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Today, reply is on understanding Bible language that speaks to “the last days.” Christians are to grasp, we are living in the last stages of a profound transformation. Rather than a time-period or a season marked by catastrophe and upheaval, the last days frame the maturing and ripening for harvest of those who belong to Jesus Christ, and who will be removed from the earth at the Savior’s appearing. Mankind joined to Christ is to be released from mortality. The last days are the present condition and stage of the transformation of mankind to permanently exist as a companion to divinity. It is written: 1st Thessalonians 4: 16-18, King James Version (KJV): 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Christians, does bible say we are living in last days?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1st Corinthians 15: 50-57, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: “Normal” For the World (09/10/2019); Recognizing The End Times (04/16/2019); Messiah Already Has Come (04/14/2019); Divine Preparations for Advent (03/17/2019); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015)

 

Anonymous”, there are multiple proclamations, promises, and prophecies throughout the Bible that speak of events that will occur in the “last days” for this Creation. The things recorded and written are not shared to detail and foretell future human events that are yet to happen so much as they are to provide further revelation of the divine character, process, and substance of divinity. Divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) is immortal, and there will be no end of GOD. Discussions of the last days are not presented to belittle, frighten, or intimidate sinners; and they are provided as “prophecy” to comfort, edify and exhort. Discussions of the last days are to establish continuing consciousness of divine prerogative, unchanging eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. While there will be an apocalypse to complete and settle unresolved conflicts that exist between the Creator and all created beings and living creatures, and there will be the reconfiguration of heaven and earth, the operations of GOD will manifest judgment having finality, impartiality, and righteousness, rather than condemnation, punishment for sins, or warfare against rebellion. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Genesis 49: 1-2, King James Version (KJV): 1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. 2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.

2. Micah 4: 1-3, KJV: 1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks:

3. Acts 2: 16-21, KJV: 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

4. 2nd Timothy 3: 1-5, KJV: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. Hebrews 1: 1-3, KJV: 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

AN AFTERTHOUGHT: Where Christian believers focus on the “the last days,” it is more correct we acknowledge that those on the earth who belong to Jesus Christ, and are mature/ripe for harvest are in the last stage of their preparation to be made immortal companions of divinity. Therefore, it is not a cause for alarm; and believers should not be careful regarding how long the duration of the last days, or when there will be the conclusion for the passing of some finite and predetermined period whose length continues to remain secret and unknown.

 

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Today, reply is on the existence of divinity as spirit displaying personhood, rather than as an abstraction or an operation appearing through sequence and mechanical process. Were it that the substance of Jesus Christ in his resurrection is not the same as the substance of the Father, mankind could not be joined to He that rules the heaven by He who has appeared on the earth. The oneness of GOD is a matter of accord and agreement in content, eternal duration, purpose, and substance. Multiple expressions of divine nature, person, and discrete existence are known to have been manifest. Properly read, the holy writings do not dispute whether divinity has appeared on the earth using flesh and human form as Jesus Christ, or whether the spirit presence of GOD is continuing his ministry that was begun in the earth. Even so, the Scriptures do identify one GOD as the source of multiple operations on behalf of mankind. In addition to redemption and salvation there are edification, justification, rebirth, sanctification, glorification, and more. It is written: Romans 8: 29-30, King James Version (KJV): 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “norine” (Level 1 with 22 points, a member since July 12, 2019) posted the following:

 

Re Deut 6:4 Why do most see God as 3 persons although He is **”many”** “diversities of operations but One God” (I Cor 12:6; 11-12)?

Update: ISN’T >>>”DIVERSITIES OF OPERATIONS”<<<

MORE THAN JUST “3” OR A “TRINITY?”

DOESN’T I CORINTHIANS 12:11-12 DEFINES CHRIST AS >>>”MANY”<<< AND I CORINTHIANS 12:6 SAYS HE IS >>>”DIVERSITIES OF OPERATIONS BUT ONE GOD?”<<<

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. (1st John 5: 7-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Understanding Oneness Without Sameness (08/27/2019); The Divinity Of Christ? (06/14/2018); Bible Language About Spirit? (06/13/2018); Why Spirit Displays Personhood (06/06/2018); Called “The Anointed One” (05/08/2018); Thoughts On Divine Personhood (12/07/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); More About the Trinity? (03/30/2015)

 

norine”, increasingly, mature Christian believers acknowledge that the makeup, process and substance of divine fullness (we also say, active presence; divinity; the Godhead; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is entirely of spirit. The inseparable aspects of GOD include faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. We describe spirit as being (1) indestructible, (2) invisible, (3) without finite form that has measurable bounds and limits, yet (4) alive (having and displaying such features as breath, consciousness, existence, integrity of being, and will). Our human tools of intellect, logic, philosophy and science encourage us to think and speak as though GOD exists as an abstraction, as an animal found in the natural world, or as a mathematical or mechanical sequence embedded within the synchronized movements of astronomical bodies. Carnal reasoning denies that the Creator of heaven and earth maintains all that is through divine order and sacred law. Created beings and living creatures may communicate, exchange, and interact with divinity because they contain deposits and fresh endowments of sacred spirit imparted from the Godhead at Creation, and through the ongoing ministries of Jesus Christ. The appearance of multiple administrations, gifts, operations, sacred events, and stages of transformation are generated from the eternal purpose of divinity that is immutable and unchanging, yet, employs diversity. There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Jesus Said I AM

 

Today, reply is on the independent personhood displayed by divinity, and the existence of GOD who is the sum of all spirit content. Just as GOD is to be described as immortal and invisible, his character, process and substance displays authority, dominion, oneness without sameness, and personhood. Ongoing relationship between the Creator and the created should be understood as appearing primarily through consciousness, existence, and operations of will, rather than exchange or interactions using social behavior, intellect, or events and occurrences determined through mechanical and natural law. Even so, it is written: Numbers 23: 19, King James Version (KJV): 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

If Father, Son, Holy Spirit are three equal distinct persons that form the Deity of God, does that mean that each by himself is NOT God?

They’re only God when they all get together?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4: 24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: We Must Acknowledge Christ (08/08/2019); The Requirements for Relationship (06/30/2019); GOD’s Will Be Done? (03/27/2019); Abraham In Divine Judgment (03/10/2019); Discovering The Holy Spirit (12/23/2018); These Three Are One (10/03/2018); Having Personhood Without Gender? (12/13/2017)

 

Anonymous”, being spirit, divinity has existence without form. Your reply requires sacred knowledge, and uses concepts and language that has allowed many mature Christians to avoid spiritual confusion when speaking of “divine fullness” (we also say, active presence; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit; the summation of all spirit matter). Once we acknowledge that the makeup and substance of divinity is spirit in its character, form, and process, we also should grasp that spirit does not display the measurable dimensions (e.g., depth, breadth, height, length, weight) associated with carnal and material things. Spirit may operate within the frameworks of time and space; spirit may put forth concrete and tangible matter; and spirit may exist within the consciousness of created beings and living creatures. The inseparable aspects of divine fullness include balance, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness; wisdom, and wrath against sin. Faith is made only of faith; holiness consists only of holiness; righteousness is only of righteousness.

Independence, influence, and integrity of being exists for all the appearances and manifestations of divine personhood. GOD can not be altered, changed, manipulated, or reconfigured by whatever has origin, existence and life from the expression of divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and sovereign will. Divinity has used visible forms to communicate with the living (e.g., the burning bush; the rainbow about his shoulders; and the form of human flesh, we say, the Incarnation, appearing on the earth as Jesus Christ). The divine actuality transcends being in accord, having agreement, or unity of doctrine and purpose that are all language describing human social behavior. Developing and mature Christians are encouraged to realize that spirit exists as both concentrated and diffuse at the same time; and divinity continues as immortal displaying oneness without sameness. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Genesis 18: 1-6, King James Version (KJV): 1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, 3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: 4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: 5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.

2. John 8: 57-59, KJV: 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Romans 12: 4-5, KJV: 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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By Grace Gift

 

Today, reply speaks to the differences among free will, grace, obligations through law, and self-will. Sinners continue the under the operations of sin, directed and finite self-will that can not be regarded as discipline, freedom, law, or self-control. For Christian believers, sin that is transgression of divine law demands there be focus on free gifts for redemption and salvation provided from GOD through Jesus Christ, rather than “free will” and further corruption from finite man. Just as mankind’s entitlement is greater as children within the household of GOD and heirs of divinity, so are the duties and requirements for continuing in eternal relationship. It is written: Revelation 3: 19-22, King James Version (KJV): 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 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. 21 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. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality using the ID “Kazekage Gaara” (Level 1 with 227 points, a member since March 15, 2011) posted the following:

 

How can god claim we have free will and then threaten us with eternal hell if we dont do exactly as he says?

Sounds like a tyrannical malevolent coward to me

 

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, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Will You Lose Family? (01/20/2019); Self-Will And Christian Integrity (06/11/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); Having to Pass Inspection (02/06/2017); Some Points on Tithing (03/19/2015); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014)

 

Kazekage Gaara”, divinity makes no claim that mankind has integrity as a created being or living creature apart from the Creator. Because we receive a relationship with divinity as an artifact of birth (we say, inheritance), and there are unchanging conditions in effect before our existence that appear as sacred dominion, divine law, and the ownership of Creation by GOD, such features as covetousness, desire, human independence, personhood, and self-will (finite willpower) can not exist as the primary frameworks for human authority, freedom, influence, and power. The fullness and soundness of what we are and who we are depend on our containing the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted to Adam and Eve from the makeup and substance of GOD.

The freedom a child is granted by having a bedroom within the home of their parents continues on the basis of commitments and obligations that are at first unknown and unseen by the child. As the children age and develop, they are expected to display attitudes and behavior that increasingly show accountability, balance, consistency, gratitude, respect, and stability (i.e., they are to mature; they are to ripen). Even so, because of their dependence and their being joined to their parents, should their caretakers be evicted for failure to meet lawful duties and responsibilities (such as maintaining the insurance and paying the mortgage), the children also will lose their benefits and privileges. Their status in the law is that of minor children who never had dominion and ownership of the home; and who have been indulged and promoted on the basis of acceptance by another that is a form of grace, prerogative, and the sovereign will of another.

Many have entered into formal agreements with GOD that bind humanity to divinity (we say, covenants; legal contracts; ongoing relationships). In so doing they have made commitments to practices, principles, purposes, and standards that must be completely and correctly discharged for them to continue “in good standing.” Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Psalms 84: 10-12, King James Version (KJV): 10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

2. Proverbs 3: 32-35, KJV: 32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous. 33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Romans 5: 12-18, KJV: 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 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.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, a declaration of personally-held faith is shared in reply on the importance of belief in Jesus Christ for ones salvation. While many insist that salvation occurs only on the basis of works completed by divinity, human expression repeatedly presents believing as an act of human will, and a work completed by those in the flesh. So to speak, believers are not saved by their own works; they are privileged to benefit and experience the works of GOD that allow mankind to display the divine nature. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “I trust the count” (Level 7 with 278,586 points, a member since March 02, 2006) posted the following:

 

Is just believing in Jesus Christ alone for my Salvation enough to get me to Heaven?

I do believe that Jesus Christ has died on the cross for my sins I deserve to be punished for so I can have Eternal Life

Is that enough to get me to Heaven?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2: 8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Believing That GOD Is (06/24/2019); Displaying Faith Through Works (03/04/2019); We Have To Believe? (01/06/2019); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); Belief, Content And Works? (02/12/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016); By More Than Believing (12/04/2015)

 

I trust the count”, your question requires responses that clarify and explain another person’s faith, rather than man-made things, and is not really a simple matter because we must experience faith (a substance from the full makeup of GOD) as a sacred process of continual change, development, and growth. Those who become “born again” must also “grow up” again, for they must undergo a total transformation to exist as mature/ripe life companions (offspring) of divinity. Sharing faith in a way that is complete and correct requires multiple explanations; and the words we use often fuel and permit spiritual confusion. Even so, there is much we can share that you may find helpful.

It is not enough just to have facts about Jesus Christ, academic instruction, and secular knowledge regarding events from the ministry of Jesus on the earth. The content and process of ones consciousness, personhood, sense of eternal purpose, and self-will (willpower) must be permanently altered by the presence and operations of divinity. The living must acknowledge the gifts and works provided from GOD for salvation by receiving and responding to multiple sacred influences. In addition to using material and physical creation to appear to the living, divine fullness (we also say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) imparts and uses inseparable aspects of unseen life essence (breath; spirit; word) to communicate, exchange, and interact with Creation. Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Sinners who properly turn to GOD seek a new relationship through new commitment, discipline, and discernment. Through divinity incarnate as Jesus Christ, “life” is not simply through the forms of conception and birth; it is also by rebirth and resurrection. With the goal of becoming Christlike, and correctly displaying the image of GOD through their own lifestyle and daily routines, developing believers continue discovery, gradual growth, learning, obedience, respect, restraint, reverence, unselfish service, and suffering. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Hebrews 11: 5-7, King James Version (KJV): 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

2. John 11: 21-27, KJV: 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Romans 6: 3-11, KJV: 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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In Your Presence

 

Today, reply is on conflicts that regularly appear within the course of Christian ministry, language from the Scriptures, and personal thoughts from the Apostle Paul. In sharing reports of his present condition and the challenges he was facing as a servant of Jesus Christ, Paul confessed that he now was experiencing the holy boldness both to face a martyr’s death, and to appear in tribunal before the judgment seat of Christ. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “jane” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since May 15, 2019) posted the following:

 

What the Bible meaning Absent from the body and to be present with the Lord ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12: 1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Prophets After Jesus Christ? (06/04/2019); Why Paul Observed Tradition (07/10/2018); A Threat Against Judaism (07/17/2017); A True Apostle? (09/20/2015); Saul of Tarsus (03/26/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Suddenly Absent, Suddenly Present (03/31/2013); A Family Affair? (04/01/2013)

 

jane”, many Christian believers understand the language “present with the Lord” is describing when a believer is received by the Lord through death and final judgment to continue dwelling and servicing divinity within the celestial precincts, courts, and mansions of heaven. Those fully present with the Lord are believed in the same relationship with GOD, the same new flesh, and the same new life through resurrection as the Lord Jesus. To be “absent from the body” is understood as no longer being alive in flesh on the earth; and also means to no longer be available to minister to the body of Christ (i.e., the church; the community of believers) through devices that are carnal, material, physical, and social. In two of his epistles, the Apostle Paul expresses a sense of conflict and uncertainty about continuing his own service to the church that has included multiple confrontations with mobs, imprisonment, scourging, and suffering. On the one hand, Paul does not desire death; he is preferring to be with Jesus in the direct presence of GOD the Father, and desires to perform higher, holier works guided by Jesus, the divine High Priest. On the other hand, Paul understands the peculiar needs of the church demand that he and others continue at the various works they have been given through the Holy Ghost; and the Apostle continues to exhort the brethren to commitment, determination, and zeal. There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Philippians 1: 20-30, King James Version (KJV): 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. 27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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The Burning Bush

 

Today, reply is on mankind choosing places to be closer to GOD; oneness without sameness; sanctification; and the locations where divinity appeared as present that were marked through memorials and worship. Most of the places named throughout the holy writings are recorded as sites where sacred events occurred, and are not just geographical references. For example, Babel—later called Babylon that appears as a place of captivity and restriction for the people of GOD—is notable as a place where all mankind were smitten by GOD (without using widespread death), and the living were made to be culturally diverse. Following the flood of Noah, all his offspring eventually converged on that location to build a tower that might save them from the next flood event. Despite the promise of GOD that there he would not send another flood, the survivors from Noah demonstrated total agreement, cooperation, and peace on the earth by building a tower that would reach to heaven. In so doing, they dismissed their proper focus and work commanded by GOD: Multiply, be fruitful, and overspread (replenish) the earth. Therefore, their languages were confused, not to punish their sin and wrongdoing so much as to ensure that the earth be populated. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If God is everywhere, why does going to the top of a mountain make you any closer to God, as in Moses’ case?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11: 1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Judgment Against The Canaanites (08/01/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); Diversity and Divine Purpose (08/28/2016); The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); Will Truth Destroy Joy? (11/10/2014); No Sorrow in Heaven? (11/11/2014); Holy Ground (03/30/2014)

 

Anonymous”, among mature Christian believers, all of the many appearances and manifestations of divinity (we also say, divine fullness; active presence; the Godhead; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are aspects of a single revelation from the Creator to the diverse created beings and living creatures of heaven and earth. To fully apprehend the multiple streams of truth proclaiming that invisible, unseen divinity exists and resides within carnal, material, natural, and social features on the earth, sinners first must become aware and conscious that the character, makeup, process, and substance of divine fullness are the full array of inseparable spirit elements. Included are balance, eternal purpose, faith, forbearance, holiness, perfection, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Separation of GOD from mankind on the earth was first understood by the idea of physical separation of heaven from the earth. GOD was believed to reside within a celestial realm and sphere of life located above the sky and astronomical space. Communication, exchange and interaction with divinity continued on a daily basis through divine visitation, and by GOD appearing regularly within a space familiar and known (the Garden of Eden). However, more than a measurable distance between heaven and the earth, it is the endowment of the living with consciousness and self-will that separate the living from the Creator. There are frameworks for expression by the living that include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and emotion/mind (anger, dreams, fear, imagination). While GOD has not put forth sin and wickedness, the operations of sin may determine choice and decision-making within the living. Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe.

Reducing the sense of separation between mankind and his maker requires visible elements that have meaning and value from GOD, and that are not simply from the errors, fantasies, fears, and superstitions of men. The meeting place GOD chose from all the many locations on the earth was in the land of Canaan (many say, the land promised to Abram), and in a specific area whose name changes within the holy writings over the course of thousands of years (e.g., Mount Moriah later Mount Zion). Among Abraham and his descendants who all endured a form of nomadic life (e.g., the exodus, the captivity, the persecution that scattered the early church), embodying covenant and imparted spirit became pronounced. Simple objects and structures were created to serve as identifiers and memorials acknowledging divine appearances, the locations where divinity has been encountered, and the places where divinity acknowledged and received offerings, praise and worship. Included have been altars, circumcision, mounds, pillars, shrines, tabernacles, and temples. Even so, redemption and salvation for mankind has required an appearance of divinity on the earth using flesh and bone as Jesus Christ (we say, the Incarnation). Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Genesis 22: 1-4, King James Version (KJV): 1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

2. Genesis 22: 9-14, KJV: 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

3. Exodus 3: 1-5, KJV: 1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 8: 3-9, KJV: 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 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.

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