A gift economy is a culture which flourishes by a mode of exchange where valuables are not traded or sold, but rather given without an explicit agreement for immediate future rewards. This is a stark contrast against a barter economy or a market economy, where goods and services are primarily exchanged for value received. Social norms and custom govern gift exchange. Gifts are not given in specific exchange of goods or services for money or some other commodity.
You see, this is the solution for overcoming the beast and the system by which our world has been living. At the coming of Christ, we are brought into new ideas and ways of thinking that we have never used, but that exist in the Kingdom of God.
Gift exchange is distinguished from other forms of exchange by a number of principles, such as the form of property rights governing the articles exchanged; whether gifting forms a distinct “Sphere of Exchange” that can be characterized as an “Economic System”; and the character that the system itself has the ability to establish. Gift economies in highly commercialized societies differs from the “prestations” typical of non-market societies. We must also see the difference between several closely related phenomena, such as common property regimes and exchange of non-commodified labor.
You see, the nature of a sphere of exchange society (gift society) that would constitute an economic system, has been plagued by the use of ethnocentric use of modern, western, market-based conception of the gift applied as if it were a cross-culutral, pan-histrorical universal. The ability for this Sphere of Gift Exchange is most likely to arise in highly differentiated societies with an advanced division of labour and a significant commercial sector. It must be distinguished from non-market “prestations.”
In regards to property, property itself is not a thing, but rather understand it as a relationship amongst people about things. Property can be understood as a social relationship that governs the conduct of people with respect to the use and disposition of things.
“Commodity exchange is an exchange of alienable objects between people who are in a state of reciprocal independence that establishes a quantitative relationship between the objects exchanged…Gift exchange is an exchange of inalienable objects between people who are in a state of reciprocal dependence that establishes a “Qualitative” relationship between the transactors…” (Chris Gregory)
This demands removing the focus away from the character of the human relationships formed through exchange, and places it on the “Social Things in Life” instead…This focuses on each persons unique qualities and God-given gifts that allow certain “objects” to become “singularized” (or made unique, special, one-of-a-kind) and so withdrawn from the market.
A marriage ceremony is a perfect example that transforms a purchased ring into an irreplaceable family heirloom. The heirloom, in turn, makes a perfect gift. Singularization is the Reverse of what has been and appears to be the irresistible process of commodification (Slavery and submission to a Power that has been in place for a long period of time). They show how All Economies are a constant flow of Material objects that enter and leave specific exchange spheres.
Let us now examine the Bride of Christ…
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage supper of the Lamb is come, and his wife (Bride-Symbolism) hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness and the saints (and Angels). And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb (Hidden Symbolism). And he saith unto me, These are the True sayings of God.”
The key to understanding these words are being One with God…
“And the Temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His Temple the ark of His Testament; and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”
I, John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was (Carried Away in the Spirit) in the isle that is called Patmos (Greece), for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
The Sword of the Spirit: The Sound of Many Waters
Chapter: The Ultimate Gift (Pages 241-242)
The greatest gift that we may ever experience is that of giving what we know to be true from what we have experienced personally to another …The gift that I choose to pass on is that of wisdom and understanding…
I choose to give to this individual the gift that never ends, which is that which holds the fate of the world in their own hands…Just as a Father to a Son.
The secret of this gift entitles one to understanding the deceit that has covered the world for so long. Overcome Revelation 18 and all things will be made New according to God’s purpose. The next chapter of the Living Word of God will be written according to how this mystery unfolds.
“As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.”
Just as the Father chose Jesus, during the first coming, so has He chosen another to carry the power and to be the head of the body of Christ. Their is no greater gift than that which comes from God, in discovering the community of His kingdom, which bears all of the gifts that we have forever dreamed of…This is something that is felt deep within, a “gut” feeling…that is without a doubt the truth and key to understanding all things clearly…What greater gift than to hand over the keys to the kingdom to one who felt as though he was an outcast and a burden to society, rather than a gift…
This is where we begin to understand the gift of giving, which is why we live.
We are placed on this earth for a chosen time, and we are to use this special gift, which is that of giving our wisdom to those who will change the world.
By placing this entire gift (the world) into the palm of one’s hand, demonstrates absolute and perfect love.
My friends, there is no greater love than this…What you do with it is what now matters…God always does what it takes to get His message across, sometimes in the most mysterious of ways…but always in truth, without deceit.
There is no greater love than this.
Power and choice now belongs to you.
“Always look ahead, and never look back.”Remember that God is your Father and Friend.
“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Key Quote: “For they did not listen…they did not know how…perhaps, they never will…”
(The search for human answers are only met with a darker day…)