Friday 12 April 2013

Pollination and why Seminaries "really don't get it".


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Carpenter bee with pollen collected from Night-blooming cereus

Tip of a tulip stamen. Note the pollen grains
Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred in the reproduction of plants, thereby enabling fertilization and sexual reproduction..........
In spite of a common perception that pollen grains are gametes, like the sperm cells of animals, this is incorrect; pollination is a phase in the alternation of generations: each pollen grain is a male haploid plant, a gametophyte, adapted to being transported to the female gametophyte, where it can achieve fertilization by producing the male gamete (or gametes, in the process of double fertilization).
As such the Angiosperm successful pollen grain (gametophyte) containing the male gametes (sperm) gets transported to the stigma, where it germinates and its pollen tube grows down the style to the ovary. Its two gametes travel down the tube to where the gametophyte(s) containing the female gametes are held within the carpel. One nucleus fuses with the polar bodies to produce the endosperm tissues, and the other with the ovum to produce the embryo[1][2] Hence the term: "double fertilization".............


Pollination can be accomplished by cross-pollination or by self-pollination :
  • Cross-pollination, also called allogamy, occurs when pollen is delivered to a flower from a different plant. Plants adapted to outcross or cross-pollinate often have taller stamens than carpels or use other mechanisms to better ensure the spread of pollen to other plants' flowers.

A European honey bee collects nectar, while pollen collects on its body.

Honey Bees Immersed in Yellow Beavertail Cactus Flower Pollen
  • Self-pollination occurs when pollen from one flower pollinates the same flower or other flowers of the same individual.[3] It is thought to have evolved under conditions when pollinators were not reliable vectors for pollen transport, and is most often seen in short-lived annual species and plants that colonize new locations...........
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God's Divine Seed
What no seminary
No denomination
Neither any local church close to me in the Portsmouth area

seems to have grasped is the two or threefold truth concerning God's Word.

1.Apparent Randomness humanly speaking
John 1 : 11-14 
Youngs Literal Translation
11 to his own (things) he came, and his own people did not receive him;

12 but as many as did receive him to them he gave authority to become sons of God -- to those believing in his name,

13 who -- not of blood nor of a will of flesh, nor of a will of man but -- of God were begotten.

14 And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth.

It was pretty amazing in Abraham's family to get three consecutive generations who all pushed ahead in God, and four if you count Abraham's dad. Abraham,Isaac and Jacob become our archetype as followers of God everywhere, representing salvation faith , an outpouring of the Spirit and "exploring wells of salvation", and finally the last great search for the Face of the One who is from the Beginning, and matters concerning Union.
Generally though, notwithstanding the promise to Abraham and his generations to bless the earth, those who indeed responded to the call of God in a lineage that led to the Messiah, were but the rarest examples of lovers of God in a whole sea of offspring.
So the Word comes NOT by flesh lineage
Not by surface desire
Not even by moral whim or high religious principle
But by direct encounter in the mystery of two....God and Man....becoming One  by a Divine Begetting.

You can't really organise for this stuff.
Jesus said...see the fields white for harvest....??? Well DON'T you dare rush in and mess it all up....He said "You pray the Father that HE send out workers.
2. The Seed... er.....GROWS of itself

Divine seed is what it says on the tin....Divine.
You understand tis does NOT mean you behave like Calvinists and fold your arms in your little wooden pews, thinking that since it has to be all God, we don't actually do anything. No...that too is baloney. WE WORK with all our might...but hopefully in the increasing revelation that it is God Himself BY US. In Union.
This is consciousness. You can't fake consciousness. You are either in HIS REST....or you think you are doing a work for God.
But the point completely lost in our Portsmouth area by all the denominational churches and by all the charismatic ones too, is that Christ grows FULLY in a believer. Not halfway, according to local churches is the whole point of this blog. The three stages of growth that we see spelled out in 1 John 2. Children. Matters of forgiveness by grace.Young men. Issues to do with the battle of faith around our new identity as New Creations, and roughly aligning with Romans Chapters 6 and 7.

Then, Fathers. The life begetting principles of intercession and pouring your life out for others to see them also receive Seed and grow too.
3. Pollination

The entire world of natural living plants and trees and grasses relies on a seemingly random cross fertilisation process continually.And if we could examine all basic particles we would doubtless see the same kind of dance going on.

In the same way the Word is transmitted. In the same way believers grow into maturity. If you look at the Bible characters. Outwardly not one life was the same. Inwardly however their lives were going through the same patterns of spiritual development that we do. Grace people, as I call them...not to disparage grace...but imagine a group of people who get stuck in a groove in the Romans teachings of Chapters 3 to 5, never maturing beyond this point, and you start to get what I mean. These ones never really get beyond picking holes in God's Old Testament they are never able to stand back enough and begin to see exactly the same life arcs (allbeit in an Old Covenant context) that we go through in our growth with Jesus. Why should this be? Well God always was the I AM.  And He still is. And it was in a living relationship with Him that they lived moved and had their being....allbeit an Old Covenant context.
Local church leaders denominational,nondenominational, charismatic or just evangelical....just haven't caught what God is doing.They run set meetings. Set housegroups. With set teachings. And set programmes.

Well apart from the specific occasion brought about by the birth of a "particular God people" in history requiring a Law framework for the whole of national life.....and perhaps something of a forensic detailed study in Romans of how salvation exactly unfolds....

actually the 60 or so other books are really annoying to people still trying to have a jolly good stab at living from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They are far too random. Nonsequenced. Haphazard. So are the descriptions of the three years lived by the disciples with Jesus in all the four gospels. It's only since the Spirit has been outpoured in the last hundred years than anybody anywhere has been able to cotton onto the way John wrote his gospel. The thicko professors of the last two hundred years just give up in desperation and describe it as a non synoptic gospel, out on its own.

The key ofcourse is that John's gospel is spiritually topographical in the same way that the London Underground maps may not show you distances and precise geographic descriptiveness, but they show you the exact connective framework by which everything hangs together.  And the gospel of John is really a connective thread that runs along the main experiences that we encounter spiritually as we press on through to seeing our Union with God.This kind of dovetails consciously with the Jewish Feasts and their understanding of Tabernacle and Temple.

But all our local leaders scream inwardly, but put on a show outwardly, because they cannot be seen to argue with scripture. But oh, how they wish the gospels were a system based teaching they could roll out among their flocks. Complete with laptop Powerpoint demonstrations in housemeetings on people's walls.

But you see it's all SEED.Seed is Divine Life.
It is transmitted almost randomly by pollination.
You have to actually live with these wretches that are your minions who you are extracting a tithe from, so you feel under pressure to perform with a sytematized teaching each week, in case they stop funding your existence.

Jesus, instead, loved those who were His own. he lived alongside them for 3 and a half years. He rubbed pollen on them as and when it was relevant, as His own life came forth....
in praise of them
in teaching spiritual principle
in having a good laugh at Pharisaical behaviour

in letting them have it when they were in a totally inappropriate spirit.....whatever
He was cross-pollinating them.....LITERALLY.
Take up your cross and follow Me.

There's no real system. Just this. Rubbing your Divine Life against other's lives and watching how more and more of it sticks.

This is the difference between third level ministries and all the previous ages of ministries. We are not teaching shoulds and oughts and "out there" Bible stories of an "out there God".
Hebrews 7:16 describes Jesus ministry in this way:

one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.

and we too now

but as many as did receive him to them he gave authority to become sons of God -- to those believing in his name,
13 who -- not of blood nor of a will of flesh, nor of a will of man but -- of God were begotten.

We have to know we are ministering from SEED, begotten of God.
Not blood ancestry
Not just because we want to minister because it's a nice wayto live and we are funded with other people's tithes
not because we are very very moral and consider it's our duty to impose this effort on others that they can be as extremely good as us!!!!
NO....By DIVINE SEED OF the EMPOWERING GRACE OF JESUS...that we have been pollinated by, that is now fullgrown and busting out of us  and is waiting to brush against some more stamens.

On Monday, I had the phrase "rooted and grounded" in Him going round and round. Then I got home and remembered Daniel's last post had been called "I am rooted in Paul's gospel".

We are rooted first. And you cannot see roots. Then after much buffeting those roots become very very firm and people recognise we are grounded. They may never admit to what, they may never understand what grounds us.....but they can see something strange is going on,because everyone else is being blown apart, but they can see it's not for lack of wind. They say of us, like Jesus:

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

But this is just the outer stuff. In reality we are actually finding those inner wellsprings through it all. What "seems" so negative, is actually what drives us to the world beyond appearances, which we find is so much more stable and to be relied on.

1 comment:

Bonnie Morris said...

Great analogy ...