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Commitment, discernment, faith, and love for unseen divinity are topics, today.  Christian believers continue committed to GOD (1) on the basis of atonement through the cross, (2) on the basis of divine proclamation, promise and prophecy, (3) on the basis of specific godly hopes they must tarry on earth to fulfill as well as (4) upon the basis of the blessings each believer actually experiences and receives.  The Son of GOD is never a stranger, for those who acknowledge his ministry of salvation to mankind immediately are  convicted that he is alive within their own character, nature and substance, and resides through divine Spirit within their own awareness and self-will.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who use the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why do people love and believe Jesus when they never met him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  (1st Peter 1:  3-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Christian Three R’s? (06/06/2016); The Life of GOD? (06/01/2016); Revelation and The Cross (03/27/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); GOD is Jesus? (01/13/2014); GOD is Showing You (01/14/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, the essential elements for Christian belief, fruitful commitment, and spiritual purity are the inseparable substances imparted from the makeup of divinity, so to speak.  Included are faith, holiness, forgiveness, joy,  longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The carnal and finite tools of intellect, knowing, logic, emotion and mental functions will appear in such operations as analysis, using assumptions (i.e., going forward with an idea as if it is true without full evidence in order to construct ones own arguments and positions), comparing, contrasting, deduction, induction, risk-taking, synthesis, and trust.  However, it is only by discernment (use of ones own spirit content to determine the action and presence of spirit substance within events, persons, purposes, statements, etc.) that Deity is revealed (made knowable, known and visible).  Consistent with fundamental truth regarding the divine nature, eternal purposes, and sacred operations of GOD, a believer may extrapolate and infer other truth that is consistent, fitting, and in accord with their own anointing and endowment of sacred knowledge.  Consider again how these ideas are stated using 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.)  Job 19:  25-27, KJV:  25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

(3.)  Isaiah 57:  15, KJV:  15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  John 20:  24-29, KJV:  24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:  then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:  and be not faithless, but believing.  28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.)  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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The topic today is eternal life, and experiencing the living presence of Jesus Christ.  GOD is invisible and un-seeable to the finite eye.  More than this, being unable to comprehend and correctly understand what may physically appear before us is as serious a form of blindness as having two eyes without healthy optic nerves.  For all blindness to be removed, a person must receive both sacred knowledge and spiritual discernment through operations by the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  Consider the following verses of Scripture, and the presentation below:

Job 19:  23-27, King James Version (KJV):  23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!  24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!  25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

John 12:  20-22, KJV:  20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:  21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.  22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew:  and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

John 20:  18-20, KJV:  18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.  19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Ephesians 4:  17-19, KJV:  17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

John 3:  11-13, KJV:  11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.  12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Kelsey” (Level 1 with no points shown, a member since March 25, 2014) posted the following:

 

If you never died for some reason would you ever see God or Jesus?

If for some reason God kept you alive and you never aged lets say from the age of 30, would you ever see Jesus or God? Also I don’t understand why you can’t see Jesus while you’re still alive, I mean God resurrected him when he was dead for three days.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:  then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:  and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  (John 20:  24-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Is Invisible… (02/01/2016); Sight to the Blind? (07/30/2015); Living In The Light? (01/18/2015); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); GOD is Jesus? (01/13/2014); GOD is Showing You (01/14/2014)

 

“Kelsey”, in the plan for salvation through the Son of GOD that has been revealed to mankind, all Christian believers will see Jesus Christ as an appearance of full divinity.  The holy writings plainly state that GOD is a spirit.  However, there is no indication that the Father and the Holy Spirit (also called, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) will be visible to the human eye.  At the coming of our Savior in glory (we say, Advent, the Second Coming, the Rapture), all who are alive upon the earth will see and recognize the Lord without first having to be raised from the dead.  Many will not experience decease, “the grave” and what we call “death”.  Even so, the character, nature, and substance of every believer must still be completely transformed for them to continue as living companions to divinity in heaven as well as upon the earth made new.  In general, congregations, today, do not accept confessions and testimonies from believers claiming to have seen Jesus already.  His ascension back up to heaven is considered by many as the “final” appearance of Deity incarnate (using human form) until the harvesting of earth.  Those who are spiritually mature and “ripe” will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air.  Seeing the Lord in prophetic dreams and visions (as did Jacob, Solomon, and the Apostle Paul) are not counted as authentic, for there is a continuing hope of a direct encounter with Jesus (as did Eve in the Garden of Eden, and Mary at the tomb).  Unfortunately, thereby they also deny possible operations of the Holy Spirit.  For many believers, the problem is not that Jesus does not make contact with the living, it is that we do not correctly  “discern” and recognize his active presence.  (When Satan first appeared to challenge and examine Jesus following the Lord’s baptism, Satan could not recognize him as the same one who had ruled in heaven.)  Consider again the proclamations and promises from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

(2.)  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.

(3.)  2nd Timothy 4:  1-3, KJV:  1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.  3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 14:  15-19, KJV:  15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.  16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:  but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  18 I will not leave you comfortless:  I will come to you.  19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me:  because I live, ye shall live also.)  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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Living encounters with Christ and ones personal testimony are the topic, today, along with more on belief, faith, and proof.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Steven A” (Level 4 with 2,997 points, a member since February 7, 2011) posted the following:

Question for those who profess to love the Son of God?

I read a lot of people do not believe in Jesus? In Mt 7:21-23, Jesus knew that there would be false representatives claiming to be saved, or born again, thats why in Jn 14:21, he said he would “manifest” himself to those who truly love him and keep his word.
Please share with these people, who dont believe, how Jesus manifested himself to you.
Can u honestly say Jesus is real? Did he manifest himself to you? Or do you fall under Mt 7:21-24? “And then I will profess to them, I never knew you; depart from me ye workers of iniquity?”

THE BATTLE AXE:  Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014)—(5.)  Those “seeking a quarrel against GOD” often attack using the complaint that, the doctrine, teachings and tools (i.e., Bible translations) shared by Christians do not all agree.  Believers present conflicting and diverse interpretations of Christian belief.  The variety of expression and ministry among believers is as legitimate as the multiple forms and fragrance for the rose.  The would be critics of GOD usually lack spiritual discernment and focus that would permit their correct recognition of divine substance in others as well as in themselves.  They often are confused and disappointed, because they look to see “sameness” for surface things, where there is to be oneness of the invisible, divine spirit, and unity.  See Ephesians 4:  4-7 and 1st Corinthians 12:  4-14, KJV.  (6.)  There are many special points of truth one must accept in order to have a clear and complete explanation of why and how GOD has appeared among mankind in human flesh.  When most simply put, GOD has used the birth process within a virgin as a tool for revealing that (a.) divinity exists, (b.) has authority over all that exists throughout the universe, and (c.) is establishing relationship for created beings and living creatures through operations of spirit and truth.  Included are such sacred works as adoption, atonement, baptism (we say, death and rebirth), forgiveness, healing, judgment, miracles, resurrection, and sanctification.  See 2nd Kings 19:  28, Isaiah 7:  3-15; Isaiah 51: 16; Luke 1:  26-35 and Galatians 4:  4-6, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side.  Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you:  as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:   Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord.  But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:  then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:  and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  (John 20:  19-29, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Miracles are Sacred Events (12/20/2013); Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); All Things Possible? (09/17/2013); Can One Escape? (09/18/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012)

“Steven A”, given that the tone of what you have written is more a challenge than a godly request for information, I may reply with only a few thoughts intended for those who are willing to receive the salvation of GOD that is available through Jesus Christ:

(1.)  My sharing of personal truth and the testimony of Jesus also can include an experience of seeing Christ during my years in graduate school at a Midwestern university.  Following the example of the Apostle Paul, I decline to detail, boast, brag, show off, or “to speak of revelations,” because such do not always foster faith.  As with sacred events (we say, miracles, visitation), such conversations often generate anxiety, conflict, confusion, doubt, and uncertainty.  Faith is the core and foundation for miracles and any encounters with divinity; however, miracles can not serve as the foundation for faith.  Consider again the counsel of Jesus to Thomas (John 20:  29, KJV).

(2.)  While change and transformation of ones spirit content may occur in an instance, commitment, conviction and consistency only appear gradually and over time.  Saying this another way:  Once “born again” a believer must “grow up” again by facing the same life challenges as all others upon the earth, and within human society.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood that may not be presented, here, at this time.  (For example, (3.)  There are many who believe who are not yet mature, and do not yet comprehend what is being shared with you, here.  Believers are mainly to “discover” and “see” Christ through the operations of divine substance within themselves.  The imparted, indwelling Spirit is a fresh endowment of the same life essence breathed into Adam.  Inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD are deposited within believers through baptism.  Included are faith, gratitude, holiness, humility, longsuffering, love, trust, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

In addition, Jesus has privileged me to say:

Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:  On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him:  he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:  But he knoweth the way that I take:   when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.  (Job 23:  8-12, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC