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Today, thoughts are shared on preexistence, Creation, and some of the ideas from Science.  It remains that, sacred events must be embraced as they fit the mold of complete divine truth.  Most mature Christians avoid conversations and discussions on the origin of GOD.  In part this is because, through the operations of faith, believers accept the holy writings that describe the beginning for heaven and earth, and that do not provide any description of a specific beginning for Deity.  In addition, as men and women of faith, believers seek to develop a disciplined mind that will avoid unfruitful conjecture, speculation, and superstition.  All things do not edify, and contribute to apprehending salvation and our goal of displaying the divine nature.  The authority, power, and sovereign will of GOD have been revealed to created beings and living creatures by the Creator using Incarnation (i.e., appearing in flesh and using human form) and by his employing all the devices that describe mortal duration (e.g., birth, aging, growth, eating, drinking, rest, sleep).  While conceptual awareness and knowing can put forth mental images and thoughts of divinity, the substantive existence of divinity—that may be shown and made visible in the living—has not been, is not now, and will never be put forth by created beings and living creatures.  Not from fear or ignorance, but from the discernment and wisdom provided by GOD, believers refuse to respond to every issue and question generated by secular knowledge.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Gino” (Level 4 with 2,702 points, a member since March 01, 2017) posted the following:

 

What makes more sense ? Something coming from nothing ? (OR) a creator outside of time and space creates everything?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  (Colossians 1:  16-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The First Divine Thought? (07/31/2017); GOD Revealed As One (07/12/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The God Concept? (02/13/2015)

 

“Gino”, here are some thoughts being shared among those having sacred knowledge as Christian believers that you may find interesting:

(1.)  There are multiple conditions and operations known to divinity that created beings and living creatures can not conceive or grasp by only using finite intelligence, logic, carnal reason, and thought.  Those tools are anchored in the workings of flesh such as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving sexual contact), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  While the mind can produce abstractions and immaterial points of focus, there are many conceivable subjects and topics that are unverifiable using present academic and scholarly process.  Examples include chaos and random streams of matter (we say, flux); existence without frameworks of time and space; nothing; sin; and the makeup of divinity that is spirit (i.e., breath, life essence, word).

(2.)  Given that GOD has always existed, there has never been a period where there has been nothing.  The pre-existence we speak of addresses the apprehension of concepts and forms within the sacred mind and their sequential introduction using various aspects of unchanging sacred law and divine order.  Scientists have proposed an explanation of existence through a “big bang” that also assumes there has always been something in existence.

(3.)  The great gulf between Christian belief and that of the astrophysicist seems to turn on the features of person.  Once the concession is made that there has always been an active presence, the issue becomes how to describe it, interact with it, and derive benefit from it.  The features of person allow and include awareness, communication, direction, exchange, purpose, and self-will.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  For Christians, created beings and living creatures have been put forth by GOD in the image of divinity, and the active presence and persons of divinity (we say, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the GODhead) have not been put forth by any entity or object that ever was, now is, or ever shall be.  The GODhead embodies all divine substance manifesting eternal duration and oneness without sameness.  Mankind has communion with Deity through his own spirit content from the makeup of GOD that is imparted to indwell the living.  Included are inseparable elements such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is to the suggestion that Adam was imperfect long before their Fall by eating the forbidden fruit.  Mankind and sacred law have crystallized a divine concern and focus on sin.  However, in agreement with divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and sovereign will, possibilities for contradicting, contrary, negative and opposite states should never appear as natural and normal aspects of existence.  Through the law, the living are provided with admonitions, sanctions, and information about the benefits from obeying and penalties from disobeying the divine will.  Thus, before any act of disobedience was committed, the pair had been told that death would follow.  Error and possibilities for wrongdoing existed before divine law and complete sacred knowledge regarding sin began to be transmitted to mankind; and, initially, there was no eternal purpose that created beings and living creatures resist sin, or that divinity eliminate sin.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “NB” (Level 4 with 3,755 points, a member since December 15, 2012) posted the following:

 

Had Adam and Eve already been imperfect before they ate the forbidden fruit?

Somehow, a corrupt being entered the sacred garden of Eden, and he succeeded in persuading the first woman, Eve, that the fruit would bring her benefits. We have, then, that the mortal being (human) was created in the image and likeness of God, so it’s thought that as such Eve would not be deceived, nor would Adam believe what Eve said, for both would have the wisdom to realize that they were being deceived by the snake (Satan, roughly speaking).

We also have that, if this is true, then the snake was able to deceive the mind of one who was created by a perfect being (God), then his strength would be extraordinarily greater. Besides being able to enter the sacred garden, of course, knowing that God, considered omniscient, could see him there and have him expelled.

Was it all deliberate, then? Did God indirectly wanted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit? There’s no reason in a place like the Paradise to have a tree that could not even be touched, with fruits that could not be eaten.

PS: english is not my mother language, sorry

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.  But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.  For I was alive without the law once:  but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.  And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.  Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.  Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.  (Romans 7:  5-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Operations of Sin (07/25/2017); Christian Beliefs About Sin (07/20/2017); On Law and Sin (06/07/2017); Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Did GOD Lose Control? (03/23/2017); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The Origin of Sin? (07/31/2015); All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015)

 

“NB”, here are some points many mature Christian believers have considered:

Given that “perfection” pertains to the fullness of divinity who is the source of all that exists, perfection must be known through revelation.  Sin should not be understood as an outcome, or result of divine errors and lapses during the sacred operations of Creation.  Sin is an enigma to the living, for sin is no material or spirit thing created by GOD, yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of all divine law, promote non-existence, and restore the conditions of chaos and flux that were in place before the foundation of heaven and earth.  The corruption that results from sin first appeared among the holy angels (who are neither mortal nor immortal), and was introduced among mankind by one of the angels who, himself under an influence that is not divine, used deceit and guile.

Adam (the first pair) were finite, created beings who were to function and operate in agreement with multiple fixed conditions and limitations generated by the character, makeup, and substance of GOD.  The two lacked and were not given many things that would be supplied by their continuing as companions of divinity.  They were to endure and survive on the basis of love, respect and trust, more than a formal code of law; and this did not make them imperfect.  At their own creation, the angels received the full deposits of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom they would display throughout their existence as servants of divinity.  Mankind must acquire discernment, sacred knowledge, and wisdom gradually through discovery, growth and learning.  Mankind has been endowed with his own consciousness and self-will that permits independence, integrity, and levels of separation from divinity, yet, that also allow for continuous communication, exchange and interaction (we say, relationship).

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, at one place in the Bible, GOD says, I create “evil”.  The Creator is not speaking of sin.  Many are confused because they repeatedly seek to use secular language to consider divine processes and sacred themes.  They rely on carnal, material and social definitions for sin such as corruption (i.e., decay, disintegration, rot), defiance, disobedience, rebellion, unrighteousness, and wickedness.  Evil is the introduction of widespread, arbitrary, disruptive, unneeded and unwanted change; thus, evil is calamity, catastrophe, disaster, personal tragedy, and upheaval.  Among those inclined to error the more necessary understanding will be missed:  evil is the malicious denial of the immutable, unchanging sovereign will of GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made on whether writers on the Internet are “good ambassadors” for Christ.  Ambassadors, apostles, prophets, and spokespersons are only “good” to the degree they repeat completely and correctly what they have been sent to speak.  The banishment of Absalom—a son of King David, who would one day force his father to flee from Zion to save his own life, and that of the kingdom—is recalled, and the ploy by the king’s General and nephew (Joab) that used an old, wise woman of Tekoah to induce the king to commute the sentence against Absalom.  The principles of forgiveness, mercy, and righteousness in judgment are proclaimed along with reconciliation, renewal, and salvation.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Are the Christians on this site good ambassadors for Christ or are they rotten ones turning people away from the faith?

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us
2 Corinthians 20

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  (Colossians 1:  12-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Practice of Love (07/27/2017); Reconciliation Provided By Christ (05/30/2017); Proclaiming A New Kingdom? (04/13/2017); Rulers Who Are Prophets? (01/25/2017); The Sure Mercies of David (09/19/2016); As Agents of Divinity (06/12/2016); How To Treat Unbelievers? (01/13/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, many within the body of Christ understand the work of a Christian ambassador to be that of a spokesperson (we say, prophet) having to serve as a personal representative of the anointed monarch, an embodiment of his authority, kingdom and rule, and a trusted agent who negotiates agreements and treaties with other governments and kingdoms to establish mutual benefit.  To prophesy is to speak only as commanded, neither adding ones own opinions and thoughts, nor omitting anything that has been imparted.  Thus, the substance of prophecy is comfort, edification (we say, enlightenment; building up the body), and exhortation (urging action) to those of the church.  Within the body, believers display great diversity, and come under a principle of “oneness without sameness.”   They are not all at the same level of maturity, sacred knowledge, and sacred practice.  Where developing believers leave the community of faith they become as those in captivity, or those banished and exiled through sanctions of the law, or the disfavor of the king.  The work of an ambassador, then, is to embrace those gone astray, or lost by inviting and facilitating their return to Christ.  In practical terms this may mean performing works of visitation; encouraging or hearing the confession of others; proclaiming atonement, forgiveness and continuing sacred love through Jesus Christ; and further revealing the mercy and righteousness of divine judgment.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  2nd Samuel 14:  9-14, King James Version (KJV):  9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father’s house:  and the king and his throne be guiltless.  10 And the king said, Whoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.  11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember the LORD thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.  12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.  13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished.  14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person:  yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

(2.)  Psalms 51:  11-17, KJV:  11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation:  and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it:  thou delightest not in burnt offering.  17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:  a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

(3.)  1st Thessalonians 5:  14-15, KJV:  14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.  15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on the process of GOD for accomplishing the complete restoration of the divine gifts of beauty, glory and grace lost by mankind through the Fall of Adam.  The living are no longer adorned with spiritual garments of light, and now must receive a covering of spirit, even the whole armor of GOD.  The patterns and possibilities generated by their own form and substance include influences and forces that may overwhelm awareness and willpower within the living.  Simple nudity should not be an obstacle to correct relationships; however, because nudity may trigger sexual arousal, and quickly become a snare that entangles the imagination, ones inhibitions and the mind, nudity, and most sexual situations and themes are to be regarded as dangerous, unpredictable, and threatening except in controlled settings.  Sexuality for animals and mankind exists as a defining aspect of development and growth, and has place in the life from ones birth to their death.  For mankind, great damage may result where the accountability that appears through love is not present.  Along with fornication, lust and promiscuity, immature and infantile sexuality always result in spiritual confusion and conflicts among godly values.  GOD imparts no “forbidden knowledge;” and that we might be “children of light,” the Creator provides inseparable spirit content from his own makeup, rather than intellect, logic, carnal reason, and secular knowledge.  Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “James” (Level 3 with 2,243 points, a member since March 20, 2015) posted the following:

 

Do all humans share the forbidden knowledge imparted to Adam and Eve?

If yes, why don’t I understand why being naked is supposed to be shameful? If we don’t have the knowledge they got, why care at all about nakedness? I wear clothes and feel self conscious because I grew up in a society that christians got their bigoted “everyone must think like me” paws on, way before I was born. It’s unfair that I’m programmed with body shaming and self consciousness. Nudists feel free, and i want that, but no, Christians turned the back of my mind against me from birth.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day:  we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.  (1st Thessalonians 5:  5-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Choice of Knowledge? (10/28/2015); Sin As Our Inheritance? (06/08/2015); Sanctify Yourselves? (06/26/2014); Inheriting the Kingdom? (06/27/2014); (Appetite (10/14/2010); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“James”, in the same way relationships among family, friends, neighbors and co-workers require creating and maintaining certain conditions, and acknowledging boundaries and limits, mankind’s communication, exchange and interaction with the Creator was always to be through divine order and structure provided by divinity.  In the beginning, man was like the angels of GOD, neither mortal nor immortal.  By disobeying the command of GOD, the duration, spirit content from the makeup of Deity, and countless features of the sphere of life for Adam and Eve would have to be divinely altered.  The error committed by the first pair (the male and female) was more than a matter of their accepting and valuing secular data, and carnal information.  Their desire, thoughts, and acts of self-will interrupted and suspended the intended process of GOD for their acquisition of knowledge, learning, and growth. 

Many mature Christian believers accept teachings that explain the first pair were “clothed” and shielded with a covering of divine spirit (some say, light, radiance) that established them as having balance, beauty, dominion, and worth before the host of heaven, and one another.  Through regular contact with GOD, their divine endowments would be continually nourished and replenished.  However, through the operations of sin, the light that was the “mark of GOD” resting upon Adam and Eve would become diminished and extinguished.

Until established in the new creation provided through Jesus Christ, mankind must endure and resolve multiple conflicts within his own makeup that responds both to earthy characteristics and features (we say, the flesh) as well as to aspects of the divine (we say, the Spirit).  Human awareness and self-will may be directed and dominated through appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual contact), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and through emotion/mental faculties (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  Sinners who become born again must “grow up again” and become mature by meeting life challenges and “growing pains” on the earth.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Job 38:  4-11, King James Version (KJV):  4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?  6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;  7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?  8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?  9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,  10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,  11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further:  and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

(2.)   1st John 1:  5-10, KJV:  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(3.)  Isaiah 30:  1, KJV:  1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 20:  12-14, KJV:  12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:  and another book was opened, which is the book of life:  and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:  and they were judged every man according to their works.  14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on the sacred names for persons among the GODhead.  Christian believers often are surprised to learn that the Holy Spirit is not an abstraction, the essence from someone deceased, or a “thing”.  He is a distinct active presence contributing to the fullness of divinity, and is to be respected and reverenced at all times as a divine person.  Created beings and living creatures are separated from divinity by their form that includes flesh, their finite consciousness, and their independent self-will.  That mankind is made “in the image of GOD” also declares that man has been fashioned to display sacred substance, and is to exist expressing perfected, unseen spirit.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bryan C” (Level 5 with 5,318 points, a member since December 06, 2007) posted the following:

 

The Holy Spirit used to be called the Holy Ghost. Why change the name?

To not scare the kiddies?
To sound better on tv?
Why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart:  and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.  The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.  (Job 33:  3-4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The New Testament Name (05/01/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); The Holy Spirit “Begotten”? (02/27/2017); Known By Divine Revelation (06/16/2015); About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012)

 

“Bryan C”, for mature Christian believers the names and titles to be used when speaking of the various divine persons who are the GODhead are provided through revelation, through sacred practice (we say, sacrament), through praise, and through prayer.  So to speak, our faith, our sacred knowledge, our standing as sons and joint-heirs, and our need will determine the name.  Consider the following points:

(1.)  GOD is to be known and spoken of on the basis of shared oneness without sameness, unchanging commitment, eternal purpose, and sovereign authority.  With the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit completes multiple sacred works.  In addition to burning (we say, judgment, cleansing, purging), there are Creation, deliverance, imparting existence and life, prophecy, rebirth, resurrection, sanctification, and salvation.  Genesis 1:  25-27, King James Version (KJV):  25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind:  and God saw that it was good.  26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:  and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

(2.)  Jesus used the name “the Comforter,” and thereby suggested that the Holy Spirit would minister to bereavement and a sense of loss that would linger among his followers following the Lord’s removal from the earth.  However, the Savior is alive, and with the Father, a cause for greater rejoicing.  Believers are to be active and busy with the works of ministry.  Thus, “Comforter” is in line with such other sacred names as the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of Grace, the Spirit of the Living God, the Spirit of Prophecy and the Spirit of Truth:  Acts 4:  31-33, KJV:  31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.  32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul:   neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus:  and great grace was upon them all.

(3.)  During prayer, the Holy Spirit may give utterance as tongues, as our confession, as consciousness, as the direct address to GOD, and as the substance of our petitions:  Romans 8:  26-28, KJV:  26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The present dispensation for the followers of Jesus Christ includes being buried and resurrected with the Lord through baptism, acquiring a new nature through the imparted, indwelling Spirit, and receiving spiritual gifts.  Even so, the outpourings to date have been only partial deposits and “an earnest” of the Spirit.  There is far more to be bestowed and revealed; and there are even elements that may never be shared:  Revelation 2:  17, KJV:  17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made on divine spirit being different from intellect, mind, and thought.  In their discipline to remain grounded, practical and sober, mature Christian believers avoid conjecture and speculation on events and operations of divinity not revealed within the holy writings.  It is as absurd and unfruitful to imagine GOD surrounded by nothing or immersed within the streams of chaos and flux as to estimate the number of years between the founding of heaven and the earth, or seek to grasp what might have been GOD’s first thought and why.  There is no meaningful provision of sacrament, salvation, revelation, or the sacred knowledge essential to securing eternal life.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shared) posted the following:

 

What was God doing all that time before he made his first thought?

God is eternal, with no beginning. But there must have been a first thought. So was God just blank for trillions of infinite millenniums?

“trillions of infinite millenniums?” I don’t know what that means either.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.  (Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Revealed As One (07/12/2017); A Beginning And End? (06/01/2017); The Best Starting Point? (09/13/2016); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013); Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, to avoid spiritual confusion, most Christian believers share the revelation of GOD that is recorded within the holy writings.  In the Scriptures, the Creator proclaims how he is to be known and spoken of by created beings and living creatures, and becomes “visible” by using thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  Many mature Christians agree that the character, makeup, and substance of divinity is spirit, and can not be completely and correctly known by relying only on life experiences that are carnal, material, secular, and social.  Sacred knowledge and the authentic discovery of invisible spirit is only acquired by those realizing that divinity is an active presence who communicates with the living by using specific, unchanging meanings, messages, motives, operations, and values.

The living are aware and apprehend their own existence on the basis of finite elements generated by form and physical being that include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual release), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall), and self-will.  The existence and process of divinity are in accordance with the exchanges and interactions among diverse, inseparable divine matter (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin).  The fullness of divinity coheres as oneness without sameness, therefore, Deity appears both as the collective movements of the GODhead and as the actions by distinct persons having divine fullness (i.e., the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). 

While the divine fullness has not yet been—and may never be—comprehended by relying upon the frameworks of time and space, logic, mathematics, and discursive thought, human efforts to understand divinity have included applying systems for rational order that include demystification, personification, and projections from mankind as bearing “the image of GOD.”  As actors, agents and objects within relationships with divinity, mankind engages divinity through various levels of thought.  However, this requires there be full acceptance of the premise that GOD is eternal spirit without beginning and without end.  More than this, with and without action, consciousness, purpose, or thought (as mankind and other created beings and living creatures experience them), GOD manifests as breath, life essence, perfection, utterance, and word.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Isaiah 55:  7-11, King James Version (KJV):  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(2.)  Isaiah 58: 13-14, KJV:  13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:  14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:  for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Jeremiah 29:  11-13, KJV:  11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And you shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, the integrity of Christ as judge, and the beauty, good, and righteousness of divine judgment are in focus.  Divine judgment and salvation that see the granting of forgiveness, mercy, and release from sin already are occurring on a daily basis, and will soon be completed.  Through the operations of sin the living will lose the “image of GOD” and all resemblance to the character and makeup of Jesus Christ.  Both men and angels may become grotesque, indifferent, unrecognizable, and unresponsive as created beings and living creatures who have been fashioned by GOD and infused with spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  As surely as they no longer value or respect godliness, the Creation as the handiwork of GOD, divine law, eternal purpose, and sacred love, they despise correction, forgiveness and divine mercy.  Their final destruction, and the removal from existence of all corruption, decay and rot are to be acknowledged as acts of healing, justice, lovingkindness, and purification.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why was Jesus so cruel and inhumane that he approved of denying a man burning alive a single drop of water?

Luke 16:24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.  Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness:  there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.  When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off:  the women come, and set them on fire:  for it is a people of no understanding:  therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.  (Isaiah 27:  9-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); The Comfort Through Christ? (01/13/2017); Signs From The Dead? (01/15/2017); About Revelation not Punishment? (11/25/2016); Life Is GOD’s Intent (11/15/2016); About Judgment By GOD (08/29/2016); Hell and The Cross? (04/10/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, where sinners are blind to their own accountability needed to be in right relationship with divinity, they usually also fail to acknowledge their need for the protection and benefits supplied only by sacred law.   Mature Christian believers generally accept that the issues of cruelty, human error, and exaggerated pride among those having divine authority are put aside by the non-negotiable demands of sacred judgment that include balance, finality, impartiality, mercy, righteousness, and thoroughness.  As created beings and living creatures, the living, both in heaven and on the earth, do not consistently obey and respond to the demands of divine law.  The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the platforms of divine order essential for the universe.  While sin appears as having no material or spirit substance, sin does display direction, effect, and presence.  Sin is the transgression of divine law that expresses the sovereign will (we also say, person, mind and heart) of GOD.

In the same way the dead do not praise GOD because they no longer have consciousness of divinity and existence, those under the influence of sin do not have self-will (willpower) that allows them to operate as agents and servants to GOD.  More than this, those dominated by sin increasingly become defiled, profane, and warped.  Sinners who lose their inborn and other freely-given endowments of spirit content from the makeup of GOD, become abominable, loathsome, and repulsive to divinity for ever.   Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, believers may receive the inseparable spirit content that includes faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Sinners are not separated from divinity by some form of “holy hostility”, meanness, or the bullying of defenseless and innocent creatures.  Temporal elements begin a widening of separation among the living that is necessary for the independence, integrity, and stability of their coherence.  The elements like backsliding, covetousness, deceit, enmity, passion, and  rebellion only result in eternal damnation where the divine provisions of forgiveness, mercy, and repentance have been repeatedly despised and rejected.  Consider again the following:

(1.)   Hebrews 10:  26-29, King James Version (KJV):  26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

(2.)  James 2:  8-13, KJV:  8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:  9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.  10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Ezekiel 18:  20-24, KJV:  20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God:  and not that he should return from his ways, and live?  24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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