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Scripture points are shared, today, to clarify why Jesus is called “The Lamb of GOD.”  The expression has its origins in the divine response to the operations of sin appearing among the holy angels.  In place of immediate banishment, damnation and punishment, correction, sacrifice, substitution and other sacred operations were introduced including displaying a response to disobedience by Adam that could correctly demonstrate and reveal the true character and nature of divinity as eternal, immortal, incorruptible, righteous, sovereign, and unchanging.  Awareness and self-will in the living were permanently altered by sin, and the pair lost the divine covering and special marks of GOD placed upon them for beauty and protection.  When opposition to the existence of divine law appeared in the earth, GOD began to demonstrate atonement, judgment against sin, cleansing and healing through blood and spirit, release from law and sin by death as well as incarnation and divine presence through priesthood.  Blood, that already was being used to hold and distribute divine breath, life, spirit and word within created beings and living creatures, was chosen as an overlay to restrain, reverse and veil (yet not eliminate) the operations of sin.  The final removal of sin would require the blood, death, and covering of a holy one, the Son of the Highest.  In the meantime, Adam would have benefit by the death of a substitute, an innocent lamb, and the covering or “clothing” for Adam (the single name GOD used for both the male and female) would become the skin (we say, wool, life) from that lamb.  Tekem Stephanie Foyou, who participates with me in THE BIBLE STUDY GROUP (a Public Group on Facebook presently having 19,017 members), posted the following on August 11, 2015 at 4:45pm:

 

HELLO A QUESTION “WHY IS JESUS CALLED LAMB OF GOD”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year:  ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month:  and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.  And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.  Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste:  it is the LORD’s passover.  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment:  I am the LORD.  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are:  and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.  (Exodus 12:  5-13, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Use Holy Names Not Titles? (08/17/2015); Sacrificial Relationship? (10/23/2013); Relationship by Unselfish Giving? (10/24/2013); Salted with Fire? (09/24/2013); A Halo Upon Jesus? (09/25/2013); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (06/16/2010)

 

Be encouraged!  Jesus is called “The Lamb of GOD” because he has been provided as a necessary part of the divine solution to preserve mankind upon the earth after death and mortality became a permanent condition for the continued existence of Adam (the male and female).  The sins of Adam—eating from the tree, and hiding from GOD—are both the transgression of sacred law, and the violation of an intimate relationship requiring love, respect and trust.  Mankind was to be restored through discipline, divine love, and a process of sacrifice (i.e., to cheerfully accept loss; to voluntarily endure affliction, hardship and suffering; to unselfishly donate or give what one desires and values most).  This was later made visible  through the Passover sacrifice among the Jews:  deliverance and atonement for sin are shown to require blood be applied from one that is innocent, pure and sinless.  By calling Jesus of Nazareth “the Lamb of GOD,” John the Baptist (the prophet who was son of a Levitical priest, and who was led by the Holy Spirit to serve in the wilderness instead of serving in the Temple at Jerusalem) identified Jesus as the fulfillment of divine promises and prophesies, and proclaimed him to be the divine ruler who was to come described throughout the holy writings as well as the many sacred ceremonies, customs, practices, rituals and traditions.  Here are a few points from the Bible that also should help:

(1.)  Genesis 22:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.  7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father:  and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood:  but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:  so they went both of them together.

(2.)  John 1:  25-31, KJV:  25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?  26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water:  but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;  27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.  28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.  29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me:  for he was before me.  31 And I knew him not:  but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

(3.)  John 1:  32-37, KJV:  32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  33 And I knew him not:  but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.  35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;  36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!  37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (4.)  Romans 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared, today, on the divine character and sacred nature of the ministry shared by Jesus Christ upon the earth, and from heaven as Risen Lord.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “banana” (a member since September 04, 2013 now at Level 6 having 11,813 points) posted the following:

 

After his baptism what was the focus of Jesus life and his message?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:  and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  And he had in his right hand seven stars:  and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:  and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.  (Revelation 1:  10-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Called of GOD? (08/02/2015); Christ the Son of David? (06/12/2015); He Must Increase? (04/01/2015); Called of GOD? (06/21/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013)

 

“banana”, Jesus was baptized to further teach, continue, and live out the message from John the Baptist regarding commitment, preparation, repentance, and the kingdom of GOD.  At the same time, however, the Savior was acknowledged as heir to the Most High, and anointed to accomplish the divine works that included atonement, exorcism, forgiveness, healing, incarnation, intercession, judgment, prophecy, revelation, and sanctification.  Initially, only John the Baptist, son of a Levitical priest, was enabled by the Holy Spirit to hear and see the act of GOD that installed Jesus as an high priest after the order of Melchisidec.  Guided by the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the populated areas, and went into seclusion that lasted 40 days and 40 nights.  Through fasting, isolation, prayer and supplication to mortify the flesh, Jesus surrendered himself to be exalted, glorified, and transformed by divinity.  Satan appeared as the first “student” of the Anointed One partly because the tempter could not recognize the Son of GOD upon the earth as being the same one who had ruled in heaven.  The work of the Lord was not so much to challenge, condemn or oppose long-standing religious customs and traditions as it was to fulfill promise and prophecy, to introduce a new dispensation of spiritual gifts for sacred relationship, and to provide a more authentic and intimate manifestation of GOD.  Consider again some of the points that are shared through the Scriptures:

(1.)  Luke 4:  16-21, King James Version (KJV):  16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:  and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,  18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

(2.)  Matthew 3:  10-12, KJV:  10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees:  therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance:  but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:  he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:  12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

(3.)  John 9:  39-41, KJV:  39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?  41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin:  but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

(4.)  John 10:  9-11, KJV:  9 I am the door:  by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  11 I am the good shepherd:  the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

(5.)  2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, KJV:  7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

(6.)  John 5:  33-38, KJV:  33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.  34 But I receive not testimony from man:  but these things I say, that ye might be saved.  35 He was a burning and a shining light:  and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.  36 But I have greater witness than that of John:  for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.  37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.  38 And ye have not his word abiding in you:  for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  John 17:  17-23, KJV:  17 Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth.  18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are shared, today, to clarify why some presentations of the Bible include ancient writings that are called apocryphal (hidden away) books.  Most Protestant believers rely upon a Bible having only 66 books, while many Catholic believers may use a Bible having as many as 77 books. The many fragments and manuscripts  available to modern readers include controversial materials that were never given status as Scripture among the Jews, by Jesus, by the New Testament, by the early church, or by those spoken of as the church fathers.  Antilegomena (disputed; spoken against) and extra-canonical books also include numerous pseudepigrapha (false writings) that appeared as  apocalyptic and didactic religious compositions; many finally were held to be copy-cat, counterfeit, frauds, legendary, and unauthentic.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ronald” (Level 1 with 100 points, a member since August 04, 2015) posted the following:

Protestants; On what grounds do you have to omit 7 books from the Bible?

Roman Catholic bibles have 7 additional books whilst Protestant bibles don’t, I was wondering why that was?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.  But I receive not testimony from man:  but these things I say, that ye might be saved.  He was a burning and a shining light:  and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.  But I have greater witness than that of John:  for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.  And ye have not his word abiding in you:  for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:  and they are they which testify of me.  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.  (John 5:  33-40, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Can The Bible Be Increased? (05/31/2015); The Scriptures and Perfection? (10/27/2014); Catholics, Protestants and the Trinity? (10/12/2014); The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014); The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); Why Not One Bible? (11/02/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013)

“Ronald”, here are a few points that may be helpful for you to consider:

(1.)  There are 14 books of scripture-like writings called “the Apocrypha” that were written in the more than 400-year period following the appearance of Malachi as the last of the Old Testament Prophets and the appearance of John the Baptist as the herald of Christ, and the first Prophet of the New Testament.  The various books written after the close of the Hebrew scriptures and before proclamation of the Gospel do not clearly continue the same doctrine, function, purpose, and eternal Spirit.  For many, their inclusion among the Holy Scriptures are strictly for historical and secular purposes.

(2.)  The existing books of the Bible, as a collection of sacred writings, have all individually undergone examination to determine that their pronouncements and prophesies are authentic, and genuinely from GOD.  In addition to scholarly study, sacred operations have been acknowledged that include endorsement of divine origin through fulfillment, miracles, sacred signs, supernatural events, wonders, and prayer.

(3.)  For Christian believers the process of identifying events, messages, and those sent as representatives from GOD is accomplished by application of sacred knowledge and standards that have been provided by divinity through the imparted spirit.  In the same way sin may be understood as influencing the operations of consciousness and self-will within created beings and living creatures, the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) is sent by Christ and the Father to establish permanent changes within the character and nature of believers through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit) and rebirth from divine seed.  Born-again believers must gradually grow again meeting life challenges upon the earth.  As they do so, they develop and practice spiritual discernment (a continuous sacred process wherein a person’s indwelling spirit from GOD serves as a standard to recognize divine spirit content in other persons and things).  Thus, even looking at the replies given you, here, a believer may see right away whether the “spirit” operating in the persons who have responded is in agreement with that of the holy writings, with the spirit of leaders within the church body, and with ones own communion and prayer life with Deity.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (4.)  All genuine sacred writings are an aspect of the full revelation whereby GOD makes divinity known to the living using utterance (we say, breath, spirit, word) that includes commandment, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, prophecy, testimony and verdicts in judgment.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

That the ministries of John the Baptist as herald, priest and prophet would be surpassed by those of Jesus as Savior, Son of Man, and Son of GOD is considered, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” using the ID “Mike” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since April 13, 2014) posted the following:

 

What did the baptized John mean by he must increase, but I must decrease?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.  And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?  John answered them, saying, I baptize with water:  but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;  He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.  These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me:  for he was before me.  And I knew him not:  but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  And I knew him not:  but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.  (John 1:  24-34, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); A Formula for Baptism? (06/30/2014); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013)

 

“Mike”, here are some points from the sacred knowledge collected as the Bible that may clarify the teaching here:

(1.)  John the Baptist was commissioned by Deity through his miraculous birth to an elderly woman who was the wife of a priest among the Jews, and who had lived barren (unable to have children).  While still in his mother’s womb, and before his actual birth, John responded as being filled with the imparted spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy).

(2.)  Instead of continuing on a career path that might see him installed as the High Priest, John left the Temple community at Jerusalem, where he had been raised on “holy ground,” and had been nourished eating and drinking only what was the holy portion for the priests and their families from the offerings, sacrifices, tithes, and gifts of the altar.

(3.)  Acknowledging historical teachings and prophesies recorded among the Jews, John began a unique public ministry, preaching repentance for sin, and performing baptisms (we say, cleansing, washing).  Because of that work, John was respected by many and given the name “the Baptist.”

(4.)  No prophet had appeared for more than 400 years in the mold and pattern of such men as Malachi, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Samuel or Moses.  John would be acknowledged as a fulfillment of divine promise as well as a prophet by those who accepted John as the herald spoken of in Scripture who would announce the presence of a divine emissary from Deity, the Messiah (we also say, Christ, the Anointed One).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (5.)  John performed no miracles, yet, many believed he, in fact, was the one that should come as sent by GOD to deliver the chosen people from the peculiar bondage of poverty, Rome, and sin.  John used baptism as a device to draw the unknown person to himself who would be sent from GOD to carry out the exalted spiritual duties of Messiah.  John denied that he himself was the One Sent.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit, when Jesus of Nazareth appeared for baptism, John gave testimony (we say, witness) that Jesus is the Son of GOD.  The divine revelation further indicated that the ministry of Jesus would begin, and that John’s work was effectually finished.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Old and New Testament prophecies concerning the coming of Christ are in view, today, such as Malachi 4: 5-6 and Luke 1:  16-18, KJV.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using “cosmo” as their ID (Level 7 with 114,460 points, a member since September 05, 2006) attacked with the following:

 

In Christian mythology, what does it mean that John the Baptist (a real, historical person) is Elijah (legendary prophet) who is to come?

Does this mean that Christian mythology includes reincarnation?
Didn’t Elijah already exist centuries before?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?  And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.  And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.  Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?  He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.  And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.  And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?  John answered them, saying, I baptize with water:  but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;  He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.  These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  (John 1:  19-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014); GOD Permits Evil? (05/12/2014); Prophetic Demonstrations (09/06/2013); Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013)

 

“cosmo”, here are a few points to consider that have helped many Christian believers avoid error, foolishness and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Christian belief appears as the product of exchanges, interactions, and operations among, upon and within multiple aspects of a person’s spirit content.  Conviction that results through the active presence and person of divinity can not be correctly and completely understood using finite, material or mechanical academic disciplines and tools such as history, intellect, logic, philosophy, and science.  There must be sacred (not secular) knowledge that is not derived from abstract analysis, labeling, and experimental manipulation.

(2.)  Using language from literary criticism and scholarly study, both Elijah and John the Baptist are types (i.e., figures and symbols that identify a peculiar class or concept appearing throughout the holy writings).  The idea of “reincarnation” with a changing, eternal continuation of ones existence does not appear at all in the Scriptures.  Yet, there are resurrection from the dead for judgment; rebirth through baptism, repentance and sanctification; as well as translation from life to eternal life without the occurrence of death.

(3.)  Among the many things you may not know, Elijah performed several miracles (we say, sacred events), and was taken up to GOD by a chariot of fire, yet, also appeared with Moses to Jesus before the Lord’s crucifixion.  The destruction of Jerusalem with captivity and exile saw a break in the line of priests and prophets that had gone forth from those who left Egypt.  John the Baptist, who received the Holy Spirit before he actually was born, was the first to appear among the Jews in more than 400 years that met the criteria for both priests and prophets recorded in the holy writings—an abiding spirit from GOD.   Similarly, in addition to prophet, Jesus demonstrated the anointing as High Priest, judge, king, redeemer, and savior.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The stream of prophecy is essential for the sacred operation of revelation whereby created beings and living creatures are given an experience of continuing consciousness from GOD, who is immutable, invisible, unchanging spirit and can not be apprehended using only sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion, and mental functions.  Jesus Christ appeared as an incarnation of GOD in the earth to fulfill and validate the revelation documented among those in covenant with divinity, and provide further assurance that all the many proclamations from GOD definitely will be carried out and completed.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are shared on water and fire baptism, today.  Also, there is more on the tactics of the enemy in spiritual warfare.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “A B” (Level 5 with 9,024 points, a member who joined 2 years ago) posted the following:

 

Christians, what baptismal formula does the bible prescribe? 

I know Matthew 28:19 says baptize in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, but acts 2:38, 8:16 and 10:48 says the disciples baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Herod the Great? (06/29/2014)—(5.) Honest efforts, mistakes that come by trial error, and our necessary missteps made in innocence when one seeks to learn and grow in spiritual truth are usually marked by humility and surrender to GOD, never self-justification and self-promotion.  The process of those who advance spiritual warfare against Christ as a disguised challenge to the righteousness of GOD as judge over mankind usually is to select a “villain” from Bible history such as King Herod who reigned at the time Jesus was born, Pharaoh of Egypt who reigned at the time Moses was born, or Pontius Pilate who ruled at the time of the Savior‘s death.  Those pursuing the error also will choose figures from modern history such as Hitler, Stalin, and Ben Laden.  The indictment then is made that, by having foreknowledge (we say, omniscience), and using people as instruments to carry out the divine will, GOD is directly responsible for mass murder, and guilty of the many faults and crimes of mankind.  A variation of the “great villain” scenario is the accusation against GOD on the basis of incidents that demonstrate divine judgment and wrath against sin such as the ten plagues of Egypt, destruction of the city of Jericho, and a gang of children mauled by a bear when they attacked an elderly prophet of GOD.  Believers are to be manipulated into agreeing that divinity is to be condemned and despised as cruel, hateful, and hostile to all life upon the earth.

(6.)  Believing that GOD has provided no mechanism within divine law whereby created beings and living creatures may call forth clarifications and review of divine actions, many feel mankind must insist upon standards from human law that will allow such charges as bias, favoritism, indifference, injustice, and malfeasance, to be brought against Almighty GOD.  Human law does not have jurisdiction over GOD, except as divinity appears in flesh (we say, incarnate).  Thus, the public exposure, arrest, trial, scourging, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and all the details for atonement, redemption, and salvation are to be seen as a complete divine provision for lawful dispute, and resolution for all opposition to divinity:  GOD has provided a lamb.

(7.)  Just as created beings and living creatures fail to recognize and resist sin when unaware of divine law, sinners fail to realize the advantage, benefit, and protection and from GOD when consciousness of divine law is lost.  Posing questions can be important to communication, dialog, and cooperative exchange.  Merely asking a question to gain new knowledge or increase ones understanding is not automatically an offense against GOD.  However, those influenced by sin repeatedly employ devices that do not emerge from an appetite for the things of GOD.  As sinners, inquirers operate from a base of intellect and imagination, rather than from the imparted Spirit of GOD.  Believers should be alert and vigilant when conversations that begin by quoting the Scriptures conclude with citations from extra-biblical sources.  For example, conditional and hypothetical questions with no spiritual material may appear that require acceptance of assumptions and conditions contrary to the declarations of GOD (we say, that do not exist, are not genuine, are not true).  Thereby false information is introduced.  Attackers will use analysis to foster error that breaks or conceals necessary links for the full integrity, soundness and wholeness of scripture truth.  Imposters are unable to completely disguise their aggression, bitterness, ignorance, and lack of correct understanding.  Those whose focus is primarily prohibitions, punishments, and threats of hell center their awareness in one dimension (measurable aspect) of divine law.  Forgiveness is held to be granted as an arbitrary exercise, and so is regarded as changeable, erratic and unpredictable.  Counsel to such persons absolutely must be, get to know Christ for yourself.  Focus upon being in a relationship with GOD, not being just another object in Creation.  See again Psalms 10:  1-18, Psalms 36:  1-3, Psalms 109:  1-4, Job 15:  31, Jeremiah 9:  4-6, Mark 12:  24 and Romans 16:  17-18, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them:  and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,  Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:  And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him:  and the third day he shall rise again.  And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.  And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?  They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.  But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask:  can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?  And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:  (Mark 10:  32-39, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sprinkled, Immersed, Named? (02/01/2014); Forgiveness Through GOD? (02/02/2014);  Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); The Rich in Divine Relationship? (11/29/2013); Origin of Baptism? (06/22/2013); Money-changers in the Temple? (06/23/2013)

 

“A B”, here are a few points that are useful for a full Christian understanding of baptism:

(1.)  There is no verbal formula (we say, charm, enchantment, slogan, spell) used to complete water and fire baptism.  Because water baptism is an operation carried out by the Spirit of GOD in respect to the Father (as we see with John the Baptist), or as the agent of Jesus Christ (as seen in the instance of Saul of Tarsus answered through the disciple, Ananias), baptism is both a sacred event (we say, miracle), and a sacrament (sacred practice).  Fire baptism may occur before water baptism as shown in the instance where those in the Gentile household of Cornelius were all endowed with the gifts from the Father before Peter could finish his sermon.

(2.)   The Apostle Paul, following the example of Jesus himself, did not conduct many baptisms in order to establish the rite as a sacred act establishing divinity within flesh (we say, incarnation), and linking flesh (mankind) to Spirit, rather than a process joining followers to their teachers, and linking believers to those from whom they received instruction and personal ministry.  

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (3.)  In water baptism ones inborn spirit dies, is buried, and is replaced by a new spirit having the same content and makeup as the Holy Spirit that operated in Creation, and that resided within Jesus of Nazareth.  Through the ministry of Jesus upon the earth, and from the heaven, believers are granted fresh endowments of that same Spirit that was breathed into Adam, and that provides awareness and self-will as the children of GOD.  The church has used language both to acknowledge that Christ is come in flesh fulfilling the Scriptures as well as to proclaim fulfillment for the promise of the Father regarding gifts of the Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The existence of multiple versions of the Bible are topic, today, along with more on GOD speaking through music and song.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “orchidmg” (Level 7 with 92,112 points, a member since January 19, 2006) posted the following:

Why don’t all Christians use the same Bible as Muslims use the same Koran over all these years?

I’m Catholic and have a Douey Rheims, that uses ‘thy’, ‘thou’ and the NAB (New American Bible). But Protestants and Lutherans and others use the KJV and NIV that had 6 books removed. Shouldn’t all Christians be reading from the same Bible, the original English text from over 1000 yrs ago? Muslims don’t have a dozen different versions of the Koran. Same with the Jews, they have one Torah.

THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD Speaking Through Song? (11/01/2013)—  (5.) In addition to meetings that are devoted entirely to prayer, or study of the Bible, many congregations hold “song service” meetings where church members all join in singing selected hymns. Full participation in singing is required during group worship, for it represents humility, offering, sacrifice, sanctification (i.e., cleansing, being set apart for service to GOD) as well as rejoicing and thanksgiving. While dance and movement pertain to prophetic demonstrations, songs allow use of devices such as lyrics and rhymes that are easily committed to memory, repetition, rhythm, simple melodies, and story-telling. Thereby, songs become major tools for teaching even difficult theological principles and doctrine, establishing a shared vocabulary of experience, and promoting genuine unity within the community of believers.  (6.)  All music does not embody or convey the Holy Spirit.  Where GOD speaks using human agents, sacred song, and anointed music it is called “prophecy,” and the changes that appear among those who are listeners are not simply the result of sensations such as hearing, seeing and touching.  The changes that occur appear through operations of the living divine spirit.  In addition to celebration and up tempo music that dispels depression, fear and sorrow, the music ministry from GOD gives expression to a broad range of celestial purposes, and sacred utterance.  Included are prophesies that serve as admonitions and warnings, adoration, calling the Holy Spirit into presence, comfort, commandments and divine law, confession, endorsement of sacred hopes, giving thanks, igniting zeal, intercession, lamentations and bereavement, meditations, memorial, petitions, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, repentance, submission, and urging immediate action (exhortation).  (See 1st Corinthians 14:  3, Ephesians 5:  17-21 and Colossians 3:  16-17, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  (Ephesians 4:  4-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Bother to Read? (10/31/2013); GOD Speaks Through Songs? (11/01/2013); By Inspiration of GOD (10/27/2013); Never Taught It? (10/13/2013); Without Pointing A Finger? (10/14/2013)

“orchidmg”, to the praise of GOD and Christ, here are a few points many Christian believers have been encouraged by:

(1.)  The holy writings are not the “font of all knowledge” for the believer.  While the Scriptures provide many necessary assurances, examples and explanations important for spiritual growth, the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy) must have place within the person of each believer.  Through the Holy Spirit, all who seek GOD have experience of divinity revealed within, to, and through their own inner person.

(2.)   In the same way the diversity of the rose, the many trees, the numberless ripples of water, or the many stars and cloud formations are pleasing to the Almighty, the body of believers continues to display multiple levels of knowledge, maturity, strength, and zeal.  Diversity, distinct being, and imbalance generate spiritual exchange, growth, and movement that otherwise would not occur.

(3.)  The importance and value of the holy writings are not by a strict sameness of their letter (we say, precise statement, literal wording) so much as by a sameness of intent, purpose, and spirit.  Thus, where the 14 apocryphal books written after the Book of Malachi are missing from a peculiar collection, it should be understood there is a change in ministry and priesthood to mankind.  John the Baptist is the next prophet to appear after the earlier tradition; and the ministry of Jesus is more clearly understood as establishing a covenant of divine indwelling through intimate interaction with the divine person.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  While various communities of believers (we say, denominations) may endorse a peculiar presentation of the Scriptures, there is only one salvation from GOD through Jesus Christ.  Men are to acknowledge, cooperate with, and yield to operations of GOD on behalf of created beings and living creatures.  For, in the same way, they had no say in Creation, and may not boast and brag concerning the establishment of their own existence, they have no say in the necessary atonement and salvation that comes forth as the grace of GOD.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Even so, be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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