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Creation Groans

 

Today, the reply is on the benefit from suffering in the life of Christian believers. Christians are sinners who are yielding to divinity through repentance to exist as the new creation of Jesus Christ. For Christians, suffering is to lose its power to confuse, debase, and drive the living to despair. Their inborn spirit is permanently altered through rebirth that permits them to exist as vessels of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Where the followers of Christ will continue to live on the earth as developing believers they also will continue to endure having carnal, material, and social needs. However, Christians are provided with divine tools that permit overcoming the emotional, psychological and spiritual obstacles imposed by such circumstances as bereavement, loss, misery, and wretchedness. Fresh endowments of spirit content from GOD allow discovery, freshness, and gradual growth. Those who overcome through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit will continue to display holy boldness, certainty, joy, insight, peace, strength, and more. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Elixir” (Level 1 with 163 points, a member since November 27, 2018) posted the following:

 

Is suffering an important part of being human?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 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. 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. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8: 14-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Known By His Fruit (11/04/2018); His Suffering At Gethsemane (03/12/2018); The Spirit of Meekness (12/15/2017); Bereavement, Death and Suffering (11/10/2017); Sons of GOD Suffer? (09/19/2017); Spirit Content From GOD? (09/26/2016); Suffering for Suicide? (12/12/2012); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012)

 

“Elixir”, salvation for Christian believers is accomplished only through sacred events and works performed by divinity. Even so, once its meaning and value is transformed after the Spirit, suffering among the living can make visible many benefits and gifts from GOD, who is invisible. The control and power over the living exercised by death, pain, and uncertainty must be revealed as the outcome from operations of sin, yet, are subject to divine dominion. The living must make efforts that acknowledge the human predicament, and that discern divinity as an active presence within the life. The content and process of mind within created beings and living creatures must be reconfigured and shaped in accordance with the operations of inseparable spirit substance that exists as the makeup of GOD. Included are faith, holiness, incorruptibility, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Human consciousness and self-will must become responsive to the personhood, eternal purpose, and sovereign will of the Creator. In addition to performing good works and obeying the law of GOD, the fullness of ones humanity will be displayed through the aspects of maturity (e.g., accountability, balance, commitment, completeness, consistency, integrity, sobriety, stability) and spiritual godliness will be called forth, applied, and expressed in the endurance of hardship and suffering, meeting diverse life challenges, responding to “growing pains,” and overcoming life reversals. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Romans 8: 22, King James Version (KJV): 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

2. Galatians 5: 19-25, KJV: 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

3. Hebrews 5: 8-9, KJV: 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. 1st Peter 2: 19-21, KJV: 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Jesus Mary Joseph Teach us to share the pain. Turgis

The image displays a lithograph from L. Turgis et Fils Editeurs Paris, 1893

 

Today, reply is on the faith, works, and embodiment of divinity that was displayed through the human pair sanctified to serve as the parents of Jesus Christ. What believers should expect from the sacred pair, Mary and Joseph, is very much the same as the events and expressions shared by other sacred pairs throughout the holy writings that share in the revelation of Jesus Christ. Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Elizabeth and Zacharias, Anna and Simeon all display the patterns of childbearing as a sacred event and an important element of prophetic demonstration for those serving as spokespersons (prophets) of GOD. These divine parental figures appear as “earthen vessels” who are imperfect and who lack full sacred knowledge, yet, are filled with consecrated treasure. Thus, keeping in mind that the birth of Jesus was at a time before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit when Jerusalem meant the law, the covenant of Moses, the Temple, and tradition, Mary and Joseph were ignorant and short sighted, yet, fed and nourished the Spirit within Jesus sharing their own blood, sweat, tears, and sacred substance. It is written: Luke 2: 40-45, King James Version (KJV): 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a days journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Godless Goddess” (Level 6 with 17,956 points, a member since September 09, 2009) posted the following:

 

Wouldn’t we expect Mary and Joseph..?

to be highly involved with sharing their sons’s holy status? Instead, we don’t hear anything mentioned about Mary and Joseph spreading the good news all his life, and Jesus leaves town to go do the miracles.. if Mary and Joseph knew he was so holy and special, wouldn’t they be exclaiming that and following him their entire lives?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2: 46-52, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Yes, Jesus Did Die (04/01/2018); A Descendent of David? (03/18/2018); In The Image of Man (05/04/2016); (08/21/2015) About Praying to Mary (08/21/2015); Christ the Son of David? (06/12/2015); The Divine Use of a Human Life? (04/23/2013); Quoting Scripture to GOD? (04/24/2013)

 

Godless Goddess”, here are some points for developing Christian believers to prayerfully consider regarding the accountability, faithfulness, and service as holy prophets that was demonstrated by Mary and Joseph as the earthly caretakers of Jesus Christ:

1. An overabundance of divine presence, foreknowledge, sacred mystery, and revelation to the sacred pair would have blemished the presentation of authentic humanity that the Word was sent to demonstrate on the earth. In addition to sharing limitations through the frameworks of time and space, they all were subject to the finite elements of flesh such as aging, fatigue, lack of information, physical pain, and the inheritance of mortality as the lawful consequence from the sin of the first pair, Adam. Matthew 20: 22-23, King James Version (KJV): 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

2. Guiding, nourishing and protecting the holy child, the sacred pair endured the same fear, hardship, mental anguish, and uncertainties that came upon him, yet, did not operate having the same anointing, sacred opportunities, eternal purpose, and focused possibilities. Childbearing, parenting, and fulfillment of covenant duty are contrasted against redemption, salvation, and provision of a new testament in his blood. Luke 8: 34-38, KJV: 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. 36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Chosen to be a sanctified vessel for divinity using flesh and human form (we say, Incarnation), the mother of Jesus, Mary, would demonstrate release from the law through death by having new life as the widow of Joseph. Mary also would be an eyewitness to the death of Jesus on the cross; be among the first to acknowledge and proclaim the resurrection of Christ; and, with the brothers and sisters of Jesus, be among those disciples and apostles who tarried together in the upper room waiting to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that were poured out on the day of Pentecost. Continuing as a vessel for the Godhead, Mary was among the first to become a new creation and serve also as a vessel for the Holy Spirit. Acts 2: 16-21, KJV: 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.) 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 differences appearing among and between affliction, chastisement, and suffering by Christian believers.  While all believers receive the same atonement and covering from GOD through Jesus Christ, all are not upon the same level of authority, duty, personal maturity, obligation, and privilege.  There may be differences in the character, nature, purpose, quality and substance of our life experiences.  Along with the divine standards that counsel believers not to make public displays for self-promotion and vainglory, the sacred principle is in effect that the gifts we are granted and provided are in accordance with specific works we are expected to do.  Certainly differences in our commitments, cultural awareness, emotional and psychological strength, prayer life, and spiritual preparation also result in believers having diverse experiences within the same community of faith.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Naomi” (Level 1 with 135 points, a member since June 21, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why does it seem like God loves some people more than others?

some people never go through hardships.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?  And he said, Peaceably:  I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD:  sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.  And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him:  for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.  Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.  Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.  Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him:  for we will not sit down till he come hither.  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him:  for this is he.  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren:  and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.  But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.  (1st Samuel 16:  4-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What True Believers Do (07/14/2016); To Him That Hath… (07/08/2016); Freedom and Godly Independence (07/04/2016); GOD Knowing the Price? (06/15/2016); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014)

 

“Naomi”, it is not that all believers do not endure losses, pain, or suffering; it is that most do not make it the major focus of their conversation and dealing with others; (in this sense) believers suffer in silence, and do not let it show.  An inarguable declaration of divine love for the full Creation and all living creatures, particularly those separated from GOD through the operations of sin, was made by Jesus Christ dying on the cross.  Human error that results from awareness and self-will being dominated by the operations of sin as well as by dependency upon carnal, material and social elements of reality continues to deny, distort and misrepresent many aspects of sacred truth.  Jesus once said, Ye do err not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God (see Matthew 22:  29, King James Version, KJV).  The understanding you have expressed here is the same as that recorded in the Book of Job as having been uttered before GOD by one among the holy angels.  To correctly recognize the many operations of divinity that invisibly exist as a cause or precondition to outcomes we all may see requires discernment (ability to examine ones own sacred content and that within attitudes, events, messages, other persons, purposes, etc.).  Those who are “born again” must “grow up again” by experiencing “growing pains,” life challenges, and even suffering upon the earth.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit, believers receive anointing and deposits from the inseparable aspects of divine makeup that include holy boldness, faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Thereby, believers are equipped and grounded to meet adversity, to go on to become mature and “ripe” for harvest, and to be taken up by the Lord at his appearing (we say, Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  In that sacred event, our transformation to existing as “perfected” and eternal companions to divinity will be completed.  Consider again how some of this is stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Ezekiel 33:  15-20, KJV:  15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.  16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him:  he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.  17 Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal:  but as for them, their way is not equal.  18 When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.  19 But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.  20 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.

(2.)  Malachi 3:  14-18, KJV:  14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

(3.)  Matthew 6:  16-18, KJV:  16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance:  for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;  18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret:  and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

(4.)  2nd Timothy 3:  12, KJV:  12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

There is far more that to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  1st Peter 4:  14-16, KJV:  14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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