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Matthew 27: 35, King James Version (KJV): 35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. (See image reference below.)

 

Today, reply is on how relics are determined to be authentic. The imparted gifts (we say, divine seed; the Holy Ghost; spirit substance from the makeup of divine fullness) have been given as the incontestable evidence and witness that endorse the things received by men on the earth that have GOD as their origin and source. Those who sacrifice all to strive for the high prize of GOD are not likely to value relics overmuch. Within the church, relics are not to be used as a conclusive evidence and witness in judgment, or proof that sacred events have occurred, and are actual. Even so, the most important sacred relics have been useful by activating and confirming faith throughout the body of Christ. Included have been clergy, developing Christian believers, evangelical believers, monastics, pilgrims, prophets, stewards, and those who suffer. In many ways, relics are like visions, and are not to be analyzed or questioned. Relics continue to be spoken of as objects that are more relevant to carnal, material, and social living than to acquiring godliness and spirit content. References to relics often appear in fictional accounts, folklore, or legends (e.g., the Holy Grail, the cup filled with wine used as the emblem of his blood when Jesus introduced the Lord’ Supper), and are seldom documented and traced in the writings of academic historians. Given the most well-known relics are identified within the Scriptures, those who acknowledge the diverse holy relics generally agree that their preservation has been accomplished through the grace of divinity in the same way that manuscripts of the holy writings have been discovered, preserved, and passed on. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Gone Galt” (Level 3 with 1,657 points, a member since December 04, 2006) posted the following:

 

What is the authenticity of the Crown of Thorns and other relics saved from Notre Dame fire?

Update: PS — Yahoo, this is a religious question. Stop changing the category.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3: 7-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Keeping Of Relics (04/17/2019); Self-Will And Christian Integrity (06/11/2018); The Meaning of “Faith” (03/28/2018); Divine Priesthood on Earth (01/31/2018); Secular History, Sacred Revelation? (01/11/2018); Relying on Sacred “Evidence” (11/20/2017); Draped Upon The Cross? (02/22/2016); Holy Garments? (09/24/2015)

 

Gone Galt”, among Christian believers, the operations of faith imparted from the makeup of divinity and the demonstrated presence of revealed eternal purposes of GOD are to determine the authenticity, holiness, integrity, and enduring value for events, man-made objects, oneself, other persons, prophecy, holy writings, etc. Christians are not counseled by GOD to be skeptical or unbelieving, nonetheless, believers are encouraged to stay alert, prepared, and vigilant. Christians are to use their own spirit content from GOD to recognize and respond to spirit content wherever else it appears. Many Christian believers were not aware that there are sacred relics being displayed and maintained as a duty, an inheritance, and a privilege of the church founded by Jesus Christ. Others have long known there are ancient objects and anointed relics being held as treasures by the church, however, they account the significance and value of these items to be no greater than that of ordinary communion ware (e.g., the platen, the monstrance, the chalice). In the effort to avoid false prophecy, academic history, “secular knowledge,” superstition, vanity (emptiness; lack of sacred substance), and worldliness, there are even those who dismiss the idea that relics have any value at all in the modern era. With this in view, numberless believers have been surprised and startled at the recent news that there were relics endangered by the fire that blazed for hours at Notre Dame Cathedral (April 15, 2019, Paris, France). The accord among believers who will meet the Lord at his coming must respond to such principles and understanding as those proclaimed within the Bible. Consider again the following:

1. Psalms 115: 1-8, King James Version (KJV): 1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. 2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? 3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: 6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. 8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

2. 1st John 2: 15-17, KJV: 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. John 20: 19-29, KJV:  19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.) 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 revelation as a sacred process that goes beyond merely presenting accounts from the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. In the same way the “proof” and seal that Jesus of Nazareth is Messiah is not that he performed miracles or his resurrection from the dead, the seal of apostleship is not the performing of miracles, it is manifesting the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was openly challenged on the authenticity of his doctrine, and questioned whether the source of his power to work miracles and the origin of his Spirit were from devils, the Lord solemnly cautioned the scorners to correctly discern the Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth): There will never be forgiveness for those who falsely accuse and blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Developing Christians are to continually affirm sacred truth on the basis of their endowment of faith, and to avoid conjecture, distrust, speculation, suspicion, and “stinking thinking” that only produce spiritual confusion. Argument and debate regarding secular history, popular figures, or notable churchmen and clergy also are vain (i.e., lack sacred content from the makeup of GOD; do not produce sacred fruit; do not edify the community of faith). For divinity to become apprehended by created beings and living creatures, there must be joining and sharing of unseen and visible aspects of inseparable divine substance and active presence. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “guitarman” (Level 1 with 22 points, a member since January 16, 2007) posted the following:

 

The Gospel was written decades after the death of Jesus. Is Paul (aka Saul) the only link in between the death of Jesus and the Gospel?

Jesus appeared to him once in a vision. Paul (Saul) wasn’t an eyewitness to the life of Jesus. He didn’t witness the crucifixion or the resurrection. He didn’t mention anything about the birth of Jesus, the life of Jesus, the miracles of Jesus, the trial of Jesus, or really much of anything about Jesus. Is he a reliable link/ source?

Update: I forgot to mention that Saul wasn’t an apostle either. Jesus just appeared to him in a vision after the death of Jesus.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Am I am not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord. (1st Corinthians 9: 1-2, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why Paul Observed Tradition (07/10/2018); We Establish Covenant Relationship (05/01/2018); One Complete Divine Revelation (07/09/2017); A True Apostle? (09/20/2015); No Cause For Alarm? (06/21/2015); Saul of Tarsus (03/26/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012)

 

guitarman” Jesus must be apprehended using more than a “gospel” that provides a biography of his life and a record of his ministry. Many mature Christian believers now approach the Bible as a complete library of holy writings that provide a single sacred revelation whereby divine fullness (i.e., all divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) is made knowable, known, accessible and approachable to created beings and living creatures. The Scriptures record divinity appearing to mankind using thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. Jesus is linked to the Creation of heaven and earth; to the priesthood of Adam and his heirs who appear as Patriarchs; to the establishment of covenant, inheritance, and promissory relationship between divinity and mankind on the earth; to the execution of judgment against sin; to the fulfillment of all eternal purpose; and more.

A different way of thinking is required that puts aside carnal reason, secular knowledge, and critical thinking, for these are things determined through faith and sacred knowledge. In the same way forgiveness, resurrection from death, and the final elimination of sin are carried out as sacred operations expressing accord within the Godhead, yet, employ created beings and living creatures as vessels of life essence (blood; breath; spirit; word), the full revelation of the character, nature, and substance of GOD is being provided through visible and continuing operations. Inseparable aspects of divinity are imparted to sinners who become born-again that include faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

As with those, today, who are anointed to serve as apostles, consecrated spokespersons, teachers, and those providing testimony within the ongoing divine judgment (we say, prophets; witnesses), it is more correct to attribute the sacred accomplishments we see associated with Paul, Barnabas, James, Silas and others to the imparted, indwelling Spirit and Jesus Christ as Risen Lord. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible that includes part of Paul’s answer to those who challenged his office and authenticity:

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. Romans 6: 3-9, KJV: 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

3. Ephesians 4: 11-16, KJV: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. 2nd Corinthians 13: 3-9, KJV: 3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on the existence of the ocean as a “proof” of the existence of divinity.  Correctly understood, the living are to be the witness that GOD lives; and divine spirit is the highest, most legitimate “evidence” for divinity.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

Are the oceans proof of God? Without the oceans, no rain. No rain, no life on earth?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen:  that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he:  before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.  I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you:  therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.  Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand:  I will work, and who shall let it?  (Isaiah 43:  10-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  “I Am The Resurrection” (03/25/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Relying on Sacred “Evidence” (11/20/2017); Proof That GOD Exists? (10/16/2016); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014); The Fullness of GODhead? (01/09/2014); World Without End? (01/10/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, the acknowledgment of divine fullness (we say, the Creator; the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) as the origin and source for all that exists and lives is not to be on the basis of appetite (hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion/mental process (fantasy, intelligence, logic, carnal reason), or the material objects of the natural world (forests, lakes, mountains, rivers, the sun, moon and stars) so much as on the basis of divine consciousness and spirit content imparted from divinity to indwell created beings and living creatures.  While many things reveal and serve as tools to make the inseparable aspects of unseen divinity visible as an active presence, it is the makeup and spirit substance of GOD that most directly communicates to created beings and living creatures.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Here are some points you might find useful as you continue your study that use language from the Bible:

(1.)  Psalms 19:  1-6, King James Version (KJV):  1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.  4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,  5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.  6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it:  and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

(2.)  Jeremiah 5:  21-23, KJV:  21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:  22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD:  will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it:  and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?  23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 2:  7-14, KJV:  7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  8 Which none of the princes of this world knew:  for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(4.)  Romans 1:  16-23, KJV:  16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Revelation 21:  1-4, KJV:  1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, Scripture points are shared in reply to a question on doing the will of GOD.  All that exists is an expression of divine will, and a putting forth of eternal Deity.  However, all the things of GOD are not in keeping with the affairs of mankind upon the earth as carnal, material, and social beings.  To be in the most complete and correct relationship with the Creator, there must be divine substance; and the living must apply sacred knowledge and conform to standards that have been generated by divinity.  Such finite tools as intellect, logic, philosophy, and science are not sufficient to eliminate sin that may dominate awareness and self-will in the created.  Readers are encouraged to recall again the following from the Bible, and the discussion below:  Micah 6:  6-9, King James Version (KJV):  6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?  7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name:  hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.  Also, John 6:  38-40, KJV:  38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.  39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life:  and I will raise him up at the last day.  Hebrews 13:  20-21, KJV:  20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Kristofferson” (Level 1 with 67 points, a member since January 23, 2015) posted the following:

 

What is the will of God?

 Jesus said that not everyone who professes him with words will enter the Kingdom, but those who actually do the will of God. So it’s not about saying, it’s about doing.

What specifically does it mean, being a preacher? Doing charity work? Going on missionary journeys? Fighting the Illuminati? Is there a general thing to do like mimicking Jesus or Paul’s works? Or is there a specific thing to do for each individual’s life? What’s the bible say?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  (James 1:  19-25, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  All Sin Is Willful? (10/20/2015); Finite Will, Self-will and Sin? (06/01/2015); Flammable? (05/25/2015); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); Freewill is Finite (06/30/2013); GOD Intervenes? (07/01/2013); No Free Will (10/19/2010); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010)

 

“Kristofferson”, Christian believers generally agree that the will of GOD appears and is made visible to created beings and living creatures through existence, form, divine law, the active presence of Deity, eternal purpose, and sovereign utterance.  The character and nature that generate expression, exchange, and interaction among and within the living has been put forth by divinity; and has been deposited or imparted to all life forms (e.g., angels, animals, birds, insects, mankind, sacred beasts of heaven) as awareness, independence (we say, completeness; identity; integrity of being), and self-will.  Only GOD is eternal, immortal, immutable, and omnipotent.  Ones spirit (we also say, breath, life essence, spark of life, word) is most correctly acknowledged, made known, and revealed through action and response that may alter, destroy, direct, preserve and otherwise respond to themselves, their environment, and objects within their spheres of life.  To carry out or perform the will of GOD is to manifest and “prove” divine being (i.e., demonstrate; be evidence of; present the divine “image”; serve as a form and vessel for incarnation of sacred Spirit).  Consider again the following verses from the holy writings:

(1.)  Proverbs 20:  11, King James Version (KJV):  11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

(2.)  John 7:  17, KJV:  17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

(3.)  Leviticus 20:  6-8, KJV:  6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.  7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy:  for I am the LORD your God.  8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them:  I am the LORD which sanctify you.

(4.)  Romans 12:  1-2, KJV:  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(5.)  1st Peter 2:  13-16, KJV:  13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake:  whether it be to the king, as supreme;  14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.  15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

(6.)  1st Peter 3:  17-18, KJV:  17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.  18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

There are many other verses that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  1-5, KJV:  1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.  2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.  3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:  4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;  5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:) )  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, Scripture points are shared on knowing the existence of divinity.  Carnal, material and social experience do not serve as the highest evidence of divine truth.  GOD is a spirit, and must be known and understood as present through spiritual content, eternal purpose and sacred process.  The highest evidences of GOD among men upon the earth continue to be the appearance (we say, incarnation) of divinity in the person of Jesus Christ; the holy writings; those in relationship with GOD as covenant partners; and the ongoing works by the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, the Holy Ghost (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Jordan” (Level 1 with 68 points, a member since September 26, 2015) posted the following:

 

What evidence is there that God exists?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.  (Psalms 19:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); Evidence of the Unseen Spirit? (04/09/2013); A Guide to Salvation? (04/10/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012)

 

“Jordan”, for Christian believers, along with other things, you and I are the evidence that GOD exists.  GOD is a spirit (i.e., the makeup of divinity is multiple spirit substances such as being, faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, eternal purpose, wisdom, and wrath against sin).  Divinity has put forth all created beings and living creatures, determined their abilities and patterns for their endurance (e.g., aging, celibacy, family, mortality); their carnal, material and physical characteristics; their possibilities for ordered change (we say, learning, growth) as well as their spheres of activity and life (e.g., earth, heaven, the sea, the universe).  For those choosing to acknowledge the awesomeness of GOD, the most important evidences that GOD exists include divine deeds and sacred events (we say, miracles); ones own consciousness of the divine presence; revealed truth (what GOD has exposed, shown, and spoken to make divinity known); and devices, mechanisms, operations and processes that are spirit in their character and nature (e.g., forbearance, forgiveness, praise, prayer, repentance).  Consider again the points recorded for believers within the holy writings:

(1.)  Proverbs 20:  11 King James Version (KJV):  11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 4:  32-35, KJV:  32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?  33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?  34 Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?  35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

(3.)  Hebrews 11:  1-6, KJV:  1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.  3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.  5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:  for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 1:  18-23, KJV:  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Living encounters with Christ and ones personal testimony are the topic, today, along with more on belief, faith, and proof.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Steven A” (Level 4 with 2,997 points, a member since February 7, 2011) posted the following:

Question for those who profess to love the Son of God?

I read a lot of people do not believe in Jesus? In Mt 7:21-23, Jesus knew that there would be false representatives claiming to be saved, or born again, thats why in Jn 14:21, he said he would “manifest” himself to those who truly love him and keep his word.
Please share with these people, who dont believe, how Jesus manifested himself to you.
Can u honestly say Jesus is real? Did he manifest himself to you? Or do you fall under Mt 7:21-24? “And then I will profess to them, I never knew you; depart from me ye workers of iniquity?”

THE BATTLE AXE:  Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014)—(5.)  Those “seeking a quarrel against GOD” often attack using the complaint that, the doctrine, teachings and tools (i.e., Bible translations) shared by Christians do not all agree.  Believers present conflicting and diverse interpretations of Christian belief.  The variety of expression and ministry among believers is as legitimate as the multiple forms and fragrance for the rose.  The would be critics of GOD usually lack spiritual discernment and focus that would permit their correct recognition of divine substance in others as well as in themselves.  They often are confused and disappointed, because they look to see “sameness” for surface things, where there is to be oneness of the invisible, divine spirit, and unity.  See Ephesians 4:  4-7 and 1st Corinthians 12:  4-14, KJV.  (6.)  There are many special points of truth one must accept in order to have a clear and complete explanation of why and how GOD has appeared among mankind in human flesh.  When most simply put, GOD has used the birth process within a virgin as a tool for revealing that (a.) divinity exists, (b.) has authority over all that exists throughout the universe, and (c.) is establishing relationship for created beings and living creatures through operations of spirit and truth.  Included are such sacred works as adoption, atonement, baptism (we say, death and rebirth), forgiveness, healing, judgment, miracles, resurrection, and sanctification.  See 2nd Kings 19:  28, Isaiah 7:  3-15; Isaiah 51: 16; Luke 1:  26-35 and Galatians 4:  4-6, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side.  Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you:  as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:   Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord.  But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:  then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:  and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  (John 20:  19-29, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Miracles are Sacred Events (12/20/2013); Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); All Things Possible? (09/17/2013); Can One Escape? (09/18/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012)

“Steven A”, given that the tone of what you have written is more a challenge than a godly request for information, I may reply with only a few thoughts intended for those who are willing to receive the salvation of GOD that is available through Jesus Christ:

(1.)  My sharing of personal truth and the testimony of Jesus also can include an experience of seeing Christ during my years in graduate school at a Midwestern university.  Following the example of the Apostle Paul, I decline to detail, boast, brag, show off, or “to speak of revelations,” because such do not always foster faith.  As with sacred events (we say, miracles, visitation), such conversations often generate anxiety, conflict, confusion, doubt, and uncertainty.  Faith is the core and foundation for miracles and any encounters with divinity; however, miracles can not serve as the foundation for faith.  Consider again the counsel of Jesus to Thomas (John 20:  29, KJV).

(2.)  While change and transformation of ones spirit content may occur in an instance, commitment, conviction and consistency only appear gradually and over time.  Saying this another way:  Once “born again” a believer must “grow up” again by facing the same life challenges as all others upon the earth, and within human society.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood that may not be presented, here, at this time.  (For example, (3.)  There are many who believe who are not yet mature, and do not yet comprehend what is being shared with you, here.  Believers are mainly to “discover” and “see” Christ through the operations of divine substance within themselves.  The imparted, indwelling Spirit is a fresh endowment of the same life essence breathed into Adam.  Inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD are deposited within believers through baptism.  Included are faith, gratitude, holiness, humility, longsuffering, love, trust, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

In addition, Jesus has privileged me to say:

Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:  On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him:  he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:  But he knoweth the way that I take:   when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.  (Job 23:  8-12, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Jesus as both GOD and Son of GOD, the differences in shared knowledge among Christians, and the mother of GOD are in view, today.  Also, there is more on the bread of GOD.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Tamima” (Level 1 with 118 points, a member since February 27, 2014) posted the following that was originally asked on Yahoo Answers UK & Ireland:

 

Christians why do you believe that Jesus is the son of god?

You know it dons’t make sense coz some Christians say that Jesus is the son of god while the others say Jesus is the god like what? if u call yourself Christians then how come you don’t believe in the same thing because you don’t see other religions doing that they all believe in the same god and the rules. Also my 2nd question is if Jesus is the son of god then how about the mother? you have no prove whatsoever!

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Bread of GOD (03/01/2014)—All the things that increase and impart divine spirit content may be spoken of as bread from GOD.  Included are the Bible, the continuing practice of sacraments (e.g., baptism, confession, the Lord’s Supper), fellowship with other believers, regular prayer, and focused study.  In the same way that Jesus is to be received as the bread of GOD, the followers of Christ also are one bread and one body.  See Psalms 22:  25-26, Ezekiel 34:  1-31, John 21:  13-17, 2nd Timothy 2:  14-16, 1st Corinthians 5:  5-13 and 10:  15-17, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:  A sower went out to sow his seed:  and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God:  but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.  Now the parable is this:  The seed is the word of God.  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
(Luke 8:  4-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Is GOD’s (12/28/2013); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013); Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013); Word Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013); (Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012)

 

“Tamima”, here are some points to consider that will never be “proof” to anyone spiritually blind, or those who seek to meddle in the things of GOD, yet, are vitally important to mature Christian belief:

(1.)  Those who believe that divinity is operating in ways that may be recognized, and are visible for mankind must all learn a new way of speaking and thinking.  It is as if there is a special language among believers that changes the use of certain words, and that absolutely must be used for understanding divine actions, sacred events, and eternal purposes.  For example, “spirit” is no material or physical thing that exists.  GOD is spirit; and Spirit is made up of spirit, and nothing else.  Spirit is not cloud, fog, mist, smoke, or steam. 

(2.)  To acknowledge that GOD has appeared among mankind in the flesh (we say, incarnate) is necessary in order to more completely realize the full extent and reach of divine being, glory, power, and sovereignty.  GOD has put forth the form and life essence (we say, spirit) of all created beings and living creatures; and continues to use the form of mankind to make divinity known and visible.

(3.)  The personal and intimate relationship of “son” is used, rather than that of daughter or spouse, to communicate using peculiar ideas common to all mankind, such as courage, duty, gratitude, family, faithfulness, forgiveness, humility, inheritance, obedience, purity, and sacrifice.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood that may not be presented, here, at this time.  (For example, (4.)  GOD must act to display and make knowledge of divinity possible (we say, reveal himself).  The living must “discover” the aspects of GOD through life experiences that exhibit divine substance existing within such features as attitudes, behaviors, commitments, conditions, objects, and persons.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  (Romans 10:  9-10, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC