The fellowship, even the oneness that the Lord is after in and for us in this present age is rooted in His Passion, “The Passion of The Christ.” “We Love because He first loved us.”
There is a passion of the flesh, which Paul tells us is about Christ and the Church, Ephesians 5:31, 32. Paul begins what we know as Ephesians 5 with this, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” (Verse 3) Sad to say, there is great confusion in this connection leading to moral failure on the one hand, and to repression and denial on the other. In either case, what is missing is the kind of gender-neutral spiritual intimacy among us that Jesus prayed and died for.
We need to be clear about this intimacy. We need to know how to discern the difference, if the world is ever going to see the passion in us that was manifest in Jesus. This is the Passion that Jesus demonstrated on the cross, and prayed that we might share, not only with Him and His Father, but also with each other, as directed in and by His Spirit at work in us. This is a passion so great that the closest thing to it is what I call the sexual parable. It is pictured in being created male and female in its image, again, Ephesians 5: 31, 32. This passion is also pictured in Song of Songs. It is also pictured in the relationship between David and Jonathan, “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women,” 2 Samuel 1:26.
In Christ this passion is not about the flesh, it is about the Spirit of Christ in us – The Spirit that puts us together and makes us one, not only with Him, but also with each other. This is a passion so great that if we don’t get it right, there is bound to be moral failure among us just as there was at Corinth, where Paul was determined to address it early on.
The problem of moral failure is not solved by turning the passion of Christ into passionless doctrinal love. It is solved by discerning the difference between the lust of the flesh and the passion of the Christ in and among us who believe. We must let the lust of the flesh be contained within the marriage of the flesh, “the two shall become one flesh…” Ephesians 5:31, so that the Passion of The Christ can be expressed in our fellowship with one another without regard to gender, and that without moral failure.
Thank you Jay for sharing this with such openness. It made me cry as I long to see and if God be willing to experience this pure passionate love among the brethren here on earth . My heart has been broken (spiritually) through the years and as I look back I see that my failure to love others with His passion may have broken others hearts too. Lord have mercy on us that we may be flooded with your love one for another and if you tarry that others may say , “See how they love one another”
… and Thank You for Your heart’s openness, even desire for the relationships that Jesus prayed and died for!
Of course, absolutely! We love Him and one another, only because He first loved us. First, He loved us! He loved us and loves us! And when He loved first, He gave all Himself, all the Fullness was pleased to dwell in Him, He gave up and poured out, without reserve ─ the Fullness of Love. When I was seven years and in those young years, I would say, “Love is inside of me. Love lives in me, Jesus Christ.” Father smiled as He revealed Christ in me and to me, His Love. How can we Love, my brother? Because first He loved us, we now have His Love in us. We love Him and each other with His Love inside of us. We love with His Love. I can find no words to express the Love of Love. Jesus Christ is the First in all things. Our First Love! With Love, I love Him in me, and I love Him in you, and I love Him in our sisters and in our brothers. I love all of Him with His Love. I still say, “I have Love living inside of me.”