THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
January 1, 2016
LOVE of the Pattern Son! - 2016
I have had a word on my heart for each year starting in 2007. Last year was the year of rest and peace, even in a
time of tumult and seismic change. Looking back, it would appear that the change the world experienced in 2015
was not quite what was predicted by most. The Blood Moons didn't elicit great doom, much like the Mayan
calendar of 2012 or Y2K of 2000 did not elicit the doom that was feared. We have seen tumult and change, just
not the kind that sells books and makes for man's ministries. Who expected the magnitude of mass killings, or the
political turmoil that is occurring in the Republican Party as well as the whole USA political process? The Stock
Market was a loser for the year, as well as gold and silver. Of course, oil was dramatically down, which is a good
thing for those who frequent the gas pump. The EU is about to implode or perhaps explode. China is stumbling a
bit. The Middle East continues in its self-destruction with the help or instigation of the West. Russia is being
painted by the USA as evil; resulting in some fearing WWIII might be on the horizon. Immigration is a huge topic
for the entire Western world. And, these are only a paltry few examples of a near countless number that could be
cited. Taken as a whole, it is no wonder that the whole world is on edge.
So, where does this leave us as we enter a new year? Well, I make no new predictions and leave intact what I have
written in the past along these lines. Besides, I have come to see that we must not get caught up in expecting
specific events or details. We need to view the days in which we live, not with a microscope but with a telescope;
we need to discern the whole and not so much the pieces. What are the trends? What is the character of the day?
AND, most importantly, what are the spiritual issues behind what is going on? OR, better yet, what is God,
through His spirit, telling us in these days, which have the appearance of being last days for the age in which we
live. We need the word ( rhema ) of God, for no word from God shall be void of power (Luke 1:37 Numeric).
Again, where does this leave us as we enter a new year? The answer that has come to me is summed up in the
word love , both in its noun and verb form. We need love and we need to love. This is the answer for a world that
has lost its bearings and is sliding down into an abyss of self-destruction and self-delusion.
God is love , and His love is the remedy for mankind. But, let us not overlook that this love is centered in the Cross
of Jesus Christ and is manifested in the Kingdom of the Son of God's love . Down through the centuries, men have
tried to take or leave out Jesus, even when it comes to God is love , as if God's love does not require His Son. This
phenomenon is alive and well in our day as well. Recently, the Pope stated that the Jews do not need Jesus, for
they have a separate covenant with God apart from His Son. In the secular world, people talk of love and God, but
they reject the Son of God's love. As the thinking goes, as long as you have God and love in your heart, you do not
need Jesus, for those who do are simply intolerant and divisive, and by extrapolation, come across as unloving.
On one level, I agree with the criticism leveled against the Christian "religion" as practiced by many so-called
Christians who have divided over doctrine, theology, eschatology and whatever high-brow word the institutional
intellectuals have conjured up to separate themselves from the masses and to keep the masses under their sway.
The heaven-hell gospel preached by many contradicts God is love. I reject the argument that God's love demands
that He judge to the point of sending billions to an eternity in a place of literal fire and worms with no way out or
no second chance. The whole concept is abhorrent and denies that Jesus truly is the Savior or Deliverer of the
whole world and He alone takes away the sin of the world. And, let us add that God is not holding the world's
transgressions against it (2 Corinthians 5.19). Yes, God judges, but His judgments are so that people learn
righteousness; judgment is aimed at destroying the carnal flesh through God's consuming sprit-fire and restoring
the person when the process is completed. This is love in action!
Love of the Pattern Son! - 2016
On another level, I disagree with the criticism, for Christ did not establish a new religion; He established a new
way of life based on a new creation, even a new man, not patterned after the first Adam but after the last Adam,
the Second Man, who is none other than Jesus Himself.
In the coin (numismatic) world, when a new coin is being planned, a pattern or several patterns are made in order
to evaluate the design before going to production and general release. These are called pattern coins ; some of
which are highly sought after because of their rarity. For example, when Queen Victoria took the crown in 1837,
only twenty pattern coins were produced for her review and these served as prototypes for coins to follow. As a
result, Victoria's pattern coins are considered a very high-value rarity.
Jesus is the Pattern Man. He is a super-mega rarity because He is one of a kind; there is no other like Him and no
other to follow Him. He is God's sole, unique Pattern. He is so rare that no value can be placed on Him and no one
can purchase Him; He is freely given by grace through the faith of the Son of God (His faith). His life is not a
religion, it is a way of life; it is Life itself. This life demands that we walk by the Spirit, and this walk is one of love.
As Paul wrote: Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, even as Christ also loved
you, and gave Himself up for you (Ephesians 5:1-2). Notice that we are to imitate God is love, that is, we are to
But what is love? According to John: We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay
down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3:16). You see; no one can know true love, that is, the love that is God,
apart from knowing God's Son, Jesus. He is not only the Pattern Man, but He is the Pattern Love. We know God's
true love by imitating the Life of the Lord Jesus. Whether one knows Jesus or not, when one lays down his or her
life in a selfless, sacrificial way, that one is practicing God's love, for Jesus manifested for all the world to see the
true character of God's love. He set the pattern for love and God judges all love based on this pattern. Some might
argue that I am proving their point that Jesus is not necessary. I make no such assertion. I believe that from God's
view, when He looks at one's love, He will judge it according to the sacrificial love of His Son. Further, I believe
that at the Great White Throne Judgment and even the consummation of the ages, no one will be exempt from
being measured by how much their love was of the pattern of His Son.
Before giving the word that came to me for 2016, we need to take note of the number 16 itself, which signifies
love . Two examples will suffice. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Paul gave 16 characteristics of love.
Love is patient (1) , love is kind (2) and is not jealous (3) ; love does not brag (4) and is not arrogant (5) , does not
act unbecomingly (6) ; it does not seek its own (7) , is not provoked (8) , does not take into account a wrong
suffered (9) , does not rejoice in unrighteousness (10) , but rejoices with the truth (11) ; bears all things (12) ,
believes all things (13) , hopes all things (14) , endures all things (15) . Love never fails (16)… (1 Corinthians 13:4-8
In the Hebrew language, the number 16 is written with the letters yod-vav . Yod literally means "closed hand" and
symbolically means "deed, work, to make." Vav literally means "nail" and symbolically means "add, secure." Thus,
these two words symbolize the work of the nail that joins hearts together as one. Of course, this speaks of the
love of God manifested through Jesus being nailed to the cross, for God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son (John 3:16). The work of the nails is love. The nails thrust into God's Son were the work that secured
and displayed the love of God for all mankind.
Well, this all leads to the word I was given for 2016.
And, you, may the Lord cause to abound and excel in your love one toward another, and toward all ,—even as,
we, do toward you: To the end he may confirm your hearts, faultless in holiness, before our God and Father, in
the Presence of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 Rotherham)
Dear brethren, as the world is on edge, we need to be the ones who love ALL as Jesus patterned for us. The
weapons of our warfare are love and peace. It is time for the world to see this in and through us.