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Today, reply is on doctrine of the Trinity, the Gospel, sacred knowledge, and the process of GOD for relationship with mankind.  Man is to live on the earth and become mature for more perfect companionship with divinity through life experiences that include rebirth, discovery, gradual growth, praise, prayer, practice of holy sacraments, and unselfish service.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following in the Religion and Spirituality section:

 

Did Abraham, Noah, and all the prophets know that God was a Trinity or was that only revealed during Jesus’ time?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  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:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me:  for he was before me.  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.  (John 1:  10-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Divine Salvation Requires (05/15/2018); Sabbath Acknowledges Divine Personhood? (05/14/2018); Firstborn Of Every Creature (05/09/2018); The Origin And Source (04/26/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); Thoughts On Divine Personhood (12/07/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); 3 Persons, 3 Minds? (02/03/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, revelation whereby divinity now becomes knowable, known, accessible, and approachable must appear for mankind using Incarnation and the frameworks of time and space.  The church and the doctrines of grace, repentance, and salvation did not exist in the beginning, and appeared in accordance with sacred process.  Consider the following that may enrich your study on the revelation of divine fullness (we say, the Godhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit):

1.  The Creator immediately began to communicate, exchange, and interact with Adam in ongoing relationship in the first Sabbath that followed the creation of the female, Eve.

2.  Sacred knowledge, divine law, and multiple streams of sacred truth are unchanging as artifacts of divine personhood and eternal purpose that remain everlasting, immortal, and incorruptible.

3.  Changes in mankind, the holy angels, and relationship with divinity were introduced through the operations of sin that included correction, death, mortality, priesthood, rebirth, resurrection, and the second death.

4.  While mankind may receive fresh endowments of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD (we say, the imparted, indwelling Spirit), those “born again” must “grow up again” and become mature/ripe for harvest from the earth at the Advent of Jesus Christ (we say, his appearing; the Rapture; the Second Coming).  The finite tools for gaining secular knowledge must be put aside, and developing believers must rely on such divine gifts as atonement, covenant, forbearance, forgiveness, prophecy, and reconciliation.

Also, here are some points that use language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(2.)  2nd Peter 1:  16-21, KJV:  16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

(3.)  1st Peter 1:  7-16, KJV:  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:  11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.  12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.  13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Luke 24:  25-27, KJV:  25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:  26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?  27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.)  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 divinity as the source of existence, life, purpose, and value.  Adam was first set apart for divine use as only a figure made from clay, and was not complete to exist as a “living soul” until he received the spirit imparted from GOD.  The same spirit was imparted to Eve, and the pair were to “be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth.”  The created beings and living creatures who became manifest through the active presence who is GOD all had to be within “the grasp” and “reach” of GOD as well as accessible by the inseparable aspects of divine fullness throughout the sacred operations that resulted in their appearance having integrity of person and separate will.  With this in view, we may understand, the universe is more than a heap, or disjointed mass of astronomical “stuff” that rests within the context of space; and the universe must have duration within the consciousness, or some other aspect of divine fullness.  Mature Christian believers will be able to discern that the desire to have children, to reproduce, and to survive as a species are imperatives of ones indwelling spirit not the flesh, and pertain to more than the covetousness, desire, lust, and self-awareness expressed by individuals.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Billy” (Level 4 with 3,668 points, a member since February 19, 2014) posted the following:

 

Christians, how can you have existed before you were conceived?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.  (1st Timothy 2:  13-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Beginning And End? (06/01/2017); Reflections on Existence (12/19/2016); It Is Our Wisdom To Ask (05/18/2015); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014)

 

“Billy”, because the question you pose addresses existence, life, and divine possibilities, truly meaningful answers must provide more that mere secular knowledge; and there must be acknowledgement that our beginnings are grounded in divine law, sacred operations, eternal purposes, and the sovereign will of GOD.  Mature Christians are anchored in the truth that it is not impossible to know and understand the things that are given us and revealed.  The focus on biological and sexual reproduction restricts ones consciousness to the things that are carnal, material, social, and “of the flesh” (e.g., appetite, sensation, emotion/mind).  Just as Adam began and first existed as a figure formed from dust having no life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word), where men complete their own mortality (die) they exist as a lifeless form (we say, a cadaver, a corpse); and where men have not received the fresh endowment of Spirit substance from the makeup of GOD (we say, become born again; experience rebirth) they do not exist as the new creation of GOD through Jesus Christ.  Having place within the heart and mind of divinity means existing within higher, purer frameworks than those we call “time” and “space”.  Included are completeness, faith, glory, grace, holiness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  So long as we are in the thoughts of GOD, we are in the hand of GOD, and we will have duration.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(2.)  Isaiah 55:  8-11, KJV:  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(3.)  Psalms 71:  5-7, KJV:  5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GODthou art my trust from my youth.  6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb:  thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels:  my praise shall be continually of thee.  7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

(4.)  Jeremiah 1:  6-10, KJV:  6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak:  for I am a child.  7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child:  for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.  8 Be not afraid of their faces:  for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.  9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.  10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

(5.)  Jeremiah 1:  17-19, KJV:  17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee:  be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.  18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.  19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  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.

 

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Today, thoughts are shared on preexistence, Creation, and some of the ideas from Science.  It remains that, sacred events must be embraced as they fit the mold of complete divine truth.  Most mature Christians avoid conversations and discussions on the origin of GOD.  In part this is because, through the operations of faith, believers accept the holy writings that describe the beginning for heaven and earth, and that do not provide any description of a specific beginning for Deity.  In addition, as men and women of faith, believers seek to develop a disciplined mind that will avoid unfruitful conjecture, speculation, and superstition.  All things do not edify, and contribute to apprehending salvation and our goal of displaying the divine nature.  The authority, power, and sovereign will of GOD have been revealed to created beings and living creatures by the Creator using Incarnation (i.e., appearing in flesh and using human form) and by his employing all the devices that describe mortal duration (e.g., birth, aging, growth, eating, drinking, rest, sleep).  While conceptual awareness and knowing can put forth mental images and thoughts of divinity, the substantive existence of divinity—that may be shown and made visible in the living—has not been, is not now, and will never be put forth by created beings and living creatures.  Not from fear or ignorance, but from the discernment and wisdom provided by GOD, believers refuse to respond to every issue and question generated by secular knowledge.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Gino” (Level 4 with 2,702 points, a member since March 01, 2017) posted the following:

 

What makes more sense ? Something coming from nothing ? (OR) a creator outside of time and space creates everything?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  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:  (Colossians 1:  16-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The First Divine Thought? (07/31/2017); GOD Revealed As One (07/12/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The God Concept? (02/13/2015)

 

“Gino”, here are some thoughts being shared among those having sacred knowledge as Christian believers that you may find interesting:

(1.)  There are multiple conditions and operations known to divinity that created beings and living creatures can not conceive or grasp by only using finite intelligence, logic, carnal reason, and thought.  Those tools are anchored in the workings of flesh such as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving sexual contact), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  While the mind can produce abstractions and immaterial points of focus, there are many conceivable subjects and topics that are unverifiable using present academic and scholarly process.  Examples include chaos and random streams of matter (we say, flux); existence without frameworks of time and space; nothing; sin; and the makeup of divinity that is spirit (i.e., breath, life essence, word).

(2.)  Given that GOD has always existed, there has never been a period where there has been nothing.  The pre-existence we speak of addresses the apprehension of concepts and forms within the sacred mind and their sequential introduction using various aspects of unchanging sacred law and divine order.  Scientists have proposed an explanation of existence through a “big bang” that also assumes there has always been something in existence.

(3.)  The great gulf between Christian belief and that of the astrophysicist seems to turn on the features of person.  Once the concession is made that there has always been an active presence, the issue becomes how to describe it, interact with it, and derive benefit from it.  The features of person allow and include awareness, communication, direction, exchange, purpose, and self-will.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  For Christians, created beings and living creatures have been put forth by GOD in the image of divinity, and the active presence and persons of divinity (we say, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the GODhead) have not been put forth by any entity or object that ever was, now is, or ever shall be.  The GODhead embodies all divine substance manifesting eternal duration and oneness without sameness.  Mankind has communion with Deity through his own spirit content from the makeup of GOD that is imparted to indwell the living.  Included are inseparable elements such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is on the teachings that GOD has the power to be present in all places (omnipresence) and exists within all things (pantheism).  The aspect of divinity whereby created beings and living creatures come to know and interact with their Creator is spirit matter, rather than carnal, material and physical substance.  The attributes and properties of spirit allow the appearance of divinity in multiple events, forms, and sacred operations, at the same time, in different locations, yet, without division or separation.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Abdul Malik Ishak Bin Madihi” (Level 1 with 92 points, a member since May 11, 2015) posted the following:

 

If God is omnipresent, does that mean God is in hell?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  (John 4:  23-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Appearances Using Form? (12/20/2016); The Focus Upon Spirit (09/12/2016); Oneness and The Cross (03/18/2016); GOD Lives Inside Us? (07/11/2014); Can the Word of GOD Be Altered? (07/12/2014); GOD Everywhere? (04/04/2014); Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014)

 

“Abdul Malik Ishak Bin Madihi”, the frameworks that must be used to correctly understand the character, makeup, nature, and substance of divinity center in the existence of GOD as spirit, rather than carnal, material, social, and temporal like created beings and living creatures on the earth.  Time and space are less useful ideas, and aspects of appearing as Creator should be relied on that include lawful authority, comprehensive consciousness, the “essence” of life (we say, breath, spirit, word), oneness without sameness, ownership, unseen sacred process, preeminence, and sovereign will.  Thus, becoming aware that GOD is present and knowing the presence of GOD require more than merely applying ones senses (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching); employing the finite tools of emotion, imagination, intellect, logic, philosophy, and science; or responding to measurable physical dimensions (e.g., depth, height, length, weight).  Christian believers are not offended or surprised that the actualities and possibilities of divinity also include “incarnation” (using human form to appear among mankind).  Even so, few agree to the teaching that GOD is in all things (pantheism).  Where the divine nature is active and present it should be possible to “discern” (i.e., use spirit standards) to recognize and respond to Deity.  As when a drop of fruit juice is added to a full glass of milk, one may say, I have juice and milk, however, the juice will be undetectable until it has been added in such measure that it then determines how the content of the glass is known.  The color, smell, and taste must become recognizable as juice.  So, also, the “measure” of GOD within a vessel should become recognizable following sacred operations to add the imparted, indwelling Spirit (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Consider the following:

(1.)  John 3:  1-7, King James Version (KJV):  1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:  for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

(2.)  1st Peter 1:  18-22, KJV:  18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  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, I continue to share personal thoughts on the transformation of awareness, frame, and purpose that occur as spiritual growth.  Personal testimonies of sacred events are not given for ones private amusement; and once truth has been bestowed or imparted, those who accept it are compelled also to share it.  However, the difficulty of preaching and speaking the truth well is not to be taken lightly; (so to speak) you can not separate the wet from the water, yet, the one who speaks must rightly divide.  For a few days, now, I have been in correspondence with believers in Brussels, Belgium.  In responding to a comment (actually, a full Web-site presentation, Why We Do Not Keep To A Sabbath Or A Sunday Or Lord’s Day #6 Sunday Or The Lord’s Day Posted on September 7, 2015 at https://christadelphians.wordpress.com/) sent to me in reply to my blog, (08/20/2015) Authority, Dispensation and Unity, I stated that, my Sabbath-keeping is on the basis of my faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ who is titled, Lord of the Sabbath.  When cautioned that, keeping the Sabbath law obliges a believer to the whole law, such that failing to obey in one point, a believer becomes accountable and guilty as having broken all the law, I made a brief reference to my personal testimony of having seen Jesus Christ, and that it was not through my keeping the law that this sacred event had occurred.  The following exchange was posted:

 

Free Christadelphians:  Belgian Ecclesia Brussel – Leuven

You write “He is alive, and I have seen him.”
For sure Jesus did really die and was taken out of the dead after three days. At that time several people got to see him but today would surprise us. Where and when would you have seen Jesus?

 

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Within the framework of eternal life and spirit, when and where become irrelevant. It seems like moments ago, however, I refer to an experience just outside of Philadelphia, PA, here in the United States, more than 30 years ago. Following the example of Paul, I decline to boast, or dwell upon revelations. Besides, one hardly knows what to say, time and circumstance being no true teachers.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:  (2 Corinthians 3:  12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Recounting Past Sins? (03/04/2015); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); Miracles are Sacred Events (12/20/2013); Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013)

 

“Leuven”, I have been continuing to reflect upon my earlier response to your questions regarding my personal testimony.  I feel I have been curt, and short with you.  I do not usually share details of my personal testimony, for such things are easily misinterpreted.  They work like miracles, that often will trigger spiritual confusion, overwhelm the imagination, and generate uncertainty and fear, rather than nourish faith.   Hearers are to agree, the substance of the event is not I, but Christ.  Nonetheless, by way of apology for any rudeness, and edification for the body in Jesus’ name, I am willing to share the following points:

(1.)  Sacred events (we say, miracles) and divine visitations do not answer all our questions with finality so much as they energize and redirect our consciousness; confirm our faith; amplify the place of inquiry as a platform for our interactions with divinity; and further call forth gratitude and humility as aspects of new relationship.  Consider again the experience of Daniel, answered twice by Gabriel with sacred knowledge, yet, having only the comprehension of one Christ might call “a little child.”

(2.)  Because of ones personal testimony they may operate with greater confidence and holy boldness, however, there are disciplines and restraints that also must be in place.  Presumption is to be avoided.  Thus, just as we see David anointed by Samuel to be king over Israel, and having to wait 40 years (a generation) to receive the crown, those “born again” or receiving spiritual gifts today, also must endure growth, preparation and testing.

(3.)  Given I am able to see that my peculiar experiences of sacred truth conform to examples, guidelines, and standards that appear in the holy writings—yet, have not been on the basis of commitment through old covenants and law—my present response to the things from GOD revealed in Christ are not solely upon the basis of carnal, material and social features; religious ceremonies, customs, rituals and traditions; or the demands of congregations, denominations, and institutions.

(4.)  To ask when? and where? seeking archeological exactness and precision for sacred events (the scientific method!) should be held as specious.  Ask what day or hour David struck Goliath with a stone; it does not matter.  Ask, as did the youngsters incarcerated in a juvenile facility when I shared my testimony, What color was he!  Ask as did a teacher from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, what was he wearing?  The sacred substance of the event is what, first, must be discerned, then, applied.

(5.)  On the one hand, sacred events are unforgettable, and have a continuing freshness as though they occurred just moment ago.  On the other hand, they are not retained through the mechanisms of knowledge, intellect, recall and self-will.  The events of sacred testimony appear and operate as further revelation, and eternal substance from divinity. 

(6.)  For those who accept that their eternal life has already begun, and may only be interrupted by the sleep of death for a brief period, applying the frameworks of time and space now are altered.  The blood from the cross is flowing over the barricades reared up as ages, lives, and nations through the medium of sacred truth that is intangible, invisible and unseen, yet, actual, concrete and real.

There are many other points that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example:  (7.)  In my experience of seeing Jesus, I was unsure how to proceed; so I held back, with the idea, he would speak, and lead in such a way as to tell me what to do, and how to reply.  However, as I stood waiting for him to speak, I began to think on his carrying the cross for me and other sinners; and my mind’s eye saw him fall under its weight.  Just as I realized that a tear had begun to stream down my face, he spoke, asking, Why are you crying?  I was staggered!  Surely he knew my very thoughts; surely, he had seen sinners weep repeatedly!  I cautioned myself, again:  He is not “playing” with your mind.  He expects you to answer.  Answer now, or be forced to answer later in final judgment  before the entire universe.  I did the instant replay in my thoughts, and began to examine every detail of what he had said, his manner, its tone and texture.  His posture was regal and imperial, yet, instead of, Get on your knees, you’re a sinner!, he had spoken to me with tender concern.  I saw no grimace, frown or scowl.  I could hear no disdain, disrespect, or rejection in his voice.  More than this, I could feel virtue flowing from him, physically touching me.  It was this, an experience of his humility, that has convicted me, and prompts me to proclaim, He lives!  Where you have not seen him for yourself, get ready to see him.  For the promise is that every eye will see, and every tongue confess.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on the oneness existing among persons of the GODhead.  The language of “obedience” and “judgment” are best used when speaking of divine government and law for created beings and living creatures.  When speaking of Sovereign Deity, concepts that address eternal existence and expression such as divine grace, identity, integrity, person, prerogative and self-expression are more correct.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ruth” (Level 7 with 90,297 points, a member since December 04, 2010) posted the following:

How could God be equal in nature, and not be equal in rank, God is God?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.  And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.  Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not:  the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.  I and my Father are one.  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.  Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?  (John 10:  22-32, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divinity Has Person? (05/19/2015); Knowing The Holy Spirit? (05/17/2015); The “Jesus Way”? (05/17/2013); An Earth to Fix A Heaven? (05/18/2013); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012)

“Ruth”, the question you posed can not be answered simply by showing you a verse or passage (i.e., group of verses) from the Holy Bible.  Believers must develop discernment (i.e., the ability to use their own spirit content from GOD as a standard to recognize the spiritual content, meaning and value within such diverse things as doctrines, events, guidelines, laws, messages, other persons, principles, and divine purposes).  Consider the following points intended for mature Christian believers:

(1.)  GOD is a limitless and unbounded spirit, who has appeared within the spheres of life (heaven and earth) using flesh as Jesus Christ.

(2.)  Deity must be consistently and exclusively regarded as distinct and peculiar relative to the carnal, material, and social frameworks (including time and space) that generate meaning and order within the lives of created beings and living creatures.

(3.)  The spatial concept (idea) of authority (e.g., above, below, over) emerges with ideas such as the division of labor whereby a collective or group accomplishes complex and difficult tasks, or completes events according to a schedule (timetable).  Persons are appointed, and held accountable for completion of aspects of the full work; and thereby become responsible for the failure or success of the entire activity.

(4.)  Such spatial concepts of hierarchy, grade, and rank are  appropriate to describe the division of authority for the completion of works.  Correctly understood, authority is an artifact of work done by groups:  No work, no authority; no group, no authority.

(5.)  Jesus Christ provided a singular demonstration of eternal government through divine law and sacred authority.  In the same way, the ministry of Jesus did not respond to the traditional  hierarchies existing among the Jews, and emerged from deposits of divine spirit within the Savior, believers today also must operate with what appears as self-discipline, self-control and divine law internalized (i.e., made to be a part of ones routine of life) that, in fact, are expressions of union (we say, accord, agreement, harmony, oneness not sameness) with divinity (sometimes described as control by the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD).

There is no simple way to say it all.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The frameworks of time and space, mortality, and prayer are considered, today.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Methane Mamma” (Level 7 with 64,960 points, a member since November 02, 2010) posted the following thrust to “stump” believers:

 

Christians, if your God exists outside space and time, how can it hear your prayers?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  (2nd Peter 3:  3-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Prayer Behavior? (04/07/2015); How GOD Answers Prayer? (01/09/2015); Prayer, Dreams and Messages? (01/27/2015); GOD and The Framework of Time (09/20/2014); About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); The Obedience of Jesus? (04/15/2013)

 

“Methane Mamma”, the GOD you have been carefully asking and learning about for so long both hears and answers prayer.  While the topics of human devotions and prayer may include carnal, material, and social concerns along with emotions, fears, needs and desires, the content, process, and substance of prayer is entirely “spirit” engaging Spirit.  The believer who prays appears in the full sacred presence through the person of Jesus Christ; and through his ministry and service as our High Priest, prayer becomes a “doing of the word” within the Temple of the heaven, and the ministry of Christ upon the earth.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  The frameworks of time and space have been provided through the operations of divine law; are not obstacles to divinity; and constitute mechanisms to manage finite data and information about and from the physical environment itself as well as the objects (including the living) it may contain by acknowledging relation (e.g., attachment, dimension, distance, juxtaposition).

(2.)  Sacred knowledge pertains to entities, operations and purposes that are independently endless, eternal, immortal and permanent.

(3.)  Prayer exists as communication within an intimate relationship to Deity through multiple aspects of living person that exist both within the Creator and the created.  Included must be faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (4.)  Believers also are using prayer to prepare for the coming of Jesus to harvest the earth.  In the figure of Passover, the blood from the body of Jesus released at his crucifixion must travel across time and space to cover us, here, today.  To correctly know and understand this, the living must endure a rebirth wherein consciousness concerning the things from GOD will be altered; yet, the spheres of life will appear to continue as though unchanged.  At the coming of Jesus, mortality will be ended, and the total purification, sanctification and transformation of mankind will be revealed.  There will be renewal on a cosmic scale that includes the heaven, the earth and the universe.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, sacred knowledge, and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC