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The Former Things

 

Today, reply is on whether there will be challenges to face for those who enter into heaven. Living in heaven is only to be for a single millennium (1,000 years); and life upon the earth as the home of mankind then is to resume. The eternal purpose of GOD proclaimed to Adam will yet be in effect: Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. When the bride of Christ descends (the New Jerusalem) multiple aspects of living will remain the same as they had been in the celestial realm: both heaven and earth will be made new; and mankind will have been made both immortal and perfected. It is written: Isaiah 45: 18, King James Version (KJV): 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “Manitu” (Level 2 with 764 points, a member since May 08, 2018) posted the following:

 

Do you think we will have responsibilites and challenges in heaven?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21: 7-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: No Wall of Partition (07/05/2019); Preserved As Life Companions (06/23/2019); Spiritual Confusion About Heaven (05/31/2019); Asking Questions in Heaven? (11/15/2018); Rendering Our Reasonable Service (06/15/2018); Mankind’s Priesthood in Heaven (02/16/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Will There Be Diversity? (10/22/2017); Material Things in Heaven? (11/10/2016)

 

Manitu”, there are many prophecies that speak clearly regarding the times ahead for those who belong to GOD. Thus, many mature Christian believers agree that heaven is not to be the permanent home of mankind once all who belong to Jesus Christ have been harvested from the earth. While his believers will rest from their earthly labors, heaven will be neither a place for dreaming and lounging, nor a divine “sweat shop.” Judgment of those who will meet Christ in the air will have been completed prior to their transformation to exist as his immortal companions and co-workers. In the same way, divine law, eternal purpose, and the presence of divine fullness (we say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) will be everlasting, the living will serve rejoicing and sharing the benefits and privileges they receive as reward for their deeds in the earth. There will be immutable, unchanging standards, yet, all will continue to experience accountability, discovery, diversity, gradual growth, and learning.

Praise, thanksgiving, and worship will likely appear as continuous and uninterrupted. Reunions and visiting with loved ones from the earth may be delayed. In addition to preparing and serving as witness to the Great White Throne judgment for the unjust and the wicked, those who belong to Christ will participate in the distribution of their portions within the holy city, the New Jerusalem. The work of cleansing the furniture, precincts, and utensils of the Sanctuary is likely to be continuous while in heaven; and when the holy city descends, there will be no temple upon the earth. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Daniel 7: 21-27, King James Version (KJV): 21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

2. Philippians 3: 20-21, KJV: 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Revelation 21: 21-27, KJV: 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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The Soon Coming of Jesus

A depiction of Jesus Christ appearing to harvest the earth.

 

Today, reply is on the preparation by Christian believers to receive the soon coming of Jesus Christ. The sacred process of becoming ready to greet the Lord at the meeting in the air on surface is merely one of tarrying and waiting, yet, more correctly discerned is one of abiding in blessing, continuing gradual growth, and giving glory and honor to divinity through praise and unselfish service. It is written 1st John 3: 2-3, King James Version (KJV): 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” in the Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Your Word is a light to my roadway” (Level 7 with 36,328 points, a member since April 05, 2010) posted the following:

 

What are you going to do with the very short time we have left? Jesus Christ’s return is soon.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (Mark 13: 28-37, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Christian Beliefs Are Forward-looking (09/23/2018); Believers Must Become “Ripe” (09/02/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); On Facing The Future (01/17/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014)

 

Your Word is a light to my roadway”, rather than anxiety, fear, and uncertainty the followers of Jesus are embracing awe, fear of the Lord, and hope (commanded expectations). Mature Christian believers all do not hold that there are specific activities and works (e.g., church attendance; door to door ministry; regular Bible study; tithing) that are to be performed up to the time of his appearing (we also say, the Advent; the first resurrection; the harvesting from the earth of those belonging to Christ; the Second Coming); and many discern that there is an ongoing spiritual struggle against disbelief, sin, and wickedness. All developing Christians are commanded to maintain a lifestyle and daily routines that display repentance, respect, and vigilance. The works carried out by believers are not to earn or secure their own salvation so much as to express gratitude; to further build up, edify, and spiritually nourish the body of believers; and to share the things from GOD with others. By their works believers give evidence of Christ in the life, and continue the actualities of faith, divine law, and sacred possibilities as well as eternal purpose, promise, and prophecy. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Romans 12: 1-2, King James Version (KJV): 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(2.) 2nd Timothy 1: 7, KJV: 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

(3.) 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.

(4.) James 2: 18-20, KJV: 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) Ephesians 6: 12-16, KJV: 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Scripture points are shared, today, on preaching about the End Times, rather than the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Many Christian believers are conservative, and feel strongly that their congregations should promote only the message of repentance and salvation.  Others, who seek to advance what is called “the full Gospel,” also teach and share prophecies of the last days before the coming of Jesus to harvest his followers from the earth.  The word of GOD is to comfort, edify, and exhort those reborn through baptism; and is imparted (we say, revealed) to anchor the church in hope (i.e., specific godly expectations).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bucky Daniels” (Level 2 with 799 points, a member since September 03, 2010) posted the following:

Do you believe any of those preachers like John Hagee who talk about the end of the world? Is it possible he does not know his Bible?

In the words of Jesus, (supposedly the person that Hagee and others hold as their religious leader):
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”

This quote is from the New American Standard Bible.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  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.  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.  (2nd Peter 3:  2-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Imminent Return of Christ? (07/19/2015); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); The Endtime and Fear? (01/14/2015); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); World Without End? (01/10/2014); Like a Thief? (12/01/2013); Only While We Live? (12/02/2013); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); Naaman the Leper (12/21/2012)

“Bucky Daniels”, for mature Christian believers, the issues are not “if” or “when” there will be a final judgment and destruction of sin; all are to proceed on the basis of “soon”.  The focus is to be more upon the “what” that shall be visible as the appearing and coming of GOD.  Earlier, prophesies were shown to be authentic (truly from GOD) when they were followed by sacred events (we say, miracles, signs, wonders).  The resurrection of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion is received by many as the “final sign.”  To correctly understand the sacred events and operations of divinity, created beings and living creatures must open their hearts and minds to receive divine revelation; and they must allow their spirit content to be permanently altered to include substance from the makeup of Deity.  In addition to divine law and sacred knowledge, inseparable aspects of GOD must be acquired such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  As reported through the holy writings, the process of GOD for those upon the earth includes cleansing (e.g., atonement, baptism, purification by fire), government, judgment (i.e., the resolution of conflict and the settlement of disputes by applying sacred law), redemption and sealing as well as the fulfillment of things proclaimed, promised and prophesied.  Consider again the following Scriptures from the King James Version (KJV):

(1.)  Revelation 1:  1-3, KJV:  1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:  2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.  3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:  for the time is at hand.

(2.)  Isaiah 65:  8-12, KJV:  8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it:  so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.  9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains:  and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.  10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.  11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.  12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter:  because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

(3.)  Isaiah 65:  13-17, KJV:  13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry:  behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty:  behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:  14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.  15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen:    for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:  16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.  17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:  and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

(4.)  2nd Timothy 4:  1-4, KJV:  1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.  3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

(5.)  2nd Timothy 2:  3-5, KJV:  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

(6.)  Romans 15:  4-7, KJV:  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:  6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

There is much more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (7.)  Revelation 21:  1-3, KJV:  21 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.)  Even so, I trust this collection of verses will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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    As we enter into the New Year, 2015, many of us are concerned for our immediate future as Christian believers.  Having a mix of desires, disappointments, dreams, and expectations, believers too are asking:  What will happen for me, now?  Will things get better, or stay pretty much the same?  Will I finally fall in love, or meet someone to be my life companion?  Will I finally have the miracle I’ve been praying for; or will I experience the coming of Jesus, and the end of the world as we now know it?  Will I see in my lifetime the harvest, the Rapture, and other sacred events proclaimed, promised and prophesied in the Bible?  Will I finally give up, and stop trying to hold on to things we know are impossible?

    Because we are in a divinely ordered and structured process of growth and transformation, and believers are the focus of multiple sacred operations carried out by the Holy Spirit that are intended to establish permanent changes, everyone will continue to experience a broad range of the positive and negative feelings that anchor us in our humanity.  There will be enduring the unexpected, and facing the unknown.  There will be fear and uncertainty; anger and frustration.  There will be defiance and resistance.  There will be contentment, joy, and satisfaction.  In the midst of many storms, there will be peace.  In short there will be challenge after challenge with unfulfilled hope until the day of Christ’s appearing.

    On the one hand, the life of a Christian is the same rollercoaster of experience that all upon the earth must endure.  On the other hand, believers are marching to Zion supplied from the onset with guidance and instruction from Jesus, fellowship with other believers, a fresh endowment of sacred content from the makeup of divinity (e.g., faith, holiness, love), sacred knowledge through study of the holy writings, and new insights that emerge over time as they continue to pursue their journey. 

    For believers, diverse questions and thoughts are not so much a result of the changing times as the outcome of shifts in focus where believers lose sight of the eternal goals of divinity that have been revealed through Jesus Christ.  What we are commanded to expect and be ready for (we say, our hope) is unchanging.  My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.  At the Advent, the Second Coming of Jesus, mankind is to become immortal and incorruptible, to live upon the earth made new, and serve as an eternal companion to Deity.  For now, Creation continues, and GOD is completing numberless sacred operations to fulfill the spirit potential of man to be more than a mere animal or carnal being.  Thus, there are such features revealed as atonement, correction, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, perfection, redemption, salvation, and sanctification.

As we begin the New Year, 2015, think it not strange that there will be affliction, hardship, or fiery trials.  Let us continue our deliberate choice to experience salvation through Jesus Christ in spite of all opposition that arises by disease, covetousness, envy, ignorance, poverty, pride, selfishness, sin, temptation, or tribulation.  Let us resolve again to hear our Sovereign say, Well done thou good, and faithful servant.  Where you have done it for the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  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.  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.   Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  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?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  (2nd Peter 3:  8-14, KJV)

 

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A Scripture study is shared, today, on the hope among Christian believers pertaining to adoption, glory, mercy in divine judgment and eternal life.  Expectations and expressions of hope for the believer are all generated by godly utterances.  Thus, the basis for hope is no different than that for belief, such aspects of sacred life as atonement, baptism, commandments, doctrine, healing, forgiveness, sacraments, sacred law, proclamations, promises, and prophecy.

 

SOME THOUGHTS ON

 

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  (1st Peter 1:  3-5, KJV)

 

Psalms 42:  10-11 (KJV)  10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?  11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God:  for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 

Psalms 39:  6-8 (KJV)  6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew:  surely they are disquieted in vain:  he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.  7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.  8 Deliver me from all my transgressions:  make me not the reproach of the foolish.

 

Psalms 33:  21-22 (KJV)  21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.  22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

 

Job 11:  13-20 (KJV)  13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;  14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.  15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:  16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:  17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday:  thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.  18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.  19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.  20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.

 

Psalms 16:  8-10 (KJV)  8 I have set the LORD always before me:  because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:  my flesh also shall rest in hope.  10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 

Psalms 119:  48-50 (KJV)  48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.  49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.  50 This is my comfort in my affliction:  for thy word hath quickened me.

 

Psalms 130:  3-5 (KJV)  3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?  4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.  5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

 

Psalms 147:  11  (KJV)  11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

 

Lamentations 3:  24-33 (KJV)  24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.  25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.  26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.  27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.  28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.  29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.  30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him:  he is filled full with reproach.  31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:  32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.  33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

 
1st Peter 2:  1-5 (KJV)  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 5:  1-8 (KJV)  1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:  knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:  yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Titus 3:  3-8 (KJV)  3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

 

Romans 15:  13 (KJV)  13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

 

1st Thessalonians 5:  7-9 (KJV)  7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

Again, there is far more to be said and made a permanent part of our understandings.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Focus, today, is upon the death of Jesus Christ on the cross; and there is more on duty and love within families.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Diet Cola” (Level 7 with 30,755 points, a member since August 22, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why did Jesus have to die so terribly?

Couldn’t there have been some other way?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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