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Today, the reply is on the differences between divine and human qualifications for serving GOD through Jesus Christ. In the same way many refuse to label gossip, innuendo, lying, and slander as the work of the devil, and are willing to view verbal aggression as acceptable among mankind, many believers want to avoid a conclusion that divorce is a sin, or that social behavior is a genuine indicator of ones spiritual condition. Yet, within the church, it may not be denied that patterns of behavior emerge in keeping with having spirit content from the makeup of divinity. Included are gradual growth, permanent change, learning, repentance, and stability. Multiple incidents that display forswearing commitment, immaturity, breach of promise, and self-contradiction do not encourage mutual respect and trust. Even when considering the recent events in government hearings regarding the Supreme Court, the sacred principles and process provided by Jesus Christ should be in effect, for only they continue to mark and set apart those who belong to the Lord as his disciples and followers. The goals to comfort, heal, and show compassion are rarely achieved by complaining, continuing accusations from ones past, law enforcement investigations, or political manipulation that emerge from the flesh. Fitness to serve in the divine priesthood (we say, being ceremonially clean; purity) should appear among all those receiving atonement and sharing themselves as living sacrifices where Jesus Christ is named as High Priest. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “Patty” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since October 01, 2018) posted the following:

 

An assistant pastor has been divorced 2 times. Is single at this time. Is he qualified to hold this position in the church?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (1st Peter 4: 14-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Bible Definitions Of Sin (09/30/2018); Those Apt To Teach? (06/20/2018); Standards For Godly Behavior (02/01/2018); Caution! Work In Progress (10/19/2017); All Have Come Short (10/11/2017); Sanctify Yourselves for Tomorrow (05/07/2017); Temporal and Eternal Judgment (02/15/2017); Servants To The Body? (01/17/2017)

 

Patty”, because the operations and process of the church must be different from that for the World, among many Christian believers, your question will be understood as asking “Is the assistant pastor faithful (i.e., filled with the Holy Spirit)?” There is a danger when judging those who seem to be sent by GOD and to be the Lord’s anointed (e.g., clergy; evangelists; prophets) that GOD will be unjustly accused. On surface, we should expect that human behavior focusing on things carnal, material, secular, and social will not be same as that expressing accountability, commitment, and devotion to GOD. In the church, such elements as forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, reverence, wisdom, and wrath against sin are to be understood as making visible the character, makeup, and substance of divinity; and are to routinely appear within those who are born again as tools and vessels of the “active presence” whom we honor as our GOD. Discerning faith and the other inseparable aspects imparted to indwell mankind from the divine fullness (we say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) is a sacred process that pertains to being in accord, acknowledgment, “oneness” without “sameness,” recognition, and the display of godliness.

Behavior in marriage includes the expression of appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings) and sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) along with communicating emotion/mind (e.g., anger, fantasy, fear, recall). Only where marriage acknowledges a joining to divinity (we say, holy matrimony; sacred union; the two become one flesh, and GOD is the other) are we correct to expect to see the expressions of rebirth that include completeness,maturity, obedience to divine law, sacred practice (we say, sacraments), sobriety, and unselfish service.

For those existing as the church, the body of Christ on the earth, ongoing judgment establishes the resolution of conflicts and the settlement of disputes through the application of divine law. In addition to impartiality, judgment must display balance, consistency, mercy, restraint, and righteousness. Correction and restoration are more the objectives of judgment than displaying disfavor or punishment. As an aspect of revelation, judgment further proclaims the personhood and sovereign will of divinity. Forgiveness may respond to (yet does not cancel) the sanctions against sin that are written within the law. Resurrection of the dead permits all to appear before GOD in required living tribunals. Thus, touching judgment, circumspection and discretion are to appear with openness and thoroughness; the confidentiality and secrecy of confession and private prayer may not appear. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Malachi 3: 13-18, King James Version (KJV): 13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? 15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. 16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

(2.) 1st Corinthians 2: 9-15, KJV: 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. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

(3.) Matthew 18: 15-17, KJV: 15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Matthew 5: 13, KJV: 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.) 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 mankind’s use of the earth, and the divine commission that mankind preserve Creation by behaving as the “salt of the earth.”  Animal and human efforts to control access to choice locations, resources, and settings on the earth have resulted in abuse and destruction of the earth as the dwelling of mankind.  Through Jesus Christ, men are yet to be a new creation, and the sacred servants and workers who will continually purify and preserve life on the earth.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the  ID “noway_1no” (Level 1 with 169 points, a member since December 20, 2013) posted the following:

 

When did Jesus tell his fellows they were the salt?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.  Salt is good:  but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it?  Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.  (Mark 9:  49-50, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mankind’s Priesthood in Heaven (02/16/2018); Bible Borders and Walls (08/29/2017); Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); Why Was Lot Spared? (12/20/2015); Salted With Fire?  (09/24/2013); A Halo Upon Jesus? (09/25/2013); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); The Bible and Stupid People (07/17/2013)

 

“noway_1no”, here are some points intended for mature Christian readers:

(1.)  In the holy writings salt is used as a medicine when closing open wounds, as a form of currency, as a flavoring for foods, and as a powerful poison that would be sown  to destroy the fertility of an enemy’s land for many generations (40 year periods).

(2.)  In keeping with the divine plan that mankind should populate and cover the earth, the Patriarch Abraham was made a nomad whose household may have included thousands of workers and their families.  Abraham sought a “city of GOD” (yet to come as the New Jerusalem).  Every where they traveled he acknowledged the living GOD, and established and left behind altars and wells of water.  Abraham also established a permanent burial place (we say, cemetery) for internment of his own family members.

(3.)  GOD commanded a sabbath of rest for the earth; every seven years, the land was not to be planted and seeded to produce a crop.  The creation of “the city” by mankind and the creation of “the farm” (fixed areas developed and maintain for growing crops) have resulted in men seeking to secure and exploit the land for extended periods (decades; their whole life time; permanently).  Home, farm, and property ownership tie men to the land, and sees the land in continual works. 

(4.)  Where mankind has defiled the land, and refused to let the soil lay fallow, divinity often has purged the earth using earthquakes, natural disasters, warfare, and wildfire.  GOD also uses weather events to remove the blood of battle and crimes such as murder as well as insecticides and chemical additives intended to increase the production of the soil, and that become a permanent feature of the land.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Mankind is to exist on the earth as a peculiar fruit of a divine planting.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:  1st Corinthians 3:  5-11, King James Version (KJV):  5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?  6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.  7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.  8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one:  and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  9 For we are labourers together with God:  ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.  10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, topics shared include the makeup of divinity, mercy, proportion, and divine justice.  Mercy appears during judgment as grace, divine prerogative, and sovereign will, and should never be confused with human strivings that often are arbitrary, biased, fickle, and subjective.  In the same way sin may not be completely and correctly described using measurable dimensions such as height, length, size, and weight, the full substance of divine justice can not be properly recognized and responded to while concentrating only on such carnal, material, and social constructs as dualism, either/or, equality, fairness, “pay-back”, and revenge.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Axel” (Level 1 with 185 points, a member since May 08, 2017) posted the following:

 

Spiritual people where does Forgiveness stand with Justice?

I believe Justice is the most important moral value in creation. No wonder it’s symbolized by the scales. Tipped scales are horrible everyone agrees. The balance exists even in atoms neutrons and protons are in equal numbers and when they aren’t the material starts disintegrating. Birds have two balanced wings. Humans walk on two feet, if one foot is sightly shorter you get a visible limp. So balance is everything. If you want your country to prosper make sure to balance everything. But then people come and preach about forgiveness. Now forgiveness means sometimes we turn our backs to Justice. I honestly can’t bring myself to accept that. Justice is above all. So what’s your opinion?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.  (James 2:  13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Law and Judgment Revealed (08/06/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Salvation Goes Beyond Forgiveness (06/30/2017); Forgiveness, Grace and Merit (06/22/2017); Determining What Is Sin (06/15/2017); Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); Temporal and Eternal Judgment (02/15/2017); Law, Vengeance, and Punishment? (09/30/2016)

 

“Axel”, here are some points I can share that I trust are in line with Christian belief: 

1.  Forgiveness may be understood as a divine operation to maintain and repair intimate and personal relationships with divinity.  Forgiveness may also be discerned as a peculiar expression of mercy.

2.  Balance is not always a condition described by a mathematical split of fifty-fifty  It is no less balance when we see 60-40, 70-30, and 98-02%.  Consider again, when making a cake that is supposed to keep its form and shape to be eaten, it can not be all flour (too bitter), all sugar (too sweet), all milk (too liquid).  Diverse elements are joined in varying measures, butter, vanilla extract—even a “dash” of poison is included (sodium chloride, table salt)—and the cake is forced through the fire to take on its final, permanent form.

3.  Of the 3 aspects for prophecy as a sacred process (i.e., comfort, edification, exhortation) forgiveness aligns most with exhortation (i.e., encouraging a person to change and to take action) such as rebirth, reconciliation, regeneration, renewal, and repentance.

4.  The full revelation whereby divinity is made knowable, known, and “visible” uses divine law (called the “express will of God”), multiple sanctions within the law that describe its benefits from obedience and penalties for disobedience as well as final judgment wherein the impartiality, righteousness, and thoroughness of GOD are displayed. 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  That GOD is a “god of judgment” should not be regarded in human terms focused only on “fairness”, for GOD is a totality of spirit who appears using oneness without sameness (the three persons, Father, Son, Holy Spirit).  The inseparable aspects of spirit include faith, forbearance, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, person, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Deity appears as an active presence on the basis of exchange, interaction and continual configuration and reconfigurations of divine substance.)  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 love, judgment and the revelation of eternal righteousness are topics, today.  It has been suggested that, where Christian believers love their neighbor as they love themselves, they should also judge their neighbor as they judge themselves.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Some” (Level 1 with 8 points, a member since December 02, 2014) posted the following:

 

Should Christians change the saying love thy neighbor to judge thy neighbor?

I see more of them judging than loving

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  (1st John 4:  6-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What to Do About Liars? (11/14/2014); Refraining Our Tongues? (11/15/2014); Scriptures and Judging Others (03/12/2014); Faith Given By GOD (03/13/2013); The Benefit of Law? (11/15/2013); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013)

 

“Some”, here are a few points to consider that continue to challenge mature Christian believers, who agree they are made in the image of a god of Judgment:

(1.)  Divinity is being made known and visible to mankind through many different sacred devices and operations.  In addition to such process as birth, death, hope, love, promise, and prophecy, the character and nature of the Creator is further revealed and shown through judgment whereby direction, meaning and value are acknowledged and permanently assigned.  While condemnation and punishment may appear as aspects of judgment, features vital for continuity of life also appear such as approval, balance, correction, forbearance, forgiveness, impartiality, mercy, and righteousness.

(2.)  Those who are “born again” become altered through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth having substance from the content of divinity).  Through unseen operations by the Spirit of GOD, believers are provided with a fresh endowment of such sacred substances from the makeup of Deity as faith, holiness, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Believers must “grow up” again facing life challenges upon the earth.  Thus, all must gradually acquire sacred knowledge through study of the Scriptures; become skilled as having discernment (using ones own spirit content to recognize and respond to the spirit matter in events, experiences, other persons, statements, etc.); enter into fellowship with other believers; maintain practices for spiritual growth (we say, sacraments); and be in communication with divinity through prayer.

(3.)  The covenant with GOD shared through Jesus Christ is also an agreement to accept, display, and foster divine love expressed through sacred admonitions, instruction, law, proclamations, and warnings.  With the “good news” of Jesus having triumphed over death in resurrection, we also have it that Christ is our advocate, High Priest, mediator, and spokesperson in all divine judgment.  Sin appears as “non-material”, “non-spirit” phenomena that can not be eliminated using finite tools of intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, and science.  Atonement for sin that can only be accomplished through applications of holy blood has been completed through the sacrifice of the cross.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Believers share their knowledge of sacred law, and extend their own discipline and rule of truth to others as a divine gift.  Sacred judgment is always a blessing, for judgment is the resolution of conflict and the settlement of disputes through hallowed law.  Peace is never the outcome of war; war repeatedly promotes bitterness, distrust, fear, hate, loss, resentment, and more war.  Peace is the fruit of righteous judgment.  We say believers are the “salt of the earth” partly because, those having no direct part in the covenant of love with Christ may still receive benefit through the operations of judgment within his holy kingdom.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Becoming and remaining sinless until the return of Jesus is our topic, today.  Also, there is more on remembering Lot’s wife.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “Daijin” (Level 2 with 270 points, a member since April 22, 2013) posted the following:

 

Are christians supposed to be sinless until death / jesus returns?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Remembering Lot’s Wife (11/04/2014)—(5.)  For many, Lot’s wife depicts the hardening of ones heart against the salvation of GOD through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Like Noah, his wife and children, Lot and his wife also found grace with GOD.  Unlike Noah’s wife who willingly entered into the ark along with her husband, and Sarai (later Sarah), the wife of Abram (later Abraham), who followed her husband without question when by faith he left the place of their birth and early life, Lot’s wife turned away from the divine provision for her husband and children.  Her life was ended—not as the expression of divine intent—by her coveting material and social things, disobedience, and self-will.

(6.)  Throughout the holy writings, altars, heaps, pillars and wells appear as markers and memorials of covenant agreements, and to indicate places where the operations and active presence of GOD have been made known (we say, revealed) to mankind.  (Examples include Rehoboth, Bethel, Mizpah, Mount Sinai, and Sychar.)  Where groves, pillars, poles or trees have been worshiped as though containing divinity, they are always to be known as idols.  Thus, Moses does not worship the burning bush, nor the device Aaron used to stop plague among the people, later called Nehushtan and destroyed by King Hezekiah.  The pillar of salt is an emblem or badge of divine authority to deliver from sin and death, a sign of divine commitment to heal and prosper mankind as well as memorial of divine mercy and righteousness in judgment.  Additionally, Lot’s wife becomes the salt that must be sprinkled upon every sacrifice to purify and make it correct before GOD; and the destruction of Sodom and the other cities is seen lawfully preserving covenant and life upon the earth.  See again Genesis 26:  12-22, Numbers 21:  4-9, 2nd Kings 18:  1-7, 2nd Chronicles 33:  1-9, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  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?  But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.  (Ezekiel 18:  20-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Inseparables? (07/15/2014); On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014); The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); The “Jesus Way”? (05/17/2013)

 

“Daijin”, becoming a Christian is a matter of entering into a process of change that may only come while we are alive.  Here are some points on Christian belief you may find useful:

(1.)  Every believer must experience various operations of the Holy Spirit who serves as the “field agent” (so to speak) present in the earth on behalf of Jesus Christ.  There are so many permanent changes that must be made to ones inward emotional, intellectual, psychological and spirit content before a believer is then fit to be a companion to eternal divinity that we say it simply, “one must be born again.”   Through water baptism by immersion one experiences death of their inborn spirit that allows functioning as an animal and carnal creation along with their own symbolic burial, or by cleansing with sprinkled water to establish a status as under an atonement and being within covenant.  A spiritual truth of rebirth from GOD is established, and must be repeatedly acknowledged no less than the unseen wind.

(2.)  Because sin does not exist as a living entity or material creation from GOD, mankind can not eliminate sin by “good behavior,” logic, mathematics, reason, and science.  While death does release the awareness and self-will of a sinner from the dominating, inescapable influence of sin, the effects and consequences of the actions they performed in life continue indefinitely.  Following baptism, rather than answer to sin, believers are to respond to influence from the spirit matter imparted from the makeup of divinity (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the Law Giver, and of the universe established through sacred law.  Created beings and living creatures must develop discernment (i.e., ability to use their own spirit content as a standard to recognize and respond correctly to the spirit substance within various communications, events, and other persons.  In addition to the indwelling Spirit, multiple tools have been provided by GOD to assist the living in detecting sin:  covenant, judgment, law, love, prophecy, and sacred practices (we say, sacraments).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Believers are to live lives of repentance, turning away from previous sins and turning to GOD.  We are accounted or credited as though already perfected (we say, mature).  However, born again, one must learn and gradually grow up again.  The needed features for final transformation that will result in mankind as immortal and incorruptible (you might say, sinless) will only occur through resurrection and the harvesting of believers from the earth at the appearing of Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Depictions of Christ showing a halo above or around his head are the topic, today; and there is more on the Holy Spirit as salt and fire for offerings to GOD.  The “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” writer using ID “Lucis” (Level 4 with 2,583 points, a member since 15 June 2013) posted the following that was originally asked on “Yahoo! Answers United Kingdom”:

 

Does Jesus have a halo?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Salted With Fire?  (09/24/2013)—In the context of the full paragraph for Mark 9:  49 (see Mark 9: 38-50, KJV), every believer offered to GOD as a sacrifice from the earth through Jesus Christ as High Priest is to be “salted”, endowed with the imparted, indwelling Spirit of Christ, the Holy Ghost.  Saying this another way, believers must be embraced through more than simply water baptism.  Each must also experience a baptism of fire.  John the Baptist preached more than simply repentance through water baptism; there also would be fire baptism,  John acknowledged that the baptism he brought was simple, and that the Messiah he was herald to would bring a new level of spirit endowment.  Surely, that is the Lord’s work in every believer, today, to bring a higher level of spirit endowment.  See Matthew 3:  10-11, John 1:  29-34, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  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.  (Colossians 1:  12-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); A Man in Heaven? (09/03/2012); Aliens? (09/04/2012)

 

Lucis, here are few points that have helped many Christian believers understand the divine operation of Incarnation, and how Jesus could appear as both human and divine:

(1.)  Creative artists who use visual media (e.g., drawings, icons, mosaics, paintings, and tapestries) often depict Jesus as having a halo or nimbus (tiny clouds) above or surrounding his head.  The holy writings indicate that Jesus was ordinary in his physical appearance, did not have features that singled him out as good-looking or handsome, and would be described today as “commonplace”.  Jesus could not be easily distinguished from his apostles.  For this reason, the kiss of betrayal was chosen to identify Jesus at his arrest.  Only someone who knew him intimately, could recognize him in the dark of night, and could approach him without being challenged would be fit to certify the correct man had been taken.

(2.)  There are many teachings within the Bible that suggest obedient believers will have inner peace and therefore display a sublime light about their countenance.  Included are the incident when Moses came down from Mount Sinai after many days and nights in the presence of GOD.  The prophet’s face gave off a peculiar light (we say, shone), and beamed reflecting divine glory.  The people were frightened by this so much that, for a time, Moses had to wear a veil over his face whenever he left the Tabernacle, and walked among the people.  Similarly, when the 120 men and women tarrying together as disciples of Jesus received the sacred gifts promised from GOD at Pentecost, the divine presence appeared as tongues of fire upon each person’s head.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (3.)  In the account of a woman being healed by touching the hem of the Savior’s garment, believers learn that Jesus accomplished miracles of exorcism and healing through the imparting of virtue that resided within himself.  From the time of his public baptism, Jesus was anointed, consecrated, ordained, and full of the Holy Spirit.  Believers proclaim Jesus the image of the invisible GOD, the firstborn of every creature, and one in whom the fullness of the Father dwells.)  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 uses of fire and salt when making sacrifices offered to GOD is a focus, today; and there is more on sin, atonement and salvation seen in the figure of Moses.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers UK and Ireland” using the ID “Lucis” (Level 4 with 2615 points, a member since 14 June 2013) posted the following:

 

Christians, explain “every one shall be salted with fire”?

Does this mean every Christian will go purgatory? Mark 9:49

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Moses Killed? (09/23/2013)—  (6.)  While Moses was condemned as guilty by the sacred law that he would later be given because he had committed murder, Moses was received by GOD as if already having made atonement, because his inner spirit was meek, obedient, and pliable before GOD.  Through Moses, Christian believers further understand that salvation in Jesus Christ is by divine grace, and the imparting and indwelling of sacred substance from the person of GOD.  The Comforter (we also say, Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, Spirit of Prophecy, Spirit of Truth) transforms ones inner content.  Inseparable aspects of divinity are bestowed including faith, holiness, humility, incorruption, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In baptism, a believer is reborn having divine DNA, so to speak, and develops as one experiencing Christ from within.  This permits us to say, that spirit content and sacred substance are as vital to salvation as confession, repentance, blood sacrifice, and displays through physical actions, behavior, deeds, and good works.  See Leviticus 4:  22-26, Numbers 12:  3, Numbers 11:  16-17, Psalms 25:  9, Matthew 9:  13, Romans 3:  20 and 28, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the LORD:  but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.  And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering:  with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.  And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the LORD, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.  (Leviticus 2:  12-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Prophetic Demonstrations (09/06/2013); Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013); The Bible and Stupid People (07/17/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); Purchased With Blood? (12/29/2012); The Law Not Flawed (12/30/2012)

 

“Lucis”, your question is about purgatory; however, here are some points I’d like you to consider about the salting of sacrifices that became clear through years of prayer and study of the holy writings.  In the same way every Christian will not be familiar with what I am about to share with you here (because we are on different levels of knowledge, maturity, understanding and zeal), every Christian does not endorse the teachings on purgatory:

(1.)  Just as today, in Bible times salt was used to flavor foods and enhance their taste.  However, also, salt could be used as currency (money); a medicine to control bleeding, or to clean and close wounds; and as a preservative to keep foods without ice and refrigeration.  Salt was a part of ones daily diet; and shared “eating of salt” was used to show welcome and hospitality.  Contracts and covenant agreements were made binding and official through the eating of salt and formal meals.  Salt also was used as a poison; and the fields would be sown with salt to utterly destroy an enemy’s ability to recover from the losses of war by planting their ground for food and cash crops.

(2.)  The priesthood, tabernacle, and services provided to the tribes of Jacob through Moses were patterned after the things in heaven as was the priesthood granted to Adam and to Abraham.  While sin was first discovered among the holy angels, animal sacrifices that transferred the aspect of life (blood) were first established upon the earth to demonstrate that a divine life essence must be provided to remove sin from the Sanctuary of GOD in both heaven and earth.

(3.)  Throughout the Scriptures burning and fire usually signifies cleansing, purging, and judgment.  Only operations performed by the Spirit of GOD accomplish expiation (punishment and sufferings that identify the presence of sin; restoration of relationship and trust after violations through sin).  Therefore, destruction of the defiled life essence is portrayed, and the sacrifice and use of blood are required for atonement.  In sacrifice, the otherwise common offering is made holy by contact with a consecrated altar—a holy table serving as a point of contact between heaven and earth.  Fire from GOD (and some would say, the blood of the Lamb) must come down to take up our gifts to GOD.  Sins placed upon the sacrifice are completely destroyed, while praise, thanksgivings and reverence are released, and lifted up as if a sweet aroma.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  These ideas should help as a beginning.  Some Scriptures for your study include Genesis 15:  7-18, Leviticus 2:  13, Mark 9:  50, Colossians 4:  6, and Isaiah 4:  4, KJV.  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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