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From Dust

 

Today, reply is on burial for the dead as the fulfillment of divine proclamation, rather than comfort in bereavement, family duty, or using novelty to express affection and memorial.  The substance of mankind is both from dust and from heaven.  Many of the human errors regarding the condition and state of the dead also are recorded in the holy writings (e.g., in the Golden Arrow below, Job describes a widely held error, that there is a realm of the dead where the living may rest and sleep.  By contrast, the Holy City, New Jerusalem, is to be a realm of those raised and returned from the dead who all will have eternal life.  Even so, the Bible does not teach that we will die, go to our graves, and there live happily ever after.)  While some insist that their dead be interred in settings that have been sanctified through prayer (i.e., church yards; holy ground)—and account it a form of excommunication to be denied burial as a benefit, privilege, and righteous reward for having been loyal members within a church congregation—resurrection of the dead in completion of divine judgment even will include divinity acknowledging and restoring bodies that were destroyed or lost through burning, dismemberment, and explosions.  Beyond resurrection and ones personhood existing in the divine presence, there is little indication within the holy writings that how the physical body is disposed of determines closure, completeness, contentment, or fulfillment for ones spirit.  In the vision granted to John, souls under the altar behave as petitions and prayers for judgment, justice, and righteousness, to wit, the redemption of the body.    The  fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum who uses the ID “?” (Level 1 with 30 points, a member since April 11, 2018) posted the following:

 

Do you want to be cremated or buried ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?  Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?  For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept:  then had I been at rest,  With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves;  Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:  Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.  There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.  There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.  The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.  Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;  Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;  Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?  (Job 3:  11-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Completing Divine Unfinished Business (04/17/2017); Life Is GOD’s Intent (11/15/2016); The Purpose of Resurrection (07/05/2016); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014); GOD Permits Evil? (05/12/2014); Our Present Comfort? (06/28/2013); Come As You Are? (06/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013); Why Jesus Authored No Books (05/01/2013)

 

“?”, here are some points mature Christian believers have found helpful for maintaining godly focus on issues of death, mourning, and remembrance:

1.  The word of GOD to Adam (“to dust thou shalt return”)  was speaking about the material form (we say, the body; the flesh) that may exist without life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word) imparted from the makeup of GOD.  A physical complete body may exist, yet, be without spirit content to qualify as “a living soul.”  It is written:  Ecclesiastes 12:  7, King James Version (KJV):  7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:  and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

2.  Abraham traveled throughout Canaan as a nomad, and did not seek to obtain property by conquest, by continuous occupation, or purchase.  Abraham was offered a piece of land as a gift, and a show of respect, however, the Patriarch insisted there be an open transaction for the public record in the gate (i.e., downtown; the business district; the town square).  It is written:  Genesis 23:  19-20, KJV:  19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre:  the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.  20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.

3.  Blood from murder and warfare defile the earth.  Thus, burial comes into view as more than simply an act of sanitation to remove decomposing flesh.  Burial comes into view as an expression of dynasty, family, inheritance and marital love that uses the frameworks of time and space to provide measurable dimensions and unchanging parameters for remembrance.  It is written:   Genesis 49:  28-33, KJV:  28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel:  and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.  29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people:  bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,  30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.  31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.  32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.  33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

4.  The examples from Abraham (who is called the Friend of GOD) and Jacob (also called Israel) are seen responding to the oneness without sameness that mankind is to display as a product and fruit of the earth as well as the initial commission that mankind replenish the earth.  Christians do not preserve dead bodies to await the return of their spirit.  No dead body is of itself holy or sacred (thus, the taking up of Joseph’s body at the Exodus was not an act of idolatry and worshiping his remains); and there is no belief in an “immortal soul,” or reincarnation where spirit content is recycled.  It is written:  1st Chronicles 10:  10-14, KJV:  10 And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.  11 And when all Jabeshgilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,  12 They arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.  13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it;  14 And enquired not of the LORD:  therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, regarding the activity, condition, and state of the dead, the holy writings plainly declare the dead neither have awareness or physical feeling; they do not praise GOD; and they neither labor nor rest.  Even so, spirits from the living are being maintained through sacred operations.  Many offer heartfelt prayers that the response of GOD to souls of the saints will continue compassion, mercy, and peace.  It is written:  5.  Revelation 6:  8-10, KJV:  8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:  and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.  9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O LORD, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is on the divine endowments, possibilities, and sacred substance of mankind.  Understanding that the operations of sin may have rule over created beings and living creatures by dominating their awareness and self-will many are quick to repeat the condemnations of flesh that appear in the Bible:  “The soul that sinneth must die.”  Yet, there are divine provisions for the recovery of Creation that include forbearance, forgiveness, repentance, resurrection, and sanctification.  The followers of Jesus Christ are encouraged to grasp that humanity is a “special blend” of things carnal, material and temporal joined with things divine, immaterial, and eternal.  Mankind has potential to express an animal, human, or divine nature; and often displays all three at once.  Even so, as vessels of sacred content from the makeup of Deity, men and women may have place as the children of GOD, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

All our science. All our hopes our dreams are foolish! In the face of this, we are dust, nothing more.?

Unto this dust, we return. When he chooses for us to die, it is not our place to challenge God.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:  behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days:  be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.  (Revelation 2:  10-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Existence, Mortality and GOD? (08/31/2017); Becoming Free From Sin (07/16/2017); Simply Modules of Clay? (06/25/2017); Reflections on Existence (12/19/2016); Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (09/07/2016); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, eternal life begins among Christian believers while they are alive on the earth.  Mortal men will continue to die, yet, through the ministry of Jesus Christ, mankind has been given many encouragements from GOD to overcome condemnation, guilt, shame, and fear of death.  At the coming of Jesus Christ to harvest his believers from the earth (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming) their transformation to exist as immortal and incorruptible companions of divinity will be completed.  It is a common and widespread error among us here on the earth to think and speak as if death has greater authority and power than divinity.  The correction sinners must receive to escape the pattern and understanding that exalts death is so all-inclusive that GOD has been teaching us to say, You must be born again!  The problem is more than simply lack of correct information, lack of intellectual skills and tools to analyze and evaluate life experience, a lack of materials that increase sacred knowledge, or lack of personal discipline and self-control.  The need is for a fresh deposit of the same spirit content from the makeup of GOD that resides within the person of Jesus Christ.  Inseparable aspects of divinity are included such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Carnal reason, science, and secular knowledge are important for our survival on the earth; however, those finite tools do not maintain and strengthen the necessary focus for our correctly valuing the flesh and being in a more nourishing relationship with our Creator.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 8:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

(2.)  2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, KJV:  7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

(3.)  Romans 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 2:  12-16, KJV:  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  14-18, KJV:  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.)  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, Scriptures are shared to clarify mankind’s return to eternal life.  Created beings and living creatures now become consumed through the life process called “dying”.  The function and purpose of death are not to condemn, hurt, punish, and reject the living so much as to reveal the aspects of divinity that are being shared with the living.  Death (we say, the completion of ones mortality) occurs as a set of continuing events shown to be concluded and finished by the total shut down of all organs and tissues of the body as well the cessation of all emotional/mental functions (e.g., anger, desire, fear, thought, recall, self-will).  Blood that transports air along with the substance of life will no longer circulate throughout the parts of the body.  The mechanical and plain, repeating physical process displayed as dying is not to become the primary focus.  Rather, awareness is to center upon the active presence and operations of spirit substance from the makeup of Deity.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Defender of Truth” (Level 6 with 15, 721 points, a member since February 25, 2013) posted the following:

The Creator used “dust from the ground” when he formed the first man (Ge 2:7; 1Co 15:47, 48), right?

and when Adam was sentenced for disobeying God’s law, Jehovah decreed: “To dust you will return.” (Ge 3:19)

How will we return? Can you please give scriptures? Thank you!

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  (2nd Corinthians 4:  5-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A Sleep and a Second Death (09/16/2014); Sin Causes Death? (02/04/2014); Succession (02/05/2014); Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013)

“Defender of Truth”, a material body formed and shaped by divinity became a living soul when life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word) was joined to eternal purpose and consecrated will.  Here are a few points Christian believers are to share with the Good News that Christ is risen:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 15:  3-8, King James Version (KJV):  3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.  8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

(2.)  Ecclesiastes 12:  7, KJV:  12 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:  and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

(3.)  Acts 2:  29-32, KJV:  29 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.  30 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;  31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.  32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

(4.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  16-18, KJV:  16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

(5.)  1st Corinthians 15:  34-36, KJV:  34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God:  I speak this to your shame.  35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?  36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

(6.)  1st Corinthians 15:  41-44, KJV:  41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:  for one star differeth from another star in glory.  42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:  43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory:  it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:  44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (7.)  1st Corinthians 15:  47-50, KJV:  47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.  48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy:  and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.  49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on prayer as a sacred practice for Christian believers.  In addition to prayer by speaking aloud and silent prayer, believers correctly “enter the divine presence” for prayer with holy boldness and trembling, and using such varied postures as bowing, kneeling, sitting, standing, with their arms outstretched and uplifted, and with hands folded against one another (palm-to-palm) or joined (i.e., hand-in-hand).  In the same way tears may appear to express sorrow, weeping also may appear to express joy.  Prayers also may be distinguished by brevity, fervor, focus, importunity, inclusiveness, intensity, perseverance, and strength.  In Scripture, Moses, Aaron, Joshua and others even prostrate themselves (i.e., fall on their face; lay face down on ones stomach) fulfilling the word:  From dust thou art, to dust thou shalt return.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following sneak attack:

 

Why do Christians bow down when they pray to God when Jews do not and Christ never taught or bowed down when he prayed?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.  See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.  Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks:  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  Quench not the Spirit.  Despise not prophesyings.  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.  (1st Thessalonians 5:  14-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Prayer to Read? (03/25/2015); Cornelius, and Prayer By Sinners? (03/09/2015); Prayer in Public? (02/24/2015); The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014); The Rosary and Other Prayers? (08/23/2014); Should Men Take Their Hats Off? (05/15/2014); The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014); Intercession (12/27/2013); Jesus Is GOD’s Word (12/28/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, here are a few points on the purpose and substance of Christian prayer that release many from error and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  The offering of prayer occurs in the new life of a believer as both a group (we say, communal) and individual (we say, personal, private) practice.

(2.)  Prayer is no less a sacrament (we say, sacred practice) than baptism, confession, marriage, and ordination to serve within the priesthood.

(3.)  Prayer sanctifies (we say, cleanses and sets apart for exclusive service to GOD) the place where it is offered.  Thus, ones private place for prayer (we say, closet) is purified by the believer’s truth in the same manner (and by the same Spirit) as the sanctuary within a church building provided for the full assembly of believers.

(4.)  Ones emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual  postures all are to be in agreement or harmonized in prayer through humility, intent, motive, purpose, and truth.  Thus, there are both inner and outward displays of acceptance, awe, compliance, gratitude, obedience, respect, reverence, and submission.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (5.)  Flesh and spirit are united in prayer.  For divinity, there are further nourishment of life, provision of sacred knowledge, and continuing revelation.  For humanity, there are contact, exposure, and self-discovery.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  May your prayers ever be answered according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

A brief Scripture study is shared today focused upon the excellence of mankind as an aspect of Creation.  Man is exalted, lifted to an otherwise unattainable height, by endowments from GOD that establish life, even divine love appearing as operations of grace and faith.

 

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3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  (Romans 12:  3, KJV)

 

Genesis 1:  27 (KJV)  27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 3:  17-19 (KJV)  17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it:  cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;  18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;  19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Exodus 13:  1-2 (KJV)  1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast:  it is mine.

Job 7:  17-18 (KJV)  17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?  18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

Job 15:  7-15 (KJV)  7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?  8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?  9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?  10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.  11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?  12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,  13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?  14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?  15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

Job 32:  8 (KJV)  8 But there is a spirit in man:  and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Psalms 8:  2-9 (KJV)  2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.  3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:  7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;  8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.  9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Psalms 17:  7-9 (KJV)  7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.  8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,  9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

Psalms 89:  47-48 (KJV)  47 Remember how short my time is:  wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?  48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Psalms 144:  3-5 (KJV)  3 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!  4 Man is like to vanity:  his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Matthew 10:  29-31 (KJV)  29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.  30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Hebrews 12:  1-8 (KJV)  1 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,  2 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.  3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  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.

 

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  Readers are invited to show any verse or passage from Scripture that they would like to share in the comments area (see below).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Exaggerated behavior, fanaticism, and zeal are topics, today.  Also, there is more on the dead in Christ.  A writer on “Yahoo! Answers Malaysia” using the ID “Candle4969” (Level 1 with 31 points, a member since April 3, 2012) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers United States:

 

Can someone be over filled with the baptism of the holy spirit?

I was wondering I know a lot of people who are filled with the baptism of the holy spirit. Some people use it very little then there are others who use it all the time non stop. why is that can someone have the baptism of the holy spirit and be over filled with holy spirit.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Dead in Christ? (11/18/2013)—(5.)  The work of Jesus in the Sanctuary is not open and visible to the holy angels, elders, and sacred beasts of heaven; and must be known to them though faith, for Jesus has remained unseen for an extended period.  While the Savior is thus occupied, and may not grant us his full and immediate attention, it is correct to direct ones prayers to the Father in the Savior’s name.  Like those upon the earth who lack faith and are overcome by a spirit of unbelief, Satan continues to operate proclaiming Christ is no more, and was totally defeated and removed by death upon the cross.  In the Adversary’s estimation, nothing of importance is going on there, nothing that will bestow honor, power or promotion.  It remains, however, that the works of judgment and salvation have many levels known only to GOD; and these have been entrusted only to Christ who now is Judge, the soon-coming King of Glory, and the eternal Son of the Highest.  More than behavior and conduct, divine judgment must also assess such elements as conformity to the life of Jesus, dutifulness, godliness, spirit content, and zeal.  The knowledge of Bible truth and Scripture is not the sole qualifier and requirement for salvation.  Those who walked in accordance with the light and truth that was available to them in their day as coming forth from GOD may not have received the same awareness and gifts granted to us in this present hour.  Even so, where they died believing and trusting GOD to fulfill the promises and words spoken in the hearing of Adam and Eve—or merely trusting the Almighty for compassion, mercy, and righteousness in judgment—these can be accounted as belonging to Christ, and will be received as the people of his eternal kingdom.  (See Isaiah 45:  11-13, Isaiah 50:  9-11, 2nd Corinthians 4:  1-7, Romans 3:  21-26, and Hebrews 9:  15, Ephesians 5:  8 and 1st John 1:  6-8, KJV.)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.  (Matthew 12:  18-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); Need for A New Holy Spirit? (06/03/2013); Faith for Facing Tragedy (06/04/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Spirit Matter (10/21/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Christian Modesty (10/15/2012); The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012)

 

“Candle4969”, here are a few points that should be useful among Christian believers:

(1.)  In the course of their development, most believers will display behavior and understandings that are exaggerated, inflated, understated, and otherwise unbalanced.  Once born again from divine DNA, so to speak, believers must also “grow up again” as new creatures who exist in an old and unchanged environment (i.e., the physical world and social system they receive as their family, the workplace, the nation and global community, etc.).  Growth only goes forward through change that is gradual, yet, also includes outbursts, life challenges (we say, growing pains), spurts, and suffering. 

(2.)  Fanaticism and overly zealous conduct also may include legitimate charismatic displays (such as spontaneous and unplanned “holy rolling,” where believers fall to the floor humbling themselves, and “return to dust;” ecstatic gospel dancing; or speaking in tongues).  Even so, Christian believers are to respond to authority, discipline and order within the assembly regarding manifestations.  Out of control behavior only appears where believers are not continually experiencing Jesus as a living person in relationship with themselves.  The Savior’s manner and style continually acknowledges the presence of the Father through humility, piety, quietness, respect, reverence, and sobriety.  Also, as unfinished believers, fanatics and zealots will lack correct knowledge of divine law, of sacred purpose, and of the ongoing operations of GOD through the Holy Spirit. 

(3.)  Believers are to stand upon their own faith, and obey the dictates of their own individual conscience.  However, none may trust in their own righteousness to be all they need for salvation.  Once separated from the counsel and guidance of other experienced believers, and leaders within their chosen assembly, unfinished believers are on dangerous ground (some say, Satan’s ground).  Those completely driven by their own strong emotions and feelings are exposed to, and repeatedly invite, the subtle attacks and “psychological warfare” upon true doctrine that now exists throughout popular culture and social media.  Isolation and separatism that may be useful for fasting, personal growth, prayer, private devotions, sanctification, and study, often prove inappropriate for the shared work of spreading the Gospel.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  It is not wise to deny all external authority outside of oneself, and to insist that ones own inner spirit is sufficient, and is the true source of the divine grace bestowed upon all.  Intellect and mind naturally embrace bias, counterfeit spirituality, fleeting impressions, and subjective sensation.  Believers are counseled to “try the spirits.”  While it is correct that our goals of achieving spiritual insight and maturity (we say, perfection) are attained only through operations carried out by ones own endowment of the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD provided through the ministry of Jesus Christ, genuine manifestations of that Spirit all are to be recognized as displaying balance, completeness, and regularity as well as circumspection, meekness and stability.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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