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The Word of the Cross

 

Today, the reply acknowledges that more than dying on the cross was provided by Jesus Christ during his ministry on the earth. Jesus served as an anointed High Priest to make atonement for sin. The good works Jesus performed included comfort, exorcism, healing, miracles, and teaching. In addition to fulfilling divine proclamation, promise, and prophecy on the cross, Christ became the embodiment of sin, and was destroyed by the Godhead in accord. More than this, the Savior established the new covenant promised to the Jews that also applies to all mankind, and Christ addressed the human predicament that resulted from the operations of sin by furthering the restoration of humanity through forgiveness and reconciliation. Because of his resurrection, those who come to Christ now receive eternal life, and exist as the new creation. It is written: Psalms 51: 9-12, King James Version (KJV): 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” pubic forum using the ID “Bob” (Level 6 with 11,539 points) posted the following:

 

Did the all knowing magic god Jesus know his crucifixion was a total waste of time and that humanity would keep on sinning?

 

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: Sin Depicted Using Flesh (11/22/2019); Taboo To Be “spiritual”? (10/07/2019); New Birth By Resurrection (09/27/2019); Now Are Ye Light (09/18/2019); Paying For Our Sins? (08/20/2019); Jesus In This Environment? (04/30/2019); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012)

 

Bob”, as surely as Jesus knew that there would be mockers and scorners like those appearing in this public forum, the Son of the Highest understood that the redemption and salvation of mankind requires more than (1) forgiveness and forbearance; (2) more than the appearance of divinity in human flesh (we say, Incarnation); (3) more than that Jesus endure the conditions for existence and life that resulted from the sin of Adam (we say, the human predicament that includes agony, humiliation, mortality, and suffering); (4) more than death of a holy one on the cross to provide pure blood for a priestly atonement; and (5) more than resurrection from the dead to establish a new platform for divine judgment that provides grace and mercy in addition to the second death.

Mankind would have to receive fresh endowments of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) originally imparted to Adam from the makeup of GOD. As companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity mankind is to resemble, reflect, and reveal the image of GOD, and display the character and nature of Jesus Christ. Sinners who become “born-again” receive into their consciousness and self-will inseparable aspects of divine fullness. Included are balance, completeness, expectation (hope), faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Those who are born-again are to “grow-up again” while living on the earth, and are to become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing (we also say, Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming).

Developing and mature Christian believers now are in an ongoing process of transformation through discovery, gradual growth, sacred practices (e.g., fasting, praise, prayer), study of the Scriptures, unselfish service, and the endurance of suffering. Death and all sin will be eliminated from the lives of those called “the just,” and they will be made perfected as they meet the Lord in the air. There first must be tribunals of judgment against “the wicked” before sin is eradicated from their lives, and they themselves are released from existence. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the acapella music ministry of Glad;

(1.) 1st Corinthians 1: 17-18, King James Version (KJV): 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 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.

(2.) 1st John 1: 5-10, KJV: 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(3.) Revelation 21: 6-8, KJV: 6 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. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rmu9V5kEHQ.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Jesus Appearing After Resurrection

A depiction of the first appearance of Jesus to his apostles following his resurrection.

 

Today, reply is on the events provided by GOD to the followers of Jesus Christ that establish among Christian believers that the Lord is risen from the dead. Rather than the flesh, the Spirit imparted from GOD is the primary evidence for resurrection; and, when Jesus breathed on his apostles to impart the Holy Spirit comes into view as the event that made possible their acceptance of his resurrection and presence in the Upper Room. Many respond to accounts of the dead being raised as “incredible” (i.e., false reports; lies; something not possible, and therefore unbelievable). To have certain knowledge (proof) of ones own redemption and salvation by GOD through his Son, sinners must become aware of things that are invisible, yet, endowed with authority, power, and presence from divinity. Included are divine prerogative, grace, eternal purpose, sacred events (we say, miracles), and the sovereign will of GOD. There must be operations of faith and other aspects of divine life essence. Multiple streams of truth flow to us from the cross proclaiming that Jesus was a lamb of sacrifice slain for atonement of sin. In addition to his death on the cross, the holy writings also document his resurrection, and appearances to the living after his crucifixion. It is written: 1st Corinthians 15: 12-15, King James Version (KJV): 12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Thomas walked with Jesus & witnessed miracles yet still required proof of the resurrection which Jesus provided. Why not for us today?

Why should we be any different than Thomas?

And before you say “We have the Bible”, the Jews had the Torah.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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. (1st Corinthians 12: 3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Single Sacred Revelation (01/09/2019); Authentic Experiences From GOD (05/14/2019); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013)

 

Anonymous”, faith is the proof for the resurrection of Jesus Christ along with the many inseparable aspects of divine makeup (e.g., balance, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin). Usually those who require “proof” for the resurrection of Jesus Christ are attempting to grasp and understand divinity using the finite human tools of intellect and carnal reason. Mistakenly, they insist that academic, scientific, and secular knowledge can be used to analyze and examine things known only by using sacred knowledge. After the crucifixion, when Jesus first appeared among his apostles, he upbraided them for their hardness of heart, and refusing to respect the testimony of the empty tomb, and his appearance as a gardener. Yet, apprehension for things that are divine and sacred is only through features that are spirit in their process and substance, rather than carnal, material, physical, and social. There also must be acceptance of accountability and duty, commitment, discernment, respect, reverence, trust, and truth.

Thomas and the other apostles of Jesus Christ were chosen to be eye-witnesses of sacred events (we say, miracles); to be members of a spiritual team that would prepare communities to receive Jesus as a traveling evangelist (we say, itinerant preacher); and to assist in maintaining order during the public meetings and open-air sessions. More than this, the apostles were to be the living documentation that Jesus is alive following his divine resurrection. Also, the apostles were to acknowledge, authenticate, and certify the falling of the Holy Ghost; continue their apostolic ministry (e.g., baptism, exorcism, feeding, healing, teaching); display the spiritual gifts provided to continue the ministry of Jesus on the earth; and invoke anointing by the Spirit through the laying on of hands.

The apostles and the believers from the Upper Room received more than instruction regarding things past and current events. They were given guidance and visions regarding eternal purpose, the end times, and the appearing of Jesus to harvest the earth. As members of the early church granted the gifts of prophecy, the apostles were spokespersons from GOD who shared comfort, edification, and exhortation. Consider once again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Donnie McClurkin:

(1.) Luke 16: 27-31, King James Version (KJV): King James Version (KJV): 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

(2.) John 20: 19-25, KJV: 19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 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.

(3.) John 20: 26-28, KJV: 26 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. 27 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. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xcEX4aP8Sk.) 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 visualization presented on the cross by divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) that uses human flesh and mortality to show the final destruction of sin within all created beings and living creatures. Redemption and salvation are not achieved by mankind through human effort and finite self-will (willpower). Only through an Incarnation of divinity, a lawful death on the cross, a resurrection that provides possibilities for a new creation, and a ceaseless unfolding of permanent covenant may forgiveness and reconciliation be established as genuine divine process and substance having power to release mankind from the transformation that resulted by Adam’s sin. There must be a divine response to the disruption of the material order that occurred throughout the universe, and a fresh declaration of sacred law through exchanges and interactions that may occur only within direct expressions of the divine accord. It is written: 1st Peter 3: 18, King James Version (KJV): 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality using the ID “canadacraig” (Level 7 with 5,908 points) posted the following:

 

If you want to know what’s going to ultimately happen to the unsaved all you have to do is know how Jesus paid for OUR sins. HOW DID HE PAY?

Did Jesus suffer never-ending torment on OUR behalf when He ‘took our place’ on that cross. Think about it. What did Jesus DO? [People say it all the time – but few seem to hear it]

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. (Psalms 103: 2-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Christ Displayed Authentic Humanity (10/09/2019); New Birth By Resurrection (09/27/2019); Life Because of Righteousness (08/29/2019); Paying For Our Sins? (08/20/2019); Spirit Using Human Form (08/16/2019); The Evidence Is Spirit (05/29/2019); Working to Pay GOD? (02/23/2017)

 

canadacraig”, Jesus Christ is a divine use of human flesh and form on the earth to complete operations carried out by the priesthood in heaven (e.g., atonement, mediation, sacrifice, sanctification). GOD is spirit; and the properties of spirit include being diffuse and fluid, being without measurable dimensions (e.g., height, length, weight), and being without fixed and permanent form that would be detectable using human senses (hearing, sight, smelling, touch). On the earth, the Creator has used multiple carnal, material, and social devices to embody and reveal the character, process and substance of divine fullness (we say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Thus, there are multiple events recorded in the holy writings wherein divinity is acknowledged as an unseen, yet, active presence. GOD has acted to make divinity knowable, known, accessible, and approachable to mankind by appearing and speaking using the form of a burning bush, hand-written tables of stone that manifest the express will of GOD, prophets and other human spokespersons as well as the Incarnation (i.e., being born from a woman as Jesus Christ). Rather than “what GOD looks like,” mankind has been directed to the image of GOD within aspects of personhood and value that include balance, faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and sovereign will. The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the platforms for divine order. Sin promotes nonexistence and a return to the conditions in place before the founding of heaven and earth. Sin is no material object put forth by divinity, contains no spirit substance from the makeup of GOD, and has not been put forth by GOD. Even so, sin displays direction, effect, and “presence”; and sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living. Ending the mortality of Jesus Christ on the cross is required to establish his humanity among mankind as having been authentic. More than this, Jesus dies on the cross as the embodiment of all sacrifice for sin, depicts the second death for final destruction of sin, and completes the revelation of authentic divinity among mankind. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Yolanda Adams:

(1.) John 9: 1-5, King James Version (KJV): 1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

(2.) 2nd Corinthians 5: 21, KJV: 21 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.

(3.) Hebrews 7: 24-28, KJV: 24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. 26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. 28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq6mYhGyyT4.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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The image depicts the compassion and authentic humanity of Jesus as he wept over Jerusalem, and as he acknowledged the death of his friend Lazarus

 

Today, the reply is on the display of authentic humanity by Jesus Christ while in flesh on the earth. Following the fall of Adam, mankind could not embody divinity except by coming and going in what we might call “episodes” and “visitations”. The “hand of the Lord” (i.e., the Holy Spirit) might fall on someone (e.g., Ezekiel, Samson, Saul, Daniel), however, the spirit would not remain. Jesus would show the abiding image of GOD for the new creation that would have a fresh endowment of the same divine spirit imparted to Adam from the makeup of GOD. Also, the doctrine and teaching of the Father shared by Jesus along with the gospel of the cross and his resurrection, would be the foundation whereby every member of the church headed by Christ would be enabled to receive the indwelling Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth). It is written: John 14: 15-21, King James Version (KJV): 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Norine” (Level 1 with 37 points, a member since October 01, 2019) posted the following:

 

Re: Matt 12:28 “If I cast out devils by the Spirit of God the Kingdom of God has come unto you” who is the Holy Spirit. Did Jesus fulfill…?

Update: THE PASSOVER IN LUKE 22:16; 18 WHEN HE SAID

“…I WILL NOT ANY MORE EAH THEREOF, UNTIL IT ***BE FULFILLED*** IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (LUKE 22:16)?

AND

…”I WILL NOT DRINK OF THE FRUIT OF THE VINE, UNTIL THE KINGDOM OF GOD ***SHALL COME” *** (LUKE 22:18)?

ACCORDING TO MATTHEW 12:28 THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS THE HOLY SPIRIT! DID JESUS FULFILL SETTING UP “TABLES” AS THEY DID UNDER THE “FIRST COVENANT” (HEB 9:1-2) ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST (ACTS 2:2-3)?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1st John 4: 12-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Entered Into Divine Glory (09/03/2019); Understanding Oneness Without Sameness (08/27/2019); Spirit Using Human Form (08/16/2019); Moses Was Not Divine (04/24/2019); GOD’s Will Be Done? (03/27/2019); Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); The Cross and The Pharisees? (04/21/2016)

 

Norine”, an important way to understand the distinct operations on the earth by Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit is to continually acknowledge that, at all times while in flesh, Jesus was required to display and manifest authentic humanity. His behavior, conduct, and speech were always fashioned, formed, and made to be consistent with such finite human elements as appetite, sensation, and emotions/mind at the same time he was being permanently altered through operations of the Holy Spirit that determine accountability, commitment, discovery, godliness, gradual growth, ability to serve unselfishly, and the endurance of suffering. Jesus would proclaim the truth that fresh endowments of the same life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word; the law and the prophets) imparted to Adam at Creation will be imparted from GOD to abide and indwell the church he would found. The appearing of Jesus on earth presenting mortality as the Son of Adam and the Son of GOD does not conflict with or contradict his appearing in the heaven as an aspect of full Godhead and as the Word. The inseparable sacred substance of divinity includes faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Philippians 2: 5-13, King James Version (KJV): 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

(2.) Hebrews 12: 1-4, KJV: 1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

(3.) Luke 17: 20-24, KJV: 20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. 22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Romans 6: 19, KJV: 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Races and Ethnicities

The image depicts oneness for the races and ethnicities.

 

Today, reply is on responses from Christians and people of color to increases, and threats of growing support for atheism, disbelief, and skepticism among Whites in America. Such elements as compassion, empathy, shared hardship, and shared service continue to operate as a bonding force among Americans along with ideas of brotherhood and fellowship that act as a lid preventing any overflow of conflict and confusion that might arise from plurality. Even where people of color have suffered discrimination, enslavement, genocide, and other forms of social injustice, they continue to regard it as contrary to their own authentic character and heritage as survivors on the earth to condemn others (no matter how outrageous their offenses) on the basis of skin-color and racial differences. As with Christian believers, there are those who prefer to forgive and forget; there are those who put the needs and well-being of the full community before their own. To abandon hope that others can receive salvation confesses despair, magnifies doubt, and promotes the lack of faith that oneself can be saved. It is written: 1st Corinthians 12: 12-22, King James Version (KJV): 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum, Society & Culture, Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Nine thugs made good” (Level 2 with 285 points, a member since September 07, 2019) posted the following:

 

Does it bother people of color knowing more and more white people are becoming atheists?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. (Acts 17: 24-29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why Jesus Comes Back (06/20/2019); A Wall To Sanctify? (01/16/2019); Will There Be Diversity? (10/22/2017); George Washington Owned Slaves (08/17/2017); Laws Favoring the Poor? (03/06/2017); No Less GOD’s Creation (12/01/2016); The Provision Against Racists? (01/19/2016)

 

Nine thugs made good”, the operations of bias, caste, disbelief, ethnic arrogance, lawlessness, prejudice, racism, and sin have long been interwoven and inseparable in the mind of Blacks and other people of color (e.g., Asians, Native Americans, Island peoples). Even so, issues of higher priority now exist for Christian believers, and for many people of color. Included are the Second Coming of Jesus Christ; the fulfillment of end time prophecies; changes to life on earth through global warming; and the frequency of catastrophic weather events. Focusing on our shared needs as the caretakers of the future has released many from the self-contradiction and stupidity that accompanies viewing life in the narrow terms of racial differences. Many are suppressing anger, despair, fear, or resentment; yet, unprovoked distress and confusion continue to be fostered such as we presently see when viewing foreign students and workers. (While in America many Hispanics and Latinos are acknowledged as white-skinned; because they may be immigrants and non-citizens, they also are treated as a minority and non-white.)

In the same way mature Christians are saddened to see the alarming number of young people who leave the church before they have become spiritually adult and mature, people of color recognize that hidden and unannounced changes are occurring in their shared opportunities and possibilities among Americans. The response by the church to its youth must be to become set apart (sanctified), to renew sacred knowledge, and to impart fresh spiritual resources to neutralize dysfunction, underdevelopment, and violence. The response of America to its diverse population also must be to become set apart from the manipulations of politics, and to renew the commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as one undivided Nation.

No one is blind or unfeeling regarding increased imbalance and instability. So to speak, without knowing what to call it, or how to describe it with words, we all can feel within our gut the difference between treatment that is righteous, and treatment that is wicked. Like the poor who are hungry for their own portion, and will use alternative behaviors to project the strength needed for survival, people of color around the world will refuse to overreact, and will continue to advance principles and values for family life, for lasting relationships, and for achieving prosperity. People of color will gladly endorse the standards and values of an America that also acknowledges and conforms to the doctrines and teachings of Christ. Few men who strive for honor and integrity will quarrel against being accountable to others, remaining interdependent, and accomplishing otherwise impossible goals through practices such as team work, mutual support, unselfish giving, and the patient endurance of suffering. All of us can correctly understand that cruelty, exaggerated pride, murder, and selfishness oppose the continued existence of the nation, of all life on the earth, and of life throughout the universe. Angry and bitter thrusts intended to antagonize a single poor man have the profound consequence of also fostering a return to the chaos, confusion, and streams of motion without direction that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

(1.) 2nd Timothy 3: 1-5, King James Version (KJV): 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

(2.) Galatians 3: 27-29, KJV: 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christs, then are ye Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise.

(3.) Colossians 3: 9-14, KJV: 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPC0iXFGyJM). 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 death and the character of symbols we see that are used to communicate Christian beliefs and sacred knowledge. Christian belief is far from being morbid and death-centered. When speaking to the things of divinity, mankind must regard elements that are invisible, unseen, and without material form because they consist of Spirit. The separations for man and beast center primarily in their consciousness and self-will (willpower) imparted from the makeup of GOD that is entirely of spirit (e.g., faith, holiness, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin). Human potential allows for mankind to display self-expression and self-government by behavior and conduct that are recognized as animal, human, or divine. Humans portray divinity where they serve as vessels containing divine spirit. Their use of such finite tools as language, law, mathematics, and carnal reason, make humans seem to be on a level of existence that is higher than that for animals. Properly understood, that mankind communicates among themselves regarding their own life process relative to the immortality and incorruptibility of divinity is the primary distinction between animals and mankind. Described as spiritual awareness, just as mankind has consciousness of mortality and its completion, there is knowledge of connection with a sovereign Creator as well as knowledge of duration for life through resurrection from the dead. Animals do not sorrow for sins and violations of sacred law, yet, as seen through the account of Noah and the flood, divinity holds animals accountable with mankind for transferring sin from the earth to the Sanctuary in heaven. Animals make no penance and do not repent; and they neither make a choice to embody Jesus Christ, nor do they acknowledge the atonement for sin offered mankind by the Son of the Highest. Where Solomon operating under the influence of the flesh, rather than the imparted, indwelling Holy Spirit, bewails the brevity, frustration, limited vision regarding future events, and vanity (i.e., the lack of sacred substance) within mankind), his initial mistaken conclusion is recorded within the holy writings: Ecclesiastes 3: 18-21, King James Version (KJV): 18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians use the brutal execution of a guy as the symbol of their beliefs? Is it not a macabre symbol?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1st Corinthians 1: 18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Bible Language About Spirit? (06/13/2018); The Loaves and Fishes (08/09/2016); Represented by The Cross? (03/08/2016); The Meaning not the Object (05/26/2015); Not Images Used in Worship? (09/14/2014); Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A Sleep and a Second Death (09/16/2014)

 

Anonymous”, among many mature Christians, death is understood as a divine tool used to fashion life; therefore, reflecting on death does not generate feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, and revulsion. More important than death are forgiveness, divine love, and mercy in judgment that make visible the righteousness of GOD. However, these are sacred things that may only be fully communicated to mankind by using simple elements. Human potential as a creation of divinity allows the character, nature, and substance of mankind’s life process and makeup to be displayed through attitudes, behavior, emotions, and conduct that may be described as animal, human, or divine. In a given moment, some will display all three at the same time, resulting in confusion. The continuous communication of the Creator and the created has been corrupted and degraded through the operations of sin that oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe. Sin promotes nonexistence, and a return to the conditions of chaos, confusion, and flux that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth. Sin contains and puts forth no spirit substance from the makeup of GOD, yet, sin may dominate consciousness and self-will (willpower) within created beings and living creatures. Where divinity makes an outreach to explain these things to mankind, ones usual way of thinking and speaking must undergo permanent change. The finite tools of intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, and science are best fitted for exchanging academic information, for detailing secular knowledge, and for manipulating things that are material, political, and social. Relying on verbal communication or “word of mouth” is made to be graphic to be made memorable. The issues addressed by Christian belief and sacred knowledge are to be received as spirit content from the makeup of divinity (we say, revelation) whereby GOD becomes knowable, known, accessible, and approachable. Inseparable aspects of divinity are provided that include faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. These allow Christians to apprehend the realities of origins for mankind, his sphere of life, and the full extent of life essence (we also say, breath; spirit; word) imparted from the Creator; the elements of imagination, mind, and recall for fashioning and preserving information; and the sacred law, principles for relationships with GOD, eternal purposes, and the immutable and unchanging truth from divinity that serve as the reliable standards for all that have existence and life. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

1. James 1: 16-22, King James Version (KJV): 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

2. John 3: 1-7, 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, 3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ-iXt14nrg). 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 whether sinners are made “sin-free” by death. As part of the conditions for their existence and life, babies also receive a vulnerability to the operations of sin. Properly understood, death and mortality are divine tools to fulfill the eternal purpose of GOD as Lawgiver, Judge, Ruler over all Creation, and Savior of mankind in spite of the infirmity and weakness that continues on the earth because of sin. The fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden has required acts of GOD and a plan having multiple divine operations to release mankind from the consequences of their own actions. The errors (sin) committed by the first pair, entered into their lives like the barb on a fishhook, that goes in quietly and smoothly, yet, always tears the flesh when attempting to take it out. The expressed will of GOD (we say, the divine law; the word spoken) behaved like a barbed hook. It is written: 1st Corinthians 15: 56, King James Version (KJV): 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. One of the fighters using the ID “Anonymous” in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality (no profile data shared) posted the following:

 

If at birth we are sinners, at death are we sin-free?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (1st Corinthians 15: 21-26, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Entered Into Divine Glory (09/03/2019); Life Because of Righteousness (08/29/2019); The Penalty of Death? (04/26/2019); Salvation Through Jesus Christ (03/25/2019); Satisfying Creation and Law (01/22/2019); Gall Refused on the Cross? (03/20/2015); The Agony of Death? (03/22/2015)

 

Anonymous”, mankind requires a new birth that may only be accomplished by a death and resurrection of divinity. The dead do not sin; even so, they will be held accountable for their actions while they were living. Divine operations for fulfilling lawful judgment and restoring Adam from their violation of relationship with GOD has required more than forgiveness. There also must be the use of mortality, death, and resurrection of the dead. Among mature Christian believers, it is understood that sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the entire Creation. Sin is no spirit or substance put forth by GOD, yet, sin may dominate consciousness and self-will (willpower) within created beings and living creatures. The operations of sin can not be eliminated, destroyed, or reversed as though sin were an ordinary man-made, material object. Only through forms of death can those who commit sin be released from its influence. While the sinner will not continue to commit sin, the living will be challenged by their offenses and the consequences of their deeds for as much as four generations (160 years). The appearance of divinity using the form of human flesh and blood (we say, Incarnation) has permitted mankind to become “born again” and “mature again” through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The same life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted to Adam at Creation and that resided within Jesus is provided from the makeup of GOD, and believers are to exist as the new creation. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. In addition to discernment and the ability to realize that sin is contrary to both divine and human nature, Christ has provided expectations (hopes), understandings, eternal works, and sacred visions that allow the heart and mind of his disciples to live above condemnation, fear, and spiritual confusion. The members of his church are to be those experiencing new life as vessels of divine spirit and the offspring of GOD. There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, consider again a presentation on grace from the music ministry of Steve Amerson @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVRLkfi2O6o.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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