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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, corruption and defilement of ones flesh and the inborn spirit are topics.  Awareness and self-will in mankind may be dominated, made abominable and profane, or permanently separated from GOD by the repeated operations of sin.  Only through the active presence of divinity and imparted gifts of spirit do the living receive existence and the necessary substance that establish rebirth, and the new creation.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” who uses the ID “Infinite Lives” (Level 5 with 6,396 points, a member since April 01, 2015) posted the following:
 

Is the spirit corruptible, like the body?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak:  for I am a child.  But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child:  for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.  Be not afraid of their faces:  for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.  Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.  See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.  (Jeremiah 1:  4-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Passion of Christ? (03/16/2017); Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); About The Great Whore? (06/24/2016); The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); Sin Also Made Incarnate? (04/25/2016); The Return to Dust? (06/14/2015); Self-control and Law (04/15/2014); A Conflict of Interest? (04/16/2014)

 

“Infinite Lives”, acknowledging the connections among things written in the Scriptures that are provided to ensure discernment and self-government, “corruption” is understood primarily using  language focused on things carnal, material, and social.  We speak, therefore, in terms of decay, rot, and uncleanness that disqualifies a person from participation, service and worship within a congregation or group of believers.  Many mature Christian believers agree that the offspring of Adam all are born in a condition or state of “defilement of spirit,” and must be reborn through operations of divinity that include atonement, water baptism, healing, repentance, and sanctification.  As it were, the inborn spirit must die, be buried, become resurrected (we say, born again), and must develop and become mature (we say, grow up again) to be gathered to GOD in a harvest by Jesus Christ.

The spirit substance from the makeup of divinity that was originally imparted (we also say, breathed out) from God, who is immortal, immutable, and invisible can not be altered or changed through human awareness and self-will.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Even so, the context and process for duration, existence, access to GOD, and interaction with Deity (we say, personal relationship) were changed:  Life in mortal man will be interrupted; man is subject to death (sleep), and to a second death (annihilation; perdition; utter destruction).  Fornication (the joining of spirits through sexual activity) introduces death and spiritual confusion to the inborn spirit; and engaging the occult should be understood as exposing ones spirit to corruption and defilement.

Given the operations to cleanse, perfect, and renew ones spirit all must be carried out and performed by divinity, the holy writings do not provide much “how to” and secular information for acquiring and maintaining a godly spirit.  Even so, there are admonitions, provisions, and warnings to nourish, reinforce divine law, sacred consciousness, and committed self-will.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Isaiah 29:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry:  they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.  10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes:  the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.  11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee:  and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

(2.)  Romans 5:  13-15, KJV:  13 (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

(3.)  Leviticus 19:  31, KJV:  31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them:  I am the LORD your God.

(4.)  1st Peter 1:  22-24, KJV:  22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

(5.)  Proverbs 16:  32, KJV:  32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Proverbs 25:  28, KJV:  28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.)  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 to whether the love and ministry of Jesus included cripples (“the lame”).  Our ongoing relationship with the Creator now must rely upon sacred operations of faith, hope, and love through the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, conviction and trust for mature Christian believers may rest upon the events reported by the holy writings, and require no new instances, proofs, and statistics to describe the unchanging yet active presence who is GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia) using the ID “Steve” (Level 3 with 1,437 points, a member since January 25, 2017) posted the following:

 

Did the Bible include cripples in it’s Love thy neighbor speech?

Past life sinners !!!!!!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee:  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up:  and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God:  And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple:  and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.  And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.  And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?  The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.  But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;  And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.  And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know:  yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.  (Acts 3:  6-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); Believers Are To Love (12/07/2016); The Work of Forgiving (11/23/2016); On Expecting Quick Results (11/07/2016); Become An Anointed Healer (09/04/2016); The Correct Prescription? (11/19/2015); Why Did Jesus Heal? (02/03/2015)

 

“Steve”, with GOD, love is more than a feeling or sentiment.  The present operations of GOD are understood by mature Christian believers as a demonstration of love, a “good faith” down-payment, and a “promissory note.”  GOD does not have to heal or directly prosper every last individual at this time, and, the fact that some among us have been released and touched is the anchor for our faith.  In Jesus Christ, the active presence, sovereign authority, and love of GOD for the full Creation are revealed by the Savior using a range of natural, practical, and sacred events (we say, miracles).  More important than simply granting blessing and favor, divinity also must address the operations of sin through judgment, for sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order.  Awareness and self-will in the living may be dominated by sin.  Sin has not been created by GOD, has no spirit content from GOD, and sin promotes death, misery, nonexistence, and return to the conditions that prevailed before Creation week.  Only the provisions of GOD make sin known and visible to created beings and living creatures as something contrary to their own intended character and nature.  Included are divine law, the embodiment of divinity (we say, Incarnation as Jesus Christ), and fresh deposits of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Mankind’s reliance upon finite human tools such as emotion, intellect, logic, carnal reason, philosophy and science have not been effective for eliminating, correctly recognizing, and consistently resisting sin (thus, there are scientists and scholars who also are sinners).  Consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Isaiah 61:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

(2.)  Luke 7:  19-23, KJV:  19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?  20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?  21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.  22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.  23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

(3.)  Mark 2:  16-17, KJV:  16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?  17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Mark 2:  3-12, KJV:  3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.  4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was:  and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.  5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.  6 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,  7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?  8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?  9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?  10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)  11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.  12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.)  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 to a question on what Jesus Christ “wants” from a believer/sinner?  The Creator desires, lacks, and “wants” nothing from created beings and living creatures as though depending and relying upon what they might supply.  Yet, all who exist through his authority, grace, love, power, and sovereignty are to acknowledge and respond to the active presence and revelation of divinity.  The process of the Creator is one of giving that allows the receiver to make a return to GOD.  Only by first accepting and applying the gifts and ministrations from divinity do believers/sinners obtain the indispensable benefits and provisions that pertain to life from GOD.  Thus, only where one first obeys are they given the imparted, indwelling Spirit; only where one first yields in humility are they granted holy boldness.  Where one has genuine awe, sacred knowledge, love, and a sound mind, it is natural to exalt Deity, express gratitude, and uplift the name of GOD.  In addition to obeying divine law, the living will apprehend atonement and propitiation for sin, display their own spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD, and engage divinity through commitment, discernment, humility, repentance, reconciliation and unselfish service as well as participate within divine oneness without sameness.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What does Jesus want from me? What does He ache for?  Why does He want me to glorify Him? What does He get out of it?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  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.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  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.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  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.  (Romans 6:  3-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); The Need for Incarnation? (09/29/2016); Fear That Acknowledges GOD? (07/15/2016); What GOD Demands (05/10/2014); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014); Immortality (02/08/2014); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, you are asking for an answer from Jesus Christ, or (at the least) from a credible sacred source, or spokesperson of divinity (we say, an apostle or prophet).  The following is what the Holy Spirit is providing for you through me, and I advise you consider it carefully:

There are peculiar conditions and criteria that must be met for created beings and living creatures to (1) continue their existence as having life, (2) to acquire sacred knowledge, maintain a sacred lifestyle, and have fellowship among those who are sanctified (i.e., set apart to serve GOD), (3) to be in an ongoing transformation to become immortal, incorruptible companions to divinity as well as (4) to realize a present-day life experience that would include authority, godliness, forgiveness, hope, joy, meaningful activity and work, peace, prosperity, and wisdom.  For now, mankind must respond to a limitation of being mortal; however, through Jesus Christ, sinners achieve release from the “sentence of death” by the atonement and propitiation for sin established by the Savior’s ministry upon the earth and from the heaven.

The process from our Creator is one to prophesy (we say, to comfort, edify, and exhort).  Thereby believers/sinners receive the benefits of a personal relationship with divinity.  All are required to acknowledge the active presence of GOD, discern (i.e., use our own spirit content to recognize the spirit substance within events, messages, ourselves, other persons, prophecy, sacred writings, etc.), and willingly respond to the demands, duties, and responsibilities that arise from our being accounted as a new creation, the offspring and seed of GOD, and true vessels who contain divine Spirit.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Micah 6:  6-9, King James Version (KJV):  6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?  7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name:  hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

(2.)  Zechariah 7:  9-14, KJV:  9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:  10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.  11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.  12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets:  therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.  13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:  14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned:  for they laid the pleasant land desolate.

(3.)  Zechariah 8:  16-17, KJV:  16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:  17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath:  for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Jeremiah 9:  23-24, KJV:  23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:  24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:  for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.)   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 to a question on repentance and what sinners may do to pay for their sins.  Deliverance from sin through Jesus Christ is not about “owing”, “paying”, and “punishment”; it is about sinners being loved, divinely provided for, and joyfully receiving such gifts from GOD as atonement, forgiveness, rebirth, and sanctification.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

What else can people do but just work to pay for their “sins”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;  (2nd Peter 3:  8-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Blame, Sin and Salvation? (02/13/2017); No Repentance Without Rebirth? (12/14/2016); The Work of Forgiving (11/23/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016); Conversion is by GOD? (08/23/2016); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); A Dry Thirsty Land (05/01/2016); Sin Turned To Goals (05/02/2016); They Shall Not Be Mentioned (05/03/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, part of what is meant by “repentance” and  “salvation” among mature Christian believers is the “living out” of a new commitment, exclusive devotion, and an eternal, ongoing relationship with divinity as well as their fulfilling heartfelt promises to GOD.  As “born again” believers, Christians learn to utter and use new meanings for old language, so to speak.  What once was understood as personal achievement, accomplishments, and the outcome of ones own efforts and striving must be understood in terms of divine gifts, grace, sacrifice from GOD, and endowments of spirit content from the makeup of the Creator.  Included are inseparable aspects of Deity such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Therefore, repentance and sorrow for sin come into view as permanent changes that are completed in a sinner by the active presence of the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  The sacred practices (e.g., baptism, confession, marriage, Sabbath-keeping, study of the holy writings), praise, prayer, and unselfish service performed by a believer are not so much “buying ones way into heaven,” or “payback” and payment of debt and penalties from sin as they are the god-given methods to build up a new relationship with the Creator, to display a believer’s growth, improvement and learning, to make visible the multiple operations of GOD through the life of created beings and living creatures, and to express gratitude, respect and reverence (like saying “thank you” with actions and not merely words).  Even with repentance there also must be atonement, judgment, mercy and resurrection from death.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Peter 1:  3-9, King James Version (KJV):  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

(2.)  Matthew 3:  8-12, KJV:  8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:  9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father:  for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.  10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees:  therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance:  but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:  he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:  12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

(3.)  Acts 5:  29-32, KJV:  29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.  31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

(4.)  2nd Corinthians 7:  9-11, KJV:  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:  for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Hebrews 6:  4-6, KJV:  4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,  5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, reply is made explaining the acceptance of Jews by Christian believers.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the name “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians blame Jews for Jesus death yet without his death your faith is meaningless by your own admission so why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned:  but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (John 3:  16-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The de facto Covenants? (12/30/2016); Herein Is True Love (10/21/2016); Tools for Revelation? (10/26/2015); The Remnant? (10/12/2015); Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015); Secular Israel? (04/08/2015); A Common Heritage? (07/13/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, the operations of divinity using the cross have not been provided for the destruction of the Jews, the Gentiles, or even, of the Devil.  The events to make immortal, incorruptible Deity knowable, known, and visible to all created beings and living creatures (we say, revelation) have also included the proclamation of sacred judgment against sin that uses such elements as admonitions, blessing, covenant, curses, death, forgiveness, law, promises, prophecy, and resurrection from the dead.  The important work for mature followers of the Lord is not to attack, punish, or wage holy war against others.  Rather, it is to minister comfort, correction, and love to those caught up and otherwise unable to escape the “history” of sin upon the earth, and within their own personal lives.  Only those lacking sacred knowledge, experiences of holy sacraments, and necessary spiritual growth continue to accuse or “blame” anyone.  It is not that sin no longer exists, or wrath from GOD against sin is no longer being expressed.  It is that judgment has become clearer as operations by the Holy Spirit for cleansing and expressing love.  Mature Christians believe the Jews were chosen as a people of GOD to demonstrate the tragic consequences of breaking covenant, disobedience of divine law, guilt, and iniquity (i.e., persisting in rebellion) as well as to proclaim access to GOD through atonement, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.  The appearance of Jesus Christ upon the earth was to further recover and restore those who belong to GOD through faith and other aspects of their spirit endowment from the makeup of Deity.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Matthew 18:  7-11, King James Version (KJV):  7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!  8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee:  it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.  9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee:  it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.  10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.  11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

(2.)  Mark 2:  16-17, KJV:  16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?  17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

(3.)  Matthew 27:  22-26, KJV:  22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.  23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Ezekiel 18:  20-24, 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 GODand 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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, discussion focuses upon prophecy, examples for the Church from children, and godly sorrow.  Christian believers receive an inheritance of joy, divine love, and peace through one who is called “a man of sorrows,” Jesus Christ.  In popular culture, the character, Charlie Brown, is a type of Christ as are Adam, Noah, David, Jeremiah, and Job.  The expression, “Good grief!”, is used when a person is annoyed, is exasperated, is vexed (i.e., repeatedly encounters vanity; becomes frustrated, irritated, or provoked by efforts to oppose and quench ones spirit), or their patience is exhausted.  Thus, the catch phrase is not a reference to bereavement, loss of a loved one, or mourning.  Before Peanuts first appeared, October 2, 1950, the American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz did lettering in a Roman Catholic comic magazine, Timeless Topix.   In the newspaper comic strip, “Good grief!” is used in social commentary that acknowledges the absurdity, brevity, and incongruity that may characterize life with its many challenges, episodes, and odd encounters.  The reply (below) was posted at WordPress.com where “guestspeaker” (Netherlands, a Christadelphian writer) shared “Facing daily events and exclaiming “Good grief!” ” in response to my blog (11/04/2016) Works of the Spirit?:

 

Be encouraged!  “Good grief” is “godly sorrow.”  I first saw Charlie Brown as a child when I was reading the “Sunday funnies” (comic strips in the newspaper).  I recognized the phrase as slang and “street talk” being used in a formal setting, by a little white boy, and understood its awkward displacement as a form of humor akin to irony and sarcasm.  Later I was shown the spirit value of the phrase (not the letter) through an epistle by the Apostle Paul:  2nd  Corinthians 7:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.  It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting:  for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.  Sorrow is better than laughter:  for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.  The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.  It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.  For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool:  this also is vanity.  (Ecclesiastes 7:  1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); African American Christmas? (12/15/2015); Antidotes to the Poisons (10/30/2014); About “The Just” (10/29/2014); Beliefs, Customs and Racism? (09/24/2014); Life Choices (12/14/2013); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013)

 

“guestspeaker”, it is very likely that “good grief” was an appropriation (a use out of context; wresting) of the phrase “godly sorrow.”  Error, exaggeration, reversal, surprises, twists, and the unexpected are equally important throughout our many worldly amusements and entertainments—be they comedy, drama, or “tales of suspense.”  Sophistication in children is thought to be atypical, “hip”, and precocious as are insight among minority persons, wisdom among the poor, and conversation shared among bumpkins, oafs and fools.  On this dimension, sorrow for sin (i.e., guilt, regret, remorse, shame) that results in repentance has them all beat.

Children are pointed out as Christian (a word that meant “little Christs”, and first was used to disparage and mock the Lord’s disciples and followers), and were promoted as models before the early church on the basis of their example of humility.  However, it is not to be missed that exemplary children are uncomplaining, and also display cheerfulness, industry, innocence, gratitude, loyalty, meekness (i.e., readiness and willingness to learn), obedience, patience, purity, resilience, and truthfulness.  To be “childlike” (plain, straight forward, unassuming) in a godly manner is far from being “childish” (immature, playful, silly, worldly).  Through the adoption of the Holy Spirit, adult believers in Jesus Christ are to become “a new creation,” and children through rebirth who answer as the offspring and seed of divinity.

Some (both believers and sinners) do not acknowledge and discern prophesy without there first being comfort, threats, and warnings; yet, the benefits by edification and exhortation are usually greater.  Prophetic demonstrations, sacred events (we say, miracles), and authentic visions from GOD usually excel in sophistication by virtue of their simplicity.  For those who are born again, profound truth often comes into view at a level, and through processes of communication and exchange that may appear casual, informal, and vain (i.e., lacking spirit substance from the makeup of Deity).  Included are praise, prayer, preaching, promise, and witness.

Mockers and scorners often approach believers in a friendly manner; and believers must use discernment (regard their own spirit content from GOD as a standard to determine and respond to the spirit content in events, within themselves, in other persons, in statements, etc.).  Believers are cautioned to be vigilant (watch and pray), and to carefully, impartially yet thoroughly examine, test and try (prove) all things.  Hidden attacks, insults, and thrusts will characterize the “wolves in sheep’s clothing;” and those promoting disbelief often seek to make secular use of ideas from the Scriptures.  With this in view, many mature believers trust that truth from GOD may be apprehended and uncovered at any time, in every situation, and is not restricted to the place of assembly, the prayer chamber, and the sanctuary.

Consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  James 4:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:   let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

(2.)  Romans 8:  24-27, KJV:  24 For we are saved by hope:  but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

(3.)  Psalms 126:  5-6, KJV:  5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

(4.)  Psalms 8:  2, KJV):  2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(5.)  Matthew 21:  10-16, KJV:  10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?  11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.  12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,  13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.  14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.  15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,  16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

(6.)  Colossians 2:  6-10, KJV:  6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

(7.)  1st Thessalonians 5:  19-22, KJV:  19 Quench not the spirit.  20 Despise not prophesyings.  21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

(8.)  Isaiah 53:  3-5, KJV:  3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:  and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:  yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

(9.)  Romans 8:  14-18, KJV:  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended, here.  (For example, (10.)  Isaiah 53:  8-12, KJV:  8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living:  for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.  10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:  when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:  by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.  12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death:  and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.)  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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