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Today, the reply is on forgiveness as a release from sin that men on the earth receive through love and obedience appearing within the Son of GOD.  Forgiveness and mercy are intended for those who come to divine judgment, and are actually guilty.  Finite human tools such as intellect, science, and willpower do not provide mankind with sufficient integrity of being to appear sinless before divinity, or to display justification and worthiness for their own having eliminated sin. Salvation is the necessary divine operation wherein GOD extends forbearance, forgiveness, new life and reconciliation to mankind on the basis of the merit, sacrifice, virtue and works accomplished by Jesus Christ. It is written: 1st John 1: 5-10, KJV: 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality using the ID “Jeff” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since November 20, 2018) posted the following:

 

I want to give all my guilt and regret and mistakes to God but I feel like I’m not worthy of forgiveness.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 130: 3-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Paying For Our Sins? (08/20/2019); Spirit Using Human Form (08/16/2019); That Not Of Yourselves (08/13/2019); We Must Acknowledge Christ (08/08/2019); GOD Is The Creator? (07/04/2019); The Character of GOD (06/27/2019); Salvation Through Jesus Christ (03/25/2019); Forgiveness, Grace and Merit (06/22/2017)

 

Jeff”, divine forgiveness displays that GOD the Creator is worthy of love, obedience, praise, and reverence from his Creation. Developing and mature Christian believers are encouraged to accept the truth that forgiveness appears as an aspect of the divine active presence, eternal process, and inseparable sacred substance. Forgiveness is to be received as a fresh endowment of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) that was imparted to Adam and Eve. Included were faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. While this and other divine content establishes opportunities and possibilities for created beings and living creatures to be in relationship with the Creator as heirs, offspring, and sons and daughters to GOD, both Adam and Eve violated the instructions they had been given, and transgressed against the divine law. The character and makeup of mankind was altered in such a way that all the descendants of Adam now receive an inheritance of being vulnerable to the operations of sin and ungodliness.

It is our profound need: it is not our ignorance, nor is it our innocence. It is what we have become through human error, and our condition as sinners who need change, release and repentance that qualifies us to receive a ministry of forgiveness that is extended to mankind through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD. It is not that we are worthy; it is that Christ continues to be received as worthy before the Father; and the Son may intercede on behalf of those who are truly guilty. It is not by our influence, our skill, our talents; it is because the makeup of GOD is made visible through divine judgment that features compassion, completeness, impartiality, mercy, and righteousness. On the basis of human accomplishments demonstrated through divinity using flesh and blood as Jesus Christ (we say, Incarnation), there now are no issues of merit and worthiness for sinners to receive forgiveness.

Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. 1st John 4: 8-11, King James Version (KJV): 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

2. Isaiah 53: 3-6, KJV: 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Luke 7: 37-50, KJV: 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. 40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on the dependence of salvation on the sacred element of grace, rather than on eternal condemnation, obedience, and other features associated with sacred law. Sinners are not justified by their own works, rather by the works of GOD. Many Christians speak of grace as unmerited favor, a special show of kindness, and of pardon for offenses. However, there is no “cause” or justification for displays of grace except that they are authentic expressions of the otherwise invisible and unseen personhood within divinity. In addition to gratitude and humility, the correct response to the grace of GOD that developing believers will provide include consistency, faithfulness, obedience, respect, righteousness, and trust. It is written: John 1: 15-17, King James Version (KJV): 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “Forrest Toney” (Level 7 with 80,871 points, a member since February 12, 2011) posted the following:

 

How many Christians believe that they will escape Hell even though they don’t obey all of Jesus’ sayings?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. (Acts 15: 5-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: We Must Acknowledge Christ (08/08/2019); Salvation Through Jesus Christ (03/25/2019); The Platform of Spirit (03/21/2019); Displaying Faith Through Works (03/04/2019); The Gift Of GOD (10/15/2018); The Gift(s) From GOD (04/08/2018); Jesus Paid It All (04/04/2018); Yes, Jesus Did Die (04/01/2018); How Are We Justified? (03/05/2018)

 

Forrest Toney”, in the same way Jesus Christ appears through the accord of divinity and not of himself, sinners are saved by grace (divine accord) rather than human devices. Among mature Christian believers, the operations and purposes of the law are directed to the functioning of Creation and the further putting forth of divine order, rather than to salvation and the recovery of mankind from sin. While sacred law defines, exposes, identifies sin, and makes a peculiar expression of divine love, the law itself does not declare forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, reconciliation, or redemption. Where believers focus on the judicial and legal concepts important to having benefits through the law, many continue in error failing to apprehend also that the invisible, unseen character, personhood, process, and substance of divinity are being openly displayed and revealed.

Sinners are saved by grace, an aspect of the full makeup of GOD. Without a saving relationship to divinity, whether they are conscious of it or not, ones condition by godly standards must be that of condemnation, guiltiness, misery, shame, and wretchedness. By the actions of grace, GOD dismisses both the darkness and negativity of their inner person, and their outward lifestyle, so to speak. Choosing to come to Christ, sinners are encouraged through changes, discoveries, new opportunities, and new possibilities.

Because of GOD’s grace embodied as Jesus Christ, inseparable aspects of the makeup of GOD are imparted to indwell those welcoming Christ through their own repentance. Included are faith, holiness, joy, respect, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Every element and feature required for salvation is supplied, so that GOD’s grace is said to be “all sufficient.” Thus, more than simply that GOD has divine prerogative and the authority to do as he pleases, grace describes the flowing together of many different sacred elements and operations. Included are benevolence, generosity, eternal purpose, impartiality (no bias, bigotry, prejudice), and sovereign will. The elements of desire, determination, preference, and self-will (willpower) within the sinner have no effect or power to cause or determine a person’s salvation from the divine judgment against sin. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. 2nd Corinthians 12: 6-10, King James Version (KJV): 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

2. Ephesians 2: 4-7, KJV: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

3. Ephesians 2: 8-10, KJV: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. John 1: 10-13, KJV: 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on the prophecy of 144,000 Jews who will be separated to Christ, and the oneness without sameness that will prevail within the heaven and earth made new. Hierarchy as a tool for divine order will likely continue to appear; yet, there will be no ambition, covetousness, distrust, or envy. However great or small the full number of Jews will be among those that appear in heaven (like the amount and size of ones faith and the measure of ones works), the amount or quantity of Jews will be neither an indication of divine imbalance, nor partiality on the part of GOD. Distinctions of ethnicity, national origin, and race will not be meaningful within the new heaven and earth. Moreover, such labels as Catholicism, Judaism, and Protestantism will have to take on new substance. Merit and reward will be on the basis of adding value, the perfection of fit and supply through shared duty, the merging of multiple contributions, and the unselfish service of those who make up the kingdom. It is written: Judges 7: 1-4, King James Version (KJV): 1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. 2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality using the ID “black hawk” (Level 1 with 10 points, a member since June 18, 2017) posted the following:

 

The Jews will be vastly outnumbered by other Christians in the new heaven and earth: Revelation 7:4-8. Do you agree or not?

Revelation 7:4-8 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR THOUSAND OF ALL THE TRIBES OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WERE SEALED: of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.

The above Scripture (bold type) has served to highlight the FACT that there will be no more than 144 thousand Jews in the new heaven and earth and New Jerusalem. Revelation 21

Consequently, the Jews will be vastly outnumbered by other Christians in the new heaven and earth.

Because the New Testament says that only a FEW people from every nation and tribe will survive to enter the new heaven and earth: Matthew 7:13-14 and 22:14.

But what exactly is a “Few”?

A “few” could be any figure between 1 and 100 million people, which is still a FEW compared to the +7 billion who are alive on this earth.

Update: Consequently, any nation with 100 million people could easily OUTNUMBER THE JEWS in the new heaven and earth.

Therefore, we know that the JEWS WILL NEVER DOMINATE the new heaven and earth due to their lack of numbers.

Because 144 thousand Jews would stand no chance at all against 100 million Christians in terms of their military and economic manpower.

Therefore, the JEWS WILL NEVER DOMINATE the new heaven and earth due to their small numbers.

Update 2: However, the New Jerusalem will be DOMINATED BY OTHER CHRISTIANS who would vastly outnumber the Jews in the new heaven and earth.

Do you agree or not?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (Revelation 21: 21-23, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Scripture Has No Ethnicity (05/27/2019); An Irreplaceable Nation State? (12/05/2016); Does GOD Hate Jews? (10/03/2016); Christ Brought A New Nature? (07/15/2015); A Wandering Jew? (04/09/2015); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014); One Root, One Harvest (11/12/2017)

 

black hawk”, within the perfected sanctuary of the heaven and earth made new, meaning for “the number” of Jews will not derive from cultural, material, ethnic and social differences that once existed. There will be no “middle wall of partition” based on kinship and tribe; covenant laws; peculiar observances for offerings and sacrifices; languages and tongues; and determination of fitness to serve divinity through clean and unclean, pure and impure. Even so, there will continue to be diversity in acknowledgment and worship. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Ephesians 2: 11-17, King James Version (KJV): 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

2. Romans 10: 1-4, KJV: 1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

3. Romans 11: 16-24, KJV: 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Ephesians 2: 18-22, KJV: 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, the reply is on the holiness and virginity of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Ordinarily, a woman loses her virginity, and sheds her blood of innocence during her first sexual intercourse when her hymen (i.e., a small piece of flesh within her vagina that serves as a seal upon her womb) is broken by the penetration of a male penis. The hymen of the mother of Jesus Christ was broken at his birth, and his coming was by water and the blood. The importance of Mary is not due to her own merit, divine nature, and sacred accomplishments, rather, it is because she has been an instrument for fulfillment of sacred prophecy, divine promises, eternal purpose, and the revelation of Jesus Christ. A we ourselves also are to be, Mary appears as a vessel to contain spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD, and to whom sin is no longer imputed. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Nathan H” (Level 3 with 1,856 points, a member since April 17, 2008) posted the following:

 

Why does the people of the Catholics beleivesing that Mary was always virginized, when Mattnew says Joseph had sex with her?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus. (Matthew 1: 18-25, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Divinity Embodied In Flesh (12/30/2018); Mysteries Of The Kingdom? (09/28/2018); Benefits of the Rosary (02/14/2017); About Praying to Mary (08/21/2015); Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); It Is Our Wisdom To Ask (05/18/2015); The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014); The Rosary and Other Prayers? (08/23/2014)

 

Nathan H”, many mature Christians acknowledge that, in the same way Mary, who gave birth to their Savior Jesus Christ, experienced having gender as a human female, she also experienced human sexuality as a female with the birth of her other children. Even so, these same believers understand that her virginity was, and continues to be, a spiritual condition established through operations of the same Holy Spirit that performed to create heaven and earth. Inseparable aspects from the makeup of divinity appear that include faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, purity, and simplicty.

Mary is important to Christian belief as an instrument of GOD for the full revelation of divinity. The birth of Jesus was not through human reproduction and sexuality: Jesus was made to be and exist within Mary by operations of the Holy Spirit. Believers are to see the workings of divine authority, love, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. The embodiment (we say, Incarnation) of divinity appearing as Jesus Christ, and using the human forms of flesh and mind, required both the birth and death of Jesus to establish his humanity as authentic. Similarly, the humanity of Mary is shown to be genuine, and displays the full range of human challenges, needs, and possibilities that include humility and covenant relationship with GOD.

There is no report in the holy writings, that Mary was baptized as Jesus was by John the Baptist. Even so, after fasting and prayer in the Upper Room, Mary received the gifts of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost along with the apostles of Jesus. She served as one of the witnesses to his crucifixion, and to his resurrection. To those of the early church, Mary was an evidence of things unseen, and a “foretaste” of things to come.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, because the character, makeup and substance of GOD are the actual focus, many Christians are comfortable with the Scriptures and teachings concerning Mary that can only be embraced correctly through operations of faith and of the Holy Spirit. Included are the ascension of Mary, the coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven, the acknowledgment of sacred mysteries from the lives of Jesus and Mary using the Rosary prayers, and the sanctification of Mary as a perpetual virgin.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, the reply is on Creation, divine grace, and revelation.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “wandycakes” (Level 3 with 1,035 points, a member since August 04, 2009) posted the following:

 

Why do religious people think they deserve a God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5: 1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Who Deserves Divine Love? (06/23/2017); Forgiveness, Grace and Merit (06/22/2017); Only GOD Is Good? (05/03/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017); Tools for Revelation? (10/26/2015); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Cruel and Offensive (07/24/2014); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Magical Resurrection? (03/20/2013)

 

wandycakes”, sharing with you an answer that many mature Christian believers might find acceptable, here are some points regarding mankind’s relationship (i.e., continuing communication, exchange, and interaction) with divinity:

1. GOD is the origin of everything that has existence and life. Through divine grace (we also say, unmerited favor), angels and mankind as well as other created beings and living creatures all have been called forth, emanated or fashioned, and placed within multiple spheres of life (e.g., heaven, earth, the land, the sea) having the aspects of consciousness and self-will. Along with the frameworks of time and space, the living are to respond to divine order and sacred law that generate specific opportunities, possibilities, and sacred operations that include aging, birth, death, discovery, gradual growth, judgment, learning, suffering, and unselfish service to GOD.

2. The many divine acts of carnal, material, and spiritual creation all have been expressions of the character, makeup, nature, eternal purpose, and sovereign will of divinity. Similarly, the divine acts and sacred events (e.g., atonement, forgiveness, Incarnation, miracles, proclamation, prophecy, resurrection of the dead, salvation) that make GOD knowable, known, accessible, and approachable (we say, revelation) are provided to establish the completeness and integrity that serves as personhood within the living.

3. Divine gifts and tools have been bestowed upon the living that include covenant relationship, deliverance, life essence (we also say, breath; spirit; word), priesthood, sacred knowledge, and secular knowledge. Through operations of the Holy Spirit men also are to receive a fresh endowment of spirit substance from GOD (we say, fire baptism and rebirth) and exist containing inseparable aspects of the divine makeup such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible: Ephesians 2: 4-10, King James Version (KJV): 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is made to errors contrasting divine and human judgment.  As the offspring of Adam, the son of GOD, the living all are under condemnation by divine law, and must endure a condition of mortality (being subject to death) until released by GOD through the adoption, judgment, redemption, resurrection, or salvation provided through the merit belonging to Jesus Christ.  Since death came by the disobedience of one man, justification, salvation, and glorification are provided through one, Jesus Christ, the Son of man and Son of GOD.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Christians, if people go to Hell for sinning, how come not everybody’s going to Hell?

I believe it should be all about merit–not about what you want. Our judicial system does not reward bad behavior in letting the rapist and murderer go free after attending parole hearings if the crime is too inhumane and severe. You can’t do terrible things and then enjoy a life of peace and tranquility especially when you made other people’s lives a living hell, including the families of those victims. That’s not right.

How would you feel if a man who killed your child not only gets out on bail, but then gets put inside a mansion and the rest of his life to enjoy while a child is dead and he’s still alive, never to get what he deserves?

I believe it should be about merit because it falls in line with fairness. And if you take away fairness, you take away justice. The laws on this Earth have to abide by MERIT, not by the offender s DESIRE. And, if we really wanted God, we wouldn’t have sinned against Him. How can you want Him and you sinning? Jesus even said that if you loved Him, you’d keep His commandments. That’s like me cheating, stealing from and beating my spouse and then saying I love them. What is that?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  (Ephesians 2:  8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Law and Sin (06/07/2017); Only GOD Is Good? (05/03/2017); The Work of Forgiving (11/23/2016); The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Hell and The Cross? (04/10/2016); To Forgive is Divine? (04/06/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013); Scriptures and Sayings? (06/09/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, you seem to be confusing the judgment by mankind through human devices and law with the eternal processes of GOD to reveal divinity.  Judgment by the Creator will display otherwise unseen aspects of GOD such as grace, mercy, ownership, person within the GODhead, active presence, divine prerogative, righteousness, sovereign will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In the judgment of GOD, the elements of attitudes, behavior, and speech come into view primarily as indicators of ones spirit content imparted from the makeup of Deity.  Included should be inseparable aspects of our Maker:  balance, faith, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, peace, and eternal purpose.

In the sacred process to transform mankind to be an immortal, incorruptible companion of divinity, forgiveness establishes a foundation, and calls forth gratitude, meekness, respect, and reverence.  It is correct to speak of divine forgiveness as “blessing” and a “free gift”, however, acknowledgment and multiple responses are required from the sinner on whom forgiveness is bestowed.  There must be permanent change, rebirth, repentance, willingness to acquire sacred knowledge and maintain sacred practices (we say, sacraments) as well as a commitment to regularly communicate with GOD through praise, prayer, and acts of unselfish service.  What you speak of as “merit” may be the acknowledgement by others that divinity has been at work within the one who once was a sinner.  As a “born again” believer, they are a new creation in Jesus Christ.  Acts of faith, trust, and “good works” now describe their lifestyle and daily routine as that of a believer.

Of course there is far more to be said, carefully considered, and fully embraced.  (For example, the objectives of divine judgment are not those found where only “legalism” appears—to determine condemnation, guilt, and punishment.  Sacred operations will be completed to affirm oneness without sameness among believers and for the spirit substance of each created being and living creature.  The legitimacy will be determined for those claiming place as offspring of GOD and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ; and there will be a careful and complete examination of their spirit substance using the accounts recorded within the Book of Life.  Also, there will be the assessment of accomplishments and deeds for reward.)  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, the human predicament and mankind’s standards for determining “good” are in view.  Through the disbelief, disobedience and distrust expressed by Adam and Eve, the makeup and spirit content of mankind as a species has been condemned as unfit to exist as a life companion of eternal divinity:  All have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD.  Rather than through human accomplishments, merit, obedience and self-will, the living must be accounted as “blameless” or having a portion within the divine household on the basis of atonement, propitiation for sin, and the sacred works accomplished on behalf of mankind by Jesus Christ.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What does it mean to be a good man?

One deserving of love and a family and God

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver:  in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;  (2nd Corinthians 1:  9-10, King James Version (KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Extravagance of Love? (04/02/2017); The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); GOD Within Christian Believers (07/31/2016); Was David a “Good” Man? (01/13/2015); Being Good, Enough? (01/06/2015); Life Choices (12/14/2013); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, human ideas of “good” center on things carnal, material and social.  When Jesus Christ was approached by someone who addressed him as “good”, the Savior corrected him by saying, there is none good but GOD.  Jesus immediately shared his own understanding that the present condition of mankind and all Creation is one of being fallen in sin, being condemned to death and elimination because of sin, and being totally dependent upon grace, intercession, and divine prerogative that may provide divine forgiveness and mercy in judgment.  The goodness of GOD surpasses the finite standards of men, and therefore is spoken of in many ways.  Included are adoption, blessing, free gifts, divine inheritance, covenant relationship, rebirth, redemption, salvation, and eternal life.

The lives of mortal men will be interrupted by “sleep” (we say, death), and apart from GOD, all that man seeks to accomplish and attain applying human awareness and self-will does not last, and is temporal (i.e., exists only for a brief time).  Even for those “born again”, who experience death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit, order, stability and success must come through struggle, “growing up again,” and the endurance of suffering.

While living on the earth, believers are to strive for their own highest goals, and the complete fulfillment of their personal potential, however, as offspring and heirs of divinity, the followers of the Lord are to display the active presence of Deity through the imparted, indwelling Spirit as an aspect of their lifestyle and living routines.  Believers are to hold to eternal purposes and cooperate with the ongoing operations of GOD among the living.  They are to prepare themselves to be gathered to Christ at his coming (we say, Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming) when he will harvest those who belong to him that are “ripe” (mature).  Consider again the Scriptures:

(1.)  Psalms 14:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.  3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy:  there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

(2.)  Matthew 19:  16-21, KJV:  16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:  but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,  19 Honour thy father and thy mother:  and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up:  what lack I yet?  21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:  and come and follow me.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  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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