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Today, a few points are shared on blood, incarnation, inheritance, and the kingdom of GOD.  Also, there is more on removing ones ornaments and divine judgment.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Ian” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member who joined 2 months ago) posted the following:

 

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Sanctify Yourselves? (06/26/2014)—(6.)  In addition to judgment, the requirement that Israel remove all their ornaments pertains to the principle of faith demonstrated through works.  Perfection (we say, maturity, readiness and ripeness for harvest), salvation, and the many operations of divinity embracing created beings and living creatures are conditional and progressive.  A series of related responses are called forth, and the “saved” are seen to advance by gradual yet permanent change, growth, learning, reconciliation, and regeneration.  As seen through intercession by Moses, when GOD is correctly acknowledged, and transgressors respond with needed adjustments, improvements and renewal of covenant, mercy may be stirred and execution of divine sentences expressing the wrath of GOD may be delayed, or softened.  See Exodus 32:  9-14, Numbers 16:  20-22, Joshua 24:  14-28 and 2nd Kings 22:  18-20, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:  but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  (Romans 8:  13-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014); Spirit Gives Birth to Spirit (01/22/2014); Worship Wear? (01/23/2014); The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013)

 

“Ian”, here are a few points that will add to your full knowledge of Christian beliefs:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who has expressed active presence and person by putting forth created beings and living creatures, the conditions for their duration, and the spheres wherein they may abide.  Mankind is to have eternal existence as a companion to GOD, and must be permanently changed to be immortal and incorruptible. 

(2.)  The language “flesh and blood” refers to devices, mechanisms and living processes for finite and mortal creatures upon the earth such as animals, fish, insects, and men.  Included are appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving for sex), sensation (hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotional/mental functions (e.g., desire, fear, imagination, logic, reason, recall).  While angels, sacred beasts, and other creatures continue in the same immediate sphere as GOD (we say, heaven), they are neither immortal nor incorruptible, and only endure on the basis of grace and divine prerogative.

(3.)  GOD has used flesh and blood to appear in the earth as Jesus Christ (we say, the Incarnation); and to complete, further, or initiate multiple sacred operations for the salvation and transformation of mankind.  Included are adoption as children of GOD, atonement, baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak), forgiveness, resurrection, sacrifice, and sanctification.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (4.)  Blood is the divine tool that circulates to the many hidden and unseen parts within the living.  Blood is therefore useful as a vehicle to rinse and wash away uncleanness as well as to convey and transfer life essence (we say, breath, spirit, utterance, word).)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I share a Scripture study triggered by my thinking about some ways we may worship.  Consider again that we fulfill promises and vows to GOD, keep covenant, make offerings and sacrifices, offer prayer, observe the Sabbath, praise by proclaiming the deeds and name of GOD, prophesy, rejoice and express gratitude, rebuke wickedness, spread the Gospel, and teach.

 

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23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  (John 4:  23-24, KJV)

 

Exodus 24:  1-3  (KJV)  1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.  2 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD:  but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.  3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments:  and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.

Exodus 34:  10-16 (KJV)  10 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation:  and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD:  for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.  11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day:  behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.  12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:  13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:  14 For thou shalt worship no other god:  for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:  15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;  16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

Deuteronomy 6:  4-9 (KJV)  4 Hear, O Israel:  The LORD our God is one LORD:  5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Deuteronomy 10:  12-13 (KJV)  12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,  13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Psalms 53:  1-4 (KJV)  1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.  Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity:  there is none that doeth good.  2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.  3 Every one of them is gone back:  they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread:  they have not called upon God.

Isaiah 66:  22-24 (KJV)  22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.  23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

Acts 17:  24-31 (KJV)  24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;  27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Revelation 14:  6-7 (KJV)  6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,  7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come:  and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Revelation 19:  9-11 (KJV)  9 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.  10 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.  11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Revelation 22:  7-9 (KJV)  7 Behold, I come quickly:  blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.  8 And I John saw these things, and heard them.  And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.  9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not:  for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book:  worship God.

 

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  Readers are asked to add any verse or passage from Scripture that they would like to share in the comments area (see below).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the workings of the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth, and the Testimony of Jesus in you.  Grow in grace.

Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.  (Isaiah 63:  16, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

A parable is used, today, to share points on the fall of Adam and Eve.  Also, there is more on knowledge of GOD among the holy angels.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “william” (Level 2 with 354 points, a member since September 30, 2013) posted the following originally asked at Yahoo Answers United Kingdom:

Why did god get so cross when adam and eve ate an apple?

I mean seriously it’s not like the raped or murdered anybody
if he didn’t want them to eat it he shouldn’t have put the tree of knowledge in the garden of eden

THE BATTLE AXE:  Does Satan Know? (11/06/2013)—The holy angels appear as divine instruments and spokespersons in prophecy; and may appear in forms that exhibit animal features, geometric polygons, or beings that fly using wings (see Ezekiel 10:  6-22, Genesis 28:  10-17 and Revelation 14:  6-12, KJV).  Confronting Jesus in the wilderness, Satan could not recognize the Son of GOD as someone he had seen before in the celestial presence, and so challenged Jesus to “appear” in his form as Son of the Highest.  Similarly, Satan came into the presence of Jesus, however, not in celestial form.  With this in view, believers are always wise to “try the spirits” (see Matthew 4:  1-11, Hebrews 1:  1-14, 2nd Corinthians 11:  13-15, 1st John 4:  1-6 and Revelation 22:  8-9, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:  nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.  (Hebrews 12:  1-11, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Denying Baptism to Others (11/04/2013); Balaam (10/15/2013); About Sabbath (10/16/2013); Freewill is Finite (06/30/2013); GOD Intervenes? (07/01/2013); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); A Second Adam (03/25/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013)

“william”, here is a parable making a few points that help Christian believers understand the account of Adam (the single name given by GOD to both the male and female who existed before the Almighty as a single person):

Dad brought home a lovely box of assorted chocolate candies for mom on Valentine’s Day.  In celebration, she allowed each of her three little charges to choose from the assortment.  The next day, while she was out shopping, one of her boys decided he would have a sweet; so he went into mom’s room looking for the candies.  He reasoned that, she loved him so much she would want him to take freely of what dad had provided.  Besides, there were so many, she would still have plenty left.  He would only sniff out the mints; she probably would not miss one (or two); and, should she become angry, no one would ever trace the deed to himself were he careful to leave no trace of his having been there, and wash any residue from his hands.  After some searching, he found where the candies were “hidden” (i.e., stored to keep from melting, spoiling, etc.), carefully lifted the lid of the box, removed two stunners, and tried to carefully replace the tissues and wrapping paper as though they had not been disturbed.

Later, upon her return, mom went to her chocolates and found the box had been rifled.  She called the children to her, and asked what had gone on.  After several minutes of awkward denials and protestations of innocence, the matriarch “arbitrarily” declared that all would be on punishment (we say, lock down) until she would be told the truth concerning the “harmless” prank.  The children were sent to their room, where a pair of them insisted the culprit surrender himself.  As they heard their mother crying from her room, the innocents tried to explain why the game was up; that mom could see the stain of chocolate on his tongue, like they had done, and could smell the mint on his breath. 

The mother could have taken the chocolates with her, or eaten them all; and could have avoided leaving the candies as if bait or something to deliberately entrap her children.  Surely she knew, even from her own experience as a child, what could happen to luscious chocolates left unguarded.  Knowing her own children, she should have realized whether they all (or who would be the lone suspect that) might yield to appetite, and seek to gobble a treat from her treasure trove.  Had the offense remained only a simple filching of chocolates (i.e., taking what belongs to someone else without authority and permission—we say, stealing), the outcome might not have been a personal breakdown, maternal heartache and weeping.  No less important than a theft of unguarded chocolates, there also had been covetousness, deception, disrespect, dissembling, greed, impatience, lying, passive aggression, presumption, pretext, separation, trespassing into ones private space, and violation of trust.  A “hate crime” had been committed in the home.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Even so, be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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The commandment against worship of false gods is in view, today.  Also, there is more on the connection for animals and sin.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers New Zealand” using the ID “IFollowEvidence&Facts” (a member since 27 October 2012) posted the following that was originally asked at “Yahoo! Answers United Kingdom”:

 

Thou shall not worship any other gods but me…is god acknowledging that other gods DO exist?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013)—  (5.)  The existence and presence of animals upon the earth may be understood as a further aspect of divine revelation using features and objects patterned after things that exist in the celestial presence (we say, heaven).  The created beings and living creatures that are seen and visible to mankind make possible a correct understanding that there are unseen angels and sacred beasts that are neither mortal nor immortal, yet, continue before the throne of GOD.  Animals, beasts of the fields, and wild beasts are a divine tool used to instruct mankind through admonition (we say, warnings), comparison (i.e., seeing how things are alike) and contrast (i.e., seeing how things are different).  Aspects of humanity and divinity are depicted including competition, duty, gentleness, mortality, reproduction, social living, unselfish service, and violence.  Animals also are used in divine operations to make sin known and understood.  However, sin is no material, social or spirit thing that exists, and remains invisible and undetectable without devices provided by GOD such as divine law, judgment, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit of Christ.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  While blood representing the life essence (spirit) in animals was used to make atonement for sin and remove uncleanness, only a few, select animals could be used (bulls, doves, goats, and sheep).  Unclean animals were not to be eaten or used for sacrifice and worship.  Contact with the animals, insects, and various situations described as “unclean” rendered a person “spiritually unfit” and disqualified them from service and worship with others among the congregation of believers.  Uncleanness separated a person from their family and community, and required they rededicate themselves through fasting, private prayer, and washings.  Through the death of Jesus upon the cross, Almighty GOD has established an atoning sacrifice on behalf of all Creation.  See Ecclesiastes 3:  18-20, Numbers 22:  21-35, Romans 1:  20, 2nd Corinthians 4:  18, 2nd Peter 2:  9-16, Hebrews 9:  11-15, and Acts 10:  1-48, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.  Thou hast heard my voice:  hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.  Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee:  thou saidst, Fear not.  (Lamentations 3:  55-57, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Why Would GOD Worry About Us? (04/16/2013); How To Accept Bible Truth? (04/17/2013); A House of gods? (08/31/2012); Heaven For Muhammad? (09/01/2012)

 

I am trusting GOD that the following points will be helpful to others who want to clearly understand the operations of divinity among mankind:

(1.)  GOD is acknowledging that created beings and living creatures do not correctly apprehend Divine Person relying only upon the aspects of flesh such as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual craving), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotional and mental functions (e.g., fantasy, imagination, projection, recall).

(2.)  The make-up and substance of GOD is spirit, therefore, GOD must be understood as having no measurable dimensions or material form that may be known by created beings and living creatures except by continuous divine operations (we say, revelation).  Sacred events appear throughout human experience to reveal the Creator.  Included are animal sacrifices for atonement of sin, covenant agreements, bestowing ceremonial and civil laws, government through kings, judgment against sins, incarnation, and consecrated priesthood.

(3.)  Because created beings and living creatures are finite, and must rely upon the frameworks of time and space, many of the sacred processes and eternal purposes of the Maker will continue as invisible and unseen.  However, through the ministry of Jesus Christ, those born again in baptism (i.e., who die, are reborn and grow to spirit maturity provided with divine DNA, so to speak) are granted discernment, and ability to eventually recognize a broad array of the things from GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  There is no fixed human language to completely detail the mysteries and special knowledge of GODhead, and so all that we say to one another is a “rough approximation” of what we truly intend.   Answers about what and who is GOD demand an appreciation that all things in existence are not alive, yet, may have their being imparted from GOD.  There is a vast universe having place in addition to the earth.  Also, all who are alive are not divine, yet, may contain aspects of divine person from GOD.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, believers receive spirit substance that are inseparable aspects of the divine makeup.  Included are faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  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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