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A contemporary depiction of Jesus identified in the darkness of night to be arrested by the kiss of Judas (image reference below).

 

Today, reply is on the choosing of Judas as an apostle of Jesus in spite of the Savior’s awareness that Judas was likely to betray him. Judas represented Israel defiled through captivity and exile, that nevertheless was in perpetual covenant with divinity. It is written: 2nd Kings 17: 14-15, King James Version (KJV): 14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God. 15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them. Jesus did not covet a large donation from the Temple at Jerusalem, as did Judas. Thus, the character of divinity revealed through the ministry of Jesus Christ includes faithfulness (fidelity), forbearance, forgiveness, grace, longsuffering, and wisdom. Jesus behaved with a conviction that the doctrine and tools provided by the Father and the Spirit would allow every man missing opportunities for repentance, and a portion as the new creation. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “David” (Level 7 with 173,130 points, a member since September 05, 2009) posted the following:

 

Why Did Jesus Choose Judas Iscariot as One of the Twelve While Knowing in Advance Judas Would be the Betrayer?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. (Psalms 65: 4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Blaspheming the Holy Spirit (05/08/2019); Accounts To Reveal Divinity (04/28/2019); The Use of Money? (01/07/2019); The Discernment of Godliness (07/13/2018); Judas Kept The Bag (03/22/2018); Someone Who Is Kidding? (03/24/2017); A “Successor” To Jesus? (02/22/2018); Doing GOD’s Plan (02/20/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014)

 

David”, Jesus’ choice of Judas must be seen in the light that all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD. Developing Christians are to understand that, because Adam and Eve transgressed the divine law, mankind is to exist displaying a condition of mortality, and now experiences life under a continuing sentence of condemnation and death. Even so, ongoing operations, relationships, and the official tribunals of judgment allow mankind to communicate, exchange and interact with divinity without bias, prejudice, and prejudgment. Sinners are granted opportunities to display their own integrity of being, their own content of divine substance, and their willingness to be returned to GOD through operations of the divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

The assessment and weighing of human attitudes, behavior, and conduct are more to identify and reveal the character and nature of sin than to attach a list of offenses to someone’s name (reputation). Many are blind to the “exceeding sinfulness of sin,” and fail to realize that sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the entire Creation. Sin is contrary to both divine and human nature; yet, sin may dominate consciousness and self-will (willpower) within created beings and living creatures. Through judgment, the harshness of divine condemnation appears balanced against sacred completeness, discernment, impartiality, lovingkindness, mercy, restraint, and righteousness.

Jesus knew “what was in mankind” (i.e., understood the possibility for a man to express either an animal, human, or divine nature—or even a nature that is a confusion of the three). He understood that those to whom he was sent were capable of hatred, murder, and violence against himself. Even so, he trusted that the outcome of operations by GOD through Incarnation would provide redemption, renewal, and salvation for both heaven and earth. A new creation and the fulfillment of eternal purpose would be accomplished by imparting fresh endowments of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD; immutable assurances, covenant, and testimony as well as forgiveness, clear expectations (hope), rebirth, sacred knowledge, and greater strength to endure suffering.

The ministry of Jesus was to provide grace to mankind. Jesus did not choose Judas desiring that Judas be a betrayer; and the Lord acknowledged Judas (and all the others) were capable of treachery. Jesus admonished and warned the twelve; however, he made no angry declaration of punishment against Judas or any one of the others. Jesus remained steadfast, and did not despair or quit his efforts to guide and prepare the full twelve. At the time they were introduced, Jesus recognized the pattern presented by Judas (ABCDEFG…XYZ is coming); and understood Judas would most likely be the one to betray the Christ. Even so, Judas was given opportunities to discover, to fellowship, to learn, repent, and be made new. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Ezekiel 18: 19-24, King James Version (KJV): 19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. 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. Matthew 26: 20-25, KJV: 20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. 25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Romans 6: 15-23, KJV: 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, the reply provides a few straightforward definitions of “sin”. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum who uses the ID “sun.deep0861” (Level 1 with 10 points, a member since February 29, 2012) posted the following:

 

What is sin, fundamentally and basically?

Why bible is based on sin

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. (Romans 6: 12-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Believers Must Receive Gifts (09/30/2018); Baptism, Rebirth, and Resurrection (09/18/2018); Natural Law, Enmity, Sin (05/25/2018); Standards For Godly Behavior (02/01/2018); Sin No “One-time” Event (01/03/2018); The Wages of Disobedience (08/04/2017); The Operations of Sin (07/25/2017); Christian Beliefs About Sin (07/20/2017)

 

sun.deep0861”, sin is not basic or simple. In the same way, no one can find out all the things about yourself that you count as important for them to know without you telling them yourself, Christian believers are trusting that GOD is using the holy writings to make divinity knowable, known, accessible, and approachable (we say, the Creator is providing a revelation of himself) because no one else can. The Bible records the appearance of divine fullness (we say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) using thousands of events, within thousands of human lives over the course of thousands of years. In addition to existence and life, divinity puts forth divine order throughout the universe, and these are maintained using divine law, standards, and values.

Sin is contrary to the character, makeup and process of divinity, and of all that live. The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the Creation that relies on sacred law. For the living (i.e., angels and mankind) sin is an enigma or mystery that can not be completely apprehended: Sin is no simple material thing that has been created by GOD, or by those he has created in heaven and on earth. Sin can not be eliminated by any ordinary act of destruction, brute force, reversal, or violence. Sin has no spirit content from GOD, yet, may dominate consciousness and self-will in created beings and living creatures. Sin promotes nonexistence, the dissolution of all things (including itself), and the return to conditions that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth (we say, chaos; confusion; and the diffusion, movement, and streaming of elements that no longer appear in existence that were unbounded by frameworks of time or space).

Important definitions of “sin” for mature Christians include the following that use language from the Bible:

(1.) 1st John 3: 4, King James Version (KJV): 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

(2.) James 4: 17, KJV: 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

(3.) Romans 14: 23, KJV: 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

(4.) John 8: 31-36, KJV: 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) Galatians 5: 19-23, KJV: 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Fresco showing King David, the Ark of the Covenant, and Uzzah
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Today, focus is on the demand that ministry and sacred practice always be in obedience to divine instruction and law.  Those agreeing to serve GOD are to carry out and express eternal purposes and the will of one who is immutable and unchanging.  The process of GOD goes forward as a way that has met many challenges, has been tested and tried, and has repeatedly prevailed above temporal emotions and good intentions.  True ministry to GOD derives from ones endowment of the inseparable aspects of divine spirit.  Obedience to GOD, therefore, is an act of being (we say, existence) and the performance of sovereign will in place of self-expression.  Incarnation, being joined to divinity, and unity with the Creator are to appear and be made manifest through obedience.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “The Buy Bull” (Level 2 with 564 points, a member since May 13, 2016) posted the following:

 

Did you know God kills the Good Samaritan?

(2 Samuel 6:6-7) And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.  Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?  Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit:  for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD:  wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.  (Ezekiel 18:  26-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  David, Goliath and GOD (05/26/2017); Divine Law Expresses Love (05/10/2017); Presumption Is Never Helping (05/23/2016); Priesthood and The Cross (03/20/2016); Ark of the Covenant? (03/17/2015); Guilt and Ignorance? (12/04/2014); Joined To Christ Through Faith (12/05/2014)
 

“The Buy Bull”, the death of Uzzah resulted from many errors concerning the holy things.  The Ark of the Covenant was never to be touched directly by human hands.  The Levites, appointed as the 1st born of every animal, family, and household would not be destroyed on the altar; instead, they were to serve the Priests of the Tabernacle as “living sacrifices.”  Poles were attached that were to be used in lifting and moving the Ark whenever the 12 tribes grouped as the camp(s) of Israel would journey; and the Levites were to carry the Ark on their shoulders.  The use of carts to move the Ark was introduced by the Philistines, and that also resulted in the death of many.

Christian believers recognize that many important accounts appear in the Scriptures that speak to sins of ignorance and errors in the holy things.  Included are the account of Joshua and Achan at Jericho, and the reports of Nadab and Abihu (sons of Aaron, the High Priest), the rebellion of Korah and other Levites who wanted to offer incense like the Priests, and the lessons on Hophni and Phinehas (sons of Eli, the High Priest).  Only those of the priesthood are authorized to make atonement, or offer animal sacrifices and blood.  Only true prophets (and anointed apostles) are to be acknowledged as spokespersons sent from both GOD and mankind.

Because, to obey is to put aside ones own will, and to perform the will of another, to obey is one of the highest expressions of love and unselfish giving.  Obedience to divine law and the sovereign will of GOD appears on the earth through the character, makeup, and substance of created beings and living creatures.  Fresh endowments from the makeup of GOD are to indwell the living.  Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, joy, lovingkindness, restraint, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The awareness and self-will are to display the “oneness without sameness” among the persons of full divinity (we say, the GODhead) whereby the living may be spoken of as vessels of divine seed, children of GOD, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Leviticus 5:  17, King James Version (KJV):  17 And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.

(2.)  1st Chronicles 15:  2, KJV:  2 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites:  for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.

(3.) 1st Chronicles 15:  11-13, KJV:  11 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab,  12 And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites:  sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it.  13 For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 6:  16-23, KJV:  16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:  for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.  20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Detail from Jan van Eyck diptych panel the Last Judgment (circa 1430)

The sacred processes of GOD to make divinity knowable, known, and memorable are in view, today.  Included are forgiveness, incarnation, inheritance, judgment, resurrection, and sanctification.  Consider again the holy writings:  9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.  10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one:  for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, (Hebrews 2:  9-11, King James Version, KJV).  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If Jesus took the punishment for sin, why is he not burning in hell?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  (Colossians 2:  6-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Eternal Life From GOD (10/24/2016); Law, Vengeance, and Punishment? (09/30/2016); Must GOD Hate Sinners? (09/01/2016); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); In Order To Believe (08/12/2016);  Punishment To Show Love? (11/29/2015); The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014); A Dispensation To Benefit (12/01/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, for mature Christian believers, sacred knowledge shared through Jesus Christ centers upon the active appearance of authority and power we call “the GODhead.”  The many operations of salvation from GOD are directed to the full revelation of divinity, and the focus of sinners has to be shifted away from sin.  While sin is no spirit or thing created by GOD, the operations of sin in created beings and living creatures may dominate awareness as desire and will power (we say, self-will) in such forms as covetousness, disobedience of the divine law, and lust.  Christ has shown that life is the divine intent, and death (also called sleep) with resurrection one of the tools to accomplish that specific eternal purpose.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ having carnal form and dying on the cross, unseen and otherwise “secret” aspects of divine judgment have been carried out; and many beauties of divine judgment have been placed into view including impartiality, mercy, righteousness, thoroughness, and truth.  What is called the second death has been reserved for the absolute removal of those things that are no longer in the will of GOD, or contain the necessary endowment of sacred substance from the divine makeup (e.g., faith, gratitude, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Carefully consider and ask GOD to supply everything you need to comprehend the following:

(1.)  Romans 6:  23, King James Version (KJV):  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(2.)  Hebrews 2:  14-18, KJV:  14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st Corinthians 15:  51-57, KJV:  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is upon the idolatrous error that canceling debts, financial transactions, money, and profits are aspects of the divine process for sinners who become reborn.  While baptism can be thought of as a person’s “death” that releases them from indebtedness and sin, and their second birth that makes them known as a “new creation” through the blood of Jesus Christ, the actual changes that occur have to do more with their spirit content than their assets, credit score or net worth, and are to appear within the believer’s character, lifestyle, makeup, and nature.  Following water baptism, a new believer will have the exact same height, weight, and physical conditions for life upon the earth.  Even so, they also will have been given a deposit and earnest of the Spirit of GOD that includes divine assurance, certainty, clear expectations, new possibilities, eternal purpose, and sacred promises.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “SupaStar” (Level 4 with 3,923 points, a member since August 07, 2014) posted the following:

 

Say I owe you $20. I accept Jesus into my life, and become born again. Am I now forgiven from owing you that $20? How does the idea of …?

…substitution atonement make any sense?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.  My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:  For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.  She is more precious than rubies:  and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.  Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  (Proverbs 3:  9-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Forgive is Divine? (04/06/2016); A Self-Less Creation? (02/11/2016); Christ Receives the Tithes? (08/04/2015); A Fallen Nature? (09/01/2014); In the Likeness of His Resurrection (09/02/2014); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); Non-existent Debt? (03/07/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013)

 

“SupaStar”, the sinner who becomes “born again” is carried through a divine process of spiritual transformation, not one that is carnal, financial, material, and social.  Becoming a Christian believer is not a guarantee of earnings, income, prosperity, or wealth.  The debts, duties, liens, obligations and penalties that must come into view speak to the requirements that come by such factors as accountability to others within a community of faith (the church), voluntary commitment to divinity, dependence as divine offspring, sacred law, love, ownership by GOD, respect, trust, and the sovereign majesty of the Creator.  In water baptism there is death of ones inborn spirit and their rebirth having divine spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  What confuses many is that, those who are “born again” also must “grow up again” to become mature in Spirit while meeting the same life challenges that come against sinners.  Believers gradually acquire sacred knowledge through sacred practice of fellowship, forgiveness, praise, prayer, repentance, various sacraments, and unselfish service.  The imparted, indwelling spirit (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) provides inseparable aspects of our Maker that establish ability to conceive the unseen, comprehend the invisible, and be in harmony with the eternal.  Consider again the following Scriptures:

(1.)  Proverbs 16:  16, King James Version (KJV):  16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

