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the wall created by sanctification

 

Today, reply is on the wall that is created against ones own family members and close associates through a person becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. Correctly understood, there is a difference between what mankind desires and what GOD has ordained. The holy boldness believers will receive to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ is also provided so that new believers may serve while still among those who are mockers, skeptics, and scorners. Many Christians experience conflict and friction with family members as they begin to display mature faith. Our efforts as children, parents, siblings, and spouses will not always result in the salvation of our loved ones. In a sense, disciples of Jesus are challenged to realize, You will never lose godly love, relationships, respect, and reverence shared with you by those who belong to Christ. Yet, like diverse sins are bricks of a structure that denies sinners access to GOD, multiple sacred operations can separate believers from those who disbelieve, and who continue in the world. Included are commitment, discernment, duty, sacred knowledge, divine law, judgment, praise, prayer, principles, promises, sacraments, sacrifice, suffering, and unselfish service. Despite their faith, hope, love, trust and yearnings for family and others, believers will not be allowed to alter or manipulate the sacred process of divine judgment that demands completeness, impartiality, righteousness, and wisdom. Nor will believers be allowed to cancel or annul the second death. Faith without works is dead; and believers are not to become fearful, inactive or made silent by those who test and try their spirit name-calling with such labels as “fanatic”, “traitor to your own family,” “weirdo”, or “zealot”. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Christians when you got saved did you lose family members?

I’m nervous about believing in Jesus because I’m nervous about losing relatives or persecution coming.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. (Matthew 19: 27-30, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Wall To Sanctify? (01/16/2019); A Possible “Home Remedy?” (11/08/2018); Holy Boldness and Humility (10/04/2018); Sacred Ministry or Parenting? (05/10/2018); Honoring Our Own Parents (04/09/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); Starting A New Life? (11/21/2017); Undergoing A Sacred Transformation (10/24/2017); Correct Awe and Respect (02/04/2016)

 

Anonymous, for many, becoming set apart to serve GOD as a disciple of Jesus Christ is like having a brick wall placed in the middle of all your worldly relationships. Some of the most difficult teachings that developing Christian believers must acknowledge are those that speak to believers (1) embracing Jesus Christ as the primary focus for their love, (2) making the required full commitment to unselfish service as priests, kings, prophets, and spokespersons for divinity, and (3) humbly submitting to the multiple limitations and permanent changes in their own character and makeup that will be imposed by the Holy Spirit. Just as born again believers must grow-up again to mature and become ripe for harvest from the earth at the coming of Jesus Christ, those becoming believers must be transformed to apprehend the operations of GOD to transform their consciousness, discernment, knowledge, lifestyle, and wisdom. Thus, believers are to become Christlike, and set apart for divine service. All who belong to the Lord, must come to accept many unexpected streams of truth. For example, developing believers will not receive independent authority, discretion, and power to save themselves, their family members, or their friends and others who are close. Even so, as vessels of divine spirit, they are to lead others to Christ, serve as examples, and establish the presence of divinity. They are to forgive, intercede, and pray for others. They are to comfort, edify, and exhort. Mature believers are to realize that heaven will not be a place of continual celebration and family reunions; heaven will be a workplace, and is only to serve as a temporary location for the fulfillment of eternal purpose, and the completion of divine works that include judgment. (Mankind is to spend eternal life earth on the earth made new; and heaven will not be an everlasting home for those from the earth.) Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Ecclesiastes 8: 8, King James Version (KJV): 8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

2. Luke 14: 33, KJV: 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

3. Luke 14: 25-27, KJV: 25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

4. 1st John 5: 16-17, KJV: 16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. Jude 17-25, KJV: 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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man not alone

 

Today, reply is on divorce and the divine use of life companions through marriage. One of the most revealing incidents regarding the divine character, sanctification, and use of marriage appears in the accounts from Nehemiah the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest and scribe. Rather than the issues of emotions, love, or pride of family, the issues of accountability to GOD, duty, and sacred promise were primary. The two served as leaders and organizers of the Jews who returned home from the 70-year captivity of Babylon. Their efforts to restore Jerusalem included rebuilding the city walls, reinstating the Levitical priesthood, and reestablishing worship in the Temple. When it became clear that many of the Levites were now defiled by having married women who were not in covenant with GOD (we say, foreign or strange women) and had fathered children by them, hundreds were required to “put away” their profane marriages in a process of divorce. Those who would not willingly dissolve their unlawful union would lose their standing and family inheritance as men of Judah. It is written: Ezra 9: 1-3, King James Version (KJV): 1 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. 2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. 3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied. Also, Ezra 10: 10-17, KJV: 10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. 11 Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives. 12 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do. 13 But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this thing. 14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us. 15 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were employed about this matter: and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them. 16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter. 17 And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Why’s divorce wrong in Christianity, what if you’re married to an abusive person?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1st Peter 3: 1-7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Transgression of Sacred Law? (10/25/2018); Applying The Divine Standards (10/02/2018); Two Become One Flesh (01/07/2018); When Believers Practice Divorce (12/10/2017); Marriage Is A Sacrament? (06/11/2017); The Wife of Your Youth? (12/22/2015); The Mistakes In Youth? (08/24/2015)

 

Anonymous”, counsel and instruction for those who enter into covenant with divinity through the blood of Jesus Christ includes the following:

1. Deuteronomy 24: 1-4, King James Version (KJV): 1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. 2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. 3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; 4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

2. Malachi 2: 11-16, KJV: 11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. 12 The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. 13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. 14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

3. Matthew 19: 3-9, KJV: 3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

4. 1st Timothy 1-3, KJV: 1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. 1st Corinthians 7: 10-16, KJV: 10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Dove Holy Spirit

A depiction to describe the Spirit of peace with GOD that must indwell created beings and living creatures

 

Today, while many of us are continuing to celebrate the nativity of Jesus Christ, reply is on the appearance of divinity through both Creation and the birth of Jesus as Redeemer and Savior. The genealogy of Jesus, and the Patriarchs who came forth having the inheritance and priesthood of Adam come into view once again as we respond to a fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “Faez” (Level 1 with 135 points, a member since September 10, 2018) who posted the following:

 

Who is more superior? Jesus, who was born without a father, or Adam, who had neither father nor mother ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. (Luke 3: 34-38, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Increase of Christ? 12/07/2018; The Priesthood of Adam (11/02/2018); John Anointed To Prophesy (05/21/2018); Firstborn Of Every Creature (05/09/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); We Begin Within GOD (02/06/2018); The Divinity of “Word” (01/26/2018); The Lamb of GOD (08/19/2015); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013)

 

Faez”, among mature Christian believers, where birth of a living child is to be understood as a sacred event (we also say, miracle) there must be (1) acknowledgment of divine authority, dominion, ownership of all that exists, and the operations of sovereign will; (2) there must be a clear fulfillment of eternal purpose that has been proclaimed and prophesied as an element of full divine revelation; and (3) there must be the realization that divine fullness (we say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) is diffuse active presence who can not be completely and correctly spoken of using the frameworks of carnal reason, logic, material objects, social relationships, time, and space. While Adam was fashioned from preexisting matter (i.e., soil from the earth) his life essence (we also say, breath; spirit; word) was imparted from the makeup of divinity. So to speak, it was this divine DNA, that made Adam a “living soul,” and allows him to be accounted as the first “offspring” of GOD. Because of the operations of sin, the children of Adam can not receive an inheritance of that first spirit endowment from GOD without multiple divine interventions and sacred events that include the appearance of the Word in flesh as Jesus Christ (we say, Incarnation). In the same way, mankind is to acknowledge through faith that the Creation has been accomplished through divine persons, process and substance, the birth of Jesus through a virgin is a matter of sacred knowledge, not secular knowledge, politics, science, or technology. Christian believers are to agree that divinity now is transforming mankind through operations of imparted, indwelling Spirit to exist as immortal and incorruptible. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. By his ministry in the earth and from the heaven, Jesus has provided the new creation whereby the living may receive the sacred inheritance restored. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Luke 1: 35-37, King James Version (KJV): 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

2. Hebrews 1: 1-6, KJV: 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

3. Acts 1: 4-9, KJV: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 8: 5-9, KJV: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on the accomplishments of John the Baptist appearing as the herald and servant to Christ being surpassed by those of Jesus appearing as Christ, Savior, and Son of the Highest. The birth of both Jesus and John were sacred events (we say, miracles) in fulfillment of prophecy, and both served in the permanent change of divine ministry to mankind and to the earth. Both would be living models of authentic humanity. John would signal an end for the work of Levitical priesthood; and Jesus would become throughly fitted and prepared to serve as a divine High Priest. John advanced the transformation of mankind to exist on the earth as a companion to divinity through forgiveness, rebirth, and repentance. Jesus advanced the transformation of mankind to exist on the earth as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity through atonement, resurrection, and final judgment. John would be privileged to see and hear Jesus acknowledged by the Father and the Holy Spirit. However, while imprisoned by Herod, John would become uncertain, and his faith be in crisis. John did receive the report from his disciples on the works of Jesus, yet, he died in prison executed like a thief or a murderer. John would not be resurrected as was Lazarus. Only relying on faith would John ever see Jesus ministering miracles among the people, and not with his own two eyes. When the transformation of mankind is completed at the coming of Jesus to harvest the earth, even the least in the kingdom of heaven will exist having unshakable faith. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

What did Jesus Christ mean by he must increase, but I must decrease?

John 3:30

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Matthew 11: 2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: John Anointed To Prophesy (05/21/2018); The Lamb of GOD (08/19/2015); Jesus Given A Divine Ministry? (08/18/2015); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); He Must Increase? (04/01/2015); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013)

 

Anonymous”, here are some points developing Christian believers are being challenged to consider; the ministry of John exhorting repentance and proclaiming the soon coming of the kingdom of GOD would become overshadowed by Jesus Christ being visible as the active presence, and providing as the new creation his church grounded in spirit and truth, not ceremony, rites, and rituals:

1. Following more than 400 years without the office of prophet from GOD appearing in Israel, John the Baptist would arrive as a herald announcing and proclaiming the advent (coming) of the Christ. As the son of Zacharias, John would be reared to serve in sacred office as a priest—one anointed to offer sacrifices of blood on a consecrated altar that serves as the point of contact between earth and heaven. Prompted by the Holy Spirit, John would leave the Temple in Jerusalem to serve in the wilderness as a prophet after the example of Moses—one who ministers as a spokesperson from divinity to mankind, and from mankind to divinity.

2. The appointment of John began through the prophetic demonstration of miraculous birth to elderly parents. While still developing within his mother’s womb, John became filled with the Holy Spirit when his mother was visited by her cousin Mary, who later would give birth to Jesus. Zacharias, was a Levite whose sacred inheritance included ministry and worship within the Temple at Jerusalem, and performing in scheduled courses (we say, organized rotations; shifts). Elizabeth also was from a priestly family, however, she had been barren (could not bear children), and was thought too old for childbearing.

3. The priesthood that was begun as a gift from heaven given to Adam, and would be increased through the covenant of Moses, existed as an instrument used by GOD to continue the making of atonement, fulfilling eternal purpose, maintaining covenant relationship, and proclaiming divine law expressing the sovereign will of divinity.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Both the office of priest and that of prophet would be transformed by the embodiment of divinity as Jesus Christ (we say, the Incarnation). Contrary to “the law and the prophets,” custom, practice, and tradition had narrowed focus within the Temple community to obedience, offerings, and sacrifice—the law without the prophets. A more complete and correct revelation of divine fullness would be provided displaying operations by the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter; the Holy Ghost; the Spirit of Prophecy; the Spirit of Truth). ) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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A depiction of the Levite whose concubine was attacked at Gibeah by men from the tribe of Benjamin.

 

Today, points are shared on topics that include accountability, covenant law, priesthood, reconciliation, and sacrifice within marriage. Divine justice and the sacred process of judgment are ongoing, and do not depend upon human institutions, politics, or secular knowledge among men. Early Israel was not organized as a kingdom, and neither law enforcement nor judgment were administered by a centralized government, or by one who was anointed to be chief and ruler. Their struggle continued to complete driving from the Promised Land the original nations that were in covenant with GOD. The voices of those serving as Levites, priests and deliverers (judges) were often contested. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Pat C.” (Level 7 with 49,625 points, a member since December 10, 2011) posted the following:

 

What’s the moral of the story of the Levite and his concubine? It’s ok to send a girl out to be raped all night then cut her into 12 pieces?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehemjudah. And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father’s house to Bethlehemjudah, and was there four whole months. And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him into her father’s house to Bethlehem Judah, and was there four whole months. (Judges 19: 1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: That GOD Is Judge (11/01/2018); Divine Law Is Demanding (04/10/2018); A Lawless, Violent GOD? (11/16/2017); Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); No Excuses For Judgment (07/26/2016); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Why GOD Does Not Tell All (09/11/2013)

 

Pat C.”, here are some points of consideration shared among Christian believers that provide divine correction and proper understanding for the account you refer to from the Book of Judges that resulted in civil war, and the near destruction of a single tribe:

1. The framework of divine law is provided to permit choice guided by consciousness and self-will, rather than appetite, sensation, emotion, and mind. In the language of the holy writings, the hosting of sin within the heart and pursuing the operations of sin appearing as desire are iniquity, lawlessness, and wickedness. It is because of sin that divine instruction and law have been proclaimed for created beings and living creatures.

2. While an entire generation of those from Egypt heard the voice of GOD proclaiming covenant law for their affiliation with divinity and for themselves to continue in association with mankind as a full nation rather than a family or collection of tribes, a single figure (monarch) or mechanism to enforce the sanctions within the law was not established.

3. The pattern for government provided by Moses centered in collective worship with the daily and routine resolution of conflicts and the settlement of disputes being performed through the system of captains and judges over units that increased in size (10s, 20s, 50s, 100s, etc.). Every member within the camp was to respond with self-government displayed as commitment, conscience, faith, and obedience to the law.

4. The pattern for holy matrimony in the Scriptures is that of offering and sacrifice wherein a woman leaves her mother and father; is joined to her husband to be one flesh before GOD through operations performed by the Spirit; comes under the authority and law of her husband; and continues in shared, unselfish commitment.

5. Outrage, transgression and violations of the covenant law were to be published and reported throughout the entire covenant community as admonition, correction, guidance, and rebuke.

6. The wife who left her husband and returned to her father’s house (we say, returned home) is characterized as having “played the whore” (i.e., offered herself as a sex object and romantic partner to men outside the marriage relationship for gifts, goods, favor, payments, etc.).

7. The 27,000 men of Benjamin refused to be held accountable, or take responsibility to investigate and punish the crime that had been committed among themselves; and the tribe determined to withstand the condemnation of the more than 400,000 fighters with the collected elders and spokespersons of the covenant.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 8. During the course of warfare, the combined tribes pronounced a curse on Benjamin, and swore to never intermarry with that tribe; however, when only 600 men from Benjamin survived the armed conflict, a solution through marriage was chosen to continue their divine inheritance, and repopulate their lands.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Abel Offering a Lamb

A painting that depicts the priesthood of both Abel and Cain

 

Today, reply is on the divine inheritance of priesthood that was bestowed on Adam and his sons. Because mankind continued to exist for millennia responding to the active presence of divinity, the holy writings provide no accounts that report or suggest that males became pregnant and gave birth to children, or that there were widespread appearances of social behavior for Adam and among his offspring that are presently understood as undermining continuous spiritual communion. Conflicts, divisions, and spiritual confusion increased through the rise of cities and the movement toward one-world empire that resulted in the founding of Babylon and Egypt. It is believed that the downward spiral of spiritual awareness, exaggerated pride, human self-will, and sin progressed very slowly as did the changes that occurred throughout the earth once mankind was thrust out of Eden. Present day practices did not likely appear such as casual and premarital sex, divorce, incest, same sex relationships, and the issues of transgender sexuality. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

According to genesis, we all come from Adam & Eve, who had 3 sons?

Think about it and take all the time you need.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. (Genesis 5: 1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Church Of Jesus (06/18/2018); Mankind’s Priesthood in Heaven (02/16/2018); Divine Priesthood on Earth (01/31/2018); Christ Our High Priest (10/25/2017); The Operations of Sin (07/25/2017); Cain and Genealogy? (11/27/2015); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014)

 

Anonymous”, for developing Christian believers, it is important to understand that the account of divine Creation and the early development of mankind that appears recorded in Genesis provides more than a description of how divinity is the origin of the animals, insects, fish, and plants that are living on the earth. The holy writings are to be received as a detailed revelation from divinity that makes the character, operations, and substance of GOD knowable, known, accessible, and approachable. With this in view, consider the following points:

1. Adam, the first “living soul” was created through the joining of a material figure fashioned by GOD using soil from the earth and life essence from GOD (we also say, breath; spirit; word). Adam was to exist as a life companion to immortal, incorruptible divinity (we say, the Creator; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). He is called a son of GOD, because the man was a vessel containing sacred seed (we say, divine DNA; inseparable spirit matter imparted from divinity).

2. The male and female humans (Adam and Eve) existed as a single unit before GOD (we say, a pair called Adam), and were to serve like the animal and other pairs as the mechanism for the earth becoming fully populated having diverse life forms and kinds. The pair was to establish and maintain relationships as family, however, not in the forms and social expressions we see today. Adam, who lived on the earth for nearly 1,000 years, was to operate as the patriarch and head of the human family.

3. By covetousness, transgression of divine law, and transferring their allegiance and trust away from GOD to a created thing (i.e., idolatry; exalting the serpent), the pair became stripped of their endowments that appeared as sacred benefits, spirit content, and divine privilege. More than this, they became subject to the penalties of hardship, mortality, suffering, and the second death that had been declared as sanctions of the law.

4. There could be no “do over” for the many divine acts of Creation, yet, divinity would fashion and reconfigure mankind as a new creation by permanently altering his endowment of spirit from the makeup of GOD. Multiple operations were introduced by GOD to recover mankind and preserve Creation. Included were atonement for sin; forgiveness; the establish of priesthood on the earth patterned after that in the heaven; remission of sin through sacrifices of blood (a carnal device used to distribute life throughout the members, organs, and tissues of created beings and living creatures); divine promise; prophecy and sanctification as well as the manifesting of sacred grace, mercy, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and sovereign will.

5. Prophets are spokespersons from GOD who speak his word; only priests are those anointed and authorized to present offerings and sacrifices of blood upon a consecrated table (holy altar) or within a sanctified house that is the point of contact between heaven and earth. Not all the sons of Adam served as heirs to the priesthood of Adam; thus, at first, only those who continued the line of priests are named in Scripture (Abel, Cain, Seth). There appears to have been no service as priests by Eve and her many daughters.

6. Both Abel and Cain “grew up in the church,” so to speak. Both were taught the correct way to build and dedicate an altar; both were taught to pray and worship; and both were taught the correct way to present offerings and sacrifices. The conflict between Abel and Cain that finally resulted in fratricide (killing ones own brother) is to be discerned as the truth that they did not both receive, and obey the imparted Spirit from GOD. Divinity acknowledged the sacrifice that was more pleasing as that of Abel.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 7. The sacred inheritance Adam received and was to pass on to his own sons was one of priesthood. The entire Bible is a record of the beginnings of divine ministry to the earth, and its continuing development using family, tribes, covenant relationships, kingdom and monarchy, praise, proclamation, and fulfillment of prophecy. While the holy writings report the operations of GOD appearing on the earth through thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years, the continuing focus remained the salvation of mankind and their transformation to exist as immortal through the Incarnation and priesthood of Jesus Christ.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on the origin of divine grace, rebirth and salvation as sacred gifts that become available from GOD through the ministry of Jesus Christ. The fighter in the public forum at “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Christian sinner” (Level 7 with 212,433 points, a member since November 28, 2006) posted the following:

 

What did John the Baptist mean when he said this? Did John mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g? How do you see it?

John 3

27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.”

Update: If John was right and he meant everything is received from heaven, then are atheists not given something very important? Like an ability to trust in Christ? Are the atheists who never trust in Christ incapable of trusting Christ because God didn’t give them the ability?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4: 11-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: John Anointed To Prophesy (05/21/2018); The Origin And Source (04/26/2018); The Lamb of GOD (08/19/2015); Jesus Given A Divine Ministry? (08/18/2015); He Must Increase? (04/01/2015); The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013)

 

Christian sinner”, be encouraged. Although John the Baptist served in priesthood at the Temple in Jerusalem, under the influence of the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) that he received before his birth, John established a ministry preaching repentance, performing baptism, and proclaiming the kingdom of GOD would soon appear. The many sacred gifts granted to mankind from the divine fullness (we say, the GODhead) allow those living on the earth to be in a lawful, ongoing, personal relationship with divinity. Included are atonement for sin; covenant law; grace; divine inheritance; joining to the oneness without sameness that is shared among the divine fullness (we say, the Godhead); and the privilege of serving as anointed kings, ministers, and prophets on the earth. These, and many other blessings are possible only through actual operations of the active presence we know and speak of as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Developing Christian believers are to acknowledge that the makeup and operation of human consciousness and self-will were imparted to mankind from Creation as life essence (we say, breath; spirit; the word of GOD). Because the operations of sin dominated human awareness and willpower within Adam (the male and female), the living now must receive a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD (we say, A sinner must be “born again” having the Spirit imparted from GOD, and grow up again (i.e., mature) while living on the earth. By being filled as vessels of divinity, sinners are transformed, and through discovery, gradual growth, learning and service they acquire the “ability” to receive, recognize, retain, and become fruitful using the things from GOD to address his eternal purposes.

Through Jesus Christ, sinners who repent, and contain his personhood and Spirit exist as the new creation, the sons and daughters of GOD, and joint-heirs with Christ. While men on the earth may share with one another the benefits of divine ministry from Jesus as the Risen Lord and High Priest of heaven, none may bestow the divine gifts of glory, holiness, honor, purity, redemption, salvation, and eternal life as though these are the products of human imagination, intellect, and self-will. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) John 3: 25-30, King James Version (KJV): 25 Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying. 26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

(2.) Deuteronomy 13: 1-11, KJV: 1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. 6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: 9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.

(3.) John 1: 11-17, KJV: 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 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: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 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. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Hebrews 5: 1-10, KJV: 1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: 2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. 3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. 4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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