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The image of one child comforting another depicts what should be the divine process within the church where every member supports the others.

 

Today, reply is on divinity as the comforter of Christian believers who are continuing in the human predicament. Christians do not have direct and immediate physical access to Jesus Christ as the Head of the church. Therefore, the comfort we speak of as divinity drying all our tears as we continue to meet life challenges and conditions on the earth are imparted to mankind through gifts and operations by the Holy Spirit (also called, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth). Included are higher levels of faith, healing, praise, prayer, prophecy, thanksgiving, and visions from the ministries of Jesus Christ that otherwise could not appear. The present provisions where believers are to display forbearance, forgiveness, mercy and spirit content from GOD to one another are not the same as those that will appear following the Second Coming of Jesus, when Christ will meet in the air those who are members of his body on the earth. Thus, it is written: Revelation 21: 1-5, King James Version (KJV): 1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Peter” (Level 3 with 1,225 points, a member since May 14, 2019) posted the following:

 

What does it mean in Christianity when they say the Holy Spirit is the comforter?

I picture comforter is like a mother comforting her kid when he’s been bullied at school. Is this the Holy Spirit’s role? My religion is Christianity, Roman Catholic.

 

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; (2nd Corinthians 5: 17-18 King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Holy Spirit Comforts? (05/30/2019); Believers Must Receive Gifts (09/30/2018); Christian “Thoughts and Prayers” (03/01/2018); A Response For Survivors… (02/15/2018); Bereavement, Death and Suffering (11/10/2017); The Comfort Through Christ? (01/13/2017); Sacred Knowledge and Christ (05/16/2016); A Fool of the Church? (01/26/2016)

 

Peter”, here are some expressions of Christian faith that, at first, may not seem familiar to you. The comfort believers are to receive from Jesus Christ while he is attending to duties as the High Priest of the Temple in heaven (even the cleansing of the Sanctuary), requires that the Lord be acknowledged in the earth by his use of appointed agents (e.g., apostles; prophets; priests; lay members of the sacred body, the church), and such devices as gifts from the Holy Spirit who is also an aspect of divine fullness (we say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Where believers receive a fresh endowment of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) that was imparted to Adam, we may say they are “born again” and must “grow up again” while living on the earth. Their transformation to exist as eternal, immortal companions to divinity will be completed as they are instantly made mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his coming.

The comfort the church receives must go beyond the day-to-day elements of our lives that focus in things carnal, emotional, material, physical, and social. For Christians, having to be accountable to others is not to be regarded as suffering; nor are being required to pay ones debts, or providing food, meaningful activity, rest, and shelter for ourselves, or others. Believers are to display Christ-likeness (the image of GOD) bestowed on them through inseparable aspects of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of divinity. Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Increasingly, ones lifestyle and daily routine will be permanently changed by the Holy Spirit through experiences of discovery, gradual growth, study, unselfish service, and suffering.

The comfort to mankind must address the human predicament that includes man being finite and mortal; man being subject to the operations of sin; man being powerless to correctly recognize, resist, and respond to sin; and man being unable to establish separation from sin by relying on self-will (human willpower). The tools for sharing divine comfort, therefore, are such things as commitment, faithfulness, hope, and integrity. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. 2nd Corinthians 1: 3-7, King James Version (KJV): 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

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. 1st Thessalonians 4: 13-18, KJV: 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

4. Colossians 3: 9-15, KJV: 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

There is far more that should be said, correctly 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.

 

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The duty of believers to serve and share salvation through Jesus Christ with unbelievers is topic, today.  Christians are to operate as those who also are part of a man-made world system for communication and survival, yet, not become separated from divinity as an instrument or product of the world’s influence.  For there to be cleansing, healing, or sacred events (we say, miracles), faith must be present that acknowledges the authority and power of divinity that produces change.  Believers serve as a point of access and entry into the divine kingdom.  Thus, the followers of Jesus are to encourage spiritual change, development, and maturity in others by such methods as acknowledgment of the righteousness the other person may display or express (we say, praise), providing correction, expressing hope in place of despair, inspiring prayer and right relationship with Deity, maintaining godly standards, demonstrating divine love, and continually applying sacred knowledge.  Forbearance, forgiveness, guidance, humility, and thanksgiving are primary.  Believers avoid combativeness, condemnation, hostility and indifference as well as boasting, complaining, negative criticism, being “lukewarm,” and behaving as if unfeeling.  Showing courtesy, friendliness, good manners, and respect pertain more to cultural and social processes than to the sacred work of imparting Spirit content from GOD.  Those who stop their ears, refuse to listen, and push away the gospel often do so because their need for a divine response is urgent.  Their resistance is intended to call forth greater efforts by those seeking to share.  Even so, ministry to such unbelievers may be more effective through “long distance” (i.e., from ones private prayer chamber) as intercession where the needs of the unbeliever may be confessed, and brought before the Father upon a higher level).  Having been in similar circumstances and situations, born again disciples of Jesus humbly ask for help on behalf of others whose attitude and behavior make them difficult, distant, remote, and unaware.  The saved offer prayer from a child of GOD that answers as obedience while also being intimate and personal.  Consider again the following Scriptures, and the discussion below:

Hosea 6:  6, King James Version (KJV):  6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Mark 16:  14, KJV:  14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

2nd Corinthians 6:  14-18, KJV:  14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:  for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

1st John 2:  15-17, KJV:  15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Luke” (Level 6 with 10,540 points, a member since February 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

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, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Respect to Our Religious Beliefs? (04/21/2015); Some People Are Just Bad? (08/24/2014); Sermons About Good Sex? (08/25/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014); Discernment (06/18/2014); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013)

 

“Luke”, the followers of Jesus are cautioned to respond to the different forms of unbelief that may appear among those within the church as well as among those who are not members of the community of faith.  On the one hand, believers are to show mercy and share the very benefits they themselves have received from GOD. On the other hand, believers must discern (recognize) when the operations of sin will not permit the works of divine ministry.  Believers are counseled to be “wise as serpents, gentle as doves.” Consider the following Bible verses:

(1.)  Matthew 5: 43-45, King James Version (KJV):  43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

(2.)  2nd Timothy 3:  1-5, KJV:  1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

(3.)  2nd Timothy 2:  22-26, KJV:  22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

There are many other verses that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones spiritual arsenal.  (For example, (4.) Matthew 7:  6, KJV: 6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.) 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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Points are shared on the often asked questions, Does GOD know? and Does GOD care?  Also, a caution is shared:  The cross is foolishness to those who are dead in their sins, and the resurrection of Jesus has no power to accomplish the purposes of GOD.  In the same way it is impossible to please GOD without faith, sinners can not be led to correction, healing and repentance without divine goodness recognized in the forbearance, forgiveness and longsuffering of GOD (see 1st Corinthians 1:  18, Philippians 3:  10-11, Hebrews 11:  6 and Romans 2:  4, KJV).  Another of those who want to fight dirty at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “1, 3 DimethyloOzelah” (Level 1 with 65 points, a member since November 13, 2014) attacked by posting:

 

Christians! If God is omniscient (all knowing) does he know what it feels like to be sodomized?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.  And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.  (2nd Corinthians 1:  2-7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014); The Life That Endures (10/14/2014); Dying in Terror and Joy? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); Sermons About Good Sex? (08/25/2014); About Good Sermons? (08/26/2014); Abandoned by GOD? (06/23/2014); Dying in Terror and Joy? (09/28/2013); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013)

 

“1, 3 DimethyloOzelah” your question on divine knowledge of human hurt can not be properly answered without a correct understanding of the nature and operations of Deity revealed through Jesus Christ.  Consider the following points:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who has put forth all created beings and living creatures and the spheres for their continued existence (e.g., earth, heaven, the universe) as well as the conditions and terms for their duration.  Divinity is completely and exclusively made up of spirit matter, and is not carnal (we say, flesh and blood), material, physical, or social as animals and men in the earth except when appearing incarnate (in human form) as Jesus.

(2.)  GOD is not made powerless, offended, emotionally overwhelmed, or shocked and surprised by the extremes of filth and foolishness produced by those whose awareness and self-will are dominated by sin.  In the same way a mother is not pleased, yet, is not depressed, dismayed and moved to destroy her child because the baby repeatedly soils her with vomit, urine, and feces, GOD condemns various attitudes and behavior as abominable and corrupt (we say, disgusting and rotten), yet, maintains existence, life and interaction within covenant relationship as an exalted eternal purpose.

(3.)  Before coming to Christ, many believers were adulterers, cheats, criminals, liars, misfits, rapists, thieves, thugs, whatever.  When born again, the Christian believer receives a fresh endowment from the “content” of GOD that includes faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Believers are permanently changed through an infusion of divine awareness (we say, sacred knowledge) along with divine will (we say, will power).  Nonetheless they must gradually “grow up” again enduring the “growing pains” of life in order to become mature and perfected.  By the Spirit believers learn to correctly recognize and resist the otherwise invisible operations of sin.

(4.)  Acknowledging their place in a divine work from the beginnings of time, Christian believers trust that GOD has heard the cries, confessions, pleadings, and prayers of men from thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  Thus, for believers, there is no question that “GOD knows” what men complain about in their living, and why.  More than this, however, believers trust that emotion (e.g., anger, regret, sorrow) has place with GOD, however, not as with men in ways that cause loss of balance, control and focus, or destruction of self-rule.

(5.)  Most Christian believers trust that Jesus never committed sins while upon the earth, yet, was punished for all the sins of mankind upon the cross.  There, Jesus was divinely “made to be sin,” and utterly destroyed in a sacred process to be completed through coming judgment.  The cross is a finite depiction to suggest the limitless agony the Savior was forced to take into his body and mind, for the burden the Lord had to take upon himself included all the excesses of human appetite, intellect, sexuality, suffering, and violence.  Among those who believe in Christ are small children dying of cancer, pregnant women who have lost their baby before its birth, men and women civilians now mangled because of war.  Because GOD truly is present in their lives and through those having the Spirit from GOD, Deity is perfectly informed to have all knowledge of all who have ever lived, are now alive, and will live in time to come.

Of course, there is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  GOD may have wept to hear your question, and see the attitude you are expressing toward him.  Yet, no man or woman on earth will be able to persuade you to change.  Where divine forgiveness no longer has power with you that can lead you to change and repent, it will be because you are already spiritually dead, and now devoted to destruction.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points on divine love, hate, and judgment in Christian belief are shared, today.  Only those without eyes, who are not equipped to discern holiness, remain blind to divine love revealed in Jesus Christ.  The spiritual substance in such experiences as affection, cheer, comfort, commitment, consolation, and rest all are appearances of divinity.  Yet, a fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Floyd” (Level 3 with 1,764 points, a member since March 28, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why is there so much hate and judgement in Christianity?

And there are so many people saying that only their church is the right way and anyone else who isnt a member of their church isnt a christian. Cant we all relax and accept that we’re all followers of Jesus? Cant we all just try to show each other a little bit of love, forgiveness and compassion? Who wants a hug?

Update : And if your not a Christian, you can still have a hug too!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:  because as he is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  We love him, because he first loved us.  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:  for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.  (1st John 4:  10-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Love in Knowledge and Judgment? (09/30/2014); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014); On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); A Conflict of Interest (04/16/2014); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014)

 

“Floyd”, here are some points that promote joy and mature belief among Christians:

(1.)  Many fail to correctly judge (i.e., assign value; determine the presence and action of divine substance) because they are not equipped to acknowledge the many sacred events and operations that have been used by Deity to establish right knowledge of the full GODhead.  For example, when GOD appeared to Moses using the form of a bush that was burning, yet, gave off no ashes or smoke, Moses only saw a strange sight that aroused his curiosity, at first.  Later, GOD would privilege Moses to see other aspects of divinity displaying the nature and substance of GOD, and would proclaim his name aloud.  From the beginning, then, the Holy One who would deliver Israel was to be known as a god of judgment.

(2.)  GOD has appeared in the earth as Jesus Christ using the device of incarnation.  Through the ministry established by the Lord, water baptism provides death of ones inborn spirit with rebirth from the spirit content of divinity.  Believers receive inseparable aspects from the divine makeup such as faith, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, righteousness, and wrath against sin.  Through what is called fire baptism, believers receive gifts for their service as priests and kings.  Those lacking the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD often are bitter, defiant, envious, rebellious and resentful toward GOD, for they see others rejoicing and able to understand, and count themselves unfairly condemned.

(3.)  All believers must serve in aspects of divine judgment.  At the least, we are like those who assembled, dismantled and carried the Tabernacle with Moses in the wilderness, and will set up the thrones for judgment against the wicked.  Others serve like the apostles, believers were witnesses to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and who correctly discern the spirit content within conditions, events, persons, utterance (e.g., confession, praise, prayer, promises, prophecy), etc.  Their own spirit content must be used as a standard to identify and respond to the issues of divine love, eternal life, and the sacred will of GOD.  In final judgment, there will be no accuser except the record of ones own deeds as they appear recorded in the Books of Life.  Thus, attitudes, behavior, and conduct become visible as the primary indicators of ones divine spirit content.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Just as genuine love between married persons, or parents and their children demands accountability, discipline, forbearance, respect and restraint, being in a relationship with divinity demands alertness, dutifulness, enthusiasm, and unselfishness.  There must be sacred knowledge, holy precepts and principles as well as eternal purpose.  More than this, there must be exclusiveness, priority and privilege; those who do not belong through Christ are shut out, albeit in a gentle and kindly manner.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Being drawn into religious belief, bereavement, the Gospel, and prophecy are topics, today.  Also, there is more on the coming kingdom of GOD.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Ewan” (Level 2 with 432 points, a member since November 02, 2013) posted the following:

 

Can a death cause someone to turn to religion? 

This may sound dumb, but I lost my grandad a couple of years ago, we were very close and I think about him alot

Sometimes I get sympathetic to a religion because I guess it raises the idea that I would see him again

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Kingdom Now and One To Come? (09/05/2014)—(6.)  Believers speak of GOD as “king” or “monarch” to express the understanding that the Almighty is the single figure having all accountability, authority, dominion, ownership, power, privilege, and rule regarding Creation.  As king, GOD is distanced from created beings and living creatures by the responsibilities of divine office as well as by excellence, glory, majesty, merit, and purity.  As a sacred device, the kingdom of GOD lessens the separation among the living, and from the Creator.  Through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine substance), believers receive a fresh endowment of the spirit (breath of life) imparted to Adam out from the makeup of GOD.  They acquire such inseparable aspects of divinity as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  While being within the kingdom is established through new birth, a believer’s competence, maturity, and skill in their role as leader, priest, prophet, or servant to GOD comes only by gradual growth and learning.  Those born again must also grow up again by meeting life challenges and having experiences of spiritual triumph while upon the earth.

(7.)  The kingdom of GOD that now exists is primarily a spiritual condition shared by created beings and living creatures who are scattered throughout heaven and earth.  Through the kingdom that is, mankind may experience a foretaste of the kingdom that will be.  Presently, men in the earth may belong to a kingdom of darkness where they must serve as slaves to sin.  Also, the kingdom of light established by GOD may come under attack and defilement through the operations of sin.  Following the completion of final judgment, the coming kingdom of GOD will appear as a material and physical realm upon the earth.  Then the kingdom will be populated only by those belonging to GOD whose names were written in the Book of Life.  The New Jerusalem, the Holy City, will have come down from heaven onto the earth.  The Garden of Eden will once again have place in the earth as its sphere of life.  In the perfection of divine intent and eternal purpose, all who exist will have been transformed:  There will no longer be mortals and mortality, and the living all will be incorruptible.  The separation of heaven and earth will no longer be in effect; and both GOD and Christ will dwell with men upon the earth.  See again Isaiah 64:  4, Matthew 5:  2-4 and 9-11, Matthew 7:  15-23, Luke 12:  27-32, Luke 17:  20-21, John 3:  3-6, 1st Corinthians 2:  9-10 and 6:  9-11, Romans 14:  17 and Revelation 21;  1-5, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.  And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer:  or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver:  in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;  (2nd Corinthians 1:  3-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Dead in Christ? (11/18/2013); Too Much Holy Spirit? (11/19/2013); Our Present Comfort? (06/28/2013); Come As You Are? (06/29/2013); Faith for Facing Tragedy? (06/04/2013); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013)

 

“Ewan”, here are a few points on Christian belief you may find helpful:

(1.)  Prophets sent as messengers and spokespersons from GOD share three aspects of divine utterance:  comfort, edification (building up) and exhortation (urging to action).  Comfort may be provided at times of bereavement and loss, during times of persecution and tribulation as well as during phases of judgment (e.g., correction, hardship, punishment, rebuke).  In addition to joy, sacred knowledge, longsuffering, patience, prophecy communicates divine love and hope (specific expectations).

(2.)  The message we call the Gospel is intended to comfort all mankind as it speaks to the end of death and sin.  Death (sometimes called sleep, because the dead may be awakened by GOD) is the completion of mortality, the condition of finite duration that describes human existence.  Resurrection is the rejoining of life and spirit to body so that the dead may appear before GOD in judgment.  Angels are not mortal, yet, are not immortal; and their duration is determined at the discretion of GOD.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all Creation that relies upon sacred law.  Divine judgment is provided by divinity to resolve all conflicts and settle all disputes among created beings and living creatures by the applications of righteousness conveyed through divine law.

(3.)  For Christian believers divine utterances (we say, the word of GOD) has power and is always truth, for the integrity of GOD is unquestionable.  GOD is not a man that he should lie.  The Almighty can not be intimidated, manipulated, or threatened.  As a record of sacred events and operations of GOD upon the earth, the holy writings encourage believers that every detail of the proclamations, promises, and prophesies from GOD will be carried out and fulfilled.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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