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Today, reply is on the character and process of the Scriptures as forward-looking. Salvation often requires a clear and complete break with the past (we say, “burning our bridges behind us,” and “new wine into new bottles.”). We should recall Israel’s lament looking back (Numbers 11: 4-6, King James Version (KJV): 4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? 5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: 6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.); and Jesus taught, “Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17: 32, KJV) Christians are to face the future without fear, and continue to acknowledge the Old and New Testament Scriptures because both provide many immutable and unchanging truths. Followers of the Lord are wise to consider that, in the same way it is an error to long for and set our hearts on present circumstances and carnal things, it is an error to examine present events seeking signs and portents from GOD that will foretell the future. For those who will stand before GOD in judgment as disciples of Jesus Christ, their past condition as sinners and transgressors that was written within the Book of Life will be covered by the blood of atonement, and their condemnation is cast into “the sea of forgetfulness” through sacred practices such as rebirth, faith, forgiveness, and hope (the expectation of divine fulfillment for things promised and prophesied). The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since February 16, 2016) posted the following:

 

What does the Bible say about missing the past?

I really miss the 90’s and early 2000’s those were the good days, but I heard somewhere that God says don’t look back but keep looking forward, so I was wondering is it a sin?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. (Nahum 1: 9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); On Facing The Future (01/17/2018); Time and Sacred Events? (03/30/2017); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); A Dry Thirsty Land (05/01/2016); Sin Turned To Goals (05/02/2016); They Shall Not Be Mentioned (05/03/2016); Remembering Lot’s Wife (11/04/2014); Sinless Until Advent? (11/05/2014)

 

Anonymous”, be encouraged! Christian believers are to look to the past for admonition, correction, guidance and warnings; even so, their consciousness is to be forward-looking and focused on the Advent of Jesus Christ (we say, his appearing; the harvest; the Rapture; the Second Coming). The revelation of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) is given to make the Creator knowable, known, accessible, and approachable to all created beings and living creatures. In place of mysteries, puzzles, riddles and secular knowledge sinners who turn to GOD are provided with comfort and edification through gifts that include divine law, sovereign proclamations, covenant promises, prophecy, sacred knowledge, a structured lifestyle, and multiple opportunities for service and sharing within a community of believers. Sinners must become “born again” through baptism, become joined to GOD through the Holy Spirit, and “grow up again” as “developing believers.” Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Deuteronomy 32: 1-7, King James Version (KJV): 1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: 3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. 4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. 5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. 6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee? 7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

(2.) Ecclesiastes 7: 9-11, KJV: 9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. 10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this. 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

(3.) Ezra 3: 10-13, KJV: 10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: 13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

(4.) James 4: 13-17, KJV: 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

(5.) Matthew 16: 1-4, KJV: 1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (6.) 1st Thessalonians 4: 13-18, KJV: 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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THE BLACK PHOENIX

Washington, DC

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The benefits, operations, and effects that follow completion of divine judgment are in view, today.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “supernovamike11” (Level 6 with 13,347 points, a member since September 30, 2008) posted the following:

 

Christians: Say you go to heaven, and one of the people you meet is the soldier that personally nailed Christ to the cross. Your response?

Update: What do you say to him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  (1st Corinthians 3:  11-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Can Christians Be Racists? (07/25/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); They Shall Not Be Mentioned (05/03/2016); To Forgive is Divine? (04/06/2016); Iniquity Forgiven? (02/16/2016); The Process of Forgiveness? (10/21/2015); Doing GOD’s Plan (02/20/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014); The Earth Made New (11/13/2013)

 

“supernovamike11”, the people you will meet in the New Jerusalem will all be “born again,” redeemed, sanctified, and saved.  There will be no one there to promote deceit, or tell lies.  To describe life in heaven once formal judgment is concluded, or to detail the course of life for the living upon the earth made new, substance from the makeup of divinity and the operations of GOD that establish a new creation must come into view.  In addition to inseparable aspects of the full GODhead (e.g., faith, forgiveness, holiness, joy, oneness, person, purity, wisdom, wrath against sin), one must realize contributions by the blood, body, and indwelling Spirit of Jesus Christ.  In many instances, sacred knowledge will overshadow and completely replace secular knowledge.  Eternal purposes will have priority above appetite, sensation, and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, guilt, imagination, recall) seen as the imperatives generated by flesh.  Content and focus for life experience will not be structured according to present frameworks of confession, mortality, time, and space.  Those who are saved will be immortal and incorruptible.  The features that now serve as history (repeated cycles, patterns, and sequences that make “the past” knowable, and that allow forecast and  projections to describe “the future”) will not have the same importance, or usefulness.  In the social routines of eternal life, the living will share mutual acceptance, approval, respect, and trust.  There will be direct communication, exchange, fellowship and interaction with divinity.  Such features as cultural arrogance, bias, envy, malice, prejudice, racism, and suspicion will not exist.  There will be reminders and personal testimonies of the divine work accomplished on behalf of all Creation, and of the life that once existed in the universe (e.g., the nail-prints and scars that will appear in the body of Jesus Christ).  Even so, there will be no boasting, bragging, or swapping tales of ones former crimes and sins.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Nahum 1:  7-10, King James Version (KJV):  7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.  8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.  9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end:  affliction shall not rise up the second time.  10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

(2.)  Malachi 4:  1-3, KJV:  1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:  and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.  3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

(3.)  Romans 6:  20-23, KJV:  20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 21:  3-5, KJV:  3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.  5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write:  for these words are true and faithful.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

 

 

 

 

The discussion continues, today, that sin must be personal for Christian believers just as Jesus dying upon the cross must be personal.  Alertness and greater awareness are required, not “baggage”, pride, or self-promotion.  The work of a believer is less in the line of self-improvement and more in agreement with becoming ripe for harvest as those the Lord will gather from the earth.  Attitudes, behavior, and transgressions from ones past are not to be used as accusations and obstacles to new life and the building of trust within the body of believers.  While operations to heal will go forth from the Holy Spirit that downplay and erase the disgrace, embarrassment, and pain once experienced through sin, strength also is imparted that permits those born again to adopt sacred purpose, take charge of themselves in their new lives, and serve as true champions against the things that once corrupted and defrauded them.  Believers need not fear to look back upon the past, for thereby they realize, though the Savior was invisible, Christ was with them all the time.  The Father, the Son and the Spirit were present, however, not to interfere with, or overthrow their integrity as persons, hinder their individual development, and frustrate their necessary exercise of will.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.  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.  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.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  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?  But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.  (Ezekiel 18:  19-24, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Dry Thirsty Land (05/01/2016); Sin Turned To Goals (05/02/2016); Forgiveness and The Cross (04/04/2016); The Old Self Crucified? (04/03/2016); Repentance and New Life? (12/30/2015); The Process of Forgiveness? (10/21/2015)

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016)—As surely as we are to remember Jesus dying upon the cross for our redemption, Christian believers also ought remember that errors and sin are still threatening to overwhelm them with destruction.  Embracing Christ as Savior, believers become able to view their life experience as one of continuous growth, rather than a series of disruptive episodes.  For this reason, many mature believers in Christ are convinced that, joined to sacred knowledge and practice, the truth of our experience of sin, the flesh, and the world can be made part of our arsenal against evil and wickedness.  Admonition, counsel, guidance, instruction and warning are understood as having more power when grounded in authentic life experience, rather than parables, speculation, theory, or “the leaven of the Pharisees.”  There are young people, desiring genuineness and sincerity, who prefer to endure affliction and negative experiences that permit them a sense of life having true substance, and is not “fake”, false, and full of illusion.  Such  youth often mistake the meaning of “freedom” to be “do as you please,” so they turn away from the self-esteem, self-respect and self-restraint that are the marks of full self-control, mastery, and maturity.  Instead of believing that becoming adult means there must be misery, unhappiness, violence, and wretchedness, adults and young people alike are encouraged to see, the ministry of Jesus Christ has been carried out to remove the shackles of disbelief, ignorance, and uncertainty regarding the things of GOD.  Those who follow the Lord, do so on a path that leads to a lasting freedom without the dangers and unwanted risk of having past burdens restored, and old wounds reopened.  Consider again the following from the Scriptures:   

(1.)  Deuteronomy 9:  7, King James Version (KJV):  7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness:  from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.

(2.)  Proverbs 28:  13, KJV:  13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

(3.)  James 1:  23-25, KJV:  23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

(4.)  Psalms 119:  59-60, KJV:  I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.  60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep they commandments.

(5.)  Psalms 119:  67, KJV:  67 Before I was afflicted I went astray:  but now have I kept thy word.

(6.)  Psalms 119:  75-76, KJV:  75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.  76 Let, I pray thee, they merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.

(7.)  2nd Peter 1:  5-10, KJV:  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, (8.)  Philippians 3:  12-14, KJV:  12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:  but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, the discussion that sin must be personal is continued focusing on the teaching that sins should be dismissed, forgotten, and relegated to the past (we hear, cast into the sea of forgetfulness).  Believers are to be made “awake” by the cross, be witnesses to transfiguration, and be granted sight to operate with awe, humility, repentance, and heartfelt love.  Life is transformed to be eternal, and unforgettable.  Many say “sin” to speak of a disruptive condition, and peculiar patterns of dysfunctional attitude and behavior that negatively influence human affairs.  For Christian believers, sin is the transgression of divine law, and is an interruption of divine affairs that include healthy relationship between Creator and created.  Sin is not alive, discriminating, and selective; and may appear at once as methodical, random, and not well-thought-out.  Despite collusion and conspiracy, sin results in distrust, division, isolation, and separation.  Sinners must make a personal response to “own, and own-up-to” their sins that include careful reflection, clearing of ones conscience, decision-making, expressions of emotion, and systematic preparation for undesired consequences and problems.  Forgiving oneself is as much an aspect of accepting divine forgiveness as becoming “born again” and accepting identity as a new creation.  Through the accomplishments of Jesus Christ for atonement, mercy, reconciliation, and redemption, sin is transformed to serve as a continuing focus for change, development, growth, and learning, rather than an unchanging source of anxiety, condemnation, depression, dishonor, guilt, and shame.  The operations of sin become visible only through life experiences that violate covenant and relationship with divinity.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, and has no form or substance as an ordinary object in Creation.  The presence of sin operates as an influence upon awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures, however, sin can not direct, dominate, or manipulate the will of GOD.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.  And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.  And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:  Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.  But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep:  and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.  (Luke 9:  28-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Dry Thirsty Land (05/01/2016); Transformed by The Cross (03/23/2016); How To Measure Spiritual Progress? (04/19/2015); The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014) 

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016)—Among those practicing alchemy and science, it once was thought that lead could be changed to gold using the Philosopher’s Stone.  Among those observing sacred practices as Christian believers (e.g., church attendance, prayer, worship), it should be correctly understood that the meaning and value of sin—that can not be eliminated or removed from their lives using finite tools such as intellect, logic, politics, and technology—can be altered by faith that is founded upon the Rock.  Even so, among the disciples and followers of Jesus Christ, many feel that, once they have become baptized, their sin confessed, or multiple prayers for forgiveness and mercy have been offered, all their accountability and duty regarding their sins have been fully discharged.  Such persons will even cling to vain hopes (i.e., expectations that derive from carnal, material, and social activity, rather than the sacred content of doctrine, events, persons, divine promises, or prophecy) and the common error that “new life” in Christ means they now may return to the old associations and practices that entangled them in sin having authority, being able to gain greater benefit, and being completely in charge.  Believers are to know that sin is characterized by deceit, exaggerated pride, and selfishness.  The “reach of sin” extends across the frameworks of time and space in such a way that, even the death of the sinner does not end or remove the ongoing consequences, effects, and influence of their sins.  Saying this another way, without divine intercession, judgment, and the second death, the damage, ruin, and upheaval caused by their sin while the sinner lived could continue for eternity.  In addition to atonement, then, there must be rebirth, resurrection, perfection, and sanctification.  Believers should be unafraid to face, recall, examine, and continually resist their sin with an eye to their goal of becoming ripe for harvest at the coming of the Lord.  Believers are to celebrate the victory of Christ over their own and the sins of others, and take strength as they continue upon the earth being yet challenged, confronted and drawn by various offenses.  The memory of sin, its agony, humiliation and pain, are to exhort and spur a believer in their efforts to deliver and encourage others, to express heartfelt gratitude to GOD, and to display true humility as the offspring of the Most High.  In the light of divine love, as in the light from the cross, the past is no cause or source of bitterness, depression, fear, and uncertainty.  The past is a tool for enlightenment.  Eternal life will always have its origins in the past, and the past has been given as the frame that is anchoring our future.  Consider again how this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 16:  4-6, King James Version (KJV):  4 The LORD hath made all things for himself:  yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.  5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORDthough hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.  6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:  and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 6:  9-11, KJV:  9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:   neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  11 And such were some of you:  but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

(3.)  Genesis 28:  15-17, KJV:  15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.  16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.  17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 15:  33-34, KJV:  33 Be not deceived:  evil communications corrupt good manners.  34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God:  I speak this to your shame.

(5.)  Numbers 32:  23, KJV:  23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD:  and be sure your sin will find you out.

(6.)  1st Corinthians 15:  50-54, KJV:  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

(7.)  Ephesians 5:  13-15, KJV:  13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light:  for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.  14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.  15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, (8.)  1st Peter 5:  6-9, KJV:  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

More points are shared on what was called “Two different sides of Christianity,” that some Christian believers condemn sinners as “lost”, and others declare love or promise to pray for a sinner.  Christians serve a GOD who is to be known and respected for judgment that displays condemnation, punishment and wrath against sin as well as correction, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, and love.  Several aspects of spiritual development, growth and service are considered.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Both Lost and Found? (11/08/2014)—(5.)  All Must Acquire Discipline.  In the same way a classroom of 25 to 30 students are issued the same text book, receive the same daily instruction, yet vary in their performance on quizzes and exams, Christians vary in their competence and performance as ministers of the Gospel.  Those who are born again, all must gradually change and mature while meeting the same challenges of life encountered by everyone else upon the earth.  Saying this another way:  There is a fixed course both for carnal and spiritual development that unfolds as cycles, phases and stages for human growth and learning within settings that are material and social.  In this sense, as a group Christian believers are no different than those who are agnostics, atheists, infidels and nonbelievers.

