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They Will Know

 

Today, reply is made on discernment, and the benefits of both church attendance and ministry through activity on the Internet.  The liberty provided by the imparted Spirit of GOD allows sinners to acknowledge the atonement and propitiation for sin established by Jesus Christ through the cross, demonstrate repentance, and to pursue new life through ministry and service, not to answer the Father with fleshly lusts, do-as-you-please, pleasure-seeking, and self-promotion.  Freedom and liberty from GOD will never mean that sinners do not have to accept the consequences and results from their own actions and choices; and the alternatives granted as salvation are not to be taken lightly.  There is no provision from GOD that is a substitute for physically attending church.  Even so, believers may apprehend the inseparable aspects of fellowship, prophecy (i.e., comfort, edification, and exhortation), and ministry that are shared because they must be spiritually discerned and received.  Simply having a habit of church attendance accomplishes no more than ones private prayer life using unknown tongues for self-edification that does not also edify the church.  Mature believers all should put into practice the important declaration shared by Christ:  I came to minister, not to be ministered unto.  To be loved and ministered to by GOD is also to be loved and ministered to by his sons and daughters on the earth who are willing vessels of his Spirit.  The work of responding to others through the social media now available is no less important than the work once carried out by the first apostles who traveled by foot, and those of earlier times who served as missionaries to colonial peoples traveling, first, by great sailing ships and later by steamers.  Believers are correct to use the means provided by GOD through present day technology that allow personal contact, the making of brief, yet complete, presentations, and the ability to respond quickly to the direct questions and comments that arise when evangelizing.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If christians on here are true christians what are they doing on here from 10-12 o clock ?shouldnt they be paying attention to the service?

Most church services are from 10-12

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I will bless the LORD at all times:  his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD:  the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.  (Psalms 34:  1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Becoming Joined To GOD (10/13/2017); In Spirit and Truth? (10/02/2017); Prophets and Christian Ambassadors (08/07/2017); …Gathered In My Name (05/29/2017); …Because GOD Loves You (03/05/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); The Right Place to Get Knowledge (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, while the “name” of GOD is proclaimed throughout the holy writings, and divinity is made knowable, known, and present by describing the sacred deeds and works of GOD (his reputation, so to speak), Christian believers are to be identified and recognized primarily through “discernment” (the sacred practice of using ones own spirit content from the makeup of GOD as a standard to examine and respond to deposits of the same spirit within events, other persons, motives and purposes, promises and prophecies, doctrines and teachings, etc.).  Inseparable aspects of divinity will appear in those who are offspring of GOD and joint heirs with Christ that include faith, holiness, forbearance, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The finite gifts of authority and office, intellect, carnal reason, and secular knowledge all have less value; and believers will be discovered by their displays of spirit content through words, deeds, outreach, and unselfish service more than by their formal spiritual practices and religious disciplines (such as observance of ceremonies, church attendance, and rituals intended for their own edification), their strict obedience to sacred law, and the peculiar good works they may perform (e.g., giving, healing, music ministry).  This being said, sinners who lack and do not practice divine discernment will fail to acknowledge and respond to believers as legitimate agents and spokespersons sent from GOD.  For the present time, many have found the unmistakable “mark of GOD” to be manifest as forgiveness, mercy in judgment, and faith that the return of Jesus Christ to harvest those belonging to him from the earth will be in our lifetime.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 12:  3, King James Version (KJV):  3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 3:  17, KJV:  17 Now the Lord is that Spirit:  and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

(3.)  Romans 8:  4-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(4.)  John 13:  34-35, KJV:  34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

There is far more to be said, thoughtfully practices, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st John 5:  1-6, KJV:  1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:  and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.  2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:  and his commandments are not grievous.  4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:  and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.)  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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Moral Compass

 

Today, reply is on forgiveness as one aspect in developing a “moral compass.”  Correctly understood, salvation through Jesus Christ brings together multiple streams of divine operations to reveal the divine nature and establish eternal life.  In addition to forgiveness and the Savior dying on the cross there also must be such elements as atonement, discernment, Incarnation, longsuffering, rebirth, reconciliation, intimate relationship, repentance, resurrection, sanctification, and transformation.  An individual believer will be built up (we say, edified) and spiritually increased as a member being nourished along with other parts of a full body, the church.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Luke” (Level 7 with 25,043 points, a member since February 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

How can Christians act morally when their god will forgive any sin?

What’s to stop a Christian from murdering someone and then asking Jesus for forgiveness 5 minutes later?

How can Christians develope any moral compass when they’re allowed to do anything at all and their god will forgive them for it.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  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.  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.  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.  (2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Forgiveness Not Enough? (09/22/2017); Balance, Forgiveness and Justice (08/08/2017); The Practice of Love (07/27/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Sacred Operations To Give Life? (06/29/2016); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); Forgiveness and The Cross (04/04/2016)

 

“Luke”, surely, you will agree to create or install a “moral compass” requires more than a “big bang.”  Your question also suggests that by your standards (1) for GOD to grant forgiveness is immoral, (2) there are no other divine operations that give meaning and sacred substance to forgiveness, and (3) forgiveness is the same as approving and endorsing sin and wickedness.  Forgiveness pertains to salvation carried out and performed only by GOD, and so speaks of a profound transformation of a sinner’s awareness, spirit-makeup, and self-will that may be dominated by the operations of sin.  Forgiveness is linked to such sacred works as revelation, final judgment (we say, the second death), rebirth, resurrection from the dead, the expression of divine love as well as sanctification (the living being set apart to serve GOD by fulfilling promise, prophecy, and eternal purpose). 

Many are unable to see that sin is contrary to the character and nature of humanity.  They think of sin as natural, normal, and unavoidable.  Without permanent change, instruction and sacred knowledge from divinity, sinners are unable to realize, recognize, and properly resist the operations of sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and the full universe that relies upon divine order; and sin promotes chaos, non-existence, and the conditions that were in place before the establishment of heaven and earth. 

While there are many operations of GOD that will be accomplished through instantaneous sacred events (we say, miracles), the operations of divinity to establish discernment, renewal, and the intended oneness without sameness among created beings and living creatures now emphasize discovery, gradual growth, and learning.  Those who are “born again” must “grow up again” and become mature by enduring “growing pains” and life experience on the earth.  GOD acknowledges the carnal, material, and social frameworks relied on by mankind; thus, the living are to experience death and burial of the inborn spirit; and are given fresh endowments of life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word).  Inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD can be imparted to the living such as faith, holiness, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Having a fresh deposit of the sovereign will of GOD, awareness and self-will in mankind can not be dominated by sin.  Consider again the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Psalms 130:  4-6, King James Version (KJV):  3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand?  4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.  5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  6 My soul waiteth for the LORD more than they that watch for the morning:  I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

(2.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(3.)  1st Peter 1:  18-23, KJV:  18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Luke 7:  40-47, KJV:  40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:  the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.  44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet:  but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45 Thou gavest me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint:  but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:  but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.)  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 to share points useful for defining “love”.  Where “godly love” is “love made in the image of divine love” or “love formed and shaped after the pattern of divine love,” what we must say to capture and correctly characterize “love” has to go beyond carnal exchange, romantic fantasy, economic transactions, and mere sexual and social intercourse.  With divinity, love begun is love everlasting and unending.  Divine love endures despite breakdowns in communication, errors, interruptions, mistakes, and separation.  To be in continuous relationship with divinity one must respond to standards for meaning, quality, and value that will be balanced, immutable, and incorruptible.  Thus, divine love is seen more an aspect of duration, existence, and the fullness of divinity, than an expression of covetousness, desire, and passion.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information provided) posted the following:

 

How would you define godly love?

What would you expect from a God of love? What would you expect him to show you and others in regards to mercy and love?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  They are of the world:  therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  (1st John 5-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Hardened Minds and Hearts? (07/28/2017); The Practice of Love (07/27/2017); No Fear In Love? (05/17/2017); The Extravagance of Love? (04/02/2017); The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); Herein Is True Love (10/21/2016) 

 

“Anonymous”, here are some points you may find useful:

(1)  Among mature Christian believers it is understood that “love” (we also say, lovingkindness) is another of the many inseparable aspects of sacred substance imparted to mankind from the makeup of divinity.  In order to exist, created beings and living creatures all must receive deposits and endowments of spirit matter from GOD (we say, breath, life essence, word).  More than this, to be in continuing relationship with the Creator as sons and daughters, joint-heirs with Christ, and the offspring of GOD through Jesus Christ, the living must receive adoption, anointing, or rebirth whereby the believer becomes a new creation.  Thus, the imparted Spirit includes faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, meekness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. 

(2)  Where “love” is correctly understood to mean more than “affection”, “attraction”, “feelings” and “infatuation”, the question, “What?” is to be answered beginning with “accountability”, goes on “commitment”, to “dutifulness”, to “fidelity”, to “trust” and “truth”.  The goal and objective of adult  “love” is rarely self-fulfillment and self-satisfaction; and there can be no “selfish love.”  The operation of love appears as bonding and joining (we say, displaying oneness without sameness).

(3)  Being a GOD of judgment also, the Creator demonstrates love by using divine law and the operations of judgment.  Far from being lust and romantic love, attention to detail, impartiality, mercy, patience, righteousness and thoroughness all appear as aspects of the fullness of love.  For believers, the expression of godly love is most correctly recognized and responded to by applying “discernment” (i.e., using ones own spirit content from the makeup of GOD as a standard to examine and acknowledge divine spirit appearing within events, oneself, other persons, the holy writings, etc.).  Other practices and standards from GOD also make visible and reveal godly love, for example, parental discipline, fellowship within the community of faith, holy matrimony, the bestowal of divine gifts, the keeping of promises, and prayer. 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  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, thoughts are shared on the human practice of divine love.  Because we are encouraged repeatedly to think of love as being in connection with premarital courtship, dating, and romance, the reality that love is a spirit substance within the full makeup of Deity has become difficult for us to accept and grasp.  Properly understood, sacred love is never expressed by carnal desire, fantasies of home-making and marriage, or recurring lust and sexual imaginings.  Sacred love is more than attraction and affection; and sacred love is more than feelings of being sexually aroused and stimulated.  The most important feature for building and maintaining close personal relationships that fulfill our need for intimacy, respect, and reciprocity will be the visible acts used to express and show the depth and richness of our otherwise unseen spirit.  Trust is developed through acknowledgment of accountability, forgiveness, risk-taking, self-exposure, and the sharing of truth.  Saying this another way, romantic love is what we do (not merely what we say) to reveal who we are, and to be joined to others for as long as possible; and sacred love is what we do to reveal GOD, and to help others who are seeking to be joined to divinity forever.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Nadia” (Level 5 with 6,234 points, a member since July 25, 2010) posted the following:

 

How to love his neighbor…?

When we know that he will go to hell for his non-belief in jesus ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me:  for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee:  but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it:  that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.  (John 17:  17-26, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Who Deserves Divine Love? (06/23/2017); Marriage Is A Sacrament? (06/11/2017); No Fear In Love? (05/17/2017); Divine Law Expresses Love (05/10/2017); Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); Believers Are To Love (12/07/2016); Herein Is True Love (10/21/2016); Divine Jealousy? (09/11/2015)

 

“Nadia”, love is made understood and visible through unselfish action.  For mature Christian believers, the meaning, purpose, and substance of love have to do with how the existence, integrity, and presence of GOD are established, recognized, and consistently responded to as residing within the makeup and life experience of created beings and living creatures.  While the holy writings proclaim that “GOD is love,” we also accept that GOD is the origin of everything and everyone having existence; and the Creator is the owner and sovereign authority over all that exists now, has ever existed before, and that ever will exist.  Love, therefore, pertains to continuing both existence and life, oneness without sameness, and the multiple ongoing exchanges and interactions among the aspects of divine spirit appearing as full divinity and GODhead.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

The love of GOD appears through divine acts that manifest inseparable aspects of divine spirit (we also say, breath, “life essence, sacred utterance, word).  Mechanisms and operations carried out by divinity allow love to have visible form through features such as accord, agreement, creation, duration, eternal life, friendship, giving, mercy that appears only by judgment, obedience, reconciliation, reproduction, sacrifice, salvation, sharing, truth, and unselfish service.  Consider again the following points using language from the Bible that speak to the practice of love within the new testament church:

(1.)  John 15:  12-17, King James Version (KJV):  12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth:  but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.  16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:  that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

(2.)  1st John 4:  18-20, KJV:  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  19 We love him, because he first loved us.  20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:  for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

(3.)   John 4:  7-11, KJV:  7 Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

(4.)  Galatians 5:  19-23, KJV:  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.

(5.)  Colossians 3:  12-17, KJV:  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:  even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Romans 13:  7-10, KJV:  7 Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.)  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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THE SECOND COMING

 

Today, three Bible passages are shared that address questions on receiving grace and having merit with GOD.  The divine commandment is that we honor both father and mother.  Few mature Christians are likely to express judgment against their own parents, or call for favor from GOD to be granted one of their parents that would generate division, divorce, and their separation.  Criticizing, condemning, and coming between ones own parents are accounted as arrogant, hateful, malicious, presumptuous, unloving, and unrighteous.  Were a son or daughter to make a request of Jesus on behalf of their parents like that made for James and John, the sons of Zebedee, the Risen Lord might well respond in a similar way.  [It is written:  Matthew 20:  20-24, King James Version (KJV):  20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.  21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.  22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.  23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with:  but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.  24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.]  Correctly understood, proper merit and worthiness for the things of divinity exist only among the persons within the GODhead where there is oneness without sameness that appears through mutual acceptance, complementary accomplishments, combined authority, one-of-a-kind commitment and faithfulness, specific eternal purposes, miracles and one-time events, and unified displays of divine worth.  Examples are seen in such sacred operations as atonement, propitiation, revelation, forgiveness, judgment, Incarnation, resurrection, sacrifice, sanctification, and suffering.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

If you could choose, but only could choose one. Who would you say deserves heaven; your father or your mother?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it:  thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:  a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  (Psalms 51:  16-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Forgiveness, Grace and Merit (06/22/2017); Held Accountable by GOD? (03/31/2017); …Because GOD Loves You (03/05/2017); On Accepting Divine Judgment (02/26/2017); Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Judgment Focused On Content? (08/30/2016); Asking For Answers From GOD? (05/21/2015); Approaching Mothers Day (05/07/2015); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, there is a whole group of questions similar to this one of yours that all must be answered pretty much the same way.  Included are:  Who deserves to be created?  Who deserves to be healed?  Who deserves to be forgiven?  Who deserves to be loved by GOD?  Who deserves to be saved from hellfire?  Who deserves a great life and happiness from GOD (i.e., a fine-looking spouse, wealth, a big house, nice car, fun job, etc.)?  In a sense, the choice is easy because it is made by the law and not on the basis of emotion, feelings, and kinship.  Even so, mature Christian believers would all be likely to answer these questions with statements from the holy writings that speak to the awesomeness, grace, ownership, divine prerogative, eternal purposes, righteousness in judgment, sovereign will, and love of GOD.  There is no single, short, sweet answer, yet, there are lessons and points of truth that will nourish.  Consider again the following three passages:

(1.)  Luke 7:  36-50, King James Version (KJV):  36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.  37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,  38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him:  for she is a sinner.  40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.  41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:  the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.  44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet:  but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45 Thou gavest me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint:  but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:  but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.  49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?  50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

(2.)  1st John 4:  7-11, KJV:  7 Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

(3.)  Isaiah 57:  15-21, KJV:  15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth:  for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.  17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him:  I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.  18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him:  I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.  19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.  20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

Of course, there is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  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 emotional, psychological and spiritual survival through Christian worship among all those of the African Diaspora (we say, Blacks).  Where bitterness, fear, resentment and suicide will acknowledge and install an enemy as the supreme power over your life, reverence to the Creator, and oneness without sameness through Jesus Christ accomplish freedom, invincibility, and eternal life.  Despite abuse, oppression and suffering, many continue to successfully struggle for life because they also receive healing, power, and relief as the offspring and heirs of the Creator.  Through various divine gifts and provisions, awareness and self-will within the living are supplied with sacred direction, futurity, perseverance, possibility, and the vision required for continuous existence, presence, purpose, and sacred relationship.  Those choosing to be enemies on the basis of ethnicity and race not only call forth damnation and hellfire, they also deprive themselves of an excellent friend (it is written:  Proverbs 8:  36, King James Version (KJV):  36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:  all they that hate me love death.).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 16,235 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why are black Christians so joyful when they worship God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.  And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people:  all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.  For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.  (Isaiah 61:  8-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Flesh, Then Beyond (05/23/2017); Fulfillment of His Dream? (04/05/2017); Hope That Is True (02/20/2017); The Joy of Christmas (01/05/2017); No Less GOD’s Creation (12/01/2016); Covetousness, Slavery and Sin (09/16/2016); Can Christians Be Racists? (07/25/2016); African American Christmas? (12/15/2015)

 

“Breakthrough”, the inner spirit must be kept alive for there to be “survival”.  Many mature Christians will agree that “to worship” is to acknowledge and respond to divine revelation provided through such mechanisms as discovery, divine law, praise, prophecy, sacrifice, sacred promise, self-government, and suffering.  All who are treated as despised, marginal, and misfits realize they are part of the “mainstream” when turning to GOD.  Even so, oppressive economic, political, and social systems continue to exist around the world that foster bias, discrimination, hate, and prejudice.  Public markets in Europe selling men, women and children from the continent of Africa were begun and firmly in place 50 years before Columbus in 1492 sought a new route (not a New World) to the wealth of spices and slaves from the East.  Because of the mindset that says, It is just good business, it was made acceptable and “normal” to speak of Blacks as chattel, goods, and a disposable commodity.

The mechanisms for genuine survival of all Black peoples and many others enduring life as members of a minority group (e.g., native Americans, Orientals) have had to address a broad range of meanings, needs, life purposes, and values.  The comprehensive frameworks for Christian belief have provided much of the necessary structure and flexibility to identify and isolate many of the most import features for a true commitment to life rather than death.  Included are anticipation (we say, holding to the energy and excitement of expectation; hope); becoming reconciled to higher things yet giving the appearance of accepting or agreeing with base things that are totally disgusting and reprehensible; defiance; deliverance; disguise; escape; misdirection; and the violence of righteous judgment.  Make-believe, fantasy and pretending are useless as mechanisms to bring about change.  Devices promoting deceit and lies (e.g., betrayal, boasting, gossip, slander) only ensure the destruction of the intimate relationships critical to survival (e.g., friendships, family, marriage, parenting).

In the worship of Black Christians, sinners are to see the otherwise invisible victory of mankind over the many obstacles to existence and peace such as arrogance, death, depression, ignorance, malice, poverty, and sin.  Believers are to receive inseparable aspects from the spirit makeup of divinity that are immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging.  There should be faith, forbearance, gratitude, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In their homes, lifestyles, places for study, prayer, and reflection, rules and standards will be in effect that counterbalance anger, condemnation, self-destruction, despair, and self-pity.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Mark 8:  34-38, King James Version (KJV):  34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.  36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

(2.)  Ephesians 4:  25-27, KJV:  25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  26 Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  27 Neither give place to the devil.  28 Let him that stole steal no more:  but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

(3.)  Psalms 66:  1-4, KJV:  1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:  2 Sing forth the honour of his name:  make his praise glorious.  3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.  4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Psalms 100:  1-5, KJV:  1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  2 Serve the LORD with gladness:  come before his presence with singing.  3 Know ye that the LORD he is God:  it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.)  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 include access, awe, exclusive devotion and divine judgment.  The fear that comes by sin and transgression of the divine will results in separation from GOD.  Through Jesus Christ, sinners are given assurances of grace, forgiveness, and rebirth that replace fear and terror with access to GOD having confidence, hope, joy, and trust.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Kaliyah” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since February 24, 2017) posted the following:

 

What does the Bible mean when it says, “there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear? ( 1 John 4:18)”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.  If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.  (1st John 2:  28-29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Convinced/Convicted? (05/16/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017); …Because GOD Loves You (03/05/2017); The Gift of Humility (02/19/2017); Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); Herein Is True Love (10/21/2016); Fear That Acknowledges GOD? (07/15/2016)

 

“Kaliyah”, mature Christian believers generally accept that every relationship with divinity that bears spiritual fruit and produces genuine godliness also displays awe, fear of the Lord, respect, and reverence.  Sinners who turn away from  the darkness in their own lives that has been generated by the operations of sin, who turn to the light of divine acceptance in the Beloved (Jesus Christ), and who make commitment to endure as a new creation of GOD, will be released from the fear of divine punishment, the wrath of GOD, and what is called the second death.  The new believer will become known as a son or daughter of GOD, and a joint-heir with the Son of the Highest.  Once “born again”, a developing believer must “grow up again;” and will be edified, nourished, and made ripe (mature for harvest at the coming of the Lord) through such tools as divine promises, sacred knowledge, fresh endowments of spirit content imparted from the makeup of Deity (e.g., faith, holiness, holy boldness, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom) as well as duty, prayer, unselfish service, and suffering.  The believer overcomes depression, doubt, fear, even poverty, by filling their heart, mind, lifestyle and daily routines with the character and substance of Christ.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Zephaniah 3:  17, King James Version (KJV):  17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

(2.)  Psalms 27:  1-5, KJV:  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.  3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:  though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.  4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.  5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:  in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock

(3.)  Isaiah 41:  10-13, KJV:  10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee:  be not dismayed; for I am thy God:  I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded:  they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.  12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee:  they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.  13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

(4.)  Mark 5:  35-36, KJV:  35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead:  why troublest thou the Master any further?  36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

(5.)  Luke 12:  4-6, KJV:  4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:  Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  10, KJV:  10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.)  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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