Impartation vs. Communication
The following is a transcript of a conversation in an automobile on the way to another state a number of weeks ago. It is about the nature of life, whether supernatural from Above, or supernatural from below.
We are not simply, as the carnal mind would have us believe, the product of what we know, what we believe, and what we want to be. We are affected not only by what we know and believe, but we are also profoundly affected by the IMPARTATION of those influences around us. What is “communicated” to us, and we receive or reject, is only a fraction of that which affects our lives in the spiritual realm. This is why “a little leaven leavens the whole batch.” We don’t even have to KNOW about the one in our midst that is guilty of having an idol in his heart or home, and we are affected by it. We may not partake of their sin, or approve of it in any way, but we are still affected by it. A hole is punched in the “spiritual ozone layer” and we are poisoned unknowingly and sapped of strength.
Think of Ai and the battle that was lost by all, because of the spiritual hole in God’s People’s strength due to one man’s sin. “A little leaven leavens the whole batch.” What we think we can reject as improper and dispose of with our mind is not so easily disposed of in the spirit. To reject the influence of uranium with our minds does not keep it from exposing us to deadly radiation poisoning simply by being in the vicinity. “Well, I don’t agree with that thing so and so is doing, and I am only affected by what I do, so I don’t need to get involved…” Wrong! “I can break bread in the middle of this group of believers, even though I know there is much compromise and sin, because it is just between me and God…” Wrong! “I can read these secular books and go to these places and do these things because I’m not sinning, even if others are. It doesn’t affect me. I just eat the fish and throw out the bones…” WRONG! There is a spiritual impartation, like radiation, that is projected from all things spiritual and unspiritual. I direct your attention to these Words from God, once again.
“Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
“I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat” (1Cor. 5:6-11).
“…Bad company corrupts good character” (1Cor. 15:33).
Then Haggai said, “If a person defiled by contact with a dead body touches one of these things, does it become defiled?”
“Yes,” the priests replied, “it becomes defiled.”
Then Haggai said, “’So it is with this people and this nation in my sight,’ declares the LORD. (Hag. 2:13-14).
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2Cor. 6:14-18).
“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2Cor. 7:1).
PLEASE consider this as you decide who and what to spend time with, who and what to respect and enjoy? It is serious. Life is primarily spiritual in nature, and what is transmitted in the spirit, “IMPARTED” in the unseen realm, is actually more potent to your growth or destruction than simply what you want to receive or reject with your mind. What you allow into your ear gate and eye gate, and particularly who you allow yourself to respect (business heroes, heroes of art or literature, heroes of sports, heroes of silver screen, heroes of family members) in ANY way that is not solely related to their contribution to the Work of God and the Character and Kingship of Jesus—is allowing a dangerous impartation into your heart and life. You CANNOT screen it as you would like to think you can, if you allow it a place of respect or admiration or warmth in your heart. “ONLY GOD IS GOOD!” as our Lord said.
Do not give away your affections to the funny, handsome, competent guy at work if he is a child of the devil, unsaved. Do NOT “ooh and ahh” at the athletic prowess of an individual if they are still unregenerate. They still belong to the “god of this age” until they are washed in the blood of the Lamb and born a second time. “Only God is good!” Do not drool over the word-crafting skills of an unbelieving author, or the musical talent of an artist that is still the offspring of the enemy of Jesus until they are saved from having crucified the Lord of Glory. See it correctly! Do not give away anything that belongs solely to our Betrothed One! We must see those that are still unsaved as God does, with maggots in the eye sockets, vipers coming out of the ears, scorpions coming out of the mouth…so it is with all who have not called on the Name of the Lord for the forgiveness of sins. How could we be attracted to such as these, unless we were “seeing men after the flesh”?
(I speak not of paranoia or fear. I do not advocate a cloistered life, devoid of involvement with the world. We can enjoy things, no doubt. We can have possessions, Paul said, as long as we are not possessed by them. We can interact with the world, and use it as God dictates case by case—but we must NOT give away undue time, or any of our affections or respect or heart loyalty, to friendships or accomplishments or heroes of any field of endeavor that are not exalting Jesus. “Who are my mothers and brothers and sisters? These that do the will of God!” Mk. 3:33-35.)
***Life is about “impartation,” not simply “communication.” Why did Rebekah risk everything to make certain that Jacob received the IMPARTATION from Isaac? Was it just words that Isaac was saying? Why could Isaac not say some special words over Esau once he found out that he had been deceived? Because something SUPERNATURAL had been IMPARTED. It was not simply about the communication of instructions or knowledge, but rather something in the unseen realm was truly accomplished. Jacob received far more than words—he received a supernatural IMPARTATION that was REAL. Esau could not receive what was already given away!***
Whether for good or for evil, we must understand Life this way!
Here is a bit of that conversation along the southern highways a few weeks ago, relating at that time to the reading of “harmless, interesting secular books”….
Cursing would be bad seed. Various kinds of sin would be bad seed. Right? Obvious attitude problems—that’s bad seed. Bad pictures—that’s bad seed. There are many things such as these. But what I am addressing here is that there is such a thing as impartation. In other words, who I am or who you are or who another person is—oozes out of them, even if they never say a word, never do a single thing. We don’t intentionally copy what they do, we don’t talk like they talk, we don’t act like they act. But who they are affects who we are. This is impartation. Bad company corrupts good character. And Anointing imparts anointing. (This is why Elisha got what no one from “the schools of the prophets” got from Elijah!) There is impartation in the unseen realm in our relationships and exposures of life. You need to know this!
A type of this is in the Old Testament when an unclean article touched something that was holy from the temple. It didn’t begin to look like the other article. But because they touched, because they were in the same proximity, the holy article had to be broken into a thousand pieces since it had thus become “defiled” by touching the unclean article.
My point is that it’s not just what we think about, what we see, what we feel, what we hear and what we act like or what we do, but “bad company corrupts good character.” “Come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord. The whole point of spiritual impartation is that when you fellowship with something that isn’t sanctified, you become what they are even if you don’t intentionally copy what they do. If there is nothing you can point to that’s wrong, who they are actually comes through the pages of the book written by the nonbeliever or the religious charlatan. It is the same for art. It is said that Michelangelo was a homosexual. People that fellowship with his art are exposed to his homosexuality and his pride, whether they consider his homosexuality or not. That’s the nature of spiritual warfare. It’s not just what a person says and what they do, but it is who they are that affects who we are. If we fellowship with something that isn’t called of God—that isn’t chosen and elect and brought into the presence of God and emanating who God is, then it’s godless and it emanates who satan is just by default. It has to. Even if you can’t point to the wrong things about it.
“Communication” is, “Here’s what they said. Here’s what they did.” But there is a thing called impartation that isn’t dependent on what we see and hear. It’s dependent on what we touch or what we fellowship with. Who a person is comes through, even if we can’t define wrong things that they have done. “A little leaven leavens the whole batch.” How does it do that? Quietly, invisibly, undetectably.
If there is a person that has a particular sin of being a kleptomaniac, does that mean that everybody in the church is going to become a kleptomaniac? No it doesn’t mean that at all. But there is a spirit that a kleptomaniac has that’s from the devil. That even if they were the nicest person in the world around me, and I never saw them steal anything, I never heard about them stealing anything, and they didn’t influence me in any way to steal anything (because I didn’t know they were doing it), nevertheless, because that area of their life was not given to God, a little leaven leavens the whole batch. There is a net effect in the spiritual realm that is called impartation. It’s not just communication. It’s not just copying what they do and having a bad example from them. But because their life doesn’t belong to God, there is something given over to supernatural forces that comes out of them. That’s how a little leaven leavens the whole batch. It’s not that we would all become thieves or kleptomaniacs. It’s simply that the spirit of the enemy has come in through a particular door and it affects the whole batch. There is a spiritual realm that has been opened up that has been imparted to us that changes who we are (not to become necessarily, a kleptomaniac because it seems attractive to us or because we have seen them do it), but because there are spiritual forces at work.
Shakespeare, presumably, was not a child of God. He emanates a spirit of the world even if you can’t point to bad seed in a particular book. “Oh well, it’s a neutral book.” *It’s not neutral if a man’s life is in rebellion to the Lord and Christ of God and he is participating in crucifying Jesus. If he really did participate without repentance in crucifying the Lord of Glory, then who he is has spiritual forces associated with it.* John said you are either a child of God, or you are out of the womb of the devil—you are a child of the devil. So who he is comes through and oozes in, and a little leaven leavens the whole batch. We become like him. So there is no neutral seed simply because the material itself isn’t bad. Because of the principle of impartation, he is in rebellion to God, and it affects us anyway.
A physics book written by an unbeliever should be carefully weighed, not only because of the content, which may be fine, but by who the person is who wrote it. Even if it’s all numbers. Let’s say it’s a math book. There are no words in the whole book. There’s still a principle of impartation, which means we’ve got to be very careful and very discerning. That doesn’t mean, don’t ever use a math book. And like I said, that doesn’t mean, don’t ever read Upton Sinclair or Shakespeare, ever. But it does mean a caution, not just with obvious, bad things, but knowing that we are becoming who they are as we fellowship with them.
If we walk with an unbeliever for an afternoon, is that dangerous? If we walk with them constantly for six months, it is more obvious. Yet, if we give our hearts or admiration to them, then walking with them for an afternoon is just as dangerous as walking with them for six months, because of the principle of impartation.
Please walk in Peace, but also in Wisdom and Discernment? Don’t let your fleshly desires, your habits of the past or the desire to please men blind you to the things that can rob you of your Inheritance! Don’t be afraid to “Come out from among them and be separate” says the Lord. We fear nothing—but, invest your hearts in nothing and no one that is not devoted to our God and His Son, our Messiah King! We were promised to One. We can enjoy and use “all things,” but respect and love and fellowship with only what is totally His. We run toward all that is Anointed and can impart Him to us, and away from all that does not exalt Jesus. We know that it will, even without obvious sin content, impart the spirit of its author.
“Lord God, Author of Life, Life-Giving Spirit to all who obey, Help us to know, and to make the simple choices that result, by your grace in the fullness of Life in the Son! Lead us toward those things that will bring the impartation of Jesus into our lives!”