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Today, the reply addresses sinners coming to GOD on the basis of their acknowledgment of active presence and divine spirit substance, rather than through surrender because of the flesh and conditions that are carnal, material, and social. Despite being raised in the idolatry and spiritual confusion within Egypt and the household of Pharaoh, Moses had an inheritance from GOD through Levi. When GOD spoke to him from a burning bush that Moses had only stopped to examine from curiosity, Moses prostrated himself immediately. Job was challenged and tested by Satan, who did not appear to Job using a visible figure. Multiple disasters were heaped on him, and Job openly complained against divine injustice. Finally, GOD appeared and spoke to Job requiring that he minister to others who were not members of his own family and household. The acknowledgment of Job is seen in that he repented immediately, not that he surrendered. The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” in the Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Nami” (Level 3 with 1,128 points, a member since May 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

Surrendering to God?

Simple question. Do you think God will let a situation get so bad due to the unknown that it forces you to do nothing else but to surrender it to him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20: 24-29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Salvation Must Be Eternal (11/06/2018); The Answer Jesus Shared (10/28/2018); Chosen Through Sacred Process (09/06/2018); What Divine Salvation Requires (05/15/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); Baptism and “the just” (10/05/2017); Accepting the Divine Will? (12/06/2016)

 

Nami”, divinity offers salvation using fixed methods and operations, yet, salvation is never coerced or forced on anyone. Among Christians, the answer to your question that is to be shared with sinners who become “developing believers” is not simple, for it pertains to divine prerogative; eternal purpose; sacred inheritance and ones participation in existing covenant relationships; and the sovereign will of divinity. The conditions and events endured by those within the household of faith are to be accounted as benefits, edification, and privilege. Thus, different examples may be taken from the holy writings that report incidents from the lives of the prophets. Joseph, who became second in command to Pharaoh of Egypt, and Samuel, who was consecrated and served the High Priest and his sons within the tabernacle even though he was not from the tribe of Levi, never wavered from their sacred visions, and their early experiences of GOD that were granted to them as children. Where Samuel grew up on holy ground, Joseph endured Egypt that represents spiritual confusion. The prophet Jonah was commanded to go and preach repentance to heathens and Gentiles in Nineveh (the capitol city of the Assyrians). He tried to escape the duty by taking ship to Tarshish; and was cast into the sea during a great storm. Jonah was swallowed up by a great fish that had been prepared and sent by GOD. Buried alive within the fish, Jonah prayed prayers of repentance, and was heard. Even so, when the city repented with prayer and fasting, Jonah became angry against GOD for displaying mercy in judgment, rather than punishing them with destruction. There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. For example, when Jacob fled for his life from the home of his father Isaac, the son and heir of Abraham, through deception Jacob had received the sacred blessing for the firstborn. Even so, Jacob knew GOD only as “the GOD of my fathers.” During sleep, he received a sacred vision of angels on a ladder from earth to heaven that filled him with awe and terror. Because he did not understand that his inheritance was one of priesthood, Jacob sought to bargain with GOD. Jacob offered to regard GOD as his own divinity on condition that GOD would protect and prosper him—he also offered to pay and share with GOD a tenth of whatever he might accumulate by all his travels. Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on the acknowledgement of covenant and law by Jesus Christ, and his surrender to the mob sent to arrest him at Gethsemane.  Jesus was among those within the Garden as an Incarnation of divinity to fulfill the promises and prophesies of GOD, a priest, a prophet, a rabbi, and the “ram caught in the thicket.”  Rather than resist the arrest, fight against the force that was dispatched, or take flight, Jesus acknowledged that his role was to submit as a lamb that would be placed on the altar of sacrifice.  When Peter attacked using a sword, Jesus rebuked him, and healed the servant of the High Priest whose ear Peter had cut off.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “?” (Level 6 with 14,244 points, a member since April 16, 2017) posted the following:

 

If someone told Jesus what was going to happen to him, and gave him a gun, would he have tried to escape?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:  Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.  And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.  (Hebrews 5:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Yes, Jesus Did Die (04/01/2018); His Suffering At Gethsemane (03/12/2018); Jesus Demonstrated Perfected Humanity (10/29/2017); The Cross was Premature? (04/07/2016); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013); The Passion at Gethsemane (03/28/2013); Separated and Sealed? (03/29/2013)

 

“?”, Christian believers are to understand Jesus correctly knew that he himself was a child of prophecy, and that he was anointed and ordained to complete the events of his life that included his death, burial, and resurrection from the dead.  Through the holy writings, through the events surrounding his birth (e.g., the slaughter of the innocents by King Herod; the Temple prophets Anna and Simeon), through the challenge made by Satan following his water baptism (turn this stone into bread), through the confirmations he received through prayer, and through many other sacred events that served as signs, he was strengthened to continue his ministry on the earth as one having authentic humanity, as one sent from GOD, and as one who would suffer the same fate as many others who served as divine prophets and spokespersons.

The revelation of GOD granted to Moses was that the Creator and Deliverer is also a GOD of Judgment.  Moses was allowed to see his glory, and Jesus Christ came as the image of GOD to further display the forgiveness, the mercy, the obedience, the reconciliation, the righteousness, and the surrender that pertain to divine judgment.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 23:  29-39, King James Version (KJV):  29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,  30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.  31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.  32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.  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.  36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.  37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

(2.)  John 18:  3- 13, KJV:  3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.  4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?  5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.  6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.  7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.  8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he:  if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:  9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.  10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.  11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath:  the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?  12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,  13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.

(3.)  Matthew 16:  21-28, 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.  26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.  28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Matthew 26:  52-54, KJV:  52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place:  for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.  53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?  54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is to a young person on the knowledge from GOD for becoming full believers.  All Christian believers should have correct information on the importance, meaning, and value of divinity appearing on earth Incarnate, Jesus Christ dying on the cross, his resurrection, and the sacred promise of his return and soon-coming.  Knowing that is certainty, having confidence, and being sure come by faith and trust toward GOD more than by experience, practice and study.  Spiritual growth is opposed by many influences and forces, such that becoming a mature Christian believer can be spoken of as “a good fight of faith.”  In addition to ignorance, sin and wickedness, developing believers must persevere against appetite, distractions, shifts in mood, self-centeredness, and exaggerated pride.  A new writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Katy” (Level 1 with 80 points, a member since December 30, 2017) posted the following:

I’m catholic and dont know what to belive?

I was raised a catholic going to church and CCD. now I am unsure i still believe in god and Jesus. Wouldn’t they had said something if they did exist? (Not saying they don’t) And can Pope Francis talk to them? Can priests talk to them? I am also supposed to be receiving conformation soon. I don’t know what to do.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Consider the lilies how they grow:  they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?  And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.  For all these things do the nations of the world seek after:  and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  (Luke 12:  27-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Most Important Thing? (12/28/2017); Starting A New Life? (11/21/2017); Standing On The ABCs? (11/09/2017); Undergoing A Sacred Transformation (10/24/2017); Discernment, Focus and Meekness? (07/07/2017); Inheritance Must Become Commitment (05/15/2017); Growing Up Again? (12/09/2015); Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015)

 

“Katy”, being a Christian is more a matter of consistently and regularly displaying content imparted from the makeup of GOD (who is spirit), than a matter of having finite human beliefs, intellect, logic, secular knowledge in place of sacred knowledge, carnal reason, or science.  Nobody “knows it all,” and, thankfully, it is not required that we be “all-knowing.”  The process of divinity for the salvation of mankind is one that brings together multiple streams of truth, and employs such elements as becoming mature, gradual growth, discovery, learning, observing sacred practices (we say, sacraments, for example, baptism, confession, praise, prayer), risk-taking, sacrifice, and unselfish service to others.  Being “born again” and becoming a full person (growing up again) as a follower of Jesus Christ is not a “one-time” event.  Church attendance and fellowship within the community of believers is vital, for Sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, and “the World” system have great power to influence our consciousness and self-will when we are alone.

Just as Christian belief defines and puts forth specific spiritual meanings for right/wrong, good/bad, falsehood/truth, or what is possible/what is actual, other systems exist for emotional, mental, and social survival that counterfeit, oppose and undermine Christian standards and values.  The operations of sin may dominate awareness, desire, and ones willpower.  With this in view, growth for a sinner who turns to Jesus Christ (we say, repents) is often spoken of as a “good fight of faith.”  GOD supplies developing believers with inseparable aspects of his own character and makeup such as balance, faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, personhood, restraint, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Believers are to become ripe for harvest by continuing the image of GOD on the earth through their lifestyle and daily routine.  At his appearing (some say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming) all who belong to Christ will meet him in the air; their judgment and transformation to exist as his immortal, incorruptible companions will be completed as they come out of their graves and are lifted up with the living.  Belonging to Christ is not a matter of being coerced or subjected to violence.  Yet, becoming “perfected” is very much a matter of commitment, discernment (i.e, using ones own spirit content from GOD to acknowledge the divine spirit as it resides in events, other persons, prophecy, the holy writings, etc.) and surrender (allowing the Holy Spirit to make permanent changes within you).

Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 13:  18-23, King James Version (KJV):  18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.  19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.  20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while:  for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.  22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.  23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

(2.)  John 3:  1-10, 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.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?  10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

(3.)  Habakkuk 2:  2-4, KJV:  2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:  though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him:  but the just shall live by his faith.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, 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.

 

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Today, reply is on infant baptism, the just, and the inclusion of small children within the body of Christ.  Divine law is not invested within a newborn child as intellect and secular knowledge so much as through self-will.  (Saying this another way:  Romans 5:  13, King James Version, KJV:  (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.)  Where the objective of baptism is understood as the establishment of a personal relationship between the Creator and the created, baptism involves the emanation and putting forth of spirit substance that includes sovereign will from the makeup of divinity.  Also deposited are sacred consciousness, existence, faith, holiness, lovingkindness, person, and the will to live.  By election, grace and divine prerogative, then, children have place as sons and daughters of GOD on the basis of their spirit content imparted from Deity without also having performed various “religious” deeds, prayers, service, and good works.  The possibilities and purity of children are imputed as well as imparted.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information supplied) posted the following:

 

Is luke 18:16-17 teaching we have to receive the kingdom of God as a child like infant baptism?

16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.  (Romans 4:  7-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Dead While We Live? (02/02/2017); Spirit Content From GOD? (09/26/2016); Of Such Is The Kingdom (09/01/2015); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Asking For Answers From GOD? (05/21/2015); Going to Church Before Baptism? (05/05/2015); Babies Given A Second Life? (01/25/2015); About “The Just” (10/29/2014); Antidotes to the Poisons (10/30/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, here are some points that many Christian believers have found useful for avoiding error and spiritual confusion when considering baptism for babies, small children, and those having special needs.  Some insist that baptism is a public act from personal choice and self-will (we say, voluntary).  Therefore, to be baptized, a person should be at an “age of responsibility” as with secular activities like drinking alcohol, driving, and voting for elected officials.  Among Christian congregations the age of responsibility varies from 8 to 25 years old.  Those who argue to exalt finite human nature and “free will” often despise baptism as an act of formalism (commitment to the letter of divine law, yet not its spirit), and a foolish act of surrender (acknowledging the sovereignty of GOD).  Others, accept models that appear as practices and principles recorded in the Scriptures.

Baptism can be understood as an aspect of identity and spiritual inheritance received through ones parents such as circumcision, citizenship within the divine kingdom, practice of sacraments within the home, and the sharing of sacred knowledge.  More correctly, baptism is an operation of the Holy Spirit like the founding of heaven and earth.  In the same way, a newborn child is not required to choose his birth parents, his birth order, or such physical characteristics as gender, there nonetheless are multiple life conditions inherited from Adam and their ancestors that will continue throughout the child’s own lifetime, and that should be correctly addressed with the child’s very beginnings.  Included are prenatal care, vulnerability to sickness and disease, mortality, and divine wrath against sin.  There is no demand that a fetus or infant choose their standing with GOD; however, their caretakers are accountable for the child’s survival and well-being, and should acknowledge the child’s initial spiritual condition as one of the just (the Lord’s justified ones).  The just are accounted as blameless and having committed neither good deeds nor bad.  Should the child die before being weaned, learning to walk and talk, or enroll in school for secular instruction, their acceptance with divinity has been established by GOD as a “free gift“” (we say, blessing).  Believing is an act of faith or an act of will, and would qualify the child as coming to GOD through works, not grace.

The process of salvation is divine, is not a “one-time” event, and does not rely on the content of human awareness and self-will (willpower).  Salvation goes forward as revelation (i.e., discovery, edification, gradual growth, and continual learning) that makes visible the active presence of GOD, his eternal purposes, and the diverse expressions of his unchanging nature and will.  Congregations and communities of faith that promote infant baptism often also will practice confession of commitment to Christ, confirmation, and public enrollment as a mature believer once a member “comes of age.”  Consider the following:

(1.)  Romans 6:  3-6, King James Version (KJV):  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

(2.)  John 1:  10-14, KJV:  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  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.  14 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.

(3.)  Romans 9:  8-16, KJV:  8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God:  but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.  9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.  10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;  11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)  12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.  13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.  14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.  15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, 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.

 
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Today, focus is on human acceptance of revelation and divine will instead of guilt, punishment, or self-condemnation.  Men are to believe that the judgment of GOD is endowed with benevolence, lovingkindness, sympathy, and wisdom; and that all things from GOD may be received by the exercise of faith.  Through Jesus Christ, what once was understood as “punishment” is to become recognized as the expression of divine love.  Because the sin of Adam now requires a gradual, yet still painful transformation of the living through challenge, growth, and suffering, many feel that our relationship to the Creator primarily centers on enduring affliction, hardship, and death (the completion of mortality).  There must be multiple operations of sovereign power that alter the nature and process of consciousness and self-will in created beings and living creatures such that acknowledgment of the divine will goes forward without interruption or wavering.  Atonement, forbearance, forgiveness, gifts of the Spirit, rebirth, and the death of Jesus upon the cross establish the absolute truth of divine love, even though life experience for believers continues to hold moments of profound darkness and despair as endured by Jonah, where one appears to be swallowed up, and trapped in the belly of a great fish.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Do you think it’s honorable for a person to accept the punishment they deserve for their sins? Why or why not?

Update: I think it’s downright unjust and low to have someone else take the penalty for the sins WE chose to commit. It makes no sense to take responsibility for your own actions and then have someone else pay the price. That’s not right. That’s cowardice and selfishness to me.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.  (Revelation 3:  17-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About Revelation not Punishment? (11/25/2016); Law, Vengeance, and Punishment? (09/30/2016); Love That Is Spirit? (01/28/2016); Bad GOD, Good GOD? (01/03/2016); Punishment To Show Love? (11/29/2015); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, the sinner must accept as true and vital the things being put forth by GOD to reveal divinity.  So to speak, they are to “think what GOD tells them to think.”  Sinners often place themselves in opposition to GOD by seeking to have authority and control over their own judgment, over their participation in the work to be done by believers, and over the operations and standards for their own salvation.  Relying upon carnal reason, they unknowingly deny the requirement for rebirth (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit, receipt of divine seed) that allows sinners to display permanent change through the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD.  Included must be humility, sorrow for sin, submission, and surrender to GOD.  Through finite human consciousness and self-will, sinners at best show only such elements as desire, fantasy, imagination, exaggerated pride, and presumption.  The operations of GOD to make divinity knowable, correctly known, and visible supply sacred knowledge, divine law, specific practices (we say, sacraments), and even communication, exchange and fellowship within spiritual relationships.  Self-promotion, flesh-centered thinking, and disbelief among sinners generate imbalance, a false sense of assurance and security, and a widening gulf of separation between the Creator and the created.  Born again believers are a “new creation,” therefore, there are new consequences and definitions for access, accountability, duty, fear, honor, integrity, obedience, purpose, quality, and value.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Isaiah 55:  7-12, King James Version (KJV):  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  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.  12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:  the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 4:  30-36, KJV:  30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;  31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.  32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?  33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?  34 Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?  35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.  36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee:  and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

(3.)  Ezekiel 33:  11-12, KJV:  11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live:  turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression:  as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st John 5:  7-11, KJV:  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.  10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:  he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in 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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Today, some points are shared on the choice by Jesus to reject a pain-killer (we say, drug) while suffering upon the cross.  Believers will understand how this is another example of the temptation of Christ by Satan.  In refusing the gall mixed with wine that was offered to him, the Lord was also refusing defilement through appetite that would make his blood unfit and unclean for sacrifice and atonement.  The gall of Rome compared to the leaven of the Pharisees, and represented both lust and worldliness.  Christ was to be made the figure of all sin by a surrender to the Father, not by self-promotion and operations of his own will.  Thus, believers are made to be the same righteousness of GOD that appeared within Jesus, not by their own will, by their surrender to Christ.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Nigel” (Level 1 with 200 points, a member since May 10, 2012) posted the following thrust:

 

Christians- when Christ was on the cross, why did he refuse the drink the romans offered him (I think it was called gall)?

Was it not enough that he was dying already? Why would he refuse something that would diminish his suffering just a little? Could he of been trying to be macho in front of an audience? What does his refusal say about the Christian God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  (2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); Resurrection Sunday (04/19/2014); Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014); Brothers, Not Equals (04/06/2014); Everything a Lie? (10/05/2013); Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Henceforth, Of This Fruit (11/21/2012); Unexceptional Beginnings (11/22/2012)

 

“Nigel”, here are a few points that are now being shared among Christian believers as we are approaching the remembrance of Resurrection Sunday:

(1.)   “Gall” is thought to have been a poisonous herbal substance from the poppy plant; and has also been described as hemlock, myrrh, and opium.

(2.)  Death was first introduced to mankind in Adam as sleep, at the removing of his rib to fashion the female.  Adam endured no agony by her separation, and rejoiced when she was presented as “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.”  It was necessary that Jesus endure the full agony of death on behalf of all mankind to seal and secure the possibilities for rebirth, repentance, resurrection, and sanctification.

(3.)  Correctly understood as a sacred operation, death breaks communion and exchange between Deity (i.e., the dead praise not GOD) and the material beings and living creatures put forth from divinity.  Death and the completion of mortality are more than the mechanical process visible to us determined by characteristics of the flesh such as aging, decay, and growth.  In physical death, all awareness is removed along with the essential gift of self-will.

There is far more to be plainly said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  When a person dies they can no longer commit (we say, is released from) sin.   However, challenges, consequences, and obstacles from their living actions and attitudes may continue indefinitely.  The death of Jesus upon the cross did not end sin.  Yet, multiple mechanisms were put into place for divine atonement that releases men from sin and death, including forgiveness, rebirth, and endowing sinners who come to Christ with fresh sacred content (we say, the imparted Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and meekness (i.e., willingness to be taught through the Holy Spirit).

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC