Archive for the ‘meekness’ Category

      How to “survive” the Second Coming, and more about preaching the Gospel are topics, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Chris” (Level 1 with 22 points, a member since April 15, 2013) posted the following:

If Jesus comes back what should I do?

Is there anything I can do at that point to survive?


THE BATTLE AXE: About Preaching the Gospel (04/18/2013)—(5.) Many believers hesitate to spread the Gospel in the sense that they “wait” to be invited. They are silent in their communities, schools, and workplaces because they hope to avoid accusations of imposing upon nonbelievers, proselytizing, and provoking division. More than this, they are convinced the seed of GOD must not be wasted, and should be planted only in good ground, among those who are meek and teachable. Even so, all men have not faith (2nd Thessalonians 3: 1-3), and all men have not obeyed the gospel (Romans 10: 16). Also, see Proverbs 26: 17, Proverbs 29: 20-21, Matthew 7: 6, Matthew 23: 15 and Matthew 13: 1-23, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 10: 4-11, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012); Opportunity to Repent (11/02/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012)

      Chris, here are some points acceptable to many mature Christian believers:

(1.) The Advent or Second Coming is a sacred event to complete and fulfill a broad range of ongoing spiritual operations and eternal purposes. Included are deliverance for mankind from destruction of the earth; harvest and ingathering of souls; righteous judgment; and the revealing of GOD to all created beings and living creatures.

(2.) The idea of “survival” is a device of the World system, whereby a person is influenced to display patterns of behavior and thought that continue cooperation to secure and exchange such resources for living as food, clothing, and shelter. The World is displayed through collective institutions and programs that include culture, education, family, history, philosophy, politics, and science. Where the World defines bad/good, crazy/sane, false/true, godly/ungodly, illogical/logical, real/unreal, reasonable/unreasonable, scientific/unscientific the World also endorses denying, ignoring and replacing the truth from GOD. Thus, Christian believers understand: GOD created the heaven and the earth; mankind created the World. 
 
(3.) GOD and Jesus Christ are operating within the earth realm to establish the eternal existence of divinity. While all created beings and living creatures contain endowments of divinity, through self-will and sin, many have become transformed and weakened so greatly that a process of salvation has been required for their recovery.

(4.) What believers are prepared to do in the day of Christ’s coming is to acknowledge the truth of divine proclamations, promise and prophecy; confess the emptiness and impotence of the World; give glory to him; rely upon the righteousness of GOD; show honor and praise; trust; yield; and worship. At that time, there can be no bargaining, bartering, begging, or boast.
    
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) The repentance that must occur to make a person ready for the day of Christ has to begin while they are still carnal, physical and social beings—we could say, while they are yet sinners. As the experience of new life following spiritual re-birth, repentance is accomplished within and through believers by the Spirit of Christ; and is a continuous process of growth, learning and transformation.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Focus, today, is upon the foundation for the church described and proclaimed by Jesus Christ. Also, there is more on knowledge and the life of ones spirit. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Matthew” (Level 2 with 340 points, a member since January 12, 2013) posted the following:

What church is Jesus referring to in Matthew 16:18-19?

THE BATTLE AXE: Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013)—(6.) Knowledge itself is not life; yet, knowledge provides order and structure for life, and permits affirmation of life through certainty and confidence. Knowledge about GOD that is from GOD unveils a sacred dimension for human existence, and transforms the operation and spirit makeup of human awareness. (See 2nd Peter 1: 2-11, KJVJ.) (7.) Meekness and repentance must characterize the attitudes and behavior of the changed person who is a believer. In addition to acceptance of divine authority shown as dutifulness, obedience and respect, there must be a willingness to break off noxious habits, irreverence and sinful behavior, a willingness to humbly learn and grow after the direction of the Holy Spirit, and a willingness to encourage, nourish and share the knowledge of redemption and salvation with others.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1: 12-20, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Spirit and Pentecost (03/27/2013); The Passion at Gethsemane (03/28/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); Translation, Please… (01/11/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); The Place For Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Spirit Matter (10/21/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Girdle 32: Worship GOD (12/17/2011); Dispatch 35: My Defense (09/14/2011)

      Matthew, here are some points that should be helpful to you and your readers. These will have their greatest clarity and usefulness following a simple prayer to show respect, and where one will ask the blessing of GOD to correctly understand and apply them:

(1.) The church Jesus proclaimed would be present and operate as an inner condition within believers, and is established by direct actions from himself with GOD the Father, and the same Holy Spirit that operated at Creation. More than a physical building or social institution, the church is to be identified as an assemblage of spirits.

(2.) The church of Jesus would appear and be realized through sacred truths, rather than secular knowledge, logic, philosophy, reason and science. Focus of the church would not be upon carnal, material and social issues, so much as upon the revealing of GOD to mankind through divine utterance. Included, here, are appearances of the word from GOD imparted to humanity as confession, doctrine, law, praise, prayer, promise, and prophecy.

(3.) The church of Jesus has a comprehensive cosmic focus, and is a summation binding together and clarifying aspects of truth across time (past, present, future), space (earth, heaven, the universe), and embracing all sentient beings (e.g., angels, animals, mortals, sacred beasts of heaven).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) A specific spiritual truth is the foundation and rock that serves as the platform for the church: The church appears among mankind, however cannot be known by operations of “flesh and blood,” or the usual mechanics of the World system. The World system is man-made, and has been fashioned to ease acquiring and exchanging resources, and to ensure human survival. Familiar aspects of the World include agriculture, domesticating animals, language groups, money, and politics.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Developing spiritual love, and more on the value of law and science are topics, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Wimean” (Level 2 with 798 points, a member since January 18, 2013) posted the following:

How can I love god..?

THE BATTLE AXE: Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013)—The value of natural laws and science are called into question by many Christian believers, because those who lack faith mistakenly attribute greater authority to these products of mankind than to GOD, our Creator. As a result, natural law and science may be seen as idols, and man-made devices that promote defiance, ignorance, irreverence, false worship and unbelief. As was found with the covenant of Moses, where knowledge (science) or law is taken to be the ultimate good and an end in itself, these tools are not rightly applied as a means to higher purpose and correct sacred relationship. Conflicts, limitations and shortcomings of the law may become an obstacle to full realization of truth. The righteousness intended by the law may be lost through a focus upon its letter, rather than its spirit. The covenant of Moses was not “bad” or wrong, yet, a better covenant had to be supplied (see Hebrews 8: 1-13 and Hebrews 12: 18-29, KJV). Similarly, natural law and science are not “bad” or wrong within their limited sphere of application; and a better system of experience and knowing are demanded to explain the origins of life and the fullness of such sacred process as death, rebirth, resurrection, sanctification, and eternal life.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 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. We love him, because he first loved us. 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? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (1st John 4: 12-21, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); The Love of GOD (03/03/2013); Love in Christ (10/23/2012); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Wrong To Love? (08/17/2012); The Young Less Religious? (08/18/2012); Unconditional Love (03/28/2012); On Properly Setting Our Sights (03/29/2012)

Wimean, here are some thoughts you and your readers may find helpful:

Where men and women (boys and girls) fail to develop their human potential to embrace others as a dimension of the Self, they continue to exist and operate only through their animal nature. Combativeness, defensiveness, self-awareness and self-promotion dominate human consciousness through the peculiar mechanisms of the flesh. Included are appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving for sexual climax), sense experience (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and mental functions (e.g., fantasy, fear, imagination, recall, projection). Along with other temporal elements that frequently and quickly come and go (such as affection, anger and other emotions, lust and passion), the flesh breaks-off awareness of divinity that is generated from within ones inner spirit provided through Creation.

Love for GOD, who is a spirit, can only be accomplished as an operation of the spirit from GOD that has been deposited into created beings and living creatures. Love is never merely a product of the body and the mind. (Even what we call “making love” is not just a physical or mental act; at the same time, there are emotional, psychological and spiritual events taking place.) Because love is an expression of the whole person, the commitment of body and mind are also important to any full and sincere expression of love.

Showing love for GOD may be thought of as beginning when a person expands their spiritual awareness, and prepares for direct encounter with GOD by first learning about GOD through accounts and experiences of others. Here, the Bible is invaluable along with the personal testimonies of living believers in the church. Obedience and persistence in practicing and performing those things that are recorded as commanded by, and pleasing to GOD, are recognized by most believers as expressions of love toward GOD. Included here are charitable giving, praise, prayer, prophesying, truth-speaking, and unselfish service.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, when love is properly understood as the goal of benefiting another without seeking payment or reward for oneself, obedience is clearly seen as one of the highest aspects of love, for to obey is to put aside ones own will to carry out the will of another. Similarly, sacrifice, sharing and suffering pertain to love; and in Jesus Christ we see the multiple demonstrations of perfected love.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Topics, today, are Moses as a prophet of GOD, and the conditions among the people that had to be met when Israel received the law at Mount Sinai.  Also there is more on GOD as a “man of war.”  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “none” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member March 12, 2013) posted the following:

Why were the Israelites not allowed to go with Moses on top of Mt. Sainai to get the ten commandments?

THE BATTLE AXE:  A GOD of War? (03/12/2013)—Because it is colorful, graphic, memorable and easily understood, language associated with war is used throughout the holy writings.  War is often regarded as a display of divine authority and power.  However, war is always only a human enterprise that entails armed conflict, widespread death and costly destruction.  As such, the impact of war may be crippling, global, and enduring.  Despite its promotion of violence, many advocate war as having great benefit.  Just as many believe there cannot be life without death also, many hold that there cannot be life without war.  War is regarded as “good” where war fuels such necessary aspects of social living as consumerism; economic, industrial and technological development of nations; employment; medical research; and population control.  GOD does not use war in any of the primary expressions of divine process, and sacred purpose (e.g., Creation, forgiveness, judgment, repentance, revelation, salvation, sanctification).  Until rebirth and growth through the Holy Spirit, many Christian believers also continue the many conventions, habits and traditions using language that speaks of spiritual warfare, friction, oppression, persecution, rebellion, and struggle.  See Isaiah 2:  4, Micah 4:  3, Ephesians 6:  10-17 and 2nd Corinthians 3:  5, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.  And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken:  for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.  (Exodus 33:  16-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why A “Spokesperson” (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012); About False Witness (09/09/2012); The Prophets (02/24/2012); Bad Luck (02/25/2012); The Cause Of Unrest (01/30/2012); Dispatch 30:  Servants of the Lord (09/09/2011); A House of gods (08/31/2012); Heaven For Muhammad? (09/01/2012); (08/15/2011) Dispatch 7:  Weapons (Language)

Every man, woman and child among the tribes of Jacob and the mixed multitudes that journeyed with Moses to Mount Sinai themselves heard (and felt) the voice of GOD proclaim the divine law for covenant.  Terrified, they pleaded that GOD would not appear to them or manifest himself by such a display and voice ever again.  It became a permanent feature of all covenant relationship with mankind that GOD will only “speak” to those on the earth by operating through anointed spokespersons.  Since that time, priesthood and prophecy have been amplified to include intercession and mediation.  See Exodus 20:  1-21, King James Version.

As a prophet of GOD, Moses was elect, and had direct connection to and responses from the Divine Person.  Moses was chosen to carry out and fulfill upon the earth pre-set tasks pertaining to the divine priesthood in heaven as well as to proclamations, promises, and prophecies granted mankind through the Patriarchs.  Moses was given peculiar life experiences that served as his anointing and separation for holy service.  Included were authority to demonstrate judgments against sin (i.e., plagues); compassion; courage; deliverance from death at birth; deliverance from capital punishment for the crime of murder; repentance; peculiar “sightings” and visions of GOD; and wrath against sin. 

Moses is a type and figure representing sacred law, divine rule, and the sovereignty of GOD over all Creation.  While the human character of Moses included the flaws of curiosity and poor anger management (Numbers 20:  1-12, KJV), Moses stood out before GOD in humility and meekness.  Moses was one teachable; one responsive to guidance and instruction from the Spirit of GOD.  Like Abraham, Moses was blessed to be in intimate personal relationship with GOD (Numbers 12:  3, Isaiah 11:  4, Exodus 33:  11 and Deuteronomy 34:  10, KJV).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, Moses also served as a herald who proclaimed the coming of a Christ and Messiah whereby GOD would rule mankind in the earth through divinity in the flesh (see Deuteronomy 18:  15-18, Acts 3:  13-24 and Acts 7:  37, KJV.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC 

      The earth made new as the place for eternal life is considered along with more on reading the Old and New testaments. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “BRANDON S” (Level 3 with 1,363 points, a member since December 15, 2007) posted the following:

We hear of Heaven as being the place for eternal life, so?

what does it mean in Psalms 37:11 “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:22 “For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.” and Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” When is this inheritance of earth going to happen? And if the meek are inheriting the earth, who is going to heaven? Is Heaven going to be on earth in a restored Garden of Eden?

THE BATTLE AXE: Two Different Testaments? (01/05/2013)—Rightly understood, the Bible presents a single covenant proclaiming two testaments from GOD. The first and second pledge for a “promised land” were as testament to establish geopolitical nations that would be in intimate relationship with GOD through divine law and promise. The testament established through the blood of Jesus Christ is to set up an eternal, spiritual kingdom in the earth made visible now as the church (see Jeremiah 3: 14-16 and Ephesians 2: 1-22, King James Version).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21: 1-4, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012); A New Earth (02/14/2012); Issues of Judgment (02/15/2012); Binder 18: Eternal Life (10/15/2011); Having Life? (03/13/2011); End of Strife (03/14/2011); Prophecy Fails? (03/15/2011); Meek Abram (10/17/2010)

      The Scriptures indicate that the place for mankind throughout eternity is the earth, not heaven (Isaiah 45: 18, KJV). Mankind has polluted the earth, and the earth must be purged and made new for a people that will be immortal and incorruptible (see Isaiah 24: 1-6, 65: 17-25, and 66: 22-23, KJV. Also, consider again Proverbs 10: 30, 2nd Peter 3: 7-14, and KJV).

      That the dwelling place of GOD, and the Temple of High worship will not exist in the earth is a “great surprise” written in the Scriptures as prophecy. The New Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ, the City of GOD, will have no Temple (Revelation 21: 22-23, KJV), and neither the moon or sun will give light, there. When Jesus comes to receive the harvest of believers from the earth defiled by sin, he will not touch the ground. Believers are caught up to meet him in the air, and will ever be with Christ, first in heaven, then upon the earth made new (1st Thessalonians 4: 16-18, KJV). This is called “the first resurrection.”

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, “meek” means responsive to the Holy Spirit, and teachable by GOD. Those who will live in the new earth must first be prepared. Their preparation will include participation, service in, and witness of the judgment for those taken from the earth in the second resurrection.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Inheritance, meekness and modesty are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Mallory H” (Level 3 with 1,443 points, a member since August 16, 2012) posted the following:


What did God mean by the meek will inherit the Earth?
please explain?


THE BATTLE AXE: Christian Modesty (10/15/2012)—Given that circumspection, courtesy and modesty are attributes or characterizations for behavior and conduct in social groups, social modesty is of the flesh and the carnal mind (i.e., influences such as appetite, desire, fantasy, fear, imagination, pride and self-importance). Spiritual modesty will only be seen within a body of believers, a congregation, that shares through continual discipline, sacraments, study and corporate worship. When believers are separated from the body, they must depend upon the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD, or the presence and standards of the assembly as they have become internalized. As content from divine person, modesty is inseparable from divine substance that includes faith, holiness, humility, longsuffering, truth, wisdom and wrath against sin. In the effort to assert their individual integrity, many believers separate from the body, without being aware how they also distance themselves from nourishment and support of their spirit content. Without discernment and the ability to recognize divine spirit content, anger, ones being candid, intense emotion, exposing ones faults, imbalance, impulse, passion, self-expression, sincerity, and uninhibited behavior all become labeled as confidence, courage, growth, maturity, or even, sacred truth.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Psalm 37: 7-11, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Girdle 42: A Pattern To Them Hereafter (12/29/2011); Meek Abram (10/17/2010); What is Worship? (10/18/2010)

    
An “inheritance” or ones “heritage” is an endowment one receives through legal provisions establishing succession for the receipt and ownership of a donors goods, property and wealth. Intangible items also may be transferred including circumstances, conflict, culture, duty, history, prestige, and reputation. Terms for the inheritance are recorded during the life of the donor, and are carried out following their decease. More than simply the integrity of those held accountable for performing the desire (we say “will”) of the deceased, the integrity and righteousness of the law comes into view as paramount.

      “Meekness” is generally spoken of as a personality trait (i.e., a pattern that describes a persons usual conduct and disposition) whereby their behavior is characterized as humble, mild, timid and submissive. With this in view, many regard meekness as weakness. Among many mature Christian believers, meekness is held to be an imparted, spiritual content, like faith, holiness, humility, wisdom, and wrath against sin. By meekness one is shown to be approachable by GOD, and is pliable, receptive and teachable by the Holy Spirit regarding divine person, sacred process, and eternal purpose. Thus, a ruler, a warrior and prince of Egypt (Moses) is identified in Scripture as meek above all men in the earth (see Numbers 12: 3, KJV).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Scriptures shows that, from the beginning, the earth has been intended as the dwelling place of mankind. While mankind will reside in heaven as the sacred process of judgment is being completed, with the destruction of the wicked in the lake of fire, mankind will be returned to the earth, no longer subject to death or sin. Mortal beings will no longer exist; the redeemed of Christ will all be incorruptible and immortal. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will come down from heaven to the earth; and the eternal lives of human beings will be spent in an earth that has been made completely new.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC