Posts Tagged ‘intimacy’

Focus, today, is upon GOD the Father appearing to mankind by using human aspect and form that permanently exists within the GODhead, the person Jesus Christ.  For Christian believers to “see” is to “accept, grasp by faith, maintain, and perceive as truth.”  Even so, it is prophesied in the holy writings that the living and the resurrected dead all will see Jesus with their own two eyes when he comes to take from the earth his own disciples and followers (we say, Advent, the harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Christian believers are to acknowledge Jesus (we say the Son of Man, the Son of the Highest, the Son of GOD) as the most complete and precise physical presentation of the fullness of divinity that ever has been provided.  Unlike the burning bush, or the clouds and pillars of fire by day and by night, Jesus is an everlasting manifestation of the Father for access, exchange and interaction with created beings and living creatures.  Through Incarnation divinity approaches flesh having finite awareness, equality, mortality, self-will, and vulnerability.  Awe, dread, immutability, and terror are suspended; imminence, intimacy, and respect are shared along with rebirth, refreshing, and renewal.  Apprehending and “seeing” the Father may only be accomplished through the Son, and the sacred operations of the Holy Spirit.  Included are faith, forgiveness, holiness, repentance, revelation, suffering, and visitation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “dead fundie (Level 5 with 9,892 points, a member since April 03, 2010) posted the following:

 

Will only the peace makers get to see god?

Or will the peace makers get to see god, and also a whole bunch of other people will see god?

BQ: Will everyone see god when he judges them?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  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.  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.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also:  and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.  Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?  (John 14:  1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Word, Son, and Christ? (08/24/2016); The Cross and Mankind (05/13/2016); The Only One Sent? (02/19/2016); A GOD Without Form? (12/27/2015); The Holy Spirit and Unity? (08/13/2015); Jesus Arose Bodily (12/24/2013); Thanking and Blaming GOD (12/25/2013)

 

“dead fundie”, many mature Christian believers will agree that the holy writings do not include promises or prophecies that mankind will ever “see” (with your eyes) GOD who is spirit.  Believers will “see” with their consciousness and indwelling spirit from GOD.  The fullness and makeup of divinity is spoken of as “Godhead”, and has appeared upon the earth using the visible form and person of Jesus Christ.  Where men have “seen” God through trances and visions, it has been the Son, and not the Father.  The Savior is in relationship with the Godhead as a son to the Father, and as a ruler to the Holy Spirit.  Christ is to be received as an appearance of the other members of the Godhead sharing with them in oneness without sameness.  When Jesus died upon the cross being in flesh and blood, all of his blood was poured forth and removed to be used in atonement and purifying the Temple in heaven.  Thus, we understand that, his body that was witnessed by the apostles ascending into heaven, was already consecrated and hallowed; and he will continue using that identical appearance and form throughout eternity.  The character, makeup, and substance of GOD is only inseparable spirit matter.  While our thought processes using the Greek models from Aristotle are to analyze (divide, partition, separate) and synthesize (group together as categories, classes, etc.) aspects of Deity as though they are discrete elements, spirit must be understood as diffuse, formless, immaterial, incorruptible, and unbounded.  For this reason, comprehending spirit requires operations that are put forth only by GOD (we say, divine revelation), rather than intellect, logic, empirical research, philosophy, secular knowledge, science, and technology.  Consider again how some of this is stated using the language from the Bible:

(1.)   John 1:  17-18, King James Version (KJV):  17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

(2.)  Job 19:  25-27, KJV:  25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

(3.)  Matthew 5:  7-9, KJV:  7 Blessed are the merciful:  for they shall obtain mercy.  8 Blessed are the pure in heart:  for they shall see God.  9 Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.

(4.)  1st John 4:  10-15, KJV:  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.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  3rd John 1:  11, KJV:  11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God:  but he that doeth evil hath not seen 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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Scripture points are shared on the intimate relationship of Christian believers as the offspring of GOD.  Divinity is known by word and spirit.  Apart from operations completed by the Spirit of GOD, the substance conveyed by human communication can only be carnal, material, and social.  With this in view, the language used by those outside of Christ to communicate concerning divinity and things of spirit, at best, is only suggestive, and does not provide accuracy, clarity, exactness, and precision.  More than simply agreement, bonding by blood, and covenant, the disciples of Jesus Christ become established in adoption through the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), through sacred inheritance, and through new life as children of the Father in heaven.  Just as infants must pass through growing and learning to become mature, believers must become ripe to be harvested from the earth at the coming of Jesus, and made perfect for eternity through operations by GOD.  Consider again the following verses, and the discussion below:  Acts 17:  29-31, King James Version (KJV):  29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.  Also, Romans 8:  14-17, KJV:  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  1st John 4:  18-20, KJV:  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  19 We love him, because he first loved us.  20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:  for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Personal Relationship with Jesus: “It’s like that of a parent, dear… it resembles the relationship a child has with their loving parent.”?

I thought most people actually see and hear and hold their parents though???

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  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.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  (1st John 4:  6-13, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divinity Has Person? (05/19/2015); Knowing The Holy Spirit? (05/17/2015); Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015); Babies Given A Second Life? (01/25/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, many Christian believers hold to the understandings generated by faith and the holy writings, that Deity participates in various relationships with created beings and living creatures upon multiple levels, and through different devices.  The language we are given regarding this aspect of life experience for those upon the earth includes “access”, “appearing”, “forgiveness”, “incarnation”, “inheritance”, “judgment”, “divine love,” “preeminence”, “rule”, “sanctification”, and “the expressed will of GOD.”  Just as infants and toddlers at first are totally dependent upon their parents for birth, cleansing, nourishment, and protection, every Christian first is helpless and dependent.  Also, just as a newborn baby must develop following a profound separation from all it has experienced and known within the mother’s womb, the born again believer must separate from the world system, and becoming increasingly independent and self-reliant as one having an endowment from GOD.  The believer receives deposits of spirit matter from the makeup of divinity (divine DNA, so to speak) as well as baptism and washing, death and rebirth, guidance and instruction.  Children do not have to acquire animal aspects of humanity by learning (e.g., appetite, instinct, intuition), yet, they must be guided into expressing love within stable relationships.  As children grow, they spend less and less time in the physical presence of their parents; and rely upon knowledge that is the internalization of feelings, images, thoughts, values, and words from their primary caretakers.  Consider again the following points from the Bible:

(1.)  John 3:  1-10, King James Version (KJV):  1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:  for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  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.  9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?  10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

(2.)   1st Peter 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

(3.)  1st Peter 1:  7-9, KJV:  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Of course, there are many other verses here that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones sacred knowledge.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  6-8, KJV:  6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.)  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, Scripture points are shared on divine commitment, dedication, sacred ownership, and the jealousy practiced by GOD.  At no time does our Creator display insanity and out of control behavior such as we see among men and women making selfish claims upon one another.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “oscar youre a grouch” (Level 1 with 88 points, a member since January 20, 2015) posted the following:

 

What is the difference between the Christian Gods jealousy, and a crazy ex girlfriends?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman;  In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;  But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!  They give gifts to all whores:  but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.  And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms:  and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.  Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD:  Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;  Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.  And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.  (Ezekiel 16:  30-38, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Known By Divine Revelation (06/16/2015); GOD Known By Action Not Form? (03/18/2015); About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); The “Miniature War”? (04/10/2014); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013)

 

“oscar youre a grouch”, upon the earth, and among couples in intimate relationship, jealousy appears as an extreme reaction wherein one partner displays anger, insecurity, possessiveness, suspicion and violent behavior against their mate, or toward another person for having been overly familiar with another.  Even conduct that may be casual and surface as well as affection shown their family members may trigger jealous behavior.  While many claim romantic  jealousy is a proof of deep and undying love, in fact, it is the expression of emotional imbalance, immaturity, and uncontrollable rage.  Surprisingly, then, Jealous is one of the holiest names revealed from divinity to mankind describing the Deity as one who demands exclusive service and worship from those put forth as created beings and living creatures.  This is usually recognized more quickly when stated in other words, such as, Thou shalt have no other gods before me!  Consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 6:  26-35, King James Version (KJV):  26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread:  and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.  27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?  28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?  29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.  30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;  31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.  32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding:  he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.  33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.  34 For jealousy is the rage of a man:  therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.  35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

(2.)  Song of Solomon 8:  5-7, KJV:  5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree:  there thy mother brought thee forth:  there she brought thee forth that bare thee.  6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm:  for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave:  the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.  7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it:  if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 32:  15-23, KJV:  15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked:  thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.  16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.  17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.  18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.  19 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.  20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be:  for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.  21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities:  and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.  22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.  23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.

