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Today, reply is on the value of “thoughts and prayers” as a response to mass shootings, tragedies, and extreme weather events.  Among Christian believers, many occurrences outside the church and within the general community (i.e., the world) are recognizable as cries for help.  Crisis, emergency, and traumatic events often demand divine intervention, can include clear violations of sacred law, and are properly seen as attacks against divine order.  In spite of issues of disbelief, lack of gratitude, and skepticism, when disaster and terror events turn a spotlight on unmet needs for the ministry of Christ as Risen Lord, it is correct for Christians to apply the same solutions and tools relied on within the congregations and communities of faith.  Outreach may provide expressions of love and support through music ministry, intercessory prayer, prophecy, and selected readings from the holy writings.  Meaningful recovery, treatment, and volunteer efforts will require cooperation and shared focus that also can counteract the increased threats that workers will become overwhelmed by feelings of anger, bitterness, defeat, depression, helplessness, fear, and exaggerated pride.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appeared) posted the following:

 

What exactly do “thoughts and prayers” accomplish?

Any time there’s a tragedy or mass shooting, social media is plastered by conservative Christians saying “sending thoughts and prayers.” What exactly does this do to help the victims?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  (Philippians 4:  6-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Protects the Faithful (12/19/2017); Storms to Punish America? (09/08/2017); Why Pray For Victims? (06/14/2016); Shot While in Church? (06/18/2015); Saved While in Church? (06/19/2015); Faith for Facing Tragedy? (06/04/2013); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013); The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, thoughts and prayers serve to counteract our extreme natural responses such as anger, bitterness, despair, and irrational, mindless violence.  Where people are being courteous and friendly to us during times of bereavement, emotional crisis, and stress, we often fail to realize that their responses to us that are most encouraging and helpful may have been generated by their indwelling spirit imparted from the makeup of GOD.  Christian believers are to operate as incarnations of divinity, spokespersons, and the offspring (sons and daughters) of GOD on the earth who make divinity active and present during times of trouble, and our hours of need.  Sinners who are “born again” experience the death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit, and are to become vessels of divine DNA, so to speak.  As those repenting and returning to GOD, sinners in transition who undergo the permanent changes in rebirth are filled with inseparable sacred substance from the fullness of divinity.  Included are balance, faith, forbearance, holiness, humility, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, respect, wisdom, and wrath against sin. 

GOD is not an abstraction, an academic construct, or a human intellectual device; therefore, the sacred work of revelation goes forward to make divinity knowable, known, accessible, and approachable to created beings and living creatures.  Communication, exchange, and interaction (we say, entering into a personal relationship with GOD) are shared through multiple lives and actual members of the full body of Christ, the church.  In addition to shared worship, there are fellowship, marriage, meditation, praise, prayer, study, and unselfish service.  Our shared thoughts and prayers become acceptable gifts, offerings, requests, and sacrifices to GOD when they are presented by Jesus Christ.  Also, Christian believers are to understand that “comfort” along with “edification” and “exhortation” is one of the three works that provide divine disclosure and revelation appearing as aspects of sacred prophecy within the church.

The proclamation of the Gospel (good news) provides truth that is directed against fear, isolation, loneliness, poverty, the operations of sin, and all spiritual confusion.  On surface, the non-worship activities and programs of the church may appear little different from what goes on in community recreation and social centers.  However, the church uses simple things that impart lessons and resources that nonetheless are spiritually profound.  Included are divine assurances, emblems, opportunities to serve, seals, signs, and sacred tokens that express and establish the integrity of GOD.  Survivors, victims, and those still on the battlefield will be encouraged and refreshed when they are not answered by ignorance, blamed, despised, forgotten, ignored, condemned by indifference and silence, or rejected as being unfit.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-4, King James Version (KJV):  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

(2.)  Jeremiah 29:  11-13, KJV:  11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  13 And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

(3.)  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 7:  1, KJV:  1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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THE BLACK PHOENIX
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One Stream IntertwinedA Depiction of The Fullness of Divinity Streaming As A Single Deity Who Presents Personhood Through 3 Discrete Aspects

 

Today, thoughts are shared on the Holy Spirit, and differences between divine and human “personhood”.  The “mystery” of the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) is his existence as invisible substance (we say, spirit), and his undeniable appearance through deeds and works.  The sacred operations and process of GOD include affirmation, covenant, discovery, edification, forbearance, gradual growth, posing and responding to questions with revelation, giving and requiring respect as well as appearing through ongoing exchange and relationship.  Inseparable aspects of the full array for divine substances include elements that together exist, interact, and can be perceived by created beings and living creatures as higher order entities who are accountable as the causes, origins, and source for meaning and objects having quality and value.  The three divine persons display authority, immortality and incorruption, and are a single active presence.  Thus, aspects of personhood displayed by the Holy Spirit should be discerned as including balance, comfort, compassion, consciousness, gratitude, interdependence, motive, oneness without sameness, purpose, and restraint.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Monica P” (Level 6 with 16,494 points, a member since July 15, 2008) posted the following:

 

If you believe The Holy Spirit is a person please tell why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:  and whom he called, them he also justified:  and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  (Romans 8:  26-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  That GOD Is Moral? (11/24/2017); Leadings of the Spirit (11/05/2017); Knowing the Invisible GOD (09/17/2017; The Fullness of GOD? (05/21/2017); The Holy Spirit “Begotten”? (02/27/2017); Receiving the Holy Spirit (12/08/2016); The Focus Upon Spirit (09/12/2016)

 

“Monica P”, here are some thoughts you may find helpful on divine possibilities: 

Many mature Christian believers continue to describe the full character, makeup, and substance of divinity as the GODhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  Divine “personhoood” (we also say, person and personness) is acknowledged as an inseparable aspect of divinity in accordance with the appearance of multiple divine operations (e.g., creation, forgiveness, judgment, reconciliation, salvation); the application and provision of “sacred” not “secular” knowledge; the institution of sacred practices (we say, sacraments such as baptism, confession, holy matrimony, repentance); and the embodiment of spirit substance and sovereign will (e.g., divine law, praise, priesthood, the church).

Where we speak of GOD as “the Trinity,” we are using a language and sequencing device for grouping concepts and ideas (we say, “analysis” to acknowledge discrete parts that make up a whole).  Properly understood, the fullness of immortal, incorruptible GOD can not be cut up, dissected and sectioned into smaller units within the frameworks of time and space by using finite human tools (e.g., emotion, intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, science).  Even so, fixed and regular patterns do appear that allow us to consider specific operations of GOD among men that include the following:

(1.)  The Holy Spirit that operated in the Creation acted with direction and purpose that describe personhood, being in accord with others, and responding to a shared standard when putting forth the spheres of life (heaven and earth).

(2.)  The Son of GOD imparted balance, existence, life, divine personhood, presence, and more to establish mankind as a living soul having the “image” of GOD (we also say, life essence, breath, spirit, Word). 

(3.)  The active presence who is the Holy Spirit appears within continuous covenant relationships using elements to be visible among men such as blood, fire, water, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, and prophecy.

(4.)  In water baptism there are death, burial and resurrection of ones inborn spirit with rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak.  Deposits of inseparable spirit substance are imparted to mankind by the Holy Spirit that include faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  The Holy Spirit provided gifts of spirit process and substance to the early church at Pentecost to authenticate the divinity of Christ; comfort, build up, and encourage the believers to continue the ministry and work of Christ as well as to begin their preparation for the return of Jesus (we say, Advent, harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming). )  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Today, some thoughts are shared on the original divine commission to mankind, human reproduction, and evolution.  The first pair were to populate, maintain, and overspread the earth.  Through them the earth would continue to be held accountable to GOD.  Adam was formed from substance out of the earth, and was given life by substance out of GOD.  The new creation through  Jesus Christ, the church, has been formed from his blood, body and spirit, and through the Holy Spirit establishes mankind on the earth as a habitation of GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Omar” (Level 1 with 199 points, a member since February 01, 2014) posted the following:

 

God said multiply… how reproduction can fit in evolution theory? without reproduction there will be no evolution, no natural selection.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  10-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Adam, Family and Law (07/05/2017); Word, Son, and Christ? (08/24/2016); The Glory of GOD? (06/23/2015); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014); Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012)

 

“Omar”, where the earth must be acknowledged as the creation of GOD, the world as a system of interrelated meanings, practices, and values that allow communication, exchange and survival of the living has been the creation of mankind.  Many mature Christian believers avoid and forgo discussions of evolution and the teachings of natural science because they usually deny the most fundamental fact required for sacred knowledge—GOD is a spirit who must be known through revelation, discovery, and ongoing personal relationship.  Where Adam was told to “multiply” he was given more than simply a command and a direction to engage in a mechanical process of reproduction.  He could not of himself repeat what GOD had done—neither his falling asleep, nor the removing of a rib—to grant him a life companion.  Substance from the makeup of divinity (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, utterance, word) is imparted, and with it mankind is established having authority, direction, and purpose.  In the flawed human terms of science that are finite, carnal, material, and social, the first pair are merely told to populate the earth with their own kind competing and operating as one of the animals.  From the aspect of a Christian, the pair are an appearance (i.e., incarnation) of divinity, and are to manifest the active presence within heaven throughout the earth.  This is as much to be performed as a matter of caretaking and service as it is a matter of dominion and rule.  The plan of GOD for the earth was in no way intended to alter or interfere with the plan of GOD for heaven.  Despite the language of “natural selection” and “survival” that has come from the world, mankind continues as the emblem of divine ownership of the earth.  Consider again the following that use language from the Bible:

(1.)  Genesis 2:  18-23, King James Version (KJV):  18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.  19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them:  and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.  20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.  21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept:  and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;  22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh:  she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

(2.)  Acts 17:  24-31, KJV:  24 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;  25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  26 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;  27 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:  28 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.  29 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.  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Psalms 115:  14-18, KJV:  14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.  15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.  16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s:  but the earth hath he given to the children of men.  17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.  18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise 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, the separation of the Creator from the Jews is discussed as more than the outcome of differences among arbitrary beliefs, viewpoints, and personal opinions.  The Bible record of covenant relationship with mankind details thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  Divinity unequivocally has shown us the oneness without sameness that would allow mankind to exist eternally as a companion to our Maker is cut off and disallowed by corruption, disobedience, transgression, and sin.  Created beings and living creatures can not attain to eternal life by relying on their own awareness, skills, and willpower.  The operations of sin through consciousness and self-will within the living may appear to be natural, normal and ordinary, yet, sin is always contrary to the character and makeup of GOD.  The alternatives and possibilities from GOD in mankind quickly become degraded, infirm, and incapable of continuing within the sacred presence.  Therefore the flesh has been condemned of GOD, and not the law of GOD.  Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, provides for the eternal existence of the law by preserving those who obey, respect and manifest the righteousness of the law.  The faithful are his portion along with a remnant from all that have lived.  The saved will be acknowledged as joint-heirs with the Lord and those who continue to bear the image of GOD.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Christians, are all the religious Jews including Rabbi’s who perished in the holocaust in hell because they rejected Jesus?

It’s really hard for me to believe that, as a Christian.

I mean…. punished for thought crime.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.  And if by grace, then is it no more of works:  otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace:  otherwise work is no more work.  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.  (Romans 11:  5-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Savior of “All”? (08/22/2017); The Place of Torment? (08/21/2017); The Operations of Sin (07/25/2017); The Cross and Judaism? (05/27/2016); The Remnant? (10/12/2015); Judged For Acts and Thoughts? (08/14/2014); Humility Needed for Salvation? (08/15/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014) 

 

“Anonymous”, being cast into hell has to do with not containing aspects of the divine character and makeup imparted to created beings and living creatures.  Thus, salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ goes beyond the finite human elements of carnal reason, imagination, intellect, logic, secular knowledge and personal opinions.  The issues of eternal existence, life, death and accountability are upon a different plane from the routines that make up our material and social realms, yet, are accessible to all.

Given that what we discover, and the impressions from our explorations prompted through self-will often are more lasting, the divine process for developing Christian believers encourages discovery of revealed truth through fellowship with committed believers, continual acknowledgment of sacred discipline and practices (e.g., confession, forgiveness, prayer, repentance) along with regular study of the holy writings.  A sinner must experience memorable growth and learning as part of the new creation from GOD through Jesus Christ.  They must submit to permanent change ordered and paced in accordance with exchanges and interactions that occur among the aspects of their own spirit content imparted from the makeup of Deity.  Included are faith, holiness, hope, joy, incorruption, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Neither the law given to the Jews as a chosen people of GOD, death as a penalty of the law, nor obedience to the demands of their covenant law were effective in completely removing sin from the earth.  Corruption and defilement resulting from the operations of sin can not be eliminated simply on the basis of divine gifts and endowments to the living, and are requiring divine acts of intervention, judgment, mercy, and final resolution by the fullness of GOD in accord.  Animals, angels, and men are substantive, and not merely images and thoughts within the mind of a Supreme Being.  Thus, the provisions through Jesus Christ, who is the head of the church have been flesh and blood, Spirit, and Word.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Romans 3:  23, King James Version (KJV):  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

(2.)  Romans 5:  12-15, KJV:  12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  13 (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 8:  3-9, KJV:  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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 LAST BREATH

 

Today, reply is made on fear and thoughts of dying among Christians.  Being vulnerable as alive, carnal, and mortal, Christian believers also may experience misgivings, mixed feelings, and uncertainty when considering their own death.  However, as the offspring of GOD, and joint-heirs with the Lord, we have been told what to hope (expect).  We are not to rely upon emotions, personal opinions and secular knowledge.  We are to hold to proclamations, promises, and prophecies from GOD.  Where there seems to be missing information, and details we might want do not appear, we are to understand they are neither necessary nor useful for our salvation.  What we have been given is sufficient.  A fighter using the ID “Billy” at “Yahoo! Answers” (Level 1 with 39 points, a member since August 10, 2017) posted the following:

 

Does the thought of dying scare you? lets just say it’s absolute nothingness. no emotion feelings just pure nothing. does it comfort you?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”  (Galatians 2:  19-21, New International Version, NIV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  No Fear In Love? (05/17/2017); Correct Awe and Respect (02/04/2016); Alway Delivered To Death? (11/06/2015); Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014); Freedom of Foul Speech? (09/10/2014); On Death and Pain (05/08/2014); A “Good” Verse? (05/09/2014); The Dead in Christ? (11/18/2013); Too Much Holy Spirit? (11/19/2013)

 

“Billy”, here are some points on the understanding of death that should be found among mature followers of Jesus Christ.  Because Christian believers are being given endowments of sacred substance from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, wrath against sin) along with such elements as gratitude, hope, humility and joy, their awareness and thoughts on death are always counterpoised against their conviction and thoughts on eternal life.  Where sinners will respond to sacred knowledge by becoming “born again”, by making commitment to the Gospel and other godly doctrine, by continually repenting of sin, and by practicing the fellowship, lifestyle and daily routines shared within the community of faith that is the church, “death” takes on new meaning as “sleep”, as “rest”, and as a brief  interruption of being a living companion of divinity.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Scriptures (Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®) :

(1.)  Romans 14:  8, NIV:  8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

(2.)  Romans 8:  5-9, NIV:  5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 15:  50-54, NIV:  50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  51 Listen, I tell you a mystery:  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, NIV:  13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.  14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.  18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made on divine spirit being different from intellect, mind, and thought.  In their discipline to remain grounded, practical and sober, mature Christian believers avoid conjecture and speculation on events and operations of divinity not revealed within the holy writings.  It is as absurd and unfruitful to imagine GOD surrounded by nothing or immersed within the streams of chaos and flux as to estimate the number of years between the founding of heaven and the earth, or seek to grasp what might have been GOD’s first thought and why.  There is no meaningful provision of sacrament, salvation, revelation, or the sacred knowledge essential to securing eternal life.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shared) posted the following:

 

What was God doing all that time before he made his first thought?

God is eternal, with no beginning. But there must have been a first thought. So was God just blank for trillions of infinite millenniums?

“trillions of infinite millenniums?” I don’t know what that means either.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.  (Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Revealed As One (07/12/2017); A Beginning And End? (06/01/2017); The Best Starting Point? (09/13/2016); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013); Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, to avoid spiritual confusion, most Christian believers share the revelation of GOD that is recorded within the holy writings.  In the Scriptures, the Creator proclaims how he is to be known and spoken of by created beings and living creatures, and becomes “visible” by using thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  Many mature Christians agree that the character, makeup, and substance of divinity is spirit, and can not be completely and correctly known by relying only on life experiences that are carnal, material, secular, and social.  Sacred knowledge and the authentic discovery of invisible spirit is only acquired by those realizing that divinity is an active presence who communicates with the living by using specific, unchanging meanings, messages, motives, operations, and values.

The living are aware and apprehend their own existence on the basis of finite elements generated by form and physical being that include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual release), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall), and self-will.  The existence and process of divinity are in accordance with the exchanges and interactions among diverse, inseparable divine matter (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin).  The fullness of divinity coheres as oneness without sameness, therefore, Deity appears both as the collective movements of the GODhead and as the actions by distinct persons having divine fullness (i.e., the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). 

While the divine fullness has not yet been—and may never be—comprehended by relying upon the frameworks of time and space, logic, mathematics, and discursive thought, human efforts to understand divinity have included applying systems for rational order that include demystification, personification, and projections from mankind as bearing “the image of GOD.”  As actors, agents and objects within relationships with divinity, mankind engages divinity through various levels of thought.  However, this requires there be full acceptance of the premise that GOD is eternal spirit without beginning and without end.  More than this, with and without action, consciousness, purpose, or thought (as mankind and other created beings and living creatures experience them), GOD manifests as breath, life essence, perfection, utterance, and word.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Isaiah 55:  7-11, King James Version (KJV):  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(2.)  Isaiah 58: 13-14, KJV:  13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:  14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:  for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Jeremiah 29:  11-13, KJV:  11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And you shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made to a question on conversion and the power of the Bible.  The Bible is a library and collection of holy writings that have been carefully examined and preserved on the basis of their oneness without sameness of spirit content and sacred origin.  In addition to divine law, legal covenants, sacred history, and tested counsel, the Scriptures share sacred knowledge of the operations and processes of GOD along with promises, prophecies, and eternal purpose.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “daniel” (Level 2 with 338 points, a member since February 13, 2007) posted the following:

 

What is the power of the Bible?

Communist Encounters Christ
Zhao is one of China’s foremost experts on Christianity. A former Communist Party member and atheist, Zhao converted after reading the Bible.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.  And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;  Whom Jason hath received:  and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.  And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.  And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea:  who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.  Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.  But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.  (Acts 17:  5-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Conversion is by GOD? (08/23/2016); A Christian Dictatorship? (03/05/2015); The Scriptures and Perfection? (10/27/2014); All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014); Not Told in Advance? (10/11/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); About Conversion (09/03/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012)

 

“daniel”, many mature Christian believers rely upon the Bible as the most legitimate record of utterances (e.g., admonitions, commands, proclamations, promises) provided from GOD using patriarchs, judges, prophets, and kings as well as apostles, trusted spokespersons, and anointed witnesses.  So to speak, the Scriptures make GOD who is spirit, knowable, known, and “visible” to created beings and living creatures by sharing a divine perspective and view of sacred operations, eternal purpose, and sovereign will using thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  More than merely authority, sound counsel, sacred law, testimony (i.e., evidence of things unseen), and a standard for weighing truth, the Bible itself should be regarded as an appearance of holy substance that overcomes, replaces, and surpasses the flaws and limits of the flesh seen through academic and secular knowledge, dependence upon military force, politics, traditions, and the influence and operations of sin in the lives of mankind.  Through the Scriptures, born-again believers receive deposits of spirit matter from the makeup of GOD that nourish their “growing up again” to maturity.  Included are certainty, faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 4:  2, King James Version (KJV):  2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 9:  9-11, KJV:  9 When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:  10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.  11 And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Luke 24:  15-27, KJV:  15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.  16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.  17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?  18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?  19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:  20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.  21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel:  and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.  22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;  23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.  24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said:  but him they saw not.  25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:  26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?  27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.)  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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