(6.)  Insults and Interference.  All believers are taught to expect opposition to their ministry from those who may be under the influence of sin.  Those who accept and welcome damnation, death and sin are often cynical, foul-mouthed, irreverent, uncouth and violent.  They behave as though they will only be special by showing defiance and rebellion against GOD, and often go to extremes to discourage, shock and unsettle believers.  Believers are provided with spiritual armor, and are divinely reinforced; however, there remain limits to what believers should endure.  Often a believer may do no more than “plant a seed,” share a thought, and then turn away.  The continuing work for the sinner’s Salvation must be left to Christ and the Holy Spirit.  The believer is then to continue in confidence that the divine process to release mankind from death and sin has already been completed.  What becomes of a good seed planted for Salvation through Jesus Christ is already decided, fixed and predetermined.  In addition to resistance by family, friends and others who lack sacred knowledge believers should expect enmity from fallen angels and unclean spirits who are in the throes of bitterness, envy, resentment and self-destruction.  Harmony and peace as aspects of Christian life will be enjoyed only through careful, deliberate work.  Believers may anticipate and fail to “head off” disappointments, interruptions, and set backs.  Nevertheless, their peace of mind continues for it is not our own righteousness and personal success that establishes our place as an heir to the kingdom.

(7.)  The Past Is Part of The Full Truth.  Believers are not all the same in their ability to be forward-looking without forgetting or denying the past.  Facing the past is necessary.  Having a new life in Christ that is satisfying requires that believers make better choices and decisions for themselves and others while correctly using the tools provided them by GOD.  Where earlier experiences—including abuse, challenges, errors, failures and mistakes—are to be taken as a platform or springboard for correction and further growth, at first, many are burdened with anger, bitterness, fear, and uncertainty.  Yet, the accomplishments, newness and triumph of Christ in the life are made visible, and best recognized when we place the correct positive value upon our memories of difficulties and hardships.  Instead of confusion, depression, discouragement, regret and self-pity, believers will experience godly sorrow, and will feel motivated to continue or increase their efforts that benefit and support others.  Those who acknowledge they already have overcome the past by their choice for salvation will also freely express personal goals to build, to change, and to prosper upon the earth now as well as in the future that will be established at the coming of Christ.

(8.)  GOD Uses Diversity.  Christians always will vary in levels of commitment, maturity, understanding, and zeal.  Believers will have different duties and responsibilities as well as different gifts, preparation and skills.  Exchange and interaction with believers are to further prepare one for fellowship with divinity; and a broad range of emotional, intellectual, psychological and spirit content will be shared.  Growth is at once a process of affirming and contradicting, of learning and unlearning.  The aim of divinity has not been the establishment of sameness so much as the permanent institution of oneness (we say, agreement, unity).  GOD is a spirit who is immutable and unchanging, and operates as accommodating, longsuffering and flexible by having established immeasurable richness, comparison and contrast, diversity, movement within the frameworks of time and space, progression, and variety.

(9.)  Commanded to Restraint and Vigilance.  Believers must practice giving, ministry to others, and sharing outside of the church community by using restraint, and setting priorities. While believers may have to communicate with, or make regular contact with nonbelievers in the home, the workplace and other settings, believers are not to boast, rage, show-off, be self-promoting, become spiritually dominated by or yoked to unbelievers.  Believers are counseled not to practice judgment of others, to stay watchful and to continue in prayer anticipating the coming of Christ.

(10.)  Adventism and End-time Ministry.  Many Christians now operate having a heightened awareness that the time for the Second Coming of Christ to harvest believers from the earth is becoming increasingly near.  Such believers often promote the study of prophecy, and share the genuine sense of urgency that comes by having the certainty that Christ will appear soon.  Because their messages often have the tone of admonition, confrontation, criticism, reprimand, scolding and warning, many fail to correctly hear and see that divine love is being expressed.  It is through dutifulness, grace and kindness that attention, care, empathy, and personal concern are being displayed.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,  To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.  But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;  Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.  (Titus 3:  1-11, KJV)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (11.)  A Sinner’s Last Chance.  Believers are to always acknowledge that the answers they share come forth from Christ through the Holy Spirit.  Individual believers do not have all the answers; they are not “know-it-alls”, and walking encyclopedias.  Sinners will ask questions intended to generate arguments, confusion, distrust and embarrassment.  Because mocking, provocation, and slander are their purpose; believers are not required to make any response.  Yet, for certain questions posed by a sinner, the answer also may be important to fellow believers.  The reply from one challenged to answer must be as complete and correct as the believer may make it, because it may be the first and final witness from GOD that the sinner will receive.  There can be no “do over.”)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC