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Today, Scripture verses and passages are shared that can be used to provide developing Christian believers with an understanding of “repentance”. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “The new Christian” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since January 1, 2015) posted the following:

 

What is repentance?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalms 51: 9-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Repentance Among Christian Believers (07/06/2018); Repentance A Lifestyle Event (02/09/2018); A Prayer Against Backsliding? (02/08/2018); Through Love Not Persuasion (01/18/2018); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014)

 

The new Christian”, here are some Scriptures from the Bible that often are shared among Christians to help “sinners” grasp the meaning of “repentance” when they seek to become “developing believers.” Because GOD is to be acknowledged as the origin of our existence and life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) repentance is to bring about more than simply admissions of guilt and wrongdoing (confession), or changes in ones conduct (behavior modification). With the realization that we have broken the law of GOD we also are to realize we have broken his heart as well as our own. Thus, it is written:

(1.) Ezekiel 18: 20-24, King James Version (KJV): 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

(2.) Joel 2: 12-13, KJV: 12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

(3.) Isaiah 55: 6-12, KJV: 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 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. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

(4.) 2nd Corinthians 7: 10-11, KJV: 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) 1st Corinthians 6: 19-20, KJV: 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.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on divine love, the use of popular and preferred scripture verses, and the wrath of GOD against sin.  The Bible is a collection of writings that fit together providing a full revelation of divinity.  The Gospel that proclaims the appearance of Deity using flesh and blood as Jesus Christ (we say, the Incarnation) is only one aspect of the full Bible presentation of sacred knowledge.  The death of Jesus on the cross is inseparable from his divine conception, his lowly birth, his ministry in the earth, his dying on the cross, his glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven, and his return to harvest those who are his from the earth (we say, Advent, his appearing, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  While the holy writings truly are a godly tool, and a weapon that may rebuke and repel the enemies of sinners who choose to repent and follow Christ, the Scriptures are intended for ministry, priesthood, and the administration of righteous government by divinely anointed kings.  Scripture should not be used for such common activity as competition, conflict, and quarrels among believers; deception, fraud, and scams; self-promotion; and showing off.  Rightly understood, the word from GOD only is to be shared by his heirs, his offspring, and his prophet or spokesperson(s).  The word of GOD is to make present and reveal the heart and mind of GOD, not that of his messengers and servants.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Christian sinner” (Level 7 with 206,851 points, a member since November 28, 2006) posted the following:

 

Why is this verse not used more than John 3:16?

‘John 3
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“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”

They are both good verses. Verse 36 seems to use a more defined ‘what if I don’t’.
Update: yesmar,
What are you aware of concerning what people think God’s wrath is what would cause them to miss something important? I’m trying to think about it and I come up with nothing.
Update 2: Ryan,
It is God’s vengeance. Not mine. He does it, and claims to have it.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  (2nd Corinthians 4:  1-7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Paid It All (04/04/2018); The Word of GOD (09/05/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); The Two-edged Sword (01/09/2017); A “Good” Verse? (05/09/2014); What GOD Demands (05/10/2014); According to This Word (09/20/2013); His Burden Is Light? (09/21/2013)

 

“Christian sinner”, many developing Christians respect “John 3:  16” as a summary of the full gospel and revelation of GOD incarnate as Jesus Christ where mature Christians have focused on end time events and prophecy, final judgment and the Advent (we say, his appearing; the harvest; the Rapture; the Second Coming) as a special focus of the Good News.  While “John 3:  16” declares salvation and the possibility of companionship with immortal, incorruptible divinity through the Son of GOD, the love of GOD is proclaimed and revealed as primary within the divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father the Son, the Holy Spirit) and as necessary for relationships with Deity as divine law; judgment; personhood; the imparted, indwelling spirit; wisdom; and wrath against sin.

The righteous demands and obligations of divine law may not be dismissed, ignored, or promoted as ancient relics that no longer have meaning and value.  Simply put, the character, makeup and substance of created beings and living creatures require multiple levels of communication, exchange, and interaction whereby invisible, unseen authority and sovereign person becomes knowable, known, accessible, and approachable.  Divinity appears in flesh and blood as Jesus Christ permitting the living to engage the Creator through intimate, ongoing relations (e.g., praise, prayer, service, worship).  GOD is no longer to be regarded as an abstraction, an academic construct, or an intellectual notion.  Even so, the GOD who appears through Jesus must be acknowledged as a god of judgment, a god who must honor his own words of proclamation, promise and prophecy as well as a god who has made permanent provisions for mortal men to receive eternal life through divine grace.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Timothy 3:  16-17, King James Version (KJV):  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

(2.)  John 6:  63, KJV:  63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:  the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

(3.)  Hebrews 4: 12, KJV:  12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is on the proper reading of verses in the Bible that can be read as stating all mankind will be saved.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD.  Following the sin of Adam, GOD began to put forth a broad range of divine provisions to extend eternal life and salvation to mankind.  While many of these involved actors, agencies, and endowments that would not be bestowed upon, or have direct contact with every living individual, they nonetheless were to supply a benefit to everyone who would live on the earth.  Included were adoption of the Spirit, anointing, atonement, baptism, election, Incarnation, prophecy, resurrection from the dead, spokespersons (e.g., priests, judges, kings, apostles), and the body of Christ, the church.  At their creation, the operations of GOD established the integrity of created beings and living creatures by not dominating their awareness and self-will.  Among men, the living are allowed to gradually change, grow, and learn by discovery, risk-taking, and trial-and-error.  Therefore, the full process of salvation is collaborative, corrective, interactive, intimate, progressive, and voluntary.  Through Jesus Christ, forgiveness, reconciliation, mercy, rebirth, and repentance are now available to all.  Even so, because of defiance, ignorance and exaggerated pride, many stubbornly continue iniquity, and remain on the path to perdition and the second death.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using ID “Jon Pike” (Level 6 with 13,049 points, a member since May 31, 2016) posted the following:

 

Does 1 Timothy 4:10 mean all people are saved whether they believe in the Lord or not?

“We struggle and work hard, because we have placed our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all and especially of those who believe.” (1 Tim. 4:10)

My question is the meaning of “…Savior of all and especially of those who believe.”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  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:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  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.  (Romans 8:  1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Convinced/Convicted? (05/16/2017); The Title of “Savior” (01/27/2017); His Children Are Sanctified (10/12/2016); The Bible and Salvation (09/14/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); Be Ye Therefore Perfect (07/22/2016); Adulterating Scripture? (10/06/2015); All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014); Not Told in Advance? (10/11/2014)

 

“Jon Pike”, the language of the Bible is best understood when we acknowledge the context and setting for what is written.  What confuses and surprises those who lack sacred knowledge imparted by the Scriptures is that the setting for the terms used within a text is not only the specific verse (line or phrase) and passage (paragraph) where it is found.  The setting also is within the entire group of verses and passages that appear throughout the entire collection of sacred books (i.e., Genesis to Revelation).  The difficulty of the pattern appearing in 1st Timothy for the use of the adjective “all” also appears with the phrases “all men” and “all Israel.”  In some instances “all” will mean everybody or everyone.  In other instances, “all” is to be applied only on condition (i.e., in accordance with previously mentioned events, operations, etc.).  Thus, a remnant and representative portion fulfills the prophecies for all  Israel; and “all” may mean “people from every class, and at all levels” or “all mankind.”  Mature believers trust that they have made the correct application when the balance, consistency, order, and stability in their ongoing sacred knowledge and practice are affirmed, edified, and reinforced.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Timothy 2:  3-5, King James Version (KJV):  3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

(2.)  Mark 1:  35-37, KJV:  35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.  36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.  37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.

(3.)  Romans 10:  13-17, KJV:  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(4.)  Mark 13:  12-13 KJV:  12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.  13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake:  but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

(5.)  John 12:  31-32, KJV:  31 Now is the judgment of this world:  now shall the prince of this world be cast out.  32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

(6.)  Romans 5:  17-19, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  2nd Thessalonians 3:  1-3, KJV:  3 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men:  for all men have not faith.  3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.)  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, a personal account is shared to clarify unanswered prayer and having a fruitful relationship with divinity.  As an American passing by the Russian embassy, I was asked by a staffer quarreling with a young, Vietnamese immigrant to assist the intruder who was making a disturbance on the sidewalk before their entrance, and refusing to leave the area.  The local police had been called, and unknown to him, he was being threatened with arrest, a beating, and even death should he continue to be defiant and emotional.  Earlier he had caused a scene at the White House.  He felt he had been acting within the law, and demanded the help of the Russians to exercise what he thought to be his new freedom—to marry the President’s daughter.  In the same way that young adult was not aware of his error and presumption, lacking sacred knowledge, many presume and behave as if they have the same access to GOD found only among mature Christian believers.  Receiving answer to prayer requires that believers have a correct understanding of their own needs as well as the provisions and terms of their relationship with divinity.  The holy writings also teach that many “know not what to pray for as they ought,” and the Spirit of GOD assists believers by making intercession with “groanings that can not be uttered,” yet, are understood by GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “lalita” (Level 3 with 1,618 points, a member since February 08, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why God never listens to my prayers and wishes???

Was I too desperate and greedy for asking just one simple wish? I didn’t ask for Diamond or 1000kg gold or 100000000 acres of land or royal chamber or life miracle? I only asked for student life abroad and that too got refused. I now know that I wasted my time on God and temples.why did I go to church,temples n prayed.i regret big.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness:  thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.  But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself:  the LORD will hear when I call unto him.  Stand in awe, and sin not:  commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORDThere be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.  Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:  for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.  (Psalms 4:  1-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); Divine Delay and Prayer? (03/22/2017); Hope That Is True (02/20/2017); Are All Religions Acceptable? (01/11/2017); On Expecting Quick Results (11/07/2016); Correct in Only Your Mind? (05/04/2015); What To Say To A Friend? (03/29/2015)

 

“lalita”, here are some thoughts I would like to share:  One evening, on my way home from work here in Washington, DC, I was stopped outside of the Russian embassy by someone asking me to help a young Vietnamese who was confused, and about to cause an international incident by climbing the fence to demand a response from the White House.  Apparently, he had gone there earlier, demanded to see the President’s daughter, and had been arrested.  He was about to be arrested again, committed to an institution for psychiatric evaluation, and the police were on the way.

When I spoke to him, the man was not crazy or insane.  Every thing he had to say was intelligent and logical, however, it was based on error.  He explained that he came to America because he was told he could marry the President’s daughter.  Like many around the world, he believed that all Americans are privileged and wealthy, and that “the streets are paved with gold.”  I tried to help him understand that even arranged marriages require shared communication and exchange on the basis of an existing relationship with others.  You may not just “walk in off the street,” and announce to a stranger “I am taking your daughter to be my wife.”

Similarly, the process of GOD focuses on supplying believers with spirit substance and the things needed to serve GOD, rather than things carnal, material, self-serving, and social.  Many, lacking sacred knowledge and the necessary ongoing relationship with divinity, mistakenly think they may “walk in off the street” and demand, petition, or require divine blessings, gifts, and rewards that are earned only over time through sacred practices and works.  Sinners who correctly acknowledge GOD may be “born again” through operations of the Creator that make permanent changes in their spirit content.  Even so, they must “grow up again” to become mature by meeting life challenges upon the earth.  As those reborn from divine DNA (so to speak), the sinner becomes a son or daughter (we say, child, offspring) and heir of GOD.  As a new creation, the believer contains inseparable substance from the makeup of Deity that includes faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  More than this, they become accountable for duty, reverence, and unselfish service.

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

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Divine demands upon mankind are the topic, today.  Also, there is more on sharing a “good” verse when ministering, or sharing personal support with others.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer with the ID “fred” (Level 2 with 850 points, a member since December 06, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why would an all powerful God demand anything off humans? It’s not like he seeks our support to stay in office.? 

However, priests on the other hand do rely on people believing what they say is true. This gives them enormous influence, control and power.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A “Good” Verse? (05/09/2014)—(6.)  It is not simply that Christian believers are not to meddle in the lives of others through gossip, selfishness, slander, and unwise words as does the Adversary, the Devil.  Believers are not to meddle in the work of GOD for cleansing, healing and salvation whereby all Creation and the entire universe are regenerated, and mankind is transformed to be immortal and incorruptible.  At first, many abuse their freedom and privilege in the Lord.  Using the Scriptures for self-expression, for self-justification, and for self-promotion are akin to apostasy, appropriating the name of GOD (i.e., identity theft), buying and selling freely given divine gifts (we say, making merchandise of the word of GOD), false doctrine, heresy, presumption, usurpation, and idol worship.  Verses among the holy writings may be thought of like bricks in the wall of a house.  You can not randomly (or safely) take one brick out, and put it into the wall of another house.  Should a single brick be removed (from the middle, the side, or the top), balance and the equal distribution of pressure is destroyed, the entire structure becomes unstable, and the breach may eventually result in collapse for both houses.  When we attempt to apply and use the Scriptures by selecting and taking verses out of context, we “wrest” (some say, wrestle with, or simply, force) unintended meaning and purpose upon the word from GOD.  By practice, prayer and continuous study of the Scriptures, believers are to gain spiritual discernment, and the ability to “rightly divide” and correctly apply Scriptures in the sacred work of clarifying, and spreading the doctrine and teachings from Jesus Christ. 

(7.)  While it is true that Jesus was able to heal many without always using physical contact and touch, there still had to be a peculiar level of agreement, connection, and shared spirit substance for healing to occur.  When Jesus would speak a word of acknowledgment, assent, or command, multiple operations of the Spirit would go forward coordinating the many permanent changes to body, mind and spirit that were required.  Others were healed through the apostles after the ascension of Jesus using aprons, handkerchiefs, and even their shadow falling upon the sick.  The followers of Jesus have been conclusively shown that wounds, sickness, and sorrow are temporal things; and can be dismissed as we focus through things eternal.  It is not enough to heal the surface, the symptoms, and outward display of disease and sickness.  The problems must be completely and correctly addressed at their root.  Just as no one can lie their way into heaven, yet, everyone can lie their way out, no one may achieve healing by deceit, lies, presumption, treachery, and unbelief.  Consider Deuteronomy 29:  9-20, Psalms 56:  1-13, Colossians 2:  6-8, Matthew 3:  10, Matthew 7:  21-27, Mark 11:  12-26, John 10:  33-35, Acts 5:  14-16, Acts 19:  11-12, Ephesians 6:  11-13, 1st Peter 2:  15-16, 2nd Peter 3:  13-18 and 2nd Timothy 2:  15-16, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.  (Ephesians 3:  8-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:   Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); GOD Enjoys Judgment? (12/19/2013); Miracles are Sacred Events (12/20/2013); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

 

“fred”, the answer you need is not simple, and requires another level of awareness and understanding.  Here are some points that may help you recognize the truth as seen by a Christian believer:

(1.)  GOD “demands” from created beings and living creatures only in the sense that there are conditions for their continued existence, their cleansing and nourishment, their exchange and interaction within relationships to divinity, and their perfection and prosperity upon the earth.  In the same way the rain makes no demand that everyone carry umbrellas, nor does it demand that everyone stand and get wet, GOD does not demand that all continue as his eternal companions.  Many will be marked for discharge and release from the various spheres for existence and life (e.g., earth, heaven, the world). 

(2.)  You are correct in saying that GOD is not a celebrity or a politician who requires the continuing support of others.  GOD is a spirit whose makeup is entirely from aspects of life essence such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, person, presence, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  In their maturity and perfection, clergymen and priests are not seeking to possess authority, control,  influence, and power.  Rather, they seek to acknowledge that all power resides in divinity, and then strive to assist others in coming to that awareness.  In the same way, our mothers are not demanding Mothers Day gifts—and I did not demand that anyone read this statement, and offered it without charge or fee—the process of GOD through all Christian believers is one of sharing sacred knowledge and truth along with prophecy (i.e., comfort, edification (building up), and exhortation (urging others to take positive action).  )  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  (1st Corinthians 14:  33, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared for Christians who want to minister support to friends and those needing encouragement.  Also, there is more on the dead and pain.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using ID “Adrianne Hurst” (Level 2 with 359 points, a member since August 18, 2011) posted the following:

 

What is a good verse from the bible? 

I had this random guy on fb…. not even my friend …. post saying ” I can’t go on anymore.” No likes not a single comment I look at his profile and he looks as if he has no friends. I would like to give him a good verse from the bible. And show him that there is A God who loves him. Any ideas?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  On Death and Pain (05/08/2014)—(6.)  It is through operations of the Holy Spirit that readers and students of the Scriptures understand, many statements that appear are conditional, and serve as warnings.  This is also true regarding prophecy.  Thus, unlike correction and punishment, admonition, forbearance, forgiveness, and warning are not always properly recognized as aspects of judgment.  An example of this is seen with the words of Jesus in Luke 12:  4-5, KJV, that command believers to “fear him” (i.e., show proper respect to the one having authority and sovereignty), not to “fear hell” (death, dying, pain, torment).  Such Scriptures as Mark 10:  43-48, KJV, that speak in terms of eternal fire that shall not be quenched also declare there will be no intervention by divinity to terminate the burning that is judgment.  The reference is not to “common fire” used in the earth among mankind for cooking, for light, and for warmth.  Sacred fire that may separate divine matter from profane must come into view.  Even so, the operation and process of holy fire is completed and “put out” once everything that feeds the fire has been consumed.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.  (Proverbs 26:  17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Behold What Manner of Love (02/28/2014); Why Christians Pray for Others (01/12/2014); GOD is Jesus? (01/13/2014); Asked to Help? (12/11/2013); Prayer on Behalf of Others? (11/25/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013)

 

“Adrianne Hurst”, here are a few points Christian believers have to keep in mind as they minister to others:

(1.)  Often, the most effective Scriptures for you to use when assisting and healing others are the ones that come from your heart.  There should be a oneness, and unity for your personal truth with the truth recorded in Scripture.  Saying this another way, the truth you share should not introduce conflict.  Share only the things that are “heartfelt”, and that somewhat describe your own acceptance, commitment, desire, and understanding.

(2.)  The holy writings, in fact, are to continue divine law, sacred operations, and the eternal purposes of GOD.  For that reason, they repeatedly fail when used as poetry, “pretty words,” and statements to express ones own sentiment.  The message from a Hallmark card could be more in line with what you intend.

(3.)  Divine love is expressed throughout the Scriptures in terms of sacred events and spiritual operations.  Thus, in place of affection, emotion, and feeling the love of GOD appears in such aspects of experience as admonition, atonement, birth, death, forgiveness, unselfish service, and suffering.

(4.)  Those who choose to get involved in the serious problems of others also must accept accountability when their intervention causes things to become worse.  Anger, bitterness, and self-destructiveness may be increased.  The helper may be blamed, and condemned for both their good intentions, and their good works.  More than this, because there is no “up front” agreement one should not expect payment.  Similarly, neither should the helper expect thanks.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Nowadays, many make the mistake of presuming upon others by “getting into” their heads, analyzing and writing prescriptions for their emotional and psychological health, trying to guess and predict their next action.  Most have done no study or training that addresses professional standards, and that make it possible for caretakers to not become confused, depressed and sick themselves.  Therefore, such amateurs are in danger, and can be dangerous; and may do more harm than good.  Unasked for explanations are called excuses; unasked for help is called meddling.  The best remedy for many who are meeting life struggles can be that other persons keep their distance, and maintain their silence.  The message of divine love must be discovered, come from, and be received through the divine Spirit.  The things of GOD are not accomplished so much by intellect, logic, reason, and science, as by faith, holiness, righteousness, and truth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.  This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.  (2nd John 6:  6, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Jerusalem and prophecy are the focus, today, along with more on divine sleep or rest.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Shawn” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since March 28, 2014) posted the following:

 

Confusing bible verse? 

in Isaiah 54: 11 it says:

“O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.”

What does this really mean?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Divine Sleep (03/28/2014)—(5.)  Mankind is not to become complacent, give up, quit, or become slack.  Correctly understood, what appear to be breaks in the ongoing operations and process of eternal divinity are to be seen as shifts that take into account the abilities and needs of created beings and living creatures.  Thus, the great flood of Noah’s day was not the “end of the world” as a continuing focus of divinity.  Prophesies recorded in the Scriptures have been provided through a single person during the reign of many kings, over the course of many years, perhaps naming various nations, and in a series of experiences that share much of the same imagery, intent, language, and revelation.  Similarly, that no anointed prophet in the tradition of Moses was sent from GOD following Malachi until John the Baptist did not end the use of prophecy and divine spokespersons in flesh.  Many sacred operations that were begun before what we now have as the sphere of human existence are still unfolding, and will continue to completion long after the end of sin, and the finish of present-day salvation.  Our dependency and the righteousness of GOD demands continued contact and exchange with the living; and, once fully transformed to be immortal and incorruptible, there will be more direct participation for the heirs of GOD with Christ in the fulfillment of the eternal purposes of GOD.   Consider again Deuteronomy 31:  16-18, Judges 6:  11-16, Isaiah 57:  15-21, 1st Corinthians 13:  8-13, Isaiah 65:  17-24 and Revelation 21:  3-8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  (John 14:  1-6, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Unclear Scriptures? (03/18/2014); Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014); The Earth Made New (11/13/2013); The Earth Made New (11/14/2013); The Place of GOD? (06/01/2013); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012)

 

“Shawn”, here are a few points many Christian believers have found useful when challenged by Scripture verses:

(1.)  Prophesies are messages from GOD that may provide divine comfort, exhortation (we say, encouragement, urging), edification (we say, building up), proclamation, promise, reassurance, and warning.  A single statement may convey all these aspects of utterance (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word), or some combination of sacred truths.

(2.)  Jerusalem, is called the Holy City, and the City of GOD.  Even so, many prophetic messages are recorded that threaten the destruction of Jerusalem in response to conditions established by error, false worship, idolatry, and sin.  Multiple abuses of Jerusalem have been allowed by GOD intended to further reveal divine authority, justice, eternal process, and sovereignty.

(3.)  Divine love, mercy, and he righteousness of GOD demonstrated through covenant and judgment are depicted throughout the holy writings by operations for cleansing (e.g., atonement, baptism), by proclamations of forbearance and forgiveness as well as through visions of renewal, survival for a remnant, the coming of the kingdom of GOD and Messiah (i.e., the permanent government and rule of a divine agent from GOD among mankind).

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, thoroughly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Jesus Christ is held to be the Son of GOD, the divine agent, Messiah, and “the One Sent.”  Being resurrected from death and burial, Christ ascended into heaven to prepare a “new city” as a dwelling for those lifted from the earth as his disciples, servants, and joint-heirs.  This New Jerusalem is described in the Book of Revelation using images and language that agree with those found in the writings of Isaiah.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:  his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.  (Daniel 7:  13-14, KJV)

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