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Focus, today, is upon GOD appearing as Jesus Christ to provide a new dispensation and sacred mechanisms for mankind’s access to divinity, commitment, and eternal life.  When speaking about Deity and spirit, familiar language devices must be used in order to make explanations and instruction continue within the awareness of believers as concrete and memorable.  Yet, the lasting consciousness that spirit exists, is active, and is present may only be imparted and maintained using spirit substance itself, not finite elements such as emotion, intellect, logic, and philosophy.  In the holy writings, marriage and the imagery of banquets and wedding feasts have been used to clarify, depict, and suggest divine operations and sacred events that pertain to the ministry of Jesus upon the earth and from the heavens.  Christ is to be received as the only provision from GOD embodying all the divine attributes essential for salvation (e.g., forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, resurrection, rebirth, sanctification).  The language of a divine wedding garment that appears in the New Testament may be traced to Genesis where Adam is clothed in a covering for the human body made from glory, light, or spirit.  While yet in the Garden of Eden, the parents of mankind lost their sacred covering also thought to be innocence and purity.  After disobeying divinity by eating the forbidden fruit, the first pair discovered they were “naked”, and hid themselves from the Creator.  The two would be covered again by GOD, however, it would require using divine operations that included such elements as atonement, blood, burning, death, faith, forgiveness, perfect obedience, selfless sacrifice, and suffering.  Consider again the following from Scripture, and the presentation below:

Isaiah 54:  4-5, King James Version (KJV):  4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed:  neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame:  for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.  5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Isaiah 62:  1-5, KJV:  1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.  2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory:  and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.  3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.  4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate:  but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah:  for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.  5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee:  and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 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.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Revelation 21:  1-3, 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.

Revelation 22:  16-17, KJV:  16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

A writer at “Yahoo Answers” using the ID “Fred XXOO I” (Level 7 with 51,405 points, a member since June 28, 2010) posted the following:

 

Matthew 22:2, The Kingdom of heaven is like a king who reppared a wedding banquet 4 his son. what did that say 2 you? thank u.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:  and he is the saviour of the body.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery:  but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.  (Ephesians 5:  22-33, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014); Relating to GOD? (11/05/2013); Does Satan Know? (11/06/2013); The Church as a Bride? (05/15/2013); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); A Life Companion? (11/07/2012); On Asking Why (11/08/2012); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010); Eat and Run? (10/21/2010)

 

“Fred XXOO I”, see with new eyes:  The holy angels and all those in covenants (i.e., lawful relationships established by GOD with Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, and others joined to divinity through inheritance) were welcomed to embrace divinity through a new relationship with GOD manifest upon the earth in flesh (we say, incarnate).  All were to acknowledge a new creation (the church) that would be a “spouse” to the Son of the Highest.  Many of those who were specially “invited”, granted place, and welcomed to share in the multiple sacred events establishing eternal life, refused to acknowledge Jesus as the legitimate fulfillment of divine promise, or even respond with respect to his matchless  revelation of divine grace and exclusive devotion.  In their place, mankind in general is being welcomed to have intimate personal relationship to Jesus Christ as a church that will be a life companion to the Son of GOD in the same way a married couple becomes permanently joined by the union of their spirit content.

Throughout his ministry (we could say, courtship and dating) upon the earth, Jesus Christ planted seeds of an eternal dispensation from GOD to preserve mankind and all Creation.  However, the Lord was challenged to speak using terms that would be correctly recognized and understood only by those already having a peculiar spirit content from the makeup of divinity (e.g., faith, godly sorrow, holiness, purity, wisdom, wrath against sin, zeal).  Parables were a popular teaching tool of the day—and along with comparisons, contrasts, metaphors and similes—were used as a “filter” to discover and ignite spirit substance in those who were genuinely “called”, “elect”, and prepared through prophecy and the discipline of obeying sacred law for encounter with GOD in the person of Christ.

Through divine operations of covenant, judgment, and promise, all mankind to the time of Christ’s birth (for millennia) had been given admonition, comfort, encouragement, and guidance to restore the communion, intimacy and trust that was lost at Eden.  In addition to a relationship of blessing with Deity, Adam (the single divine name for the male and female) lost special sacred abilities, qualities, opportunities, and possibilities.  Full restoration requires permanent changes to mankind that include the end of mortality and receptiveness to corruption as well as the removal of dependency upon frameworks of time and space for sacred knowledge.  By GOD appearing in flesh as Christ and Messiah, atonement for sin and new access to divinity were being established.  Divine spirit content is to be the basis of identity in mankind (we say, the image of GOD).  Through “water baptism” (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) and “fire baptism” to acquire spiritual authority and power, mankind is given a fresh endowment of divine life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word).   

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, those who are “ripe” after developing and maturing upon the earth will be harvested by Jesus as his church at his Advent (Second Coming).  These will be accounted as the “fruit” of his planting, and will be offered and presented to the Father before the host of heaven.  Because many angels and other created beings lost their place in heaven through sin, there now are places there to be filled for special events to be properly witnessed to, and completed.  Included are concluding final judgment, finishing the New Jerusalem, distributing rewards for service to divinity, and allotting places to the saints within the Holy City.)  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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Differences among the three persons that describe the full GODhead come into view, today.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “louis” (Level 2 with 854 points, a member since September 09, 2011) posted the following:

 

Can you explain 1 Corinthians 15:24, 28?

Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:24

When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
1 Corinthians 15: 28

Why does Jesus have to had over the authority to the Father, as they are one?
Why does he have to subject himself to God in the end, as he is God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:   and these three are one.  (1st John 5:  5-7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Oneness, Not Equality or Rank? (07/16/2015); Christ Brought A New Nature? (07/15/2015); To Express the Fullness of GOD? (07/09/2015); Power Against Sin? (04/12/2015); A Kingdom Now and One To Come? (09/05/2014); Comfort? (09/06/2014); Hierarchy (11/14/2013); The Benefit of Law? (11/15/2013); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013)

 

“louis”, there are many things that have to be fitted together, here.  For thousands of years, now, Christian believers have wrestled with the many concepts that describe Deity by using the idea of GODhead.  Mankind has been emanated and put forth by divinity, yet, existence and the makeup and substance of divinity are very different from that for created beings and living creatures.  The living are to rely upon the awareness of divinity that is being imparted from GOD as revelation.   With this in view, Deity may be described as the combination of immortal, incorruptible, and inseparable aspects of spirit content (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin).  Also, Deity may be understood and described by multiple appearances as active presence, and expressions of eternal purpose (e.g., atonement, forgiveness, incarnation, rebirth, salvation, sanctification).

While GOD is a spirit—and believers must worship (acknowledge, praise, reverence) him in spirit and in truth—GOD also is the origin, source of, and exalted sovereign who governs and rules over all that pertains to continued existence for whatever is carnal, material, natural, and spiritual.  (Instead of human attitudes, behavior and conduct, focus for GOD is upon life experience (e.g., birth, death, reproduction, joining of spirits through sexual activity), divine operations, and sacred process.)  As exalted and sovereign with authority and power over all, GOD is free to be in relationship using agents, diversity, flesh, form, personness, sacred events (we say, miracles), spokespersons (we say, messengers, prophets), immaterial things, things natural as well as things supernatural.

Christian believers accept that GOD has appeared and operated in the creation of heaven, earth, the holy angels, and the many other forms of life that appear such as animals, birds, insects, and the sacred beasts of heaven.  We therefore speak of the Holy Spirit as an irreplaceable aspect of the GODhead.  In addition to the Holy Spirit (known as the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Spirit of Truth), followers of Jesus Christ are to acknowledge the Savior as “the Word,” “the Everlasting Father,” and a peculiar appearance of “the Almighty Father” upon the earth to resolve conflicts and disputes through judgment (application of divine law).

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, with the conclusion of judgment signaled by the Lake of Fire and the second death, various dispensations established to buttress sacred law, maintain cosmic order as well as to address the specific attributes and needs of the created will be completed, ended, removed and replaced.  Included are decay, mortality, rebuke, redemption, separation from GOD, and shame.  What remains will be recognized as accord, peace and unity.  The actions and formal proclamation that the former things are finished will appear as “the handing over of the kingdom.”  In fact, it will be the celebration of Sabbath, and Creation’s return to Divine Rest.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC