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Today, reply is on why sacred knowledge and the word of GOD repeatedly focus on the operations of sin.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “STEVAN” (Level 3 with 2,461 points, a member since October 17, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why are Christians obsessed with speaking about sinning?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  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:  17-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christian Beliefs About Sin (07/20/2017); Becoming Free From Sin (07/16/2017); Warnings Against Forgetting GOD? (02/16/2017); Become An Anointed Healer (09/04/2016); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); Sight to the Blind? (07/30/2015); Night Cometh (06/11/2013); Missing Information? (06/12/2013)

 

STEVAN”, along with ignorance and presumptuousness, the operations of sin in the lives of created beings and living creatures may be described as a form of blindness that can be healed through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Sin is no material object or spirit substance created by GOD; yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the entire universe put forth by divinity.  Sin has direction, effect, and presence; however, without the provisions of GOD for discernment and healing (e.g., sacred law, preaching, rebirth), the living fail to correctly recognize and respond to sin in the life as a threat to their own existence.

Many today can not grasp that sin supports only the expression of an animal nature for mankind, and is contrary to the fulfillment of all our truly human and divine potential.  They argue that sin is “natural”, normal, and even, necessary.  Yet, sin can not be eliminated or removed by relying only upon scholarship, secular knowledge, and finite tools such as intellect, logic, carnal reason, critical thinking, philosophy and science.  Increasingly, the campus and the classroom are defiled and profaned by sin.  The elimination of sin requires the various operations performed by divinity.  Included are atonement, judgment, sanctification, and the second death.

The active presence (we also say, breath, life essence, spirit) who is GOD appears, and uses human form (we say, is incarnate) through Christian believers that serve as vessels of his word and his imparted Spirit.  The revelation of GOD that makes divinity knowable, known, and accessible, also exposes the destroying influence and power of sin.  In the same way, Jesus of Nazareth died on the cross as an embodiment of sinners from Israel and all humanity, Jesus also was an embodiment of sin and separation from GOD.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  John 9:  1-7, King James Version (KJV):  1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:  but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:  the night cometh, when no man can work.  5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,  7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

(2.)  Ephesians 4:  17-19, KJV:  17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

There is much more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  John 9:  39-41, KJV:  39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?  41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin:  but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.)  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 language in Scripture warning against presumption, exaggerated pride, and self-will.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 15,801 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why does the bible say “you might say, my power and the strength of my hands have created this wealth for me.”?

That would imply that acquiring wealth requires a lot of sacrifice and hard work and it doesn’t come easily – even to the obedient who do what the bible says.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:  And call upon me in the day of trouble:  I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.  But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?  Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.  When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.  Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.  Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.  These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself:  but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.  Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.  Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me:  and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.  (Psalms 50:  14-23, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Works of the Spirit? (11/04/2016); Presumption Is Never Helping (05/23/2016); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Judged For Acts and Thoughts? (08/14/2014); Humility Needed for Salvation? (08/15/2014); False Angels of Light? (08/16/2014)

 

“Breakthrough”, using the holy writings men on the earth are being alerted to human error and exaggerated pride regarding divine truth.  Awareness and self-will in the living may be dominated by sin, a non-material, non-spirit influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the divine order through law that generates the universe.  Focus on oneself, carnal reason, emotions and sensations along with the complexities of social process (e.g., communication, exchange, interaction, sharing) make mankind incapable of seeing naturally that the true character and substance of sin is contrary and foreign to all existence and life.  In addition to failing to correctly discern the operations and outcomes of sin, created beings and living creatures (even those who are “believers”) may become “blind” to the active presence of divinity.  GOD is a spirit, and therefore must be known by the living through the action of spirit material within themselves that was passed on to us as breath and life essence (we say, spirit, word) deposited from the makeup of divinity at Creation.  Fresh endowments of spirit will be received by those who are “born again” that make GOD knowable, known, unforgettable, and “visible”.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following from the Scriptures:

(1.)  Judges 7:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):  1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod:  so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.  2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.  3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.  4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there:  and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

(2.)  Daniel 4:  30-33, KJV:  30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?  31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.  32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field:  they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.  33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar:  and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

(3.)  John 9:  39-41, KJV:  39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?  41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin:  but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  3-7, KJV:  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.)  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 the importance of understanding “spirit” for Christian belief and genuine experiences of divinity.  Sinners are encouraged to “hear the voice of GOD” by developing a consciousness of sacred spirit, rather than by listening for audible voices and other experiences through their flesh (e.g., seeing, tasting, touching).  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Canada)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Do you actually hear God? Question about faith?

I don’t understand how some people, if they don’t actually hear God for themselves how they can just believe in the bible because it has things like talking snakes in it, and other fairy tale like qualities.

And also just blindly follow (in my opinion) silly rules like wives should submit to husband in everything, and never divorcing.. (I don’t like divorce but I feel sometimes it’s just necessary.)

I would follow and defend those silly rules if I actually could hear him. And yes I have prayed a billion times before but never get an answer. I don’t do it sarcastically either. I do it sincerely, but I don’t hear a thing.

So my question is… Do you personally hear Gods actual voice ( not words in a book ) and if not, why do you follow the bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  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:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  (Romans 1:  16-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); How To Know GOD? (12/12/2016); As Newborn Babes…. (10/13/2016); How To Get Faith? (10/10/2016); Knowing The Divine Voice? (09/02/2016); Knowing GOD For Yourself (07/13/2016); Knowing? (05/24/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, in many ways the process for knowing GOD by faith is the same as that for correctly knowing Sin.  Because the daily living routines for mankind heavily rely on objects and things that are carnal, material, sensual (related to hearing, seeing, touching, etc.), and social, men must undergo permanent changes through operations by divinity before they understand that GOD is a spirit who is only knowable, known, and present within ongoing relationships that allow exchanges and interactions of spirit substances that are from the makeup of GOD.  Inseparable aspects of divine existence must be present such as duration, faith, forgiveness, grace, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, person, presence, purity, sovereign will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Sin also exists—has direction, effect, and a form of presence—yet, is not an object we may hold in our hand, or put in our pocket.  Sin is no thing created by GOD, opposes the continued existence of divine law, and promotes return to the conditions that were in place before the Creation.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living, therefore, sin appears as blindness and ignorance.  Given sin appears as an aspect of ones own true being, many respond to sin as natural, normal, and ordinary.  Sin is not correctly recognized, rejected and resisted as contrary (we say, foreign, strange, unresponsive) to law, life, and love.

The finite human tools of emotions, intellect, logic, philosophy, science and technology do not allow mankind to eliminate sin (and so, we have scholars and scientists who also are sinners).  Sin is made known to created being and living creatures through multiple devices and mechanisms only provided by GOD.  Included are conscience; discernment; sacred law; divine order; sacred events (we say, miracles); fellowship through the imparted, indwelling spirit; and sacred knowledge shared through the holy writings.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, becoming mature as one who operates under the influence of divine Spirit in place of sin, is a gradual process that takes a “lifetime” not measured by secular devices (calendars, clocks, carbon dating).  More than simply behavior must be altered.  Affection, appetites, attitudes, desires, goals, impulses, instinct, intuition, motives, all must come under Christ.)  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, the testimony granted the Apostle Paul as his experience of conversion, and the parable of the Good Samaritan are considered.  Points are shared on understanding the sacred operations and active presence of GOD that many mistakenly take to be the immediate cause, origin, and purpose for sacred events.  Divinity has even been accused and charged with cruelty, error, indifference, and prejudice against mankind on the basis of actions and interventions by GOD that necessarily admonish, correct, depose those having authority, punish, impose suffering, and provide more complete revelation.  While sacred outcomes always appear where there are oneness of intent and divine substance, diversity also may appear that continues oneness without sameness.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Digital” (Level 3 with 2,401 points, a member since March 12, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why did God cause the Good Samaritan, who stopped to help Jesus on the Road to Damascus, to go blind for three days?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.  Which thing I also did in Jerusalem:  and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.  And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.  Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,  At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.  And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.  And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.  But rise, and stand upon thy feet:  for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;  Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  (Acts 26:  9-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Loaves and Fishes (08/09/2016); The Testimony From Jesus (08/05/2016); Knowing GOD For Yourself  (07/13/2016); Saul of Tarsus (03/26/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Sin Causes Death? (02/04/2014); Succession (02/05/2014); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Denying Baptism to Others (11/04/2013)

 

“Digital”, for mature Christian believers, the answers to your question (and others like it) are determined by the character, nature, and substance of divinity, and the fact that sacred operations must establish conditions, demands, and fixed patterns that reveal and show agreement among such features as sovereign authority, sacred events, divine law, promise, prophecy, eternal purpose, divine prerogative, sacred knowledge, the stipulations of covenant relationships, and the content of open vision.

The account of the Good Samaritan appears in Scripture as a parable (i.e., a brief narrative used for illustration, and object lessons), and is different from the testimony (i.e., words that are spoken in witness to divine operations, and provided as evidence in judgment) shared by the Apostle Paul on being called by Jesus to serve the ministry of Christ.

As a Pharisee, Paul was in a condition of spiritual blindness from the time he offered himself as a champion of the covenant of Moses, a defender of the culture and tradition of the Jews, and a promoter of the peculiar politics of assimilation and compromise with Rome that were dominant throughout the Temple community.  The High Priest was among the Sadducees who had condemned the Lord to crucifixion; and they appointed and officially commissioned Paul to serve as a destroyer of Christian belief.  In effect, Paul became chief of the secret police, the Lord High executioner, and a “killing judge,” who was on his way to Damascus to eliminate what he mistakenly took to be a great threat. 

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, the holy writings make it clear, that Paul had been chosen, was gradually built up and edified through the Spirit of Prophecy, and endowed with a broad range of special experiences that together would have the same weight as multiple physical appearances of Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit.  Included were the conduct, devotion to Jesus, faithful examples, and powerful testimonies from the many believers he arrested, harassed, interrogated, imprisoned, and executed; experience of death, burial (3 days like that of Jesus) for Paul’s inborn spirit with resurrection and rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak; and realization of a new testament and a “new creation” by GOD through Christ.)  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, points are shared on the cross making sin visible as congenital, organic, and personal.  So long as sin is dealt with only using terms that are academic, analytical, distant, and impersonal, sinners will comprehend no need for atonement, propitiation, and the blessings from the cross.  Salvation will continue to them as nonsense, remote, and superfluous until they resist and restrict their own sin through change, confession, rebirth, growth, repentance, sacred practice, and sanctification.  Where the sinner can not grasp the desperate need of a murderer for pardon from GOD, the horror in a thief’s need for mercy continuing to go unanswered, and the inescapable predicament that will be faced by family, friends, and others, the sinner will continue as blind to the surpassing goodness, grace, lovingkindness, and righteousness of GOD.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (required  profile information not shared) posted the following:

 

Just one thing I have trouble understanding?

Is how are all sins = when the U.S will give a murderer a higher penalty than a theif?

Also I’d rather have something stolen from me, than to be murdered. I don’t think its fair that a murderer has just as a = chance in heaven than a theif.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  (Romans 6:  8-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD’s Answer to Injustice? (04/28/2016); It Takes The Cross (04/22/2016); Sin As Our Inheritance? (06/08/2015); Finite Will, Self-will and Sin? (06/01/2015); Living not Dying for Our Sins? (11/27/2014); Eternal Life By Means of Carnal Death? (11/28/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, in the same way the blood of Jesus Christ must flow from the cross in spite the barriers of time and space to immerse us within divine atonement and propitiation, disciples and followers of the Lord must be touched by the cross to realize that sin is “personal”.  Until  one acknowledges their own accountability for sin, experiences their own disgrace, guilt, and shame, or correctly responds to the threat of their own eternal separation from divinity, their hearts and minds will only be committed to argument and debate where sin as an abstraction, a weakness found only within others, and no cause for alarm or change on their own part.  Christian believers are to experience rebirth, wherein one receives a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Inseparable aspects of the full GODhead are imparted such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  It is the Spirit of GOD that permits us to realize the enormity of sin as a contradiction of all existence.  Because you are still operating using finite scales where sins are being measured as “bad”, “worse”, and “worst of all,” your comprehension and spiritual growth are being “stunted”.   Sin opposes the continued existence of all divine law, the Law Giver, and all Creation that depends upon law for divine order.  It is written:

(1.)  Philippians 2:  5-11, King James Version (KJV):  5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(2.)  2nd Peter 3:  5-10, KJV:  5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st John 1:  5-10, KJV:  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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The topic today is eternal life, and experiencing the living presence of Jesus Christ.  GOD is invisible and un-seeable to the finite eye.  More than this, being unable to comprehend and correctly understand what may physically appear before us is as serious a form of blindness as having two eyes without healthy optic nerves.  For all blindness to be removed, a person must receive both sacred knowledge and spiritual discernment through operations by the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  Consider the following verses of Scripture, and the presentation below:

Job 19:  23-27, King James Version (KJV):  23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!  24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!  25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

John 12:  20-22, KJV:  20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:  21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.  22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew:  and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

John 20:  18-20, KJV:  18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.  19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Ephesians 4:  17-19, KJV:  17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

John 3:  11-13, KJV:  11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.  12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Kelsey” (Level 1 with no points shown, a member since March 25, 2014) posted the following:

 

If you never died for some reason would you ever see God or Jesus?

If for some reason God kept you alive and you never aged lets say from the age of 30, would you ever see Jesus or God? Also I don’t understand why you can’t see Jesus while you’re still alive, I mean God resurrected him when he was dead for three days.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:  then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:  and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  (John 20:  24-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Is Invisible… (02/01/2016); Sight to the Blind? (07/30/2015); Living In The Light? (01/18/2015); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); GOD is Jesus? (01/13/2014); GOD is Showing You (01/14/2014)

 

“Kelsey”, in the plan for salvation through the Son of GOD that has been revealed to mankind, all Christian believers will see Jesus Christ as an appearance of full divinity.  The holy writings plainly state that GOD is a spirit.  However, there is no indication that the Father and the Holy Spirit (also called, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) will be visible to the human eye.  At the coming of our Savior in glory (we say, Advent, the Second Coming, the Rapture), all who are alive upon the earth will see and recognize the Lord without first having to be raised from the dead.  Many will not experience decease, “the grave” and what we call “death”.  Even so, the character, nature, and substance of every believer must still be completely transformed for them to continue as living companions to divinity in heaven as well as upon the earth made new.  In general, congregations, today, do not accept confessions and testimonies from believers claiming to have seen Jesus already.  His ascension back up to heaven is considered by many as the “final” appearance of Deity incarnate (using human form) until the harvesting of earth.  Those who are spiritually mature and “ripe” will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air.  Seeing the Lord in prophetic dreams and visions (as did Jacob, Solomon, and the Apostle Paul) are not counted as authentic, for there is a continuing hope of a direct encounter with Jesus (as did Eve in the Garden of Eden, and Mary at the tomb).  Unfortunately, thereby they also deny possible operations of the Holy Spirit.  For many believers, the problem is not that Jesus does not make contact with the living, it is that we do not correctly  “discern” and recognize his active presence.  (When Satan first appeared to challenge and examine Jesus following the Lord’s baptism, Satan could not recognize him as the same one who had ruled in heaven.)  Consider again the proclamations and promises from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  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.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 2:  12-14, KJV:  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But 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.

(3.)  2nd Timothy 4:  1-3, KJV:  1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.  3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 14:  15-19, KJV:  15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.  16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:  but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  18 I will not leave you comfortless:  I will come to you.  19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me:  because I live, ye shall live also.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

New Disclaimer

 

That having material possessions is an obstacle and indication of sin that keeps men from salvation is considered, today.  Correctly understood, the condemnation upon those having property and wealth first centers in their inherited nature as sons of Adam.  Divine blessing, therefore, goes beyond success in human terms (e.g., authority, celebrity, control, family size, independence, amassing valuable objects, owning luxuries).  Included as godly success are such features as spiritual adoption, baptism, and rebirth that establish sacred anointing and eternal endowment.  Because money and wealth encourage a fixed and narrow focus upon things that are earthly, the rich are often “blind” and fail to invest in the things that pertain to their own eternal life.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the points appearing below:  James 2:  5, King James Version (KJV):   5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  Also, John 9:  39-41, KJV:  39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?   41 Jesus said unto them, if ye were blind, ye should have no sin:  but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Steve” (Level 2 with 811 points, a member since August 30, 2015) posted the following:

Why do rich ‘Christians’ ignore Jesus’ words: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter Heaven?

Will all Christians with material possessions go to hell? How does that make you feel?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.  (1st Peter 5:  2-4, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); The Rich in Divine Relationship? (11/29/2013); We Are Still Sinning? (11/30/2013); Sacrificial Relationship? (10/23/2013); Relationship by Unselfish Giving?   (10/24/2013); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

“Steve”, here are some points I can share as a mature Christian believer:

(1.)  Many presumptuously take words spoken by the Savior for admonition, instruction, and warning to also be weapons they may use for condemnation and final judgment of others.  Correctly understood, the Savior provided guidance to prepare mankind for the transformation to exist as eternal, immortal, and incorruptible.  The wealthy are as in need of mercy and salvation as the poor, and working class.  Having wealth is not reprimanded so much as misusing wealth, denying divine grace, and assuming that redemption and salvation are through barter, trade and merchandising.  Ezekiel 17:  49-50, King James Version (KJV):  49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me:  therefore I took them away as I saw good.

(2.)  In the holy writings, we see that wealth is bestowed as blessing upon those who serve divinity, and this further enables mankind’s participation in the fulfillment of eternal purposes.  Yet, we see mendicancy (begging) and poverty serving divine purposes as well.  The ministry of Jesus as an itinerant rabbi was supported by the contributions and gifts of others.  Isaiah 2:  10-12, KJV:  10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.  11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.  12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low.

(3.)  The incident where a rich, young ruler asked what he might do to obtain eternal life—beyond obeying the law of Moses, and continuing in the ancient covenants—allowed Jesus to teach that ones character and nature are the focus of judgment along with their being in correct relationship, rather than their position, rank and social status.  Isaiah 1:  17, KJV:  17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Material wealth is vain (i.e., lacks divine substance), is temporal (can not endure; does not last), and is unstable.  The many subtleties (i.e., hidden shifts in intent, meaning, and value) introduced by the burdens of accountability, duty, hard work, and responsibility associated with acquiring and maintaining wealth generate many of the same effects as idol worship, and devotion to Mammon.  1st Chronicles 29:  11-13, KJV:  11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:  for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC