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The work of GOD to purify heaven is topic, today, with more on the things accomplished by believers through the person of Jesus Christ.   The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “shortiduwop” (Level 1 with 108 points, a member since June 18, 2010) posted the following:

Why would God need to purify heaven?
this comes from the note in 2nd Peter 3:13

THE BATTLE AXE:  Accomplished in Christ (01/16/2013)—For Abraham, circumcision was a mark in the flesh of a man that depicted humility before GOD, and trusting obedience.  In Jesus Christ, the nail prints in his hands, the imprint from thorns upon his forehead, and the place where he was wounded in his side are the marks in flesh depicting humility, obedience and unselfish love.  The holy blood of Jesus fulfills all offering and promise to GOD from mankind, and from mankind to GOD.  Christian belief is coveted, despised, envied, feared, hated and rejected by many around the world, because Christian belief goes beyond passive doctrines that describe mankind as covered by Christ.  The Gospel is also understood as declaring that, in Christ, mankind is endowed, sanctified, and exalted:  Therefore, there are many Christians who strive to employ divine authority, participate in sacred processes, and enjoy godly privilege.  Christians are known to preach and practice self command and discipline, exorcism, healing, identifying sin, judgment, prayer, rebuke of the devil, and warning against all ungodliness.  The principles of spirit life and unity through covenant make it that sacred experience, insight and wisdom for a single person among those in commitment to Jesus Christ is shared by all the members of the body.  (See 1st Corinthians 12:  1-31 regarding gifts to believers through operation of the Holy Spirit, and the prayer of Jesus prior to crucifixion at John 17:  13-24, KJV.)  Through Christ and the Holy Spirit, believers in GOD may claim to be absolutely invincible having a spiritual victory over appetite, death, ignorance, sin, suffering, time and space that can never be annulled, reversed or undone by the confusion, doubt, lack of faith, or unbelief of others.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,  Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world:  but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  (Hebrews 9:  19-28, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Son of Man (11/28/2012); Entered Into Heaven (02/07/2012); Poem:  “The Magician:  Franco Gaskin” (02/08/2012); The Place for Prayer (01/17/2012); Girdle 14:  Reasonable Service (11/29/2011); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Work in Heaven (11/22/2010); Rewarded? (11/23/2010)

The place of divine presence that we speak of as “heaven” is made defiled and unclean through the operations of sin.  Sin is no material or physical thing, has not been created or fashioned by GOD, and is no spirit substance from the person of GOD.  Even so, sin was first discovered among the holy angels, and later became a continuing aspect of human existence upon the earth.  While sin is no “thing”, and has no concrete form, sin is described as having direction, effect and presence.  The will of Almighty GOD is not subject to sin; however, the self-will of created beings and living creatures may be influenced and dominated by sin.  Because sin is no living entity, and cannot be said to “exist”, its elimination requires a broad range of divine operations and processes.

Divine cleansing from defilement, and removal of profanity are only through sacred devices that include water, blood, death/rebirth, fire, judgment and the second death.  As the primary conveyance that transfers life to all the parts within the living, blood flows and pushes against corruption and decay, flushing uncleanness from any object or person.  Fire decomposes the makeup of objects, unfixes their cohesion and integrity, and separates the elements of their composition often producing a residue of smoke and ashes.

The Tabernacle of Moses, and later the Temple at Jerusalem, depicted objects and practices that were being carried out in heaven.  Because the process whereby mankind was to have access to GOD was altered to include the offering of sacrifices for atonement of sin, the place of acknowledgment and worship (spoken of as a temple in heaven) became unclean.  More than this, the Sanctuary, and Most Holy Place of the heavenly temple (spoken of as the “mercy seat” and “seat of judgment”) has required a deep cleansing and purging (i.e., an inner washing) by application of holy blood.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, even when one speaks of “heaven” as being the atmosphere, our sky, and the envelope of the earth, there is severe air pollution, corruption of the ozone layer, and a need for refreshing that is no longer possible through the mechanisms of rain, snow and other natural precipitation.  Divine action is being taken to make the earth and heaven fit as the home of beings that are immortal and incorruptible.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

     The divine use of agents and intermediaries is the topic today; and there is more against Confusion 2013. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Terry” (Level 1 with 148 points, a member since December 14, 2012) posted the following:

Christians, if god really existed wouldn’t he be the one telling me, not you?

THE BATTLE AXE: Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013)—Rightly understood, GOD is NOT a man; however, the correct declaration of who and what GOD is (1) must proceed from GOD, (2) must acknowledge that mankind is in the image of GOD, and (3) must respect that the person of GOD embraces all that mankind was, is, and ever shall be. The immortality, incorruptibility, and sovereign majesty of GOD make it that GOD is, in fact, exalted and separate from mankind. Even so, in the manifesting of divine grace, GOD has become knowable and recognizable to all Creation. Truth is the only foundation for trust; however, faith is the only foundation for right relationship with GOD, where faith is a aspect of divine person that may be imparted to created beings and living creatures. Rightly understood, faith is inseparable from such other features of divine makeup as grace, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, purpose, wisdom and wrath against sin. Sacred truth and correct understanding of the holy writings will not be “common knowledge” until after the close of judgment. They are aspects of an inheritance only given through the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD to those who believe, and who accept the duty, obligation, and privilege of priests and kings through Jesus Christ.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. (2nd Corinthians 5: 19-20, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); Signs of a Prophet (03/14/2012); The Rules for Sharing Christ (03/15/2012); Girdle 27: The Glory of Love (12/12/2011); A Healing Word (01/13/2011); Romance? (01/14/2011); Prophets? (10/28/2010); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010); Eat and Run? (10/21/2010)

     Your question is one most believers in Jesus have asked at some point in their spiritual growth, and prayer life; and what many really wanted to say was, Why doesn’t GOD answer, and speak to me when I need him. The following is not as “well spoken” as I would like, yet, I think it may help clarify some points:
There are several sacred processes used by GOD to make divinity known and visible to created beings and living creatures. In addition to Creation itself (see Psalm 19: 1-14, KJV), there are such provisions as covenant, forgiveness, judgment, law, prophecy, redemption, resurrection, revelation and salvation. GOD has made promise to those who are his people (through the assembly that gathered with Moses) that he would not again speak directly to mankind using an audible voice. Given shortcomings and sin in the lives of men, the voice of GOD ignites fear and spiritual confusion (see Genesis 3: 8, Exodus 20: 1-22, Deuteronomy 4: 9-20 and 32-39, KJV).

     The appearance of GOD in human form (we say Incarnation) has been absolutely necessary for the reconfiguring of the earth as well as the renewal of heaven. The enigma of sin challenges the existence of our universe, for sin opposes the existence of divine law, divine person, and all that is. Sin was first realized in heaven among the holy angels, and later was discovered upon the earth. Sin is not created by GOD, yet, may dominate self-will in created beings and living creatures. While sin is not a spirit, has no material or physical being, lacks dimension, and has no sacred content, sin nevertheless has direction, effect and presence. None living can eliminate sin, for (in effect) sin is no thing, and does not exist. Divine will is not subject to sin; and through Jesus Christ men may receive endowments of divine substance to reinforce the provisions for our being that were established at Creation. Without the operation of GOD, mankind cannot correctly discern and recognize sin, or resist sin’s erosion of human willpower.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, when petitioning for access to GOD, various issues of self-awareness, trust and understanding demand resolution. There is an advantage to being in fellowship with others who have been granted readiness and preparation by their access to the holy writings, and their continuing practice of things from GOD. For balance and completeness, in addition to spirit substance from the Person of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, humility, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin) there must be elements from human substance as well. By all being held in the common bonds of humanity, compassion should be amplified along with confidence, cooperation, and insight upon the human condition.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

      Abraham, faith, obedience, and the challenge to sacrifice ones children are a focus, today. Also there is more on where eternal life will be lived. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “ryan” (Level 1 with 160 points, December 29, 2012) posted the following:

If god tells me to kill my kids, should I?

In religion, you believe without reason/evidence. So, you follow rules for no reason. So, would you kill your kids if the invisible man told you too. In a religion based on faith alone, should you follow any crazy thought you have?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013)—There is no place where Satan will rule eternally.  Hell (the depository where those having completed mortality remain until divine judgment) and the lake of fire (a divine tool to terminate the existence of created beings and living creatures) pertain to death, and not to eternal life. Hell is linked to the first death, and the lake of fire to the second death. Hell is no eternal place; and there will be no eternal life in hell. The lake of fire is no eternal place; and those given to the flames burn until they exist no more, and the fire goes out having used all its fuel. The righteous from the earth will be taken up into heaven. However, mankind’s stay in heaven will be of limited duration. Following the Rapture, where the righteous both dead and living are taken up, those belonging to GOD in Christ will be prepared, and participate in judgment of the wicked. Upon completion of the second death, whereby the wicked are eliminated within the lake of fire, the deeds of all the righteous, who are all now immortal and incorruptible, will be examined. The distribution of the Promised Land (called “the Rest”) was through the sacred casting of lots; for the New Jerusalem, the believers will be rewarded with a portion in the holy city, and upon the new earth, according to their former works.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. (Romans 4: 13-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: How To Have Conviction (11/24/2012); A Text for Our Lives Today? (11/25/2012); Girdle 5: Of Trust (11/20/2011); Binder 12: Commitment To Fulfillment (10/09/2011); “Subtle” (02/21/2011); Normal? (02/22/2011); Why Ask? (02/23/2011); Meek Abram (10/17/2010)

      Because they themselves lack mature faith and understanding, every believer in Jesus Christ as redeemer and savior is frightened and shocked when they first hear an account of Abraham being challenged to sacrifice his son Isaac. They fail to see, misapply, and overlook many important truths. Included are: (1) Before being asked to sacrifice his son, Abraham had more than 50 years of experience in a real relationship with GOD, therefore there was trust; (2) GOD repeatedly blessed and prospered Abram to become a wealthy man despite his unstable, nomadic lifestyle, therefore there was trust; (3) GOD had appeared to Abram in a form that could be known through flesh, therefore there was trust; (4) Abraham lived for decades with the truth that his wife would never bare him an heir, and GOD fulfilled his word to the pair that they would have a son, therefore there was trust; (5) Abraham saw that what GOD takes away, GOD is able to restore, return and increase, therefore there was trust; (6) GOD allowed Abraham to rule a household that was the size of a small town having more than 300 men who could bear arms with their women and children, therefore there was trust; (7) GOD allowed Abraham to intercede on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah, pleading they be spared on condition of their repentance, and gave Abraham his word, therefore there was trust; and (8) Abraham believed it is possible for GOD to bestow eternal life upon created beings and living creatures, and to restore the dead to life in resurrection, therefore there was trust.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, no Christian believer (especially not those having weak, underdeveloped and untried faith) is asked to serve beyond their level of preparation and understanding. What cannot be given freely or shared as an unselfish benefit to others (i.e., an act of perfect love), has no value to Christ, to his church, or to the Father.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

     Conviction and salvation are topics, today, along with more on how much of the Bible to believe. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Florence” (Level 1 with 80 points, a member since November 23, 2012) posted the following:

Christian girl seeking advice – please help?

i want to become a christian again but i just feel confused because i feel that there are so many religions, denominations of christianity out there – how can i have the conviction that my religion (christianity – petencostalism) is correct?

THE BATTLE AXE: Believing Everything? (11/22/2012)—One of the many ways Scripture gives answer to the question is seen in 1st Corinthians 13: 1-13 (KJV). It is necessary to “believe everything” from the Bible only in the sense that the things written in Scripture are all interconnected and woven together as a single presentation of divine truth. For believers in Christ, reaching the point where you easily discern and recognize that this is so may require many years of spiritual development and growth. Obedience and trust are the primary mechanisms that energize the ongoing process of applying, including and integrating broader and deeper levels of sacred truth. Those lacking meekness that comes by the Holy Spirit insist that the Scriptures are a waste of time, cannot be understood, and are outdated and irrelevant. In doing so, they echo those holy angels in rebellion who were given at Creation the full measure of knowledge needed for the duration of their being and service. They do not learn and are distinct from mankind who, while finite and limited, is still fitted to acquire knowledge by experience and reflection. Through Christ, mankind is certain to prosper in their sincere quests for the inexhaustible, unchanging knowledge of GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. (John 8: 3-9, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Asking Why (11/08/2012); Unto Caesar…? (11/09/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012); What Is Reality (a.k.a. Truth)? (09/29/2012); About Conversion (09/03/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012); Yet If I Judge (09/05/2012); The Young Less Religious (08/18/2012); Why Jesus Prayed (09/19/2012)

     In a confidence that Jesus Christ is alive and operating in their lives through an imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, many mature Christian believers would dare to speak in the name of Jesus, and in obedience to promptings from the Holy Spirit, and would say something like the following:

     Beloved, you do not have to convince and persuade others, or have authority over the beliefs you maintain for yourself, or those held by anyone else. My ministrations that makes the Father visible for mankind is a work to transform human substance, and is primarily carried out now through the Holy Spirit that resides within a person. As a young believer, you do not need to see the Spirit on a day-to-day, moment-by-moment basis, always in you or always in others around you. You need only continue to ask questions as one who is teachable, seek to understand the Gospel more completely and correctly, and respond to the many opportunities for spiritual learning and growth.

     Salvation is more than a process of academic study that focuses upon the holy writings, or social interaction (i.e., church attendance) that centers in family, friends and intimate relationships. Awareness of divine presence, sacred process and godly purposes must be established. Also, an “appetite” (i.e., demand by the organs and tissues of the body) for the things of GOD must be put into place that operates in the same way as hunger, thirst, and cravings for companionship. Church attendance as well as private meditation and reflection should be guided by ones inner spirit, not by emotion, fantasy, imagination, and human reason. Given that salvation goes forward though multiple progressions that are continuous (e.g., fear of the Lord, regeneration, sanctification), only its beginnings are discrete and finite. All else may be spoken of as “eternal life.”

     Certainty, confidence, and trust are received as aspects of faith, where faith is a content of the person of GOD. As the actual substance of divine being, faith is inseparable from such matter as holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin. A believer may be absolutely certain that the elements of doubt, hesitation, shame and uncertainty do not come forth from GOD so much as they are from the flesh, the world, or the adversaries of GOD. Believers discipline their focus to grasp and apply the tools I have given for obedience to the Father, praise, thanksgiving and unselfish service to others.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, those who are saved, and born again” must “grow up again”, and face “growing pains.” Becoming a mature believer who is useful to ones community and the household of faith is no less difficult than becoming a mature adult, and establishing ones professional career. Become thoroughly familiar with the special gifts from GOD supplied for those who have a genuine desire to be his sons and daughters through the adoption of the Holy Spirit—his unfailing word shared as praise, proclamation, promise, and prophecy.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.