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A depiction of the oil painting on canvas by Gustave Dore (1832-1883), The Pharisee And The Publican

 

Today, reply is on why harlots and publicans were receptive to the ministry of Jesus Christ. The multitude that came to Jesus for healing included many whose faith derived from “the law and the prophets,” and who acknowledged the workings of divine love and spirit, rather than the strict practice of customs, rites, rituals, and traditions by the Temple elders, Levites, Pharisees, and priests. The crowds baptized by John the Baptist also had been instructed to expect that one would be sent by GOD (Christ; the Messiah) whom they were to obey pertaining to the soon-coming kingdom of GOD. Because the gospel messages of acceptance by divinity, forgiveness, redemption, and new life were being demonstrated as actual and present, those who would be otherwise lost and impoverished began to believe they could be released from defilement, and were eager to embrace the vision shared by the Lord. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 15,427 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

In the bible, why were the big time sinners more receptive to Jesus than those who had committed less sins?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (Luke 7: 37-50, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Scripture Teachings On Repentance (10/16/2018); Consequences and Divine Love (07/05/2018); Christ Rejected By Pharisees? (06/17/2018); Conversation In The World (04/03/2018); Porn, Prostitutes and Salvation? (06/08/2017); About The Great Whore? (06/24/2016); Come As You Are? (06/29/2013); Freewill is Finite (06/30/2013)

 

Breakthrough”, here are some points developing Christians are careful to consider regarding the ministry of Jesus Christ to sinners (we also say, to the mob; the multitudes; the crowds):

1. The practice of prostitution was a transgression of covenant law (we say, sin) wherein a person also denied family and marriage law, their birthright and inheritance from those who entered the Promised Land, and their sacred relationship with divinity. Harlots (also called prostitutes, strange women, and whores in Scripture) appear as representatives and symbols of cities, towns, and nations married to GOD, that commit adultery, betrayal, and idolatry by exalting and worshiping false gods and man-made images.

2. The publicans described in the Scriptures include those we now call celebrities, entertainers, professional gamblers, gladiators, government officials, politicians, socialites, “stars”, and tax collectors. Like the prostitutes, publicans as a class were those who carefully examine the behavior, character, and conduct of others in order to manipulate them, and have advantage. Like Jesus, these “knew what was in man,” and developed skill for mastery in exchange and interaction.

3. Jews who adopted the fashions of the Greeks (we say, Hellenization), those who integrated and intermarried during captivity and exile, and those valuing Roman citizenship were often condemned as publicans, and despised as traitors, turncoats and those who no longer had a share in the privileges of covenant inheritance.

4. Repentance for sin appears through operations of the Holy Spirit and often begins on the basis of unfulfilled desire for life change, rejecting secular relationships, and operations of the flesh that include conscience and remorse as well as sorrowing for sin.

Consider also the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Ezekiel 33: 10-12, King James Version (KJV): 10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? 11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

(2.) Ezekiel 16: 35-39, KJV: 35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: 36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; 37 Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. 38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy. 39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.

(3.) Ezekiel 16: 48-52, KJV: 48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. 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. 51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done. 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Matthew 21: 28-32, KJV: 28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on a persons conscience becoming seared along with points on conviction of sin and sealing by the Holy Spirit. As the children of GOD and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, developing Christians are to display divine spirit content continuously without also diminishing, exhausting, or “using up” their full supply. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Can someone who has a seared conscience believe in Jesus?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. (Acts 5: 29-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A “Feel Good” Lifestyle? (06/22/2018); Convinced/Convicted? (05/16/2017); Holy Fire From GOD? (04/27/2017); A Matter of Conscience (04/07/2017); The Witness of Conscience (09/23/2016); Only One True GOD? (09/20/2016); A Guarantee of Judgment? (04/15/2016)

 

Anonymous”, in times past, it was held that the conscience is a divinely given process of the flesh for self-assessment and self-regulation while it is the Holy Spirit that establishes conviction of the divine judgment against sin. Even so, many developing Christian believers read the language from the Bible speaking of “a seared conscience” to mean having a “defective”, “defiled”, or “flawed” conscience. Branding (searing) cattle with a hot iron and forms of scarification have been used in order to leave a mark identifying ownership. Mature believers often go further by applying the idea that—as in cooking where one sears a meat from the oven in a fry pan atop the stove to give the protein color and a “crust” that provides texture to the outside, and that will seal in the flavors, juices, and moisture without frying, or overcooking the inside—ones inner content and spirit substance must become sealed through operations of the Holy Spirit so that the fresh endowment of spirit content they receive from the makeup of divinity will continue as enduring and permanent. In the same way that an injury is cauterized (i.e., burning and fire are used to close an open wound), GOD applies divine law and sacred judgment to repair damage to shared covenant, and the fullness of divine order. So to speak, sacred flames must be used to destroy the germs, stop the bleeding (coagulate the blood), and ensure that no further contamination may occur. The device that breaks off all further loss from the body also makes it that there can be no further correction or gain to the body. Hardness of heart and stubbornness may become a lasting condition where exaggerated self-focus, guilt, and shame are sealed within a conscience without either a place for its exit, or a place for the entrance and workings of the spirit of new life from GOD. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

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

(2.) Galatians 5: 16-18, KJV: 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

(3.) Ephesians 4: 29-32, KJV: 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Revelation 22: 10-17, KJV: 10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, the reply focuses on moderation, sobriety, and whether there are “feel good” aspects of becoming and serving as a mature Christian believer.  Contentment, pleasures, and the fulfillment of ones sexual aspect are not denied to the people of GOD, yet, the church founded by Jesus Christ is to be “the evidence of things unseen.”  An important lesson from the Scriptures concerning appetite and conscience declares:  Romans 14:  22-23, King James Version (KJV):  22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.  23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith:  for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.  Where Christian believers become members of a church congregation, they agree to obey a code of conduct, follow counsel and guidelines from clergy and the appointed leadership as well as to perform specific duties that are required to continue in good standing (e.g., attend business meetings re church finances; participate in fund raising; pickup and distribute church fliers and programs).  Christian believers all are sinners called to repentance and a new life wherein they serve as priests and kings of the divine kingdom Deity is establishing upon the earth.  Every sinner must become transformed through life events and operations by divinity (e.g., cleansing, healing, repentance, sanctification) that may require their entire lifetime, and that will be completed for some only in an instant at the appearing of Jesus Christ.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum who uses the ID “?” (Level 1 with 231 points, a member since February 06, 2018) posted the following:

 

Would a life style with out any stimulants benefit you as a person or drive you crazy?

E.g no TV, no technology , no drugs / alcohol nothing that gives you “a feel good ” boost. Just drinking water when thirsty and eating a light healthy meal when hungry. For fun or hobbies you could do something creative such as read or draw, or exercise.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:  knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  (Romans 5:  1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Rendering Our Reasonable Service (06/15/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); A Matter of Conscience (04/07/2017); How Is Flesh Evil? (10/28/2016); Material Things in Heaven? (11/10/2016); The Witness of Conscience (09/23/2016); Freedom of Foul Speech (09/10/2014); Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014)

 

“?”, there is a great deal of diversity among the lifestyles and daily living routines of those who turn to Jesus Christ hoping to receive a new life from their Creator.  There are various principles and standards shared within the body of Christ (the church) that have been derived from divine law, sacred practices, and wisdom from the Scriptures.  Examples include regularly gathering and sharing fellowship with like-minded believers (e.g., attending church, Bible study, working to complete necessary tasks); Sabbath-keeping; praise within ones congregation; prayer in the home; evangelism, missions, and prison ministry; visiting shut-ins and those who are sick; and heartfelt worship.  Differences in age, commitment, sacred knowledge, secular knowledge, and spiritual maturity make it that there is no single set of attitudes, behavior, and disciplines that will be displayed by everyone in any given situation.

Those who become “born-again” in baptism (i.e., death, burial, and resurrection of the inborn spirit) must “grow up again.”  Their goal should be to acknowledge their own accountability, to become Christ-like, and to maintain self-government under the authority of GOD.  Sinners are to become developing believers who must mature/ripen to be harvested from the earth at the Advent of Jesus Christ (we also say, his appearing; the Rapture; the Second Coming).  All must meet “growing pains” and the life challenges that come by living on the earth.  Included can be bereavement, disappointments, duty (things you must carryout and perform, like it or not), hardship, sacrifice, and suffering.

The fresh endowment of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of divinity shields and strengthens a new believer, as they discover, gradually grow, undergo permanent change, and serve as true vessels of divinity, offspring of GOD, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.  Inseparable aspects of the divine makeup are received such as balance, discernment, faith, forbearance, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, restraint, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  These working together transform otherwise confusing, mundane, or painful life experiences in a way that allows the believer to operate as having assurances and certain victory, even though there are still obstacles and threats to be overcome, and they may still be in the midst of a storm.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)   Proverbs 23:  29-35, King James Version (KJV):  29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?  30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.  31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.  32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.  33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.  34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.  35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not:  when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

(2.)  Romans 6:  3-5, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

(3.)  Romans 14:  13-21, KJV:  13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more:  but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself:  but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.  16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.  19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.  21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

(4.)  Philippians 2:  12, KJV:  12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Revelation 21:  7-8, KJV:  7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, the topics include faith, grace, justification, and words.  Words that embody divine essence (we say, spirit) are the shared substance for existence within the church of Jesus Christ.  Truth and words from GOD are themselves divine substance, and will appear in many forms and groupings (e.g., confession; covenant; divine law; praise; prayers; proclamation; promises as well as testimony, witness and verdict in judgment).  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

How are we justified by both our words (Matt 12:37) and grace (Rom 3:24)?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.  For your obedience is come abroad unto all men.  I am glad therefore on your behalf:  but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.  (Romans 16:  17-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Deeds Of The Law? (09/10/2017); Order Your Conversation Aright (07/12/2016); Justified Through Christ? (08/26/2015); Can The Bible Be Increased? (05/31/2015); The Words Are Spirit? (06/03/2015); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, Christian believers are to be representatives and spokespersons of GOD and Jesus Christ.  Keeping in mind that the Scriptures often present the same lessons and points of truth using language that include subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning, quality, and value), many mature Christians avoid spiritual confusion by continually acknowledging the oneness without sameness displayed through the Holy Spirit.  Believers must practice discernment whereby they recognize and respond to spirit substance from the fullness of divinity (we say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) as it appears within events, oneself, other persons, different messages and statements, prophecy, purposes, etc.  Iniquity, rebellion, and transgression of divine law are not justified by the blood of Jesus Christ, or any other dispensation from divinity.  Even so, repenting sinners and developing believers are justified in their seeking forgiveness, renewal, and eternal existence as the new creation of GOD on the earth by the righteousness of their own faith imparted from GOD through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, rather than through strict obedience to divine law on the basis their own awareness (conscience) and self-will (willpower). 

Believers only are “justified” before GOD by Christ as they manifest (i.e., embody and express) the life and “person” of Jesus Christ.  Within the fullness of sacred knowledge (rather than secular knowledge), words, speech, and utterance convey and impart divine life essence (breath; spirit; word).  Conversation and words that are vain lack spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  In divine judgment, words move and transfer spirit substance, therefore, words have equal weight as actions.  Words may initiate or continue attitudes, behavior, desires, feelings, and unseen motives.  To say we are “justified by the grace of GOD” is not exactly the same as saying “we are justified by our practice of faith,” or “we are justified by love bestowed on us from GOD.”  However, correctly understood, divine grace is inseparable from the divine spirit content one receives as a fresh endowment from GOD at rebirth.  Included are balance, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 18:  21, King James Version (KJV):  21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

(2.)  James 3:  7-10, KJV:  7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

(3.)  Romans 10:  5-10, KJV:  5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.  6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)  7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)  8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:  that is, the word of faith, which we preach;  9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.) 1st Timothy 6:  3-5, KJV:  3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,  5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness:  from such withdraw thyself.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is made on whether all who attend church should have the same access to the Lord’s Supper.  While the church founded by Jesus Christ often appears to be having an “open house” for sinners, there are many practices, programs, and pursuits provided only for those participating as members (e.g., baptism, judgment, ordination).  Many agree that the terms for membership of assemblies and congregations may vary among denominations and localities.  Even so, the conditions, sacred operations, and standards for existence and life with Christ and the Father are recorded in the holy writings as immutable and unchanging.  The Communion meal pertains to the fullness and unity of GODhead, and mature believers are commanded to become one with divinity by symbolically eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus Christ.  The occasion of the Last Supper (the Lord’s final Passover meal with his disciples) occurred hours before his arrest and death on the cross, and saw the unveiling of an observance to cultivate and nurture the new creation that would appear on the day of Pentecost.  Properly understood, Communion is a sacred event wherein those who manifest the righteousness of the law through faith in Jesus Christ apprehend aspects of his relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  While on earth, the living receive only an earnest or “good-faith payment” from the full spiritual treasure intended by GOD.  Thus, multiple sacred events have been provided to prepare mankind to exist with divinity who displays oneness without sameness.  The transformation of mankind to exist on the new earth is not simply a matter of managing formal  organizations, providing fellowship, and supporting social activity.  Men must receive the flesh, heart, mind, and spirit—the full makeup of Christ.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Jim” (Level 7 with 38,359 points, a member since February 20, 2011) posted the following:

 

Is it right for all church goers to take communion?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  I am that bread of life.  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.  I am the living bread which came down from heaven:  if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever:  and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father:  so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  (John 6:  47-57, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Frequency of The Lord’s Supper? (10/30/2016); Becoming A Christian Believer (08/08/2016); To Drink Holy Blood? (02/16/2015); Modern Communion? (08/11/2014); How Can Christians Believe? (08/12/2014); Eat His Body, Drink His Blood (03/21/2013); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013)

 

“Jim”, here are a few points I may share.  The Bible includes reliable instruction regarding the Lord’s Supper (we also say, Communion, the Communion Supper, the Eucharist), however, for many participation is a matter of individual conscience.  Consider the following points of belief and the Scriptures that speak to them:

(1.)  Many receive Communion as a memorial meal established to fulfill and continue an earlier sacred event (the Passover instituted by Moses).  The community of believers are to acknowledge the Incarnation of divinity as well as the provision of atonement, divine revelation, sacred events (we say, miracles), consecrated ministry and anointing as High Priest, sacrificial death, resurrection, ascension, the reign of Jesus as Risen Lord, and the commanded expectation (we say, hope) that those belonging to Christ will be harvested from the earth at his coming (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  1st Corinthians 11:  24-26. King James Version (KJV):  24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat:  this is my body, which is broken for you:  this do in remembrance of me.  25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood:  this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

(2.)  Communion has been provided as a meal that signals and seals a believer’s entrance into covenant relationship. Everyone eating and drinking the emblems of bread and wine that represent the Lord’s blood and flesh accept the terms of a new covenant agreement between mankind and divinity.  The “new Passover” was not to annul or remove existing law, or the customs and traditions among the Jews so much as it was to provide an expression of the same meanings and values in clearer, more complete terms.  Hebrews 8:  6-10, KJV:  6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.  7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.  8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:  9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.  10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts:  and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 

(3.)  Communion speaks to sinners undergoing permanent change and receiving divine substance necessary for the transformation of mankind to exist as immortal, incorruptible companions to Deity.  Hebrews 9:  14-16, KJV:  14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, those who receive adoption through the Holy Spirit and experience rebirth through baptism become sons and daughters of GOD as well as joint-heirs with Christ.  They are granted a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity that includes faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Once “born again” believers are to display the active presence of GOD and are accountable as vessels of the Spirit.  (4.)  1st Corinthians 11:  27-29, KJV:   27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.  29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.)  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, divine power, the operations of sin, the force of truth, and witchcraft are topics.  Mature Christian believers accept that their lives belong to GOD, and they are being used in revelation whereby divinity is to become knowable, known, and “visible” in the earth.  There are multiple aspects, forms, and levels of power that exist in the natural and spirit realms that all must conform to the limitations generated by the sovereign will of GOD described as sacred law.  The power to maintain and preserve order is as important as the power to change, permanently alter, and reconfigure order.  Among created beings and living creatures, the features that cause, generate, and maintain attitudes, behavior, continuity, emotion, and thought are regarded as “inner power,” and they regularly appear as expressions of finite self-will.  Included are covetousness, conscience, desire, fear, lust, need, exaggerated pride, and selfishness.  While divinity has provided a fixed, yet broad, pattern of achievements, opportunities and possibilities for life to every one, persons are diverse and vary according to development, individual differences, knowledge, traits, and spirit content.  Often those who respond to the influence that is sin unknowingly oppose the continued existence of all divine law; they deny and refuse to fulfill their own eternal purposes assigned by divinity; they disrupt and undermine divinely established order; they encourage and release malicious actors and unintended consequences that were being divinely restrained; and they threaten the elimination of all that exists including their own and the personal freedom, peace of mind, safety and security of others.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Solitary Wiccan” (Level 5 with 8,425 points, a member since May 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

Can the Power of Christ really compel me?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  (John 1:  11-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Relationships With GOD? (11/30/2016); A Different Spirit Content? (11/29/2016); About Revelation not Punishment? (11/25/2016); Can GOD Give Life? (08/14/2016); Awe? (08/09/2015); Sabbath, Power, and Rest? (07/17/2015); Endowed With Spirit? (05/08/2015); Power Against Sin? (04/12/2015)

 

“Solitary Wiccan”, you must become “moved” by truth.  The authority and power exercised by the Son of GOD are in no way the same as coercion, domination, force, hidden manipulation, political control, or violence.  For mature Christian believers, the character, nature, and substance of power are to be understood in terms of the multiple actualities and innumerable possibilities of divinity that may only be apprehended through spirit matter and unchanging truth.  Only GOD is immortal, immutable, and incorruptible (i.e., does not age, decay, rot).  The Creator is revealing the makeup, sacred operations, and eternal purposes necessary to continue duration and existence for created beings and living creatures.  Sinners are being shown that their finite consciousness and self-will may be dominated by the operations of sin:  by focusing on an image or object, and acting in accordance with desire, the living repeatedly oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all Creation.  Sin has not been created by GOD and is not “spirit” substance.  Even so, sin promotes nonexistence and the return to conditions that existed before the founding of heaven and earth.  Those who pursue luck, magic, sorcery, spells and the occult usually are seeking personal power, something that will reside within themselves to amplify and exalt their own will above that in other persons, objects, etc.  Because they disrupt divine order maintained through sacred law, the judgment of GOD has been a sentence of death against witchcraft.  Exorcism comes into view as the divine command, in-filling with sacred truth,  and practice that expels from mankind destructive, rebellious, and unclean spirits.  Consider the following that is shared in the holy writings:

(1.)  Acts 8:  5-22, King James Version (KJV):  5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.  6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.  7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them:  and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.  8 And there was great joy in that city.  9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:  10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.  11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.  12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.  13 Then Simon himself believed also:  and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.  14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:  15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:  16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them:  only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.  18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,  19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.  20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.  21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter:  for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.  22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

(2.)  Acts 19:  13-20, KJV:  13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.  14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.  15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?  16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.  17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.  18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.  19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men:  and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.  20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Acts 13:  6-12, KJV:  6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:  7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.  9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.  10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.  12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of 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, focus is upon conscience as an expression from the flesh and the World, rather than divine Spirit.  At one time, conscience was widely understood to be like artistry and talent, a gift given a person by GOD.  Conscience appeared as an operation of law detecting and exposing sin, making challenge as an accuser, and delivering correction and punishment in the form of despair and unending mental anguish.  Many in modern society are startled and disheartened knowing there are those among us who repeatedly show anger, aggressive and “hard-core” attitudes (the young say, gangsta), bitterness, enmity, frigidity, hostility, indifference to the suffering of others, lack of love, rage, self-destructiveness, and mindless violence.  Impenitent sinners, having exaggerated pride and refusing to show remorse or sorrow for sin, seem to be multiplying.  Their behavior and conduct shows no respect to law, to life, to judgment, to forgiveness, to kindness, or to love.  Because they are increasingly labeled as inhuman, monsters, psychopaths, and sociopaths, it often seems acceptable to say such sinners are “dead” in sin, can not be raised or restored, and will never be saved since they have no remaining scrap of conscience or humanity.  Yet, these are the ones who would benefit most through being “born again.”  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bobby” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since March 10, 2012) posted the following:

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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