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Today, the error of describing relationship to divinity through Christ as a form of chattel slavery is in view.  Willing servitude (as opposed to forced labor), expresses affection, devotion, humility and love (we say, desire to add value).  Throughout the Scriptures, language appears to declare the place of the created with the Creator.  There were those who served Israel as “slaves” to GOD; however, only by human arrogance, error, exploitation, and sin were such living sacrifices taken to be ones own personal belongings and  “private property.”  Consider the following, and the presentation below:

Psalms 84:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.  10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.  11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield:  the LORD will give grace and glory:  no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Ezekiel 34:  31, KJV:  31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.

Matthew 18:  1-4, KJV:  1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,  3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

1st John 3:  1-3, KJV:  1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  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.

1st Corinthians 7:  21-23, KJV:  21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.  22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman:  likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.  23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no required profile information shared) posted the following:

 

"I am currently a slave in Christ" – Is Jesus a master who has slaves??? That’s what this guy is saying.?

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20160209072430AALyyb0

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other:  for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.  (Luke 18:  9-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fulfilling Divine Law? (07/14/2015); Slaves to Sin? (04/13/2015); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013); Only One GOD (09/14/2013); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Lawful Divorce (11/17/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, Christian believers are to continually acknowledge the exalted sovereignty of GOD, and their own  status as dependent with other created beings and living creatures in relationship to our Maker.  GOD is the single and sole source for the many sacred benefits, opportunities, and possibilities provided to the living.  Included are atonement, correction, forbearance, forgiveness, promise, prophecy, rebirth, resurrection, and sanctification.  Correct language to describe the bond with Deity established through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit must repeatedly acknowledge our gratitude, our indebtedness, our continuing infirmity and need as well as our desire for greater closeness and intimacy.  Varying levels of shared affection, respect and trust must come into view, therefore, obedience and servitude are to be understood as indicators and marks of ones love.  The words used, then, describe relationships that also are through the law, and lawful such as child, disciple, prisoner, servant, and slave.  Consider how this may appear in verses from the holy writings:

(1.)  Exodus 21:  5-6, King James Version (KJV):  5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:  6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.

(2.)  John 15:  14-16, KJV:  14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth:  but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.  16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:  that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

(3.)  Romans 8:  16-18, KJV:  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

(4.)  2nd Timothy 1:  7-9, 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,

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Colossians 3:  12-15, KJV:  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:  even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.)  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, points are shared on how to answer a friend trusting you with their testimony that GOD has spoken to them during prayer.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “learning2liveagain” (Level 2 with 611 points, a member since December 13, 2009) posted the following:

 

What would you do or say If a close friend of yours told you while praying that God spoke back & had a long talk with him.2 nights in a row?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  (1st John 4:  6-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  How GOD Answers Prayer? (01/09/2015); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

 

“learning2liveagain”, here are a few points provided through the Spirit of Prophecy to Christian believers:

(1.)  Where your friend shared a personal account (we say, testimony) given by GOD, and chose to speak with you about it, their confiding in you (we also say, confessing) expresses many different motives that may require clarification.  They may be simply seeking to share something they regard as special.  They may be responding in obedience to divine law, commands that were given, the spirit of zeal that is imparted from GOD, and other aspects of unseen truth.  They even may be seeking the unique affirmation and agreement only you may supply that comes from your sacred knowledge and experiences of divinity.

(2.)  The assembly of believers that we call the church is usually the best place to look for companions who have experience that correctly details, explains and focuses spiritual events in a way that permits a person to take action for proper spiritual benefit to themselves as well as for unselfish service to others.

(3.)  A person becomes obligated by a spiritual experience to learn, grow and share in new ways.  It is correct to turn to those who encourage your development by listening, good counsel, and sharing sacred practice (e.g., prayer, Bible study, singing spiritual songs, worship).  No one invites derision, mocking, and scorn.  Where you can not say “I love you” by restraining and suppressing insulting and negative responses, it is better to admit your unfitness to give spiritual counsel, and acknowledge that the spirit content you bring to your friendship is lacking in imparted substance from GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (4.)  Expressing your care for a family member or loved one also includes sharing admonition and cautions (we say, warnings).  Consider again the holy writings, 1st John 4:  1-3:  1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:  and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Love has spoken.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Religion as a tool of advertising, human history, government, and politics are in view, today.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “prayasmangurung” (Level 2 with 552 points, a member since September 18, 2014) posted the following:

 

Isnt religion/Christianity just a political tool?

Religion has always been used as a means of control and building Empire, which is obvious through History, but people think more of it. Right wing religious conservatives are using religion every day to influence politics in the United States & to take on a Christian visage in order to woo thep voters. Indeed they managed to get a right wing religious conservative into the White House for 8 terrible years, using religion to control the masses and of claiming a divine mandate for their actions

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice:  and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.  4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him:  for they know his voice.  5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him:  for they know not the voice of strangers.  6 This parable spake Jesus unto them:  but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.  7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers:  but the sheep did not hear them.  9 I am the door:  by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  (John 10:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Kingdom Now and One To Come? (09/05/2014); Comfort? (09/06/2014); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014); Doing GOD’s Plan? (02/20/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013)

 

“prayasmangurung”, here are a few points you should not overlook:

(1.)  In the same way your family and friends are more to you than just personal property (we say, chattel, slaves), puppets or statistics that you manipulate and use for your own pleasure, spiritual relationships, values and understandings are to have place within a believer as their own life purpose, and standard to generate and recognize meaning.

(2.)  In the same way we see advertisements on television that use images in our shared experience that come from family, football, and even sexual intimacy, there are those that use imagery and language associated with spiritual beliefs.  That there are those who use familiar ideas and themes to exploit or take advantage of us should not condemn family, football, or sexual intimacy.

(3.)  Christianity is a very rich and sophisticated belief system that requires acceptance of totally new definitions and orientations to life experience that go beyond ones carnal, material and social reality.  Concepts and principles that exist as “spirit” must be internalized, relied upon, and continually given expression.  Inseparable aspects of divine makeup must be realized as they appear within oneself and others.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  As surely as we routinely dismiss out-and-out lies, insults, and extraneous ideas that are irrelevant when we are seeking to learn and acquire correct information whereby we gain and have spiritual benefit, most critics of religion and spiritual truth should be ignored, because they are “outsiders” and non-believers lacking mature spiritual experience and insight.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Duty, family, human nature, and worship in heaven come into view, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “The Green Machine” (Level 5 with 6,162 points, a member since November 09, 2013) posted the following:

 

How would Christians like to spend eternity worshipping God?

Because that’s what heaven is like. Its not a place where you meet your family and friends and be free. Its a place of worship.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Why Were We Sent Here? (07/20/2014)—(5.)  Mankind was not “sent” to earth as an accident or an experiment; and the earth was not created to serve as a battlefield, a hospital, a practice area, a “proving ground,” a test lab, or a form of punishment by separation from GOD (such as was brought against those who lost their first estate in heaven).  The earth was specifically created as the sphere of life having conditions that would support the continued existence of  mankind.  Because many conceive their existence as independent both from GOD and from the earth, the world has been created by mankind to maintain communication, exchange, and survival.  The world system provides beliefs, meanings and values for the living, and deals with the earth as a disposable object, not as ones origin, ones home, or any organic aspect of oneself.  Through the operations of sin, mankind now abuses and misapplies the devices and mechanisms that were intended by divinity as benefit.  Included are authority, divine law, dominion, hierarchy, judgment, the Tree of Life, and truth.  Apart from GOD, created beings and living creatures must be deprived of various blessings, gifts, possibilities, and tools.  As a result, mankind is often challenged, confused, destroyed, and frustrated.  The many sacred purposes of salvation include preparing mankind to be immortal and incorruptible, and to live forever upon the earth.  See Isaiah 45:  18, Jude 1:  6, 1st Timothy 2:  13-15, Galatians 6:  7-8, Psalms 37:  8-10, Jeremiah 27:  4-5 and Isaiah 65:  17-23, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  And the four beasts said, Amen.  And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.  (Revelation 5:  13-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014); To Serve GOD Acceptably (07/10/2014); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); Does Believing Make It Happen? (09/18/2012); What is Worship? (10/18/2010); No Free Will (10/19/2010)

 

“The Green Machine”, here are a few points to consider that you may have overlooked:

(1.)  Worship and operating in accordance with ones own spirit content from GOD are contrary to dependence upon ones animal nature and regularly operating after the flesh.  Human awareness and self-will may be dominated and driven by such aspects as appetite (e.g., hunger, sexual cravings, thirst), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotional/mental functioning (e.g., anxiety, desire, fear, imagination, recall) as well as by contact, exchange and social process.

(2.)  Sin does not appear as contrary and foreign to ones own spirit content.  Yet, sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of GOD as Law Giver, and of all Creation that operates on the basis of divine order.  Sin may control and generate attitudes, behavior and conduct.  Lacking the various provisions of GOD, created beings and living creatures do not detect, recognize or correctly resist the action and presence of sin within their consciousness, and upon their self-will.

(3.)  Those who will worship in heaven first will have undergone a transformation that fits and suits them for an environment of spiritual purity.  They will have been born again, and will have received an endowment of divinity that includes such inseparable features as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, peace, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  They will have been nourished upon the earth through fellowship with other believers, sacred knowledge by study of the holy writings, and discipline through practice of holy sacraments.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  At the appearing of Jesus Christ, the transformation that has already begun, and is continuing to happen right now, whereby believers become immortal and incorruptible will be completed.  Such beggarly elements as ambition, contradiction, dullness, human error, idleness, indecision, misery, monotony, and mortality will all become a “thing of the past” that will never exist again.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC