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Today, reply is on the sword of GOD.  Divine tools for Christian ministry are provided to accomplish eternal life, spiritual growth, salvation, and peace with GOD.  Even so, graphic images and language that pertain to combat, military service, and warfare are used throughout the holy writings to convey prophetic admonition, the awesomeness and terror of GOD, warnings, and divine wrath against sin.  Also, the acumen and keenness of discernment that are brought by Deity to judgment should come into view.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

What is the sword of God according to the Bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.  He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.  When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth:  he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.  Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image:  for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.  They are vanity, the work of errors:  in the time of their visitation they shall perish.  The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things:  and Israel is the rod of his inheritance:  the LORD of hosts is his name.  Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war:  for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;  And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;  With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;  I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers.  And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD.  (Jeremiah 51:  14-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Points On Spiritual Warfare (03/19/2018); Judgment, Peace and Warfare? (03/26/2017); The Two-edged Sword (01/09/2017); A Note On Spirit Warfare (01/06/2016); The Greatest Weapon? (12/17/2015); Prince of Peace? (07/18/2014); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); A Discerner of the Thoughts and Intents (10/28/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, using language from the Bible, the sword of GOD also is called the rod (standard), the breath (sentence in judgment; word), and the two-edged sword.  Consider the following:

1.  Isaiah 11:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;  3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD:  and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:  and he shall smite the earth:  with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.  5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

2.  Jeremiah 50:  24-26, KJV:  24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware:  thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD.  25 The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.  26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses:  cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly:  let nothing of her be left.

3.  2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, KJV:  3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

4.  Hebrews 4:  12, KJV:  12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 5. Revelation 1:  15-18,  KJV:  15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  16 And he had in his right hand seven stars:  and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:  and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.  17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:  18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is that eternal life and salvation are accomplished only through the ministry of Jesus Christ, and not by human strivings and good works.  Awareness and self-will respond to divine order through their spirit substance from the makeup of the Creator (e.g., faith, holiness, righteousness), rather than the operations of the flesh that include appetite, knowledge of the law, sensation, emotions, and mind.  Good works have been ordained to encourage practical expressions of gratitude, permit discovery and gradual growth of sacred knowledge as well as to focus godly enthusiasm, passion, and zeal.  A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “2FollowHim” (Level 7 with 128,021 points, a member since January 24, 2010) posted the following:

 

Christians, using real life example, can you explain this verse?

Good News Translation
Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it

I liked that translation but use the one you like best if you wish.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  (Romans 10:  5-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Law and The Prophets (03/07/2018); What Is A Spirit? (03/06/2018); Recognizing True Christian Prophets (02/26/2018); Time and Chance Happen… (02/27/2018); Secular History, Sacred Revelation? (01/11/2018); Law of the Spirit (12/27/2017); Divine Holiness and Sanctity (12/25/2017); Salvation By Faith Alone? (01/19/2017)

 

“2FollowHim”, through Jesus Christ our grasp of the divine is elevated such that “life” becomes “eternal life.”  When Jesus brought a “revival” to the Temple at Jerusalem, he was seen by the priests, scribes, and lawyers there as a rabbi from the rural areas (i.e., a country preacher) doing the work of an evangelist like Oral Roberts or Billy Graham.  More than 400 years had passed since the time of Malachi, and prophets were no longer being sent from GOD when a priest, John the Baptist, left the Temple to preach repentance and cleanse through baptism in the wilderness.  Institutional customs, policies, practices, and traditions had been developed by the Pharisees and Sadducees that acknowledged “the law and the prophets” yet no longer provided doctrine and teachings to reverence the Spirit of Prophecy (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth).  Survival of their culture, secular history, politics, and formalism became important to their operations.  Faith, being an inseparable aspect of divine spirit within the makeup of GOD (along with holiness, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin) could not be promoted among the living as above obedience to the law that proceeds on the basis of ones own self-will (willpower).  In effect, like today, men were taught, By your actions and choices, you save yourself.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Mark 8:  31-38, King James Version (KJV):  31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.  32 And he spake that saying openly.  And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.  33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan:  for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.  34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.  36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

(2.)  John 14:  5-7, KJV:  5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also:  and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

(3.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, KJV:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained  that we should walk in them.

(4.)  Titus 3:  5-7, KJV:  5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

(5.)  Romans 3:  20-22, KJV:  20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference:

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, from one of the Pharisees, the Apostle Paul, (6.)  Philippians 3:  7-14, KJV:  7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:  but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  13 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,  14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, the topics include faith, grace, justification, and words.  Words that embody divine essence (we say, spirit) are the shared substance for existence within the church of Jesus Christ.  Truth and words from GOD are themselves divine substance, and will appear in many forms and groupings (e.g., confession; covenant; divine law; praise; prayers; proclamation; promises as well as testimony, witness and verdict in judgment).  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

How are we justified by both our words (Matt 12:37) and grace (Rom 3:24)?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.  For your obedience is come abroad unto all men.  I am glad therefore on your behalf:  but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.  (Romans 16:  17-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Deeds Of The Law? (09/10/2017); Order Your Conversation Aright (07/12/2016); Justified Through Christ? (08/26/2015); Can The Bible Be Increased? (05/31/2015); The Words Are Spirit? (06/03/2015); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, Christian believers are to be representatives and spokespersons of GOD and Jesus Christ.  Keeping in mind that the Scriptures often present the same lessons and points of truth using language that include subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning, quality, and value), many mature Christians avoid spiritual confusion by continually acknowledging the oneness without sameness displayed through the Holy Spirit.  Believers must practice discernment whereby they recognize and respond to spirit substance from the fullness of divinity (we say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) as it appears within events, oneself, other persons, different messages and statements, prophecy, purposes, etc.  Iniquity, rebellion, and transgression of divine law are not justified by the blood of Jesus Christ, or any other dispensation from divinity.  Even so, repenting sinners and developing believers are justified in their seeking forgiveness, renewal, and eternal existence as the new creation of GOD on the earth by the righteousness of their own faith imparted from GOD through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, rather than through strict obedience to divine law on the basis their own awareness (conscience) and self-will (willpower). 

Believers only are “justified” before GOD by Christ as they manifest (i.e., embody and express) the life and “person” of Jesus Christ.  Within the fullness of sacred knowledge (rather than secular knowledge), words, speech, and utterance convey and impart divine life essence (breath; spirit; word).  Conversation and words that are vain lack spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  In divine judgment, words move and transfer spirit substance, therefore, words have equal weight as actions.  Words may initiate or continue attitudes, behavior, desires, feelings, and unseen motives.  To say we are “justified by the grace of GOD” is not exactly the same as saying “we are justified by our practice of faith,” or “we are justified by love bestowed on us from GOD.”  However, correctly understood, divine grace is inseparable from the divine spirit content one receives as a fresh endowment from GOD at rebirth.  Included are balance, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 18:  21, King James Version (KJV):  21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

(2.)  James 3:  7-10, KJV:  7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

(3.)  Romans 10:  5-10, KJV:  5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.  6 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:)  7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)  8 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;  9 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.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.) 1st Timothy 6:  3-5, KJV:  3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,  5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness:  from such withdraw thyself.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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 No Man Knows

 

Today, topics include choices for and against salvation along with Scripture points addressing sacred opportunity, persistence, and sacrifice.  Also, a Battleaxe is presented that continues on sharing by Christian prophets.  Casinos are social centers that provide amusements, entertainment, gambling and gaming that may allow catharsis, release from stress, and forms of refreshment and renewal.  While churches also are social institutions and membership organizations in terms of their secular history, purpose, standards and values, their congregations are set apart (i.e., consecrated; dedicated; hallowed; sanctified) for the appearance of divine presence through spirit substance, sacred events (we also say, miracles), and interactions among the members of the body (e.g., giving, praise, prayer, unselfish service, worship).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “The Book of David” (Level 7 with 30,370 points, a member since July 04, 2012) posted the following:

 

Which is a better use of one’s time and money: going to church, or a casino?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Recognizing True Christian Prophets (02/26/2018)—In the same way angels have been sent as messengers who are given specific utterances to command and speak from divinity, yet, can not explain eternal purpose or grant a full revelation of sovereign will, prophets are not all-knowing and omniscient.  They may be unable to provide details and responses as to when, why, and how the word from GOD will be fulfilled.  Believers are not to seek signs of authority and prowess held by these figures so much as their meekness, obedience, and reverence.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible: 

(6.)  2nd Peter 1:  17-21, King James Version (KJV):  17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

 (7.)  1st Peter 1:  11-16, KJV:  11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.  12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.  13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

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

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Recognizing True Christian Prophets (02/26/2018); Attend Chapel or Church? (02/04/2018); Certainty, Conviction and Faith (01/05/2018); Knowing? (05/24/2015); Because We Are Certain (12/30/2014); Certainty by Faith or by Tradition? (06/19/2014); Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013); Prophetic Demonstrations (09/06/2013)

 

“The Book of David”, being mortal and lacking precise knowledge about the cause, or time of our own death, many nowadays are discouraged, are fearful, and feel that life is no more than a “gamble”.  Because our greatest needs for protection and truth that counter the second death can only be met by being in a continuing relationship with our Creator who has authority, power and wisdom, Christian believers prefer investing their present lives in harmony with the operations of GOD for redemption, salvation, and eternal life.  More than time and money are at risk, for all the beauty, goodness, joy, and pleasure that life may provide repeatedly are spoiled through the operations of sin.  Even the casino owners can be a few rolls of the dice away from bankruptcy, and like those looking for a windfall from the cards, are not always secure they will be able to pay the light and water bills to say nothing of the bills for luxuries, and the “things that money can’t buy.”

“Born again” Christians are to “grow up” again, and become mature in their spirit makeup while living on the earth.  Christians remain mortal and at risk, however, by being properly aligned within the divine order we are free to operate with greater assurance, boldness, and certainty.  Believers will continue in a full process of permanent transformation to exist as companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity.  Developing believers will discover new possibilities through sacred fellowship, gradual growth, and relying on sacred knowledge in place of secular knowledge.  The things of the flesh (e.g., appetite, curiosity, sensation, emotions, thoughts) do not disappear; they become ordered and patterned in harmony with the oneness and sameness of the GODhead.

Created beings and living creatures do not correctly value the things that have worth to the GODhead (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) until they rely on the fresh inner endowment of life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word) imparted from Deity.  Other inseparable aspects of spirit substance also are bestowed such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Just as mature professional gamblers only wager on clear patterns and sequences where the outcome is predictable (ABCDEFG, XYZ is coming); mature Christians invest themselves on the basis of proclamations, promises, and prophecies from a GOD who does not lie, who always honors his own marker, and who has fulfilled multiple demonstrations to reveal his integrity, power, and process.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Numbers 23:  19, King James Version (KJV):  19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent:  hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

(2.)  Ecclesiastes 9:  10-12, KJV:  10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.  11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.  12 For man also knoweth not his time:  as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

(3.)  John 6:  27-29, KJV:  27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:  for him hath God the Father sealed.  28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Matthew 6:  19-21, KJV:  19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is on the gift of holiness as an aspect of divine fullness that may be imparted to reside within the living.  Among Christian believers, a gift bestowed on one is a benefit to the whole body.  Jesus Christ has demonstrated that men on the earth are to be vessels of holiness.  When Moses approached a burning bush that gave off no smoke or ashes, he heard a voice command that he take off his shoes.  What appeared to him as common soil—the ground he was standing on—was “holy”.  Until admonished and instructed by GOD, the former prince of Egypt could not recognize that a sacred event was occurring, or that holiness was being made present and revealed.  Holiness only appears and is manifest by the active presence who is GOD.  That the makeup of the three persons of a single GODhead is entirely of spirit substance, and is exalted, immortal, incorruptible, and sovereign separates them from all created beings and living creatures.  Through the Incarnation divinity appears on the earth as Jesus Christ using the flesh and form of mankind; and the possibilities for humanity to contain endowments of divine spirit content have been permanently changed.  Sinners who continue under a sentence of death for their transgression of sacred law, now are granted forgiveness, atonement, cleansing, and rebirth whereby they become a new creation.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 16,305 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

The bible says you can’t see God without holiness. So what is this holiness they talk about?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:   but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  (2nd Peter 1:  19-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); Genuine Spiritual Discernment? (03/27/2017); The Joy of Christmas (01/05/2017); The Divine Christmas Gifts? (12/26/2016); The Problem of Faith? (05/22/2016); Holiness (07/01/2015); The Christmas Spirit? (12/23/2014); Peace The Gift of Christmas? (12/24/2014); To Keep It Holy (02/23/2014); 7 “Godly” Sins? (02/24/2014)

 

“Breakthrough”, perhaps you will discern that this reply is a gift from GOD to every honest heart that wants to know him this Christmas morning: 

It is a mistake, and “human error” to analyze or seek to examine divinity using Aristotelian logic and science that seeks to classify, and describe nature in accordance with discrete elements and measurable parts.  Many mature Christian believers understand “holiness” to be one of the many inseparable (where you find one you find them all—however, perhaps not in the same measure and proportion) aspects of spirit fullness that describe the makeup of GOD.  GOD is a spirit whose substance includes balance, completeness, faith, person, presence, and other qualities that do permit communication, exchange, and interaction among sentient ones.  All created beings and living creatures have received existence, their defining nature, their material form, and distinctive traits from GOD by his imparting aspects of his own life essence (i.e., breath, spirit, Word).  Included are forbearance, gratitude, hope, humility, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, purity, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Holiness pertains to the absolute authority, consecration, purity, and sovereignty of GOD.  Without presumption, mankind may acknowledge holiness as appearing through such elements as glory; illumination and insight; Incarnation; love; miracles; praise; obedience (the voluntary putting aside of ones own will to perform the will of another); rebirth; resurrection from death; reverence; sacred knowledge as with divine law, proverbial wisdom, and prophecy; sacrificial giving (willingness to make offering that acknowledges divinity regardless of the cost or difficulty to oneself); vigilance; thanksgiving and truth.

Of course, there is far more that could be said.  (For example, Acts 4:  26-30, King James Version (KJV):  26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.  27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,  28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.  29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings:  and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,  30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
    Signature Mark
Washington, DC

 

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children have sin

 

Today, judgment of children, and the operations of sin in and through the young are considered.  Divine law indwells the living as life essence (breath, spirit, Word).  Babies and small children also heard the voice of GOD proclaim the Covenant Law at Mount Sinai, and were required to develop and mature acknowledging the same divine standards as their parents.  The principle (where there is no law, sin is not imputed) does not cover lack of knowledge, and the ignorance of children (ignorance of the law is no excuse).  Children are shown the same allowances, forbearance and mercy granted to adults who are “born again” and must complete growth and learning to become full members within the body of Christ (the church) as developing believers; thus, they both will be monitored and reviewed.  Accountability, malice, forethought, and intent for their works and deeds still will be considered.  In accordance with the Gospel and teachings from the holy writings, many Christians trust that children will be closely examined during divine judgment for such features as their content of spirit from the makeup of GOD; their commitment to and development according to mankind’s possibilities for expressing an animal, human or divine nature; and for the integrity of being that increasingly should appear through their communication, exchange, and continuing relationship with divinity.  The young will not be ignored, overlooked, or held to have no value.  For mankind, sin continues to be an inherited condition like mortality, an aspect of ones living makeup, and a peculiar context or setting wherein created beings fail to display the image of GOD.  Just as sin pertains to divine law and sacred judgment, the operations of sin oppose the workings of faith imparted from the makeup of GOD, sacred knowledge, and genuine wisdom.  Sin alters godly meaning, possibilities, quality, and value among mankind; and may not be explained, justified, or properly resisted relying only on awareness, secular knowledge, or self-will (we say, willpower).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “ari” (Level 7 with 85,515 points, a member since March 04, 2014) posted the following:

 

The Bible says that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God does that include children.?

Can some mature Christian explain how soon is more then simply a moral problem and why even babies and little children are affected by it

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:  That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:  That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:  And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. (Psalms 78:  5-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Starting A New Life? (11/21/2017); We Are His Children (10/16/2017); Becoming Free From Sin (07/16/2017); Determining What Is Sin (06/15/2017); Inheritance Must Become Commitment (05/15/2017); Chocolate Bunnies! Easter Eggs! (04/18/2017); “Good grief!” and Prophecy? (11/06/2016); Of Such Is The Kingdom (09/01/2015)
 

“ari”, just as the blessings of guidance, nourishment, and protection through divine law are extended to children as well as adults, divine law requires from children that they develop, discover, and contribute through lifestyles and routines of living that acknowledge accountability, obedience, respect, and restraint.  Sin is an inherited condition that determines aspects of their duration, quality of life, intimacy of relationship with divinity, and survival for all created beings and living creatures.  In the same way the Bible demonstrates and records multiple approaches and ideas to make divinity knowable, known, and “visible” within the awareness of angels, animals and men, the holy writings also reveal the otherwise hidden operations of sin.  GOD is an unseen, yet, active presence; similarly, sin is not material, tangible or visible like an ordinary person.  Sin is not created by GOD, is not a spirit, and is not an object or vessel having spirit content.  Even so, sin displays direction, effect, and presence; and, while sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living, sin can not control or exist as having power within the dead. 

Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law that expresses the sovereign will of GOD, the continued existence of the Law Giver, and the continued existence of all Creation and divine order generated through sacred law.  The fact that the operations of sin may be recognized through attitudes, behavior, and conduct makes sin appear to be only a matter of things that are carnal, earthy, material, secular and social.  Many define “sin” as the violation of shared meanings and values within communities and groups (i.e., problems of communication, exchange and interaction; rule-breaking and crime; refusing to endorse an unspoken code (they say, morals) or social consensus), and fail to realize the cosmic truth that sin opposes the existence of the entire universe.  More than this, the operations of sin may erase or reduce to nothing the image of GOD that should be seen within the living.

Consider again the following:

(1.)  Proverbs 20:  11, King James Version (KJV):  11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 3:  11-13, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 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.

(3.)  Hebrews 12:  4-11, KJV:  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  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.  11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:  nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.) 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spirit makeup.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 5:  12-15, KJV:  12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  13 (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift:  for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) )  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

We Are His Little Ones

 

Today, focus is on language throughout the Bible that describes adult believers in Jesus Christ as children and “little ones.”  Spoken of as adoption by the Spirit, being tried in a refiner’s fire (i.e., judgment), rebirth, purification, and sanctification, there is a profound divine process that a sinner must endure to become ripe (mature), and be harvested from the earth at the coming of the Savior as someone who has been purchased by his living ministry, his dying on the cross, and his rule as Risen Lord.  Salvation is not a discrete episode or “one-time” event; and there must be discovery, gradual growth, acquisition of sacred knowledge, and the performance of godly works through ones lifestyle and routine living.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “2FollowHim” (Level 7 with 122,626 points, a member since January 24, 2010) posted the following:

 

Christians, could you elaborate?

1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be shaped by the desires that used to influence you when you were ignorant

And why would he use the terms obedient children?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come:  but woe unto him, through whom they come!  It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.  (Luke 17:  1-2, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Becoming Joined To GOD (10/13/2017); Rebirth, Growth and Transformation (09/29/2017); No Repentance Without Rebirth? (12/14/2016); His Children Are Sanctified (10/12/2016); Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); Offspring of GOD? (12/23/2015); The Seed of the Wicked (10/27/2015)

 

“2FollowHim”, those who belong to GOD should be recognizable by their humility, obedience, and reverence togodward.  Continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Apostles frequently addressed full-grown adults of the early church as “children” and “little ones.”  Being members joined to the body of Christ, developing believers at first are to be given guidance, instruction, and support as though they are infants, “born again,” and totally dependent.  These “new born babes” who once were sinners must “grow up again,” acquire sacred knowledge and become ripe for harvest while facing challenges, “growing pains,” opposition, and suffering on the earth.  All believers are to undergo multiple permanent changes in their character and makeup through the imparted Holy Spirit.  In water baptism, the inborn spirit of those seeking GOD is carried through a form of death, burial, and resurrection.  More than this, sinners are endowed with spirit content from the makeup of GOD (divine DNA, so to speak), and become heirs, offspring, and the sons and daughters of GOD.  Their transformation to exist as immortal, incorruptible companions of divinity will begin while on the earth, and be completed in the air, “in the twinkling of an eye,” at the Lord’s appearing that many call the Advent, the harvest, the Rapture, and the Second Coming.  With this in view, the great diversity among Christian believers is understood as resulting largely through the differences in their duties, knowledge, levels of maturity, and their specific spiritual gifts.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  John 3:  1-12, King James Version (KJV):  1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:  for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?  10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?  11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.  12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

(2.)  1st Peter 2:  1-10, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:  and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:  whereunto also they were appointed.  9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:  which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

(3.)  Ephesians 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Galatians 4:  19-29, KJV:  19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,  20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.  21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?  22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.  23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.  24 Which things are an allegory:  for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.  25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.  26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.  27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not:  for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.  28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.  29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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