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Today, divine power, the operations of sin, the force of truth, and witchcraft are topics.  Mature Christian believers accept that their lives belong to GOD, and they are being used in revelation whereby divinity is to become knowable, known, and “visible” in the earth.  There are multiple aspects, forms, and levels of power that exist in the natural and spirit realms that all must conform to the limitations generated by the sovereign will of GOD described as sacred law.  The power to maintain and preserve order is as important as the power to change, permanently alter, and reconfigure order.  Among created beings and living creatures, the features that cause, generate, and maintain attitudes, behavior, continuity, emotion, and thought are regarded as “inner power,” and they regularly appear as expressions of finite self-will.  Included are covetousness, conscience, desire, fear, lust, need, exaggerated pride, and selfishness.  While divinity has provided a fixed, yet broad, pattern of achievements, opportunities and possibilities for life to every one, persons are diverse and vary according to development, individual differences, knowledge, traits, and spirit content.  Often those who respond to the influence that is sin unknowingly oppose the continued existence of all divine law; they deny and refuse to fulfill their own eternal purposes assigned by divinity; they disrupt and undermine divinely established order; they encourage and release malicious actors and unintended consequences that were being divinely restrained; and they threaten the elimination of all that exists including their own and the personal freedom, peace of mind, safety and security of others.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Solitary Wiccan” (Level 5 with 8,425 points, a member since May 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

Can the Power of Christ really compel me?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  (John 1:  11-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Relationships With GOD? (11/30/2016); A Different Spirit Content? (11/29/2016); About Revelation not Punishment? (11/25/2016); Can GOD Give Life? (08/14/2016); Awe? (08/09/2015); Sabbath, Power, and Rest? (07/17/2015); Endowed With Spirit? (05/08/2015); Power Against Sin? (04/12/2015)

 

“Solitary Wiccan”, you must become “moved” by truth.  The authority and power exercised by the Son of GOD are in no way the same as coercion, domination, force, hidden manipulation, political control, or violence.  For mature Christian believers, the character, nature, and substance of power are to be understood in terms of the multiple actualities and innumerable possibilities of divinity that may only be apprehended through spirit matter and unchanging truth.  Only GOD is immortal, immutable, and incorruptible (i.e., does not age, decay, rot).  The Creator is revealing the makeup, sacred operations, and eternal purposes necessary to continue duration and existence for created beings and living creatures.  Sinners are being shown that their finite consciousness and self-will may be dominated by the operations of sin:  by focusing on an image or object, and acting in accordance with desire, the living repeatedly oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all Creation.  Sin has not been created by GOD and is not “spirit” substance.  Even so, sin promotes nonexistence and the return to conditions that existed before the founding of heaven and earth.  Those who pursue luck, magic, sorcery, spells and the occult usually are seeking personal power, something that will reside within themselves to amplify and exalt their own will above that in other persons, objects, etc.  Because they disrupt divine order maintained through sacred law, the judgment of GOD has been a sentence of death against witchcraft.  Exorcism comes into view as the divine command, in-filling with sacred truth,  and practice that expels from mankind destructive, rebellious, and unclean spirits.  Consider the following that is shared in the holy writings:

(1.)  Acts 8:  5-22, King James Version (KJV):  5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.  6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.  7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them:  and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.  8 And there was great joy in that city.  9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:  10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.  11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.  12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.  13 Then Simon himself believed also:  and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.  14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:  15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:  16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them:  only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.  18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,  19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.  20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.  21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter:  for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.  22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

(2.)  Acts 19:  13-20, KJV:  13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.  14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.  15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?  16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.  17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.  18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.  19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men:  and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.  20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Acts 13:  6-12, KJV:  6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:  7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.  9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.  10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.  12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.)  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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Focus, today, is upon the possibilities for divinity to display action, existence, and purpose that would identify the character, nature and substance of GOD as exalted, full of glory, omnipotent, and sovereign.  As with judgment and revelation, salvation is not a “one-time event” that may occur during the life of the one who is “savior”, and continue to operate in his absence or following his death.  For Christian believers salvation pertains to eternal life, and that the life for the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead), rather than simply for created beings and living creatures such as angels, animals, insects, and mankind.  The dead have neither the awareness nor self-will required to acknowledge, praise or serve GOD.  Christ lives as High Priest and Son of the Highest serving the Holy who also lives.  Divine salvation is a continuous unfolding of conditions within various intimate relationships to GOD (e.g., as children, heirs, offspring, spouse) determined by the presence and movement of spirit upon multiple levels and completing multiple sacred operations.  Included are atonement, communion, confession, praise, propitiation, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (who may be an Islamic believer, and who has shared no profile information) posted the following:

 

Jesus Christ didn’t come back to life.. how can you be so dumb to believe this?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:  whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  (1st Corinthians 15:  12-23, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christ The Solid Rock? (08/07/2016); True and Living GOD (08/03/2016); The Purpose of Resurrection (07/015/2016); Divine Inheritance and Resurrection? (07/06/2016); The Last Prophet? (09/27/2015); Heaven For Muhammad? (09/01/2012); Ghosts (09/02/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, in order to avoid deceit and spiritual confusion, it requires that created beings and living creatures have sacred knowledge as well as life experience applying their own inward spirit substance from GOD.  Those who think the actual issue is simply one of believing that Christ was raised from the dead, are “so dumb” they fail to apprehend the issue is one of believing divinity is capable of resurrection, the second death, and more—atonement and forgiveness for sins; bestowing eternal life; existing in flesh (we say, Incarnation); destruction of all that presently exists as defiled, tainted, and offensive to GOD.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Points are shared, today, on the believer’s accountability and complicity for the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross as sacrifice and substitute for sinners.  More than confession that centers in admission of guilt and wrongdoing must appear for those seeking divine salvation.  Also, those exalting Christ as Savior continue to be threatened with bodily harm, excommunication, homelessness, persecution, poverty, and violence.  There can be no release or separation from the condemnation earned through sin while staying focused upon ones old life of disobedience and willfulness.  Confession that is acknowledgement of need must appear that expresses humility, respect, and reverence as well as the bold public proclamation of ones acceptance of Jesus Christ as the divine Lamb provided from the Father for remission of sin.  Therefore, for the disciples and followers of Jesus, confession is the first step in gaining access to atonement, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.  Such features as the doctrine, forgiveness, miracles and parables of the Lord were incomplete, and lacked full power to save without the revelation that would come by his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.  Sin is not alive, and does not display carnal form as do the living; yet, sin has direction, effect, and “presence”.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and divine order throughout the universe.  Because sin operates within created beings and living creatures through their awareness and self-will, sin can not be recognized as destructive, foreign, and contrary to existence without such sacred provisions as covenant, inheritance, praise, prayer, promise, and prophecy.  Readers are encouraged to reflect on the following from the Bible, and the presentation below:

Psalms 32:  4-6, King James Version (KJV):  4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me:  my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.  5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.  6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found:  surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

Matthew 10:  32-33, KJV:  32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

John 12:  42-43, KJV:  42 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:  43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Romans 10:  8-11, KJV:  8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:  that is, the word of faith, which we preach;  9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans 14:  11, KJV:  11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

A writer at “Yahoo! Answers“ using the ID “Charlily” (Level 2 with 909 points, a member since February 11, 2016) posted the following:

 

Help! I killed Jesus in my dream??

Okay so last night I stayed up really late reading my Bible. When I got to sleep, I had a dream where I was one of the Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus!! And I even nailed him to the cross!! I’m really scared now, I’ve been praying all day for forgiveness but I’m still afraid that I’m going to hell… what do I do? Help!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  (1st John 1:  5-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  When GOD Never Forgives? (12/28/2015); Ongoing and Unfinished? (11/22/2015); Penance? (10/09/2015); To Err is Human? (07/24/2015); Saved by a Prayer? (10/31/2014); Is Prayer an Act of Faith? (11/01/2014); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); Evidence of the Unseen Spirit? (04/09/2013)

 

“Charlily”, by dying upon the cross as our substitute, Jesus has made possible new meaning and value for our confessions of belief in his divine ministry as well as our confessions of error and sin.  The attitudes, behavior, and spirit displayed by our “old man” is not approved or justified.  Even so, the Savior’s blood now endorses our new commitment, projects a more correct and detailed confession, and declares we are righteous because we acknowledge the Father through the Son.  Every believer who comes to GOD through Jesus Christ must pass through multiple layers of gradual change and growth.  The imparted Spirit we speak of as “divine seed” will remain as a permanent aspect of our new character and nature.  Yet, born again, we must “grow up” and mature as persons having spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Disciples and followers of Jesus are to experience the Savior dying upon the cross within their own awareness and indwelling spirit.  Each believer will be moved to acknowledge accountability for their own disobedience and opposition to divine law, should affirm their own need for new life from GOD, should repent and sorrow for sin as well as rejoice in the finished work of the cross.  That you report having turned to GOD in prayer says, you trusted you could be heard, and even could be answered.  Go further:  Trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Begin to confess having the specific expectations (we say, hopes) commanded for us by Christ.  Hear how this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Psalms 36:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep:  O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.  7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.  8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

(2.)  Isaiah 12:  1-3, KJV:  1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee:  though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.  2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.  3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

(3.)  Romans 5:  7-10, KJV:  7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:  yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.) 1st John 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  2 And he is the propitiation for our sins:  and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:  hereby know we that we are in him.)  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, Scripture points are shared on the appearance of divinity through form.  Many Christian believers agree that form is not necessary for divine existence, yet, is needed for interaction with the living, and for revelation.  All the operations of spirit are apprehended through faith, and divine actions that only a “god” could perform.  Thus, fellowship with Deity may be maintained through contemplation, praise, and prayer, and does not require the continuous, visible appearance of GOD.  Consider again the following verses from the Bible, and the presentation below:  John 4:  23-24, King James Version (KJV):  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  Also, John 3:  5-7, KJV:  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.  2nd Corinthians 4:  7, KJV:  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  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.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Fire Racket” (Level 2 with 962 points, a member since November 14, 2015) posted the following:

 

What is the meanings of formless and omnipresent God? Is such type of God useless?

Can a formless God help or guide us?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  He will not always chide:  neither will he keep his anger for ever.  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  (Psalms 103:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Holy Spirit and Unity? (08/13/2015); The Glory of GOD? (06/23/2015); The Only Physical Being in Heaven? (06/17/2015); GOD Known By Action Not Form? (03/18/2015); Let Us Make Mankind? (06/10/2014); GOD and Adultery? (06/11/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Offenses to GODhead (05/07/2014); Jesus Arose Bodily (12/24/2013);  Thanking and Blaming GOD (12/25/2013)

 

“Fire Racket” not all Christian believers accept or are able to understand the truth that the GOD Jesus Christ served as Father is a spirit.  The character, makeup and nature of Deity is completely different from that for beings who are finite,  carnal, material, and social.  Nonetheless, to communicate with created beings and living creatures as being both divine and sovereign, divinity must appear (we also say, display; manifest) having authority, awareness, immortality, personness, power, presence, and will.  The revelation of GOD (i.e., the sacred knowledge imparted to make divinity known) uses divine order, and employs things within the life experience of finite creatures that include natural law, sacred events (we say, miracles), spheres of life (e.g., deserts, jungles, the ocean), and the frameworks of time and space.  In baptism (death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth having spirit content from the makeup of GOD), Christian believers become part of a “new creation.”  They are endowed with inseparable aspects of the divine makeup such as awe (called, fear of the Lord), faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Even so, those “born again” must gradually “grow again” and become ripe (mature) to be harvested from the earth at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  Proclaiming all the possibility and potency of GOD requires that believers also grasp atonement, forgiveness, judgment and mercy, Incarnation, omniscience, preeminence, resurrection, righteousness, sanctification, and the second death.  Consider the following verses from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 4:  15-20, King James Version (KJV):  15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:  16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,  17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,  18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:  19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.  20 But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

(2.)  Acts 17:  24-31, KJV:  24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;  27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

(3.)  Romans 1:  18-23, KJV:  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

There are many other ideas that should be carefully considered, correctly comprehended, and made a part of ones full spiritual understanding.  (For example, (4.)  Colossians 2:  8-10, KJV:  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:)  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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Forgiveness, divine power, and the process of salvation are topics, today.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Michael” (Level 1 with 26 points, a member since October 26, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why did GOD sacrifice Jesus when he could have just forgave them all with his ALMIGHTY powers?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  (Romans 1:  16-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Eternal Life Not Afterlife (08/11/2015); Power Against Sin? (04/12/2015); Eternal Life by Means of Carnal Death (11/28/2014); Salvation Before Christ? (06/24/2014); All Sins Are Equal? (06/25/2014); Forgiveness? (12/07/2010); Conspiracy? (12/08/2010)

 

“Michael”, here are some ideas to consider.  Condemning sin and enabling the living to overcome and resist sin at their level are part of a larger work of revelation to make GOD known who is eternal, immortal, and invisible.  For most Christian believers, the scale for all divine process can be recognized as boundless, cosmic, and grand.  Eternal purposes must come into view that are being generated and put forth by the very agents who establish existence in all its diversity.  There must be correction (for some punishment), healing, and recovery.  Forgiveness is more than simply dismissing anger and insult, or forgetting damage and hurt that have occurred.  Created beings and living creatures have been provided with consciousness and self-will to function as independent entities separate from the Creator.  Yet, they only have integrity and enduring quality as they contain aspects of spirit substance from the makeup of Deity.  Only inseparable aspects of divine being make possible communication, exchange, and interaction with divinity.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all that responds to divine order through sacred law.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in mankind.  Sin can not be eliminated without upheaval and reconfiguration of the full universe.  Immutable, unchanging divinity is the reference and stable point for all order, rather than choice, intellect, and will in the living.  Thus, the created have been designed to experience continual change, and may be altered through various sacred operations having multiple levels.  Divine tools for the transformation of humanity to being eternal companions for GOD include atonement, confession, covenant relationship, death, Incarnation,  judgment, rebirth, repentance, resurrection, suffering, and eternal life.  The following points from the Bible also may help:

(1.)  Isaiah 59:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):  1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened that it can not save; neither his ear heavy that he can not hear:  2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.  3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.  4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth:  they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

(2.)  Isaiah 55:  7-11, KJV:  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways saith the LORD.   9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 2:  11-14, KJV:  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of a 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 teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; 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.

There are many other verses that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones sacred knowledge.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Scripture points are shared, today, on discernment, faith, prayer, and operations of the Holy Spirit.  Christians are to understand that the essence from GOD that was breathed into Adam continues to have power, and to operate among the living, for the Holy Spirit is an aspect of that same divine person who established the heaven and the earth, and must appear in the lives of all living.  Eternal purpose transforms otherwise routine events, and commonplace material objects to appear as  incarnations and vessels of the Holy.  Included may be platforms where earth and heaven are in contact  (we say, altars), the remains of saints (we say, relics), and places for prayer and praise (we say, sanctuaries).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Illogical Immigrant” (Level 6 with 12,662 points, a member since June 21, 2006) posted the following:

 

When does holy water become holy?

if a person blesses a building and all its inhabitants, does that include all the waterworks there in?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean:  from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:  and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  (Ezekiel 36:  24-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Holiness (07/01/2015); To Keep It Holy (03/23/2014); 7 “Godly” Sins? (02/24/2014);  GOD Inhabits Praise (01/27/2014); Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012)

 

“Illogical Immigrant”, in the same way holy ground becomes sacred (i.e., set apart exclusively for divine purposes), or holy water becomes consecrated (dedicated to divine service; acceptable for use in the processes of GOD to establish spiritual existence), a person lacking sacred knowledge or having no intimate relationship with Deity only becomes aware of the active presence of divinity through faith and operations of the Holy Spirit.  In addition to being grounded in assurances and promises from GOD that encourage believers to operate on the basis of their faith, a Christian believer becomes disciplined (i.e., trained) to apply discernment where ones own spirit content is used to recognize, examine, and authenticate the spirit content in events and messages as well as other persons and things.  Believers are granted freedom by GOD to establish and maintain commitments, practices and needed tools to express their gratitude, and to offer worship filled with beauty, glory, respect, reverence and trust.  Consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 2:  9-14, King James Version (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.

(2.)  John 14:  12-14, KJV:  12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

(3.)  John 15:  15-17, KJV:  15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth:  but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.  16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:  that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

(4.)  John 16:  25-27, KJV:  25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs:  but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.  26 At that day ye shall ask in my name:  and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:  27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

(5.)  1st John 5:  13-15, KJV:  13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Romans 8:  25-27, KJV:  25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared, today, to clarify awe and fear of the Lord.  Divine love that goes beyond affection entails accountability, commitment, diligence, duty, obedience, obligation, respect, restraint, sacrifice, sobriety, suffering, and trust. Love that pertains to the continued existence of spirit matter can not be fully understood by relying upon carnal knowledge, sexual experiences, and social encounters within a material world. The love of GOD must be known through repeated intimate and unselfish contact with GOD. Similarly, awe, fear, and right reverence toward divinity may only be correctly comprehended by depending upon divine order, sacred law, eternal process and spirit content provided exclusively by Deity through revelation. A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “madbear” (Level 1 with 70 points, a member since June 24, 2007) posted the following:

Why would a loving god yet demand that his followers FEAR him?

That’s even an oxymoron!How can you love someone that you’re AFRAID of?Love is a POSITIVE emotion.Fear is NEGATIVE,in fact,the most negative of all!And Christians wonder why various tragedies seem to happen ESPECIALLY to them?It’s because their religeon’s so based on fear including their prayer method,they actually ATTRACT what they DON’T want!

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.  His work is honourable and glorious:  and his righteousness endureth for ever.  He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered:  the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.  He hath given meat unto them that fear him:  he will ever be mindful of his covenant.  He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.  The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.  They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.  He sent redemption unto his people:  he hath commanded his covenant for ever:  holy and reverend is his name.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:  his praise endureth for ever.  (Psalms 111:  1-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014); Freedom of Foul Speech? (09/10/2014); Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); The Fear of GOD (10/30/2012); Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); Why Courage? (10/14/2012); Christian Modesty (10/15/2012)

“madbear”, correctly understanding the things about GOD that have actually been provided by GOD requires seeing things from a divine perspective, and godly point of view.  Thus, the Holy Bible is indispensable as the source of sacred knowledge, for it provides a record of divine operations upon the earth and in the heaven through thousands of events, within thousands of lives, and over the course of thousands of years.  In place of finite human tools such as intellect, logic, philosophy, rhetoric and science Christian believers are endowed with spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Included are the inseparable aspects of divinity we call faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Ones accord, affinity, and agreement with GOD are permanently altered.  Believers do not experience the active presence of divinity by what you know as emotion and “fear”.  Instead believers are provided with divine revelation, the peculiar spirit content whereby their own inborn spirit responds to the surpassing authority, love, majesty, power, sovereignty, and will of the Creator.  Awe and “fear of the Lord” have to do with the correct recognition of ones own lowliness and status before exalted being, and the necessary conditions for access, communion, exchange, interaction and continuing relationship.  Here are a few points to consider from the holy writings that may help make this more clear:

(1.)  Proverbs 9:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:  teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.  10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.  11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

(2.)  Proverbs 1:  7, KJV:  7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

(3.)  Psalms 2:  10-12, KJV:  10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings:  be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

(4.)  James 2:  18-20, 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?

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (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?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and willingness to receive answer from GOD.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC