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John Trumbull, 1780 – George Washington and William Lee, the enslaved personal servant, who for many years spent more time in Washington’s presence than any other man.

 

Today, in response to a recent statement from President Trump, topics include cultural history, sins of America’s past, our present-day accountability, and spiritual confusion.  The President could be discerned to be warning the public against impassioned, yet, ungodly pursuit of judgment.  The process and substance of judgment that would meet the standards from GOD must include balance, clarity, impartiality, integrity, thoroughness, and transparency.  In speaking about the tragic event in Charlottesville, Virginia where Heather Heyer was killed during what were to have been lawful protest demonstrations for and against continuing civil war memorials, the President did not condemn any specific groups and organizations thought responsible for the violence.  When challenged by the media, President Trump cautioned that attacks against historical figures such as Robert E. Lee (the West Point graduate who led the Confederate Army during the Civil War), may also be made against others including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.  By asking, Where will it end?, the President suggested that many who were indispensable to establishing the principles for what has been the world’s most enduring democratic government also advocated and practiced many of the attitudes and prejudices of their times that we now condemn; and none of our early “heroes” will be found guiltless and without flaws.  Thus, for example, on February 2, 2017, PBS News broadcasted that five American Presidents owned slaves while they were in office:  President George Washington (1789-1797), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), James Madison (1809-1817), James Monroe (1817-1825), and Andrew Jackson (1829-1837).  Christian believers are not to rush to judgment, as the third world continues to do, condemning every American leader, and all Americans who ever were or ever will be.  The following was downloaded from Wikipedia, the online Internet encyclopedia 1:37 PM, August 16, 2017 from the article George Washington and slavery:

 

George Washington, the first President of the United States, held people in slavery for virtually all of his life. His will provided for freeing the enslaved people he held upon the death of his widow Martha Washington. In January 1801 Martha freed her husband’s slaves, just over a year after his death.[1] However, while she lived, Martha did not emancipate any of the people she held, because she held only the lifetime use of them. When she died, on May 22, 1802, at the age of 70, all of those enslaved people went to the descendants of her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis

When Washington was eleven years old, he inherited ten slaves;[3] by the time of his death, 317 slaves lived at Mount Vernon,[4] including 123 owned by Washington, 40 leased from a neighbor, and an additional 153 “dower slaves.” While these dower slaves were designated for Martha’s use during her lifetime, they were part of the estate of her first husband Daniel Parke Custis, and the Washingtons could not sell or manumit them.[5] As on other plantations during that era, Washington’s slaves worked from dawn until dusk unless injured or ill; they could be whipped for running away or for other infractions. They were fed, clothed, and housed as inexpensively as possible, in conditions that were probably meager.[citation needed]

Visitors recorded varying impressions of slave life at Mount Vernon: one visitor in 1798 wrote that Washington treated his slaves “with more severity” than his neighbors, while another around the same time stated that “Washington treat[ed] his slaves far more humanely than did his fellow citizens of Virginia.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?  But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.  Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?  When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.  Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  (Ezekiel 18:  20-28, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Righteousness Exalts A Nation (07/04/2017); Fulfillment of His Dream? (04/05/2017);  Joy, Survival and Worship (06/21/2017); Divine Law Expresses Love (05/10/2017); Covetousness, Slavery and Sin (09/16/2016); Called Slaves by GOD? (02/10/2016); The Provision Against Racists? (01/19/2016); Slaves to Sin? (04/13/2015) 

 

(1.)  Even where we attempt to apply the patterns and standards from the holy writings, law and the judgment of men on the basis of their deeds and works must be approached as involving multiple occasions—and the likelihood for—irreversible error.  Often, no single event or set of actions can be identified as including the full panorama of any man’s accomplishments, desires, efforts, expressions, motives, quality, and value.  With this in view, the determination to be made when courts and juries assemble are the actuality of specific contributions and participation of an individual during specific events, and is not a matter of their overall eternal value, merit and worth.

(2.)  Mature Christian believers usually agree that awareness and self-will may be dominated by sin.  The operations of sin may be invisibly embedded within customs and traditions, and can be regularly expressed through cultural, interpersonal, political, and social practices that appear historically acceptable, natural, and normal; and sin will not appear to be contrary to human character, continued existence, godliness, and truth. 

(3.)  Slavery as an institution to decimate and exploit Africans began in the markets of Portugal, Europe, fifty years before Columbus would land in the New World seeking to become wealthy through slaves and spices.  As practiced in America, slavery was a form of imperial idolatry like begun in Egypt where, during the years of famine, in order to survive, the Egyptian people (and not the Jews) sold everything they had to Pharaoh:  their livestock, their property and themselves.  Using dynasty and inheritance, the Pharaohs exercised a control that amounted to abuse, promoting themselves as gods over their own people.  Using bigotry, discrimination, racism, and hate there have been those promoting an American nightmare in place of the American Dream.

(4.)  Growing up under the influence of Jesus Christ in my life, I have been able to truthfully say neither that every Black person is my friend, nor that every White person is my enemy.  The issues of belonging, brotherhood, and separation because of ethnicity, origin, race, and skin color repeatedly destroy confidence, curiosity, discovery, flexibility, belief in a future, and hope for the higher levels of accomplishment among the young.  Anger and hate are thought to be forms of strength that allow us to confront death, however, the serious work of growth and learning that must be done to maintain life requires balance, concentration, dispassion, level-headedness, maturity, and sobriety.  Like many others, here in America, I discovered the more correct focus in deciding affiliation and to whom I connect has been the separation because of differences in sacred commitment, and ones own endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.

(5.)  Patriotism and love of ones homeland are passing and temporal.  They even may be seen as a form of idolatry.  In the understanding of mature Christian believers, all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD.  There can be no lasting display of mercy and righteousness without divine judgment; and the provisions of GOD through Jesus Christ include atonement, forgiveness, redemption and repentance as well as reconciliation.  For George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, the “escape” from “all or nothing” condemnation that we will embrace as victims of our own cultural and historical limitations comes by continuing in sound covenant relationship and the testament of sacred blood.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  In our god-given oneness without sameness, every American wants to be free.  It would be fitting that the President of the United States issue a new call to end equivocation regarding American slavery.  While it continues to be correct to acknowledge George Washington, the founders of the Nation, and the many others who have contributed and served to create a way of life that may ultimately become a standard for the universe, none are to be celebrated, lauded, or regarded as having lawful justification in our present system for their earlier crimes against Africa, America, and all mankind.  Because we have distance, maturity, perspective and sobriety, we now can see more correctly their actual achievements and errors; and, because we seek to give and receive forgiveness, to maintain reasonable balance, and to go forward on the diverse paths of prosperity, we are to call “sin” by its proper name.  Continuing the commitment necessary to deal with the lawful issues of differences among us, diversity, and “State’s rights” while putting aside all issues of anyone being “holier than thou,” (1) there can be no equivocation; and, (2) there can be forgiveness:  There are no “kind” and “understanding” slave-owners; there are no men of honor and higher nobility who maintain others as slaves; there have never been, are none now, and will never be “good” and “wise” leaders of men who make merchandise of others, that feed on the misery and pain of others, and who arrogantly traffic in other men’s lives.)  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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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  they shall prosper that love thee.  (Psalms 122:  6, King James Version, KJV)

 

Today, reply is made on the ongoing divine covenant with Israel, and the condemnation of Israel as “anti-Christ”.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “James 1:1” (Level 2 with 478 points, a member since November 27, 2014) posted the following:

 

Should Christians kiss up to Zionism?

The vast majority of Zionist Jews not only hate Jesus Christ, but oppose everything He stands for. Are the naive Christians who support this element aiding and abetting the anti-Christ? (1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3; and 2 John v. 7-11 identify “anti-Christ/anti-Christs” as any and all who deny that Jesus is the Messiah, i.e., those who deny and confess not that Messiah is—“come in the flesh.”)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  14-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Differences Among Sacred Events (04/10/2017); An Irreplaceable Nation State? (12/05/2016); The Cross and Judaism? (05/27/2016); The Cross Broke Every Curse? (02/25/2016); The Remnant? (10/12/2015); Malachi (01/02/2015); Holy Ground (03/30/2014); The Storm-battered City? (03/29/2014)

 

“James 1:1”, here are some points that also must be considered:

(1.)  A curse broken by forgiveness and atonement from the cross, yet not repented of?  Matthew 27:  24-26, King James Version (KJV):  24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person:  see ye to it.  25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.  26 Then released he Barabbas unto them:  and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

(2.)  Divine law and promise may be executed and fulfilled through a remnant (we also say, the elect, those called).  Romans 11:  2-8, KJV:  2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,  3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.  4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.  5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.  6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works:  otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace:  otherwise work is no more work.  7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.  8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

2nd Kings 19:  30-31, KJV:  30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.  31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion:  the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.

Joel 2:  31-32, KJV:  31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.  32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered:  for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

(3.)  The process of GOD through Jesus Christ is one of multiple ministries performed by an eternal High Priest and includes works that address atonement, covenant-keeping, forgiveness, mercy, revelation, prophecy, sacrifice, rebirth, and reconciliation.  Micah 7:  18-20, KJV:  18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.  19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.  20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

John 6:  63-65, KJV:  63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:  the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.  64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.  65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Through operations of the Spirit of GOD, those in Christ are the “new creation.”  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.

Colossians 3:  9-14, KJV:  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:  but Christ is all, and in all.  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:  even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Malachi 3:  13-18, KJV:  13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.)  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, reply is made on whether writers on the Internet are “good ambassadors” for Christ.  Ambassadors, apostles, prophets, and spokespersons are only “good” to the degree they repeat completely and correctly what they have been sent to speak.  The banishment of Absalom—a son of King David, who would one day force his father to flee from Zion to save his own life, and that of the kingdom—is recalled, and the ploy by the king’s General and nephew (Joab) that used an old, wise woman of Tekoah to induce the king to commute the sentence against Absalom.  The principles of forgiveness, mercy, and righteousness in judgment are proclaimed along with reconciliation, renewal, and salvation.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Are the Christians on this site good ambassadors for Christ or are they rotten ones turning people away from the faith?

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us
2 Corinthians 20

 

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

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Practice of Love (07/27/2017); Reconciliation Provided By Christ (05/30/2017); Proclaiming A New Kingdom? (04/13/2017); Rulers Who Are Prophets? (01/25/2017); The Sure Mercies of David (09/19/2016); As Agents of Divinity (06/12/2016); How To Treat Unbelievers? (01/13/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, many within the body of Christ understand the work of a Christian ambassador to be that of a spokesperson (we say, prophet) having to serve as a personal representative of the anointed monarch, an embodiment of his authority, kingdom and rule, and a trusted agent who negotiates agreements and treaties with other governments and kingdoms to establish mutual benefit.  To prophesy is to speak only as commanded, neither adding ones own opinions and thoughts, nor omitting anything that has been imparted.  Thus, the substance of prophecy is comfort, edification (we say, enlightenment; building up the body), and exhortation (urging action) to those of the church.  Within the body, believers display great diversity, and come under a principle of “oneness without sameness.”   They are not all at the same level of maturity, sacred knowledge, and sacred practice.  Where developing believers leave the community of faith they become as those in captivity, or those banished and exiled through sanctions of the law, or the disfavor of the king.  The work of an ambassador, then, is to embrace those gone astray, or lost by inviting and facilitating their return to Christ.  In practical terms this may mean performing works of visitation; encouraging or hearing the confession of others; proclaiming atonement, forgiveness and continuing sacred love through Jesus Christ; and further revealing the mercy and righteousness of divine judgment.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  2nd Samuel 14:  9-14, King James Version (KJV):  9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father’s house:  and the king and his throne be guiltless.  10 And the king said, Whoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.  11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember the LORD thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.  12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.  13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished.  14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person:  yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

(2.)  Psalms 51:  11-17, KJV:  11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation:  and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it:  thou delightest not in burnt offering.  17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:  a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

(3.)  1st Thessalonians 5:  14-15, KJV:  14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.  15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, thoughts are shared on the human practice of divine love.  Because we are encouraged repeatedly to think of love as being in connection with premarital courtship, dating, and romance, the reality that love is a spirit substance within the full makeup of Deity has become difficult for us to accept and grasp.  Properly understood, sacred love is never expressed by carnal desire, fantasies of home-making and marriage, or recurring lust and sexual imaginings.  Sacred love is more than attraction and affection; and sacred love is more than feelings of being sexually aroused and stimulated.  The most important feature for building and maintaining close personal relationships that fulfill our need for intimacy, respect, and reciprocity will be the visible acts used to express and show the depth and richness of our otherwise unseen spirit.  Trust is developed through acknowledgment of accountability, forgiveness, risk-taking, self-exposure, and the sharing of truth.  Saying this another way, romantic love is what we do (not merely what we say) to reveal who we are, and to be joined to others for as long as possible; and sacred love is what we do to reveal GOD, and to help others who are seeking to be joined to divinity forever.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Nadia” (Level 5 with 6,234 points, a member since July 25, 2010) posted the following:

 

How to love his neighbor…?

When we know that he will go to hell for his non-belief in jesus ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me:  for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee:  but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it:  that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.  (John 17:  17-26, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Who Deserves Divine Love? (06/23/2017); Marriage Is A Sacrament? (06/11/2017); No Fear In Love? (05/17/2017); Divine Law Expresses Love (05/10/2017); Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); Believers Are To Love (12/07/2016); Herein Is True Love (10/21/2016); Divine Jealousy? (09/11/2015)

 

“Nadia”, love is made understood and visible through unselfish action.  For mature Christian believers, the meaning, purpose, and substance of love have to do with how the existence, integrity, and presence of GOD are established, recognized, and consistently responded to as residing within the makeup and life experience of created beings and living creatures.  While the holy writings proclaim that “GOD is love,” we also accept that GOD is the origin of everything and everyone having existence; and the Creator is the owner and sovereign authority over all that exists now, has ever existed before, and that ever will exist.  Love, therefore, pertains to continuing both existence and life, oneness without sameness, and the multiple ongoing exchanges and interactions among the aspects of divine spirit appearing as full divinity and GODhead.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

The love of GOD appears through divine acts that manifest inseparable aspects of divine spirit (we also say, breath, “life essence, sacred utterance, word).  Mechanisms and operations carried out by divinity allow love to have visible form through features such as accord, agreement, creation, duration, eternal life, friendship, giving, mercy that appears only by judgment, obedience, reconciliation, reproduction, sacrifice, salvation, sharing, truth, and unselfish service.  Consider again the following points using language from the Bible that speak to the practice of love within the new testament church:

(1.)  John 15:  12-17, King James Version (KJV):  12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth:  but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.  16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:  that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

(2.)  1st John 4:  18-20, KJV:  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  19 We love him, because he first loved us.  20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:  for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

(3.)   John 4:  7-11, KJV:  7 Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

(4.)  Galatians 5:  19-23, KJV:  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.

(5.)  Colossians 3:  12-17, KJV:  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:  even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Romans 13:  7-10, KJV:  7 Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.)  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, sacred law, divine process, and salvation are topics.  Obedience to sacred law should be more an expression of divine love and a person’s spirit makeup than an outcome from fear of punishment, or following the herd through custom and tradition.  The sinner who becomes a developing Christian believer must undergo multiple operations of divinity to acquire full belief and practice that are balanced, consistent, fruitful, sober, and stable.  Often, there will appear to be very great increases (we say, growth by leaps and bounds); at other times, growth will seem painfully slow, with extended periods of inactivity.  Fellow believers are to keep in mind, on their journey, the sinner also is to become a new creation who displays the image of a GOD who is immutable and unchanging.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Does Jesus accept hypocrites who say they believe in him,love him,and accept him but don’t obey ALL his commandments-?

John 14:15;Matt 28:19,20;Matt 7:21-23;Matt 24:51; Luke 10:1-11

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.  (2nd Corinthians 10:  3-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Salvation Goes Beyond  Forgiveness (06/30/2017); Thoughts On The Commandments (06/27/2017); Growth Is Through Edification (06/20/2017); Atonement, Repentance and More (06/06/2017); Endurance, Humility and Obedience? (06/04/2017); Reconciliation Provided By Christ (05/30/2017); Salvation Takes A Lifetime (04/06/2017); Must GOD Hate Sinners? (09/01/2016)  

 

“Anonymous”, the present process of GOD revealed through Jesus Christ is one of permanent change and transformation for all Creation that goes forward by gradual growth, learning, and prophetic edification.  More than simply obedience to “natural” or “religious” law is involved, for mankind must become a new creation that will exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity within two primary spheres of life (heaven and earth) also made new.  There must be movement from condemned sinner to “born again believer,” to one who is ripe for harvest (we say, Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming of Christ), to one who is finally “perfected” as he leaves the earth to meet the Savior in the air.

Seen from the view of a mature Christian believer, there are only 2 types of people in the world:  penitent sinners, sorrowing for sin as a denial and misrepresentation of who they truly are before the Creator, and impenitent sinners, refusing to make required changes, and determined to maintain their sin as the correct expression of who they are before all Creation.  The operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Even so, in the same way the divine will is not subject to sin and GOD does not violate divine law when rendering judgment, damnation and rejection because of sin is not the result of there being no divine acceptance, love, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, and righteousness in judgment. 

The provision from GOD through Jesus Christ includes death and burial of ones inborn spirit with resurrection through divine DNA, so to speak.  Those “born again” must also “grow up again” and mature as vessels having divine spirit content.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Sinners who receive a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD are to be called children and offspring of GOD, saints, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. 

As they begin their new life as “babes in Christ,” many believers will still lack important benefits and gifts such as sacred knowledge, practice of sacraments, fellowship with mature believers.  Some will display complacency, overconfidence, presumption, exaggerated pride, and stubbornness.  Even so, they will continue in divine reconciliation.  The developing believer must increasingly rely upon the accomplishments of Jesus as Son of the Highest.  That is how we overcome despite being repeatedly attacked and discouraged by the condemnation and influence of others who are dead in spirit, and who have no part as followers of Christ.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  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, that there are multiple divine operations for salvation is in view.  Jesus Christ has appeared among men on the earth to provide access to divinity through blood that serves for cleansing, joining in unbreakable bond, reconciliation, and sealing covenant as well as for proclaiming the new testament law.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” using the ID “Anonymous”  (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Christians, if you can repent to God directly then what’s the point of Jesus taking up your sins?

Is it not contradictory to say otherwise?

Update:  If Jesus died then repentance is not needed

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For a testament is of force after men are dead:  otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.  Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,  Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world:  but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  (Hebrews 9:  17-28, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017); How Christ Is Known? (04/24/2017); Temporal and Eternal Judgment (02/15/2017); Spirit Process not Feelings? (09/21/2016); Access Through The Son (07/21/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016); Divine Meanings and Values? (03/31/2016); The Scale of Salvation? (12/13/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, sacred knowledge and revelation shared through Jesus Christ must be carefully considered, here.  The process of GOD for restoring sinners to healthy relationship with divinity is more than a simple verbal act of confession and apology by the wrongdoer.  While Christian believers try to describe the sacred operations for salvation using ideas and language that is plain, clear, yet, memorable, overcoming sin in the life occurs on a cosmic scale that must immerse the consciousness and the self-will of a sinner under the grace and sovereign will of Christ, who is King of Creation.  The totality of spirit substance distributed throughout the universe must be reconfigured, and the transgressor must be made a new creation, so to speak.  Blood must be discerned and recognized as a sacred tool that conveys and transfers life within diverse created beings and living creatures that exist as emissions and projections from the makeup of GOD who is a spirit.  Even so, death must be understood as a sacred tool necessary for putting forth life through process of rebirth and resurrection.  Atonement and the remission of sin through blood have to do with oneness without sameness, and communication among the persons of GOD, as do applying the sanctions within divine law, forgiveness, judgment, mercy, and the imparting of spirit gifts.  Certainly a believer must make godly choices and decisions, and correctly carryout specific sacred practices (e.g., baptism, praise, prayer, worship); however, their salvation is far from a matter of relying upon finite human tools such as intellect, logic, philosophy, or science.  The permanent changes required are not accomplished by exercise of mere human will power.  Multiple divine tasks and determining operations must be completed including the embodiment of sin and divinity (we say, Incarnation), the fulfillment of promise and prophecy, rebirth, sanctification, and the second death.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Galatians 2:  20, King James Version (KJV):  20 I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

(2.)  Romans 6:  3-4, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  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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MATTHEW 6:  33, King James Version (KJV)

 

Today, correction, homosexual pleasure, and the nature of divine love are considered again.  Humans are not condemned and despised by divinity simply for displaying emotional, psychological, and sexual desires and needs.  There can be no sexual freedom without there also being accountability; and growth to having a full sexual maturity acceptable to Deity is possible.  For those on the earth, becoming perfected as those who belong to GOD is never simple without also being profound.  Even so, the created are not to despair, give up, or quit seeking to know the Creator within their own lives.  Believers are to fight the good fight of faith.  Many aspects of sexuality gradually draw a person in and suddenly overwhelms them.  Yet, sexual activity is a gift from GOD that can impart joy, and—carefully applied like every other strong medicine not to be abused or overly relied upon—can release us from depression, fear, isolation, certain forms of sickness, and sorrow.  Just as sexual joining can result in improved circulation and an increased heart rate, sharing sexual contact can result in permanently binding spirits to complement, edify, heal, and reinforce one another.  Because casual sex is not focused on reproduction and producing a holy seed (e.g., adultery, masturbation, pre-marital longings, same sex entanglements), sexual excitement not shared with ones life companion and sanctified partner is imperfect, and serves as a divine tool cautioning sinners to apprehend their need for repentance and reconciliation to GOD.  In the same way, the living may not answer GOD in judgment to justify sin with the explanation “I was dying of thirst” or “I had not eaten for days,” though it may be the truth to say “I was sexually aroused,” “my “normal” sexual appetite and overactive hormones made me do it,” or “I could not resist my urges,” such words will not be enough to turn away divine disfavor.  The honest replies from divinity might well include, “you  did not confess it to me,” “when you saw the condition was not changed, you did not importune in prayer for relief, or strength to bear it.”  It is sin to neglect divinely assigned duty, promote self-will above divine will, deny GOD because of what we desire or feel, and to shut GOD out as though he is the enemy.  A female fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore) using “Anonymous” as her ID (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

How is God a loving parent by administering punishment just because I choose to give into homosexual urges?

All I want to do is feel good. I want to feel amazing. And homosexuality (or lesbianism, since I’m a woman) gives me that.

I get punished for wanting to feel great pleasure? I’m perfectly normal, my desires are perfectly healthy and normal and I’m not hurting anybody else.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not:  ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:  ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:  let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  (James 4:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); First Seeking the Kingdom (03/03/2017); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); Natural and Spiritual Law? (06/30/2016); Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016); The Cross and Arbitrary Differences (06/17/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, all sexual activity at first seems pleasurable, yet, sex is dangerous, unpredictable (never the same twice),  and deceitful.  There is a “better way” than the “seeking pleasure” way.  Your conversation has been put forth by “the flesh,” however, any answer that will provide a sacred benefit to you must be put forth by “the Spirit.”  In our ignorance, and because we do not feel it directly, the consequences and the harm we do can be at the level of spirit and that that is unseen.  Divine punishment is administered only to those who, being incorrigible, despise authority, ignore admonition and warning, or refuse correction and thoughtful instruction.  Desire for “great pleasure” may also be called covetousness, envy, and “inordinate desire;” thus, lust for great pleasure also will appear as acceptance and complacency when it comes to brutality, deceit, killing, and stealing.  (When those who murder begin to hate it, then, they break it off.)  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the divine order essential to Creation.  Sin has no element of intellect, logic or reason; so, sin favors and promotes death and nonexistence.  Those who are not disgusted, loathe, and have wrath against destructiveness, malice, exaggerated pride, savagery, selfishness, and sin are those who lack the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  As humans we are born and may be raised to express only our animal and human aspects without concern for the spiritual potential and possibilities that also are important to a full experience of life from the Creator.  Sexual appetite begins at birth, and is little different from hunger and thirst.  Just as we must learn to direct, discipline, restrain, and properly satisfy those urges and mechanical aspects of the body that may dominate awareness and self-will (as does sin), so it is with our sexuality.  GOD will correct, punish, and hold back from utterly destroying only those who belong to him, and who acknowledge his ownership by love, obedience, respect, and right reverence.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit, the living may receive a fresh endowment of the “life essence” (we say, breath, spirit, word) that continues mankind as a companion to eternal Deity.  Inseparable spirit matter from the makeup of GOD will appear in those “born again” such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Hebrews 12:  4-9, King James Version (KJV):  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.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

(2.)  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Revelation 3:  17-21, KJV:  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.)  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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