(4.)  Isaiah 54:  4-9, KJV:  4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed:  neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame:  for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.  5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.  6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.  7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.  8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.  9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me:  for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

There are many other points that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example:  (5.)  Matthew 4:  1-10, KJV:  1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.  3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,  6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down:  for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:  and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:  for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Various names and titles Christian believers use when speaking of Jesus come into view, today.  The Savior is widely known as the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings, and the Son of GOD, yet, he also is called the Branch, the Prince of Life, Joshua, Yeshua, and the everlasting Father.  How we speak of Jesus and our salvation pertains to acknowledging the revelation from GOD, correctly knowing whom we serve, and operating securely as joint-heirs with Christ.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “cactus_flower_az” (Level 1 with 161 points, a member since June 08, 2008) posted the following:

 

Why do christians say christ instead of jesus?

it seems like most christians nowdays refer to jesus by saying christ. it seems so impersonal…

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he came to Capernaum:  and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?  But they held their peace:  for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.  And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.  And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them:  and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,  Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me:  and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.  And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us:   and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.  But Jesus said, Forbid him not:  for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.  For he that is not against us is on our part.  For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.  And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.  (Mark 9:  33-42, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Known By Action Not Form? (03/18/2015); About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); The “Miniature War”? (04/10/2014); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012)

 

“cactus_flower_az”, the answer to your question should have importance to all believers around the world.  Many regard the use of holy names and sacred titles as an important aspect of acknowledgment, of prayer, of praise, of obedience, of recognition, and of proper reverence.  Some go so far as to forbid speaking certain holy names, or using an agreed-upon term in their place.  In part, this is because most mature believers want to avoid appearing to be casual, disrespectful, ignorant, lacking good taste, offhand (we say, flip), “overly familiar,” presumptuous or profane when speaking of divinity.  In sacred knowledge, a name is the record of ones accomplishments and deeds (we say, reputation, what one is known for).  In addition to the title “Christ” (the Anointed One) that identifies Jesus as one divinely consecrated, endowed, ordained and sanctified to serve as advocate, High Priest, judge, king, mediator, prophet, steward and teacher, Jesus is also called the Son of Man (Adam), the Heir, the Son of the Highest as well as Lord, Messiah, redeemer, sacrifice, savior, and the Lamb.  Most Christian believers are at ease using titles from the holy writings that appear when referring to Christ including the Good Shepherd, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, and the Amen.  As born again believers continue learning and maturing (we say, growing again), ones relationship with divinity may require these and  many other expressions to display affection, appeal to sovereign authority, and to show humility and respect.  Here are a few points from the Bible that may add to everyone’s understanding:

(1.)  1st Chronicles 16:  34-36, King James Version (KJV):  34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.  35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.  36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.

(2.)  Hebrews 1:  1-5, KJV:  1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:  4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

(3.)  Hebrews 2:  7-11, KJV:  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.  10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one:  for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

(4.)  John 13:  12-17, KJV:  12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?  13 Ye call me Master and Lord:  and ye say well; for so I am.  14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

(5.)  Acts 4:  11-13, KJV:  11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  12 Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

There are many other Scriptures that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a permanent part of ones own sacred knowledge.  (For example, (6.)  1st Corinthians 3:  11-17, KVJ:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The proper places for private, public and secret prayer are considered today along with the Savior’s condemnation of counterfeit religious displays and vainglory (we say, showing off).  The prophecies of Jesus to condemn hypocrisy and self-promotion do not contradict the divine exhortations to continue good works, importunity, intercession, devotions performed out-of-doors, and shared prayer.  Given that the gathering places once set apart only for service to GOD now also are used as social halls, community centers, and auditoriums for civic service, amusement and recreation, church sanctuaries are often defiled and profaned by personal chatter, gossip, quarrels and whispering.  Some congregations even display cadavers and honor their dead in the areas once strictly set apart for intimacy with GOD by divine laws against uncleanness.  While the tabernacle and temple were divinely chosen as locations for oracles, offerings and sacrifice, no specific place has been commanded by Deity as the setting for prayer.  Prayer has been neither forbidden nor required on the basis of age and gender criteria; and group prayer is practiced by as few as two partners as well as by many more than one hundred.  (See Acts 1:  12-15, Acts 21:  4-6, 1st Timothy 2:  1-6 and James 5:  13-18, KJV.)  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Yk” (Level 2 with 397 points, a member since February 05, 2015) attacked using the following:

 

When Christians pray in public like a church is that the same as praying in a closet with the door shut like Jesus Christ said to pray?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them:  otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:  That thine alms may be in secret:  and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:  for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:  for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them:  for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.  After this manner therefore pray ye:  Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  (Matthew 6:  1-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Saved by a Prayer? (10/31/2014); Is Prayer an Act of Faith? (11/01/2014); Perfection and Prayer? (08/27/2014); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013); A Tree Falls To The South (07/13/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013);  Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013)

 

“Yk”, here are a few points that many Christian believers take into account regarding prayer:

(1.)  Prayer is one form of intimate communication between believers and divinity that permits multiple forms of heartfelt exchange and interaction.  Included are acceptance, agreement, appeal, approval, confession, dedication, intercession, lamentation, listening, petition, praise, promise, sacrifice, sealing, and submission.

(2.)  Because prayer also cleanses and sets apart for service (we say, sanctifies), the sanctuary of most church buildings are accounted anointed, consecrated, and purified through prayer.  Thereby, as though it were the upper room recorded in scripture, the area where believers assemble becomes their most holy place wherein they may receive the divine presence; and it is not simply because of its size that congregations gather there for instruction, prayer, and worship.

(3.)  No believer ever prays alone.  Their prayers are joined to those of the angels, to those of Christ and the Holy Spirit as well as to those of every other believer who was, who is, and who will be.  Thus, the power of a single prayer is amplified and multiplied.

As with all the things of our salvation, there is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Believers pray without fear in all places (the home, the workplace, the battlefield) understanding that nothing can separate us from the love of GOD in Christ.  The assembly or body is itself a “closed setting” wherein believers may offer prayer as though concealed and hidden.  Outsiders may hear or see the carnal dimensions that indicate believers are praying such as bowing the head, folding the hands, or bending the knee.  However, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are in a direct communication that does not even require speaking aloud.)  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

Today, some points are shared on light and spiritual growth.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ruth” (Level 7 with 92,201 points, a member since December 04, 2010) posted the following:

 

Since Christians are to live in the light why so many are not?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.  For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.  None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth:  they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.  They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web:  he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.  Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works:  their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.  Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood:  their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.  The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings:  they have made them crooked paths:  whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.  Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us:  we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.  We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes:  we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.  (Isaiah 59:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Walk As He Walked? (11/16/2014); To Continue In His Footsteps (11/17/2014); Coming to the Light? (09/29/2014); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); The Obedience of Jesus? (04/15/2013); Candles of GOD? (12/26/2012); Hellfire and Brimstone Preaching? (12/27/2012)

 

“Ruth”, Christian believers are to regard as “darkness” the criticisms and judgments that come from anyone other than our Savior.  Even so, here are a few points on “light” you may find useful:

(1.)  By “being in the light” many mistakenly think that believers are to perform and “show-off” in the public forum and social media (give us a sign, give us a sign!).  Celebrity, controversy, fame, notoriety, and popularity are actually their goals; and the fruits of their labors are usually division, error, schism, and spiritual confusion.  Outsiders will see only a shadow from the intimacy and spiritual power of a Christian life that is correctly personal and private.

(2.)  Many are feeling and groping about because they are blind from misapplying and misusing the light provided by the holy writings.  Their goals are to control and master the light, rather than reflect and shine forth as lights.  Such persons are spiritually dead and unproductive, for they fix their gaze, and stare into light, ever learning and never coming into the knowledge of the truth.  Light intended to allow change, choice and growth should also destroy doubt, ignorance, and lack of accountability.

(3.)  For mature Christian believers, “light” is easily understood as a set of divinely given laws, precepts, and principles that determine the duration, quality, and spirit content of created beings and living creatures along with their communication, exchange and interactions within and because of relationship to divinity. 

(4.)  There is a superabundance of light.  Covenant, law, the Gospel, and the Revelation of Jesus Christ are all spoken of as “light”.  Believers may vary in the extent of experience and the fullness of instruction they have received regarding the things of prophecy and salvation (no one knows it all, so to speak); yet, all are accountable for the measure of light they have been exposed to, now comprehend, and should practice.  All are to operate in accordance with their own knowledge of divinity, and the light will anchor their understanding to acknowledge Jesus Christ at his appearing.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Believers use the language of “light” because light is a condition that allows directed motion.  Changes in the amount and intensity of light support our frameworks of time and space as well as our sense of opportunity and possibility.  The imparted Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) is emanated as light and utterance (we say, word).)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The importance of using correct names and titles for GOD are in view, today, along with more on GOD and the human framework of time.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “romans” (Level 6 with 23,029 points, a member since November 11, 2009) posted the following:

 

What is the significances about knowing God’s name?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD and The Framework of Time (09/20/2014)—(5.)  Time pertains to the accurate and complete revelation of eternal divinity to mankind as the movement to acquire sacred knowledge, and to move through all the phases and stages of spiritual perfection.  Time is not so much an expression of divinity and hallowed substance as it is a structure that allows expression by created beings and living creatures.  Time appears through processes of comparison and contrast that are generated as recognition of conditions, and measurable dimensions for continued existence that include darkness and light, the power of the air appearing as climate and weather as well as fixed patterns (we say, cycles) of movement by celestial objects (i.e., the sun, moon, and stars).  Because many define time as beginning at birth and ending with death, time is mistakenly spoken of as an artifact (by product, outcome, or result) of mortality.  Time is not a creation of human intellect, logic, mathematics, reason, and science.  Christian believers are given a new, more godly understanding of time through such doctrines as the resurrection for divine judgment; the transformation of believers in Christ to become immortal and incorruptible; the second death that eliminates sinners and wickedness in the Lake of Fire; and through the teachings of a future eternal life that begins before ones physical death through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth having a fresh endowment from the makeup of GOD).  The Adversary (Satan) and those distracted through the power of the air embrace a false notion of eternal life.  In their understanding, being and consciousness are generated and maintained through self will; and may exist without the frameworks of time, space, and purpose that is generated by divinity.  As in the Garden of Eden, the serpent still does not acknowledge the place of GOD as sovereign over all existence and Creation, and continues to counsel mankind using various philosophies and belief systems, that man may be as GOD without being in submission to the dispensations and operations controlled by divinity.  Consider again the Scriptures:  Ecclesiastes 3:  1-8, 2nd Timothy 3:  1-9, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.  (Proverbs 20:  11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Point of Knowledge? (07/06/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); The “Miniature War”? (04/10/2014); A Personal Relationship? (04/03/2014); GOD Everywhere? (04/04/2014); Sprinkled, Immersed, Named? (02/01/2014); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013)

 

“romans”, here are a few points important to Christian belief that those who want to understand will find helpful:

(1.)  Titles and names for GOD are important as aspects of communication, fellowship with believers, and prayer.  What you will say, and how you will be responded to will turn upon your use of the divine name.  The name is also part of the sacred knowledge and full revelation of divinity that created beings and living creatures must have to experience the active presence of GOD in continuing relationship.  Were a man to marry a woman, never speak her name, require she clean, cook, share her body, the closeness and intimacy of their marriage would be affected.  Without communication, gentleness, kindness, respect, and tenderness their union would be threatened and weakened.

(2.)  Salvation through Jesus Christ is not merely a mechanical process whereby GOD in heaven further claims, owns, and possesses all created beings and living creatures as abstract objects, and material things.  Because of the endowment at Creation, mankind is capable of displaying an animal, a human, or a divine nature.  At some point, any one, or combination of these possible expressions may appear.  The operations of sin that influence awareness and self-will in the living, also corrupt (we say, decay, rot) the spirit content needed to exist as companions to an eternal GOD. 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  GOD is a spirit who is an active presence invisible to human eyes, that must be known by operating upon various features within the human environment.  Included are the attitudes and behavior of individuals, exchanges and interactions within groups, and such forces of nature as darkness, light, water, and wind.  GOD has established that knowing divinity in a personal way begins with awareness of the things GOD has done.  GOD is to be known and spoken of on the basis of divine actions (e.g., Law Giver, Redeemer, Savior), exalted position and sacred content (e.g., holiness, Holy One, exclusiveness, Jealous, sovereignty, Most High), and sacred deeds (e.g., Deliverer, Healer, Judge).)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC