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Today, incarnation, sin, and the fall of Adam are topics.  Those who become born-again as the new creation through Jesus Christ receive aspects of his divine spirit such as faith, holiness, lovingkindness, and wrath against sin.  GOD did not “lose control” over the first Creation, however, through the operations of sin with the venom of covetousness and presumption from a serpent, divine gifts and spirit content within Adam were diminished and “lost”.  The breath of life from the Creator that was the original endowment to Adam also imparted indispensable spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Included were appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), emotions, finite motor skills (e.g., moving the eyes, speaking, walking), mental operations (e.g., imagination, projection, recall), and skill for processing impressions from various senses (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching).  Adam was equipped to acknowledge, generate, manipulate, and respond to events, opportunities and other created beings and living creatures as well as to recognize recurring patterns.  In addition, Adam was given ability to anticipate and apprehend possibilities.  By eating the forbidden fruit, Adam became caught up in exaggerated pride, spiritual confusion, and departures from the operations for genuine sacred knowledge.  Where relationship with divinity was to be the primary mechanism for truth to humanity, the pair exalted finite tools such as intellect, intuition, logic, carnal reason, philosophy, science, and self-will.  Adam already was in the position of having dominion over the earth; thus, their willfully eating the forbidden fruit demonstrated more than simply that they had been deceived, or were tricked.  The pair ignored and suppressed the promptings of their own character and nature as the offspring of GOD; and rather than being entered into a higher condition, or being granted supernatural power, the two became carriers of the same iniquity and willfulness shown by the serpent, and those who would continually rebel against GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Forever” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since October 02, 2016) posted the following:

 

If God controls everything, why couldn’t he control Eve from not eating the apple?

That makes no sense, a god that creates us, suppose to control everything, but doesn’t stop Eve from eating the apple, allows so called the concept of sin, but claims to not allow it, what the heck?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  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.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  (Romans 8:  5-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); Dead While We Live? (02/02/2017); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Birth, Self-will and Sin? (11/13/2016); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The Choice of Knowledge? (10/28/2015); Accountability and Challenge, Not Blame (09/03/2015)

 

“Forever”, every mature Christian believer alive today started out with concerns and questions like yours.  A person must acquire sacred knowledge that centers upon spirit substance and the ongoing operations of spirit matter, instead of secular knowledge, the data and information provided by the world, and used for exchange and survival regarding things carnal, material and social.  GOD is a spirit who has put forth created beings and living creatures, their spheres of life, and the conditions for their duration.  The form for mankind was fashioned from the earth, and his inner substance (e.g., awareness, conscience, intelligence, self-will) were imparted from the makeup of GOD as life essence (i.e., breath, spirit, utterance, word).  

Divinity has not created sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all the universe that exists in response to the commands of Deity.  Thus, sin may be thought of as a by-product of the separation granted to the living so that they exist having independence and integrity of being.  Sin promotes nonexistence, and a return to the chaos and flux that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth.  Sin is not a common object having measurable physical form; and, therefore, can not be simply destroyed, eliminated, or erased.  Sin contains no spirit substance from the makeup of GOD, yet, has direction, effect, and presence.  The operations of sin may dominate consciousness and self-will in angels, animals, and men. 

By their actions that included disobeying divine law, showing no respect to the Creator, and not trusting GOD to bestow grace, love and mercy, Adam lost their divine outer covering, and many aspects of their inner spirit content.  What Christians should understand as “divine control” is accomplished only through the oneness without sameness that results when the Holy Spirit is imparted to indwell a created being (we say, Incarnation, as seen through Jesus Christ).  Having a fresh endowment of the same spirit content that resides within GOD, men correctly and consistently acknowledge the authority, preeminence, and sovereign will within the GODhead.  The Spirit is living matter, and will operate from within sinners who accept rebirth (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit, resurrection having divine DNA, so to speak). 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, there are many points from the Bible such as Romans 5:  17-21, King James Version (KJV):  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on the continuing desire in mankind that the glory lost through Adam’s fall be restored.   Rightly understood, glory, respect, reverence, and worship are not the same.  The glory within the GODhead is different from that for angels, animals, mankind, the sacred beasts of heaven, and the 24 elders, there.  The glory of Christ during his transfiguration was different from that made visible as he opened blind eyes, turned water into wine, walked on water, and rebuked the storm.  Similarly, the glory of Christ appearing as High Priest is different from that as Creator, as Judge, as King, as the Crucified, or as the Resurrected One.  In addition to the hope for atonement, forgiveness, reconciliation, and spiritual gifts, sinners are to know the same hope for multiple manifestations of glory that was in Jesus Christ.  In the process of GOD, hoping (i.e., anticipating, expecting) is to replace coveting, desiring and longing.  A more certain foundation of hope now is in place for mankind through fulfilled sacred proclamations, promises, and prophecies.  At the coming of Christ in three-fold glory (that of the Father, Son, and the holy angels) to harvest the earth, believers also will be transformed to show forth glory.  In his first coming, the fullness of divine glory was somewhat hidden and veiled, yet, was clearly visible as an important feature revealed in the image of GOD, Jesus Christ.  We often miss that glory is a feature that was to be continually mirrored in the first human pair.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

What “glory” is Jesus referring in John 17:22?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  (John 17:  22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Called, Justified, and Glorified? (01/08/2017); Different Form, Same Relationship? (11/20/2016); The Transfiguration of Christ (11/14/2016); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); To Give Glory? (11/11/2015); Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); The Glory of GOD? (06/23/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, there is much to say when speaking about divine glory.  Adam and Eve lost their spiritual covering (glory) from GOD that beautified their nakedness.  By being born and appearing on the earth having human form, Jesus Christ also became subject to the human condition that included having to rely upon the frameworks of time and space to organize and structure information, having to encounter boundaries and limits upon inseparable aspects of spirit content (e.g., authority, faith, holiness, purity), and having to rely on operations by both the flesh and the Spirit that introduce, complete, and maintain irreversible or permanent change (e.g., aging, forgetting, growth, maturing).  As an aspect of being the Son of Adam, Jesus inherited the consequences for transgressing divine law that also include having to endure a residual longing to be returned to the first relationship with the Creator and the standing Adam enjoyed as a companion to GOD.  The glory Jesus could achieve while upon the earth—and what all the sons of Adam now can display—had to be distinct from what the Lord displayed in founding the heaven and the earth.  Thus, the Savior used a ministry of exorcisms, healing, other sacred events (we say, miracles), dying upon the cross, resurrection and ascension to reveal himself as the Son of GOD.  There are many indications that, like blood within flesh, glory must be continually circulated and imparted among the GODhead as an ordinary aspect of ongoing existence.  Consider again the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Isaiah 42:  5-8, King James Version (KJV):  5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:  6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;  7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.  8 I am the LORD:  that is my name:  and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 15:  39-47, KJV:  39 All flesh is not the same flesh:  but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.  40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial:  but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:  for one star differeth from another star in glory.  42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:  43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory:  it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:  44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.  47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.

(3.)  John 14:  12-13, KJV:  12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 17:  1-5, KJV:  1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:  2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.  3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  4 I have glorified thee on the earth:  I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.)  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 discussion of revelation and spiritual growth is continued.  Because the makeup and substance of divinity are eternal and immutable, outcomes for many divine operations (e.g., forgiveness, Incarnation, proclamation, promise, rebirth, the second death) will be enduring, fixed, and unchanging.  The GODhead is the fullness of all sacred spirit, however, can only be realized by created beings and living creatures through discrete persons and specific events.  Thus, the process of GOD for mankind is one of revelation wherein things that are active, present, and unchanging become known through discovery, gradual growth, instruction in sacred knowledge, and operations of ones own inner spirit.  The believer suffers no loss through relationships and transactions with divinity.  GOD does not lie, cheat, or “bait and switch.”  Divine truth is eternal and does not change; however, mankind’s acceptance, awareness and willing submission to the truth does.  It is by no means a betrayal or a violation of the trust appearing among created beings and living creatures that the Creator is also a God of Judgment.  Very early, all the necessary instruction regarding sin and judgment are available through the simple account of Adam’s fall.  That divine law also entails obligation and consequences for disobedience are described, and those who rely on divine love for their existence and the benefits of life are to acknowledge the word spoken by GOD always expresses sovereign authority and power.  Judgment is an ongoing sacred process that allows the completion and perfection of Creation, and is not intended for annihilation, destruction, and elimination of life.  The wrath of GOD against sin is a permanent aspect of divine makeup, not merely the expression of emotions and feelings that may come and go.  Divine wrath is not concealed or made something secret; and must be understood as kept in balance with other aspects of the divine nature (e.g., compassion, joy, longsuffering, mercy, restraint).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  (Hebrews 12:  3-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017)—(5.)  Genesis 2:  15-17, King James Version (KJV):  15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.  16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:  for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

(6.)  Exodus 20:  1-7, KJV:  1 And God spake all these words, saying,  2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:  for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.  7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

(7.)  Deuteronomy 30:  19-20, KJV:  19 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:  20 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.

(8.)  Micah 1:  2-7, KJV:  2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is:  and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.  3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.  4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.  5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?  6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard:  and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.  7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate:  for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

(9.)  Revelation 3:  17-22, KJV:  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(10.)  Mark 4:  28-32, KJV:  28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.  29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.  30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?  31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:  32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

(11.)  Isaiah 60:  19-22, KJV:  19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee:  but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.  20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself:  for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.  21 Thy people also shall be all righteous:  they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.  22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation:  I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, Scripture points are shared on being alive since the fall of Adam as a form of death.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What if we’re all dead and all our actions up to this point have just been a series of reflexes?

You know, sort of like how a chicken runs around after its head is chopped off

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:  1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Birth, Self-will and Sin? (11/13/2016); The Dimensions of Death? (04/24/2016); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015); Sin As Our Inheritance? (06/08/2015); Struggling? (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013)

“Anonymous”, the holy writings contain many verses that describe the human condition since the fall of Adam as a form of “being dead” that is only reversed by divine operations such as baptism, rebirth, and resurrection.  Consider the following:

(1.)  2nd Corinthians 1:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:  9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver:  in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

(2.)  Romans 5:  19-21, KJV:  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.)  1st Timothy 5:  5-6, KJV:  5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.  6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

(4.)  Romans 6:  3-6, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

(5.)  Romans 6:  10-13, KJV:  10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  1st Peter 2:  21-25, KJV:  21 For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made to a question on why Jesus was born sinless.  The origins of sin in the life of a newborn are inheritance that inclines and predisposes a child to gravitate to sin along with the increasing exercise of their own self-will.  The birth of Jesus Christ occurred following operations of the Holy Spirit within a virgin who had been specially sanctified and prepared to be used by GOD.  The divine plan to recover mankind from sin also involved providing rebirth as well as imparting fresh endowments of Spirit from the makeup of divinity.  The Savior was to serve both as the Son of Man (Adam) and the Son of GOD.  Jesus, therefore, was a union of flesh and spirit, and fulfilled all the criteria required for him to represent the entire Creation.  Being twofold in the image of GOD, Jesus was an appearing of divine character, exalted nature, sacred process, eternal purpose, spirit substance, and sovereign will.  The Son of the Highest was required both to embody sin on the cross, and endure mortality and death as a common condition resulting from judgment against sin.  Mercy, already in place, would be enlarged to shield those who belong to Christ from the penalty of the second death.  His anointing, ministry, and service was not merely to be that of a prophet and spokesperson from GOD, it was also to be that of a divine High Priest who presides over atonement and propitiation for sin.  A fighter at “Yahoo Answers (India)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why wasn’t Jesus born a sinner?

I thought we are all born a sinner anyway. Then why doesn’t Jesus need a Saviour because He was born too?

Update: ohhhhh because He was born to a Virgin right? But we were not

Update 2: Also if we are all born sinners then why do all kids get to go to Heaven? Did they accept Jesus as their savior? they can’t even talk…babies

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s:  for this he did once, when he offered up himself.  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.  (Hebrews 7:  24-28, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Who Will See GOD? (10/04/2016); The Need for Incarnation? (09/29/2016); Access Through The Son (07/21/2016); Access Through The Cross? (05/11/2016); Jesus Given A Divine Ministry? (08/18/2015); Sinless Until Advent? (11/05/2014); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, sin is not only a matter of what you do or say (works); sin is a matter of your makeup and what you are missing inside (sacred knowledge and Spirit).  Sin enters a life at birth through inheritance, and growth along with learning.  The consciousness and willpower of the living may become dominated by sin.  Mature Christian believers generally agree that, since the fall of Adam, all human offspring now must exist within a sphere of life (we also say, environment) where sin operates continually.  The living all are born having qualities and traits that readily respond to sin, yet, do not respond consistently to divine law, divine love, and aspects of divine Spirit.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the full Creation.  Even so, sin is no physical substance, or matter that may be transmitted through DNA.  Nonetheless, created beings and living creatures receive the Adamic character, makeup, and nature as an inheritance from their parents.  As children of Adam, many also become dominated by sin through operations of their own awareness and self-will.  Sin may be called an “influence” that has not been created by GOD, and has no effect upon the divine will.  Thus, sinners must be “born again” and receive a fresh endowment of spirit from the Creator.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, patience, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Jesus Christ was born to further reveal divinity (i.e., make accessible, knowable, known, visible) using human form (we say, Incarnation).  The Lord was to accomplish multiple eternal purposes of GOD that would present the image of GOD, release created beings and living creatures from sin, that establish a “new creation,” and proclaim a new heaven and earth soon to come.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is upon divine authority, obedience, prophecy, and the holy writings.  Accounts from the Bible all are intended to reveal the character, nature and substance of divinity.  The holy writings therefore include genealogy, epistles, chronicles and secular history, parables, proclamations, promises, and prophecy.  Stories where animals speak and give instruction (fables) generally are intended for amusement and entertainment; and fables rarely impart the Holy Spirit as do documents of faith, and the Scriptures.  The donkey who spoke saved the life of a man three times in the same day.  In contrast to the Prophet Moses, the figure of Balaam is introduced as a seer (we also say, an earlier form, a visionary, and “the old man”), a false prophet, and a presentation (i.e., symbolic type) of Satan.  Denied authority and privilege to directly attack, curse, or destroy Israel, Balaam operates as a deceiver and one who encourages their self-destruction through fornication, idolatry, presumption, and pride.  The new writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Elo” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since November 02, 2016) posted the following:

 

Where in the old testament does a donkey speak to her master?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.  And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam:  and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.  And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?  And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me:  I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.  And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? and he said, Nay.  Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand:  and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.  And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:  And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times:  unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.  And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me:  now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.  And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men:  but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.  (Numbers 22:  26-35, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Malachi (01/02/2015); Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); A Curse Removed (12/26/2013); Intercession (12/27/2013); Balaam (10/15/2013); About Sabbath (10/16/2013); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013)

 

“Elo”, in the 4th Book of Moses called “Numbers” (see chapters 22-25) there is an account of opposition against divine authority through law, covenant relationship, prophecy, and shared sacred purpose.  Mature Christian believers understand from this account that Balaam the son of Beor was a seer (a person who experienced paranormal visions, practiced shamanism, and was believed able to intercede for humanity with good and evil spirits).  Having heard reports of the judgment by GOD against Egypt on behalf of the sons of Jacob (to whom they were in kinship), and unwilling to risk the destruction of his army, the king of Moab wanted Balaam to discourage, disperse, and repel the Israelites.  Balaam was recruited to pronounce a curse upon their camp.  However, before that time, Balaam also had been used by the true GOD as a spokesperson (we say, prophet).

Men were repeatedly sent from the king who, like the serpent that beguiled Eve, were arrayed in splendor, and appealed to Balaam’s weaknesses (i.e., ambition, human covetousness, desire, exaggerated pride, self-will).  Finally GOD allowed Balaam to go with the messengers to Moab; however, he was to speak only what GOD would put in his mouth.  As further admonition, and example, and warning to Balaam, the path for their journeying became increasingly difficult.  When his jackass (we say, donkey) balked, he began to beat her with a prod.  Finally, the animal halted and would go no further, because she could see that the path was forbidden:  An angel from GOD was standing there with his sword in readiness to  strike.  When the man, seeing nothing there, began to beat her in “road rage”, GOD allowed the animal to speak what divinity would put in her mouth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended, here.  For example, as with the first pair (Adam and Eve), to be properly prepared for forthcoming challenges and tests, created beings and living creatures usually require more than mere words, commandments, and laws that are to reside within their hearts and minds.  There must be operations of divine spirit.  Finite tools such as emotion, imagination, intellect, logic, philosophy, and science are not enough for the living to correctly recognize, resist, and eliminate sin.  Sinners also must receive a fresh deposit of spirit content from the makeup of Deity (e.g., faith, holiness, love, wisdom, wrath against sin); be filled with the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy); and have sacred knowledge that allows discernment of spirit content from GOD within events (we say, miracles), themselves and other people, the holy writings, etc.  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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Focus, today, is upon the language appearing throughout the holy writings that describes the people of GOD as “sheep”.  To be labeled as sheep or servants of GOD in the Bible is by no means intended as condemnation or insult; and the ownership by GOD of mankind and all Creation are to be proclaimed as are his majesty and sovereignty.  With the divine response to the fall of Adam, sheep became inseparable from salvation through provisions for atonement, expiation, and remission of sins by using blood from offerings and sacrifices; by GOD introducing inheritance among mankind that includes duty, priesthood, prophecy, and sacred knowledge as well as by Deity bestowing divine gifts upon those who continually display humility, love, meekness, obedience, and zeal.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Hercules” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since May 21, 2013) posted the following:

 

Theists and atheists, is there a problem with people happily considering themselves to be ‘sheep’? Why or why not?

Update: Of course I mean in the proverbial, figurative sense, not the literal sense

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:  but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.  And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.  Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?  And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.  Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;  Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.  And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.  And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.  (Ezekiel 34:  15-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Called Slaves by GOD? (02/10/2016); An Eternal Inheritance? (06/26/2016); Called To Be Servants? (11/25/2015); The Lamb of GOD (08/19/2015); The Sheep Who Lost Their Way? (11/18/2014); Restoring The Lost? (11/19/2014); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013)

 

“Hercules”, for most mature Christian believers being called “sheep” who belong to “the Good Shepherd” is thought of as a high privilege.  Keep in mind that during their more than 400-year sojourn among the Egyptians, Joseph and his brothers as Hebrews, and the house of Jacob were set apart as much by their despised occupation as keepers of livestock as by their ethnicity and family ties.  The bias, discrimination, exaggerated pride, and prejudice shown by the Egyptians further set Jacob apart as sanctified to GOD, and served as a shield and wall separating his people in a place of widespread spiritual confusion.  Because the inborn instinct within sheep makes them congregate and group together with quietness and simplicity, large flocks of sheep may be managed with relatively little manpower.  While rams within a flock will dominate all the others, sheep also are capable of distinguishing the individual humans who regularly come among them, and respond as if in a personal relationship (i.e., like pets).  Of all living creatures, a lamb was chosen to bear the wrath of GOD against the first pair (Adam and Eve); and the sentence of death required by divine law was brought against a docile and harmless substitute (we say, “an innocent”).  With this in view, the same Good Shepherd, is also the Lamb of GOD whose blood and body are provided for atonement and propitiation of sin.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Genesis 3:  21-24, King James Version (KJV):  21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.  22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:  and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:  23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

(2.)  Genesis 46:  31-34, KJV:  31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father’s house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;  32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.  33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?  34 That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers:  that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

(3.)  Ezekiel 34:  30-31, KJV:  30 Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD.  31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.

(4.)  John 1:  29-34, KJV:  29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me:  for he was before me.  31 And I knew him not:  but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  33 And I knew him not:  but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

(5.)  John 10:  11-16, KJV:  11 I am the good shepherd:  the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth:  and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.  14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:  and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (6.)  1st Peter 5:  2-4, KJV:  2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.)  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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