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Today, reply is on whether GOD is an enemy to mankind because divinity also administers sacred law, admonitions, correction, punishment, warnings, and descriptions of the future events, outcomes, and results of human choices and decisions that oppose the will of divine fullness. The eternal purpose of GOD proclaimed through his holy name is existence and life (we say, I AM); and it is by continuing in relationship with the active presence who is GOD the Creator that mankind is to have permanent direction, duration, and value. There are attentions and chastisements from GOD to reveal his character, nature, and substance. Created beings and living creatures apprehend their own identity and integrity of being where they receive fresh endowments of spirit matter from the makeup of divinity. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, and wisdom. It is written: Hebrews 12: 7-9, King James Version (KJV): 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “STEVAN” (Level 1 with 25 points, a member since February 12, 2016) posted the following:

 

When is God planning to destroy the human race for a second time with fire. Surely he is the enemy of humanity with these constant threats?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (2nd Corinthians 5: 7-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Ye That Work Iniquity (09/24/2018); Consequences and Divine Love (07/05/2018); His Enemies A Footstool (04/29/2018); Our Fitness To Continue? (12/24/2017); Divine Wrath Against Sin? (10/17/2017); Herein Is True Love (10/21/2016); By Law and Relationships (04/05/2016); An Attack on Creation? (12/08/2012); The Focus of Judgment? (12/09/2012)

 

STEVAN”, because divinity is invisible, unseen spirit, GOD uses many carnal, material, social, and spiritual tools that are graphic and memorable to impress the hearts and minds of the living. Included are admonitions, cautions, death, and prophetic demonstrations. GOD is not a malicious destroyer who has set out to harass and heap scorn upon the created beings and living creatures within his universe. The eternal and unchanging purpose demonstrated and revealed by divinity is that there be existence and life. At some point in their becoming “born again” and “growing up again” to display genuine maturity, repenting sinners who become developing Christian believers acknowledge that they themselves also have received guidance and instruction from divinity whereby they clearly realize the excellence of sacred knowledge over secular knowledge, the higher value of sacred events (miracles) and sacred practices (sacraments) as well as the true integrity and righteousness of GOD. A child whose father repeats a warning about leaving their basketball, the bicycle, the football, or the skateboard in the drive way, might complain to their peers and playmates that their own father is threatening to junk all their stuff! Sadly, it may turn out that mom is the one who finally crushes their belongings, and must go through the expense and humiliation of accounting for an error with the auto insurance adjuster. Yes, where we seek to continue in a right relationship with divinity, there are issues of obedience, privilege, respect, and understanding. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Ezekiel 18: 4, King James Version (KJV): 4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

2. Ezekiel 18: 26-32, KJV: 26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. 27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? 30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

3. Luke 12: 32, KJV: 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. (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.

 

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Today, thoughts are shared on whether the church created by Jesus Christ can survive despite current problems made visible by the lust and sin of some that include high-ranking clergy. Christians are to understand that as a permanent part of the flesh and an aspect of our personhood that can not always be suppressed by relying on human self-will (i.e., willpower), sexuality has great power that can appear as godly, irresistible, magical, and supernatural. Appetite and sexual desire are not contrary to human makeup and substance, and are acknowledged as natural, normal, and necessary to full human adulthood. Thoughts of sexual activity may still control, influence, and defile spirit substance within most of us who are now being claimed by Jesus Christ. Sexual sins that include adultery, fornication, prostitution and statutory rape threaten to bring only condemnation and ruin that separate the Savior and the saved; yet, they will be used by divinity along with apostasy, heresy, unselfish service, and the demands of personal sacrifice within the church to uncover otherwise disguised and hidden opposition to the headship of Christ. Prophecy to alert, comfort, edify, and exhort the church clearly proclaims that the church will be shaken in the End Times as part of its preparation to receive Jesus at the harvest (we say, his appearing; the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming). It is written: Hebrews 12: 25-29, King James Version (KJV): 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire. The challenges and consequences from sin may continue within ones family inheritance for as much as four generations (160 years). Bitterness; generational curses; ignorance and lack of compassion to the burdens and struggles parents may have endured; exaggerated pride; and lingering rage against ones own parents—even those who are deceased that should be memorialized and given a new name by their heir(s)—are only overcome where believers will embrace divine forgiveness, empathy, integrity, and maturity. Similarly, the process of GOD through the church has to be one of uninterrupted change, discovery, gradual growth, as well as learning with shared concern and disclosure. Men on the earth can not be about godliness and truth without the endowments, guidance, and spirit substance provided from the makeup of GOD. Because the divine law is to be acknowledged as a true expression of the divine will, much of the public indignation, outcries for punishment, and outrage displayed by social media often can be seen as counterfeit human expressions that mimic divine wrath against sin. In Christ, genuine wrath against wrongdoing is more completely and correctly demonstrated through such sacred elements as forgiveness, holy boldness, humility, longsuffering, obedience, respect, restraint, and reverence to true righteousness. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Can The Catholic church survive with its current problems?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name: Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near; Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness; And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name: Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause, And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them: (1st Kings 8: 44-50, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Appetite and Human Sexuality? (10/19/2018); Applying The Divine Standards (10/02/2018); Christ Is The Head (07/12/2018); The Church Of Jesus (06/18/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); Cast the First Stone? (01/12/2017); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); Temptations, Tests and Trials? (05/12/2015)

 

Anonymous”, mature Christian believers are not to loose sight of the essential truth that the church founded by Jesus Christ is to be received as more than a finite institution, or social organization for distributing and sharing financial and material resources needed for human survival on the earth. As a spiritual body that must acquire, apply, and rely on divine prerogative, sacred law, and the sovereign will of GOD, the church will always be a life-focus and process determined by the communication, exchange and interaction of inseparable aspects of divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Correctly understood, atonement, displaying Christ-likeness, eternal life, redemption, salvation, transformation, and the gathering of believers to GOD through Jesus Christ are the primary themes of the church, rather than making “search and destroy” attacks against the many specific errors, sins and short-comings of the flesh. Sin continues to be an enigma for mankind that has not been created, or put forth by divinity. Sin may dominate consciousness and self-will within created beings and living creatures. Even so, sin has no finite material form; and the operations of sin display direction, effect, and presence. Sin can not be eliminated or removed by any simple act of divine destruction, “do-over”, and violence. Sin favors and promotes self-destruction through the return to conditions of chaos, confusion and flux that were in place as preexistence before the founding of heaven and earth. Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe.

Many within the church are presently very vocal expressing wrath against sin. GOD, who is Creator has also revealed himself to be a god of judgment. While divine law commands obedience, simple obedience does not fulfill all the requirements of the law. Therefore, addressing the church, we speak of divine principles, eternal purpose, and commitments by divinity that display the righteousness of GOD, and are immutable and unchanging. With this in view, the demands for judgment and justice within the church will not always be the same as those within the local communities served by the church. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1: Exodus 34: 4-8, King James Version (KJV): 4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. 5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. 8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

2. Galatians 5: 16-23, KJV: 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

3. Ezekiel 18: 20-23, KJV: 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 3: 19-23, KJV: 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Scripture points are shared, today, to answer disguised opposition to the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and his Creation that relies upon law for divine order.  In their effort to abolish and eliminate divine demands for judgment, the enemies of Christ and the Gospel of Salvation repeatedly assault and contend against the continued acknowledgement and practice of all sacred law.  The spiritual knowledge and truth shared through Jesus Christ enable the necessary discernment that allows believers to call such attacks by their proper name—sin.  Those who foolishly insist that judgment is cruel and oppressive because there is punishment, often have failed to correctly appreciate that divine awe, balance, confession, correction, forbearance, forgiveness, impartiality, restoration and righteousness also are aspects of judgment.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

Why do Christains only follow some laws in the Old Testament, but not others?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.  (James 2:  8-13, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fulfilling Divine Law? (07/14/2015); Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015); Keeping Divine Law Impossible? (02/20/2015); Three Covenants? (06/09/2014); Let Us Make Mankind? (06/10/2014); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); Two Different Testaments? (01/05/2013); The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012)

“Anonymous”, the body of law in family court and landlord/tenant court is not the same as “the law” in patent or tax court because of the many diverse issues and procedures that must come under review.  Similarly, all divine commandments, law, legislation, and standards within the holy writings are not the same in their application, focus, purpose, and revelation.  While divine law expresses the intent and will of Deity, sacred law also must address and expose multiple subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning and value) associated with sin.  Christian believers are being taught to recognize that the immutable and non-negotiable laws that pertain to being, existing, and continuing relationship with divinity are distinct from laws that describe ceremonies, rituals, and sacred practices of the tabernacle and temple as well as from those intended to create and maintain a nation under GOD through social conformity.  Rather than a tool to deny and exclude created beings and living creatures, divine law is to be embraced as sacred knowledge that further makes GOD active and present within ones consciousness.  Just as law ensures condemnation and destruction of wickedness, law provides a blue-print and guidelines to escape all divine wrath against sin.  Here are some points to consider that have been useful to many Christian believers:

(1.)  James 4:  11-12, King James Version (KJV):  11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law:  but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.  12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy:  who art thou that judgest another?

(2.)  Luke 11:  52, KJV:  52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge:  ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

(3.)  Romans 7:  5-7, KJV:  5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.  6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.  7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law:  for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 6:  2-3, KJV:  2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (5.)  Galatians 2:  19-21, KJV:  19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  20 I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:  for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

More points are shared on what was called “Two different sides of Christianity,” that some Christian believers condemn sinners as “lost”, and others declare love or promise to pray for a sinner.  Christians serve a GOD who is to be known and respected for judgment that displays condemnation, punishment and wrath against sin as well as correction, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, and love.  Several aspects of spiritual development, growth and service are considered.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Both Lost and Found? (11/08/2014)—(5.)  All Must Acquire Discipline.  In the same way a classroom of 25 to 30 students are issued the same text book, receive the same daily instruction, yet vary in their performance on quizzes and exams, Christians vary in their competence and performance as ministers of the Gospel.  Those who are born again, all must gradually change and mature while meeting the same challenges of life encountered by everyone else upon the earth.  Saying this another way:  There is a fixed course both for carnal and spiritual development that unfolds as cycles, phases and stages for human growth and learning within settings that are material and social.  In this sense, as a group Christian believers are no different than those who are agnostics, atheists, infidels and nonbelievers.

(6.)  Insults and Interference.  All believers are taught to expect opposition to their ministry from those who may be under the influence of sin.  Those who accept and welcome damnation, death and sin are often cynical, foul-mouthed, irreverent, uncouth and violent.  They behave as though they will only be special by showing defiance and rebellion against GOD, and often go to extremes to discourage, shock and unsettle believers.  Believers are provided with spiritual armor, and are divinely reinforced; however, there remain limits to what believers should endure.  Often a believer may do no more than “plant a seed,” share a thought, and then turn away.  The continuing work for the sinner’s Salvation must be left to Christ and the Holy Spirit.  The believer is then to continue in confidence that the divine process to release mankind from death and sin has already been completed.  What becomes of a good seed planted for Salvation through Jesus Christ is already decided, fixed and predetermined.  In addition to resistance by family, friends and others who lack sacred knowledge believers should expect enmity from fallen angels and unclean spirits who are in the throes of bitterness, envy, resentment and self-destruction.  Harmony and peace as aspects of Christian life will be enjoyed only through careful, deliberate work.  Believers may anticipate and fail to “head off” disappointments, interruptions, and set backs.  Nevertheless, their peace of mind continues for it is not our own righteousness and personal success that establishes our place as an heir to the kingdom.

(7.)  The Past Is Part of The Full Truth.  Believers are not all the same in their ability to be forward-looking without forgetting or denying the past.  Facing the past is necessary.  Having a new life in Christ that is satisfying requires that believers make better choices and decisions for themselves and others while correctly using the tools provided them by GOD.  Where earlier experiences—including abuse, challenges, errors, failures and mistakes—are to be taken as a platform or springboard for correction and further growth, at first, many are burdened with anger, bitterness, fear, and uncertainty.  Yet, the accomplishments, newness and triumph of Christ in the life are made visible, and best recognized when we place the correct positive value upon our memories of difficulties and hardships.  Instead of confusion, depression, discouragement, regret and self-pity, believers will experience godly sorrow, and will feel motivated to continue or increase their efforts that benefit and support others.  Those who acknowledge they already have overcome the past by their choice for salvation will also freely express personal goals to build, to change, and to prosper upon the earth now as well as in the future that will be established at the coming of Christ.

(8.)  GOD Uses Diversity.  Christians always will vary in levels of commitment, maturity, understanding, and zeal.  Believers will have different duties and responsibilities as well as different gifts, preparation and skills.  Exchange and interaction with believers are to further prepare one for fellowship with divinity; and a broad range of emotional, intellectual, psychological and spirit content will be shared.  Growth is at once a process of affirming and contradicting, of learning and unlearning.  The aim of divinity has not been the establishment of sameness so much as the permanent institution of oneness (we say, agreement, unity).  GOD is a spirit who is immutable and unchanging, and operates as accommodating, longsuffering and flexible by having established immeasurable richness, comparison and contrast, diversity, movement within the frameworks of time and space, progression, and variety.

(9.)  Commanded to Restraint and Vigilance.  Believers must practice giving, ministry to others, and sharing outside of the church community by using restraint, and setting priorities. While believers may have to communicate with, or make regular contact with nonbelievers in the home, the workplace and other settings, believers are not to boast, rage, show-off, be self-promoting, become spiritually dominated by or yoked to unbelievers.  Believers are counseled not to practice judgment of others, to stay watchful and to continue in prayer anticipating the coming of Christ.

(10.)  Adventism and End-time Ministry.  Many Christians now operate having a heightened awareness that the time for the Second Coming of Christ to harvest believers from the earth is becoming increasingly near.  Such believers often promote the study of prophecy, and share the genuine sense of urgency that comes by having the certainty that Christ will appear soon.  Because their messages often have the tone of admonition, confrontation, criticism, reprimand, scolding and warning, many fail to correctly hear and see that divine love is being expressed.  It is through dutifulness, grace and kindness that attention, care, empathy, and personal concern are being displayed.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,  To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.  But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;  Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.  (Titus 3:  1-11, KJV)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (11.)  A Sinner’s Last Chance.  Believers are to always acknowledge that the answers they share come forth from Christ through the Holy Spirit.  Individual believers do not have all the answers; they are not “know-it-alls”, and walking encyclopedias.  Sinners will ask questions intended to generate arguments, confusion, distrust and embarrassment.  Because mocking, provocation, and slander are their purpose; believers are not required to make any response.  Yet, for certain questions posed by a sinner, the answer also may be important to fellow believers.  The reply from one challenged to answer must be as complete and correct as the believer may make it, because it may be the first and final witness from GOD that the sinner will receive.  There can be no “do over.”)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Intercession and prayer as a spokesperson for others come into view, today; and there is more on hardness of heart against the gospel message.  A writer at “Yahoo! 7 Answers” (Australia) using ID “Joshua” (Level 4 with 3,101 points, a member since 12 July 2013) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers United States:

 

Can a christian pray for people from other religion ?

I am a christian and I am wondering whether can I pray for people that come from other religion like Buddhist or Muslim.Maybe my question is stupid but I need a good answer.Thanks a lot 😀

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Hardness of Heart? (11/24/2013)— (4.)  All that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (2nd Timothy 3:  12-13, KJV).  Prophecy through the apostles of the early church describe hardness of heart and the process of opposition to Jesus and the Gospel as one that will continue until its final destruction through the completion of divine judgment.  Persecution appears where government authority, legislation, and physical force—by Satan and those within the hierarchy of heaven as well as within nations of the earth—are used to attack and suppress the sacred message, its followers, and those who foster its spread.  Oppression by those in government is only one form of the denial and rejection believers should be prepared to encounter.  Political and social movements as well as fashion and trends in popular culture will operate as barriers to those seeking to enter the kingdom of GOD.  Heresy and false messages will be eagerly embraced by believers who do not obey the Lord’s command to “watch and pray.”  Such are open and vulnerable from lack of prayer, and from repeatedly refusing study to internalize the plain teachings of Scripture.  Conviction for those who desire an easy way to GOD will be frustrated and overturned by doubt and unbelief, where they instead should be firmly rooted through the sure promises and prophesies provided by the ministries of Jesus.  Familiarity that gives sin the appearance of normalcy, reality, and truth will not be resisted from within themselves, for it will appear consistent with ones own true feelings and understandings.  Only by rebirth do created beings and living creatures escape the process whereby ones heart becomes “dead in sin” and completely closed to the divine provisions (see 2nd Timothy 3:  1-8, 1st Thessalonians 3:  3-4, 1st Peter 5:  6-11, and 1st Peter 4:  12-19, KJV).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.  (2nd John 1:  9-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013); A Tree Falls To The South (07/13/2013); Unanswered Prayer? (09/11/2012); When You Pray (09/12/2012)

 

Joshua, most Christian believers experience a similar concern in the course of their learning and growing through Christ.  Here are a few points based upon Scripture you may find helpful:

(1.)  Prayers are spirit, thought and utterance directed to GOD, that may be offered aloud or silently.  Movement also is an aspect of prayer, and so there may be bowing, folding or uplifting ones hands, kneeling, and other gestures.  As intimate and private communication, prayer allows believers to discover aspects of their own character and personality as well as to affirm the operation and presence of GOD as he has become revealed to them.  The laws and rules for prayer, therefore, center in maintaining awareness of personal relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ, and are chosen or put into place as limits through the practice of each believer.  As for any fruitful relationship, there are basic demands for absolute honesty, respect, trust, and truth.  However, a believer is free to acknowledge and expose as much or as little of themselves as their needs and understanding permit.  How long or how often one prays may vary, just as the topics and subjects discussed may range.

(2.)  We are free to commend, make requests (we say, intercede, petition), and speak in a general way about others in prayer.  However, fervent and persisting prayer (importuning) will demand  detailed knowledge of their peculiar situation.  More challenging than speaking for ourselves is the prayer wherein we speak as if we are another person.  Through compassion and empathy, we “put ourselves in their place,” so to speak, and we then say to GOD what we understand to be appropriate.  Thus, were we to pray as prophets and spokespersons before GOD for those struggling to recover from the recent typhoon in Philippines, we might speak of our pain and uncertainty for still missing loved ones, our concern for rebuilding our homes and families, our need for strength to continue despite the lack of food, medicine, water, or true knowledge and correct information.

There is far more to be said, properly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  Because our lives are connected before GOD, and we are one Creation before him, the benefit to one aspect of mankind should be a benefit to all.  Yet, like a farmer only goes forth to plant seed in the field where the rocks are removed, and the ground has been plowed and prepared, believers are cautioned to not bestow inordinate focus upon those who reject their ministrations.  “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:  6, KJV), cautions one to assess their place with others carefully, and not to presume that all are willing to receive from GOD with genuine gratitude.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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A question on the status of Satan as servant to GOD is considered, today.  Also, there is more on divine peace.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Singapore” using the ID “David G” (Level 6 with 10,606 points, a member since 25 August 2007) posted the following that first was asked at Yahoo Answers United States:

 

Christians, is Satan God’s servant?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Understanding Peace? (11/20/2013)—Peace will never be the outcome of war; yet, the world (the man-made system for interaction and support) has made war a life process indispensable to human survival.  Divine peace is the fruit of righteous judgment, the resolution of conflict and settlement of disputes.  For mankind, peace is a pattern in social behavior, events, exchanges, and experience that is marked by the absence of conflict, enmity, pain, struggle, suffering, tension, uncertainty, and violence.  Therefore, peace is regarded as a product of human actions, attitudes, choice, discipline, intellect, reason, speech and wisdom (for example, see Proverbs 11:  11-13, Proverbs 17:  27-28 and even Mark 4:  38-40, KJV).  For our Maker, peace is an eternal substance that always appears with other aspects of divinity such as awareness, being, holiness, life, person, and presence.  Divine peace exists within the Almighty and is indivisibly emanated with completeness, perfection, immutability, and truth.  Through operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit, created beings and living creatures acquire divine peace through change and growth; and peace is to be a permanent feature of their own make-up.  See Psalms 29:  11, Job 22:  21, Philippians 4:  7, Romans 8:  6 and Colossians 3:  15, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat:  And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:  And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.  And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there:  And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people.  (Leviticus 16:  20-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Benefit of Law? (11/15/2013); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013); Does Satan Know? (11/06/2013); The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Those Who Never Heard (06/07/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); A Partnership (11/05/2012); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012)

 

“David G”, thank you for the chance to serve Jesus as my Savior by sharing a few points based upon his ministry to mankind demonstrated through Israel:

(1.)  Opposition to divine law was first expressed by a leader among the holy angels.  Created as finite beings with limited knowledge, limited abilities, and focused purpose, the angels are not mortal, neither are they immortal or incorruptible.  Their awareness and continuing existence do not depend upon conforming to the frameworks of time and space.  They are not all-knowing, do not have foreknowledge, and may not predict the future independent of divine utterance (e.g., law, proclamation, promise, and prophecy).

(2.)  In addition to the use of angels to serve as sacred messengers who appear to mankind, GOD employs angelic beings as servants who maintain order throughout the universe through ranks (e.g., dominions, principalities, thrones), and as those who praise and worship in the celestial presence (we say, heaven).

(3.)  Not all angels, or men, discern and recognize the defiance, disobedience, and rebellion of Satan (i.e., Adversary); and the ongoing process of divine judgment allows GOD to reveal the standards of absolute righteousness and the full nature of all who exist, including the rulers among the angels, and Christ, the Son of the Highest.  The true nature of sin goes beyond completing, performing poorly, or refusing to accept duty.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divinity, and all things put forth by GOD.  Human nature is not contrary or naturally opposed to that of the angels; and so many in the earth have dared agree with Satan and his followers embracing angelic error and sin.  Only by such operations of the Holy Spirit as baptism, death, rebirth, and repentance do men accomplish the multiple changes that are seen as resistance to sin, correct separation from Satan, and wrath against sin.

(4.)  Sovereign majesty and the fullness of Divine Person are not lessened or threatened by any finite being.  Sin did not first appear as upheaval and violence; and was not put forth from GOD as a creation, or an aspect of existence.  Because sin lacks divine matter and living substance, and of it itself is no material and physical matter, we say sin is “no thing,” sin cannot be detected without tools provided by GOD, and sin cannot be destroyed.  Even so, sin has direction, effect and presence; and sin may dominate awareness in created beings and living creatures.  Also, sin may diminish the endowment of spirit content (the breath of life) from GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  The Son of GOD, Jesus, is also the divine High Priest who is now completing tasks that relate to atonement, judgment and purification of the heavenly Temple.  While Christ is ministering within the Sanctuary, the Savior is absent from among the host in the heaven, just as he is now hidden from believers in the earth.  With this in view, many committed Christian believers are satisfied that Satan has been divinely preserved, and will be employed as “a servant” for an indispensable role in the destruction of sin, that of a goat of sacrifice.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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