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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

Today, focus continues upon the meaning of worship in Christian belief.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014)—(6.)  Christian worship is interpersonal, is accomplished by interaction among and within two or more “persons” in continuing relationship, and is not merely a mechanical response to a remote or abstract deity.  Therefore, worship appears as celebration, confession, gratitude, learning, praise, prayer, fulfillment of promise, reconciliation, service, and trust.  Rightly understood, then, worship is more than ceremony, custom, habit, ritual, social process, or tradition.  While praise and worship may display and use multiple finite faculties, and human tools (e.g., bowing, chanting, emotion, intellect, logic, movement, reason, singing), genuine worship is generated only by ones own spirit content imparted from divinity.  Thereby, worship is an experience of being joined and immersed within the continuous expression of humility, love, and reverence occurring among members of the GODhead. 

(7.)  Men are said to be ordained for destruction in final judgment in the sense that the penalty for their crimes are already determined; and they belong to the class or group of beings that have all participated in peculiar offenses (we say, transgression) against divine law.  There is no arbitrarily or randomly established list of names that was composed before Creation, or prior to the birth of every child.  Also, no one is being chosen or identified for destruction upon the basis of selected personal characteristics such as birthplace, eye color, height, marital status, and weight.  The focus of divine judgment is primarily ones spirit content as displayed through their attitudes, conduct and deeds documented within the Book of Life.  Thus, there is no pre-set list of the damned, and names of those assigned to someday become unrepentant sinners.  Instead, there is a list of actions, postures, and responses to GOD that identify a condition of spiritual corruption, decay, imperfection, and impurity that separates mankind from divinity; that renders created beings and living creatures totally unresponsive to the will of GOD; and that threatens to continue as permanent opposition to the existence of divine law, the lawgiver, and all divine order maintained through sacred law.  Because such beings do not respond to divine provisions for salvation such as cleansing, healing, fellowship, forgiveness, prayer, redemption, and sanctification, they absolutely must be destroyed.  Before sin was ever committed upon the earth, Adam and Eve were told the judgment against their disobedience would manifest as death.  As an aspect of proclaiming the law, punishments and sanctions—some say, admonitions, cautions, possible consequences, warnings—also are published.  Believers are informed of their accountability; and instruction on those condemned to be destroyed is provided to further alert and prompt believers that they must be diligent, dutiful, and godly in the exercise of their own awareness and self-will.  Consider again John 4:  24, Deuteronomy 8:  19, James 2:  14-20, Romans 9:  21-23, Galatians 3:  26-28, John 17:  11-26, Jude 1:  4 and Revelation 7:  9-17, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  For our God is a consuming fire.  (Hebrews 12:  28-29, KJV)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the operations of your faith from GOD.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC