Posts Tagged ‘mercy’

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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Divine forgiveness, love, final judgment, and eternal punishment are topics, today.  Mankind is being attracted and drawn to divinity through sacred process that includes forbearance, forgiveness, patience, and reconciliation.  Just as there are exchanges and interactions among desires, emotions, and thoughts that become visible as attitudes and behavior, there also are changes and movements among the aspects of spirit substance within the living that result in sacred actions and spirit-filled deeds.  The living should contain deposits of such inseparable sacred content as faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Attitudes and behavior become a device and focus for divine judgment as a further expression of the spirit matter one contains, and an indicator of their status (i.e., maturity, perfection) as being in communion, covenant, and union with divinity.  Readers are to consider again the following verses from the Bible as well as the presentation below:  Acts 5:  30-32, King James Version (KJV):  30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.  31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.   Also, John 3:  16-19, KJV:  16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  18 He that believeth on him is not condemned:  but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  Hebrews 10: 28-30, KJV:  28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Dreamer” (Level 4 with 4,355 points, a member since September 23, 2014) posted the following:

 

Christians: How can a loving God send some to hell for eternity? Is it a God that never forgives?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:  For there is no respect of persons with God.  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law:  and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  (Romans 2:  2-13, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Love Seen As Hate? (01/29/2015); The Process of Forgiveness? (10/21/2015); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Offenses to GODhead (05/07/2014); Behold What Manner of Love (02/28/2014)

 

“Dreamer”, many of those who disbelieve the Gospel of Jesus Christ challenge the truth of divine love, because their understanding of an intimate relationship centers upon  affection, care, fondness, and having their own needs met.  However, mature love is more correctly seen through accountability, duty, obedience, and sacrifice.  Divine judgment is in place as a further aspect of revelation wherein GOD makes the character and nature of Deity known and visible by applying sacred law to resolve conflict and settle disputes.  In addition to balance, fairness, impartiality, and thoroughness, mercy and righteousness are unveiled in judgment in a way that otherwise could not appear.  The sacred operations to establish mankind as an eternal companion to divinity must respond to aspects of life process and growth for the spirit content within finite human beings.  Men are to acquire sacred knowledge that itself is spirit matter; and permanent changes in their living substance are to occur.  Divine forgiveness is a condition within relationship that is put in place to encourage existence as a “new creation” through Jesus Christ.  There is no other provision from any other god.  Following death and burial of ones inborn spirit, the believer is provided rebirth from divine DNA (so to speak).  As one “born again,” the disciple of Christ must “grow up again.”  Good or bad attitudes and behavior are not the major focus of their  judgment by GOD; rather, it is their sacred substance.  Only those having spirit content from the makeup of GOD will respond to his forgiveness.  While the “force of truth” is an influence in the renewing of the mind, the standards for divine commitment, meekness (willingness to learn), purity, and sincere worship are uppermost for continuing in eternal life.  Consider the following points from the Bible:

(1.)  Daniel 9:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 O LORD, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.  9 To the LORD our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;  10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

(2.)  Hosea 6:  5-7, KJV:  5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth:  and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.  6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant:  there have they dealt treacherously against me.

(3.)  Matthew 12:  31-32, KJV:  31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men:  but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:  but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

There are many other verses that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones spiritual arsenal.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.)  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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Because this is Christmas Day, 2015, and a time when we celebrate the spiritual gifts established through the Incarnation of GOD, the topic today is the forgiveness given by divinity.  Our offenses and transgressions appear to be greater to ourselves at certain times of the year, during holidays, and when the overall atmosphere becomes festive (e.g., anniversaries, birthdays, Easter, Hanukkah, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving).  Many become depressed and morbid as they feel more convicted regarding our continuing need for salvation.  Even so, receive the following from the Bible as your special gift from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and see the discussion below:   Hebrews 1:  1-9, King James Version (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?  6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  May you be blessed in your acknowledgments of Christ this Christmas, in the Sabbath rest that will begin at sundown, and throughout the New Year that will be arriving soon.  A writer using the ID “maurice” (Level 1 with 62 points, December 23, 2015) posted the following at “Yahoo! Answers”:

 

I know it’s Christmas but can I be forgiven ?

The reason why I ask because I had a bad thought against Jesus and today his birthday and I’m worried idek why would I think this way

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  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:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  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.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  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.  (Colossians 1:  10-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  African American Christmas? (12/15/2015); The Scale of Salvation? (12/13/2015); The Process of Forgiveness? (10/21/2015); To Err is Human? (07/24/2015); A Christmas Message, 2014 (12/25/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013)

 

“maurice”, today, mature Christian believers around the world are acknowledging the gifts we have received for the cleansing, healing, and perfection of mankind by divinity appearing in the person of Jesus Christ.  The Creation of GOD (both heaven and earth) has become defiled and imperfect through the operations of sin.  Final judgment, mortality, and that humans all die, is a result of sin being among us.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, and of the Creation that responds to divine law.  Sin is now a permanent condition for human expression, and can not be eliminated without divine intervention on a cosmic scale.  Through the life of Christ—his birth, suffering, death and resurrection—his disciples now receive special deposits of divine substance (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word).  In water baptism (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) believers are “born again.”  All receive inseparable aspects of the divine makeup (such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin).  Those  born again must gradually grow up, and mature again by meeting the same life challenges as all others upon the earth. Our “growing pains” are tolerable because we have assurances and promises from GOD that include praises, prayer, proclamation, and prophecy.  Consider again the following that you may have read in your Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 9:  6, King James Version (KJV):  6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon his shoulder:  and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

(2.)  John 18:  36-38, KJV:  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

(3.)   John 16:  27-29, KJV:  27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.  28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:  again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.  29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

There are many other ideas that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones own spiritual development, here.  (For example, (4.)  1st Timothy 1:  15-17, KJV:  15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.)  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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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