Friday, September 30, 2011


Thine own purpose gave us being,
When in Christ, in that vast plan,
Thou in Christ didst choose Thy people
E’en before the world began.
Oh, what love Thou, Father, bore us!
Oh, how precious in thy sight!
When to thine own Son Thou gav’st us,
To Thy Son, Thy soul’s delight.

“If you had one son in whom you found unspeakable delight, would it not be normal as a father to want many more? It is exactly so with the eternal Father, Who by nature and choice, has desired and proposed to have a vast family of human-divine sons who are just like His only begotten Son.

“Further, as we view from His heart, it seems evident that the Father makes all His plans with His eternal Son in view. In the unfolding ages ahead, Jesus Christ might have a glorious Body in which to express His very life, and a family of brothers with whom He might enjoy fellowship.

“That as we understand the innermost purpose of the Son, we see how in turn He dedicates Himself to helping the Father realize His intention for Himself, that His Father might have a family of sons in whom HE can have paternal honor, glory, pleasure and delight. The Father plans for His son, whereas the Son lives unto the Father.

“So it is in the Godhead. In a sense no member lives for or unto Himself, but Each for and unto the Other. The Father intends that in all things the Son might have pre-eminence. The Son in turn lives to reveal the Father and thus brings glory and pleasure to Him. Likewise the Spirit speaks not of Himself (not for Himself) but dedicates His activity to reveal the Son and to realize the purpose and goal of both the Father and Son.” God’s Ultimate Intention, DeVern Fromke



And now we come to the “first” beginning as God the Father and God the Son begin their work of expanding and multiplying the fellowship that existed in their dance, their fellowship of love before time, before the foundation of the world.

This plan stretches the bounds of our imagination, but in a way it all makes perfect sense. I mean, think about it. Have you ever had something that was so wonderful, so good, so utterly delightful that you just had to share it with others? Has your heart ever over-flowed and over-glowed in such a way that it wanted to just spill out all over the place?  The joy of God in His fellowship with the Son, and the Son for His Father,  would "go viral." Like a wind-swept prairie fire, no corner of the universe could hide from the Love of God.

I think this must be how it was with God before time. I think “the plan” they conceived grew out of their joy unspeakable and full of glory! That explosive joy flooded out of their joint love as a River of Life! Now the fellowship sought equal partners and participants in the dance that existed before time, even before the foundation of the world. They not only desired to expand the fellowship, but their desire was to give it the characteristic of a spiritual explosion, to multiply it a thousand fold, to fill a universe of their own design, where God would be “All in All" as it was "before the foundation of the world."



In The Heart Of This Celestial Dance
This River Of Life And Glory
The Eternal Life
The Zoe Life that existed in the Godhead
Flowing from the dual-thrones
Of God and the Lamb
This Celestial Fire Of Joy And Endless Rapture…
A plan was conceived in the Godhead before time to


The fellowship of the Father and the Son
That existed before time
In the divine US...

The L O V E! of God would be
From the
Heart of God…
Into a lowly vessel of earth…
So that the praise would be of God and not of men…(II Cor. 4:6-7).

A vessel would be created that would CONTAIN God's life
Even in its fullness…
The fullness of Him Who fills
All in All (Eph. 1:23).


And their plan was inaugurated by seven words—
Seven words spoken in the passion of the Three-Personned Life of God—

And thus God spoke out of the fullness of HIS Heart the Hidden Treasure of His Heart…Priceless beyond measure…


The implications of this plan were breathtaking!
The Godhead would EXPAND and EXPRESS...
MAGNIFY and MULTIPLY the fellowship
That existed before TIME
in lowly CONTAINERS of earth.

Now somewhere,
before this plan was conceived in eternity past,
God created beings called “angels”
and when they heard this “plan”
they held their breath and were filled with awe and wonder.
For the angels knew
they weren’t created in God’s image.

Oh yes! They knew
that whatever God was planning
was a secret beyond imagination...
even the imagination of angels.

And the angels were filled with awe and
desired greatly to look into these things (I Pet. 1:12) .

So God began “the work” to fulfill His plan…
Conceived Before Time.

