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The Glory of GOD

 

Today, focus is on divine glory and the endowments of divinity imparted to mankind.  What mature Christians understand to be “divine glory” pertains to how we apprehend and discern the active presence of spirit substance who is GOD.  Given the truth that GOD beams, emanates, and puts forth aspects of his own makeup when establishing all that exists or lives, his glory is all that we may perceive and realize as eternal, exalted, holy, and sanctified.  Because the glory of GOD further displays the spirit character and nature of GOD, the full glory of GOD is proclaimed as a single GODhead of multiple persons who share oneness without sameness.  Glory is more than a visual presentation and something you see such as blazing, gleaming, illumination, shining, or sparkling.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “GRANNY NORINE” (Level 1 with 31 points, a member since May 16, 2014) posted the following:

 

What Does II Corinthians 3:18 Mean? How Do “…We all…change from GLORY to GLORY…”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me:  for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.  (John 17:  22-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sacred Baptism, Divine Resurrection?  (09/14/2017); On Men Wearing Veils (08/13/2017); Clothed In Divine Light? (08/02/2017); Inheritance Must Become Commitment (05/15/2017); The Hope of Glory (03/02/2017); Called, Justified, and Glorified? (01/08/2017)

 

“GRANNY NORINE”, here are some thoughts I can share that might be helpful.  The process of GOD established for the consciousness of mankind can be described as one of continuous change and gradual growth as well as of acquiring sacred knowledge through multiple streams of truth (we say, revelation).  Created beings and living creatures all enter fixed levels and plateaus of existence and life process, and pass on to higher or lower levels that manifest the completeness and fullness of their spirit content from the makeup of Deity. 

In the same way the angels are described as ascending and descending Jacob’s Ladder to fulfill their sacred assignments and missions, and this reflects that they are trusted and worthy to serve, mankind may be understood as rising, falling, and being lifted to new heights through sacred operations, and is being made fit to serve as a true companion to divinity.  Sinners must be transformed and undergo permanent changes by the sovereign will of GOD that moves them from faith to faith, glory to glory, and hope to hope.

The Apostle Paul taught that there are various appearances of “glory” (e.g., that of the sun, the moon, the stars), and they are not all the same.  Most properly understood, only GOD is immortal and incorruptible; and only GOD has divine glory and full sovereignty.  Thus, when Moses returned to the camp after receiving the tables of stone bearing the covenant law, his face shone with glory; yet, the glory was not his own.  Moses was a reflection and transmitter of the divine glory, and an appearance of to the people of the same burning bush he himself had encountered.  At his Advent (we say, his appearing, the harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming) Jesus Christ will display the Incarnation for 3 persons in GODhead.  Believers will discern and recognize his own glory with that of the Father and that of the Holy Spirit.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 42:  8, King James Version (KJV):  8 I am the LORD:  that is my name:  and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

(2.)  Isaiah 48:  10-12, KJV:  10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.  11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it:  for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.  12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

(3.)  Exodus 34:  29-30, KJV:  29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.  30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.

(4.)  John 17:  1-5, KJV:  1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:  2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.  3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  4 I have glorified thee on the earth:  I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

There is far more that should be considered and properly understood.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Corinthians 3:  7-16, KJV:  7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:  8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?  9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.  10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.  11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.  12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:  13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:  14 But their minds were blinded:  for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.  15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.  16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.)  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, focus is on death and burial, rebirth and crossing the Red Sea on dry land as a form of water baptism.  Where sinners become followers of Jesus Christ they gradually will be transformed to rely upon the sacred baptism of Jesus (rather than their own), and they increasingly will be granted access to benefits from the divine resurrection of Jesus.  They participate in covenant relationship where GOD is “made to keep his word” by believers keeping their word.  Through acts of humility, obedience, repentance, and submission, those who were once known as “sinners”, then embody the Gospel, will exist as his new creation, and are to serve as vessels of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “GRANNY NORINE” (Level 1 with 121 points, a member since May 16, 2014) posted the following:

IF GOD “changes not” (Mal3:6),& HE baptized the children of Israel “in the clouds & in the sea”(ICor10:1-2)BUT No One Got Wet,Why Get Wet?

Update: GOD TOLD MOSES IN EXODUS 14:16 “BUT LIFT THOU UP THY ROD, AND STRETCH OUT THINE HAND OVER THE SEA, AND DIVIDE IT: AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SHALL GO ON *DRY GROUND* THROUGH THE MIDST OF THE SEA.” IF GOD “NEVER CHANGES” (MAL 3:6) AND THEY CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DIDN’T GET *WET* WHY ARE WE “WATER” BAPTIZING?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  (Galatians 2:  20, King James Version, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Thought of Dying (08/15/2017); Baptism Pools For Rebirth? (07/19/2017); Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); Called, Justified, and Glorified? (01/08/2017); Receiving The Holy Spirit (12/08/2016); Spirit Content From GOD? (09/26/2016); Sacred Operations To Give Life? (06/29/2016); Access Through The Cross? (05/11/2016)

“GRANNY NORINE”, for Christian believers baptism pertains to being in covenant relationship with divinity, and relies on multiple streams of sacred truth that establish among created beings and living creatures the same “oneness without sameness” that exists among the GODhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  Consider the following that have helped many avoid spiritual confusion:

(1.)  The spiritual events (we also say, miracles) spoken of as water and fire baptism signify cleansing, judgment, and ministry.  These two forms of baptism also are intended to depict the profound transformation of sinners that must occur to establish their participation in eternal life with immortal, incorruptible divinity.  A follower of Jesus is to embody the Gospel that proclaims his death by crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and continuing ministry as Risen Lord.  One baptized must themselves undergo the death, burial, and resurrection of their own inborn spirit, and rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak.  In the same way Adam was “put to sleep/death” to remove the rib used to create the female, there must be unseen operations of divinity for the transformation of the living to serve as life companions with Deity.

(2.)  Water baptism depicts multiple sacred events that have been accomplished by the Father, embodied by Jesus Christ, and made manifest by workings of the Holy Spirit.  Included are the separation of heaven and earth from the material of the deep as platforms for life; resurrection of Israel from among the dead condemned by sin in the flood of Noah, and the destruction of Egypt in the Red Sea; when entering the land promised to Abraham, the symbolic recovery from the Jordan River of those who left Egypt and were buried in the wilderness being faithless; the consecration of the holy things to be used within the Tabernacle in the wilderness; and coming under both the blood and water from the side of Jesus on the cross.

(3.)  The human events in baptism do include decision-making; preparing through fellowship with mature believers, prayer, and study of the holy writings; extending trust; and submitting to divine authority and sovereign will.  Yet, the permanent change that must occur within the candidate for baptism can not be accomplished through the finite human tools of carnal reason, emotion, intellect, logic, and self-will (we also say, willpower).  Baptism is “an act of GOD” to fulfill proclamation, promise, and prophecy as well as for purification, reconciliation, revelation, and sanctification.

There is far more that should be considered and properly understood.  (For example, (4.)  While the characteristics and properties describing water and fire permit them to be used illustrating operations of spirit substance, baptism is governed by divine law more than the natural laws for events that are carnal, material, secular, and social.  Thus, immersion is not always required for water baptism; and it is written in  Ezekiel 36:  22-26, King James Version (KJV):  22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.  23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.  24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean:  from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:  and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.)  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, reply is made on the Old and New Testament being both part of a single divine revelation wherein GOD is Father to all.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “OkieDevil” (Level 2 with 839 points, a member since January 21, 2017) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians still worship the Old Testament when Jesus says the God of the OT is the Devil? NOT His God…?

John 8 41-44 “The only Father we have is God himself.” 42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  (Ephesians 2:  13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fellowship With the Father (06/13/2017); The Fullness of GOD? (05/21/2017); Human Nature, Divine Spirit? (05/18/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Proclaiming A New Kingdom? (04/13/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); Exalted By The Father? (01/26/2017)

 

“OkieDevil”, here are some ideas that have helped many avoid spiritual confusion:  there is only one complete divine revelation.  Because a believer’s focus on the things of GOD must be broad and inclusive, it also must be strictly ordered and structured.  Mature Christian believers are called into the understanding that created beings and living creatures must receive from GOD the revelation that makes knowable and known the fullness and totality of divinity (we say, the GODhead—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  The sacred knowledge provided to mankind through promise, prophecy, and the holy writings bring together multiple streams of truth that extend to events before the frameworks of time and space.  GOD shares a divine perspective on natural occurrences, sacred operations, and eternal purposes using thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.

Given Deity is immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging, many elements are fixed that display diversity (like the rose or tulips), not change; and there are continuous, incomplete unfolding (we say, progression), rather than discrete, one-time events.  Because relationships with mankind are interrupted by mortality (death, disease, dying), devices and mechanisms have been employed to establish continuity and stability that include covenants, dynasty, family, inheritance, priesthood, and sanctification.

We speak of intimate and personal relationship with GOD to acknowledge that divinity is more than an abstract, academic, and hypothetical construct.  Even so, GOD is an invisible, yet, active presence (we also say, breath, life essence, a spirit, word) who must be known and “seen” by his divine fruitage (effects, outcomes, products).  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1-2, King James Version (KJV):  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

(2.)  Romans 10:  2-4,  KJV:  2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

(3.)  Romans 11:  28-33, KJV:  28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes:  but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.  29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:  31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.  32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.  33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  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, points are shared on the importance and meaning of the blood and water that flowed from the side of Jesus upon the cross.  Divinity is being made knowable and known through the Creation.  The death of Jesus must be understood as more than simply a sacrifice to atone for the sin of mankind.  The Savior’s death and resurrection pertain to all that endures and exists, the living with their future generations, and all that may contain spirit content from GOD (e.g., events, practices, proclamations, promises, prophecy).  The ministry and work of Jesus has been one of continuing in agreement and unity with GOD, establishing testament in his blood, proclaiming the law of divine love, and producing a new creation.  In the first putting forth of the universe, divine life essence with the consciousness and self-will of mankind was to reside in a material body that has organs and tissues to carry out specific functions.  To maintain energy and health within this body, man must regularly have cleansing, nourishment, refreshment, and rest.  Going beyond meeting ones needs for survival, sharing food and water also can be the expression of compassion and love.  Development and growth for mankind as a carnal being progresses from birth, to aging, maturation, and completing mortality.  Through the spiritual provisions of divinity, mankind as a spirit being may know divine inheritance, perfection, rebirth, renewal, resurrection, sanctification, and eternal life as well.  Readers are encouraged to consider the following Scriptures and the presentation below:

John 6:  53-56, King James Version (KJV):  53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

James 2:  14-20, KJV:  14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?  15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:  shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.  20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Matthew 25:  42-46, KJV:  42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:  I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:  naked, and ye clothed me not:  sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.  46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:  but the righteous into life eternal.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Rachael” (Level 4 with 3,540 points, a member since December 08, 2015) posted the following:

 

Christians, is water really necessary?

Why can’t we rely on Gods spirit for drink and food?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light:  and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good:  and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament:  and it was so.  And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:  and it was so.  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas:  and God saw that it was good.  (Genesis 1:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Creation (03/24/2016); The Bread of GOD (03/01/2014); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); According to the Eternal Purpose (11/20/2012); Henceforth, Of This Fruit (11/21/2012); Unexceptional Beginnings (11/22/2012)

 

“Rachael”, answering your question with an eye to the cross where Jesus Christ was crucified, essential elements for life and existence are identified in the blood and water that gushed from the Savior’s side when he was thrust with a spear by one of the Roman guards.  Trust that, despite separation by time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are reaching to here and now.  For many mature Christian believers, blood is crucial to atonement and sacrifice for our sin, because it is the vehicle that distributes and transports life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word).  However, all things that exist do not contain life, and the entire Creation must be purchased and recovered by GOD.  Conceptual (ideas) and material being, form, and presence allow created beings and living creatures to focus their consciousness and self-will in such a way that they may become attached to, exchange, and interact with their sphere of life (we also say, environment) and all it may contain.  The living engage objects through such features as appetite, sensation, emotions, and mind (we say, the flesh).  The origin or preexistence for our physical reality is described from GOD as being “waters”; and we take this to mean, chaos or flux (i.e., continually changing, multiple streams of unidentifiable and undifferentiated substances that are not aspects of divinity).  The makeup of Deity was inseparable spirit matter that included faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, personness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Even with the continuing appearance of Jesus incarnate (i.e., in human form), GOD continues to be the fullness of all spirit substance.  In accordance with the eternal purposes of the Creator, mankind is now in an ongoing process to enable humanity to continue as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity.  Consider how this is stated using language from the Bible in the following verses:

(1.)  Romans 14:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

(2.)  Matthew 6:  24-26, KJV:  24 No man can serve two masters:  for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  26 Behold the fowls of the air:  for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

(3.)  2nd Peter 3:  3-7, KJV:  3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  4 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.  5 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:  6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  7 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.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st John 5:  4-9, KJV:  4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:  and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.  7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:  and these three are one.  8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood:  and these three agree in one.  9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater:  for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.)  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 priesthood of Jesus Christ to continue streams of divine promise, prophecy, and unselfish service is the topic, today.  Jesus dying upon the cross was to accomplish more than a finite sacrificial offering for forgiveness of sins.  Jesus would serve as a priest after the order of Melchizedek to cleanse, heal, and renew the Levitical priesthood while launching a priesthood of “born again” believers that would finally appear through gifts from the Holy Spirit.  Also, the Savior’s death, resurrection, and ascension were crucial for the fulfillment of his work as High Priest within the temple of heaven that included atonement, cleansing of the sanctuary, and the application of blood for remission of sins as the ministry of mercy in judgment.  Those who come to Jesus Christ for redemption and salvation themselves become an offering that is not to be destroyed upon the altar; they are to remain alive, and continue the presence of the Lord by daily routines of acknowledgement and service.  In this sense, they become living sacrifices, priests, kings, prisoners, and slaves.  Readers are to consider the following from Scripture and the presentation below:

1st Peter 2:  9, King James Version (KJV):  9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

1st Peter 2:  21-25, KJV:  21 For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Isaiah 61:  6, KJV:  6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORDmen shall call you the Ministers of our God:  ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

Matthew 16:  21-25, KJV:  21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.  22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord:  this shall not be unto thee.  23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan:  thou art an offence unto me:  for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.  24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:  and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Davian” (Level 2 with 277 points, a member since May 05, 2015) posted the following:

 

Did Jesus tell his disciples they would die?

Just wondering where in the Bible Jesus told his disciples that they would die for His name.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified:  for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.  Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:  And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.  But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.  And it shall turn to you for a testimony.  Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:  For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.  And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  In your patience possess ye your souls.  (Luke 21:  9-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Carrying The Cross (02/28/2016); Martyrdom and Tribulation? (09/30/2015); Messiah and the Unthinkable? (09/25/2015); Jesus Given A Divine Ministry? (08/18/2015); Consecrated in Christ? (06/21/2014); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014)

 

“Davian”, trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Adoption through the Holy Spirit should come into view, whereby, the living become children, heirs, and offspring of GOD.  Properly understood, the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross was not merely a discrete, “stand-alone” event.  Followers of Jesus are recruited to be anointed priests and kings, where the role of a consecrated priest is to offer acceptable sacrifices of blood (we say, life), and the role of a sanctified king is to administer divine law (we say, judgment).  The Savior fulfilled and re-introduced prophecy; demonstrated death, resurrection, and ascension; provided a new level of covenant, inheritance, and testament; and renewed divine promises pertaining to priestly and kingly service.  When preparing his apostles to be witnesses (that he did appear alive after suffering death and burial), the Lord also provided instruction fitting them to continue the ministry they had begun with him, to receive gifts from the Holy Spirit that would carry them forward having a new ministry, and that would establish the specific expectations (we say, hope) they were to share as his church.  Consider again how this appears in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 10:  27-28, King James Version (KJV):  27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light:  and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.  28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul:  but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

(2.)  Matthew 10:  16-18, KJV:  16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:  be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.  17 But beware of men:  for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;  18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

(3.)  Matthew 23:  33-35, KJV:  33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?  34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes:  and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:  35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, KJV:  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.)  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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Correcting church leaders, judging others, racism, and refusing to extend salvation to others are topics, today, along with more on law and prophecy in the earthly ministry of Jesus.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using an ID “Peter” (Level 1 with 109 points, a member since June 23, 2013) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers Canada: 

Christians, what if a White Pastor refuses to Baptize a Black Man because he wants him to go to hell?

Would you leave that Church?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013)—  (5.)  Parables were a device used by seers, one of the ancient forms of prophetic ministry established following the priesthood bestowed upon Adam, and long before the model for prophets demonstrated in Moses.  Appearing as the Messiah, Jesus was to manifest eternal person, divine sovereignty, and answer as a living accumulation (we say, adding all in one, a summation) for all the singular and unchanging purposes of GOD displayed through varying streams of prophecy.  In the same way Jesus was not sent to end the covenants or annul divine law, Jesus would fulfill and perform things proclaimed, promised, and recorded in the Scriptures as prophecy, and was not sent to discredit or end prophecy.  Jesus nourished believers using “the law and the prophets,” not “law or the prophets,” not “law without the prophets.”  Jesus exalted and revealed sacred law as eternal and unchanging, yet, prophetic in function and nature—that is, fully capable of being completed and fulfilled through operations of GOD like promise and prophecy subject to being closed, concluded, and satisfied (see Psalms 19: 7-14, Matthew 5: 18, Luke 21: 33-34, Psalms 119: 137-144 and Habakkuk 2: 1-4, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  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.  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.  (Matthew 18:  15-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); Evidence of the Unseen Spirit? (04/09/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012); The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012)

“Peter”, here are a few points that mature Christian believers are careful to consider when challenged by the various issues from judgment of clergy that may arise within the body of Christ:

(1.)  In the same way believers are not to “jump to conclusions”, none are to “jump to condemnation.”  A pastor’s behavior and duty as leader within the body of believers must respond to many layers that are in place to maintain continuity, divine order, predictability, and stability.  Included are the holy Scriptures; conviction through the Holy Spirit that appears as ones personal commitment; and affiliation and response to other institutions (e.g., other congregations of similar believers (we say, same denomination); oversight agencies of the denomination; parochial schools and seminaries).  The pastorate must be understood as alive, dynamic, and organic responding even to familiar, old and recurring challenges and circumstances with newness, and vision that may at first appear as contradiction, heresy, hypocrisy, partiality, and rejection of fundamental truth.

(2.)  Instead of walking away, seeking a new home church, the faithful and steadfast behavior of a congregation is its major tool for correcting pastoral errors.  The church is a gathering of believers at various levels of spiritual growth, knowledge, maturity, power, skill, and understanding.  All must submit to operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  Conformity to Jesus Christ (we say, perfection) only comes through change and growth that can be instantaneous and miraculous, however, also entails movement that is gradual, and subtle (i.e., barely detectable).  Rather than condemn, the duty of believers include encouraging change, practicing forbearance, forgiving, and patiently waiting for the outworking of divinity.

(3.)  The many reasons why a person (e.g., females, gays, lesbians, ethnic minorities, transgender persons) might be denied baptism, ordination, and other privileges of the church pertain to their content of spirit substance from GOD.  Indicators of readiness for baptism should appear that include enthusiasm; humility; willingness to have ones character, personality, relationships and reputation permanently changed by GOD; and willingness to perform necessary efforts to acquire new knowledge through fellowship with believers, meditation, prayer, unselfish service, and study of the holy writings.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Error and sin appear in ones life like the back of their head—always present, a part of their person, often visible to others, yet, unseen to oneself.  No one fully escapes the bondage and consequences from error and sin without the operations of divine love shown through others like themselves.  We are our brothers keeper; and members of the clergy are no less our brothers.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Even so, be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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