“Awarded (grace) vs. rewarded (earned)”©

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To be worthy of eternal bliss is the goal

of man (or should be) and can be a plan

but by heavenly design it comes and not

by earthly standards strived for, and can

be confusing to many, this is assured… to

seem so absurd, something we cannot earn,

as this leaves us fuming to think we can’t

do it for ourselves- a lesson hard to learn

but clearly stated… Jesus paid with His very

life, at the cross, to offer all men grace,

there is nothing man can do to earn this…

an award by God man cannot soon replace,

the works of man must be done from the

love for God, for God alone this is done,

the glory is then God’s to behold and not

ours… His truth must be stood for and shone,

the world may not understand awards come

not from merit, something given freely to all…

all have this same opportunity, to: accept,

reject or deny but all this by choice to call-

those to accept Him were known about… as

were those to reject or deny Him by choice…

it has always been your personal decision and

if you accept Him… ‘I do’ is heard with a voice.

Speak for yourself if you accept Jesus Christ in your life… and then speak out for those that can’t with mercy. The same mercy christians have found in ‘the Mercy Seat’ is the mercy they should share with others. Pick your battles (and pray on them)… dig your cleats in (of the armor of God) and allow truth to be what it is-‘the sword of God’ in your hands. No retreat (from truth) and no surrender!

To spell it out is easy... but to extend 'Mercy' to another is the hard part!

To spell it out is easy… but to extend ‘Mercy’ to another is the hard part!

Exodus 33:17 KJV

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17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

Exodus 34:9 KJV

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9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

Ruth 2:10 KJV

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10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

Galatians 1:3 KJV

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3Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 11:6 KJV

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6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

1 Corinthians 3:10 KJV

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10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

[The abstract below is taken from (and found at) this location, read here.]

Perhaps the most dominant metaphor with which grace is associated is the legal metaphor of justification. We see the two linked in two very important passages in which grace is used in Paul. Romans 3:23-24 states quite clearly that all have fallen short of the glory of God and are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Here, while the language of the slave market may be implied in the use of the word “redemption, ” and that of the cultus in the use of the phrase “sacrifice of atonement” in the next verse, the strongest linking with grace in this passage is with the word “justified” in verse 24. Hence the unmerited favor of God buys us legal freedom from our sin and cancels the sentence of guilt the judge has had to declare in order “to be just and the one who justified those who have faith in Jesus” (v. 26). It is interesting to note that the next thought of Paul is: “where, then, is boasting? It is excluded” (v. 27), again emphasizing that grace is free and not the work of man.

It is a fundamental requisite of all true religion that it tend to humble the sinner and exalt God; and every system which breeds self-righteousness, or cherishes boasting, bears falsehood on its face (Romans 3:27 Romans 3:28).

Just so it is plainly stated... once more!

Just so it is plainly stated… once more!

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“Brief relief or eternal dost thou seek?”©

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Tarry not to find the congruity of truth…

this is the harmony of the Gospels,

being attributed to eyewitnesses and

though they’re different by telling dispels

questions of doubt… not all doubt but

to stir up questions (all) about this life…

this life where the dead come back from

death, and yet some behold the strife

and cling to their own fears so near and

dear… to then disbelieve this open truth,

how much more proof do you need; which

when seen… one to know or remain uncouth

to reason itself, none to be legitimate at least,

and finds us tossed from skeptical to unbelief,

this is caused by hope deferred being turned

to anguish, point and blame to find brief relief.

To truly understand the value of life is to know more from the death of believers… and find how strong they were to the very end. Of ‘the Gospel writers (eyewitnesses of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ)’ were: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four men were profoundly changed by experiencing the living with Jesus Christ and having seen ‘the resurrection’ of Jesus for themselves- never to be the same. Life was seen as but a brief passing of time… in preparation to eternity itself, a time without end and life to continue throughout.

To know the truth (personally) is to live as though you meant it!

To know the truth (personally) is to live as though you meant it!

The death of Matthew is recorded for us… this is brought to you by Columbia University (Columbia.edu… ) and quite telling of the message believed, received and told in such a forthright manner.