(2.)  Ephesians 2:  4-6, KJV:  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

(3.)  Romans 6:  23, KJV:  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(4.)  1st Timothy 6:  17-19, KJV:  17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;  18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;  19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Peter 5:  2-4, KJV:  2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

Merchandise Disclaimer

 

Today, focus is upon the believer’s work to spread the gospel for the salvation of others.  For the born-again believer, their regular way of living as one saved includes such features as comforting others, overcoming hardship, learning and spiritual growth, preaching the cross, prophesying, rejoicing in the Lord, sacrifice, sharing the hope from GOD in Christ, suffering, and preparing to greet the Lord at his coming.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Red” (Level 3 with 1,085 points, a member since April 09, 2016) posted the following:

 

Do Christians get some kind of points when they convert someone?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:  the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:  the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever:  the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:  sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned:  and in keeping of them there is great reward.  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:  then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.  (Psalms 19:  7-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); Gifts As A Reward? (02/14/2016); To Walk As He Walked? (11/16/2014); Martyrdom and Tribulation? (09/30/2015); To Continue In His Footsteps (11/17/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014)

 

“Red”, many become confused because there are two judgments spoken of in Scripture:  one for saved/not saved, one for rewards following service.  Many mature Christian believers regard sinners being “born again” through Jesus Christ as a matter of their being permanently changed to serve divinity by offering worship and “works” that please GOD.  On the one hand, redemption and salvation are to be received as divine blessing (we say, free gifts from GOD), and the appearance of grace (an expression of divine will inseparable from other aspects of hallowed will such as diversity, divine law, sacred operations (e.g., atonement, Incarnation, judgment, reconciliation, repentance, sanctification), and eternal purpose).  On the other hand, redemption and salvation are mechanical (like breathing):  It is not something you can do to become alive; it is what you must do to stay alive.  For believers, service is the full-time occupation, profession and vocation of the believer.  Sinners are called and recruited to make visible the ongoing reign of Jesus Christ as High Priest and King.  As his agents upon the earth, believers are to display the character, nature and substance of Christ wherever the routines of their daily life may take them.  More than simply ceremony and ritual, believers are to put forth a consecrated lifestyle and saving truth.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)   James 5:  19-20, King James Version (KJV):  19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;  20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

(2.)  Romans 6:  19-23, KJV:  19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:  for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.  20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.)  Psalms 51:  9-14, KJV:  9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation:  and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 3: 11-15, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Scripture points are shared, today, discussing atonement, condemnation, grace, and sin.  A fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “D” (Level 4 with 3,185 points, a member since February 10, 2014) posted the following:

When someone says "we’re all sinners", how am I supposed to react to that?

The term "sinning" covers everything from lying about how someone looks in their pants (their *** doesn’t look fat) to genocide.

Am I really supposed to react with relief when someone admits that everyone commits social "crimes" against one another?

In light of my knowledge of self-justification and how one of the best ways to dismiss all of your own dissonant acts is by saying everybody does it (IE it’s not a big deal, everybody lies about some things), it really doesn’t make me feel good when I hear "we’re all sinners".

Then again, if people actually thought critically about their religions, there’d be no religious people.

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

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  How Can One Man Die? (02/09/2015); The Sin Covered By Salvation? (12/28/2014); Mortality Is Required Because of Sin (12/29/2014); All Sins Are Equal? (06/25/2014); Sanctify Yourselves? (06/26/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014)

“D”, efforts to identify the most effective ideas and wisdom for human survival have led to descriptions of fixed and recurring conditions, and limitations that clarify the nature, process, and substance for mankind upon the earth.  As tools to fit us to life experience, Christian believers are given sacred knowledge and made alert to various aspects of the human predicament that include (1) each individual is capable of displaying an animal, human, or divine nature, (2) awareness and self-will may be determined, influenced and shaped by carnal, material, social and spirit events or objects, and (3) such finite tools as history, logic, philosophy, science, and technology developed by mankind (we say, the world) are not enough to eliminate the causes of human error, sin, and wickedness.  Believers understand that those having a personal relationship with divinity through Jesus Christ are permanently changed and transformed to experience life within the sphere of divine grace (i.e., as though all sin already has been removed).  Here are a few points from the holy writings that believers are encouraged to consider:

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

(2.)  Romans 6:  23, KJV:  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.)  2nd Chronicles 7:  14, KJV:  14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

(4.)  Romans 5:  14-17, KJV:  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift:  for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  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.)

(5.)  Numbers 15:  27-29, KJV:  27 And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering.  28 And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.  29 Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (6.)  Romans 5:  1-5, KJV:  1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:  knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC