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Diversities of Gifts

 

Today, reply is made on why leading by the Holy Spirit results in many understandings of Scripture.  Using spirit substance that is diffuse, and may move unhindered across the many barriers of time and space, allows divinity to access and reside within the full expanse of living consciousness.  Also, speaking and thinking of the church as a single body with Jesus Christ as its head allows us to use the idea that believers are those who become joined to GOD as regenerated limbs and members.  In the same way, the fullness of truth has required many covenants, divine laws, sacred proclamations, and statements of prophecy, a broad range of understandings are demanded for there to be a complete, correct revelation of GOD.  Salvation requires a broad spectrum of abilities, disciplines, skills, talents, and ways of saying the same thing be brought together; and a vast array of sanctified laborers and workers must be assembled to recruit, instruct, and guide those who will be the new creation.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why does the Holy Spirit lead people to different understandings of the same Bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  (Ephesians 4:  4-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Creator is Different (10/31/2017); Will There Be Diversity? (10/22/2017); An Incarnation of Divinity? (10/12/2017); In Spirit and Truth? (10/02/2017); Growth Is Through Edification (06/20/2017); Redemption Through Ordinary Flesh? (04/20/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); GOD Appearing As Word (01/14/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, salvation may be understood as a divine process to transform sinners to exist as immortal, incorruptible companions of the invisible, unseen GOD, who appeared as Jesus Christ upon the earth, and can be acknowledged as visible through the followers of Christ who are developing believers.  The diversity we now see among Christian believers speaks to the fullness of GOD that is being revealed to all created beings and living creatures.  While believers are to bear the image of divinity and display inseparable spirit content (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, wrath against sin), we also must complete and  fulfill a broad range of duties, offices, sacred practices (we say, sacraments), divine purposes, and priestly tasks.  Included are preaching, prophesying, teaching, and witnessing.  In addition to differences in age, attitudes, gender, and physical traits (e.g., hair color, height, size, weight), there are important differences in level of humility, insight, readiness to accept and apply instruction by the Holy Spirit (we say, meekness), sanctification, spiritual growth and maturity as well as fervor, willingness to serve, and zeal. 

Intellectual understanding is more a function and outcome of operations by the flesh (e.g., emotions, logic, carnal reason, and secular knowledge) than of operations by the Holy Spirit.  Sinners must experience baptism (death, burial and the resurrection of their inborn spirit) and be “born again” having divine DNA, so to speak.  It is the Spirit they receive that allows them to exist and comprehend as divine offspring, the children of GOD on the earth.  All receive the One Seed and Comforter sent by Christ and the Father (we also say, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth); and become set apart (sanctified) to display the same oneness without sameness that exists among the persons of the GODhead.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 12:  3-10, King James Version (KJV):  3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.  4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

(2.)  1st Corinthians 12:  27-30, KJV:  27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.  29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?  30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

(3.)  Romans 8:  13-15, KJV:  13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:  but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

There is far more to 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.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Formed to be Inhabited

 

Today, points are shared that speak to the divine purposes for the existence of mankind.  Several prophets and spokespersons sent from GOD have cried, What is man?  Their intent was neither to condemn divinity, nor to curse mankind.  Rather, they were calling for relief from GOD while expressing desperation and frustration that life appears too short, is overly difficult, has too few moments of genuine joy, and can be utterly unsatisfying.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Esmeralda” (Level 1 with 143 points, a member since October 26, 2016) posted the following:

 

What is the reason for our existence?

do you think that we were created to just live, do whatever we want then die? or that there is actually a purpose for all our lives.

Update: Guys, I know the reason for my existence, I’m asking about YOUR opinion.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints;  Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:  So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.  I loathe it; I would not live alway:  let me alone; for my days are vanity.  What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?  And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?  How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?  I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?  And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.  (Job 7:  13-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Creator is Different (10/31/2017); From Dust Thou Art (09/07/2017); “Occupy Till I Come” (08/30/2017); The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); Reflections on Existence (12/19/2016); Eternal Life From GOD (10/24/2016); Life Is In Blood (12/08/2015); All Is Vanity? (07/28/2015)

 

“Esmeralda”, here, are some points to consider that might help many avoid spiritual confusion:

(1.)  As mature thinkers, we usually attribute “motives”, “purpose”, and “reason” to living individuals who display intellect and mind.  When you ask, What is the reason, we tend to respond, The “reason” given by whom?  Whose reason?  And, Are you asking us to tell you GOD’s reason?  Are you really ready to accept what someone else will tell you that they have received from GOD?

(2.)  As a matter of human expression, there might be countless responses that describe specific aims, goals and objectives of the living, yet, do not answer such features as a desire “to exist” or “the will to live” (that we often deal with as though it means the same as “intent”) among the living. 

(3.)  Everything that exists does not have life; thus, a cadaver or corpse may exist.  A “living soul” requires life essence (i.e., breath, spirit, Word) imparted from the makeup of GOD as well as a material form such as the human body. 

(4.)  Resurrection of the body as a Christian belief, acknowledges that ones spirit continues on some plane of existence such as limbo or purgatory—that is not a sphere of life such as earth, heaven, the universe—even though the material body has been destroyed.

(5.)  For mature Christians, created beings and living creatures exist as emanations and expressions of divine order, eternal purpose, and sovereign will.  Where the living have received fresh endowments of the inseparable aspects of spirit imparted from GOD, they will “appear”, display sacred image, and serve as divine offspring (we say, joint heirs with Christ, the children of GOD).

(6.)  Completeness, existence, life, person, and presence as important aspects of divine fullness.  Where we understand our own desire to call out and hear an echo, many of us also understand why GOD would prepare mankind to be an immortal, incorruptible companion.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  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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Today, focus is on true worship as the display of one own spirit content from divinity.  The judgment of all worship is exclusively the privilege of the Almighty.  Given the Holy Spirit comes to abide within the believer, and does not go in and out having to return periodically, the sinner who has been reborn may display sacred truth continually through their actions, attitudes, behavior and speech.  At all times, and in all settings, it will be an “ordinary” aspect of self-expression that a developing believer has become a new creation in Christ, and is being prepared to meet the Lord at his coming.  In keeping with divine prerogative and sacred operations, commonly shared ceremonies, practices and traditions may well be augmented and amplified using heretofore unknown streams of acknowledgment, praise, thanksgiving, testimony, and witness.  Calling to mind the conflict centered on worship that occurred between Cain and Abel, one of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Does it matter how you choose to worship God?

My sister criticizes how I worship God. She says that if I’m not vocal in worshipping God that he won’t answer my prayers. I prefer to be more private in my worship of God, whereas my sister is extremely vocal and seems to overdo her worship. Just in conversation, she’ll randomly speak about God and relate everything to God. My conversations with God and my feelings about God are personal, so I feel that it weakens my relationship with God to speak so publicly about God to those who may be judgemental.

 

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

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Knowing the Invisible GOD (09/17/2017); The Flesh, Then Beyond (05/23/2017); What Does Divinity Want? (03/13/2017); No Other gods? (08/14/2015); Sun Worship? (07/27/2015); The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014); To Serve GOD Acceptably (07/10/2014); Too Much Holy Spirit? (11/19/2013); Understanding Peace? (11/20/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, worship of GOD as creator is to be a continuous process like breathing in and out.  It is not so much a matter of intellect, logic and carnal reason as it is a sacred process powered through sacred means.  For mature Christian believers, to worship GOD is to acknowledge the active presence who is divinity by displaying the oneness without sameness that has been imparted through his gifts of life essence (i.e., breath, spirit, word), and sacred substance.  Ones consciousness must be directed and filled by the Holy Spirit, and their self-will (willpower) must respond in agreement with the sovereign will of GOD.  Imparted spirit content from the makeup of GOD includes awe, faith, forbearance, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Thereby, believers are enabled to correctly recognize and respond to sacred substance appearing within events, oneself, other persons, holy writings, etc.

There can be great diversity among believers within a single congregation, family group, and community of faith because they are not all on the same level of maturity, they are not all granted the same spiritual gifts, they do not all share the same accountability and duties, and they do not all have the same sacred knowledge and skill that results by observing sacred practices (e.g., fasting, giving, prayer, study of the holy writings, unselfish service).

All Christian believers are being called and recruited to share what GOD is revealing to them as the gospel of Jesus Christ.  However, all are not called to serve as clergy and pulpit preachers.  Spreading the Gospel is to be a matter of a believer’s daily routine and ongoing lifestyle as vessels of divine spirit content.  Therefore, repentance, permanent change, growth, and learning are uppermost.  Public speaking and formal instruction of doctrine are best shared in special settings by those prepared to receive those forms of support.  Prophesying (to comfort; to build up others and the church (edification); and to exhort (encouraging immediate action) ) is essential, however, it requires commitment and discernment that only are established by the Holy Spirit.  Consider again the following that speaks to the duties of believers using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Ezekiel 3:  17-19, King James Version (KJV):  17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel:  therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.  18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

(2.)  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(3.)  1st John 1:  5-10, KJV:  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 1:  9-10, KJV:  9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 8:  3-9, KJV:  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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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I Will Repay

 

 

Today, reply is on the righteousness of GOD in the administration of vengeance (justice).  Correctly understood, the vengeance of GOD is the fulfillment of all promise and prophecy that follow the completion of final judgment.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Someone in another question mentioned the vengeance of God. I’m agnostic, but I ask Christians, is God’s vengeance “righteous”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write:  for these words are true and faithful.  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.  (Revelation 21:  3-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Balance, Forgiveness and Justice (08/08/2017); Christian Beliefs About Sin (07/20/2017); GOD Indwells Divine Law (07/14/2017); Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); On Accepting Divine Judgment (02/26/2017); The Respect of Persons? (10/14/2016); Law, Vengeance, and Punishment? (09/30/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, the administration of comprehensive justice is a sacred operation.  Mature Christian believers understand “divine vengeance” to mean lawful judgment by GOD that is balanced, impartial, and thorough, for included within the responses of Deity are compassion, empathy, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, and love.  Vengeance is not the outcome or result of being made angry, insulted, or divinity “losing self-control.”  Vengeance is an aspect of eternal purpose and sacred revelation whereby divinity is made fully knowable and known to created beings and living creatures.  Through vengeance the righteousness of divinity appears that would otherwise remain invisible and unseen.

Understanding divine judgment is difficult for those who have not received the endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD that is imparted to those who are born again.  They fail to discern that, along with authority and power, there also are commitment, longsuffering (the ability to endure), and patience are aspects of the divine glory; and the GOD who appeared to Moses is a GOD of judgment.  Relying on consumerism, materialism, carnal reason and secular knowledge (e.g., finance, history, politics, science), human ideas of justice center on equality, fairness, indebtedness, and parity.  In the purview of GOD, justice must extend to maintain all existence, not merely to settle conflicts and resolve disputes among the living over property.  The vengeance of GOD must accomplish the elimination of all sin as well as make an irrefutable display of divine perfection. 

Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, and all divine order throughout Creation.  Sin promotes non-existence, and a return to the conditions that were in place before the establishment of heaven and earth (we say, anarchy, chaos, confusion).  While sin has no existence as spirit substance (e.g., authority, glory, majesty), sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  Sinners must receive inseparable aspects of the same consciousness and sovereign will that were displayed in Jesus Christ as the Son of Adam and the Son of GOD.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 32:  34-36, King James Version (KJV):  34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?  35 To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time:  for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.  36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.

(2.)  Ephesians 4:  25-27, KJV:  5 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  26 Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  27 Neither give place to the devil.

(3.)  James 1:  19-21, KJV:  19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

There is far more that should be considered and properly understood.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 3:  3-6, KJV:  3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?  4 God forbid:  yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.  5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)  6 God forbid:  for then how shall God judge the world?)  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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Father, Son, Spirit

 

Today, focus is on the totality of operations, purposes, and substance acknowledged by the living as divinity and spirit.  In addition to the Father, who is spirit, and the Incarnate Son who appears using flesh and bone, the Holy Spirit depicted by a dove completes the three persons of the One we call the GODhead.  The Holy Spirit is also known as the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Spirit of Truth.  The holy writings convey and impart spirit matter, and speak of ministering spirits (the holy angels); spirit substance from the fullness of divine being such as faith, holiness, immortality, incorruption, wisdom, and wrath against sin; the spirit imparted to mankind from GOD that is life essence (we also say, breath, word); the spirit matter that indwelled Jesus Christ while on the earth; the spirit that operates in rebirth and resurrection of a sinner’s inborn spirit; and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are required to edify and empower the community of believers who follow Christ as his church.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “John” (Level 1 with 3 points, date enrolled is withheld) posted the following:

 

What do christians mean by ‘spirit’? What is spirit, like when they say that god consists of spirit?

And is it the same stuff as souls are made of?

Please be as specific as possible, since this is a very important aspect of theology to understand.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;  And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD:  and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:  and he shall smite the earth:  with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.  And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  (Isaiah 11:  1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Hope That Is True (02/20/2017); Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); Word, Son, and Christ? (08/24/2016); Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); Can The Bible Be Increased? (05/31/2015); The Words Are Spirit? (06/03/2015)

 

“John”, the finite tools of created beings and living creatures such as emotion, intelligence, logic, philosophy, science and technology are useless to completely and correctly apprehend “spirit” .  Moreover, sacred knowledge from GOD, about GOD, is granted on a “need to know” basis through discovery and is given to those who are in peculiar personal relationships with divinity (e.g., apostles, covenant partners, offspring, prophets, spokespersons).  Those who receive revealed truth become shielded against spiritual confusion and error by themselves containing aspects of divine person (we say, the imparted spirit); and by their being directed and focused through divine law, sacred practice, and eternal purpose.

The GODhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) should be acknowledged as a single fullness who manifests all divine substance.  The three persons of the GODhead interact having oneness without sameness.  Inseparable aspects of Deity (where you find one, all the others also appear; however, not necessarily in the same measure or proportion) continually coalesce, interact, distance themselves from one another without separation, and reconfigure.  Included are such substance as authority, awe, completeness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, perfection, person, presence, righteousness, and sovereign will.

Man became a “living soul” when GOD imparted life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, word) into a form that had been prepared to serve as a vessel for divine substance.   Spirit may exist without form (we say, body); and the dead may be understood as spirit separated from body; however, the living must have both form and spirit.  Because the Scriptures do speak of “souls under the altar,” many believe there can be disembodied souls, and even, undying and eternal souls.  Resurrected spirits without their body from GOD are like promises, prophecies, and visions without their fulfillment.  Just as “possibilities” have existence without material form; resurrected spirits are as shadows, and lack full substance to those in mortality.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(2.)  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st Corinthians 13:  11-13, KJV:  11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:  but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:  now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is made to clarify Jesus as “lower than the angels,” yet, Captain of the Host, High Priest, and Regis Angelorum (King of the Angels).  Properly understood, Christ is not to be compared to, or examined for quality and rank against the angels.  At the birth of Jesus, holy angels announced and celebrated his exalted rank as king.  Even so, when Satan appeared to challenge and tempt Christ following his water baptism by John the Baptist, Satan could not recognize the Son of the Highest when he was no longer effulgent with glory.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Abdul Malik Ishak” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since May 11, 2015) posted the following:

 

What does it mean that Jesus was a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:7)?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. (Psalm 8:5)

Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: (Hebrews 2:7)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  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;  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:  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  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?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  (Hebrews 1:  1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Servitude of Angels (08/28/2017); Adam’s Imperfection and Sin? (08/10/2017); Divinity Appears Using Form (07/26/2017); Inheritance Must Become Commitment (05/15/2017); On Really Seeing Angels (10/09/2016); Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); Oneness, Not Equality or Rank? (07/16/2015); Adversary or Servant? (11/21/2013); How To Renew The Mind (11/22/2013)

 

“Abdul Malik Ishak,” for men to correctly speak about GOD, we must use sacred knowledge, language, operations, and truth that have been given to us from GOD.  Because divinity has appeared on the earth using human form in the person of Jesus Christ (we say, the Incarnation), Christians affirm that it is correct to speak of Jesus both as Son of Man (Adam) and Son of GOD.  While on the earth, the Savior obeyed natural law and conformed to the processes of life for mortal men (birth, childhood, learning, aging).  Even so, the Son of the Highest also demonstrated that human potential includes a capacity to receive divine content, to be in communion with Deity, and to then display and express godliness and spirit substance.  The divine commitment to completing and perfecting mankind appears as eternal purpose determined before the foundation of the heaven and earth, and pertains to all divine order and existence.  Along with such devices and mechanisms as the mind, the senses, the frameworks of time and space, the holy writings are intended to reveal and allow discovery of the active presence who is GOD within the awareness and self-will of created beings and living creatures.  The Scriptures are not intended to provide details regarding the angelic beings and those that appear in heaven (e.g., the sacred beasts and 24 elders) so much as to clarify ongoing divine operations, and the full actualization of sovereign will.  Angels are neither mortal nor immortal, and continue existence through divine prerogative.  Only GOD is immortal; and GOD is a spirit whose authority, character, makeup, and power has accomplished the putting forth of things carnal and material including the living and their spheres of life.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Genesis 1:  26, 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.

(2.)  Psalms 8:  3-6, KJV:  3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(3.)  Luke 20:  34-35, KJV:  34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:  35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:  36 Neither can they die any more:  for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 15:  40-42, KJV:  40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial:  but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:  for one star differeth from another star in glory.  42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

(5.)  Hebrews 2:  9, KJV:  9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  1st Timothy 6:  12-16, KJV:  12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.  13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;  14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:  15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;  16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see:  to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Washington, DC

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THE WRATH OF THE SEAS, Ivan Aivazovsky, 1886

 

Today, points are shared on storms and weather events as expressions of divine wrath against sin.  Because the Creator is entered into personal relationships we describe as covenants and a new testament in blood, what appear as natural events to correct those who are “born again,” and who now exist as the new creation often are thought to be punishments against sinners and the wicked.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Blelo” (Level 2 with 395 points, a member since December 24, 2015) posted the following:

 

Is god PUNISHING Americans with hurricanes?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.  In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away:  and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.  Remember Lot’s wife.  Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.  I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.  Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  (Luke 17:  26-36, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Existence, Mortality and GOD? (08/31/2017); Mercy to the Merciless? (07/30/2017); Righteousness Exalts A Nation (07/04/2017); On Law and Sin (06/07/2017); Installing The New President (01/20/2017); About Revelation not Punishment? (11/25/2016); Natural and Spiritual Law? (06/30/2016); Punishment To Show Love? (11/29/2015)

 

“Blelo”, increasingly, mature Christians will agree that, in the same way human events appear as the result of ongoing operations of influences and forces that long have been in effect, yet, have remained unseen, spiritual events appear as the result of ongoing sacred operations and the active presence who is divinity.  It is not necessarily that GOD suddenly becomes angry, interested, or involved; rather, it is that a cosmic and spirit process has been going forward all along.

The GOD we call “our Father” is a god of judgment.  Even so, permanent change for all Creation occurred through acts carried out by operations of human will.  The first pair (Adam) established brevity, instability, mortality, and suffering as inescapable conditions for human existence.  Thus, it is written, that mankind lives under a “death sentence.”  Where direct fellowship with GOD was to supply guidance, instruction, revelation and all necessary sacred knowledge to mankind, the pair sought divinity and wisdom through rebellion and self-promotion.

A single sacred event may address multiple eternal purposes (e.g., admonition, authentication of prophecy, fulfillment of promise).  The events we call “judgments” and “plagues sent by GOD” appear in accordance with sacred laws, proclamations, and prophecies that reveal the character, makeup, and substance of divinity.  In addition to wrath against sin inseparable aspects of Deity can appear including balance, faithfulness, forbearance, holiness, impartiality, lovingkindness, person, righteousness, and sovereign will.  The same event that displays condemnation and harshness against some, also will display others and a remnant covered and shielded from all harm.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Exodus 8:  20-23, King James Version (KJV):  20 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.  21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses:  and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.  22 And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.  23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people:  to morrow shall this sign be.

(2.)  Exodus 34:  4-8, KJV:  4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.  5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.  8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

(3.)  Zechariah 13:  8-9, KJV:  8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.  9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried:  they shall call on my name, and I will hear them:  I will say, It is my people:  and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Hebrews 12:  3-8, KJV:  3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.)  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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