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Godly Sorrow

 

Today, thoughts are shared on the place of change, repentance, and conflict between the flesh and spirit that are enduring aspects of Christian growth and life.  Rightly understood, repentance is an action to be done not an object to be given or taken away.  Nonetheless, like gratitude and praise, repentance and salvation should be thought of among Christians as aspects of ones character, lifestyle, and makeup as the new creation of Jesus Christ.  Of greater worth than a mastery over appetite, ability to break bad habits, and skill to suppress sensation, godly sorrow is the precious gift bestowed upon the sinner who comes to Christ.  An anonymous fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

When the Lord tells us to repent, does he mean turn from our sin forever? help?

I struggle with masturbation and I always find myself repenting. This is a tough habit to quit.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.  (1st Peter 4:  12-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Prayer Against Backsliding? (02/09/2018); Having Consciousness of Death (11/03/2017); Rebirth, Growth and Transformation (09/29/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Reconciliation Provided By Christ (05/30/2017); Salvation Goes Beyond Forgiveness (06/30/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016)

 

Here are some thoughts that may help developing Christian believers avoid spiritual confusion, despairing of salvation, and having multiple errors on the divine workings within their own lives:

1.  Flesh Unchanged.  Sexual events occur on multiple levels (e.g., emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual) all at the same time, and may display mankind’s potential to manifest as animal, human or divine.  The mechanics and processes of sexuality are maintained through cycles, natural laws, and principles generated by the physical body in the same way as such operations as circulation, digestion, elimination, metabolism, and respiration.  Craving for sexual activity itself is not truly a behavior controlled through self-will.  Sexual cravings may appear as any other appetite (e.g., hunger or thirst); is irrational (i.e., does not obey logic and thought); and, like emotion, imagination, mind, and sensation (hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) will persist throughout ones lifetime from birth to death.  When sinners are “born again” through water baptism they receive the continuing presence and authority of spirit content from the makeup of GOD (e.g., balance, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Even so, appetite, sensation, and other aspects of the flesh remain unchanged.

2.  Forgiveness.  Like obedience, forgiveness is a spiritual expression of love.  The operation and purpose of forgiveness is to continue relationship with divinity.  Permanent changes in ones conduct, growth, and behavior modification are encouraged as are accountability, respect, reverence, and unselfish service.  However, the core process is one of acknowledging and nourishing the active presence of godliness within the other (i.e., engage their imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD).  Thus, we see David repeatedly forgiven in order to complete, reinforce, and strengthen his godly growth and perfection.

3.  Reconciliation.  Through both his ministry in heaven and on the earth, Christ is sharing his own reconciliation to the sin of created beings and living creatures among the three persons of divinity (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit).  Through atonement and propitiation for sin provided using his own blood, Jesus has altered the effect, impact, meaning, and value of sin.  Affliction, hardship, and suffering are not eliminated, however, mankind has cause for hope through divine proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  The wrath of GOD against sin is counterbalanced by streams of truth that include commitment, longsuffering, mercy, patience, divine restraint, and personal sacrifice.

4.  Repentance.  Repentance is not a one-time event; and is to appear as ones daily routine and ongoing way of life.  For those who are born again, the process of salvation is one of “growing up again,” and includes struggle, striving, and suffering.  There must be increasing sacred awareness, discovery, conviction, and becoming mature (we say, balanced, complete, consistent, stable).  There will be taking “baby steps”, falling, hesitating, and tears.  It is not inappropriate, therefore, that there be leaps of faith, risk-taking, and some trial-and-error behavior.  Not quitting and not giving up are to be understood as triumph and victory.

5.  The Ministry of Truth.  The ministry of Jesus Christ has not been one of deceit, half-truth, and lies.  Many accuse Christ of betrayal, fraud, and of not revealing the disappointments, opposition, and hidden traps that will confront a developing believer.  However, the reality is that mankind has become rooted in secular knowledge, skepticism, and hopes that are vain (lack spirit content from the fullness of divinity) along with social customs and traditions.  Salvation, therefore, is a visible aspect of a profound and partially unseen life process and divine operation to transform the spirit substance and process within the living.

Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

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

(2.)  Romans 12:  1-3, KJV:  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

(3.)  Hebrews 2:  14-18, KJV:  14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

(4.)  2nd Peter 3:  8-10, KJV:  8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

There is far more to be discovered, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Timothy 1:  7, KJV:  7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on the further operations of divinity using Incarnation, and the sacred process of prophecy.  Just as the followers of Christ are to be understood as a new creation, Christ himself is acknowledged as distinctive, one-of-a-kind, and unique apart from any person or thing we may identify as human or divine, yet, he is joined in all ways to the fullness of divinity.  One of the many fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

If Jesus is God why did he say the following while he was God in heaven?
Revelation 3:11,12
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.

Why is he calling somebody his God?

Since he was a Jew, is he referring to the Jewish God, Jehovah?

How can he be God and yet claim a God as his own?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  (Colossians 2:  8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Divinity of “Word” (01/26/2018); Jesus Came To Fulfill? (01/16/2018); Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); Jesus Called “Almighty GOD?” (12/21/2017); Thoughts On Divine Personhood (12/07/2017); The Device of Incarnation (10/18/2017); An Incarnation of Divinity? (10/12/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017)

 

“Anonymous”, the statements you have focused on from the Book of Revelation are difficult for many developing Christian believers because they appear within a book of prophecy specifically directed to the followers of Jesus Christ.  Until they become mature as Christians, most understand the operation and purpose of prophecy to be foretelling future events, predicting doom and suffering, or pronouncing divine judgment and wrath against sin.  More correctly, prophecy is to comfort, edify (build up; enlighten; nourish), and exhort (initiate, spark, and urge immediate action) by making divinity knowable, known, accessible, and approachable.  Divine intent and eternal purpose are shared through sacred law, proclamations, promises, prophetic demonstrations, and visions.

In addition to the unchanged conditions and needs of the full Creation that first required divinity to appear using human form (we say, the Incarnation as Jesus Christ), the character and makeup of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) operating within and through mankind continues and persists to this very hour.  Because mankind is to exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity, multiple divine operations now are going forward to cleanse, heal, and prepare the living to be perfected at the Advent of Jesus (we say, his appearing, the harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  While ministering on the earth Jesus demonstrated that there is divine forgiveness for sin; however, sin has not been eliminated, the living continue as mortal and having consciousness of their own vulnerability to death, and the wicked are challenged to acknowledge the second death. 

Christ continues in human form as an aspect of divine truth being apprehended as immutable and unchanging.  The features of adornment, form, and visible traits that support discussion of secular knowledge about divinity must be put aside.  In their place, sacred knowledge should be applied that speaks to the divine content within the living, the image of GOD provided, and the oneness without sameness established through the life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word) imparted to mankind from the makeup of GOD.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, restraint, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Where you will accept the word of divinely appointed spokespersons, consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)   Romans 6:  19, King James Version (KJV):  19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:  for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

(2.)  James 1:  12-15, KJV:  12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:  for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:  and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

(3.)  Acts 1:  6-11, KJV:  6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:  and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

There is far more to be discovered, correctly examined, and spiritually valued.  (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.

 

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Today, reply is on divinity as the source of existence, life, purpose, and value.  Adam was first set apart for divine use as only a figure made from clay, and was not complete to exist as a “living soul” until he received the spirit imparted from GOD.  The same spirit was imparted to Eve, and the pair were to “be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth.”  The created beings and living creatures who became manifest through the active presence who is GOD all had to be within “the grasp” and “reach” of GOD as well as accessible by the inseparable aspects of divine fullness throughout the sacred operations that resulted in their appearance having integrity of person and separate will.  With this in view, we may understand, the universe is more than a heap, or disjointed mass of astronomical “stuff” that rests within the context of space; and the universe must have duration within the consciousness, or some other aspect of divine fullness.  Mature Christian believers will be able to discern that the desire to have children, to reproduce, and to survive as a species are imperatives of ones indwelling spirit not the flesh, and pertain to more than the covetousness, desire, lust, and self-awareness expressed by individuals.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Billy” (Level 4 with 3,668 points, a member since February 19, 2014) posted the following:

 

Christians, how can you have existed before you were conceived?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.  (1st Timothy 2:  13-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Beginning And End? (06/01/2017); Reflections on Existence (12/19/2016); It Is Our Wisdom To Ask (05/18/2015); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014)

 

“Billy”, because the question you pose addresses existence, life, and divine possibilities, truly meaningful answers must provide more that mere secular knowledge; and there must be acknowledgement that our beginnings are grounded in divine law, sacred operations, eternal purposes, and the sovereign will of GOD.  Mature Christians are anchored in the truth that it is not impossible to know and understand the things that are given us and revealed.  The focus on biological and sexual reproduction restricts ones consciousness to the things that are carnal, material, social, and “of the flesh” (e.g., appetite, sensation, emotion/mind).  Just as Adam began and first existed as a figure formed from dust having no life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word), where men complete their own mortality (die) they exist as a lifeless form (we say, a cadaver, a corpse); and where men have not received the fresh endowment of Spirit substance from the makeup of GOD (we say, become born again; experience rebirth) they do not exist as the new creation of GOD through Jesus Christ.  Having place within the heart and mind of divinity means existing within higher, purer frameworks than those we call “time” and “space”.  Included are completeness, faith, glory, grace, holiness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  So long as we are in the thoughts of GOD, we are in the hand of GOD, and we will have duration.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(2.)  Isaiah 55:  8-11, KJV:  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(3.)  Psalms 71:  5-7, KJV:  5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GODthou art my trust from my youth.  6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb:  thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels:  my praise shall be continually of thee.  7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

(4.)  Jeremiah 1:  6-10, KJV:  6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak:  for I am a child.  7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child:  for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.  8 Be not afraid of their faces:  for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.  9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.  10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

(5.)  Jeremiah 1:  17-19, KJV:  17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee:  be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.  18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.  19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  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.

 

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Today, reply is on the imparted Spirit from GOD as the mechanism that generates and sets the standards for godly behavior among Christian believers.  Where we think of ones inner standards as aspects of their physical makeup, it makes sense to say that behavior emerges primarily from the elements of appetite, emotion, mind, and the stimulation of ones sense receptors.  However, neither the mechanics and operations of the flesh, nor the pressure from peers and the surrounding social environment completely account for behavior that expresses godly principles, eternal purposes, and the sacred revelation of divinity using mankind.  Only by operations of the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) do aspects of divine fullness appear among the living such as holy boldness, commitment, faith, longsuffering, sacred personhood, repentance, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “maulporphy” (Level 5 with 8,608 points, a member since March 24, 2016) posted the following:
 


Is your behavior influenced by religious standards, or simple human decency?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.  (Psalms 119:  9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  There Must Be Rebirth (01/21/2018); Law of the Spirit (12/27/2017); Without the Divine Image? (10/15/2017); Conforming to Divine Standards (06/18/2017); Made in the Image of GOD? (10/09/2014); All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014); His Burden is Light? (12/10/2012); Knowing Who Your Real Friends Are (12/11/2012)

 

“maulporphy”, Christian believers endorse the words of Jesus Christ, You must be born again.  The inborn spirit within created beings and living creatures is now predisposed to respond to the operations of sin that are contrary to their own makeup, that foster self-destruction, and that promote nonexistence.  The living must receive a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  Sinners who become born again experience death, burial, and rebirth of the inheritance from their parents that was conveyed to them  from the first pair (Adam).  The character and nature of ones life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word) is to establish as continuous the active presence who is recognized as the Creator.

Because the standards and values that proceed by the flesh center on appetite, sensations, emotions, and feelings that are constantly changing, yet, last only for a brief period (we say, are temporal), human experience and the quality of life often appear to lack continuity and stability; may seem cyclic, mechanical, pointless, and repetitive; and are dismissed by many as being no more than a series of disconnected episodes.  Relying on finite human standards and tools such as intellect, logic, secular knowledge, philosophy, politics, or science has not been able to eliminate sin from their lives either; and we find there are many who hold doctoral degrees, and are called “scientist” that are no less sinners despite their academic and social achievements—we say, they are “educated fools.”

Godliness is the fruit (product) of divine spirit.  Those who are born-again receive inseparable spirit content from GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Even so, they must “grow up again” and mature while facing “growing pains” and life challenges on the earth that also include bereavement, disappointment, and suffering.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 14:  12, King James Version (KJV):  12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

(2.)  Jeremiah 17:  9-10, KJV:  9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:  who can know it?  10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

(3.)  1st John 2:  15-16, KJV:  15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, this word of prophecy, (4.)  Isaiah 28:  10-20, KJV:  10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:  11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.  12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing:  yet they would not hear.  13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.  14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.  15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us:  for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:  16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation:  he that believeth shall not make haste.  17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet:  and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.  18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.  19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you:  for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night:  and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.  20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it:  and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, topics include decision-making, rebirth, and the operations of will within mankind.  Our abilities and behaviors that derive from properties of the flesh include appetite, the processing of sense data (hearing, seeing, touching, etc.), and the functions of heart  and mind (e.g., emotion, imagination, recall, thought).  The choice by sinners to return to GOD (we say, repentance) is a choice to allow divinity to make multiple, permanent changes in the full pattern of our makeup and personhood.  Through rebirth, sinners are to become vessels of divine spirit, and to continue as the offspring of GOD on the earth.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “john” (Level 2 with 307 points, a member since March 26, 2016) posted the following:

Beliefs and opinions are created outside of will , so How can you choose to believe something ?

My opinions are influenced by outside forces . So I don’t understand the saying you can choose what to believe .

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  (Romans 12:  1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  There Must Be Rebirth (01/21/2018); Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); Convinced/Convicted? (05/16/2017); His Birth Signals Rebirth (01/03/2017); No Repentance Without Rebirth? (12/14/2016); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Judgment Focused On Content? (08/30/2016)

 

“john”, in the “analysis” many Christian believers are willing to make, the differences between the faculties of our mind and the operations by our spirit content from GOD must be accounted for.  Conviction, decisions, and opinions are products of finite tools for human survival such as awareness, intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, science, secular knowledge, and self-will (we also say, willpower).  For the sinner who seeks a correct relationship to the Creator, a divinely provided process must be entered upon wherein ones inborn life essence put forth by GOD at Creation (we say, the breath; spirit; Word) undergoes permanent changes; and the sinner becomes a “developing believer” who will begin to operate on the basis of their own fresh endowment of sacred substance imparted from the makeup of divinity.

Those who are “born-again” do not choose “to believe” so much as they choose to make commitment to new experiences of discovery, gradual growth, fellowship with other believers, and regular practices that will nourish themselves as sons and daughters of GOD (e.g., praise, prayer, study of the Bible, unselfish service, regular worship).  Those born-again also must “grow up again” and encounter “growing pains” and life challenges on the earth that include bereavement, disappointments, hardship, and suffering.  As developing believers, all are supplied with inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin).  Even so, there are differences in their levels of ability, insight, maturity, etc.

The operations of sin may dominate consciousness and self-will in created beings and living creatures; yet, sin is contrary to human and divine nature.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law and promotes chaos, non-existence and the elimination of the divine order that maintains the universe.  Where believers will welcome and perform in agreement with the sovereign will of GOD they become more capable of recognizing, rejecting, and resisting sin through their lifestyle and daily routines.  With these points in mind, consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  John 4:  24, King James Version (KJV):  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.  3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.  4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 2:  12-14, KJV:  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (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.

 

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Today, another reply is made on circumcision and the conditions for covenant relationship with GOD.  The blood of circumcision speaks to the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as well as to the gift of rebirth following death, burial, and resurrection of ones inborn spirit.  While circumcision is spoken of as an outward sign of commitment in covenant, circumcision remains hidden and secret.  Few go about making a public display of their circumcision; and Jewish men are thought to be circumcised on the basis of their sacred practice.  Correctly understood, the power and purpose of ones circumcision must operate primarily within their spirit imparted from GOD, not merely within their own feelings and thoughts.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

This is my covenant that I’m making between me and you and your descendants after you every man child shall be circumcised. Why do people?

Object to God’s will and have dirty uncircumcised sons?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,  And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.  If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:  And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.  And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.  And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.  And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.  And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good:  for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:  If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.  (Deuteronomy 30:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  There Must Be Rebirth (01/21/2018); Circumcision of Infant Boys (12/11/2017); The Flesh, Then Beyond (05/23/2017); Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); The Bible and Stupid People (07/17/2013); Accomplished in Christ (01/16/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013)
 

“Anonymous”, the things of GOD that serve and supply created beings and living creatures in accordance with their own peculiar makeup and substance (we say, the flesh) are very different from the things of GOD that reveal the character, content, and personhood of divinity (we say, the Spirit).  For example, in Scripture, the periods following Abraham’s day when circumcision seems to be discontinued or forgotten (e.g., the 40 years before Israel crossed Jordan into the Promised Land) often are explained by the army having to be available to respond to immediate threats, and being prevented from two to three weeks for recovery from circumcision.  The active presence who is the GODhead (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) becomes knowable, known, accessible and approachable through exchanges and interactions among their inseparable, sacred substance.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In the course of Creation, GOD imparted to mankind sacred content from his own person (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, Word).

As an aspect of mankind asserting dominion in the earth, many have contended against GOD, displayed defiance, and rebelled against divine law.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the fullness of divine order.  Sin favors chaos, flux and non-existence; and promotes return to the conditions in effect before the founding of heaven and earth.  While sin is not a living entity or object created by divinity, the operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living. 

To the extent circumcision represents covenant agreement it also represents sacred law.  More than this, it pertains to judgment, inheritance, and participation in a personal relationship with divinity.  Those operating under sin routinely condemn divinity as restricting freedom (i.e., choice; conscience; free-will) and violating “natural” law.  The race of Adam maintains a continuing complaint that Deity is capable of overthrowing the independence and integrity of being within the living; and the sovereign will of GOD is capable of dismissing, manipulating, and suppressing ones self-will.  The demonstrations of blessings and curses that establish decision-making and self-direction are not understood as they are, in fact, expressions of divine commitment  and sacred love.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 4:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.  9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.  10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

(2.)  Romans 3:  29-31, KJV:  29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid:  yea, we establish the law.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Galatians 5:  12-17, KJV:   12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.  13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is on the human body as a dwelling place for the fullness of divinity appearing as spirit substance.  In the same way Adam (both the male and female) became a living soul by spirit content from the makeup of GOD being imparted to indwell the pair, the “new creation” through Jesus Christ is by the imparting of divine spirit.  A temple is a place consecrated and set apart where divinity may continually abide as active presence, and complete necessary sacred practices (sacraments) and divine works.  Similarly, the Church exists as a “material” and “social” body of Christ on the earth whose “limbs” and members are from diverse cultures, origins, and nations.  Communication, exchange, and interaction among the members of the body are to be continuous, fluid, and organic.  The early church existed in an “atmosphere” of mixed beliefs that included errors in doctrine, idolatry, operations of sin, relying on carnal reason and secular knowledge, witchcraft, and false worship.  One of the major, wide-spread, and recurring issues that caused division was the sharing of food and meals that were portions from offerings to idols.  Many thought that the purity and sanctification of the church was defiled and profaned through those members and their families who were not alert to the hidden possibility for transgression of divine law.  This resulted in gatherings of the apostles and evangelists of the faith as well as  instructions and messages of testimony to the churches circulated by epistles.  A writer from the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Citadel” (Level 2 with 276 points, a member since June 02, 2013) posted the following:

 

When Paul describes us as a temple (2 Cor 6:16, 1 cor 3:16 etc) what is he talking about?

Is he saying that the church as a whole is the temple or that we individually are?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body:  so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee:  nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  (1st Corinthians 12:  12-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  In Order To Understand (12/01/2017); Restoring the Divine Presence? (03/09/2017); GOD’s Peculiar People (12/11/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); Death, Forgiveness, Sin and Spirit? (05/28/2015); What Is Life? (02/06/2015); The Bread of GOD (03/01/2014); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014)

 

“Citadel”, where believers acknowledge that the character, makeup, and substance of GOD is spirit (we also say, breath, life essence, Word) the enormous divine accomplishment of putting forth all created beings and living creatures along with their spheres for life and everything within them immediately can be recognized and understood as expressing more than human authority, consciousness, knowledge, power, vision, sovereign will, and wisdom.  The operations of invisible, unseen divinity are to be known and “seen” (we say, revealed) as complete, comprehensive, detailed, and on a scale that embraces all.  Given what appears as obvious and “self-evident” regarding the possibilities and actualities of GOD, the living must undergo permanent change of their consciousness, substance, and self-will to truly exist having duration as full companions to immortal, incorruptible Deity.  Sinners are to be “born again” and become filled through fresh deposits and endowments of inseparable divine spirit content that includes faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, oneness without sameness, personhood, and wrath against sin.

That “the flesh” is a collection of patterns and regularities governed by what we call “mechanical” and “natural” law (e.g., appetite, circulation, elimination, respiration, sensation, emotions/mental functions) requires the transformation that has been prophetically demonstrated by the Incarnation.  The flesh does not consistently display and obey the things of divine law.  The operations of sin can appear through attitudes, behavior, desire, and self-expression (e.g., ones body language, speech, thought); yet, sin does not control where there is genuine expression and acknowledged presence of the divine will.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the divine order that nourishes and supports the platforms of Creation.  Sin is indiscriminate, and has no consciousness or ability to assign value.  Sin promotes annihilation (i.e., sudden and total destruction of all that exists), the chaos and flux that were in place before the founding of earth and heaven, and the operation of GOD spoken of as the second death. 

Every sinner must be “born again” to become a living vessel of divine substance (we say, an offspring, son or daughter  of GOD, joint-heir with Jesus Christ).  Each one is to participate in the eternal purposes of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).  As those having integrity of being and accountable for the fruit from the plantings of self-will, repenting sinners become developing Christian believers, and are to mature on the earth until the return of Christ (we say, Advent, the harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 6:  3-6, King James Version (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.

(2.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, KJV:  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.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(3.)  Ephesians 2:  18-22, KJV:  18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  1st John 4:  10-19, KJV:  10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:  because as he is, so are we in this world.  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  19 We love him, because he first loved us.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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