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Today, reply is on the number of those who will be saved by grace and taken up into heaven. The holy writings do not proclaim a total or specific number of sinners forgiven, of those who are the remnant from the Covenant of Moses, of those who are reconciled to GOD through Jesus Christ, of those who repent of their sins, or of those translated and otherwise taken up (e.g., Enoch, Moses, Elijah). In the same way the saved are not numbered, a number for those who lose their inheritance and welcome into the kingdom is not recorded. Even so, there are passages that developing and mature Christians are encouraged to consider prayerfully. For example, Jesus also used the following to warn those of the 12 tribes in permanent covenant as Jews who were not responding to the call of GOD delivered by his ministry. It is written: Matthew 22: 1-10, King James Version (KJV): 1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Truth is within you” (Level 7 with 36,919 points, a member since January 28, 2007) posted the following:

 

What did Jesus say about heaven and hell? What do you think this means?

Lord, will only a few people be saved? —Luke 13:23

But remember, some who are now last will be first. And some who think they are first will be last. —Luke 13:30

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22: 11-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Mysteries Of The Kingdom? (09/28/2018); “I Never Knew You” (03/23/2018); Mankind’s Priesthood in Heaven (02/16/2018); An Irreplaceable Nation State? (12/05/2016); Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013)

 

Truth is within you”, consider the following that uses language from the vision of John in addition to the Gospel:

1. John 10: 14-17, KJV: 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

2. Revelation 1: 1-2, King James Version (KJV): 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Revelation 7: 1-10, KJV: 1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. 9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, grace, salvation, and the divine process for spiritual growth are topics.  Eternal life always begins as a single moment during the mortal existence of a sinner.  Even so, the sinner only receives the full measure of blessing, gifts, and new life from GOD by continued humility, perseverance, and willingness to allow GOD to make permanent changes in what and who they are.  Those who leave the household of faith do so on the basis of their own choices and desires, not as a matter of divine rejection, or a lack of divine love.  With this in view, redemption and salvation are not one-time events; rather, they are movements and shifts within the core of ones makeup that require acknowledgment through multiple choices and decisions over the course of ones entire lifetime.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “annabellwagner14” (Level 1 with 92 points, a member since March 21, 2017) posted the following:

 

Being saved?

When I was younger my teacher (In church, I’m Baptist) had me saved. But I didn’t know that was what hapoened. So when I was older I got saved again. (I know that’s not how it works though, you can only be saved once). So is that bad? Does it mean wrong for me? Is there a way to fix that if there is a problem? Thank you in advance!
(I haven’t been to church in some time, I’m still looking for once since I moved)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  It is a faithful saying:  For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:  if we deny him, he also will deny us:  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful:  he cannot deny himself.  (2nd Timothy 2:  11-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Time and Sacred Events? (03/30/2017); The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); …Because GOD Loves You (03/05/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017); Plantings of the Lord (02/10/2017); As Newborn Babes…. (10/13/2016); Why Are Works Required? (07/18/2016)

 

“annabellwagner14”, being saved takes a lifetime, and it is a sin to despair or quit seeking our salvation.  Many mature believers agree that “being saved” is not a one-time event for a sinner in the sense that salvation is a process of change, growth, and learning that often requires new choices and more-informed decisions.  A sinner must be “born again” through water baptism (death and burial of ones inborn spirit accompanied by resurrection having divine DNA, so to speak), and gradually come into full relationship as the children (i.e., sons, daughters, offspring) of GOD.  Once a sinner becomes a member of the family of GOD, they are rarely denied and rejected by the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit even though they may continue to sin, be ignorant of sacred knowledge, and fail to consistently practice important disciplines (e.g., confession, giving, praise, prayer, study of the holy writings).  Those who become blasphemers,  who cherish hidden sins, and who slander and behave as agents of the Adversary (the Devil) will be corrected and punished as the children of GOD, not put out of the family.  A sinner becomes perfected, and their transformation to exist as a companion to divinity is completed only through operations of the Holy Spirit, and at the time when Christ will appear to harvest those who are his from the earth (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Believers must “grow up again,” and become mature as vessels of spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Fresh endowments of inseparable spirit substance are imparted to the “new creation” including faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In addition to completeness and correctness, believers are to display balance, focus, restraint, stability, and zeal.  Consider the following points using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Ephesians 2:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

(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.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(4.)  Hebrews 12:  6-10, KJV:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-4, KJV:  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 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:  4 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.)  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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Today, Scripture points are shared that proclaim the place(s) where those saved by Jesus will go to as the outcome of their judgment.  Believers have been given assurance that they will be “where the Lord is,” however, there is more.  Many believers have missed the special comfort from GOD that was declared using parables (see Matthew 22:  1-14 and Luke 14:  15-24, King James Version, KJV).  Guests who were bidden to share in divine celebration made excuses and refused to attend.  These teachings that speak about salvation also describe the angelic beings who lost their first estate in heaven, and whose place will be filled with those from the earth who belong to Christ.  Consider the following and the presentation below:  1st Thessalonians 4:  16-18, KJV:  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

So lets suppose, the judgement day comes, where will u go?

Even if you believe in it or not, if it comes, what do u think according to your deeds, where will u go? Heaven or hell ??????

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  (2nd Peter 3:  9-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About Judgment By GOD (08/29/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); The Imminent Return of Christ? (07/19/2015); The Soon Return of Jesus? (01/05/2015); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, Christian believers can answer your question as to where they will go on judgment day with many different replies that are recorded in the Scriptures, and that all are valid.  Consider the following:

(1.)  On The Right.  Matthew 25:  31-34, King James Version (KJV):  31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  32 And before him shall be gathered all nations:  and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

(2.)  To The Father’s House.  John 14:  1-3, KJV:  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

(3.)  To The City of GOD.  Psalms 46:  1-5, KJV:  1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.  4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:  God shall help her, and that right early.

(4.)  To the Temple of GOD.  Revelation 3:  11-12, KJV:  11 Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:  and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:  and I will write upon him my new name.

(5.)  To The Earth Made New.  Revelation 21:  1-3, KJV:  21 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.

(6.)  To The Mountain of the LORD.  Isaiah 65:  21-25, KJV:  21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat:  for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.  24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock:  and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  To The City of Light.  Revelation 21:  23-27, KJV:  23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:  for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it:  and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day:  for there shall be no night there.  26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.  27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie:  but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.)  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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Focus, today, is upon the ministry of rebirth and repentance for sin through Jesus Christ that is the only provision from GOD that actually produces new life, prophecy, resurrection, salvation, and eternal life that begins before ones death.  No other comprehensive system exists upon the earth for full acknowledgement, belief, permanent change, cleansing, healing, restoration, service to divinity, and continuous solemn worship.  Readers are encouraged to consider the following from Scripture along with the comments below:

Isaiah 53:  2-6, King James Version (KJV):  2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:  he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:  and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:  yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Ephesians 2:  8, KJV:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:

Isaiah 43:  25-28, KJV:  25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.  26 Put me in remembrance:  let us plead together:  declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.  27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.

Romans 8:  31-34, KJV:  31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.  34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Acts 4:  12, KJV:  12 Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Dfasdf” (Level 1 with 128 points, a member since May 23, 2015) posted the following:

 

Only Christians can go to heaven, all others go to hell, is that a fact? Only Jesus can save a person.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  (1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Repentance and New Life? (12/30/2015); Offspring of GOD? (12/23/2015); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015); Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013)

 

“Dfasdf”, many are offended at the thought of being denied, rejected, and tortured for eternity by GOD on the basis of whether they have read a book (the Bible), how popular, well-known and wealthy you are, or what appears to them as favoritism and partiality.  Those who disbelieve that GOD has made an answer for all time and to all mankind by appearing in the earth as Jesus Christ often express anger, bitterness, and resentment against having to answer divine law, and submit to sacred judgment.  They even say that GOD is the one who should be held accountable for their lack of covenant relationship, their failure to have within themselves the imparted character and nature from Deity (we say, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit), and their confusion or ignorance regarding sacred knowledge.  In their understanding, GOD is at fault, and the one to be blamed, for the Almighty has remained aloof, distant and invisible.  Some account that sin has been created by GOD, and should be allowed as natural and normal.  It remains, belief among Christians is very different; for they become anchored as the children of GOD and joint-heirs with Christ through such guidance and instruction that includes the following:

(1.)  John 14:  6, King James Version (KJV):  6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

(2.)  John 1:  11-13, KJV:  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

(3.)  1st John 2:  15-16, 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.

(4.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-4, KJV:  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 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:  4 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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, a BATTLEAXE is presented continuing with Scripture points on martyrdom, suffering and tragic incidents that occur among Christian believers.  As surely as Pharaoh resisted the messages, opportunities and warnings shared by Moses, there are many who sit through a bible study or sermon whose hearts are hardened, rather than delivered out of darkness.   Unknown to those outside of the sacred household established in Jesus Christ, the salvation of GOD goes beyond “saving” a person’s mortal being and “physical” life.  To be saved is to be set apart (we say, sanctified) for divine use.  All created beings and living creatures may be preserved, recovered and rescued from corruption, the operations of sin, and perdition.  Those now embraced by GOD through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, will not be disheartened, frightened, threatened, shocked, or overwhelmed by having to meet the many challenges of life and death upon the earth.  One of the writers at “Yahoo! Answers” with questionable intentions who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no other data shared) posted the following:

 

Why didn’t God save the charleston shooting victims?

Hmmm?

Christians open your minds.

 

THE BATTLEAXE:  Shot While in Church? (06/18/2015)—(6.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  1-8, King James Version (KJV):  1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:   4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

(7.)  Psalms 27:  1-3, KJV:  27 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.  3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:  though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

(8.)  Luke 12:  4-5, KJV:  4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:  Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

(9.)  2nd Kings 6:  15-17, KJV:  15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?  16 And he answered, Fear not:  for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw:  and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (10.)  Revelation 20:  4-6, KJV:  4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:  and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:  on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, principles of correct belief are in view with more points on being judged about sexual activity by the body of believers, ones church or local congregation.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Condemned by the Church? (4.)—Christian believers must reject many premises and unspoken points of truth established at birth that are widely held as carnal thoughts, popular culture, and social consciousness.  For example, it is common to hold that, where GOD has something to say to me, no human may speak for GOD.  GOD must speak for himself.  Such a belief also denies that GOD has authority to appoint or send angels, agents, congregations, covenant people, pastors, or any other representatives as his spokesperson (we say, prophet).  No document, record or holy writings may convey the heart and mind of GOD.  Only his physical appearance and audible voice are acceptable.  More than this, GOD may not appear incarnate (in flesh or human form), for then, he can not be acknowledged as having divine person and power as GOD.  For those who are born again, the content and operations of the flesh and mind are being gradually changed and transformed to constantly maintain genuine spiritual focus.  Created beings and living creatures do not otherwise escape the inborn mechanics of appetite, self, and sensation that continually make the false declarations:  Life is only good when I can get what I want; I can’t live without what I desire; where we can’t have our way we should refuse to obey the command to live; I’ll die if I can’t have my way.

(5.)  For many, observing a principle that GOD is One—an amount or quantity, rather than an immeasurable aspect or quality of existence (we say, spirit)—denies that GOD may at once appear, or be expressed through multiple forms, functions, and person.  Insisting that only a single Supreme Being may be in ones life as an expression of sovereign truth also results in the rejection of admonition, chastisement, comfort, and divine love that are generated and proclaimed by the imparted Spirit of GOD residing within those who are his Creation, his offspring, and his servants.  Curiously, many of those insisting that GOD is One, reject a second principle that also must be upheld:  Nothing shall be impossible for GOD.

(6.)  Because we call it “being saved” and “salvation” many fail to recognize the Gospel calls mankind into a divine process of correction.  As with many aspects of rebirth, eternal life and divinity, the frameworks of time and space must be suspended to embrace the divine victory over sin.  For even though the sinner is destroyed by death, the consequences of their deeds continue indefinitely.  Believers are not to deny or forget their own experience of errors and problems that blocked their access to GOD before coming to Christ.  All are to develop discernment, the ability to identify the spirit content within such focuses as events, messages, motives, objects, other persons, the holy writings, and themselves.   Discernment makes it possible to clearly identify ones own disobedience, doubt, short comings, spiritual needs, and sin; and then correctly apply sacred knowledge for cleansing and permanent change.

(7.)  Clergy, parents, those charged to make critical evaluations or reviews, and all other authority figures will be attacked when they are incorrectly seen to be despots, “false gods,” and manipulators.  The covenant agreement between Christ and a believer that is established through the Savior’s blood and body is a contract for intercession and mediation in judgment that does not immediately eliminate, or remove all sin and temptation.  Also, believers are not relieved of accountability, obligation to GOD, duty, or responsibility within the covenant relationship.  In this sense, salvation is conditional and requires acceptance, communication (e.g., praise, prayer, promise, prophecy), cooperation, discipline, fulfillment of terms, and trust.  Conflict, defiance, doubt, rebellion, and suspicion appear within a church body until believers become balanced, mature and stable through the Holy Spirit. 

(8.)  While public prohibitions of early, pre-marital and same gender sexual experiences are becoming relaxed and suspended on the basis of inclusiveness, political franchise, popular culture, and campaigns by social media among secular communities, the standard within the church community must remain fixed as the expression of sacred law, divine order and eternal purpose.  Almighty GOD is correctly described as loving, responsive, and understanding, yet, he is also immutable and unchanging.  There must be repentance—not necessarily guilt or shame—and the redirecting of ones will regarding things held to be “natural”, normal, and of unquestioned value.  Under the spells of appetite and sensation many young people “innocently” become entrapped within defilement and uncleanness that weaken their bond to GOD.  The unexpected spiritual outcomes from fornication can only be reversed through purification provided from GOD.  Sexual behavior may be thought of as always being dangerous, for the consequences—even with the same couple (a man and his wife) who have had no other partners since sharing loss of virginity on their wedding night, in the same location, under the same circumstances—may vary greatly from one episode to the next (e.g., dissatisfaction, failure to climax, unwanted pregnancy, STDs).  In general, sex is an animal aspect that can not be controlled, or made predictable simply using finite intellect, logic, reason, and science.  While the joining of spirits through sexual activity can be a sacred device to build, heal, and strengthen individuals, through lust, pride and violence sex also becomes an instrument that spreads confusion, cuts off ones divine possibilities, weakens, and destroys.  Sacred knowledge and fellowship within the body of Christ will ever oppose ignorance of divine law regarding sexuality as well as the correct processes for marriage and commitment to ones life companions (e.g., offspring, parents, spouse).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?  If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.  I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?  But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.  Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?  Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:  neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you:  but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  (1st Corinthians 6:  1-11, KJV)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, consider again Isaiah 44:  6-8, Matthew 15:  5-20, Mark 12:  18-34, 1st Corinthians 6:  15-20, 2nd Corinthians 12:  20-21, 1st Peter 4:  14-16 and 1st John 5:  3-20, KJV.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC