|Two thousand years ago,|
the Word of God appeared as man on earth.
Today, our standard calendar
is calculated from his birth;
|a million churches have been built;|
a billion Bibles have been sold;
no one knows how many times
the story of his life’s been told;
|so we should know who Jesus is.|
Now if we knew what Jesus meant
when he said, “The work of God
is trusting in the one he sent,”
|and, “Mercy is what I desire,|
not your sweat and sacrifice,”
we wouldn’t try to save ourselves
by working hard and being nice.
|Matthew 9:13, 12:7/Hosea 6:6|
Romans 4:5 (not by work) Romans 4:1-5:11, Genesis 3:17 (working hard the curse of the man)
Genesis 3:16 (trying to please the curse of the woman), Luke 10:38-42
|What the world is looking for|
human eyes can not discern,
human minds can’t understand,
human efforts can not earn.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10, Galatians 1:11-12
|Beyond our dreams, there is a place|
where guilt and striving disappear
in a flood of love and joy.
In Jesus’ name, that place is here.
Isaiah 6:7, Romans 4:5 (striving, work)
2 Corinthians 1:20
|Those who call on Jesus’ name,|
keeping who he is in mind,
enter God’s Most Holy Place
and leave the worldly life behind.
|Romans 10:13/Joel 2:32|
Job 42:5, Ephesians 3:18-19, Revelation 22:17
|Lasting joy can never come|
from a world of ceaseless change.
You come to know the Changeless One
as you consider Jesus’ name.
| Isaiah 35:10, 51:11, 60:15, 61:7|
Daniel 2:21, Psalm 102:25-27…
Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, 1 Samuel 15:29
Hebrews 3:1, John 17:6
|IV.3 THE FATHER|
|God is love, and love is God.|
Creation, from the sky above
to the earth beneath our feet,
is fashioned out of endless love.
|1 John 4:16, 4:8/Gen 1:1|
Hebrews 1:10-12/Psalm 102:25-27
|Our Father is the same, unchanged,|
before the universe was born,
when the universe is here,
and when the universe is gone.
|In him we live, in him we move,|
in him we have our being. Here.
Those who live in God, in love,
experience the death of fear.
1 John 4:16-19
|Treading lightly on the earth,|
clothed in deep humility,
they live their lives surrounded by
the fragrance of infinity.
Song of Songs 1:3, 2 Corinthians 2:14
|IV.4 HIS PRESENCE|
|Our Father is beyond all thought;|
beyond the ever-changing scenes
of waking, dreams and dreamless sleep,
beyond the subtle space between
|Job 36:26, 1 Timothy 6:15-16|
|our breathing out and breathing in,|
beyond the worlds too great or small
for us to comprehend — and yet —
his presence permeates it all.
|The presence of the Sovereign Lord|
annihilates our theories
and loads our senses far beyond
their processing capacity.
(overloaded:) Daniel 8:16-18, Daniel 10:7-8, Isaiah 6:5-8, Revelation 1:17
|When his presence fills your heart,|
when only love abides in you,
you look upon created things
from our Father’s point of view.
1 John 4:7
1 Corinthians 2:16, Ephesians 3:16-19
|IV.5 THE WORD OF GOD|
|Creations rise at his command,|
upon the order of the One.
Because the Word of God is first,
his Word is called his firstborn Son.
|Genesis 1:3-26 |
|Our Father’s faith behind his Word|
gives rise to everything we see.
If ever God withheld his Word,
the worlds would vanish instantly;
|Hebrews 11:1-3 |
|there would not even be a void.|
To him, there’s nothing old or new.
What we call past or future things
are present from his point of view.
|Creations rise upon a Word|
spoken from infinity.
Love reveals the secret source
of this unfolding mystery.
1 Corinthians 13:8-10, Matthew 5:8
|IV.6 OUR WORDS|
|Our Father made us like himself|
by giving us authority
to summon things his Word has made,
to dictate what we hear and see.
|Genesis 1:26, 1:3-26 |
|From the human point of view,|
created objects come and go;
heaven, earth, or hell appear
according to the words we sow.
|We’re in a drama made of God.|
We direct the show and play
whatever role we choose. The script
is what we think and what we say.
|Every word of good intent,|
every word of greed and hate,
and every idle word we speak
goes in the sentence of our fate.
Matthew 12:34-37, Luke 6:45
|Though his Word created us,|
he didn’t teach us how to talk;
we all absorbed our parents’ words
long before we learned to walk.
| These four verses (IV.7a-d) are a meditation on the truth behind Matthew 12:34-37, Luke 6:45, and Genesis 1:26|
|These words define our world. They frame|
every outer life event,
every inner hope and dream,
and often, even our intent.
|When you begin to understand|
the power of the spoken word,
rebellion and conformity
appear as equally absurd.
|You thank your friends and family|
for their words, then say goodbye
and train your heart to hear, your mouth
to speak the Word of God Most High.
|IV.8 THE WORD IN US|
|God communicates with man|
where hearts are willing to receive;
he uses words and images
that we can easily conceive.
Word search “the word of the Lord” and “the voice of the Lord” (KJV)
|Anyone who fills his heart|
with the sayings of the wise
and seeks the truth behind the words
will hear the voice of God inside.
|As revelation of the truth|
rises up to consciousness
confusion yields to confidence
and peace replaces restlessness;
|as revelation overwhelms|
the thinking mind’s capacity,
your spirit opens to the Word
spoken from infinity.
|The basis of our destiny|
is our inner dialogue;
his Word leaves nothing more to say.
Sunrise burns away the fog;
Gen 17:3, Dan 10:9
|you see, as though for the first time,|
someone who was always here,
giving life to all —
the one whose presence fills the atmosphere;
|As you relax into the love|
flowing from the Changeless One
you rise to live above the law
of fate that makes creation run.
|Psalms 136:1 Word search “his mercy endureth for ever” (KJV)|
|Those who speak the truth in love|
rise above their destiny.
They overcome and sit with God
above the world they hear and see.
Revelation 3:21, James 3:2
|The only time to look for God|
is now. The only place is here.
By his word he is revealed.
In most, his voice is hard to hear;
Matthew 3:2, 4:17, Philippians 4:5, Psalm 145:18,
Word search: “Thus saith the Lord” and “hearken unto the voice” in KJV
|it’s drowned in a cacophony|
of comments on our circumstance.
So the prophet walks alone,
ignoring the consensus trance;
Psalm 2:1, Isaiah 65:2, Ephesians 4:17
Matthew 7:24-26, James 1:22-25
|he saturates his mind and heart|
with the Word of God until
what issues from his mouth is in
alignment with the Father’s will.
CHECK REFS Luke 6:45
|For centuries the prophets spoke|
about a coming Chosen One.
Almost no one could conceive
that God would send his Firstborn Son.
|A partial list of prophecies: Genesis 49:10, Deuteronomy 18:15,|
Psalm 2:7, 22:1-22, 41:9, 45:6-7, 55:12-13, 69:9, 110:1-6,
Isaiah 7:14, 9:2-7, 11:9-11, 42:1-3, 50:4-8, 52:13-53:12, 59:16, 59:20-21, 61:1-3,
Jeremiah 23:5-6, 31:31-34, Daniel 7:13-14, Hosea 6:1-2, Micah 5:2,
Zechariah 3:1-10, 9:9, 11:12-13, 12:10, 13:6-7, Malachi 3:1
|Our Father told his messenger,|
“Gabriel, I’m very pleased
with a girl named Mary who
only lives to worship me.
|“Go and tell her she’ll conceive.|
I’ve chosen her to bear my Son,
a King who’s reign will never end,
Jesus, the Anointed One.”
|We still remember Mary’s song:|
“All generations will proclaim
that I am blessed by God Most High
and with me, praise his holy name.
|Mary’s song: Luke 1:46-58|
Luke 1:50, 55
|The Lord has looked with favor on|
a virgin girl’s humility:
My firstborn shall be called his Son!
The Lord has done great things for me!”
Luke 1:43, 2:7
|The Author of the Universe,|
who was, and is, and is to come,
walked the earth in human form
as Jesus, the Anointed One.
Word search “Jesus Christ” (Christ = Khristos = Anointed)
|Jesus, like all other men,|
had an open door to sin —
but he was most unusual
in that he never entered in.
Hebrews 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21
|Blessing his relationships|
by simply speaking truthfully
and in love, he stayed above
the pressures of society.
Ephesians 4:15, 13-16
|Content in every circumstance,|
instead of dreaming of rewards,
he was complete within himself,
in the presence of the Lord.
|Philippians 4:11, 1 Timothy 6:8|
Psalm 27:4, 23:6
|He kept no treasure here on earth,|
but did not live in poverty;
the things he needed came by faith
out of heaven’s treasury.
|He mourned, but not like those who cry|
for things they’ve lost and can’t regain;
his mourning drew the Spirit’s power
to wash away our tears and pain.
|Though he was meek, he did not bow|
the knee to worldly circumstance;
in meekness, he received the earth
as his divine inheritance.
|He knew the body’s hunger can|
be only very briefly stilled;
he hungered to be right with God,
and his desire was fulfilled.
|When wronged, he overlooked the faults|
of men and blessed them anyway,
so mercy poured on Jesus Christ
every second, every day.
|Jesus’ heart was full of love —|
nothing of the world was there —
so he tasted, felt, and heard,
and saw our Father everywhere.
|He understood all points of view;|
when Jesus spoke, confusion ceased.
To this day we know him as
the Son of God, the Prince of Peace.
|When persecuted, he rejoiced —|
without a thought of compromise.
Jesus sits in righteousness
upon the throne of God Most High.
|He prepared for thirty years|
to serve his people publicly,
then visited the prophet John
to receive his ministry.
|Luke 2:52, 3:23|
Matthew 3:13, 11-14
|John immersed him in the stream|
as Jesus, God and Mary’s son.
He came out in the Spirit’s power
as Jesus the Anointed One:
|anointed with the oil of joy|
and sent with full authority
to usher heaven down to earth
and break the devil’s tyranny.
1 John 3:8
|The Spirit came to rest on him|
softly, like a gentle dove;
the miracles he later did
were powered by abiding love.
Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22
Mark 6:34 Word search “moved with compassion” (KJV)
|Instead of going out to seek|
supporters for his ministry,
he fasted forty days, alone,
facing down the Enemy.
Matthew 4:2, Luke 4:2
Matthew 4:1, Mark 1:13
|He put his God ahead of food,|
ahead of putting on a show,
ahead of kingdoms in the world,
then commanded hell to go.
|Matthew 4:3-4, Luke 4:2-4|
Matthew 4:8-11, Luke 4:5-8
Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8
|Full of power, he returned.|
“Change the way you think,” he preached,
“Heaven is at hand, so close
that you don’t even need to reach.”
|“Isaiah’s word has come to pass:|
The Spirit has anointed me
to free the captives, heal the sick,
and break the curse of poverty.”
Jesus quotes Isaiah 61:1-3 at Luke 4:18-19
Book IV consists of sixty-four pages of four verses each, 256 verses.
Spirit of Fire is not a paraphrase of the Bible.
It came out of meditation on the truth behind the words of scripture — after decades of study and practice (roughly, ten years in Catholic Church — up to seven days a week; ten years in the Tao Te Ching, Upanishads, and Yoga Sutra and Eastern disciplines; ten years in classic Bible study; ten years in writing SOF while constantly referring to the Bible; and ten years of meditating on Jesus and refining the expression of SOF).
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Answers to the questions may be found in the text.
(Questions in parentheses may not be answered but are worth pondering.)
a, b: Who or what is Jesus, essentially?
Has his fame and reputation diminished over time? (Why not?)
How important is Jesus in western civilization? (Hint: There are over 300,000 Christian churches in the USA alone.)(Do we know who Jesus is?)
(How do we know him?)
(How well do we know him?)
(What does it mean to know him? To know anyone?)c: (Do we know who Jesus is? If so, explain.)
(How do we know him?)
(How well do we know him?)
(What does it mean to know him? To know anyone?)
What is the work of God?
d: What does God desire of us?
What everyday common behavior does God not desire?
What do most people do in order to be happy and successful and/or please God? In the light of Jesus’ teaching, how likely is it to work? (Was Jesus mistaken? Is there any evidence that Jesus was mistaken?)
(If you know a happy person, did she or he get there by hard work and people pleasing?)
As of 2012, Jesus’ name is the second most recognized name on earth, after whoever happens to be President of the USA. (Our goal is to put the name of Jesus first — before the American Empire goes bankrupt.)
The standard international calendar is dated from Jesus’ birth. Amazingly, this calendar is even used in places where the Christian religion is outlawed.
There are over 300,000 churches in the USA alone.
Approximately forty-four million Bibles are sold every year.
In addition, the USA alone produces about 300,000 book titles every year, of which about ten percent (30,000) are Christian in one way or another.
Most people know little or nothing about the most famous member of our race; the rest have him either so high on a pedestal that he can’t be seen — or buried in irrational fixed ideas. This is simply amazing.
Why are all the usual approaches to finding God (or happiness) doomed from the start? Where is what we are all looking for (whether we know what it is or not) located?
What causes guilt and striving to vanish?
Where do we find it?What gives us access to this place?
What two things activate the power of the name?
What can we expect to leave behind?Why can lasting joy never be found in the world?
Where is lasting joy found? How do we get (t)here?
You have to be completely demented to depend on anything in this world for joy. Every single thing on every level of creation is changing continuously, inside and out.
Who or what is God?What is creation made of, by and through?How is God different from creation?
What’s left when creation vanishes?
Where is God in our experience, here and now?
How is God experienced, for real?
What surprising side-effect does experiencing God have?
How does a person who is free of fear live? What does it feel like to be free of fear?
In personal human experience, where does God live?
How is God perceived and experienced in life?What happens to our belief systems when God shows up?
Is it possible for the experience of his presence to have an impact on the senses?
What happens to the senses when they try to process the experience of his presence?
(What happens to the senses when God shows up in power in the sense realm?)What conditions must be met for us to see life through God’s eyes?
Who or what gives rise to creation?
Who or what was here before creation?
Why is the Word of God also known as God’s Firstborn Son (and vice versa)?What is the basis of the manifest universe?
What would happen if God withheld his Word?From God’s point of view, is there anything old or new?
Why?Where does creation come from?
How do we experience the source of creation?
(Genesis 1:3-26: and God said … and God said … and God said)
God believes what he says.
What does it mean, as a practical day-to-day fact, to be created in God’s image?
God created man to “have dominion.” How do we exercise dominion?
Do we have any choice about whether or not we exercise dominion?What is the driving force behind the continuously changing scenes of the human experience?Is the gift of speech necessarily a blessing or a curse?
Do we have a choice about whether or not we play a key role in the cosmic drama?
Do we have a choice about what kind of a role we play?Explain why good things happen to bad people and vice versa.
The main thing we learn from Gen. 1:3-26 is that God speaks things into existence.
Man is made in God’s image: We rule our little lives, as God our Father rules creation, with our words.
What is the greatest enemy to living free, to reigning in life?Why do so many people wake up and relive essentially the same story over and over, day after day?
(What is the obvious way out?)
What standard human activity is in fact a form black magic? Why is it pointless to blame God for our confusion, oppression or boredom?
God created man and told us, “Have dominion.” Did he change his mind?
(Note: Don’t complain about not having been given a manual. They’ve been around since writing was invented — and the wise have always been with us.) What are our two choices for how to live life?
Is it possible to have a third choice without a state of perfect inner silence?
Is any person, organization or government the cause of anyone’s bondage?
Will any person, organization or government ever give us freedom?
Is there any profit in being unjust and crooked — or in railing against injustice? In siding with the oppressors — or in organizing a rebellion?
IV.7a explains the mechanics behind the apparently grossly unfair Exodus 20:5
What can positive thinking can do for us?
What is the fundamental limitation of conventional positive thinking? How do I break the limits of human experience?
What will happen if I don’t?Under what conditions does God communicate with man?
Will God lower himself to communicate in ways understandable to me? What two practical things can I do to open up to the voice of God?
Name two benefits of hearing his voice.
How do I get revelation of the truth for myself, without another person or a book telling me?What follows naturally from getting revelation of the truth? Is this experience possible while living on earth?
Is God here, and if he is, what is he doing?
What is the fundamental operating law of creation?
How do I rise to live above this law, above the world, independent of both my personal destiny and the destiny of the world?How does speaking the truth in love affect daily life?
Overcoming is overcoming the flesh, which simply means mastering what you say.
Sounds too easy? Try it.
If I don’t hear God, does that mean he’s not speaking?
Why do so few people hear the voice of God?What conditions are required for the promises of God to come to pass in my life?
How and why do belief systems interfere with our reigning in life?What does it mean to be a prophet?
What distinguishes a prophet from the average Joe?(A Chosen One was prophesied for a thousand years before he actually showed up. Why such a long time?)
Was the Chosen One’s personal status on the cosmic scale beyond the imagination of most prophets?
Describe the Chosen One’s position in the cosmic scheme of things — in other words, who was (is) the one we call ”Jesus of Nazareth” really?
Few believe it is possible to hear God’s voice at all; of these, few believe that they themselves could hear his voice; of these few, even fewer listen; of the few who listen, few speak his word; of those able to speak his word, fewer still make it their goal to replace their inherited speech with the Word of God; of these few, fewer still have sufficient determination to succeed. Matthew 7:14. (I’m working on it, 9/25/15.)
(Gabriel is God’s chief messenger. Does God send him on missions of minor importance?)
Why did Mary especially please God? What was she chosen to do? (Info here is from legend.)
Does this give us a clue about what kind of life pleases God? If so, why are we so heavily involved in self-improvement?
What is the Anointed’s relationship to God?
What was his assigned role?
(Why was it important to God to give him a name? Why that name?)When Mary heard the angel, did she quibble and/or doubt?
What did Mary say? Why is what she said important? (cf I-1a)
From our perspective of 2000 years later, did it come to pass?
Name the defining qualities of the woman chosen to be mother of Jesus.
(Why is it important that Jesus was her firstborn son?)
(What difference does it make whether he was born of a virgin or not?)
Why did Mary thank God for what he did before there was any evidence of her pregnancy? Does this give us a clue about how strong Mary’s faith was? About how faith works?
Was Jesus merely a particular human mind and body or was what we call “Jesus” like a costume that he wore? (What about us?)
Who was he really?
Did he forget who he is when he became a man?Was Jesus ever tempted?
How did he react? Is this unusual? (If Jesus is unique, what is the point of trying to be like him?)Name two simple things that Jesus did that kept him above peer pressure.How did Jesus maintain his connection with himself and with his God continually?
What extremely common human activity did Jesus never engage in?
How did Jesus make a living?How did he use the emotion of grief?
What effect did Jesus’ mourning have on those around him and those he interceded for?How was Jesus’ meekness different from conventional meekness?
What result did it produce?What was Jesus hungry for?
Was he ever satisfied?
How did Jesus stay in good standing with his Father?
What was Jesus’ response when injustice was done to him?
What effect did his response produce in his life?“No man can see God and live.” How did Jesus do the impossible?What was in Jesus’ heart?
What did life look like from his point of view? Was Jesus’ relationship to God based on theology and/or religious ritual?What was Jesus’ technique for ending conflict?
Did his skill in this enhance his reputation?
How did Jesus react when persecuted? Did he justify himself, negotiate or compromise?
What is the reward for taking Jesus’ approach to being criticized?
Anointing (“Christ” can mean either “The Anointing” or “The Anointed”)
Did Jesus go through a process of development?
Did Jesus need to prepare for ministry?
When and how did Jesus, the Anointed (Christ) receive his anointing? From whom?
Was Jesus always anointed or did it happen at a certain moment? When?
Where did his power come from?
What was he anointed with?
Name two things he was anointed to do. When he was anointed, was it a dramatic, spectacular, jolting event from his point of view?
What was the source of Jesus’ miracle-working power?
What did Jesus not do before going out to minister in public?
What did he do?Name the three main tests he faced.
Whom did he overcome? How?What was the result of his passing the tests?
Name Jesus’ two core messages.
What was Jesus anointed to do?
(Why did he base his ministry on the words of Isaiah?)
The word nearly always translated “repent” is “metanoeo.” It’s made up of “meta,” which means “after,” and “noeo” which means “thinking.” So metanoeo means afterthought (as opposed to forethought). Some common phrases in English would be, “think again;” “you’ve got another thought coming;” or “here’s a novel idea.” In the definition of metanoeo there is absolutely no hint of “quit sinning;” that meaning was assigned because the carnal mind thinks that if Jesus is about to show up we need to hurry up and clean up our act. The truth is, we don’t have anything remotely resembling enough time for such a massive project (Rev. 22: 10-11), so we’d better get a grip on his mercy. So, let’s read Spirit of Fire
a few dozen times. (Here’s a great discussion of the word metanoeo
, on a dating website of all places: metanoeo
Whether you are a Christian or not, take the time to memorize Luke 4:18-19, in which the Anointed (Christ), quoting the prophet Isaiah, tells us what he is anointed to do.