Hallelujah!


“After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER.” And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.”
Revelation 19:1-6 New American Standard Version

Most all of us are familiar with the Hallelujah Chorus, but perhaps less well appreciated is that the word or expression, “Hallelujah” does not appear in the New Testament writings until Chapter 19 of the book of Revelation. It appears or is heard in connection with the fall of Babylon. The immediate context is the two preceding chapters – 17 & 18. But for a much greater perspective on the full significance of Babylon and its fall we have to go all the way back to Genesis, Chapter 11:

“Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.’ And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, ‘Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’ The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.’ So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:1-9 NAS

Right from the beginning, Babylon is pregnant with meaning! From here, to Revelation Chapter 19, stopping off at the book of Daniel is also helpful in providing perspective on the truth revealed in and by Babylon.

While we don’t normally associate the Hallelujah Chorus with the fall of Babylon, (and who knows what was in Handel’s understanding when he wrote this monumental song) in the context of the New Testament, it has to do with the fall of Babylon. The greatness of Handel’s masterwork does suggest that we stop for a moment here on the brink of current events, and think about the multifaceted significance of the Fall of Babylon. The Biblical perspective on this economic collapse (i.e. the perspective of Heaven and the saints of God) is that this disaster is a long awaited cause of celebration.

P.S. Hint: common language is not unlike a common currency – wrong language – wrong currency. A city, and a tower in our day, more often than not is a bank building or a financial center.

By Jay Ferris, originally posted Feb. 24th, 2012

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EXPONENTIAL TIME


First a couple of introductory thoughts:

There is time, and then there is eternity. For the present, time only touches eternity in the moment. Eternity is on the other side of resurrection for those of us who are time bound. Resurrection is on the other side of death, and more specifically the death of the cross, both in the first instance, and in the “all day long” instance. To go from resurrection to resurrection is to go from death to death.

What I have to share here is not about eternity, but rather has its focus in time – time in three phases – lag time – on time – lead-time.

(The following is excerpted from my book on money: For Love or money: Understanding The 2nd Parable – Book Three. For present purposes I have taken it out of Biblical context in hope of finding a more open-minded readership.)

I should also say that one of the things that prompts me to address this particular matter of timing is the fact that it is still not part of the public dialogue and warning as to what is coming as the economic “Titanic” heads for the bottom at an increasingly rapid rate of decent.

With that said, let’s look at the time we are living in, and finally at the financial or monetary times we are living in.

There are many activities or trends in the world today, which could be plotted against time in this way. They all make essentially the same exponential curve. Population growth may be the most striking example, but there are others: the increase in human knowledge, the advance in technology, man’s ability to destroy, immorality, and many other areas that all suggest the end of time as we have known it – or certainly the “lag time” phase of it.

Inflation can also be spoken of in three phases. In phase one, (“lag time”) the money supply increases faster than the corresponding increase in price levels. This is the result of something called the “money illusion.”

The “money illusion” is that perception of the value of something as a medium of exchange that makes us take care not to throw it away as worthless. Of course, it’s easier to believe that a gold coin has value than it is to believe that a paper image has value, especially if the relationship between the paper image and the gold coin has no integrity.

When those who control the printing presses increase the number of paper images relative to the gold coins, the money illusion begins to break down. That’s what happens when bankers get their hands in the cookie jar. Normally it’s called “theft.”

What no one seems to want to talk about yet is this “theft” business. The only place that newly printed money can get its value is from the value stolen from the money already in savings or circulation. This is ignoring the velocity of money, which increases as the money illusion breaks down.

When this stolen value is done in collusion with the U.S. Treasury Department, it’s called “monetary policy.” In either case there are guns involved on, or behind the scenes. People begin to hang on to their gold coins, but their willingness to trade in their paper images causes prices in the market to rise in proportion to the increase in the paper money supply. This is phase two. (“on time”) During phase one, (lag time) the price rise lags behind the increase in the money supply. By phase three, (“lead time”) the money illusion is shattered to the point that prices increase even faster than the increase in the money supply. Back in the Carter years we began to get a glimpse of this phase of the destruction of printed monetary value. Since then we have been living in a lull between labor pains, which are also exponential.

It is not our intention at this point to get into the nature of the present pregnancy or the nature of what is being birthed. The point I want to make here is that printing money is theft, and timing is going to be increasingly important in the days ahead.

By Jay Ferris, originally posted February 21, 2012

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Relationship

Relationships
My understanding of relationship is first, the relationship of male and female. It is couched in what seems to be sexual or gender terms, but those two words go way beyond and much deeper than simply gender connection.  They are more like the math symbols for the unity of the Godhead which they image. As such, they are rather generic, with broad application where connectedness is concerned.

Not too long after the removal of the female portion or side of the equation, we get the man-woman connection, and that leads to parent children connection, and that leads to sibling connection – and those are the relational facts of life. Life does not come in the form of, or reproduce as, undifferentiated brotherhood. “Brotherhood” may be relational on some level, but it was never intended to produce or reproduce life. For that you need the family package.

Jesus didn’t promise us “100 times” brotherhood, He promised us a 100 times family – Mark 10:29-30, but He made it conditional on a relational priority change. The Lord didn’t give Abraham a sibling. He gave Him a son – a son containing a SEED. Without relationship with a woman, that has no place to go unless of course you are sexually confused, and then we know it goes to a place that doesn’t produce life, but only old waste.

Why is it so difficult to grasp that this created, and reproducible life in the flesh is a parable of reproducible life in the Spirit?

My impression is that the flesh is so wounded early on due to the parental, or familial dysfunction of the flesh that it can’t manage to get that wounding to the cross where it is redeemed and changed into new life, “Except you come as a little child… (that for me means you come prior to the knowledge of good and evil which is the result of early woundedness) you shall not enter the kingdom of God.” Relationally wounded people are incapable of healthy relationships. They can only manage wounded codependencies. As long as we continue in not allowing The Lord to have His way with us, we remain in that unspiritual place. It is not pretty. :-/ More often than not it remains fixated on gender specific body parts, and so can’t make it to Spiritual relationship without the very strong possibility of moral failure. This was a big problem at Corinth.

The oneness that Jesus prayed and died for is just not possible unless we allow the lord to put us together in and by the Spirit, In short, we need to get beyond the shadow images of gender specific flesh. Does the Lord put brothers and sisters together gender specific, as well as gender neutral? Of course He does, but it needs to happen by the Spirit, and not by the doctrinal bondage of some kind of “new testament law” or relational buzz words used to bolster the latest cutting edge dog and pony shows. That is an oxymoron!  Law is simply the “leaves” we continue to hide behind. It is the foundation stone of the relational bondage of systematic religion.

“For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family¹ (or fatherhood² in heaven and on earth derives its name,” Ephesians 3:14, 15

The Father is looking for hoods, and that’s us. The same goes for all the other hoods, but we must never lose sight of the fact that He is the Father under the hood… What’s under your hood? :-)

What’s under the hood includes “El Shaddai, or “the Breasted One.”  I’m not sure how He/She does that, all I can think of right at the moment is the answer of a Father to his son’s query: “Dad, how come men have nipples?” And the really anointed answer: “Just in case we need them.” Paul did, and so do we on occasion.

Well that took me to another fact of life, the one that makes sense out of “the first commandment with promise.” Parents get to do life a generation ahead of their children, and that positions them with life’s truth that the children need if they are not going to make the same mistakes their parents made. Seems to me they are still left with plenty of mistakes to make of their own.

The thing that makes this promise keepable are children who recognize and honor the wisdom of their parents, and pay attention to it. Siblings give each other a lot of really bad information. It’s perhaps just as bad as what children are getting from the media in our increasingly debauched culture. Sad to say this is true with the undifferentiated brotherhood doctrine that is presently running away with what’s left of “the house church movement.”

Perhaps this is as good a place as any to mention that “every fatherhood in heaven and on earth,” includes grandfatherhood. It is this season of life that the lessons of fatherhood have been tried and tested, qualifying grandfatherhood for the role as elders or overseers. Overseers need to be willing, 1 Peter 5:2. For some years now, my understanding of this willingness is first the willingness to stop being overdoers! It is very difficult to keep your eye on things if you are still caught up in the overdoing season of life. That’s the fathering season – the hands on season. The age of elders under the shadow Covenant gives us a clue into the the season of life of overseers or elders – 50 plus. (Numbers 4:3-47)  Those under that age are the doers. Fifty is kind of old for fathering, but just about right for grandfathering – eldering – overseeing. :-)

Love!

¹/²  The Greek for family (patria) is derived from the Greek for father (pater)

By Jay Ferris, originally posted February 18, 2012

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PROGNOSIS – Getting at the TRUTH


The next place I need to go in agenda-related problems is the discussion of what I have been discovering from the inside, about the conflict between orthodox medicine and alternative medicine.

By way of introduction I need to say that I am very struck by the parallel between the present state of medical practice and the historical time just before the beginning of the Reformation when the Catholic “Church” was reigning.

I’m reminded in the moment of that wonderful line from Monte Python, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.”

Since those days something that looks and behaves very much like metastatic cancer, (that’s what they say I have) has been running rampant. Just a few could run for Pope in Catholicism of that day. Sad to say a permanent side effect, (I have those too) of the reformation has been way too many people running for pope in Protestantism – even evangelical Protestantism – even cutting-edge evangelical Protestantism. As someone who is presently enjoying stage IV, incurable/ terminal metastatic colorectal cancer, it looks to me like this metastatic religious professionalism is also incurable and terminal.

As I may have already mentioned in prior posts, (the one that spoke of, “Jesus having the best view on the hill the day He was crucified” comes to mind here) the ability to see things most often depends on where we are standing. I find myself standing in a new place, and seeing things from here that I had not seen before, at least not with this much clarity.

Perhaps enough said by now as introduction. Let’s just wade on in! :-)

I had seen the conflict in agendas between those inside the camp of orthodox religion and those outside the camp. (Aren’t you glad they don’t allow stoning or burning at the stake anymore, at least not in this country?)

What I had not seen with this much clarity before my present involvement, is the parallel to this systematic religious problem in the arena of organized medicine.

At my age, and over the years, I have had a lot of exposure to alternative cancer treatments – even helped love ones participate in some of them, and not without some good results. Along with that experience I also got to see the rift between the “alternative” people and the “orthodox” people.

The “orthodox” medical practitioners and protectors do everything possible to muzzle and or run the “alternative” practitioners out of the country. It’s kind of interesting – in the past few days it has become clear that but for one man, and his alternative treatment here in the U.S., Germany seems to be the most advanced in cutting edge cancer treatment.

The man I speak of here could be understood or appreciated as the Martin Luther of a present day medical reformation. His name is Stanislaw R. Burzynski.

I could be wrong, and I intend to find out. One way or another, if you have not heard of him yet, I think you will in the very near future. Looks like his approach to treating cancer may be going “viral” in spite of everything the big pharmaceuticals, orthodox practitioners, including the FDA, (mostly owned and controlled by the big pharmaceuticals) and Government health insurance have thrown at him. He appears to be getting results, many times more successful than the chemo/“orthodox” practitioners.

In one interview, Dr. Burzynski said that since coming to the United States he has experienced more persecution at the hand of the U.S. medical system than he did as an anti-communist in the Communist Poland he had left. So much for “the land of the free, and the home of the brave,” where big medicine is concerned.

Chemo is cancer poison – poison that doesn’t always discriminate very well between the bad guys and the good guys? That also can be seen in what has been calling itself “church.”

As in the “church” business, so it is with the cancer business, it’s not so easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys, because MONEY – BIG MONEY- plays a big role.  They all, both orthodox and alternative, seem to have some degree of financial agendas, and short of that, the Diotrephes syndrome (the love of pre-eminence, see 3rd John 9, and please notice what becomes of the true believers in 3rd John 10, or actually what should have been 4th John because Diotrephes commandeered 3rd John) causing many to “run for pope.”

Perhaps you are also aware of the ego problems that surface every now and again among medical practitioners, like in the day when they refused to wash their hands between autopsies and surgery and prided themselves on their bloody surgical robes.

I probably shouldn’t share this, but today the picture I got was maggots and lions competing for the same carcass. Big or little, self-interest plays a big part in what they are doing. More often than not the “alternative” medicine people seem to be multi-level marketers, while the orthodox medicine people are big establishments with big buildings. This tends to make the priority of the cancer fighting people the mere prolongation of life, and not necessarily the cure of cancer. The cure only ends the financial value of the people who have been dehumanized to the place of financial units. This especially applies to the big pharmaceutical corporations.

When I go into the waiting room at the chemo clinic, I can’t help but count the heads to see how much money for “orthodox” medicine is sitting in the room. It is usually in the millions, if my own financial insurance statements are any indication. I should quickly add that there are certainly many doctors and nurses who are genuinely concerned for their patients, but the problem is rather like that of Paul when he wrote of Timothy to the Philippians: “I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interest, not those of Jesus Christ.

The problem that I need to get at here, and be honest about here, is the problem of agenda, which makes interest in others not “genuine interest.” “In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he, (Jesus) began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy,” Luke 12:1

Jesus said about the “orthodox” experts of His day, “Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy,” Luke 12:1, and sad to say nothing much has changed since then. Some years ago now I came to the rather graphic realization that the leaven is yeast, and sure enough after a month of being on antibiotics for Lyme’s Disease, I got, as it were, a confirming sign of the revelation: my very own yeast infection. One of the things about yeast/leaven/hypocrisy is that it reproduces without dying. Jesus’ kind of love reproduces by dying, John 12:23, 24.

The problem lies with what self-serving agenda does with the truth. Jesus is the TRUTH. He is also the LIFE.

If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 3-10

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

In short, financial agenda is a very powerful force for evil, whether in Church or in Medicine, especially as both are currently practiced. Perhaps nowhere is this seen as clearly as it is in the arena of big medicine, there we see how the love of money marries up with the political powers that be, in the same way as the Sanhedrin married up with the political powers that were, in order to crucify Jesus, “Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,” Acts 4:27

“Prognosis” (Greek πρόγνωση – literally fore-knowing or foreseeing) is a medical term for predicting the likely outcome of an illness, often involving a detailed description.

When applied to large statistical populations, prognostic estimates can be very accurate: for example the statement, “45% of patients with severe septic shock will die within 28 days” can be made with some confidence, because previous research found that this proportion of patients died. However, it is much harder to translate this into a prognosis for an individual patient: additional information is needed to determine whether a patient belongs to the 45% who will succumb, or to the 55% who survive.[1]

A complete prognosis includes the expected duration, the function, and a description of the course of the disease, such as progressive decline, intermittent crisis, or sudden, unpredictable crisis.” – Wikipedia

The TRUTH is in the Spirit, John 2:27. The teachings of men tend to confuse or cloud the TRUTH, so much so that we try to move forward, walk things out, or make decisions based of misleading and inadequate information.

Getting a succinct prognosis in plain language that an ordinary person can understand is all but impossible. Without such clarity, the patient/layperson (the “laity”) is disenfranchised where participating in meaningful decision making is concerned.

More about that in the next post – Lord willing.

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted on February 15, 2012

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The Proof – Take 2



My text this evening is Philippians 2:19-24

For present purposes I am going to use the N.I.V. translation: “I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interest, not those of Jesus Christ.”

