Posts Tagged ‘cross’

That nonbelievers experience both acceptance and rejection by different Christian believers is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on the crimes that put Jesus upon the cross.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using as an ID “RiversRunRed” (Level 3 with 1,342 points, a member since February 16, 2014) posted the following:

 

Christians why do you say im lost.?

I’m with Satan and have encouraged sin. I have used tactics to twist scripture and manipulate others to Satan. Most say I’m lost and I will be judged. However a few said they will pray for me and they love me. Two different sides of Christianity. Why so vastly different?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014)—(4.)  The crimes that resulted in his execution upon the cross were committed by others, and not by Jesus.  Along with offenses destructive of covenant and relationship with divinity (e.g., adultery, apostasy, betrayal, conflict of interest, covenant-breaking, deceit, doubt, disloyalty, faithlessness, forswearing, heresy, lying, presumption, and skepticism) many were chargeable with violations of civil law that included assault and battery, conspiracy, defamation, fraud, malfeasance in office, and slander.  The charges of wickedness leveled against the Savior did not include blackmail (we say, extortion), bullying (we say, intimidation), drug dealing, gambling, fornication, home wrecking, homosexuality, infidelity, lack of sacred knowledge, murder, perjury, prostitution, robbery, theft, or street violence.  Yet, Jesus was condemned as an enemy to Caesar, to Rome, and to the most advanced empire to ever influence and rule the earth from the time of Nimrod.  The Savior was labeled as a bastard; a demoniac; felonious; a glutton; incorrigible; an insurrectionist; a male witch (we say, sorcerer); a menace and public nuisance; a philosopher; a power-hungry megalomaniac seeking to rule the world, rather than save it; a pretender and usurper to the throne of Israel; overzealous; suicidal; a threat to the culture, customs, and traditions of the Jews; a vagrant; and a warmonger.  The conviction and courage it takes to be a steadfast follower of Christ is no small thing, and must come forth from the Father and by the Holy Spirit.  Denying his claim as Christ, Messiah and One Sent, Jesus was mocked and scorned by those at the Temple in Jerusalem for being a controversial rabbi who dared undermine the legitimacy and sovereignty that had been granted through the covenant of Moses establishing Israel as a nation, and a chosen vessel of GOD.  Even so, in fulfillment of earlier divine proclamations, promises and prophecies, Jesus became the sin-bearer for Israel and future generations of believers.  The Savior was punished as though he were a recidivist (we say, career criminal, 3-time-loser), and died upon the cross as an execration—someone unrepentant and deserving damnation for deliberate, habitual and repetitive violations of sacred law (we say, iniquity), and for whom there would be no atonement made for transgressions.  Consider again Deuteronomy 21:  18-23, Isaiah 53:  1-12, Matthew 27:  15-25 and 33-44, Mark 15:  26-28, John 11:  47-53 and 23:  32-47, 2nd Corinthians 5:  20-21, Zechariah 12:  9-11 and Revelation 1:  7-8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.  Flee also youthful lusts:  but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.  (2nd Timothy 2:  19-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Saved by a Prayer? (10/31/2014); Is Prayer an Act of Faith? (11/02/2014); A Fallen Nature? (09/01/2014); In the Likeness of His Resurrection (09/02/2014); Some People Are Just Bad? (08/24/2014); Sermons About Good Sex? (08/25/2014); Salvation is Conditional? (01/30/2014); Lower-case or Capital? (01/31/2014)

 

“RiversRunRed”, here are a few points Christian believers seek to share with the many persons like yourself who express atheism, doubt, or spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Divine Possibility.  Believers operate with the conviction that once a person receives sacred knowledge and truth, their spirit content and self-will are permanently altered, and gradually nourished to be in agreement, and full covenant with divinity.  For the living, Salvation may occur within a divine moment that is so brief, it is measureless.  Such sacred events as baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth having new spirit matter from the makeup of GOD) result in new platforms for human awareness, character, conscience, personality, and volition.

(2.)  Divine Process.  Salvation is through divine operations that only may be described and spoken of by believers.  Included are forbearance, forgiveness, healing, incarnation, repentance, resurrection, and sanctification.  In the same way angels and mankind had no decision-making roles in Creation, finite beings and living creatures using only their self-will can not establish divine salvation.  Believers are not required to condemn anyone, yet, must declare the judgment and wrath of GOD against sin.

(3.)  Divine Purpose.  As you know, the operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and any universe that would be dependent upon divine order generated by sacred law.  Sin is believed an artifact (residue) of chaos, or the necessary separation of divine will from that within the created whereby they are granted integrity as persons.  Sin is not a living entity or creation put forth by GOD.  In effect, sin is no thing, and does not exist; yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and sin may dominate awareness (we say, consciousness, thinking) and self-will in the living.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.) The Demands of Love.  Believers accept divinity as the origin and source of all that exists.  All things that exist, therefore, are understood as affirmed and valued by GOD, including those among the living who are caught up within the many levels of conflict against GOD, and the destruction of his Creation, now being generated by sin.  Believers accept a duty that even sinners are to be answered with hope, kindness, patience, respect, and sacred truth.)  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 the accusations and charges brought against Jesus, and why he was executed upon the cross.  Also, there is more on holy wars.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Nully” (Level 1 with 66 points, a member since October 27, 2014) posted the following:

 

Quick question: why was jesus put on the cross? Which laws did he supposedly violate or what crimes did he supposedly commit?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Holy Wars? (11/06/2014)—(4.)  For Christian believers there is no glory to be gained through death upon a battlefield.  One establishes a relationship with divinity spoken of as “glory” by their living in service to GOD, and operating as a vessel of divine spirit substance.  Believers attain eternal fellowship with divinity only when Jesus Christ returns to harvest his followers from the earth (we say, resurrection) that will occur at his appearing. 

(5.)  The Gospel does not counsel conflict between communities, incite men to war against one another, or urge widespread destruction of life and property.  Yet, men are exhorted to wage war within the Self, and to establish mastery over body and mind by receiving the imparted spirit of GOD.  Ones flesh that may be controlled by an animal or sin nature must come under the rule of ones divine nature that is an aspect of the makeup of GOD.  Christian believers are to overcome such features as anger, appetite, conscience, deceit, envy, fear, imagination, and the tongue. 

(6.)  There is a holy war fought within the spheres of heaven recorded among the Scriptures.  However, only angels and devils participate in that sacred event.  Mankind has no part during the war in heaven except through the persons of Michael and Jesus Christ.   The devil and his angels do not prevail, and are cast out of heaven upon the earth.  Thus, the war begun in heaven must be finished upon the earth as the apocalypse and the war of Armageddon.  Consider again Romans 6:  1-23, 8:  1-39, and 12:  17-19; Ephesians 6:  11-13; 1st Timothy 2:  1-2 and 6:  10-16; James 1:  17-27; Revelation 12:  7-9, 16:  12-16 and 20:  6-10, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:  because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.  For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.  Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.  (Acts 2:  22-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014); Brothers, Not Equals (04/06/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); On Judging Preachers as “Fake” (12/23/2013); Jesus Arose Bodily (12/24/2013)

 

“Nully”, Jesus was “officially” condemned by the Jewish high court for the religious crime of blasphemy, that was punishable by death.  However, the Savior could only be legally executed on their behalf by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate.  Rome “officially” killed Jesus upon the cross for the political crime of treason against King Herod, who had been installed by Rome and served as monarch to pacify the Jews of the region.

Jesus had been accused of multiple capital crimes  described within covenant law that carried the death penalty along with attacks against Jewish culture, custom, and tradition.  The Jews of the Temple community brought every device of the law against his ministry as Messiah.  Jury-tampering, perjury and false witness also were used against him.  Thus, the many charges included conducting public worship without license, conspiracy to destroy the Temple at Jerusalem, practicing as a false prophet, devil worship, inciting riot, rebellion, sedition, self-promotion, sorcery, and working on the Sabbath.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Many Christian believers now hold that the death of Jesus was at the hands of all mankind through the prevailing religious and secular forces of the day.  Rome is to be seen as the single authority (we say, One World government), that dominated all other cultures and nations, while the Jews at the Temple represent the one, true religion imparted to the earth from GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, some points are shared on why Jesus appeared alive in the upper room following his crucifixion, death, and burial.  The writer at  “Yahoo! Answers” using ID “Deidra” (Level 1 with 217 points, a member since September 14, 2010) posted the following:

 

Jesus and the Talking Cross?

One of my friends continues to claim that, after rising from the dead, Jesus asked if the cross had been making converts and disciples. I do not believe this is in the Christian Bible, but it sounds familiar. Is it from another religion?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.  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.  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.  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you:  as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.  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.  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.  (John 20:  18-31, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Is GOD’s Word (12/28/2013); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013); Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013); Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Ghosts (09/02/2012); About Conversion (09/03/2012)

 

“Deidra”, I am a long time Christian who has never heard that phrase before, the “talking cross.”  Even so, here are some points held by many believers that may be useful to you and your friends:

(1.)  Jesus appeared to the apostles he had appointed as well as other believers whom he had sought to prepare.  Only his mother and few of the other disciples were actually present at his crucifixion.  Most of those who had been with him at the Mount of Olives where he was arrested, had run away, and were still in hiding days later.

(2.)  When Jesus first appeared to them in their hiding place (an upper room), there were as many as 120 men and women, including Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Many did not believe it was possible that he had been arrested, and tried, and condemned, and the death sentence carried out so quickly.  Many did not believe the reports of those who had been to the empty tomb.  More than this, many did not believe the reports by Mary, the former prostitute, and others that they had seen angels, or she had seen Jesus alive.

(3.)  Jesus appeared to correct their errors, and further prepare them for the coming operations of the Holy Spirit among them.  He chided them about their doubt, their lack of recall (these things were all prophesied, and were part of the doctrine he had taught), and their uncertainty, and gave them demonstrations to build up their courage and faith.  Those who were together in the upper room, later, became the nucleus of the church when the Holy Spirit also was made visible there on the day of Pentecost.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (4.)  The promises of GOD proclaimed to mankind, and fulfilled through the Son of the Highest are for an eternal kingdom wherein the righteous are numberless.  There is no likelihood that Jesus appeared to take a census, make a “head count,” see who was there and who was absent, or to gauge the impact of his ministry.  The Savior appeared to anchor his people in truth, and further reveal divinity in the recorded promises and prophesies from GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, response is made to a writer who sees all Christians as under condemnation, despite divine forgiveness.  Also, there is more on how both death and resurrection are shown in Jesus Christ.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “The Truth Hurts” (Level 3 with 1,838 points, a member since August 12, 2013) posted the following:

 

How do Christians feel knowing that they will go to hell?

When they sin they disobey God and sin leads them to hell. It means that all Christians will go there since everyone has sinned sometime in their lifetime.

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So God forgives? Great that means that if they ask for forgiveness everyone can go to heaven then.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013)—  (5)  Many make the mistake of thinking the resurrection of Jesus only restored his life and healed his body, and that this, in effect, cancelled the death of Jesus upon the cross.  In addition to a re-joining of ones physical body (flesh) and life essence (spirit), resurrection is a sacred event that includes ones appearance in the celestial presence (we say, heaven), and is more than simply reanimating the dead upon the earth.  The transformation of created being and flesh is made whereby the mortal is made immortal, and the corruptible is made incorruptible (many say, one is made permanently sanctified).  Jesus raised the dead on several occasions:  he raised the ruler of the synagogue’s daughter in private, before a few witnesses; he raised the widow of Nain’s son in public before a huge crowd arriving into the city with Jesus, and a second huge crowd leaving the city with the mother and body of her child; and Jesus raised Lazarus days after his internment.  These miracles of life were provided as assurances that Jesus would be able to complete the necessary work of divine atonement.  Lazarus and the others all died again in order that they might be resurrected.  Jesus must become sin upon the cross; and the death of Jesus (the destruction of sin) must occur before the Savior may demonstrate resurrection to mankind.  See Mark 5:  35-43, John 7:  11-16, John 11:  18-45, John 10:  17-19 and Romans 6:  3-5, King James Version.

 

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

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013); Scriptures and Sayings? (06/09/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013); The Gospel not Logical (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012)

 

“The Truth Hurts”, the truth of GOD revealed in Jesus Christ can not be completely and correctly understood without a personal experience of the operation of divine spirit that must be received by every believer.  Even so, here are a few points to consider that have been very helpful to those not yet in Christ, and not yet having Christ in them:

(1)  GOD is a spirit who has content, person, power and presence.  The Creation of GOD is being established through multiple operations of divinity.  Included are birth, death, forgiveness, judgment, reconciliation, repentance, and revelation.

(2)  GOD continues to appear among mankind through sacred events (e.g., government, miracles, worship), holy writings, and divine utterance (e.g., praise, proclamation, promise, prophecy).  Even responses to readers and writers online may convey aspects of the inseparable spirit content from Divine Person.  Included are faith, gratitude, holiness, hope, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3)  Christian believers are given many experiences that serve as assurance and guarantee of their salvation.  In addition to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, believers are endowed with the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Sprit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Through baptism, each believer is altered and changed by GOD, as if dying and being born again from divine DNA.

This is not the whole story.  No one can tell you everything, yet, you may discover all for yourself.  There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4)  Born again believers must become perfected (we say, balanced, mature, stable).  They must meet the same challenges of life in the earth as nonbelievers, however, they are now equipped with divine content that makes sin more contrary to their nature, easier to recognize, and easier to resist.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

New Disclaimer

The operations of GOD at the cross, resurrection, and sacrifice are topics, today, along with more on alcohol, doubt, Holy Communion, and wine.  A writer at “Yahoo!7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “James” (Level 1 with 16 points, a member since 20 July 2013) posted the following that was originally asked at “Yahoo! Answers Canada”:

 

If god sacrificed his only son for the sins of mankind, how come he raised him back from the dead?

If god didn’t really lose his son Jesus, how is that a sacrifice?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Everything a Lie? (10/05/2013)—In Old Testament Scripture, drunkenness and intoxication are used to depict aspects of spirit that include confusion, presumption, and pride.  In New Testament writings these qualities are described using such language as arrogance, hypocrisy, ignorance, and leaven (e.g., Isaiah 28: 1 and 28:  7, Matthew 16:  11-12, KJV).  The operations of GOD to cleanse, redeem and transform Creation are directed to a broad expanse (we say, the cosmos, and the universe).  Many unseen things are embraced and focused upon by the Sovereign GOD.  However, for the benefit of mankind, the operations of divinity are made to appear as simple things used to focus and trigger faith.  Included are baptism, confession, covenant meals, penitence, prayer, thanksgiving, and the regular giving of tithes.  As with participation in the Lord’s Supper, where otherwise common objects of bread and wine become the blood and body of Jesus, believers accept that the same Holy Spirit, who established the earth and the heaven, operates from within themselves as an imparted, indwelling presence from GOD.  The Christian believer acknowledges GOD in the person of Jesus Christ, in the recorded word (the Bible), and in the imparted Spirit to be their teacher, teachers sent from GOD.  Neither the simple objects employed, nor the simple lessons provided can be obstacles to genuine spiritual growth and understanding where one has fully received spirit content from Jesus.  Included must be the inseparable aspects of divine person such as gratitude, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Only by the indwelling Spirit do men properly detect, avoid and resist sin, or correctly embrace the word of prophecy from GOD (see Romans 14:  16-18, Micah 2:  11, Habakkuk 2:  2-5, 1st John 1:  5-7 and 1st John 2:  18-29, KJV).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:  yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  (Romans 5:  6-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Dying in Terror and Joy? (09/28/2013); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); An Earth to Fix A Heaven? (05/18/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); Father Forgive (09/06/2012)

 

James, here are a few points about the death and resurrection of Jesus that are important to many Christian believers.  They may be different, new, and unfamiliar to you because they do not come from flesh and human intellect:

(1.)  The death upon the cross was more than a carnal and physical event.  Multiple sacred operations were in effect.  Included are atonement, forbearance, forgiveness, judgment, and reconciliation. 

(2.)  Through the sovereign power of GOD, the death Jesus completed upon the cross was yours.  GOD appeared in the person of Jesus (we say, incarnate) to demonstrate and reveal peculiar truths regarding divinity that we otherwise could never know and understand.  Included are facts regarding the nature of sin and salvation.  Sin opposes the continuing existence of GOD, of divine law, and of all that has being.

(3.)  The sacred ministry that Jesus was performing upon the earth had to be completed in the heaven.  Jesus is a divine High Priest.  More than this, the blood (flesh) poured out upon the earth from his side portrayed the divine life essence (spirit) that would be used to purify the Temple in heaven, and prepare all things for final judgment.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood; however, my points are not intended to overwhelm you.  (For example, (4.)  We say, the blood is the life, because it conveys spirit essence to all the organs and tissues of the body.  Blood itself is not the spirit essence; it is a vehicle and vessel for spirit.  The blood of Jesus is said to cover and wash away our sin as it appears in the record of our deeds, the heavenly Book of Life.  Through the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ, believers today also receive a fresh endowment of spirit content (i.e., are born again having divine DNA, so to speak.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

New Disclaimer

The notion that animals do not sin is focus, today; and there is more on the death and dying of Jesus upon the cross.  The “Yahoo! Answers Canada” writer using ID “Arctic Spirit” (Level 5 with 6,874 points, a member since July 21, 2010) posted the following:

 

If it was Adam and Eve that sinned first, and death would be the result of that sin…?

…. Why do other creatures that had nothing to do with the human population had to pay for the sin of man? Wild animals never sinned, humans did!!!

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Dying in Terror and Joy? (09/28/2013)—  (5.)  The death of Jesus was not simply the completion of mortality for a single sinner, the death of a single man.  The cross depicts the destruction of all sin, where sin is understood as no material thing created by GOD, or contained within the substance of created beings and living creatures.  Sin appears through human experience as a frightening mix of deformed and malformed desires and intentions (we say, horrors, monsters and monstrosities).  Sin may not control and influence the will of GOD.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divinity, of sacred law, and of all that has been put forth as Creation.  Sin is without being, measurable dimensions, feelings, personness, or divine purpose.  Yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence, and may invisibly dominate awareness and self-will in the created.  Sin is not a divine essence like the inseparable aspects of sacred person (e.g., faith, glory, holiness, joy, longsuffering, truth, virtue, and wisdom).  Jesus suffers and dies on behalf of all who need release from enslavement to sin, ignorance of GOD, and the burning loss of divine nature.  Through surrender of his blood and life essence (flesh and spirit) there can be permanent restoration to GOD that only comes by atonement, re-creation (we say, becoming new creatures, being born again, rebirth), repentance and sanctification.  Upon the cross, Christ was made to be sin, and the wrath of GOD against all sin was turned against him.  The cross served as an altar (i.e., a holy table; a point of contact and joining for both heaven and earth).  Rejected, Jesus may not set foot upon the earth, nor is he immediately lifted up into heaven.  For this reason, the cross is a scene of final judgment, the day of the Lord.  Graves are opened; in the city, the dead are seen to be revived; and at the place of a skull (Calvary, Golgotha) where Jesus is suspended between heaven and earth, there is a storm of silence, stillness, and unexpected darkness.  (See Psalms 30:  1-12, Revelation 6:  17, 2nd Corinthians 4:  6-11, and Revelation 20:  11-15, KJV.)  (6.)  As the finishing work for salvation, the resurrection appearances, his return to the celestial presence of the Father, and his ascension must occur before the final completion of the three-and-one-half year ministry of Jesus upon the earth could be celebrated in heaven.  Yet, Jesus could rejoice dying upon the cross being fully alive to the praises, proclamations, promises and prophecies provided by GOD for all mankind.  Through the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD, there would be triumph over all the fear, pain and violence introduced by sin as continuing aspects of existence for mankind.  Through the imparted, indwelling Spirit it is possible to achieve every godly goal—nothing would be impossible—and all duty for created beings and living creatures would be within their capabilities.  The physical processes of death and dying remain unchanged; however, the application of death in judgment is transformed.  Death and dying that end sin and separation from GOD no longer quenches faith, divine joy, love and genuine reverence.  Only the second death removes all possibilities for continuing and restored existence.  (See Psalms 115:  15-18, 1st Corinthians 15:  50-57 and Romans 8:  35-39, KJV.)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them:  that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.  And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you:  for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.  But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey:  I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.  Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean:  and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.  And ye shall be holy unto me:  for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.  (Leviticus 20:  22-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Destroyed in Noah’s Flood? (04/28/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); A Second Adam? (03/25/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013); Sin Without Wrongdoing? (08/28/2012); On Religious Items (08/29/2012)

 

“Artic Spirit”, here are a few points on sin and the divine Creation that are being used to prepare Christian believers for the completion of divine judgment:

(1.)  Sin opposes the continued existence of GOD, whose makeup is entirely of spirit, yet, who appears to mankind in flesh as Jesus Christ.  Sin is no material thing put forth by GOD, and lacks dimension, divine substance, and sacred purpose.  Even so, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and sin is able to dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.   

(2.)  Sin was first detected among holy angels in the place of celestial presence (we say, heaven).  Sin opposes the existence of divine law.  Sin does not function or operate according to emotions, intellect, logic, mental power and reasoning.  Thus, college professors, those born in poverty, those of the middle class, those born in a royal house, all may become subject to sin. 

(3.)  All things in existence upon the earth are not alive.  Even so, objects that exist for ones awareness may become aspects and instruments for focus through sin.  Divine content may be contained and transferred through things that are not alive.  (Examples are consecrated altars, blood, and holy ground.)  In the earth realm, an atmosphere or culture that promotes defilement, idolatry, things that are profane, and sin may be fashioned using things that are made by mankind.  Things also may be formed from human imagination to spread defilement and profanity.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  The destruction of all living in the flood at Noah’s day is a depiction of divine judgment to correct and fulfill Creation.  The operations of sin are subtle (we say, barely visible; unseen), and cannot be detected, resisted or eliminated without correctly using an array of tools supplied by GOD.  Included are cautions, covenants, divine law, the record of judgments against sin, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit of Jesus.)  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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Focus, today, is upon the death of Jesus Christ on the cross; and there is more on duty and love within families.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Diet Cola” (Level 7 with 30,755 points, a member since August 22, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why did Jesus have to die so terribly?

Couldn’t there have been some other way?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Lid on Love? (09/27/2013)—The divine spirit of love in mankind may be quenched through sin, and bonds of love that should be permanent may be replaced by distrust, fear, and shame.  In most instances of continuing conflict within the home, all the parties involved are wrong in different ways.  The hardness of heart that results in separation usually develops over time, and does not happen in an instant (see Proverbs 26:  2, KJV).  Much of our dissatisfaction and unhappiness with other family members results from our desires for unlimited freedom through love.  Rightly understood, however, love always entails voluntary acceptance of limits, self-restraints and rules (particularly, biting our tongue).  The goals, needs, and process among friends and the “fun bunch” are not those vital to home life.  In healthy families, there are numberless demands and duties that must be answered for avoidance and management of problems, for joint exploration of unfamiliar territory, for mutual support, and for shared protection and survival.  Confidence, hope, and continuing trust within relationships often depend upon meeting unspoken expectations, and not speaking every desire and thought.  For both children and parents, separation is an unavoidable aspect for properly becoming mature and establishing ones adult independence.  Parents are often impressed by their children’s behavior and conduct that, as some birds must force their young out of the nest, separation must be imposed upon their own offspring.  Ideally, the child’s continuing achievements, self-acceptance, respect for their parents, and genuine understanding of adult reality completes the separation without anger, bitterness, and resentment due to immaturity.  For gay and lesbian children to demand acceptance by their parents as a matter of obligation is no different than a demand that every stranger must become ones friend.  In life, you will not like every person you meet, and every person you meet may not like you.  We are not free to alter and change others, or enforce our will as more beneficial than theirs.  Truth is, the character and personality of ones parents can be such that, were they to meet their parents as strangers, the children would want nothing to do with them, would carefully avoid them, and would “break it off something proper.”  Similarly, were parents to meet their own children socially or in the work place as strangers, they would not seek regular contact, or a closer bond with them.  Separation can be imposed, however, acceptance cannot.  Relationships of acceptance only come through exchange, interaction, and correctly responding to one another’s human needs.  It is a common error to expect the needs of our spirit can be effectively met by someone other than GOD.  (See Psalms 27:  9-14, Matthew 10:  3239 and Matthew 12:  46-50, KJV.)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  (Hebrews 12:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge (06/25/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); The Passion at Gethsemane (03/28/2013); Separated and Sealed? (03/29/2013); Father Forgive (09/06/2012); Beer in My Milk? (09/07/2012)

 

“Diet Cola”, here are a few points to consider that are useful to Christian believers as they enter into a deeper awareness of GOD:

(1.)  In Jesus Christ, the fearsome majesty and awesome power of GOD are hidden from mankind in the sacred events of the cross so that the fundamental levels of human awareness may be fully engaged.  Included are the peculiar bonds of feeling and recognition typically relied upon by those in the flesh.  By the work of the cross, and the events that follow, awareness and consciousness in all created beings and living creatures are to be transformed so that they more easily respond to spirit matter, and the substance of divine person.

(2.)  Multiple divine operations occur in the cross such that the death of Jesus is both simple and profound (i.e., far reaching in application, consequences, and effect).  Included are atonement, expiation (i.e., punishment and suffering for wrongdoing), obedience, reconciliation, revelation, and sacrifice.

(3.)  All the anguish and fear that comes upon the universe by sin is to be made apparent by the cross, and destroyed in an act of overwhelming divinity.  On the one hand, Jesus accepts his death and goes to the cross willingly.  On the other hand, Jesus, like every man, does not have a perfect understanding of what he must go through.  His decision, like that for believers today, does not come from emotion, full knowledge, information, intelligence, logic, predictions of the future, or reason.  His commitment comes from such aspects of his spirit makeup as faith, love, respect, and trust.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  The blood of the cross is necessary for things in heaven as well as for things upon the earth.  The blood of Jesus that flowed at the cross must stream over time and space to anoint believers everywhere.  Also, a cleansing of the Sanctuary in heaven must be accomplished.  Operations of the Holy Spirit (the very essence that appeared at the beginnings of Creation) suspend time and space as barriers, and further completes the full ministry of Jesus as our High Priest.)  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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