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Today, the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ are considered.  Many experience some spiritual confusion seeking to understand what, on surface, are discrete states of being and conditions for life that are contradicting and mutually excluding.  Correctly understood, looking upon Christ is not looking upon a man in a process intended for GOD, rather it is looking upon GOD in a process intended for men.  The fixed patterns, regularities, and standards whereby we recognize an active presence having attributes of person and purpose that we label “divinity” are not the same as those that apply to mankind as a living creature.  It is no violation of law put forth by GOD to govern mankind that an aspect of divine fullness would appear on the earth using human form and substance to be visible, and to continue in exchange and ongoing relationship with mankind.  Even though the Christ would appear as the agent and image of the Father, while existing within the earth as a sphere of life, and for the sake of those with whom he would abide, the attitude, conduct, and expression of the Christ had to constantly be within the ranges for human communication, consciousness, and operations of self-will.  The writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “AbdulRahman” (Level 6 with 17,824 points, a member since October 20, 2013) posted the following:

 

Questions for TRINITY believing Christians?

No JW’S please, I want to know what Trinity believers have to say about these things.

Jesus is quoted in the NT to say the Father is Greater than himself, calling out ‘my God’ on the cross, becoming like a servant by becoming man (Philliphians), and not knowing the hour of his return.

How do these fit with the trinity? I’m seeking truth and I’m really struggling to understand and see how thd trinity works,

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?  But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?  Howbeit we know this man whence he is:  but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.  Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am:  and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.  But I know him:  for I am from him, and he hath sent me.  (John 7:  25-29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  In Order To Understand (12/01/2017); All Divinity in ONE? (11/17/2017); From Glory to Glory (11/14/2017); Jesus Demonstrated Perfected Humanity (10/29/2017); The Device of Incarnation (10/18/2017); Divinity Appears Using Form (07/26/2017); How Christ Is Known? (04/24/2017); Redemption Through Ordinary Flesh? (04/20/2017)

 

“AbdulRahman”, the benefits we receive and expect from Jesus Christ are not those men are capable of bestowing upon one another without anointing from divinity.  Just as my responding to you is an act of my faith and an expression of my own spirit content from GOD (Christians also say, life essence, breath, spirit, Word), the action and process of accepting Jesus Christ as an appearance of divine person and substance are only by operations of divine spirit content, rather than finite human intelligence, logic, carnal reason, and secular knowledge.  With this in view, genuine belief only emerges from the exchange and interaction among the inseparable aspects of divine fullness such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Regarding the authority, eternal person, and divine purpose whereby divinity appears having human form (we say, Incarnation), believers are to receive fresh endowments of the same spirit content from the makeup of GOD that resided within Jesus Christ, and will exist within him always.  As the “body” (church) and joint-heirs with Christ), his followers are to share through him the same oneness without sameness that exists among the persons of the GODhead.  Developing believers are instructed to rely most on the testimony and witness that comes from heaven more than on what has been spoken and recorded about Jesus on the earth:  His baptism, his transfiguration, the visions of John.

While on the earth and in the flesh, Jesus had to speak, think, and operate in accordance with natural law as do all men.  Where acts of faith, exorcism, and sacred events (miracles) unfold, it is by the power of GOD and the Holy Spirit that may work through flesh.  Thus, Jesus appears as part of a full revelation of divinity that uses thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  The Son of the Highest is to be the fulfillment of sacred promises, and is to complete multiple sacred operations to transform mankind to exist without sin.  In prophetic demonstration, Jesus dies on the cross, and is destroyed as an embodiment of all sin; he is raised from the dead and returns to heaven having already endured judgment for sin; he is restored as the High Priest who must make atonement within the Temple of Heaven; and he returns to claim all those from the earth who belong to him.

Jesus has shown that it is possible for men to exist on the earth and experience permanent change of their makeup and spirit content while they are living.  There must be rebirth, discovery, gradual growth, learning, and sanctification.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 12:  3, King James Version (KJV):  3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

(2.)  1st John 5:  5-12, KJV:  5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:  and these three are one.  8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood:  and these three agree in one.  9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater:  for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.  10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:  he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

(3.)  Matthew 17:  1-6, KJV:  1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,  2 And was transfigured before them:  and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.  3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.  4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here:  if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.  5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them:  and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

(4.)  2nd Peter 1:  16-21, KJV:  16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 5:  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.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is on sharing personal testimonies acceptable in public forums during gatherings of the church.  The great hunger answered by the church is that her members experience the active presence who is divinity, clearly hear the voice of GOD, and apprehend the multiple expressions from his sacred heart and mind.  In the church, only those displaying the inseparable aspects of spirit content from the makeup of GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) should be received, heard, obeyed, and respected as reliable sources of sacred knowledge and divine revelation.  When disputes arise within the community of faith, answers and responses should be made on the basis of doctrine, divine law, outcomes from deliberation by clergy and other leadership as well as from statements of confession, creed and policy that describe the shared commitment that should be seen among the believers.  Personal accounts, anecdotes, and eyewitness reports can be useful when clarifying needs for change, individual growth, and transformation; however, such finite tools can not replace rebirth, practice of the sacraments, preaching the Gospel, and regular study of the Scriptures.  The imparted, indwelling Spirit is, himself, the verdict (divine “sentence”), the “concluding statement,” and the officer (we say, executioner) charged to carry out all remaining tasks in the divine judgment focused on the proclamations and promises by the GODhead assuring eternal life (we say, the Testimony from Jesus).  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Why Mormon lesbian girl was interrupted in testimony in the Mormon church , why?

If the “god” of the Mormon church has ever allowed this kind of situation common among Mormons (practice of homosexuality without being expelled from the organization), why are Mormon leaders ashamed of an authentic and true testimony of a Mormon girl practicing This now? ….

what’s the problem? It is more proof of contradiction that lies in this organization!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not:  I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:  worship God:  for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  (Revelation 19:  9-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Conforming to Divine Standards (06/18/2017); Divinity Must Be Proclaimed? (05/09/2017); The Testimony From Jesus (08/05/2016); Without Preaching The Cross? (02/21/2016); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, men, women, and children all wrestle with conflicting desires and emotions that, as believers, we must suppress to avoid their becoming a burden to others, and a source of others having error and misdirection.  For those with mature understanding, a church is not an open or public forum provided to share secular instruction, or promote issues from popular culture, political trends, and social issues.  In addition to declarations of conviction through sacred events such as gatherings conducted for Baptism and Confirmation of spiritual faith and growth, adult believers enroll as members through written legal agreements (some say, contracts, promissory notes) that may include “confessions” and other statements of belief.  A member pledges to discharge specific duties that include regularly supplying financial resources.  While sanctions against disobedience/for obedience may not appear as within statements of law, rules and standards for discipline and order are expressly provided, outlined as “principles”, and strongly suggested.

All members—even minor children—are to regard the church as a location where the people of GOD are sanctified (i.e., anointed, made fragrant to Deity; set apart and prepared for exclusive service to divinity).  Because intense and troubling questions that pertain to life experience and human development will arise from many diverse causes and circumstances, it is the wisdom of the church to share only fixed, stable and tried responses that appear as doctrine, official policy, manifestations of the Holy Spirit, and the holy writings, rather than rely upon subjective and variable elements such as “individual conscience,” intellectual opinions, carnal reason, philosophy, and science.  Correctly understood, members will practice humility, disciplined self-expression, and share collective responsibility.  Often there must be “self-sacrifice” by practicing restraint and silence; a member is to defer and give place to the word from GOD through Christ and by the Holy Spirit.  Believers are to speak from duty (like it, don’t like it) what must be said, not merely “what I want to say.”  Elements such as controversy, divisiveness, exaggeration, extremism, hypocrisy and nonconformity are to be avoided along with self-promotion, showing-off, and vainglory.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 1:  9-10, King James Version (KJV):  9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18-21, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 14:  26-33, KJV:  26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.  27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.  28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.  29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.  30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.  31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.  32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.  33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, 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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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Today, focus is on proclamation and discernment as critical aspects of revealing divinity.  The name (we say, accomplishments, deeds, reputation, works) of GOD must be proclaimed by GOD, for thereby the living are instructed how to conceive and speak of immortal, invisible divinity.  When believers share personal accounts regarding their own experiences of growth in faith, and events surrounding their coming to a decision for commitment to Christ, only those still in error and spiritual confusion will condemn their testimony as “self-promotion.”  Those having discernment will acknowledge that otherwise unknown and unseen  operations of Spirit are being revealed; and the believer speaks in the integrity of an “eye-witness” who is under oath and sharing valid evidence in judgment through a verbal account.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (Level 1 with 99 points, a member since December 27, 2016) posted the following:

 

Can I tell that you have Christ in you by your actions and not by you bragging about it?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  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:  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.  (1st Thessalonians 4:  15-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Genuine Spiritual Discernment? (03/27/2017); Blame, Sin and Salvation? (02/13/2017); What To Say To A Friend? (03/29/2015); Recounting Past Sins? (03/04/2015); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, GOD is a spirit who makes himself knowable, known, and “visible” to created beings and living creatures on the earth by using such tools as authority, awareness, person, and eternal purpose.  In addition to sacred operations whereby divinity is perceived or realized in ones consciousness as an active presence (we say, revelation), there must be divine instruction and sacred proclamation that, so to speak, “explain” what it is the living are hearing and seeing.  Through the announcement and declaration of the divine name, GOD himself introduces and supplies the necessary coherence, completeness, context, focus, fullness and readiness to receive sacred knowledge.

Correctly recognizing and responding to divinity requires “discernment” (ability to use ones own spirit content as a standard to identify deposits of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity that reside within events, oneself, other persons, promises, prophecies, holy writings, etc.).  Sinners become “born again” Christian believers through baptism by experiencing death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit.  Inseparable aspects of divinity are imparted to indwell the sinner and serve as divine DNA, so to speak.  Included are faith, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.   Thereby,  the sinner becomes a new creation, a child or offspring of GOD, and a joint-heir of GOD with Jesus Christ. 

Those who are “born again” must “grow up again” and mature as vessels of divine spirit by meeting life challenges upon the earth.  Of course, believers are imperfect at first, and must develop by repeatedly proclaiming the word of GOD through specific sacred practices (e.g., baptism, fellowship, regular study, sharing personal testimony), and within their lifestyle and daily routines.  What appears as bragging, a personal account, or “showing-off” to those lacking discernment, in fact, is the proclamation of GOD, and the divine works in a believer’s own life.  Consider the following that appears in the Bible:

(1.)  Exodus 33:  17-23, King James Version (KJV):  17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken:   for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.  18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.  19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.  20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face:  for there shall no man see me, and live.  21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:  22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:  23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts:  but my face shall not be seen.

(2.)  Exodus 34:  5-8, KJV:  5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. 8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  1-7, KJV:  1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, 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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made on why Mary and others went out to the tomb of Jesus early on “Resurrection Sunday.”  The process of GOD through Jesus Christ has been one of continuous and permanent change, gradual growth, and preparing for full transformation that will be completed at the Second Coming of Jesus (we also say, the Advent, the harvest, the Rapture).  At first, belief and conviction would depend upon completing practical tasks, recall and reflection, where later operations of the Holy Spirit would edify and carry believers forward through prophecy and gifts of the Spirit.  Many who obeyed during the crisis of Jesus being arrested and tried still did not understand how these things were fulfilling eternal purposes.  Others even reacted with unbelief because they simply continued in long-standing habits, and their usual routines.  Just as the women had not completed all the work for cleansing and preserving a body before entombment, the sacred event and operations by the Spirit of GOD were not yet all completed.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Phil” (Level 4 with 4,343 points, a member since September 18, 2010) posted the following:

 

What was Mary Magdalene doing sniffing round Jesus’ tomb after three days? Necrophilia or did he owe her some money?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?  But he spake of the temple of his body.  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.  (John 2:  18-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); The Holy Week Continues (04/14/2017); Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); Anointed, Consecrated and Installed (08/04/2016); The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Anointed? (04/28/2014); No More “Mr. Nice Guy”? (04/29/2014); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013)

 

“Phil,” the work was not finished, and there was still much that had to be accomplished.  Jesus had been placed in the tomb shortly before sundown and the beginning of the Sabbath.  The task of removing his body from the cross had to be done.  As the highest Roman official having authority regarding the execution of the Lord, Pontius Pilate had to be petitioned for permission to bury the Savior in a private sepulcher that was owned by a wealthy member of the Sanhedrin.  In addition to carefully removing the crown of thorns so as not to tear away the flesh, there was the work of stopping the open wounds of his body, washing away the still drying blood, sealing his wounds, applying ointments and spices that would slow the decay and keep the body from stinking, as well as gathering to express bereavement through prayers and ritual mourning.

In the same way, those in flesh had not completed all their necessary tasks, there remained much to be done by the Spirit of the Lord.  For the people of GOD in Christ, loss of, and separation from loved ones by death are to be understood as reversible by GOD, and temporary.  Rather than emotion, thoughts, and memories, commitment, discernment and eternal purpose should be in charge.  Even so, Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathaea, his own Mother, and John who had witnessed his crucifixion had not yet received the imparted, indwelling Spirit (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) that would be sent to abide among them on the day of Pentecost.  Until then, mankind could only be prompted and stirred to take action guided by the Spirit, and this occurred as mere episodes that did not seem to be connected.

The process of GOD during our bereavement is to affirm and continue life, therefore, when the Comforter arrives he commands that we go to work among the living:  We are to minister and meet the needs of others by showing hospitality, encouraging joy, and proclaiming the promises of GOD.  The faith of the apostles and disciples first would have to be amplified and built up for them to realize the many things Jesus spoke as explanation and instruction that they had taken as only casual remarks.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Mark 15:  42-44, King James Version (KJV):  42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,  43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.  44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead:  and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.

(2.)  Mark 16:  1-4, KJV:  1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.  2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?  4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away:  for it was very great.

(3.)  John 14:  25-27, KJV:  25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, topics include sacred and secular knowledge, rebirth, the existence of GOD, and “proof”.  Those who seek to speak of evidence and proof regarding the things of GOD often are responding to ideas and values that have been given as essential to discourse within such areas of study as Mathematics, Philosophy, and Science.  Many unknowingly make reference to the criteria for empirical research, and demand results that are statistically meaningful instead of observable events that are personal, sanctified, and deeply spiritual.  Multiple operations are carried out by divinity that establish Christian believers as a new creation upon the earth.  Rather than outward evidence or proof for this, there are permanent changes that appear within a sinner’s awareness, lifestyle and self-will.  There is “inward” baptism (death and burial of ones inborn spirit, with the implanting of divine seed) along with discernment (i.e., ability to use ones own spirit content to recognize and respond to spirit matter from the makeup of GOD that resides within events, messages, motives, oneself, other persons, prophecies, etc.).  As with the holy writings, only believers can share true personal accounts (we say, prophecy, testimonies, witness) that convey spirit substance from the makeup of Deity.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “omar” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since April 03, 2015) posted the following:

 

I know that some people Think riligion is stupid and all that, but i dont Think that you can proof that god exist,and you can also not proof?

and you cant proof he dosnt exist! THATS why we BELIVE he dont exist, AND WE BELIVE HE EXIST, come with YOUR proof all you WANT, BUT WE WILL NEVER BE SHURE IF GOD EXIST OR NOT, NOT UNTIL YOU DIE! WHEN YOU DIE YOU SEE IF GOD EXIST OR NOT!, thanks

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?  But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.  Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.  For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.  For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong:  and this also we wish, even your perfection.  (2nd Corinthians 13:  3-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Who Will See GOD? (10/04/2016); Divine Knowing, Finite Will? (09/28/2016); Spirit Process not Feelings? (09/21/2016); Spirit Content From GOD? (09/26/2016); The Life Of GOD? (06/01/2016);  Transformed by The Cross (03/23/2016); Is Science the Right Tool? (12/04/2013); To Grieve the Spirit? (12/05/2013)

 

“omar”, to speak of “proof” for the existence of our Creator demonstrates a lack of sacred knowledge and spirit content from GOD.  For any person who wants to speak with authority and share the best available ideas about divinity, it is important to engage Deity directly (we say, Go to the source!).  Even so, entering into a personal relationship with GOD is very demanding, and requires a totally different set of attitudes, definitions, meanings, operations, and values.  Such a vast array of elements are involved that mature Christian believers are likely to say, “You must be born again.”  Once we accept that GOD is spirit (we also say, breath, essence, word, utterance), and agree that the Most High is not carnal, material or social as are finite creatures upon the earth, we must acknowledge that the Creator is also immaterial, invisible, and without measurable dimensions like ordinary objects.  We must begin to describe a “being” who has and emanates duration, existence, life, oneness without sameness, person, presence, eternal purpose, and sovereign will.  There must be cooperation and submission to sacred actions and procedures carried by “unseen” forces and influences.  Created beings and living creatures are made able to embrace the many points of sacred knowledge that must be used in place of secular knowledge to have clear  communication, exchange, and interaction with GOD, for the Maker imparts to the living inseparable aspects of character, nature, and substance that are within the GODhead.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, meekness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, whether others will accept a person’s testimony and witness regarding angels is the topic.  The truth divinity is providing to mankind is centered upon Jesus Christ not angels, not death, not Satan, not Sin.  Among Christian believers, those entrusted with sacred truth always are challenged to make their own lifestyle and daily routines a continuous declaration of ministry by Jesus Christ.  Accounts of angels, miracles, and other aspects of divine ministry also are necessary, can be fruitful, and for some will be unforgettable.  Even so, what believers experience as a sacred event may require they delay its proclamation until they first clarify what has occurred within themselves, and have a firm understanding of its meaning and value.  They may prepare themselves through dialog with others, fasting, meditation, prayer, and focused study of the Scriptures.  Responses from those who are born again (i.e., having a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of the Creator such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, wrath against sin), and those who already have skill applying spiritual discernment likely will be very different from those who are yet sinners and merely curious.  Without altering or bending the truth, the person sharing witness has to present their message in ways that respond to the ability, meekness, and readiness of their hearers.  Those who serve as watchmen, or are sent as apostles, evangelists, prophets, spokespersons, and witnesses often must operate with a sense of urgency.  They are all “first responders” and their mission is to save lives.  They must work with the understanding that souls are in the balance, and they themselves may never be given a second opportunity.  Thus, every message, statement, and testimony they share is to be presented as from the lips of Jesus to cleanse, heal, and nourish his church.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If someone saw an angel will people believe?

I was bored and wondering if someone saw angels for real will people or someone believe them and what should they do keep the info or what?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:  For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.  And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.  And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.  And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him:  and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.  And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.  And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:  Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:  Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one:  Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.  And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.  Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.  The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.  (Genesis 19:  12-25, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); Getting It Right About Angels (05/10/2015); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, in my experience, angels are alive, are as real as the many rock stars we have supported (i.e., grooved to) yet never met, and continue to be used as servants of Jesus Christ and of the Father.  What a person will have to say regarding their own experience of sacred events (that may include, healing, miracles, praise, prayer, speaking in tongues, trances, and worship) will vary according to such features as the assignment, charge, or duty they will be given and held accountable for; the sacred knowledge they receive and are able to apply; other persons and witnesses who are present, are to be contacted, or are to be approached and enlisted for assistance; their individual level of maturity, skill, and understanding as a follower and servant of the Lord as well as the specific intent and eternal purposes that are involved.  When it comes to sacred events, no true believer “brags”, is self-promoting, or shows off, for they understand that what occurred was not because of their own goodness, holiness, righteousness, and self-will; it was the will of the Lord.

While ones experience of a sacred event also is intended for their own correction, development, and personal growth—and can be described as affirming, amazing, beautiful and wondrous—such occurrences are rarely for ones amusement, entertainment, private enjoyment, and gratification.  To avoid spiritual confusion and error, emotional and psychological stability should be in place that comes with a solid foundation of faith.  What one encounters may seem demonic, dreamlike, incredible (i.e., not to be believed), or magical and unreal. 

Courage to speak and proclaim ones experience to others (often called testimony and witness) comes through acceptance of ones duty to share truth, and the understanding that your task may only be completely and correctly carried out by acknowledgement of its authenticity, authority, and divine origin.  In effect, the believer is under oath and upon a witness stand in sacred judgment, and must speak the truth or be severely reprimanded.  Acceptance of witness depends upon factors that include believers and sinners acknowledging the active presence of divinity in the person of the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth); your own and the willingness of others to obey divine law, prophecy (comfort, edification, and exhortation for the church to take action), and revelation (invisible divinity becoming knowable and known, and visible); and the existence of imparted, indwelling spirit substance from the makeup of the Creator (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin) within those to whom the demonstrations, messages, and visitations are sent.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is upon conscience as an expression from the flesh and the World, rather than divine Spirit.  At one time, conscience was widely understood to be like artistry and talent, a gift given a person by GOD.  Conscience appeared as an operation of law detecting and exposing sin, making challenge as an accuser, and delivering correction and punishment in the form of despair and unending mental anguish.  Many in modern society are startled and disheartened knowing there are those among us who repeatedly show anger, aggressive and “hard-core” attitudes (the young say, gangsta), bitterness, enmity, frigidity, hostility, indifference to the suffering of others, lack of love, rage, self-destructiveness, and mindless violence.  Impenitent sinners, having exaggerated pride and refusing to show remorse or sorrow for sin, seem to be multiplying.  Their behavior and conduct shows no respect to law, to life, to judgment, to forgiveness, to kindness, or to love.  Because they are increasingly labeled as inhuman, monsters, psychopaths, and sociopaths, it often seems acceptable to say such sinners are “dead” in sin, can not be raised or restored, and will never be saved since they have no remaining scrap of conscience or humanity.  Yet, these are the ones who would benefit most through being “born again.”  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bobby” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since March 10, 2012) posted the following:

 

How can people not believe in God when our consciences testify to his existence?

Our conscience is like a fire alarm. It tells us when we are violating God’s law. It can make us feel terrible, because that is God’s way of warning us when we are in trouble.

How can someone ignore that and then insist that everything happened by chance and as such, morality is purely a societal construct?

It’s like saying that a building just formed by chance and natural processes, instead of intelligence!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  (Hebrews 9:  13-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Spirit Process not Feelings? (09/21/2016); Judgment Focused On Content? (08/30/2016); Boasting In The Lord (08/19/2016); Where Society Is Headed? (01/11/2016); In Times of Progress? (12/21/2015); Punishment To Show Love? (11/29/2015); Sin in Mind not Deed? (01/06/2014)

 

“Bobby”, here are some thoughts I’d like to share:  As an emotional and psychological aspect of ones awareness (we may say, the flesh), conscience and self-will may be dominated by the operations of sin.  Conscience, that many take to be an inner standard that tells us right and wrong, may be the origin and source for our feelings and sense of condemnation, disgrace, embarrassment, guilt, and shame.  Thus, the testimony and witness of conscience can be more akin to the products of flesh and mind than to those from (we say, the fruit of) the imparted, indwelling spirit of GOD.  Therefore, for Christian believers, conscience is not a “thorn in the flesh” that reveals divine grace and the active presence of divinity, nor is conscience a device that increases sacred knowledge, and establishes eternal purpose. 

Conscience appears as if a complex and higher order response in created beings and living creatures because there is always a three-fold mix of emotional, intellectual and mental responses that persist, recur, and linger.  The mechanism of conscience appears to be a cycle wherein feeling triggers thoughts, followed by thoughts that repeatedly trigger the previous feelings.  Where conscience becomes corrupted, loses its forcefulness, and becomes unfocused, it does not operate as prophecy to comfort, edify (build up), and exhort (command immediate action; excite believers to “stir up the gifts”).  More than this, conscience may become seared.  (When fire (i.e., judgment) is used to cauterize (close) a person’s deep and unseen wounds, so to speak, a seal is created that stops the bleeding.  However, the seal that no longer allows anything out from the wound, also no longer allows anything in.  Thus, many are “ever learning,” yet, never coming to the knowledge of the truth.)

To the extent conscience in modern society may be seen as a result of carnal, material, and social elements, what we experience as being matters of “conscience” (or not) can be determined by such features as corporate advertising, gossip, politics, popular culture, government propaganda, slander, and even the “charm” and panache of criminal and nonconformist personality (bad boyz!).  Consider again the admonitions, examples, and how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Timothy 4:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

(2.)  Titus 1:  15-16, KJV:  15 Unto the pure all things are pure:  but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

(3.)  1st Timothy 1:  3-7, KJV:  3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,  4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith:  so do.  5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:  6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;  7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

(4.)  1st Timothy 1:  18-20, KJV:  18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;  19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:  20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. 

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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