Posts Tagged ‘the cross’

seek-first-his-righteousness

 

Today, reply is made on covenant relationship, divine law, salvation, and the righteousness of GOD.  The rule of “an eye for an eye” expresses a demand for fairness, justice and revenge (we also say, “pay back” and retribution) that do not appear through operations of the Holy Spirit so much as by the flesh and the mind (e.g., appetite, emotion, fear, rage).  Only by using spirit substance imparted from Christ can the mind, heart, and sovereign will of divinity contained in the law be correctly discerned and recognized as active and present.  Both to manifest the intent and eternal purpose of the law as well as to reveal further the character and righteousness within the law, Jesus cautioned all to receive a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD saying, You must be born again.  The living do not receive law willingly by formal mandate and obligation, and so are led to “discover” the law as the expression of their own and divine love.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Jay-dub” (Level 2 with 259 points, a member since November 21, 2008) posted the following:

 

What exactly is meant by “God s laws”.?

I understand the 10 commandments etc., and that they are immutable and can t be changed, even by Jesus. But what about “eye for an eye etc.”? I know it was part of secular law, but is it also one of God s laws? If so then did Jesus change it when he proposed turning the other cheek, or was he simply refuting secular law?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference:  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:  that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:  20-26, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Wrath Against Sin? (10/17/2017); The Vengeance of GOD? (10/01/2017); GOD Indwells Divine Law (07/14/2017); Righteousness Through Jesus Christ? (12/15/2016); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); The Covenant of Noah? (12/16/2014); Atone, Judge and Replenish (12/17/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014)

 

“Jay-dub”, the word “law” often is a source of confusion.  Christian believers are to acknowledge that multiple meanings for the word “law” appear throughout the Bible.  In addition to commands that require obedience to expressions of divine will (e.g., Thou shalt have no other gods; thou shalt not steal), the word “law” is used to speak of (1) formal covenant agreements with divinity such as the covenant of Moses; (2) the decisions, renderings and verdicts determined through a lawful process of judgment; (3) and the five books of Moses (also called “the law and the prophets;” the Pentateuch); (4) patterns and regularities in  attitude, behavior, and speech (e.g., habits, impulses, lusts; “a law in my members”); and (4.) principles and standards for godliness that are imparted as spirit content.

The end (aim, goal, objective) of the law (not its annulment)  is to make divinity knowable, known, accessible, and approachable.  The operations of sin that were begun through the disobedience of Adam continue to exist within mankind.  The limitations for law from GOD appearing through the nation of Israel include that, participating in covenant relations, and obeying the Ten Commandments and Levitical law do not eliminate sin; does not restore the inseparable aspects of divine content that were lost through Adam (e.g., faith, holiness, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin); and human behavior and works do not earn or justify necessary divine responses such as forbearance, forgiveness, grace, and mercy.

Christ does not change the law; he changes sacred knowledge, and he requires discernment of the Spirit content of the law.  In the same way, Jesus Christ dies on the cross as an embodiment of sin to demonstrate the destruction of all that opposes the continued existence of law, the Son of the Highest also is the embodiment (Incarnation) of divine righteousness (penalty) that must be returned to GOD.  Becoming “born again” through baptism (the death, burial, and resurrection of our inborn spirit) joins us to divinity as offspring of GOD and joint-heirs with Christ.   Developing believers are to display sacred content through their lifestyle and daily living routines.  Consider again the following:

1.  Romans 7:  22-24, King James Version (KJV):  22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

2.  Roman 7:  12-13, KJV:  12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.  13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

3.  Romans 10:  2-5, 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.  5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 4.  Romans 5:  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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the dying Christ

 

Today, reply is on atonement, Christ dying on the cross, and other divine works as the platform for meaning and value of human spiritual works such as belief, praise, and sacrifice.  A place in the divine presence (we say, Heaven) can not be bought and sold, or earned by performing human deeds as though having access to GOD may be treated as material property within a human economy.  Through the ministry of reconciliation and salvation provided by Jesus Christ, “logical sense” is replaced by exchange and interaction among spirit content from the makeup of GOD, and finite human works are replaced by sacred process, operations of the Holy Spirit, and works requiring accord among the three persons of the full GODhead.  A simple word for this is “grace”.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “medusa” (Level 4 with 3,028 points, a member since August 23, 2015) posted the following:

Does the crucifixion and blood sacrifice make logical sense for earning a heaven rather than something like deeds?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:  and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:  whereunto also they were appointed.  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;  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:  which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  (1st Peter 2:  5-10, King James Version, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Appearing As Christ (12/03/2017); Wisdom In A Mystery (11/22/2017); Relying on Sacred “Evidence” (11/20/2017); About Using “Sacred Logic” (11/19/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); The Cross and Critical Thinking? (04/13/2016); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012)

“medusa”, relying on sacred knowledge to talk about sacred themes, a different way of speaking and thinking must be used.  Among Christian believers, meaning, quality, and value for multiple aspects of existence and life are being determined by the living ministry of Jesus Christ that he has shared on the earth, and continues to provide from heaven.  Sinners who become “born again” will undergo permanent changes through operations of spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD as acts of love and free gifts more than as reward or wages earned through their own works.  Included are inseparable aspects of divine fullness such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The finite frameworks we usually rely on (e.g., emotion, intellect, carnal reason, secular knowledge, thought, time, space), will continue to be used, however, what they supply must be in accordance to divine order, so to speak.

For many Christians and Jews, that Jesus dies on the cross to provide blood for cleansing and remission of sin (we say, atonement and propitiation) is only a single aspect of the full sacred work he completes.  Jesus also makes a prophetic demonstration wherein he becomes the embodiment of sin, and is destroyed in final judgment.  He is raised from the dead, and returns to heaven to finish peculiar works already begun (e.g., building the Holy City (New Jerusalem), judgment of the righteous, preparation for judgment of the wicked).  The nature of love, obedience and sacrifice are shown to be faithfulness, humility, reverence, and unselfishness.  For one must put aside their own awareness, desire and self-will to carry out the will of another, and become accountable for all costs, loss, and related events that may follow.

The salvation Christians speak of is complex, for both divine works and human deeds of acknowledgment performed through endowments of imparted Spirit should come into view.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Galatians 2:  20, King James Version (KJV):  20 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.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 5:  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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Trinity

A Depiction of Jesus with Mary, Joseph,
The Father and the Holy Spirit

 

Today, the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ are considered.  Many experience some spiritual confusion seeking to understand what, on surface, are discrete states of being and conditions for life that are contradicting and mutually excluding.  Correctly understood, looking upon Christ is not looking upon a man in a process intended for GOD, rather it is looking upon GOD in a process intended for men.  The fixed patterns, regularities, and standards whereby we recognize an active presence having attributes of person and purpose that we label “divinity” are not the same as those that apply to mankind as a living creature.  It is no violation of law put forth by GOD to govern mankind that an aspect of divine fullness would appear on the earth using human form and substance to be visible, and to continue in exchange and ongoing relationship with mankind.  Even though the Christ would appear as the agent and image of the Father, while existing within the earth as a sphere of life, and for the sake of those with whom he would abide, the attitude, conduct, and expression of the Christ had to constantly be within the ranges for human communication, consciousness, and operations of self-will.  The writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “AbdulRahman” (Level 6 with 17,824 points, a member since October 20, 2013) posted the following:

 

Questions for TRINITY believing Christians?

No JW’S please, I want to know what Trinity believers have to say about these things.

Jesus is quoted in the NT to say the Father is Greater than himself, calling out ‘my God’ on the cross, becoming like a servant by becoming man (Philliphians), and not knowing the hour of his return.

How do these fit with the trinity? I’m seeking truth and I’m really struggling to understand and see how thd trinity works,

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?  But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?  Howbeit we know this man whence he is:  but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.  Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am:  and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.  But I know him:  for I am from him, and he hath sent me.  (John 7:  25-29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  In Order To Understand (12/01/2017); All Divinity in ONE? (11/17/2017); From Glory to Glory (11/14/2017); Jesus Demonstrated Perfected Humanity (10/29/2017); The Device of Incarnation (10/18/2017); Divinity Appears Using Form (07/26/2017); How Christ Is Known? (04/24/2017); Redemption Through Ordinary Flesh? (04/20/2017)

 

“AbdulRahman”, the benefits we receive and expect from Jesus Christ are not those men are capable of bestowing upon one another without anointing from divinity.  Just as my responding to you is an act of my faith and an expression of my own spirit content from GOD (Christians also say, life essence, breath, spirit, Word), the action and process of accepting Jesus Christ as an appearance of divine person and substance are only by operations of divine spirit content, rather than finite human intelligence, logic, carnal reason, and secular knowledge.  With this in view, genuine belief only emerges from the exchange and interaction among the inseparable aspects of divine fullness such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Regarding the authority, eternal person, and divine purpose whereby divinity appears having human form (we say, Incarnation), believers are to receive fresh endowments of the same spirit content from the makeup of GOD that resided within Jesus Christ, and will exist within him always.  As the “body” (church) and joint-heirs with Christ), his followers are to share through him the same oneness without sameness that exists among the persons of the GODhead.  Developing believers are instructed to rely most on the testimony and witness that comes from heaven more than on what has been spoken and recorded about Jesus on the earth:  His baptism, his transfiguration, the visions of John.

While on the earth and in the flesh, Jesus had to speak, think, and operate in accordance with natural law as do all men.  Where acts of faith, exorcism, and sacred events (miracles) unfold, it is by the power of GOD and the Holy Spirit that may work through flesh.  Thus, Jesus appears as part of a full revelation of divinity that uses thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  The Son of the Highest is to be the fulfillment of sacred promises, and is to complete multiple sacred operations to transform mankind to exist without sin.  In prophetic demonstration, Jesus dies on the cross, and is destroyed as an embodiment of all sin; he is raised from the dead and returns to heaven having already endured judgment for sin; he is restored as the High Priest who must make atonement within the Temple of Heaven; and he returns to claim all those from the earth who belong to him.

Jesus has shown that it is possible for men to exist on the earth and experience permanent change of their makeup and spirit content while they are living.  There must be rebirth, discovery, gradual growth, learning, and sanctification.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 12:  3, King James Version (KJV):  3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

(2.)  1st John 5:  5-12, KJV:  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.  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.  12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

(3.)  Matthew 17:  1-6, KJV:  1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,  2 And was transfigured before them:  and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.  3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.  4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here:  if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.  5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them:  and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

(4.)  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 5:  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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forgiveness

 

Today, topics are forgiveness and suicide.  Many feel that, where acts of suicide are driven by depression or emotional and psychological vulnerability, compassion should be shown to the deceased.  Yet, those who kill themselves often are acting in haste to condemn everyone in their own lives and all who are around themselves.  Killing oneself can not be labeled as acceptable, or a godly act of courage and maturity.  Suicide emerges by operations of the flesh and of sin; and self-murder is never the product of the divine Spirit.  Given its eternal purpose and benefits, Jesus dying on the cross should never be spoken of as an act of suicide and self-destruction.  A new writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Callum” (Level 1 with 90 points, a member since November 29, 2017) posted the following:


Does god forgive suicide?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid.  Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.  And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.  So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.  (1st Samuel 31:  4-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Separate Yet Not Alone (06/28/2017); Transformed by The Cross (03/23/2016); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); Suffering for Suicide? (12/12/2012); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012)

 

“Callum”, because forgiveness is an expression of the character and makeup of divinity, many Christian believers regard forgiveness as a matter of “who GOD is,” of divine grace, of divine love, of His divine prerogative, and of His sovereign will, not a matter of who we are, whether or not we ask for forgiveness, whether or not we confess our faults, and what may have been the particular sin and specific wrongdoing a sinner has committed.  

Among Christians, “suicide” is ending ones own life, and the act of self-murder does not bring glory, honor, redemption or rest, for suicide denies that we are accountable to others who value our lives and rely on us, and that we may permanently damage them as well as ourselves (e.g., children, community, parents, spouse).  Killing oneself presumes upon the Creator, for a suicide (one who commit’s the act) transgresses sacred law by acting without divine permission (in effect, they steal divine authority and privilege from the owner and source of all that exists and has life). 

The operations of sin are suicidal, for they oppose the continued existence of all divine law, the Law Giver, and divine order throughout the entire universe.  The person who chooses suicide usurps and unlawfully condemns all the living; their self-condemnation is an act of exaggerated pride wherein they take the place of GOD in judgment.  Also, for those who commit suicide, there can be no discovery and realization of their error that might properly trigger the expression of godly sorrow for sin.  Any sacrifice for atonement can not be followed by a “life of repentance” where there is growth in commitment, trust, and understanding.  Christians are to consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Corinthians 7:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:  for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

(2.)  Ezekiel 18:  20-23, KJV:  20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?

(3.)  Romans 6:  3-6, 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.

(4.)  Psalms 116:  3-13, KJV:  3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me:  I found trouble and sorrow.  4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.  5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.  6 The LORD preserveth the simple:  I was brought low, and he helped me.  7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.  8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.  9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.  10 I believed, therefore have I spoken:  I was greatly afflicted:  11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.  12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?  13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spirit makeup.  (For example, (5.)  Hebrews 6:  4-8, KJV:  4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,  5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.  7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:  8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.)  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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made sin for us

 

Today, idols, the cross, and worship among Christian believers are considered.  For Christian believers, glory, praise and worship are directed to divinity, only.  In the same way praising, uplifting, and bowing before material objects as though they contain, or themselves are sacred persons would be acts of idol worship, giving exclusive emotional, psychological and spiritual attention to, or continually expressing anger, bitterness, disbelief, and hostility by quarreling and reacting to emblems, tokens, and symbols (we say, making something out of nothing) all are expressions of idolatry and spiritual confusion.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shown) posted the following:

 

Are Jehovah’s witnesses right for not using the CROSS IN WORSHIP? Pls, support answers with the Bible, is the CROSS truly biblical?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.  For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.  The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;  They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.  They that make them are like unto them:  so is every one that trusteth in them.  (Psalms 135:  13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Relying on Sacred “Evidence” (11/20/2017); All Divinity in ONE? (11/17/2017); Divinity Appears Using Form (07/26/2017); Redemption Through Ordinary Flesh? (04/20/2017); Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); A Matter of Conscience (04/07/2017); The Title of “Savior” (01/27/2017); Believing In The Cross? (03/04/2016); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, trusting you and others will receive a spiritual benefit, many of us who are not versed in the doctrines, teachings and policies among believers who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, seek no debate or quarrel, and, as mature followers of Christ, are not willing to pursue a path of criticism or condemnation against any (Buddhist, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, etc.).  Even so, “born again” believers are willing to proclaim the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, his dying as an embodiment of sin, and the Savior’s resurrection, declaring our own faith in response to your question on worship and the cross.  That GOD imparts divine Spirit to indwell created beings and living creatures is no violation of sacred law and process; and no cross, man-made idol, image, or other device is to be honored as a vessel containing divine person and spirit content.  The operations of carnal reason, secular knowledge, and the domination of awareness and self-will by the operations of sin are to be opposed using multiple memorials and “reminders” that will continue uninterrupted consciousness of the active presence who is GOD.  Included are church buildings, hymns, other believers, parables, prayers, preaching, prophecies, and songs.  Consider the following that uses the language of the Bible, and therefore, may appear as familiar:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 31:  16-22, King James Version (KJV):  16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.  17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?  18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.  19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel:  put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.  20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.  21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed:  for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.  22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.

(2.)  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 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.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(3.)  2nd Peter 1:  13-21, KJV:  13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;  14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.  15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.  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.

(4.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  3-7, KJV:  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18-31, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.  30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.)  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 on the full GODhead appearing through the person of the Son/the Word, Jesus Christ.  The unstated purpose of the GODhead is to continue as active presence who exists, emanates, lives, and puts forth throughout uninterrupted duration.  As Lord, Savior, and Servant, the Creator engages mankind using relationships that are intimate, organic and personal.  When Jesus demonstrated mankind living, dying, and being raised from the dead, all Deity participated with him in applying divine law to allow the imparting of Eternal Life.  A single appearance and Incarnation of the multiple, inseparable aspects of divine fullness was enough to make present and visible the eternal purposes and peculiar sacred works required to reestablish and preserve the benefits and possibilities for Creation as forever being under the authority and sovereign will of GOD.  Included were atonement and propitiation for sin, forgiveness, reconciliation, the completion of tasks to allow mankind existence as immortal and incorruptible, resurrection from death, and the establishment of a higher sanctification.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

Why were the Holy Ghost and God the Father too cowardly to turn themselves into 2 men & then come to Earth to die for our sins on 2 crosses?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.  (Revelation 21:  6-8, King James Version, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christ Our High Priest (10/25/2017); Undergoing A Sacred Transformation (10/24/2017); The Device of Incarnation (10/18/2017); The Makeup of GOD (09/25/2017); Knowing the Invisible GOD (09/17/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); Incarnate, GOD May Die (05/11/2017)

“Anonymous”, here, a person has to think like a Christian believer, who has received spirit content from the makeup of GOD:  I may not take a handful of understanding, put it in my pocket, or hold it in my hand; even so, I may share understanding, and transmit it to others.  Not all, yet, many of the most important aspects of divine existence are invisible to the eyes of created beings and living creatures, who now also live as carnal, material, secular, and social.  The spirit substance that is divinity (for example, faith, holiness, “oneness without sameness,” wrath against sin) may be present and active while also being diffuse and dispersed (i.e., not limited by barriers within others that block discernment and recognition, or to bias, ignorance, time, and space). 

In the same way full agreement among the persons of the GODhead (Father, Son (who also is called the Word) and the Holy Spirit) was expressed when the Creation was put forth, the three persons of the GODhead are in full accord for what Christians call “the plan of salvation.”  Using the device of Incarnation (i.e., temporarily appearing in human form), the Word came forth from a woman as an infant through a miraculous birth.  The indisputable authority, power, and eternal purposes of the full GODhead (e.g., that mortality should be eliminated, and mankind is to exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion to GOD) are clearly to be seen working in and through the life of Jesus Christ along with sacred events (we say, miracles), necessary suspensions of natural law, the operations of spiritual laws upon consciousness and self-will, and the provision to a newborn of person and traits of expression vital to both divine and human makeup.

Do not be confused by what appears as the independence and separation of Christ on the earth from GOD the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Prophetic demonstrations by the Son as another individual on earth are to be seen by angels, mankind, and other life forms that include commitment, contrition, dutifulness, forbearance, forgiveness, holy boldness, love, obedience, perseverance, respect, and unselfishness. Sinners are to understand that GOD may also indwell and reside within the created.  Those who are “born again” will contain divine seed/DNA, so to speak; are to “grow up again;” and are to become mature/ripe displaying endowments of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Developing believers will display deposits from the sovereign will of GOD that operate as willpower to reject and resist sin. 

Consider again the following that uses language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Psalms 19:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

(2.)  Colossians 2:  8-11, KJV:  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

(3.)  Colossians 1:  12-20, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 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:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 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.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 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.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 1:  18-23, KJV:  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.)  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 Son of Man

 

Today, focus is on the demonstration of perfected humanity that was shared by the GODhead using the device of Incarnation.  As the heir to Adam, created from dust and sacred breath, Jesus appeared on the earth as someone inheriting the human condition that includes appetite, sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), mortality, and being limited by emotion (e.g., anger, fear, sorrow) and finite human tools of the mind (e.g., “secular knowledge,” carnal reason, logic, philosophy, science).  Jesus was not born having recall of his exalted station within the GODhead, or full knowledge of the promises to Abraham, the covenants of Moses and David, or the role he was to  ultimately fulfill as Messiah, and the one prophesied to die on the cross.  Jesus also encountered evil, and was tested by the Devil in the wilderness.  The things Jesus spoke and performed had to be expressions of his own conviction, discoveries, and faith.  Correctly understood, then, the holy writings only provide descriptions of Jesus Christ on the earth as another man who, through the active presence who is GOD the Father, also fulfills multiple sacred offices (e.g., exorcist, healer, judge, king, prophet, priest, teacher).  What continues to puzzle many believers is that the Lord’s origin has been by operations of the Holy Spirit that are not aspects of Creation, that have not been detailed and revealed to created beings and living creatures, and that speak to the use of form by spirit without corruption, defilement, or profanity.  More than this, many are overwhelmed by the teaching that Jesus became the embodiment of our sin on the cross, faced sacred judgment, and endured divine wrath.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” with the ID “Corvus Blackthorne” (Level 4 with 4,355 points, a member since August 02, 2017) posted the following:

 

If Jesus was God, why are there multiple instances in which he worships God as a separate entity?

John 17 leaps to mind.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  (Hebrews 1:  1-4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Would Moses Say? (10/27/2017); The Device of Incarnation (10/18/2017); Making Sense of Preexistence? (10/06/2017); The Word of GOD (09/05/2017); Conforming to Divine Standards (06/18/2017); A Species of Animal? (01/31/2017); Word, Son, and Christ? (08/24/2016)

“Corvus Blackthorne,” looking upon Christ we are to see a man within a process of GOD, not a god in a process of men.  Jesus Christ appeared on the earth to carry out and fulfill, multiple divine, eternal purposes.  In addition to exposing the operations of sin as a personification of sacred law, Christ would embody the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  The Word (breath, life essence, spirit, utterance) appearing embodied in flesh and blood as a son of Adam would continue and complete divine revelation of the character, makeup, and substance of divinity using praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, prophecy, and rebirth to establish among mankind the same oneness without sameness that exists within the GODhead.

Even though the witness of Adam and many of the Patriarchs was available on the earth for nearly one thousand years, and the duties of sacred priesthood were being performed for atonement, expiation, and remission of sin, it was still required that Jesus be sent to demonstrate perfected humanity.  While his conception was through the authority and power of GOD, his development, birth, growth to manhood, his entry into ministry, and his dying on the cross all were required to acknowledge and respond to cycles and patterns of natural law, earthly Creation, and human affairs.

Christian believers are cautioned to discern and understand that, where  Jesus appears to have been gifted with special abilities and powers, that has more to do with the operations of imparted Spirit from GOD than his identity in the Heaven as Son of the Highest.  Thus, in the same way we as sinners must undergo permanent change by the Holy Spirit through baptism and receive a fresh endowment of the inseparable aspects of the divine makeup (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, wrath against sin), the Savior also had to age, acquire sacred knowledge (not merely secular knowledge), communicate through prayer, and be both an instrument to bring about, and an anointed/sworn witness to sacred events (we say, miracles).  In the same way the Lord’s body became tired and weary, and he needed separation from the crowds for rest and refreshing, he also needed renewal to continue against the many questions, thrusts, and streams of spiritual confusion.

As the Second Adam, Jesus received a greater endowment of the imparted Spirit.  There are times in the Scriptures we see only his humanity that includes times when we do not have full knowledge, are uncertain, or seek a different path than the one commanded.  Even so, Jesus is father to a new creation, and through the holy writings and his imparted Spirit, the divine offspring are receiving instruction and nourishment to become ripe (mature) for harvest at his appearing (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  The ongoing transformation to exist as companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity that was begun following the fall of Adam and Eve will be completed “in the twinkling of an eye;” and the believers will become perfected before their Maker.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  John 1:  11-17, King James Version (KJV):  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  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.  15 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.  16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

(2.)  Galatians 4:  4-7, KJV:  4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

(3.)  John 11:  41-45, KJV:  41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.  42 And I knew that thou hearest me always:  but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.  43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes:  and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.  45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.

(4.)  John 14:  10-11, KJV:  10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself:  but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me:  or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

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

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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