The death of Mark is given us by the Coptic church, on and the same as those being persecuted in Egypt for their heritage and belief in Jesus Christ. See the link here… and know from Babylon (Iraq) are the descendants of Ninevah found- remember the story of Jonah?

As for the life and death of Luke… two accounts are mentioned here for you to ponder, one from Christianity.com (found here) and the other view from Encyclopaedia Britannica (found here).

The death of John is told more in two parts as well, first the life of John (from Biblepath.com) and the death (or Martyrdom of the Apostles) as it is understood to be.

One simple fact is to be found out here, from this reading, of the resolve of the Apostles not to give in (cave in) on their beliefs, the reason for them and why they believed it was more important not to give up on their beliefs over other(s) and what they believed. This can only be attributed to their own eye opening exposure with the resurrection of Jesus Christ- devoted to the truth they held of eternity and certainty of their own philosophy coming from and through Jesus Himself. You can find a variety of Religious Philosophies throughout the world (today), look here to Philosophy of religion, but there is only one that goes into the views of eternity based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ- Christianity.

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“Who is Jesus… none other than the Messiah, The Son of God Himself”©

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What is the strongest belief in Christianity… that Jesus is the Son of God! This is what I forgive my Muslims friends for not understanding… to have formed opinions and thoughts not based on my faith but formed from these same opinions and thoughts provided by others. I see nothing more important in this life than to tell the truth of my faith… to explain it as correctly as I can, so that anyone can understand- the believing part is not up to me… it is an individual choice to be made, a personal one. The conviction for this belief will come from the third part of the Trinity, The Holy Spirit.

Here is what Islam believes: This exhortation can be found within ‘The Dome of the Rock’, to depart from the error of ‘The Trinity’ and to recognize the truth of Islam. See it below.

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O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning God save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God, and His Word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and say not ‘Three’ – Cease! (it is) better for you! – God is only One God. Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son. … Whoso disbelieveth the revelations of God (will find that) lo! God is swift at reckoning! 

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Here the truth of Jesus Christ, The Messiah, to the whole world (not just the Jews). The passage below speaks of a time before Israel, and even before Abraham, with a clear tone of (true) authority- as a witness would attest to.

John 8:58 KJV

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58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

This tells us… Jesus is older than Abraham, that He was (actually) from a time before Abraham came into human existence.

Galatians 3:8 KJV

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8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

The Spirit of God enables Christians to remain faithful to both God and other believers ( Gal 5:22 ).

[Jesus Christ, Name and the Titles of: an abstract from this link here found below. I will fixate on the ‘Anointed One‘ and will recognize Him as High Priest. Please note that the second link provides perspectives that might be in conflict with what the Bible tells us, and (know) they are for a comparative understanding to be understood.]

Elsewhere in the New Testament, the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews picks up on the Old Testament anointing of priests and applies the same in relation to Jesus ( 1:9 ; 5:8-10 ; 7:1-28 ). The name occurs also in the Petrine Epistles ( 1 Peter 1:13; 3:15; 2 Peter 1:1-22 Peter 1:16; 3:18 ), as well as those of James ( 1:1 ; 2:1 ) and Jude ( Jude 1:1Jude 1:17Jude 1:21Jude 1:25 ).The Apocalypse of John describes Jesus as the Anointed One when looking forward to the end when the kingdom and salvation of the Lord and his Messiah will enjoy an eternal and full dominion ( 11:15; 12:10; Revelation 20:4Revelation 20:6 ).

The significance of the name “Christ” lies in the fact that it was a title granted to Jesus by virtue of his fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and by his resurrection from the dead.

It must clearly be understood ‘Messiah‘ meant CHRIST, and with it… all the emphasis of what it alludes to and (literally) means.

There is 'meaning' to this word!

There is ‘meaning’ to this word!

If Jesus was God before He was born to a woman, Mary, this (could) be why He was called ‘The Son of God’, and even why Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of man- now God in human form.

To repent of our sins isthe primary goal of all mankind, found here.

Matthew 25:34 gives us this Commentary, from John Gill, an Exposition of the Bible

The authority of Jesus, the very authority of God Himself, is the second most commonly misunderstood opinion most people have wrong. What is wrong is to think Jesus did not have authority… the authority He clearly stated in His: words, actions and deeds.

[Found below is an abstract from this source… on the Authority of the Bible.]

The central question that runs through the Bible is that of the authority of God. His authority is majestically displayed in Genesis 1, where the words “and God said” puncture the darkness of chaos and speak the cosmos into being. So it is vital to understand that this doctrine, far from playing a minor role on the fringes of Christian belief, brings us face to face with the authority of God himself. That immensely significant fact offers the context for the realization that the doctrine of the authority of the Bible is, uniquely, reflective in character. If the Bible is the “supreme rule of faith and life, ” none can be higher. For the teaching of Jesus Christ extends to the question of Bibliology (a composite word between bibliography and the Bible). This is evident in all four Gospels, and the evidence is overwhelming. In John 10:34 we read that Jesus said “The Scripture cannot be broken.”

This was spoken with the sense of clear authority here,”The Scripture cannot be broken.”

To understand the nature beyond the Jewish people; which means ‘to include both Jews and gentiles (the rest of humanity),’ and those believers of Jesus Christ are then called ‘the bride.’

[Below is from the Matthew Henry Commentary, from Revelation 21, on the bride.]

The subject-matter of the vision—the bride, the Lamb’s wife (v. 10); that is, the church of God in her glorious, perfect, triumphant state, under the resemblance of Jerusalem, having the glory of God shining in its lustre, as uxor splendit radiis mariti—the bride comely through the comeliness put on her by her husband; glorious in her relation to Christ, in his image now perfected in her, and in his favour shining upon her.

John 14:2 KJV

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2 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.

From Revelation 21 (prophecy) we also get a view of ‘New Jerusalem’ that staggers the imagination… as confounding as the vastness of the Cosmos is to Modern man today. One of its walls and all walls the same measurement, this wall will be fifteen hundred German miles- see this below.

Heaven is a safe state; those that are there are enclosed with a wall, that separates them and secures them from all evils and enemies: now here, in the account of the wall, we observe, [1.] The height of it, which, we are told, is very high, seventy yards (v. 17), sufficient both for ornament and security. [2.] The matter of it: It was as jasper; a wall all built of the most precious stones, for firmness and lustre, v. 11. This city has a wall that is impregnable as well as precious. [3.] The form of it was very regular and uniform: It was four-square, the length as large as the breadth. In the new Jerusalem all shall be equal in purity and perfection. There shall be an absolute uniformity in the church triumphant, a thing wanted and wished for on earth, but not to be expected till we come to heaven. [4.] The measure of the wall (v. 15, v. 16): Twelve thousand furlongs each way, each side, which is forty-eight thousand furlongs in the whole compass, or fifteen hundred German miles. Here is room sufficient for all the people of God—many mansions in their Father’s house. [5.] The foundation of the wall, for heaven is a city that hath her foundations (v. 19); the promise and power of God, and the purchase of Christ, are the strong foundations of the church’s safety and happiness. The foundations are described by their number—twelve, alluding to the twelve apostles (v. 14), whose gospel doctrines are the foundations upon which the church is built, Christ himself being the chief corner-stone; and, as to the matter of these foundations, it was various and precious, set forth by twelve sorts of precious stones, denoting the variety and excellency of the doctrines of the gospel, or of the graces of the Holy Spirit, or the personal excellencies of the Lord Jesus Christ.(2.) The gates for entrance. Heaven is not inaccessible; there is a way opened into the holiest of all; there is a free admission to all those that are sanctified; they shall not find themselves shut out. Now, as to these gates, observe, [1.] Their number—twelve gates, answering to the twelve tribes of Israel. All the true Israel of God shall have entrance into the new Jerusalem, as every tribe had into the earthly Jerusalem.

The very cornerstone, chief cornerstone, is the personal excellencies of the Lord Jesus Christ, or of the graces of the Holy Spirit and the excellency of the doctrines of the gospel. As chief cornerstone is Jesus Christ the great High Priest of our faith.

Acts 23:4 KJV

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4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

Paul’s defense before the council of the Jews.(1-5)

All hearts are in God’s hand, and those are blessed who put their trust in him, and commit their ways unto him.

Hebrews 4:14 KJV

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14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

[Below is found here, an abstract from Sermon LXXIII. (on the Lord’s Ascension)]

Since then Christ’s Ascension is our uplifting, and the hope of the Body is raised, whither the glory of the Head has gone before, let us exult, dearly-beloved, with worthy joy and delight in the loyal paying of thanks. For to-day not only are we confirmed as possessors of paradise, but have also in Christ penetrated the heights of heaven, and have gained still greater things through Christ’s unspeakable grace than we had lost through the devil’s malice.

Luke 24:44 KJV

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44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Is it not true that when it comes to the authority of God, the scriptures (past and present)… then and before, it would only be God to show true concern for the accuracy of: what was said, why it was said and what it meant?

Luke 4:36 KJV

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36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

Luke 7:20-23 KJV

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20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

The choice is yours... and affects your eternal status- with or without God in your presence!

The choice is yours… and affects your eternal status- with or without God in your presence!

Ezekiel 12:25 KJV

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25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

Matthew 15:31 KJV

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31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

[Below is an abstract from here, on Isaiah 29:18, under #18 and from Critical Commentary at the bottom of the page for the link provided.]

deaf . . . blind–(Compare Matthew 11:5 ). The spiritually blind are chiefly meant; “the book,” as Revelation is called pre-eminently, shall be no longer “sealed,” as is described ( Isaiah 29:11 ), but the most unintelligent shall hear and see ( Isaiah 35:5 ).

John 1:1 KJV

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1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 KJV

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14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 14:24 KJV

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24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

Acts 10:44 KJV

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44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

See Luke 9:26-27 here… the last word on this piece of writing.

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. Images are from this site here.

P.S.S. This writing goes hand-in-hand with another, one with historical evidence from a dig… an Archaeological find at Tel Meggido, Israel,’The Chapel of the Centurion of Armageddon.’Was this the same Centurion (or one trained by him) found in Matthew 8:8? You can find it here.

“Riding the beast or not”©

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Finding no time man cannot be blinded by

the light or not confounded by dark cold depths,

born into a place lies come easily to

humanity, find then the steps… find the steps,

the steps to enlighten the soul or deprive…

this is the fulcrum, the crossroad… to be brave,

from this position we learn love or we don’t…

to offer hope or to be helpless to save,

when the world seems like it’s out of control

is the time to find then the steps… find the steps,

the steps to enlighten the soul, noble goal,

not prone to field arrogance and all her debts,

the steps a man takes lead him up or way down

for there is but one measure… as one so tempts,

it is to be learned of God’s love for all mankind…

this is the height to climb and gain if man opts

but the steps that lead down are fraught in sorrow,

here is sure loss, find then the steps… find the steps,

the steps to enlighten the soul of all men…

seek the way of God’s love- this God still accepts.

We can choose our direction, free will!

We can choose our direction, free will!

Images are from this location, and please know I see this more as a ‘Strong and Weak’ issue (see this link for clarity); whereby those that would exercise what might be called strength is (in truth) weakness, actions taken from fear and doubt. Acting against the customs of the weak is not to be a sign of strength, it is to add to the moral confusion of an issue… and it becomes a sensitizer to us by the very nature of the issue and how we, ourselves, feel about the subject. This is where desensitization comes into play, making something bigger than it is or smaller than it appears is the tool of the Media.

We cannot show strength by losing sight of where we are, and using the same strength against us we see found in the world.

We cannot show strength by losing sight of where we are, and using the same strength against us we see found in the world.

Ephesians 6:12 KJV

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12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

“Tear down this wall… beliefs should be freely exercised”©

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The totality of man’s efforts,

the actions he takes… tell

greatly of desires held within,

seen if for one out of the shell,

and in what man does to offer

humanity their rights, under God;

whereby, perception of man alone

stands on trial, wall not to applaud

a mind, spirit or soul of anyone…

lest that same Brother come back,

no sooner less forgiving of your

own actions and cause him to attack,

if walls are true barriers to the mind

of man without God, how do we defend?

We defend our own without pretext or

pretense, our faith strong to the end!

Walls shall not hinder us!

Walls shall not hinder us!

In Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists… we find the openness of desire for a lack of domination of one religion over the other. Equally true, there is nothing there to drive any one individual (or organization) to a conclusion they are being forced to believe any way they so choose; which implies there is no ‘infringement’ or hinderance, albeit by one’s own choice to perceive one, unless they would infringe upon another’s right to believe as they would for themselves. If the fulcrum used would gain deprivation of one to choose on their own… this fulcrum should (hastily) be removed from one so desperate for themselves, or their beliefs. Free will denied is slavery imposed!

The ICC at the Hague.

The ICC at the Hague.

I can think of only one such religion being swept in throughout the world today, that of Islam, and the same ideals used against African Americans (then… a history unbecoming) are being used (today… and in present times) to: cleanse, purge and eradicate any in opposition; which includes: persecution, forced removal or actions taken from extreme prejudice- death and beheading.

Protesting persecution!

Protesting persecution!

So you say crimes against children are wrong... and sit silent!

So you say crimes against children are wrong… and sit silent!

To not see the dire parallels of this is to deny it could all happen again… to the whole of humanity itself!

Locations throughout the world

Locations throughout the world

If ideas and beliefs are clearly expressions of the spirit of man, then it is the responsibility of the UN and the ICC to say, or call, what is being done as a ‘Crime Against Humanity.’ To subject a Human being by force to change their will or die… no Human being has this right to take this liberty without reprisal. A WALL OF THE MIND AND WILL– WE WOULD FIGHT IDEAS AND BELIEFS… as if we could!

No human being should be forced to do anything... they don't want to!

No human being should be forced to do anything… they don’t want to!

Can you say,"This is incredibly absurd!"

Can you say,”This is incredibly absurd!”

The first image used on this article is found here¹ and for the ICC² (International Criminal Court- at the Hague) and and all others used are Crimes Against Humanity³, Human Rights Posters⁴ and the irony of NO ONE DOING ANYTHING (of Value) to prevent this from continuing! Talk is cheap… inactivity cheapens all we say we stand for, and silence does nothing but ensure nothing changes- a guarantee for it to get worse! Choose justice over injustice… won’t you?

Slavery comes by many names... against the: body, mind and spirit!

Slavery comes by many names… against the: body, mind and spirit!

How important are these 'Basic Rights' to you?

How important are these ‘Basic Rights’ to you?

“Marriage is more than what it seems”©

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‘A Chinese view[two in opposition], a legal view [a contract can be broken] and a covenant made with God [never intended to be broken].’

What is there good about being able to place the claim

on an arrangement (legal or otherwise) without God…

when God should turn away from anything of blessing,

to see it as but a benefit… a contract made from sod

and not grounded in life: making, giving or receiving

from the opposite of man’s own nature, God’s own gift…

without the reason for God’s involvement, there would

be no opinion of value formed by such covenant, rift.

Marriage is the perfect Trinity of all three!

Marriage is the perfect Trinity of all three!

[Below comes by way Critical Commentary on the Whole Bible, click the compare passages from the last link after the title… and near the bottom of the page are two choices for commentary found]

one flesh–The human pair differed from all other pairs, that by peculiar formation of Eve, they were one. And this passage is appealed to by our Lord as the divine institution of marriage ( Matthew 19:4Matthew 19:5 , Ephesians 5:28 ). Thus Adam appears as a creature formed after the image of God–showing his knowledge by giving names to the animals, his righteousness by his approval of the marriage relation, and his holiness by his principles and feelings, and finding gratification in the service and enjoyment of God.

Marriage: An intimate and complementing union between a man and a woman in which the two become one physically, in the whole of life. The purpose of marriage is to reflect the relationship of the Godhead and to serve him. Although the fall has marred the divine purpose and function of marriage, this definition reflects the God-ordained ideal for marriage from the beginning.

Marriage, a covenant, was God's idea!

Marriage, a covenant, was God’s idea!

Images found here.

“”Ecce homo,Ecce veritas… eo ipso!”© [Latin for “Behold the man, Behold the truth… by that very (act)”]

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God so loved the world he gave His only Son,

and the modern world rejects Him still…

to say it is nothing more than Hebrew mythology,

a story like Homer’s… against God will

but Jesus’s own words spoken referred to the

Book of Genesis, with authority, as witness,

again over one hundred fifty times Jesus

(Yeshua; salvation or God saves) in OT business,

the lens man uses is biased by: opinion, expectation,

personal choice, et al… to decry this by need,

no longer relative is God to man, man would be his

own determiner and turn away, no need to heed

the reasons Jesus came to Earth, fulfill covenant

made with man(kind)… to realize this as love…

to serve man and do so selflessly, the servant of

God was God as man, the truth He came from above.

Love comes by obedience to God... the Living God!

Love comes by obedience to God… the Living God!

To save man from himself… spared from what was saved and reserved for fallen angels but man would be drawn away from God to follow the deceiver himself. Those so deceived will be subject to the coming penalties due- an eternity to face without God… cast aways (out casts) by their own choice. Blood sacrifice is required for life to be preserved, life for life and blood payment made. God had to do more than reach down to man, He had to become man… that He could meet the requirements for man’s salvation; which Jesus did. The cross is where payment was made. The cross was what was planned for from before man’s beginning. Man’s history tells us it was the Romans that killed Jesus by crucifixion. Man’s history also says it was the Persians that invented this method of killing. Odd, it is found in the OT (Old Testament), in Deuteronomy 21:22, where it first speaks of being hung on a tree (clearer reference to the coming crucifixion) as the cross (of wood) would be used. Look to number four, at this link, to find it was four hundred years before crucifixion was first used (invented) it was spoken of in the Bible (or Scripture).

The parallels between Christ and Adam are also staggering when they are looked into and fully understood. This is what modern man might even refer to as myth. The Bible is as unique today as OT Scripture was then… written by man but inspired by God Himself.

To be known by God is to know God for yourself!

To be known by God is to know God for yourself!

Hanging was not a Hebrew form of execution!

“Is good enough real enough to make it?”©

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Is there ever a bad time for

revival… in this our land,

when those that know God’s

grace are still here and stand?

I say there is ever hope to be

known and shown those without…

without an understanding of God’s

love- it gives rise for us to shout,

shout long and free that God’s love

be shown today, and every other day,

let it not be said man’s judgement of

wrong or right is first in turn to say,

here is the test, will God’s will come

first, and are we really in the know?

Let us love (true love) outcast Brothers,

Mothers or orphans withouta show,

Feed the sheep, His own or not, and

let’s not dally to His calling, His goal,

tend the sheep (his own or not) lest

we leave them fodder for hell’s shoal,

no matter how good we think we are

there is the standard of God’s own Son,

Jesus just a man… unlike any man,

God Himself, without Him we’re done.

There is a ‘Pearly Gate’ to wait for the

souls of men, one and all, by call,

there are the gates of hell too… real

enough to speak to hearts that fall.

[Look below, found under the compare link and in Commentary for 1 Peter 4:14]

13. inasmuch as–The oldest manuscripts read, “in proportion as”; “in as far as” ye by suffering are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that is, by faith enter into realizing fellowship with them; willingly for His sake suffering as He suffered.
with exceeding joy–Greek, “exulting joy”; now ye rejoice amidst sufferings; then ye shall EXULT, for ever free from sufferings ( 1 Peter 1:61 Peter 1:8 ). If we will not bear suffering for Christ now, we must bear eternal sufferings hereafter.

[Look below, found under the compare link and in Commentary for Philippians 3:18]

There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way. Sin is the sinner’s shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things, may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end.

reaching forth–with hand and foot, like a runner in a race, and the body bent forward. The Christian is always humbled by the contrast between what he is and what he desires to be.

apprehend . . . apprehended–“If so be that I may lay hold on that (namely, the prize, Philippians 3:14 ) for which also I was laid hold on by Christ” (namely, at my conversion, Solomon 1:4 , 1 Corinthians 13:12 ).

[An abstract from Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, on Good, Goodness, seen below]

Human goodness is modeled on divine goodness ( Matt 5:48 ). For human beings goodness involves right behavior, expresses itself in kindness and other praiseworthy qualities, includes avoiding evil, and springs from the inner person. Since then God’s curse has fallen on “those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” ( Isa 5:20 ).

It is then found to be true, there is a distinct difference between what man can claim as being good and what God knows to be goodit would be better to be found in right step with Gods willin a space God calls good for man to be!

With God is goodness found!

With God is goodness found!

Exodus 15:26 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/exodus/15-26.html

26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Isaiah 56:8 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/56-8.html

8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

[Below is found here, and is based on Psalm 38:20]

“Because I follow the thing that good is. If men hate us for this reason we may rejoice to bear it: their wrath is the unconscious homage which vice renders to virtue. That anger that in remorse should burn against their own sin is set against their reprovers.”

William Struther

[This (below) comes from Matthew Henry Commentary on Psalms 38:20 and Genesis 6:5 respectively]

Good men, by setting their sorrow continually before them, have been ready to fall; but by setting God always before them, they have kept their standing. If we are truly penitent for sin, that will make us patient under affliction. Nothing goes nearer to the heart of a believer when in affliction, than to be under the apprehension of God’s deserting him; nor does any thing come more feelingly from his heart than this prayer, “Be not far from me.”

Christ, the true Noah, which same shall comfort us, hath by his sufferings already prepared the ark, and kindly invites us by faith to enter in. While the day of his patience continues, let us hear and obey his voice.

“This no measure to treasure here save God’s”©

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When we are left in the rain of displeasure…

what then to measure, what then to measure?

A time for cowards, a time for lies,

a day unlike any other day on this Earth,

a time held high, a day less true…

a time unlike any time for man’s worth.

When we are left in the rain of displeasure…

what then to measure, what then to measure?

A time for hate, a time for plight,

these are the days to linger through man’s night,

a time for loss, a time for blight…

these are the days blinding those of their sight.

When we are left in the rain of displeasure…

what then to measure, what then to measure?

A time for sorrow, a time to wail,

this is the end of days to come, birthing pains,

a time for evil, a time to cry…

this starts the end of days- a loss to man’s gains.

When we are left in the rain of displeasure…

what then to measure, what then to measure?

This is but 'birthing pains' to the day we avail ourselves to- the end of days is upon us!

This is but ‘birthing pains’ to the day we avail ourselves to- the end of days is upon us!

I find it especially ironic, where after completing this piece, to learn of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of legalizing gay marriage nationwide. I will hold and maintain the viewpoint there will be things man says are legal and right and there are things God says are legal and right. Should there ever come the time these are in opposition to one another, I shall uphold the values God says I should have for myself (without judging others for their choice) and shall not look back. The day has come when: we shall talk of peace… and see hate (being desensitized to it), speak of tolerance… and see none and strive toward the days of the Temple being rebuilt (in Israel)… for the practice of sacrifice once again.

Proverbs 14:12 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/proverbs/14-12.html

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

[… there is a way that seemeth right to a man…]

When it comes to wisdom… there is the wisdom of man (call it practical or not) and the wisdom of God (call this the better of the two). See an abstract from this source below.

WISDOM: The emphasis of this material subdivides into two rubrics, one emphasizing the theological problems of life, such as the suffering of the innocent (Job) and the meaning of life (Ecclesiastes). Scholars sometimes call this rubric higher or reflective wisdom. The other rubric is much more practical (Proverbs), and deals with the issues that touch the individual’s life, such as personal industry, integrity, sexual purity, and family relations. This subcategory is sometimes called lower or practical wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.

Fear God–The antidote to following creature idols, and “vanities,” whether self-righteousness ( Ecclesiastes 7:16 Ecclesiastes 7:18 ), or wicked oppression and other evils ( Ecclesiastes 8:12 Ecclesiastes 8:13 ), or mad mirth ( Ecclesiastes 2:2 , 7:2-5 ), or self-mortifying avarice ( Ecclesiastes 8:13 Ecclesiastes 8:17 ), or youth spent without God ( Ecclesiastes 11:9 , 12:1 ).

[The abstract below is found here.]

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

The image from this link and location here.

“Let your ‘Manifesto’ speak of love”©

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After a two thousand five hundred word manifesto…

a pliable non-adult (by insurance standards) is done,

done with his own short life, and not having achieved

his goal of promoting a race riot, no knowledge of one

simple thing… love, not the emotional kind but that

helps, love by choice to gain a voice of true conviction,

and it is by this conviction, of love, to see all humanity,

people, as needing a Savior… truth in His adoration

is when what we: learn, accept, acknowledge is found

to be the most noble of causes, to know love is life…

life renewing and overflowing, cleansing us of any and

all bitterness… peace overcomes hate and due strife.

I will not dignify a name given the individual that took life… took a fuller life from those Families affected by this drastic and wasted effort but know there is healing to come to those that cling to the very precepts of love; therein is ‘true’ hope to be found. The loss of one’s own family members can: hurt, cause us sadness (selfishly or not), create an emptiness (a void) and vex us to confusion- if we allow it to. Please know I’m a remarried Widower… and I know. There is a greater comfort found in knowing they wait for us and our time… death comes to us all but life eternal is to be realized by those that have made their choice for Jesus here- what all believers should lean on for the comfort they need to make it in a life fraught facing adversity. Yes, we may suffer but a little while (here) and yet we know this life continues… for the spirit is eternal. 

Ecclesiastes 8:14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked men who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.

[Below comes from this link, and you should click compare…. then look under Commentary]

Neither shall lie prolong–not a contradiction to Ecclesiastes 8:12.

The “prolonging” of his days there is only seeming, not real. Taking into account his eternal existence, his present days, however seemingly long, are really short. God’s delay ( Ecclesiastes 8:11 ) exists only in man’s short-sighted view. It gives scope to the sinner to repent, or else to fill up his full measure of guilt; and so, in either case, tends to the final vindication of God’s ways. It gives exercise to the faith, patience, and perseverance of saints.

Reply to Ecclesiastes 8:14 Ecclesiastes 8:15 . When I applied myself to observe man’s toils after happiness (some of them so incessant as not to allow sufficient time for “sleep”), then ( Ecclesiastes 8:17 , the apodosis) I saw that man cannot find out (the reason of) God’s inscrutable dealings with the “just” and with the “wicked” here ( Ecclesiastes 8:14, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Job 5:9, Romans 11:33 ); his duty is to acquiesce in them as good, because they are God’s, though he sees not all the reasons for them ( Psalms 73:16 ). It is enough to know “the righteous are in God’s hand” ( Ecclesiastes 9:1 ). “Over wise” ( Ecclesiastes 7:16 ); that is, Speculations above what is written are vain.

[The abstract below from R. David Rightmire… found here]

As the means of redemption, the death of Jesus provides a deliverance that involves not only forgiveness of sin ( Eph 1:7 ; Col 1:14 ), but also newness of life ( Rom 6:4 ). The central theme of redemption in Scripture is that God has taken the initiative to act compassionately on behalf of those who are powerless to help themselves. The New Testament makes clear that divine redemption includes God’s identification with humanity in its plight, and the securing of liberation of humankind through the obedience, suffering, death, and resurrection of the incarnate Son.

Blessings to all who enter here.

Blessings to all who enter here.

It is light that breaks the darkness!

It is light that breaks the darkness!

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