Archive for the ‘Perfection’ Category

Fear-Cast-Out.png

 

Today, topics include access, awe, exclusive devotion and divine judgment.  The fear that comes by sin and transgression of the divine will results in separation from GOD.  Through Jesus Christ, sinners are given assurances of grace, forgiveness, and rebirth that replace fear and terror with access to GOD having confidence, hope, joy, and trust.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Kaliyah” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since February 24, 2017) posted the following:

 

What does the Bible mean when it says, “there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear? ( 1 John 4:18)”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.  If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.  (1st John 2:  28-29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Convinced/Convicted? (05/16/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017); …Because GOD Loves You (03/05/2017); The Gift of Humility (02/19/2017); Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); Herein Is True Love (10/21/2016); Fear That Acknowledges GOD? (07/15/2016)

 

“Kaliyah”, mature Christian believers generally accept that every relationship with divinity that bears spiritual fruit and produces genuine godliness also displays awe, fear of the Lord, respect, and reverence.  Sinners who turn away from  the darkness in their own lives that has been generated by the operations of sin, who turn to the light of divine acceptance in the Beloved (Jesus Christ), and who make commitment to endure as a new creation of GOD, will be released from the fear of divine punishment, the wrath of GOD, and what is called the second death.  The new believer will become known as a son or daughter of GOD, and a joint-heir with the Son of the Highest.  Once “born again”, a developing believer must “grow up again;” and will be edified, nourished, and made ripe (mature for harvest at the coming of the Lord) through such tools as divine promises, sacred knowledge, fresh endowments of spirit content imparted from the makeup of Deity (e.g., faith, holiness, holy boldness, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom) as well as duty, prayer, unselfish service, and suffering.  The believer overcomes depression, doubt, fear, even poverty, by filling their heart, mind, lifestyle and daily routines with the character and substance of Christ.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Zephaniah 3:  17, King James Version (KJV):  17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

(2.)  Psalms 27:  1-5, KJV:  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.  3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:  though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.  4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.  5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:  in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock

(3.)  Isaiah 41:  10-13, KJV:  10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee:  be not dismayed; for I am thy God:  I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded:  they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.  12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee:  they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.  13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

(4.)  Mark 5:  35-36, KJV:  35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead:  why troublest thou the Master any further?  36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

(5.)  Luke 12:  4-6, KJV:  4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:  Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  10, KJV:  10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Merchandise-Disclaimer.png

 

Create-Gift.jpg

 

Today, corruption and defilement of ones flesh and the inborn spirit are topics.  Awareness and self-will in mankind may be dominated, made abominable and profane, or permanently separated from GOD by the repeated operations of sin.  Only through the active presence of divinity and imparted gifts of spirit do the living receive existence and the necessary substance that establish rebirth, and the new creation.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” who uses the ID “Infinite Lives” (Level 5 with 6,396 points, a member since April 01, 2015) posted the following:
 

Is the spirit corruptible, like the body?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak:  for I am a child.  But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child:  for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.  Be not afraid of their faces:  for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.  Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.  See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.  (Jeremiah 1:  4-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Passion of Christ? (03/16/2017); Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); About The Great Whore? (06/24/2016); The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); Sin Also Made Incarnate? (04/25/2016); The Return to Dust? (06/14/2015); Self-control and Law (04/15/2014); A Conflict of Interest? (04/16/2014)

 

“Infinite Lives”, acknowledging the connections among things written in the Scriptures that are provided to ensure discernment and self-government, “corruption” is understood primarily using  language focused on things carnal, material, and social.  We speak, therefore, in terms of decay, rot, and uncleanness that disqualifies a person from participation, service and worship within a congregation or group of believers.  Many mature Christian believers agree that the offspring of Adam all are born in a condition or state of “defilement of spirit,” and must be reborn through operations of divinity that include atonement, water baptism, healing, repentance, and sanctification.  As it were, the inborn spirit must die, be buried, become resurrected (we say, born again), and must develop and become mature (we say, grow up again) to be gathered to GOD in a harvest by Jesus Christ.

The spirit substance from the makeup of divinity that was originally imparted (we also say, breathed out) from God, who is immortal, immutable, and invisible can not be altered or changed through human awareness and self-will.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Even so, the context and process for duration, existence, access to GOD, and interaction with Deity (we say, personal relationship) were changed:  Life in mortal man will be interrupted; man is subject to death (sleep), and to a second death (annihilation; perdition; utter destruction).  Fornication (the joining of spirits through sexual activity) introduces death and spiritual confusion to the inborn spirit; and engaging the occult should be understood as exposing ones spirit to corruption and defilement.

Given the operations to cleanse, perfect, and renew ones spirit all must be carried out and performed by divinity, the holy writings do not provide much “how to” and secular information for acquiring and maintaining a godly spirit.  Even so, there are admonitions, provisions, and warnings to nourish, reinforce divine law, sacred consciousness, and committed self-will.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Isaiah 29:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry:  they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.  10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes:  the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.  11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee:  and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

(2.)  Romans 5:  13-15, KJV:  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.

(3.)  Leviticus 19:  31, KJV:  31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them:  I am the LORD your God.

(4.)  1st Peter 1:  22-24, KJV:  22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

(5.)  Proverbs 16:  32, KJV:  32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Proverbs 25:  28, KJV:  28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Merchandise-Disclaimer.png

Good-Conversation.jpg

 

Today, points on the importance of divine truth and Christian conversation are shared.  As never before, Christian believers are to practice and maintain restraint and spiritual self-discipline to respond to challenges and confrontations from those who want to openly deny Christ, and boldly express malice toward the Savior.  Even within our assemblies, congregations, and communities of faith, there are such persons increasingly desperate for comfort, sacred knowledge, and saving truth.  Without making angry responses, cutting remarks, and counter attack, mature believers will carefully share the same truth they themselves acknowledge as sent forth from GOD.  Only thereby will the Son of GOD come into understanding as a sacrifice and a required aspect of atonement and remission for sin on the basis of supernal perfection, eternal purpose, and unseen sacred operations, rather than because of his form or substance as flesh and blood.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Michael Vicks Dog” (Level 6 with 11,649 points, a member since June 06, 2016) posted the following:

 

If god is Jesus, and they are both immortal, how the hell was Jesus pretending to die a sacrifice? Was it because there was a little booboo?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  (James 3:  13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Nature of Death (04/25/2017); Hope That Is True (02/20/2017); On Really Seeing Angels (10/09/2016); True and Living GOD (08/03/2016); Guided By Divine Truth (06/20/2016); On Transmitting Sacred Truth (05/06/2016); The Holy Spirit and Unity? (08/13/2015)

 

“Michael Vicks Dog”, the haughtiness and lack of respect in the way you have worded your statement indicates you are not willing to respond to instruction from the Holy Spirit, therefore, this reply is being posted less for you, and more on behalf of those readers who want an honest response that would meet the standards set for Christian believers:

The imperatives dictated by the existence of divinity (we also say, law, divine order, preconditions) are simple, yet, profound.  The operations for duration as immortal, incorruptible, and invisible are different in many ways from those critical to appearing in flesh (we say, incarnation).  When Deity appears using human form, divinity must operate acknowledging frameworks of time and space, natural law, recurring cycles, and ongoing relationship that demand communication, exchange and interaction.  While GOD must operate using distance and separation to assert authority, preeminence and sovereignty, there are multiple indications of divine acceptance and favor.  Included are atonement, correction, forbearance, forgiveness, healing, longsuffering, lovingkindness, grace, mercy, sacred events (we say, miracles), promise, prophecy, and sanctification.

In the system of Christian belief, divinity is the primary origin and source for all the assumptions, principles, precepts, propositions and essential purposes that supply meaning and value.  Both “actuality” and “possibility” are essential to the necessary fullness of truth pertaining to divinity, and to the godliness that may be displayed by created beings and living creatures.  Saying this another way:  The continuum of truth embraces the word originally breathed from GOD as having completed and fulfilled the eternal purposes whereunto it has been sent as well as the word continuing to have active presence within the various spheres of life, and to be now in process for future harvest and resolution (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  The persons of the GODhead (Father, Son, the Holy Spirit) are not the sources of disbelief and doubt that oppose Christianity.  Consider again the following using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 2:  11-14, King James Version (KJV):  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.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 12:  3-5, KJV:  3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.  4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

(3.)  1st John 2:  21-23, KJV:  21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.  22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.  23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father:  [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

(4.)  2nd John 1:  7, KJV:  7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Merchandise-Disclaimer.png

 

Lords-Supper-2.jpg

 

Today, reply is made on whether all who attend church should have the same access to the Lord’s Supper.  While the church founded by Jesus Christ often appears to be having an “open house” for sinners, there are many practices, programs, and pursuits provided only for those participating as members (e.g., baptism, judgment, ordination).  Many agree that the terms for membership of assemblies and congregations may vary among denominations and localities.  Even so, the conditions, sacred operations, and standards for existence and life with Christ and the Father are recorded in the holy writings as immutable and unchanging.  The Communion meal pertains to the fullness and unity of GODhead, and mature believers are commanded to become one with divinity by symbolically eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus Christ.  The occasion of the Last Supper (the Lord’s final Passover meal with his disciples) occurred hours before his arrest and death on the cross, and saw the unveiling of an observance to cultivate and nurture the new creation that would appear on the day of Pentecost.  Properly understood, Communion is a sacred event wherein those who manifest the righteousness of the law through faith in Jesus Christ apprehend aspects of his relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  While on earth, the living receive only an earnest or “good-faith payment” from the full spiritual treasure intended by GOD.  Thus, multiple sacred events have been provided to prepare mankind to exist with divinity who displays oneness without sameness.  The transformation of mankind to exist on the new earth is not simply a matter of managing formal  organizations, providing fellowship, and supporting social activity.  Men must receive the flesh, heart, mind, and spirit—the full makeup of Christ.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Jim” (Level 7 with 38,359 points, a member since February 20, 2011) posted the following:

 

Is it right for all church goers to take communion?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  I am that bread of life.  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.  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.  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father:  so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  (John 6:  47-57, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Frequency of The Lord’s Supper? (10/30/2016); Becoming A Christian Believer (08/08/2016); To Drink Holy Blood? (02/16/2015); Modern Communion? (08/11/2014); How Can Christians Believe? (08/12/2014); Eat His Body, Drink His Blood (03/21/2013); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013)

 

“Jim”, here are a few points I may share.  The Bible includes reliable instruction regarding the Lord’s Supper (we also say, Communion, the Communion Supper, the Eucharist), however, for many participation is a matter of individual conscience.  Consider the following points of belief and the Scriptures that speak to them:

(1.)  Many receive Communion as a memorial meal established to fulfill and continue an earlier sacred event (the Passover instituted by Moses).  The community of believers are to acknowledge the Incarnation of divinity as well as the provision of atonement, divine revelation, sacred events (we say, miracles), consecrated ministry and anointing as High Priest, sacrificial death, resurrection, ascension, the reign of Jesus as Risen Lord, and the commanded expectation (we say, hope) that those belonging to Christ will be harvested from the earth at his coming (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  1st Corinthians 11:  24-26. King James Version (KJV):  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.

(2.)  Communion has been provided as a meal that signals and seals a believer’s entrance into covenant relationship. Everyone eating and drinking the emblems of bread and wine that represent the Lord’s blood and flesh accept the terms of a new covenant agreement between mankind and divinity.  The “new Passover” was not to annul or remove existing law, or the customs and traditions among the Jews so much as it was to provide an expression of the same meanings and values in clearer, more complete terms.  Hebrews 8:  6-10, KJV:  6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.  7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.  8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:  9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.  10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts:  and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 

(3.)  Communion speaks to sinners undergoing permanent change and receiving divine substance necessary for the transformation of mankind to exist as immortal, incorruptible companions to Deity.  Hebrews 9:  14-16, KJV:  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.  16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, those who receive adoption through the Holy Spirit and experience rebirth through baptism become sons and daughters of GOD as well as joint-heirs with Christ.  They are granted a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity that includes faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Once “born again” believers are to display the active presence of GOD and are accountable as vessels of the Spirit.  (4.)  1st Corinthians 11:  27-29, KJV:   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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Merchandise-Disclaimer.png

 

Peanuts-Teacher.jpg

 

Today, grace, salvation, and the divine process for spiritual growth are topics.  Eternal life always begins as a single moment during the mortal existence of a sinner.  Even so, the sinner only receives the full measure of blessing, gifts, and new life from GOD by continued humility, perseverance, and willingness to allow GOD to make permanent changes in what and who they are.  Those who leave the household of faith do so on the basis of their own choices and desires, not as a matter of divine rejection, or a lack of divine love.  With this in view, redemption and salvation are not one-time events; rather, they are movements and shifts within the core of ones makeup that require acknowledgment through multiple choices and decisions over the course of ones entire lifetime.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “annabellwagner14” (Level 1 with 92 points, a member since March 21, 2017) posted the following:

 

Being saved?

When I was younger my teacher (In church, I’m Baptist) had me saved. But I didn’t know that was what hapoened. So when I was older I got saved again. (I know that’s not how it works though, you can only be saved once). So is that bad? Does it mean wrong for me? Is there a way to fix that if there is a problem? Thank you in advance!
(I haven’t been to church in some time, I’m still looking for once since I moved)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  It is a faithful saying:  For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:  if we deny him, he also will deny us:  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful:  he cannot deny himself.  (2nd Timothy 2:  11-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Time and Sacred Events? (03/30/2017); The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); …Because GOD Loves You (03/05/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017); Plantings of the Lord (02/10/2017); As Newborn Babes…. (10/13/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016)

 

“annabellwagner14”, being saved takes a lifetime, and it is a sin to despair or quit seeking our salvation.  Many mature believers agree that “being saved” is not a one-time event for a sinner in the sense that salvation is a process of change, growth, and learning that often requires new choices and more-informed decisions.  A sinner must be “born again” through water baptism (death and burial of ones inborn spirit accompanied by resurrection having divine DNA, so to speak), and gradually come into full relationship as the children (i.e., sons, daughters, offspring) of GOD.  Once a sinner becomes a member of the family of GOD, they are rarely denied and rejected by the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit even though they may continue to sin, be ignorant of sacred knowledge, and fail to consistently practice important disciplines (e.g., confession, giving, praise, prayer, study of the holy writings).  Those who become blasphemers,  who cherish hidden sins, and who slander and behave as agents of the Adversary (the Devil) will be corrected and punished as the children of GOD, not put out of the family.  A sinner becomes perfected, and their transformation to exist as a companion to divinity is completed only through operations of the Holy Spirit, and at the time when Christ will appear to harvest those who are his from the earth (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Believers must “grow up again,” and become mature as vessels of spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Fresh endowments of inseparable spirit substance are imparted to the “new creation” including faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In addition to completeness and correctness, believers are to display balance, focus, restraint, stability, and zeal.  Consider the following points using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Ephesians 2:  1-5, King James Version (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;)

(2.)  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.

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  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.

(4.)  Hebrews 12:  6-10, KJV:  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-4, KJV:  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Merchandise-Disclaimer.png

 

sacrifice-of-isaac.jpg

 

Today, focus is on the error that Abraham was justified before GOD through works of the law, rather than through grace.  Instead of emphasizing abstraction, ceremony, correctness, and formality, the sacred processes for existence, life, revelation, and salvation all show the Creator as caring, feeling, intimate, organic, and personal.  The man, Abram stood out as an heir of Adam, and was chosen by GOD as a companion to divinity on the basis of the  faith in GOD’s word that Abram displayed, not on the basis of the obedience of Abram to the law of GOD.  Ones performance as a believer is known by their own works, while their salvation as a believer is known by the works of Jesus Christ.  The bonds to divinity through faith and righteousness are not through any deed or act of will by the created; and appear in accord with sacred presence, divine emanation, imparting of the Holy Spirit, and oneness without sameness (we say, union; existence within GOD).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Christian4678” (Level 1 with 74 points, a member since January 31, 2016) posted the following:

 

“Abraham was justified by works”Did abraham have perfect works?

I thoughts Jesus was the only one to fufill the law..

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.  Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.  How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.  And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised:  that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:  And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.  For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.  For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:  Because the law worketh wrath:  for where no law is, there is no transgression.  Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,  (Romans 4:  8-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Salvation By Faith Alone? (01/19/2017); Called, Justified, and Glorified? (01/08/2017); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016); More On Divine Justification (02/08/2016); Justified Through Christ? (08/26/2015); Fulfilling Divine Law? (07/14/2015); Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015)
 

“Christian4678”, the accounts of Abraham that appear in the holy writings are aspects of divine revelation that uses flesh and blood to make immortal, incorruptible divinity knowable, known, and “visible”.  Sinners are to focus on the character, makeup, and substance of GOD (we say, breath,  spirit, word) appearing as Jesus Christ, rather than the excellence, goodness, or outstanding behavior of themselves as created beings and living creatures.

The Word (Christ) and the law of GOD appear as co-existent with eternal Deity, and are understood as the authentic expression of divine commitment, direction, intent, and purpose (we say, the heart, mind, and will of GOD).   Yet, law distances the created from the Creator by requiring balance, impartiality, independence, restraint, and even silence.  The “active presence” of GOD is further made recognizable through the law, as are iniquity, rebellion, sin, and willfulness in the living.  While obedience is the putting aside of ones own will to carry out and perform the will of another, the acknowledgment of GOD by responding to divine law does not make atonement, eliminate sin, justify, provide correction, or permanently transform offenders to stand before GOD as righteous.

Covenant and personal relationships are required as salvation, and the death and resurrection of ones inborn spirit must occur.  The living may be endowed with fresh divine content.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Even before the declaration of law that was granted to Moses and those who left Egypt with him, and before Abraham was acknowledged through divine prophecy and promises, we see the Creator expressing care and concern for all he has put forth.  There are no specific actions, behaviors, and required works the created may perform to justify their own existence, or lay claim to eternal life, for salvation is only by grace, oneness without sameness, divine prerogative, and sovereign will.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, works make spirit content visible, yet, do not deposit or increase spirit content.  Thus, he same teaching that cautions us regarding faith and works also applies to having sacred knowledge and what is displayed by works:  James 2:  18-23, King James Version (KJV):  18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:  shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.  20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?  23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:  and he was called the Friend of God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Merchandise-Disclaimer.png

 

word-of-wisdom-1-2.jpg

 

Today, focus is on the place of Jesus Christ in our youth becoming complete, mature, and spiritual persons.  The most balanced, competent, and well-adjusted people we meet are also well-rounded persons who are well-grounded persons.  Only through individual commitment, effort, and perseverance can we acquire adult knowledge and life experience.  While our careers and professional lives seem to require only the mastery of information and skills that are academic, secular, and technical, there must be specific spirit content for finite human makeup that comes only from divinity.  GOD must be in the life as more than abstraction, conjecture, speculation, and theorizing.  The lasting contentment, prosperity, and satisfaction in life are established primarily through godly communication, interaction, and continuing relationships.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Why is it important for me to accept Jesus? Can’t people just pray me out of Hell?

I am a college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. I just recently received a contract with one of the top international schools in the world in Barcelona. I will be moving to Spain in September and I am just so excited to be moving there for a couple of years.

This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, that nothing else matters or is important right now.

So why should I make room for Jesus in this newfound life? He can’t possibly be more exciting or amazing than this…….

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2nd Peter 1:  2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017); Plantings of the Lord (02/10/2017); Benefiting From Your Childhood? (11/18/2016); As Newborn Babes…. (10/13/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); Abstractions, Atheism and I.Q. (08/18/2016); The Cross and Critical Thinking? (04/13/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, to have salvation every man or woman must engage Jesus Christ in ongoing relationship.  Apart from the direct operations of divinity, the instruction of clergy, our parents, and other caretakers do not result in our becoming mature spiritual persons.  Correctly understood, their efforts center on meeting our carnal, material, and social needs, and supporting us as we take our first “baby steps” to our own personal relationship with GOD.  The culture of the young as they are growing and learning emphasizes and encourages diversity, excitement, individuality, and novelty.  However, minor children all reach a stage where the remainder of their lives will be spent as adults, and there can be no “do over” of childhood.  Multiple shifts must occur as they prepare to enter the adult world of work, sexual challenges, and life companionship through marriage as well as what it means to manifest honor, integrity, respect, and trustworthiness.  Crucial lessons must be shared on succeeding as a team, recovering from losses, making unselfish sacrifice, and displaying restraint and self-discipline.  The terms for adult accomplishments and life relationships are always described by such features as accountability, commitment, duty, and responsibility.  Thus, ones goals are framed as contentment and satisfaction (instead of celebrity, fame, wealth), and are achieved by displaying balance, consistency, stability, and thoroughness (attention to detail).  As created beings and living creatures on the earth, all men and women must encounter disappointments, “growing pains,” frustrations, and the challenges of sin.  (The finite human tools of intellect, logic, philosophy, and science can not eliminate sin; and so there also are sinners who hold Ph.D. degrees and Phi Beta keys.)  For men and women to become complete persons who express faith, and may become productive serving GOD as priests and kings through Jesus Christ, they must receive a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Then, their spirit as “new creations” will be nourished through fellowship with other believers, observing sacred practices, and continuous study of the holy writings.  Consider the following points using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Peter 2:  1-5, King James Version (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.

(2.)  Malachi 3:  13-18, KJV:  13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

(3.)  Matthew 16:  24-27, KJV:  24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:  and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.  26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Merchandise-Disclaimer.png