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Today, commitment, expressions of Spirit, and the celebration of Easter are in view.  Many will acknowledge Jesus Christ this “Good Friday” as a day of both joyful celebration and somber observances that include foot-washing (called the “Ordinance of Humility”).  The Holy Week begun on what we call “Palm Sunday” did not end or finish with the crucifixion of Jesus.  Correctly understood, the conclusion of Holy Week is “Resurrection Sunday.”  Men are to apprehend that GOD is a spirit who is to be worshiped “in spirit and in truth.”  Jesus would die on the cross as a passover lamb and the “ram caught in the thicket” who is the heir to Abraham.  He would be raised from the grave as the High Priest of the Temple in heaven to complete atonement, and as the One to oversee and conclude the tribunals of final judgment.  The work of his appearance in flesh (we say, the Incarnation) and his divine visitation to the earth was not so much to establish Israel, any other nation, or a new geopolitical state as to demonstrate the kingdom of GOD is a specific lifestyle, and a spiritual condition wherein all created beings and living creatures might have access to a personal relationship with divinity characterized by forgiveness, mercy and divine grace that now are to ever be an ongoing and permanent aspect of duration.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is it a obligation for a Christian to celebrate Easter?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;  Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord:  peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.  And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.  And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.  (Luke 19:  37-40, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); Differences Among Sacred Events (04/10/2017); Hosanna In The Highest (04/09/2017); The Extravagance of Love? (04/02/2017); Frequency of The Lord’s Supper? (10/30/2016); The Purpose of Resurrection (07/05/2016); The Cross and Resurrection Sunday? (03/16/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, the Holy Week associated with salvation is like that for the Creation.  Thus, for many Christians Easter is no longer marked by carnal, material, or social features; and is respected as a season set apart by the active presence and operations of GOD.  Just as in their daily routines, believers are to discern and display the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD now should be visible including faith, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Mature Christian believers will continue observances that acknowledge sacred events (some say, mysteries) from the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.  Included are his birth, baptism, sanctification and temptation in the wilderness, his consecration and transfiguration, his death on the cross, his resurrection, and his return to heaven by ascension.  While Jesus appeared primarily to reveal the image of GOD the Father, the Savior also was to depict mankind as the sons of Adam, and Israel as a covenant partner of divinity.  Christ would transform the old feasts and remembrances that over millennia sometimes had been replaced by the golden calf and idol worship, forgotten, and corrupted through exaggerated pride and worldliness.  The Son of the Most High would provide a new testament in his blood.  Because these sacred events demonstrate and further encourage trust that the promises from GOD are truly being fulfilled, believers embrace their memorial as opportunities to express toward divinity increasing gratitude, great joy, and heartfelt love.  Even so, acknowledgment and response are made more on the basis of commitment, divine process to establish eternal life, and intimate relationship than the basis of commandment, discipline, obedience to sacred law, or tradition requiring annual feasts and festivals.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 15:  21-24, King James Version (KJV):  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  23 But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 5:  6-8, KJV:  6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Luke 22:  15-20, KJV:  15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:  16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.  17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:  18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.  19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you:  this do in remembrance of me.  20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Today, continuing to acknowledge Holy Week, reply is made to a question on differences for scheduling Jewish and Christian observances of Passover, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.  The separation of Christian and Jew has been more the result of differences between being anchored in secular or sacred knowledge as well as the things necessary for survival of the doctrines and new testament from Jesus Christ, rather than from teachings to despise or reject Jews and the covenant of Moses.  As an expression of love to the Savior, and in accordance with the Scriptures, many Christians now pray daily for the peace of Jerusalem and all Israel.  During the Savior’s public trial before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, the High Priest and elders of the Sanhedrin urged the people to demand the Lord’s crucifixion; and following his death and resurrection they persecuted the early church to destroy it.  The crowd that called for his execution were so opposed to the Savior’s release, they even agreed to accept the curse of GOD upon themselves and their future generations.  Mature Christian and Messianic Jewish believers, today, also acknowledge a “remnant” among the Jews, who benefit from oneness without sameness and a shared spiritual truth:   “There is one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God, and Father of all.”  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Russell” (Level 4 with 3,779 points, a member since November 06, 2011) posted the following:

Why doesn’t the Christian Church celebrate the Crucifixion/Resurrection at the time of the Jewish Passover, when it occurred?

Update: Easter in other words

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.  (Isaiah 63:  16, King James Version, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Hosanna in the Highest (04/09/2017); Time and Sacred Events? (03/30/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); Holy Writings and Spirit? (12/16/2016); The Cross and Judaism? (05/27/2016); Diversity and the Church? (07/22/2015); The Glory of GOD? (06/23/2015)

“Russell”, in the divine plan, the Jews were to exist as a nation that would be a sacred tool and mechanism for life in the earth.  The profound transformation of covenant with GOD that would be introduced by Jesus Christ was not intended to destroy the longstanding relationship between heaven and Israel.  However, by their repeated breach of covenant, the Jews called forth the appearance of divinity in the earth as a man, Jesus Christ.  The Son of GOD would reveal and respond to many divine demands, promises, and prophecies that existed among the Jews as overlooked, unaddressed and unmet.  By preaching, “you must be born again,” and the importance of rebirth and repentance through the Holy Spirit, the Savior would show there was a pressing need for change, reform, and renewal that would appear to be contrary to the customs, traditions, and standards that were in use for millennia among the Jews.   Sinners would be called from their immersion in things carnal, material and social to concentrate and focus upon the identity of GOD as a Spirit.  The salvation offered through the Son only would respond to things already on record in the holy writings that ranged from the obligations of faith rather than law; the operations of grace, gratitude, forgiveness, divine love and mercy, rather than sacrifice; the necessity of sorrow for sin; and the standing of men as children and offspring of divinity.  Members of the church founded by Jesus are to be understood as “new creations;” and their separation from the Jew is not on the basis of law or practice so much as the irrepressible operations of growth that come by receiving new spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Consider again the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1,  King James Version (KJV):  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

(2.)  John 3:  1-7, 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.

(3.)  John 7:  14-18, KJV:  14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.  15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?  16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory:  but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Luke 5:  36-38, KJV:  36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.  37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.  38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on academic and secular reporting, and the Passover in Christian belief and practice.  Readers are to reflect on the following from the holy writings and the presentation below:

Isaiah 53:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:  he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:  and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:  yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

John 5:  43-47, KJV:  43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not:  if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.  44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?  45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father:  there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.  46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me:  for he wrote of me.  47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

John 3:  11-15, KJV:  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?  13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.  14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using as her ID “anna” (Level 1 with 99 points, a member since February 06, 2016) posted the following:

 

My re teacher wants me to write a through the keyhole account about the Christian celebration the Passover. Can someone give me an example?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:  That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.  These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.  Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:  For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.  Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.  And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.  (John 12:  37-46, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Focus Upon The Cross? (03/01/2016); The Cross Must Occur? (02/23/2016); The Only One Sent? (02/19/2016); To Express the Fullness of GOD? (07/09/2015); Divine Purpose? (01/08/2015); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013)

 

“anna”, your teacher’s idea seems to be that you should write your paper as though you were present as a social scientist (e.g., anthropologist, ethnologist, historian, sociologist) using the technique of “participant observation.”  Your “eyewitness” report should be formal, scientific and structured, written by an “informed spectator,” one silent and unobtrusive.  However, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing despite time and space to here and now.  The Passover is to be recognized as more than a memorial of the Exodus from Egypt.  Mature Christian believers accept the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross as a crucial response by divinity to maintain the continuing existence of all Creation.  Multiple sacred initiatives are being completed and fulfilled that are to actualize eternal purposes.  Included are revelation (divinity becoming knowable and known to created beings and living creatures); covenant relationship (legal agreements that include proclamations, promises and prophecies that establish both intimate and perpetual association such as adoption and inheritance); Incarnation (the appearance of GOD, who is a spirit, using flesh, form and mortality); atonement, redemption, sacrifice, and salvation (responses to demands by sacred law) as well sanctification and the transformation of mankind to become immortal and incorruptible (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth having spirit content from the makeup of Deity).  Just before his arrest, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, Christ celebrated a new Passover with his disciples (we say, The Last Supper), that served as a covenant meal to ratify and seal the new covenant (testament) in his blood.  Consider how this is stated using the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Hebrews 9:  19-21, King James Version (KJV):  19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,  20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

(2.)  Hebrews 9:  13-15, KJV:  13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 5:  6-8, KJV:  6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 11:  23-26, KJV:  23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:  24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat:  this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood:  this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Scriptures on the meanings of water baptism and Communion are shared, today.  While baptism and sharing in the Lord’s Supper are often regarded as acts by adults expressing ones desire and willingness to be a member of a local church, infants and small children also may receive water baptism as an aspect of their inheritance (i.e., resources for life lawfully transferred by their living caretakers and parents as a bequest or gift provided on the basis of sacred commitment and duty).  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers using the ID “Miss Annon” (Level 2 with 619 points, a member since  June 13, 2010) posted the following:

 

What is the difference between a Communion and Baptism in the Catholic Church? Which one comes first? Thanks!?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat:  this is my body, which is broken for you:  this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood:  this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.   But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.  (1st Corinthians 11:  23-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Eternal Life Not Afterlife? (08/11/2015); Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015); To Drink Holy Blood? (02/16/2015); A Formula for Baptism? (06/30/2014); The Bread of GOD (03/01/2014); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Eat His Body, Drink His Blood (03/21/2013); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013)

 

“Miss Annon”, most Christian believers have been received as full members within the body of Christ (i.e., the collection of all who have ever lived upon the earth as set apart, sanctified and saved through the Son of GOD) by receiving water baptism, the same public act of cleansing and submission to the operations of GOD that John the Baptist performed for Jesus at the Jordan River.  In such baptism, the believer is to experience the death of their inborn spirit that is vulnerable to sin, and rebirth having fresh spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Sin has not been created by GOD, has no divine content, yet, has direction, effect, and presence.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Once “born again”, believers must “grow up again,” and become mature while enduring the same life challenges as all others upon the earth.  Through baptism, believers are endowed with inseparable divine substances that include faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  A new believer is valued by GOD as a new creation, will gradually become ripe (we say, perfected), and be harvested from the earth at the coming of Jesus in glory.  The new life of a believer centers in such activity as fellowship with experienced believers, gaining and sharing sacred knowledge (e.g., hearing sermons, preaching, studying the Bible), and prayer (e.g., confession, giving thanks, petition, praise) with unselfish service to GOD and to others.  The Lord’s Supper (also called, Communion) is a public act to endorse or ratify a covenant agreement with Deity, a realization of the ancient Passover feast as well as a shared meal to consume and internalize the flesh, and spirit of Jesus.  Through both these acts of acceptance, obedience, and submission, believers offer some of their highest expressions of contrition, love, respect, reverence, and solemn worship.  Here are some points from the Scriptures that also may be helpful:

(1.)  John 3:  1-5, 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.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 2:  9-14, KJV:  9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(3.)  John 6:  47-51, KJV:  47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  48 I am that bread of life.  49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.  51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven:  if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever:  and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

(4.)  Luke 1:  53-55, KJV:  53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.  54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;  55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

(5.)  Luke 22:  15-20, KJV:  15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:  16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.  17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:  18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.  19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you:  this do in remembrance of me.  20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

(6.)  1st Corinthians 5:  6-8, KJV:  6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

There is much more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example,  (7.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.)  Even so, I trust this collection of verses will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The frameworks of time and space, mortality, and prayer are considered, today.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Methane Mamma” (Level 7 with 64,960 points, a member since November 02, 2010) posted the following thrust to “stump” believers:

 

Christians, if your God exists outside space and time, how can it hear your prayers?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  (2nd Peter 3:  3-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Prayer Behavior? (04/07/2015); How GOD Answers Prayer? (01/09/2015); Prayer, Dreams and Messages? (01/27/2015); GOD and The Framework of Time (09/20/2014); About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); The Obedience of Jesus? (04/15/2013)

 

“Methane Mamma”, the GOD you have been carefully asking and learning about for so long both hears and answers prayer.  While the topics of human devotions and prayer may include carnal, material, and social concerns along with emotions, fears, needs and desires, the content, process, and substance of prayer is entirely “spirit” engaging Spirit.  The believer who prays appears in the full sacred presence through the person of Jesus Christ; and through his ministry and service as our High Priest, prayer becomes a “doing of the word” within the Temple of the heaven, and the ministry of Christ upon the earth.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  The frameworks of time and space have been provided through the operations of divine law; are not obstacles to divinity; and constitute mechanisms to manage finite data and information about and from the physical environment itself as well as the objects (including the living) it may contain by acknowledging relation (e.g., attachment, dimension, distance, juxtaposition).

(2.)  Sacred knowledge pertains to entities, operations and purposes that are independently endless, eternal, immortal and permanent.

(3.)  Prayer exists as communication within an intimate relationship to Deity through multiple aspects of living person that exist both within the Creator and the created.  Included must be faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (4.)  Believers also are using prayer to prepare for the coming of Jesus to harvest the earth.  In the figure of Passover, the blood from the body of Jesus released at his crucifixion must travel across time and space to cover us, here, today.  To correctly know and understand this, the living must endure a rebirth wherein consciousness concerning the things from GOD will be altered; yet, the spheres of life will appear to continue as though unchanged.  At the coming of Jesus, mortality will be ended, and the total purification, sanctification and transformation of mankind will be revealed.  There will be renewal on a cosmic scale that includes the heaven, the earth and the universe.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, sacred knowledge, and spiritual maturity.

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Washington, DC

Today, more is shared on the change to eating flesh and other conditions for mankind upon the earth following the fall and the flood.  The problem of sin is more than simply one of absentmindedness, defiance, discourtesy, feelings, or rebellion on the part of Adam as a being created to contain divine substance from a god of judgment.  Thus, a priesthood yoked to that of heaven, and the church as a companion to divinity were provided upon the earth.  The duty of mankind was to atone, live, multiply, praise, replenish, and worship.  The error committed by Adam and Eve is seen repeated through their offspring Cain, Esau, and others.  Through the operations of sin, changes occurred, first, upon the level of mankind’s awareness and self-will, next at the level of appetite and desire, then, at the level of mankind’s spirit content.  The duty of man gradually became to atone, judge, and replenish.  Those who served as priests received a portion from the holy sacrifices; however, what they ate did not infuse them with righteousness as would their acknowledgement and obedience of the imparted spirit from GOD.  Man must internalize and pursue divine mechanisms for decision-making, self-examination, and self-correction.  The changes within the inner human makeup resulting from sin also required changes for the outer conditions that would allow relationship with divinity to continue.  Saying this another way:  To avoid the total destruction of Creation initiated by sin, aspects of the earth, of heaven, and of the entire universe also would have to be changed.  For example, the tool of sleep used to prepare a female from the rib of the male would become the divine tools of death, rebirth, and resurrection.  Abundance and plenty, dearth and scarcity of food became unmistakable indicators of divine favor or displeasure.  Blood—already a carnal device used in divine atonement that would signal cleansing and forgiveness from sin—would become the tool indicating the further sacred dimensions of existence, judgment, and life.  Until the time when GOD would appear in flesh as Jesus Christ, divine visitation and revelation would go forward only through the appearance of divine agents (e.g., angels, apostles, judges, kings, prophets), holy writings, living congregations, prayer, and sacred events (we say, miracles, signs, visions, wonders).  Social instruments such as family, government, inheritance, language, marriage, and ownership of property would be altered to do more than simply populate the earth; they would be made to serve in its transformation from mortal to immortal, from corruption to incorruption.  The use of men as avengers and deliverers in divine judgment—that later was practiced as an ungodly, unlawful call for blood, human warfare—was introduced through the new covenant granted Noah along with living in fortified cities, and men exalted as rulers (we say, chieftains, princes, kings).  GOD, eternal purpose, and the expressed will of GOD (we say, divine law) remain unchanged and immutable, yet, every aspect of Creation is being re-ordered and transformed.  As surely as he suffered and died upon the cross, by regularly eating the lamb of Passover and receiving portions of the fatted calf in celebration feasts, Jesus was further established as author of the new divine covenant that would be granted as a testament in his blood and body.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Covenant of Noah? (12/16/2014)

Revelation 21:  5, KJV—And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write:  for these words are true and faithful.

Genesis 1:  27-31, KJV—So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:  and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat:  and it was so.  31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Genesis 4:  1-9, KJV—And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.  2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.  3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.  4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:  5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.  8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother:  and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.  9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not:  Am I my brother’s keeper?

Psalms 50:  12-15, KJV—If I were hungry, I would not tell thee:  for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.  13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?  14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:  15 And call upon me in the day of trouble:  I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Genesis 10:  6-12, KJV—And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.  7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah:  and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.  8 And Cush begat Nimrod:  he began to be a mighty one in the earth.  9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD:  wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.  10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.  11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,  12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah:  the same is a great city.

Micah 5:  5-7, KJV—And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land:  and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.  6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof:  thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.  7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

Hosea 14:  1-3, KJV—O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.  2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD:  say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously:  so will we render the calves of our lips.  3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses:  neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods:  for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

Genesis 25:  27-34, KJV—And the boys grew:  and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.  28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison:  but Rebekah loved Jacob.  29 And Jacob sod pottage:  and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:  30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint:  therefore was his name called Edom.  31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.  32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die:  and what profit shall this birthright do to me?  33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him:  and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.  34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way:  thus Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis 27:  1-10, KJV—And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son:  and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.  2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:  3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;  4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.  5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.  6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,  7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.  8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.  9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:  10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.

Exodus 10:  14-16, KJV—And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt:  very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.  15 For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left:  and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.  16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you.

Psalms 141:  3-5, KJV—Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.  4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity:  and let me not eat of their dainties.  5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness:  and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head:  for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

Hebrews 12:  15-17 , KJV—Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;  16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.  17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected:  for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Exodus 12:  20-22, KJV—Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.  21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.  22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

1st Peter 1:  18-21, KJV—Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

1st Corinthians 5:  7-13, KJV—Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:  10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.  11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?  13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

1st Corinthians 6:  1-11, KJV—Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?  2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?  4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.  5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?  6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.  7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?  8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.  9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:  neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  11 And such were some of you:  but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Romans 8:  18-23, KJV—For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,  21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Proverbs 23:  1-8, KJV—When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:  2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.  3 Be not desirous of his dainties:  for they are deceitful meat.  4 Labour not to be rich:  cease from thine own wisdom.  5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.  6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:  7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:  Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.  8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

Romans 14:  16-18, KJV—Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

Hebrews 2:  9-11, KJV—For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.  6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?  7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:  8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.  10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one:  for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Hebrews 9:  17-21, KJV—For a testament is of force after men are dead:  otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.  18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.  19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,  20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

1st Corinthians 10:  13-21, KJV—There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:  but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.  15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.  16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?  17 For we being many are one bread, and one body:  for we are all partakers of that one bread.  18 Behold Israel after the flesh:  are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?  19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?  20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God:  and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.  21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils:  ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

1st Corinthians 11:  20-29, KJV—When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.  21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper:  and one is hungry, and another is drunken.  22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.  23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:  24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat:  this is my body, which is broken for you:  this do in remembrance of me.  25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood:  this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.  27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.  29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

Matthew 7:  2, KJV—For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:  and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Deuteronomy 25:  1-3, KJV—If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.  2 And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.  3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed:  lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

1st Corinthians 11:  31-34, KJV—For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.  32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.  33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.  34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

2nd Corinthians 5:  14-21, KJV—For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.  16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:  yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The correctness of free will as an idea when speaking of the “kingdom of heaven” is considered, today, along with more on the miracle of Jesus changing water to wine.  A fighter at  “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ivan” (Level 1 with 24 points, a member since December 25, 2013) posted the following:

 

So is there free will in heaven? 

If there is, wouldn’t there be sin in heaven? And if there’s not, doesn’t that mean that free will is a bad thing?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Worthy Miracle? (04/07/2014)—(6.)  The account that appears in the holy writings (John 2:  1-11, KJV), reports only that the ruler of the feast (who tasted and approved the wine as excellent), gave credit to the bridegroom as being frugal and shrewd, yet, did not acknowledge Jesus, or give glory to GOD.  The disciples who accompanied the Lord, who already were beginning to grow in faith, and had been prepared by GOD, were the only ones who knew the source of the wine, were aware that the Lord had worked, and experienced the presence of GOD through praise.  Jesus used the miracle to proclaim the kingdom of GOD, not to promote his own popularity and reputation.  By proclaiming the kingdom of GOD, Jesus also declared new covenant based upon yet-to-be-fulfilled promises through the prophet, King David.  The miracle of water to wine signals divine abundance and sacred presence as a foundation for the security in marriage as well as for security within the new covenant relationship.  The identity and integrity of Jesus as heir to David is not yet at issue; however, in the same way David was anointed by Samuel to be king, and was reluctant to promote himself as monarch (especially after the popular acceptance of Saul), Jesus displayed a hesitance to “take up the crown.”   Through his new television program at iTBN celebrating the pioneering broadcasts of a Catholic Bishop ,Fulton J. Sheen, the Franciscan monk, John Michael Talbot, has also shared that, physical labor (we may say, deeds, works) of bearing the water further points to the union of flesh and divinity as a combined power for the establishment of divine benefit and blessing.  The water into wine is should also be recognized as a foretaste from a second sacred event, the great feast of Passover, with its miracles establishing the Lord’s Supper, where the wine becomes blood, and the bread becomes the consecrated body of the Son of GOD.  Consider Genesis 49:  10-12, Isaiah 49:  25-26, 1st Chronicles 11:  15-19 and John 6:  25-69, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  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;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.  (2nd Corinthians 10:  4-6, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Doing GOD’s Plan? (02/20/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014); Freewill is Finite (06/30/2013); GOD Intervenes? (07/01/2013); No Free Will (10/19/2010); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010)

 

“Ivan”, those who have not received Jesus as their Savior hate the answer I have to share with you, however, trusting that you are not spiritually blind, ignorant, or as stubborn as the Pharaoh of Egypt who insisted upon denying GOD and Moses, here are a few points you should consider:

(1.)  “Free will” is an idea that comes from human philosophy, political theory, and secular studies.  Christian belief and doctrine (we may say, the official teachings) do not speak to operations of will  in created beings and living creatures so much as to operations of divine spirit. 

(2.)  Participation in what is called “the kingdom of heaven” is not an expression of the finite will that appears in all created beings and living creatures.  Kingdom life emerges from the spirit matter that determines ones makeup and active presence (we may say, what you are, that you are) within any of the spheres for life established by GOD (e.g., earth, heaven, the universe).

(3.)  Sin was first found to exist among the holy angels of heaven, however, was not understood as destructive, harmful and malicious.  The process of sin has been “allowed” to crystallize and develop (become fully visible to all) as a further expression of divine righteousness (we say, judgment).  Sin is not a living entity, contains no spirit matter, and is not created by GOD.  Yet, sin may dominate and permanently change awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.

(4.)  Sin opposes the existence of heaven, of divine law, of the continued existence of divinity, and of all Creation.  As a nonmaterial, non-spirit aspect of experience, sin is subtle (i.e., displays barely visible differences, is covered and hidden), and cannot be detected, eliminated, recognized, removed or resisted without using special spiritual tools provided from GOD.  Human intellect, logic, philosophy, reason, and science are not enough.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Not all human error is sin; and for mankind, learning may go forward by decision-making or trial and error as well as by imitation, modeling, and taking calculated risks  (Consider, learning “mama” and “dada”, counting to ten, or first reciting the ABCs.)  The challenge is to internalize, and to make something from outside oneself a permanent part of ones own consciousness.  Because sin resides within the living, it may not be seen as abnormal, foreign, strange or unnatural.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  (Galatians 2:  20, KJV)

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