Leviticus 22:  31-33 (KJV)  31 Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them:  I am the LORD.  32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel:  I am the LORD which hallow you,  33 That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God:  I am the LORD.

1st Kings 8:  16-18 (KJV)  16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.  17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.  18 And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart. 

1st Kings 9:  1-9 (KJV)  And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do,  2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.  3 And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me:  I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.  4 And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:  5 Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.  6 But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:  7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:  8 And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?  9 And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them:  therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this evil.

1st Kings 11:  4-8 (KJV)  4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods:  and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.  5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.  6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.  7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.  8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

Nehemiah 1:  8-10 (KJV)  8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:  9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.  10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.

Isaiah 52:  5-7 (KJV)  5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.  6 Therefore my people shall know my name:  therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak:  behold, it is I.  7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Jeremiah 7:  3-11 (KJV)  3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.  4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.  5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;  6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:  7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.  8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.  9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;  10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?  11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

Ezekiel 43:  5-11 (KJV)  5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.  6 And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.  7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.  8 In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed:  wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.  9 Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.  10 Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities:  and let them measure the pattern.  11 And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof:  and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.

Ezekiel 9:  1-6 (KJV)  He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.  2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side:  and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.  3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;  4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.  5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite:  let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:  6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women:  but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

Revelation 2:  16-17 (KJV)  16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.  17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

2nd Chronicles 7:  14 (KJV)  14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2nd Corinthians 6:  14-18 (KJV)  14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:  for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

1st Corinthians 6:  19-20 (KJV)  19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20 For ye are bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Matthew 18:  19-20 (KJV)  19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Luke 17:  20-21 (KJV)  20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Revelation 21:  22-27 (KJV)  22 And I saw no temple therein:  for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:  for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it:  and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day:  for there shall be no night there.  26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.  27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie:  but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

1st Peter 2:  5-10 (KJV)  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.  6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:  whereunto also they were appointed.  9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:  which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Ephesians 2:  10-22 (KJV)  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  15 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;  16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

 

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  Christians believers are a building material for a Temple now being erected by GOD as a spiritual condition within the lives of those who are sanctified.  Thus, the peace and salvation Christians humbly request are supplied by an imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy) that was contained within Moses, and displayed throughout the ministry of Jesus as one operating after the pattern of a divine person from heaven—not merely the presence of a sacred tabernacle, a tent, a house, or material dwelling made after the pattern of things in heaven.   Again, my readers are asked to add those verses or passages from Scripture that they would like to share in the comments area (below).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the workings of divinity that resides within you.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I share points (below) that should be helpful for Bible study along with more on flesh and blood inheriting a divine kingdom.  As I began my late night Bible study, returning to an online presentation of Genesis 2 from www.jw.org and the New World Translation of the Scriptures (2013 Revision), I realized I had missed some of the important material that accompanies the sacred text.  In addition to an outline display that groups and summarizes the chapter according to verses, I had overlooked multiple links to footnotes and marginal references appearing throughout the chapter presentation.  Upon reading Genesis 1, I had been careful to begin reading aloud what would be the frontmatter of a print edition (e.g., introduction, forward, appendices, etc.).  However, I had completely dismissed numeration of the verses, and the little plus signs and stars included with almost every phrase within each verse.  Starting over, I calculated that it may be well after December of 2016 before I complete this study of a contemporary language version for the holy writings that I’ve now begun in summer of 2014.  The accounts recorded as the Bible are not intended for amusement and entertainment.  Yet, reading the Scriptures should not be called “hard work;” it should be thought of as careful work.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Inheriting the Kingdom (06/27/2014)— (5.)  In using the human frameworks of time and space to describe the coming kingdom, Jesus does not detail the features of any region upon the earth, or the beauty of an ideal location in the heaven.  Instead, the Savior makes numerous comparisons and contrasts that explain sacred events, parables, proclamations from GOD, lessons from the Scriptures, and prophecy.  The kingdom Jesus spoke of was a condition for existence, a governing principle, a life process, and an intimate relationship driven by divinity that would establish all created beings and living creatures as immortal and incorruptible.  The word “kingdom” identifies an aggregate or collective that operates under a single sovereign authority, and is distinct from democracy, a system to allow equal access to and participation in decision-making.  On the one hand, membership in the divine kingdom can only be gained through election (we say, by being divinely chosen; by the divine operations of grace and faith).  On the other hand, each member must be self-selected by accepting a fresh endowment of divine spirit content, acquiring sacred knowledge, practicing preordained sacraments and spiritual works, and surrendering self-will to divine-will as obedience.  The kingdom experience is one of being cleansed, encounter, new learning, and realization of collective strength.  By speaking and thinking in terms of a sacred kingdom, believers are able to communicate having greater clarity, both with one another and with those outside their assembly.  The human tool of language may be used to crystallize experiences of divinity using such terms as ambassadors, citizens, duty, followers, heirs, soldiers, or kings and priests of the kingdom.

(6.)  An important change occurred for the operations of consciousness and focus within mankind by the divine creation of a female aspect to Adam.  GOD was no longer the primary companion to the male.  The male made a proclamation asserting authority, ownership, and self-will:  Flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone.  When aroused by the woman, the tree of knowledge and the tree of life were seen by Adam as material objects that would maintain the bond of flesh and bone, rather than spiritual sources to maintain the bond with divinity.  Subtleties (barely visible distinctions, hidden shifts in meaning and value) and multiple errors were introduced.  In the light of flesh and blood, acquiring authority, knowledge, and power appeared possible by what one consumed or ingested, rather than strictly by what would be communicated and transmitted from GOD through continuing companionship.  Spiritual confusion had been launched, and the process of discernment (recognition of divine substance in aspects of experience such as events, objects, other persons, proclamations, praise, and utterance) permanently became clouded, murky and unclear.  In the proclamation of Jesus, the second Adam, consuming the Savior’s flesh and blood is revealed as a sacred process to establish eternal life.  Consider again Genesis 9:  3-5, Leviticus 17:  11, Zephaniah 1:  16-18, Matthew 16:  16-17, John 6:  48-58 and 1st Corinthians 15:  39-50, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The preacher sought to find out acceptable words:  and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.  The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.  And further, by these, my son, be admonished:  of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God, and keep his commandments:  for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.  (Ecclesiastes 12:  10-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014); On Youth Doing Enough (02/06/2014); By Inspiration of GOD (10/27/2013);  Believing Everything? (11/22/2012); How To Have Conviction (11/23/2012)

 

1.  There is no way to have full understanding by a partial reading of the Scriptures.  At first, ones focus should exclude academic and extra-biblical material from such fields as archeology, anthropology, history, philology and psychology.  Footnotes are always important to correct reading of contemporary language editions and various translations.  Marginal references should always be read because they identify places within the same volume where a peculiar verse is expanded, or repeated.

2.  Like time and space, daily reading of the Scriptures provides a framework of order and structure for finite awareness and life experience.  More than this, the Scriptures are a food and beverage for the divine content within mankind.  Spirit is nourished, refreshed and revived through added spirit introduced using such devices as breath, forgiveness, praise, prayer, preaching, proclamation, promise, prophecy, and utterance.

3.  Readers and students of the Scriptures are being called (we say, recruited) to serve as ministers to others.  Those having sacred knowledge are to break the bread of the Scriptures to those who desire correct understanding.  Mastery for ones own reputation and self-promotion are not a goal.  Believers are not to become critics, jailers, and wardens continually punishing the errors of others.  The eternal purpose is that of admonishing, feeding, sharing, and making others fit to live in accordance with the will of GOD.

4.  The Adversary and enemies of divinity will attempt to fight on every front (i.e., argue and question every point of sacred mystery) to generate dissension and division.  Readers are to understand, there is no desired growth or spiritual gain from searching the Scriptures to find contradictions, errors, or misstatements.  The life essence (we say, breath, spark, spirit) contained, preserved, and transmitted through the Scriptures can not be received or recognized using only finite standards and tools that are secular.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (5.)  Diversity among the various presentations of the Scriptures should be acknowledged in the same way as diversity among flowers and song birds.  For readers using discernment (applying their own spirit content to recognize oneness, spirit matter and unity within such elements as current events, messages, law, other persons, and utterance), restatements of Scripture that use patterns and emphasis different from those first received or used for an extended period can not violate the principles embedded there that are enduring and eternal light.  Through Christ, the power of “If bodda you dat you goin mahke, fo shua you goin mahke. But if you like do everyting you do fo me, an no bodda you if you mahke fo dat, den you goin live fo real kine.” (Matthew 16:  25, Hawai’i Pidgin, HWP) is no less than that for “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:  and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:  25, King James Version, KJV), both displayed at the Internet site www.BibleGateway.com.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC