June 29th, 2015

what the Bible calls sexual perversion

It is in the flow of salvation history 11:55 AM Monday late morning. We will soon be into the noontime hours. Our days fly by like a vulture over a rainbow flag.

I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. I got up drank coffee made last night and then messed with our main computer. I made oatmeal for breakfast. I am still keeping the weight off. I weigh about 219 lbs. right now. The best way to not gain weight is to keep food out of your cell. If there is no food in your cell you will not eat unnecessarily. I have discovered I usually want to eat just to eat and not because I need to eat. In the end eating is a waste of time. As we wander through rainbow land we need to fast and repent in dust and ashes.

Since it was dry out this morning I decided to mow our lawn before the rains comes this afternoon. As I was mowing the lawn Carol came home from work. I was finished mowing our lawn around 9:30 AM. Carol went to bed and I wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my diary I went and got coffee beans and then visited a local thrift store. I found one used book to ADD to our Book Collection, "William Shakespeare: A Biography" by A. L. Rowse.

Not much else to report this afternoon. Yesterday I basically read all day the novel "The Odd Woman" by Gail Godwin. I ordered from Amazon two used books by Gail Godwin yesterday. I have already several novels by Godwin in our library, but I wanted to read the novel Godwin wrote after "The Odd Woman" which was or is titled, "Violet Clay". The other used book I ordered by Gail Godwin was or is a nonfiction book titled "Heart". I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel "The Odd Woman" this month and will soon be finished reading it. I am also almost done reading the novel, "Satantango" by Laszlo Krasznahorkai.

"Heart: A Personal Journey Through Its Myths and Meanings" by Gail Godwin
http://www.gailgodwin.com/book-page.php?ISBN_PB=0380808412

Well I will close to drift through the afternoon. Existence keeps speeding by! "But God shall shoot them with an arrow; suddenly they shall be wounded. So He will make them stumble over their own tongue; all who see them shall flee away. All men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider His doing. The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory" Ps. 64:7-10

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the full manifestation of Christ

It is 12:41 PM Monday afternoon. I have been writing lately here about biblical spirituality in contrast to false spirituality or demonic deception. Remember the Bible calls Satan a Liar. I got out this afternoon one of my favorite 17th century English Puritan works titled, "The True Christian's Love To The Unseen Christ" by Thomas Vincent (1634-1678) Foreword By John MacArthur. Every true Christian has an experience of seeing spiritually the beauty and holiness of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we become Christians we enter into a love relationship with the Risen Exalted Lord Jesus Christ.

I will quote from the treatise, "The True Christian's Love To The Unseen Christ"-

"Section III
3. How Christ manifests Himself unto them that love Him.

(1.) Christ here, in this world, manifests Himself but in part and darkly. The soul is not now capable of the fullest and clearest manifestation of Christ. This is a happiness reserved for the other world, First John 3:2 "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know, that when He shall appear we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." John 17:24, "Father, I will that they also whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory which Thou has given Me." It is hereafter that Christ's disciples shall be perfectly like Christ, and shall have a perfect manifestation of Christ, that they shall see Him as He is. It is hereafter that they shall behold His glory. The luster and brightness of Christ's glory is so great that, should He now let forth the beams thereof upon them, it would dazzle and amaze them; it would strike them blind. Yea, it would strike them dead. There is need, because of their weakness, that Christ should keep a veil on His face when He makes discovery of Himself. They cannot now bear the full manifestation of Christ, therefore Christ reveals Himself but in part. As the Queen of Sheba said, concerning Solomon's wisdom and prosperity, First Kings 10;6-7, "It was a true report that I heard in mine own land, of thy acts and thy wisdom: howbeit, I believed not the words, until I came and mine eyes had seen it: and behold the half was not told me; thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame thereof."

It is not the one half which Christ's disciples now hear, or can in this world discern, of their Master's excellencies. It has not now entered into their hearts to conceive what beauties, and glories, and most admirable perfections there are hidden in their Beloved. Not only Christ's love, but also Christ's loveliness passes their knowledge. There are such dimensions of most wonderful glory in Christ's person as infinitely transcend the capacity of the most elevated minds fully to comprehend. Christ manifests Himself truly to them that love Him, yet is it but partly, and that but a little part. It is but darkly by the beams of a more obscure light. First Corinthians 13:9-12, "For we know in part, and we prophecy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know, even, also as I am known."" pg. 104,105 Thomas Vincent

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More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/m/o/r/morelove.htm

"Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen." Ephesians 6:24

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a tranquility and quietude in divine light

It is now in the flow of Light 4:23 PM Monday late afternoon. I was thinking today about what St. John of the Cross wrote about spiritual illumination so I have been looking at "The Collected Works Of St. John of the Cross" his mystical treatise THE SPIRITUAL CANTICLE. I have quoting here different Christians on spiritual illumination so as to show that throughout the the history of God's people, they all have experienced spiritual illumination which takes place at regeneration and conversion. We have several times quoted the apostle Paul who wrote to the Corinthian church, "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" 2 Corinth. 4:6. Being a Christian is seeking to be like Christ. We become like the Lord Jesus by beholding His divine glory revealed in the Bible and in a contemplative state. "Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" 2 Corinth. 3:17,18. Also the apostle Paul (the Lord Jesus) "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light" Ephesians 5:8.

I will now quote from THE SPIRITUAL CANTICLE by St. John of the Cross-

"22. The tranquil night

In this spiritual sleep in the bosom of the Beloved, the soul possesses and relishes all the tranquility, rest, and quietude of the peaceful night; and she receives in God, together with this peace, a fathomless and obscure knowledge. As a result she says that her Beloved is a tranquil night to her.

23. At the time of the rising dawn.

Yet she does not say that the tranquil night is equivalent to a dark night, but rather, that is like the night that has reached the time of the rising dawn. This quietude and tranquility in God is not entirely obscure to the soul as is a dark night; but it is a tranquility and quietude in divine light, in the new knowledge of God, in which the spirit elevated to the divine light is in quiet.

She very appropriately calls this divine light "the rising dawn," which means the morning. Just as the rise of morning dispels the darkness of night and unveils the light of day, so this spirit quieted and put to rest in God, is elevated from the darkness of natural knowledge to the morning light of the supernatural knowledge of God. This morning light is not clear, as was said, but dark as night at the time of the rising dawn. Just as the night at the rise of dawn is not entirely night or entirely day, but is, as they say, at the break of day, so this divine solitude and tranquility, informed by the divine light, has some share in that light, but not its complete clarity.

24. In this tranquility the intellect is aware of being elevated, with strange newness, above all natural understanding to the divine light, just as person who after a long sleep opens his eyes to the unexpected light." St. John of the Cross

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the soul's rest in God

Since I have some time left before my wife gets up to face It I thought I would quote from a book I got out this morning titled, "A Beam Of Divine Glory: The Unchangeableness of God" by Edward Pearse (1633-1673).

"2. Would you indeed live at rest in God? Then labor to know Him much, and to know Him in Christ. The more we know God, the more we shall love Him; and the more we know and love Him, the more shall we rest in Him. "They that know Thy name (said the psalmist) will trust in Thee" (Psalm 9:10); they will rest in God and depend on God. One great reason why we do not rest in God is that we do not know Him, at least so know Him as to carry in us right notions and apprehensions of Him. Labor, therefore, to know God more and better; labor to know Him in Christ. God in Christ is most sweet, most lovely, most ravishing and solacing to souls. God in Christ is a God of love, yes, a God that is love. "God is love" (1 John 4:8). God in Christ is a God of reconciliation: "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them" (2 Corinth. 5:19); and, oh, how sweet is God thus known! God in Christ is "the Father of mercies, the God of all comfort" (2 Corinth. 1:3). He is full, free, open fountain of spiritual good. We read of "the light of the knowledge of the glory of God shining forth in the face of Christ" (2 Corinth. 4:6). And, indeed, the light and glory of God, His beauty, sweetness, and excellency, shines forth nowhere so brightly and illustriously as in Jesus Christ. To know God or to look on Him outside of Christ is what rather fills the soul with trouble than brings it to rest in Him. "I remembered God, and was troubled" (Psalm 77:3). God out of Christ is no other than an angry judge, a consuming fire, one who is ready to damn and destroy the soul; but in Christ He is a God of pardon, a God of salvation to all who come by Christ to Him. Hence some of the saints have profited that they dare not think of God out of Christ. And you know what Luther's thoughts were by that outcry of his, "I will have nothing to do with an absolute God." Oh, therefore labor to know God in Christ more; being known in Him, He is infinitely sweet to souls, and they cannot but find that sweetness in Him that shall draw and allure them to make Him their rest and all forever." pg. 178,179 Edward Pearse
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vice list

I am down in the lower level looking at my New Testament commentaries on the First Epistle to the Corinthians. Today I commented on someones LJ blog and quoted these verses showing that the Bible condemns homosexuality. "I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people" 1 Corinth. 5:9; "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God" 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

Now what bothers me is that the person wrote that I had misinterpreted these verses from First Corinthians. That really upset me because in my library I have these commentaries on First Corinthians who all agree with me or what these verses teach about homosexuality. I also know there are people who profess to be Christians who ignore these verses. Sad to know there are professing Christians who do not hold to the authority of God's Word the Bible when it comes to ethics/Christian behavior.

I will mention the books I looked at or have in my library on First Corinthians or Christian reference books on word studies on homosexuality.

1. "Dictionary of New Theology" Volume 2 Editor Colin Brown pg. 569-671 word study on the NT Greek word male homosexual, pederast, sodomite

2. "Exegetical Dictionary Of The New Testament" Volume 1 pg. 158 "male homosexual referring to a male who engages in sexual activity with men or boys: 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10

3. "Linguistic Key To The Greek New Testament" pg. 402 1 Corinth. 6:9 "a male who has sexual relations with a male, homosexual. The Jewish punishment for the sin of homosexuality was stoning".

4. "1 Corinthians" [The NIV Application Commentary] by Craig Blomberg. I will quote Blomberg's comments on 1 Corinth 6:9-10 "By far the biggest controversy surrounding the vice list of verses 9-10 has to do with the two words for homosexual offenders. As in Romans 1:24-27, homo-and homosexual sins are paired in a way that suggests that neither is any better or any worse than the other. One can scarcely use these verses to claim that no one can simultaneously be a Christian and engage in homosexual actions unless one is prepared to say the same thing of one who commits adultery or exhibits greed! But in each of these instances true Christians should acknowledge their behavior as sinful and try to change it. Persistent rebellion increasing calls into question any prior profession of faith. The Romans chapter 1 passage also makes plain that Paul treats male and female homosexuals offenders alike, even if only men are mentioned here." pg. 121

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the office of apostle

It is late and I need to go to bed since it is my bed time. I am writing myself a note to remind myself to write tomorrow when I have time to explain what it is stupid statement to say that the apostle Paul's view on homosexuality was not the views of the Lord Jesus Christ (who were both Jews steeped in Old Testament ethics/Torah). There is no conflict between the teachings of the Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul. Well more tomorrow on this topic. "But we know that the law is good if uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for foricators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjuries, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust" 1 Tim. 1:8-11
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