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A depiction of Simon the Prophet at the Temple in Jerusalem acknowledging Jesus as Messiah when Mary and Joseph presented the Lord at 8-days-old for circumcision in obedience to the covenant law.

 

Today, points are shared on the circumcision of infant boys as a sacred practice and sign of divine covenant relationship.  Circumcision continues as a device used by GOD that makes visible unseen divine operations to cleanse, heal, preserve and seal mankind by removing the overlay of inherited and individual sin upon the heart within the descendants of Adam.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “leveret” (Level 1 with 6 points, a member since June 07, 2014) posted the following:

 

Should kosher slaughter and circumcision of infant boys become illegal?

I think its wrong to kill animals without stunning them first. its cruel to make them feel physical pain.

also I think circumcision of children should become illegal. if someone wants to mutilate their genitals they can do so once they turn 18.

what do you guys think?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.  For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.  (Galatians 5:  3-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Flesh, Then Beyond (05/23/2017); The Heir To Abraham (10/23/2016); In Relationship With Divinity? (08/16/2016); Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015); Suffering Circumcision? (06/08/2014); Three Covenants? (06/09/2014); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); The Bible and Stupid People (07/17/2013)

 

“leveret”, here are some points you many find useful on circumcision as a seal of covenant and a visible incarnation of divine presence:

1.  Sacred knowledge and practice (we say, sacraments) among Christian believers identify circumcision as a sacred event and a response to the revelation that divinity can and will communicate, exchange and interact with created beings and living creatures in continuous, personal relationships.

2.  Divinity engages mankind using covenant relationships that are grounded in faith, hope, divine proclamation, promise, and prophecy.

3.  While GOD is a spirit (who has appeared on the earth using human form as Jesus Christ), divinity is no mere abstraction, explanatory principle, figment of imagination, or hypothetical construct.  GOD indwells the living as life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word).  Inseparable aspects of the divine makeup may be imparted to mankind on the earth such as faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin.

4.  To exist without mortality and continue as a companion to immortal, incorruptible GOD, mankind must undergo permanent change and transformations carried out by the Spirit of GOD (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  The primary focus and process for consciousness and self-will within mankind are no longer to be determined by aspects of the flesh (e.g., appetite, sensation, emotion/mind), and features of the sphere of life such as time and space.

5.  Saying this another way, using language from the Bible:

    a.  Romans 4:  8-12, King James Version (KJV):  8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.  9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.  10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.  11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised:  that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:  12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

    b.  Romans 2:  25-29, KJV:  25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law:  but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.  26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?  27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?  28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

    c.  Isaiah 63:  15-17, KJV:  15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory:  where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?
16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.  17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

    d.  Colossians 2:  8-12, KJV:  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

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 on the operations of sin, mankind populating the whole earth, and Christ as High Priest in heaven.  Noah and his family were blessed and supplied to cleanse the “sanctuary” of the earth that had been ravaged by the waters of the flood, and covered with debris from the judgment event that included cadavers, mud, slime, and uprooted trees.  Even so, they were commanded to replenish the earth not to construct a pathway to heaven.  Access to heaven and eternal life would become possible later through Jesus Christ as “the way, the truth, and the life.”  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “NONAME” (Level 3 with 1,718 points, a member since July 07, 2017) posted the following:

Why did God punish Man for building a Stairway to Heaven…people just wanted to go to Heaven?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.  (Genesis 9:  1, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Lawless, Violent GOD? (11/16/2017); Adam, Family and Law (07/05/2017); Kingdom and One-world Empire (09/08/2016); Diversity and Divine Purpose (08/28/2016); Lessons From The Flood (01/21/2016); Finite Will, Self-will and Sin? (06/01/2015); Sin and the Great Flood (11/03/2014); Remembering Lot’s Wife? (11/04/2014); Destroyed in Noah’s Flood? (04/28/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013)

 

“NONAME”, because we speak and think using the frameworks of time and space, heaven has been promoted as a place physically located above the earth.  It is more correct, however, for our focus to be on the inseparable aspects of spirit content from the makeup of GOD that now may exist  within mankind through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Christian believers are required to understand that the issues and problems of sin are profound, for the operations of sin go far beyond the bad attitudes and behaviors forbidden in the Ten Commandments.  Much of the wickedness we see on the earth results from operations of the flesh such as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving sex), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mind (e.g., anger, imagination, recall, sorrow), rather than operations from mankind’s divine aspect imparted from GOD (we also say, breath, life essence, spirit, Word).

All appearances and forms of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the full Creation.  Sin promotes non-existence; the elimination of authority, meaning, quality and value from GOD; and the return to conditions of chaos and flux that existed before the founding of heaven and earth.  While sin is no material object one may see with their eyes, hold in their hand, or put in their pocket, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Consciousness and knowledge of sin have been  established through divine law, because to the living, sin does not appear as contrary to ones own character and makeup.  Sin seems natural, normal, and even, part of oneself that should be acknowledged, accepted and approved.  Cherished and hidden sin must be exposed by sacred law, yet, the results from sin plainly can be seen in adultery, cruelty, deceit, lack of godliness, murder, foul speech, selfishness, and violence.

For sinners taking their first steps to full sacred knowledge the accounts recorded in the Bible are important for gaining a “divine point of view” and understanding.  The holy writings reveal the active presence who is GOD appearing through thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  Developing believers are shown that Noah’s flood to destroy all living would only have eliminated sin on the earth.  Sin among the angels, and the stain of sin within the Temple of heaven must be addressed by the divine High Priest, Jesus Christ, who makes atonement and cleanses the Sanctuary in heaven by using his own blood.  Building the tower of Babel was a positive display of human cooperation and peace.  Yet, it was a rebellion thought necessary to ensure the survival of mankind in case of a second flood.  GOD said there would be no second flood; and mankind was to overspread the earth, rather than remain together in a single area.  Babel did not express desire to be “nearer to GOD;” Babel depicts disbelief, disobedience, lack of faith, and mankind having lost the “image of GOD.”

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own developing belief.  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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One Stream IntertwinedA Depiction of The Fullness of Divinity Streaming As A Single Deity Who Presents Personhood Through 3 Discrete Aspects

 

Today, thoughts are shared on the Holy Spirit, and differences between divine and human “personhood”.  The “mystery” of the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) is his existence as invisible substance (we say, spirit), and his undeniable appearance through deeds and works.  The sacred operations and process of GOD include affirmation, covenant, discovery, edification, forbearance, gradual growth, posing and responding to questions with revelation, giving and requiring respect as well as appearing through ongoing exchange and relationship.  Inseparable aspects of the full array for divine substances include elements that together exist, interact, and can be perceived by created beings and living creatures as higher order entities who are accountable as the causes, origins, and source for meaning and objects having quality and value.  The three divine persons display authority, immortality and incorruption, and are a single active presence.  Thus, aspects of personhood displayed by the Holy Spirit should be discerned as including balance, comfort, compassion, consciousness, gratitude, interdependence, motive, oneness without sameness, purpose, and restraint.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Monica P” (Level 6 with 16,494 points, a member since July 15, 2008) posted the following:

 

If you believe The Holy Spirit is a person please tell why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  (Romans 8:  26-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  That GOD Is Moral? (11/24/2017); Leadings of the Spirit (11/05/2017); Knowing the Invisible GOD (09/17/2017; The Fullness of GOD? (05/21/2017); The Holy Spirit “Begotten”? (02/27/2017); Receiving the Holy Spirit (12/08/2016); The Focus Upon Spirit (09/12/2016)

 

“Monica P”, here are some thoughts you may find helpful on divine possibilities: 

Many mature Christian believers continue to describe the full character, makeup, and substance of divinity as the GODhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  Divine “personhoood” (we also say, person and personness) is acknowledged as an inseparable aspect of divinity in accordance with the appearance of multiple divine operations (e.g., creation, forgiveness, judgment, reconciliation, salvation); the application and provision of “sacred” not “secular” knowledge; the institution of sacred practices (we say, sacraments such as baptism, confession, holy matrimony, repentance); and the embodiment of spirit substance and sovereign will (e.g., divine law, praise, priesthood, the church).

Where we speak of GOD as “the Trinity,” we are using a language and sequencing device for grouping concepts and ideas (we say, “analysis” to acknowledge discrete parts that make up a whole).  Properly understood, the fullness of immortal, incorruptible GOD can not be cut up, dissected and sectioned into smaller units within the frameworks of time and space by using finite human tools (e.g., emotion, intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, science).  Even so, fixed and regular patterns do appear that allow us to consider specific operations of GOD among men that include the following:

(1.)  The Holy Spirit that operated in the Creation acted with direction and purpose that describe personhood, being in accord with others, and responding to a shared standard when putting forth the spheres of life (heaven and earth).

(2.)  The Son of GOD imparted balance, existence, life, divine personhood, presence, and more to establish mankind as a living soul having the “image” of GOD (we also say, life essence, breath, spirit, Word). 

(3.)  The active presence who is the Holy Spirit appears within continuous covenant relationships using elements to be visible among men such as blood, fire, water, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, and prophecy.

(4.)  In water baptism there are death, burial and resurrection of ones inborn spirit with rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak.  Deposits of inseparable spirit substance are imparted to mankind by the Holy Spirit that include faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  The Holy Spirit provided gifts of spirit process and substance to the early church at Pentecost to authenticate the divinity of Christ; comfort, build up, and encourage the believers to continue the ministry and work of Christ as well as to begin their preparation for the return of Jesus (we say, Advent, harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming). )  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, topics are forgiveness and suicide.  Many feel that, where acts of suicide are driven by depression or emotional and psychological vulnerability, compassion should be shown to the deceased.  Yet, those who kill themselves often are acting in haste to condemn everyone in their own lives and all who are around themselves.  Killing oneself can not be labeled as acceptable, or a godly act of courage and maturity.  Suicide emerges by operations of the flesh and of sin; and self-murder is never the product of the divine Spirit.  Given its eternal purpose and benefits, Jesus dying on the cross should never be spoken of as an act of suicide and self-destruction.  A new writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Callum” (Level 1 with 90 points, a member since November 29, 2017) posted the following:


Does god forgive suicide?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid.  Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.  And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.  So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.  (1st Samuel 31:  4-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Separate Yet Not Alone (06/28/2017); Transformed by The Cross (03/23/2016); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); Suffering for Suicide? (12/12/2012); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012)

 

“Callum”, because forgiveness is an expression of the character and makeup of divinity, many Christian believers regard forgiveness as a matter of “who GOD is,” of divine grace, of divine love, of His divine prerogative, and of His sovereign will, not a matter of who we are, whether or not we ask for forgiveness, whether or not we confess our faults, and what may have been the particular sin and specific wrongdoing a sinner has committed.  

Among Christians, “suicide” is ending ones own life, and the act of self-murder does not bring glory, honor, redemption or rest, for suicide denies that we are accountable to others who value our lives and rely on us, and that we may permanently damage them as well as ourselves (e.g., children, community, parents, spouse).  Killing oneself presumes upon the Creator, for a suicide (one who commit’s the act) transgresses sacred law by acting without divine permission (in effect, they steal divine authority and privilege from the owner and source of all that exists and has life). 

The operations of sin are suicidal, for they oppose the continued existence of all divine law, the Law Giver, and divine order throughout the entire universe.  The person who chooses suicide usurps and unlawfully condemns all the living; their self-condemnation is an act of exaggerated pride wherein they take the place of GOD in judgment.  Also, for those who commit suicide, there can be no discovery and realization of their error that might properly trigger the expression of godly sorrow for sin.  Any sacrifice for atonement can not be followed by a “life of repentance” where there is growth in commitment, trust, and understanding.  Christians are to consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Corinthians 7:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:  for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

(2.)  Ezekiel 18:  20-23, 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 GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?

(3.)  Romans 6:  3-6, 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.

(4.)  Psalms 116:  3-13, KJV:  3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me:  I found trouble and sorrow.  4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.  5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.  6 The LORD preserveth the simple:  I was brought low, and he helped me.  7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.  8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.  9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.  10 I believed, therefore have I spoken:  I was greatly afflicted:  11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.  12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?  13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spirit makeup.  (For example, (5.)  Hebrews 6:  4-8, KJV:  4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,  5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.  7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:  8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.)  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, points are shared on lawlessness and violence appearing throughout the holy writings.  The counsel from mature Christians to sinners and those beginning as developing believers should point out that the revelation of GOD to proclaim his appearing in human form as Jesus Christ also is intended to expose and clarify the multiple levels and subtleties (barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning, quality, and value) that arise from the operations of sin upon the earth.  Sin promotes chaos, nonexistence, and the conditions in place before the founding of heaven and earth.  Sin opposes the continuing existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order put forth for Creation.  The operations of sin may dominate awareness, focus, and self-will in created beings and living creatures, and so, are not completely and correctly rejected and resisted, for sin may appear as natural, normal, and a reasonable aspect of life conditions for mankind.  The consciousness of sin may even cause the living to forget such blessings and gifts as the goodness, grace, lovingkindness, nearness, and righteousness of GOD.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “CherryBlossoms2” (Level 3 with 1,448 points, a member since August 04, 2015) posted the following:

 

How do you feel about all the violence in the Bible?

I’ve heard most of the violence is in the Old Testament. I know many Christians reject the Old Testament, but many also take the whole Bible very seriously.

What do you think of the violence done by God and humans that’s in the Bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.  (Malachi 3:  13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Creator is Different (10/31/2017); The Operations of Sin (07/25/2017); Forgiveness and The Cross (04/04/2016); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); As GOD Loves Us? (01/03/2014); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

 

“CherryBlossoms2”, many who make arguments against divinity as being lawless and violent, usually are operating as created beings and living creatures who are presuming on their Creator, and who do not acknowledge important points of consciousness and sacred knowledge that are imparted by the Holy Spirit.  Consider the following:

1.  GOD does not have to justify the existence of divinity; and created beings and objects (e.g., angels, animals, the sacred beasts of heaven, the earth the sea and all that are in them) only exist having duration, form, and presence in accordance with the fullness of divine spirit makeup, grace, sacred prerogative, and sovereign will. 

2.  There are no complete and correct models or standards that can be used to replace the law of GOD; divine correction, punishment, and reward; mercy; and the righteousness of GOD.

3.  It is in the nature of lawlessness that, where correction and restraint can not be achieved, there must be the total elimination of those agents, causes, origins and sources that manifest as sin, and its operations.

4.  Accountability, duties, law, sacred practices, and divine process for members of the body of Christ (the church) and those who are saints within the kingdom of GOD should be different from that for those who are outside of the spiritual condition that exists as the eternal kingdom of GOD.

5.  It is not correct that there need be no communication, exchange, and interaction with the Creator by those who are living on the earth he has also created.  Not only must the character, makeup, and spirit substance of mankind include inseparable aspects of the divine makeup (e.g., faith, holiness, lovingkindness, wisdom, wrath against sin), created beings and living creatures regularly should receive fresh endowments of divine spirit through such devices as sacred law, praise, prayer, covenant relationships, and holy writings. 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 6.  When misunderstood using finite tools (e.g., intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, science), or emotionally charged animal and human points of view, it is not possible for GOD to exist because there are attitudes and behavior among mankind that display cruelty, destruction, murder, and violence—qualities that are unfeeling, inhuman, and a contradiction of such notions as “unconditional love,” equality, fairness, freedom, and justice.)  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, points are shared on whether to avoid spiritual confusion developing believers should rely more on divine law or the imparted Spirit.  The operations of Christian belief present a pattern of waiting for hope, promises, and prophecies to be fulfilled, and so require such divine provisions as correction, discernment, longsuffering, patience, resilience, trust, and truth.  Even for those who become “born again,” all the elements of gradual growth, regeneration and ripening can appear.  Included are “growing pains,” indecisiveness, lapses of attention where a believer’s every effort seems to “draw a blank,” missteps, risk-taking, trial-and-error, and uncertainty.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “First” (Level 1 with 148 points, a member since October 01, 2017) posted the following:

 

Now I’m even more confused. Some Spirit-filled Christians who only obey God here say God instructs us to obey the Torah.?

Other Spirit-filled Christians who only obey God here say God instructs us to follow Christ and accept his grace only. Let’s start there as it seems to be the most fundamental. Which is it and how do you know the spirit is leading you to a correct understanding of God’s will?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;  In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.  And I set my face unto the Lord GOD, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:  And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;  We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:  Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.  O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.  O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.  To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;  Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.  (Daniel 9:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Avoiding Confusion About Antichrist (11/08/2017); Detecting Counterfeit Human Nature (11/02/2017); The Word of GOD (09/05/2017); “Occupy Till I Come” (08/30/2017); Miracles Are Not Everlasting (07/18/2017); One Complete Divine Revelation (07/09/2017); Thoughts On The Commandments (06/27/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Working to Pay GOD? (02/23/2017)

 

“First”, grace does not cancel or contend against law from GOD.  It is sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and all divine order that emerges by law.  Just as the work of learning our ABCs is one of recalling a set pattern or sequence of letters, acquiring sacred knowledge and internalizing the law from GOD is accomplished by listening, practice, and study to expand our knowledge base pertaining to Deity, and is not so much one of “doing the impossible,” performing miracles, applying psychic powers, or calling forth occult spirits.  Reciting the ABCs is not a matter of reading another person’s thoughts, or predicting future events, yet, once we know the full pattern, when shown a single letter we can say, HIJK…, LMNOP…, or whatever will be next.  What many like about jigsaw puzzles is that, when a piece is correct, it will fit in perfectly, and the person solving the puzzle has immediate feedback telling them, You are right!  This is not the case for the enigmas and puzzles of life, where we are to know by the operations of commitment, conviction, discernment, discovery, and faith.

Those who seek an intimate and personal relationship with divinity, wherein GOD is no longer an abstraction or remote figure, must be anchored by fixed truth and standards that keeps a seeker from losing their way, and maintains their knowledge of the way back home, so to speak.  Part of beginning is making the decision that—whatever disappointments or surprises might occur—you will wait, you will not quit, and you will not “turn back.”  One must begin with a “made up” mind.  Also, there must be the understanding, that Father, Son and Holy Spirit will do much of the most difficult work.  Those who are “born again” receive aspects of inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD that include “boldness”, “certainty”, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, person, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Divine law is as necessary to becoming mature Christians who will construct and determine their own lifestyle and daily routines as rebirth, and a sinner becoming a new creation through operations of the imparted Spirit, for sacred law expresses the heart, mind and sovereign will of GOD.

When people begin to fit a jigsaw puzzle together, they usually start with a mix of disconnected pieces, however, they also should have some picture of what the puzzle will look like once they finish.  Most who want to solve jigsaw puzzles rely on finite human tools such as emotion, intellect, intuition, and carnal reason.  In the same way, a solver must test and try the fitness for every piece he takes up, a developing Christian believer must test and try many different claims, events, messages, and statements.  That something is unfamiliar, or fails to fit, does not mean the solver is inept, unskilled, wrong, or that important missing pieces do not exist.  It only means a single, possible solution was not correct; and the solver is to continue examining patiently other possibilities.  Consider the following that uses language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Habakkuk 2:  2-4, King James Version (KJV):  2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:  though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him:  but the just shall live by his faith.

(2.)  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(3.)  Hebrews 11:  6, KJV:  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.

Of course, there is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-11, KJV:  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.)  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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James Jacque Joseph Tissot –  Moses and Joshua in the Tabernacle
(a scene that probably never occurred, neither being High Priests, and both within the veil at the same time)

 

Today, focus is on the manifestations of prophetic ministry presented by Moses, Joshua, and Jesus Christ.  In the same way the holy writings report changes in sacred institutions and divine law, offices and serving as agents and spokespersons for divinity (e.g., seer, prophet, apostle, evangelist) are seen continued, yet, becoming a new form.  The anointing granted to Joshua and Moses fitted them to fulfill promises and prophecies to mankind that addressed the establishment of a sacred nation upon the earth.  Their endowments included angelic visitations; authority as judges, rulers, and worship leaders; covenant relationship; knowledge to command military operations as well as access to receive divine proclamations of sacred law, and guidance to partition and distribute allotments of territory.  Even so, neither may have correctly understood that their works were for transforming mankind to exist as companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity.  As an incarnate person of the GODhead, the anointing upon Jesus Christ was greater, for the Son of the Highest would be endowed to serve as Judge, King, High Priest in the heavens, and Prophet as well as the architect and builder of the heavenly City (the New Jerusalem).  A writer at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Roche” (Level 1 with 77 points, a member since August 16, 2017) posted the following:

 

What do you think that Moses would say to Joshua if he could see us now?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?  For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.  For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.  For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.  And it is yet far more evident:  for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.  For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.  And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:  (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.  (Hebrews 7:  11-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christ Our High Priest (10/25/2017); The Generation That Wandered (06/14/2017); Rulers Who Are Prophets? (01/25/2017); Material Things in Heaven? (11/10/2016); Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014); Jericho Justified? (07/02/2013); Theoretical Forgiveness? (07/03/2013)

 

“Roche”, despite the existence of national Israel, the present condition for the ancient covenant people is very much one of Diaspora, disbelief, scattering, and spiritual confusion.  Both Moses and Joshua were used by GOD as expressions of divine wrath against sin, and as instruments in punitive judgment (e.g., the plagues of Egypt; destruction of those in the camp who had worshiped the golden calf fashioned by Aaron; the five kings who had hidden in the cave at Makkedah; the utter destruction of Jericho).  Even so, they were being embraced by a God of deliverance, and, like developing believers today, were caught up in the many emotional and psychological conflicts between seeking to garner and apply sound (secular) information (for example, by sending out the spies) and operating strictly on the basis of revelation, divine promise, prophecy, and sacred knowledge.  Keep in mind, both these men had suffered extended periods in a place where most of the inborn citizens excluding the Hebrews were the private property of one man (i.e., slaves to Pharaoh of Egypt).

Both Joshua and Moses were anointed to serve as prophets; however, only Joshua is spoken of as a general over the armies of Israel.  The two men both acknowledged the active presence who is GOD as having appeared through emblems that included the burning bush, the tables of stone, the Shekhinah within the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, and visitation by the Captain of the Host of Heaven.  While Moses was so filled with the Spirit of GOD (we say, breath, life essence, Word) that a portion of his anointing could be granted to seventy of the elders of Israel, and he remained more empowered than all of them put together, neither he nor Joshua were consecrated to the level of Jesus Christ.  Because they did not receive the fresh endowment of imparted Spirit established by Christ dying upon the cross, neither of them could completely and correctly grasp the subtle (i.e., barely visible; having hidden shifts in meaning, quality, and value), yet powerful upsurge in the operations of GOD that have been revealed to us.  Foremost are the movements from deliverance to salvation, from condemnation to forgiveness, and from fulfilling the sanctions of the law to outpouring mercy and reconciliation.

Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1-2, King James Version (KJV):  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

(2.)  Hosea 6:  5-7, KJV:  5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth:  and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.  6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant:  there have they dealt treacherously against me.

(3.)  John 1:  11-17, KJV:  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me:  for he was before me.  16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

(4.)  Romans 5:  8-10, KJV:  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Hebrews 3: 1-6, KJV:  1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;  2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.  3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.  4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.  5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;  6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
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Washington, DC

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