Posts Tagged ‘martyrdom’

Scripture points on the danger in confessing Jesus Christ during the end times are considered, today.  What we call persecution, suffering and tribulation are more correctly understood as the continuing condition that describes life for all followers of Jesus Christ.  In the same way, conditions pre-exist before the birth of every child that appear as the fixed framework, limit and mold for their development and growth, the sacred process that believers must complete for eternal life includes what we call the “trial by fire” in the end times.  The judgment of GOD that focuses upon good works accomplished during a person’s lifetime occurs after the second death that destroys the wicked, and is only for those who have been made immortal and incorruptible at the Second Coming of Jesus to harvest the earth.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (the usual profile information not shared) posted the following:

Christians: if you get killed for confessing Jesus will you go to heaven?

Like if an antichrist decides to imprison and kill Christians,will the dead Christian automatically go to heaven just for dying for Jesus

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For other foundation can no man lay than that that is laid, which is in Christ Jesus.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  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 an man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  (1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  That GOD Is Faithful? (08/31/2015); The Endtime and Fear? (01/14/2015); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); (Struggling? (05/11/2013); (Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013)

“Anonymous”, completing our mortality, enduring suffering or surviving tribulation are not enough to establish the necessary relationship to divinity that will continue as eternal life.  The believer must become reborn having the Spirit of Christ, and become perfected (we also say, made ripe for harvest at the coming of the Lord) through operations of the Holy Spirit.  Thus, salvation for mankind comes only by the operations of GOD through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (we say, by grace, through faith).  A believer’s obedience to divine law, prayer life, sacred knowledge from study of the Bible, spiritual observances, sacred practices, and charitable works have value as expressions that crystallize and make visible to others the new life a believer has begun through divine rebirth, and sanctification that may take all the remaining years of their life upon the earth.  The work to endure performed by those in the flock of the Lord entails accomplishing commitment, dutifulness, faithfulness, hearing his voice, loyal love, and steadfastness.  Here are a few points to consider from the holy writings:

(1.)  John 17:  19-23, King James Version (KJV):  19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

(2.)  Matthew 24:  11-14, KJV:  11 And many false prophets shall arise and deceive many.  12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

(3.)  Mark 13:  9-13, KJV:  9 But take heed to yourselves:  for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten:  and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.  10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.  11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought before hand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate:  but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye:  for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.  12  Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.  13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake:  but he that shall endure, the same shall be saved.

(4.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, KJV:  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Revelation 14:  12-16, KJV:  12 Here is the patience of the saints:  here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:  Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  14 And I looked and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.  15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap:  for the time of  is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.  16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.)  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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Self-denial and being true to oneself among Christian believers is the topic, today, along with more on the issue of accuracy for the Scriptures.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “The Green Machine” (Level 5 with 5,512 points, a member since November 09, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians deny themselves? 

Jesus says to deny ones self and not be true to ones self. Why?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014)—For editors, scholars, students of history, and writers of analytical reviews and literary criticism, accuracy, like proofreading, pertains to the correctness of data and factual information.  Items come into view such as the spelling and pronunciation of names, dates, genealogies, and the grouping of discrete facts according to categories, classes, patterns, and types.  The holy writings do not conform to any single standards for literary genres, and are more to be known in terms of eternal purpose.  The Scriptures are to reveal the nature and process of divinity by reporting sacred events that have occurred among mankind, and on behalf of humanity.  Readers are granted a divine perspective, so to speak, displaying information from thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  Statements of eyewitness, origins, and personal testimony appear, consistent with the divine revelation of GOD through operations of ongoing judgment.  The writings should not be described using such labels as autobiography, biography, diaries, government documents, private journals, or travel logs.  The holy writings convey spirit matter such as faith, holiness, joy, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  As such, the Scriptures are dynamic and organic like seed that must be planted within the soil for growth, maturity, and further reproduction by the bearing of fruit.  The spirit content deposited within the Scriptures must interact with the endowment of spirit matter readers receive through baptism (i.e., death of the inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA).  As these streams of spirit flow together, readers are further built up and established in relationship with GOD through operations of divinity upon awareness and self-will.  Consider again Genesis 1:  1-3, Genesis 41:  38-40, John 4:  4, 1st Corinthians 2:  7-16, Hebrews 4:  12, 2nd Peter 1:  16-21 and Revelation 19:  9-10, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.  And he said unto another, Follow me.  But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead:  but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.  And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.  (Luke 9:  57-62, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014); (Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); When People Covet (12/22/2013); Commandments in the Light of Christ? (10/12/2013); Never Taught It? (10/13/2013); A Lid on Love? (09/27/2013); Dying in Terror and Joy? (09/28/2013); Struggling? (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“The Green Machine”, where Christ speaks to his apostles and disciples regarding self-denial he is not requiring martyrdom, self-destruction, or suicide.  Believers are to accept that the demands of commitment, duty, love and unselfish service are ceaseless, nonstop, and unrelenting.  Right relationship that correctly exalts divinity promotes companionship with GOD through Christ as more necessary than family, friends, ones employer and co-workers, or even ones spouse and offspring, for the gifts of redemption, salvation and eternal life may be secured through no other divine agency.

Rightly understood, only certain aspects of ones full carnal being (we say, the flesh) are to be suppressed, or continually taken to be of less importance for spiritual existence.  Awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures may be dominated by appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual activity), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion/mental functions (e.g., anxiety, desires, imagination, intellect, recall), and sin.  Sin is no material, physical, or spirit thing created by GOD; and sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the Law Giver, and of the full Creation that responds to divine law.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, while a believer’s demonstration, display and ministry of divine gifts are to occur through the attention we show family and all others, believers also are to discern and recognize when the control, influence, and standards of others are not those set forth in Christ.  Believers are to make responsible choices, resist, and even separate themselves from those who insist upon behavior that spreads corruption, defilement, profanity, spiritual confusion, and unbelief.).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your meekness and faith.

It is a faithful saying:  For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:  if we deny him, he also will deny us:  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful:  he cannot deny himself.  (2nd Timothy 2:  11-13, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Devotion, redemption and sacrifice are topics, today.  Also, there is more on deferring judgment.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Methoozelah” (Level 1 with 89 points, a member since February 24, 2014) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers Canada:

Beloved Christians! Please help me! I am having difficulty understanding Romans 12:1 – Can you reassure me?

Romans 12:1: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship”

Now even though I am opening myself up to the possibility of having a faith please tell me that this verse means that I have to become a FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAMIC MILITANT JIHADIST!… please tell me this is not so? Surely not, right?

Surely this verse is metaphorical or allegorical or non literal in some way, so how may I ask, might I offer my body as a living sacrifice in the holiest of holy ways so as to give pleasure to God?

Any ideas?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Deferring Judgment? (03/06/2014)—(5.)  Knowledge of The Kingdom.  The kingdom of GOD inhabits divine operations, sacred processes, and eternal purpose.  Because there is no simple formula, or collection of words that may be used to explain the spirit action and nature divinity, when Jesus taught regarding the kingdom of GOD, the Savior repeatedly used descriptions of life process, examples from human experience, parables to illustrate, and suggestions.  The kingdom of GOD is not a physical location, or place upon the earth.  Nor is the kingdom an aggregate, an institution, or a social body.  In the same way we do not immediately apprehend that GOD is a spirit whom we must worship in spirit and in truth, created beings and living creatures can not fully grasp their own divine aspect, and the full reality of judgment and all sacred process.  (6.)  Sin not Eliminated By Death.  Death may not wipe away all sin, however, eternal life may.  Once dead the awareness and self-will of a sinner is no longer dominated and driven by sin.  Even so, death does not release any from the influence of sin, for there are continuing consequences among the living, conditions established by sin that serve as challenges and limitations, and the deceased must yet appear in a divine judgment that is to conclude all the “unfinished business” of resolving conflicts, and settling disputes.  Similarly, the death of Jesus upon the cross did not eliminate sin.  However, the sacrificial death at Calvary, and the falling of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, did seal a new covenant whereby mankind would overcome sin through anointing, baptism (we say, death and rebirth having divine DNA), faith, forgiveness, and new life.  Repentance pertains to life; and only he who is without sin is worthy to “cast the first stone.”  (7.)  Sin Exposed.  For the people of GOD, there is much we are not to repeat, yet, we are not to forget.  Men are driven by appetite (demands such as hunger, thirst, and craving for sexual contact) from cradle to grave as a mechanical and necessary aspect of carnal being.  The ministry of reconciliation acknowledges that human errors and mistakes while growing, learning, and mastering appetite are not all to be understood as persistent and unchanging sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of GOD as Law Giver, and of all in Creation that responds to divine law.  Sin is not a spirit or life essence put forth by GOD, yet, awareness and self-will for created beings and living creatures may be dominated by sin.  Many blindly accept sin as a natural aspect of human nature, and therefore do not recognize that sin is contrary to their own divine aspect, foreign, strange, and suicidal.  Through Jesus Christ, GOD now is using an imparted Spirit that establishes new spiritual life to operate through choices and decisions of the created.  In addition to sacred law, that identifies sin and its various negative outcomes, GOD employs multiple devices to display cautions and warnings against sin.  Included are confession, evil (calamity, catastrophe, upheaval), life experiences, penitence, praise, prayer, promises, prophecy, sacraments, sacred events (we say, miracles), testimony, and witness.  Finite beings can not eliminate sin relying only upon intellect, logic, reason, and science.  In the same way the poor are always with us for our benefit, it is necessary that peculiar displays of sin be made repeatedly, and that sin be exposed through the light of continued godliness and right doing as well as by sacred truth.  Thus, correctly understood, for the Christian believer, life and all this is about the revealing of GOD, and not about the human predicament.  (8.)  The Authority of the Church.  It is a legitimate task of the church to prepare men for judgment.  While the church may bind and loose upon the earth to remit and retain sin, the church may only deny communion and fellowship to those who sin (we say, excommunicate), and may not absolutely annul, remove, or terminate anyone’s eternal life.  Sin among the priesthood should now be recognized among believers as a divine tool, like the law, whereby sin becomes “exceeding sinful,” and the righteousness of GOD is further exalted.  See Ecclesiastes 8:  8-13, Matthew 13:  1-35, Matthew 18:  1-35, John 8:  1-11, John 20:  23, 1st Corinthians 15:  50-58, Romans 6:  1-23, Romans 7:  12-13 and Revelation 1:  1-3, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  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.  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:  and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:  whereunto also they were appointed.  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:  which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  (1st Peter:  2:  1-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013); Stronger Tests for the Strong? (10/22/2013); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Love in Christ (10/23/2012); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

“Methoozelah”, the expression “living sacrifice” written in the New Testament must be understood in agreement with things written in the Old.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Dedication.  Anything devoted (we say, promised) to GOD must be turned over to the Almighty by its placement upon the altar of sacrifice.  The altar serves as a holy platform or “table” where heaven and earth are in contact.  Dedicated offerings and sacrifices are purified and transferred to GOD through holy fire; and the separation of material from sacred substance is completed upon the altar.  It is only upon the altar that sin is separated from gratitude, humility, reverence, and praise.

(2.)  Redemption.  In the covenant of Israel, all the firstborn throughout the nation were dedicated to GOD, including the first of ones children as well as of ones cattle.  Provisions to preserve the life of a firstborn child so they would not be slain upon the altar included (a) the entire tribe of Levi would be offered in place of the firstborn from the other tribes, (b) by payment of a fee, dedicated offerings would not be placed upon the altar, (c) the sacrifice would be accounted as unfit, and its neck would be broken to utterly destroy it, or (d) the dedicated thing would remain the property of GOD, and would continue in living service within the Tabernacle or Temple.

(3.)  Sacrifice.  Death and law are both tools of GOD to provide sacred structure and process for the living (we say, divine order).  The revealed purposes of GOD for created beings and living creatures pertain to eternal life, rather than to destruction and violence.  Through Jesus Christ, sacrifice is demonstrated as a life process characterized by internalizing the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  Through a fresh endowment of the same divine matter that was breathed into Adam, believers are made able to operate in continuous service to GOD.  Included are unselfish giving, love, obedience, praise, prayer, prophecy (comfort, edification, exhortation), and submission to sacred truth.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood that may not be presented, here, at this time.  (For example, (4.)  Jihad-al-Akbar, The Greater Jihad.  A man’s greatest service to GOD is not combat, martyrdom, and warfare against other men like himself.  The more necessary struggle is that a man have so great a victory within himself that he operates continuously after principles to maintain family, community, life, peace, and genuine worship.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Every generation has been privileged to say that GOD has done a work during our lifetime.  We would be wise to rededicate ourselves to GOD through prayer, today.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC