Shocked And Appalled At The Nature Of Spiritual Intimacy
I do declare!
For many, the true natural of spiritual intimacy is hard to grasp. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual connections between males and female members of the Body of Christ. Observers of these holy unions are often shocked and appalled when opposites attract so forcefully, fearing that sexual sin cannot be far behind. Even if there is no undue affection people often think that unions break our traditional values and are a “bad” testimony.
The natural man does not understand spiritual intimacy
Unfortunately, natural minded people are not equipped to judge supernatural behavior. Though we read the same Bible, men and women of reason never comprehend men and women of revelation. Those who eat of the knowledge of good and evil live by a different standard than those who find themselves moved by the Spirit of God. It is a hard saying, but nevertheless, it is the truth.
The root of mankind’s problems is our reliance on what seems right to our natural minds. This is the legacy of Adam’s and Eve’s sin. People look at connection love and recoil, not because it is ungodly, but because they cannot understand it. True purity is so foreign to our existence that we do not believe it when we see it. Surely, we “know” that if two people are that close their must be shame somewhere.
Learning to trust God’s voice
I am convinced that much of the intimate behavior between connections is meant to simply break us of our shame. Through opening up to each other in such a profound and vulnerable way, we lay bear ourselves in absolution of our fig leaves. Since people normally only do this when they have been physically intimate people assume that such carnal knowledge must be present. However, spiritual connections, if they are somewhat intimate, only do so out of love of the Spirit and not out of carnal desires. Connection love do not seek its own.
When deep connections occur between men and women
God connects men and women whether they are married or not. Divisive love does not follow the relationship pattern of this earth. When we yield to the Holy Spirit, which is a foretaste of the world to come, everything we do begins to conform to that place. People neither marry or are given in marriage in the New Heavens and New Earth. This is true because the types of relationships over there are greater than marriage.
Likewise, spiritual intimacy should not surprise anyone because it is a picture of the bride/bridegroom relationship in heaven. God created male and female by and when the Holy Spirit manifests through us He does so through our gender. God would not manifest the bridegroom through a woman any more than He would manifest the bride through a man. We act out heavenly realities according to our gender.
Some try to cover up their shame by policing other people. Those who struggle the most with lust often times see lust in everyone else. As spiritual intimacy shows forth in others many, who do not feel the Spirit that way, try to control the expression of others who do. This can and often does take some pretty extreme forms. Some condemn, others try to intimidate, still others threaten dire consequences if you do not come into line with what they believe is decent and in order.
Through much tribulation
What many do not understand is the spirit that drove otherwise pious people to burn “Heretics” at the stake is still very much alive and active within the church today. The only thing that restrains these demonic manifestations from taking place in our time is that we live in societies where torture is illegal. However, the day approaches in which the fury of hell will be unleashed upon those who dare to enter back into the type of innocence and love God first intended.
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
I and my Father are one
So many assume that what Jesus says here fits within their definition of sound doctrine. People imagine that others will persecute them for standing firm in their belief in Jesus. However, the truth is, that when you follow the Spirit of God you always find yourself beyond doctrine, beyond acceptability, and beyond reason. Do not imagine for a minute that people are going to persecute you for standing for some widely held belief. Believers will persecute you because you say and do the equivalent of this scripture,
“I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.”
For an appointed time
In conclusion, the words I speak are not yet that relevant. For most, what I say about spiritual intimacy does not really hit home. This is because most have no current need to understand these things at present. However, God is about to do a work that will destroy much of our doctrine and replace man’s reason with His revelation. When we begin to live as God intended what I say will be much more relevant.