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THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN,
THE LOVE OF GOD
AND THE SPIRIT OF ENVY
WITH OTHER ESSAYS AND NEWS
Getting Away from it all, and
Robert E. Donaldson Th.D.
World Wide Web Witness Inc.
July - November 1997
This series responds to what is worth while, beautiful and wonderful, in contrast to the baseness which Isaiah 59:2-3,11-15 so well describes and which relates like a hand-mirror image to this fallen race now in the twentieth century. God is not fallen. As one of the essays indicates, THE MORALS OF GOD ARE NOT FOR SALE.
His Kingdom is as sure as ever and rapidly approaching its bloom, which is His and which He will institute; His love is as pure, His life as splendid and His ways as reliable. Isaiah 59:1 remains even in the world of the mushroom cloud:
Behold the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
Jesus Christ having come at the appointed time has His magnificent offer of clemency, mercy and pardon in the very midst of the muddle, murder and uproar that marks, with the new dominance of the Jews over their Jerusalem, His return. It is time to lift up our heads, for coming closer is the time of the very redemption of the body, when those who are His will return with Him to where we all belong who love Him and serve Him.
This book, like Predestination and Freewill, but in terms of specific episodes, examines or focuses on a specialist area. It is that of TWO KINGDOMS. One is of light, one of darkness; one of vaulting , vaunting ambition, one of humility, meekness, reality; one of love, one of hate; one of what endures impregnable in its beauty, the other a swamp of malodour and treachery.
The two textures reveal themselves like unfolding flowers viewed on time exposure camera: blooms of loveliness, flowers of evil. The pageantry of human majesty in politics, philosophy and pretension yields to the purity of that One King whose credentials were exposed for all at the Cross of Calvary: whose sovereignty predicts history, and whose Person will soon again grace our globe, the wonder of whose power in purity must now be shown, as was the work of His salvation in apparent weakness, but one stronger than disease and death: a work of love.
If you are not yet His, ponder these pages. We do not belong to ourselves, so that endless vapid visions of the mind of man seek to grasp us; we are made by the God who is love, whose will is well enough expressed in the plan of salvation culminating at the Cross of Jesus Christ and in His bodily resurrection. It is time to return to the Lord, before He returns to us.
Robert E. Donaldson July and December 1997
IN THE HISTORYOF THOUGHT-
Magicians in Strange Places
MARS BAR, Advertiser, July 1, 1997 - Looking in Mars for life, when earth seems set for considerable extinction itself! Is there anything at the Mars bar ? Things terrestrial, celestial, and answers appear later in this item, which separates fact, fantasy and fiction.
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
Citizens of Hong Kong, and Citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven: A Study in Constructive Contrast
A Place for Souls to Grow
International Order and Disorder, contrasted with the Power of the Kingdom of the Jesus Christ, the Righteous, King of the Nations, otherwise known as The KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: long continued and soon to be consummated.
TV News, May The Advertiser, p. 13, June 23, 1997
The Remnant of Hong Kong Released
THE MORALS OF GOD ARE NOT FOR SALE
p. 12, The Advertiser, July 12, 1997
LOVE THAT PASSES KNOWLEDGE
and Dimensional Darkness:
The Just Vindication of The Love of God
The way to the end from the beginning...
DAMNATION AS A DIMENSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
OF CONDEMNATION in the aftermath of that Jesus Christ who came not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved:
The Escape Velocity to Reach Eternal Extradition from Hope
and the Excision of Evolution:
The Place of Wisdom ...
The beginning that leads to the end
DO COMPANIES HAVE SOULS?
Advertiser, July 1, 1997. Is all lost ?
IN CHRIST, AND FOR CHRIST
Charity, Clarity and
in the Congregation - What to do with a changing world, surrounding the unchanged church of that blessed Jesus Christ who is "the same yesterday, today, forever" - Hebrews 13:8
THE SPIRIT OF ENVY
- AND THE GOD OF THIS WORLD
Ashes for Beauty in its Presence
Being where that fraud isn't, and doing what he doesn't, is different, delightful and sufficient, when it is with the Lord you find yourself engraced. This is found in Youth 4.
Looking at the Prince of this World ...
The spirit of envy, vying pretence
and on the other side, the glory of the beauty of the Lord: ashes for beauty - it's time to go into reverse!
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Some Important Aspects of
Modern Translations of the Bible
A Word for Christians on Caution and Captiousness
The Wonder of Isaiah
59:21, Matthew24:35 and Disinfection from Viral Imaginations
THE YOUNGER IN HEART
Here we look at the
Kingdom of Heaven
In its Heavenly Light:
Away from the Aged Asininities that Beguile,
Far from the Agues of Sin Slave-drivers that seek to invade,
Turned from the Aches of Angst that would like to Prescribe.
First, Flight to Reality
Second, Evolution as Religion
Blood Sport, the Modern Mark Anthony
Youth is a period of fire but sometimes
fizz, of aspiration but sometimes desperation, of high ideals but at times
despondent disasters: it can be stable and forthcoming or casual and off-beat.
It is life in the making for adulthood. It also has its own place and grace
- as does old age. It needs however to be at least slightly, understood.
Paul gives us a fascinating, intriguing look into things as if with the vitality
of a beginning, but with his abundant life, it is just possible he experienced
in some measure the challenge later: only to overcome it as he did at the
first - overcome? But that is another phase of it. Let's start at the beginning.
1. Flight to Reality -
Living where life is
The personal power for
vitality, and the heavenly spiritual privilege that lies in the knowledge
of Jesus Christ
2. EVOLUTION AS RELIGION-
Existing where life is not
In violent contrast, is what Isaiah describes like this:
"None calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity; yes, truth fails; and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment."
In Isaiah 59:16 following you see the prophetic statement, often repeated in the NewTestament, of the action God plans to take.
Meanwhile, here on earth, let's
look at these things with heaven-inspired eyes.
3.Blood Sport - or
The Modern Mark Anthony with Another Body - a one-act Play
Phases and fads in education, a little later ... based on a scene in Julius Caesar, and a speech by his friend (not Brutus!). It is completed by the Poem, The WONDER AND THE WITCH.
APPENDIX: especially relating to Ch.10
Question and Answer on the Cross -
but not Cross Purposes with Christ
11 Spiritual Supplement on Delighting in the Lord