Before I get into this, however, I need to share what I saw Friday morning. Let’s call it “One eyed Jacks”. Actually it came even clearer in conversation with a friend yesterday.

By the time I got off the phone I was ready to write something under the subject head of “Streets, ditches, and parking lots.” I don’t know if that is going to get written in the process of writing what I want to say here, but perhaps.

What I saw, is that there are many who read the Bible with only one eye. Often they have already been told what it all means, and sure enough, that’s all they can see there. This is basic to the stability of most denominations, and “church institutions,” even the “non-denominational” ones. Even “house church” isn’t exempt.

Experience tells me that by looking at things with only one eye, we lose “depth perception.” It takes two eyes to see into anything with any depth. Perhaps by now you have already noticed that the Bible is pretty deep, in fact deep beyond any likelihood of human understanding -at least, on this side of Jesus’ second coming.

Reading with two eyes can mean many things, but for the present I would like to examine one aspect of two-eyed reading and understanding. What I want to say here is that we need to read about God with both eyes, one focused on His Word, as revealed in the Bible, and the other, focused on His Word as revealed in the things created, Romans 1:19, 20.

If we go through life with only one eye open, we are clueless about the creation. If we read the Bible with only one eye open, we are bound to be religious. Jesus came that we might have life.

So here’s the deal: Jesus said, “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” (speaking of the Pharisees, Jesus went on:) Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” Matthew 15:13,14

Apparently there are people trying to get somewhere. And the way we normally get somewhere is a “street.” Even then, right next to streets are “ditches.” So the problem is, when you are trying to get somewhere with a blind leader, you wind up in the “ditch.” So for now, it is enough to see that a “ditch” is one bad, but close alternative to a “street.” We will take a little better look at a “street” in a moment, but first, I would like to bring this into the twenty first Century by saying a word about parking lots. Parking lots are also a close alternative to a “street.” Where a blind guide is likely to lead you into a ditch, a “one- eyed jack” can see just well enough to get you into a parking lot. In either case, “ditch” or “parking lot,” you’re not getting anywhere once you get there. So if you want to get somewhere, it is a street that you are looking for, and should be on.  And it’s best if you have both eyes open when you are on the way. (Did I mention that Jesus is “the Way…”?)

At first glance it may look like a “one-eyed jack” is a better guide than one that is blind. Problem is, you really can’t get anywhere with either. Maybe that’s why “church” buildings need to be next to parking lots.

Jesus has opened up to us a new creation, and a new kind of a city, a spiritual city, and the “streets” of this spiritual city are “…pure gold, as it were transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21b

Keep in mind that a street is a way of getting somewhere. Even in a spiritual city, we need to get somewhere. In God’s spiritual city, “The New Jerusalem,” the way we get somewhere is love. You can see this better in the Greek than you can in English, because in The Greek, Christ is “Christos”, and gold is “Chrusos” As I have already mentioned, they both derive their functional definition from the Greek word “Chraomai,” i.e. “to furnish what is needed.” In this case, it’s “what is needed” to get somewhere. The bottom line is, without love we are not going anywhere.

“Blind guides”, and “one-eyed jacks” are suffering from a love deficit. Even before Jesus went to the cross, there were to many lawyers. He died to put the lawyers out of business. Not only was the law nailed to the tree the day he said He loves us, but He died to make us into lovers, not lawyers. The golden “street” is love. This is why it is important to be lovers, because the “ditches” and the parking lots are full of lawyers. Don’t go there. Not only did Jesus say, “Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers… Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered” Luke 11:46, 52, but Paul went on to say: “Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong?” 1 Corinthians 6:7 (I like the N.I.V on this one)

So you see, no matter how you look at it, we aren’t getting anywhere with lawyers, except, “parking lots” outside their places of religious business, or ditches due to taking their advice.

So much for “Streets, ditches, and parking lots.”  Now with both eyes open, let’s see if we can get somewhere with our text from Philippians.

“I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interest, not those of Jesus Christ.”

To begin with, I think we should narrow the subject matter to make this a little more hopeful. I wouldn’t want to be accused of making too broad an application here. Let’s suppose that Paul only has those that “he has,”or that “I have.” That way, the “everyone” he is referring to is limited to those Paul has.” That makes this a little more optimistic than it would be if we read him as talking about “everyone” in the whole world.

So let’s just say that there are those who Paul “has,” and they are the ones that Paul is speaking about here. That wouldn’t be too far out, would it?

So let’s say that there is Timothy, and then there is “everyone” else, just so were clear on who Paul might be talking about here. In reading over the “New Testament” we can get an idea of who might be understood to be among those that Paul “has.” For instance, Paul “had” Titus even before he “had” Timothy. Then there were those who Paul didn’t “have,” John Mark, for instance, who was a son to Peter, 1 Peter 5:13. Paul never claimed him as also his son. Then there are the Corinthians. Paul said that he had become a kind of father to them, 1 Corinthians 4:14, even called then “his dear children.” Paul said even more emphatic things to the Philippians. (Philippians 4:1, Thessalonians, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)  And of course there were others that Paul speaks of as ministering with him, those he had discipled in apostleship. And even elders, like the ones at Ephesus that had more than likely been set in place under Paul’s apostolic oversight. So we don’t have to go beyond what is written to appreciate that there was a rather substantial “everyone” group in Paul’s life, ministry and experience.

Having established the “who” part, let’s now take a look at the “difference” part. On the one hand there was Timothy, apparently standing alone, with his single-hearted interest in the welfare of others, and then there was the rest, i.e. the “everyone,” who looks out for their own interest apart from, or over and against, the interests of Jesus Christ.

In the King James version, the word used in place of “looks out for” is “seeks.” It’s interesting, because in the original there seems to be a sense of something hidden, or a plot – as distinct from simply seeking information, for instance. So I would like to go out on a limb and paraphrase our passage this way: “I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for what’s in it for them, and not the interests of Jesus Christ.”

So here’s the problem as I see it, if we just take this statement at face value….

In our relationships with others, we can be God’s kind of lovers, i.e. those who are armed with a love that is good for enemies. Or in our relationships with others, we can be all about what’s in it for us.  These latter relationships, even on their best day, are armed with a love that is only good for friends.

A person who relates to you because of what’s in it for them, is like a relational merchant. There is a hidden “deal” in it. Like someone once said, “Merchants will go only just so far, but lovers will go all the way.” Jesus went all the way. As I understand it, He fixed it so that we could go all the way too.

Let’s give Paul’s “everyone” the benefit of the doubt, and say he didn’t really mean “everyone,” but perhaps only some of the “everyone.”

Perhaps this was some kind of inspired exaggeration where the “everyone” is concerned. I’m not really sure I believe in “spiritual exaggeration,” but there are Scripture passages that would be easier for us, if we just cut the Holy Spirit a little slack. It’s not really a place that I want to go, but just for the sake of argument, let’s say it might be possible. Ok, so we allow for a little exaggeration on the “everyone” side of the ledger, but how about the reference to Timothy, saying, “no one else is like him?” Surely you must be exaggerating here, Paul. You forgot about Titus and your other fellow workers who were yours, didn’t you?  “Only one?”  Wow!!

Exaggerating on the “only one” side, and exaggerating on the “everyone” side, we have to wonder how much if anything we can take seriously here.

Perhaps we could come at this from a different direction. Remember, we are trying to look at this with both eyes open. Suppose we look at is from the vantage point of our experience in our present day. This is trying to understand it by looking at the created things. Right away, it is easier to believe that Paul wasn’t exaggerating on the everyone side. In fact as we look around at what is calling itself “church,” we are hard pressed to make out any Timothys.  Rather it seems like everyone has got some kind of hidden agenda!  And some not so hidden. In any case, it’s amazing how many varieties of merchants there are.  And I’m already really happy to know that someday they won’t be allowed in God’s house, Zechariah 14:21. In John’s Gospel, Jesus seems to have made it the first order of business to get them out of the house, John 2:13-17.

Actually, armed with present experience, if we take a closer look at what was going on in the church, even before the canon of Scripture was closed, we can see that the religious multi-level marketers were already poised to start building their own “downline” as soon as the opportunity presented itself, Acts 20: 29-31. There are a lot of other places we could see the evidence of what was coming, if only we looked with both eyes open.

So perhaps Paul wasn’t exaggerating after all. Perhaps there really was only one who loved like Timothy. Matthew 24:12 warns us that the “love of most will grow cold,” so maybe it’s not so hard to believe that there were already quite a few even back then who were trying to get by on the wrong kind of love.

In fact, the more we think about it, the more amazing it becomes that God was able to get the Bible through all those hidden agendas all the way down to where we, when we read it with both eyes open, are still able to comprehend the “love that surpasses knowledge.” One has to wonder how God managed to get it past all those “peddling the Word of God for profit?” 2 Cor. 2:17

Looking at this with both eyes open, you really have to ask the question, “How did God do it?  How did He get the Bible to us?”   It seems to me, that things being as they are, a multiple-choice possibility presents itself.  Although does a two choice question still qualify as multiple-choice? I’m not sure, but I find myself wondering if the churches managed to save it for us, or did Timothy save it for us?

After all, he did receive or carry quite a few of the letters.

It wouldn’t be completely without Biblical precedent for something a precious as the Word of God to be passed down to us through only one man. It’s all about a single Seed, Galatians 3:16, and all the promises were through this single Seed. Once “it” (the Seed) was completely in the person of Abraham, the “it” was then in Isaac. Seems to me this was pretty risky. It wouldn’t be the first time that God was willing to stake the “sand of the sea, and the stars of the sky” on only one man.

It’s something to think about. Suppose Paul wasn’t exaggerating about Timothy after all. Suppose that Paul really did have only one like him, who loved with his whole heart. That is what Jesus prayed and died to make us after all. That was to be the evidence of His reality even in us who say we believe. Is it possible that a lover like Timothy could really be that influential?

Might be worth finding out. Looks to me like the world around us could use some better influence about now.

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally published February 13, 2012

For more reading, see: One-Eyed Jacks

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PROOF


In the past couple of days, the lights have been going on at an increasing rate once again. (I love those seasons!) :-)   A young couple came by with their newborn a couple of days ago, and we were struck with how pixilated the father was and is with his little girl. Men not being as relational as women, something very special happens to them when they first encounter their own child.

That got me thinking once again about Paul’s statement in Philippians 2:20-22. This time the spot light was shining on the word “proof.”

If the King James Version is any indication, Paul didn’t start using that word until 2nd Corinthians, which is to say, after meeting and spending time with Timothy. I’m not sure he had fully comprehended its full significance yet in 2nd Corinthians, but by the time he got to writing to the Philippians, he seems to have finally comprehended the full proof!

It took him a while to get the proof or to find out what the proof was, and is.

In short, on his first missionary trips out, he hadn’t so much as heard there be a “proof.”

On Saturday an older couple were here for the day. They both “Get It.”

In our conversation over the course of the day more light got poured on what I was seeing, like when the old guy saw the baby Jesus and said, “… now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” 

Here’s a beautiful song that illustrates this truth:

Elsewhere it is written: “For unto us a child is born…” 

For us males, proof comes when we hold a child in our arms. Up to then it’s all theories – all systems, all deals, all in the head with little or no meaningful or “proving” revelation in the heart.

In short then, as in our own day, Paul began his apostolic or “missionary” journeys with unproven content. By now what has been calling itself “church,” even “cutting edge church,” is still dead. “But in the fullness of time God sent forth His son born of a woman, born of the law…”

Until the full significance of this gets dropped into the lap of our experience, we don’t yet possess the proof. If we have no proof, leaving home apparently does more harm than good.

Are you with me so far?

On Saturday the older man shared with us how impacted he was the first time his baby was place in his arms. (more confirmation)  A Little later he shared a song that almost had it right, the title lyric was “I need to be born again again,” and goes on to say the same thing about the experience of first love again. Where the song goes wrong is in suggesting that one more time will be sufficient to get it all and have it stick.

In my experience, that’s not how it works. This whole matter is a transaction of the cross, where our old ways, perceptions and values die, and His new way comes alive on the resurrection side of the revelation of the cross. Once is not enough. It takes death and resurrection all day long to live in the first love reality all day long. Every time we think we have it and can do it on our own, we need to be reminded, that Paul was “determined to know nothing among you except Jesus and Him crucified.

The Corinthians were not so easy to love, and Paul needed resurrected experiential proof all day long to love them with new love all day long. It took his relationship with Timothy to prove that for Paul. I think it takes no less than that for us. We need to hold a child who The Lord has given to us here and now. Many are in denial about such a possibility, and especially about such a possibility gender neutral. To that kind of orthodox error, those who have experienced the proof appear to be heretics.

Okay – enough for now, I hope to get into this matter of truth and heresy while I am undergoing chemotherapy a little later this morning. I need to further explore the Truth in connection with the parallels between orthodox medicine vs. alternative medicine, and orthodox “church” vs. alternative Church

The difference is in what Paul explained about Timothy, “… I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.”

Agendas other than Jesus Christ and his Lordship are destroying and misrepresenting true spiritual relationship.

More about that in the next post. :-)

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted February 13, 2013

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Integrity versus Corruption


Gold!

While the commentators on Fox News may not be very polite, (talking over one another and preferring to make the news more than to cover the news) it does remain, in my view a relief from what the rest of the news media are doing.

I mention this as preface to what I want to say here about gold, because gold peddlers seem to be the primary advertisers on Fox News right now. What strikes me at this point is that they never do get to the real point where gold is concerned.

Gold is monetary integrity. Fiat money, (money that is money by law rather than market choice) is corruption. It is a lie. At various times in our history, U.S. money promised to pay the bearer in gold – then it promised to pay the bearer in silver. Then it claimed to be legal tender, and perhaps the worst lie of all: it claims to “trust in God.”

This is a pack of lies, but the gold peddlers don’t seem to be willing to go that far in singing gold’s praises.

Essentially this is all about the historic, even Biblical battle between integrity and corruption. The Monetary “powers” and their apologists are clearly on the side of corruption. Sad to say the Bible is clear as to who wins in the short run – the liars.

 “Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him; to the end that ye be not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by epistle as from us, as that the day of the Lord is just at hand; let no man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be, except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God sends upon them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Now, the monetary version of the lie is identified as the number “666,” without which no one can buy or sell, ~Revelation 13:17-18.  Those bent on corruption don’t want you to have options. The liberty of options is contrary to their tyranny of lies.

As for no longer being able to buy and sell, that has to do with end of merchandising and merchants, (Canaanites), Zechariah:

“Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the LORD Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite[c] in the house of the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 14:21

That is the last verse of Zechariah in the NIV translation. Footnote [c]  is:

[c] Zechariah 14:21 Or merchant

In the long run, Love wins – not just any love, but the Love of God redefined at, and by the cross of Christ. The Love that goes beyond the love for friends all the way to a new kind of Love, which turns out to be good for enemies, Romans 5:10.  This is the incorruptible medium of exchange for The Body of Christ, The Kingdom of God, even The Church. This is the ultimate integrity that never fails.

Love!

By Jay Ferris, Originally posted February 12, 2012

For more on this subject of “money” and corruption see: Change is Coming by Jay Ferris


 

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