Posts Tagged ‘ground’

Scripture points are shared, today, on discernment, faith, prayer, and operations of the Holy Spirit.  Christians are to understand that the essence from GOD that was breathed into Adam continues to have power, and to operate among the living, for the Holy Spirit is an aspect of that same divine person who established the heaven and the earth, and must appear in the lives of all living.  Eternal purpose transforms otherwise routine events, and commonplace material objects to appear as  incarnations and vessels of the Holy.  Included may be platforms where earth and heaven are in contact  (we say, altars), the remains of saints (we say, relics), and places for prayer and praise (we say, sanctuaries).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Illogical Immigrant” (Level 6 with 12,662 points, a member since June 21, 2006) posted the following:

 

When does holy water become holy?

if a person blesses a building and all its inhabitants, does that include all the waterworks there in?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean:  from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:  and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  (Ezekiel 36:  24-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Holiness (07/01/2015); To Keep It Holy (03/23/2014); 7 “Godly” Sins? (02/24/2014);  GOD Inhabits Praise (01/27/2014); Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012)

 

“Illogical Immigrant”, in the same way holy ground becomes sacred (i.e., set apart exclusively for divine purposes), or holy water becomes consecrated (dedicated to divine service; acceptable for use in the processes of GOD to establish spiritual existence), a person lacking sacred knowledge or having no intimate relationship with Deity only becomes aware of the active presence of divinity through faith and operations of the Holy Spirit.  In addition to being grounded in assurances and promises from GOD that encourage believers to operate on the basis of their faith, a Christian believer becomes disciplined (i.e., trained) to apply discernment where ones own spirit content is used to recognize, examine, and authenticate the spirit content in events and messages as well as other persons and things.  Believers are granted freedom by GOD to establish and maintain commitments, practices and needed tools to express their gratitude, and to offer worship filled with beauty, glory, respect, reverence and trust.  Consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 2:  9-14, King James Version (KJV):  9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(2.)  John 14:  12-14, KJV:  12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

(3.)  John 15:  15-17, KJV:  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.  17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

(4.)  John 16:  25-27, KJV:  25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs:  but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.  26 At that day ye shall ask in my name:  and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:  27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

(5.)  1st John 5:  13-15, KJV:  13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Romans 8:  25-27, KJV:  25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.)  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 the importance of Palm Sunday are shared, today, along with more on the church as a pillar and ground for truth.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “hellohooray56” (Level 2 with 423 points, a member since September 28, 2008) posted the following:

 

What’s the significance of the palms on Palm Sunday?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Pillar and Ground? (04/12/2014)—(4.)  In the same way Jacob saw angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven at Bethel (the house of GOD), within the church Christian believers are to operate and progress through varying levels of sacred knowledge, perfection (we say, maturity), and sanctified service to GOD.  The church as a body of Christ must be active, alive, dynamic, and organic.  Every aspect of exchange and relationship for created beings and living creatures is to appear including comfort, conflict, correction, closure, separation, tension, and being permanently sealed.  (5.)  In Bible times, pillars were used as boundary markers (we say, border lines, land marks, property lines) and were memorials to sacred events.  A pillar was to be regarded as a stop sign against trespassers, and a warning.  As at Mizpah between Jacob and Laban, a pile of stones (also called, a heap) could be a visible representation for oaths of contract, and covenant agreement; and constituted a silent witness to ones righteousness and integrity, or lack thereof.  GOD and execution of divine law are invoked as the true arbiter and judge to resolve every dispute.  As a depiction of burial and the grave, the heap signaled a final end of ones old life along with renewal and resurrection to new life, and relationship.  See Genesis 19:  26, 28:  10-22, and 31:  44-54, Exodus 13:  21 and 24:  3-5, 1st Samuel 2:  7-9, Luke 17:  28-33 and Revelation 3:  12, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.  Even so, Father:  for so it seemed good in thy sight.  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:  and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (Matthew 11:  25-30, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013);  Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013); Non-existent Debt? (03/07/2013); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012)

 

“hellohooray56”, here are a few points intended to ensure the correct focus, and deepen understanding among all who acknowledge covenant with GOD:

(1.)  In accordance to the law given the Jews to maintain Israel as a nation instead of a collection of tribes, Jesus was required to appear at the Temple in Jerusalem at least three times each year to participate in annual acknowledgments of GOD through sacred feasts.  As the first-born and eldest son of his household, Jesus was the heir, and was to serve as the agent for his parents, siblings, and those in the family line all the way back to the time of Moses.

(2.)  Jesus was first acknowledged at the Temple in Jerusalem when he appeared at eight-days old for circumcision.  Two acknowledged, well-known, and much respected spokespersons from GOD (we say, a prophet and a prophetess) identified the baby as a fulfillment of divine proclamation, promise, and prophecies recorded in Scripture.

(3.)  Again Jesus entered Jerusalem as Son of the Highest while still a child.  At this Advent (we say, coming), he was received and recognized as no more than a bar mitzvah boy, who impressed the doctors, elders and lawyers by having what they perceived as adult—yet, not divine—insight and understandings of sacred law.  The Spirit of Prophecy (the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth) and an appearance of GOD incarnate was not discerned.

(4.)  At the triumphal entry into the Holy City, Jesus was publicly acknowledged and proclaimed to be a royal heir from the line of King David, whose inheritance was not only one of sovereign authority to govern; it was also to serve as champion in combat against the enemies of Israel (we say, defender, warrior), judge, high priest, prophet, and savior.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  We say, Jesus was given the “royal treatment,” and that by spreading palm branches and the very clothes from off their backs, the people “rolled out the red carpet.”  Jesus was exalted, and shown the respect due a conquering king, because he was believed to be the promised Ruler sent from GOD to govern the whole earth, the Messiah.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;  Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord:  peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.  (Luke 19:  37-38, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Language from the Apostle Paul describing aspects of the church founded by Jesus Christ is our focus, today.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “The Holy Shroud of Turin” (Level 4 with 4,484 points, a member since June 19, 2010) posted the following:

 

Why does Paul say the Church is the “pillar and foundation of truth”? 

St. Paul, in 1 Tim 3:15

1 Timothy, Chapter 3

St. Paul Writes:

I am writing you about these matters, although I hope to visit you soon.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion, Who was manifested in the flesh,vindicated in the spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world and taken up in glory!”

Paul seems to reference a church as the pillar and foundation of truth before the Bible was written

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For we are labourers together with God:  ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.  But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  (1st Corinthians 3:  9-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Storm-battered City? (03/29/2014); Holy Ground (03/30/2014); The Temple Mount (03/31/2014); Going It Alone? (12/16/2013); On Being Good Stewards (12/17/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013); Faith, Language and “Mystery” (04/11/2013); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Without The Noise of Battle (12/25/2012)

 

“The Holy Shroud of Turin”, while intellect and knowledge will never take the place of being born again from GOD, here are some points on Christian belief to consider that have helped many avoid blasphemy, irreverence, and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Pillars are columns or posts that stand straight up from the flooring, and may be seated upon the foundation within massive buildings that are designed to show a nation or people have importance, permanence, and power.  As such, pillars are found only in palaces, judgment halls, and temples.

(2.)  The foundation of any building is the platform and surface whereupon the entire upper structure must rest.  As a result, following the many shifts through pressure and distributions of the soil that lower the building’s height over time (we say, settling), the ground is the final, and unchanging level a building will continue to be upon so long as it may stand.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  The church founded through Jesus Christ serves as an embodiment of divinity, and a vessel containing sacred matter.  More than simply data, doctrines, teachings, and information, the church provides mystery (i.e., knowledge through life experience that is only for those initiated), and truth as the active presence of divinity within ones own awareness and self-will.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.  (1st Corinthians 6:  19-20, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Added points for consideration are posted, today, that speak to the issue of Christians, Islamic believers, and Jews sharing the Temple Mount located in divided Israel/Palestine.  While we still have the freedom to go further in our focus upon this topic, the drivers of commerce and trade, the politicians of America, and the secular thinkers of the United Nations appear totally unwilling to acknowledge the spiritual concerns and needs of those in the Middle East Region, or those in covenant and submission to GOD world-wide.  As ants and other crawling things might be barred as “unclean”, it may be necessary to agree that men are no longer fit to stand on holy ground.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Holy Ground (03/31/2014)—(6.)  The essential work of divine law is to establish and maintain the frameworks, and order that generates the universe and all life.  Sacred law also expresses and reveals the character and eternal purpose of the Law Giver.  There are many points of consideration within the law that pertain to acknowledgement of holy ground.  Those agreeing to take up the law also must accept the rule that any contradictions are in their own minds, and not in the divine intent, or in the record of what GOD has spoken.  (7.)  Mankind appears to be presuming that human ownership and use of holy ground (for fasting, prayer, study, worship) is as legitimate as any divine use of holy ground, or is somehow a sharing of holy ground with GOD, when, in fact, it is not.  (8.)  The agenda and priorities for those churches and faith organizations who seek part in the economy of Israel through relief programs and tourism must be re-examined.  Many are unintentionally spreading spiritual confusion, and infecting legitimate efforts to establish the will of GOD by promoting their own carnal, material and subtle (i.e., barely visible, deceptive, hidden) conflicts of interest.  (9.)  Atonement for sin can be recognized as dependent upon active operations of divinity such as grace and mercy in place of human ceremonies, material offerings, rituals, and sacrifice.  While blood was correctly recognized as the vessel that carries and distributes life essence (we say, spirit) throughout ones body, blood itself is not spirit matter, and should be regarded only as flesh.  (Blood spilled to the earth through murder and warfare defiles a plot of ground making it unclean (we say, unfit) for sacred use.  Once cursed, the soil may be restored only by the blood of the slayers.)  A holy table (we say, altar) was required as a point of contact between heaven and earth; and the altar served as a platform for transferring gifts.  Only consecrated fire could be used to destroy flesh, and the unseen, nonmaterial, non-spirit sin that was placed upon animals for sacrifice.  At the same time corruption was being obliterated, spirit content from works of righteousness (e.g., gratitude, love, obedience, praise, repentance) were being released up to GOD.  It is a further benefit of redemption that those purchased from the altar become living sacrifices, and the demands for atonement then may be satisfied through life processes such as the practice of childbearing, confession, forbearance, forgiveness, unselfish giving, penitence, prayer, and reconciliation.  (10.)  Surely, it would be foolish to insist that there is only one geographical location upon the entire earth that is holy unto GOD, and then have it overrun by the traffic of mankind.  Surely, where men insist their sins must be brought before GOD on holy ground, eliminated, and removed, the holy place could not be a place for GOD to enter into divine contemplation, rest, and hallowed refreshing.  Many of those having issues regarding access to GOD are focused upon features that are material and vain; as a result, their arguments concerning spiritual benefits are specious.  Surely, it would be more profitable to establish a shared resolve that, once we have access granted by GOD, we will display to the Almighty only what is acceptable as comfort, praise, respect, thanksgiving, and proper worship.  At the least the Mount is to know a Sabbath.  See again Hosea 6:  1-7, Matthew 9:  9-17, Romans 10:  1-3 and Romans 11:  1-36, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  (John 4:  23-24, KJV)

 

There are many more points to be made regarding the Temple Mount of today that may be featured in future blog presentations.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divinity that resides within you.

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:  (Amos 5:  8, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, some points for consideration are posted that speak to the issue of Christians, Islamic believers, and Jews sharing the Temple Mount located in Jerusalem.  All who would know the peace of GOD in our times must be prepared to prevail over finite, human pride, and to correctly embrace an eternal divine perspective.  Created beings and living creatures do not bestow or impart divinity, glory and holiness upon GOD; rather, GOD endows duration, existence and person to Creation.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.  Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem:  and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.  And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.  (Zechariah 8:  2-6, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Cleansing the Temple, and the Body (03/16/2014); GOD to “Try Harder”? (03/17/2014); Money-changers in The Temple? (06/23/2013); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); Translation, Please… (01/11/2013); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

 

By now, the things of our various religious traditions should have prepared us to correctly grasp the earliest things given to mankind as well as all that has become available through Jesus Christ for a mature understanding of divinity.  Consider again the following points:

1.  As with the place where Moses saw a bush that burned without giving off smoke, or showing any ashes, and was told to “take off his shoes,” the Temple mount must be understood as holy by the divine presence, rather than by the appearance of natural forces such as fire, lightning, water, and winds.  To avoid the posting of a divine sentinel (with a flaming sword that turns every way) as was done at the entrance to the Garden of Eden, there absolutely must be dutifulness, honor, humility, respect, and reverence.

2.  To sanctify is to cleanse and set apart as exclusively for sacred use.
Rather than from awe, fear of destruction, perplexity, or threats of doom the sanctity of the Temple Mount for mankind may be established only through enlightenment, genuine love, and the many operations by the spirit from GOD that may indwell created beings and living creatures (this would include angels) for the accomplishment of eternal purpose without conflict, corruption or violence.

3.  Confusion about GOD inhabiting natural objects and forces resulted in false worship at groves, “high places,” and shrines that was little different than astrology, divinization, idolatry, star-gazing, or worship of the moon and sun.

4.  The clear teaching that GOD may be in covenant relationship to mankind is seen with Abraham.  That a Spirit from the makeup and substance of GOD may indwell mankind is seen first with Adam, and appears later with Moses and the 70 elders elected to govern along with the Levites and Aaronic priesthood. 

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, thoroughly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  More than a trade agreement or treaty among men is called for.  There must be accord with GOD (some say, sacred covenant) wherein the divine purpose can be revealed as directed to building, cleansing, healing, life, and love for all created beings and living creatures even more than to death, judgment, punishment, warfare, and wrath.  It is necessary to ask, What is it GOD wants from us, and what may we do today, that is to endure and shape all mankind in the years that are ahead?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.  (Proverbs 21:  30, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC