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A depiction of the Prodigal son acknowledging the forgiveness of his father.

 

Today, reply is on forgiveness that demonstrates sovereign authority, grace, power, and restraint.  As with judgment, redemption and salvation, forgiveness pertains more to revealing that divinity is justified, rather than mankind.  Because forgiveness is a divine act and process to convey love, sinners do not have to beg for forgiveness so much as they are to acknowledge a sacred gift shared because of divine righteousness and unselfishness. Even so, it is correct to perform importuning and to repeat petitions and requests during private prayer that center on forgiveness and the mercy that may be shown to those found guilty in judgment.  It is written:  Matthew 12: 30-32, King James Version (KJV):  30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.  31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men:  but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:  but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.  The fighter who uses the ID “watchmaybewatch” (Level 1 with 55 points) in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum on Religion & Spirituality posted the following:

 

Christians, when God says forgive as your Father forgave you, doesn’t that mean to forgive only if that person asks you for forgiveness?

I have recently gone back to church, but there has much hurt from Christian “friends” in the past. Some do not feel like they did wrong, but they did. I am being told I HAVE to forgive them no matter what. What is your take on this? (Non-believers, do not respond. I already know your answer)

 

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:  according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions:  and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:  that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:  and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:  wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  (Psalms 51: 1-11, KJV)

 

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Outcomes Of Judgment (06/28/2020); The Justification Of  Divinity (04/06/2020); That Not Of Yourselves (08/13/2019); Blaspheming the Holy Spirit (05/08/2019); How Are We Justified? (03/05/2018); Called, Justified, and Glorified? (01/08/2017); Justified Through Christ? (08/26/2015)

 

 

watchmaybewatch”, mature Christian believers may think and speak of forgiveness as a freely-given gift from GOD provided to express divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD.  Divinity does not practice forgiveness as a result of tribunals for judgment, as an outcome of affection, emotion and feelings, or to carry out punishments, rewards, and sanctions provided within the sacred law.  Forgiveness appears as the manifesting of consecrated grace, and is another inseparable aspect of the divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  Thus, forgiveness pertains to the makeup of GOD along with such elements as balance, commitment, faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Forgiveness is not “all we need” to be free of sin and to know the fullness of salvation.  The believer also must engage atonement, confession, repentance, and sanctification.  Gifts from the Holy Spirit are provided to further permit forgiveness to establish the Christian believer as one who shares with divinity through the resurrection life of Jesus Christ, and who is to exist as the new creation of GOD.  Christians are to resemble, reflect, and reveal the character, likeness, and presence of Jesus Christ on the earth. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and Rescue, a selection from the music ministry of
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(1.)  Isaiah 55:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

 

(2.)  Romans 15: 1-5, KJV:  1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.  3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

 

(3.)  Colossians 3:  12-14, 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.

 

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPSt7tynaBk.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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SheepGoats

A depiction of final judgment where those who inherit the kingdom of GOD with Christ are sheep on the right hand, those denied are goats on the left.

 

Today, reply is on describing the character and nature of people on the earth as that of covenant believers and sinners, rather than that of builders or destroyers. It is written: Malachi 3: 13-18, King James Version (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. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Luminous” (Level 2 with 595 points) posted the following:

 

Are there only TWO kinds of people?

Builders and Destroyers….People who bring out the best in you…or the worst.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12: 18-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Judge Not The Appearance (01/12/2020); The Judgment For Rewards (01/10/2020); The Place to Start (12/23/2019); Counsels On Shunning Sinners (05/03/2019); On Diversity and Equality (05/22/2018); Destruction of the Adversary? (01/06/2017); Sheep of His Pasture (09/09/2016)

 

Luminous”, here are some points I can share: The major distinctions mature Christian believers acknowledge among people are those presented in the holy writings. Black and white, Jew or non-Jew, rich and poor, educated and uneducated are less relevant, for the focus should be on the spirit makeup and substance one displays through their attitude, behavior, lifestyles and living relationships. Creation and the entire universe are to be shown respect as expressions of divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. Mankind is to make visible and present the same divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) on the earth that exists in the heaven. Humanity is to bear the image of GOD, and is to resemble, reflect, and reveal the character and likeness of Jesus Christ. The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the earth as a sphere of life. While sin is no spirit object or substance put forth by divinity, sin may dominate awareness and self-will (willpower) within the living. Where Christians acknowledge the teaching that all have sinned, and must be recovered by operations of GOD through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the distinction is made that there are 2 kinds of sinners: unrepentant and penitent. The perpetual covenant grounded in sacred law that was provided to benefit all mankind through the prophet Moses is not the same as the covenant of grace provided through Jesus as Savior and as the Son of GOD. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Sandi Patty:

(1.) John 3: 1-7, King James Version (KJV): 1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

(2.) Matthew 12: 30-35, KJV: 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

(3.) John 10: 10-12, KJV: 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

(4.) Romans 4: 13-16, KJV: 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

(5.) Galatians 3: 13-28, KJV: 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

(6.) 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 that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (7.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcC2x0go5R8.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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The Children of Men

 

Today, reply is on GOD’s use of mankind to perform the sanctions against sin that are proclaimed through divine law. GOD promised Abraham that, following a sojourn among the Egyptians, the Patriarch’s descendants would someday occupy Canaan. The seven tribes that first occupied Canaan were to be totally destroyed because of their betrayal, rebellion, and sin. The Amalekites also were among the tribes that opposed the occupation of Canaan by those who left Egypt under Moses to become the new covenant partners with GOD. In the judgment of GOD, evil and wickedness are not determined by gender; and the wickedness of children and females can be as great and greater than that of adult males. As the instrument of GOD, men are not only appointed officers of the divine court to carry out judgment on the earth (i.e., executioners), mankind is also the expression of consecrated balance, comfort, grace, impartial justice, mercy, and righteousness. It is written: Romans 13: 1-4, King James Version (KJV): 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shown) posted the following:

 

Why did God command humans to wipe out the Amalekites, rather than just do it himself?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley. And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. (1st Samuel 15: 5-7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Godliness Characterizes Authentic Humanity (02/06/2020); Accountable for Spreading Disbelief (02/02/2020); Judge Not The Appearance (01/12/2020); Do Not Spare Them? (12/15/2019); A Death Penalty Necessary? (11/27/2019); The Sovereignty Of GOD (11/24/2019); Eternal Judgment With Mercy (11/19/2019); Judgment Against The Canaanites (08/01/2018)

 

Anonymous”, mankind is not merely a divine creation to populate and serve as a caretaker for the earth. Mankind is to exist as a divine instrument and sacred tool that makes otherwise immortal, incorruptible, unseen divinity known, “visible”, and approachable. Mankind displays the image of GOD, and is to resemble, reflect, and reveal the character and likeness of Jesus Christ. Through humanity there are expressions of divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) that include sacred dominion, active presence, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. The divine order and sacred law required for balance and stability of the universe must be acknowledged, carried out, and observed by mankind. The work of eliminating the operations of sin can not be accomplished through the finite tools of mankind such as intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, science, and self-will (human willpower). The operations of GOD must appear that include atonement, correction, death, forgiveness, judgment, mercy, rebirth, resurrection, and the second death. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

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

(2.) Lamentations 3: 39-45, KJV: 39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? 40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. 41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. 42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned. 43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied. 44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through. 45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.

(3.) Ezekiel 16: 49-50, KJV: 49 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. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

(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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ-iXt14nrg.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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A List of Nazi Extermination Camps Shown in a Film on Karl Adolf Eichmann, one of the Major Organizers of the Holocaust — Operation Eichmann (1961 Drama-Bio Nazi) Werner Klemperer – Ruta Lee – dir. by R.G. Springsteen

 

Today, reply is on the righteousness of GOD in ministering judgment rather than deliverance. Death and mortality became a continuing aspect of existence and life experience on the earth through transgression of sacred law that imposed disruptive changes to existing mechanical and natural laws. It is written: Jeremiah 50: 4-7, King James Version (KJV): 4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. 5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. 6 My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace. 7 All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Tell again why God allowed six million of his chosen people to be murdered. Why didn’t God answer their pleading prayers and save them?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. (Ezekiel 16: 49-50, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Life Because of Righteousness (08/29/2019); Continuing A Perpetual Covenant (08/03/2017); Is Hitler Now in Hell? (07/02/2015); GOD and Hitler? (03/12/2015); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); A Slaughter of Innocents (12/15/2012)

 

Anonymous”, here are some points from the Bible that mature Christian believers continue to carefully consider along with a selection from the music ministry of John Michael Talbot:

1. Ezekiel 18: 20-24, King James Version (KJV): 20 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. 21 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. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 24 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.

2. Ezekiel 18: 29-32, KJV: 29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? 30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

3. Romans 10: 1-4, KJV: 1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

4. Revelation 16: 1-11, KJV: 1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. 3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. 4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. 8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. 10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LccxL2zgK-c.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on the Christian life process for the salvation of sinners as one of receiving divine substance for spiritual change and growth more than one of becoming acceptable to GOD by exercising human willpower, and maintaining obedience to sacred law. In the system of Christian beliefs, a relationship is to be in place whereby a sinner is acknowledged, justified, and permanently joined to the Creator through the character, eternal purpose, and righteousness of GOD, rather than on the basis of their own behavior and temporal works. Through Jesus Christ, error, sin, stubbornness, and wickedness are never justified; the blood of Jesus justifies commitment, forgiveness, growth, not giving up, reconciliation, repentance, and sanctification. It is written: Psalms 1: 1-6, King James Version (KJV): 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Chris” (Level 1 with zero (0) points shown, a member since February 20, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why is it common for catholics to sin during the week but then justify those sins by going to church on Sunday’s?

I’ve noticed that many catholics seem to think its ok to cheat on their wives, do drugs, drink heavily, molest children and so forth and then since they go to church on Sunday’s they think their behavior is justified. Why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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: 6-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Challenges To The Church? (03/01/2019); How Are We Justified? (03/05/2018); There Must Be Rebirth (01/21/2018); Deeds Of The Law? (09/10/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); Good Christians and Church? (10/19/2016); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015)

 

Chris”, regular church attendance and becoming a follower of Jesus Christ does not justify sin, rather, a peculiar lifestyle having specific practices to turn away from sin are justified. Sinners who turn to GOD through Jesus Christ all must become “born again” (we say, experience rebirth), must “grow up again” as developing believers, and go on to become mature Christians. The sacred process may require a lifetime to complete, for a transformation must occur wherein spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) increases its influence and power within the consciousness and self-will of the repentant believer.

Sin promotes the destruction of Creation, and a return to preexistence (i.e., the conditions in place before the founding of heaven and earth). Mankind must regard sin as an enigma, a puzzle that has no solution, and an influence whose operations may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures. Sin has no divine origin; and is no spirit substance, or physical thing created by divinity. Even so, sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe. Because the presence and operations of sin appear as natural, normal, and a continuing aspect of life on the earth, most fail to correctly recognize and respond to sin as contrary to their own survival.

The church established by Jesus Christ has provided divine law, multiple descriptions of sin, and other devices that do not eliminate sin. Thus, sin may be rejected and resisted, yet, not removed. The most important gift from GOD that allows the living to turn from sin is the fresh endowment of spirit matter from the makeup of GOD that one may receive through baptism. Inseparable aspects of divine fullness are imparted to the living that include balance, faith, holiness, joy, hope, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Thereby, developing believers can respond to life challenges and “growing pains” while on the earth as sons and daughters of GOD who are not fully perfected, and who are being edified (built up) through discernment, discovery, gradual growth, fellowship with others who have sacred knowledge in place of secular knowledge, study of the holy writings, unselfish service, and suffering.

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

 

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Today, reply is on how long one may delay and postpone choosing to receive divine repentance. Not only is it uncertain what day and hour Christ might return to harvest those from the earth who belong to him through their atonement and repentance, it is uncertain for every mortal when their final moment may arrive and their opportunity for salvation be lost forever. Christian believers are cautioned: 2nd Corinthians 6: 1-2, King James Version (KJV): 1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “jane” (Level 1 with 78 points, a member since May 15, 2019) posted the following:

 

Can a person put off repentance untilthe final hours of life and still receive salvation?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3: 12-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Recognizing The End Times (04/16/2019); How Sinners Become Perfect (11/26/2018); A Short Time Left (10/30/2018); First, Become Born Again (09/21/2018); Believers Must Become “Ripe” (09/02/2018); Repentance Among Christian Believers (07/06/2018) When Speaking Of Christlikeness (06/25/2018)

 

jane”, developing Christian believers should regard their own salvation as long overdue; and their every effort to return to GOD should be made as though from someone facing a serious emergency. When asked the best time for making repentance and receiving new life through Jesus Christ, believers should all answer, Now! Believers increasingly are being admonished that delayed obedience is disobedience. While a person apologizing, asking for forgiveness, or pledging to make changes in their own behavior may all be thought of as discrete, one-time events displaying repentance, the accomplishment of permanent change and spiritual growth we speak of as returning to GOD requires that multiple streams of discovery, realization, and truth must come together. Where duty and obedience appear as obligations generated by sacred law, repentance appears as obligation generated by ones endowment of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD. Included are balance, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin.

The elements that become present during the full process of repentance do not all appear at the same time, and do not all express the same emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual qualities. Thus, sorrowing for sin may appear long before wrath against sin, or the acceptance of forgiveness that translates into renewing and continuing relationships that have been damaged by the operations of sin. With this in mind, we say, repentance is a sacred process initiated and completed by the Holy Spirit wherein sinners are to become aware of otherwise unseen divine law, ongoing works for salvation, possibilities for personal change and correction, and standards required for new life in Christ. As developing believers, those who become born-again must grow-up again and become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his coming. Believers are to understand that all created beings and living creatures having awareness and self-will are to acknowledge accountability to divinity for their own deeds and works; that the operations of sin are contrary to the makeup and spirit substance of divinity and mankind; and that divine order and eternal purposes throughout Creation are disrupted by sin. Sinners must undergo a transformation to exist as the new creation of Jesus Christ, heirs of GOD, and life companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, there is much to be done, and many events of the end time will be completed very quickly. Believers are to act now, not to wait for feelings that may come along later. In addition to acquiring sacred knowledge that will serve as a frame for secular knowledge, believers must experience discovery, gradual growth, gratitude, fellowship with those anointed and ordained as servants and spokespersons of divinity, praise, prayer, unselfish service, and suffering that will challenge them to apply and practice the new meanings and values that pertain to displaying Christ-likeness.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, the reply addresses sinners coming to GOD on the basis of their acknowledgment of active presence and divine spirit substance, rather than through surrender because of the flesh and conditions that are carnal, material, and social. Despite being raised in the idolatry and spiritual confusion within Egypt and the household of Pharaoh, Moses had an inheritance from GOD through Levi. When GOD spoke to him from a burning bush that Moses had only stopped to examine from curiosity, Moses prostrated himself immediately. Job was challenged and tested by Satan, who did not appear to Job using a visible figure. Multiple disasters were heaped on him, and Job openly complained against divine injustice. Finally, GOD appeared and spoke to Job requiring that he minister to others who were not members of his own family and household. The acknowledgment of Job is seen in that he repented immediately, not that he surrendered. The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” in the Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Nami” (Level 3 with 1,128 points, a member since May 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

Surrendering to God?

Simple question. Do you think God will let a situation get so bad due to the unknown that it forces you to do nothing else but to surrender it to him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20: 24-29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Salvation Must Be Eternal (11/06/2018); The Answer Jesus Shared (10/28/2018); Chosen Through Sacred Process (09/06/2018); What Divine Salvation Requires (05/15/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); Baptism and “the just” (10/05/2017); Accepting the Divine Will? (12/06/2016)

 

Nami”, divinity offers salvation using fixed methods and operations, yet, salvation is never coerced or forced on anyone. Among Christians, the answer to your question that is to be shared with sinners who become “developing believers” is not simple, for it pertains to divine prerogative; eternal purpose; sacred inheritance and ones participation in existing covenant relationships; and the sovereign will of divinity. The conditions and events endured by those within the household of faith are to be accounted as benefits, edification, and privilege. Thus, different examples may be taken from the holy writings that report incidents from the lives of the prophets. Joseph, who became second in command to Pharaoh of Egypt, and Samuel, who was consecrated and served the High Priest and his sons within the tabernacle even though he was not from the tribe of Levi, never wavered from their sacred visions, and their early experiences of GOD that were granted to them as children. Where Samuel grew up on holy ground, Joseph endured Egypt that represents spiritual confusion. The prophet Jonah was commanded to go and preach repentance to heathens and Gentiles in Nineveh (the capitol city of the Assyrians). He tried to escape the duty by taking ship to Tarshish; and was cast into the sea during a great storm. Jonah was swallowed up by a great fish that had been prepared and sent by GOD. Buried alive within the fish, Jonah prayed prayers of repentance, and was heard. Even so, when the city repented with prayer and fasting, Jonah became angry against GOD for displaying mercy in judgment, rather than punishing them with destruction. There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. For example, when Jacob fled for his life from the home of his father Isaac, the son and heir of Abraham, through deception Jacob had received the sacred blessing for the firstborn. Even so, Jacob knew GOD only as “the GOD of my fathers.” During sleep, he received a sacred vision of angels on a ladder from earth to heaven that filled him with awe and terror. Because he did not understand that his inheritance was one of priesthood, Jacob sought to bargain with GOD. Jacob offered to regard GOD as his own divinity on condition that GOD would protect and prosper him—he also offered to pay and share with GOD a tenth of whatever he might accumulate by all his travels. Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on why harlots and publicans were receptive to the ministry of Jesus Christ. The multitude that came to Jesus for healing included many whose faith derived from “the law and the prophets,” and who acknowledged the workings of divine love and spirit, rather than the strict practice of customs, rites, rituals, and traditions by the Temple elders, Levites, Pharisees, and priests. The crowds baptized by John the Baptist also had been instructed to expect that one would be sent by GOD (Christ; the Messiah) whom they were to obey pertaining to the soon-coming kingdom of GOD. Because the gospel messages of acceptance by divinity, forgiveness, redemption, and new life were being demonstrated as actual and present, those who would be otherwise lost and impoverished began to believe they could be released from defilement, and were eager to embrace the vision shared by the Lord. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 15,427 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

In the bible, why were the big time sinners more receptive to Jesus than those who had committed less sins?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (Luke 7: 37-50, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Scripture Teachings On Repentance (10/16/2018); Consequences and Divine Love (07/05/2018); Christ Rejected By Pharisees? (06/17/2018); Conversation In The World (04/03/2018); Porn, Prostitutes and Salvation? (06/08/2017); About The Great Whore? (06/24/2016); Come As You Are? (06/29/2013); Freewill is Finite (06/30/2013)

 

Breakthrough”, here are some points developing Christians are careful to consider regarding the ministry of Jesus Christ to sinners (we also say, to the mob; the multitudes; the crowds):

1. The practice of prostitution was a transgression of covenant law (we say, sin) wherein a person also denied family and marriage law, their birthright and inheritance from those who entered the Promised Land, and their sacred relationship with divinity. Harlots (also called prostitutes, strange women, and whores in Scripture) appear as representatives and symbols of cities, towns, and nations married to GOD, that commit adultery, betrayal, and idolatry by exalting and worshiping false gods and man-made images.

2. The publicans described in the Scriptures include those we now call celebrities, entertainers, professional gamblers, gladiators, government officials, politicians, socialites, “stars”, and tax collectors. Like the prostitutes, publicans as a class were those who carefully examine the behavior, character, and conduct of others in order to manipulate them, and have advantage. Like Jesus, these “knew what was in man,” and developed skill for mastery in exchange and interaction.

3. Jews who adopted the fashions of the Greeks (we say, Hellenization), those who integrated and intermarried during captivity and exile, and those valuing Roman citizenship were often condemned as publicans, and despised as traitors, turncoats and those who no longer had a share in the privileges of covenant inheritance.

4. Repentance for sin appears through operations of the Holy Spirit and often begins on the basis of unfulfilled desire for life change, rejecting secular relationships, and operations of the flesh that include conscience and remorse as well as sorrowing for sin.

Consider also the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Ezekiel 33: 10-12, King James Version (KJV): 10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? 11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

(2.) Ezekiel 16: 35-39, KJV: 35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: 36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; 37 Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. 38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy. 39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.

(3.) Ezekiel 16: 48-52, KJV: 48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. 49 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. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. 51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done. 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Matthew 21: 28-32, KJV: 28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on the preparation by Christian believers to receive the soon coming of Jesus Christ. The sacred process of becoming ready to greet the Lord at the meeting in the air on surface is merely one of tarrying and waiting, yet, more correctly discerned is one of abiding in blessing, continuing gradual growth, and giving glory and honor to divinity through praise and unselfish service. It is written 1st John 3: 2-3, King James Version (KJV): 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” in the Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Your Word is a light to my roadway” (Level 7 with 36,328 points, a member since April 05, 2010) posted the following:

 

What are you going to do with the very short time we have left? Jesus Christ’s return is soon.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (Mark 13: 28-37, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Christian Beliefs Are Forward-looking (09/23/2018); Believers Must Become “Ripe” (09/02/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); On Facing The Future (01/17/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014)

 

Your Word is a light to my roadway”, rather than anxiety, fear, and uncertainty the followers of Jesus are embracing awe, fear of the Lord, and hope (commanded expectations). Mature Christian believers all do not hold that there are specific activities and works (e.g., church attendance; door to door ministry; regular Bible study; tithing) that are to be performed up to the time of his appearing (we also say, the Advent; the first resurrection; the harvesting from the earth of those belonging to Christ; the Second Coming); and many discern that there is an ongoing spiritual struggle against disbelief, sin, and wickedness. All developing Christians are commanded to maintain a lifestyle and daily routines that display repentance, respect, and vigilance. The works carried out by believers are not to earn or secure their own salvation so much as to express gratitude; to further build up, edify, and spiritually nourish the body of believers; and to share the things from GOD with others. By their works believers give evidence of Christ in the life, and continue the actualities of faith, divine law, and sacred possibilities as well as eternal purpose, promise, and prophecy. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Romans 12: 1-2, King James Version (KJV): 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(2.) 2nd Timothy 1: 7, KJV: 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

(3.) Ephesians 2: 8-10, KJV: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(4.) James 2: 18-20, KJV: 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) Ephesians 6: 12-16, KJV: 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on the divine process whereby new Christians become mature as life companions, his new creation, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.  A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “The new Christian” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since January 01, 2015) posted the following:
So if a Christian struggles with sin does that mean they aren’t saved?
I’m a new born again Christian and I struggle with pride, sloth, gluttony, etc. I got saved in July.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:  (2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Divine Salvation Requires (05/15/2018); Salvation By Good Works? (03/08/2018); A Prayer Against Backsliding? (02/08/2018); There Must Be Rebirth (01/21/2018); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015); We Are Still Sinning (11/30/2013); Like A Thief? (12/01/2013); Struggling (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013)

 

“The new Christian”, here is some guidance intended for the followers of the Lord.  Those who come to Jesus Christ for redemption and salvation are responding to sacred operations and divine works by GOD that (1) already are complete, comprehensive, and will not be repeated or reproduced (e.g., atonement; divine proclamations and promises; the required provision for remission of sin); (2) that occur as sacred events (we also say, miracles) and should not be thought of as having limited duration, or being fixed within the frameworks of time as known by mankind (i.e., the past; the present; the future); and (3) that are to be acknowledged, adopted, and applied as a believer’s own endowment of divine substance from the makeup of divinity (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit; the Trinity).  Those “born again” through water baptism also must “grow up again” and become mature to be taken up as a harvest by the Lord at his appearing (i.e., his Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming).  Inseparable aspects of divine fullness are imparted as gifts and new life.  Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, lovingkindness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Developing believers are being supplied by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit so they may face the many life challenges on the earth that include bereavement, disappoints, “growing pains,” loss, persecution as members of the church, reversals, and even suffering.  Looking to Christ for freedom from sin, happiness, and genuine love, many mistakenly think salvation means living “happily ever after.”  However, sinners must undergo permanent changes that only begin with heartfelt sorrowing for sin that results in repentance.  Keep in mind a sinner even must break old habits, conquer the natural forces of appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), embrace divine law, and respond to the influence of spirit instead of sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching).  The believer is to become built-up and edified by discovery, gradual growth, fellowship with mature believers, learning, study, and unselfish service.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 13:  1-9, King James Version (KJV):  1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.  2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.  3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth:  and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:  6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:  8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.  9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

(2.)  Matthew 13:  18-23, KJV:  18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.  19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.  20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while:  for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.  22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.  23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

There is far more to be acknowledged and received as part of ones own spiritual fullness.  (For example (3.)  Romans 6:  3-13, 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.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.  8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.)  Even so, to the rebuke of the Adversary and the furtherance of the faithful in Jesus Christ, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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