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Today, reply centers on agreement of essential doctrine and teachings in the church with a believer’s personal expression of faith.  There are many Christian believers who dismiss instruction, study of the Bible, church history and policy in favor of their own heartfelt experiences and sacred discoveries.  Some do so because they want to deny what they do not understand.  Others seek a surrender of the self to GOD by their own immersion in the shared practices and teachings.  Doctrine appears through preaching and formal presentations that should articulate, explain and reveal the workings of faith that is a spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Faith is made up only of faith, and is inseparable from other aspects of divinity such as forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, loving-kindness, meekness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Faith should acknowledge and initiate practical expressions of doctrine and teachings that make visible the active presence who is GOD.  “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of GOD,” thus, faith is built upon doctrine that provides order and structure for cooperative interaction.  The correctness, fullness and perfection of doctrine are to be sought as a necessary focus and exercise of faith.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “anonymous” (Level 2 with 306 points, a member since December 27, 2016) posted the following:

 

Must I believe that the Holy Ghost impregnated Mary to be a Christian?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded:  and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.  Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.  (Philippians 3:  13-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Obstacles To Developing Believers (07/24/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017); Benefits of the Rosary (02/14/2017); The Mother of GOD? (12/09/2016); Can A Church Not Be “Religious”? (07/27/2016); Sadducees and The Cross? (03/13/2016); Is Mary A Goddess? (08/25/2015)

 

“anonymous”, prophecy is a process of GOD that relies on spirit.  The wholeness of sacred truth that declares the Creation of heaven and earth by GOD requires acknowledgement of spirit (we say, breath, life essence, word) that can not be apprehended relying on finite intellect, logic, and carnal reason.  It is important for Christian believers to understand the Incarnation of GOD as one of the many sacred operations whereby the fullness of divinity is being made knowable, known, “visible”, and accessible to all created beings and living creatures.

The divine fullness (we say, the three persons of the GODhead, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is a single Deity who has put forth all that exists, all that live, and the settings for their continued duration.  To communicate, exchange and interact with GOD do require elements and features that are flesh and blood, material, secular and social, yet, to fully comprehend divinity is impossible without the elements and features put forth as spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  In addition to authority, power, and sovereign will are such divine provisions as covenant relationship, election, sacred law, miracles, prayer, priesthood, divine promise, repentance, sacraments, and sacred knowledge.

Sinners are to become developing believers who are gradually built up and transformed to exist as companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity.  The same oneness without sameness appearing within the GODhead should be seen in assemblies and communities of faith.  There may be great diversity; and only occasionally will all display the same level of commitment, knowledge, maturity, or zeal.  Believers are called into dependency and self-government under the dominion of Christ that sometimes is mistakenly called “free will.”  All are to be grounded and operate on the basis of their own endowment of faith.  Where the imparted spirit from GOD is the primary endowment for unity, the secondary mechanism for accord and agreement is the fixed, unchanging doctrines and teachings from GOD.

There is far more to be said and correctly examined in order to gain the blessings to be had through the full fabric of Christian belief.  (For example, the birth of Jesus Christ pertains to eternal purposes of GOD, the suspension of time and space as obstacles to the action and movement of divine spirit, the fulfillment of sacred promises, the restoration of prophecy, and the completion of things begun before the foundation of the world, and are not merely a matter of human appetites, sexual excitement, and animal reproduction.  Yes, all Christians should acknowledge that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is the child that would be given birth through Mary.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, the full benefit and use of the Rosary is considered.  It continues to be very challenging for those on the earth to accept that our own words and deeds are “weak and beggarly elements” that reek and make us appear as adorned wearing “filthy rags.”  Intercession, the prayers of the church, and offerings from saints (who include the mother of Jesus) become fragrant before the Father only as expressions by and with the Son or Holy Spirit.  Thus, believers may also say, “if God be for Mary, who can be against Mary?”  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “David” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since February 14, 2017) posted the following:

 

Do you have to use the rosary as a meditation tool? Can I just use it for prayer?

 

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?  (Romans 8:  26-31, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Salvation By Faith Alone? (01/19/2017); The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014); The Rosary and Other Prayers? (08/23/2014); Faith, Language, and “Mystery”? (04/11/2013); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013)

 

“David”, we may not separate the wet from the water.  It is correct for the followers of Jesus Christ to seek every available benefit and blessing shared through the discipline of Rosary prayer.  As we start, answering the Rosary may seem to be merely a matter of memorization and recitation.  However, the believer truly is submitting to operations by the Holy Spirit that are to produce permanent changes in their consciousness and self-will.  We are to keep in mind, the sacred things we are receiving are to fit us as servants who will minister to others.  Our gaze must fix upon the image of GOD in Christ.  All the revelation from GOD is to make divinity clearly active and present within the life of believers.  Through the Savior, we enter into the divine process of change and transformation that provides atonement, new creation, and the beginnings of eternal life, now.  While the utterance of the Rosary prayers can be simply understood as saying “I love you,” the commitment, conviction, and separation of the Rosary proclaim the believer’s participation in multiple aspects of profound sacred practice.  Included are anointing, baptism, circumcision, forgiveness, Incarnation, oneness without sameness within the GODhead, rebirth, and resurrection.  The things of our salvation are provided as gifts on the basis of faith, grace, divine prerogative, and eternal purpose, rather than the extent of our intellect, knowledge (both sacred and secular), carnal reason, and finite wisdom.  We are correct to repeatedly examine the holy mysteries (events) from the lives of Christ and his mother, for they impart to us an abundance of spirit from the makeup of GOD.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Timothy 3:  16, King James Version (KJV):  16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

(2.)  Colossians 1:  26-28, KJV:  26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:  27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

(3.)  Numbers 21:  8-9, KJV:  8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole:  and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.  9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

(4.)  Isaiah 42:  1-3, KJV:  1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:  he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench:  he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Corinthians 3:  17-18, KJV:  17 Now the Lord is that Spirit:  and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.)  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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Titles granted to Mary as the Mother of Jesus are in view, today.  In the holy writings, the law of Moses declares the tribes of Jacob sharing covenant with Jehovah to be the children of GOD.  As a descendant of King David, who in prayer acknowledged GOD as his Father, Jesus appeared on the earth as the Son of David, the Son of Adam, the Son of the Highest, the Firstborn Heir, and Son of GOD.  The Savior’s mortal mother compared to Jochabed, the mother of Moses, whose faith had to be so great she could endure putting her child into a homemade basket, and sacrificing him upon the River Nile as if it were an altar of incense that could lift her prayers—and her baby who later would be used in the divine work of deliverance—up to the heart of GOD.  On the one hand, then, it is no less than a common sense use of language to say that the mother of Jesus is also the “Mother of the Son of GOD.”  On the other hand, to acknowledge, respect, and show reverence to the Savior’s mother is a reasonable act of devotion and respect to her Son.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Comandjii” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since January 12, 2013) posted the following:

 

How could Mary (a created vessel) be the mother of GOD?

Was she before GOD so she could be HIS mother?
Was GOD born that he should die?
Was the Christ used of GOD to allow sanctification so as believers in this HOLY sacrifice can be returned to GOD? Mary worship by catholicism is based upon this belief that Mary is the mother of God and therefore the Queen of Heaven.
was Isaac Abraham?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;  (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)  And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.  And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel:  and the Holy Ghost was upon him.  And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  And he came by the Spirit into the temple:  and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,  Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,  Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;  A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.  And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.  And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;  (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.  (Luke 2:  22-35, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The First and Last? (11/11/2016); Word, Son, and Christ? (08/24/2016); In The Divine Household? (05/05/2016); Is Mary A Goddess? (08/25/2015); About Praying to Mary (08/21/2015); Mary (06/13/2014); The Estate of His Handmaiden (06/14/2014)

 

“Comandjii”, those who by choice are members in the household of GOD through faith in Jesus Christ accept that multiple streams of sacred knowledge must come together for sinners to have a complete understanding of divinity using flesh and blood, and appearing on the earth as Jesus of Nazareth (we say, Incarnation).  More than this, to correctly recognize and respond to spirit content in sacred and secular events, instructions, oneself, other persons, prophecy, Scriptures, etc., believers must direct and apply their own spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD through the divine operations of rebirth.  Included are such inseparable aspects of the Creator as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There are many basic points of belief that must be in place.  For example, (1) GOD is a spirit who is not limited to the boundaries established for the duration and existence of carnal, material, and social objects; (2) Deity may use, yet, can not be restricted by the frameworks of time and space; and (3) the authority, knowledge, ownership of all, power, and sovereign rule of divinity make it that things impossible for created beings and living creatures are not impossible for GOD.

The holy writings teach that Jonah was thrown overboard during a storm at sea, and swallowed up by a “great fish” that had been prepared by GOD to receive him.  The period of the preparation does not matter (how many years, days, hours, etc.), and details of what was done in preparation are irrelevant.  What is central is that, by the operations of GOD through the same Spirit that formed heaven and earth, Jonah as a figure of every self-willed believer was placed in a setting to challenge his faith to the uttermost, even as the grave and the valley of the shadow of death.  Mary, her mother, her father, and even the Jewish people all were prepared for the divine events that resulted in the birth of Jesus Christ. 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, beyond her condition as blameless and pure (i.e., forgiven and separated from all sin), believers are to focus upon the character and makeup of Mary as one who is humble, tenderhearted, yet, exalted by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, for she has overcome sufferings through commitment, devotion, faith, and love.)  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 adoption by, and of Mary the Mother of Jesus for Christian believers, and the full pattern of divine relationships.  Completing rebirth through baptism, sinners become members of the household of faith.  The lives of Christian believers become interlaced with that of Jesus Christ through deposits of spirit substance from the makeup of Deity.  Sharing mind, heart and spirit content from the person of Jesus, we have oneness with the Son of GOD.  To fully acknowledge Mary, there must be the same operations of the Holy Spirit within a believer that established in the Son both consciousness of communion with Mary as well as the everlasting bond with GOD the Father.  Only the Spirit (we also say, Comforter, Spirit of Prophecy, Spirit of Truth) may initiate and nourish the genuine sense of relatedness to Mary as her protectors, her siblings, and her children.  Mary and John were eyewitnesses to the death of Jesus upon the cross while most of his apostles and disciples were in hiding to avoid arrest.  Eventually, they came together in an upper room as a household that numbered some 120 members, and would tarry together fasting and praying until the falling of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost.  A household in Bible times included family members, trusted servants, workers and their families.  Thus, though Abram (later Abraham) was a nomad dwelling in tents, the Patriarch’s household was like a small town or city.  Its men, women and children may have numbered in the thousands, and included more than 300 men of an age who would serve as an army to recover Lot, his sizeable household, and their possessions.  Every male in the household of Abraham also voluntarily entered themselves and the families under their authority into covenant with GOD through circumcision.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “SUPERSTAR” (Level 6 with 12,842 points, a member since November 28, 2009) posted the following:

 

Do Christians believe that Jesus is our brother and his Father is our Father and Mary is our mother?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  11-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Family at The Cross? (04/11/2016); Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); Offspring of GOD? (12/23/2015); Why Was Lot Spared? (12/20/2015); Is Mary A Goddess? (08/25/2015); Judgment Begins at Believers? (08/16/2015); Mary (06/13/2014); The Estate of His Handmaiden (06/14/2014); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013)

 

“SUPERSTAR”, mature Christian believers trust that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Through Jesus Christ dying upon the cross, the relationship of created beings and living creatures with their Creator has been revealed to be more than one of authority, hierarchy, and finite participation within a formal structure describing ceremonial interactions among the living.  The GODhead as the source for existence and life is being made knowable and known through continuous exchange and ongoing operations that are intimate, organic and personal.  

Within every congregation of believers, the mysteries, sacred knowledge, and sacraments regularly practiced are spoken of using language and terms we associate with families and kinship.  Included are adoption, brotherhood, care, duty, holy matrimony, household, inheritance, love, obedience, respect, separation, trust, and truth.  The term “household” may include devoted servants (once called, living sacrifices and slaves) as well as those who depend upon and support the family by sharing and willing participation.

Jesus is the Son of Adam (we say, Son of Man), thus, all acknowledging Adam as father also embrace Jesus as brother.  Jesus is the Son of GOD, and those acknowledging rebirth through the Holy Spirit, answer an anointing and endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity that installs believers as offspring (sons and daughters) of GOD, and  joint-heirs with Christ.  Inseparable aspects of Deity are imparted to those who are born again such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more that should be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, as an offspring of Adam, Mary, the mother of Jesus is a sister to all the other children of Man.  More than this, among those answering in faith, many accept the charge given to John from the cross as also commanded of themselves.  Thus, Mary is to be cared for and embraced as our mother, also; and we are to acknowledge that, by operations of divinity, her present exalted place before the GODhead within heaven is as one resurrected, Incarnate, favored, immortal, incorruptible, and a perpetual virgin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, the character and nature of family as shown at the cross is in view.  Divine authority, compassion, eternal purpose, and consecrated transactions to repurchase the earth make family an aspect of the new creation and testament in his blood brought into being by Jesus Christ.  The covenants through Abraham and Moses permanently altered continuity, inheritance, and social relationships for those as heads of families, heirs, parents, siblings, spouses, and those having legal authority with privilege to resolve financial and other disputes (we say, kinship redeemers).  The law of Levirate marriage was intended to preserve the economy of Israel whereby ownership of the Promised Land would continue by the eternal word of promise made by GOD to the fathers.  Similarly, the new covenant in Christ establishes family as a body of those united through divine blood, faith, humility, obedience, the righteousness of the law, and imparted spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  There may be oneness without sameness; and equality of accountability and condition does not always mean having the same duty, perfection, and privilege.  Consider again the following Scriptures, and the presentation below:

2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, King James Version (KJV):  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Hebrews 12:  6-10, KJV:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Ephesians 2:  18-22, KJV:  18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. 

1st Peter 4:  14-17, KJV:  14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who regularly uses the ID “Anonymous” (no required profile information shared) posted the following.  I would rather not reply to this person, because I don’t believe they will truly respect and value the response I carefully create (O foolish Galatians!).  However, my process is to ask GOD to choose the question before looking to see the profile of its writer.  “Anonymous” repeatedly poses some of the most challenging and important questions within the “Yahoo! Answers” International outreach that impress me as suitable for a sacred writings blog.  While my answers are intended for my readers, here, my responses at Yahoo! still must be as brief, complete, and correct as I can make them:

 

How can we be equal to Jesus? How can we be his mother?

http://bible.com/111/mat.12.48-50.niv He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Atheists please do us a favor and go away. Thanks

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,  Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.  Now there were with us seven brethren:  and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:  Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.  And last of all the woman died also.  Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.  But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.  And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.  (Matthew 22:  23-33, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  By Law and Relationships (04/05/2016); Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); Divine Meanings and Values? (03/31/2016); Strong Families? (11/10/2015); Sin As Our Inheritance? (06/08/2015); Babies Given A Second Life? (01/25/2015); Family and Beliefs of Children? (08/29/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, you seem to have been chosen to pose some of the hard questions that many are puzzled by as they consider Christian belief.  Trusting that answers are continuing to flow to us across time and space through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are reaching to here and now.  There are multiple sacred operations wherein created beings and living creatures are brought into intimate and personal relationship with Deity.  In addition to baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak), believers become joined to the body of Christ through adoption of the Holy Spirit, anointing, childbearing, commitment (some say, dedication or devotion), holy matrimony, inheritance, ordination, praise, prayer, repentance, sanctification, and worship.  The meaning and process of “family” as used by divinity has altered over the course of time since the first pair, Adam.  Family was a divine (not human) tool for populating the earth, and the finite social values we now emphasize regarding incest were not in place.  Covenant law granted to Moses and those who left Egypt (Gentiles included) was as much to establish correction, guidance, and standards for birthrights, family, and sexual relations as to establish a full functioning geopolitical state (nation).  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the new and eternal basis for ones standing within the framework of family and divine heritage is the Savior’s blood and Spirit, and is no longer to be ones own birth order, blood, kinship, and sanguinity.  The foundations for family are such grounding as faithfulness, righteousness, spirit content from the makeup of divinity, shared suffering, trust, truth, and unselfishness.  Jesus demonstrated this at the cross when he surrendered his place as the son of Mary to John, and charged him to be dutiful as her son in his place.  Consider how this is stated using language from the Bible in the following verses:

(1.)  Romans 8:  14-17, King James Version (KJV):  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

(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.)  John 17:  18-23, KJV:  18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  21 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.  22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  23 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.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 19:  25-27, KJV:  25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.  26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!  27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, I continue an exchange that focuses on whether the Mother of Jesus is divine.  Engaging one of the Internet fighters who regularly blogs at thoughts.com (Universal Consciousness Cycle), and who uses the ID “wirelessguru1”, the following comments have been posted:

 

wirelessguru1 commented on (08/21/2015) About Praying to Mary

Is she a Goddess!?

The_Black_Phoenix
No, she is not a goddess or aspect of the full Divine Person. Thus, those who acknowledge her as the mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church are those moved by such elements as innocence, love, respect and understanding. Be encouraged!

wirelessguru1 commented on (08/21/2015) About Praying to Mary

So fanatic, are you saying that Mary is not fully Divine then!?
WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 23, 2015

The_Black_Phoenix
Look into some of the other recommended blogs in the DOUBLE DAGGER section. Then, let’s talk.

wirelessguru1 commented on (08/21/2015) About Praying to Mary

I do not need to look at your BS, rubbish and nonsense!
Answer My question now!
Are you saying that Mary is not fully Divine then!?

The_Black_Phoenix
I am in the midst of writing an answer to you as tomorrow’s blog. Your own beliefs, convictions, and maturity have become suspect through your attitude. I will not call you, fool or BEYATCH, simply because you show no courtesy. I will warn you.

wirelessguru1 commented on (08/21/2015) About Praying to Mary

Well, I don’t like your lousy attitude so answer My question: Are you saying that Mary is not fully Divine then!?
August 24, 2015

The_Black_Phoenix
Because GOD, who is righteous, and has the inner strength to tolerate your wretchedness, here is a portion of what is coming. Be it unto you according to his faith:

Like the translation of Enoch, the Prophet Elijah being taken up in a chariot of fire, the resurrection, ascension and exaltation of Mary are prophetic in nature, demonstrating the blessed condition that will come upon all who have place as joint-heirs with Christ. Simply being raised from the dead, or receiving atonement, cleansing, immortality and incorruptibility does not establish the myriad other unseen points of being that identify deity (e.g., accountability for cosmic order; origin as sui generis; role as law giver; duty as sovereign majesty).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:  and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron:  and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.  And there was war in heaven:  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:  for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  (Revelation 12:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About Praying to Mary (08/21/2015); The “Talking Cross”? (02/13/2014); Able to Become Gods? (01/11/2014); Why Christians Pray for Others (01/12/2014); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013); Quoting Scripture to GOD? (04/24/2013); The Divine Use of a Human Life? (04/23/2013)

 

“wirelessguru1”, while I am a person who became committed to Christ while a child; has had many years of formal education; has endured emotional, financial, psychological and other suffering (such as is common to man); has authored books on the sacred meaning of marriage, human sexuality, and the crown of life; and have a testimony that I have seen Jesus Christ, I do not claim to be an overseer to, or have the support of any Christian hierarchy, or institution.  Nor do I declare that I have all the right answers to all the right questions, like many around me.  I count myself as merely someone who is able to answer many issues and points of question only because of humility, prayer, disciplined study, and the gifts of sacred knowledge that have been shared with me.  For Christian believers, consciousness of divinity is configured and imparted through sacred operations that include permanent alterations and change; admonition and correction; gradual unfolding as discovery, growth, learning and maturation; incarnation; praise; prayer; prophecy; rebirth and sanctification.

Nothing in my broad experience of the revelation of GOD through Jesus Christ indicates that his mother, Mary, should be thought of as an aspect of the full GODhead, or that Mary should be regarded as a goddess.  Even so, because of her continuing ministry, Mary is worthy of the honor she is receiving.  Like the translation of Enoch and the Prophet Elijah being taken up in a chariot of fire, the resurrection, ascension and exaltation of Mary are prophetic in nature, demonstrating the blessed condition that will come upon all who have place as joint-heirs with Christ.  Simply being raised from the dead, or receiving atonement, cleansing, immortality and incorruptibility does not establish the myriad other unseen points of being that identify deity (e.g., accountability for cosmic order; origin as sui generis; role as law giver; duty as sovereign majesty). 

Mary is often called the Mother of the Church; and may be seen as an elder, a Matriarch like the Patriarchs that followed Adam, a pioneer, a prophetess, and a widow.  It does not discount sacred truth, nor is it a source of spiritual confusion to those who are correctly grounded in the Gospel, that some testify to appearances and visitations by Mary.  For many, error does come by Mary being called “the Queen of Heaven,” for she is then taken as the figure of idol worship opposed through the Prophet Jeremiah.  Similarly, many question whether Mary or the Church is the one described in Revelation clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and crowned with 12 stars.  Here are a few of the Scriptures from the holy writings containing the precepts, principles and tenets for faith that I have found helpful when considering the place of Mary above and among Christian believers:

(1.)  Titus 1:  15, King James Version (KJV):  15 Unto the pure all things are pure:  but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

(2.)  1st Timothy 2:  5-6, KJV:  5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

(3.)  1st Timothy 5:  1-5, KJV:  1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;  2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.  3 Honour widows that are widows indeed.  4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents:  for that is good and acceptable before God.  5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

(4.)  1st Timothy 5:  17-19, KJV:  17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.  18 For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.  19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

(5.)  1st Peter 5:  1-4, KJV:  1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:  2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

(6.)  Jeremiah 44:  16-18, KJV:  16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.  17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem:  for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.  18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  1st John 2:  22-24, KJV:  22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.  23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father:  [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.  24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The sacred duty, privilege and divine work of intercession given to all Christian believers come into view, today.  While followers of Christ may seek comfort, courage, guidance and support through Mary, the mother of Jesus, atonement, propitiation for sin and salvation remain strictly the peculiar  operations of GOD that appear through the person of her son as the promised Messiah, Redeemer and Savior.  Mary was at the cross as well as with those in the Upper Room who received the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.  In the holy writings, there is no prohibition by Jesus against believers seeking the favor, fellowship and prayers of others who are committed and born again (we say, co-laborers, saints).  Prayer to Mary in particular is not specifically condemned, nor are devotions, Mariology, and worship of the Lord’s mother specifically required.  The glory, majesty and sovereignty of the GODhead are not diminished, threatened, or made less exalted by believers acknowledging Mary, the martyrs, and other members of the church as the body of Christ, who make special contributions through their life and faith.  Mary is exalted because of her humility, not because of her sexual purity, or parenting skills.  Similarly, many others are to be held in memorial such as the widow who gave her last two mites, and the woman caught in adultery who was released from the death sentence when no one was fit to “cast the first stone.”  Linjo Eveline, who participates with me in THE BIBLE STUDY GROUP (a Public Group on Facebook presently having 19,058 members), posted the following on August 10, 2015 at 12:31pm:

 

BRETHREN PLEASE I WISH TO KNOW WHTER WE SHOULD ALSO PRAY TO HOLY MARY MOTHER OF CHRIST?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:  for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.  He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.  He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;  As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.  (Luke 1:  46-55, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mary (06/13/2014); The Estate of His Handmaiden (06/14/2014); A Worthy Miracle? (04/07/2014); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013)

 

Linjo Eveline, be encouraged!  The acknowledgments of Mary as the mother of Jesus are all upon the basis of faith, and not on the basis of sacred law.  The holy writings depended on by Protestant believers record no commandment or divine law requiring followers of Jesus to regularly pray to his mother, Mary.  Even so, there are a number of precepts, principles, and teachings that encourage believers to appeal to Mary for intercession.  Mary serves as a mediator between believers and her son.  While some call her the “Mother of GOD,” Mary  does not compete against, or appear as a substitute to fill the role of her son or of the Holy Spirit who both intercede with the Father.  Mary is understood by many Catholic believers as already having been glorified, justified and perfected (we say, made a Perpetual Virgin) through divine prerogative, and sacred operations of resurrection and ascension.  Mary becomes a person whom we honor, respect, venerate, and turn to for support because we know without doubt that she is one eternally joined to Jesus through love, and that the Savior is pleased to grant her favor and faithful service.  Mary should be received no less as a prophet/prophetess (we say, spokesperson from GOD) than Miriam the sister to Moses, John the Baptist, or John the Revelator.  At the request of his mother (who expressed more confidence in his anointing and readiness to minister at that time than he expressed in himself), Jesus was moved to perform the first sacred event (we say, miracle) of his ministry at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  Neither the governor of the feast (we would say, Master of Ceremonies), the father of the bride, the groom, the bride herself, nor any of the household servants spoke directly to Jesus regarding their need for more wine to complete the hospitality, humility and refreshing to their many guests.  Please consider the following points from the Bible:

(1.)  John 2:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:  2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.  3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.  4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.  5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

(2.)  John 2:  7-11, KJV:  7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.  8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.  9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was:  (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,  10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse:  but thou hast kept the good wine until now.  11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

(3.)  1st Timothy 2:  1-5 , KJV:  1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

(4.)  Romans 8:  26-27, KJV:  26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

(5.)  James 5:  13-16, KJV:  13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

(6.)  Romans 16:  1-2, KJV:  1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:  2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you:  for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  James 5:  19-20, KJV:  19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;  20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC