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Today, focus is on depictions of Jesus Christ shared by creative artists and painters.  Images can be very graphic and memorable that, in truth, are only intended to fuel the “lusts of the eyes.”  As believers in Jesus Christ, our discipline must become to “walk by faith, not by sight.”  I continue the  conversation begun with PTF, a writer at thoughts.com who commented on the photograph shown with (10/30/2016) Frequency of The Lord’s Supper? (see below) by stating: 

The photo by the way is the wrong depiction…he looks colored. There are actual true depictions of Christ Jesus.

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My reply was: 

Be encouraged! Many mature Christians believe as I do that no artistic rendering of Christ will be accurate and trustworthy as a tool for the church that is “realistic” and accurate in detail. At best, they “suggest” to a mass audience what the Savior may have looked like; and so eye, hair and skin color do not really matter. In the experience (some would say, prophetic vision) granted me through the Spirit of GOD more than 40 years (a generation) ago, neither his nor my skin color was an issue between us.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.  (John 7:  24, King James Version, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Law and Divine Process (05/28/2017); Divinity Must Be Proclaimed? (05/09/2017); Convicted By His Humility (09/10/2015); GOD Appearing in Dreams? (05/03/2015); Not Images Used in Worship? (09/14/2014); Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012); A Life Companion? (11/07/2012)

 

In my understanding, where we truly seek the Lord, our vision should be directed upward to recognize and respond to spirit content, rather than appearances, apparel, fantasies, and sentiments aroused (e.g., anxiety about judgment, bereavement, fear, friendliness, intimidation, sorrow).  Images that convey inseparable aspects and qualities from the makeup of divinity should appear projecting such substance as balance, holiness, humility, longsuffering, lovingkindness, peace, person, presence, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

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At one time, I avoided using all religious illustrations and photographs, here, because I felt they often foster unwanted conflict, controversy, disagreements, and fleshly errors.  Developing believers, who still lack the maturity provided by the Holy Spirit, tend to receive simple things (that in fact are profound) as final, “literal” and suitable for broader application and use than are fitting.  They even may respond displaying patterns that are little different from idolatry and false worship.  We find this is true whether the images presented are supposed to be of Jesus, his mother Mary, the apostles, or even “ordinary believers” within the church engaged in practicing such customary activity as praise, prayer, and the Lord’s Supper.

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Unlike Islamic believers, the followers of Jesus Christ need not hesitate to use drawings, images and photographs feeling that they blaspheme and offend divinity, or insult fellow believers.  There is no exalting of carnal reason, deceit, guile, and senses of the flesh (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) above receiving imparted spirit content from GOD; and there is no unhealthy dependence on products from finite human imagination.  Sinners may approach the living GOD without fear of being rejected or denied on the basis of many features from the ministry of the Risen Lord that appear as his love for the Father, his reconciliation to sinners, his resurrection to serve as High Priest of the heavenly Temple and to preside as Judge over the Eternal Tribunals, his full embrace of the Holy Spirit, and his soon to be revealed ascendance to the Throne of Glory in addition to his rule from the Throne of Grace.  Going further, Christian believers may approach the Most High on the basis of their own faith received from Christ, their own meekness (i.e., willingness to learn and accept correction) received from the Holy Spirit; their own awe, respect, and reverence; their own willingness to be joined to Christ; their own willingness to obey; and their own willingness to trust.

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The issues of eternal life and spiritual growth should be a Christian believer’s continual focus.  We must choose what we say and see with a sense of its eternal meaning, quality, and value.  Our goal should be to prophecy, that is, to comfort, edify, exhort and nourish.  Thus, it is not a transgression of divine law, or a violation of genuine faith to carefully consider alternative ways of sharing the oneness without sameness that resides within us and around us as deposits of sacred truth.  Because through Jesus Christ we are called to “see with new eyes”, we even may behold and consume with the artist Salvador Dali, The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as a spiritual act through visual behavior, not only as oral behavior, and a ceremony of eating and drinking.

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There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 2nd Corinthians 4:  17-18, King James Version (KJV):  17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.)  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, acknowledgement of the birth of Jesus by Islamic believers is a focus.  To comprehend the teachings that proclaim Jesus of Nazareth as the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Son of the Highest, in addition to Qur’an (i.e., the word of GOD recorded as a poem recited by the angel Gabriel) and hadith (i.e., accounts from those who served with Muhammad, and the sacred traditions introduced by later generations), believers in Islam would have to carefully examine the prophesies and sacred knowledge established through the holy writings collected as the Bible.   In particular, they would have to be aware of the truths shared by his apostles and disciples that are the platform for the new creation through the blood of Jesus Christ, the church.  The Bible supplies necessary spirit substance to build up, crystallize, and nurture the spirit content within a believer, and does not take the place of the Spirit endowment that must be bestowed by Christ.  Even more than academic knowledge, church history, observing Christian practices (we say, sacraments), for sinners, skeptics, and those of other belief systems to understand the sovereignty of Jesus requires they receive infilling by the Spirit of GOD. Only by operations of the imparted Spirit do believers apprehend the oneness without sameness among dominion, government, preeminence, and rule.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Nicolas” (Level 2 with 550 points, a member since May 21, 2013) posted the following:

 

Can muslims believe Jesus was the king of Jews?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee:  blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:   for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:  and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  (Luke 1:  32-33, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Child Is Born (12/28/2016); The Birth of Jesus (12/27/2016); The Divine Christmas Gifts? (12/26/2016); The Peace of Christmas? (12/25/2016); Built Upon the Rock (12/23/2016); The Meaning of Christmas? (12/22/2016); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012)

 

“Nicolas”, believing Jesus of Nazareth was born a king to rule the Jews is not a matter of tracing earthly dynasties, composing genealogies and family trees, endorsing secular history, and uncovering political lineage.  Correct acceptance of the many truths that are fitted together that identify Jesus as a ruler, not simply a prophet, sent from GOD is only possible for those who are aware that Jesus was born as a fulfillment of proclamations, promises, and prophecy from GOD that pertain to the full revelation and sovereign rule of the Creator.  An endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) must be in place within created beings and living creatures that enables their recognition and voluntary response to sacred spirit content in events, themselves, other persons, practices, statements in the holy writings, etc.  Inseparable aspects of the imparted Spirit that establishes existence and life must direct awareness and self-will in the living.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  For divinity to exist in the hearts and minds of men in a lasting way, and as more than an abstraction or invisible thought, there must be communication, exchange and interaction that appear as continuing relationship.  The appearance of divinity using the finite tool of human form—born as a infant who develops, matures, and provides sacred ministry—addresses the needs of men for carnal, material, and social substance.  Jesus was born to do more than serve as a king on the earth; his birth, death, resurrection, and ascension have been to fulfill multiple eternal purposes that include atonement, reconciliation, judgment, and the transformation of mankind to be immortal.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Matthew 2:  1-6, King James Version (KJV):  1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea:  for thus it is written by the prophet,  6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda:  for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

(2.)  John 3:  5-8, KJV:  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

(3.)  John 18:  36-38, KJV:  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Colossians 1:  18-20, KJV:  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.)  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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Topics today include the birth of Jesus, Incarnation, Islam, and shared peace.  In the same way XYZ should not appear as part of the number pattern 12345, correctly understood, peace is not an aspect or product of secular knowledge, doctrine, philosophy, and systems of belief.  Even so, there must be a response by awareness, desire, and self-will to operations of the spirit of peace that resides within divine person.  Peace is an inner condition and spirit content that must be projected through and upon events, life conditions, and judgment whereby conflicts are resolved and disputes are settled through law.  Accord and peace both appear as the outcomes of judgment, instead of war; and agreement only results where there first is peace.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Troy” (Level 2 with 301 points, a member since October 26, 2016) posted the following:

 

Can Christians and Muslims be at peace with each other on Christmas day?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2nd Peter 1:  2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Meaning of Christmas? (12/22/2016); Divine Appearances Using Form? (12/20/2016); Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); African American Christmas? (12/15/2015); The Christmas Spirit? (12/23/2014); Peace The Gift of Christmas? (12/24/2014); The True Miracle (12/23/2012); About the Star? (12/24/2012)

 

“Troy”, whether those who are in conflict against others and within themselves may experience the peace of Christmas depends on the measure of divinity they respond to that exists as part of who they are.  Mature Christian believers will acknowledge the peace of Christmas is a spirit imparted from the makeup of GOD through breath (we also say, life essence, word) that is to continually exist within created beings and living creatures.  The spirit of peace is inseparable from the many other aspects of divine substance (i.e., where you find one, you find them all; and you can not separate the “wet from the water,” so to speak.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, purity, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  While finite, human tools such as emotion, intellect, logic, philosophy, politics, and science will never eliminate sin, or fashion and maintain lasting peace, GOD has used the flesh, and appeared as a newborn child to embody the required completeness, gentleness, eternal possibilities, and sacred purposes that mean genuine peace throughout all Creation.  The peace of Christmas is not to be a “one-time event,” or a “good feeling” that dwindles and fades away.  All may realize the presence of Immanuel, GOD within us, and showing respect to the divine presence among and between us, know peace between the Creator and the created as well as correct reverence, right worship, and the true humanity that is from GOD. 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Be encouraged!  Merry Christmas.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, some thoughts are shared to clarify differences between teachings of Christianity and Islam regarding the life of ones flesh and that of ones spirit.  For correct and full sacred knowledge as Christian believers, distinctions are made among existence (we say, continued being; duration over time; having presence as an object), life (we say, being alive; able to display and manifest self-will; having and completing mortality), and death (we say, decease; loss of ones life essence; the end of ones consciousness) as well as truths regarding resurrection (return of life to the dead) and the second death (annihilation that appears as an outcome in divine  judgment).  GOD, who is spirit in character, nature and substance is to be acknowledged as the cause, origin, and source of all that exists.  Included are things carnal, material, and social along with diverse sacred operations and processes such as atonement, forgiveness, Incarnation, joy, rebirth, redemption, repentance, salvation, and sanctification.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sid” (Level 1 with 184 points, a member since June 29, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why do you think your alive if your going to die?

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For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

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For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

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The Koran itself seems quite clear: “And you were dead, and He brought you back to life. And He shall cause you to die, and shall bring you back to life, and in the end shall gather you unto Himself.” (2:28).

Buddhism
Avidya (Sanskrit; Pali: avijja; Tibetan phonetic: ma rigpa) is commonly translated as “ignorance” or “delusion”.

Hinduism
He who is forgetful of the Self, mistaking the physical body for it, and goes through innumerable births, is like one who wanders all over the world in a dream. Thus, realizing the Self would only be like waking up from the dream¬wanderings.
Sri Ramana Maharshi (December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:   for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  (Romans 1:  16-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (09/07/2016); Must GOD Hate Sinners? (09/01/2016); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); Abstractions, Atheism and I.Q. (08/18/2016); Salvation Only Through Christ? (01/07/2016); Respect to Our Religious Beliefs? (04/21/2015)

 

“Sid”, where a person maintains consciousness of divinity as “spirit”, the language for life, death and reality should take on  meaning that is set apart (sanctified).  The greatest separation among the many statements for guidance to mankind that come by systems of belief such as Christianity and Islam results from how they address the existence, importance, and operation of “divinity” and “spirit” as distinct from flesh, physical matter, mind, and elements of social interaction (e.g., loyalty, respect, trust).  Mankind is conceived as existing within a sphere of life that itself is more than a stream of consciousness, and the content of his own or “someone else’s” mind (who?).

Many accept that existence goes beyond being alive, yet, those existing as “dead” are no longer in a condition or state that continues life essence (we say, the spark of life, the breath of life, the spirit) essential to communicating and interacting with the living.  Those who speculate regarding the state of the dead often place them within a very active and busy environment (an afterlife, an underworld, Hades, Paradise) where they must be alive and operate for their own survival.  Such accounts are sources of confusion, and make it more difficult to have correct sacred knowledge.  Where GOD is acknowledged as a spirit being, and the source of all that exists, a believer is also required to acknowledge there are divine operations and processes that must be in agreement consisting entirely of spirit substance, and generated from GOD who is spirit.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, The system (i.e., interconnected and related ideas) of Christian belief requires acknowledgement of GOD appearing in human form (Incarnation) without an altering of divinity.  Attention is directed away from angels, messengers, prophets, and spokespersons.  Apprehending Christ, men are granted experience of the Holy Spirit; and through the Spirit, the fullness of GOD the Father.  Such a truth has to extend to existence both in flesh as well as in spirit.  More than this, birth, death, immortality, incorruption, resurrection, and eternal life all would have to be defined in harmony.  Comprehension of a spirit realm that also contains all the features of carnal, material and social reality demands that the character, nature and substance of death no longer be understood relying upon frameworks such as time, space, and flesh (i.e., appetite such as hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual activity; sensation such as hearing, seeing, tasting, touching; and emotion/mental functions such as anger, fear, forgetting, fantasy, imagination, recall).  The Holy Spirit must become ones primary focus.)  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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Points are shared, today, on the dual status of Jesus Christ as servant and Son of the Highest.  Christian believers speak of Jesus as a divine son who carries out the will of his father, and acknowledges the truth that the needs of Creation require the active presence of divinity, the completion of multiple sacred operations, and uninterrupted pursuit of eternal purposes that can not be accomplished using one-time events.  The Lord’s achievements, therefore, are in the nature of commitment, duty, empathy, gratitude, humility, love, obedience, praise, promise, unselfish sacrifice, sincerity, willingness to serve, and zeal.  A hireling or temporary worker is not the same as a household member and steward; the two operate with different levels of accountability, motivation, participation, privilege, respect and trust.  The transformation of mankind to exist as eternal companions of divinity has required increasingly greater covenants and promises from GOD, and even the appearance of GOD in flesh.  Holding to human interpretations, language, and prejudices, sinners can not apprehend divinity being displayed using humility, lowliness, meekness, and unselfishness, rather than appearing with haughtiness, pomp, preeminence and sovereignty.  It is written:  Hebrews 3:  1-7, KJV:  1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;  2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.  3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.  4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.  5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;  6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.  An Islamic believer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Innocent Boy !” (Level 4 with 4,142 points, a member since March 05, 2012) posted the following:

 

Christian do you belive that jesus was the servant of god ?

as a muslim i accept the jesus christ peace upom him was the prophet and servant of Allah

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus” (Acts 3:13).

Peter further said: “God raised up his servant” (Acts 3:26), where the title servant refers to Jesus.

Not only Peter, but the entire group of believers viewed Jesus as God’s servant. When they raised their voices together in prayer to God, in the course of their speaking to God they called Jesus “your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed” (Acts 4:27).

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Jesus] said, “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:  And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.  And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.  Again, he sent other servants more than the first:  and they did unto them likewise.  But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.  But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.  And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.  When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?  They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner:  this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken:  but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.  (Matthew 21:  33-44, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Answered by The Cross? (03/14/2016); The Only One Sent? (02/19/2016); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013)

 

“Innocent Boy !”, Jesus Christ was consecrated to serve as a high priest, judge (deliverer), king, prophet, and royal counselor.  He also appears as a demonstration, fulfillment and summation of all sacred covenants, promises and prophecies; a healer; the divine heir; a law-giver; a miracle worker; the Son of Man; and the Son of the Highest.  Mature Christian believers acknowledge the “service” performed by Jesus Christ was more than that of a clergyman or official spokesperson (apostle, evangelist, imam, pastor, preacher, prophet, rabbi, teacher).  Jesus must be a genuine appearance of Deity to complete the full spectrum of sacred operations required to establish mankind as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity.  The tasks to be completed include admonition, atonement, birth, Creation, death, confession, forgiveness, Incarnation, inheritance, rebirth, reconciliation, repentance, resurrection, revelation, sacrifice, sanctification, and rest.  On behalf of the full divine person (i.e., the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), Jesus continues the revelation of GOD to created beings and living creatures through exchange, interaction and personal relationships wherein divinity is made knowable, known, and visible.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Ephesians 4:  10-15, King James Version (KJV):  10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

(2.)  Colossians 1:  16-20, KJV:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

(3.)  Revelation 19:  11-16, KJV:  11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:  and his name is called The Word of God.  14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations:  and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Philippians 2:  5-11, KJV:  5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.)  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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Points are shared, today, on having correct sacred knowledge through one’s own spirit content.  To say, “use your brain to know…” is no different than saying, “use your elbow, your right hand, your flesh to know” the things that are genuinely from GOD.  For Christian believers, the source for spiritual knowledge, like the weapons of spiritual warfare, must be faith, righteousness, truth and other manifestations of divine spirit, rather than the products of finite tools for academic study, intellect, logic, reason, and science.  The expectation and focus of a believer a believer in Jesus Christ (we say, hope) becomes those things revealed and maintained by the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Thus, it is written:  2nd Corinthians 5:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “daniel” (Level 2 with 378 points, a member since February 13, 2007) posted the following: 

 

Use your brain to know that islam is not from the God of the Bible and come out of it. Have you read the Bible to know the 1 true God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:  and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:  and I will write upon him my new name.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:  I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  (Revelation 3:  11-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Can GOD Give Life? (08/14/2016); (The Testimony From Jesus 08/05/2016); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016); Beyond Anything We Imagine? (11/13/2015); Carnal Needs, Sacred Tools? (03/26/2015)

 

“daniel”, many mature Christian believers will encourage you to say, “Use the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD to know the meaning and value of the many doctrines and teachings that pertain to life.”  The need is for sacred instead of carnal and secular knowledge that come by operations of the flesh (e.g., intellect, logic, reason, science) anchored in appetite, sensation (hearing, smelling, tasting, etc.) or emotions/mental functions such as anger, fear, imagination, and recall.  The Bible becomes important as a source of spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Believers are to develop discernment (ability to use one’s own spirit content from GOD to recognize and respond to spirit content appearing within covenants, events, gifts, messages, oneself, other persons, prophecy, etc. 

Sinners through the inheritance from Adam must receive a fresh endowment of Spirit from GOD.  There must be “baptism” (death of the inborn spirit, “rebirth” from divine DNA, so to speak).  As children of GOD, and offspring to divinity, sinners are permanently changed, for they receive inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, forgiveness, holiness, joy, peace, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  “Born again” they must “grow up again” meeting life challenges upon the earth, and becoming ripe (we say, mature) for harvest by Christ at his coming.

Using the views generated through our physical form, material world, and social milieu, “faith” is little more than an expression of one’s individual desires, lusts, and private opinions.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

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

(2.)  Romans 8:  13-17, KJV:  13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:  but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

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

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Focus, today, is upon the possibilities for divinity to display action, existence, and purpose that would identify the character, nature and substance of GOD as exalted, full of glory, omnipotent, and sovereign.  As with judgment and revelation, salvation is not a “one-time event” that may occur during the life of the one who is “savior”, and continue to operate in his absence or following his death.  For Christian believers salvation pertains to eternal life, and that the life for the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead), rather than simply for created beings and living creatures such as angels, animals, insects, and mankind.  The dead have neither the awareness nor self-will required to acknowledge, praise or serve GOD.  Christ lives as High Priest and Son of the Highest serving the Holy who also lives.  Divine salvation is a continuous unfolding of conditions within various intimate relationships to GOD (e.g., as children, heirs, offspring, spouse) determined by the presence and movement of spirit upon multiple levels and completing multiple sacred operations.  Included are atonement, communion, confession, praise, propitiation, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (who may be an Islamic believer, and who has shared no profile information) posted the following:

 

Jesus Christ didn’t come back to life.. how can you be so dumb to believe this?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:  whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  (1st Corinthians 15:  12-23, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christ The Solid Rock? (08/07/2016); True and Living GOD (08/03/2016); The Purpose of Resurrection (07/015/2016); Divine Inheritance and Resurrection? (07/06/2016); The Last Prophet? (09/27/2015); Heaven For Muhammad? (09/01/2012); Ghosts (09/02/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, in order to avoid deceit and spiritual confusion, it requires that created beings and living creatures have sacred knowledge as well as life experience applying their own inward spirit substance from GOD.  Those who think the actual issue is simply one of believing that Christ was raised from the dead, are “so dumb” they fail to apprehend the issue is one of believing divinity is capable of resurrection, the second death, and more—atonement and forgiveness for sins; bestowing eternal life; existing in flesh (we say, Incarnation); destruction of all that presently exists as defiled, tainted, and offensive to GOD.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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