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Today, reply is on the divine process whereby new Christians become mature as life companions, his new creation, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.  A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “The new Christian” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since January 01, 2015) posted the following:
So if a Christian struggles with sin does that mean they aren’t saved?
I’m a new born again Christian and I struggle with pride, sloth, gluttony, etc. I got saved in July.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:  (2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Divine Salvation Requires (05/15/2018); Salvation By Good Works? (03/08/2018); A Prayer Against Backsliding? (02/08/2018); There Must Be Rebirth (01/21/2018); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015); We Are Still Sinning (11/30/2013); Like A Thief? (12/01/2013); Struggling (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013)

 

“The new Christian”, here is some guidance intended for the followers of the Lord.  Those who come to Jesus Christ for redemption and salvation are responding to sacred operations and divine works by GOD that (1) already are complete, comprehensive, and will not be repeated or reproduced (e.g., atonement; divine proclamations and promises; the required provision for remission of sin); (2) that occur as sacred events (we also say, miracles) and should not be thought of as having limited duration, or being fixed within the frameworks of time as known by mankind (i.e., the past; the present; the future); and (3) that are to be acknowledged, adopted, and applied as a believer’s own endowment of divine substance from the makeup of divinity (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit; the Trinity).  Those “born again” through water baptism also must “grow up again” and become mature to be taken up as a harvest by the Lord at his appearing (i.e., his Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming).  Inseparable aspects of divine fullness are imparted as gifts and new life.  Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, lovingkindness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Developing believers are being supplied by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit so they may face the many life challenges on the earth that include bereavement, disappoints, “growing pains,” loss, persecution as members of the church, reversals, and even suffering.  Looking to Christ for freedom from sin, happiness, and genuine love, many mistakenly think salvation means living “happily ever after.”  However, sinners must undergo permanent changes that only begin with heartfelt sorrowing for sin that results in repentance.  Keep in mind a sinner even must break old habits, conquer the natural forces of appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), embrace divine law, and respond to the influence of spirit instead of sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching).  The believer is to become built-up and edified by discovery, gradual growth, fellowship with mature believers, learning, study, and unselfish service.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 13:  1-9, King James Version (KJV):  1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.  2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.  3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth:  and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:  6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:  8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.  9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

(2.)  Matthew 13:  18-23, KJV:  18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.  19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.  20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while:  for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.  22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.  23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

There is far more to be acknowledged and received as part of ones own spiritual fullness.  (For example (3.)  Romans 6:  3-13, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.  8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.)  Even so, to the rebuke of the Adversary and the furtherance of the faithful in Jesus Christ, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, Scripture teachings on pain and the state of the dead are considered along with the idea of eternal torment.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “voney” (Level 3 with 1,060 points, a member since December 12, 2013) posted the following:

 

Does the Bible show whether the dead experience pain? 

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Eccl. 9:5, 10 it says that “The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all . . . All that your hand finds to do, do with your very power, for there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in Sheol,* the place to which you are going.”

(If they are conscious of nothing, they obviously feel no pain.)
Sheol refers to the grave.

Ps. 146:4: “His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts* do perish.”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:  on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle:  the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:  and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:  and another book was opened, which is the book of life:  and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:  and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  (Revelation 20:  6-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Immortality (02/08/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014); For They Shall Be Ashes (02/11/2014); Only While We Live? (12/02/2013); Reveal Himself To All? (12/03/2013); The Dead in Christ? (11/18/2013); Too Much Holy Spirit? (11/19/2013); The End of Pain? (06/10/2013); Night Cometh (06/11/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012); Ghosts (09/02/2012); About Conversion (09/03/2012)

 

“voney”, here are a few points I can share based upon the holy writings, and the common sense reasoning for those who are led by the Spirit of Christ:

(1.)  The state of the dead, the state of the blessed following judgment, and the state of the damned are three closely allied concerns that the Adversary uses to repeatedly challenge believers.  The same subtlety (i.e., manipulation by hidden differences; barely visible shifts in meaning or purpose), and wiles that were practiced against our first parents (Adam) are used to introduce spiritual confusion, and to overthrow commanded expectation (we say, hope).

(2.)  The process of the Scriptures is one of using bananas to describe watermelon—ignoring their differences, both are exactly the same:  Both are green (at least, at first); both are fruit, both function as protection and vessels for seed (though banana seeds are barely visible and seedless watermelon has become popular like seedless grapes); and both are tasty as treats.  In Scripture, carnal, material and social features are used to describe and demonstrate things that are totally made up from spirit matter such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  Awareness of divine condemnation is described using finite terms that are appropriate to the flesh such as aguish, pain, and suffering.  However, eternal separation from GOD is also the removal of the godly substance that establishes ones own existence, character, and person.

(4.)  Jesus used the parable of Dives and Lazarus (see Luke 16:  19-31, KJV) to instruct and prepare those closest to him for his own crucifixion, the sacred events on the day of Pentecost, and the revelations that would come by the Spirit of Truth.  The parable does not have the same application and authority as the visions found throughout the Book of Revelation.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  There must be a correct knowledge of both death and judgment.  The idea that hell is a sphere of human existence (i.e., a place where people may walk, talk, quarrel among themselves, hunger, thirst, crave contact and affection, etc.) agrees with the declaration of the serpent in Eden:  Ye shall not surely die.  Hell is thought a place where men will be totally aware of their sins and wickedness as they burn, and are tortured forever.  However, those who insist upon endorsing such a false promise of eternal life are effectively removed from the salvation of GOD in Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, and the substance of divinity within you.

The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.  Wisdom is better than weapons of war:  but one sinner destroyeth much good.  (Ecclesiastes 9:  17-18, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Focus, today, is upon the figure of Balaam who appears in the Bible (Numbers, Chapter 22).  Also, there is more on why believers seem to be those who “point their finger” at others.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Anthony20” (Level 2 with 658 points, a member since October 17, 2009) posted the following that was originally asked on Yahoo Answers Australia:

 

Christians: The story of Balaam – explain something to me.?

I’d actually never read the story but had heard something that I’d like you guys to confirm or deny for me.

Okay, so Balaam tried to curse the Israelites, God sent His angel to stop him, God succeeded as Balaam blessed the people rather than cursing them and later on, Balaam was “killed by the sword.”

So my question is this: I’d heard that even after God told Balaam not to curse the Israelites, he did, which was why he was killed. Is this true? Or did Balaam NOT curse the Israelites at ALL after God told him not to?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Without Pointing A Finger? (10/14/2013)—Often the discomfort and embarrassment listeners feel when someone preaches or testifies to them regarding Christian belief is not because the Holy Spirit is operating in the speaker.  The Spirit is now operating within the listener.  Where the listener acknowledges the action and presence of the divine agent within their own awareness and conscience, there is no angry accusation of finger pointing, insult, judging others, or slander.  Among the special works performed by the Holy Spirit men must be made undeniably aware of their own errors, flaws, and shortcomings as created beings and living creatures who are fashioned to serve as companions to eternal deity.  The sinfulness of sin must become visible.  (We say, they must be convicted of sin.)  Additionally, men must repent.  They are moved to recognize the wrong they have done, break off any further error, display changes within their inner person, and acknowledge the atonement made on their behalf.  (We say, they must return to GOD.)   For these reasons, the message to mankind that believers in Jesus Christ openly proclaim to all must contain admonition, cautions, and warnings.  The Gospel can not be delivered as abstract, academic, impersonal, speculative, or theoretical; and there absolutely must be depictions of the consequences for indecision, negligence, procrastinating, and further sin.  It is the Holy Spirit that insures full truth will be shared showing balance, energy, kindness, and thoroughness.  (We say, there must be conviction of divine love, righteousness and wisdom.)  All believers accept the duty and obligation to share warnings with others who may be spiritually unprepared and unsuspecting.  See 2nd Chronicles 19:  4-10, Isaiah 58:  1-14, and Ezekiel 3:  17-21 and 33:  9, 1st Thessalonians 5:  14 and John 8:  1-11, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.  Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God:  for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?  (2nd Samuel 7:  21-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); Errors of King Solomon? (06/13/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); The Adversary? (12/05/2012); “Soul Food” (12/06/2012)

 

“Anthony20”, here are a few points that many find useful for understanding the account of Balaam:

(1.)  Balaam is a prophet or seer, and is presented as a contrast to Moses.  Also, Balaam depicts the ancient priesthood that was handed down from Adam through Cain, and that had brought the seven tribes into covenant occupying the Promised Land before the sons of Jacob and those who left Egypt.

(2.)  Balaam was used by GOD as a divinely sent spokesperson who did provide authentic and legitimate utterance from the Creator.  However, the anointing upon Balaam is not abiding and continual as would later be established through the ministry of Jesus Christ through the falling of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.  (The sacred spirit content within Balaam comes and goes in spiritual episodes, so to speak.)  Balaam therefore depicts the conflicts between flesh and spirit that typically undermine divine service.

(3.)  For many, Balaam is figure of Satan, and represents spiritual error that comes through covetousness, deception, pride, and subtlety (like the serpent in the Garden).  Balaam did not discern and give warning against the operation of sin among the Moabites, or in his own attitude and response to GOD.  When Balaam finally accepted that he could not speak a curse upon Israel, he encouraged a plan whereby the new covenant people would lose divine favor through fornication and the worship of idols.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  The report that Balaam’s jackass spoke to warn the prophet of divine displeasure is neither a parable (a short narrative used to provide an object lesson), nor is the account a fable (a story to amuse and entertain that uses animals and objects as speakers).  Readers are to understand that the authority and power of GOD extends over the many forms of flesh and spirit that exist within the full realm of Creation.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Even so, be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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