The Divine Father,
through the Son,
then created all that is
by the command of His mouth
in order to have a habitation suitable
and worthy of “the vessel”
that would CONTAIN the fellowship,
in its FULLNESS, as joint participants,

With God,
In God
By God and
For God.

He Spoke and...
Galaxies were spun out.
Universes came into being.
Stars to guide man's nights.
A Sun to warm his days.

And then the earth….
And creatures on the earth
of innumerable species
That would multiply

And every desirable tree with fruit
That would multiply

And then God did something beyond belief!
He stooped down...Oh so very low
And by hand, tenderly crafted His “vessel”
The vessel that would CONTAIN Him…in His fullness…
That would multiply

So God made man—male and female—out of the lowest
elements on earth…of mud and clay.
And when He finished building His man—by hand—He did something extraordinary…
something that caused the angels to gasp in disbelief!

He placed His mouth over the nostrils of His earthen vessel
and He breathed in-to it…

This was the Community of Love! Life!and Glory!
The Life of...
That existed in the Godhead
Before Time!

For the first time from all eternity, there was a new species in time
who CONTAINED not only biological life but CONTAINED God-Life, IN itself…
that could reproduce after its own kind.

And God said...

"Be fruitful and...
(the LIFE I have planted within you)

The Fellowship...
the Celestial Fire that existed from Eternity Past now lives IN this new man just like it lived IN God.

Out of the inner-most being of God...His deepest self...
was breathed in-to his deepest self...
God’s own Community of life!

And God was so well-pleased because
The fellowship that existed IN Him,
in Eternity Past,
was now out of Time
in a vessel made of clay and God said...

"This is VERY good!"

That existed in Eternity Past
Is now


Now the divine dance!
The Celestial Fire! of the Father and the Son
would multiply and fill the earth with its glory!
And the Passion and Pleasure Of God
In expanding and expressing their fellowship
In bringing it to earth and planting it in the CONTAINER of Adam
and his beloved Eve
Would bring to the Godhead great pleasure...
And this they called their


But we know that all things were not right in Paradise!
The plan conceived in the heart of God before time
Would suffer an "interruption" by the Usurper!
who was lurking in the shadows...scheming... his cunning hatred of "God's plan."

But God knew what would happen
and had a plan
to restore
"the plan"
conceived "before the foundation of the world".

He would "send His Very Own Son" to be...
the "Son of Man"
the "New Man"
the "Second Man"
the "Glorified Man"

Who would contain "the Life"
In Himself...Full of Grace and Truth!
that would again "reproduce after HIS own Kind."
The Life of the Fellowship in God.

And it would cost God

God's eternal purpose
Is to join with man;
Causing man, His vessel,
To be born again,
His own life imparting,
Filling to the brim;
Man may thus express Him,
And be one with Him.

God in His own image
Hath created man,
That he may be able
To fulfill His plan;
That he may receive Him
As the tree of life
To become His fulness
As to man the wife.

*"Zoe" Life, or the Life as God has in Himself, incorruptible, holy, eternal, divine.

Friday, September 16, 2011


“God is love” (I John 4:8) and this means that He is a community of loving Persons. His very being, His existence is to love. For God, to be is to love. This means that God is constantly leaving Himself to give Himself to and to exist in Another. Each person of the Trinity exists in relationship toward Another. God is Father in relationship to the Son. The Son exists and lives only in and for the Father to whom He gives Himself entirely. Their mutual love expresses itself in a procession of Personified love, the Holy Spirit. To pray in the heart is to experience this immense circulation of love among the Persons within the divine family, drawing us into that same community of love.” George A. Maloney S.J,, Invaded by God: Mysticism and the Indwelling Trinity

“When we encounter God there is no individual to confront. For we encounter and are drawn into relationship, reciprocity, the dynamism of mutual love and self-giving going on within God. Utterly unlike the splendid isolation of the “Supreme Being” of conventional monotheism, the life of the Trinity known in Christian worship and prayer has within itself the fullness of what we experience in community, intimacy and sacrificial love!

“Prayer is already going on in God. In the love the All-embracing Father has for the Son, and in the love the Son has for the Father, in the issuing of the Spirit from the Father and the Spirit’s return in the love of the Son, there is everything we mean by prayer—intimacy, adoration, self-offering, love, desire, crucifyingly acute sympathy for a world torn by pain and joy. Our prayer is not making conversation with God. It is joining the conversation that is already going on in God. It is being invited to participate in the relationships of intimacy between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is an eternal dance already in full swing, and we are caught up in to it. Prayer is allowing ourselves to join the dance and experience the movements, the constant interplay of the Persons of the Trinity.” Martin L. Smith, The Word is Very Near You: A Guide to Praying with Scripture

“The Great Dance has been from all eternity and first and foremost in the Love that has always been going on between the Father and the Son. Lewis (C.S.) says, ‘What grows out of the joint life of he Father and the Son is a real Person, is in fact the Third of the three Persons who are God.’ To enter into the Dance, then, is to enter the Holy Spirit and to enter the living, dynamic activity of Love that has always been between the Father and the Son.” Leanne Payne, Real Presence: The Glory of Christ with Us and Within Us



There is only one way to begin this journey and it is by first turning our attention to Paul’s glorious words of praise and proclamation in his opening remarks in his letter to the Ephesian ekklesia ( 1:3):

"Blessed be the God and father of our lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before him in love."

A.C. Gaebelein writes of this passage in Ephesians (“God’s Masterpiece"):

"...this is without doubt the greatest doxology in the entire Word of God” and “is the key to the great revelation which follows in this chapter…the bud which the Holy Spirit gradually unfolds.”

Everything in the Christian life flows out of this revelation given to Paul. In order to know, to appreciate, what the spiritual blessings are in the heavenly realms, we must step back before time, before the foundation of the world, a time so hidden from us by our mortal frame and yet from where we derive “all spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ…before the foundation of the world.”

This place before time in the joint life of the enthroned Father and the Son is the headwaters of the Christian life. In that place, the heavenly realm, before time, there was only One who was before the Father “holy and without blemish” and that was Christ, the Son of God.

In this place before time, there was a fellowship in the Godhead, between the Father and the Son. John writes of this fellowship in rhapsodic prose in his first epistle (1:1-4):

“We are writing to you about something which has always existed yet which we ourselves actually saw and heard: something which we had an opportunity to observe closely and even to hold in our hands, and yet, as we know now, was something of the very Word of life himself! For it was life which appeared before us: we saw it, we are eye-witnesses of it, and are now writing to you about it. It was the very life of all ages, the life that has always existed with the Father, which actually became visible in person to us mortal men.

"We repeat, we really saw and heard what we are now writing to you about. We want you to be with us in this—in this fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ his Son. We must write and tell you about it, because the more that fellowship extends the greater the joy it brings to us who are already in it.”

The life the apostles saw was the life of the Father and the Son that always existed, before time, before the foundation of the world. This life became visible in the person of Jesus Christ, which always existed with the Father.

“We want you to be with us in this—in this fellowship with the father and Jesus Christ His Son (that always existed in the eternals). We must write and tell you about it, because the more that fellowship extends the greater the joy it brings to us who are already in it.”

“The more THAT fellowship extends the greater the joy it brings to us WHO ARE ALREADY IN IT.” It is the fellowship of the Father and the Son that Jesus came to bring us and to extend on this planet. John is not writing about a future heaven but of the fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ His Son RIGHT NOW! to those of “us who are already in it.”

"I will continue to speak of Yourname Father, in order that Your love, which was poured out on Me, will be in them, and I will be in them."  John 17:26


“Once upon a time,”


You must realize that this story,

Begins……………………….before time,

before ALL beginnings or endings or anything in be tween.

In Eternity Past,

Before Time existed…
or Space
or Matter

There was God and God was…


There were no heavens or firmament to contain HIM


There were no...
Or Seraphim.

No Devils
Or Fallen Angels.

No Sun, Moon or Stars.
No Galaxies or Supernovas.
No Rainbows or Rainstorms.
No Mountains or Oceans.

No Men or Children of Men.
And certainly...there Were no holy "things.”

Kingdom Halls.
Stained Glass.
Orders of Service.
T.V. Preachers

No-THING existed because God
Who is infinite personality…

This Triune community of
Son and

Was…(And this bears repeating)


Yes, Beloved. There was ONLY GOD
And while nothing else existed,
The most staggering thing of all…
This God…Who was EVERYTHING…
And ALL that existed was…
and still is…
and always shall be…

L O V E!

You see…there was a communion, A fellowship of L O V E!
IN God and TOWARD God…
In the L O V E of the FATHER for the SON
and the Son for the Father
and this L O V E was the Height and Depth
The Breadth and Width
of ALL that God was
Who Was Everything!

And this L O V E was IN God and Could be found
Nowhere else.

At least…Not yet!


The FATHER and the SON
delighted in each other’s company…in each other’s hearts…
and especially…in beholding each other’s faces.
And this rhapsody of L O V E was the

PASSION and PLEASURE Of God’s heart
Flowing like a torrential river.

And this rhapsody of L O V E had a name—
and its name was...

S P I R I T!

The Comforter
The Helper
The Spirit was the Outflow,
The Music of the Dance going on in the Godhead
Before Time.
Before the Foundation of the World.

The Outpouring of their L O V E!
Bursting forth as a fountain of
Out of the Throne of their Heart

And it looked like…

C E L E S T I A L F I R E!

The Father delighted IN HIS Son.

He called HIS Son—


The Son lived IN the bosom of the Father,
beholding HIS Father’s face.
The Son delighted IN the Father
and called HIS Father—


Behold! How They Loved Each Other!

Only The Father Sees And Knows The Son.
Only The Son Sees And Knows The Father. (Mat. 11:25-27).
Hear now the Son speak of
All that existed before Time,
When there was nothing but God
and God’s L O V E toward and in God was

“Father…You loved Me before the foundation of the world…yea, when You established the heavens, I was there…beside You, like a Master Workman, and I was daily Your delight, rejoicing before You always” (John 17:24, Proverbs 8:267, 30).

Hear now the Father speak of
All that existed before Time,
When there was nothing else but God
and God’s L O V E toward and in God was

“This is my Beloved Son in Whom my soul delights.
I loved HIM before the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 12:18-20).

And in their love for one another
And out of their love they conceived a plan...
A staggering plan
Beyond all comprehension…
To expand their fellowship
On a planet they would call

Glory, glory, glory, praise and adoration!
Hear the anthems swelling out thro' all eternity!
Father, Son, and Spirit--God in revelation--
  Prostrate each soul before the Deity!

Father, source of glory, naming every fam'ly;
And the Son upholding all by His almighty power;
Holy Spirit, filling the vast scene of glory--
  O glorious Fulness, let our hearts adore!

God supreme, we worship now in holy splendor,
Head of the vast scene of bliss, before Thy face
  we fall!
Majesty and greatness, glory, praise and power
  To Thee belong, eternal Source of all!

Friday, September 9, 2011



"I AM above all rule, authority, power, dominion; over every name invoked, over every title bestowed in this age and the next.  My Father has placed all things beneath My feat and appointed Me the universal Head of My church. No Pope, no Preachers, no Vicars, no Pastors, no Bishops or Archbishops, but I alone am Head of My church. All others are interlopers and usurpers. Know My brothers that My Headship is not exercised through one or two so-called “ordained” clergy members but is exercised throughout My assembled gathering, which is My body, the fullness of My Presence that fills, and is filling, ALL IN ALL—for in My body lives My full measure, not a partial measure, but My full measure as I express Myself through each member. In this way, I make everything everywhere complete; nobody gets left out (Eph. 1:22-23).

If two or three gather in My name, there I will be in the midst of you. It is My purpose that My Spirit, who comes in My name, will remain constantly with you and will dwell in each one of you (John 14:16-17). The Father will send Him to you in My name and He will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you (John 14:26). I will send Him to you, the Great Helper, from the Father, even the Spirit of truth. He comes from the Father and will point to the truth as it concerns Me (John 16:26). He will come and guide you in all truth. He will not speak His own words to you; He will speak what He hears, revealing to you the things to come and bringing glory to Me. He has unlimited access to Me, to all that I possess and know, just as everything the Father has is Mine. He will guide you “into” the reality of the truth of My church apostolic. His anointing is on you. You are not lacking any teaching. But as His anointing teaches you all things, His teaching to you is this: “Remain connected to Me and My Headship over you.” You can also be sure of the fact that He has come and given you a mind so that you may know Me who is true. You live in this truth, in My life given to you (I John 5:20).

But know this: Wolves have crept in among you not sparing My flock. My emissary Paul warned about them. He gathered the elders of Ephesus together and said to them: “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you ravaging the flock. And from among you yourselves men will rise up to the front speaking perverted things to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-30). (See "The Social Order of Wolves:


In the name of preventing heresy in the church, Ignatius and other contemporaries of My apostles, brought in the Nicolaitan heresy which I hate (see: or  Rather than My body holding to My Headship as Sovereign and Supreme, the Nicolaitan heresy traded My Headship for the rule and traditions of men. And rather than all of My saints being equal members of My body, joint participants in My church, the Nicolaitan spirit raised themselves up in My place 'over" My flock:

“Be eager to do everything in godly harmony, the bishop presiding in the place of God and the presbyters in the place of the council of the apostles and the deacons…”  Ignatius

“It is not permissible either to baptize or to hold a love feast without the bishop.” Ignatius

“Do nothing without the bishop.” Ignatius

“…whoever does anything without the bishop and presbytery and deacons does not have a clean conscience.” Ignatius

“Be subject to the bishop as to Jesus Christ.” Ignatius

My apostolic teaching was built on gold, silver and precious stones. This teaching, the teaching of the Nicolaitans, the division of My body into Clergy and Laity, I find detestable!

As Sovereign Head, the Only Head, My purpose for My church is that through My body, each and every member of my body, My complicated, many-sided wisdom in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities in the heavenly sphere (Eph. 3:10).

Now perhaps you are wondering how I purpose to do this? You see, when I ascended on high, I led captivity captive, and I bestowed My gifts on men. I ascended on high that I might fill all things, the whole universe, FROM THE LOWEST TO THE HIGHEST. Notice that last phrase again: “from the lowest to the highest.” I work from the bottom up, not the top down (Eph. 4:10-11). I turn the world’s notions of “hierarchy” upside down. “From the lowest to the highest.”

“You need some perspective here. My Kingdom is not run like the power-brokers of this world’s system. Their rulers have great power over the people, but My Father doesn’t play by their rules. This is the Kingdom’s logic: whoever wants to become great must first make himself a servant; whoever wants to be first must bind himself as a slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as the ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28)

“The kingdoms of this world love their hierarchical structures of power and prestige. You know that in the world, rulers lord it over their subjects and their great men make them feel the weight of their worldly authority; but this shall not be so with you. Among you, whoever wants to be great must be your servant and whoever would be first must be the willing slave of all” Mat. 20:25-27).

For this reason, it is my desire that no one be held above another. Those who elevate themselves above My brothers by the presumption of so-called ecclesiastical authority will be brought low, so very low. Hear Me now:

Do not let anyone call you “Rabbi” (teacher), for you are all brothers and you have only one Teacher. Indeed, do not call anyone on earth “Father,” for you have only one Father, and He is in heaven. Don’t let anyone call you “leader,” for you have one Leader—and I AM HE. If you seek recognition in My body, be recognized by your lowly service. Delight in the one who calls you servant. Delight in the one who does not notice you at all. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted (Matt. 23:8-12.

This is such a far cry from those who seek the highest places in My church, who dress the part of high-church officials dressed in such pomp and ceremony. I want you to understand what a serious matter this is for I hate the teaching and practices of the Nicolaitans who sought “power over My people, the so-called “laity.”

Now while I did hand down to My Church gifted men, they did not lord it over their brothers—they were My apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers—so that My people, would be thoroughly equipped to do the work of the ministry, to the building up of My body in love.

As you minister and build up My body as members one of another, you will no longer be like children, tossed around here and there upon ocean waves, picked up by every gust of religious teaching spoken by liars or swindlers or deceivers. Instead, as you speak the Truth in Love to each other, you will grow in every way into the fullest sense of My life—for I alone am the Head of My church, and it is from My Head that My whole body grows by the proper functioning of individual parts to its full maturity in love. Not apostles, prophets, evangelists, or pastor-teachers, but I alone am your Shepherd-Pastor, your Chief Apostle, your Prophet, Priest and King (Eph. 4:14-15). I must repeat Myself here: It is from My Headship that My body grows by the proper functioning of individual parts to its full maturity in love.”

I am the One, not self-named “apostles” or “prophets” or “bishops,” who join and hold together the whole body with its ligaments that provide the support needed to each part so that each part works to its proper design and function to form a healthy, growing and mature body that--now listen to Me--that “builds itself up in love” (Eph. 4:16). My apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastor-teachers are not responsible for building up My body because, under My Headship, my body “builds itself up in love.” My "ligaments" in the body are invisible; they have such a low profile. But they know and glory in their function which is to facilitate movement in My body.

My prophet Ezekiel spoke of My Headship in this way:

“And I will raise up over them one Shepherd and He shall feed them, even My servant David. He shall feed them and be their Shepherd. I the Lord will be their God, and My servant David shall be prince among them—I the Lord have spoken it.” (Ezekiel 34L23)

David had fallen asleep. I AM The King Shepherd over my flock. My sheep know My voice and they follow Me.

So, you might ask, “Lord, what are we to do in our gatherings unto You?”

So this I say: “Abide in Me and allow My words to Abide in You as you teach one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing and making melody in your hearts to My Headship and glory in your midst as your Shepherd, Prophet, Priest, and King. (Colossians 3:16).

And do not forsake the gathering of yourselves together as some have but encourage one another, be devoted to one another, teach and train one another, pray for one another, confess your sins to one another. (Hebrews 10:25).

Now I need to say something about the scriptures. I have inspired all scripture, and have breathed into them My thoughts and purposes. They are profitable for your teaching, rebuke, correction, instruction, and training for a life that is right.” (2 Tim. 3:16). No one likes “rebuke,” but from time to time, it is necessary. I say this to your shame because many have set aside My inspired teaching regarding My church and have set up their own forms of godliness which deny the power of My sovereign Headship. My scriptures cannot be broken (John 10:35), but sadly, the unfolding of my thoughts for My church have been set aside as no-longer profitable for teaching, rebuke, correction, instruction, and training for a life that is right.” My letter to the Ephesians spoke of My exalted purpose for My church, but My letter to the Corinthians is the key that unlocks Ephesian’s truth in practical ways.

So let me turn to some issues about spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters. There’s so much you need to learn. Remember the way you used to live when you were pagans apart from Me? You were engrossed—enchanted with voiceless idols, led astray by mere images carved by human hands. Although they couldn’t move, they somehow moved you. With that in mind, I want you to understand that no one saying ”Jesus is cursed” is operating under My Spirit, and no one saying “Jesus is Lord” can do so without My Spirit’s inspiration. Now there are many kinds of grace-gifts, but they are all from My Spirit. There are many different ways to serve, but they’re all directed by My providence. There are many amazing working-gifts in the church, but it is the work of My Father who energizes them all in all who have the gifts.

I have given to each believer a gift that manifests My power and presence. That gift is given for the good of the whole community. I give one person a word of wisdom but to the next person a word of knowledge. To another I give the gift of faith, and still another gifts of healing—all from My one and the same Spirit. One person is enabled by My Spirit to perform miracles, another to prophesy, while another is enabled to distinguish those prophetic spirits. The next one speaks in various kinds of unknown languages, while another is able to interpret those languages. I work all these things in each person as I see fit.

Just as I made your body a single whole made up of many diffident parts, and all the different parts comprise the one body, so it is with My Presence among you. You were all baptized together into My body by My Spirit. No matter your heritage—Jew or Greek, Catholic or Protestant, Evangelical or Pentecostal, high church or low church, insider or outsider—no matter your status—oppressed or free—you were all given My Spirit to drink. So drop your sectarian claims to be followers of a Paul, or Peter, or Apollos, or Popes and celebrity preachers but rather do this: Come to Me that You might have real life.

Now My body is not made of one large part but of many different parts. Would it seem right for My foot to cry, “I am not a hand, so I couldn’t be part of My body?” Even if it did, it wouldn’t be any less joined to My body. And what about an ear? If an ear started to whine, “I am not an eye; I shouldn’t be attached to this body,” in all its pouting, it is still part of My body. Imagine if My entire body was just an eye. How would a giant eye have the sense to hear? And if My entire body were an ear, how would I have the sense to smell?

This is where I come in. I have meticulously put My body together; I placed each part in the exact place to perform the exact function I want. If all My members were a single part, where would My body be? Why is it that many churches claim to be “the body of Christ” but focus on just one member who they call “the preacher?” How can My body be a single part? I designed My body so that many members function within My one body. My eye cannot wail at the hand, “I have no need for you!” nor could My head bellow at the feet, “I won’t go one more step with you!” It’s actually the opposite. My members who seem to have the weaker functions are necessary to keep My body moving. Remember, I work from the bottom up.  My body parts that seem less important you should treat as some of the most valuable, and those unfit, untamed, unpresentable members you should treat with an even greater modesty and honor. That’s something My more presentable members don’t need. But I designed My body in such a way that greater significance is given to My seemingly insignificant parts. That way there should be no division in My body; instead, all My parts mutually depend on and care for one another. If one part is suffering then all the members suffer alongside it. If one member is honored, then all the members celebrate alongside it, so honor the lowly among you.  You are My body; each and every one of you is a vital member.

I have appointed gifts in My assembly: first emissaries, second prophets, third teachers, then miracle workers, healers, helpers, administrators, and then those who speak with various unknown languages. Are all My members gifted as emissaries? Are all gifted with prophetic utterances? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Or are all gifted in healing arts? Do all speak or interpret unknown languages. The answer to each of these questions, of course, is "no". Pursue the greater gifts…especially the gift of prophecy. You see, a person speaking in an unknown langue is not addressing the church because he is really talking to Me—those who overhear don’t understand because he is speaking in the Spirit the depths of My mysteries, depths which no man has ever searched out. But a person who has the gift of prophecy teaches in a way that builds up the community, draws them near, and comforts them. Those who speak in an unknown language only strengthen themselves, but those who prophesy strengthen the community. While I’d like for you all to be able to speak by My Spirit in unknown languages, my preference would be for you all to prophesy by the Spirit. Those who speak prophetically are My mouthpieces and are far more useful to My church than those who speak in exotic languages—unless there is another who interprets so that the community may be strengthened.

Now if I dropped down into your midst talking in unknown languages, what good would that be for any of you? What service to the community would that provide? You receive no benefit unless I speak to you some word of revelation, knowledge, prophecy, or instruction in your own language through My multi-splendored members. Look, if inanimate objects, musical instruments like a pipe or harp don’t make a clear, distinct sound, how would you know whether you’re listening to someone blow a pipe or strum a harp? If the bugle blares more like a clank, who would know to prepare for battle? It’s the same with you. Unless you speak a message in a language everyone understand, they won’t know what you’re talking about. You’ll be talking into the wind. This world is full of languages, each and every one of them having meaning, but if I don’t understand the meaning of some sound, then I become like a foreigner to the person speaking and the person speaking will be like a foreigner to me. It’s the same with you; in your passion for spiritual gifts, seek to strengthen the community of believers and you will all be better off.

So anyone who speaks in an unknown language should pray for the ability to interpret because if one prays in such a language, although their spirit prays, their mind isn’t productive. What should you do then? Pray yes. Pray with your spirit but also with your mind engaged; sing with your spirit but also with your mind engaged. If you speak a word of blessing in the spirit only, then how will an uninformed person who can’t understand your prayer say “Amen” when you are done giving thanks? Even though you give thanks to Me well, the unknowing person doesn’t benefit.

Be thankful if you speak in unknown languages, but when the church gathers, I would rather you speak five words with your mind so others can understand and be trained by your words rather than utter 10,000 exotic words.

Brothers and sisters, don’t think like children. Be innocent of malice but mature in understanding. This is what I spoke through Isaiah:

“I will send my message to this people

With strange languages and

Foreign lips,

And even when that happens,

They will not listen to Me,”

So speaking in unknown languages is not a sign to the believing but a miracle to the unbelieving; prophecy, though, is not a sign to the unbelieving but for the believing. Imagine what would happen if My entire church gathered together speaking in different languages, one foreign to the next. Then people who have never heard of such a thing or unbelieving people walk up on all that’s going on. Would they not think each and every one of you were raving lunatics? But let’s say an outsider or unbeliever walks in on a different scene; all are speaking of My glory with great power and insight in a language they know. What then? Well, the outsider would come under the conviction of his own sins and be called to accountability by the words of all My members. The very secrets of his heart would be revealed by all, and right there—mystified—he would fall on his face and worship Me, proclaiming all the while that I, God of very God, am most certainly dwelling among you and speaking through you.

So, do you want meetings like this where my Presence is known in Your very midst? Well then, here’s the right course of meeting in My Name. When you come together, each person should come knowing they have a vital role because I have given to each one some gift for the edification of all. One person might have a song, another a teaching, still another a revelation from My heart. One person might speak in an unknown language, another will offer the interpretation, but all of this should be done to strengthen My life and Presence in My community. But if any do speak in an exotic language, limit it to two or three people at a time, and have them speak one at a time, while another interprets for the rest. If there is not an interpreter present, then the one should stay silent during the gathering, speaking only to Me under his breath. And do let two to three of My prophets speak in your meetings, and let others with discerning gifts evaluate the messages they hear. Now if in the course of things I give a message to another who is seated, then the first one speaking should be silent until this new message can be spoken. To avoid confusion and create a space where all can learn and be encouraged, let only one prophet speak at a time without interruption. You see, the prophetic spirits are under the control of the prophets. This is because I Am the author of order, not confusion. What I am telling you is to be in all the gatherings of the saints, not just those in Corinth… If you are reading this as the "clergy class" and thinking that My words come to the world by you alone, you are sadly mistaken. Do you think that you alone are My mouthpiece in My church? If you think that you are a spiritual person who alone deserves to be in the front of My church feeding it your great pearls of wisdom, know Oh prophet that these things I have written here are not options for My church gatherings; they are My commands. Whoever chooses to be ignorant of this will be treated as ignorant. So, my dear brothers and sisters, I speak to each one of you: passionately desire to prophesy in My meetings to build up My church, to speak the very oracles of God, but don’t ban the gift of speaking in unknown languages but follow the rules I have so plainly laid out and you will then maintain the proper order in all things.

I desire that none of you think of yourselves as being more important that you actually are, for I have given to each one of you a measure of faith. For in the same way that one body has so many different parts, each with different functions, you, too--the many--are different parts that form My one body.  Each one of you is joined with one another, mutually benefiting and mutually dependant, and you become together what you could not be alone.  Since My gifts vary depending on the My grace poured out on each of you, it is important that you exercise the gifts I have given you to build up My body.  If I have given you the excelling gift of prophecy, then speak as a prophet according to your proportion of faith.  If I have given you the helpful gift of service, then serve well.  If I have given you the eye-opening gift of teaching, then teach well.  If  I have given you the gift of encouragement, which is priceless, then use it often. If I have given you the gift of giving, then be generous. If I have given you the gift of leading My body to a fuller revelation of Myself, then be eager to get started. If I have gien you the gift of mercy, then be cheerful in sharing it.

Finally, you are coming to the end of all things, so be serious and keep your wits about you in order to pray more forecefully. Most of all, love each other steadily and unselfishly, because love makes up for many faults.  Show hospitality to each other without complaint.  Use whatever gifts I have given you for the good of one another so that you can show yourselves to be good stewards of My grace in all of its multi-splendored varieties. If I call on you to speak in the meeting, open your mouth and I will fill it.  If I call on you to serve others, serve through My strength in you. In these ways, our Father will be glorified in all of you through My working in you. This will redound to My glory and power, now and forever through My church. I Peter 4:7-11).