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??/??/2023 ~ Mankind of God


Darkness holds anger deeply wounding the soul.
Opinion does not change God's created natural order.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ~ Genesis 2:7


It is God who brought man into existence so that
He may enjoy the higher qualities of God Himself.


And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone;
I will make him a helper comparable to him." ~ Genesis 2:18


One thing angels do not share with mankind is that they are
never left alone, absent from the knowledge God is in their presence.
For this reason mankind has the opportunity to
reach heights above where angels dwell.


... Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made
into a woman, and He brought her to the man. ~ Genesis 2:21-22


As the Lord God is not alone, so He created a companion
to complement and assist man in his becoming aware.


... She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man." ...
~ Genesis 2:23-24


From the beginning God made man and woman to be
husband and wife. Temptation led the woman to sin.


"... In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be
for your husband, And he shall rule over you." ~ Genesis 3:16


Woman for sin must bear children in pain.

"In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, ..." ~ Genesis 3:19


Man must earn the life he lives through work. Helpless is the flesh
to continue on, and permanence can be an idle wish without God.


He created them male and female, and blessed them and
called them Mankind in the day they were created. ~ Genesis 5:2


It is God who called Mankind into existence by name.

"Behold, all souls are Mine; ..." ~ Ezekiel 18:4

Death because of sin is not good news, for all of us
that fall short of the Holy purity that God is.


... Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth,
and forms the spirit of man within him: ... ~ Zechariah 12:1


It is God who sustains our spirit of life.

Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the
spirit will return to God who gave it. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:7


The earth will not release man from the burden of time that
he must endure ultimately through his own beating heart.


All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:20


No dream is big enough where it will not cease,
and the dead in sin will rise for judgment.


... man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and
glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. ~ 1st Corinthians 11:4-7


God explains the order of mortal creation. Man is to glorify God and
woman is to assist in his worship of God. Man is to honor woman,
and if he fails to do this, he regresses into evil, and a certain
lack of understanding. There has never been a shortage
of bigotry and hatred as sin consumes the multitude.


... neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man,
in the Lord. For as woman came from man, even so man also comes
through woman; but all things are from God. ~ 1st Corinthians 11:8-12


God's order for creation never fails if obeyed
  All things are from God
                                      ↓
                                   Man → Woman
                                                      ↓
                                                   Man
                                                      ↕
                                                Woman  

The symbol of authority for a woman's head is a covering of submission
to the declared for order by God; long locks of hair as a sign for her
reverent honoring. As angels submit to God, women reflect
this heavenly quality when they honor their husbands.


... the head of every man is Christ, the head of every woman is man,
and the head of Christ is God. ~ 1st Corinthians 11:3


A clear hierarchy has been established by God
God

Christ

Man

                Woman                

Our return to God goes through Christ.

... The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does.
And likewise the husband does not have authority ... ~ 1st Corinthians 7:2-4


Marriage between a man and woman reflects a sacred surrendering,
which holy roots are in God Himself. The bodies of
man and women were created for each other.


... your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have
from God, and you are not your own? ... ~ 1st Corinthians 6:19-20


As part of the whole returns one's senses
  Your Body = Temple of the Holy Spirit  

God Owned
Bought at a Price

→ Glorify God in Body and Spirit

Each of us holds a holy gift of God: life.

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled;
but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. ~ Hebrews 13:4


Marriage is an institution of loyalty and commitment. Relationships for a
matter of lust or multiple schemings, for all kinds of sexual indiscretions,
should cause one to fear Godís wrath for the disobedience of self-serving.


... the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church;
and He is the Savior of the body. ... ~ Ephesians 5:22-24


God's church holds man answerable to Christ
Christ is head

The Church

         Husband is head         

Wife

Christ is our Savior, and He instructs us, through His word,
how best a married life is to be. Men must protect their wives
and keep them safe from harm as they bear man his children.


Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave
Himself for her that He might sanctify and cleanse her ... ~ Ephesians 5:25-27


One becomes holy by applying the word of God, which
has been given to bring about the best outcome for all.


... we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
~ Ephesians 5:28-30


If one disregards the truth of being a creation of God, then
we miss the fact of life as a part of Him and His giving spirit.


... let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and
let the wife see that she respects her husband. ~ Ephesians 5:31-33


Love and respect is what nurtures a successful marriage.
As for the church of Christ, it is His church and not the making
of men or a mere man. The call is to come to Christ, not man.


... without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women
adorn themselves in modest apparel, ... ~ 1st Timothy 2:8-10


He watches for all souls to behave decently
  Men pray without wrath and doubting  

in like manner women

in modest apparel
professing godliness
with good works

God looks for us all to produce good works in His name honoring
His word. If one does not see Christ as the creation of Godís
own truth for us to unambiguously know, we reduce to
alienated fools, on the outside of His sanctuary.


God has made His hierarchy for Mankind clear
God formed man from dust and gave him life
God said, "It is not good that man should be alone"
God made woman from man for manís partner
From the origin it was man and wife given by God
Sin rose painful child bearing & hard labors for man
God called them Mankind when they were created
All souls are Godís & the soul who sins will die
By the spirit of God man is sustained in life
Head/Christ/God, head/man/Christ, woman/man
Sexual immorality is all outside a man and his wife
Marriage is honorable, God will judge immoral lust
Husbands love your wife & wives respect husband
Men & women should pray without wrath & doubts

Shame comes upon all not abiding
in Godís ways of creation.


... the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers,
not given to much wine, teachers of good things ... ~ Titus 2:3-5


Woman, especially, as they age, should bring their experience
and wisdom to teach good things; what God would have us to be.
No where in the Bible does it state godly women to be ostracized.


... Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some
do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won ... ~ 1st Peter 3:1-2


Loyal wives obedient to the word have
drawn many men into Godís service.


... merely outward ... rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with
the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, ... ~ 1st Peter 3:3-5


Great is the shine of a quiet Holy character. Fundamental to the core
of essence is what one places trust in. Trust in God delivers a reliable
soul of a deeper nature. Trust in things can be a shaky venue at best.
To be trustworthy, one has to maintain integrity and commitment,
for the best outcome to lift others, as well as self.


Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. ~ Proverbs 31:10-12


To find true love is the springtime of a life. As we are called to trust God,
finding a woman, one can trust, is finding the glory of Godís promise
Himself. Sadly, it can be said that trusting God is more a surety
than trusting people, who too often lie and deceive, within self-
seeking agendas. Love is transparent, withholding no secrets,
with only genuine concern. A good woman is worth more
than any amount. How can the stars be counted, which
still would fall short of the height of her unceasing value.


She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
... ~ Proverbs 31:26-28


The industrious wisdom of a woman shelters her family and draws praise
and respect. Slothfulness is foreign to her goals of successful family.
As women give birth to human life, their sense of kindness is heightened
far above their male counterparts. God has placed lessons upon women
to experience appreciation of the utmost of all nature: life.


... the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving
wife is sanctified by the husband; ... ~ 1st Corinthians 7:13-14


In a marriage, one believer in God is certainly better than none. His Holy
influence sanctifies a rather damned situation of contempt and division.


But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under
bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. ~ 1st Corinthians 7:15


One is not a stick to beat belief into another adult. Some maintain
lifestyles not compatible with reverent regard for His word of truth. Many
are alienated into their own disgust and would rather pursue life without
godly wives or husbands. At times, one cannot turn hateful hearts that run
from the truth, and abandon family. Unbelieving self-seekers are generally
only interested in themselves with little loyalty or compassion for others.


... But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one,
so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches. ~ 1st Corinthians 7:16-17


However, persistence is the better part of character and candor to never
give up. What is blue today can be green tomorrow. Hope is the wish of
the faithful. God has called each of us, no matter gender, to faith in hope.


... Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted
to speak; but they are to be submissive, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 14:33-35


In formal worship of God, in church, man has been appointed authority
to commence those most sacred activities. God has authored the calling,
for the return of souls who have fallen away, from His truths and ways.
His declarations, in fact, bring about the best results for all that would
apply them. In His wisdom, the best of life shines forth.


Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a
woman to teach or to have authority over a man, ... ~ 1st Timothy 2:11-15


With submissive silence, in formal worship, a woman is to have
respect for manís authority, which by no means lessens her faith,
love, and holiness, through the mastery of self-control. Faith, love,
and holiness, with self-control is the call to all mankind.


... And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. ~ Judges 4:4-5

Women of past have had great influence on the success of societal order.
Deborah had wisdom which served the justice of God. A woman's
knowledge and expertise is welcomed in healing all, if she is able
to diagnose and render proper advise and or treatment. Many
holy healers have been, and are, women. Actions and called
for reverent behaviors in church, does not exclude women
from living righteous lives in the community at large.


The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It
is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.
~ Lamentations 3:25-26


All souls, no matter gender, need to wait quietly for the Lord.
It is a matter of control over spirit that God watches for.


... "Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children,
his brother shall marry his wife ..." ~ Matthew 22:23-24


Those that are mired exclusively in fleshly concerns cannot see the higher
truths of Godís own coming emancipation. ďOh brother,Ē perhaps had
some its roots in the exasperation of hypocrisy displayed here.


"... Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be?
For they all had her." ~ Matthew 22:25-28


The eagerness to run to sin and excuse oneself always points blame
on others instead of deep self-reflection. There are many that enjoy
arguing for the sake of arguing with their own spiteful hearts.


... "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.
For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
but are like angels of God in heaven." ~ Matthew 22:29-30


Jesus, possessor of all truth, tells us the reality of souls as individuals
bound for a heavenly dwelling. Possessiveness and ownership
has no meaning in heavenís abode of abundance.


There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither
male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3:28


All souls are equally valuable to God. God labels the heart, not the flesh.

... When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained
to him the way of God more accurately. ~ Acts 18:24-26


When godly knowledgeable women encounter errors in scripture,
it is their duty to assist in clarity of thought. This does not mean
domination, rather a heart of teaching and helpfulness.
By heavenly light, all are made holy loving the pursuit.


... she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those
who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. ~ Luke 2:36-38


Anna, a wise old woman devoted to Godís word assisted those looking for
words of Godís redemption. It appears when asked for advice or insights
into the truth, thankful faithful woman are welcomed for their excellence
of thought. The Bible never says for women not to speak of God.


... help these women who labored with me in the gospel, ... ~ Philippians 4:2-3

Contentions among people are never uplifting without agreement
in His truth, and many woman have exercised much labor in the
gospelís teachings. Without agreement in His words of instruction,
divisions will naturally arise, to the contrary of His will.


Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet
the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord. ~ Romans 16:12


More than can be numbered are the women that have labored
in the Lordís name for the glory that He is. Beauties best
appearance is found in the heart of honest loving souls.


... the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother
Lois and your mother Eunice, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 1:5


For most males in the faith, women play that initial part in
bringing out God's knowledge. The service of women
hold the best of what the world can be.


Therefore comfort each other and edify one another,
just as you also are doing. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:11


No matter gender, we must strive to comfort one another, not just for
pleasure, but for the salvation of the whole. When people are just
out for themselves, unity is a battle to avoid the discourteous.


Mankind of woman exposes souls for God or self
Older women should be teachers of good things
Godly submissive wives assist in a husbands faith
Quiet spirits adorned inwardly are precious to God
A virtuous wife allows manís excellence to be man
Godly women are actively wise speaking kindness
Even one believing partner sanctifies a marriage
Salvation is an act of unyielding faith for the better
Women are to learn in respect for their husband
Women / not to have authority in church over man
In heaven no human marriage / all souls as angels
A wise womenís knowledge of redemption is for all
God wills women not be contentious - labor/gospel
Women of great faith educate the young

Indifference does not change
what God holds as Holy.

Darkness draws the line to nowhere.




 

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