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      The divine meaning and use of family is the topic, today, along with more on resurrection of the body. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “A British Atheist” (Level 5 with 7,479 points, a member since April 26, 2012) posted the following:

Christians, why are you not protecting these family values?

We hear of so many Christians claiming “Marriage is a god given union for man and woman”. Yet for some reason you seem to miss out a few other family values that God has given.

Let’s take a look at them:

Deu 21:10-13 States men are allowed to take beautiful women from war and marry them.

Deu:15-17 Describes how to handle more than one wife in a marriage.

Deu 25: States a wife must marry her husband’s brother in law if her husband dies.

Now so many of you are going to claim that these are the rules of the old testament. However Jesus clearly states they still apply in Mathew 5:17

So Christians, why do you continue to cherry pick your family values? Also, why are you not defending these family values?

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@mopar Mike: I am not condoning anything. I just do not know why Christians are not defending these God given values?

THE BATTLE AXE: Suddenly Absent, Suddenly Present (03/31/2013)—(7.) The form for mankind that we call “the body” may exist apart from the divinely given spirit (e.g., at funerals). In the same way, the divinely given spirit may exist apart from the body, and at the completion of mortality, the spirit returns to GOD who gave it (Ecclesiastes 8: 8, 9: 5-6, and 12: 7, KJV). (8.) Conjunction of body and spirit results in the living soul (Genesis 2: 7, KVJ). Each living soul displays unique patterns of consciousness, emotion, and thought that establish its being as person. Person does not exist apart from the living soul. The spirit of the wicked may return to GOD at their death, however, their person does not exist again until resurrection of the wicked for judgment (Proverbs 18: 5, Matthew 13: 47-50 and Revelation 20: 11-15, KJV). (9. ) Thus, for the righteous, resurrection of the body pertains to eternal life, for a perfected spirit must reside within a perfected body. Through the perfected spirit, the perfected person of the righteous also will contain the fullness of divine law. It is in this sense that resurrected believers and those written in the Lamb’s book of life will replace the Temple in the heavens. (See 1st Corinthians 6: 19 and 15: 51-55; also Revelation 21: 1-27, KJV.) (10.) For mankind, the resurrection of the body pertains to the inclusion of glory in the makeup of human person. This is demonstrated by both the resurrection and the Second Coming of Jesus displaying the fullness of all divine glory (Matthew 25: 31, Luke 9: 25-27, 2nd Thessalonians 2: 13-14 and 2nd Timothy 2: 10-13, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6: 6-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012); Why Courage? (10/14/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012); The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); Grandchildren? (03/23/2011); A To Do List (03/24/2011); For The Young (01/24/2011); Responsibility? (01/25/2011); Teen Believers? (10/07/2010)

      The answers from an American who is a mature Christian believer, will probably be totally foreign to you, for they come out of faith and extensive spiritual experience in what you might call “the real world.” Without help from Christ, you won’t understand a word. Even so, please consider the following points:

(1.) The institution known among modern men as “family” is not the creation of GOD, and has been developed as an aspect of the World system. Unlike divine creations such as the earth and humanity, The World is the creation of mankind, and is a set of interconnected devices and meanings to exchange resources, and ensure survival.

(2.) The World supplies definitions and values to preserve human life. Included are such labels as beautiful/ugly, fair/unfair, false/true, good/bad, hip/square, holy/unholy, intelligent/stupid, right/wrong, righteous/unrighteous, real/unreal and scientific/unscientific.

(3.) The Flesh (i.e., appetite such as hunger, thirst, sexual cravings; sense such as hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting; and mental functions such as desire, fantasy, imagination, recall) also supplies labels and values as does the Devil (i.e., created beings and living creatures that oppose the sovereignty of GOD), and as does GOD.

(4.) The Gospel of Jesus Christ centers in the transformation of mankind through such divine process as birth, death, judgment, re-birth, repentance, revelation, resurrection and sanctification. Born again through divine DNA, so to speak, believers are “new creatures” (called “the children of God,” “saints” or “sons and daughters of GOD”). Born-again, these must mature again, endure “growing pains,” and continue in a process being perfected through the spirit of GOD.

(5.) Relationships (including covenants and priesthood) and law among mankind are shown to develop, and progress in the Old Testament by displaying thousands of lives over thousands of years. Adam and Eve were a single person before GOD, and were used as an instrument to people the earth. Reproduction among their offspring was not incest or in violation of divine law.

(6.) For mature Christian believers, both marriage and divorce are emblems (badges, representations) of divine authority (What GOD has joined together, let no man put asunder.). The contract for marriage is in force until mortality is completed; thus, death appears as a divine instrument applied for dissolving the divine spiritual union.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (7.) spiritual affiliation and relationships for the people of GOD in Christ are by the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, called the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, and the Spirit of Truth. Often, ones carnal, material and social family, friends, spouses, etc. have no part in their new life from GOD. See Luke 14: 25-27, KJV.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

Many are celebrating what is called “Easter” and “Resurrection Sunday”, today. Here are some missing links for our discussions of Advent, judgment and resurrection from the dead. May all be blessed.

      In a recent television broadcast Dr. Charles F. Stanley provided a teaching on death, the state of the dead, and the resurrection (Right Thinking About Death and Resurrection, March 24, 2013). I was disappointed and disturbed by what seemed an undue emphasis upon a phrase from the Apostle Paul “absent from the body, present with the Lord” (see 1st Corinthians 5: 1-10, Philippians 1: 21-24 and 3: 20-21, KJV). Dr. Stanley seemed to be teaching that, at death, ones spirit is already perfected, and therefore, is immediately transferred into the divine presence. (As children we suspected such teaching, because of its “magical” aspect, and called it “abracadabra” and “presto change-o”.) 
      Dr. Stanley did not seem to make a clear and complete statement describing the separation of spirit and body at death, detailing the interaction of the spirit and Christ, or denying the resurrection of the physical body. However, in not addressing those points, he heavily suggested that those doctrines of the Bible are no longer relevant (see 1st Corinthians 15: 50-54 and 1st Thessalonians 4: 13-18, KJV). Alarmed for the sake of the many viewers who would be corrupted and mislead by what appeared to be a gross error in reasoning, I tried to contact Dr. Stanley. (See Romans 8: 22-24 and 2nd Timothy 2: 15-19, KJV.)

      I submitted a question to “Ask Dr. Stanley” at the In Touch Ministries Internet site asking for comment on the doctrine of two resurrections in the light of “absent/present” (Acts 24: 14-15, KJV). I was stunned at the thought, Where the righteous dead are already in the presence of the Lord, there is no need for their resurrection at the harvesting of the earth. Surely, this teaching cancels the Second Coming! I was discouraged from expecting any response through what seemed an automated reply that there is so great a backlog, etc. I then invited Dr. Stanley to consider some of the ideas from the sacred writings blog, THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD.

      Turning to the Lord Jesus, I’ve found the following are points he would have me share for all our further understanding:

(1.) Resurrection and sanctification are not yet complete for the souls under the altar in heaven. The holy altar—that will itself be done away and no longer exist when the Temple in the heavens is replaced by the presence of the Father and the Son—may be thought of as a temporary body, “house” and shelter of these spirits. Also, in the cleansing of the altar by the blood of Jesus, these are being further perfected (Revelation 6: 8-10, KJV).
(2.) The spirits of David, Moses and Elijah (who appeared at the transfiguration of Jesus), and others are now with Christ; however, their corrupted, physical bodies are yet awaiting resurrection (see Acts 2: 29-32, KJV). 
(3.) Only the living reside in heaven, there are no “dead” there. The transformation of the living through resurrection of the body pertains to the flesh, not the spirit. (Matthew 22: 32, Mark 12: 26-27 and Luke 20: 38, KJV).
(4.) Our hopes of perfected spirit and renewed human experience in the earth are answered through baptism, rebirth, regeneration and sanctification. Our hope of perfected bodies, transformation to be incorruptible and immortal, are answered through the Advent of Christ (Romans 6: 4-6, 1st Corinthians 15: 12-23, KJV).
(5.) Resurrection of the body, then, pertains less to the perfecting of ones spirit being, and more to ones wholeness when appearing in judgment regarding the deeds done in the body (1st Corinthians 5: 10, John 5: 28-29, Jude 1: 14-15, 2nd Corinthians 3: 9-15 and Revelation 20: 4-6, KJV).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (6.) the judgment of deeds and rewards for the righteous follows both the second resurrection with judgment of the wicked as well as consignment of the unrighteous to the second death. Only those incorruptible and immortal participate in what may be called the “third judgment.”) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

      The significance in sacred history of Caesarea Philippi is the focus, today, along with more on spirit matter. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “abc123” (Level 2 with 305 points, a member since April 25, 2012) posted the following:

What is the meaning in the gospel story ‘Caesarea Philippi’?

What is the meaning in the story and why is the story important to Christians?

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Dude I’m not talking about the place

THE BATTLE AXE: Spirit Matter (10/21/2012)—While common sense, logic and reason may influence and guide human will, these are products of carnal being. They are nonmaterial in their nature, yet, these do not consist of spirit matter. There is no bad or wicked spirit matter, and it is not spirit matter that causes and encourages sin. Unclean spirits are those angelic beings defiled and weakened in their will through sin. In Scripture, evil is the reversal of circumstances, the sudden overturning of order, and the widespread damage and loss we know as calamity, disaster, and catastrophe. GOD may create evil; however, GOD does not create sin. Almighty GOD is not a spirit-being as those who are created inhabitants of heaven; neither are Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The GODhead is comprised of spirit-persons, rather than spirit-beings. The divine spirit-persons are distinguished primarily by their functions instead of their spirit content, or form. While Christ as the Messiah and Son of GOD displays a human form, he exists within the GODhead in the oneness of sanctified spirit matter.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. (Acts 15: 4-11, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: What He Died For (09/14/2012); Chances for Change (09/15/2012); Still the “Chosen”? (03/19/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); Upon This Rock (02/22/2012); Why Only Luke? (02/23/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012)

     The way you have worded your questions only identifies a place, and is no different than if you had asked, What happened in Jerusalem? Many important things happened there that signaled the operation and presence of GOD among mankind. In addition to accounts of apostles (Paul and Silas) being delivered from earthquakes and imprisonment at Caesarea (Acts 16, KJV), Gentiles (Cornelius, a Roman soldier, and his household) first received the Holy Spirit there (Acts 10, KJV). It was at Caesarea, Jesus foretold his own death and resurrection (Matthew 16:21-28; Mark 8:31-38;9:1; Luke 9:22-27, KJV). Also, it was at Caesarea during what is called “the Confession of Peter,” that Jesus acknowledged the operation of an imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD (in Simon Peter), after challenging his apostles, Who do men say that I am? Jesus then revealed that the nature and process of his church would proceed from that same Holy Spirit.
     By the time Jesus began his ministry, the issue of identifying the Messiah prophesied within the holy writings had become an element in popular culture as well as sacred tradition among the Jews that directed their attention to divine restoration of property rights, and the patterns of material inheritance established through the prophets, Moses and Joshua. With this in view, many expected some one of the ancient prophets to reappear signaling renewal of direct government of the covenant people by GOD. As the sign from GOD assuring the reality and truth of Messiah’s advent, such men as Elijah, Jeremiah and Isaiah were expected to herald his arrival. Jesus explained that John the Baptist—the first prophet to appear among the Jews in over four hundred years—was the awaited sign. Before Jesus was anointed during his baptism by John the Baptist, many took John to be the long awaited Messiah.
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, until the falling of the Holy Spirit in the home of Cornelius authenticated by Peter, the church of Jesus Christ was made up entirely of Jews, and those who continued to acknowledge the authority, ceremonies and practices of the Temple community.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

      The ministry of Jesus as Creator and as King are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “21” (Level 3 with 1,827 points, a member since February 6, 2011) posted the following:

Why did God tell his Son to come and sat be side Him on His Throne?
When will Jesus become King of King of earth and sat on King David throne ?

THE BATTLE AXE: How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012)—Among the names given to the Son of GOD, while his divine person was yet immersed within the fullness of spirit that is Almighty GOD, Scripture records “The Word.” To aspire, speak or utter as divine operations are acts of will that direct breath (spirit) outward to specific objects, and that impart being, order, and existence. In addition to the Incarnate works accomplished by Jesus as Redeemer and Savior, the Son of GOD is shown to be the aspect of GOD we call “Creator” and “Maker”. The peculiar will of GOD functioning as law-giver and life-giver describes a specific Person, and a unique expression of divinity. In this Person, the Son of the Highest has fashioned and put forth created beings and living creatures, the celestial and natural worlds as context for their presence, and the entire framework of divine processes and purposes whereby Creation is maintained and continued. Where GOD has appeared in any physical or other likeness of mankind—for example, to Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses—reverence and worship were not to be given the visible form or similitude. Focus was to be upon realization of spirit content, sacred will, and spiritual truth. That Divine Person chooses to appear using features that describe the created makes possible communication as prayer, proclamation, promise, and prophecy as well as intimacy and personal relationship with GOD. The Holy should no longer be spoken of or understood as distant, impersonal, insensible, lifeless, remote and unresponsive.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (Matthew 25: 31-34, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); Why Is GOD Blamed? (08/23/2012); Shaken Once More (08/22/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012); Dispatch 28: The Lord Shall Fight (09/07/2011); Dispatch 20: The Ally (Able to Stand) 08/30/2011

Here are some ideas that belong to the children of GOD you may have missed, or not have seen before:

      The return of Jesus to heaven represents completion of sacred process and fulfillment of divine purpose. The appearance of GOD in flesh (called Incarnation) may be seen as a device to carryout promise and prophecy established through covenant and law. Rightly understood, dominion, monarchy, rule and sovereignty are frameworks created through the flesh, and by the world. Carnal, material and social realities come into view that only describe conditions for, and the interaction of created beings and living creatures. Through covenants and promises to mankind, otherwise invisible, Almighty GOD is made known and revealed to all living. GOD is a spirit, yet we speak of GOD as a ruler, and one who governs. This is largely because our human concepts of order emerge by experience of what we call dimension, time and space.

      The flesh (appetite such as hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual contact—sensation such as hearing, seeing, tasting, touching—and mind, such features as desire, fantasy, imagination, recall) dominates human awareness. The world (not speaking of the earth, the agreement and consensus created by mankind to exchange and share resources for survival) also generates definitions of good/bad, reality/unreality, right/wrong, false/true. The rule of GOD proclaimed by the holy writings is to be understood as first natural, then spiritual, then eternal.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, balance, fullness and oneness of Divine Person is affirmed by the return of the Messiah to the heavens, where he must serve as High Priest completing Atonement, cleansing the Sanctuary, and also serve as Judge in the final tribunals examining the wicked. The Son of GOD will continue manifest as Incarnate; and the further revelation of GOD will go forward as eternal life with full access to divine presence.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC