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Today, points are shared on the provisions for divine judgment, redemption, and salvation before GOD appeared in flesh as Jesus Christ.  In the same way godly law existed before appearing as the covenant of Moses, divinity has appeared Incarnate through the living before Jesus Christ, and was manifest through hierarchy, judgment, law and divine order with diverse expressions of ownership, righteousness, sovereignty, sacred will, and inexhaustible virtue.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “razzledazzleem” (Level 1 showing no points, a member since December 14, 2006) posted the following:

 

In the old testament, how does God decide who gets into heaven and who goes to hell?

Does it have anything to do with obeying things like the ten commandments or the noahide laws?

People didn’t have Jesus yet so how could a person have gotten saved back then?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:  whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.  (2nd Peter 2:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Revelation and The Cross (03/27/2016); Jesus Known As Word (01/17/2016); All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015); A Creator No Longer Needed? (02/19/2015); Salvation Before Christ? (06/24/2014); All Sins Are Equal? (06/25/2014);  Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014)

 

“razzledazzleem”, just as the cross has reached forward to us, it has reached back to Adam; and the “plan of salvation has unfolded showing many different phases and stages.  During Old Testament times “people had Jesus” as an inheritance from the first pair, the Patriarchs, and their own parents the same way we do, today, as an expectation, a promise, and a platform for continuing respect and trust in GOD.  Mature Christian believers acknowledge, before the Creation that centers around mankind was put into place, Jesus Christ was eternally present within the fullness of divine person (we say, the GODhead).  In the beginning, the Lord did not exist having human form and measurable dimension; however, he did exist.  The distinction of Christ as the “Son of GOD,” co-existing with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is a simple, yet, profound device for revealing otherwise unseen aspects of divinity (i.e., making Deity knowable, known, and accessible through personal relationship).  While alive, all created beings and living creatures have deposits of life essence (we say, breath, spirit content, word) from the makeup of GOD.  The living may communicate, have contact, exchange, and interact with divinity through divine utterance that includes commandment, counsel, dreams, sacred law, praise, proclamations, promises, prophecy, and visions.  What we generally call “divine order” and Incarnation are the appearances of GOD who is immortal, immutable, and incorruptible.  Divine order embodies and expresses awareness, character, identity, operations, and substance that are eternal.  Thus, when GOD provided the Ten Commandments to Israel, they were entered into covenant relationship with a “god of Judgment,” who has always assigned value, and determined duration for his own handiwork.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  John 1:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

(2.)  Colossians 1:  16-20, KJV:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

(3.)  Ephesians 1:  3-7, KJV:  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Acts 13:  38-39, KJV:  38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:  39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.)  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, the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross is shown also to condemn fornication and sexual sins.  Mature Christian believers are to accept that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Upon the earth interdependent, intimate and personal relationships all are vulnerable to human error.  Sin is no material thing having physical form and measurable dimensions; and sin operates among the living through ignorance, lack of sensitivity, and subtlety (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning and value).  Because sexual pleasure may disguise deceit, and mask the destructiveness of sin, the extent of contradiction against divinity by sin must be made to appear in flesh (we say, made Incarnate) unadorned, and destroyed by the wrath of the Father as a corrupt material thing embodied through the person of Jesus, the Son of GOD.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Why do many christians think homosexuality is a worse sin than others?

I thought all sins are equal in the eyes of God, and that sinners can still go to heaven if they believe and ask for forgiveness. Why do people bash gays and tell them they are going to hell? Isn’t it a sin to get a divorce? To curse? I just don’t understand. Why is this the worst sin?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.  (Galatians 5:  16-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); On Controlling Lust (01/05/2016); All Sin Is Willful? (10/20/2015); The Judgment Against Sodom? (04/10/2015); Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); Principles of Correct Belief? (08/20/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, the operations of sin are in agreement with awareness and self-will among disbelievers and underdeveloped Christians (we say, those “born again” who are simple, not yet “grown up” again and mature).  Sin that opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and all divine order can not influence the divine will, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Sin appears to be a residue from the chaos and flux described as “preexistence”.  Where the living submit to sin, they are directed to confusion, decay, destruction, and nonexistence.

Sexual pleasure is one of the most deceptive and powerful aspects of human experience, and can result in spiritual overthrow that will continue even for hundreds of years after the death of the individual sinner who transgressed divine law.  Many do not grasp that every sex act is emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual all at the same time.  “Fornication” is the joining of spirits through sexual contact (the two become one flesh) that may be simply holding hands, kissing (oral sex), or full intercourse.  Every previous partner is present and active, even for married couples.  Thus, the pair infuse their own “influence” into one another along with the character and personality of unseen persons.  Where a male has had 8 previous partners, the female is joined to 9; and where she has had 3 partners, he is joined to 4.  Where the 9 each had 9, and the 3 each had 3…do the math.  These different “influences” may conflict, and dominate ones inborn spirit—and their victim will have no idea who they are, or even that they are present.

Apart from the provisions of GOD, sin appears as natural, normal, pleasing, and routine.  Even that divinity would appear Incarnate, become a manifestation of all sin, and be destroyed upon the cross is not sufficient to reveal the heinous character and nature of sin.  The “exceeding sinfulness of sin,” requires atoning blood, and that the living be granted fresh endowments of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  So to speak, the basic platform for the existence of mankind must be reconfigured.  “The flesh” must be replaced as the primary source of meaning and value generated through appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, taste, touch), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, dreams, fantasy, fear, imagination, recall), and depending heavily upon the frameworks of space and time to promote a sense of control, duration, and order. 

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, because sin is no ordinary physical object that may be instantly destroyed, eliminated or totally removed, multiple devices and works are being provided by divinity that allow the living to correctly recognize and resist sin.  Included are admonition, covenant, death, forgiveness, inheritance, judgment, promise, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, sacrifice, sanctification, scripture, testimony, and the Lord’s Supper.)  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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The expressions of being that appear through Jesus Christ and mankind are the focus, today.  Correctly understood, mankind is only a single appearance, or one discernable and visible form among the many created beings and living creatures in Creation.  Included are angels, animals, fish, insects, sacred beasts, and “unclean spirits” (we say, demons and devils).  More than this, mankind displays mortality and other unique aspects of living process (e.g., aging, attitudes, commitment, conscience, dominion (i.e., authority, ownership, rank), integrity, learning, recall, self-will, spiritual confusion).  Salvation for mankind would require that flesh and Spirit be reconciled using Incarnation, and that sin be embodied and destroyed.  However, the reconciliation of divinity to mankind is not merely resolving the conflict introduced by the operations of sin.  The separation of human awareness and self-will from that of the GODhead as well as the multiple differences that continue between finite and infinite duration are addressed using death, rebirth, and resurrection.  Additionally, the oneness of prophecy and truth are confirmed.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information provided) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians say Jesus the Christ is both God and man? How is that possible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  (Colossians 1:  12-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  In The Image of Man (05/04/2016); Sign of Divine Love? (04/14/2016); To Express the Fullness of GOD? (07/09/2015); Human Life to Manifest Divine Life? (05/14/2015); GOD Known By Action Not Form? (03/18/2015); Made in the Image of GOD? (10/09/2014); All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014); The Image of GOD? (10/10/2013); Embodied Afterlife? (10/11/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, the answer given to his church from the cross by Jesus Christ to rebuke presumption and sin among created beings and living creatures does not promote acknowledging a “human nature” separate from the spirit (we say, breath, life essence, word) provided by the Creator.  Man was made in the “image” of GOD that is not a “similitude” or visible form.  Awareness and self-will, that may be dominated by sin, often give the illusion that the spirit substance within man is somehow different in makeup and quality from that breathed into mankind by the Maker.  Mature Christian believers focus upon imparted sacred substance, and the peculiar operations of divine spirit (e.g., Incarnation, perfection, rebirth, repentance, sanctification), therefore, three expressions of being come into view—animal, human and divine.  It is the divine nature that may be defiled, and become profaned.  What we see in one another today, then, are confusions of expression in attitude, authority, behavior, godliness, gratitude, eternal purpose, reverence, etc.  The “human nature” some describe would have had to be eternal, preexisting within the GODhead before the creation of mankind.  Christ now appears within the Eternal One continuing to display human form.  Even so, the earth was the creation of GOD, while “the world” is the creation of mankind.  The appearance of what many call “humankind” is more correctly understood as divine will, existence and life (not the same) made visible through form and unfolding process.  Consider how this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Genesis 1:  26-28, King James Version (KJV);  26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:  and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:  and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

(2.)  Psalms 115:  15-17, KJV:  15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.  16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s:  but the earth hath he given to the children of men.  17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

(3.)  John 1:  1-3, KJV:  1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (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

 

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That the cross was intended for reconciliation and to restore trust are in view, today.  Unlike when he existed within the fullness of GODhead and spirit, as one upon the earth, and in flesh, Jesus had to grow gradually and be built up within a human relationship with divinity.  While there were many encouragements and supports, the Lord was required to go through the same experiences of discovery, hesitation, and uncertainty as every other created being and living creature.  Following his last Passover supper, and before his arrest, Jesus had to experience a “breakthrough,” to arrive at the necessary level of trust required to approach the cross.  He agonized at Gethsemane, and found the strength to display the multiple dimensions of trust that include acceptance, accord, commitment, conviction, dependence, dutifulness, hope (i.e., proper expectation), and submission.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Jomar” (Level 1 with 12 points, a member since March 16, 2016) posted the following:

 

When God created Jesus Christ He puts a lot of trust that jesus will be not betray him like lucifer?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The good man is perished out of the earth:  and there is none upright among men:  they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.  That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire:  so they wrap it up.  The best of them is as a brier:  the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge:  the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.  Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide:  keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.  For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.  Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation:  my God will hear me.  Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.  I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me:  he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.  (Micah 7:  2-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Revelation and The Cross (03/27/2016); 3 Persons, 3 Minds? (02/03/2016); Knowing? (05/24/2015); How Do You Know? (02/25/2015); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); Why GOD Does Not Tell All (09/11/2013); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)

 

“Jomar”, trust that, whenever we take up the Scriptures, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Mature Christian believers generally acknowledge that the decision to entrust the work of salvation to the aspect within GODhead that we speak of as the Son, and the Word, had to appear among mankind in flesh (we say, incarnate) as Jesus Christ.  The issues of relationship, separation, and trust did not arise during the sacred operations for Creation, and while there was fullness of unity as person, active presence and spirit.  Such features as authority, character, distance, duties, functions, and nature become critical to a complete and correct disclosure of Deity (we say, revelation) that will make divinity knowable and known to created beings and living creatures.

Incarnation required those many elements identified with the living as finite and temporal beings—for example, communication, growth, lack of full sacred knowledge, learning, maturity, “meekness” (we say, being receptive to divine spirit), obedience, petition, praise, restraint, thanksgiving, and uncertainty.  More than this, spirit substance from the makeup of divinity was imparted to Christ (the Anointed One) as deposit or endowment setting him apart as consecrated to GOD.  Included were inseparable aspects of Deity such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Even though Jesus was chosen and elect to complete the works for redemption and salvation through suffering and death, the Savior was challenged continually to correctly discern and hold to specific eternal purposes.  As one among the living upon the earth, Jesus was exposed, at risk, and vulnerable to sin as the holy angels had been.  While sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order generated by law, and sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the created, sin has not been fashioned or put forth by divinity; and sin may not influence divine will.  Portraying the frailty of mankind, balance, endurance, and stamina were greater concerns for the Lord than his own desire, fear of death, intent, or personal agenda.  Consider again how these ideas are shared using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 3:  5-8, King James Version (KJV):   5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  7 Be not wise in thine own eyes:  fear the LORD, and depart from evil.  8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

(2.)  Job 4:  17-19, KJV:  17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?  18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:  19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

(3.)  Job 15:  14-16, KJV:  14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?  15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.  16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

(4.)  Jeremiah 17:  5-8, KJV:  5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.  6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.  7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, (5.)  Matthew 26:  40-42, KJV:  40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?  41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:  the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on the importance and meaning of the blood and water that flowed from the side of Jesus upon the cross.  Divinity is being made knowable and known through the Creation.  The death of Jesus must be understood as more than simply a sacrifice to atone for the sin of mankind.  The Savior’s death and resurrection pertain to all that endures and exists, the living with their future generations, and all that may contain spirit content from GOD (e.g., events, practices, proclamations, promises, prophecy).  The ministry and work of Jesus has been one of continuing in agreement and unity with GOD, establishing testament in his blood, proclaiming the law of divine love, and producing a new creation.  In the first putting forth of the universe, divine life essence with the consciousness and self-will of mankind was to reside in a material body that has organs and tissues to carry out specific functions.  To maintain energy and health within this body, man must regularly have cleansing, nourishment, refreshment, and rest.  Going beyond meeting ones needs for survival, sharing food and water also can be the expression of compassion and love.  Development and growth for mankind as a carnal being progresses from birth, to aging, maturation, and completing mortality.  Through the spiritual provisions of divinity, mankind as a spirit being may know divine inheritance, perfection, rebirth, renewal, resurrection, sanctification, and eternal life as well.  Readers are encouraged to consider the following Scriptures and the presentation below:

John 6:  53-56, King James Version (KJV):  53 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.  54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

James 2:  14-20, KJV:  14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?  15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  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?

Matthew 25:  42-46, KJV:  42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:  I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:  naked, and ye clothed me not:  sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.  46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:  but the righteous into life eternal.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Rachael” (Level 4 with 3,540 points, a member since December 08, 2015) posted the following:

 

Christians, is water really necessary?

Why can’t we rely on Gods spirit for drink and food?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light:  and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good:  and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament:  and it was so.  And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:  and it was so.  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas:  and God saw that it was good.  (Genesis 1:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Creation (03/24/2016); The Bread of GOD (03/01/2014); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); According to the Eternal Purpose (11/20/2012); Henceforth, Of This Fruit (11/21/2012); Unexceptional Beginnings (11/22/2012)

 

“Rachael”, answering your question with an eye to the cross where Jesus Christ was crucified, essential elements for life and existence are identified in the blood and water that gushed from the Savior’s side when he was thrust with a spear by one of the Roman guards.  Trust that, despite separation by time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are reaching to here and now.  For many mature Christian believers, blood is crucial to atonement and sacrifice for our sin, because it is the vehicle that distributes and transports life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word).  However, all things that exist do not contain life, and the entire Creation must be purchased and recovered by GOD.  Conceptual (ideas) and material being, form, and presence allow created beings and living creatures to focus their consciousness and self-will in such a way that they may become attached to, exchange, and interact with their sphere of life (we also say, environment) and all it may contain.  The living engage objects through such features as appetite, sensation, emotions, and mind (we say, the flesh).  The origin or preexistence for our physical reality is described from GOD as being “waters”; and we take this to mean, chaos or flux (i.e., continually changing, multiple streams of unidentifiable and undifferentiated substances that are not aspects of divinity).  The makeup of Deity was inseparable spirit matter that included faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, personness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Even with the continuing appearance of Jesus incarnate (i.e., in human form), GOD continues to be the fullness of all spirit substance.  In accordance with the eternal purposes of the Creator, mankind is now in an ongoing process to enable humanity to continue as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity.  Consider how this is stated using language from the Bible in the following verses:

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

(2.)  Matthew 6:  24-26, KJV:  24 No man can serve two masters:  for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  26 Behold the fowls of the air:  for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

(3.)  2nd Peter 3:  3-7, KJV:  3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st John 5:  4-9, KJV:  4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:  and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.  7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:  and these three are one.  8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood:  and these three agree in one.  9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater:  for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Eternal purpose, benefits from sacred processes, revelation, and the cross are topics, today.  All that has occurred up to this time has been a preamble to eternity.  Along with love among ourselves as his disciples, vigilance and watchfulness have been commanded.  That the Son of GOD would become incarnate and die upon the earth was agreed upon before the Creation.  Therefore, Jesus dying upon the cross was not a spontaneous episode, or an occasion developed on the basis of human affairs, current events, global politics, crises, and natural disasters.  While Jesus prayed his death would be delayed, and called to the Father at Gethsemane before his arrest and trial, Jesus accepted that his condition in flesh did not allow him to fully apprehend and grasp the many unseen elements and features of the Father’s will.  Even before his example of how we are to face death that he displayed in the presence of his mother, Jesus demonstrated the faithfulness, submission, and trust we all are to show as children of the Highest.  Readers are encouraged to consider how this is stated using the following Scriptures and in the presentation below:

2nd Peter 3:  3-6, King James Version (KJV):  3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

2nd Peter 3:  9-13, KJV:  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Ezekiel 12:  27-28, KJV:  27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.  28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.

Habakkuk 2:  3, KJV:  3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:  though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Hebrews 10:  36-38, KJV:  36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.  38 Now the just shall live by faith:  but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bluebootz” (Level 6 with 11,225 points, a member since June 29, 2012) posted the following:

 

Did Jesus leave the earth stage knowing that a return of the Christ would have greater benefit in another time line?

What I mean is….did he see that his work or ministry was becoming too much of a challenge for the mindset of that time and place?
Did he notice that his message would have a greater impact or be heard more completely in a different time and place with a more enlightened audience?

So he left, with a promise to return.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore be ye also ready:  for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.  But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;  And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;  The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,  And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites:  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  (Matthew 24:  44-51, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); Revelation and The Cross (03/27/2016); The Cross and Eternity (03/21/2016); Atonement and The Cross? (02/29/2016); The Cross Must Occur? (02/23/2016); An Eternal Plan and Process (07/05/2015); Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014)

 

“Bluebootz”, for mature Christian believers Jesus Christ dying upon the cross was a “prophetic demonstration” carefully prepared and carried out to fulfill sacred proclamations in place from the time of Adam and Eve as well as to provide a new testament in his blood that would accurately represent and exceed all previous covenants between the Creator and those created.  Many streams of truth and eternal purpose came together at the cross, and are described throughout the Scriptures in terms of multiple sacred events, and divine operations.  Included are anointing, atonement, deliverance, Incarnation, judgment, justification, priesthood, reconciliation, resurrection, sacrifice, sanctification, and rest.

The cross was not an “on the fly” adjustment, or “last ditch effort” to correct a divine plan that was not “going well.”  Nor were the things that appeared “premature” or subject to “bad timing.”  GOD is a spirit who has put forth all that exists, the finite created beings and living creatures, their tools of awareness and self-will, and their spheres of life.  To be knowable and known by the living, divinity is being revealed and presented in the holy writings through thousands of events within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  The Bible, therefore, provides a divine point of view.  The architecture of the cross has been woven into the fabric of the universe, and displays the same regularity and divine order established by Deity as the cosmos.

The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all that is maintained through sacred law.  Sin has not been created by GOD, is no material or physical thing, is no living, thinking creature, and in no way imparts, reproduces, or supports life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word).  Sin may be a residue of chaos and formlessness that preceded the beginning of Creation.  Because sin has direction, effect, and “presence”, sin may be managed, however, sin can not be destroyed, eliminated and erased as an ordinary, common object.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living. 

The blood from the cross pertains to the continuing work of Jesus Christ as High Priest within the Temple of heaven.  We speak of Christ as the Lamb of GOD whose blood is acceptable to alter the records of life that must be used in all  judgment.  Presently, the judgment of believers is ongoing, and the followers of the Lord are being made ripe to be removed from the earth as his harvest at the Advent (some say, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  In addition to cleansing the Sanctuary from the sins confessed and examined at the Mercy Seat, there are other important aspects of eternal life that are being carried forward under the authority of Christ, who is Son of GOD.  The building of the Holy City (New Jerusalem) is to be completed; allotment of homes and duty assignments for the saved are to be prepared; tribunals are to be carried out in judgment of the wicked; and the second death must be concluded.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  Trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.   I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC


New Disclaimer

 

Points are shared, today, to clarify a conflict that results by language appearing within the Scriptures.  The Second Coming (we say, Advent, the Rapture) and “the last day” (we say, the day of the Lord) are again in view.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers New Zealand” using the ID “chris” (Level 1 with 9 points, a member since December 26, 2014) posted the following:

Fellow Christians: Why do some teach that the return of Christ is imminent when the bible says that the resurrection is on the last day?

Update: Yes. Christ will return at the resurrection, on the last day and make all things new, the last day of history as we know it. God bless! Have a wonderfully blessed day!

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.  (Romans 15:  4-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015); Is Prayer Outside Time and Space? (06/29/2015); The Core Concepts? (04/06/2015); The Soon Return of Jesus? (01/05/2015); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014); Sinless Until Advent? (11/05/2014); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014)

“chris”, the holy writings challenge most of us beyond our day-to-day level for thought and action, because the truths recorded there require recognition of many subtle (i.e., barely visible; hidden) shifts in divine intent, meaning, purpose, and value.  Here are a few points that should help you to avoid error, imbalance, and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  The operations of GOD to cleanse, re-configure, and permanently preserve Creation are continuous, and have been going forward from before the foundation of the firmament, and the earth and heaven were chosen to be used as spheres for life.

(2.)  Revelation is eternal, and also should be understood as pre-existent (i.e., beginning and occurring before the creation of earth as the context for mankind).

(3.)  The frameworks of space and time are finite tools given by GOD to created beings and living creatures that permit the management (e.g., cataloging, categorizing, editing, storing) of information as well as peculiar acts of communication, exchange and interaction.  Intellect, intuition, premonition and other emotional/mental process are given form as discrete events, occurrences, and temporal sequences.

(4.)  In the same way the operation of sin—the non-material, non-spirit influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and the Creation under law—may dominate awareness and self-will within the living, the operations of divinity described as anticipation, certainty, conviction, expectation, and hope may become a ruling influence.  Eternal purpose is conveyed and expressed as timeless, yet, active and present.  Thus, Adventism (expecting the coming of Christ to be soon), joy, longsuffering, participation in judgment, and zeal always mark and sanctify (we say, set apart for divine service) every believer, in every age.

There is far more that should be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (5.)  While the death of Jesus upon the cross—the final stage in his carnal existence and mortality—prompts him to say, It is finished! believers all must acknowledge the cross as necessary, yet, not sufficient.  There must be more.  The ministry of Jesus upon the earth continues as the ministry of a celestial High Priest, and a Risen Lord enthroned within the heaven.  In addition to Jesus preparing to harvest from the earth those who are ripe (ready) as his believers, the Savior must complete works of atonement, building and allocating the New Jerusalem, cleansing the Sanctuary, imparting the indwelling Spirit to mankind, judgment against the wicked as well as the elimination of Satan and sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC