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The Kingdom Witihin You

 

Today, reply is on choosing among and between different presentations and translations of the same Scripture. Identifying the divine essence, meaning, substance, and value (we say, the spirit) for what is presented can be more important than its exact repetition as a quotation from divinity (we say, the letter; the word of GOD). Correctly understood, the dominion and rule of the Creator extends over the awareness and self-will of every created being and living creature. The kingdom of GOD that is to indwell mankind is not a material place or physical realm. Rather, it is a consciousness of divine presence, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. All Christian believers are in a continuing process of becoming mature and fulfilling their spiritual growth as those who are vessels of divine Spirit. Inseparable aspects of spirit content from the makeup of GOD are provided to sinners releasing them from sin, and making them the new Creation of Jesus Christ. Believers are guided by long-held principles and standards recorded as the holy writings (e.g., the Gospel, the apostolic epistles; the prophecies of revelation). Disciples and followers of Christ are to become increasingly aware of the things that pertain to divinity, and acknowledge accountability for their own sacred beliefs. Their choices and decisions eventually should display balance, completeness, consistency, and stability; and each believer will operate on the basis of their own commitment, discovery, fresh endowment of life essence, gradual growth, sacred practice, and self-government. It is written: Luke 17: 20-21, King James Version (KJV): 20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (profile information not shown) posted the following:

 

The kingdom of God is within you”, or “the kingdom of God is in your midst” Luke 17:20. Two bibles say drastically different things?

nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”-NewAmerican Standard bible

nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you”—King James Version

The first one seems to be saying Jesus Christ is the kingdom of God. The second one seems to say we are God? Which is right?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2nd Timothy 3: 16-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Kings, Popes, Priests, Prophets? (09/22/2019); Conflict Among Multiple Wills? (09/20/2019); Now Are Ye Light (09/18/2019); Heaven Speaks Using Mankind (09/15/2019); GOD’s Will Be Done? (03/27/2019); Mysteries Of The Kingdom? (09/28/2018); Proclaiming A New Kingdom? (04/13/2017); Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017)

 

Anonymous”, reading the holy writings is a sacred process different from academic and secular reading. Those who are in Christ read the Bible with the understanding that all sacred truth will conform to the clear revelation of divinity made through the Savior appearing on the earth in flesh and blood (we say, the Incarnation). A reader’s consciousness must be filled by their own endowment of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD. Inseparable aspects of divine fullness must be active, rather than merely the finite human tools of emotion, intellect, logic, and carnal reason. Included as the active presence of divinity are faith, holiness, hope (commanded expectation), joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, willingness to forgive, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Reading the Bible and other sacred writings requires the practice of discernment. The deposit of Spirit from GOD that one has received must be used as the standard to acknowledge, recognize, and correctly respond to the same authority and influence as he appears within events, oneself, other persons, prophecy, etc. Both because the Bible is a collection of writings that provide multiple streams of sacred truth, and because Bible readers are in a divine process of discovery and gradual growth, their reading of statements from the Scriptures may alter and shift over time. Therefore, developing and mature Christians focus on unchanging divine intent and principles for permanent change, rather than literal statements made within the frameworks of time and space. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

1. 2nd Corinthians 3: 5-7, King James Version (KJV): 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2. 1st John 2: 27-28, KJV: 27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

3. John 6: 63, KJV: 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT_SuD6Mz7M.) 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 need among animals to read the Bible, and to receive prophecy, revelation, and sacred knowledge. Animals have an innate consciousness of GOD as part of their makeup and substance. Human beings have no reason to doubt that animals also can apprehend and respond to the operations of divine fullness (we say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Animals are an appearance and manifestation of the sovereign will of GOD as Creator. Mankind was fashioned and formed by the divine hand, and completed using life essence from the Creator (we say, breath, spirit, word). The beasts and living creatures appeared as acts of GOD when spoken and uttered into existence. While animals continue in covenant relationship with divinity from the times following their deliverance on the ark of Noah, their survival does not depend on their finite intellectual skills and traits. Mature Christians readily accept that the animals gathered to the ark did so in response to promptings by the Holy Spirit, not the preaching of Noah; the ravens who fed the prophet Elijah at the brook-side, were commanded and guided by GOD; and the lions who demonstrated divine restraint while the prophet Daniel was present within their lair acknowledged the divine Creator and Maker. Our pets (and we ourselves) operate as having animal intelligence that includes consciousness, emotions, empathy, instinct, and intuition; and many display an ability to communicate among themselves. Even so, languages and literacy as seen among mankind has not been observed and reported among the many beasts living on the earth. It is written: Romans 8: 22-23, King James Version (KJV): 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answer” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Night city light” (Level 2 with 253 points, a member since August 20, 2019) posted the following:

 

Why is Bible only for humans, why can’t animals read Bible, does that mean other beings are less important in God eyes?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; (Colossians 1: 19-23, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Was Creation A Failure? (05/13/2019); How Did Noah Know? (10/14/2018); Multiply, Replenish and Rule (08/27/2017); A Species of Animal? (01/31/2017); The Covenant of Noah? (12/16/2014); Atone, Judge and Replenish (12/17/2014); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013); Money-changers in The Temple? (06/23/2013); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013)

 

Night city light”, angels and animals are not “living souls” within the Creation, and their needs for divine process and sacred knowledge are not the same as that among humankind. Only mankind is challenged to communicate, exchange, and interact with divinity by having the same awareness and sacred knowledge granted to Adam, and given to them in the form of life essence (breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of GOD. Because animals were put forth having aspects of the same inseparable spirit content, they also respond to the Maker as authority, power, active presence, and sovereign will, however, they do not relate as offspring, or sons and daughters of GOD. The primary focus of divine judgment is the presence and expression of spirit content from GOD. Human consciousness and self-will (willpower) are to display spirit content and influence that go beyond emotion and feelings. The endowment of sacred spirit imparted to the living includes faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovinkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

While some people will show favor and disfavor to others because they are able to read and recite the things that are written in the Bible, our Father in heaven does not demand that all created beings and living creatures be able to quote from the divine law, memorize the advice and counsels recorded as Scripture, or read and write the full collection of documents, epistles, messages, and prophecies preserved as the Bible. Whether a person will be accepted by divinity, accounted worthy to be granted eternal life, and whether they will be approved as having meaning, quality and value as life companions to GOD depends on things that describe divinity more than on things that describe mankind.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, divine judgment and salvation go forward on the basis of the forgiveness, grace, impartiality, eternal purpose, and righteousness of GOD, rather than the flaws, infirmities, and sins of the living. The character, possibilities and potential of men and angels continue to be shown through behavior that is animal, human, or divine; and is often put forth as a mixture of the three. Finite human awareness and self-will can be determined by operations of sin—even though divinity has never created or put forth sin.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Building on the foundation of faith.

 

Today, reply is on whether reading the Bible will strengthen or weaken ones faith. In the same way fellowship within a community of faith (we say, attending church; having a church home; ministering to others; performing godly works and unselfish service) permits a developing believer to be set apart for sacred use and communion with divinity, regular reading and study of the holy writings consecrate and nourish human consciousness and self-will. Benefits, blessing/cursing, correction, guidance, possibilities, and privilege from GOD are established that may not be gained by any other means, or from anywhere else in the world. Because small children and teens often are introduced to the Bible as a collection of adventure tales and bedtime stories, their parents may have failed to realize that the sacred writings provide lessons that children absolutely must receive as they are growing, not after they are grown. There are multiple themes to equip youth for the mature expression of adult accountability, duty, godliness, gratitude, reverence, and suffering. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

Christians help! The more I read the bible, the more my faith weakens?

Shall I stop reading the bible before I completely lose my faith in God?

I was born and raised by Christians, and I was blissfully ignorant to the biblical teachings. But now I’m actually reading and studying the bible critically, it’s making me question God and my faith.

I don’t want to lose faith. I don’t want to become an atheist. I just want to be Christian like my family and friends. Is it okay if I stop reading the bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2nd Peter 1: 2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: How GOD Is Communicating (10/31/2018); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Standing On The ABCs? (11/09/2017); Actual Utterance From GOD? (08/11/2017); Determining What Is Sin (06/15/2017); The Bible and Salvation (09/14/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013)

 

Anonymous”, it would be o.k. if you stopped listening to and participating in academic and literary studies of the Bible. The goal in Christianity is to become Christlike and to commune with divinity, not to fit in with family, friends and other social groups. From the time of Moses, the process of GOD is that of oral proclamation using spokespersons (i.e., prophets), while the use of apostles, scholars and writers have been important for sharing and spreading the revelation from Jesus Christ. Developing believers and full members within the church where Jesus Christ is head are encouraged to acknowledge the holy writings as a source for the nourishment of their own life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) imparted by divinity through baptism as well as through the hearing of preaching, prophecy, testimony, and witness. The Scriptures should be received as a divine tool that crystallizes and focuses consciousness and self-will for believers. The Scriptures provide the common language and vocabulary for sharing sacred experience along with reference points for comparing (showing sameness) and contrasting (showing differences) among events and for streams of truth that are necessary as the discernment, recognition, and ability to respond to divinity as an active presence.

At all times (start to finish), developing and expressing Christian belief is a sacred process of discovery, gradual growth, and transformation. Sinners who become “born again” also must “grow up again,” and become mature in their sacred knowledge, discipline, and practice as the offspring of GOD, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, his new creation, and vessels becoming filled with fresh endowments of divine spirit (e.g., faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin).

Those who complain and criticize the Scriptures because they are ancient, because they describe the infirmity and weakness of human consciousness and self-will, or because they speak of Israel and the Jews, usually are operating according to secular knowledge, and are relying on the finite human tools of intellect, logic, philosophy, politics, science, and technology. However, it is the divine law, eternal purpose, immutable truth, and sovereign will of an immortal, incorruptible, invisible Deity that must come into understanding. Embracing the frameworks of time and space yet enduring as forward-looking, Christians carefully examine a record of divinity appearing through thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. Believers are to apprehend as their own inheritance a treasure made up of counsels, covenant agreements, government documents (chronicles), examples, instructions, praises, sacred process, promises, prophecies, and warnings. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

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

(2.) Romans 10: 17, KJV: 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(3.) 2nd Timothy 3: 16-17, KJV: 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Romans 10: 1-4, KJV: 1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Whether or not sinners may gain salvation without reading the Scriptures is the topic, today.  The holy writings are as excellent as every other spiritual gift from divinity (e.g., apostles, discernment, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, tongues) because they are not simply about GOD, they are by and from GOD.  Correctly understood, the holy writings are a device GOD uses to impart spirit substance to the living.  Operations carried out by the Spirit of GOD serve in a sacred process of revelation whereby the character, nature, eternal purpose, and substance of divinity are made knowable and known to created beings and living creatures.  Mature Christian believers usually agree that the Bible is a divine tool to be taken seriously by every repentant sinner, for the Scriptures document the active presence of divinity upon the earth and within the heaven using thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  Specifically, the full gospel of Jesus Christ is presented there along with much of the sacred knowledge required to maintain ones lifestyle as a new creation through the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answer” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is it true you can never enter the Kingdom of Heaven if you’ve never read The Bible?

Most people don’t even read the Bible and most people are going to hell

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  (2nd Peter 1:  2-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Best Starting Point (09/13/2016); Church Attendance and Inheritance (09/11/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); On Doing Good Deeds (02/02/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); Starting From Scratch? (07/08/2015); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, every sinner is called (recruited) to do their own part within a full work from GOD.  Christian believers are to accept the holy writings as an authoritative source for correct sacred knowledge appearing through such features as divine commandments, examples from life experience, required expectations (we say, hope), guidance, instruction, terms for covenant relationship, divine law, official proclamations from divinity, promises, and prophecy in the form of comfort, demonstrations, edification, and exhortation.  The Scriptures serve as the framework for sacred structure within the life of a believer, and are to convey and impart spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Included are awe (we say, fear of the Lord, reverence), faith, holiness, humility, divine love, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  With this in view, the Scriptures are an appearance of GOD using physical form (i.e., incarnation).  Through disciplined and regular study of the Scriptures, believers are to develop discernment (i.e., the ability to apply ones own spirit content from GOD to recognize and respond to the same spirit content as it appears in events, oneself, other persons, messages and statements, etc.).  Even so, salvation does not result by our simply reading a book.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 13:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

(2.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, KJV:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(3.)  Matthew 7:  21-23, KJV:  21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Peter 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Reading the Bible from “cover to cover” is the topic, today.  For many, the Scriptures are merely an artifact from ancient times, an old, old book, and an historical relic.  They must begin to “see with new eyes” and recognize that the Scriptures are a record of deeds performed by GOD, and words spoken from divinity to benefit all created beings and living creatures.  Included are sacred law, proclamations, promises, and prophecies that deposit the divine nature within mankind.  Consider the following verses from the Bible:

James 1:  21-25, King James Version (KJV):  1 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  23 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:  24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  25 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.

Titus 2:  11-13, KJV:  11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

2nd Timothy 3:  15-17, KJV:  15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Chris C” (Level 2 with 636 points, a member since June 13, 2006) posted the following:

 

Which books of the Bible are best skipped when reading the Bible cover to cover?

When we do Bible study we restrict ourselves to certain books of the Bible. I was considering reading the Bible cover to cover but have been told that it is better to skip a few books, as they may be unhelpful. Which ones do you think are best avoided and can you say why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.  Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.  (Deuteronomy 8:  1-5, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Bad GOD, Good GOD? (01/03/2016); By Faith, Not By Interpretation? (12/31/2015); In Times of Progress? (12/21/2015); Sacred Events Were Dismissed? (11/05/2015); A Correct Church? (10/05/2015); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); The Apocryphal Books? (08/07/2015); Those Who Read? (02/17/2015); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014)

 

“Chris C”, I recommend you read the entire Bible at least once; however, that will serve as only a first step in your acquiring full sacred knowledge.  You may then do as many others who read and re-read the Scriptures, even exploring multiple language versions and translations.  Many Christian believers are asking “How much knowledge from the Bible do we need to be saved?” and some even ask, “Do we need the Bible at all…?”  The ancient holy writings are available to us a fixed, and unchanging resource that can be used to bear out the continuing operations of divinity in our own lives, today.  Believers are to trust that the Scriptures have been provided by Deity as a sacred device for revelation (i.e., making divinity known, present, and visible).  Spirit content from the makeup of GOD is to be imparted to the believer.  Included are awe (we say, fear of the Lord), faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Many want to approach the Scriptures using their skills and tools for gathering secular knowledge.  They center their growth and learning upon finite elements such as human history, intellect, logic, philosophy, science, and technology.  As yet, none of those things have been sufficient to overcome and remove sin as a condition for life among created beings and living creatures.  The holy writings do provide information important for communication, exchange and interaction within the community of faith; however, we are not saved on the basis of how many books we have read, how many verses we may quote.

All in positions of leadership and trust should have a complete and comprehensive knowledge of the things from GOD for the benefit of mankind.  Included are parents, teachers, and elected government officials.  Those who will lead and share within the church are specially correct to seek a full and thorough experience of the word.  In addition to discussion and study of the Bible, they also should embrace baptism, confession, contemplation, praise, prayer, repentance, and worship.

Believers are correct to sing, “Just as I am, without one plea….”  At best, what we can know of GOD while we are still upon the earth is limited, and merely a small piece from a huge universe.  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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The value of the holy writings for reading, study, and spiritual growth are topics, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Raul” (Level 1 with 206 points, a member since January 18, 2015) attacked with the following:

 

Why is it most religious people (catholics and christians) haven’t read the bible?

I mean i’ve met lots if not hundreds of people (because i usually move around a lot) and I’ve noticed that most of the catholics and christians haven’t even read 1/5 of their holy book. I mean, their whole religion and faith are based on this book and the haven’t read it. Like wtf? I’ve read more than half of it, but decided it was a waste of time.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:  To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.  (Romans 16:  25-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Gift of Meekness (11/25/2014); Concerning Meekness (11/26/2014); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); The Scriptures and Perfection? (10/27/2014); Catholics, Protestants and the Trinity? (10/12/2014); The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014)

 

“Raul”, here are a few points that add value for those having place in the kingdom of Jesus Christ, however, it requires you take time to consider them:

(1.)  Those who carefully read and re-read the Bible are those who have made a commitment to share in a community of faith.  Various aspects of communication, exchange and interaction must come into view including accountability, duty, respect, and trust.

(2.)  Many who read understand that their awareness and consciousness must be directed to things that are outside the spheres of academics, politics and current events (we say, carnal living) in order for their spirit content to be altered, nourished, properly applied to continue their own salvation as well as to unselfishly serve divinity.

(3.)  Those who are born again through baptism (death and burial of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) also must “grow up” again.  While believers are endowed with inseparable aspects from the makeup of Deity (such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin), all must mature and become perfected by “works” like acquiring sacred knowledge, fellowship with other believers, praise, prayer, repentance, and worship.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Those who embrace the holy writings also acknowledge that their understanding must be achieved through operations of the Spirit imparted from GOD.  In the same way finite human intelligence, logic, mathematics, philosophy and science do not eliminate, remove, and resist sin, they can not establish the clear and full revelation of divinity.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The fall of Adam, divine law, and the basis for right relationship with divinity are topics, today.  Also, there is more on Bible study and conversion.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” using the ID “Q&A Queen” (Level 7 with 47, points, a member since May 17, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why didn’t God tell Adam & Eve advance what the FULL punishment would be for their rebellion? 

If the idea of eternal torment in hell is true why, when God issued the command to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge, did he simply saythey would DIE. There was no warning about eternal torment. Why not? Wouldn’t that have been a greater deterrent. This “failure” is compounded by the fact that, at Genesis 3:18, when he pronounced judgment on them AFTER their rebellion, he simply said “for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Why didn’t he tell them their entire punishment?

Respectful thoughts, please.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014)—(4.)  Casual focus upon a book (for example, any of the Harry Potter novels) will not allow a reader anything more than a surface knowledge of its characters, their exchanges and interaction, the plot, and its resolution.  That the word from GOD is not to be read casually is illustrated in the Scriptures by its introduction through Moses with convocation, death, sacrifice, and sanctification by the sprinkling of blood.  A genuine appreciation of an author’s manner of expression, the writer’s core personality, and their vision for those pursuing the profession of letters will only come by a sensitive experience of immersion, and careful consideration of the work in hand.  Only those who invite and welcome the Holy Spirit as they read and study the Bible are carried to the level of acceptance and understanding that appear as change, growth, rebirth, and new life from GOD, its divine author.  For such persons, their conversion is seen in their regular and repeated recognition that explanations, definitions, descriptions, and standards within the Scriptures, and gained through experiences in fellowship with believers (such as church attendance), agree with those from their own inner spirit provided by divinity.  Praise, prayer and worship should open and close every period of study, no matter how brief it may be.  The possible benefits from a five minute session are no less important and valuable than those for a five hour session.  As with any serious academic study, a believer is wise to make written notes to record for later use (a) their own questions that may arise (even when they expect the present reading to give answer); (b) any points of interest for further study; and (c ) the connections, overlap and similarities that may appear among various verses and passages.  The multiple aspects of spirit content within the Bible can not be completely internalized through a single reading of the book.  Comprehending its rich expression of divinity is a work that requires a believer’s full lifetime.  See again Exodus 24:  3-12, Joshua 8:  33-35, 2nd Kings 23:  1-3, Nehemiah 8:  1-10, Nehemiah 8:  18, Nehemiah 9:  3 and Ecclesiastes 12:  11-14, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.  There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.  (Proverbs 19:  20-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“Q&A Queen”, here are a few points to consider that come into view through the revelation from GOD incarnate as Jesus Christ:

(1.)  The foundation for eternal companionship with divinity was not laid upon the basis of how much knowledge (some say, data, facts, science) one possesses, or the extent of emotional and intellectual content that would exist and expand within created beings and living creatures in accordance with the dynamics of the mind.  Content from the makeup of deity is to reside within all living that establishes a permanent link and condition of unity with GOD.  Included are such inseparable aspects of GOD as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  The holy writings do not detail the many exchanges GOD may have had with Adam (the single name GOD used for the first pair).  It is incorrect to assume that GOD did not clearly proclaim and state the necessary instruction for carrying out the divine will.  Just as believers today, the pair were to operate in obedience that would emerge through love, respect, and trust, rather than full knowledge from a compendium of sacred laws.

(3.)  Adam was created having awareness and self-will, and was to exist exercising a peculiar level of independence before GOD.  The integrity of mankind as a distinct being would be maintained in the terms generated by the interaction of elements deposited within humanity for the expression of life.  While man was not fashioned initially as one immortal, like the holy angels, mankind was to endure indefinitely at the discretion of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Before one advances to threats and warnings of punishment, there are many levels of interaction that may be employed that serve as positive guidance.  Included are admonition, chiding, prophetic demonstration, praise, putting one into remembrance, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, and scolding.  The benefits of carrying out and obeying the law are more to be a focus for positive relationships than detailing the sanctions for violations of law.  In Jesus Christ, we also see that promises and prophecies impart the divine nature, and further transform believers for continuing with eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC