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Whether or not believers are required to die on the cross is the topic, today. Also, there is more on Jesus rebuking the storm. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Ken” (Level 1 with 182 points, a member since May 1, 2013) posted the following:

Why does Jesus require all of us die on the cross?

That’s what my pastor says. If I gotta, I gotta.

THE BATTLE AXE: Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013)—(5.) In order to fulfill prophecy and further implement the promises of GOD, Jesus reproduced, improved upon, and portrayed many actions and events from the lives of earlier patriarchs, prophets and kings. Included were acts of covenant, deliverance, exorcism, fasting, healing, power over aspects of the natural world, prayer, submission, and spiritual surrender. The Savior’s rebuke of storms compares to Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha opening the Red Sea, and going over the Jordan River on dry ground (see Exodus 14: 21 and 2nd Kings 2: 1-15, KJV). In the same way Moses demonstrated authority from GOD calling water from a rock, and instructing them regarding the gift of manna as a food for the covenant people, Jesus fed thousands to clarify his authority to forgive sins, raise the dead, and to establish eternal life through priesthood and judgment (see John 4: 46-54, Luke 5: 18-26, Hebrews 7: 24-26 and John 6: 1-71, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1st Corinthians 15: 50-57, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Magical Resurrection? (03/20/2013); Eat His Body, Drink His Blood (03/21/2013); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); The Divine Tool of Death (08/11/2012)

Ken, I trust you will agree, there are many things that must fit together for us to understand all that GOD is accomplishing through the Incarnation, the death, the resurrection, and eternal ministry of Jesus Christ as Risen Lord. Please consider the following points:

(1.) In the same way our existence within a natural order continues to require that people get wet when standing in the rain, all mankind and believers in salvation from GOD through Christ also continue to meet natural demands for change that include aging, decay, forgetting, sickness, and decease. 
(2.) The existence of mankind within the divine order that generates created beings and living creatures has been altered by the process of sin. Sin first appeared among the holy angels, who are spirit beings. In their creation, the angels were made finished (we say, perfect) in terms of their capabilities, living process, and sacred content. The angels and sacred beasts of heaven were not made subject to death, and the fear of termination. Even so, in the heaven, only GOD is immortal.

(3.) Death was introduced as a divine tool to make visible the direction, effect, and presence of sin. The existence of mankind was made temporal (i.e., of limited duration); and the completion of our condition as mortal is called “death.” Sin has not been created by GOD, and contains no spirit substance as do all things made by GOD, including mankind. Sin may dominate self-will in created beings and living creatures; however, sin cannot influence the will of GOD.

(4.) Through the birth, ministry, sufferings, death and resurrection of Jesus, the meaning and power of death for mankind has been reconfigured and transformed. Spiritual reality and truth are clarified and established revealing death as temporal, and a necessary stage for mankind to be made immortal and incorruptible.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) To acquire and experience the benefits intended for mankind, believers must become aware of Christ as the controlling aspect within their own person. In that sense, they become one with the Son, and through him, with the Father. Death is then described as an aspect of spiritual meaning with rebirth from divine content (we say, holy DNA). There then must be further sacred process including repentance and sanctification. Human will becomes armored against sin, where men once were incapable of detecting or resisting sin.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

Judgment, the lake of fire, and divine mercy are topics, today. (No BATTLE AXE appears.) A regular reader at using the ID “Southern_Grace” responded to (11/01/2012) After the Rapture? and posted the following:

The lake of fire will become the mercy of God. That is an interesting statement. Would you expand on your thoughts?

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Revelation 14: 13-20, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Doom (09/20/2012); Contradictions? (09/21/2012); Mercy is Just? (12/17/2010); The Lord’s Prayer (12/18/2010)

The idea of a “lake of mercy” wherein wickedness is destroyed, and the idea of rain from heaven that destroys wickedness by completely covering the earth, are ways of describing divine judgment against sin while further revealing the surpassing love of the Creator for created beings and living creatures. Correctly understood, salvation and judgment are sacred processes to accomplish the purposes of GOD, not those of mankind. The intent of GOD revealed in Creation has not changed, and through Creation GOD is known as immutable, invisible and unchanging. The need for peace throughout Creation is recognized and provided for. Peace, and the resolution of conflict are not the outcome of war; rather, they are the outcome of judgment (i.e., the end of contention and quarrels, and the settlement of disputes through law). Created beings and living creatures endowed with self-will continue in conflict with their Maker, and with one another calling for a reconciliation of flesh and spirit made present as both divinity and matter. The grace and mercy of GOD invested within the law are made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ, who is anointed as Judge and the primary overseer of divine judgment. Just as GOD is revealed in the sacred process of Incarnation, GOD is made visible through the sacred process of judgment that displays grace, justice, mercy, righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin.

Throughout the Scriptures, language that speaks of burning, fire from heaven, holy fire, and the wrath of GOD are used pertaining to judgment against sin. Fire from heaven as a device in divine judgment is first reported in the book of Genesis, and appears as “a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3: 24, King James Version). Immediately, we grasp that this flame is not produced by common fire, such as we use to cook and warm ourselves. We next understand the appearance of holy fire in judgment of mankind by the account of sacrifice from the sons of Adam. Both Abel and Cain were granted the instruction from GOD as heirs to the priesthood from heaven that was demonstrated to Adam upon the earth. Adam was shown how to prepare an altar as the holy table, and the point of connection between heaven and earth. Also, he was taught the correct way to transfer sin to a living creature, kill, eviscerate, portion and present the lamb, sprinkling the blood for atonement and thanksgiving. Almighty GOD then introduced holy fire to consume the sacrifice, that could, all at once, destroy the sin laid upon it, and release to GOD the divine spirit substance from both the innocent substitute, and the priest making sacrifice. While both Abel and Cain built altars, and made offerings based upon their labor, only Abel’s sacrifice was performed in obedience to the pattern from heaven. The Scripture reports, “And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:” (Genesis 4: 4, KJV). Holy fire from heaven is understood as the device that was used by Almighty GOD to acknowledge the obedience of Abel, and to indicate divine pleasure.

In the same way that law existed in heaven long before creation of the angels and sacred beasts, holy fire existed as the tool of GOD in Creation of the heaven and the earth long before lightening and natural fire. Judgment existed as an aspect of divine person and (before sin) continued as assessment, evaluation and the weighing of alternatives in decision-making and accomplishing sacred process. The holy angels, who are neither mortals nor immortal beings, were completed as finished spirit-beings along with their spirit-place (the celestial heavens), and were not given the same ability to change through growth and learning that was bestowed upon Adam. More than this, angels and others were not made capable of spiritual repentance. When sin became known among the holy angels, holy fire first became a tool for judgment against rebellion and willful behavior by created beings, and is called “everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” by Jesus (Matthew 25: 41, KJV).

The idea of fire from heaven having a form similar to that of water comes into view in the account of judgment against the cities of the plain, when the Lord rained brimstone and fire (Genesis 19: 24, KJV). This is similar to the accounts of flood waters used for judgment against mankind in Noah’s day as well as hail and fire used in judgment against the One World empire of Egypt at the time of Moses. Many suppose that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by common fire, and because of idolatry, fornication, and perverted sexual practices. In fact, Scripture declares: Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy (Ezekiel 16: 49, KJV). The phrase “lake of fire” first appears in Scripture at Revelation 19: 20 describing the destruction of the false prophet and beast that were instruments of Satan. This second death is first described as a second harvesting of the earth commanded by an angel that comes out from the altar in heaven having power over fire, and in service to Christ (Revelation 14: 18-20, KJV).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, mercy is exclusively an artifact of divine judgment: No judgment by GOD, no mercy; no mercy from GOD, no perfect judgment. Such elements as balance, impartiality and righteousness characterize divine judgment through its inclusion of mercy. Judgment that results in the second death is both the eternal release from sin, and the eternal release from divine displeasure and punishment.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.