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The proper meaning and use of the cross is today’s topic; also, there is more on money-changers in the Temple at Jerusalem.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Kca404” (Level 3 with 2,146 points, a member since February 18, 2008) posted the following:

Christians whats with crosses?

I mean think about it. If you were jesus and you came back from a 2000 year nap would you really want to look around and see the instrument of your demise everywhere?


THE BATTLE AXE:  Money-changers in The Temple? (06/23/2013)—It was more than 400 years after Malachi that Israel was again blessed to receive anointed prophets, first through John the Baptist, then, through the ministry of Jesus.  Not only did the money-changers as a continuing fixture at Jerusalem give the appearance that the Temple was a secular institution where spiritual redemption and salvation could be bought and sold with money (e.g., thirty pieces of silver), where divination and prophecy were available as services-for-hire, and where the law and judgment executed under GOD were made to appear subject to bribery and the giving of material gifts, and legitimate fines and penalties of the law could be annulled and circumvented.  While the economy of Israel as a nation had been established by GOD centering upon acknowledgment of divinity through support of the Tabernacle, the presence of the money-changers continued as a tradition and was not an anointed Fulfilling prophesies written in Isaiah, Jesus is also to be seen as the ruler anointed by GOD, as opposed to one appointed by Rome, and coming to the Temple as “king of the Jews.”  See Deuteronomy 12:  1-32, Leviticus 27:  30-34, Micah 3:  10-12, KJV.  Also, see Isaiah 43:  15-28, Matthew 21:  8-16 and John 12:  12-15, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel:  not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  That no flesh should glory in his presence.  (1st Corinthians 1:  17-29, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Purchased With Blood? (12/29/2012); The Law Not Flawed (12/30/2012); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012)

“Kca404”, here are some points familiar to mature believers in Jesus Christ as their redeemer and savior:

(1)  The cross is not an idol (i.e., an object believed to contain a divine spirit or god that must be appealed to for safety, power and prosperity, and that must be shown respect and worship).  Also, the cross is not a talisman or instrument for working charms and magic spells.  Rightly understood, the cross is not an adornment or decoration to be worn as an object that beautifies.

(2)  As items in sacred service, crosses are like communion ware and incense burners that have importance as utensils and dedicated articles used in praise, prayer, and communal worship (e.g., the chalice, the monstrance, the paten).  Along with prayer and sacred utterance that sets an area apart as sacred and sanctified, the cross is often used to identify a place for inviting and acknowledging Christ.

(3)  The power of the cross is that a singular consciousness of GOD, and faith are crystallized, focused and increased within the awareness of those who confess need for salvation.  The cross, therefore, serves as a tool of divine prophecy that continually comforts, edifies, and exhorts.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  Believers realize that Jesus is not asleep and is not dead.  Jesus is presently completing divine operations in the heavens on behalf of mankind that include atonement and cleansing of the Temple, preparation to harvest and reap believers from the earth, and preparations for final judgment of the wicked.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The ministry of Jesus as Creator and as King are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “21” (Level 3 with 1,827 points, a member since February 6, 2011) posted the following:

Why did God tell his Son to come and sat be side Him on His Throne?
When will Jesus become King of King of earth and sat on King David throne ?

THE BATTLE AXE: How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012)—Among the names given to the Son of GOD, while his divine person was yet immersed within the fullness of spirit that is Almighty GOD, Scripture records “The Word.” To aspire, speak or utter as divine operations are acts of will that direct breath (spirit) outward to specific objects, and that impart being, order, and existence. In addition to the Incarnate works accomplished by Jesus as Redeemer and Savior, the Son of GOD is shown to be the aspect of GOD we call “Creator” and “Maker”. The peculiar will of GOD functioning as law-giver and life-giver describes a specific Person, and a unique expression of divinity. In this Person, the Son of the Highest has fashioned and put forth created beings and living creatures, the celestial and natural worlds as context for their presence, and the entire framework of divine processes and purposes whereby Creation is maintained and continued. Where GOD has appeared in any physical or other likeness of mankind—for example, to Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses—reverence and worship were not to be given the visible form or similitude. Focus was to be upon realization of spirit content, sacred will, and spiritual truth. That Divine Person chooses to appear using features that describe the created makes possible communication as prayer, proclamation, promise, and prophecy as well as intimacy and personal relationship with GOD. The Holy should no longer be spoken of or understood as distant, impersonal, insensible, lifeless, remote and unresponsive.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (Matthew 25: 31-34, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); Why Is GOD Blamed? (08/23/2012); Shaken Once More (08/22/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012); Dispatch 28: The Lord Shall Fight (09/07/2011); Dispatch 20: The Ally (Able to Stand) 08/30/2011

Here are some ideas that belong to the children of GOD you may have missed, or not have seen before:

      The return of Jesus to heaven represents completion of sacred process and fulfillment of divine purpose. The appearance of GOD in flesh (called Incarnation) may be seen as a device to carryout promise and prophecy established through covenant and law. Rightly understood, dominion, monarchy, rule and sovereignty are frameworks created through the flesh, and by the world. Carnal, material and social realities come into view that only describe conditions for, and the interaction of created beings and living creatures. Through covenants and promises to mankind, otherwise invisible, Almighty GOD is made known and revealed to all living. GOD is a spirit, yet we speak of GOD as a ruler, and one who governs. This is largely because our human concepts of order emerge by experience of what we call dimension, time and space.

      The flesh (appetite such as hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual contact—sensation such as hearing, seeing, tasting, touching—and mind, such features as desire, fantasy, imagination, recall) dominates human awareness. The world (not speaking of the earth, the agreement and consensus created by mankind to exchange and share resources for survival) also generates definitions of good/bad, reality/unreality, right/wrong, false/true. The rule of GOD proclaimed by the holy writings is to be understood as first natural, then spiritual, then eternal.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, balance, fullness and oneness of Divine Person is affirmed by the return of the Messiah to the heavens, where he must serve as High Priest completing Atonement, cleansing the Sanctuary, and also serve as Judge in the final tribunals examining the wicked. The Son of GOD will continue manifest as Incarnate; and the further revelation of GOD will go forward as eternal life with full access to divine presence.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC