Dog and Pony Shows, and the Wise Handling of Truth

Newly found writing By Jay Ferris!
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In the following passage notice the question, and the differentiation between “you” and “them”…

And the disciples came and said unto him, ‘Why do you speak unto them in parables?’

He answered, ‘Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, ‘By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Matthew 13:10-17

For present purposes I’d like to touch on the “eyes that see not” part of the problem. Jesus spoke to them in parables because He had spiritual truth He wanted to communicate, truth not easily seen with earthly eyes and not to be understood as earthly truth. Rather it was spiritual truth concerning the invisible God, truth that can be seen and understood in the things that are created, but apparently not so easy for most to grasp.

By putting the Truth in the form of parables, those who had earthly eyes and intent only on seeing earthly things, couldn’t get it.

Jesus answered and said to those who the Father had given Him, “… To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not granted,” Matthew 13:11.

Furthermore the way that God had chosen to impart the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven was to have Jesus explain them in private.

And with many such parables spoke He the word unto them, as they were able to hear it. But without a parable spoke He not to them: and when they were alone, He expounded all things to his disciples. Mark 4:33, 34

This tells me that Jesus was not authorized to explain these mysteries in the seeing of those who only had earthly eyes to see earthly things.

Here’s the deal as it struck me just now. If the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are explained to earth-bound people, they receive the explanation into their flesh, and put it into practice. They even put it on others in the flesh.

It looks to me like Jesus didn’t want to outfit “dog and pony shows” by explaining things for the understanding or misunderstanding of the flesh, as the case may be.

Of course, the life of Christ and His approach to the government of His Kingdom is in the Spirit. That’s bad for a couple of things that have been very popular for many years in what’s calling itself “church,” namely pre-eminence and income.

Prostitution is a problem as it is, but wanting to be a center stage prostitute compounds the problem. This is the one who is in it for both money and reputation.

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is sufficient for such a thing? For we are not like the great number who make use of the word of God for profit: but our words are true, as from God, being said as before God in Christ
~2 Cor. 2:15-1
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Love!

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Out of One, Into Another

A New Post By Jay Ferris!

out jump2What I am seeing of late is a choice between two kinds of “time-shares,” two places to rest, two places to live, even a choice between two kingdoms.  How can we leave the one without entering the other?  Getting out of “Babylon”, it seems, is a call to every one of us, but where are we to go if we are given no alternative?  Does “the gospel” consign us to some kind of mental holding pattern until Jesus comes back? Why should people living in darkness want a piece of that action?

We need to live in the Spirit’s alternative to Babylon and we need to live there now.  My experience tells me that this is well within reach of the faith once delivered to the saints, and still available even in our own day.  What we are presently calling “church” isn’t fooling anyone, except perhaps ourselves.

The way things are now, people haven’t the faintest idea of what the Bible is really offering us in Christ.  People living in darkness need very badly to know that there is another place to live, another place to rest.  If I understand it right, believers were to be a demonstration in that darkness.  Instead we say, “Oh well, maybe next time?” – NOT!

What Jesus offers us is bad for business, any business:

To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like?  They are like children who sit in the market place. . . Luke 7:30-32

We sit in a market place with an eye to doing business. We have business on our mind.  It is this “what’s in it for me that I can buy” mentality that stands in opposition to our ability to enter the Kingdom of God.  It is a change of mental location that we need in order to come out of Babylon and enter another place.

The book of Revelation is a strange kind of letter. It tends to scramble our sense of “past” “present” and “future.”  A “beast” is revealed there who will burn Babylon in the future, Revelation 17:16.

The book of Revelation also reveals another place to live.  This other place is called “The New Jerusalem,” Revelation 21:2.  The problem is that what’s calling itself “church” has been so locked into futureness that we have missed the burning that is going on in the present.  This burning is the result of a fire Jesus kindled at the cross. This is to say, we don’t have to wait until the eleventh hour to get out of the burning tower.  The fact is, the fire Jesus set at the cross has already gutted the building.

One way of indicating where the gospel takes us, as contrasted with where we have been, is to summarize the contrast between two economic “systems.”  One system finds its expression in a market place, a place where people go to buy and sell.  The rock bottom object of the market place is a redistribution of the necessities of life.  The economy of God does this by the blood of Christ.  This is the transaction of the cross, where we exchange our garbage for His love.

Love!

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Untangled and Poured Out

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NEW – drawn from a response by Jay Ferris to a question from a reader.

I was thinking about that portion of the desire in the heart of all of us for intimacy. It is kept inside like the pressure in a bottle of Champagne. Suddenly we find ourselves in circumstances where we feel safe to share with others at a deep level. That’s like releasing the wire that holds the cork in the bottle. With the release of the cork comes the celebration of intimacy.

A reader asked: “What is the key point that makes the cork pop?”

I would have to say, “the key point” is that these things are spiritually discerned. Only the Grace of God has the ability to disentangle the wire on the cork. This wire is the bondage of how we used to be, even the bondage of systematic religion.

Take Paul, for instance. The “popping of His cork” began with his being knocked down on the way to Damascus. The intimacy that day was with The Lord Himself. Then he had a few conversations with others, probably not so intimate, and then into the Arabian wilderness for “Surpassing” intimacy with The Lord Himself once again. It is clear from Paul’s testimony that the fruit of that intimacy was the untangling of Paul from all that he used to be – all that religious wiring. There was a major change from the religious bondage that used to be Paul. Paul was changed from Christ killer to lover.

There was much that Paul got in Arabia that he could get only from the Lord, and not from men, even the best of them in their then understanding of the “oneness” that Jesus prayed and died for.

As for us, we now have the help of Paul’s maturing in the lord, according to his own words, and those of Luke. So that we already have an intelligible clue that there is more to intimacy than how things are in the old creation. There is a Unity of The Spirit that, beyond His gift of Himself to us, is perhaps the greatest gift we have, as well as our most convincing testimony, not only to our own hearts, but to the hearts of one another, and by the looks of it, to the world.

This is not about being in the same place and time in the flesh, but being in the same place and eternity in the Spirit. :-) This is about a people who are beginning to get to know each other “even as also they are known,” and in this present age.

Love!

For more reading, see “The Champagne of Intimacy.

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Looking for Love in All The Wrong Places

Whether you are single or married, I would encourage you to take just 30 minutes today to listen to this audio on 1 Cor. 7.  Jay Ferris wasn’t able to make it for the 2011 Searching Together conference, so he delivered his message in a barn. :)   When I first heard it, it became for me a deeply strengthening hinge-pin in my own thinking concerning marriage.  Someday I hope to share a written transcript of the message as well, but for now just the audio is available below.  It will play automatically when you click the link, or, you can open it in iTunes.

I listened to the first 5 minutes this morning and it drew me in.  I’m off to listen to the rest!  Would love to hear your thoughts on it, if you get a chance to listen too.
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  1 Corinthians 7 (2011 Searching Together Conference) (Mp3, 18 MB, 30 min)
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High Risk Investment with High Returns in Relationships

New writing by Jay Ferris:

talentDuring a walk in the woods with friends once in 1999, the following understanding of “the parable of the talents” came to light for me from one of them, in context of relationships. (Matthew 25:14-30)

Looking at the one slave who buried his talent, we must understand that the application to the Kingdom of God has little or nothing to do with financial investment, putting money in a bank, or even burying it in the ground.  The Lord is speaking about “high risk” investment, however, as contrasted with the relative safety of money in the bank.

In the Kingdom of God, the currency of God is love, and the investment is in relationships.  Jesus is the investor.  He staked everything on relationships, first of all His relationship with His Father, and then with His Father as the backer, He invested everything in us who believe.  He is after a return on this investment in relationships, and lots of them.  Jesus’ Father is looking for fellowship.  When the Greeks wanted to meet Jesus, He went away and left the job to us, John 20:20-26.

By His death, He made a deposit into our lives, and the Holy Spirit continues to bring us even more of Him.  Jesus is looking for a return on that investment.  Jesus knows what it is to risk rejection, and be rejected, Isaiah 53:3.  He expects us to take the same risk, and invest ourselves in others.

For the slave who had very little experience with the Lord, there were two problems: one a problem of perception, and the other, a very real fear, Matt. 25:24-25.

If we have no sense that the Lord has sown anything of substance into our lives; if we know little or nothing of Him, we have a very false impression.  We don’t see ourselves as having enough to take a chance on reaching out to others.  The downside risk is that of rejection – rejection now, and rejection on the day when we must all give account.

The Lord has promised us a return on our investment, in this present age as well as the next.

One hundred times as much as what we are willing to invest, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers (Luke’s account reads, ‘parents’) and children… Mark 10:29-30

How are you doing with
the investment of your life?

From “Are You Worried Yet? Where is Money Taking Us” by Jay Ferris.

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The Best for Last (Audio Gem #6)

Somewhere Jay Ferris mentions the movie, “The Passion of Christ” by Mel Gibson, saying that as noble an attempt as it was to accurately portray the horrors of crucifixion, that it was unfortunately stamped with a love that was for friends. What did he mean?  In this last “Audio Clip” (saving the best for last!), Jay shares what he said was his greatest, most life-changing revelation concerning the love of Christ on which all other revelations were based – especially concerning ‘unshakeable’ relationships.  As simple as it may seem, very few act like they have received this specific revelation of Christ.  O Lord, open our eyes!

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Written Version:

“….. Something came to me in a patent office in Dusseldorf Germany in 1987 when I was in a place of deep groaning because of some relational difficulties client wise, and family wise.  It was at a time when my understanding was that, laying His life down for His friends was part of the gospel of Christ.  Now from a personal point of view, one of the things that I was struggling with was that I found that my expectations were my greatest enemy and I found when they weren’t lived up to, I became part of the problem.  It was an expectational kind of confrontation that my wife and I were going to be walking into in about ten days.

So I was sitting there in this patent office, linguistically ignorant, so I wasn’t paying much attention to what was going on there because it was all in German.  Then the sky opened up and the Lord touched me this way.  I had a burst of scripture from 1 John, “Prefect love casts out fear” cycling just below my level of consciousness.  When I became aware of it, my awareness took the form of, “Oh that’s interesting, love casts out fear.”  I was rebuked immediately in my inner man, and the Lord said, “No, love creates fear. Perfect love casts out fear.”  And then the sky opened up again and I reached for paper and was writing as fast as I could.

The long and short of it was, He showed me that Romans 5 is an elaboration of what Jesus said.  What Jesus said, He said before he died.  But John told us later on, “This is how we know what love is. Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” That’s the demonstration of the New Commandment basis on love. And so in Romans, Paul says, “Scarcely for a good man or for a righteous man would anyone die, but for a good man or in effect for a friend, someone might possibly dare to die.”  In a patent parlance that’s the “state of the art.”  That was the best that had been known, and that’s what Jesus had stated before He went to the cross – the state of the art.  Greater love than that?  No one ever saw anything greater than that before. But then he goes on to say, “But while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” and if that’s not already enough, a little bit farther down he says, “If while we were God’s enemies we were reconciled to Him by the death of His Son, how much more shall we be saved by His life?”

I was then overwhelmed that He died for me on my worst day! He died for me while I was His enemy!  I had never seen that before because I was working with the other kind of love.  And every time I needed saving this side of conversion, the first kind of love wasn’t doing me any good because I didn’t feel like His friend!  And so I said, “Lord, how is that possible?”  He said, “Well, the day I said I love you I nailed my expectations to the tree. And if you’re going to love like I love, you’re going to have to nail your expectations to the tree.” I think that goes to all of these things that we carry with us: gender-wise, and racially, and economically, by which we decide whether to love somebody or not.  He’s nailed it all to the tree.

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Structured According To Life

[Note from Pam:] I have been waiting for some insight into what to share next on Jay’s blog, and it almost seemed by accident that I ran across the following portion that he had written inside one of his books (which is available for free download here).  It seems timely on more than one level, and I hope you find it resonates to your spirit as well.

rsz_zigotes“Three years into the original writing of this manuscript, the Lord seemed to be resisting its completion. My impression was that He was saying that the way of life suggested was too theoretical when compared to the reality in which I was then living. It was as though He was saying that I needed to find out experientially whether these things were so. The last four years of its completion were spent in an intense search. I had been “… looking for a city whose builder and maker is God…” About the only clue as to its identity is that it is a “city with foundations,” Heb.11:10.

The body of Christ on earth, as distinguished from this one already perfected in heaven, has been fractured organizationally by the work of man’s hands. The unbelief of the believers has kept it from being manifested here on earth, and has made it difficult to see the heavenly Jerusalem. I was not able to see it until I was brought to the end of my carnal resources. By God’s grace, and the faithfulness of those He has brought into my life, I have finally managed to be still enough to catch a glimpse of it.

The body of Christ has been broken because we have tried to organize ourselves according to human understanding. Human understanding is the enemy of God. Our heavenly Father wants to put us together according to the life of His Son.  Flesh and blood cannot accomplish that; only the Father can. He wants to put us together in such a way that the gates of hell cannot prevail against us.

As we must know who Jesus Christ is supernaturally, so we must discover supernaturally who we are in Him. I have begun to discover who I am in relationship to others supernaturally. It is “joy unspeakable and full of glory…” 1 Pet.1:8.  It is not of works, not even of relational works, “lest any man should boast,” Eph 2:9. I have been saved, and continue to be saved by grace! I am being placed in the body by grace! I am a man under authority by grace!

The Lord will build His house, and this New Jerusalem looks like a new creation. Like the old one, it is structured according to life.  But unlike the old one, it is built on better blood, better promises, and is never going to pass away.

The Lord has put me in a family. Whether or not you are a member of an “institutional church,” the Lord wants to put you in a family. That is where the Lord commanded the blessing.¹ All that old creation families ever promised, the Lord wants to give you a hundredfold in this present age in His new creation.² Without necessarily moving into the same house, the Lord wants His people in any given place relating to each other as though living under a common roof.  Whatever it is that is at work in our hearts that keeps the body of Christ from being reconciled is false religion. It is idolatry.”

“I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Romans 12:1-2

¹ Psalms 133:1-3  /  ² Mark 10:29-31

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