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Today, reply is on why congregations among Christian churches might consider making changes to their policies on same-sex marriage. The understanding that the church must address the concerns and needs of the community of faith as their servant, rather than the people be a servant to the church is taken to be a major principle taught by Jesus Christ. The church is to listen and respond, where legislators and the courts are deaf and inactive. It is written: Matthew 20: 25-28, King James Version (KJV): 25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Also, John 15: 12-13, KJV: 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. To lay down ones life for a friend is not so much to die as to be a living sacrifice who yields ones own desire, opinion and self-will to provide benefit, and unselfishly carry out the will of another. In a word, we say, “to love” where love is displayed through accountability, balance, commitment, gratitude, respect and truth. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Why are Methodists debating same-sex marriage? That should be a no brainier?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (1st Corinthians 14: 33, King James Version (KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Reasoning Together With GOD?(03/11/2019); The Church Of Jesus (06/18/2018); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); Answered by The Cross? (03/14/2016); Bad GOD, Good GOD? (01/03/2016); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014)

 

Anonymous”, among those who now account themselves to be followers of Jesus Christ there are many differences in levels of commitment, knowledge, maturity, respect, and zeal. There is confusion of human appetite, desire, emotion, and sensation as the origin for ones actions and choices, rather than divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. Seeking to address the full person and their various needs, the church often operates as an institution having multiple goals and practices that go beyond promoting rebirth, salvation, and spiritual growth, and that expresses greater concern for things having a character and nature that is carnal, material, political, psychological, and social. Efforts to suppress superstition, and demystify practice and worship have led to eliminating many ceremonies and formal standards (e.g., dress codes; speaking within the sanctuary; weekend grocery shopping); and many congregations no longer promote the truth that GOD is a spirit. The process and purpose wherein the male and female should populate the entire earth through the flesh in obedience to the spirit is no longer thought the only response men and women should pursue (e.g., there are donating sperm; surrogate services; the freezing, storage and thawing of ones own eggs for later in vitro fertilization (IVF) ). The makeup and substance of mankind once imparted to Adam from GOD is neither clearly displayed, nor correctly discerned to be the same indwelling endowment of life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word). Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, sinners who return to GOD in repentance are to receive fresh deposits of the inseparable aspects of divine fullness that include faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

The human process we acknowledge as natural, normal, and ordinary tends to install as values within the church elements such as ceremony, habit, human rights, and tradition in place of strict discipline, sacred doctrine, and godliness. As a result, errors may be found such as (1) GOD no longer pursues the purposes declared through Creation; (2) there can be no direct communication, exchange and interaction between GOD and human beings; (3) mankind will use education and science to escape the condition that resulted from the fall of Adam and Eve; (4) the Bible and ancient holy writings are no longer valid, because divine truth is ever-changing, expanding, and progressing; (5) GOD wants mankind to have freedom and to enjoy whatsoever they may desire; and (6) GOD wants the children of men to control and possess the earth, not merely manage and supervise the earth. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Numbers 23: 19, King James Version (KJV): 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

2. Isaiah 55: 10-11, KJV: 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

3. Isaiah 45: 17-19, KJV: 17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. 19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Hebrews 13: 8, KJV: 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on reasoning together with GOD. Divinity has provided messages, pronouncements and words to the living that are to establish law, order and peace; to encourage Christ-likeness; to settle disputes and resolve conflicts; to nourish continued discovery, gradual growth, learning, and progression; to demonstrate forbearance, forgiveness, and reconciliation; and to make known eternal and unseen events. The character and process for communication, exchange and interaction by divinity with mankind is decisive, defining, forward-looking, instructive, judicial, and promissory. Divinity acknowledges confession, fasting, intercession, petitions, and supplication from mankind; even so, GOD may not be influenced, manipulated, and persuaded by the actions and speech of the living. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “missgreen” (Level 2 with 271 points a member since August 09, 2008) posted the following:

 

Isaiah 1:18 does God compromise with us? Or can we compromise with God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 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: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 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. (James 1: 16-25, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Not By Bread Only (02/22/2019); Sinners Must Become Convicted (11/27/2018); How Are We Justified? (03/05/2018); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Through Love Not Persuasion (01/18/2018); Human Nature, Divine Spirit? (05/18/2017); Non-existent Debt? (03/06/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013)

 

missgreen”, created beings and living creatures can not manipulate divinity using mind, intelligence, logic, utterance, and words. GOD has communicated with mankind using sacred dreams, trances and visions along with divine law, covenant relationships, prayer, proclamation, promise, and prophecy. Because the divine intent is immutable and unchanging, revelation from GOD is understood as fixed, permanent, and unalterable. Even so, the single revelation provided to all appears by the use of diversity, fresh endowments, re-statement, and the expression of added possibilities. As sinners who become developing Christians, most of us continue to approach our Creator, Judge, and Savior using the same devices and tools we rely on in our carnal, material, and social living. The operations and process of our awareness and self-will must be transformed to maintain an uninterrupted accord with the will of GOD. In addition to bargaining, negotiating, self-justification (I’m right when I’m wrong, because…) exaggerated pride, and self-promotion (I am holier than the Pope), immature, inexperienced and untried believers will express errors based on secular knowledge, rather than sacred knowledge; hopes that are void of eternal purpose and sacred substance; or overwhelming morbid concerns that include anxiety, damnation, death, depression, fear, perdition, punishment, sin, and the wrath of GOD, rather than his love. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Genesis 28: 20-22, King James Version (KJV): 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

2. Leviticus 26: 40-44, KJV: 40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; 41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: 42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land. 43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes. 44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God.

3. Ezekiel 18: 29-32, KJV: 29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? 30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

4. Matthew 11: 28-30, KJV: 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. Numbers 23: 19, KJV: 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is on the revelation of GODhead as three persons that have always existed and operated as one active presence.  The writer at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Jebus 4” (Level 2 with 258 points, a member since April 25, 2014) posted the following:

 

Christians was god always 3 in 1?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.  Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?  (Malachi 3:  6-7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); Exalted By The Father? (01/26/2017); 3 Persons, 3 Minds? (02/03/2016); Bad GOD, Good GOD? (01/03/2016); Divinity Has Person? (05/19/2015); The Idea of Perfection? (01/20/2015); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014)

 

“Jebus 4”, GOD is immutable and unchanging, yet, may only be known by created beings and living creatures through events that occur and unfold gradually over time.  For Christian believers there is only one “revelation” of GOD, and it includes all the present and previous disclosures that mankind attempts to describe by using the finite frameworks of time and space.  Correctly understood, the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead) will never be exposed, or realized in every aspect and detail by created beings and living creatures.  Even when divinity will dwell among men upon the earth, there will be features that remain secret and unknown such as the origin of GOD, the nature and substance of righteousness, the putting forth of existence from nothing, and the unseen process that manifests as divine will. 

The holy writings declare GOD is a spirit.  The revelation of GOD continues as an aspect of infusing Creation with life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word) that also imparts awareness and self-will.  For the sake of the living, divinity has appeared in the person of Jesus Christ, however, GOD does not require Incarnation (the use of flesh and human form) to be known and recognizable to GOD (himself; themselves).  What startles and unsettles many is the idea that GOD may be as man, yet, continue as immortal and incorruptible.  Christ is the most complete and correct “image” of divinity projected from the full GODhead.  Through Christ, divinity is being made accessible, knowable, known, and “visible” through events and operations on the earth.

Mature Christian believers hold GOD willingly provides the sacred knowledge and practices (sacraments) necessary for created beings and living creatures to be in personal or intimate communication, exchange and interaction with divinity.  The living may have place as sons and daughters, the children of GOD, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ; and must be transformed to exist as eternal companions to GOD.  Consider again the following from Scripture:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(2.)  Psalms 90: 1-2, KJV:  1 LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.  2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

(3.)  Isaiah 66:  1-2, KJV:  1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:  where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?  2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD:  but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Colossians 1:  12-20, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, points are made describing divine love, accountability in judgment, and divinity revealed through the cross.  For mankind, love appears through finite expressions that are carnal, sensual, sexual or social.  For Deity, love is expressed through duty, exclusive commitment (we say, jealousy), grace, law, and divine order that include hierarchy, inheritance, justification, and sanctification.  The harshness of divine judgment only appears upon those denying divine provisions for correction and permanent change.  GOD will not repent, or go back on his word of love whereby Creation is continued through reconciliation, redemption, and remission.  Consider how this is stated in language from the Bible:

Psalms 4:  3, King James Version (KJV):  3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself:  the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

Ezekiel 24:  13-14, KJV:  13 In thy filthiness is lewdness:  because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.  14 I the LORD have spoken it:  it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.

Hebrews 2:  6-9, KJV:  6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?  7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:  8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.  9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Hebrews 2:  16-18, KJV:  16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

John 1:  10-14, KJV:  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  11 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.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using as ID “Serve The Servants” (Level 7 with 28,771 points, a member since November 20, 2010) posted the following:

 

Is God unforgiving and relentless?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:  this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth:  for there is one God; and there is none other but he:  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.  (Mark 12:  28-34, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Focus Upon The Cross? (03/01/2016); The Cross Must Occur? (02/23/2016); The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); Love That Is Spirit? (01/28/2015); Carnal Needs, Sacred Tools? (03/26/2015); The Love of GOD (03/03/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013)

 

“Serve The Servants”, your question is answered by the cross.  Trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  To be counted among those who are mature Christian believers, you would have to accept that the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross was the highest possible expression of divine love toward those who can be labeled as sinners among mankind.  Love from divinity is not the same as affection, romantic love, and sentiment for finite living creatures.  GOD is revealed through divine love as being committed, compassionate, empathetic, faithful, forbearing, kindhearted, longsuffering, patient, and willing to forgive.  Only GOD may be accountable for the sacred laws that uphold Creation and the entire universe; and this must be with balance, completeness, consistency, and stability.  With regard to the things that are essential for eternal existence and life, GOD continues as immortal, immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging.  Wrath against sin is inseparable from the other aspects of divine makeup such as faith, holiness, purity, and wisdom.  As with the many demands made in the law that are mandatory, the demand for righteousness in judgment is non-negotiable.  Divine judgment must go beyond thoroughness and attention to details.  There also must be impartiality, perfect knowledge of the law, and conforming all to eternal purpose.  Consider again the following points from the Bible:

(1.)  1st John 3:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 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.  4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:  for sin is the transgression of the law.  5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

(2.)  Romans 5:  7-10, KJV:  7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:  yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

(3.)  Romans 13:  8-10, KJV:  8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st John 4:  8-10, KJV:  8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, topics include death and mortality, divine immutability, and the singleness of revelation.  Comments are shared on the frequently repeated error that the GOD who appears in the Old Testament of the Bible is not the same as the one who appears in the New Testament.  In our coming to know GOD according to the Scriptures, divinity is usually introduced as Creator, then shown to be a Law Giver and Judge.  Wrath and terrible punishments are brought against all who exist in the earth.  Later, GOD appears as a loving Father who protects and supports his Son in human form, who operates as a friend, a teacher, and a Savior.  For careful and thoughtful readers, two different descriptions for the workings of divinity are not provided.  Even so, many Christian believers insist they see a change or shift within the substance and workings of the GODhead.  The first GOD is cruel, merciless, rigid, and vengeful; the second GOD is compassionate, kind, and loving.  The first bullies and threatens mankind with hellfire, senselessly destroys and slaughters helpless livestock upon his altar, and maintains invisibility.  The second appears in Flesh; cancels punishments, sicknesses, and sins; and encourages and rewards with eternal life and heaven.  The incorrect view must be seen as stemming from the flaws within human consciousness and self-will, for those following the Lord who are double-minded also doubt, hesitate, lack zeal, pursue vainglory, question, and resist the Gospel.  The errors that arise in how we see divinity do not exist within GOD, and are projected upon the Creator from the created.  Included are thirst for blood, coldness, contradiction, corruption, favoritism, hostility, imbalance, imperfection, perverseness, uncontrolled rage, lack of restraint, slackness, violence, and weakness.  Consider again the Scriptures that follow, and the presentation below: 

Ezekiel 33:  17-20, King James Version (KJV):  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.

Psalms 102:  9-12, KJV:  9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.  10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath:  for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.  11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.  12 But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

Hebrews 10:  28, KJV:  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

1st John 5:  20, KJV:  20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Hebrews 13:  8, KJV:  8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings:  their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.  Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it:  And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries:  according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.  And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.  But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.  Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.  And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.  For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean:  from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:  and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  (Ezekiel 36:  17-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); Accountability and Challenge, Not Blame (09/03/2015); What Is Life? (02/06/2015); Mortality Is Required Because of Sin (12/29/2014); Stoning in the OT? (06/07/2014); Suffering Circumcision? (06/08/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); Only One GOD (09/14/2013); Weed and Godly Wisdom (09/15/2013); Two Different Testaments? (01/05/2013); The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013)

 

I recently encountered, again, the widely-spread error that the Bible records the existence of two totally different experiences of divinity:  GOD in the Old Testament is cruel, harsh and strict while GOD in the New Testament is kind, loving and merciful.  For the living, three different streams for logic and order promote confusion, here:  (1) the framework of time and space used to organize all information (e.g., data and signals to the brain from the network of nerves throughout the body as well as emotions, imagination, and thoughts throughout the mind) also declares everything must change; (2) the independent existence of the Son apart from the Father declares there must be differences in their authority, character, form, nature, power, and purpose; and (3) created beings and living creatures now are developed, experienced, and evolved to a level where they are justified when declaring they may judge all the things of their own life experience, including divinity.

There is only one revelation of divinity to mankind, however, it has been provided through multiple agents, devices, processes, and relationships.  For humanity, life unfolds through discrete cycles, phases and stages that also may entail inner conflicts, individual differences, forgetting, human error, lapses, and underdevelopment.  Divinity may not be made known to finite mankind through a one-time event or single occurrence.  Divine revelation must be understood as a continuous, eternal, and ongoing process begun before Creation of the earth and its inhabitants.  Revelation proceeds through sacred operations that include deliverance, election, Incarnation, judgment, proclamation, prophecy, rebirth, vision, and visitation.  The things recorded as the Testimony of Jesus and the Book of Revelation have their beginning in those of Genesis, and predate both the Nativity and the cross.  Thus, we should not think of revelation as an ad hoc reaction, or result of an afterthought.

There is only one GOD described by the Bible, and he has always pursued the same eternal purposes to establish existence, life (all things that exist are not alive), and to maintain the present Creation.  Divine law must appear, and with it, the mechanics for sacred process that include assigning value, correction, establishing equity, punishment, rebuke, resolving conflicts, and settling disputes.  Thus, it is a further aspect of revelation that we have the display of divine affection and care wherein GOD exalts himself above sinners, and breaks the spirit (we say, humbles, humiliates) of those who are disobedient, disrespectful, proud and unrepentant.  GOD’s purpose continues to be their cleansing, healing, recovery and salvation.  The alternative to destroy sinners out of hand, or simply ignore them would be more agonizing and terrible for Creation than the final destruction of corruption in the Lake of Fire.

Just as love from GOD is not a one-time event, death is not a one-time event.  GOD is not free to reject death as an expression of divine love, and as the correct sacred solution to oppose the operations of sin.  So to speak, the divine choice to employ death is not upon the basis of affections, anger, other feelings that come and go, or even upon intent.  Death is required on the basis of necessary conditions for perpetually continuing life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word), and for the required tasks to counter the operations of sin without also resorting to the removal of existence.  Death is taken up and altered to be a tool for crafting life, and when seen with dispassion and the proper fullness of mind, its use is a further expression of divine commitment, goodness, and love in action.

There is far more to be said, correctly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, the teaching that there is “one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one GOD and Father of all” reaches back as well as forward, and is to be understood as operating within all that has been provided as sacred knowledge.  Sadducees (e.g., Caiaphas, Ananias) and those insisting upon supremacy for ceremonies, formalities and traditions of law (Pharisees) usually do so denying a place to prophecy, and to the imparted Spirit from GOD that is to indwell the believer.  Those who disbelieve have been given the same revelation, however, they choose to apply it responding to the dimensions of flesh, not those of a boundless Creator.)  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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