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Today, reply is on whether divine judgment will be completed on the earth or in heaven. In the same way the holy writings teach there is a first death that may be followed by the second death and there are the first and second resurrections, the Scriptures also teach there are multiple judgment events that occur in heaven as well as on the earth. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “Stonehaven” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since March 21, 2018) posted the following:

 

The Last Judgement will take place on earth or in heaven?

Matthew 25:31-33

31 ‘When the SON OF MAN comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.

The above Scripture refers to the SON OF MAN, which means that Jesus Christ is fully HUMAN and fully divine when he returns to Judge the Living and the Dead, and to be Judge of all the Nations.

However, these verses are in reference to the Last Judgement, which implies that this Judgement will take place on the earth, but contrary to the traditional view that it should take place in heaven: Revelation 20:11.

This seems like a contradiction, but how do we resolve the apparent dilemma?

Any suggestions?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1st Corinthians 3: 11-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Incurring “The Second Death” (04/02/2018); “I Never Knew You” (03/23/2018); Mankind’s Priesthood in Heaven (02/16/2018); Events During Final Judgment? (11/28/2016); The Earth Made New (11/13/2013); Hierarchy (11/14/2013); The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013)

 

Stonehaven”, relying on the Bible, many mature Christian believers increasingly understand judgment as an aspect of the existence, ongoing divine process, eternal purpose, and full sacred substance of GOD along with such elements as faith, holiness, longsuffering and lovingkindness. In the same way the personhood of GOD would be incomplete without immortality, immutability, incorruption, and wisdom, judgment will exist and appear as an eternal expression of complete divine order, sacred prerogative, righteousness, and sovereign will. Consider again the following:

(1.) At this time, the sacred process of judgment is being carried out to determine those who will meet the Lord in the air at his appearing (we say, the first resurrection; the harvest; the Rapture; the Second Coming), and those who thereafter will continue as his immortal life companions. In addition to identifying from the books of life those whose sins are covered by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, the sacred process also is being carried out whereby reconciliation to, refreshment for, and the refinement of multiple provisions within divine law are being established.

(2.) The Great White Throne judgment is the divine tribunal provided to hear the cases of the wicked. The second resurrection must occur to allow those under review to be present and alive in the celestial court, and to speak in response to the necessary sacred exchange. Satan will not appear as the Accuser or Prosecutor (he will already have been cast into the Lake of Fire); nor will Jesus Christ. Cases will be heard on the details from the record of ones own deeds, opportunities, praise, prayer, and privilege.

(3.) The judgment for rewards that will be distributed to the faithful will occur in heaven along with the allotment of property within the New Jerusalem. Included may be selection to learn and perform the sacred liturgy (a new song); positions as captains over fifties, captains over hundreds, captains over thousands; and the privilege to serve as assistants to Jesus, the High Priest. When the Holy City descends to the earth an entirely new set of divine records will have been added.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) On the earth made new, mortality will no longer exist as the human condition, and there will be no temple, yet, divine law will continue as eternal. Capital punishment and imposing a “death sentence” will not be practiced; and there will be no judgment to punish sin. There will continue to be standards for assessments, assigning value, and making sound decisions.) 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 divine confession, grace, repentance, and revelation.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shared) posted the following:

 

Did God do something wrong in Genesis 6:6?

I’m SORRY that I bumped into you. I REGRET stealing. I REPENT of my sins.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel:  and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.  And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it:  and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.  And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.  (1st Chronicles 21:  14-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); An Act of GOD? (12/20/2017); Neither “All-knowing” Nor “Omniscient” (11/07/2017); Having Consciousness of Death (11/03/2017); Making Sense of Preexistence? (10/06/2017); Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); Divine Knowing, Finite Will? (09/28/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, developing Christian believers are always a bit surprised to find language in the holy writings suggesting that GOD is not pleased with outcomes and responses to the word he himself has spoken and sent forth.  In effect, the perfect, unchanging Creator seems to confess having “changed his mind” and made a costly error when making decisions and exercising his sovereign will.  Correctly understood, mature followers grasp that the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) are providing sacred knowledge and  further revelation of the divine makeup and process to benefit mankind following the fall of Adam.  Through judgment and expressions of divine wrath, otherwise unseen  grace, righteousness, and mercy become displayed; and GOD is to be seen saying he regrets the course that mankind through self-will has chosen to pursue as his created, for it has continued corruption in the earth, and irreversible operations of sin. 

That divinity is deeply moved and sorrows for mankind is not simply on the basis of finite human conduct (so to speak, you expect “babies” to make mistakes in the course of their growing up); and his suffering is not a matter of divinity being easily hurt, emotional, and vulnerable.  In the same way knowing the pattern ABCDEFG we can say XYZ is coming without being able to read minds, or tell what an individual’s specific future actions will be (i.e., destiny; fate; predestination), the consciousness of GOD apprehends mankind within cosmic  patterns that include the conditions of chaos, flux and instability that were in place before the foundations of heaven and earth were laid; the impact of events that must follow the operations of sin; the imperatives (i.e., things that must be done) and limitations of divine law as well as the true threat presented by sin.

Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and all divine order required for existence and life throughout the universe.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Thus, sin must be annihilated (totally eliminated, erased, and wiped out).  However, sin has never been created by GOD, and may not be simply removed by a “do over.”  Therefore, the multiple operations of GOD include forbearance, forgiveness, imparting aspects of divine personhood, Incarnation (divinity using the form of mankind to appear on the earth as Jesus Christ), rebirth, reconciliation, and men being led to be Christ-like. 

Consider again the verse you cite in its context, a passage that showcases the grace of GOD along with the following that uses language from the Bible that are the genuine focus of godly faith.  The proclamations of punishment and wrath against sin made by GOD are usually “on the condition” that there is no change or repentance by mankind:

(1.)  Genesis 6:  5-8, King James Version (KJV):  5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.  7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.  8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

(2.)  Numbers 23:  19, KJV:  19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent:  hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

(3.)  Jonah 3:  3-10, KJV:  3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.  4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.  5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.  6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.  7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing:  let them not feed, nor drink water:  8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God:  yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.  9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?  10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Isaiah 55:  6-13, KJV:  6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:  the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree:  and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, points are shared on whether to avoid spiritual confusion developing believers should rely more on divine law or the imparted Spirit.  The operations of Christian belief present a pattern of waiting for hope, promises, and prophecies to be fulfilled, and so require such divine provisions as correction, discernment, longsuffering, patience, resilience, trust, and truth.  Even for those who become “born again,” all the elements of gradual growth, regeneration and ripening can appear.  Included are “growing pains,” indecisiveness, lapses of attention where a believer’s every effort seems to “draw a blank,” missteps, risk-taking, trial-and-error, and uncertainty.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “First” (Level 1 with 148 points, a member since October 01, 2017) posted the following:

 

Now I’m even more confused. Some Spirit-filled Christians who only obey God here say God instructs us to obey the Torah.?

Other Spirit-filled Christians who only obey God here say God instructs us to follow Christ and accept his grace only. Let’s start there as it seems to be the most fundamental. Which is it and how do you know the spirit is leading you to a correct understanding of God’s will?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;  In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.  And I set my face unto the Lord GOD, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:  And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;  We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:  Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.  O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.  O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.  To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;  Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.  (Daniel 9:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Avoiding Confusion About Antichrist (11/08/2017); Detecting Counterfeit Human Nature (11/02/2017); The Word of GOD (09/05/2017); “Occupy Till I Come” (08/30/2017); Miracles Are Not Everlasting (07/18/2017); One Complete Divine Revelation (07/09/2017); Thoughts On The Commandments (06/27/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Working to Pay GOD? (02/23/2017)

 

“First”, grace does not cancel or contend against law from GOD.  It is sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and all divine order that emerges by law.  Just as the work of learning our ABCs is one of recalling a set pattern or sequence of letters, acquiring sacred knowledge and internalizing the law from GOD is accomplished by listening, practice, and study to expand our knowledge base pertaining to Deity, and is not so much one of “doing the impossible,” performing miracles, applying psychic powers, or calling forth occult spirits.  Reciting the ABCs is not a matter of reading another person’s thoughts, or predicting future events, yet, once we know the full pattern, when shown a single letter we can say, HIJK…, LMNOP…, or whatever will be next.  What many like about jigsaw puzzles is that, when a piece is correct, it will fit in perfectly, and the person solving the puzzle has immediate feedback telling them, You are right!  This is not the case for the enigmas and puzzles of life, where we are to know by the operations of commitment, conviction, discernment, discovery, and faith.

Those who seek an intimate and personal relationship with divinity, wherein GOD is no longer an abstraction or remote figure, must be anchored by fixed truth and standards that keeps a seeker from losing their way, and maintains their knowledge of the way back home, so to speak.  Part of beginning is making the decision that—whatever disappointments or surprises might occur—you will wait, you will not quit, and you will not “turn back.”  One must begin with a “made up” mind.  Also, there must be the understanding, that Father, Son and Holy Spirit will do much of the most difficult work.  Those who are “born again” receive aspects of inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD that include “boldness”, “certainty”, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, person, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Divine law is as necessary to becoming mature Christians who will construct and determine their own lifestyle and daily routines as rebirth, and a sinner becoming a new creation through operations of the imparted Spirit, for sacred law expresses the heart, mind and sovereign will of GOD.

When people begin to fit a jigsaw puzzle together, they usually start with a mix of disconnected pieces, however, they also should have some picture of what the puzzle will look like once they finish.  Most who want to solve jigsaw puzzles rely on finite human tools such as emotion, intellect, intuition, and carnal reason.  In the same way, a solver must test and try the fitness for every piece he takes up, a developing Christian believer must test and try many different claims, events, messages, and statements.  That something is unfamiliar, or fails to fit, does not mean the solver is inept, unskilled, wrong, or that important missing pieces do not exist.  It only means a single, possible solution was not correct; and the solver is to continue examining patiently other possibilities.  Consider the following that uses language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Habakkuk 2:  2-4, King James Version (KJV):  2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:  though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him:  but the just shall live by his faith.

(2.)  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(3.)  Hebrews 11:  6, KJV:  6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Of course, there is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-11, KJV:  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.)  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 delaying ones decision for or against Christ as your Redeemer and Savior.  For mankind, salvation must be over time through discovery, gradual growth, learning, and regeneration.  There must be the extinguishing of old habits, lusts, and vanities while acquiring a new lifestyle that continually acknowledges divinity through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  A personal relationship of oneness without sameness must be achieved that displays such elements as acknowledgement, commitment, confession, discernment, endurance, forbearance, forgiveness, shared vulnerability, risk-taking, suffering, and triumph.  All sinners correctly may be spoken of as being in a steady decline whereby they never again will be able to display the image of GOD, or contain any endowment from the makeup of the Creator (i.e., breath, spirit, word), and so will be examined for their utter destruction (the second death).  By contrast, believers will be built up and edified to exist as immortal, incorruptible vessels of divine substance, joint heirs with Christ, and the sons and daughters of GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “LiveLong, and Prosper” (Level 5 with 5,076 points, a member since December 06, 2007) posted the following:

 

With Jesus coming back in the next few decades should wait till then to repent and donate all assets, or get er done today?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:  though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him:  but the just shall live by his faith.  (Habakkuk 2:  2-4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Developing A Moral Compass? (10/03/2017); From Dust Thou Art (09/07/2017); How Christ Is Known? (04/24/2017); Salvation Takes A Lifetime (04/06/2017); Enduring As A Believer? (12/06/2015); Another Gospel? (10/19/2013); A Visit from an Angel (10/20/2013)

 

“LiveLong, and Prosper,” the Creator and sovereign GOD we speak of is also a god of judgment.  Properly understood, the divine process for salvation from the destruction that comes by judgment is timeless, was begun before the foundations of heaven and earth, and will continue indefinitely.  Given the brief duration and short lifespan of created beings and living creatures (only GOD is eternal, immortal, and incorruptible), the human process and finite tools relied upon by the living (e.g., emotions, intellect, logic, philosophy, secular knowledge, science) have limited meaning and value because of the frameworks of time, space, and social consensus.  Just as self-will (willpower) responds to desire appearing as action and discrete events, consciousness may serve as a focus for patterns and regularities governed by natural or spiritual law.  Included are birth, aging, death, commitment, conviction, faith, rebirth, repentance, and zeal.

Sinners are being called to an eternal life where they will exist permanently as close companions of divinity.  They must receive deposits and fresh endowments of spirit content from the make up of GOD such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  While their transformation begins using water baptism (death and burial of their inborn spirit, resurrection having divine DNA, so to speak), all those who are “born again” also must “grow up again” and become mature through life experience on the earth that includes fellowship with others, praise and prayer, study of the holy writings as well as ministry and unselfish service.  Believers all go through a period of “getting to know” GOD, display their own content and makeup to GOD, and, thereby, increasingly grow in acceptance, affection, gratitude, respect, reverence, and full relationship as offspring of the Holy.

Despite that many things from GOD will continue as ongoing, endless, and everlasting, aspects of the divine process for salvation include determination (having a “made-up mind”), duty (accountability for completion of specific tasks), immediacy (insisting that now is the time), imperative (that some tasks absolutely must be done and are mandatory), interdependence (what one believer does is joined to the deeds of others as well as the acts of divinity), and vigilance.  To encourage believers to prepare themselves and remain in constant readiness, we are told there will definitely be an end to things as we know them, however, we are not told a definite day or hour.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Hebrews 3:  7-19, King James Version (KJV):  7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,  8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.  10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.  11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)  12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.  16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke:  howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.  17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?  18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?  19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

(2.)  1st Thessalonians 5:  1-3, KJV:  1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

(3.)  2nd Peter 3:  9-13, KJV:  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Mark 13:  32-33, KJV:  32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  33 Take ye heed, watch and pray:  for ye know not when the time is.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
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Today, grace, salvation, and the divine process for spiritual growth are topics.  Eternal life always begins as a single moment during the mortal existence of a sinner.  Even so, the sinner only receives the full measure of blessing, gifts, and new life from GOD by continued humility, perseverance, and willingness to allow GOD to make permanent changes in what and who they are.  Those who leave the household of faith do so on the basis of their own choices and desires, not as a matter of divine rejection, or a lack of divine love.  With this in view, redemption and salvation are not one-time events; rather, they are movements and shifts within the core of ones makeup that require acknowledgment through multiple choices and decisions over the course of ones entire lifetime.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “annabellwagner14” (Level 1 with 92 points, a member since March 21, 2017) posted the following:

 

Being saved?

When I was younger my teacher (In church, I’m Baptist) had me saved. But I didn’t know that was what hapoened. So when I was older I got saved again. (I know that’s not how it works though, you can only be saved once). So is that bad? Does it mean wrong for me? Is there a way to fix that if there is a problem? Thank you in advance!
(I haven’t been to church in some time, I’m still looking for once since I moved)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  It is a faithful saying:  For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:  if we deny him, he also will deny us:  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful:  he cannot deny himself.  (2nd Timothy 2:  11-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Time and Sacred Events? (03/30/2017); The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); …Because GOD Loves You (03/05/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017); Plantings of the Lord (02/10/2017); As Newborn Babes…. (10/13/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016)

 

“annabellwagner14”, being saved takes a lifetime, and it is a sin to despair or quit seeking our salvation.  Many mature believers agree that “being saved” is not a one-time event for a sinner in the sense that salvation is a process of change, growth, and learning that often requires new choices and more-informed decisions.  A sinner must be “born again” through water baptism (death and burial of ones inborn spirit accompanied by resurrection having divine DNA, so to speak), and gradually come into full relationship as the children (i.e., sons, daughters, offspring) of GOD.  Once a sinner becomes a member of the family of GOD, they are rarely denied and rejected by the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit even though they may continue to sin, be ignorant of sacred knowledge, and fail to consistently practice important disciplines (e.g., confession, giving, praise, prayer, study of the holy writings).  Those who become blasphemers,  who cherish hidden sins, and who slander and behave as agents of the Adversary (the Devil) will be corrected and punished as the children of GOD, not put out of the family.  A sinner becomes perfected, and their transformation to exist as a companion to divinity is completed only through operations of the Holy Spirit, and at the time when Christ will appear to harvest those who are his from the earth (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Believers must “grow up again,” and become mature as vessels of spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Fresh endowments of inseparable spirit substance are imparted to the “new creation” including faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In addition to completeness and correctness, believers are to display balance, focus, restraint, stability, and zeal.  Consider the following points using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Ephesians 2:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

(2.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, KJV:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  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.

(4.)  Hebrews 12:  6-10, KJV:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-4, KJV:  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.)  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, response is made to a peculiar depiction of mankind as a moral being, and that contrasts human behavior to that of animals, rather than to Christ.  No BATTLE AXE appears.  The writer at “Yahoo!7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Dave D” (Level 6 with 12,167 points, a member since 02 November 2012) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo! Answers United States:

 

Fellow Christians, Can you please give me your feed back on this?

I see the deepest meaning in the story of Adam and Eve in that man became FULLY human, whether you believe in evolution or an instanteous creation, when man developed a conscience (ate from the Tree of Knoweledge of Good and Evil). From that, as described in Genesis, flowed an awareness of shame, toil, pain, suffering and death.

When you think of it that is in fact what separates us from the rest of the animals… man alone makes decisions based on moral choices or good/evil or right/wrong. A wolf does not feel shame. He does not consider the amount of running or toil he does to catch a deer. When he has pain he does not expect nor receive compassion from other pack members. He does not bemoan his fate as to why he should have pain while others of his pack do not. When he dies no one mourns his passing, but may in fact rejoice in the new meal that he has provided the pack.

Man on the other hand makes moral decisions and thus does eventually learn the concepts of compassion, empathy, and sympathy. It is only when we learn those that we can learn to love selflessly. (And it is only when we learn selfless love that we can be one with God.)

It was that perception which totally changed my opinion of the story from an “ancient story of creation” to in fact one of the most profound stories in all of literature because hidden beneath the words is a description of the entire purpose of life. But I have just had a further insight as well.

In the development of a conscience man has, like a computer, reduced ALL of his decisions to a 1 or a 0…. a yes or no or right or wrong all based on what we see as good/evil or bad. It is this fact that is responsible for ALL of out advancement. Which is better… to live in caves or to live in huts? to live in huts or in houses? to have a 1 story building or a 110 story one? to paint on the walls of the cave or not? In the decision of good and evil is at the core of all of our achievements, all of our art and architecture, our desire to improve as an individual AND our realization of the existence of God, for how could this knowledge of good or evil possibly exist it being taught to us. A wild animal does not have this capablility and therefore is incapable of advancement. A dog, who has learned from us, certainly may be capable of them on a rudimentary basis.

Just from my thinking about this I can see some areas which require deeper thought, but I would like to get your input.

Thank you.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:  To whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.  (Galatians 1:  3-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Acknowledging Divinity? (03/30/2013); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012)

 

“Dave D”, here are a few points you may find useful to avoid spiritual confusion as you continue to grow in the things of GOD through Jesus Christ:

(1.)  Your description of mankind does not sound like one that has come forth from Christ.  Because we are those having new birth (reborn from divine DNA, so to speak), our understandings are being reshaped and transformed to express divine perspectives, sacred truths, and eternal purposes.  Increasingly, the definitions we use should conform to pronouncements and standards that come to us by the word from GOD (we say, the holy writings, the Scriptures, the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD).  To reveal the person of GOD, the Bible describes multiple sacred events using thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.

(2.)  The Spirit of Prophecy (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth) operates upon and through awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Thereby Christian believers are supplied with the same spirit content that exists as Almighty GOD.  Included are inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, forbearance, gratitude, holiness, joy, love, righteousness, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  While the Gospel we are called to spread speaks primarily to the appearance of GOD incarnate (i.e., in flesh as Jesus Christ through such features as birth, earthly ministry, death, resurrection, sanctification and ascension) to accomplish the permanent redemption, judgment, salvation, and sanctification of mankind, believers are also to encourage the expectation (we say, hope) that sin will be eliminated, and mortality will be ended.  Mankind is to be a living companion to an eternal GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The divine intent is that mankind be made immortal and incorruptible.  The tools for such a cosmic transformation must include change, death, existence, flesh, life essence (we say, spirit), personness, and utterance (we say, breath, word).  Finite will is not a factor.  For in the same way mankind had no part in determining and completing the divine processes of the Creation, mankind does not perform the essential processes of judgment, Salvation, and the endowment of eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Grow in grace

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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