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Today, the first day of 2017, a reply is shared on GOD supplying money to the church, instead of believers raising funds.  Born-again Christian believers are to practice offering and sacrifice as challenges within their new life that must be met for their accomplishment of permanent changes in their attitudes, focus, and power of self-will.  While the source of all flesh is Spirit, the process of flesh must be specific to the character and nature of flesh.  When flesh and form become vessels of divine substance, there must be multiple sacred operations to transform what is carnal, material and social to be in accord with immortal, incorruptible Spirit.  Finite, physical things produced and used by created beings and living creatures such as buildings, money, and property become representative devices to express exclusive devotion, love, and reverence toward GOD once they are anointed (i.e., made fragrant), set apart (we say, cleansed, sanctified), and consecrated to bind believers in lasting relationships with divinity.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Nobody Knows Anything” (Level 4 with 3,204 points, a member since December 29, 2012) posted the following:

 

Why doesnt God fund the churches he supports, instead of his followers raising the money?

It just seems like that would be a really good way to know which church has the right idea.

Why wouldn t God support the churches that preach his true message?

No Atheist/Agnostic answers, please.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul:  neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus:  and great grace was upon them all.  Neither was there any among them that lacked:  for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,  And laid them down at the apostles’ feet:  and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.  (Acts 4:  31-35, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A New Year’s Message, 2015:  Great Expectations? (01/01/2015); To Him That Hath… (07/08/2016); A $1,000 Dollar Seed? (11/02/2015); More On Sacrificial Giving (11/03/2015); Money Is No Object? (10/14/2015); A Price for Religious Liberty? (06/30/2015); Sacrificial Relationships? (10/23/2013); Relationship by Unselfish Giving? (10/24/2013); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

“Nobody Knows Anything”,  the funding work is to benefit the Flesh, and therefore, must be carried out by the Flesh.  Mature Christian believers trust that sacred knowledge and practices are being shared among the living by the Creator through such devices as divine law, covenants, promises, prophecy, revelation, and the death of Jesus on the cross.  All the necessary operations to establish a sphere of life for human existence, material processes for their communication, exchange and interaction as well as natural law, regularity, and the frameworks of time and space have been provided by divinity.  Even so, the living must display accountability, balance, coherence, continuity, person, presence, stability and validity to participate in relationship with Deity.  Mankind’s integrity, value and worth must be expressed as his own unique nature and substance; however, the character and makeup of mankind also must always display inseparable aspects of the makeup of GOD.  The life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word) from GOD includes faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  While it is our separation from GOD that makes it necessary there be communication such as confession, petition, praise, prayer and thanksgiving, it is also separation that endows the simple things among mankind with authority, beauty, power, and enduring purpose.  On the basis of counsel and instruction from GOD, men are to offer, return, and sacrifice to GOD what they most feel has value in their living.  This also may be done using substitutes, surrogates, and symbols.  Thus, most correctly understood, the divine process has never been one of simply supporting believers by providing goods, money, and services to men in the earth.  Rather, there is a stream of spirit content to equip men for ongoing challenges, growth, the work of judgment, and eternal life.  Life for the body of Christ is not about currency, economies, and exchange rates among men any more than it is about men showing off as “perfect” using mere human standards.

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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TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS

 

Today, giving and receiving are considered as transactions that manifest the active presence of the Creator.  More than simply a duty, a habit, exaggerated pride, showing off and vainglory, or even the expression of gratitude, giving, receiving, and returning are aspects of organic relationship.  The breath of life imparted to Adam and his mate came directly from the makeup and substance of divine person, and, despite death as a penalty for sin, their offspring eventually will be restored to exist as living companions to divinity.  With this in view, the endowment of mankind may be understood as akin to respiration that sees the intake of breath, its corruption, its being exhaled and expelled as well as its becoming refreshed and renewed.  The many practices among mankind that involve bestowing and giving gifts, offerings and sacrifices to Deity are further appearances of the character, makeup, and process of divinity as abundant, immeasurable, inexhaustible, and radiant.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Solitary Wiccan” (Level 5 with 8,670 points, a member since May 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

How can I convince religious people to stop giving their money to Televangelits?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.  Ye are cursed with a curse:  for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.  (Malachi 3:  7-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Diversity and Prophetic Gifts (11/22/2016); More On Sacrificial Giving (11/03/2015); A $1,000 Dollar Seed? (11/02/2015);  Christ Receives the Tithes? (08/04/2015); A Price for Religious Liberty? (06/30/2015); On Being Good Stewards (12/17/2013); Traditional Marriage? (12/18/2013)

 

“Solitary Wiccan”, the giving of believers has to be understood in accordance with the appearance of GOD within mankind through divine spirit.  Along with being accountable and obedient (unselfishly putting aside ones own will, carrying out the will of another), to give and share are among the highest expressions of mature love (thus, stealing comes into view as hate, death, and the destruction of life).  In the same way communication, exchange, and interaction are accomplished among nations by using emblems, tokens, and symbols, relationships with divinity are established and maintained using multiple “common” elements for meaning and value.  Included are blood, currency, images, intentions, music, purposes, and words.  Things that, in fact, are carnal, material, secular, and social can be used in limited ways as vessels that carry and transfer spirit content (e.g., water, wine, a burning bush).  The inseparable aspects of Spirit imparted from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, wrath against sin) are immutable, invisible, and without physical form except as established through sacred operations (e.g., anointing, consecration, Incarnation, sanctification).  The awareness that GOD is active and present is to continue as uninterrupted within created beings and living creatures.  Divine order and sacred law therefore require behavior, devices, and mechanisms that express, “call to mind,” and make the operations of Spirit recognizable and visible.  Consider again the following you may have read before:

(1.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  3-7, King James Version (KJV):  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

(2.)  Colossians 3:  16-18, KJV:  16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.   (For example, (3.)  Hebrews 7:  4-10, KJV:  4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.  5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:  6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.  7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.  8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.  9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.  10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000, mankind’s participation in divine judgment, the Lord’s Supper, and eternal life all come into view.  Multiplying the material gift of loaves and fish was not the most godly aspect of the feeding events.  The marvel and wonder were to be seen in the appearance of GOD through order, sacrifice, trust, and unselfishness.  The core and essence of salvation goes beyond humans changing their own attitudes and conduct, and even goes further than divine operations to eliminate sin.  As in the imparting of life to both Adam and Eve, there has to be a joining of flesh and spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Digital” (Level 3 with 2,306 points, a member since March 12, 2014) posted the following:

 

In the parable of Jesus feeding the 5000 what do the loaves and fishes represent?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat:  this is my body, which is broken for you:  this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood:  this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.  (1st Corinthians 11:  23-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Becoming A Christian Believer (08/08/2016); To Drink Holy Blood? (02/16/2015); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Denying Baptism to Others (11/04/2013); Eat His Body, Drink His Blood (03/21/2013); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013)

 

“Digital”, among mature Christian believers, the different accounts of Jesus feeding the multitude are reports of “sacred events” (we say, miracles) that pertain to the full revelation of divinity, rather than simply parables that provide doctrine through illustrations, and object lessons.  Sacred events must be apprehended through discernment (i.e., using ones own divine spirit content to recognize and respond to eternal purpose and spirit matter within actions, messages, oneself, other persons, prophecy, Scripture, etc.).

Many understand the feeding events to be covenant meals that signal agreement and commitment.  These miracles serve as emblems (like a policeman’s badge) granted to the Son of GOD indicating the lawful authority, sovereignty, and unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit whereby the Son appears as Creator, owner, and ruler over all that exists.  Divine order and sacred law are established as the people are arranged in groups of 50.  An overwhelming abundance and plenty are signaled through use of a fragment and portion.  Acceptance and trust are manifest, rather than anxiety, or fear there may not be enough to include me also.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, in addition to the things needed for sustaining “the flesh” (i.e., appetite, sensation, emotion/mental functions), the entire range of resources for spiritual life are pledged and supplied.  Included are cleansing, forbearance, forgiveness, healing, hope (i.e., specific expectations), joy, meekness, mercy that comes only by judgment, rebirth, resurrection, and sanctification.

The loaves and fish become devices to further make visible the “active presence” of GOD who is spirit, and the special truth that GOD must abide as Spirit within the living.  Consider again how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  John 6:  27-30, King James Version (KJV):  27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:  for him hath God the Father sealed.  28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.  30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

(2.)  John 6:  47-53, KJV:  47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  48 I am that bread of life.  49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.  51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven:  if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever:  and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.  52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?  53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

(3.)  John 6:  54-58, KJV:  54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father:  so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  58 This is that bread which came down from heaven:  not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead:  he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  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, some thoughts are shared on prostitution and the Great Whore who appears as a symbol and type within the Bible.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  The revelation of divine righteousness and wrath against sin is demonstrated in judgment by GOD, who demands exclusive devotion, and whose name, therefore, is Jealous.  Devotion to carnal pleasure, false gods, and man-made idols are to be understood as corruptions and perversions of human creativity and “the World” that should emerge from the endowment of divine love and indwelling spirit imparted to mankind at Creation.  Unlike Christian believers who strive to be known as faithful, persevering, steadfast and trustworthy, whores must be exposed by the provisions of GOD because they are actors and hypocrites who do not love, and they lack faith imparted from divinity, yet, may convincingly feign affection, commitment, and zeal.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Adam” (Level 4 with 3,124 points, a member since April 25, 2011) posted the following:

 

So is the idea behind the great whore in christianity someone who accepts everyone?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman;  In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;  But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!  They give gifts to all whores:  but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.  And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms:  and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.  Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD:  Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;  Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.  And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.  And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places:  they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.  They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.  And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women:  and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.  So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.  (Ezekiel 16:  30-42, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The World and The Cross? (04/19/2016); A $1,000 Dollar Seed? (11/02/2015);  Incest? (10/29/2015); Money Is No Object? (10/14/2015); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013); Pornography from the Bible? (11/26/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012)

 

“Adam”, may I share some thoughts, here?  Mature Christian believers depend upon the holy writings to explain the various figures, symbols, and types that appear, especially where they have been provided to put forth admonition, prophecy, and revelation.  The Great Whore is described directly only within the Book of Revelation, and is a representation of commerce, enterprise, and trade; and may be regarded as corruption of both “the Flesh” and “the World.”  The carnal, material and social mechanisms and processes that may dominate human life are called “the flesh.”  Included are appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual craving), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion/mental functions  (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  In the same way the earth is the creation of divinity to maintain life for mankind, “the World” has been the creation of mankind for communication, exchange, life experience, and its own  survival.  Through the operations of sin that oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the Creation established on a platform of sacred law, “the World” has become corrupt, defiled, and spiritually unclean.  Thus, the Great Whore can be seen as a mix of idols and images mistakenly exalted and worshiped among men that include the City, Mammon, the lingam, the mother, the yoni, and even marriage that is the counterfeit of holy matrimony.  Throughout the holy writings, prostitution and whoredom are used to identify sin that is otherwise hidden and disguised to be favor from “god”.  Those who offer themselves to false gods and idols do so by “hiring” and “paying for intimacy” with abominations.  The concepts of blessing (we also say, gifts) and grace from GOD are despised.  Those who “lust after” the Great Whore do so seeking to selfishly profit from, and make merchandise of the things from GOD (e.g., atonement, forgiveness, instruction, redemption, salvation).  They display to their chosen idol(s) the offerings and sacrifices properly due only to the true and living GOD.  Sacred law exposes sin as destructive, empty, ugly, and vain (i.e., without divine content).  In the same way, many have erred supposing they may consult a prostitute for instruction about sexual matters, and do not understand they are submitting themselves to fornication and life patterns that generate further emotional, psychological and spiritual confusion, the disciples of Christ have been warned that many will covet the inheritance of the church, become deceived and submit to “worship” of the Great Whore.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, points are shared on the meaning and value of the cross for Christian believers.  Within the church created by the Lord, the cross is not an instrument used in practicing magic, nor is the cross an object of worship.  Even so, many disciples and followers of Jesus Christ experience the living presence of the Savior as their own indwelling Spirit responds to a cross or crucifix.  Certainly, their awareness may be released from focus upon material objects, personal problems, and issues of living in the world.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Melanie” (Level 4 with 3,449 points, a member since September 29, 2014) posted the following:

 

A question for Christians. Why do you have crosses? Do you like glorifying a torture instrument? Is Jesus happy with that?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  (Hebrews 12:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Without Preaching The Cross? (02/21/2016); The Meaning not the Object (05/26/2015); Not Images Used in Worship? (09/14/2014); Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012)

 

“Melanie”, the cross can only be celebrated by those having balance, joy, respect, and wisdom from GOD.  Continuing to live upon the earth, Christian believers are surrounded by carnal, material, and social elements that may draw and fix their attention.  Maintaining freedom that allows one to serve GOD in mature ways requires sacred knowledge and active practice of sacraments that shield the mind and heart from secular meanings, processes and values as well as from sin.  Sin has not been created by GOD, and opposes the continued existence of divine law, GOD as the Law Giver, and all Creation that relies upon sacred law as a platform for divine order.  The operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  While sin can not be destroyed or eliminated as an ordinary object, sin can be spiritually discerned, resisted, and overcome.  Among “born again” Christians, who have received deposits of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of divinity, the cross proclaims the triumph and eternal victory of Jesus Christ over multiple forces and influences.  The cross also declares peculiar achievements of each believer who has had help from GOD to overcome obstacles to their new life in Christ.  Included are anger, covetousness, death, deceit, enmity, evil, fear, hate, ignorance, sin, suffering, ungodliness, and wickedness.  The cross is not something cute and shiny worn as jewelry to appear in fashion.  Nor is the cross an object of worship (we say, an idol).  The cross may be acknowledged as an altar whereon the highest offering from mankind has been laid; yet, were believers  to “glorify” the cross itself, they would be guilty of worshiping a false god, a lifeless object, a dead thing that may not act for their salvation.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Philippians 3:  18-21, King James Version (KJV):  18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:  19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)  20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18-24, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

(3.)  Galatians 6:  12-15, KJV:  12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.  13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.  14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.  15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Today, the development of born again believers is compared to growth and life process seen with infants and small babies.  The hidden and unseen power revealed in Jesus dying upon the cross pertains to rebirth, and the living being made a new creation.  Every Christian believer must journey from error and ignorance of spiritual things to acceptance and mature understanding.  The followers of Jesus Christ all must learn and become perfected by the workings of GOD.  In addition to divine law that exposes and identifies sin, life experiences and spiritual gifts are provided that establish resonance with the divine will, resistance to and wrath against sin.  Through the cross, believers are joined to Christ in oneness, bereavement, sacrifice, substitution, surrender, and vicarious death.  In the operations of the living, strong emotion is believed necessary to control and manipulate behavior.  Thus, anger, fear, depression and despair repeatedly are used to bring about predictable responses.  In the operations of divinity, boundaries, discovery, love, and godly sorrow serve to establish spiritual appetite, consciousness of eternity, the sense of future and possibility as well as enduring conviction.  As the remission of sin requires blood, the salvation of GOD through Jesus Christ requires sorrow for sin.  Consider again the Scriptures and the presentation below:

John 3:  6-7, King James Version (KJV):  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Ephesians 5:  1-5, 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.

Matthew 18:  2-4, KJV:  2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,  3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Ephesians 1:  3-7, KJV:  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

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.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using “cindy” as her ID (Level 3 with 1,991 points, a member since January 05, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why is the Christian symbol a cross, why not a lamb or a dove or a shepherds staff? Isn t a cross a bit morbid?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.  (Ephesians 4:  10-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Represented by The Cross? (03/08/2016); The Cross Must Occur? (02/23/2016); Offspring of GOD? (12/23/2015); Inheriting the Kingdom (06/27/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014); Spirit Gives Birth to Spirit (01/22/2014); Will Truth Destroy Joy? (11/10/2014); No Sorrow in Heaven? (11/11/2014); We Shall Behold Him (10/17/2013); Angels, Law and Sin (10/18/2013)

 

“cindy”, trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Created beings and living creatures are very much like infants and small babies before divinity.  While they have organic and visceral reactions to hunger, thirst, or discomfort from the acid in their diapers, they cannot express themselves clearly and simply to answer their own needs by fitting actions and words together using finite tools of intellect, logic, and reason as do adults.  Similarly, humans (even when in adult stages of development) can not correctly comprehend and recognize their needs for permanent change in their spirit content from the makeup of divinity, guidance through divine law and sacred knowledge, fellowship and emotional support within a community of faith (that may include family) as well as consciousness of eternal purposes that establish meaningful goals, hope (we say, specific expectations) and sacred vision.  Healthy babies all must go through a “crying phase” for getting attention and response.  As children develop, they increasingly engage, exchange and interact with their environment, other people, and themselves as having their own measure of mind, person, and presence.  Development of Christian believers may be described as somewhat the same:  there must be “a crying phase” where godly sorrow brings forth repentance, commitment, and unselfish love.  For those “born again,” challenges, growing pains, and suffering must appear within the operations and continuing patterns that are the inner frameworks a believer uses to organize life experience.  Reactions that emerge from emotions, feelings, and intellect must be understood as surface, that is, merely at the level of deep feeling and the psyche (structure of mind and personality).  Believers are prepared and made ripe to be harvested from the earth at the coming of Jesus.  To exist as immortal and incorrupt companions to divinity, their present character, nature, and substance must be made like that of Christ.  Consider how this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 1:  17-18, King James Version (KJV):  17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel:  not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

(2.)  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.

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(4.)  1st Peter 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Acts 20:  32, KJV:  32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.)  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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Fitness of the cross as a symbol to represent Christian belief is the topic, today.  The cross is never worshiped or held to be an object containing divine substance, and acting a living entity (we say, an idol).  Among the many symbols used to identify Christian gatherings and materials (e.g., a fish; ashes from Palm Sunday leaves; praying hands; the anchor; the crown of thorns; the empty tomb) the cross is probably the one most immediately recognized by those outside of the church as the household of faith.  Because Jesus living and dying upon the cross is a scene depicting divine judgment, his disciples and followers are to recognize the cross as an altar of sacrifice, and the Savior as their substitute made subject to the second death.  Believers are saved by the works of Jesus, not by their own acts, deeds and efforts.  More than this, given divine judgment is the permanent resolution of conflict and the settlement of disputes through sacred law, judgment is always a blessing; and its outcomes are correction, joy, and peace, rather than agony, misery and punishment.  For those outside the law and covenants that established the Jews as a people of GOD, the cross also creates access and a door for those relying upon GOD for grace and coming to Christ through faith.  Consider the following Scriptures and the presentation below:

1st Corinthians 1:  18, King James Version (KJV):  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Ephesians 2:  8-9, KJ V:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

1st Corinthians 15:  55-57, KJV:  55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 51:  5-8, KJV:  5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.  6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath:  for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner:  but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.  7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.  8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool:  but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Denisowator” (Level 1 with 129 points, a member since June 20, 2013) posted the following:

 

Christians, why do you think Christianity is represented by the cross?

(Answers from christians only please! Atheist and former Christian answers will be ignored, and if need be, reported).

Why do you think our religion is represented by the cross? The very thing which Jesus was nailed to, and the instrument of crucifixion. Do you think it’s simply because it represents the human body?

Do you think it should be represented by something different? Something that is tied mroe strongly towards what we believe in?

In my opinion, we should not be represented by an instrument of slow and painful death. Because if that’s the case, we might as well represent some countries with the major problems they face, rather than their flags.

What do you think? Let me know by elaborating and explaining your reasoning as much as you can.

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THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  11-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Meaning not the Object (05/26/2015); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012); On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012)

 

“Denisowator”, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing despite time and space to here and now.  Mature Christian believers accept the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross as a fulfillment of specific divine operations in the earth to establish eternal purposes; a sacred event orchestrated by divinity; a “prophetic demonstration” (actions instead of words to convey a message from GOD); and a sign from GOD (i.e., a natural event to indicate that prophecy is authentic, truly from GOD, and is certain to be carried out and completed by divinity).  Continually acknowledging the cross has come to be an act of faith, an acknowledgment of blessings (gifts), and a way of life celebrating the Lord’s  victory over multiple unseen enemies of mankind such as death, inner conflicts, separation, sin, and wickedness.  The cross serves as a beacon to rally believers for spiritual combat, commitment, and unselfish service.  While the promises of GOD through Jesus Christ include immortality, incorruption, installation as priests and kings, a new heaven, and a new earth, the cross declares every believer also must pass through affliction, persecution, and suffering (we say, No cross, no crown!).  Consider again how this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, King James Version (KJV):  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

(2.)  2nd Timothy 3:  12, KJV:  12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

(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 to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 5:  9-12, KJV:  9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:  for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:  and we shall reign on the earth.  11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders:  and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;  12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.)  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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