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Juan de Flandes (ca. 1500-04), The Temptation of Christ

 

Today, points are shared on the sovereign will of GOD, the temptation of Christ by Satan, and the sacred process of GOD for ministry to mankind.  Satan’s attack on the finite strength and weakness of Jesus as one in the flesh was more than simply an attack against mankind.  It was an attack against all divine fullness that would be recorded in the book of life as his own undoing.  In the same way the tempter could not recognize Jesus as the Son of the Highest, the Lamb of GOD, and the Word, the Adversary was unable to determine whether Jesus was the one prophesied, promised, and sent who would bruise the head of the serpent.  Therefore, he sought to provoke the Anointed One into confessing and boasting of his exalted, sacred  identity while Christ appeared to be simply another man who also was unbalanced and vulnerable.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

When Satan tempted Jesus three times, why did Jesus choose to submit the first two times?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.  And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.  And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly:  and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.  And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,  And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.  And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.  (Luke 22:  39-47, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  In The Image of Man (05/04/2016); Divine Jealousy? (09/11/2015); Jesus Given A Divine Ministry? (08/18/2015); Gall Refused on the Cross? (03/20/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013); The Passion at Gethsemane (03/28/2013); Separated and Sealed? (03/29/2013); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, here are some points to prayerfully consider:

1.  To avoid spiritual confusion, the temptation of Christ should be acknowledged as a sacred event that focuses upon aspects of divine character, eternal purpose, and the spirit substance from the makeup of GOD that has been imparted to created beings and living creatures including angels and unclean spirits. 

2.  In the understanding of many mature Christian believers, Satan appeared having the purpose of challenging the authenticity of Jesus Christ as a man on the earth by boasting his own dominion over the inheritance bestowed on Adam as a son of GOD. 

3.  Christ was guided by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness following his baptism at the Jordan River.  There he would be isolated, without food, water, and the usual comforts of men.  Prepared only for fasting and prayer; he also would have to endure the extremes of cold nights and burning days.  The focus of Jesus was to discover the Father’s intent and sacred process for ministry to mankind.

4.  In the same way Christ did not appear having the glory and image he manifested while in heaven, it is likely that the tempter appeared in the form of a man, and did not display the recognizable adornment and regalia he had been privileged to present for ages while among the heavenly host. 

5.  The deceiver did not first announce himself as the Adversary of GOD, nor did he speak to proclaim his purpose.  Even so, his own words would expose him.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 6.  By appealing to appetite (that Jesus should transform stones to bread), exaggerated religious pride (lifting Jesus above the Temple at Jerusalem, the highest, holiest place on earth), and lust for wealth and worldly power (showing Christ the fallen nations), the temptation appears designed to arouse greed, trigger concern for the flesh in place of the spirit, and draw Jesus into human submission and false worship.  However, the key element for success in the use of Incarnation by the fullness of divinity (we also say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) was the willing acknowledgment of the divine will, rather than the finite will of the created ones.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, points are shared responding to whether “religion is a choice.”  Correctly understood, believers in Jesus have identity as Christians, as Jews, as the offspring of Abraham, and as the offspring of GOD.  The choice to live as a Christian is a permanent commitment and decision to apply a standard for life provided by GOD, instead of ones own appetite, emotions, intellect and sensations.  Material, physical and social factors are to become increasingly less important than things that are spiritual in nature and substance.  In its beginnings, Christianity was counted as no more than another sect within Judaism like those of Pharisees and Sadducees.  All the apostles of Christ, including Saul of Tarsus, first were born and educated as Jews.  Following the persecutions to destroy Christianity as a dangerous cult, the church would scatter and develop out of public view (we say, underground).  Historically, many Christian believers have promoted a total separation from the Jewish people.  Advancing it as their righteousness, they have accused the Jews of murdering Christ, and so on.  It remains that the operations of GOD are essential to life in the earth.  What we are and possess, today, is in fulfillment of promises made to those who went before us.  Included are Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and all those who make commitment to the Savior’s truth.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “morgan”  (Level 1 with 153 points, a member since August 12, 2014) made numerous subliminal attacks by the following post:

 

My ancestors were jewish, so now my friends say I’m jewish? Isnt religion a choice?

Basically according to my family tree my family was jewish, but does that even make me jewish? Its a religion and if I don’t choose to believe in it, then why am I called a jew?
I actually go to a Christian church…

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,  And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;  And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,  An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.  Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?  Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?  Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?  For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.  For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law:  but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.  Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?  And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.  (Romans 2:  17-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Correctly Knowing Israel? (03/01/2015); A Common Heritage? (07/13/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012);  Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Love in Christ (10/23/2012)

 

“morgan”, just like your name was not initially your choice, ones inheritance and many life experiences are not a matter of choice.  For Christian believers, there must be a focus upon the choices that have been made by divinity, not merely those of the human race, or ourselves as individuals.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Many Christian believers also become caught up in the various conflicts and issues for modern living that include ethnicity, nationality, origins, and racism.  Believers are to maintain their focus upon the Gospel, and the work of preparing those in the earth who will be received by Christ at his coming.

(2.)  What and who you are in your relationship with Deity is not established apart from human history and the many earlier covenants established for the benefit and keeping of life upon the earth.  Thus, it is correct to study the sacred knowledge within the holy writings, and to fellowship with others who have make a similar commitment to grow in accordance with divine law, endowments from GOD, eternal promises, and revealed purposes.

(3.)  Correctly acknowledging and valuing the Jewish people is not a simple task.  While chosen of GOD for blessing, they also have been chosen for demonstrations of divine disfavor and wrath against sin.  Also, ancient Israel was created by GOD to serve as a tool in judgment against, first, Egypt, and later seven tribes of the Promised Land who had violated sacred covenant.  With that in view, many fail to grasp that modern Israel continues as a divine tool for peace, and is more than a mere creation of mankind in response to WWII.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Timothy 2:  3-4, KJV:  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Both finite ethnic and infinite spiritual identity are in view, today.  Christians are to be distinctive as set apart for service to GOD (we say, sanctified) through their endowments and gifts of atonement, divine purpose, fellowship, sacred knowledge, and sacred practice (we say, sacraments).  Thus, believers are described by the truth as found in such Scripture as Psalms 4:  3 (KJV):  But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself:  the LORD will hear when I call unto him.  Because the followers of Jesus Christ receive fresh spirit content from the makeup of divinity—yet, must develop and minister upon the earth challenged by the same life experiences and carnal process as others—many are confused about how to correctly identify those belonging to GOD through the sacred events (we say, miracles) of baptism and rebirth.  While believers are correct to acknowledge their human origins, and express themselves respecting their own and the culture and heritage of others, their primary source of self-definition will always be Christ as their redeemer and savior.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “yacov” (Level 2 with 494 points, a member since April 23, 2010) challenged all who are born again with the following:

 

Identity Crisis Alert – Believers, do you understand who Israel is?

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28-29

Who are Israelites; to whom [pertaineth] the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service [of God], and the promises;Whose [are] the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ [came], who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. Romans 9:4-5

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  My flesh and my heart faileth:  but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  (Psalm 73:  25-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Fallen Nature? (09/01/2014); In the Likeness of His Resurrection (09/02/2014); A Common Heritage? (07/13/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013); A Tree Falls To The South (07/13/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); A Daily Revelation? (10/02/2012); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012)

 

“yacov”, along with permanent changes to awareness and self-will, carnal, material and social identity are so completely altered in those who walk by faith (not by sight), they are said to be “born again” (i.e., conceived and generated from divine DNA), and are a completely new creation.  Here are a few points shared in the holy writings that have helped many to further understand this:

(1.)  Luke 10:  21-23 (KJV):  21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that 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.  22 All things are delivered to me of my Father:  and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.  23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:  24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

(2.)  1st John 3:  1-3 (KJV):  3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:  but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

(3.)  Romans 2:  28-29 (KJV):  28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

(4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  16-18 (KJV):  16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:  yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.  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;

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Galatians 6:  14-16 (KJV):  14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.  15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.  16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC