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Points are shared, today, on how the ministry of Jesus is continued upon the earth by operations of a spirit from GOD that would permanently abide among and indwell the Savior’s followers after his resurrection from the dead, and his return to heaven.  All believers in divinity are challenged to acknowledge and discern the active, yet, invisible presence of Deity.  As the divine High Priest within the Temple of heaven, Christ continues the work of atonement for sin, the cleansing of the Sanctuary, and the many preparations for final judgment.  In addition, there are multiple tasks that must be finished including building a holy city (the New Jerusalem), and determining the allotments and distributions for those who will live there when the city descends to the earth.  While the Holy Spirit operates among mankind establishing such features as permanent change, existence, repentance, sacred knowledge and sanctification, workings of the Spirit may be continuous, gradual, progressive, and unseen.  The Islamic prophet from Mecca who unified Arabia as a single religious group (full name, Abu al-Qasim Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim), does not appear to continue the many works begun and maintained throughout the record we receive as the Holy Bible (as does Jesus).  It is difficult for Christian believers to recognize Muhammad, who appeared more than 550 years later, as a successor to Jesus Christ, for many things attributed to Muhammad as a prophet that are now being shared as hadith (instructions, interpretations, practices and tradition introduced by various caliphs, leaders and rulers who appeared later) do not clearly agree with the Bible, or even with the Qur’an.  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers” (Australia) using the ID “visano” (Level 1 with 70 points, a member since December 28, 2014) posted the following:

 

When Jesus Christ announced about the coming of the spirit of truth,was it referring to ”holy spirit” or ‘prophet Mohammad”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:  for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:  and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me:  for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  All things that the Father hath are mine:  therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  A little while, and ye shall not see me:  and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.  (John 16:  12-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Saying the Truth? (12/18/2014); What is Truth? (12/19/2014); That All Were Prophets! (08/09/2014); Aspects of Divinity? (06/15/2014); Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); Wrong Not to Forgive? (03/05/2014); Bible Authors and Truth? (06/19/2013); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013)

 

“visano”, here are a few points shared among those having the new spiritual relationship with divinity that is granted to the followers of Jesus:

(1.)  The sacred essence that operated through the Prophet John the Baptist was the same spirit that had appeared earlier in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Samson, Samuel (called the last of the Judges, the first of the Prophets), the Prophet Moses, Daniel, and King David.  This spirit that Jesus would call the Comforter also has been called the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, and the Spirit of Truth.

(2.)  Proclamations, promises, and utterances from GOD have been made from the time of Adam to encourage faith that divinity would provide a divine ruler (many say, the Messiah) from the offspring of mankind, who also would provide atonement, deliverance, righteous judgment, and salvation from death, sin, and the Devil.  As the One Sent, the Anointed One (we say, Christ, High Priest, King), the Messiah would acknowledge eternal covenants, complete specific sacred works, fulfill divine promises, and establish an eternal kingdom.  The unchanging message further reveals and makes visible the eternal nature, immutability, and exalted purpose of Deity.

(3.)  Mankind was alerted that the agent of divinity would not be recognized on the basis of carnal, material and social features such as good looks, status, and wealth.  The Messiah would be identified through his priestly and regal service characterized by operations of the Holy Spirit that would include cleansing, demonstrations of divine content, exorcism, healing, judgment, liberation, raising the dead, sight to the blind, and other sacred events (we say, miracles).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The Holy Spirit is imparted to indwell all those within the kingdom of GOD as that permanent aspect of human existence lost by Adam and Eve that must be restored for complete balance, and for the divine order whereby the universe will continue to exist.  The Holy Spirit serves as the chief agent, representative, and spokesperson of Jesus Christ; and does not operate with an independent or personal agenda.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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      A discussion of ghosts and the supernatural, and more on Jesus as the Son of GOD, today. The Yahoo! Answers writer using ID “Andrew” (Level 1 with 90 points, a member since September 1, 2012) posted the following:

Why are ghosts not real?

THE BATTLE AXE: Heaven For Muhammad? (09/01/2012)—Many trust that the things given by the work of Muhammad as a holy prophet, and through the Qur’an were not intended as a detailed critique of Jesus, his message, or his living ministry. As a result, the things of Islam are not adequate and appropriate as standards to measure the work of GOD in Christ. Given Islam does not directly address such important elements, silence regarding the imparted Spirit of GOD (called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Spirit of Truth), and the place of Christ as intercessor, mediator and sacrifice, mark the focus of Islam as highly concentrated, and far more narrow than found with Christian doctrine and belief. Christianity as a way of life does not “justify” human thought and behavior. Instead, (1) Christianity proclaims the operation of GOD on behalf of mankind in heaven, and upon the earth among men; (2) justifies belief, repentance, and good works by men; and (3) justifies GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9: 5-6)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Visions of Heaven (03/22/2012); Too Many Interpretations? (03/08/2012); Girdle 17: Try The Spirits (12/02/2011); To Save Jesus? (03/12/2011); A Testimony? (03/11/2011); A Holy Ghost? (12/26/2010); A Demon Leader? (10/10/2010)

      Guided by the holy writings, mature Christian believers do not hold that the dead can appear as apparitions, phantoms and specters. Ghosts are believed to have human will, and to operate with their own peculiar goals and purposes just as if they were living persons. The invisible and unseen things created and maintained by GOD do not include spirits from our loved ones that may appear to us separated from their human body.

      The fear of ghosts is very widespread, and is closely associated with a common human fear, the fear of death. Death is a divine tool that GOD uses in fulfilling the sacred intent of eternal life. The Bible does teach regarding the condition (state) of the dead along with the return of life to the dead. In the same way, GOD has not granted the Adversary (Satan) power to create and endow objects with life, the devil does not have power over death. Nevertheless, the devil maintains power through the fear of death; and employs various counterfeits, deceptions and threats to manipulate mankind. The ministry of Jesus Christ to mankind is said to have destroyed the devil’s power through fear of death, because every believer receives the imparted, indwelling spirit of GOD, the Spirit of Truth.

      There are many things that are real in human experience that presently cannot be explained by logic, reason and science. Similarly, there are many experiences that cannot be explained as caused by GOD. This does not automatically mean that supernatural creatures do not exist, or that there can be no “other worldly” events. Certainly, those who say they have had “weird” experiences are not wrong to insist that their feelings, thoughts, recall and understanding have reality. However, they may not be at all correct to say those events, their feelings and thoughts, etc. have come from GOD, our Creator; or that these elements are in harmony with the record of the Bible.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, when I was younger, I had at least two “out-of-body” experiences that some would call “astral traveling.” I actually saw the back of my own head! When I weigh the “reality” of my experiences to assign them spiritual value as aspects of my salvation, I see they are not fully consistent with the purposes of GOD revealed in Jesus. Thus, my choice has been to seek more of Christ as documented in the Scriptures and lives of other believers, not more of my own flesh, imagination, mind and sensation (hearing, seeing, smelling, touching, etc.).) 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 accepting Jesus as the Son of GOD along with more on spiritual confusion as described in the Book of Judges chapters 17 and 18. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Maddo” (Level 1 with 80 points, a member since August 30, 2012) posted the following:


Christians would muhammad be in heaven or hell as he mentions Jesus but does not accept him as son of god?


THE BATTLE AXE: A House of gods? (08/31/2012)—Reliance on “home-grown” and “self-made” belief is specially encouraged when believers become separated from the legitimate worship community. The unseen dangers of heresy and false doctrine are made more severe through the introduction of inconsistent and unpredictable patterns for practice, service and worship. Whether isolated in rural areas, cut off by weather patterns, limited by illiteracy, or in darkness through lack of communication skills and tools, believers absolutely must have stable standards for conduct, correction and understanding that are rooted in spirit-person, rather than flesh. Conscience, feelings, guesses, hunches, intuition, instinct, private opinions, and personal preferences are no substitute for the Spirit that one must receive from GOD, and regularly apply in living. Micah meant well, however, he built his house “upon the sand,” investing in material goods and being a “respecter of persons.” As a result, Micah and his household were completely undone when a band of marauders from the tribe of Dan coveted and stole all their gods and images, and kidnapped their Levite priest. The Scriptures record how the Danites reasoned with the young Levite: “Hold thy peace, lay thy hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be priest unto the house of one man, or to be priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel? And the priest’s heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.” Micah called together a troop, and pursued after the men of Dan. When he protested the abduction and theft, Micah was cautioned that he would lose his own life, and the lives of his entire household. Later, when Dan drove out the men of Laish and established the city as their portion of the Promised Land, they installed the Levite with the idols—all the time that the house of GOD was in Shiloh! (See Judges 18.) Sadly, the Danites continued to be disposed according to their heritage as Egyptians, not as Israelites. Thousands of years later this would be seen in the dissolution of the Unified Kingdom through Rehoboam son of David from the tribe of Judah, and idolatrous worship of the Golden Calf at Bethel and in Dan by the ten tribes (Israel, the Northern Kingdom) through Jeroboam son of Nebat from the tribe of Ephraim. Lack of zeal on the part of the Danites, and the sin of delay in removing the enemies of GOD from their allotment are surpassed by the many other errors that sprang up through spiritual confusion: apostasy, conspiracy, coveting, heresy, lack of accountability, robbery, man-stealing, pride, and false worship.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: (Psalms 95: 1-8)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: To Be or Not To Be? (08/26/2012); Why No Answer? (08/25/2012); How Life Exists (08/20/2012); Why Jesus Prayed (08/19/2012); Jesus Our “Advocate” (08/16/2012); Still The “Chosen”? (03/19/2012); Is That All It Takes? (03/18/2012); Signs of a Prophet (03/14/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012)


     The most correct and useful responses to your question will be those that have been shared with mankind from GOD, and will not necessarily complement or favor human desire, logic, and reason. There are many details and subtleties (barely visible differences; nuances) involved; and reaching the point of spiritual maturity necessary absolutely cannot occur for those in conflict with GOD.

     For mature Christian believers, the truth of Jesus as son of GOD is of holy origin, and further reveals the character of Divine Person. Belief in Christ as an incarnate manifesting of Almighty GOD does not deprive mankind of any good thing. To the contrary, sacred history, divine processes and eternal purpose are clarified. Included are Creation, redemption, salvation, resurrection, and judgment. Dimensions of holy being are made visible that would be otherwise unknown to believers in GOD upon the earth. Such elements as correction, mercy, forgiveness, forbearance, rebirth and regeneration are foreign, and impossible for GOD among those who only conceive divine judgment as punishment. More correctly, judgment is the further display of divine love, and the uncovering of supreme righteousness. With this in view, many Christians regard Islam as one of the many “steps to Christ” and the receiving of Messiah sent from GOD.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, it is not enough to grant GOD a marginal place in our lives. Yes, the holy writings use “honorable mention,” parables, and veiled references to lead study, provoke questions, and build up a student’s resolve. However, the proper declaration of faith in Jesus emerges only from the spirit of GOD residing within a believer. Therefore, the testimony is certain and direct. There is no hesitation, speculation, or hint of unresolved issues. There is no slander of Christ; and there is no denial that all things are possible with GOD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC