The following is a postscript to my money book, “Inflation: The Ultimate Graven Image” Published in 1982
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.”
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. 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, 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… ” It is not of works, not even of relational works, “lest any man should boast.“ 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. 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. All that old creation families ever promised, the Lord wants to give you a hundredfold in this present age in His new creation. 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.”
Jesus Christ is not only the coin of the realm in the Kingdom of God. Jesus is Lord of relationship.
 Hebrews 11:10
 Romans 8:6‑7
 Matthew 7:23
 1 Peter 1:8
 Ephesians 2:9
 Ephesians 3: 4‑21
 Psalms 133:1-3
 Mark 10:29-31
 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 of this life. 11/8/12
What does “without wax” in the paragraph above mean, in reference to a measuring line and being sincere? (you have it in parenthesis) Thank you, and blessings :)
I’m so glad you asked.
It has to do with predators, and brings to mind 2 Corinthians 2:17. Sincere comes from the Latin “sine” – without, and “cera – wax – “without wax.” This derives from carvings in marble, where if the artist made a mistake, he would fill it in with wax. If you had a “sincere piece of sculpture, it was the real deal.
Here is the Corinthian passage that makes this point relevant here:
“Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.” 2 Corinthians 2:17 NIV
Paul contrasts “peddling the word of God for profit” with “sincerity.” It has to do a merchant’s agenda – a Canaanite agenda. Canaanite” means “merchant.”
I’m so glad you asked. :-)
Well said my brother…I am so glad you are a part of my family! See you soon! I love you!
Your message pierced my heart once again, Jay…and my spirit kept saying, “Yes! Yes! Yes!
THANKS SO MUCH for taking your time to share with all of us–as you use your own earthly challenges as a springboard to touch our Majestic Heavenly Father and his Expansive Love!!
BLESSINGS to You and All Your Family,
Marge Porterfield, N.W. Penna.
Well brother your article here fits like a another piece of a puzzle, and fits very well. I would like to share a posting from our brother David Bolton. This article seems to fit quite well along side yours.
David Bolton wrote:
Grace and peace to you and yours!
Dear Jim, Thanks so much for putting David close to me again. We once were very close back when I was living in the Shoreline of Connecticut. Not a day goes by that he is not in my thoughts and heart. I wondered where he was. now I know, and have just signed onto his blog. :-)