You may have encountered people who seem impelled to make something complicated out of anything simple. For them the parts are the whole and they find it almost impossible to keep a room tidy. These are the folks who professionalise nuts and bolts but never know what the machine is. There’s a profound difference between religion and sonship. The latter is a state of being – of being one with God. The former is one’s own version of the knowledge of good and evil, meaning our personal version of living in the parts as though they are the whole.
Not all are as demented as the obsessive nuts and bolts magnate. Some economise and live out of one or two religious icons. Their heart knows they cannot command unity over the multitudes of actions that might seem to make one righteous and accepted by God so they choose one or two icons and make a life or a religion out of them. Trouble is, this is not God. It’s them.
This makes no one whole. To be whole and one in our being we need to start with the Whole who is Christ our life. In this monopoly of Christ in our being, we are alive and harmonised in our union with God – firstly to be ourselves as per our design and secondly to purvey the life of God that results from having our being in God. This is the difference between being alive in God and attempting to acquire a life in religion.
“Paul states the contrast perfectly when he says to the early Jewish Christians: “It does not matter whether one is circumcised or not, what matters is that you become a whole new creation” (Galatians 6:16). And remember that circumcision was as important for Jews as baptism is for Christians. Divine union is not the same as personal perfection; they are quite different paths. It was St. Irenaeus of Lyon, called the first Christian theologian, who said, “The Son of God was made man so that man might become sons of God.” That, brothers and sisters, despite his sexist use of words, is the whole point—not circumcision or baptism.”
We need to be clear. Because of the cross and life in the Spirit we have access to ‘divine union.’ But we possess it in spirit and in truth when we believe that neither the law or religion or any good works are our life. WE MUST IMMERSE OURSELVES IN THE LIFE ITSELF. When we believe that Christ is our life and agree that we have already been drawn into His reality and His fellowship in God, we have life. We need to believe what God believes and not just make it up.
When Christ is our life as Paul advocates we will not need to go about bleating, ‘I need to be fed.’ The bread and water of life will be in you. Will well up inside you and be you.
If we are not living in Christ our life we will always be looking for a top-up. We will seek it in some kind of externality that is lifeless in itself, but which we are likely to invest with life – like Sabbaths or ‘keys to the next level’ or ‘speaking in tongues’ or conferences or celebrity speakers or a ‘cutting edge church.’ All of these will eventually pall. But your Christ incarnated life never will. This life - the trinity in you- is life without limit. ‘Those who eat Jesus will live because of Him.’ This is the meaning of Christ come in the flesh, the difference between Christ’s gospel and anti-christ gospels and the meaning of the Lord’s Table in which He becomes us.
Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The search for our true self . SPCK. Kindle Edition.