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Today, focus is upon the Christian response to prohibitions against eating foods and continuing practices that once separated believers as unclean (we say, unfit) for participation within the congregation, and for uninterrupted service to GOD.  Carnal being (we say, existence as an animal; existence in the flesh) is dependent upon involuntary and mechanical operations such as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), elimination (e.g., bleeding, discharge, sweating, vomiting to remove poisons from the body), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  By contrast, inner spirit vital to ones existence is built up, cleansed, edified, and nourished only through operations of divinity such as atonement, forgiveness, rebirth, and repentance.  While the holy writings record that food and drink have been used repeatedly as instruments for sacred admonition, comfort, communion, healing, judgment, revelation, and sanctification, strictness regarding diet and foods is not to be an obstacle against coming to GOD through Jesus Christ.  More important is a believer holding to the principles of salvation, and righteousness through faith as taught in the Scriptures.  (For example, see Ephesians 2:  8-9, Romans 4:  3-25 and 1st Corinthians 20-29, KJV).  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers India” using the ID “CoolCat” (Level 1 with 63 points, a member since August 24, 2012) made the following thrust:

 

Why christians eat pork? Leviticus 11:7?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.  And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day:  from time to time shalt thou eat it.  Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin:  from time to time shalt thou drink.  And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.  And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.  Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted:  for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.  Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.  Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem:  and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:  That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.  (Ezekiel 4:  9-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013); The Dead in Christ? (11/18/2013); Destroyed in Noah’s Flood? (04/28/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Henceforth, Of This Fruit (11/21/2012); Unexceptional Beginnings (11/22/2012)

 

“CoolCat”, many of those acknowledging the authority of the Scriptures are guided by the following points from the holy writings that may clarify for you Christian belief and practices about diet and foods:

(1.)  Romans 14:  1-4 (KJV):  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.  2 For one believeth that he may eat all things:  another, who is weak, eateth herbs.  3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth:  for God hath received him.  4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up:  for God is able to make him stand.

(2.)  Romans 14:  13-18 (KJV):  13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more:  but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself:  but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.  16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

(3.)  Acts 11:  5-10 (KJV):  5 I was in the city of Joppa praying:  and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:  6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.  7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.  8 But I said, Not so, Lord:  for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.  9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.  10 And this was done three times:  and all were drawn up again into heaven.

(4.)  1st Timothy 4:  1-7 (KJV):  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.  6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.  7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 14:  20-23 (KJV):  20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.  21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.  22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.  23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith:  for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared showing that the removal of bad habits, self-destructive behavior and uncleanness also are necessary aspects of salvation.  Many Christian believers continue to be challenged by health problems associated with diet, food, and poverty; and the many divine operations for our salvation along with our transformation to continue with Christ as immortal and incorruptible are not yet completed and fully in place.  The sacred gifts that have been received include those that equip believers to abide and persevere (e.g., forgiveness, joy, longsuffering, patience).  Presently, those who are born again have only an earnest of the Spirit, (we say, a good-faith deposit; a down-payment; an installment; an initial portion) of what we are to receive that establishes eternal life.  Even so, believers are given enough to continue in such ongoing process for permanent change as acquiring spiritual knowledge, fellowship among the elect, practice of sacraments, praise, and prayer.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using “quaz” as their ID (Level 7 with 66,639 points, a member since February 26, 2010) attacked using the following errors:

 

Why do christians have the notion that giving up some harmful activity is the same as salvation?

true they have the experience. but god’s activity of saving has nothing to do with our experience.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For we are saved by hope:  but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  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?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  (Romans 8:  24-34, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Masturbation and Religion? (02/01/2015); Life Choices (12/14/2013); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); Salvation is Conditional? (01/30/2014); Lower-case or Capital? (01/31/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Bible Justice? (01/26/2014); GOD Intervenes? (07/01/2013); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Jericho Justified? (07/02/2013); When Jesus Comes Back? (04/19/2013); What’s The Way Out? (04/20/2013)

 

“quaz”, here are a few points to consider based upon the platforms for stable Christian belief that appear in the holy writings.  All believers are called to perform service and work that require soundness of body, mind and spirit:

(1.)  From Mark 12:  26-27, KJV (26 And as touching the dead, that they rise:  have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?  27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living:  ye therefore do greatly err.)  The many eternal purposes of divinity for created beings and living creatures are understood as agreeing in a putting forth of existence, life, active presence, and unique person.

(2.)  From Mark 12:  29-31, KJV (29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:  this is the first commandment.  31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.)  Continuing relationship is to appear through covenant, exchange, interaction, and sharing made possible by the living serving as vessels of spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Included are such aspects of divinity as faith, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  From 1st Corinthians 6:  12-13, KJV (12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient:  all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.  13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats:  but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.)  Addictions, extremes of appetite, and unclean habits result from bondage to sin that opposes acknowledgment of divine law, the Law Giver, the processes of health and wholeness for the living, the processes for praise and worship, and the continued existence of a universe maintained through divine order.

(4.)  From 1st Corinthians 6:  18-20, KJV (18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20 For ye are bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.)  Sexual joining is always on multiple levels such as the emotional, the physical, the psychological, and the spiritual.  For this reason, ones inborn spirit may become confounded and defiled through the unseen spirits within a sex partner.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  From 1st Corinthians 3:  16-17, KJV (16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.)  Believers must acknowledge the uninterrupted presence of GOD within.  Granting deliverance and life more abundantly, Christ also is known as “the Chainbreaker” having authority and power to release the spirit within believers from all conflicting and destroying influences.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

More is shared, today, on atonement, forgiveness, guilt before the law, and the priestly work of Jesus Christ.  Salvation from GOD has not been provided for those who are innocent of wrongdoing.  Atonement, redemption, and salvation are for the guilty, those whose awareness and self-will have been dominated by sin.  It is also a principle within divine judgment that, even though a person may have committed certain violations of divine law unintentionally (we say, by accident, in ignorance), they are yet accountable for their own deeds, and their spirit content still must answer to sacred process for correction, and restoration of their status as being in right relationship with divinity.  Many are not aware of their own sins until they see others being punished for the same things that they themselves have done.  While neither Christ nor Satan will appear as their accuser in judgment, the record of a person’s deeds from the Book of Life may establish their unfitness for eternal life.  Even though one may be in covenant as a believer, without atonement sinners continue in uncleanness, and can not be in full fellowship with those who serve GOD, because unknowingly and unwillingly (we say, involuntarily) they will continue to generate and spread defilement.  While forgiveness is an expression of divine love that encourages change and recovery from sin, a person will continue to transgress the law until the life essence (we say, spirit) that generates their attitudes and conduct has been changed.  Repentance and the necessary permanent changes that must occur require unseen operations of divinity.  Jesus appeared in the earth to fulfill and further reveal the divine priesthood that was established on behalf of Adam, and expressed as a culture, a nation, and a people through the covenant of Moses.  For many Christian believers, the priestly work of Jesus does not stand out in comparison to his work as healer, miracle worker, prince of the kingdom, prophet and teacher.  While Christ was truly a son of Abraham, and from the line of Jacob, his blessing and inheritance from GOD was not as a son of Levi.  Jesus was not born a Levitical priest as were all the High Priests descended from Aaron, the brother to Moses.  Their primary function was to offer blood by animal sacrifices for atonement and remission of sins committed by the covenant people.  Additionally, they were to cleanse and maintain the place of divine presence, first the tabernacle, later the Temple at Jerusalem.  Jesus was from the line of David who was a prophet-king, who offered blood on behalf of the kingdom, created a liturgy for worship, instituted schedules (we say, courses) for service among the priests, and also functioned as commander of the armies, and judge.  As the Son of the Highest, Jesus suffered, died, and was resurrected.  Even so, the works of Christ are only effective on behalf of those who are joined to him through faith.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  (12/04/2014) Guilt and Ignorance?

Hebrews 1:  1-4, KJV—God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:  4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Acts 17:  24-31, KJV—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.

Hebrews 9:  27-28, KJV—And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

James 2:  8-13, KJV—If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:  9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.  10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Matthew 9:  10-13, KJV—And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.  11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?  12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:  for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Colossians 1:  9-20, KJV—For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Hebrews 7:  26-28, KJV—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.

Leviticus 4:  22-28, KJV—When a ruler hath sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD his God concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty;  23 Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish:  24 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the goat, and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the LORD:  it is a sin offering.  25 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out his blood at the bottom of the altar of burnt offering.  26 And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings:  and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him.  27 And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;  28 Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge:  then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.

Leviticus 6:  1-7, KJV—And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;  3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:  4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,  5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.  6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:  7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD:  and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.

Hebrews 5 :  1-10, KJV—For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:  2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.  3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.  4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.  5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.  6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;  8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 7:  1-6, KJV—For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;  2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;  3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.  4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.  5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:  6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

Hebrews 7:  11-19, KJV—If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?  12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.  13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.  14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.  15 And it is yet far more evident:  for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,  16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.  17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.  19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

1st Peter 3:  18, KJV—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:

John 8:  18-28, KJV—I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.  19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father:  if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.  20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple:  and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.  21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins:  whither I go, ye cannot come.  22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.  23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above:  ye are of this world; I am not of this world.  24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins:  for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.  25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.  26 I have many things to say and to judge of you:  but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.  27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.  28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

John 8:  26-37, KJV—I have many things to say and to judge of you:  but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.  27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.  28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.  29 And he that sent me is with me:  the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.  30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.  31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man:  how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?  34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:  but the Son abideth ever.  36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

1st Peter 4:  1-2, KJV—Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind:  for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;  2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

John 8:  38-45, KJV—I speak that which I have seen with my Father:  and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.  39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.  40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God:  this did not Abraham.  41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.  42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me:  for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar, and the father of it.  45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

Luke 7:  41-50, KJV—There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:  the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.  44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet:  but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45 Thou gavest me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint:  but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:  but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.  49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?  50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

1st Timothy 1:  8-17, KJV—But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;  9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;  11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.  12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;  13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious:  but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1st Peter 2:  19-25, KJV—For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  21 For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Atonement, resurrection, and the ongoing work of Christ in heaven as our High Priest are in view, today.  Also there is more on denying GOD through diet and food.  The writer at “Yahoo! 7 Answers” (Australia) using the ID “7 SkyWalker” (Level 3 with 1,732 points, a member since 23 July 2012) posted the following that originally was asked at Yahoo Answers Canada:

 

“And the dead who are in Christ shall rise first, ” your thoughts on that?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013)—There are now Christian believers who teach the followers of Jesus should avoid dairy products, eat no red meat, and purify themselves by becoming vegetarians.  Others also make issue that diet is a matter of conscience, and religious liberty.  Jesus our savior ate the lamb of Passover, and never identified eating or drinking any specific foods as a sinful act.  Even so, Scripture teaches that the results of unrestrained appetite will be the same as that for sin, the transgression of divine law:  death.  (See Genesis 2:  16-17, Ecclesiastes 3:  12-14, Matthew 11:  18-19, Luke 22:  7-20 and 1st Corinthians 10: 31, KJV.)  In the early church, there was great uncertainty because of quarrels over eating meals, and sharing food that had been killed and sacrificed by Gentiles when worshipping idols.  Among the principles promoted to resolve the matter, it was stated that all unrighteousness is sin; and those things we do that are not from faith are sin (1st John 3:  4, 1st John 5:  17, Romans 6:  23 and Romans 14:  22-23, KJV).  Applying these same principles to addiction, promiscuity, and other life issues, modern believers are careful to discipline themselves and maintain a lifestyle that continues their purity before GOD in Christ.  In the same way habitual masturbation is not clearly listed in the Bible by name as forbidden behavior or a sin, yet, may be identified as a form of uncleanness like nocturnal emissions and males spilling their seed to the ground during intercourse with a woman (called, Onanism), peculiar dietary practices that are not now a violation of sacred law, should be thoughtfully examined as a matter of good taste and wisdom that may separate believers from the congregation, disqualify them from serving, and suspend their privileged access to the presence of GOD because they manifest ungodliness and a carnal spirit (see Deuteronomy 23:  9-11, Genesis 38:  6-10 and 1st Corinthians 6:  18-20, KJV).  Eating crabs, lobster, prawns, shrimp and other shell fish are avoided by many Christian believers as causing defilement, pollution, impurity, and uncleanness.  Rules identifying clean and unclean animals and sea food were developed some time after Adam left Eden, and probably a short time after Nimrod began to have reputation as a mighty hunter (Genesis 10:  9, KJV).  Before and following the flood in Noah’s day, the inheritance of divine priesthood included these dietary laws and prohibitions that later were restored by GOD through Moses as tools to further sanctify and set apart a covenant people.  Because the Bible gives no exhaustive list that names every creature to be held as unclean—yet, does identify specific characteristics, classes and examples—what may be eaten by modern believers is not understood as an issue of sin.  Correct focus is to be, instead, upon accountability, discretion, respect and reverence as aspects of promoting holiness and sound relationship with GOD (see Genesis 8:  19-21, Psalms 141:  3-5, Proverbs 23:  1-3, Proverbs 23:  6-8 and Matthew 15:  8-20, KJV).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.  For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.  Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,  Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  (Hebrews 9:  13-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Benefit of Law? (11/15/2013); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013); Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012)

 

“7 SkyWalker”, here are a few points that have been useful for many committed Christian believers:

(1.)  Both divine promise and prophecy appear through this statement that is forward-looking, yet, is not intended as a mere “prediction” of the future.  The Bible explains that prophecy serves to comfort, edify (we say, build up understanding), and exhort (we say, urge hearers to take action).  Even so, prophecy pertains to revelation (i.e., GOD making himself known to created beings and living creatures through law, divine intent, sacred events, and sovereign purpose).  Promise—like judgment that resolves conflict and settles disputes—further establishes certainty, expectation and conviction of divine righteousness that dispel confusion, doubt, and fear.

(2.)  The “dead in Christ” spoken of are those who are blameless and without sin through the ministry of Jesus Christ now occurring in heaven, the place of celestial presence.  The resurrected Jesus, who ascended into heaven before the witness of his apostles, is still alive; and as a divine High Priest within the Sanctuary of the Temple in heaven is completing the work begun upon the earth.  The Savior is now engaged in the tasks of applying blood (the sacred tool used to carry life essence—we also say, spirit) for atonement to sin through the process of judgment using the Books of Life.  Those dying since Adam are being examined, and the process will continue until all those living at the time of his return to the earth also have been correctly endorsed through examination.  Once the case-by-case investigation is finished, Jesus must cleanse all instruments and the holy places above continuing to use his own holy blood.  

(3.)  Satan is important to the completion of these things, and so is not destroyed, but lawfully preserved by GOD.  While he may yet appear in heaven among the holy angels, he may not interrupt the work of judgment and worship going on within the Holy Place.  Just as he will never be allowed to enter the Holy City built and transferred by Christ from heaven to earth as the New Jerusalem, Satan is not now permitted into the Sanctuary; and there is no record that he has expressed awareness, or genuine commitment to this work of GOD.  As was done by the High Priests upon the earth on the annual Day of Atonement provided to the covenant people, the sins of mankind are to be removed from the Sanctuary by placing them upon a goat of sacrifice who is loosed into the wilderness.  (Satan is to serve in this capacity, and so is often called the “scapegoat”.)  The destruction of Satan will occur before the judgment of the wicked, who are to be raised from the dead in the second resurrection.  He will not serve as their accuser, for the wicked will be judged by the record of their own deeds that have been recorded in the Book of Life.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.) Christ will come to harvest the earth receiving only those who have already been approved and endorsed by judgment.  This is what some speak of as the Advent, “his appearing,” “the Rapture,” and the Second Coming.  This sacred event is also known as the first resurrection.  These are not taken up to be at leisure, to be idle, or to be at rest.  As immortal and incorruptible, the risen companions to Jesus will assist in preparing the new earth as well as completing and witnessing judgment of the wicked.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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The commandment against worship of false gods is in view, today.  Also, there is more on the connection for animals and sin.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers New Zealand” using the ID “IFollowEvidence&Facts” (a member since 27 October 2012) posted the following that was originally asked at “Yahoo! Answers United Kingdom”:

 

Thou shall not worship any other gods but me…is god acknowledging that other gods DO exist?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013)—  (5.)  The existence and presence of animals upon the earth may be understood as a further aspect of divine revelation using features and objects patterned after things that exist in the celestial presence (we say, heaven).  The created beings and living creatures that are seen and visible to mankind make possible a correct understanding that there are unseen angels and sacred beasts that are neither mortal nor immortal, yet, continue before the throne of GOD.  Animals, beasts of the fields, and wild beasts are a divine tool used to instruct mankind through admonition (we say, warnings), comparison (i.e., seeing how things are alike) and contrast (i.e., seeing how things are different).  Aspects of humanity and divinity are depicted including competition, duty, gentleness, mortality, reproduction, social living, unselfish service, and violence.  Animals also are used in divine operations to make sin known and understood.  However, sin is no material, social or spirit thing that exists, and remains invisible and undetectable without devices provided by GOD such as divine law, judgment, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit of Christ.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  While blood representing the life essence (spirit) in animals was used to make atonement for sin and remove uncleanness, only a few, select animals could be used (bulls, doves, goats, and sheep).  Unclean animals were not to be eaten or used for sacrifice and worship.  Contact with the animals, insects, and various situations described as “unclean” rendered a person “spiritually unfit” and disqualified them from service and worship with others among the congregation of believers.  Uncleanness separated a person from their family and community, and required they rededicate themselves through fasting, private prayer, and washings.  Through the death of Jesus upon the cross, Almighty GOD has established an atoning sacrifice on behalf of all Creation.  See Ecclesiastes 3:  18-20, Numbers 22:  21-35, Romans 1:  20, 2nd Corinthians 4:  18, 2nd Peter 2:  9-16, Hebrews 9:  11-15, and Acts 10:  1-48, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.  Thou hast heard my voice:  hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.  Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee:  thou saidst, Fear not.  (Lamentations 3:  55-57, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Why Would GOD Worry About Us? (04/16/2013); How To Accept Bible Truth? (04/17/2013); A House of gods? (08/31/2012); Heaven For Muhammad? (09/01/2012)

 

I am trusting GOD that the following points will be helpful to others who want to clearly understand the operations of divinity among mankind:

(1.)  GOD is acknowledging that created beings and living creatures do not correctly apprehend Divine Person relying only upon the aspects of flesh such as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual craving), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotional and mental functions (e.g., fantasy, imagination, projection, recall).

(2.)  The make-up and substance of GOD is spirit, therefore, GOD must be understood as having no measurable dimensions or material form that may be known by created beings and living creatures except by continuous divine operations (we say, revelation).  Sacred events appear throughout human experience to reveal the Creator.  Included are animal sacrifices for atonement of sin, covenant agreements, bestowing ceremonial and civil laws, government through kings, judgment against sins, incarnation, and consecrated priesthood.

(3.)  Because created beings and living creatures are finite, and must rely upon the frameworks of time and space, many of the sacred processes and eternal purposes of the Maker will continue as invisible and unseen.  However, through the ministry of Jesus Christ, those born again in baptism (i.e., who die, are reborn and grow to spirit maturity provided with divine DNA, so to speak) are granted discernment, and ability to eventually recognize a broad array of the things from GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  There is no fixed human language to completely detail the mysteries and special knowledge of GODhead, and so all that we say to one another is a “rough approximation” of what we truly intend.   Answers about what and who is GOD demand an appreciation that all things in existence are not alive, yet, may have their being imparted from GOD.  There is a vast universe having place in addition to the earth.  Also, all who are alive are not divine, yet, may contain aspects of divine person from GOD.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, believers receive spirit substance that are inseparable aspects of the divine makeup.  Included are faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  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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