Posts Tagged ‘impenitence’

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Topics today include divine judgment, the Adversary, and wrath against sin.  Faith, the assurances, proclamations, promises, and prophecies of GOD have the power to convince sinners that they are being accounted as “blameless”, “forgiven” or “sinless”.  Even so, Christian believers are to acknowledge the awesomeness of the law in all its forms with humility, meekness, obedience, respect, reverence, and the righteousness of Jesus Christ—even where the law appears embodied as a newborn baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.  The law does not list all the many errors and infractions that are possible, and so requires the application of balance, maturity, and principle.  Similarly, the many forms of sin are not detailed, and a believer must respond to many subtleties (i.e., barely visible details; shifts in meaning and value).  Be they angels, princes, thrones, or sons of Adam, the requirement that all sin be eliminated extends to those hosts and vessels filled with corruption that can not be cleansed and recovered through the operations of divinity.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Satan is going to heaven and why are you going to heaven, what made you sinless?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:  and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.  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.  (Luke 10:  17-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Events During Final Judgment? (11/28/2016); Birth, Self-will and Sin? (11/13/2016); About Lucifer in Scripture (02/18/2016); The Greatest Weapon? (12/17/2015); Sinless Until Advent? (11/05/2014); Holy Wars (11/06/2014); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, mature Christian believers worship the GOD who has put forth all that exists along with life, the frameworks of time and space as well as humankind.  Our Creator is a divinity who is revealed and appears through judgment, justice, divine law, and truth.  Sin is no created or living thing generated by GOD, yet, it may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Sin displays direction, effect, and presence, however, may only be spoken of as an “influence”, and lacks the necessary aspects of authority, benefit, and divine purpose to be recognized as an expression of the will of GOD.  Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, divine order, the Law Giver, and all Creation.  Because sin is not a process of intellect and reason, we may say sin is “mindless” and promotes chaos, nonexistence, return to the conditions in place before Creation, and self-destruction.  The Adversary (we also say, Lucifer, Satan, the Devil) is an embodiment, a created form, and an incarnation of sin, who is not “all knowing”, immortal, or “all powerful.”  Corrupted by sin, the Adversary comes under divine disfavor and the demand for the total elimination of sin.  In this sense, the judgment against Satan is already decided, recorded, and proclaimed throughout the universe.  Just as Satan and all who follow him in rebellion have duration on the basis of divine prerogative, men upon the earth can find grace with GOD through Jesus Christ whereby they are accounted in judgment as “blameless”, “guilty” yet released from destruction through mercy, or “condemned” and recovered through atonement.  One may correctly say, there are only two kinds of people in the world:  Impenitent and repentant sinners.  Also, while Satan freely roamed in the Garden of Eden and assembled among the Host of Heaven before the throne of the Most High, he will never be privileged to enter the Holy City, the New Jerusalem.  Consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Revelation 21:  7-8, King James Version (KJV):  7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.

(2.)  1st John 3:  7-9, KJV:  7 Little children, let no man deceive you:  he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him:  and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

(3.)  Psalms 11:  5-7, KJV:  5 The LORD trieth the righteous:  but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.  6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest:  this shall be the portion of their cup.  7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

(4.)  Romans 3:  19-23, KJV:  19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law:  that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference:  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Revelation 20:  4-10, KJV:  4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:  and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:  on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,  8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle:  the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.  9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:  and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.  10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.)  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 upon divine love, mercy to the people of GOD, reconciliation, and repentance.  Many believers continue to display the presence of the Holy Spirit in spite of their still making errors and committing sins.  The salvation we speak of as mature Christian believers, in fact, is sovereign will expressed by immortal, incorruptible divinity whose sacred purposes are immutable, and unchanging.  Sin may yet appear in the lives of believers, however, now there are conquering provisions from GOD that include adoption, atonement, forbearance, forgiveness, becoming joint-heirs with the Son of the Highest, rebirth, redemption, and sanctification.  In addition to the guidance from divine law and the holy writings, believers (specially those enduring injustice, oppression, and poverty) trust they are encouraged and permitted to learn from their own mistakes, and gain from their own life experiences of discovery, practice, premeditated risk-taking, and eliminating failures through trial and error.  A fighter at the site “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why is it that the Holy Spirit stays in someone who gravely sins?

I know someone who was baptized 5 weeks ago and had sex, lusted, showed hate for conservative Christians who discriminated against a group of gays and had pride. Yet when he admitted what he did to God he was full of love again. How can that be?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.  And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father’s house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued.  Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.  And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of the LORD.  (1st Chronicles 21:  16-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Forgiveness and The Cross (04/04/2016); Belief, Content And Works? (02/12/2016); Penance? (10/09/2015); Solomon Punished For Sins Of David? (08/28/2015); Mercy Not Sacrifice? (08/10/2015); Divine Mercy and Revelation? (08/03/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, GOD willingly makes commitment and promises to mankind that he then continues to acknowledge (as with Abraham) after their death and eternally.  Christians are instructed from Scripture that all have sinned and come short of GOD’s intent.  Thus, there are only 2 types of people in the world:  those who are impenitent with no desire or plan of changing; and those who are penitent and willing to turn from sin to GOD.  The divine process for salvation includes making permanent changes in the character, nature and substance of sinners such that they become born again and contain inseparable spirit matter from the makeup of GOD.  Included are faith, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Even though they have responded to calling and election, all believers must “grow up again” and become mature (i.e., balanced, complete, consistent, stable) by meeting the same life challenges upon the earth that come against all others.  For those, who are now the sons and daughters of GOD, growth and learning occur by degrees, so to speak, is gradual, and at first may not appear in attitudes, behavior, and conduct.  We account it the patience and love of GOD toward his own dear children that believers are granted time to develop and become “ripe” for harvest at the coming of Jesus Christ (we say, Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  The children of GOD willingly submit themselves to divine judgment; and it is only as an aspect of what occurs through divine judgment that mercy is provided.  The great example from the Bible to clarify this truth are the accounts of the shepherd boy David, who became king over all the covenant people of GOD, sinned repeatedly, yet, continued to seek GOD by prayer, repentance, and renewal.  Consider again the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Isaiah 55:  3-4, King James Version (KJV):  3 Incline your ear, and come unto me:  hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.  4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

(2.)  Isaiah 55:  6-11, KJV:  6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  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.)  Jeremiah 31:  15-20, KJV:  15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.  16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears:  for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.  17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.  18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke:  turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.  19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh:  I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.  20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still:  therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Acts 13:  32-35, KJV:  32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,  33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.  34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.  35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.)  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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