Born in Woundedness

Wounded and Wounding
There are essentially two kinds of woundedness: human woundedness, and Divine woundedness. “The Mark of Cain” was placed on the first of the wounding. Cain was an older brother displaced by a younger one. Beginning with Hagar and Ishmael, Islam was born in woundedness, (rejection).  The perspective, understanding, and conversation of woundedness is easily detected by the discerning ear. Human wounding is the fruit of its own fallenness. Kingdoms born of human wounding make bad choices – choices that take us down rather than raise us up.

The Kingdom of God is born of Divine wounding. The difference is that The King was,

“… pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:5, 6

One more observation: All religion rooted in law rather than ‘loving like God’ is wounded and wounding. When Christianity “forgot the height from which it had fallen,” it too became wounded and wounding. Revelation 2:5

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The Truth in Love


“Loving like God” is another way of putting something Jesus said: “As I have loved you…”

Romans 5 is perhaps the clearest statement in the scripture as to just how he loved us. Elsewhere we are told, “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for us…”.  Romans 5 tells us under what circumstances He did that:

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Verses 6-10 

Jesus Christ laid down His life for his enemies. That’s the measureless love of God. Before His death He made a statement about the greatest love known to man up to the point of His death.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:13 

Viewed from the language of a patent examiner, that would be called “the state of the art.” That was “as good as it gets” before Jesus laid down His life.  Jesus redefined love at the cross. Anything short of this redefined love is unworkable, and unsatisfactory for building His Church.

-Reposted article, by Jay Ferris

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We Interrupt the Program to Bring You This Special Message! :)

Dear friends, family, and subscribers of Jay Ferris and his website, “Loving Like God”…

It has been awhile since anything has been posted here on the “Loving Like God” website.  But we are excited to announce that this is going to change!  Starting this Tuesday, and Lord willing, every Tuesday thereafter, a new post by Jay Ferris will be delivered to your inbox.

The plan is to re-post one of his blog articles, starting with the oldest to the newest, and occasionally intersperse them with unreleased materials and audios!

Although a prolific communicator for many years, Jay started his blog in 2011.  His very first post dated February 9th simply stated:

Welcome to the first day of new focus! The recurring messages over the past 30+ years have been:

  • God’s kind of love, (it’s good for enemies, Romans 5:10)
  • Relationships that come from God

In our experience, all else follows from these two.

Again, WELCOME!!

Short and succinct – Jay’s life was focused on living out these two foundational principles in relationship to those the Lord gave him.  It was also his hope to inspire others (through this blog and public speaking invitations) to believe the good news that unshakeable relationships are indeed possible when founded on God’s kind of love.

So in this same heart to inspire others, we welcome you to come on this special journey of spiritual refreshment, as we regularly go through Jay’s writings once again.

If you do not want to be on this email list, or if your address has changed – please reply/comment below and it will updated for you.

Or you may use the subscriber service on the upper right of this page: www.LovingLikeGod.com/about

See you this Tuesday!

 

 

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Post-Election Reminder – by Jay Ferris

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The body of Christ on earth, as distinguished from the 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.

There is such a profusion and confusion of institutional forms presented to us in the name of the Lord, and demanding our submission, that it is very 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.[2] 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 a way against which the gates of hell cannot prevail.

As we must know who Jesus Christ is supernaturally,[3] 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… ”[4] It is not of works, not even of relational works, “lest any man should boast.“[5] 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. He holds the measuring line. The measuring line is unity that is rooted and grounded in love.[6] It is not the spirit of unity, but rather the unity of the Spirit. We cannot build with a measuring line, we can only determine whether or not what has been built is plumb, straight, real and sincere, (without wax).

The New Jerusalem looks like a new creation. Like the old one, it is structured according to life. 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.[7] All that old creation families ever promised, the Lord wants to give you a hundredfold in this present age in His new creation.[8] 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.”[9]

Jesus Christ is not only the coin of the realm in the Kingdom of God. Jesus is Lord of relationship.

[1] Hebrews 11:10
[2] Romans 8:6‑7
[3] Matthew 7:23
[4] 1 Peter 1:8
[5] Ephesians 2:9
[6] Ephesians 3: 4‑21
[7] Psalms 133:1-3
[8] Mark 10:29-31
[9] Romans 12:1-2

P.P.S. Professional Christianity is by its very nature predatory. It has an agenda other than love. It is fueled by the cares

By Jay Ferris [The postscript to his money book, “Inflation: The Ultimate Graven Image” Published in 1982]

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Waking up to the Meaning of Inflation – It’s More Than Meets the Pocketbook

inflation-book2The events of today’s world in the area of monetary affairs provide us with a most graphic confirmation of the truth of the Bible – that there is a war going on for control of the world. One way or another, all of us are involved. According to Scripture, the long-term outcome has already been determined, but the short-term outcome has not, though it has very real bread-and-butter consequences for each of us every day. This war cannot be ignored or avoided; it affects all of us worldwide. The battleground is economic. It is over the control of individuals. It has to do with how we relate to each other.

It is at the point of relating – or relationship – that money or, more precisely, a “medium of exchange”, comes about. The medium of exchange is the way that we relate to others for the fulfillment of their needs and desires. If the “kings of this earth” can control our medium of exchange, then they can control us.

This is what inflation is all about. Inflation is nothing more than the monetary manifestation of a grab for power, to run lives and to later dispose of them. It is a form of corruption. As our ability to exchange is corrupted, we become controlled. We are controlled at the core of our being by the things we value: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

The final outcome of this fight has never been in doubt. It was determined from the foundation of the world. But this knowledge does not alter our responsibility to be a part of the battle. If those who have understanding don’t get involved, the battle is lost. Even though this loss will only hold for the short run, the Biblical short run can be a long time.

It may be long enough to include another Dark Ages.

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The Love Patent Letter … Adapted for you!

 

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Dear You,

I would like to tell you a true story that revolutionized my understanding of God, the “good news,” and my relationships.  In fact it has been so life-changing, that I felt the Lord command me not to speak anywhere new, that I do not share this story!

Simply put, there is nothing I deem more important than this message in order to have intimate, and yes, unshakeable relationships that come from God Himself.

In 1987 I was in a patent office in Düsseldorf Germany for a fairly important business meeting.  My German at the time was weak, which was all for the good because I was in a rather desperate place. Up to this particular day I had walked with the Lord for about 15 years, and had gained a greater understanding of God’s love.  But I was still struggling in many areas.  I had heard a gospel that basically said, “Jesus laid His life down for His friends,” but frankly this wasn’t doing me much good.  Not for the state of turmoil I was in.  I was feeling like my expectations had become my greatest enemy, and every time they weren’t lived up to I became part of the problem.

As I sat there in this patent office, a certain verse out of the Bible kept cycling through my consciousness, “Perfect love casts out fear.” ¹ When I finally became aware of it (you know, kind of like the moment you finally become conscious of a melody which was continually playing in your mind), my awareness took the form of, “That’s interesting – love casts out fear.”  But suddenly I felt inwardly rebuked, “NO! Love creates fear. Perfect love casts out fear!”

It then came to be that “perfect” love was explained to me, right there, in the parable of a patent. Now I don’t know if you know anything about patent law, but in general a couple of things are required to get a patent on a new idea, device, or process. The first thing is to describe what is called, “the state of the art.”  This is the prior art of something, or that which is already known about it. This makes the existence of something “as good as it gets,” or perhaps more accurately, “as good as it has gotten.”  Next, comes a description of what the patent applicant thinks he has that’s new, something never done or practiced before. This is called the “abstract”. Finally the clincher is the reduction to practice, or the “demonstration” of what is new.

Now there’s more, but at this point my mind was racing!  I had to ask for a pen so I could write as fast as I could.  What I was understanding was that previous to the Cross there was a “state of the art” love that was understood, and like patent law, was “as good as it gets.”  Jesus described it as, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ²    Paul too spoke of it, saying, “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man (i.e. for a friend) some would even dare to die.” ³

But then I was reminded of the whole of Paul’s message.  “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth (demonstrated) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”, and again, “if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

I was blown away.  Jesus is God’s love patent, and He demonstrated a love that was previously not known until He came and died for His enemies.  This means I was qualified! I was qualified not because I “deserved” His love.  Jesus gave Himself to me on my most ignorant, weakest and sinful worst day.  He extended love and forgiveness to me when I was the one putting Him on the cross!

Suddenly the gospel – and it’s relational implications – was opened up to me in a whole new way.

Now I had never seen anything like this before, and I had to ask the question, “How is that possible????” Then I heard His voice again, “The day I said I love you, I nailed my expectations to the tree.”  My mind was still racing. This time it came to rest at another passage from the Bible, “And you, being dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” (4)

In that patent office, Jesus finally went on to say, “… And if you are going to love like I love, you too are going to have to nail your expectations to the tree.”

A Redemptive Love, not a Reactive love

From what you have written, my friend, I’m guessing that you have mostly seen, and have been on the receiving end of the kind of love that’s only good for friends.  Sadly what has been calling itself “church” is full of it. It is the kind of love that is based on – even reactive to – the perceived value of its object.  But as demonstrated by Jesus, there is another kind of love, and it is based on the value of God: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” – “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for each other.” (5)

Now obviously it gets really tricky when we have to love others on our worst days, especially the worst days of those we claim to love.  It’s those days that no one really feels like they deserve love, or are able to give it.  But for me this has become the most important understanding of taking up my cross daily.  Because of what He did for me, I don’t have to be alienated from those I disagree with.  His love empowers me to be lovingly redemptive toward them.  It is capable of loving those who are bad, and making them good if they can believe it.  And it is capable of opening up door to walk in true intimacy with them.

Are we up for it?  Without this kind of love my friend, the family of God is bankrupt.

Love!
Jay Ferris

(1) 1 John 4:18  (2) John 13:38  (3) Romans 5:7  (4) Col. 2:14  (5) 1 John 3:16

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The Unlimited Liability of Jesus’ Home

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Where the “cost” of following Jesus is concerned, you may remember He once said to a young man who wanted to follow Him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”(1)

Surely, having no place to live is a great cost, so great that most of us can dismiss the idea as not having relevance for us today. In seeming contrast to this verse, however, how many of us noticed that Jesus DID have a home?

“… Jesus … went and lived in Capernaum…”(2)

“When Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (3)

“… They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house…” (4)

Whether or not Jesus or His family owned the house, rented the house, or were more or less extended house guests, it is clear that there was a place in Capernaum called “home”, and it apparently included a house.

Now before Jesus went to this location, however, He was in next door Nazareth where He was raised. It was here that He announced His anointed purpose in the local synagogue.

“He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up … ”The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (5)

It was after this that Jesus went to the next town, even to the house where He was then living.  And it was here that the man was lowered through the roof.

Broken People Break Things

Obviously Jesus’ agenda of bringing the good news and setting people free was one that He not intend to accomplish in an institutional context. His lifestyle, and that of the early Church gave evidence that it was not His heart to institutionalize people, but to meet them in their brokenness and transform their lives in a vital community of faith. He brought His work home with Him, one consequence of which was that the roof was torn off of the house where He was staying.

Institutional ministry by its very nature is limited liability ministry. The ministry of Jesus was unlimited liability. Where having a place is concerned, an unlimited liability mindset is one which does not claim even bird’s nests or fox holes. It is capable of occupation without possession or grasping.

Our point for present purposes is that having a home does not disqualify us from following Jesus. The important thing is our attitude about the things we possess, even the place where we live. If our homes are not going to be off limits to the agenda of Jesus, then we must face up to the cost. Jesus wants to accomplish His purpose from house to house. This means opening our homes, our families, and our lives, to poor, broken and oppressed people, and broken people break things. In their desperation they, and/or their friends have even been known to tear the roof off.

Are we ready for this? Are we ready for unlimited liability? Or would we prefer to go on touching lives at the relatively safe distance of our institutional programs, churches, and buildings?  I need to confess that I do not lose much sleep contrasting my own ministry to that others, that of Mother Teresa, for instance. My problems of conscience come from what I am doing or not doing in my own home.

Having flirted with His purpose in the past, it is clear that isolated individuals and families are quickly overwhelmed by the enormity of the task and the world’s response to even limited success.   As a result there are more broken people than occasional even semi-sold-out saints can handle. Making the effort, one quickly discovers why, in so many cases, those who take The Lord seriously do so by appointment, some place else, and for earthly compensation.

It is still my hope that a vital community of faith could both risk, and actually walk in the heart of Jesus.

Isn’t it time for the nets, torn by our institutions, to be mended, and the limits of liability be removed from the Church? Isn’t it time for “church” to cease being something that we do some place else?

1. MAT 8:19,20, 2. MAT 4:12,13, 3. MAR 2:1-5, 4. MAR 9:33, 5. LUK 4:16-24

Jay Ferris,  2/14/91

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