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Today, reply is on etiquette practiced among the saints, and the aspects of divine order and sacred process that are to be displayed within the House of GOD.  Life essence (we say, breath, spirit, Word) from the fullness of divinity is to be imparted to believers in the places set apart for sacred encounters.  The deliverance of pronouncements and revelation from GOD are not to be casually interrupted.  Included are the bestowal of blessings, proclamations of judgments, instructions by parables and sermons, as well as readings of the holy writings, and the sacred law.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why wouldn’t the priest answer my question?

I went to a Catholic Church for the first time. While the Priest was giving his homily I wanted to ask him a question. Being polite as I always am I raised my hand. Sheesh I had my hand raised for over 10 minutes. He saw me and besides looking angrily at me he ignored me

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools:  for they consider not that they do evil.  Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:  for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:  therefore let thy words be few.  (Ecclesiastes 5:  1-2, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Is A Spirit? (03/06/2018); Proper Training For Belief? (01/10/2018); Free Speech in Church? (12/18/2017); What Young People Need? (06/26/2017); …Gathered In My Name (05/29/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); Divine Discipline? (12/24/2015); Rebuked, And Not Baptized? (10/22/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, the church of Jesus Christ does not promote lawlessness; and its members all must recognize and respond to discipline, order, process, and structure that impart sacred knowledge and spirit substance from the makeup of divinity.  You were treated like a true member of the flock, not a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Here are some points developing Christian believers usually find useful:

1.  The primary reality of those who regularly assemble and continue as a church body (we say, congregation) focuses on inviting and acknowledging the active presence whom we speak of as GOD to appear within a location and collection of committed persons that have been specially cleansed and set apart (we say, sanctified). 

2.  Clergy serve as pastors, shepherds, and divine spokespersons appointed to oversee the sacred events and gatherings of Christian believers.  In addition to comforting, guiding, exhorting, nourishing, and protecting a congregation, they are to challenge, chasten, edify, “prod”, reassure, and reprove those who willingly become followers of Christ.  Admonition, cautions and warnings often are used openly before the full group that are gestures, and are nonverbal and silent.

3.  In addition to coming together to receive preaching, prophesying, and sermons that present covenants, doctrine, and instruction to its members, the community of faith will gather for communication, exchange, and interaction that includes baptisms (where there is death, burial, and rebirth of ones inborn spirit), funerals, weddings, and other events wherein sinners become joined or released from service to divinity that has carnal, material, and social consequences.

4.  Most of the ceremonies, ordinances, and practices seen during meetings for praise and worship have been carefully  modeled in accordance with commandments, divine law, proclamations from GOD, revelation, and sacred visions (we say, “the pattern of things in heaven”).  Christian believers are privileged to receive the same indwelling gifts and spirit content poured out for those who received the law written by the finger of GOD on tables of stone, those who heard the voice of GOD declaring the terms of covenant, those who came out of captivity to rebuild Jerusalem and heard the law proclaimed from the pulpit, and those who assembled at the last Passover where the Lord’s Supper first was introduced.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Hebrews 12:  1-10, King James Version (KJV):  1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  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?  10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

(2.)  Revelation 3:  17-19, KJV:  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 14:  26-33, KJV:  26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.  27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.  28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.  29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.  30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.  31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.  32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.  33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 14:  36-40, KJV:  36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?  37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.  38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.  39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.  40 Let all things be done decently and in order.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Photo used announcing Sunday, October 22, 2013 “Friends and Family Day” at Victory Family Church (Belleville, Illinois).  All were encouraged to make a special effort to invite someone to this special service.  Jesus said to look up for the fields are white unto harvest.  Copyright © 2013 David Harbison Ministries

 

Today, focus is on the pattern that believers are to follow when sharing ministry with sinners.  I’m sure the Apostle Paul would say, the pattern to follow is the resurrection of Jesus.  It is written:  Philippians 3:  7-14, King James Version (KJV):  7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:  but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  The church is not looking to amuse, entertain, or have a “battle of wits” against disbelievers, infidels, and those having the anti-Christ spirit.  The followers of Jesus, made in the image of GOD, are to know the “spirit ye are of” and convey divine love by showing compassion, impartiality, and restraint, not by calling down fire from heaven.  That said, the divine work given the church to carry out is not the practice of condemning, identifying, labeling, and punishing sinners.  When acknowledging the universal needs for redemption and salvation by saying “all have sinned and come short,” the church also may say, There are only two kinds of people in the world, penitent (those who regret and sorrow for their sins) and impenitent sinners (those who practice iniquity, refusing to change and abandon sin).  On surface the people in the two groupings are identical, and can not be consistently, correctly distinguished apart except by operations of the Holy Spirit (we say, discernment) wherein ones own spirit content from the makeup of GOD is used to recognize and respond to the spirit content residing within events, other persons, prophecy, the holy writings, etc.  The church is to avoid the errors that come by pronouncing final condemnation on others, making false accusations, and promoting the “work of the Devil” (e.g., character assassination; deception and lying; imposing and presuming on others; slander; usurping sacred authority and dominion).  The focus of the church always should be clearly presented as nourishing spiritual growth and reconciliation.  A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “– John –” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since October 24, 2007) posted the following:

 

Should christians occupy themselves with people who are sinning, but who are not followers of the christian faith?

What is the correct approach to this?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal:  that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  (John 4:  34-36, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The First To Help? (12/22/2017); Called To Serve Unselfishly (07/06/2017); Reconciliation Provided By Christ (05/30/2017); Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); Believers Are To Love (12/07/2016); About Revelation not Punishment? (11/25/2016); Instruments in His Ministry? (10/07/2016)

 

“– John –”, many decisions on the work of the church must be made in accordance with swiftly changing opportunities and possibilities.  Consider this:  In the same way the church is a body made up from many different members, there are multiple ministries, streams of truth, and practical works that make up what the church achieves and represents.  The  confirmed, full members of a church congregation may be thought of as a household, family, or kinship group where, in place of blood, all are connected by their life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word), their own word of promise, their eternal purpose, and their shared oneness without sameness imparted from divinity.  Assignments to carry out and complete the many works accomplished through the church sometimes may be made by the clergy, those in the institutional structure, and those filling leadership roles (e.g., prayer leaders, those in the music ministry, parents, teachers in Bible study classes).  However, operations by the Spirit of GOD are the primary process that determine the spiritual gifts a member will receive, in what location they may serve, and the peculiar needs they actually are equipped to address.

As sinners who are made to be a new creation through Jesus Christ, all who become “born again” are to continue on the earth as “developing believers” who also must “grow up again” and become mature for harvest (we say, his appearing; the Lord’s return; the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming).  It is the complete ministry to mankind from divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) that was demonstrated by Jesus Christ that the church as his consort and bride continues to manifest during his physical absence from being on the earth.  Thus, included among the works of the church should be creating new assemblies, baptism, evangelism, exorcism, exposing sin (rather than exposing members to censure), forgiveness, healing, pastoral counseling and personal ministries (for example, to couples, families, newly weds, those returning from prison, youth), praise, prayer, proclaiming doctrine, recruiting new followers, revival, giving of thanks, worship, and preparing to acknowledge Christ at his coming.

Guided and assisted by the imparted Spirit, each member of the body may display the active presence of divine fullness, and respond to the needs of others through their own lifestyle and daily routine.  The church is to further generate divine order; therefore, its members may not operate as completely autonomous, separate and independent, or “loners” having no accountability to others who also are the people of GOD.  The outcomes for the workings of the church are derived from irreversible commitment, interdependence, “repentance not to be repented of,” and cooperation with the Holy Spirit (also called, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Luke 14:  25-27, King James Version (KJV):  25 And there went great multitudes with him:  and he turned, and said unto them,  26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

(2.)  Romans 15:  15-22, KJV:  15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,  16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.  17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.  18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,  19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.  20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:  21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see:  and they that have not heard shall understand.  22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

(3.)  Luke 16:  22-31, KJV:  22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:  the rich man also died, and was buried;  23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things:  but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed:  so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.  27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:  28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.  29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham:  but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 12:  4-13, KJV:  4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.  12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body:  so also is Christ.  13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, points are shared on whether to avoid spiritual confusion developing believers should rely more on divine law or the imparted Spirit.  The operations of Christian belief present a pattern of waiting for hope, promises, and prophecies to be fulfilled, and so require such divine provisions as correction, discernment, longsuffering, patience, resilience, trust, and truth.  Even for those who become “born again,” all the elements of gradual growth, regeneration and ripening can appear.  Included are “growing pains,” indecisiveness, lapses of attention where a believer’s every effort seems to “draw a blank,” missteps, risk-taking, trial-and-error, and uncertainty.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “First” (Level 1 with 148 points, a member since October 01, 2017) posted the following:

 

Now I’m even more confused. Some Spirit-filled Christians who only obey God here say God instructs us to obey the Torah.?

Other Spirit-filled Christians who only obey God here say God instructs us to follow Christ and accept his grace only. Let’s start there as it seems to be the most fundamental. Which is it and how do you know the spirit is leading you to a correct understanding of God’s will?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;  In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.  And I set my face unto the Lord GOD, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:  And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;  We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:  Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.  O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.  O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.  To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;  Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.  (Daniel 9:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Avoiding Confusion About Antichrist (11/08/2017); Detecting Counterfeit Human Nature (11/02/2017); The Word of GOD (09/05/2017); “Occupy Till I Come” (08/30/2017); Miracles Are Not Everlasting (07/18/2017); One Complete Divine Revelation (07/09/2017); Thoughts On The Commandments (06/27/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Working to Pay GOD? (02/23/2017)

 

“First”, grace does not cancel or contend against law from GOD.  It is sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and all divine order that emerges by law.  Just as the work of learning our ABCs is one of recalling a set pattern or sequence of letters, acquiring sacred knowledge and internalizing the law from GOD is accomplished by listening, practice, and study to expand our knowledge base pertaining to Deity, and is not so much one of “doing the impossible,” performing miracles, applying psychic powers, or calling forth occult spirits.  Reciting the ABCs is not a matter of reading another person’s thoughts, or predicting future events, yet, once we know the full pattern, when shown a single letter we can say, HIJK…, LMNOP…, or whatever will be next.  What many like about jigsaw puzzles is that, when a piece is correct, it will fit in perfectly, and the person solving the puzzle has immediate feedback telling them, You are right!  This is not the case for the enigmas and puzzles of life, where we are to know by the operations of commitment, conviction, discernment, discovery, and faith.

Those who seek an intimate and personal relationship with divinity, wherein GOD is no longer an abstraction or remote figure, must be anchored by fixed truth and standards that keeps a seeker from losing their way, and maintains their knowledge of the way back home, so to speak.  Part of beginning is making the decision that—whatever disappointments or surprises might occur—you will wait, you will not quit, and you will not “turn back.”  One must begin with a “made up” mind.  Also, there must be the understanding, that Father, Son and Holy Spirit will do much of the most difficult work.  Those who are “born again” receive aspects of inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD that include “boldness”, “certainty”, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, person, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Divine law is as necessary to becoming mature Christians who will construct and determine their own lifestyle and daily routines as rebirth, and a sinner becoming a new creation through operations of the imparted Spirit, for sacred law expresses the heart, mind and sovereign will of GOD.

When people begin to fit a jigsaw puzzle together, they usually start with a mix of disconnected pieces, however, they also should have some picture of what the puzzle will look like once they finish.  Most who want to solve jigsaw puzzles rely on finite human tools such as emotion, intellect, intuition, and carnal reason.  In the same way, a solver must test and try the fitness for every piece he takes up, a developing Christian believer must test and try many different claims, events, messages, and statements.  That something is unfamiliar, or fails to fit, does not mean the solver is inept, unskilled, wrong, or that important missing pieces do not exist.  It only means a single, possible solution was not correct; and the solver is to continue examining patiently other possibilities.  Consider the following that uses language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Habakkuk 2:  2-4, King James Version (KJV):  2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:  though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him:  but the just shall live by his faith.

(2.)  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(3.)  Hebrews 11:  6, KJV:  6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Of course, there is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-11, KJV:  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.)  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 existence of only one tree of life.  As with the tree of knowledge, the burning bush, the barren fig tree, and the cross, simple figures and images are used throughout the holy writings to communicate regarding the things that are deep and profound.  Thus, the awesomeness and power of divinity are portrayed using abundance, multiplying, plenty, rebirth, replenishing, and reproduction.  GOD is to be known and spoken of as One, yet, the fullness of divinity appears using multiple events, forms, and persons (e.g., the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  Similarly, divinity appears using diversity and many different devices that give expression to the same eternal purpose (e.g., active presence, authority, birth, divine law, spiritual gifts, imparted Spirit, sovereign will).  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Oku” (Level 2 with 951 points, a member since September 23, 2011) posted the following:

 

If the Earth has all the requirements for life to arise and survive, why is there only one single tree of life?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  (Ephesians 4:  4-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Plantings of the Lord (02/10/2017); Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017); A Rebellious Fig Tree? (12/21/2016); The Barren Tree? (12/06/2013); Fruits From a Barren Tree? (12/07/2013); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“Oku”, be alert to see a pattern that appears throughout the holy writings:  “oneness without sameness.”  Your question conforms to a familiar pattern (when ABCDEFG appears, we know XYZ is coming; when 2-4-6-8-10 appears, we should expect 14-16-18-20!) used within the holy writings to describe the character, nature, and sufficiency of GOD:  why does Gideon go into battle with only 300 soldiers after sending thousands back to their homes? Why are there only 5 loaves and 2 fishes to feed 5,000 men not counting the women and children?  Why is there only one sun, one moon, one GOD, one universe?

Mature Christians trust that GOD is the invisible, yet, active presence (we say, breath, spirit, word) who has put forth all duration, existence, form, life, person, and substance.  GOD may inhabit consciousness and self-will within the living, and uses multiple divine events and sacred operations to reveal and permit discovery of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  Secular knowledge concentrates on objects that are carnal, material, and social.  Thus, human intelligence, logic, science, and “critical thinking” often center in describing precise dimensions and measurable form.  By contrast, sacred knowledge and practice go forward as responses to defining precepts, principles, and regularities that are emanated from divinity (i.e., have divine person, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of Deity as their origin), and that are fixed, immutable and unchanging.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Colossians 2:  8-12, King James Version (KJV):  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

(2.)  Romans 1:  20-22, KJV:  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

(3.)  Job 33:  4, KJV:  4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

(4.)  1st Timothy 3:  16, KJV:  16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  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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As Holy Week continues, reply is to a question on discernment and realizing the presence of divinity.  For Christian believers, sacred knowledge and knowing result only from the spirit content imparted by GOD, rather than from secular knowledge and such features of the flesh as appetite, emotion, intellect, carnal reasoning, and the senses (seeing, tasting, touching, etc.).  By operations of faith, holiness, longsuffering and other substance from the makeup of GOD, Christian believers are made certain that Jesus Christ has appeared from heaven to reveal and make Deity known on the earth.  With this in view, the response, today, is in accordance with the holy writings:  John 14:  1-7, King James Version (KJV):  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also:  and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.  Also, Matthew 20:  27-28, KJV:  27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:  28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” using the ID “Anni” (Level 3 with 1,652 points, a member since May 26, 2010) posted the following:

 

How would you know if God was standing before you?

How would you identify god and be sure it wasn’t a superior being that seemed like a god, like an alien, demon, devil, or some other thing you’ve never even considered exists?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:  On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him:  he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:  But he knoweth the way that I take:  when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  (Job 23:  8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); Hosanna In The Highest (04/09/2017); Genuine Spiritual Discernment? (03/27/2017); How Would We Understand? (03/17/2017); Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); How To Know GOD? (12/12/2016); Knowing GOD For Yourself (07/13/2016)

 

“Anni” divine spirit must be known through faith.  Thus, it is the faith of mature Christian believers that GOD is a spirit who must be recognized and responded to as an active presence on the basis of his operating in, through, and upon living creatures, physical objects, and the various standards for meaning and value (e.g., authority, duration, ownership).  Those who gathered (on what we call “Palm Sunday”) at the Temple in Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles were from every town and city of Israel.  Many already had been healed, released from unclean spirits, and otherwise profoundly touched by the ministry and miracles of Jesus Christ that even included raising the dead.  Together, their experience, sacred knowledge from the Scriptures, and operations by the Spirit of GOD allowed them to discern (i.e., use ones own spirit substance from the makeup of GOD to realize the character, nature, and origin of the spirit content residing in events, oneself, other persons, holy writings, etc.) a sacred event in the Advent (coming) of Jesus.  The Bible provides a divine point of view (so to speak) and reports the operations of GOD using thousands of events, from thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  In the same way knowing the pattern ABCDEFG allows us to know that X,Y,Z are coming and 12345 says 8,9,10 are coming, believers in Christ do not gain power to read minds or foretell the future:  They have awareness of specific patterns from divinity that are made visible through the commandments of GOD, the holy writings, and the appearance of divinity using flesh and blood as Jesus of Nazareth.  When those at the Temple had examined the ministry of Jesus Christ, they became certain they should welcome him as the heir to the throne of King David, the Prophet foretold by Moses in the holy writings, and a miracle worker.  Some even welcomed him as the One sent from GOD, the divine ruler of the “everlasting kingdom” (Messiah), and an High Priest after the order of Melchisedec who would make atonement for the sin of Israel and all mankind.  Through his death on the cross that would occur before the week was completed, the ministry of Christ would  establish access for mankind to a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Those receiving rebirth now become the offspring and heirs of GOD who are to continuously display inseparable deposits from the Father and Son such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Romans 10:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(2.)  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st Peter 2:  21-25, KJV:  21 For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.)  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, focus is on divine operations, time, and sacred events.  Ministry by GOD to the living sees the provision of food, shelter, emotional support as well as the imparting of existence, sacred knowledge, and diverse spiritual gifts.  The operations of GOD that men are to consider as aspects of salvation are intended to occur as continuous and ongoing, rather than, “one-time” events.  The intent and “what” of divine operations are being clarified and made visible to both sinners and believers, however, there is rarely a proclaiming of “when” in accordance with dates, and devices to make projections for events or track the passage of time.  It is lawful for Deity to make use of creation, suddenness , and “no further warnings” (i.e., surprise).  Also, sacred process does not appear and unfold only on the basis of direct divine intervention, chronological order, the preeminence of GOD, and the sovereign will of Deity.  Things also happen that are not from the “mind of GOD” (e.g., covetousness, depression, iniquity, and sin).  There are exchanges, interactions, and movement among the many aspects and elements of existence that also influence and determine what will become discernible, observable, and visible.  Many occurrences that the living do apprehend and witness are the ordinary and usual responses that appear for the outworking of natural cycles, serial events, and mechanical processes, rather than for divine commandments, covenant relationships, or spiritual maturity within believers.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

If Jesus was the Son of Man how come he does not know the time of his own return?

Update: Matthew 24:36 But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:36-39).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.  Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;  I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee:  lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.  Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.  They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.  Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened:  for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.  For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.  Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.  For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it:  for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.  (Isaiah 48:  3-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Genuine Spiritual Discernment? (03/27/2017); Hope That Is True (02/20/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); Sacred Events and Subtlety? (11/21/2016); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); The Devices for Prophecy (06/10/2016); Time Is Not A Deity (11/30/2015)

“Anonymous”, when speaking of divinity, often it is not correct to apply the frameworks of time and space that have been provided to finite created beings and living creatures.  Time exists as an artifact of changing events, and the movement of objects in relation.  Time is descriptive, rather than generative (it speaks about things, yet of itself does not determine, or put forth things).  In accord with Christian belief, GOD is a spirit, therefore, the character, makeup, nature and process of divinity center in active presence, existence, permanence, and sovereign will that can not be completely and precisely measured or delineated with such frameworks as dimension, size, time and space.  The individual spirit substances that exist as the inseparable makeup of GOD include faith, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, persons, purity, purpose, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Using language from Chemistry, Physics and Natural Science, the “properties” of GOD would have to be described in terms of density, atomic weight, and as being like those for elements and material we call gases—substances that are neither a solid nor a liquid at ordinary temperatures and have the ability to expand infinitely (after Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.)  However, GOD is much more than cloud, fog, mist and smoke that all consist of physical material and particles.  Divine spirit is made up only of spirit matter, and appears as immortal, incorruptible, invisible and unchanging.  The Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) is alive, dynamic, organic, and sentient, yet, continues as boundless, diffuse, and unlimited.

Mature Christian believers will encourage those coming to Christ as recently “born again” to consider (and accept) that revelation of GOD is through sacred knowledge rather than secular knowledge.  Rebirth through water baptism must continue as gradual growth and learning.  Such finite tools as emotions, intellect, logic, and science are not enough to recognize, resist, and totally eliminate sin.  There must be operations by GOD that establish atonement, death, divine law, and a fresh deposit of life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word) from the makeup of Deity.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, divine events are not scheduled using human tools of calendars, dates, clocks, and prediction.  Prophecy as a tool of GOD is not about announcing future events so much as to stimulate assurance by repetition, anticipation, commitment, and hope (expectation).  Events emerge on the basis of configurations and shifts among conditions and patterns on multiple levels within the full universe.  Eternal purposes and sacred patterns in divine will that pertain to such works as Creation, judgment, salvation and eternal life are being proclaimed, yet remain only partially revealed as an earnest or down-payment.  Thus, prophecy is not intended to “tell all,” and is used to comfort, edify (build up, nurture), and exhort (urge action) among the collective of believers (the church) who are a physical appearance of Jesus Christ.)  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, points are shared on Incarnation, revelation, the GODhead, and worship from mankind.  Obedience to divine law, prayer, revelation and worship all pertain to directing the consciousness, concentration, and focus of human awareness and self-will for the apprehension of oneness without sameness.  The full revelation of GOD to created beings and living creatures requires responses from  divinity where Deity is active and present as a knowable and recognizable event, object, or person; and demands manifestations that are both external (we say, independent; material; objective; separate) as well as internal (we say, inward; of ones nature; subjective).  Before the finite platforms of the firmament were shaped to serve as heaven and earth, GOD existed being diffuse, and without measurable dimension or duration.  Divinity does not exist outside of the knowing and mind that are imparted and projected from GOD.  Responding to created beings and living creatures, GOD is now partly known having used forms that include image, word, and inseparable spirit substance (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, meekness, mercy, wisdom, and wrath against sin).  The complete revelation of GOD must unveil the extent of divinity within man, man within GOD as well as GOD continuing eternally as exalted, immutable, preeminent and sovereign over all.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Brian” (Level 6 with 12,874 points, a member since June 11, 2006) posted the following:

 

Trinitarians, did Jesus worship a man-god or did he worship Jehovah God?

Trinitarian worship a trinity god that is fully god and fully man.

Jesus claimed Jehovah (YWHW, YAHWEH, Yahowah] as his God.

At John 17:3 he calls Jehovah the only true God.

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

At John 20:17 he tells his followers that Jehovah, the Father that the Jewish people worshiped, was his God as well.

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Did he worship Jehovah, or did he worship a man-god like the Trinitarians do?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.  (Acts 17:  24-31, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Blame, Sin and Salvation? (02/13/2017); The Title of “Savior” (01/27/2017); Exalted By The Father? (01/26/2017); The Spirit and Prophecy (01/04/2017); Divine Appearances Using Form? (12/20/2016); True and Living GOD (08/03/2016); 3 Persons, 3 Minds? (02/03/2016); Authority, Dispensation, and Unity? (08/20/2015); Divinity Has Person? (05/19/2015)

 

“Brian”, revelation has been unfolding in stages.  Sinners on the earth are not granted full knowledge of the things pertaining to GOD; yet, we are allowed to discern and recognize patterns (ABCDEFG…) that give us a correct sense of expectation (…XYZ is coming).  Increasingly, mature Christian believers holding to sacred knowledge from the imparted, indwelling Spirit accept that the operations of the Creator to become knowable, known, and “visible” to all created beings and living creatures have been “additive” (i.e., introducing more and new information to complement, refresh, and reinforce what was provided as the original, intended “information content” of the living).  Unlike the angels (who are neither all-knowing nor immortal), mankind is to acquire knowledge through gradual change, experience, growth, and learning.

The processes of fellowship with GOD were put into place to provide for continuous discovery of the divine character, makeup and substance, therefore, revelation is interactive, promissory, and prophetic.  Within the joined, eternal fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead), there is no need for an ongoing process of revelation, nor should we expect the elements of ceremony, obedience, ritual, submission to authority, and “worship” to appear.  The longing for a memorable and recognizable appearance of GOD who is “spirit” (we say, breath, life essence, word) has been addressed through faith, divine law, his audible word, and all that appears within the spheres of life (e.g., beings, hearts, minds, objects).  Even so, those who exist having carnal and material form (we say, the flesh), depend upon social interaction, organize information using the frameworks of time and space, rely upon appetite, emotion and sense experience (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and are vulnerable to the operations of sin that may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  Mankind, therefore, requires other manifestations of fundamental truth.

Man is to accept that divinity has appeared on the earth using flesh, and having person as Jesus Christ, an offspring of both Adam and GOD.  Beyond a simple revelation of Deity, multiple eternal purposes and operations of the Holy Spirit have been addressed and fulfilled including atonement for sin; fulfillment of proclamation, promise, and prophecy; both judgment and salvation of sinners; rebirth; sanctification; the elimination of death and sin; the perfection of existence as well as the transformation of mankind to serve as immortal, incorruptible companions of divinity.  In no way should the sacred practices to fulfill the divine will be regarded by believers as opposing the continued existence of divine law (iniquity, transgression, and sin), or violating the sacred law.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, since the day of Adam and Eve, revelation from GOD has been by establishing a relationship of full disclosure, intimacy, personal sharing, reconciliation, respect, and self-exposure.  Ultimately, mankind is to exist with GOD upon an earth that will include no night and day marked by the sun and moon, no oceans, and no physical structures for gathering to worship GOD.  Death and mortality as we now know them will not exist.  The GODhead will be the only necessary light.)   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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