Posts Tagged ‘grace’

Today, points are shared to describe the problem of sin by using the familiar ideas of continuity for life through family units, and law addressing inheritance.  Believers must accept the truth that sin is presently a defining condition and obstacle to those living upon the earth.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” with an ID “2015 Lerner” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since October 17, 2014) posted the following:

What do humans inherit at the moment of birth? The imputation for Adam’s original sin? Or do they inherit just a tendency to sin? And why?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.)  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.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 5:  17-21, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  For Priests and Sons Only? (09/07/2014); Harden Not Your Hearts? (09/08/2014); A Common Heritage? (07/13/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Inheriting the Kingdom? (06/27/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014)

“2015Learner”, here are a few points all Christian believers are to consider:

(1.)  The language of “family inheritance” is used when speaking of sin in order to acknowledge that finite, yet, permanent changes have been imposed upon the work of eternal divinity that now operate as conditions and imperatives (we say, things that must be done) for the continuing existence of, and process among created beings and living creatures.  

(2.)  Sin is the transgression of divine law, where “law” is the expressed will of GOD, and not merely a written code of ordinances and statutes.  An inheritance is the sum of benefits, duties, goods, obligations, ownership, and privileges transferred through the law from a deceased person to their surviving heir.

(3.)  Although sin is no living entity, and contains no spirit matter from Deity, sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living.  Sin has no measurable dimensions (e.g., circumference, diameter, height, length, weight, etc.), yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence.  Thus, the operations of sin continue indefinitely, and long after the attitudes, behavior, conduct, and death of a sinner.

(4.)  Apart from the provisions of GOD (e.g., sacred knowledge, law, divine love, promise, prophecy, revelation) mankind can not correctly, consistently discern, recognize, and resist sin as being alien, contrary to life, foreign to a godly nature, out of place, and self-destructive. 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (5.)  The difficulty when describing the human predicament that results by sin has been captured in the words of the Apostle Paul:  Romans 7:  12-20, King James Version (KJV):  12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.  13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.  14 For we know that the law is spiritual:  but I am carnal, sold under sin.  15 For that which I do I allow not:  for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.  16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.  17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:  for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  19 For the good that I would I do not:  but the evil which I would not, that I do.  20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.)  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

Covenant with Israel, foretelling the future, Malachi, and sacred prophecy are considered, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Hamburai” (Level 1 with 85 points, a member since April 11, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why there is no prophet after Malachi?

Why there is no prophet Came after Malachi?
Do you think prophecy can happen again?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.  And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.  Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.  Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.  (Acts 3:  22-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); The Storm-battered City? (03/29/2014); Why Not One Bible? (11/02/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013)

 

“Hamburai”, here are some points from the sacred knowledge shared among Christian believers:

(1.)  Prophecy is an aspect of divine revelation whereby divinity is made known and recognizable to created beings and living creatures.  Prophecy displays active, organic, and personal truth from the fullness of GODhead, and is granted as the expression of grace and privilege for those in intimate relationship with GOD. 

(2.)  The substance of prophecy is not so much foretelling the future as indicating and proclaiming divine intent, eternal purpose, and ongoing sacred process.  Given that GOD is eternal, immutable and unchanging, the holy writings clearly show that essentially the same divine law, sacred promise and prophecy are repeated over time from covenant to covenant, and from generation to generation.

(3.)  GOD has shown disappointment, displeasure, and wrath against Israel as a treasured covenant partner without also denying or terminating the covenant.  Terms of the covenant provide that repentance and returning to GOD may be made by a remnant (i.e., a portion that represents all).  While those of the priesthood and the tribe of Levi were to serve as the holy portion, through the new covenant established by Christ the chosen are seen to be those having the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, and serving in a new ministry of righteousness.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  For a period of some 400 years, no prophet (we say, spokesperson from GOD) having the same spirit and power that operated through such men as Moses, Samuel, Elijah, and Jeremiah appeared within Israel.  Those making false claims did arise, however, until John the Baptist none appeared advancing the same sacred truths earlier proclaimed.  Despite sharp rebuke from GOD through captivity and exile, the system for atonement, offerings and sacrifices that could only be acceptably performed through the priests became so corrupt that GOD promised to send one born through a virgin.  John the Baptist appeared as the first prophet after Malachi, and the work of Jesus as Messiah centered upon the fulfillment of prophecy.  Prophecy continues today through the followers of Jesus who contain his Spirit (called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Academic exams, atonement, Christian belief, judgment, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ are topics, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers Canada” writer using the ID “Guest0261” (Level 2 with 296 points, a member since August 04, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why is Jesus’ resurrection still relevant to Christians today?

What are the main points as to why Jesus’ resurrection is still relevant?
Also, can someone explain to me what is meant by atonement and how I could relate it to this question?
(I’m asking for exam revision but also out of curiosity :))
Thanks! 😀

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God:  and they that hear shall live.  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.  Marvel not at this:  for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.  (John 5:  24-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:   Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A Sleep and a Second Death (09/16/2014); Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013)

 

“Guest0261”, answers for classroom exams should conform to the material shared by ones instructor in their actual classroom presentations and home assignments.  Responses that depart from the syllabus, and added ideas are usually frowned upon, and graded with low marks.  Even so, here are a few points relevant to modern Christian belief:

(1.)  Christ is alive, today.  The resurrection of Christ has been a carnal and material demonstration of divine sovereignty over all Creation.  Authority, majesty and power are displayed over such elements as birth, existence, life, death, and rebirth.  All things that exist do not have life, and are not intended to have eternal existence.  Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, eternal purposes and divine intent are made known to created beings and living creatures that would otherwise be invisible and unknown.

(2.)  It is a truth that can not be reversed or eliminated by a single divine act, that the operations of sin always result in death for mortal beings.  The full revelation of GOD includes salvation from permanent death through judgment that appears with such divine operations as atonement, baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, burial in water, being raised having spirit content from GOD), covenant, forgiveness, repentance, and sanctification.

(3.)  Resurrection is distinct from simply being returned from the dead to continue ones life upon the earth.  Resurrection is for the purpose of appearing before deity in final judgment.  Divine judgment is the necessary process for resolution of conflict and the settlement of disputes through sacred law.  Thus, judgment permits a full manifestation of divine righteousness.  Atonement both establishes one access into the divine presence through prayer and supplication as well as ones status as cleansed from sin and its consequences through application of holy life substance (blood and spirit).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The resurrection of Jesus itself is not the “final answer” to the need of mankind that has been imposed by death and sin.  The “ultimate” answer is the imparting of divine gifts through an endowment of divinity.  Sacred matter from the makeup of GOD, so to speak, is imparted, and continuously indwells the born again believer who acknowledges the spiritual power in the resurrection of Christ.  Included are inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD such as faith, forbearance, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The transformation of mankind to become immortal and incorruptible along with permanent changes for the various spheres of live will be completed only at the Advent, or second coming of Jesus.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Where the holy writings speak of light, the revelation of GOD to created beings and living creatures should come into view along with the things spoken of as the gospel, the vision of the holy city, and the promises of eternal life.  Through the ongoing operations of the Holy Spirit, all death, foolishness, sin, and works of darkness are being dispelled by light.

 

SOME THOUGHTS ON

 

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned:  but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (John 3:  18-21, KJV)

 

Job 24:  12-17 (KJV)  12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out:  yet God layeth not folly to them.  13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.  14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.  15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me:  and disguiseth his face.  16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime:  they know not the light.  17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death:  if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

Amos 5:  7-9 (KJV)  7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,  8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night:  that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth:  The LORD is his name:  9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

James 1:  17 (KJV)  17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Isaiah 60:  1-3 (KJV)  1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.  2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:  but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.  3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Romans 13:  12-14 (KJV)  12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

John 1:  1-10 (KJV)  1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

Ephesians 5:  14 (KJV)  14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

John 12:  34-36 (KJV)  34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever:  and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?  35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you:  for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.  36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

2nd Corinthians 4:  6 (KJV)  6 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.

John 12:  44-46 (KJV)  44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.  45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.  46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

1st John 1:  6-8 (KJV)  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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:

2nd Peter 1:  16-21 (KJV)  16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

1st Corinthians 4:  5 (KJV)  5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:  and then shall every man have praise of God.

Revelation 22:  1-7 (KJV)  1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month:  and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  3 And there shall be no more curse:  but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:  4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light:  and they shall reign for ever and ever.  6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true:  and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.  7 Behold, I come quickly:  blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The question, What should we do at the time of his Advent (the Second Coming of Jesus)? is the topic, today.  Usually, I avoid presenting my own prayers in this setting, a sacred writings blog, because my prayers are intimate expressions intended for GOD, not for my readers.  However, all believers are obliged to share now whatever encouragements, gifts, helps, and sacred truth they may have, and not to withhold them until the day of his Coming.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth:  for the LORD hath spoken it.  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.  (Isaiah 25:  8-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Cleansing the Temple, and the Body (03/16/2014); GOD to “Try Harder”? (03/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014)

 

Having heard the trumpet sound, and the shout of the archangel, my first thoughts were that I would run out of doors.  I would want to see with my own eyes the Lord coming with the clouds from heaven.  I thought to myself, I would probably have my socks on already, so I would quickly slip on some shoes (probably would not tie the strings); and I would go downstairs into the front yard and stand, facing the East.

When I realized, there might be a crowd outside, and that others might rush outside, just like me; I considered how some would fall to their knees in prayer.  The words, “I’m sorry” and “I didn’t mean to do it” would be on the lips of many men, women, and children.  However, the purpose of the Coming is not to call us into embarrassment, fear of judgment, guilt, and remorse.  Many will be terrified; and all the forms of fear will be present, including awe, anxiety, fright, and panic.  On the one hand, the Advent is not an “I gotcha” moment.  On the other hand, the Coming will immediately declare the final judgment.  The time for prayers requesting forgiveness will already be over; and the time for prayers to acknowledge, welcome, yield, and show respect will be upon us.

There will be a moment for prayers that say, Thank you for your grace.  I confess, I am not worthy of all the wonderful blessings you intend for those who have become yours, purchased by atonement and blood, by faith, by love, and by truth.   You are worthy to be accepted as our Supreme Ruler, honored, obeyed, praised, and trusted.  Please, do come to us, Lord Jesus, the Lamb of GOD that taketh away the sin of the world.  Savior.  Son of the Highest.

It occurred to me, many of us will be unclean because of blood, sweat, urine, and other body fluids.  I thought, there will probably be time to run back upstairs and wash, put on a clean shirt, a tie, or even change my underwear!  (Some of us already do that, every day they dress in “go to meetin’ clothes,” just to be ready in case “today might be the day.”)  However, I realized, the living will probably not be as unclean as those decayed and rotten from the grave.  All are to be caught up in the air, and in the twinkling of an eye, all will be made permanently clean, immortal, incorruptible, and sanctified.

The most difficult challenge the believer must face is that of learning to tarry (we sometimes say, Let go, let GOD).  Yet, one does not tarry by being idle, being indifferent, being lazy, or being unobservant.  Patiently waiting for Christ is made easy as we serve, and never become weary of well-doing.  To tarry is to maintain vigilance, stay alert, to watch and pray.  Thus, believers discipline their minds to maintain focus in the promises of GOD; become skilled at waiting without having to be busy with unnecessary activity; learn to be effective functioning as independent persons without companions and peers; and master sitting in silence as well as continuously walking by faith, not by sight.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, those who welcome Christ each day through their morning devotions, prayers and Scripture studies will not feel pressured to do anything extraordinary, or unusual.  Like those who appear in times of crisis and emergency that we later call heroes, these prepared believers will probably display what they consider the “natural”, “normal” and “routine” thing:  Laughter, tears of joy, unselfish thoughts of loved ones.  Surely, many will say,  Father as I come to you through this ministry of Jesus Christ, I have no idea where I am to go, or how I may become all you would have me to be.  Even so, we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.  Guide us, lead us, shear us, slaughter us; all that we are, and all we may become belongs to you.  We come to you without silver and gold; and we are willing to abandon all worldly ambition.  You have granted us a foretaste of glory divine.  We are now trusting in the promises for resurrection and eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Some points on how death, law, and sin are interwoven are  considered, today.  Also, there is more using U. S. currency to speak about full acceptance of Old and New Testament writings.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Kelvin” (Level 3 with 1,219 points, a member since August 17, 2013) posted the following:

In Christianity, is sin the cause of death?

It says in Rom. 5:12
“Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned”

So spiritually speaking, death came to us because we sinned. Did I understand this correctly, or is it interpreted differently? Thanks

THE BATTLE AXE:  Obliged to Disregard? (02/03/2014)—(5.)  Just as signatures for the United States Treasurer and Secretary of the Treasury are affixed to each Federal Reserve Note on one side, yet applies to the other side and to every legitimate note issued, the motto, In GOD We Trust, only appears on one side of a U. S. Federal Reserve Note, yet is to be understood as in effect in all transactions where the note is used.  The many associations and historical meanings that are always an aspect of U. S. currency are invisible to those who experience only brief, or casual contact as users who “pass it on.”  Thus, many miss the appearance of the Star of David on the U. S. one dollar bill as a memorial in gratitude proposed by George Washington to acknowledge the invaluable financial assistance from Jewish supporters of the Revolution that helped establish the Nation.  A principle is in place that our knowledge of such fascinating facts and fine details come only by continuous growth and learning.  Applied to our duty as Christian believers accountable for both old and new covenant truth, there absolutely must be careful study of the holy writings.  Similar to our error in thinking the New Testament annuls, destroys or replaces the Old Testament, at some point in our growth as Christian believers, many make the mistake of thinking that, because we now have received the Holy Spirit, we no longer need the Bible and other holy writings.  Having discernment, believers realize this is no different than an admonition, never believe that we do not need one another:  Forsake not the assembling of ourselves together.  (See Ephesians 2:  8-22, Hebrews 10:  19-29 and Hebrews 11:  32-40, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.)  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.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound.  But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 5:  17-21, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); Going It Alone? (12/16/2013); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013); Dying in Terror and Joy? (09/28/2013); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013)

“Kelvin”, there are many points of truth that must be fitted together for a complete and correct answer to your question; and, for Christian belief the simple language of “cause” and “effect” must often be avoided.  Here are few points that usually pierce the enemies of the cross, yet, should prove useful as believers continue their studies:

(1.)  For many, sin is an artifact (some say, by-product, or unintended result) that came by establishment of multiple created beings and living creatures having awareness and self-will that operate as distanced, separate and set apart from the Creator.  Others hold that sin is an artifact of divine law, the expressed or spoken will of GOD.   (They avow, where there is no law, there can be no transgression).  Also, it is believed that sin is a residue of the chaos and disorder that was in place before Creation.

(2.)  Sin is not a material or spirit substance from GOD, or anything fashioned by the Maker.  As such human intellect, logic, reason and science are useless to remove sin.  Sin may be detected and recognized using tools provided by GOD, however, sin can not be suddenly eliminated without a total upheaval of all cosmic and divine order.  Sin has no dimension or divine substance, yet, sin has direction, effect and presence.  Sin opposes the continued existence of all divine law, of the Law Giver, and of all Creation.

(3.)  Mankind was fashioned as mortal, and subject to completion through death.  Holy angels (called, ministering spirits), sacred beasts and others that appear in the place of full divine presence (we say, heaven) were fashioned as neither mortal nor immortal, and are totally different from mankind as life forms.  Sin was first discovered among the holy angels as opposition to divine law, and later appears as defiance, rebellion, and corruption of mankind through deceit and unlawful influence.  All living beings endure as vessels bearing divinity, and expressions of divine prerogative.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Through the ministries of Jesus Christ, mankind is being transformed, and will ultimately become immortal and incorruptible, not subject to sin.  At this time, believers receive fresh endowments of divine love and spirit content (we say, an imparted, indwelling Spirit, the Holy Ghost) that operates as the will of GOD, and establishes greater resistance to sin.  Despite continued challenges and problems all face due to sin, a believer’s eternal life has already begun; and death is only a temporary interruption, or sleep.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC