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.
In the moment it seems altogether lovely and wonderful, even intoxicating. In fact according to Tom, and Beverly Rogers, “Neurobiologists have found that there is a chemical released in the brain when a couple falls in love. This chemical is called ‘phenylethylamine’ and it functions in the body much like an amphetamine, thus explaining the superhuman feelings of a couple falling in love. They often make statements like ‘I feel like I can walk on air; I don’t need to eat; The grass is greener; The sky is bluer.’ Since phenylethylamine is released in the presence of your partner, you want to spend every waking moment with him or her and most couples do just that. Amazingly enough during this stage of their relationship, they never seem to tire of one another.” This is the champagne of intimacy.
Jesus is able to turn water into champagne, so that in, The Spirit we never have to run out.
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.
“Jesus is able to turn water into champagne, so that in, The Spirit we never have to run out.”
At the wedding feast Jesus displayed His new ‘wine’ the ability to transform the common into something better. What man had used for outside the cup purification (Jewish ceremonial washing) was changed into new wine. Here He demonstrates His ability to make something new, and to do so with abundance.
His desire is for us to see His perfect will, (Jn, 17), and this requires intimacy with Him, and from this we see the beauty of Love. He then asks of us “now go and do likewise” with those I’ve given you. This can only come as He reveals His Love and will to us, this is not of the flesh, or our perspective, but of The Spirit, His will.
In this we find Life and Love in abundance, for in these relationships there is a revealing of the treasure we see in one another, the revealing of the ‘wine’ that is at this time is contained in ‘clay pots’.
“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.” Jay Ferris
This is what Paul eluded to in Romans.
“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.”
I love this! A year or so ago i made a new ID name for myself on certain websites and when I did I felt an unction when it came to my mind. I believe it was prophetic because Papa always does this to me. My ID? 2knownbknown (to know and be known)….that’s what we’re about now.