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He Became Sin

The image depicts the transformation whereby Christ became sin for us while on the cross.

 

Today, reply is on why mankind may not make atonement, endure divine punishment, or pay for their own sins. Through Jesus Christ, men living on the earth are to become recognizable as an aspect of divine fullness, even, the righteousness of GOD. Because sin is the transgression of divine law, sin pertains to the expressed will of divinity, and is more than a discrete human event that emerges from self-will. The accomplishment of salvation for mankind requires more than the gifts and tools possessed by those on the earth. The finite devices of intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, and science can not eliminate sin that is completely and correctly identified only when using divine law, and through ongoing sacred relationships. It is written: 1st Peter 2: 21-25, King James Version (KJV): 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shown) posted the following:

 

Just one more question: how come we can’t pay for our own sins? If we deserve punishment, shouldn’t we be able to pay for our sins?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2nd Corinthians 5: 21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Spirit Using Human Form (08/16/2019); Baptism Is Not DIY (05/28/2019); Satisfying Creation and Law (01/22/2019); How Sinners Become Perfect (11/26/2018); Why Punishment After Death? (11/23/2018); Rebirth, Growth and Transformation (09/29/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017)

 

Anonymous”, babes and sinners who are just beginning to seek release from sin by turning to Jesus Christ are encouraged using devices that are familiar, plain, and simple. Forbearance and forgiveness are shown by divinity on the basis that their character and nature emanates love. However, receiving the permanent changes within ones spirit makeup, becoming mature in sacred knowledge, and being able to consistently respond to divine process is challenging. Developing believers must receive fresh endowments of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) that was imparted to Adam from the makeup of GOD. Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Apart from divinity appearing in the earth and ministering from heaven as Jesus Christ, mankind can not fully understand, resist, destroy, or eliminate sin. We say, sin is an enigma (a puzzle having no solution); for sin is no material, physical, or spirit object that has not been put forth by the Creator. Even so, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and sin may dominate consciousness and self-will (we say, willpower) within created beings and living creatures. Sin opposes the continued existence of all sacred law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe. Sin promotes non-existence and a return to the conditions in place before the founding of heaven and earth (we say, preexistence). Because the living unknowingly acknowledge sin as a natural, normal aspect of full person, many fail to recognize that sin is contrary to both divine and human existence.

Christian belief declares that only through direct acts of GOD using the form of mankind (i.e., flesh and blood), and continuous sacred operations of divinity can the damage from sin be reconfigured and halted. Men do not have sufficient spiritual strength and willpower; therefore, divinity appears demonstrating authentic humanity, and then displays the destruction of sin while on the cross. Christ would manifest the fullness of sin in place of his own divine mind, sacred heart, eternal purposes, and exalted love. Jesus actually would become the ungodly element that has to be totally destroyed and separated from life.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, in all these things there is the putting aside of time and space. The cleansing required by sin on the earth also must occur within the celestial temple and Sanctuary of heaven. While the death of a sinner terminates their ability to sin, the consequences and influence of their sin continue for as much as four generations (160 years). Believers who enter into the death of Jesus Christ become his new creation, and are made alive in continuing relationship with divinity through the resurrection of Jesus, not by their own resurrection that is for the purpose of their appearing in judgment.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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The Ethiopian Baptized

The Evangelist Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch receiving the Gospel

 

Today, reply is on the use of faith as a standard to determine the correctness of spiritual presentations, and developing discernment to consistently grasp spiritual meaning, quality, and value. Sinners who turn to Jesus Christ in repentance are like infants and newborn babes who must come to correctly recognize their own parents and those in affiliation as family. At first there may be displays of indifference and rejection, because everyone is a stranger. All developing believers start out operating in terms other than genuine spiritual knowledge and experience, and must be built up and edified through the Holy Spirit. Redemption and salvation are not one-time events so much as a continuous and ongoing stream of events. This makes it that believers will experience discrete episodes of discovery and growth, yet, will not have complete and full understanding. Believers are able to accept a condition of partial knowledge because there is a condition of full commitment and trust. Grace has been bestowed on those who follow Christ, and serves as an earnest or “good-faith payment” of their coming transformation and eternal rewards. It is written: 1st Corinthians 13: 9-12, King James Version (KJV): 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Rolando C I” (Level 6 with 18,913 points, a member since April 29, 2008), posted the following:

 

Why does the king james Bible include Acts 8:37 ?

And other translations exclude it ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (Hebrews 4: 12-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: We Must Acknowledge Christ (08/08/2019); The Requirements for Relationship (06/30/2019); Recognizing Holy and Unholy (01/31/2019); We Have To Believe? (01/06/2019); The Word From GOD (12/11/2018); By Reading The Bible? (11/18/2018); Knowing What To Believe? (12/31/2017); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); Translation, Please… (01/11/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013)

 

Rolando C I”, in context, the verse you refer to presents a clear, yet not full declaration of the faith a Christian should express (Acts 8: 35-38, King James Version (KJV): 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.)

For me, the following presentation conveys the same declaration: Gevurot 8: 35-38, Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB): 35 And having opened his mouth, and beginning from this keta (section) of the Kitvei Hakodesh, Philippos began to preach and fier ois (elucidate) Yehoshua/Yeshua to him. 36 And as they were going along the derech, they came upon some mayim and the eunuch says, “Hinei, mayim! What prevents me from being given Moshiach’s tevilah of teshuva in the mikveh mayim?” 37 [And Philippos said, “If you have emunah b’chol levavcha, it is mutar. And he answered, saying, Ani ma’amin ki Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach Yehoshua Ben HaElohim hu.] 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop and both went down into the mikveh mayim, both Philippos and the eunuch, and Philippos gave him Moshiach’s tevilah of teshuva in the mikveh mayim.

Where sinners begin their return to GOD through Jesus Christ by embracing instruction from the holy writings, many become convinced that they must continue using only the exact wording and precise presentation they were first shown. As developing Christian believers, they want to be alert and on guard against spiritual confusion that accompanies the use of materials and messages from sources that may be in conflict, that are not biblical, and that have questionable origins. Rather than respond to the holy writings relying on finite academic, scholarly, and secular tools such as intellect, logic, philosophy, and science, the Christian believer is to apply sacred standards of faith and other spirit matter imparted from the makeup of divinity. Included are forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Believers are to practice discernment wherein their own fresh deposit of life essence (breath; spirit; word) from divinity enables them to recognize and respond to the same spirit substance (we also say, the image of Jesus Christ) as it appears within events, other persons, themselves, the holy writings, etc. Consider the following from the Bible:

1. Hebrews 5: 12-14, KJV: 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Yehudim in Moshiach 5: 12-14, OJB: 12 For indeed by this time you ought to be [rabbininic] morim saying shiurim, but instead you have need again to be taught the orthodox Jewish basic ikarim (principles, essentials) of the Divrei Hashem, and you have become one having need of cholov and not solid okhel. 13 For everyone partaking of cholov is unacquainted with HaDivrei Tzedek, for he is an olel (infant).  14 But solid okhel is for the mevugarim (mature ones, adults), the ones whose keilim (faculties) have been trained by practice for distinguishing both HaTov and HaRah. [T.N. In the next chp a warning is given to the Messianic Jew who re-submits Yehoshua to re-trial and reassigns the original verdict of deceiver: no re-rebirth, no rerepentance for such shmad]

2. 1st Corinthians 12: 3, 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.

Kehillah in Corinth 1, 12 : 3, OJB: 3 Therefore, I make known to you that no one speaking by the Ruach Hakodesh of Hashem says, “Al Yehoshua ki Cherem hu” (“a curse of the ban of destruction is on Yehoshua”), and no one is able to say, “Yehoshua hu HaAdon” except by the Ruach Hakodesh.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. 1st Corinthians 2: 14, KJV: 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Kehillah in Corinth 1, 2: 14, OJB: 14 But a natural person does not receive the things of the Ruach Hakodesh of Hashem, for they are narrishkait (foolishness 1:21-24) to him, and he is not able to have personal saving da’as of them, because they are discerned in the Ruach Hakodesh.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, Scripture points are shared on doubt, salvation, and spiritual growth.  Athletes who achieve as great runners all begin as babes who may wobble and fall when they first begin to stand.  Like such babes, the followers of Jesus Christ also gradually develop to their full strength.  The holy writings include many teachings that encourage believers to receive their salvation as a dynamic process of growth, not simply a one-time event.  (For example:  Romans 1:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:).  Where salvation is accepted as movement from faith to faith there is directed change and passage through multiple levels of relationship.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If I doubt my salvation does that mean I’m not saved?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2nd Peter 1:  2-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Simple and Mature Faith (09/05/2016); Abstractions, Atheism and I.Q. (08/18/2016); The Problem of Faith? (05/22/2016); Offspring of GOD? (12/23/2015); The Resurrection of Jesus Acknowledged? (04/03/2015); Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015); Help Thou Mine Unbelief (12/31/2014)
 

“Anonymous”, one may be saved, and yet (like “new born babes”) not be an effective worker in the ministry from Christ.  The operations of doubt are often called “analysis paralysis,” and give one an appearance of idleness, ignorance, immaturity, and indecisiveness.  The forms of doubt include disbelief, distrust, hesitation, skepticism, and uncertainty.  Like sin, doubt opposes the continued existence of divine law, the completion of duty, obedience, and fulfillment of prophecy.  Doubt dampens and quenches the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD, thereby rendering a believer impotent, useless, and vain.  A person who lacks commitment, sacred knowledge, and is not anchored and disciplined by their duties, sacraments and truth, eventually will display backsliding, falling away (apostasy), and no growth or increase of spiritual authority and power.  Christian believers all are challenged and confronted by changes, distractions, errors, and opposition from unseen influences and “winds” that include the Adversary, ones own changeable emotions, pleasures, and wrongdoing.  Sinners must acquire faith, develop discernment (ability to recognize spirit content from the makeup of divinity within events, motives, opportunities, other persons, themselves, etc.), and maintain focus upon eternal purposes.  Only through such divine provisions do we become anchored and have unshakeable conviction.  Consider again how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Peter 2:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

(2.)  James 1:  5-8, KJV:  5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

(3.)  Hebrews 5:  12-14, KJV:  12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness:  for he is a babe.  14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Ephesians 4:  11-16, KJV:  11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.)  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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Scripture points are shared on the intimate relationship of Christian believers as the offspring of GOD.  Divinity is known by word and spirit.  Apart from operations completed by the Spirit of GOD, the substance conveyed by human communication can only be carnal, material, and social.  With this in view, the language used by those outside of Christ to communicate concerning divinity and things of spirit, at best, is only suggestive, and does not provide accuracy, clarity, exactness, and precision.  More than simply agreement, bonding by blood, and covenant, the disciples of Jesus Christ become established in adoption through the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), through sacred inheritance, and through new life as children of the Father in heaven.  Just as infants must pass through growing and learning to become mature, believers must become ripe to be harvested from the earth at the coming of Jesus, and made perfect for eternity through operations by GOD.  Consider again the following verses, and the discussion below:  Acts 17:  29-31, King James Version (KJV):  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.  Also, Romans 8:  14-17, KJV:  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 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.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 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.  1st John 4:  18-20, KJV:  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  19 We love him, because he first loved us.  20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:  for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Personal Relationship with Jesus: “It’s like that of a parent, dear… it resembles the relationship a child has with their loving parent.”?

I thought most people actually see and hear and hold their parents though???

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  (1st John 4:  6-13, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divinity Has Person? (05/19/2015); Knowing The Holy Spirit? (05/17/2015); Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015); Babies Given A Second Life? (01/25/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, many Christian believers hold to the understandings generated by faith and the holy writings, that Deity participates in various relationships with created beings and living creatures upon multiple levels, and through different devices.  The language we are given regarding this aspect of life experience for those upon the earth includes “access”, “appearing”, “forgiveness”, “incarnation”, “inheritance”, “judgment”, “divine love,” “preeminence”, “rule”, “sanctification”, and “the expressed will of GOD.”  Just as infants and toddlers at first are totally dependent upon their parents for birth, cleansing, nourishment, and protection, every Christian first is helpless and dependent.  Also, just as a newborn baby must develop following a profound separation from all it has experienced and known within the mother’s womb, the born again believer must separate from the world system, and becoming increasingly independent and self-reliant as one having an endowment from GOD.  The believer receives deposits of spirit matter from the makeup of divinity (divine DNA, so to speak) as well as baptism and washing, death and rebirth, guidance and instruction.  Children do not have to acquire animal aspects of humanity by learning (e.g., appetite, instinct, intuition), yet, they must be guided into expressing love within stable relationships.  As children grow, they spend less and less time in the physical presence of their parents; and rely upon knowledge that is the internalization of feelings, images, thoughts, values, and words from their primary caretakers.  Consider again the following points from the Bible:

(1.)  John 3:  1-10, King James Version (KJV):  1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:  for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?  10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

(2.)   1st Peter 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

(3.)  1st Peter 1:  7-9, KJV:  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Of course, there are many other verses here that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones sacred knowledge.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  6-8, KJV:  6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.)  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 to a teenager on being ridiculed at home for having doubts and uncertainty after “growing up” as a Christian.  While our salvation does not depend upon memorizing and quoting verses from the Bible, our ability to communicate, encourage and share with other believers in Christ often does.  Every  believer should be careful to continue hearing the Gospel to further their own and the growth of others.  Even so, many otherwise skilled parents become rooted and refuse to leave their “comfort zone” as followers of the Lord, instead of leaders who are in Christ.  They fail to properly promote the spiritual growth of their children because they behave as though their children will become filled like sponges simply by carrying their children along when they attend church.  In their efforts to become adult, be independent, and to function as full persons who can demonstrate integrity, children often enter into conflict with their parents because they correctly see the flaws and weakness in their first teachers, and feel a deep-seated need for missing spiritual content.  It should come as no surprise that the young will increasingly center their awareness upon expressing anger, arrogance, distrust, and rejection.  Because altered and defiled through premature sexual joining, encouraged by peers and unbelievers who are themselves in confusion, or influenced by popular celebrities, enemies and strangers to their well-being, the efforts of the young to break from parental controls invisibly shift to become denying and forgetting GOD.  Parents are to embrace their children as partners sharing covenant and spiritual truth whom they cultivate and prepare for a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.  Yet, children and parents alike only may endure as believers through sacred operations that can be completed only by GOD.  The things we are being given as Christian believers are indispensable for our salvation through Jesus Christ, and do not come automatically by the mechanical processes and unfolding of stages for emotional, intellectual and physical development as human beings.  Spiritual gifts from divinity are being shared among us upon the earth that can not be created or fashioned by mankind.  The process for developing skill in applying and using the things of power from GOD must unfold as change that is to be permanent, edification (i.e., an aspect of prophecy and revelation), gradual growth, and learning.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” with “T. D” their ID (Level 1 with 23 points, a member since December 17, 2014) posted the following:

 

Should I be ridiculed for my beliefs?

I am 18, and I live in a protestant family. When I was growing up, my parents indoctrinated me and my siblings with Christian teachings; quotes from the bible, proclaiming there is one true God etc. Since I was young, I adopted these things to be true, and I accepted it as fact since my parents taught me they were always right. Recently, I have really begun to question all of it. Does God exist? Why is Christianity dominant over all other religions? Are these miracles of God or are they simply coincidence? When I spoke to my parents and siblings about it, they laughed and ridiculed me. They called me an atheistic mongrel. I am just beginning to question religion in general. Does my family have to right to insult me for my beliefs? Has anyone else come from a religous family and begin to question their faith? Please help me.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness:  for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  (Hebrews 5:  12-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014); Quality Time Together? (09/12/2014); Family and Beliefs of Children? (08/29/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014); On Youth Doing Enough (02/06/2014); Driving Under the Influence (02/07/2014); Kicked Out By Parents? (11/27/2013); Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012)

 

“T. D”, here are some points of sacred knowledge that have helped many young Christian believers face the challenges necessary to accomplishing their own spiritual maturity:

(1.)  Baptism and the many sacred operations performed by GOD are more than social events, public ceremonies and fancy rituals.  In baptism there is the death and burial of ones carnal inborn spirit that responds to appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, desire, fear, imagination, recall) and sin (a non-material, non-spirit influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, and may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures). 

(2.)  While baptism results in believers having a new inner source for what will be displayed within all their living relationships, believers are at first no more than infants and newborns.  Those who are born again also must “grow up” again, so to speak, and face the same “growing pains” and life experiences as all others upon the earth.  Thus, believers also may face the disappointments that come when building a career, financial losses, illnesses, problems in marriage and parenting as well as bereavement and the loss of love ones.

(3.)  Because all Christian believers have been recruited to prepare a living harvest for GOD from the earth, all are equipped with fresh endowments of the same spirit content that originally was breathed into Adam, and appeared upon the earth through Jesus Christ.

(4.)  Being a Christian is not about competition, introspection, self-improvement, and self-promotion so much as expressing gratitude, ministering support to others through intercession, unselfish service, and heartfelt worship of GOD.  Believers receive inseparable aspects of divinity such as forbearance, forgiveness, humility, joy, love, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin that must be built up and nourished through practices such as church attendance, fellowship with experienced believers, praise, prayer, and study of the holy writings.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example:  (5.)  Being accountable and responsible for ones own beliefs as an adult also means acknowledging the peculiar duties, expectations and obligations one shares with their own family and church community.  Teens who leave the church, usually do so not having full sacred knowledge from the Scriptures, and not yet having received the imparted spirit of GOD.  As a result, they seek to meet the problems of living as an adult having only the things they were given for their childhood.  Covenant with GOD is through promise and interpersonal exchange (we say, intimacy, sharing).  A person may break their word to GOD, however, this will make them a liar and someone not to be trusted.  While GOD will not give up on the believer, it remains he must acknowledge where the believer has given up on him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC