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Doctrine, freewill and the “divine plan” are topics, today.  Also, there is more on what it means to “come as you are.”  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Wisdom itself.” (Level 4 with 4,192 points, a member since August 26, 2011) posted the following:

If God gave man freewill, how is every-thing a part of His plan?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Come As You Are (06/29/3013)—Because GOD is a spirit who must be worshiped in spirit and in truth (John 4:  24 and Philippians 3:  2-3, KJV), mankind must be totally transformed to escape the limitations of flesh and mind.  Coming to Christ we begin a journey to become completely immortal and incorruptible.  Holy angels dwelling in the celestial presence (we say, heaven), were first to come under the influence of sin despite that they are spirit beings (not mortals, yet not immortal) who contain only sacred knowledge, and continue their existence through experiences of divine service.  It is a consequence of sin that all upon the earth who seek open and permanent access to GOD must do so through repentance.  In addition to remorse or sorrow for sin, repentance expresses growth, love, maturity, obedience, and awareness of sovereign presence.  “Come as you are” is suitable only as a beginning for ones new awareness and spiritual change.  The believer is also to embrace, “no turning back,” “crucified with Christ,” and “dead to sin, alive to GOD.”  See Romans 6:  6 and 6:  11, Galatians 2:  20 and 5:  24, 1st Peter 2:  24 and Revelation 19:  9-11, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.  And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?  Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  (John 7:  14-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Common Danger (01/02/2013); The Root of  Jesse (01/03/2013); See With New Eyes (11/06/2012); A Life Companion? (11/07/2012); Spirit Matter (10/21/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Sin Without Wrongdoing? (08/28/2012); On Religious Items (08/29/2012); (10/12/2011) Binder 15:  Even From Everlasting; In The Rain? (03/07/2011)

“Wisdom itself.”, here are some thoughts GOD has provided to those living as believers in the kingdom of GOD through Jesus Christ:

(1)  “Freewill” (some say, self-will) in mankind is finite and limited.  Just as freewill does not stop the snow from falling on a cold winters day, or make it that rain is no longer wet, freewill cannot eliminate sin, overturn ignorance of GOD and divine purpose, or take the place of redemption and salvation through the shed blood of Jesus.

(2)  That GOD has a “plan for all things” is shared as a simple formula to supply a beginning grasp upon multiple profound truths that pertain to the universe, and the spheres of all existence.  Like children who master “mama”, “dada”, or recite the “ABC’s” (yet are still unable to read and write), to please GOD, created beings and living creatures must do more than merely exercise and master self-will.

(3)  Sin may corrupt and dominate self-will.  In mankind, the ability to detect and identify sin, and the strength to resist the influence of sin over will power are invisibly eroded and reduced over time through action and behavior.  Only by receiving a fresh infusion of divine spirit through Jesus Christ do men possess the necessary measure of divine will that permits fulfillment of divine purpose.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  Men become able to understand and cooperate with the divine plan only through such operations of GOD as baptism, redemption, repentance, salvation, and sanctification.  So to speak:  There must be the death of that original spirit one was born with; rebirth through an endowment by GOD of divine DNA; and growing up again while meeting the challenges and growing pains of life upon the earth.)   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 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.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Vigilance against sin is the topic, today, along with more on why there was warfare against Canaan. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Jamaica” (Level 1 with 28 points, a member since September 25, 2012) posted the following:


What do they mean when they say ‘the soul is willing but the flesh is weak’?

The Bible often uses a figure of speech to describe the outcome of things and certain events that went on in the past and are going on right now. So what does it mean when they say your ‘soul is willing but’ your ‘flesh is weak’? Please answer me that.


THE BATTLE AXE: Why Did the Judges Fight? (10/19/2012)—Many of those who left Egypt with Moses were proud, selfish and unspiritual. To them, the conflict to gain the promised land was purely a human struggle for property and wealth that depended solely upon desire, desperation and fear. Telling their story is not the purpose of Scripture. Rightly understood, the holy writings focus entirely upon the workings of Almighty GOD upon the earth, through mankind. During the 40 years that GOD lead the covenant people through undeveloped areas and uninhabited wasteland, GOD destroyed every man who had left Egypt, pledged themselves in covenant, and then disobeyed and rebelled. Only Joshua and Caleb, two who were sent to explore the land as spies, and the offspring of those who left Egypt actually set foot in, and established their own homes within the promised land. Even Moses was denied. Later, many of the tribes made treaties and agreed to receive tribute from the enemies of GOD. They did not completely expel those who had broken covenant from the land as they had been commanded. As a result GOD allowed his enemies to continue as the enemies of Israel both surrounding and within the borders of their homeland (see, for example, Joshua 15: 63, Joshua 17: 12-13, Joshua 22: 13 and Judges 1: 21-33, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. (Matthew 26: 40-42, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Binder 15: Even From Everlasting (10/12/2011); Will in Heaven? (03/03/2011); Jephthah’s Oath? (03/04/2011)

      Here are some ideas Christ has been willing to share among his followers:

      During the night before Jesus was arrested and crucified, he cautioned the apostles to be prayerful and vigilant at all times. They were to stay alert, and recognize when they were being lead into peculiar situations that would challenge, and test the depth of their commitment and understanding. Until the falling of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD, the primary tool given to mankind to make sin known and visible had been various forms of divine law. Law was “given a human face” through mechanisms that included the priesthood by heads of families (Patriarchs such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac), the covenant of Moses, the system of judges (captains over 10’s, 20’s, 50’s, 100’s, 1000’s), and a line of kings. Jesus Christ provided in the flesh a perfect and complete presentation of the righteousness and sacred spirit that are conveyed to mankind through the divine law.

      Sin was first discovered among the holy angels. However, sin is not a spirit-being, is not spirit matter, and does not operate upon living spirit. Sin is not a carnal, material, or physical thing; and sin has no dimension (e.g., height, length, shape, size, weight) or substance (e.g., matter, particles, stuff, etc.). Nevertheless sin has direction, effect, and presence. We could say, “sin is nothing”; yet, contrary to intelligence, logic, and reason, sin may dominate the will of created beings and living creatures. Sin is not created by GOD, or by the living. Sin does not obey divine will; neither is the will of GOD subject to sin. Sin opposes the existence of GOD, of divine Creation, of divine law, of eternal life, and of all that is. Apart from awareness generated from GOD, created beings and living creatures cannot detect sin as foreign and separate from ones own being; and repeatedly obedience to sin is embraced as natural and normal.

      In their creation, the holy angels were supplied with the total measure of authority, knowledge and spirit that they could receive throughout their continuance. (The angels are neither mortal nor immortal, and complete their existence only by immersion in holy fire.) In the creation of humans, divine spirit was imparted as a “breath of life.” While the holy angels do not acquire knowledge by experience as humans (i.e., learn and grow), they can be influenced by one another, and by mankind. Through Jesus Christ, provision has been made that mankind may receive additional deposits of Spirit that enable discernment of, and resistance to sin.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the flesh dominates human awareness as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving for sex), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and mind (e.g., desire, fantasy, imagination). As events that operate in time, the elements of flesh “come and go.” Thus, the weakness of the flesh includes exhaustion, immaturity, instability, malnutrition, and mortality.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Idolatry, Incarnation, the GODhead, the Holy Spirit, and willpower are topics, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Call me Gary” (Level 5 with 6,461 points, a member since July 11, 2006) posted the following:

Is Jesus a man living in heaven?

Most Trinitarians believe that Jesus is both man and God.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the Bible teaches that when Jesus died he died a human and was raised to heaven as a spirit person.
Do Trinitarians really believe that Jesus is a man living in heaven?



THE BATTLE AXE: The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012)—Idolatry, the worship of false gods by adoration of graven images, is also a condition of infirmity and reduced willpower wherein a person believes there is will in some lifeless object or thing greater than their own human, self-will. Otherwise harmless and useful items are made to be abominations, exalted and given the place of our GOD. For example, many lament not being able to quit the habit of cigarette smoking; so the “will of the smoke” must be greater than “the will of the folk.” These acknowledge some power within the cigarette that controls their attitudes and behavior. Similarly, in one of the most widespread errors of our times, we see those who do not use alcohol and drugs indignant and terrified by the mere thought of their children or some neighbor being “users”. Saying this another way: Many are now addicted to anger, confusion and hate on the basis of what they suppose others are addicted to. The pursuit of such themes as drug addiction, LGBT, freedom, madness, and pleasure, derive from operations of the flesh, not from the Spirit of GOD. Where the prevailing notion of sexual freedom entails acceptance of spiritual duty as “optional”, and both decreased responsibility and lack of inhibition are acceptable, a person’s deposit of divine will, and the Spirit from GOD are seen to be woefully diminished. Surely, it cannot be correct for the children of GOD to approve that selfishness, sex, drugs and controlled substances, be feared, praised or promoted above family, friendship, offspring, parents, and spouse. Efforts to recover and release the victims of addictions cannot succeed when directed to change only a discrete behavior. Addiction is a life pattern expressed simultaneously on multiple levels of a person’s emotional, mental, physical, psychological and spiritual being. Change of ones spirit content can only be brought about through the action of divinity, and the increased measure of Spirit that is now imparted to mankind.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1st Timothy 3: 16, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Chances for Change (09/15/2012); What He Died For (09/14/2012); Why Is GOD Blamed? (08/23/2012); Shaken Once More (08/22/2012); How Life Exists (08/20/2012); Why Jesus Prayed (08/19/2012); Is That All It Takes? (03/18/2012); Many Forms of GOD? (03/17/2012)



      Many mature Christian believers endorse the teaching that Jesus is now in heaven, and continues in the flesh and form of a man. As with the doctrines of Creation and Salvation, the doctrine of Incarnation speaks to a divine revelation whereby the eternal person and presence of Almighty GOD is made known and visible as immortal, incorruptible, and sovereign by the use of flesh and blood. GOD is a spirit, and as such is without limits, dimension, material being, and shape. Moreover, GOD is not a cloud, a fog, mist, smoke, a vapor, or any other material thing that lacks cohesion and solidity. GOD must be understood as a divine person consisting of such inseparable sacred substances as faith, holiness, hope, humility, joy, love, righteousness, truth, wisdom and wrath against sin.

      GOD is known and made visible to created beings and living creatures through various mechanisms in line with the measure of divine person deposited within them at Creation. Angels, animals, mankind and sacred beasts all apprehend GOD as if GOD changes, or displays himself in various forms. However, rightly understood, GOD is immutable and unchanging. Those who deny that GOD is less than divine, because they do not understand all that is necessary or possible with GOD must be accounted as those spiritually underdeveloped and immature.

      The oneness of GOD is not violated by the fact that created beings and living creatures only apprehend divinity on terms dictated by GOD, not by themselves. The oneness of GOD is not determined by human frameworks such as form, time and space. The oneness of GOD derives from such sacred processes and purposes as Creation, damnation, eternal life, forgiveness, rebirth, regeneration, resurrection and sanctification.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, there are many truths concerning the character and nature that are the person of GOD that will never be shared with humankind. Acceptance, respect, trust and understanding are vital to the relationship established as Christian belief. The validity of sacred truth must be discerned and recognized without use of the usual tools of the flesh (appetite, sensation, mind). Only by the imparted, indwelling spirit (called the Comforter, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) supplied through Jesus Christ, can there be this peculiar knowledge of the GODhead among the created.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC