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Sentence of Death

 

Today, reply is on mankinds need for fixed carnal, material, social, and spiritual boundaries set by divinity that include government, law, judgment, and death. Many forward-looking statements have been provided from divinity to guide and instruct the living that are in the form of verbal utterances and not legislation. Included are cautions, covenants, proclamations, prohibitions, prophecies, promises, sacred law, and testimony. It is written: Galatians 5: 19-23, KJV: 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. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

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Why are some Christians against the death penalty when the Bible seems to spell it very clear in terms of society?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: I said in my haste, All men are liars. What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalms 116: 9-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Eternal Judgment With Mercy (11/19/2019); The Perfection Of Divinity (09/17/2019); The Penalty of Death? (04/26/2019); Sacred Judges and Laws? (01/23/2017); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014); A Dispensation To Benefit (12/01/2014)

 

Anonymous”, many do not understand (and properly respect) the guidance that comes to Christian believers regarding the divine use of death that expresses wrath against sin. In the holy writings, death first appears as a tool used by divine fullness (we say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) during Creation. The male who was formed using substance from the earth also received life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted from the makeup of GOD. The new relationship of Creator and the created required that mankind have ability to communicate; have coherence, completeness and self-will (willpower); have a consciousness of divinity that would be ongoing and uninterrupted; and that man would resemble, reflect, and reveal the character and nature of GOD to all other beings in existence. The creation of a female, who would be formed using blood and bone taken from the male, required that he “sleep” (i.e., endure death) throughout the necessary operations of GOD.

Death as mortality and separation from the living was introduced as a sanction within the law(s) provided for government of heaven and earth, and were presented to Adam (the divine name for the first pair) in the form of admonition and warning, rather than ordinances and statutes. The authority and power over the universe (we say, dominion; ownership; rule) exercised by GOD, who is immortal, invisible and incorruptible, are to be perpetual and unchanging. The sanctions were forward-looking statements to describe consequences for acknowledgment or transgression of agreements, commandments, covenants, rules, and standards that express divine expectation, prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. Consequences and results proclaimed through the statement of law therefore include examination of the living for their content of substance imparted from divinity; the loss of dominion by mankind; the loss of fellowship with divinity; the loss of sacred attributes by mankind; and the second death.

Sin has not been created or put forth by divinity; sin opposes the continued existence of divine order and sacred law, the Lawgiver, and the platforms of creation; and sin has no divine content or sacred substance. Even so, sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living. Sin promotes nonexistence and return to the conditions of chaos, confusion, and streams of substance lacking direction (we say, preexistence) that were in place before GOD imposed divine order. Where the living become corrupted by the operations of sin, no longer respond to divine will, and can not be recovered through fresh endowments of inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD, they display iniquity (are incorrigible), and they must be eliminated permanently from the divine presence. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Hezekiah Walker:

(1.) Genesis 9: 5-7, King James Version (KJV): 5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. 6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. 7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

(2.) Deuteronomy 21: 18-21, KJV: 18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

(3.) Genesis 18: 20-28, KJV: 20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. 22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes: 28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.

(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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMcJL_UDAvw.) 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 final judgment as displaying the perfection of divinity, and the second death as a necessary penalty against sin. The perfection of divinity in their integrity of being and personhood is spoken of as innocence, holiness, oneness without sameness, and purity. The perfection of GOD in judgment is seen through its balance, fullness, impartiality and righteousness. Wrath against sin is released only for those rejecting the dominion and sovereignty of GOD, while those who acknowledge the divine gifts of forgiveness, mercy and salvation will display contrition, gratitude, repentance, and new life from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The perfection of GOD can not be properly comprehended by comparing GOD, who is exalted, holy, preeminent and sanctified, against mankind, who is finite and corrupt through sin. Only when relying on carnal reason, and not on operations by the Spirit of GOD, do men argue that divinity is “perfect” because GOD does not cause death or kill as does mankind. It is written: Ezekiel 18: 20-25, King James Version (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? 24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

God is perfect & He has NEVER caused the death of anyone. Only people kill. Why do atheists continue to lie about God’s perfection?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (Revelation 14: 6-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Penalty of Death? (04/26/2019); Peace Or A Sword? (01/29/2019); Divine Forgiveness and Justice (01/01/2019); Why Punishment After Death? (11/23/2018); The Administration Of Death (07/11/2017); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014); A Dispensation To Benefit (12/01/2014)

 

Anonymous”, here are some thoughts I would like to share: the highest expressions of divine perfection will be seen through final judgment. Many developing and mature Christian believers are now preparing to receive Jesus Christ when he comes to harvest those who belong to him from the earth (we say, the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming). Born-again believers must “grow up again,” so to speak, and are to become mature/ripe while continuing on the earth as the offspring of GOD, joint-heirs with Christ, and the new creation. GOD is not regarded as “perfect” because he has not committed the same sins and transgressions that appear in the sacred law provided to guide created beings and living creatures. “Thou shalt not kill” commanded of mankind is not binding to divinity as it must be for humankind. Among Christians, the perfection of divinity is not only through their appearing as the Creator and Maker of all that have existence and life; divine perfection is to be acknowledged by those having salvation through Christ also accepting his authority to preside over divine judgment. We speak of Christ as a ruler over a kingdom, as having dominion, ownership, and sovereignty throughout Creation. He performs judgment that assigns value, and determines what is to endure as eternal and permanent. Thus, the Lord is to be understood as also having power to carryout the elimination of death, sin, suffering, and wickedness by ending human mortality, and enforcing the second death that is a necessary penalty against sin. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Revelation 2: 10-11, King James Version (KJV): 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

(2.) Revelation 20: 4-6, KJV: 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 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.

(3.) Revelation 21: 6-8, KJV: 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Revelation 20: 10-15, KJV: 10 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. 11 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. 12 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. 13 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. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.) 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 sacred process and operations of Incarnation, where divinity appears using the form of human flesh. Christians acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Son of Man, the Son of GOD, and a divinity because of operations within their consciousness, desire, and living substance that are performed by GOD the Father and the Holy Spirit, not because of intellect, logic, persuasion and carnal reason. Jesus went beyond answering as a spokesperson from GOD: the Lord portrayed the Father; completed divine works; provided sacred counsel and guidance; and pronounced sacred judgments. So to speak, Christian believers endorse the truth that Jesus Christ has appeared in the earth realm as an offspring and embodiment of divine spirit substance (i.e., holy seed; sacred DNA). Incarnation has been used on the earth as a tool for divinity to continue the correction of Creation required because of sin. There must be salvation and a new creation produced through direct action and participation by divinity both on the earth and in heaven before the penalty of death that came upon Adam and Eve can be completely removed and satisfied. Along with openly bestowing forgiveness, fresh endowments of divine content may be imparted to mankind; the penalties for sin can be delayed; and there can be a period of grace marked by reconciliation between Creator and created. Even so, these provisions do not totally eliminate sin; and there are operations in the heaven that must be completed that include continuing eternal life that is already begun, judgment, resurrection, the end of mortality, and fulfilling the second death. We are reminded: 1st John 2: 21-25, King James Version (KJV): 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

If Jesus prayed to his Father and said he can not do anything without the Father in heaven, How can he be God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. (John 1: 18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: We Must Acknowledge Christ (08/08/2019); Jesus Had GOD’s Approval (06/06/2019); The Evidence Is Spirit (05/29/2019); The Presence of GOD (04/02/2019); Continuing and Refreshing Creation (04/01/2019); Christians Are Following Jesus (01/24/2019); On Seeing The Father (12/04/2018); GOD Has Come Down (10/09/2018); These Three Are One (10/03/2018)

 

Anonymous”, you already have the answer to your question, however, like all Christian believers, you now are in a process from divinity to discover and realize what has been given you already. Mature Christian believers acknowledge instruction and sacred teachings that declare divinity has appeared among mankind on the earth using human form as Jesus Christ, and, in addition to accomplishing a holy sacrifice for atonement and propitiation for the sins of mankind, has demonstrated the authentic human makeup, process and substance intended by the Creator. To truly grasp these points of truth, one must first be established in the truth that GOD is a spirit. Later is becomes clear that GOD has authority, dominion, influence, ownership, power, and sovereignty over all that exists. The possibilities, process, and substance of spirit are different from those for material objects and physical matter. Spirit may become concentrated, or spread out (we say, diffuse); and may become infused within, or become intermingled within the spaces that exist as parts of any full structure visible to men. Spirit is not bound or limited by the frameworks of time and space used by men. The active presence of divine spirit can exist in an ongoing manner within human awareness and consciousness. Even so, spirit remains invisible and untouchable to physical human senses (i.e., seeing, tasting).

Through deposits from the divine makeup, mankind is to contain fresh endowments of spirit content imparted from the divine fullness (we also say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Man must receive sacred knowledge that allows humans to function in the earth, to enter into relationship with one another as well as to communicate, exchange, and interact with the Creator. While Christians acknowledge GOD as the origin for all existence and life essence (breath; spirit; word), Christians are not pantheists who believe that divinity exists within everything on earth (e.g., all animals, insects, people, plants, rocks, trees). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Deuteronomy 29: 29, King James Version (KJV): 29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

2. John 1: 1-5, KJV: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Isaiah 55: 6-13, KJV: 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.) 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 listing of sins in the Bible that carry a death penalty, the final annihilation of sinners, and the elimination of sin accomplished as the second death. Death is now an aspect of the life process for men on the earth, and occurs as a condition of mortality. The second death is a divine response to permanently remove sin and sinners from the Creation of GOD. In accordance with sacred law observed among the Jews, Jesus Christ was accused and condemned of blasphemy by the High Priest of the Temple and the Sanhedrin court; Jesus was to be punished by those from the community who would gather to execute a penalty of stoning. Jesus violated no Roman law, yet, to preserve the integrity of Roman rule, the Governor, Pontius Pilate, insisted that the duty and privilege of imposing a death penalty belonged only to the secular Roman government, and the death of Jesus would have to be in the form of crucifixion. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

In the Bible, which offenses does it say shall be punished with death?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 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. (Revelation 20: 4-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Solutions From GOD (04/03/2019); The Elimination of Death? (05/13/2018); Incurring “The Second Death” (04/02/2018); Temporal and Eternal Judgment (02/15/2017); Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); Reflections on Existence (12/19/2016); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014); A Dispensation To Benefit (12/01/2014)

 

Anonymous”, the holy writings do not present a list of all the sins (transgressions of divine law) whereby offenders incur a death penalty so much as it establishes consciousness of the many principles believers are to acknowledge for continuing in relationship with divinity. Sinners who turn to GOD through Jesus Christ often are surprised to find that completing their mortality by aging, becoming mature, and dying will continue as a life condition for mankind governed by patterns and sequences ruled by natural law, and includes having to acknowledge carnal, material, and social consequences to their own life choices and decisions. As part of their transformation from developing to mature Christians they will take on the sacred knowledge that enables believers to avoid the final penalty for sin proclaimed through final judgment and carried out by other sacred events that is called the second death. Consider 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. Galatians 5: 19-25, KJV: 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. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

3. Revelation 21: 7-8, KJV: 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Revelation 20: 11-15, KJV:  11 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. 12 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. 13 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. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.) 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 how Jesus dying on the cross has been an atonement and propitiation for the sin of mankind.  While we say Christ “paid” for sin or “purchased” mankind, it should be understood, we are not speaking about buying and selling, responding to credit and debt, or other earthly financial transactions.  Rather, we speak to how Christ has responded on mankind’s behalf to the demands and sanctions contained within the fullness of divine law regarding the obligations and penalties for sin.  Sin is no ordinary physical object, and is not itself an expression of divine spirit; nevertheless, responses to sin require interactions of human makeup and spirit substance.  Carefully chosen language is used that speaks of the “blood of the lamb” and a sacrifice by the Son of GOD, yet, what must come into view is the imparting, reconfiguring, and regenerating of the spirit matter to establish existence and life that has been included within the makeup of mankind from the makeup of divine fullness (we say, the Creator; the Godhead; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  To satisfy the law, mankind must receive a fresh endowment of inseparable spirit such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “2017” (Level 7 with 60,632 points, a member since December 25, 2008) posted the following:

How is Jesus’s death on the cross pay for the sins , even for people that will only be born in a thousand years from now?

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THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:  yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth:  he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment:  and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living:  for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:  when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:  by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death:  and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  (Isaiah 53:  4-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Incurring “The Second Death” (04/02/2018); Yes, Jesus Did Die (04/01/2018); “I Am The Resurrection” (03/25/2018); Not A Financial Transaction (01/28/2018); Jesus Came To Fulfill? (01/16/2018); Sin No “One-time” Event (01/03/2018); All Have Come Short (10/11/2017)

“2017”, with Christian believers, the process of GOD for salvation is one both to atone for and cover sin within the lives of mankind as well as to restore and perfect mankind to exist having eternal life.  The elimination and removal of sin from the earth can not be completed relying only on the workings of finite human desire, secular knowledge, and will power.  Sin does not exist as a carnal, material, or common object we may touch with our hands, or see with our eyes.  Even so, sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and all divine order throughout the universe.

The operations of sin among the living disrupted mankind’s intimate and personal communication, exchange, and interaction (we say, relationships) with divinity that were provided through Creation.  By disobedience and transgression of divine law (i.e., the expressed will of GOD), the first pair (the male and female; Adam) lost their consecration as companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity.  In addition to becoming stripped of exalted benefits and privileges, mankind was made to be mortal (subject to death); and lost the one-of-a-kind access, authority, dominion, and power that had been granted as their divine inheritance.

Man became a living soul by the imparting of life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit); and it is the special condition of man being more than flesh and bone by containing divine substance that requires multiple sacred operations to address sin.  While sin is no “thing” created by GOD, displays no spirit content, and has no measurable dimensions (e.g., height, length, weight), sin has direction, effect, and presence.  GOD exposes and makes sin known through sacred devices that include baptism (the death, burial, and resurrection of ones inborn spirit); divine law; Incarnation (divinity appearing in human form as Jesus Christ); and providing fresh endowments of inseparable spirit content such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Only through Jesus Christ has it become possible to have remission of sin by the application of holy blood.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st John 1:  5-10, King James Version (KJV):  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(2.)  Romans 3:  23-26, KJV:  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.

(3.)  Romans 5:  8-11, KJV:  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

(4.)  Romans 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Corinthians 15:  12-22, KJV:  12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:  whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is made to a question on repentance and what sinners may do to pay for their sins.  Deliverance from sin through Jesus Christ is not about “owing”, “paying”, and “punishment”; it is about sinners being loved, divinely provided for, and joyfully receiving such gifts from GOD as atonement, forgiveness, rebirth, and sanctification.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

What else can people do but just work to pay for their “sins”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;  (2nd Peter 3:  8-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Blame, Sin and Salvation? (02/13/2017); No Repentance Without Rebirth? (12/14/2016); The Work of Forgiving (11/23/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016); Conversion is by GOD? (08/23/2016); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); A Dry Thirsty Land (05/01/2016); Sin Turned To Goals (05/02/2016); They Shall Not Be Mentioned (05/03/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, part of what is meant by “repentance” and  “salvation” among mature Christian believers is the “living out” of a new commitment, exclusive devotion, and an eternal, ongoing relationship with divinity as well as their fulfilling heartfelt promises to GOD.  As “born again” believers, Christians learn to utter and use new meanings for old language, so to speak.  What once was understood as personal achievement, accomplishments, and the outcome of ones own efforts and striving must be understood in terms of divine gifts, grace, sacrifice from GOD, and endowments of spirit content from the makeup of the Creator.  Included are inseparable aspects of Deity such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Therefore, repentance and sorrow for sin come into view as permanent changes that are completed in a sinner by the active presence of the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  The sacred practices (e.g., baptism, confession, marriage, Sabbath-keeping, study of the holy writings), praise, prayer, and unselfish service performed by a believer are not so much “buying ones way into heaven,” or “payback” and payment of debt and penalties from sin as they are the god-given methods to build up a new relationship with the Creator, to display a believer’s growth, improvement and learning, to make visible the multiple operations of GOD through the life of created beings and living creatures, and to express gratitude, respect and reverence (like saying “thank you” with actions and not merely words).  Even with repentance there also must be atonement, judgment, mercy and resurrection from death.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Peter 1:  3-9, King James Version (KJV):  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

(2.)  Matthew 3:  8-12, KJV:  8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:  9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father:  for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.  10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees:  therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance:  but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:  he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:  12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

(3.)  Acts 5:  29-32, KJV:  29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.  31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

(4.)  2nd Corinthians 7:  9-11, KJV:  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:  for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Hebrews 6:  4-6, KJV:  4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,  5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.)  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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Deborah Under the Palm Tree, Adriene Cruz –  JUDGES Chapter 4

 

Today, thoughts are shared on sacred judges, law, lawful process, and punishment.  While watching a broadcast of the inauguration, a secular ceremony pertaining to government officials, I was struck that, because our Nation does not formally acknowledge sacred law, no anointed judges or officers representing the kingdom of GOD were present as authorities to administer the oath of office as a sacred event (we say, miracle) to install the 45th President of the United States of America.  Our secular law demands no acknowledgment of divinity, yet, encourages and responds to faith in the homes and lives of millions of Americans.  Divinely appointed judges are entrusted to do more than merely announce doom, or express wrath against sin by declaring calamity, drought, and plagues.  They also are to make visible the compassion, discernment, goodness, forbearance, forgiveness, lovingkindness, mercy, righteousness, and wisdom of GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “SupaStar” (Level 5 with 5,753 points, a member since August 07, 2014) posted the following:

 

Judges can sentence people from anything to a fine to death. Why does god only have one punishment for EVERY “crime”, no matter how slight?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made:  in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.  The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth:  the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.  For the needy shall not alway be forgotten:  the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.  Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.  Put them in fear, O LORDthat the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.  (Psalms 9:  15-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Installing The New President (01/20/2017); Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); Servants To The Body? (01/17/2017); Authority To Judge Us? (10/18/2016); All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014)

 

“SupaStar”, the Creator is also a GOD of Judgment.  Unlike those who answer secular law, judges among men who apply and administer divine law should be understood as incarnations (appearances in flesh) of the Creator who continuously exists using spirit form.  As officials on the earth who oversee the resolution of conflicts and the settlement of disputes by applying the law from GOD, judges are instruments in sacred operations that, like the law, reveal the active presence of divinity and are expressions of the will of Deity.  Those who minister sacred law must acknowledge the sacred king who decrees and proclaims the law.  Therefore, instead of approval by some legislative body, they are carried through operations of the Holy Spirit to become anointed, consecrated, exalted, and sanctified (i.e., set apart for exclusive service to GOD).  The intent and purpose of divine law is to fulfill, put forth, and maintain all existence, order, and eternal purpose throughout the universe.  Just as there are multiple offenses against the law (e.g., adultery, idolatry, murder, stealing), there are multiple penalties for violation of the law (e.g., banishment and exile, confiscation of goods, fines, public execution), and there are multiple levels of transgression against the Spirit (e.g., betrayal, blasphemy, defiance, iniquity, rebellion).  The holy writings show, the many sanctions brought against transgression of the law (i.e., sin) are intended to bring about correction, repentance, and rebirth, rather than fear, loathing, and terror.  This includes mortality that was introduced as a continuing condition that must be completed by all flesh.  What is called the second death has been “passed upon all” only in the sense that it is conditional.  Just as Adam and Eve were cautioned and instructed about the required consequences for their actions before any disobedience occurred, the things of Jesus Christ and the cross all manifest the possibilities for righteousness in covenant and relationship with the Creator.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Exodus 20:  4-6, King James Version (KJV):  4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:  for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 16:  18-20, KJV:  18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes:  and they shall judge the people with just judgment.  19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift:  for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.  20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 17:  8-13, KJV:  8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates:  then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;  9 And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:  10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee:  11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do:  thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.  12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die:  and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.  13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

(4.)  2nd Chronicles 19:  5-7, KJV:  5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,  6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do:  for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.  7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it:  for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, 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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Divine law, judgment, and the death penalty are topics, today.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (the required profile info has not been shared) posted the following:

Is the death penalty an act of murder as defined by “Thy Shall Not Kill” in the bible?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.  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 fourth generation.  And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped.  (Exodus 34:  6-8, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014); A Dispensation To Benefit (12/01/2014); Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A Sleep and a Second Death (09/16/2014); No Mystery in Lawful Judgment (07/28/2014); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); To Serve GOD Acceptably (07/10/2014); The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014)

“Anonymous”, because the death penalty expresses the wrath of GOD against sin, it must be acknowledged as a manifesting of divine presence, an outcome of ongoing spiritual processes, a further act to fulfill eternal purpose, and the further revelation of the character, makeup, and nature of divinity.  Death put forth by the law upholds the accomplishment of life.  While Creation may be thought of as displaying the breadth, depth and inventiveness of the divine mind, and Salvation be seen as demonstrating the immensity of divine love, it is Judgment—that also embraces correction, forgiveness, mercy and opportunities for repentance—that most completely exhibits the righteousness of Deity.  The consequences, influence, and substance of murder are more than simply carnal, material and social effects.  It is not immediately visible to created beings and living creatures, yet, the impact of murder is upon divine order on a cosmic and spiritual scale.  Murder not only pollutes the physical place where it occurs upon the earth, it also pollutes the Sanctuary of the Temple in heaven.  Consider again the instruction for Christian believers from the Holy Bible:

(1.)  Ezekiel 18:  20-21. King James Version (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 is 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.

(2.)  Ezekiel 18:  23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?

(3.)  Numbers 35:  33-34, KJV:  33 So shall ye not pollute the land wherein ye are:  for blood it defileth the land:  and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed thereon, but by the blood of him that shed it.  34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell:  for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.

Of course there is far more to be said, considered, and properly understood.  For example (4.)  Genesis 9:  3-7, KJV:  3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you:  even as the green herbs have I given you all things.  4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.  5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.  6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed:  for in the image of God made he man.  7 And you, be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

More is shared, today, on divine law, human judgment and the death penalty.  The salvation we speak of is a dispensation to benefit those who are guilty before GOD.  As a divine response to sin, death and mortality address the duration of awareness and self-will that are generated by exchanges and interactions among the spirit content and makeup within created beings and living creatures.  (All those who may come under the influence called sin (we say, sinners) include angels, who are neither mortal nor immortal; and who only endure at the discretion of the Almighty.)  Sin and wickedness characterize attitudes, behavior and conduct that oppose and undermine the expressed will of GOD (we say, law) regulating existence and life.  However, divinity can never operate in created beings and living creatures as self-destruction, and separation from godliness.  Atonement, propitiation and remission as the divine response addresses the record of sin, and does not eliminate sin per se.  Atonement provides continuity and correction for sinners when joined with permanent change of the sinner’s spirit content.  In the same way sleep was employed as a sacred device to permit the living substance of Adam to be altered and completed through the creation of Eve, death and resurrection are employed by divinity in the transformation of living substance within their offspring so that all Creation might become immortal, incorruptible and perfected.  Through the provisions of Jesus Christ, sinners receive new life substance by baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from a fresh endowment of spirit content manifesting the makeup of divinity).  No change in the righteousness and perfection of sacred law is required.  Believers are equipped to correctly recognize, respond to, and resist sin that would otherwise be invisible and unseen.  Through the operations of sin, many defy the law, are incorrigible, show no remorse, and continue as unrepentant.  With acts of brutality, cruelty, malice, treachery and violence they prey upon society as though no longer human, and no longer created by GOD.  They refuse to acknowledge the needs and rights of others, and pose a constant threat to the life and property of all.  Rightly understood, the judgment of men by human laws is not a political or spiritual process.  Determinations of guilt, innocence and accountability must be made that do not address the divine subtleties of ones fitness for eternal life, ones spirit makeup, and ones final spiritual value.  In human judgment, focus is upon the facts and mechanics of human events.  Spiritual elements (e.g., forbearance, forgiveness, impartiality, mercy, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin) are established and expressed through governing principles, procedures and policies such as attention to detail, due process, compassionate sentencing, trial by jury, and right of appeal.  The prohibition, Thou shalt not kill, does not also say, the Law shalt not kill (i.e., thou shalt not uphold and carry out the penalties and sanctions contained in the law).

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014)

Deuteronomy 10:  14, KJV—Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

Psalms 47:  6-8, KJV—Sing praises to God, sing praises:  sing praises unto our King, sing praises.  7 For God is the King of all the earth:  sing ye praises with understanding.  8 God reigneth over the heathen:  God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

Isaiah 37:  16, KJV—O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth:  thou hast made heaven and earth.

Isaiah 25:  7-9, KJV—And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.  8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth:  for the LORD hath spoken it.  9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us:  this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Job 14:  7-15, KJV—For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.  8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;  9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.  10 But man dieth, and wasteth away:  yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?  11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:  12 So man lieth down, and riseth not:  till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.  13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!  14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.  15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee:  thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

Isaiah 26:  19-21, KJV—Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust:  for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.  20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee:  hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.  21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

Job 19:  23-27, KJV—Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!  24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!  25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Romans 5:  6-11, KJV—For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:  yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Luke 3:  1-6, KJV—Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,  2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.  3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;  4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;  6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

2nd Peter 3:  5-9, KJV—For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Acts 10:  34-43, KJV—Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:  35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.  36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)  37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;  38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power:  who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:  40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;  41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.  42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.  43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Acts 4:  11-12, KJV—This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  12 Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

1st Corinthians 15:  50-58, KJV—Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Romans 14:  8-12, KJV—For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord:  whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.  9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.  10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

2nd Peter 3:  10-18, KJV—But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;  16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.  17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.  18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Divine law, judgment and the death penalty are topics, today.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no information available) posted the following:

 

Would Jesus uphold the death penalty? President Bush said,” “I can’t justify the death penalty in terms of the New Testament…”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?  Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?  Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?  (Romans 2:  21-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A Sleep and a Second Death (09/16/2014); No Mystery in Lawful Judgment (07/28/2014); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); Sin Causes Death? (02/04/2014); Succession (02/05/2014); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, here are a few points on divine law and judgment as understood among mature Christian believers:

(1.)  The Soul That Sinneth Must Die.  The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, of the Divine Law Giver, and of the Creation that relies upon divine order generated through sacred law.  The operations of GOD through the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross have not eliminated sin and wickedness.  However, a way is made for those who seek change.  Only death or rebirth will completely stop a sinner from committing offenses and transgressions.  While death stops a sinner, the consequences of their deeds may continue indefinitely upon the earth.

(2.)  Sin is No Living Thing.  Sin is not a being who possesses superior knowledge and intelligence, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in all created beings and living creatures.  For that reason, college graduates, intellectuals, logicians, mathematicians, philosophers and scientist are as subject and vulnerable to sin as any idiot or moron.  Sin is no living thing; and is no material or physical item a person may hold in their hand or put in their pocket.  Yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence.  Because, sin is not a thing made up of spirit matter, GOD has appeared in human flesh (we say, Incarnation) to become an embodiment of all sin whose destruction could be depicted upon the cross.

(3.)  GOD Justifies Divine Law.  Where men are in correct relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ, they do not attempt to condemn sacred law, they do not attempt to justify and promote themselves, and they understand it is foolishness to attempt to justify divinity.  There are inarguable, non-negotiable conditions that should only be met with acceptance.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Let He Who Is Without Sin.  When challenged to state his opinion of a law that condemned a woman caught in the act of adultery, the leaders and Pharisees of the Temple expected Jesus to condemn the law (and GOD, the Law Giver).  Instead, Jesus revealed the further demand of the law, that only those who are righteous may carry out, execute, and perform its penalties.  They all concluded, none was present who could legitimately fulfill the intent of the law.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC