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      Focus, today, is upon divine foreknowledge, omniscience, and predetermination for events in the lives of created beings and living creatures. Also, there is more on faith, language, and “mystery.” A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Isis” (Level 1 with 37 points, a member since August 3, 2011) posted the following:

Does god know what will happen tomorrow?

THE BATTLE AXE: Faith, Language, and “Mystery”? (04/11/2013)—The understanding of “mystery” as special knowledge appears frequently within the holy writings. Even so, the meaning of “mystery” is fluid, and changes as we broaden or narrow focus. For example, consider again 1st Corinthians 4: 1, 1st Corinthians 13: 1-3, Ephesians 3: 2-12 and Ephesians 5: 31-32, KJV. Mystery is an aspect of spiritual relationship, a working of divine power, the dispensation of grace, eternal purpose, prophecy, the duties and works of priesthood, and a specific truth addressing divine acts to simultaneously separate and join (woman/man and Christ/the church). Here are some other awkward, yet repeatedly useful ideas and ways of regarding the “mysteries” of GOD. (1.) When reciting the prayers of the Rosary, a believer is to contemplate selected events from the life of Jesus and his mother Mary, that are spoken of as “mysteries.” (2.) The mystery of the kingdom of GOD is a shared reality and truth that unfolds within ones awareness through their continued being and existence. The kingdom is not a place in time or space, nor is the kingdom “all in ones mind.” Participation in the mysteries of the kingdom may be instructed and taught using parables, because as open-ended object lessons, parables grant believers latitude to assign meaning based on their own divine content of faith and hope. See Matthew 13: 10-12 and Luke 8: 9-11, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. (Ephesians 1: 3-12, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); Did Jesus Know? (12/22/2012); The True Miracle (12/23/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Why Is GOD Blamed? (08/23/2012); Fire Baptism (08/24/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); On Being Careful (02/13/2012); A New Earth (02/14/2012); The Afterlife? (12/30/2010); Diet and Food? (12/31/2010)

    
     Isis, here are a few points I may share as a mature Christian believer that speak to GOD “knowing” the future. They will probably make most sense to you after you again show respect to GOD in prayer:

(1.) It is most correct to say that GOD is omniscient when speaking of divine purpose, sacred process, and the fulfillment of prophecy. The idea that GOD is aware of and recalls every detail for every event from the life of every created being or living creature is less correct. GOD is a spirit, and we must worship him (i.e., acknowledge him and know him) in spirit and in truth (John 4: 24, KJV). There are statements found in Scripture suggesting the breadth and depth of divine commitment to Creation as well the connection of many hidden truths for valuing human life. However, in no way should believers understand that GOD goes about filled with a “superfluity of naughtiness” and trivia. See Matthew 10: 29-31 and Luke 12: 6-7, KJV.

(2.) The foreknowledge of GOD seems to be made up of, and determined by the fixed decisions and set goals for Creation. In the same way a Washington Nationals fan may decide his son will be a baseball player (not a Capitol’s hockey star, or Wizard’s basketball great) long before the child is born or takes his first steps, may rush about buying bats, cleats, and gloves, and must then carefully maneuver his child to the sport as his own career goal; GOD has predetermined life, and eternal life for mankind. Believers are being moved through various preset sacraments, sacred experiences, and spiritual works to establish them in relationship with GOD and with one another. See Ephesians 2: 4-10 and 1st Peter 1: 13-21, KJV.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (3.) GOD knows that self-will in created beings and living creatures may be dominated by sin. The full nature of humanity is expressed through both animal and divine aspects. (There must be an outworking of divine truth, a blossoming of holy seed, so to speak.) GOD has no final knowledge of ones deeds until after they have been manifest; and (so to speak) GOD does not go about with a catalog of errors and sins on his mind. Thus, the device of the books of life further come into view as vital for judgment and reward of mankind. See 1st Corinthians 3: 8-15 and Revelation 20: 11-13, KJV.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to the measure of faith you now contain.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Mysteries, truth, and the frustrations of language are in focus, today, as I respond to the writer at thoughts.com using ID “anonuman,” who commented upon A Guide to Salvation? (04/10/2013) with the following post:

Rather than “mysteries” or special knowledge it should be described as broader or deeper or more complex concepts. I am certainly grateful to God for the gift of faith that He has given me through my study of the Bible and the fruit of my seeking God and of God’s provision of my need.

THE BATTLE AXE: A Guide to Salvation? (04/10/2013)—(5.) Correctly understood, the holy writings are eternal, immutable, prophetic, and unchanging. The Scriptures are a tool whereby the Spirit of GOD operates both through and upon human consciousness in multiple dimensions. Included are aspects of time (e.g., past, present and future), space (e.g., earth, heaven, the universe), and personal investment through relationships (e.g., adoption, coworkers, family, friendship, marriage). In addition to content readers may describe as historical, the holy writings include divine law, principles, rules, standards and truths that are fixed and permanent features establishing the sphere of human existence, and the specific boundaries and constraints for covenant with GOD. (6.) Many of the accounts provided through the Scriptures serve as examples, illustrations and warnings that point to possible outcomes, persons and situations other than those directly described. (7.) The process of the Scriptures conforms to that for all divine revelation by use of narrative forms that promote understanding through discovery. Included are the uses of additive repetition, allegory, parables, proverbs, types, and understatement.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (1st Corinthians 3: 8-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); Dispatch 36: His Grace (09/15/2011)

Be encouraged! I sometimes make the mistake of speaking about sacred “mysteries” as though I mean to say “discrete, and fixed data.” What I really am trying to describe is a consciousness of divinity that exists within the “mind of GOD,” is itself divine and, when imparted to created beings and living creatures, transforms their awareness and continuing existence in “surprising” ways. The limits and obstacles of our language become apparent here. For we are speaking of something that is active, alive, has no boundary, cannot be measured, and is without dimension.

GOD is a spirit, and cannot be apprehended by mankind apart from operations by GOD upon what has been put forth as his Creation. Through the Bible, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, mankind has been given tools for agreement and meaning whereby we may ground our thoughts and communication (we say “reference points”). However, such eternal processes as communion, fellowship and revelation are experienced as discovery, and the realization of ancient things that exist as if they were new creations.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, within the World system of common human experience, we speak of truth and wisdom as though they are a matter of intelligence, knowing and mental functions (e.g., fantasy, imagination, recall). For mature believers in Christ, truth and wisdom may be understood as aspects of Divine Person. As the content of sacred being, they are inseparable from other divine substance such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, righteousness, and wrath against sin.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to the measure of faith you now contain.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The importance of knowledge to the life of ones spirit is in view, today, along with more on emotion and feeling as aspects of Christian belief. The “Yahoo! Answers” Top Contributor using ID “daughtereponymous“” (Level 7 with 30,497 points, a member since May 18, 2010) posted the following:

Spiritually dead or alive which are you ? Hosea 4:6 many are destroyed for lack of knowledge do you have it ?

THE BATTLE AXE: Emotional Appeal? (04/02/2013)—(6.) The foolish opinion that Christian belief, and religion in general, are unmanly weaknesses because they encourage emotion and feeling, and therefore, should be left strictly to women and children is not put forth by the holy spirit from GOD. Conviction and faith identify every true champion, defender, godly leader, and righteous warrior. (7.) For mature Christian believers, choices and decisions are guided and organized by faith, law and such divine spirit substance as holiness, humility, righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin. The instability of feeling, intelligence, logic, reason and self-will are replaced by frameworks of duty, sacred expectation (i.e., hope) and obedience. (8.) Even through science, human feelings are accounted as unreliable and untrustworthy. A person may control how they express or suppress their feelings; yet, when feelings will appear and the level of strength for ones feelings cannot be pre-determined, predicted, or repeated in exact detail. Also, there are no accurate and precise instruments to measure the power of feelings. For Christians, the better Rock whereupon we may build strong belief and understanding has proven to be divine doctrine, holy teachings, and an unchanging sacred spirit. (9.) In Christ, peace is not dull, lacking in energy, or having no excitement. The peace of GOD is said to “pass understanding” partly because his peace appears in the midst of struggle and turmoil. Divine peace shines against what appear to be the opposites of peace, and supplies great clarity, confidence, devotion, focus, purpose, serenity, strength, and zeal. (10.) GOD is love; however, GOD is more than human emotion and feeling. As divinity and pure existence—without dimension, form or number, yet having effect, person, presence, purpose, and substance—GOD is the origin of all being and life; and is fully capable of relationship with created beings and living creatures. Saying this more simply: GOD is a spirit; and we must worship him in spirit and in truth. See Psalms 31: 1-24, John 4: 24 and 1st John 4: 6-16, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. (John 14: 14-20, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013); The Spirit and Pentecost (03/27/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature (03/23/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013); Bad Knowledge? (02/05/2011); Divine Evil? (02/06/2011)

      Dear “daughtereponymous”:

      Here are some thoughts that may be useful to you and your readers. 
 
(1.) Life and death for ones inner being depends upon their content (we say, “anointing” or “endowment”) of sacred substance from the makeup of Divine Person. The imparted, indwelling spirit of Christ makes “alive” to GOD, while dead to sin.

(2.) Such features as faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin are permanent and unchanging aspects of divinity.

(3.) Secular knowledge (we also say “intelligence” and “science”), logic and reason are not spirit matter, and cannot increase, nourish or strengthen the divine nature within humankind. Similarly, emotion, feeling, and imagination that are vital to distinction as human persons, do not ensure the survival of ones inner spirit derived from GOD. Sacred knowledge must be continually received, internalized, and applied in carnal, material and social settings.

(4.) Sacred knowledge may begin with commandments and divine law; however, because the scale for grasp of life from GOD is cosmic, embracing the universe, ones knowledge must also embrace a broad range of sacred operations, spiritual processes, and eternal purposes.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) The mystery (special knowledge from GOD) once available only to the sons of Adam initiated in covenant as heirs to priesthood is now being shared as open revelation. Nonetheless, it continues that many are called, and few are chosen. See Isaiah 41: 8-10, 1st Peter 2: 5-10 and Revelation 17: 13-14, KJV.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     The value of church attendance, and more on the way of GOD being mysterious are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Victoria” (Level 2 with 309 points, a member since September 25, 2012) posted the following:

What is the point of worshipping God in a church, Is it to make him happy?

or to satisfy the worshippers? Do worshippers gain pleasure from singing about God?

THE BATTLE AXE: Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012)—Mystery and the hiding of truth is the exact opposite of revelation. Even so, the acquisition of sacred knowledge proceeds through operations within the believer that are carried out by the Spirit of GOD. In the same way a child learns to say “mama” and “dada”, or becomes able to recite the alphabet in English, yet still is unable to read and write, Christian believers hear the Gospel preached, must internalize its truth, correctly apply the doctrines and law in living situations, and also combine and reconfigure their own spirit content to bear fruit as godly patterns for praise, prayer, service, and worship.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29: 29, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012); Does GOD Need Worship? (03/23/2012); The Place For Prayer (01/17/2012); Why We Do…and Don’t (01/18/2012); Binder 19: Commitment By Believers (10/16/2011); Confess? Yes! (02/20/2011)

      Because what I am about to share with you is intended for those mature believers who participate in an understanding of salvation through a new covenant from Almighty GOD in Jesus Christ, there may be many points that are new and strange for you. Even so, receive this answer as “a beginning” toward coming into fuller truth:

      The church founded by Jesus is more than a political or social institution that permits men to have contact and exchange as allies, competitors, comrades, and rivals. Like the Bible and other holy writings that detail, explain and illustrate spiritual concepts, church attendance establishes a shared “vocabulary of experience” whereby believers may clearly communicate to one another regarding the invisible, yet, manifest things of GOD. Along with believers and the Scriptures, the institution of the church is an evidence of things unseen, and constitutes a divine presence in the earth.

      The church is more than a laboratory or tool for divine experiments upon mankind. The church is a living, spiritual body, and as such must learn, grow and mature, and is not limited by death, space or time. In the same way sexual joining for reproduction is a joining of spirit content for mortal beings, the assembling together of believers and those who serve Christ is a joining of their spirit content with that of all believers who ever lived upon the earth as well as with that of the heavenly host and the sacred GODhead.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the church serves mankind nourishing ones human spirit during the transformation from consistently operating through an animal nature to continuous operation having divine nature. The church is being used to maintain divine order and sacred law that not only applies to the earth; it embraces the entire universe.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

       Mystery and revelation are in view, today, along with more on before the fruit. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Asdfasfd” (Level 1 with 1 point, February 23, 2012) posted the following:

Why does God have to work in “mysterious ways”?

Why not just come out of hiding, answer prayers, end all the BS, etc. I mean he is all powerful, right?

THE BATTLE AXE: Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012)—Knowledge of GOD and his Christ are not enough to eliminate sin. More important than science, logic, reason, and sacred knowledge is the makeup of ones being, and the divine content of ones person. While correct knowledge permits you to avoid contradiction and the making of choices that are incompatible, the necessary reconfiguration of your nature and will derives only by the presence and operation of divine person that may reside within created beings and living creatures. Included are such sacred content as faith, holiness, humility, longsuffering, praise, reverence and wrath against sin. Many hold to the idea that the “original sin” committed by Adam and Eve was sexual behavior of some sort. However, from their beginning, sexual intimacy and human reproduction through intercourse was an aspect of divine intent for the pair. The couple was to acquire knowledge through their direct contact and relationship with GOD. Because of their error, the process of human knowledge initiated as experiential (by discovery) was also made to be experimental (by trial and error).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2nd Corinthians 4: 3-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Asking Why (11/08/2012); Unto Caesar…? (11/09/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); Jesus Punished? (01/23/2011)

      The revelation of GOD to created beings and living creatures is not a discrete, one-time event; and, for the benefit of those not immortal must go forward through frameworks of time and space manipulated to be continuous and uninterrupted. While using force and violence are often effective among men to put down arrogance, disrespect, insolence, and pride among those rejecting divine rule, the higher truths of divine being are repeatedly missed because of fear, ignorance, perverseness, and unbelief.

      It remains, GOD cannot lawfully require an egg from a man as he might from a chicken. Respecting your integrity, and mine, GOD only operates consistent with our levels of maturity, preparation and understanding. Thus, despite the proclamations of prophets, the teaching of patriarchs, the judgment of courts and kings, the testimonies of prepared apostles who witness, all cannot come into the kingdom of GOD through Jesus Christ. Human awareness driven by appetite, desire, self-will and volition does not permit simple acceptance of divine truth. Only by endowing the living with aspects of divine person (i.e., sacred substance such as faith, holiness, hope, humility, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin) are men lifted up to the proper level of comprehension and grasp.

      Be assured, much of the “mystery” for us comes from the Devil, who innocently declares, “everyone’s entitled to their own opinion” to promote contempt, irreverence and unbelief whispering, “everyone’s entitled to accuse, disrespect, mock and undermine GOD.” Where one says “GOD’s ways are mysterious” meaning dishonest, suspicious, unacceptable, or ungodly, they make the common mistake of seeking to judge divinity by a lesser standard. That mistake is correctly called a sin, and is a soft form of both blasphemy and slander. Not you (of course), but those who deliberately try to sneak in a jab against GOD, and the faith of others; are plainly called “sinners” and their offense is called “iniquity” (deliberate and premeditated transgression). Rather than be instruments of Christ who spread the Good News, they spread their own spiritual confusion and wretchedness.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, belief, commitment and genuine faith are not the products of miracles; yet, miracles can be produced through belief, commitment and faith. Though the intelligence of mankind is finite, awareness and consciousness directed by the Holy Spirit are important tools to realizing the full sacred nature of mankind, and to fulfilling human potential for relationship with GOD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC