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Today, focus is on the importance of understanding “spirit” for Christian belief and genuine experiences of divinity.  Sinners are encouraged to “hear the voice of GOD” by developing a consciousness of sacred spirit, rather than by listening for audible voices and other experiences through their flesh (e.g., seeing, tasting, touching).  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Canada)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Do you actually hear God? Question about faith?

I don’t understand how some people, if they don’t actually hear God for themselves how they can just believe in the bible because it has things like talking snakes in it, and other fairy tale like qualities.

And also just blindly follow (in my opinion) silly rules like wives should submit to husband in everything, and never divorcing.. (I don’t like divorce but I feel sometimes it’s just necessary.)

I would follow and defend those silly rules if I actually could hear him. And yes I have prayed a billion times before but never get an answer. I don’t do it sarcastically either. I do it sincerely, but I don’t hear a thing.

So my question is… Do you personally hear Gods actual voice ( not words in a book ) and if not, why do you follow the bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  (Romans 1:  16-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); How To Know GOD? (12/12/2016); As Newborn Babes…. (10/13/2016); How To Get Faith? (10/10/2016); Knowing The Divine Voice? (09/02/2016); Knowing GOD For Yourself (07/13/2016); Knowing? (05/24/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, in many ways the process for knowing GOD by faith is the same as that for correctly knowing Sin.  Because the daily living routines for mankind heavily rely on objects and things that are carnal, material, sensual (related to hearing, seeing, touching, etc.), and social, men must undergo permanent changes through operations by divinity before they understand that GOD is a spirit who is only knowable, known, and present within ongoing relationships that allow exchanges and interactions of spirit substances that are from the makeup of GOD.  Inseparable aspects of divine existence must be present such as duration, faith, forgiveness, grace, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, person, presence, purity, sovereign will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Sin also exists—has direction, effect, and a form of presence—yet, is not an object we may hold in our hand, or put in our pocket.  Sin is no thing created by GOD, opposes the continued existence of divine law, and promotes return to the conditions that were in place before the Creation.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living, therefore, sin appears as blindness and ignorance.  Given sin appears as an aspect of ones own true being, many respond to sin as natural, normal, and ordinary.  Sin is not correctly recognized, rejected and resisted as contrary (we say, foreign, strange, unresponsive) to law, life, and love.

The finite human tools of emotions, intellect, logic, philosophy, science and technology do not allow mankind to eliminate sin (and so, we have scholars and scientists who also are sinners).  Sin is made known to created being and living creatures through multiple devices and mechanisms only provided by GOD.  Included are conscience; discernment; sacred law; divine order; sacred events (we say, miracles); fellowship through the imparted, indwelling spirit; and sacred knowledge shared through the holy writings.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, becoming mature as one who operates under the influence of divine Spirit in place of sin, is a gradual process that takes a “lifetime” not measured by secular devices (calendars, clocks, carbon dating).  More than simply behavior must be altered.  Affection, appetites, attitudes, desires, goals, impulses, instinct, intuition, motives, all must come under Christ.)  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, focus is on how atheism, feelings of depression, and self-destruction can be overcome by receiving belief in Jesus Christ.  Secular knowledge and our dependence upon operations and practices from the flesh and the world must be replaced by sacred knowledge and cooperation with the works of divine Spirit.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore)” ID “mrsrobot” (Level 3 with 1,005 points, a member since June 26, 2016) posted the following:

 

How to believe in god?

i feel like life itself has no meaning and everyone can just commit suicide whenever they feel like it. it has been this way ever since i realized i was an atheist ( im quite young) i just want to have faith in something…i want to have faith in god like i used to please tell me what to do?

 

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

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Church Attendance and Inheritance (09/11/2016); Simple and Mature Faith (09/05/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016); How Can Christians Believe? (08/12/2014); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); Suffering for Suicide? (12/12/2012); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012)

 

“mrsrobot”, be encouraged!  The “believing” you’re talking about can only be put into place by GOD.  Every mature Christian believer has had to endure periods when they felt afraid, confused and uncertain about the importance, meaning, and value of their own lives.  Created beings and living creatures must begin being grounded only in things carnal, material, and social.  A transformation and permanent changes must occur whereby they also may focus upon “spirit”.  Once a sinner  becomes anchored with the understanding that their lives matter to the Almighty Creator, who is spirit, many of the obstacles, sorrows and worries they suffer are permanently overcome, and put behind them.  The process of GOD for a person to have a new experience of life and their own inner makeup is called “becoming born again” and “rebirth” that also require gradually “growing up” again.  While growth (i.e., aging; biological and natural development of ones body, mind, skill, etc.) and learning (i.e., acquiring and using new information; applying finite intellectual tools such as logic, measurement, philosophy, science, and critical thinking) are involved, the most necessary feature is the imparted, indwelling spirit of GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Inseparable aspects of the divine makeup must be received and applied.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Such spirit content is communicated and passed on through divine law, through fellowship as believers that may include attending church, through the holy writings, through preaching, and through performing good works.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 10:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(2.)  John 3:  6-8, KJV:  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 2:  9-14, 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.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 3:  17-21, KJV:  17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  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.)  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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Hearing the voice of GOD, and the absence of direct communication between Deity and mankind are topics, today.  The disciples of Jesus are not taught to “listen” for an audible voice.  Rather, we are taught to discern and recognize sacred truth that expresses the character, nature, active presence, eternal purposes, and sublime will of divinity when it appears through such devices as warnings, events, guidance, instruction, divine law, prayer, sacred objects, and other persons.  Consider the following Bible verses, and the presentation below:

2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, King James Version (KJV):  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2nd Corinthians 5:  11, KJV:  11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

2nd Corinthians 5:  13-15, KJV:  13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God:  or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.  14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Ephesians 2:  19-21, KJV:  19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “《☆ThE C00L B0Y★》” (Level 6 with 10,873 points, a member since May 03, 2013) posted the following:

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice:  and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.  And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;  And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire:  we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.  Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us:  if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die.  For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?  Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say:  and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.  And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee:  they have well said all that they have spoken.  O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!  (Deuteronomy 5:  22-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  …Ears That Hear Not? (01/18/2016); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); The Apocryphal Books? (08/07/2015); Malachi (01/02/2015); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2014); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013)

 

“《☆ThE C00L B0Y★》”, GOD does speak to us now, and is about to speak to you through me; however, you have to be willing to acknowledge that what is here is for you from divinity.  According to the Bible accounts, the “silence of GOD” should be understood on the basis of the most needed messages and sacred revelation to mankind having been completed in the appearance of GOD upon the earth in human form using flesh and “person” as Jesus Christ.  Other aspects of divine process also explain the present dispensation of anointing, endowments, gifts, and tools provided to mankind.  For example, a covenant agreement has been made where divine spokespersons (e.g., apostles, evangelists, priest, prophets) are to be used in place of direct proclamation by divinity that was found to be awesome, overwhelming, and terrifying.  Similarly sacred events (we say, miracles) that suspend natural law and material order often generate doubt, fear, questions, and uncertainty instead of conviction, faith, peace of mind, and stability.  Wrath against sin is a continuing and permanent aspect of divine makeup.  (So to speak, it is a crucial part of what makes GOD eternal and sovereign.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the universe generated through sacred law).  Wrath has been softened and tempered through many mechanisms that include incarnation, judgment, mercy, the withdrawal of approval, communication and sacred gifts as well as requiring men to grow, learn, and wait.  For more than 400 years following Malachi, no prophet serving as Moses did was sent until John the Baptist.  Consider the following Bible verses that have given light to many Christian believers:

(1.)  Genesis 3:  7-9, King James Version (KJV):  7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.  8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:  and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.  9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

(2.)  Deuteronomy 18:  15-17, KJV:  15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;  16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.  17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.  18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.  19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 12:  27-28, KJV:   27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Ephesians 4:  11-15, KJV:  11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:).  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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Reading the Bible from “cover to cover” is the topic, today.  For many, the Scriptures are merely an artifact from ancient times, an old, old book, and an historical relic.  They must begin to “see with new eyes” and recognize that the Scriptures are a record of deeds performed by GOD, and words spoken from divinity to benefit all created beings and living creatures.  Included are sacred law, proclamations, promises, and prophecies that deposit the divine nature within mankind.  Consider the following verses from the Bible:

James 1:  21-25, King James Version (KJV):  1 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Titus 2:  11-13, KJV:  11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

2nd Timothy 3:  15-17, KJV:  15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Romans 10:  13-17, KJV:  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Chris C” (Level 2 with 636 points, a member since June 13, 2006) posted the following:

 

Which books of the Bible are best skipped when reading the Bible cover to cover?

When we do Bible study we restrict ourselves to certain books of the Bible. I was considering reading the Bible cover to cover but have been told that it is better to skip a few books, as they may be unhelpful. Which ones do you think are best avoided and can you say why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.  Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.  (Deuteronomy 8:  1-5, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Bad GOD, Good GOD? (01/03/2016); By Faith, Not By Interpretation? (12/31/2015); In Times of Progress? (12/21/2015); Sacred Events Were Dismissed? (11/05/2015); A Correct Church? (10/05/2015); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); The Apocryphal Books? (08/07/2015); Those Who Read? (02/17/2015); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014)

 

“Chris C”, I recommend you read the entire Bible at least once; however, that will serve as only a first step in your acquiring full sacred knowledge.  You may then do as many others who read and re-read the Scriptures, even exploring multiple language versions and translations.  Many Christian believers are asking “How much knowledge from the Bible do we need to be saved?” and some even ask, “Do we need the Bible at all…?”  The ancient holy writings are available to us a fixed, and unchanging resource that can be used to bear out the continuing operations of divinity in our own lives, today.  Believers are to trust that the Scriptures have been provided by Deity as a sacred device for revelation (i.e., making divinity known, present, and visible).  Spirit content from the makeup of GOD is to be imparted to the believer.  Included are awe (we say, fear of the Lord), faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Many want to approach the Scriptures using their skills and tools for gathering secular knowledge.  They center their growth and learning upon finite elements such as human history, intellect, logic, philosophy, science, and technology.  As yet, none of those things have been sufficient to overcome and remove sin as a condition for life among created beings and living creatures.  The holy writings do provide information important for communication, exchange and interaction within the community of faith; however, we are not saved on the basis of how many books we have read, how many verses we may quote.

All in positions of leadership and trust should have a complete and comprehensive knowledge of the things from GOD for the benefit of mankind.  Included are parents, teachers, and elected government officials.  Those who will lead and share within the church are specially correct to seek a full and thorough experience of the word.  In addition to discussion and study of the Bible, they also should embrace baptism, confession, contemplation, praise, prayer, repentance, and worship.

Believers are correct to sing, “Just as I am, without one plea….”  At best, what we can know of GOD while we are still upon the earth is limited, and merely a small piece from a huge universe.  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, there is more on the process of GOD for communicating sacred knowledge and divine truth.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit, insight and understanding within believers are often apprehended through actions, silence, and without human utterance.  For many Christian believers, the most difficult part of following the Lord is having to always speak the truth in ones daily life.  There is the constant challenge that ones actions should establish ones truth.  In fact, however, ones private concerns and personal truth as an individual are not always relevant.  Worship is the acknowledgment of divinity and sacred truth with and without ceremony, ritual, and tradition.  Believers are to speak divine truth.  All have been called (i.e., recruited, anointed, equipped) to perform specific priestly duties—to preach the Gospel, and to manifest divinity through their own endowment of the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  Until believers become balanced, consistent, focused, and stable (we say, mature), many display conflict and self-contradiction, because they seek to “manage” and portion out both sacred and secular truth.  Saying this another way:  Until there is harmony and unity for ones personal and sacred truth there can be no ministry to others that bears fruit as acceptance, respect, trust, and understanding of Christ.  There will always be imbalance, inconsistency, inefficiency, and wastefulness.  All truth pertains to divinity having actuality, existence, judgment, permanence, possibility, probability, and active presence.  Truth is emanated from and manifest within the fullness of GODhead as utterance (we say, breath, life, light, Spirit, and Word) and may be experienced within created beings and living creatures through awareness.  Mankind must hear (i.e., consume; internalize; correctly perceive) the spirit content, function, nature and eternal purposes that are truth from GOD.  In the same way the form for Adam that was made from dust received the breath of life at Creation, divinity continues to be deposited into the living, and operates within their consciousness through such features as commandments, dreams, fulfillment of intent, sacred law, praise, divine proclamations, promises, prophecy, psalms, eternal purpose, and discursive thought.  Truth is to be declared and revealed as present through confession, love, obedience, preaching, and righteousness.  Truth itself exists and operates as an aspect of eternal divinity.  Even so, for many, applying, responding to, and correctly valuing the truth requires multiple operations of finite self-will (e.g., acceptance, analysis, belief, choice, comparison, contrast, investigation, reflection, mathematics, philosophy, and science).  A simple yet profound condition is in effect:  without the provisions from GOD, the living are blind, deceived, deluded, and ignorant.  Divinity and truth must be understood as the intrinsic part of ones own makeup and person that permits discernment of the Holy.  Thus, it is cataclysmic that divine truth often appears as alien, confusing, destructive, foreign, hostile, malicious, recently made, restricting, strange, overwhelming, questionable, and unfamiliar.  Those who despise divine truth do so because sacred truth does not endorse covetousness, envy, excuse-making, pride, presumption, self-justification, or self-promotion before GOD.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  On Saying the Truth? (12/17/2014)

Habakkuk 1:  2-4, KJV—O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!  3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me:  and there are that raise up strife and contention.  4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth:  for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

Titus 1:  15-16, KJV—Unto the pure all things are pure:  but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Hosea 4:  1-3, KJV—Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel:  for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.  2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.  3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

Psalms 144:  7-9, KJV—Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;  8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.  9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God:  upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

Proverbs 22:  20-21, KJV—Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,  21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

Psalms 119:  117-119, KJV—Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe:  and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.  118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes:  for their deceit is falsehood.  119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross:  therefore I love thy testimonies.

Isaiah 28:  15-18, KJV—Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us:  for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:  16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation:  he that believeth shall not make haste.  17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet:  and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.  18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

Jeremiah 13:  22-26, KJV—And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare.  23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.  24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness.  25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.  26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear.

Hosea 7:  1-3, KJV—When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria:  for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.  2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness:  now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.  3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

Psalms 30:  7-12, KJV—LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong:  thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.  8 I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.  9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?  10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me:  LORD, be thou my helper.  11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing:  thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;  12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

John 1:  1-5, KJV—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.

John 18:  37-39, KJV—Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.  39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover:  will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

John 1:  11-14, KJV—He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Luke 1:  68-70, KJV—Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

Psalms 138:  1-3, KJV—I will praise thee with my whole heart:  before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.  2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth:  for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.  3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

Psalms 33:  3-6, KJV—Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.  4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.  5 He loveth righteousness and judgment:  the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.  6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Psalms 86:  8-15, KJV—Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O LORD; neither are there any works like unto thy works.  9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.  10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things:  thou art God alone.  11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth:  unite my heart to fear thy name.  12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart:  and I will glorify thy name for evermore.  13 For great is thy mercy toward me:  and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.  14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.  15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

John 14:  1-7, KJV—Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also:  and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

John 8:  31-38, KJV—Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man:  how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?  34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:  but the Son abideth ever.  36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.  38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father:  and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

John 9:  35-41, KJV—Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?  36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?  37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.  38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.  39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?  41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin:  but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

John 8:  39-47, KJV—They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.  40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God:  this did not Abraham.  41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.  42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me:  for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar, and the father of it.  45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.  46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?  47 He that is of God heareth God’s words:  ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

John 11:  18-27, KJV—Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:  19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.  20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him:  but Mary sat still in the house.  21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.  23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.  24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.  25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:  he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?  27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord:  I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

1st John 2:  1-6, KJV—My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  2 And he is the propitiation for our sins:  and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:  hereby know we that we are in him.  6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

Ephesians 1:  9-14, KJV—Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:  12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:  in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

John 17:  6-14, KJV—I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:  thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.  7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.  8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.  9 I pray for them:  I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.  10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.  11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.  12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name:  those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.  13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

John 17:  15-23, KJV—I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  17 Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth.  18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Romans 10:  11-18, KJV—For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:  for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

2nd Corinthians 6:  1-10, KJV—We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.  2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee:  behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)  3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:  4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,  5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;  6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,  7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,  8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report:  as deceivers, and yet true;  9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;  10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

John 16:  12-14, KJV—I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:  for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:  and he will shew you things to come.  14 He shall glorify me:  for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Psalms 119:  150-152, KJV—They draw nigh that follow after mischief:  they are far from thy law.  151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.  152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

Philippians 1:  15-17, KJV—Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:  16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:  17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

2nd Thessalonians 3:  1-3, KJV—Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men:  for all men have not faith.  3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

1st Corinthians 2:  9-14, KJV—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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

More points are presented today on the tongue, prophecy, slander, and sacred utterance.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Slip of the Tongue (09/17/2014)—(5.)  Those who appear declaring the word from GOD are called heralds, messengers, prophets, spokespersons, and those who are sent.  Those who slander others are called accusers of the brethren, agents of the devil, and those sent by the Adversary (Satan).  The divine provision granted the Jewish people was one of balance through impartial, unchanging holy writings, called the law, and living agents sent from GOD in the flesh.  Together these were the law and the prophets.  By the time Jesus was born, multiple customs and traditions were in place that exalted the truth of law from GOD through a divine covenant, yet, promoted a broad range of human interpretations for application of the law and recorded prophecy that did not correctly reveal divine intent, ongoing sacred operations, and the eternal purposes of GOD.  So to speak, the active presence of GOD was being hidden and overshadowed by human overlays upon both prophecy and sacred law.  Because prophecy included criticism of, and opposition to the princes among the people (e.g., elders, priests, kings, and prophets) many of those sent were persecuted and destroyed as traitors, enemies of the covenants, and corrupters of both the existing government and religious practice.  Jesus was executed upon the cross after being charged with blasphemy; and while this continued a peculiar tradition among the Jews, it rejected truths that were at the foundation of their system for belief.  Included were the existence of GOD as pure spirit, the appearance of GOD using flesh (we say, incarnation), proclamations by GOD through actions without words (we say, prophetic demonstrations), and the authentication of divine word through signs (we say, sacred events, miracles, or wonders).

(6.)  Many continue to spread errors and misrepresent the doctrines and teachings of Jesus on the basis of ignorance, rather than malice.  Blasphemy and slander against Christ have increased as never before.  Those who lack correct knowledge of sacred truth often attack and oppose the Gospel.  Failing to grasp that there must be sacred law for divine order to exist throughout the universe, many think all law ended at the cross.  The covenant of Moses (called, the law), was modified, and new terms of continuing relationship with divinity were introduced by Jesus.  There has been no cancellation of divine law; there has been no elimination of sin identified through the device of law; there has been no end of hierarchy discounting all differences for clergy and other believers, making all equal without regard to their experience, knowledge or works; and there has been no suspension of accountability, duty, obligation, and responsibility among believers.  For those born again through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit nature, rebirth having the Holy Spirit), fellowship and study are vital to avoid recurring errors; and there absolutely must be clear, direct, plain, and respectful communication among those within the body of believers. 

(7.)  While divine administration relies upon commandment, public demonstrations, and official proclamations, the Gospel is to be spread primarily through intimate and personal exchange.  Thus, important sacred tools for revealing the active presence of GOD are seen to be confession, faith, forbearance, forgiveness, humility, joy, longsuffering, praise, prayer, and prophecy (i.e., comfort, edification, exhortation).  Because, faith comes by hearing, face-to-face encounter, sharing in the home, working together in practical tasks, and fellowship within a community of faith are often more fruitful than solitary, scholarly study of the Holy Scriptures.  Experiences of shared awareness, personal and interpersonal growth as well as commitment, stability and trust are vital to the realization of ones salvation and new life in Christ.  See again Matthew 5:  16-18, 1st Corinthians 11:  24-26, 2nd Corinthians 3:  1-18, Romans 10:  1-21 and Ephesians 5:  1-21, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  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.  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.  (1st Corinthians 2:  12-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Revealed As If Unto Babes? (09/04/2014); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); Should I Speak? (12/13/2013); Life Choices (12/14/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Denying Baptism to Others (11/04/2013); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (8.)  Christians are in service to divinity only where they speak in the name of Jesus; where they make Jesus visible as an appearance or incarnation of the Lord; where they proclaim the doctrine from the Father; where they cleanse, nourish and protect the flock of GOD; and where they are in submission on the Savior’s behalf.  Anything else is cheap talk, foolishness, ones personal opinions, self-promotion, the ramblings of an hireling, and vanity (i.e., expressions that are empty, lacking Spirit from GOD, unfruitful, unproductive).  Born again, believers must “grow up” again, and mature as spirit-filled persons.  Believers are disciplined and trained by the Holy Spirit to regularly give and recognize sacred utterance.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Whether believers can gain faith by reading the Bible is the topic, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Thomas” (Level 1 with 59 points, a member since January 19, 2014) posted the following:

 

Will I have more faith in God if I read the bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  (John 1:  1-5, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Point of Knowledge? (07/06/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); Bible and Spirit (04/26/2014); Personality? (04/27/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); The Limit to Believing? (09/16/2013); All Things Possible? (09/17/2013); Believing Everything? (11/23/2012); How To Have Conviction (11/24/2012); Reading Only The Red Part (11/19/2012); According to the Eternal Purpose (11/20/2012)

 

“Thomas”, here are a few points to consider for full Christian understanding:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who has put forth all created beings and living creatures as well as the spheres of life wherein they exist, and the conditions and terms for their duration.  Faith is a spirit substance within the makeup of GOD that is distinct, yet, inseparable from other divine matter such as holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The living all contain some measure of divinity (we say, breath of life, imparted spirit, the Holy Spirit, utterance) through operations of GOD at Creation.

(2.)  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, believers receive a fresh endowment of spirit content through their active acceptance and acknowledgement of his function and identity as the Word.  The Word is an aspect of full divine person (we say, the GODhead), and is an agency (some say, incarnation) whereby full divinity appears and is revealed.

(3.)  When the disciples asked Jesus to give them more faith (he had chided them saying, O ye of little faith), Jesus challenged them to understand that the issue is not about measurable amount or quantity.  Because faith is an aspect of all that GOD is, even where we have faith as little as a grain of mustard seed, believers may move mountains in agreement with divine order and eternal purpose.  Faith must be directed and expressed through actions as well as words.  Thus, hearers also are to be doers of the word.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  When Jesus appeared in the earth, many already had sacred knowledge from the holy writings, however, they were unable to correctly recognize prophecy, or to realize that the ministry of Jesus continued earlier workings of GOD through promise and proclamation.  On more than one occasion Jesus reprimanded hearers (e.g., the chosen disciples; those attending the synagogue; the priests and Levites in the Temple at Jerusalem) for their lack of faith, yet, not for lack of knowledge from the scriptures, or concerning religious customs, rituals, and traditions.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC