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      The significance in sacred history of Caesarea Philippi is the focus, today, along with more on spirit matter. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “abc123” (Level 2 with 305 points, a member since April 25, 2012) posted the following:

What is the meaning in the gospel story ‘Caesarea Philippi’?

What is the meaning in the story and why is the story important to Christians?

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Dude I’m not talking about the place

THE BATTLE AXE: Spirit Matter (10/21/2012)—While common sense, logic and reason may influence and guide human will, these are products of carnal being. They are nonmaterial in their nature, yet, these do not consist of spirit matter. There is no bad or wicked spirit matter, and it is not spirit matter that causes and encourages sin. Unclean spirits are those angelic beings defiled and weakened in their will through sin. In Scripture, evil is the reversal of circumstances, the sudden overturning of order, and the widespread damage and loss we know as calamity, disaster, and catastrophe. GOD may create evil; however, GOD does not create sin. Almighty GOD is not a spirit-being as those who are created inhabitants of heaven; neither are Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The GODhead is comprised of spirit-persons, rather than spirit-beings. The divine spirit-persons are distinguished primarily by their functions instead of their spirit content, or form. While Christ as the Messiah and Son of GOD displays a human form, he exists within the GODhead in the oneness of sanctified spirit matter.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. (Acts 15: 4-11, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: What He Died For (09/14/2012); Chances for Change (09/15/2012); Still the “Chosen”? (03/19/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); Upon This Rock (02/22/2012); Why Only Luke? (02/23/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012)

     The way you have worded your questions only identifies a place, and is no different than if you had asked, What happened in Jerusalem? Many important things happened there that signaled the operation and presence of GOD among mankind. In addition to accounts of apostles (Paul and Silas) being delivered from earthquakes and imprisonment at Caesarea (Acts 16, KJV), Gentiles (Cornelius, a Roman soldier, and his household) first received the Holy Spirit there (Acts 10, KJV). It was at Caesarea, Jesus foretold his own death and resurrection (Matthew 16:21-28; Mark 8:31-38;9:1; Luke 9:22-27, KJV). Also, it was at Caesarea during what is called “the Confession of Peter,” that Jesus acknowledged the operation of an imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD (in Simon Peter), after challenging his apostles, Who do men say that I am? Jesus then revealed that the nature and process of his church would proceed from that same Holy Spirit.
     By the time Jesus began his ministry, the issue of identifying the Messiah prophesied within the holy writings had become an element in popular culture as well as sacred tradition among the Jews that directed their attention to divine restoration of property rights, and the patterns of material inheritance established through the prophets, Moses and Joshua. With this in view, many expected some one of the ancient prophets to reappear signaling renewal of direct government of the covenant people by GOD. As the sign from GOD assuring the reality and truth of Messiah’s advent, such men as Elijah, Jeremiah and Isaiah were expected to herald his arrival. Jesus explained that John the Baptist—the first prophet to appear among the Jews in over four hundred years—was the awaited sign. Before Jesus was anointed during his baptism by John the Baptist, many took John to be the long awaited Messiah.
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, until the falling of the Holy Spirit in the home of Cornelius authenticated by Peter, the church of Jesus Christ was made up entirely of Jews, and those who continued to acknowledge the authority, ceremonies and practices of the Temple community.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

      The human spirit, self-will and the substance of divinity are topics, today.

THE BATTLE AXE: The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012)—In the Holy Bible, various mechanisms of the flesh are labeled “the carnal mind” (see Romans 8, KJV). Such features as appetite, emotion, and passion may activate the mind, and human self-will; also, spirit within the living may trigger responses by the self-will. However, human self-will is limited in its power to move the inborn spirit, or to control the elements of the flesh. Thus, the will may initiate a series of actions to satisfy hunger or thirst, yet one cannot eliminate bodily needs simply by focusing their will without also taking action directed by thought. The spirit often stirs the will to physical action that the body and mind are unable to execute. Rightly understood, the carnal mind is enmity against divine will in the sense that, the carnal mind has not been designed to acknowledge and obey divine will. So to speak, the carnal mind—and the carnal man—are not equipped to obey Almighty GOD perfectly, even where self-will urges them to do so. Human self-will (for want of a better word, “endowed-will”) is often believed the same in substance as divine will (“source-will”), and only different in degree. The Gospel of Jesus Christ favors the idea that conflict between endowed-will in humankind against source-will within divine person result from differences in spirit. Human will cannot generate or produce divine will; nor can human spirit generate or produce divine spirit. Through the ministry of Jesus, mankind is now offered an added endowment of divine spirit, (called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy). The substance of divine person is imparted as a living presence to indwell the born-again believer.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelation 22: 8-18, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012)

     Mature Christian believers generally accept the doctrine that GOD is a spirit, and we must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4: 22-24, KJV). Divine being is manifest, or made known and visible through spirit matter. While spirit matter cannot be described as having dimension, form, mass and shape, Almighty GOD has revealed many truths that allow created beings and living creatures to know the makeup and substance of Divine Person. Because material substance, and objects encountered in time and space appeal to aspects of awareness and self-will in created beings (such as appetite, sensation and imagination), living creatures do not easily recognize and respond to spirit matter. Spirit matter is acknowledged and discovered by practicing discernment, that is, using things with clear spirit content as standards for comparing, contrasting, and examining any other things promoted as also being spiritual in nature, or containing spirit substance.

      Each angelic and human being contains a portion of spirit matter that has been put forth from GOD, and that, in fact, is GOD. Animals, insects, and creatures spoken into existence appear as configurations of “word”; and word is spirit matter directed as “breath” or utterance. The holy scriptures convey spirit matter engaging human consciousness as word. While blood is material, blood conveys spirit matter that is life. Animation, existence, life and presence are dynamic effects of spirit matter. Spirit-beings, such as the angels, the sacred beasts of heaven, and the 24 elders, are created and put forth by Almighty GOD, and do not encompass and include the same fullness of spirit matter as the Creator. Divine being is the only source for spirit matter, and for all existence.

      The spirit matter of GOD, the elements or features that make up sacred person includes faith, forgiveness, grace, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, truth, will, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Each consists entirely of unique spirit matter. Therefore, holiness is comprised of holiness, love of only love, and righteousness is purely of righteousness. As divine substance, this spirit matter is inseparable (where one is found, all appear); and divine spirit matter (also called “divinity”) is found in full scale and boundless proportion only within the Oneness that is GOD.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the endowment of spirit matter imparted to the holy angels at Creation cannot be increased. Presently, mankind may be re-directed to GOD by added deposits of spirit matter; however, once mankind is sealed in spirit, they will be fixed in their spirit matter as are the angels.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC