#0104 Revelation is available to any who desire it
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Scripture relevant to today’s posting…
John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
John 1: 35-39 (NIV)
Today’s posting is part 6 of the new series: “Words of the Bible vs. the WORD”. This series is based upon material to be included in my new book. As I am inspired to write this, I am posting these ideas on-the-fly, so they will be fleshed out and edited more before they get incorporated into the book. Today’s posting is a rewrite and expansion of something I put up earlier. I felt the need to do this before I post what I feel needs to be put up next time; as it might otherwise prove to be too controversial for some. Notice in today’s scripture reference [John 1: 35-39 (NIV)] the almost flirtation exchange between Jesus and these 2 guys tagging along behind Him. Their exchange bristles with mutual attraction, as the WORD is in evidence like an unseen, unspoken electric charge. In today’s link the same connection is evidenced between the speaker and the extremely diverse crowd of 20,000 progressive/liberal, non-religious, kingdom-minded people.
Words of the Bible vs. the WORD
As we get further into this 1st Chapter of John, into the verses telling about some of the Apostles choosing to follow Jesus; let’s keep in mind that there was something much more than their own faculties in play here. These guys weren’t acting on a whim wherein they got a notion that it might be a good idea to hang out with Jesus and follow Him around for a while. It was the Holy Ghost resident within them that opened their eyes and gave rise to a burning desire to respond to the proposition. As they did so they felt a sense of peace and assurance at the core of their beings; and as they continued forward towards whatever ventures the Holy Ghost had in store for them, they were, in effect, acknowledging the authority of God resting upon them. As they responded in the affirmative ways John Chapter One describes, they were letting the Holy Ghost function as God intended Him to function within their souls. Remember the first line of John refers to the Holy Ghost as the WORD and as such it enters them as a mere suggestion at 1st; next a seed of wonderment and possibility is planted in their minds; then He—the Holy Ghost—begins setting up a sympathetic vibration of light pulsing in their thoughts and within their own spirits: …and the life was the light of men. [John 4: 4 (NIV)]; from there, The Holy Ghost prepares their beings to receive and to make sense of the message of Jesus. Altogether, this process working in them empowered them to break free of the gravitational pull of the Law of Moses and elevated their perspectives to an orbit high above it. All-in-all their attitude of acceptance and embracement of the Holy Ghost working within them was the exact opposite of the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost we’ve discussing heretofore.
Although this chapter has been interpreted as Jesus calling these specific men into specific priesthood roles and to follow Him; there is much more in play here. What John is describing is the workings of the Holy Ghost (depicted by John as the WORD) within human beings—all human beings. It’s a process by which God can communicate divine imperatives to humans. This process of revealing His divine mind and will to humans I refer to in my book: The Jesus Clone as “revelation”. Revelation is available to anyone who is opened to the promptings of the WORD; without necessitating any special circumstances or sacred hoops. One only has to desire it. Harkening back to the parable Jesus told us earlier bears this out…
26 But the servant fell down, kneeled before him, and said, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I’ll pay you back.’ 27 The master had compassion on that servant, released him, and forgave the loan.
Matt 18: 26-27 (CEB)
In this parable we see the guy’s master (God) pouring out a blessing to him which is beyond measure and why…because he desired it with a heartfelt desire. Who was this guy? He was nobody special, just your average Joey Bag-a-donuts who was sincerely asking for God’s forgiveness and was ready to receive it. The same deal is on the table for any one of us and is there for the asking. Whenever this connection gets established between the divine and mortals, the WORD John is talking about becomes manifested. Without this connection or this communication; without this WORD, the words of the Bible are all but meaningless; and beyond this they leave humans vulnerable to deception and blasphemy. If believers can get to the place where they see that God intended the phenomenon of the WORD to be experienced by all humans and not only by those select few clergymen and ministers, then we will be able to expand the conversation of the role of the followers of Christ. We will be able to imagine members/parishioners in spiritually active rather than passive roles—as participants rather than spectators in the work of the Church. In this way we will be able to consider Jesus’s mission on earth as something other than the salvation of mankind from eternal damnation—which is summed up in the concept of Him dying for each one’s individual sins.
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TBC: Saturday, August 06, 2016