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Jesus Heals The Paralytic by Harold Copping (1863-1932), Printed biblical illustration, Published in 1910.

 

Today, reply is on why all Israel was not healed through the ministry on earth of Jesus Christ.  Displaying authentic humanity, Jesus was ordained and sent as a vessel who would become filled with divine Spirit to prepare the covenant people for an outpouring of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD in accordance with earlier recorded prophecies and promises. Many saw him only as a rabbi from the region North of Judea; and Jesus was opposed by bias, ethnic arrogance, prejudice, skepticism, and unbelief. It is written: Mark 5: 25-34, King James Version (KJV): 25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Kate Gosselin” (Level 3 with 1,315 points, a member since August 13, 2015) posted the following:

 

Jesus cured several people of their ailments. Why didn’t he cure everyone in Israel who was sick?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2nd Chronicles 7: 14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Should Medicine Endorse Healing? (02/10/2019); Hezekiah Called For Judgment (12/09/2018); Nehushtan, The Brass Serpent (10/26/2018); A Ministry to Cripples? (03/14/2017); The Correct Prescription? (11/19/2015); Sight to the Blind? (07/30/2015); Why Did Jesus Heal? (02/03/2015); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014)

 

Kate Gosselin”, the appearance of divinity using flesh and human form as Jesus Christ (the Incarnation) was not for the purpose of healing mankind of sickness and treating their wounds so much as to introduce a new covenant relationship between the Creator and the Creation. To understand why Jesus did not heal everyone all over the world when he appeared on the earth, or at least all of the Jews who were in covenant with GOD through sacred law and inherited traditions from the covenant of Moses, many Christians focus on mankind’s spiritual awareness and needs that first must be in place before the operations of Christ as an anointed spokesperson from GOD may go forward in the lives of others. Along with desire to be healed, there also must be a longing for faith, for sacred knowledge rather than secular knowledge, for the active presence of divinity, and for the inseparable divine substance imparted from the makeup of GOD. Included in the virtue that flowed from Jesus Christ were forbearance, gratitude, holiness, humility, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. The ministries of Christ were opposed by Satan as well as the by Pharisees and others who thought they were defending the true covenant. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of MercyMe:

(1.) Matthew 4: 23-25 King James Version (KJV): 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

(2.) Mark 2: 1-12, KJV: 1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 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.

(3.) Matthew 13: 54-58, KJV: 54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xzaivDbu9c.) 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 spiritual combat. Many claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ display an eagerness to physically fight with others, and a mentality declaring that GOD has granted Christians exclusive authority, divine entitlement, and full license to demonize, slander and verbally assault their enemies, to be victorious in war, to maintain stockpiles of weapons, and to deploy nuclear bombs throughout the earth at their own discretion. Properly understood, the divine goal is life using change, rather than destruction. Therefore, believers are called and recruited to serve as fishers of men, soul winners, and those who preserve communities by becoming “the salt of the earth.” The present day is a season of grace for sinners, wherein threats of damnation, punishment for sin, and the second death are replaced by opportunity for fellowship with divinity, gradual growth, rest, revelation, unselfish service, and vision. In place of coercion, brute force, deception, and lies, divinity draws to themselves and releases those living in error and sin by using sacred tools such as healing, forgiveness, mercy, nonviolence, prophecy, reconciliation, and spiritual rebirth. Christians are not to behave as hoodlums and thugs; however, neither are they to be beggarly, cowardly, undisciplined, and weak. The followers of Christ are to display the image of GOD, and will not make for others the choices others must demand from themselves. Developing and mature believers are not to shrink from the life challenges wherein sinners are helped to see and make the choice for new life through Jesus Christ. It is written: 1st Corinthians 3: 11-15, King James Version (KJV): 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

What is spiritual combat?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19: 11-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Conflict Among Multiple Wills? (09/20/2019); Justified By Church Attendance? (06/21/2019); Salvation Through Jesus Christ (03/25/2019); Peace Or A Sword? (01/29/2019); The Lion of Judah (01/22/2017); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013)

 

Anonymous”, all Christian believers on the earth are warriors in spiritual combat against the operations of sin. Sin is understood as an “enigma” for mankind (i.e., a puzzle or question that has no clear origin, no fixed answer, and no reliable solution). Divinity has not put forth sin as part of Creation, and sin has no spirit content from the makeup of GOD, yet, the operations of sin may dominate consciousness and self-will within created beings and living creatures. Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Lawgiver, and of divine order throughout the universe. Sin promotes destruction, nonexistence, and a return to the conditions of chaos, confusion, and movement of substance without direction and form that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth (we say, preexistence).

Divinity is the inseparable fullness of all spirit-matter; and where they remain in spirit, they must be known as immortal and invisible. Within the Godhead are to be found such elements as faith, holiness, forbearance, hope, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Using the form of human flesh, GOD has appeared through Jesus Christ to demonstrate that divinity are to be known by those on the earth through sacred operations, divine process, and by receiving fresh endowments of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted to Adam from the makeup of the Creator. The Creator is not an abstraction, an immaterial object, a mechanical device, or a man-made product from human imagination, mind, and carnal reason. Mankind is to have integrity of being, maintain self-government, and serve as a life companion to divinity; however, humanity must continue to exist within the boundaries and frameworks created and provided by divinity. Included are birth, death, resurrection, opportunity, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, possibility, reality, time and space.

The conflicts that exist within Creation are not all visible to the senses of mankind, and must be resolved without continuing corruption (decay, disintegration, rot) that is material, social, and spiritual. Believers must contend against such obstacles as anger, arrogance, covetousness, envy, fear, lust, presumption, exaggerated pride, selfishness, and stubbornness. The living are not to “fight the good fight” using gun violence and weapons of mass destruction. Rather than as the outcome of battles that exploit the mortality of mankind, the preservation of Creation and peace are the outcomes of divine judgment where conflicts are resolved and disputes are settled by applying the sanctions and standards in the law. Christians are to wage war against sin by displaying Christ-likeness and godliness in their lifestyles and daily routines. At every level—how they speak, what they say, and what they do—believers are to make choices, determinations, and sound decisions that acknowledge and conform to meaning, quality, and value from the Maker. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and the presentation from the music ministry of the Gaither Vocal Band:

1. Psalms 7: 9-11, King James Version (KJV): 9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

2. Ephesians 6: 11-18, KJV: 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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;

3. 2nd Corinthians 10: 3-5, KJV: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 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;

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDCH0Y2aiU.) 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 what sinners can do to become consistent, mature, and “perfect”. As those called to minister on the earth representing Jesus Christ, there are times believers are not to speak their own words that are discouraging and negative; yet, they are not withholding truth, nor is there any practice of deceit and lying. The believer is sharing their faith, and displaying their commitment to speak on behalf of the Lord. Mankind on the earth may only become sinless through the operations of divinity, rather than any human discipline, practice, or self-regimen. The finite tools of intellect, logic, philosophy, science, and self-will (willpower) are not enough to bring about the permanent changes required to exist as the children of light. It is written: Galatians 2: 16-21, King James Version (KJV): 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

I keep trying to be perfect but it is making me depressed. How do I learn to be happy with it?

People should strive for perfection. You should make discipline a strong suit or Jesus will hate you. You should also have found your aptitude by a young age , be the type of woman to take charge, be a life long learner, etc.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Romans 13: 8-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: According To Your Faith (08/15/2019); We Must Acknowledge Christ (08/08/2019); Displaying A “Christian Personality”? (04/19/2019); Become As Little Children (12/13/2018); Living In The Light? (01/18/2015); Coming to the Light? (09/29/2014); We Are Still Sinning? (11/30/2013); Like a Thief? (12/01/2013)

 

Anonymous”, the spirit substance imparted to us from the makeup of GOD must be built up within developing Christians through such elements as discovery, gradual growth, learning, unselfish service, and suffering. All Christian believers begin as sinners who willingly turn to divinity for guidance and support to overcome the operations of sin. Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the universe put forth through divine order. More than this, sin promotes nonexistence and a return to the conditions of chaos, flux, and streams without direction that were in place before Creation (we say, preexistence). While sin is no spirit or feature put forth from GOD, sin may dominate awareness and self-will (willpower) in created beings and living creatures. The death of Christ on the cross has not eliminated sin, yet, mankind now receives divine tools to more correctly recognize, reject, and resist the operations of sin. In addition to the atoning blood of Jesus there is a fresh endowment of life essence (breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of GOD that includes the inseparable aspects of Christ-likeness (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin). Believers are encouraged to display the spirit of Christ in their lifestyle and daily routines; in what they choose to say and speak; and in what they choose to hear and see. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

1. Micah 6: 7-8, King James Version (KJV): 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?

2. Ephesians 5: 1-8, KJV: 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

3. Ephesians 5: 17-20, KJV: 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge1axMPsN-g&list=PLN-HWgUQXbLMnDp4XNtZPz4Ejq_BFYE4C&index=4) 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 final judgment as displaying the perfection of divinity, and the second death as a necessary penalty against sin. The perfection of divinity in their integrity of being and personhood is spoken of as innocence, holiness, oneness without sameness, and purity. The perfection of GOD in judgment is seen through its balance, fullness, impartiality and righteousness. Wrath against sin is released only for those rejecting the dominion and sovereignty of GOD, while those who acknowledge the divine gifts of forgiveness, mercy and salvation will display contrition, gratitude, repentance, and new life from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The perfection of GOD can not be properly comprehended by comparing GOD, who is exalted, holy, preeminent and sanctified, against mankind, who is finite and corrupt through sin. Only when relying on carnal reason, and not on operations by the Spirit of GOD, do men argue that divinity is “perfect” because GOD does not cause death or kill as does mankind. It is written: Ezekiel 18: 20-25, 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. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

God is perfect & He has NEVER caused the death of anyone. Only people kill. Why do atheists continue to lie about God’s perfection?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (Revelation 14: 6-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Penalty of Death? (04/26/2019); Peace Or A Sword? (01/29/2019); Divine Forgiveness and Justice (01/01/2019); Why Punishment After Death? (11/23/2018); The Administration Of Death (07/11/2017); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014); A Dispensation To Benefit (12/01/2014)

 

Anonymous”, here are some thoughts I would like to share: the highest expressions of divine perfection will be seen through final judgment. Many developing and mature Christian believers are now preparing to receive Jesus Christ when he comes to harvest those who belong to him from the earth (we say, the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming). Born-again believers must “grow up again,” so to speak, and are to become mature/ripe while continuing on the earth as the offspring of GOD, joint-heirs with Christ, and the new creation. GOD is not regarded as “perfect” because he has not committed the same sins and transgressions that appear in the sacred law provided to guide created beings and living creatures. “Thou shalt not kill” commanded of mankind is not binding to divinity as it must be for humankind. Among Christians, the perfection of divinity is not only through their appearing as the Creator and Maker of all that have existence and life; divine perfection is to be acknowledged by those having salvation through Christ also accepting his authority to preside over divine judgment. We speak of Christ as a ruler over a kingdom, as having dominion, ownership, and sovereignty throughout Creation. He performs judgment that assigns value, and determines what is to endure as eternal and permanent. Thus, the Lord is to be understood as also having power to carryout the elimination of death, sin, suffering, and wickedness by ending human mortality, and enforcing the second death that is a necessary penalty against sin. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Revelation 2: 10-11, King James Version (KJV): 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

(2.) Revelation 20: 4-6, KJV: 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

(3.) Revelation 21: 6-8, KJV: 6 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. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Revelation 20: 10-15, KJV: 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.) 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 those who prefer evil and wickedness, and holy writings that teach on such sinners among those who are to be in accord and covenant relationship with divinity. Developing and mature Christian believers eventually acknowledge that evil, sin, and wickedness are not fruits produced through the imparted Spirit of GOD. None may lay hold on salvation relying on the operations of carnal desire, self-will, and finite human willpower. It is written: 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. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

What if I prefer evil over good?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. (Deuteronomy 30: 15-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Heathen and Pagan Ways (09/01/2019); Works Without Divine Faith? (05/06/2019); The Penalty of Death? (04/26/2019); Known By Spiritual Fruit (03/06/2019); Doing The Devil’s Work? (02/21/2019); Recognizing Holy and Unholy (01/31/2019); Sinners Must Become Convicted (11/27/2018)

 

Anonymous”, there are many who feel that (1) GOD does not exist; (2) there is no reason to be afraid of bad consequences or punishment for your attitudes and behavior; (3) mankind only has to answer the laws of nature; and (4) I am free from the laws and restrictions made by other people. When those who are entered into accord and covenant relationship with divinity repeatedly choose to violate divine law, and continue as unrepentant sinners, they come under the curses of the law, rather than the blessings. As those in defiance and rebels against the sovereign will of GOD, they are labeled as “workers of iniquity” and “transgressors”. More than this, they are those who reject forgiveness and despise divine mercy. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Deuteronomy 29: 16-21, King James Version (KJV): 16 (For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by; 17 And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:) 18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; 19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. 21 And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:

2. Leviticus 26: 13-21, KJV: 13 I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright. 14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; 15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: 16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. 17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. 18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. 19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: 20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. 21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.

3. Psalms 7: 11-16, KJV: 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. 12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. 13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. 14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. 16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Ezekiel 18: 23-28, KJV: 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. 25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? 26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. 27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.) 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 sacred law being biased against females, and what appears to some as a widespread low regard for the worthiness of females as full members of the body of Christ. For many such bigotry and prejudice are disturbing, for there is an inarguable excellence for women above men, because only females may serve as those who actually bear children as fruit within their own bodies, and who fulfill the unchanging eternal purpose of GOD wherein mankind independent from divinity reproduces to populate the earth. Many feel that sacred practice as commanded in the law of jealousy is overly harsh and unfeeling. Even so, a woman has rights to receive inheritance as a primary heir; and there are specific laws to continue the integrity of her father’s name over her estate so that his family does not lose through marriage their allotted portion of the Promised Land provided by GOD to their tribe through Moses and Joshua. Going further, Jesus Christ taught as a principle when applying covenant law that mercy is better than sacrifice. Abuse and cruelty against women are condemned and forbidden. It is written: Malachi 2: 12-16, King James Version (KJV): 12 The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. 13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. 14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians think women’s lives are worthless unless they are incubating a fetus?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD. (Proverbs 19: 14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Divine Purposes Are Unchanging (04/22/2019); Help Meet For Man? (04/12/2019); Purity For Sacred Truth (12/17/2018); The Priesthood of Adam (11/02/2018); Childbearing Pertains to Judgment? (02/23/2018); Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); The Gender of Divinity? (09/13/2014); Saved in Childbearing (10/31/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012)

 

Anonymous”, you appear to have little understanding of the sacred knowledge that is shared among developing and mature Christian believers. Christian belief is having continuous consciousness of the existence and operations of divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Christianity is broad and forward-looking, and goes beyond the finite human frameworks for philosophy, science, and secular knowledge as well as the human tools for time and space. Women are accounted as valuable members of the full body and indispensable partners who continue the ministry on earth of Jesus Christ.

Created beings and living creatures can become conscious of, and respond to, divinity as active presence that appears through multiple operations of spirit substance using objects in the earth. Included are things carnal, concrete, material, mechanical, physical, social, tangible, and visible. A process of reproduction through intercourse and sexual joining has been provided to mankind little different from that bestowed on the different animal and other pairs. The process of conception, development, and birth occurs displaying fixed patterns and sequences governed by mechanical and natural law, more than through divine law and direct sacred intervention as with the birth of the prophets Jeremiah, John the Baptist, or Jesus Christ.

While women do appear as a prophet (we say, prophetess) in Old Testament writings, through the covenant laws provided to Moses, Joshua, and others, females were denied a place in priesthood until New Testament times. The historian and gospel-writer Luke reports females who maintained and supervised places for gatherings of Christian congregations (churches) within their own homes. Even so, until Jesus Christ, females and all Gentiles appear to have been censured, condemned, and labeled as greater sinners than Hebrew males. Correctly understood, because of their menstrual cycle and likelihood of defilement through their flesh (in particular, their blood), the sacred law required women be set apart from the men of the congregation to re-dedicate themselves to GOD as would a Levite in private prayer with fasting, offerings, and supplication. Seeming to continue to acknowledge principles shared among the Pharisees, the Apostle Paul provided instruction to the early church that has continued unto this day. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Leviticus 12: 1-7, King James Version (KJV): 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. 3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. 5 But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days. 6 And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest: 7 Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female.

2. Genesis 38: 24-26, KJV: 24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. 25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff. 26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. 1st Timothy 2: 8-15, KJV: 8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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AN AFTERTHOUGHT: The law from GOD to transform the loosely organized tribes of Jacob to appear as a legitimate nation among the existing kingdoms of the world correctly acknowledged the differences between females and males regarding issues of endurance, health, and stability. Women were to demonstrate repentance through calm, humility, modesty, quietness, respect, and piety. The purpose of divine law was not to legislate conduct and deportment by imposing etiquette and manners, so much as it was to establish a human community on the earth that would display the spirit of GOD. In no way did the law of GOD give males license to belittle, enslave, mock, or torment their intended life companions and partners from GOD. In the Scriptures we see that women maintained their own property, operated businesses, and even served as deliverers in times of war. Many of the traditions begun with Adam and Eve were eventually written into the judgments and codes of law delivered by Moses, Joshua, and others as the expressed will of GOD.

 

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Today, the reply is on forgiveness as a release from sin that men on the earth receive through love and obedience appearing within the Son of GOD.  Forgiveness and mercy are intended for those who come to divine judgment, and are actually guilty.  Finite human tools such as intellect, science, and willpower do not provide mankind with sufficient integrity of being to appear sinless before divinity, or to display justification and worthiness for their own having eliminated sin. Salvation is the necessary divine operation wherein GOD extends forbearance, forgiveness, new life and reconciliation to mankind on the basis of the merit, sacrifice, virtue and works accomplished by Jesus Christ. It is written: 1st John 1: 5-10, KJV: 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality using the ID “Jeff” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since November 20, 2018) posted the following:

 

I want to give all my guilt and regret and mistakes to God but I feel like I’m not worthy of forgiveness.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 130: 3-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Paying For Our Sins? (08/20/2019); Spirit Using Human Form (08/16/2019); That Not Of Yourselves (08/13/2019); We Must Acknowledge Christ (08/08/2019); GOD Is The Creator? (07/04/2019); The Character of GOD (06/27/2019); Salvation Through Jesus Christ (03/25/2019); Forgiveness, Grace and Merit (06/22/2017)

 

Jeff”, divine forgiveness displays that GOD the Creator is worthy of love, obedience, praise, and reverence from his Creation. Developing and mature Christian believers are encouraged to accept the truth that forgiveness appears as an aspect of the divine active presence, eternal process, and inseparable sacred substance. Forgiveness is to be received as a fresh endowment of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) that was imparted to Adam and Eve. Included were faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. While this and other divine content establishes opportunities and possibilities for created beings and living creatures to be in relationship with the Creator as heirs, offspring, and sons and daughters to GOD, both Adam and Eve violated the instructions they had been given, and transgressed against the divine law. The character and makeup of mankind was altered in such a way that all the descendants of Adam now receive an inheritance of being vulnerable to the operations of sin and ungodliness.

It is our profound need: it is not our ignorance, nor is it our innocence. It is what we have become through human error, and our condition as sinners who need change, release and repentance that qualifies us to receive a ministry of forgiveness that is extended to mankind through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD. It is not that we are worthy; it is that Christ continues to be received as worthy before the Father; and the Son may intercede on behalf of those who are truly guilty. It is not by our influence, our skill, our talents; it is because the makeup of GOD is made visible through divine judgment that features compassion, completeness, impartiality, mercy, and righteousness. On the basis of human accomplishments demonstrated through divinity using flesh and blood as Jesus Christ (we say, Incarnation), there now are no issues of merit and worthiness for sinners to receive forgiveness.

Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. 1st John 4: 8-11, King James Version (KJV): 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

2. Isaiah 53: 3-6, 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. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Luke 7: 37-50, KJV: 37 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, 38 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. 39 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. 40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44 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. 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47 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. 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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